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Essentially Catering Magazine - February 2020

        Industry News

        QikServe acquires Preoday

        QikServe, one of the leading enterprise platforms for customer self-
        service in the hospitality industry, has acquired Preoday, the branded
        mobile application and online ordering technology provider.
          Daniel Rodgers, Founder & President, QikServe commented:
        “The merger will see the businesses collaborate to build the hospitality
        management platform of the future - bringing together loyalty, delivery,
        payment and EPoS integrations, to provide operators and partners
        with the technology to power multi-channel, seamless experiences
        for customers.
          “We have brought together two world-class digital self-service
        platforms, which empower operators and allow customers to order and
        pay at their convenience, whether in-restaurant, on the move or at home.”
          QikServe operates across the UK, US and Europe, with clients including
        Merlin Entertainments, Shake Shack and HMSHost, a subsidiary of
        hospitality giant Autogrill and global provider of food and beverage
        concessions, such as Burger King in travel hubs.
        Positive festive trading

        cheers OOH market

        Britain may have fallen out of love with shopping on the High Street over the festive period, but consumers
        continued to go out to eat and drink over Christmas and the New Year, latest industry figures show.
          Pub, bar and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow by 2.5% over the six weeks of the festive season,
        compared to the same period in 2018, with food and drink spend both increasing, according to the Coffer Peach Business
        Tracker, the sector’s established benchmark.
          Trading was positive across all parts of the market. Restaurant chains saw a 2.3% uplift in like-for-likes, with managed
        pub and bar groups up 2.7% on 2018. Drink-led pubs out-did their food-led counterparts, but food sales also did well.
        Across the managed pub sector, drink sales were up
        2.4%, with food up 2.2%.
          Total sales over the six-week festive period,
        which include the effect of new openings since this
        time last year, were ahead 5.4% compared to the
        same period in 2018.
          “It has been a challenging year for the eating
        and drinking-out market, so these figures will be
        a welcome boost for operators. Christmas and
        New Year is a vital time for the industry, so to see
        positive growth is good news,” said Karl Chessell,
        director of CGA, the business insight consultancy
        that produces the Tracker, in partnership with The
        Coffer Group and RSM.
          The Coffer Peach Tracker industry sales monitor
        for the UK pub, bar and restaurant sector collects
        and analyses performance data from 57 operating
        groups, with a combined turnover of over £11bn,
        and is the established industry benchmark.

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