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McDonald's USA's new president, Deliveroo launching pickup in the UK and a comparison of vegan burger alternatives

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McDonald's US-franchisees meet Erlinger with cautious optimism
Joe Erlinger followed Chris Kempczinski as new president of McDonald’s USA, while Kempczinski became the new CEO after Steve Easterbrook. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

Wagamama shuts down Wagamamago-App

The Android and iOS app was launched in March '18 in cooperation with Mastercard and allowed diners to order and pay directly at the table. But user numbers stayed below expectations. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.) (Sign in required)

Subway tries to battle record store closings
The company puts a new policy in place that asks franchisees who want to close their stores to find a successor first. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)

Weekly Research Bite

Digital orders are driving the delivery market. But how big is the share of digital orders vs. telephone orders? 60% of the delivered food and beverages in Great Britain were ordered digitally. This is the highest share among the Big 5 European countries where the average is at 48%. Overall digital orders grew year on year by more than 20%. 


Deliveroo launches pickup-option in the UK
Customers can use the delivery platform to order the food and then collect it themselves. At launch, 700 restaurants were participating. Deliveroo aims to sign on 10,000 restaurants to the service within a year. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Just Eat rejects another bid by investor Prosus
The Just Eat board instead recommends its shareholders to vote for the planned merger with (Approx. reading time: 2 min)

Plant-based trends

Burger King launches plant-based Whopper in 20 markets
In Europe, the plant-based Rebel Whopper comes with a pattie from Unilever brand The Vegetarian Butcher. In the USA Burger King is even expanding its Impossible burger line. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Comparison of seven plant-based burgers
Which one comes closest to beef? Seven vegan alternatives offered in the UK have to pass the test. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)


BrewDogs new Mini-Bond aims for up to GBP15 m 
The new campaign has been launched on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. The investors are promised an interest rate of 6%, half paid in cash, half in beer. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

T.G.I. Friday's is going public 
In a deal worth US-$380 m in total the company will merge with Allegro Merger who will take T.G.I. Friday's public. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

By the way

A look into the US "war on artisan cheese" 
Americans are much more sceptical about raw milk cheese than Europeans. Expert Catherine Donnelly explains why. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)