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Weekly Global News Wrap: McDonald’s CEO expects dine-in to stay; Popeyes debuts first loyalty programme; Chipotle’s athlete-inspired menu launched

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

McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski said he expects dining inside its restaurants to bounce back despite the fast food giant’s gains in digital ordering and drive-thru, CNBC reported. Read more here.

Popeyes is debuting its first loyalty programme, following a test in the first quarter. Nation’s Restaurant News reports that members also can get access to a “happy hour” with US$1 regular size sides, bonus points on combination and family meals and extra rewards with personalized challenges. Read more here.

Amidst the so-called chicken sandwich wars in the U.S., poultry prices have soared to a new record. As Bloomberg reported, U.S. government data revealed producer prices for processed poultry jumped to an all-time high in May, climbing 2.1% in the eighth straight monthly increase. Read more here.

El Pollo Loco has partnered with drone operator Flytrex to offer door-to-backyard drone delivery, Restaurant Dive reported. The Air Loco service will be tested in ten restaurants and the chain will look to scale the delivery option across different areas of its footprint. Read more here.

Chipotle launched its new “Team Chipotle” menu in the U.S., featuring specially curated menu items named after American athletes available exclusively on the fast casual chain’s app and website. Read more here.

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