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GLOBAL WEEKLY NEWS WRAP: Fast food chains urged to offer water in lieu of soda; McDonald's taps Snapchat to recruit employees; Jollibee enters Europe

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

  • Fast food restaurants are being urged to offer water as the standard drink with children's meal deals, instead of high-sugar soft drinks. According to a report by ABC, Parents' Voice is targeting fast food outlets that offer soft drinks as part of children's meal deals. READ MORE HERE
  • According to a report by news.com.au, McDonald's is collaborating with Snapchat to launch a McDonald’s-themed filter for the photo messaging app, which will be open to jobseekers. Interested recruits are invited to try on the uniform and send a 10-second video application. READ MORE HERE
  • Reuters published an analysis of the biggest fast food merger ever seen from a US chain: that of JAB and Panera Bread. JAB, the privately held owner of Krispy Kreme, Peet’s Coffee and other assets, is paying $7.5 billion including debt for Panera Bread. READ MORE HERE
  • Jollibee is set to enter the European market, according to a report by Nikkei. Jollibee's offshore unit Golden Plate is forming a joint venture with Blackbird Holdings to run the first Jollibee store in Italy. READ MORE HERE
  • According to the Sun, McDonald's recently launched a new mobile ordering app in the UK, allowing fans of the fast food chain to order their meals without having to queue. The service rolled out in 22 restaurants across London and Wales, but it will be available in all stores nationwide within 18 months. READ MORE HERE
  • CNBC reported that Wendy's is embroiled in a battle over fresh beef patties with McDonald's, after the fast food chain came after McDonald's on Twitter. READ MORE HERE

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