INTERNATIONAL | Staff Reporter, UK

Weekly Global News Wrap: McDonald's faces fourth racial discrimination lawsuit; Starbucks posts more diversity targets; Panera becomes first chain in U.S. to label menu items as climate-friendly

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

For the fourth time in less than a year, former and current McDonald's employees have filed a complaint accusing the fast food giant of racial discrimination. As reported by USA Today, the suit accuses managers at a local McDonald's of subjecting Black workers to racially derogatory terms and disparate treatment. Read more here.

Starbucks unveiled plans to increase diversity within its ranks by tying executive pay to inclusion initiatives starting next year, CNN has reported. The coffee giant is aiming for 30% BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) employees by 2025 at the corporate level, along with a 40% target in retail and manufacturing. Read more here.

Panera is now the first national restaurant chain to label menu items as climate friendly. As reported by CNBC, the change is meant to raise awareness about the link between food and greenhouse gas emissions and give customers the ability to make an informed decision. Read more here.

Popeyes continues its year-long run of strength, reporting same-store sales rising 19.7% in the U.S. last quarter. As reported by Restaurant Business, the chain’s numbers suggest that the company has settled into a sales pattern that is about 30% higher than it was before the existence of their popular chicken sandwich. Read more here.

In what could be a snapshot of companies utilising more virtual brands, Bloomin’ Brands Inc. is widening the test of its virtual chicken brand, Tender Shack, on the third-party DoorDash delivery platform. Nation’s Restaurant News reported that the trial is now going beyond the U.S. state of Florida and will now include select areas in Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Read more here.

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