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Dodo's UK venture: launching a fast‑casual pizza delivery in Leamington Spa

09 July 2020

Dodo’s UK venture: launching a fast‑casual pizza delivery in Leamington Spa

Buckle up! It's gonna be a bumpy ride. Dodo's team is launching an entirely new pizza concept in the UK, Europe's largest and most competitive pizza market. New product, new model, new style — new everything. I'm covering the project on LinkedIn in short updates — as soon as there are new developments. In this post, you can read the whole story from the beginning.

🗓 June 16. No traction in the UK pizza market

It pains me to write this but we have to face up to the facts. Despite our best efforts,...

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Slow burn: 10 long-term effects of COVID19 on the food service industry

04 May 2020

Slow burn: 10 long-term effects of COVID19 on the food service industry

“I wouldn't be that surprised if aliens landed near my house next week,” a friend told me the other day. “When the whole world goes into lockdown, there is no space left for science fiction anymore. Anything now seems possible.”Which makes it even harder to predict how things will shake out in the long term.

Yet it would be nice to have at least some insight into our post-COVID19 future, especially if you work in food service — an industry totally disrupted by the corona crisis.

So I've done my best to sift numerous reports and articles...

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Our strategy: CEO’s letter to team members, partners, and investors

15 April 2020

Our strategy: CEO’s letter to team members, partners, and investors

My friends, I would like to share some thoughts on our strategy in this new reality disrupted by the crisis. But first, let’s take a step back.A couple of weeks before the crisis started, our financial director, Kirill Vyrypaev, and I discussed the possibility of Dodo’s IPO in 2 years.

I have to explain here that our company has a lot of shareholders. About 200 of them are the investors who supported us during Dodo Pizza’s crowdinvesting campaign a few years ago. We didn't promise them dividends and quick returns. They invested their money in our company because...

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Covid-19 survival guide for restaurants: 18 tactics to see it through

08 April 2020

Covid-19 survival guide for restaurants: 18 tactics to see it through

Some people say this corona crisis is awesome. At last, you can officially work from home. You can improve your cooking, spend time with your kids, finish that online course in French literature... Don't trust people saying that. They are lying.This corona crisis sucks. People will die, lose their jobs, go bankrupt... And even if they don't, they can't go about their lives as usual.

So it sucks for anyone, but for everyone in the food service business, it sucks big time.

What can we do?

I reached out to my network of restaurateurs and QSR professionals asking...

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