RESEARCH | Staff Reporter, UK

Weekly Global News Wrap Up: 'Vegan chicken' brand causes controversy; Coffee shops on the march as pubs decline in the UK; Fast food giants battle it out in Siberia

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

  • British pubs continue to make way for coffee shops and eateries on UK High Streets, but it remains the most popular leisure venue in the UK. Local Data Company figures, analysed by the BBC, show between 2011-16, the number of town centre bars, pubs and night clubs fell by about 2,000. But cafes, fast food outlets and restaurants have gone up by 6,000 across England, Scotland and Wales. READ MORE HERE
  • Business Insider tried grilled-chicken sandwiches from all the major fast-food chains to find out which brand offers it best. READ MORE HERE
  • The New Yorker wrote a review of "The Founder" movie, saying that it "remains resolutely active, never pausing to examine the effects of fast food’s sudden ubiquity on the national diet, the environment, the economy, or national psychology". READ MORE HERE
  • Fast food chain KFC has been fined almost £1 million after two employees suffered burns while handling hot gravy without gloves, according to a report by BBC. A 16-year-old boy and a woman were hurt in separate accidents at restaurants in Stockton in 2014 and 2015. READ MORE HERE
  • According to a story by MarketWatch, McDonald’s is turning up the heat with its fast food rivals KFC and Burger King abroad, as the brands advance into new territories such as Siberia. READ MORE HERE
  • A vegan 'chicken' shop called 'Temple of Seitan' has sparked a mixed reaction after opening in London, the Mirror reported. The new joint serves typical fast-food dishes made from seitan - a wheat protein - instead of meat, but some customers have taken offense to the name. READ MORE HERE

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