Here is a summary of the most interesting QSR news stories of the week from around the world.
Yum! Brands announced that its Taco Bell and Pizza Hut brands will now have chief executive officers in a bid to bolster growth. Mark King, former president of Adidas Group North America, will helm the Mexican chain whilst Pizza Hut US president Artie Starrs is being promoted to the new role. Read more here.
Pizza Hut US is also testing a cubby-based pickup concept in Los Angeles, California. As Restaurant Business Online reports, customers can place an order and pay through any channel, either on the mobile app, online, by phone or in the store. Read more here.
Dunkin’ is now the latest major restaurant chain to sell meat substitutes in the US, announcing a partnership with Beyond Meat to sell a meatless sausage sandwich. As reported by CNN, the brand is selling the item at 163 locations across Manhattan, with plans to roll out the US$4.29 sandwich nationally at some point. Read more here.
Amid new partnerships, Beyond Meat also confirmed that it is working on fake bacon and steak. In an interview with CNN Business, CEO Ethan Brown says the upcoming products are "important as we build out the portfolio". Read more here.
In contrast, Chipotle chief executive officer Brian Niccol has said no to plant-based meat on their menus for now. In an interview with Bloomberg, he explained that does not fit with their “‘food with integrity’ principles because of the processing”. Read more here.
Starbucks announced plans to make its Starbucks Delivers available in the U.S. early next year through an agreement with Uber Eats. Read more here.
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