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 | QSRMedia UK | QSR news for UK's quick service restaurant industry.
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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.

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It currently employs more than 130,000 crew members in the two countries.
Both channels were worth virtually half of managed groups' sales.
The two companies’ started working together in 2016.
It teased further menu innovation alongside store expansion in the coming months.
The chain has opened eight coffee houses since launching in 2014.
The new cafe looks to target office goers, students and hotel guests.
The enlarged group is now built around the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany.
The company also expects revenue from delivery and digital channels to double across the group in their upcoming financial year.
The first U.S. location will be in Chicago.
The chain is celebrating the launch with a 'Summer Socials' DJ series.
The demand for drive-thrus spaces continues to grow despite the easing of restrictions.
It recently introduced the option for delivery to selected outdoor locations.
800 ice cream vans have gone out of business, ICA claims.