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McDonald's partnership with Ford, Five Guys new breakfast menu and consumer trends of 2020

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Loyalty programme helps Starbucks grow
In the past year alone the coffee chain has registered a plus of 15% in its subscription numbers. This has helped Starbucks improve their sales. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

McDonald's puts chicken sandwich on the menu
The fast food giant's attempt to compete with Chick-fil-A has lead them to develop a Southern Style Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich which is only available in Texas. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Five Guys launches breakfast menu in the UK
To celebrate the opening of its 100th store, the better burger concept is testing out their breakfast menu in four restaurants across the UK. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Weekly Research Bite
Sparkling or still mineral water – that is the question. How important are the water categories in the European markets? It is interesting to see that in Germany and France sparkling water is equally popular with a share of 60% (tap water not taken into account in France). And it has been getting more important in France over the last few years. On the other hand the Spanish market for sparkling water is very small. Only every 20th mineral water bought in the Spanish commercial foodservice market is sparkling.


Michelin partners with TripAdvisor
The world's most famous restaurant guide joins forces with user review site TripAdvisor and its booking platform TheFork. As part of the deal, Michelin sells the booking platform BookaTable. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

Airport lounges focus on Millenials and solo travellers
By focusing on technology, convenience and personalization, airlines are finding ways to keep those travellers coming back for more. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Consumer trends for the coming year
According to research by consultancy company MMR research, trends towards health and wellness, plant-based and clean label will continue in 2020. (Approx. reading time: 5 min.)


Car parts made from McDonald's coffee bean waste
In a sustainability project with the automobile manufacturer Ford, parts for the headlamp will be made from skin waste creating after roasting coffee beans. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

Japanese Starbucks Cafés embrace paper straws
If successful, the move could eliminate a further 200 million single-use plastic straws, moving the brand closer to its 2020 goal of eliminating more than 1 billion plastic straws. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

By the way

A guide to breaking up in a restaurant
For anyone wishing to end a relationship between two courses, Eater has put together a list of things to consider before going through with a public break-up. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)