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Trending this week: Just Eat Takeaway agrees to acquire Grubhub and more on McDonald's addressing its limited menu

Red Robin temporarily closes 35 restaurants, cuts 50 corporate jobs due to coronavirus

This week on Nation's Restaurant News,  a third-party delivery company based in Amsterdam, Just Eat, has agreed to acquire Grubhub in a $7.3 billion deal. The deal would give Grubhub shares of an implied value of $75.15, based on Just Eat’s closing price of $98.60 Euro on June 9. Just Eat and Grubhub said the combined company would connect restaurant partners with customers in 25 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany.

McDonald’s Corp. made a few announcements about keeping its limited menu when stores reopen and an effort to achieve a sustainability in the restaurant.

“The current crisis has highlighted the importance of food packaging and also personal safety equipment, such as gloves and masks, which has been crucial to ensure the safety of our front-line restaurant employees,” Francesca DeBiase, executive vice president and chief supply chain and sustainability officer, said in a June 5 letter. “We are mindful of short-term challenges including additional waste caused by disposable safety wear, some increase in plastic use and shortages of fiber for packaging.”

On day four of Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality’s Restaurants Rise digital summit, Chris Hollander, chief marketing officer of Panera Bread, and Gje Greene-Wallace, director of marketing for 20-unit, Texas-based seafood chain Fish City Grill and sister concept Half Shells, spoke about how their marketing and communications strategies shifted over the past couple of months to prioritize building human connections as well as safety policies.

Click through our gallery to watch the on demand webinar which was part of a special coverage of the Restaurants Rise digital summit and to see what else was trending on


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