Find out what we discovered this week

15 Trends in 2019 / 7 restaurant chains in Fast Tack 100 / Capital Funding

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 the brand new food and foodservice trend predictions for 2019, which restaurant acquisitions shook up the industry in the last months and why helicopter parents in Connecticut have been banned from visiting their children in the school cafeteria during lunchtime.

Enjoy reading!

Your FoodService Bites team


Seven restaurant chains make Fast Tack 100
Seven branded restaurant chains have made the Fast Tack 100, an annual league table that ranks Britain’s fastest growing private companies. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.) 

Restaurant's R200 Awards winners announced
Restaurant groups including Nando’s, Mowgli, Honest Burgers and Tortilla were among the winners at Restaurant magazine’s R200 Awards. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.) 

Weekly Research Bite
What is the most important daypart within workplace/school canteens? Simple question? Of course the lunch time. More than every 2nd visit in workplace and school canteens and cafeterias takes place during this occasion. But which daypart contributes the most to growth? Also lunch time? No, this is the only daypart with declining visits. PM Snacking and breakfast are the most important growth drivers (Big 5 European countries, YE Sep 18 vs. YE Sep 17). Operators and manufacturers must be aware of this and adapt their offer accordingly.


Balancing brand authenticity with capital funding
Promising young concepts attract investors, but how do they stay true to the original mission? (Approx. reading time: 8 min.) 

This has been a big year for restaurant acquisitions
Here's a look at some of the biggest and most notable deals involving publicly traded companies this year, and some other deals that could be on the way. (Slideshow/approx. reading time: 5 min.) 

Chilango pushes for more money by extending its Burrito Bond
Mexican restaurant chain Chilango is extending its Burrito Bond 2TM bond into the new year in a bid to bolster the amount of funds it can raise. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.) 

Consumer Trends

Stay-at-home customers likely to feed growing delivery boom
A new list of five top food trends to watch out for in 2019 has claimed the virtual kitchen space and delivered food will become even bigger. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.) 

3 strategies to drive traffic in 2019
As more consumers eat at home, industry experts forecast 2019 to be a lot like 2018 — that is, another year of flat restaurant traffic. (Approx. reading time: 4 min.) 

15 trends to expect in 2019
The “trendologists” at San Francisco-based hospitality consultancy af&co. have released its 2019 food predictions, a broad list of the hottest hotel and restaurant trends — from wild hummus concoctions to globally-influenced breakfast menus. (Slideshow/approx. reading time: 6 min.) 


What were global leaders at this week’s UN climate summit eating?
A whole lot of meat Had organizers opted for a meat-free menu, it would've signaled that mainstream policymakers are ready to consider the role meat consumption plays in a warming globe. But we're not there yet. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

By the way …

'A punch in the gut': Parents lament Connecticut school district's decision to stop lunch visits
In a Connecticut town's elementary schools, district officials have sided with those who find such visits to be disruptive. Parents can no longer visit their kids during lunchtime at the Darien system's K-5 schools after they struggled with a growing number of cafeteria visitors. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)