Welcome to Week 27 of 2020. Chef Works® Weekly Bites is where we take a dive into the notable food stories of the week. We took a break from the traditional Weekly Bites for a couple of months to bring you news, links and resources specific to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it impacted the hospitality community.
Moving forward Chef Works will continue to use all of its media channels as a reliable resource for our readers, friends and customers.
In a move that is sure to shake up the take-out industry – which has seen a massive uptick over the last few months – Uber has agreed to acquire Postmates.
The move comes on the heals of Uber’s failed attempt to acquire Grubhub – which instead sold to a European delivery company last month. Forbes has the report on the $2.65 billion acquisition.
This deal is a product of the pandemic. Uber now finds itself in need of positive revenue streams that aren’t dependent on global mobility. And here comes Postmates, reporting 50% quarter on quarter bookings growth at the end of June. It is unlikely that Postmates would have seen such quarterly growth without Covid.
- If you’ve driven anywhere across the country, or seen “Austin Powers,” then you’ve seen the iconic “Big Boy.” But now one of the most recognizable food mascots is yielding the floor to “Dolly” as the chain rolls out a new chicken sandwich. Per Food & Wine, the switch is promotional.
- In times of financial crisis, where are investors spending their dollars when it comes to the food industry? Food Business News has a report.
- The second wave is coming (or in some cases, is already here). How should restaurants prepare? Nation’s Restaurant News has some tips.
I guess it’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween. No, you don’t need to plan out your costume just yet. But it might not hurt to start brainstorming candy ideas.
Seeing as yesterday was “World Chocolate Day” (like we really need a reason to celebrate chocolate) Hershey’s announced its Halloween Candy lineup for 2020. In a year of sour, hopefully this will provide a little sweet. Delish has the report.
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- Super Bowl chef Dayanny De La Cruz is leading her own comeback story
- Chefs Allison Fasano and John Brill are masked heroes in Gotham.
- Guest column: How Nude Dude Food is paying it forward.
- Food critic, writer and TV personality Troy Johnson is hopeful for a “massive flood” of people at restaurants.