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Weekly Round-Up

Check out this week's round-up for the best industry updates, cool videos, and pretty much everything else you need to know this week. ​

Industry News

Tesco begins checkout-free mobile payment trial

UK retailer Tesco has begun to trial a checkout-free, app-based mobile payment system, which will allow consumers to scan products while they walk around stores and pay online. 

Catering platform ezCater receives $100m in funding

US-based business catering platform ezCater has received $100 million in a Series D funding round led by Wellington Management Company.

 

EzCater provides an online ordering platform and a suite of programs to the foodservice industry. They allow restaurants and caterers to provide businesses with catering services.

Heineken to invest £44m to upgrade its UK pub network

Heineken announced that it will launch a £44 million investment program to upgrade its UK pub network throughout the course of 2018.

 

Heineken’s leased pub business Star Pubs & Bars is the UK’s third largest pub business, and the investment will upgrade approximately 500 of the company’s 2,900 pubs.

One-on-one with Anheuser-Busch’s brand-new CEO 

In his first sit down as CEO, Anheuser-Busch’s Michel Doukeris talks about the future of the iconic beer maker and how President Trump’s tariffs could impact the cost of beer and jobs.

Hotels Drive Food And Beverage Sales With Amazon Echo

Amazon recently announced its plan to put Amazon Echo devices in Marriott, Westin and St. Regis hotels, among others. So travelers who have gotten used to the convenience of throwing out random questions — from what is the temperature outside to where is good to eat in the area — will probably appreciate them in their rooms.

World’s Largest Food And Beverage Companies of 2018

According to the 2018 Forbes Global 2000 — their annual and comprehensive list of the world’s most powerful public companies as measured by a composite score of revenue, profit, assets and market value—Anheuser-Busch, Nestle and Pepsico are the top three food and drink companies in the world. 

CO2 Shortage in UK Major Pain for Food and Drink Industries

The UK is experiencing a shortage of carbon dioxide due to closures of the factories that produce the gas as a by-product. Producers of beer, soft drinks, and meat will be hit the hardest by the shortage, as they rely heavily on CO2 in their operations. The carbon dioxide deficiency will also likely affect the usual distribution of poultry products throughout Britain—including restaurants like Nando’s, McDonald’s, and KFC.

Real 8-bit Sushi Marks the Beginning of Food Digitalization

Yes, sushi teleportation now exists. Digital food platform ‘open meals’ boasted their ability to 3D-print food whilst revealing some nifty appetite appeasing technology at the south by southwest interactive festival this weekend.

Burger King and Budweiser Create a Limited-Edition Burger

Titans of Industry, Burger King and Budweiser announced on Wednesday that they are teaming up to revive the beermaker’s 2000 Super Bowl spot, “Whassup” and create a limited-edition burger this summer.