Kuehne June 2019

Pubs to go Street

Pub operators need to think beyond traditional pub food and compete head-on with high street chains in order to secure their future survival, delegates at the Travel & Leisure Conference heard.

Under pressure from falling drink sales, pubs are increasingly looking at food to boost revenue but, according to Peter Backman, managing director of foodservice consultancy Horizons, to be profitable they should look to the likes of noodle bar Wagamama, Pizza Express and fast chicken specialists Nando’s as role models.Says Peter, “These brands are profitable because of their fast turnover and high footfall, while cash-pressed customers are attracted by their value-conscious, reliable food. This is the market pubs need to emulate, while there is still opportunity for growth.”

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