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Weekly Global News Wrap: Domino’s U.S. same-store sales cools; McDonald’s to test plant-based burger in U.S., Popeyes’ celebrity hot sauce

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

Domino’s same-store sales at U.S. stores dropped 1.9% in the three months through early September compared with the same period last year, the firm’s first same-store sales decline in more than a decade, the Wall Street Journal reported. Read more here.

McDonald’s said it will test the plant-based McPlant burger as part of its partnership with Beyond Meat in eight U.S. restaurants next month, CNBC reported. The fast-food giant has already started selling these burgers in some international markets. Read more here.

Popeyes announced it will partner with American singer Megan Thee Stallion to promote a new hot sauce and sell merchandise. Dubbed the “Megan Thee Stallion Hottie Sauce” the item is made with honey, cider vinegar, and Aleppo pepper and will be served on the chain’s popular chicken sandwich, and also as a dipping sauce for their recently added nuggets. Read more here.

Wendy's has partnered with Google Cloud to leverage the latter’s data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and hybrid cloud tools to enhance its customer experience in the drive thru, on mobile devices and through other touchpoints. As reported by Restaurant Business, the company said that it could use speech-to-text or Google Search and Maps to improve the ordering process. Read more here.

61% of restaurant operators do not agree with the United States’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate for companies with at least 100 employees, according to a new poll from Black Box Intelligence. The survey included 100 restaurant chain operators across QSR, fast casual, family, casual, upscale and fine dining segments. Read more here.

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The shop will help the chain build brand awareness as the company looks to grow its restaurant footprint.
It will have seating for 46 diners along with ‘grab and go’ options.
The location aims to showcase ‘takeaway classics' that founder Julian Denis and chef Harry Fox grew up with.
The chicken brand was created with British YouTube group The Sidemen.
Digital continues to be the main driver of the business, the company said.
The concept is the brainchild of Dayashankar Sharma, the executive chef behind fine-dining Indian restaurant Heritage Dulwich.
Revenues at the restaurants it has opened this year are “far more” than the chain had expected.
It joins a growing number of food companies that have announced global commitments to eliminate the use of cages in their egg supply chains.
The chain also appointed two more companies in the UK as part of its roster of franchisees.
It also has to open an additional 10 stores over the next two years.
The item was launched by the high street group in 2019 and helped to serve up a significant sales boost in the same year.
53% of consumers are actively counting calories or checking sugar content.