FOOD SERVICES | Staff Reporter, UK

Global News Wrap Up: Burger King presents McDonald's with gas braais; KFC launches refreshed collection in KFC Ltd; McDonald's to extend vegan burger

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

Burger King restaurants across the world got into the festive spirit by 'gifting' its main competitor, McDonald's, with gas braais to flame-grill their burgers. Locally, the fast-food chain's mascot surprised McDonald’s in N1 City, Cape Town with the grill. According to Burger King, no expense was spared to make the special delivery possible.

Uber Eats has released findings from its first How America Eats survey, capturing data and trends from US adults across generations and regions. The survey reveals Americans' changing eating habits, food preferences and dislikes, guilt-inducing delivery attitudes, and more. It found that brunch is taking a major hit as eating supper at least once a week is now nearly twice as common as brunch. The survey also found that Generation X (28%) and Baby Boomers (27%) prefer salty snacks, while Millennials (24%) tend to crave sweets.

McDonald's is trying to widen its appeal with McVegan, its first-ever vegan burger, by permanently adding the offering to the menu in Finland and Sweden from December 28, 2017. According to Business Insider Nordic, McDonald’s says in a press release it's rolling out the McVegan nationwide – not just in Finland but in Sweden as well.

In time for the holidays, KFC launched its new limited-edition collection of apparel and merchandise on the brand's e-commerce store, KFC Ltd. With products starting at just $4, The KFC Ltd. refresh includes a mix of vintage-style apparel and prints, accessories, along with Colonel Sanders and fried chicken-themed wrapping paper. This is the first time the collection has undergone a full refresh since its initial launch.

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