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Subway, JAB Holding and the consumer demand for restaurant openings

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Our weekly newsletter covers noteworthy and curious news from the international hospitality business. Find out what we've discovered about Subway, JAB Holding and Compass Group. Also, take a look at our market research on the consumer demand for restaurant openings.

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Your foodservice Bites team

Market Research

Are consumers waiting for restaurants to open again?
All restaurant operators cannot wait to be able to open again – especially their Dine-In areas which are so essential for some players. Consumers saw that a little differently – at least back at the end of March. 69% of European consumers totally or somewhat agree to the statement that ‘re-opening does not have priority for me’. The harder a country is hit, the less people care about restaurants but simply have many other things to worry about. Those craving a bit more than others for restaurant doors to open are the younger consumers, especially heavy users of the industry.


Subway lays off headquarter staff
The sandwich giant has laid off another 150 employees in its second major workforce reduction in three months. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

Panera introduces curbside pickup
Using new technology, such as geofencing, the brand offers its customers an even better contactless pick-up experience. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

Compass Group seeks to raise £2 bn
The international catering group launched the the largest equity-raising of the coronavirus pandemic so far and will use proceeds to reduce debt. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)


National Restaurant Association names new CEO
Tom Bené, former Sysco Corp. executive, takes over the leading role at the the industry trade association. He will assume leadership one June 1. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

JAB Holding plans IPO for its coffee business
The holding wants to raise up to $2.2 bn in an initial public offering on the Euronext stock exchange in Amsterdam. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

A coronavirus experiment
A viral video from Japan aims to show how easily germs and viruses can spread in restaurants when just one person is infected. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)

Food & Beverage

Why meatpackig plants have become coronavirus hotspots
Working conditions in the meat industry seem to be a contributing factor the fast spread of the coronavirus in meatpacking plants across the world. (Approx. reading time: 4 min.)

70m spoiled pints thrown away in the UK
According to an estimation by the British Beer & Pub Assocciation (BPPA) publicans in the UK had to throw away a total oaf 70m pints of spoiled beer during the coronavirus closure. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

By the way

An face mask for dining-out
Inventors in the U.S. have developed a face mask that lets you eat without having to take it off. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)