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Top 500 largest US-restaurant chains, Wendy's digital future and carbon-neutral meat from Brazil

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Our weekly newsletter covers noteworthy and curious news from the international hospitality business. Find out what we've discovered about the Top 500 largest US-restaurant chains, Wendy's investing in a digital future and carbon-neutral meat from Brazil.

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Your FoodService Bites team

Recommended Event

Successful Multi-Unit Restaurant Management 2019, Zurich - 21. - 23. May
This highly interactive three-day seminar led by Professor Christopher C. Muller enables participants to move to the next level of corporate restaurant leadership. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)
www.gdi.ch

Trend Study at Internorga
The renowned fair for the out-of-home-market collaborated with the trend researcher Karin Tischer to reveal this year's hottest food trends. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)
www.ktchnrebel.com

Brands

Wendy's invests in digital infrastructure
The Ohio-based Burger chain is investing US$25 million this year to strengthen its digital capabilities and make its restaurants easier to operate. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)
www.nrn.com

Shake Shack is feeling the pressure
The US-bases Burger Chain blames labour and expansion costs for its profit margin decline in the final quarter of 2018. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)
www.table.skift.com

Weekly Research Bite
Are you looking for ways to sell more items and increase the average eater check? One good way to do this is to offer meal deals. In Quick Service Restaurants for example, eater checks increase by more than 20% in most European countries, going along with a higher number of different products bought obviously. So this is a win-win situation for operators as well as manufacturers
www.npdgroup.com

Operations

Top 500 chain restaurants
According to the foodservice forecast released by consulting company Technomic, sales at the 500 largest restaurant chains in the United States rose 3.3% last year. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)
www.restaurantbusinessonline.com

Mail-order meal kits are losing subscribers
Besides the costs, packaging issues and their status as 'training wheels' for newbie cooks has made companies, such as BlueApron, lose customers in recent years. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)
www.eater.com

Sustainability

Brazil founds group for carbon-neutral meat
The newly formed association wants to encourage sustainable production and offer customers beef with a guarantee of origin and lower greenhouse gas emissions. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)
www.foodnavigator-latam.com

Big Brands are failing to keep up
Consumer trends like veganism and sustainable packaging are only picked up slowly by big players in the global food and beverage sector. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)
www.foodnavigator.com

By the way …

Ever wondered what life is like for a delivery driver?
New York-based blog Grub Street followed one delivery driver for their evening shift to figure out what they experience in their job. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)
www.grubstreet.com





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