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Alcohol-free beer, McDonald's trademark battle and Amazon's supermarket strategy

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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 future of alcohol-free beer, McDonald's trademark battle and Amazon's supermarket strategy.

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McDonald's loses BigMac trademark
After a legal battle with an Irish chain, McDonald's has lost its trademark for its Big Mac burger in the European Union. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)

JAB announces executive changes
The German-based JAB Holding has announced that senior partner Bart Becht will leave the company, while simoultaneously promoting three new members to executive positions. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)

Amazon halts Whole Foods 365 concept
The e-commerce giant is saying goodbye to its smaller and cheaper store format Whole Foods 365. Meanwhile, their own grocery format Amazon Go is expanding. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Weekly Research Bite

Children are often the critical factor in the decision if and where a family eats out. Whilst the importance of children as the decision making factor in choosing a restaurant varies by country, seasons play an even more important part: particularly in the summer months children’s preferences for certain restaurants shape decisions. Important facts for operators who want to tailor promotions and specific kids and family offers accordingly.


The downside of the straw ban
Banning plastic for the sake of the environment is fair and well, but not all customers are benefiting from this move. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

New sustainability award
Foodservice and sustainability-focused firm Footprint have launched an awards event for the drinks industry: the Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Food & Beverages

Global confectionary market expected to grow
The global confectionery market is expected to reach $284.4 billion by 2025, according to a new report from Hexa Research. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)

Why alcohol-free beer is the future
David Forde, responsible for the UK division of Heineken, wants to take on softdrinks and coffee with his alcohol-free beer options. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

America's favourite chains
Hospitality, ambiance, convenience, and of course food are the key factors in customers' choice of their favourite chain restaurants. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

By the way …

A crucified Ronald McDonald has sparked outrage in the Israeli city of Haifa, where Christians took to the streets to protest the art installation. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)