,UK

Weekly Global News Wrap: Papa John's inks largest North America deal in two decades; Starbucks rolls out strawless cups; KFC, Popeyes launch chicken sandwiches in Canada

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

Papa John’s in the U.S. has signed an agreement with franchisee HB Restaurant Group to open 49 new stores in the Philadelphia area from 2021 to 2028, its largest development deal in North America in 20 years. As reported by Restaurant Dive, the pizza chain reported a 27% increase in North American comp sales, its best month in its 35-year history. Read more here.

Starbucks is rolling out recyclable strawless cups for iced drinks across the U.S. and Canada, Business Insider reported. The new flat lids contain 9% less plastic than the coffee chain's previous lid-and-straw combo. Read more here.

Inspire Brands-owned Arby’s is now selling meat by the pound for a limited time in the U.S. as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. As reported by CNN, the chain is offering three of its sliced meats (roast turkey, ham and corned beef) in half-pound and pound packages at nine Atlanta-area locations. Read more here.

Sweetgreen is launching meals that will be available only through its mobile app. As reported by CNBC, the chain said its digital orders have soared 178% during the pandemic. Read more here.

White Castle continues its digital push with the launch of the 99-year-old burger chain’s first-ever digital loyalty programme, Nation Restaurant News has reported. Craver Nation offers personalized rewards and perks for members based on purchasing habits gleaned from their apps’ customer data. Read more here.

A chicken war may be brewing in Canada, with KFC and Popeyes releasing similar sandwiches. Read more here and here.

Join QSRMedia UK community
Since you're here...

...there are many ways you can work with us to advertise your company and connect to your customers. Our team can help you dight and create an advertising campaign, in print and digital, on this website and in print magazine.

We can also organize a real life or digital event for you and find thought leader speakers as well as industry leaders, who could be your potential partners, to join the event. We also run some awards programmes which give you an opportunity to be recognized for your achievements during the year and you can join this as a participant or a sponsor.

Let us help you drive your business forward with a good partnership!

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.