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Weekly Global News Wrap Up: McDonald's to switch from Minute Maid to apple juice; Taco Bell uses black rice in new offerings; Fast food can protect against skin cancer, says study

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

According to Financial Times, Switzerland-based Nestlé has acquired a majority stake in the California-based Blue Bottle, which is valued at more than $700m in the café and roastery industry, to accelerate its expansion in the US coffee market.

According to The Press and Journal, fast food giant McDonald’s UK has pledged to help its 17,500 British farmer suppliers address the challenge of recruiting the right skills and talent.

According to Daily Mail, researchers from Boston University in Massachusetts claim that the fat found in fast food can help protect against the deadliest form of skin cancer.

According to a release, 7-Eleven stores at North Texas ramps up its prepared-food program with 15 new and locally made heat-and-eat meals. The restaurant-quality meal solutions were created with inspiration from Italian, homestyle, Asian, and Mexican recipes. The meals are delivered daily to participating 7-Eleven stores in select markets, available in the refrigerated case beginning Sept. 11.

According to CBC News, KFC Canada condemned a franchisee's memo directing employees to speak English only as the internal memo is not in line with the company values.

According to Fox News, McDonald's Corp. is set to drop the Minute Maid apple juice box from its Happy Meals and replace it with the 6-ounce Honest Kids Appley Ever After box which contains 42% apple juice made by Honest Kids.

According to Thrillist, Taco Bell has launched a menu addition with black rice as the main ingredient. The offerings, which are called Forbidden Bowl and Forbidden Burrito, are being tested at Taco Bell's Irvine location in California and are set to stay until the 21st of September.

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