Global North America 

Major UK takeaway chains start to reopen

Three major takeaway chains in the UK have announced limited reopening programmes after closing during the coronavirus lockdown. Burger King, KFC and Pret A Manger have or will open certain restaurants around the country for delivery only. Government guidelines state that while restaurants and pubs have to close, they can prepare food for collection or delivery. The chains had decided to temporarily close as the lockdown took effect. ‘Lifting spirits’ Burger King is to reopen four restaurants: two in Bristol, one in Coventry, and one in Swindon, with a pared-down…

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Europe Global 

The businesses crowdfunding to survive

“Running a small business is touch and go at the best of times,” says Rachel Ho, director of an independent coffee shop in Tottenham, north London. And these, it seems fair to say, are far from the best of times. Ahead of warnings the UK’s economy could shrink by 35%, the Treasury set aside billions to keep businesses afloat during the coronavirus lockdown. But for many, access to that funding is proving too difficult or too slow – and fewer than 2% of the 300,000 inquiries to the government’s loan…

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Global North America 

‘Race against time’ to prevent famines during coronavirus crisis

UN calls for international solidarity to ease effects of Covid-19 on food security   Vulnerable parts of the developing world, particularly in Africa, are at risk of sliding into famine as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, while humanitarian relief efforts are being hindered by lockdowns and travel restrictions, according to the UN. Experts raised the spectre of unrest similar to that seen in 2007-08 when food price rises sparked riots around the world, destabilising fragile states and fuelling conflict in ways that are still being felt. They told the…

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Europe Global 

‘We’ve sold more Easter eggs than last year’

Upmarket chocolate retailer Hotel Chocolat closed all its UK stores three weeks ago. The firm was forced to “turn on a sixpence” reorganising the warehouse to make it safe for staff. But it has paid off. “As it turns out, we’ve sold more Easter eggs than last year,” says boss Angus Thirlwell. Online sales of Easter eggs are surging as UK consumers turn to the internet during the coronavirus lockdown. Thorntons too said it had seen “a significant increase in online orders” since the lockdown started. “Demand is four times…

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Global North America 

Starbucks is officially closing all of its cafes across Canada

Starbucks Canada has announced that effective immediately, all cafés will be closed and stores will move to drive-thru and delivery services only. The news was released Friday in a letter from Starbucks Canada President Lori Digulla, who said that some exceptions will be made for those cafés serving in or around hospitals and health care centres. “Today, we are making the decision to close access to our café’s altogether for two weeks and limiting our services to drive-thru and delivery only,” wrote Digulla. Prior to this announcement, the coffee chain had…

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