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Pizza Hut closing US units, the and Just Eat merger and a restaurant run by Mastercard

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Pizza Hut plans to close hundreds US restaurants
The pizza brand is in an ongoing transition towards more delivery and takeout options. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

Mastercard to open restaurant in New York

'Priceless' will be the latest example of so-called sponsored restaurants in which companies from outside the hospitality business act as restaurateurs. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Weekly Research Bite

Supermarkets have been among the best performing segments in the foodservice market in the past years. For example, in Germany 2.4% more guests choose the ready to go food and beverage offers in supermarkets (YE Dec 18 vs. previous year). This could be a packaged salad or sandwich, cut fruits or also chilled beverages. In France growth rates were lower, but with a plus of over 1.2% it grew twice as fast as the market. Convenience is one of the key success factors of this segment.

Delivery and Just Eat to merge
The boards of the two delivery companies agree on the conditions, completion is expected by the end of the year. A merger would form the largest delivery company outside of China. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Grubhub shares consumer data with Shake Shack

Access to the consumer data was crucial for Shake Shack while looking for an exclusive delivery partner. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)


UK: McDonald's 'eco-friendly' paper straws can't be recycled
The paper straws replaced the plastic ones but are too thick to be effectively recycled. The company is working on a solution. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Compostable salad bowls contain aggressive chemicals
To hold hot food and grease, all bio-degradable bowls contain the chemicals PFAS. These don't dissolve over time and can pollute water and soil. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)


Cheesecake Factory to buy Fox Restaurant Concepts
Cheesecake Factory is reported to pay US$353 m for the multi-concept operator including the multi-unit chain North Italia. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

American restaurant chains to expand in China
McDonald's, Burger King, Starbucks and others are looking to China for growth. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

By the way

5 menu items which fame is fading
These items may not disappear completely, but they are definitely not as hot as they used to be. (Slideshow, approx. reading time: 3 min.)