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McDonald's low plant-based sales numbers in Canada, Brewdog's advertising troubles and food stories that made the big headlines in 2019.

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McDonald's: low selling numbers of plant-based burgers in Canada
There's no official statement but UBS analysts estimate the burger chain sells only 20 to 30 pieces per store and day of their P.L.T. (Plant, Lettuce, Tomato) sandwich. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Dunkin' appoints two new top managers

Former COO Scott Murphy is promoted to President of Dunkin' Americas, Dana Reid becomes vice president of field marketing for Dunkin' U.S. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)

BrewDog rapped by watchdog for ‘sober as a motherfu’ ad
Complaints made against Scottish brewer and operator BrewDog’s advert for its Punk AF alcohol-free beer that featured the words ‘sober as a motherfu’ have been upheld by an advertising watchdog. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)

Weekly Research Bite
Sugar reduction and possible or already implemented taxes on sugar containing products – topics that are relevant for all foodservice operators as well as manufacturers. The CREST consumer panel shows that it is definitely also important to guests. Within the category of Carbonated Soft Drinks (CSD) the growth rates for diet products exceed those of regular options. In the Big 5 European countries (Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain) diet CSD grew by +7% (4 year CAGR, MAT Sep 19) whilst regular CSD were growing more slowly.


Ricarod Giraudi on beef's bad PR
The CEO of the Giraudi Group and man behind the beefbar talks with host Mario C. Bauer anything beef in the Teddy Talks interview series. (Video 29 min.)

Yum Brands' outgoing CEO reflects on his career
Greg Creed will retire at the end of the year. He has been with Yum Brands for 25 years. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)


Start-ups fighting food waste attract investors
Investors have spent US-$224 m during the last year on businesses tackling food waste. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Refraction tests its delivery robot in Michigan
The college town of Ann Arbor is the test course for the REV-1, which will autonomuous deliver anything from Asian bowls to Mexican food. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Restaurant coworking start-up Spacious shut down
The company helped restaurants to rent their rooms out as coworking space in margin times. Spacious had been bought by struggling company WeWork only four months ago. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

By the way

5 food stories that made headlines in 2019
Donald Trump's fast food buffets at the White House, a shortage of plant-based patties and chicken sandwiches and meat grown in space are amongst the stories that made the news this year. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)