Casual Dining Group moves into grab-and-go market with franchise agreement

December 3, 2018

The Casual Dining Group is poised to move into the grab-and-go market after winning a franchise tender for Warrens Bakery. 

The group will open its first Warrens Bakery outlet a Bristol Airport in autumn 2019.

The bakery, which was founded in 1860 and is the world’s oldest Cornish pasty maker, has stores across the UK.

Casual Dining Group’s first franchised outlet will be an 84-cover venue selling an all day menu of hand-made pasties, pastries and sandwiches.

Future growth will be targeted at airports and major train stations.

Mark Nelson, managing director of concessions and franchising at the Casual Dining Group, said: “We are delighted to be working with Warrens Bakery; it’s a highly respected, quality brand with a strong heritage that allows us to enter the grab-and-go space. The look and feel of the site is rich and authentic, just like its food, and we’re confident it will be well received when we take it to the wider market.

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“While this first partnership opening is at an airport, I very much see the opportunity to target other major transport hubs across the UK with Warrens Bakery sites, bringing award-winning Cornish pasties, hand-made sandwiches, sweet treats, fresh coffee and excellent service to commuters and travel-weary passengers when they need it most.”

Mark Sullivan, chairman of Warrens Bakery, added: “In Casual Dining Group we have found the perfect partner, they are operational experts and together we can take Warrens Bakery to new profile destinations across the UK in a variety of formats ranging from café to kiosk.”

Source: The Caterer

CDG wins tender to open Warrens Bakery site at Bristol Airport

November 27, 2018

Casual Dining Group (CDG) has added another eating-out brand to its concessions and franchising portfolio, after winning a tender to open a Warrens Bakery franchise store at Bristol Airport.

The new site at Bristol Airport will take over from an existing Soho Coffee site, in the autumn. The 84-cover venue will be located landside in Bristol Airport, selling all day menu options ranging from handmade pasties, pastries and fresh sandwiches, alongside hot and cold drinks.

This latest agreement with Warrens Bakery will allow CDG to tap into the grab-and-go market, primarily targeting airports and major train stations for future growth.

Mark Nelson, managing director of concessions and franchising, CDG, said: “We are delighted to be working with Warrens Bakery; it’s a highly respected, quality brand with a strong heritage that allows us to enter the grab-and-go space. The look and feel of the site is rich and authentic, just like its food, and we’re confident it will be well received when we take it to the wider market.

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“While this first partnership opening is at an airport, I very much see the opportunity to target other major transport hubs across the UK with Warrens Bakery sites, bringing award-winning Cornish pasties, hand-made sandwiches, sweet treats, fresh coffee and excellent service to commuters and travel-weary passengers when they need it most.”

Mark Sullivan, chairman of Warrens Bakery, added: “We’re delighted to be working with CDG and opening a Warrens Bakery outlet at Bristol Airport. We’re a brand with an incredibly rich heritage and we want to find franchise partners that we know will uphold and deliver our values and brand standards. In CDG we have found the perfect partner, they are operational experts and together we can take Warrens Bakery to new profile destinations across the UK in a variety of formats ranging from café to kiosk.”

Source: Catering Today

UAE’s Relam inks franchise deal for new restaurants

November 19, 2018

UAE-based conglomerate Relam Investment has acquired the exclusive rights to the brand of Casual Dining Group, the owner of Las Iguanas, Bella Italia, and Oriel Grande Brasserie in the UAE.

The franchise deal paves the way for Relam Investment to open 11 restaurants in the UAE over the next four years, a statement said.

Casual Dining Group, the operator of nearly 300 mid-market restaurant brands, has agreed a new franchising deal for its Las Iguanas, Bella Italia and Oriel Grande Brasserie brands in the UAE.

Several locations in Dubai are being considered for the debut site, while Abu Dhabi will also be targeted for further openings, the statement added.

After recently committing to invest £300 million into technology and real estate in India, this will be Relam’s first food and drink investment.

The deal sees the first ever franchise for Oriel Grande Brasserie, CDG’s premium all-day restaurant concept, that currently operates three sites, all of which are at airports.

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Sultan Ali Rashed Lootah, chairman and managing director of Relam Investment, said: “The food scene across the UAE, particularly in Dubai, is vibrant and exciting at this moment in time and we are very much looking forward to working together on this new partnership.”

Steve Richards, CEO, Casual Dining Group, added: “This latest agreement clearly demonstrates, once more, our ambition to gain a foothold in foreign markets, taking key learnings from the UK and applying them in other countries.”

