Branded coffee shops still on the up

first_imgThe branded coffee shop sector has continued to grow at a healthy rate, up 10% in 2011 versus 2010, and is now worth an estimated £2.1bn, with further growth predicted.Management consultancy Allegra Strategies has published the data from its largest consumer survey to date, for its Project Café11 UK report.Allegra said the market had doubled in size since 2005, with consumers embracing the growing coffee culture trend. The report found that one in 10 UK adults now visit a coffee shop on a daily basis. Thirty-nine per cent also stated that they visited coffee shops more frequently than they did 12 months ago.Jeffrey Young, managing director, Allegra Strategies, said: “More than 600 new coffee outlets opened in the UK during 2011. As consumers gain more opportunity to consume coffee through more outlets, they are making part of their lifestyle.”However despite the growth in the sector, the report highlighted that consumers are actually spending less per visit from £3.50 in 2009 to £3.18 in 2011, and were reducing their food purchases.Young said that it was the high quality independent coffee shops that were fuelling demand and driving the branded coffee shop sector to increase its focus on unique interiors and improved brewing methods.Allegra revealed that Costa Coffee is leading the growth of the branded coffee shop market, with 167 new outlets opened in the UK this year. The consultancy predicted that like-for-like sales growth in the UK coffee sector would continue to grow, with leading brands to average high single digit growth over the next five years.The report, which analysed more than 36,000 consumer responses, covers outlets including Costa Coffee, Starbucks, EAT, Greggs and Pret A Manger.>>Coffee shops top eating out popularity polllast_img read more

Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency brain surgery

first_imgThe 76-year-old Alex Ferguson retired as the most successful manager in British football when he called time on his Manchester United career five years ago.He was back at Old Trafford last week to present a commemorative vase to old rival Arsene Wenger, who steps down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.His more than 26 years in charge at Old Trafford saw Ferguson guide United to 13 Premier League titles, with the Scottish manager also leading the Red Devils to two European Champions League triumphs.In 2003, Ferguson, who made his name as a manager with Scottish club Aberdeen, was treated in hospital for a heart irregularity.Share on: WhatsApp Sir Alex Ferguson (left) with Wenger at his last public appearance recentlyLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Legendary former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage, his old club announced Saturday.“Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage,” said a United statement.“The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter.”Ferguson’s son, Darren, the manager of English third tier club Doncaster, missed his side’s League One match against Wigan on Saturday.“Darren Ferguson will not be at Saturday’s game due to family reasons,” said a Doncaster statement before kick-off.“Darren asks for privacy, and will provide an update through the club during the week.”last_img read more

Penge doubles up in the Lincolnshire sunshine

first_img Marco Penge extended his remarkable season by becoming the English Boys under 16 and under 15 champion in the heat of Seacroft Golf Club on the Lincolnshire coast.Final day rounds of 67 and 73 gave the Sussex youngster a 72-hole aggregate of 283, one under par, and a three stroke winning margin from his England colleague Bradley Moore and Lincolnshire’s own Billy Spooner.Taking both titles meant Penge (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) has collected four titles this year but the most significant to date is the under 16 McGregor Trophy as it means he is a national champion and joins an illustrious Roll of Honour that includes the likes of Justin Rose and several other who have gone on to be tour professionals.“It’s been a great year for me so far,” said Penge. “But this is big. It’s a national title and follows my win in the Fairhaven. “But I didn’t play great this week. I wasn’t good off the tee, I was just trying to get it down the fairway but my short game was good.“Perhaps I was a bit rusty as I’ve played a lot of golf recently. I had a lesson on Saturday with Ryan Fenwick at Goodwood after last week’s European Boys Team Championships and I’m off to Germany on Sunday for the European Young Masters.”Penge began the day one shot off the lead but a morning 67 took him ahead and despite a few wobbles in his 73, he managed to stay there. “I got off to a good start and was two under after three holes this afternoon,” he added.“But I bogeyed the fourth and sixth holes to be out in 36. But then I found a trap off the 11th tee and made another bogey followed by another dropped shot at the 13th but I managed to par in from there.”Moore, one of four players sharing the lead before the final two rounds, shot a morning 70 to lie one behind Penge but a closing 74, which included two double bogeys on the front nine and another at the tenth, left him disappointed.“I knew after 14 holes that I was two behind but it was my putting that let me down,” said the lad from Derbyshire. “I just couldn’t hole anything again and that has been my problem this week.”But for an opening 77, Spooner would have taken the title back to Lincolnshire for the first time since Jim Payne in 1987. But the Boston lad played the last three rounds in four under par, the best of the 45 players that made the cut. He deserves his joint second place for that alone, his closing 69 meant he caught Moore over the final stretch.Ireland’s Peter Kerr moved up the leaderboard with a morning 70 before a closing 73 earned him a share of fourth place on 288 with Essex-based Louis Lazarus, who also returned a closing 69.But the best round of the afternoon, a 68, was posted by John Axelsen, the young Dane who set a course record 66 in round one. He followed that with a disastrous 82 in the wind of day two but the 68 restored a smile to the young man’s face as he finished in a share of sixth place on 291. 18 Jul 2013 Penge doubles up in the Lincolnshire sunshine last_img read more