Our Key Stats
grab & go locations
YO! launches its first restaurant in London’s Soho
YO! opens first franchise in Dubai, UAE
Mayfair Equity Partners invests in YO!
Acquisition of Bento, Canadian market leader
Acquisition of Taiko to support the Group’s move into the food-to-go category
Merger with Snowfox, one of the largest operators and franchise owners of sushi kiosks in the United States
Founded in 2005 in Houston, Texas - Snowfox is the franchisor of over 1,000 full-service sushi kiosks in 25 states throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii and Alaska.Visit Snowfox
Bento was founded in 1996 in Canada and provides quality grab & go sushi and hot Asian food in over 900 locations, including supermarkets.Visit Bento
In 1997, YO! was the first to bring the ‘kaiten’ conveyor belt to the UK. Today, YO! is the UK's #1 Sushi brand with 52 restaurants, over 50 sushi kiosks and a popular YO! To Go range.Visit YO!
Founded in 1997, Taiko was the first sushi manufacturer for UK supermarkets and has evolved into a highly innovative manufacturer of sushi, bentos and snacks in the UK.Visit Taiko
Our Leadership Team
John has been at the forefront of multi-channel, consumer-driven retailing for more than 20 years. He has extensive board experience of multi-channel consumer focused businesses both in the UK and US. Previous roles include chairman at Naked Wines and Chief Executive of Home Retail Group.
Richard has been in the food and restaurant industry his entire career. Previous roles include CEO of Pizza Express, the operating board of Asda Group, Commercial Director of Morrisons and Group Commercial Director of Waitrose.
Xenia has over 20 years’ experience in senior roles with international groups gaining broad financial, business and international experience. Most recently she was CFO of SDL PLC, the listed professional services provider, driving transformation and the merger with RWS Holdings.
Senior Independent Director
Chris is a highly experienced NED with a portfolio of board positions. During his executive career he held leadership roles in and directorships of public companies including Whitbread PLC, Costa Coffee, Woolworths Group, Comet Group PLC and Kingfisher PLC.
With a clear Group vision of being No.1 in the US, UK and Canada in terms of revenue growth, brand recognition, shareholder value and sustainability, our ESG strategy is focused on 3 pillars:
Develop an entrepreneurial, inclusive and diverse culture among employees and franchisees that helps attract and grow talent:
- Strong, inclusive culture
- High standards of ethical conduct
- Community giving via Bento foundation
Help people eat healthily in a way that supports the environment:
- Best-in class Food Safety Standards
- Nutritionally balanced menu choices
- Focus on plant-based Vegan & Vegetarian diets
- Reduce Fat, Salt & Sugar across our menus
Meaningfully reduce our impact on the Planet along our value chain:
- Develop plans to reduce energy usage
- Remove all single use plastics by 2025
- Improve environmental fit out & operation of new sites
- Minimising food waste