Strategic Food and Beverage Consultancy Services
Expertise and support for restaurant and bar owners, hotel food and beverage operators
Based in the UK, I possess 30 years of food and beverage expertise, mainly in hotels. My background as a hotel general manager offers valuable insights into challenges faced at property and corporate levels. Working as the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage in Zurich across Europe and India has equipped me to provide tried and tested solutions.
As a freelance food and beverage consultant, I have collaborated with notable clients like Niklas Ekstedt and Hyatt Corporate in Zurich, working on projects in Prague and London. I provide expertise on restaurant revenue management to the Basque Culinary Center and offer operational insights and post-acquisition strategies for hotel food and beverage operations to a Luxembourg-based private equity company. My successful collaboration with Nespresso received positive feedback.
I have been cooperating with a software development team based in the United Kingdom since 2009, and together co-created 365Audits, an online audit tool that can be used for businesses to move them from their paper-based excel or word-based audits to a paperless cloud-based system. The system was successfully piloted in the UK. We have the capability to develop augmented reality tools and other online strategies coded in various languages. We can also create highly functional websites if required to meet different budgets and needs.
I’m driven by my values
For me, purpose and values are important.
My purpose is to support the hospitality industry in finding new paths to success and I always choose the right path over the easy one when working with clients and partners.
My motivation is knowing that I have and can help a lot of people/businesses have great food and beverage experiences and that these experiences are planet friendly, memorable and profitable.
We offer global hospitality businesses asset management support with a focus on enhancing their Food & Beverage operations. Leveraging data-driven strategies, we aim to increase performance, revenue, and reputation, while building resilience and promoting sustainability. This is achieved in alignment with stakeholder aspirations. Remote F&B evaluations can be executed via video conferencing, implementing agreed-upon sustainable improvements. If needed, comprehensive audits can identify priority commercial opportunities that boost resilience and promote sustainable growth.
Understanding all the stakeholders’ viewpoints, budgets and identifying the local market opportunity through data, we can develop and create sustainable, destination worthy restaurant and bar concepts, that prioritise success whilst embracing eco-friendly practices. We can support you with your existing third-party concept developers to implement their concepts where they do not provide operational implementation guidance and support. We can create and project manage the redevelopment of an existing restaurant, redesign and reimagine your hotel’s breakfast offering, events setup, and bar in a more sustainable way in collaboration with your corporate or property team. We are pragmatic, proven and experienced at turning food and beverage operational results around and driving incremental income.
Marketing and Branding
Creating an effective F&B marketing plan for hotels can be challenging due to limited resources and expertise. A clear, targeted, and differentiated plan is crucial to stand out in the local market. With years of experience supporting hotel marcom teams and F&B leaders, we can help validate and improve your marketing strategies to ensure success. Our services include but are not limited to developing websites with API integrations for booking channels.
Let’s work together on your next Food & Beverage project
Offering an independent perspective, I bridge gaps between operations, corporate, and owner ambitions, emphasising sustainability. Uniting stakeholders through empathy and challenging norms, I find validated, sustainable solutions. Contact Michael Butler for food and beverage strategic asset management with a focus on sustainability and responsible practices.