Casual Dining Group said it already has agreements in Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Ireland while it is exploring further franchising opportunities in Asia, Europe and North Africa.

Source: Arabian Business

Casual Dining Group signs franchise deal with Rُelam Investment in UAE

November 5, 2018

UK-based restaurant brands operator Casual Dining Group (CDG) has signed a franchise deal with UAE-based conglomerate Rُelam Investment to operate its restaurant brands in the country.

As part of the deal, Rُelam Investment has received exclusive rights to operate Las Iguanas, Bella Italia and Oriel Grande Brasserie in the UAE with plans to open 11 restaurants over the next four years.

The deal will also confirm Rُelam Investment as the primary food and beverage partner for CDG in the region. Both companies are currently looking for high-profile locations in Dubai for the first restaurant.

Rُelam Investment chairman and managing director Sultan Ali Rashed Lootah said: “CDG specialises in creating unique and memorable customer experiences and we are confident there is significant demand for its brands across the UAE, as the taste for European cuisine rises.

“Finding the right franchise partner is crucial to ensuring our brand standards are met overseas.”

“The food scene across the UAE, particularly in Dubai, is vibrant and exciting at this moment in time and we are very much looking forward to working together on this new partnership.”

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According to the company, the partnership marks the first franchise agreement for its Oriel Grande Brasserie all-day restaurant concept.

The brand currently operates three locations at airports and offers a French-inspired menu paired with selected drinks.

Other brands will offer British-inspired menu items and will serve a range of specially created mocktails.

Casual Dining Group CEO Steve Richards said: “Finding the right franchise partner is crucial to ensuring our brand standards are met overseas. Naturally, we are delighted to work with Relam Investment, who know how to run exceptional venues and understand our business.

“We look forward to working closely together over the next four years to grow their estate and will take momentum from this deal as we seek out new opportunities for our brands across the globe.”

CDG currently has franchise agreements in Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Ireland. The restaurant operator is also exploring further franchising opportunities in Asia, Europe and North Africa.

Source: Verdict Foodservice

Casual Dining Group’s franchise aspirations boosted by UK hotel F&B deal

May 24, 2018

Casual Dining Group (CDG) has signed agreements to operate the food and beverage programmes at two UK hotels in what is a signal of its intent to grow its franchise portfolio.

The deals, which are both with London Town Group (LTG), will see CDG create and operate a bespoke premium offering at the Hotel Indigo, London Paddington, as well as introduce a Bella Italia at the newly-built Holiday Inn, in Wigstone.

CDG has also signed separate management contracts to look after operations at both sites.

Under the first deal, CDG has created a white label premium offering for Hotel Indigo’s London Street Brasserie restaurant, which will retain its name when reopened. The restaurant is set to reopen after refurbishment, with new staff and menus.

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In addition to the restaurant, CDG will also look after the hotel’s bar, and conference and banqueting needs.

The second franchise deal is for a site at the newly-built Holiday Inn, in Wigston, Leicester, which will include a brand-new Bella Italia restaurant. Construction started earlier this month, with plans to open early June.

Koolesh Shah, managing director of London Town Group, said putting together a competitive food and drink offer that challenges the high street presents a great opportunity for the business to drive revenue.

“A one-size-fits-all policy doesn’t always work, you need to be flexible in your approach and tailor the offer to suit the specific demographics. CDG has been invaluable in helping us with this process, they have a suite of high street brands, but also the capacity to put together bespoke premium offers and we look forward to working closely together in future.”

Casual Dining Group is one of the largest independent midmarket restaurant operators in the UK, with nearly 300 sites located across the country. It operates primarily under the Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Las Iguanas and La Tasca formats in the UK, although also operates restaurants that trade under the brands of Belgo, La Salle, Huxley and Oriel. It also has restaurants in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, which operate under franchise.

Earlier this year the company said that its international franchising platform was showing good momentum, with 83 agreements signed, principally in the Middle East, Ireland and South Africa. A further 17 overseas franchise deals are planned for this year.

Mark Nelson, managing director of concessions and franchising at Casual Dining Group, commented: “We’re a very diverse business with a range of specialist skills that have been honed over decades operating high street restaurants. Calling on this knowledge, we have taken our key learnings and offered help to adjacent industries like the hotel trade, with putting together a food and beverage offer that absolutely drives sales. Matching the right offer, with the right demographic is imperative to success and these two deals, at differing ends of the market, clearly demonstrate the range of our capabilities.”

Source: Foodservice Equipment Journal