May 14, 2018
Optimism Prevails as Artificial Intelligence and Process Engineering Provide Untapped Upside Potential. Undoubtedly, though, the restaurant sector across EMEA is facing numerous challenges. These range from higher business rates and landlords wanting to up rents to significant changes in the consumer behaviour, technological advancements altering the business landscape as well as broader socio-political issues. The latter ranges from Brexit in the UK, which continues to put a strain on prices, costs and the supply chain, to continued localisation efforts in some of the Middle Eastern markets, which sees a large expat community leaving. In both these markets and instances, the consequences of the socio-political movements has also had a marked impact on the availability of qualified talent. Moreover, there is of course more competition in the form of new brands. Many of those new concepts, as well as some of the more established players, have sought private equity money to help speed-up their growth plans. Burdened with an already high pressure to perform and deliver returns on investment, some of these organisations are now beginning to falter in the current difficult trading environment. In short then, it is tough out there and trading conditions are not the best either. So, why the optimism?
March 10, 2018
Being a CEO in the restaurant industry is tough work; and short lived for many. Nearly 20% of the CEOs in our annual study of pay-for-performance resigned, retired or were pushed out. It would stand to reason that deficient performance would precipitate a CEO’s ouster, but was that really the case?
July 17, 2017
Mark and I spoke about how a significant number of employees in the UK received their biggest pay rise to date as the National Living Wage leapt to £7.50 an hour on April 6th, 2017. In line with Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement and Spring Budget announcement, more than two million employees over the age of 25 benefited from the 4% increase. Further to this, 21- to 24-year-olds received a rise of 10 pence per hour. This is in a bid to reach the government’s target of £9 per hour by 2020 for over 25s, with further demand to extend this increase to 21- to 24-year-olds. According to Tahola, an industry’s leading business analytics provider, this could result in operators facing an annual increase of £100,912.50. However, it’s not just labour costs that will hit operators; planned increases in employer pension contributions from 1% to 3% could elevate the cost to operators to more than £109,000 by 2020.
June 15, 2017
Industry observers will have noted that restaurant organizations worldwide are facing a more crowded market space. With it comes a plethora of old and new challenges. Those that restaurant entrepreneurs and larger corporations have struggled with for decades, and that will continue to be “hot topics” going forward, include, for example, skill shortage, succession planning and retention as well as fierce competition from the “new kids on the block” (i.e. the up-and-coming and sexy start-up brands). “How do we keep our staff?” and “Who is the person best equipped to handle the expansion plans of our business?” are questions discussed at most senior management meetings.
April 26, 2017
Some would excuse the malaise (in the casual dining industry) because of the soft economy, demographic changes, and even the weather. However, that doesn’t explain the remarkably few success stories who must compete for similar customers and are at the mercy of identical forces as the failing brands. In my view, the casual-dining segment is mired in a management carousel that, for over a decade, has bounced senior management from one company to the next on the basis of little more than their title.
May 7, 2017
The hospitality industry remains one of the backbones of the economy in the Middle East, and the food and beverage (F&B) sector is certainly contributing its fair share. In the past, many regional businesses opted for an internationally recognised concept, but, nowadays, the market has matured and witnessed diversification. The UAE, in particular, has become a foodie destination in its own right and there is a notable appetite – from investors, developers and the consumers – for home-grown concepts. Not surprisingly, new outlets have sprung up (from ‘Cougley,’ to ‘Cocoville,’ to other home-grown start-ups such as Folly, Hikina, Matto Italian Restaurant, Publique or Ruya). The list is endless.
October 29, 2014
David Mansbach, Managing Director at AETHOS Consulting Group and author of the study, reviewed 37 publicly-listed restaurant companies and, using the AETHOS Value Index (AVI), identified those CEOs who excelled at their job and increased value for shareholders but who were underpaid relative to their performance and peers. Also reviewing the Top10 of those CEOs who were overpaid, David Mansbach highlights the importance of greater accountability and transparency at board level when it comes to CEO compensation.
January 22, 2016
The news about Boparan Restaurant Holdings (BRH) purchasing the Cinnamon Collection only days after we learned about Equistone Partners Europe Limited acquiring a majority stake in GAUCHO is an indication that the UK restaurant scene continues to be a ‘hot’ one. Private equity firms, investment companies and family offices are keen to increase their exposure to the consumer sector and the ‘hunt’ for fresh, high-growth potential restaurant concepts continues.
January 14, 2013
This year we analyzed CEO compensation for 53 public restaurant firms. Based on our pay-for-performance model, the top performer was Joel A. Schwartz of Benihana Inc.
January 11, 2013
The biennial study addresses trends in total compensation for two of the most senior positions in an organization in the US chain restaurant industry.
January 11, 2013
Critical issues to consider when outsourcing a hotel’s restaurant operations to a professional restaurant brand/operator.
January 10, 2013
Why does the casual dining sector still employ so-called “leaders,” yet winds up persistently lagging behind relevant metrics for the industry? Dave Manasbach prescribes the perfect recipe to revive this sector in an article for the Restaurant Finance Monitor magazine.