Time for some serious gardening

Some good may yet come out of the Dominic Cummings chaos. In a move that could be interpreted as a way to win back public popularity, the Prime Minister has hinted tantalizingly that pubs and restaurants may be allowed to reopen earlier than first suggested – with pub gardens and restaurant terraces earlier still. Read Peter Martin’s latest commentary.
     

Reopened states give boost to US out-of-home recovery

Sales across restaurants and bars in the US grew by 25% week-on-week between May 9 and May 16 as a number of major states reopened for business. Latest data from Nielsen CGA* show that while national sales are still 54% down on pre-COVID levels, the opening up of the out of home market in states such as Texas, Florida and Georgia has provided a fillip for the industry. When lockdown first hit, overall sales fell by 80%.
     

Who needs ‘wow’ in post-COVID Britain?

Experience used to be everything. Going out at the weekend was all about finding something new and different – somewhere that would impress your mates. But, no longer it seems. When Britain’s pubs and restaurants start to reopen in July, consumers say they’ll be looking for something more sedate – and safe. Familiarity, reliability and trust will be the watchwords, says Peter Martin.