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Luckin Coffee, Brewdog and consumer reservations about returning to restaurants

Dear Reader,
Our weekly newsletter covers noteworthy and curious news from the international hospitality business. Find out what we've discovered about Luckin Coffee, Brewdog and Starbucks. Also, take a look at our research all about customer reservations about returing to restaurants. 
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Your foodservice Bites team

Weekly Research Bite

How quickly will consumers return to restaurants?
At the end of March 2020, more than half of consumers in Europe (51%) indicated that – even if restaurant doors open again – they will wait before they start visiting them. When we asked that same question again in mid-May, that percentage even increased: Meanwhile it increased to 57% of consumers agreeing with the statement to wait after openings. No surprise that the younger consumers are less concerned and share a willingness to come back earlier. But there are more interesting differences between countries: Germans indicate they are the least concerned to come back, Brits and Spaniards are most concerned. There seems to be a correlation between the level of concern and how hard a country was hit by the pandemic.


Luckin Coffee gets a second delisting notice
The Chinese coffee chain is currently still listed on NASDAQ, but received a second delisting notice last week after failing to file an annual report on time. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

Krispy Kreme brings its donuts to Walmart
The North Carolina-based donut chain is reaching into retail with the rollout of its new Doughnut Bites and Mini Crullers, which are available at Walmart. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Starbucks introduces a meatless breakfast sandwich
Using the plant-based sausage by manufacturer Impossible Foods, the new breakfast sandwich is combined with fried egg, cheddar cheese and ciabatta bread. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)


How the corona virus is shaping the foodservice industry
The latest update by Technomic takes a look at the reopening regulations around the world, new restaurant formats and menu innovations. (Approx. reading time: 5 min.) 

UK reopens pubs
Prime minister Boris Johnson has annouced that pubs will be able to reopen from the 4th July with a one-metre distancing measure in place. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Michelin releases 39th edition of its 'Main Cities of Europe' guide
The new dining guide features restaurants in 39 cities in 23 European countries. Krakow, Poland, and Ljubjana, Slovenia, appear for the first time in the guide. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Food & Beverage

Natural colouring in plant-based foods
The use of food colouring in plant-based foods is essential to meet customer expectations. However, different protein bases react differently to colour in terms of shade and stability. (Approx. reading time: 4 min.)

Brewdog plans to launch a delivery service in the UK
The Scottish craft beer brewery says it is looking into establishing a beer delivery service by drone in the UK after launching a similar initiative in the U.S. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

By the way

The cost of equipping a restaurant after the shutdown
Operators across the country are making major investments in the necessary equipment to keep their employees and customers safe.  (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)