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Starbucks' delivery service, collapse of Patisserie Valerie and the future candy bar

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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 delivery service of Starbucks, the collapse of Patisserie Valerie and how artificial intelligence will create the perfect candy bar.

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Starbucks rolls out a delivery service
The US coffeehouse chain is expanding its delivery service and aims to offer 95 percent of its core menu for order using the Uber Eats mobile app. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)

Chick-fil-A stadium location will be closed during Super Bowl
Fast-food franchise Chick-fil-A has a longstanding policy of being closed on Sundays and even Super Bowl is not enough for the chain to make an exception to that rule. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)

Patisserie Valerie collapses into administration
The UK Bakery chain Patisserie Valerie has collapsed into administration after it was unable to extend its bank facilities. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

Weekly Research Bite

Guests like to search for good deals when they eat out. In France every fourth quickservice visit is a value menu/meal deal. In Spain this share is far lower: Only 10% of quickservice visits include a value meal – however the share increased compared to last year. Whilst this also reflects the importance of fastfood chains and their offerings, there is still room to raise the value menu rate, since its an attractive way to bundle items and sell more.


Michelin announces 2019 stars for France
The Michelin star revelations has been the most anticipated day of the year for chefs across France. With 11 more stars awarded than last year, 2019 has been a record year. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

Subway executive James Walker resigns
James Walker, Subway’s vice president of North America, has resigned effective immediately. Ian Martin, vice president of international, was named acting chief business development officer. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Food & Beverages

Why the future of candy is artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence will help brands predict product success, interact with customers, boost sales and could help companies create the perfect candy bar. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Pizza Hut expects to sell 2 million pizzas during Super Bowl

The American restaurant chain is hosting a series of game day promotions to keep the brand front and center during one of the biggest sporting events of the year. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Surprise Japanese-Italian Mash-Up 
Chef Keiichi Kurobe presents karaage tortellini, which is currently considered one of the most creative and surprising dishes of Los Angeles. (Approx. reading time: 4 min.)

By the way …

Vegan Youtube starlet is eating animal products again
After 5 years of being vegan, famous 26-year-old Australian influencer Bonny Rebecca is quitting her vegan lifestyle due to skin and gut problems. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)