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Zero-waste, vegan takeaway, Shake Shack's four-day workweek and more rewards for Starbucks customers

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Our weekly newsletter covers noteworthy and curious news from the international hospitality business. Find out what we've discovered about a zero-waste, vegan takeaway meal, Shake Shack's four-day workweek and more rewards for Starbucks customers.

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More rewards for Starbucks customers
Under a revamped loyalty programme customers of the chain will be able to earn rewards more quickly. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)

McDonald's keeps investing in technology
At a recent conference their CFO Kevin Ozan talked about the necessity of further investments in new technological innovations. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Shake Shack tests four-day workweek
The pilot programme is open for store managers only and is supposed to help the better burger chain in finding and keeping qualified employees. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Weekly Research Bite
The Italian Foodservice market had the largest growth among the Big 5 European countries (Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) with +1.9% more visits in the out-of-home market. Highest growth rates came from the QSR segment (+2.8%). However, different from the other European countries, the full service restaurant segment in Italy grew at almost the same level – a really particular situation showing the health of the Italian market.


Alpro launches zero-waste, vegan takeaway meal
The 'plant-bases bucket' contains 100% vegan chicken nuggets, sweet potato fries and a creamy vegan garlic dip. Added bonus: The packaging is edible. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Food delivery apps in China are accused of eavesdropping
The two biggest players in the delivery market, Meituan and Eleme, have apparently been monitoring conversations of their users to then send targeted recommendations. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

US-Pizza chains are ditching in-house delivery
Big players like Pizza Hut and Papa John's are employing services like Grubhub and DoorDash in order to generate more traffic. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)


European consumers prefer local food and brands
A report from shopper insight provider IRI has highlighted the growing importance of geocentric purchasing, with consumers being more aware of its benefits. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

How food companies are adopting sustainable packaging
With 41% of consumers saying that packaging is an important aspect in their retail purchases, companies are developing more sustainable solutions. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

By the way

Fancy being a festival food taster?
UK food delivery service Deliveroo is offering someone the job of a festival food taster, which includes attending some of England's and Ireland's most renowned music festivals. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)