FOOD SERVICES | Staff Reporter, UK

Global News Wrap Up: Dunkin' Donuts US unveils new gen concept store; KFC refreshes its brand in France; Britain's LEON pledges to ditch plastic cutlery

Here is a summary of the most interesting QSR news stories of the week from around the world.

McDonald's USA has teamed up with internationally-renowned Chinese-American fashion designer Anna Sui to ring in the 2018 Lunar New Year by creating a series of limited edition lucky red envelopes. The envelopes feature original designs by Sui and will be available in San Francisco on Tuesday, January 23. McDonald's and Anna Sui have partnered up on creating 2018 Lunar New Year Red Envelopes to celebrate the $1 $2 $3 dollar menu launch. The Lunar New Year red envelopes feature Pug and Shiba Inu inspired art.

Dunkin' Donuts USA has unveiled its next generation concept store in the city where it opened its very first location 68 years ago. The new Dunkin' Donuts restaurant at 588 Washington Street in Quincy, Massachusetts offers the first drive-thru exclusively for mobile ordering. Dunkin' Donuts' signature cold beverages are now served through a tap system serving eight cold beverages such as coffees, iced teas, cold brew coffee and nitro infused cold brew coffee. An expanded, custom Grab & Go unit will feature bottled beverages, as well as snacks from leading brands that complement Dunkin's menu.

KFC has landed a new campaign by Sid Lee Paris in France as it aims to introduce the Colonel character in advertising for the first time. Also, according to Fortune, KFC has rolled out the Bitcoin Bucket in Canada. “Sure, we don’t know exactly what Bitcoins are, or how they work, but that shouldn’t come between you and some finger lickin’ good chicken,” the company said in a tweet. For $20 worth of your digital currency, customers will get 10 original recipe tenders, waffle fries, a medium side, gravy, and 2 dipping sauces - an offering that can only be paid for using Bitcoin.

Britain's food chain Leon announces it will ditch plastic cutlery from its outlets within months. According to Daily Mail, healthy fast food chain Leon said, "We are proud to announce we are switching from plastic straws to paper alternatives. We will also be moving from plastic cutlery to compostable and biodegradable alternatives."

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