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Top 200 US chains, McDonald's sales and COVID-19 effects on delivery

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Our weekly newsletter covers noteworthy and curious news from the international hospitality business. Find out what we've discovered about the Top 200 US restaurant chains, McDonald's sales and Domino's UK. Also, take a look at our research all about COVID-19 effects on the delivery market. 

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Weekly Research Bite

COVID-19 effects on the delivery market
Many European consumers called a delivery service in for the first time during the COVID-19 crisis. Throughout the six largest European countries (GB, DE, FR, ES, IT, RU) 31% of all consumers claimed they used delivery services, during the crisis, this number grew by 11% points to 42%. And with the exception of the UK – where the number of delivery users has been on the highest level before the crisis – it grew fairly similar across all of the other countries by a good +10 percentage points each.


Ranking: Top 200 restaurant chains in America
Nation's Restaurant News published its highly anticipated sales ranking. However, due to the dramatic changes, this year's approach is slightly different.

75% of US restaurants don't expect to turn a profit soon

A survey by the National Restaurant Association paints a grim outlook for the industry. It already lost an estimated US$ 120 bn during the pandemic. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

How the coronavirus is reshaping the craft beer market

No drinking at bars, instead drinking at home. How breweries have to adapt to the consequences of the pandemic. (Approx. reading time: 4 min.)


McDonald's US same store sales are improving slowly
In May the company reported a decline of 5.1% compared to the previous year. In April the numbers had been down by almost 20%. Most restaurants have reopened. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Domino's UK like-for-like sales up during lockdown 

The pizza chain reports a plus of more than 5% during Britain's lockdown. In Ireland on the contrary like-for-like sales declined. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Subway franchisees complain about Footlong promotion
Some franchisees in the USA have filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission about a new 2-for-$10 Footlong promotion. They feel pressured into an promotion that's unprofitable for them. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)


Starbucks' employees allowed to wear Black Lives Matter attire
The company reversed a decision that ordered employees not to wear clothing or accessories that could be associated with the BLM movement. (Approx. reading time: 2 min.)

Black restaurant owners call for change

Leaders in the black restaurant community in the California's Bay Area are speaking out against racism and thinking about the next steps needed for equality. (Approx. reading time: 4 min.)

By the way

Front cooking in times of the coronavirus
Californian chef Byron Hughes launched a project called The Cook In. Customers can order and pick up meal kits with all the ingredients they'll need to cook a dish along with Hughes during an Instagram Live stream. (Approx. reading time: 3 min.)