FOOD SERVICES | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Weekly Global News Wrap Up: KFC uses virtual reality to train its cooks; Iceland's first commercial drone delivery system takes flight

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

According to Daily Mail, the Subway footlong class action settlement was called ‘utterly worthless’ by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. The U.S. federal appeals court on Friday threw out a class-action settlement intended to resolve claims that the Subway sandwich chain deceived customers by selling 'Footlong' subs that were less than a foot long.

AHA and Flytrex partnered to expand its delivery bandwidth with the first ever commercial drone delivery system deployed in Reykjavík, Iceland. Flytrex revealed that using its drone delivery system, AHA is now delivering goods between two parts of the city that are separated by a wide river, cutting delivery times and costs.

According to Grub Street, Walmart has launched the organic fast-food restaurant ‘Grown’ inside one of its supermarkets in Orlando, Florida. Grown makes healthy, organic, “farm-to-fork,” sourced locally when possible, and serves smoothies, avocado toast, and housemade falafel, as well as organic cereal or gluten-free French-toast sticks for kids.

KFC US created "The Hard Way" virtual reality experience to train its real-world cooks to make fried chicken the way that Colonel Sanders invented more than 70 years ago. KFC will use the VR simulation to supplement its robust, multi-step employee training program, called Chicken Mastery Certification, which provides detailed eLearning and hands-on training for cooks in each of KFC's kitchens.

Baskin-Robbins US conducted a survey in partnership with Juliet A. Boghossian, behavioral food expert and founder of Food-ology, to reveal a person’s trait by their kind of ice cream eating behavior. The study identified the following personality categories based on ice cream eating preferences: people who prefer eating ice cream on a cone are optimists; those who would rather enjoy ice cream in a bowl or cup are analytical types; people who prefer a layered ice cream cookie sandwich are the eccentrics; the passionate, motivated and loyalists prefer ice cream sundaes of Vanilla and Chocolate; and people who prefer to enjoy their ice cream as a milkshake are young at heart, fearless, athletic and are more likely to take impulsive risks.

According to Business Insider, the Starbucks US online store is discounting items up to 50% as the coffee giant prepares to shutter the store for good. The company will close its online store on October 1, and people will still be able to buy items currently sold online at third-party sellers like Amazon and Starbucks' grocery partners.

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