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Dunkin', Impossible Foods and customers agreement with restaurant closures

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Our weekly newsletter covers noteworthy and curious news from the international hospitality business. Find out what we've discovered about Dunkin', Impossible Foods and Just Eat Also, take a look at our research all about customers agreement with restaurant closures. 

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Weekly Research Bite

Agreement with restaurant closures
At the end of March 2020 as well as in the middle of May 2020, we asked consumers across six European countries (GB, DE, FR, ES, IT, RU) about whether they agree with restaurant closures due to the coronavirus spreading. At the end of March, 3 out of 4 (74%) European consumers totally agreed with the need to close restaurants. That agreement has gone down dramatically now. In mid-May, only 43% totally agreed with restaurant closures. And whilst in March, mostly Russians and Brits didn’t think it was necessary, now, those are the countries with the highest agreement. By the way, there is no significant difference in the agreement to keeping restaurants closed by how often people eat and drink away from home.


Dunkin' offers university degrees
In an attempt to lure in new employees, the coffee and doughnut chain partners with the Southern New Hampshire University to offer low-cost degrees. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

Yum China partners with Beyond Meat
Starting from June 3rd the restaurant group will introduce the Beyond Burger as a limited-time offering at selected KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell locations. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Wendy's reports small sales decline
Despite supply issues, the brands average sales in May were down just 1.9% compared to the year prior. Its same-store sales however were down 8.6 %. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)


Impossible Foods introcudes direct-to-customer sales
The plantbased meat manufacturer has started to sell its products on its website for shipment to consumers. The smallest item starts at $50. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Bon Appétit editor resigns
Following accusations of racism and the public outcry of several staff members editor-in-chief Adam Rapaport has announced his resignation. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

These restaurant chains have declared bankruptcy
The publication Restaurant Business Online publishes a list of brands and chains that couldn't weather the situation caused by the coronavirus. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)


Just Eat shows interest in Grubhub
The Dutch-British food delivery company has reportedly expressed interest in a possible merger with their American rival. Currenty Grubhub is already in talks with UberEats. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

How food delivery apps could encourage low-carbon food
If delivery apps were to implement features such as carbon emission labeling, user would be more educated on the impact of their food choices. (Approx. reading time: 4 min.)

By the way

Coca-Cola is accepting cryptocurrency 
The Asia-Pacific branch of the company overhauled its vending machines in the wake of the coronavirus to accept cryptocurrency. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)