The municipality of Rotterdam is working on a Rotterdam Prevention Agreement to encourage Rotterdam residents to live healthier lives. Part of that is discouraging unhealthy diets by countering the opening of more fast food chains, and promoting a more responsible and healthier product range in supermarkets, the office of mayor and aldermen said in response to questions by Leefbaar Rotterdam city councilor Michel van Elck, the Telegraaf reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam refused to give hamburger chain Five Guys permission to open a shop in a building on Reguliersbreestraat. According to the municipality, the zoning plan for the building does not allow a snack bar or fast food chain, NU.nl reports.
Five Guys is willing to change its concept to meet Amsterdam's requirements. These include there being no over the counter sales, the building must have sufficient seating and its policy may not be to get customers out as quickly as possible after eating.
In the second quarter of this year, Dutch ordered a total of 440 million euros worth of meal deliveries, according to a report by ABN Amro. Pizza is the most popular delivered food, followed by grill dishes, fast food and sushi, AD reports.
On average, Dutch spend 11.40 per person per order. Sushi and other Japanese dishes are most expensive, at 17.96 euros per meal. Ordering a pizza for delivery costs an average of 9.57 euros per person.
Pizza chain New York Pizza and the municipality of Amsterdam are facing each other in the administrative court on Wednesday. New York Pizza wanted to open a branch in the city, but Amsterdam denied the permit because the city feels there's no space for a fast food chain in the chosen location. In court the pizza chain plans to argue that it is a restaurant, not a fast food chain, according to RTL Nieuws.
An American fast food invasion seems poised for the Netherlands this year. A record number of five new-to-the-Netherlands American food chains will be opening in the country in 2017, according to Metro Nieuws.
The hospitality sector is feeling the Netherlands' improving economy. In the third quarter, the turnover for hotels, restaurants, snack bars and cafes increased 2.6 percent compared to the previous sector, Statistics Netherlands revealed on Wednesday. Compared to the third quarter of last year, the hospitality sector saw 8.8 percent of growth.
This is the biggest turnover increase in this sector since 2007, according to Statistics Netherlands.
A fast food chain is going to sell French fries with weed sauce in Amsterdam and Utrecht. Creator Albert van Beek added a cannabis concentrate to a base of Flemish mayonnaise.