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Luckin Coffee's roastery plans, Taco Bell's manager salaries and market research about spending habits in quick service restaurants

Dear Reader,

Our weekly newsletter covers noteworthy and curious news from the international hospitality business. Find out what we've discovered about Luckin Coffee's roastery plans, Taco Bell's manager salaries and the rise of convenience stores in the United States. Also, take a look at our market research about spending habits in quick service restaurants.

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Your foodservice Bites team

Market Research
Do guests spend more money when they eat on premise? Or is the average eater check in quick service restaurants higher for off-premise occasions? The CREST consumer panel measures a spending increase of 27% when guests eat off-premise (European BIG 5 average). However, the picture in Germany and France is different. In these countries guests that eat on premise order more items and therefore have a higher eater check.


Guzman Y Gomez comes to the United States
The Australian fast-casual concept, offering Mexican cuisine, has opened its first U.S.-location in Naperville, Illinois. (Approx. reading time: 4 min.)

Luckin Coffee partners with Louis Dreyfus Company
Together, the Chinese coffee chain and the Dutch agricultural and logistics company want to open a new coffee roasting factory in Xiamen, China. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

Panera 'goes' plant-based
By 2021 the fast-casual brand wants to increase its plant-based options from 25% to 50% of its menu. Furthermore, the company plans to add more meals with grain. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)


Convenience stores improve their foodservice selection
As snacking is becoming the preferred meal of choice for many Americans, brands like Wawa and 7-Eleven have adjusted their food and beverage offerings. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

Kitchen gadgets from the CES
Eater magazine has compiled a list of the best and worst innovations presentend by electronics manufacturers at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. (Approx. reading time: 4 min.)

Taco Bell pays big bucks for its restaurant managers
In an attempt to keep its restaurant staff around for longer, the Yum! Brands-daughter will be paying selected managers $100,000 a year. (Approx. reading time: 4 min.)


Alimentaria: Global meeting point for foodservice business
One of Europe's leading trade shows for food, beverage and foodservice is taking place from April 20th to 23rd 2020 at Fira de Barcelona. Around 4.500 exhibitor companies will present their innovations. Find out what to expect.

New Food Conference 2020: Re-thinking the food industry
The New Food Conference is taking place from April 23rd to 24th in Berlin. It is Europe's first and biggest conference on new-protein solutions and serves as a platform for exchange on the latest developments in the field of emerging food solutions.

By the way

The last stand
Rutland, a county in the UK, will lose its status as the only county in England without a McDonald's after plans of a new restaurant were approved by the council. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

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