Star Pubs & Bars has appointed Mark Teed as its new Food Strategy & Implementation Manager.
Mark has 20 years’ experience in the pub and casual dining sector, most recently as Food Development Manager at Greene King. His career also includes three years as area manager for ASK and four years as a leased pub operator, successfully turning around an under-performing Dorset pub. Mark takes over from Luke Davies, who recently took a Star lease at the Cowick Barton in Exeter.
Mark said: “Star provides extensive food support to its licensees. I’m looking forward to building on this, helping licensees keep their offers fresh, capitalising on the latest food trends. With food inflation a major factor for pubs, a key focus will be helping Star licensees adapt their offers to maintain profitability and leveraging Star Pubs & Bars’ scale to get them further great deals from suppliers.”
Lawson Mountstevens, managing director of Star Pubs & Bars said: “We’re pleased to welcome Mark to Star Pubs & Bars at an exciting time in our evolution and a dynamic time for pub food. At the end of 2016, 70% of our pubs were shown to serve food, the highest percentage of any national leased pub operator. Mark is able to provide a strategic overview of the food challenges and opportunities facing leased pubs and as a former licensee and area manager he understands the support that both need.”