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Taco Bell's international expansion / Amazon quitting restaurant delivery / Activist chef nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Dear Reader,
This edition of our weekly newsletter as usual covers noteworthy and curious news from the international hospitality business, must-knows to speed up your business. Find out what we discovered about Taco Bell pushing its international expansion, Amazon quitting restaurant delivery in London and how a restaurant company changes its culture after #MeToo. Furthermore: a chef being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize!
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Your FoodService Bites team


Taco Bell makes push to expand internationally — starting with London
Taco Bell is making a move toward its goal to become a $15 billion company in global system sales by 2022, with 9,000 restaurants in total. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)
Winging it: how Bird cracked the chicken market
After a shaky start in east London, fried chicken and waffle specialist Bird has found success with new recipes, smaller locations and a focus on delivery. (Approx. reading time: 5 min.)
Profit boost for Mitchells & Butlers
Mitchells & Butlers has reported an increase in its pre-tax profits, while its adjusted operating profits dropped slightly, in its yearly financial results. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)
Amazon quits London restaurant delivery market
Amazon is to close its London restaurant delivery service after less than two years. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)

Weekly Research Bite

Workplace and school canteens - is this a very dynamic market segment? Overall in the Big 5 European countries (GB, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) the visit development was just flat (YE Sep 18 vs. YE Sep 17). But particularly the British market slowed down the Big 5 visit trend. British canteens lost 2.6% guests, whilst the Spanish market grew by 1.3%.


What quick-serves can learn from sit-down restaurants

Adding full-service flourishes to a limited-service operation can improve business—if it’s the right fit. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)
Work after #MeToo: a restaurant company tries to change its culture
Since the #MeToo movement began, myriad business leaders — from media and tech to finance — have resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment, leaving bad morale and problem workplace cultures in their wake. (Approx. reading time: 8 min.)


Square Roots program turns food scraps into sellable meals

The most extraordinary aspect of the cost-reduction program now in place at 11 foodservice sites in Canada is tough to pinpoint. It’s almost as daunting as identifying a downside. The participating establishments save on food and hauling fees while fostering goodwill within their communities. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)
USA: Vegan snack market value to exceed $73 billion by 2028
The vegan snack market is set to exceed a value of $73 billion by 2028, a new report by market research firm Future Market Insights (FMI) predicts. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)
The Beyond Burger is now available at Tesco
Beyond Burger’s eagerly awaited arrival in the UK is finally here, the bleeding plant-based burger is now available in Tesco - Britain’s largest retailer, which has approximately 28.4% of the market. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

By the way...

Activist chef José Andrés nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

The restaurateur is being recognized for his work in Puerto Rico, where he fed millions of Americans after Hurricane Maria. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)