Issue 02/09

European Coffee Bar Ranking & City Guide London

The second issue of FoodService Europe & Middle East for 2009 is on its way to readers throughout the world. Here is a preview of the most important topics covered:

  • Our fourth exclusive ranking of the top European coffee bar players underlines that this concept category is and remains definitely one of the most interesting ones in many European countries. 70 brands with a total of more than 9,400 outlets ring up a common unit growth of 16% for 2008. Heading the list is Starbucks followed by Costa Coffee and McCafé.
  • Part II of our London City Guide: The UK capital’s competitive retail environment and entrepreneurial attitudes have helped spawn a revolution in branded foodservice concepts, particularly in quickservice and casual dining. An overview on inspirational concepts, trends and districts.
  • In the second part of our Pan-European Survey on major steakhouse systems, we look at the French, Spanish, Scandinavian and Russian markets – plus a sidestep to the USA.
  • Hotel dining: while big international chain hotels are not generally seen as foodservice pacesetters, Hyatt makes a difference with its show kitchens, high energy lobby-lounges and innovative approach to menu provenance. In our interview, Gebhard Rainer, managing director of Hyatt International, Europe-Africa-Middle East, dissects the company’s innovative strategies for building guest inter-action.
  • In the Middle East Section, we portray the Israeli foodservice market which remains one of the most important markets in the region, despite an unstable security situation and the country’s extremely tense relations with many of its neighbours. In addition, we take a glance at the Egyptian coffee bar chain Cilantro which is today at least twice the size of any of its direct competitors within Egypt, including big players like Starbucks or Costa, and is pursuing ambitious international expansion.
...but that’s not all. The YO! Experience: the first YO! Sushi restaurant opened in London in 1997 – today, the brand is the European market leader, with over 40 restaurants in England and 9 international locations. Ristorante Seven: a zeitgeist outpost in Ticino, combining restaurant, bar and lounge, wine room and sea lounge, as well as a laid-back gastronomic counterpart named Seven Easy. In our supplier section, we report on how international food supplier Unilever Foodsolutions is helping foodservice operators re-engineer their menus. And last but not least, we take you on a professional sightseeing tour, featuring concepts to watch in four European countries, from Spain to the Czech Republic.

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