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5 ways the coronavirus changed how we eat fast food

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA - MARCH 31: A Taco Bell employee delivers an order to a customer at the drive-up window of the restaurant on March 31, 2020 in Hollywood, Florida. Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell Corp. announced that Tuesday, March 31, Taco Bell drive-thru guests across America will receive a free seasoned beef Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos, no purchase necessary while supplies last as part of its coronavirus response. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

From what we buy to what we drink, coronavirus has upended all aspects of our lives. It's also apparent in what we eat, notably at the country's top fast food chains.

McDonald's, Chipotle, Dunkin', Starbucks and several others reported earnings in recent weeks, which encompassed the brutal spring quarter when Covid-19 was rearing its head across the United States.

Starbucks (SBUX) said its average check size grew 25% in the most recent quarter because customers are purchasing multiple drinks and food items.

"One of the things that we have heard over the quarter is that customers are actively putting more food in the basket to have leftovers, the next day," CEO Ritch Allison said in a recent earnings call.

Brands (YUM) said it served an additional 5 million cars through its drive-thrus compared to the same time a year ago.

Every company seems to have a digital success story, including McDonald's, Starbucks, Domino's, Chipotle, Yum!

said digital orders at all of its brands (Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC) hit an all-time high, jumping $1 billion to $3. 5 billion from the same quarter a year ago.

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