Take-out switch still leaves US restaurants under pressure

As bars and restaurants across the United States close or significantly reduce their operations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have switched focus to take-out food and drink. Before the outbreak, take-out accounted for 11% of spend in US restaurants, but latest figures from Nielsen CGA’s RestaurantTrak dataset shows that for sites still operational, take-out sales grew 110% in the week ending March 28. Consumer research conducted by Nielsen CGA in the four major states, New York, California, Illinois and Florida, revealed that 66% of people say they have ordered a take-out or delivery in the past two weeks. Nonetheless, even for those restaurants and bars that have been able to stay open, overall sales still fell 77% in the same week.
     

CPL Learning calls for sector to champion personal development for those furloughed

CPL Learning, the learning & development partner to the hospitality sector, has welcomed the Government’s guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and is encouraging those in hospitality to continue supporting personal development. “We believe the guidance provided means that employers can still provide their employees with access to learning and development resources so that they can continue with their personal development as long as it is at their discretion,” said Jamie Campbell, Chief Operating Officer at CPL Learning.
     

Pub and restaurant sales fall 71% in last week of trading

Like-for-like sales in Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant groups plummeted 71% in the week that the Government ordered all licensed premises to close down because of the COVID-19 crisis. Exclusive weekly figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker showed like-for-like trading in restaurant chains down 75%, with managed pubs down 67% and bars, which are more dependent on weekend business, tumbling 88%.
     

CPL Learning Launches Free Planning Delivery and Takeaway e-learning Course

CPL Learning, the learning & development partner to the hospitality sector, today launched their Planning Delivery and Takeaway e-learning course. This free course has been produced in collaboration with experts David Edwards MCIEH, Angeline Wolfe Chartered MCIEH CEnvH and Karen Turton.Developed for the hospitality industry, this course has been designed to support businesses in adapting their current pub, restaurant or café into a takeaway or delivery business.
     

Britain sees the opportunity for more delivered food and drink

With Britain in lock-down, hot food delivery services from restaurants and takeaways are set to have an increasingly important role in keeping the nation fed. The public’s appetite for delivered food has been growing. In the week prior to yesterday’s Prime Ministerial order for the public to say at home, research from CGA showed that just over half (53%) of the public are either currently using, or planning to use, delivery as an alternative during the current crisis, with 13% getting delivery from a restaurant or takeaway either for the first time, or more often than usual, in the last two weeks.
     

Increasing numbers set to stay away from pubs and restaurants

Britain’s restaurants and pubs can expect almost total shut-down next week, with increasing numbers of the public deciding to stop going out because of COVID-19 fears – even if they haven’t already. In a poll carried out by CGA on Wednesday this week, over half (52%) of adults who normally eat or drink out said they had already stopped going to restaurants on Government advice, and with crucially half (51%) of those yet to stop visiting saying they would cease in the coming week.