Educational Resources

One of the outputs of the Assembling Newtown project is to produce information and material that other people, including schools, can use for their purposes. For example, we have collated materials on the sandwich chain Subway as a case study of Fast Food Globalisation.

By Cxshawx - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9470525Millions or even billions of people around the world buy their lunch from fast food restaurants on a daily basis, including in Newtown, where there will soon be the choice of McDonalds, Subway and KFC.  Which of these fast food chains is the largest in terms of number of shops around the world?  

It might surprise you to learn that the answer is Subway, which overtook McDonalds to become the leading fast food restaurant chain in the world with 44,280 restaurants in 110 countries and territories in 2015. This makes Subway very interesting to look at in terms of globalisation, with consumers now able to buy the same Subway sandwich in Newtown as they can in New York or New Delhi. This raises a number of questions that can be investigated further:

  • What factors have facilitated Subway’s rapid global expansion?
  • What processes need to happen so that a standard Subway product is available almost anywhere in the world?
  • And what are some of the social and environmental impacts of production on this scale?

The following pages provide information and resources that allow pupils to investigate these questions:

Subway's Global Expansion

Subway's Commodity Chain

Fast Food and Palm Oil