This edition of our weekly newsletter as usual covers noteworthy and curious news from the international hospitality business, must-knows to speed up your business. Find out what we discovered about the first climate positive burger menu in the world, technology shaping the restaurant industry and the food of the future. And we'll tell you why it might pay off to consider naming your baby 'Harland'.
Your FoodService Bites team
Brands Busaba Eathai launches delivery-only katsu brand
Thai restaurant group Busaba Eathai has launched a Japanese brand, Katsu Kitchen through Deliveroo Editions. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)
Dunkin’ Donuts invests $100 million in brand refresh
Dunkin’ Donuts is putting cash in the hands of its franchise owners to equip stores to better serve customers accustomed to ordering on mobile devices. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)
Bread winner: Pret A Manger reports 34th consecutive quarterly sales growth
Pret A Manger has achieved a 13.2% increase in revenue, to £878.5m, for the 52 weeks to 28 December 2017, with like-for-like sales up 3.2%. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.)bighospitality.co.uk
Swedish burger chain Max is now offering 'the world’s first climate positive menu'
Swedish burger chain ‘Max Burgers’ is making its entire menu climate positive by tracing the greenhouse emissions of its 130 restaurants, and then compensating for them through various carbon offsetting initiatives, the company has announced. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.) businessinsider.com
Weekly Research Bite
Buying ready-prepared meals and snacks for immediate consumption (often called ‘Eating away from home’) seems to be more and more relevant for consumers across all countries. But is this really reflected in increased visits in all restaurants? Compared to the full year 2017, visits in the out of home market during the last 12 months (year ending June 2018) continued to grow at the same level: +1.0% more guests in the Big 5 average compared to the previous year. However, not all countries show similar trends. The growth rate slowed down in Great Britain, but also in Germany and Spain. And the reasons are different from one country to another. npdgroup.com
Technology Changing the restaurant game with table-top technology
Over the past several years, there’s been a technological revolution happening at the restaurant table. Eateries ranging from quickservice to fine dining are employing technology both to connect customers with staff members and to entertain them. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.) smartbrief.com
Machine learning: what’s next for in-restaurant tech
Big Hospitality speak to the people behind some of the sector’s most influential technology companies to find out what's going to be shaking up restaurant technology over the next few years. (Approx. reading time: 11 min.) bighospitality.co.uk
Food & Beverage 4 coffee trends that are hot right now
Iced coffee, milk alternatives, training and understanding coffee drinkers’ behaviour are the four top things operators need to ensure they are doing to attract hot drink consumers, according to new research. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.) morningadvertiser.co.uk
Pumpkin spice latte season drives sales, frequency
Pumpkin spice latte is a gift of the gourds for foodservice brands, increasing customer frequency and spending, according to new data from The NPD Group. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.) nrn.com
What will the world eat in the next decade?
India will eat more butter and drink more milk. Africa’s sweet tooth will grow bigger. But China’s appetite for pork is on the wane. Each of these trends will reshape global trade flows in agriculture, creating new winners—and forcing companies to adjust their food chains to serve shifting tastes. (Approx. reading time: 4 min.) bloomberg.com
By the way … KFC will pay you $11,000 to name your baby after Colonel Sanders
Kentucky Fried Chicken is presenting a very intriguing offer to name your new-born in honour of an international fried chicken chain's mascot: It'll pay you $11,000 to call your baby Harland, just like Harland Sanders, aka the Colonel. (Approx. reading time: 1 min.) thrillist.com