Weekly Global News Wrap: Burger King pushes for low-methane beef; Taco Bell to trim U.S. menu; Chipotle eyes 10,000 workers as drive-thru biz booms

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

Domino’s reported robust U.S. sales for its latest quarter amidst coronavirus-related lockdowns. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, U.S. comparable sales rose 16% for its fiscal second quarter ended 14 June, ahead of analysts’ forecasts. Read more here.

Taco Bell is cutting 12 items from its menu as it plans to make room for plant-based items and streamline operations. As reported by Nation’s Restaurant News, the downsizing, which starts 13 August, also comes less than a year after brand cut nine items from its menu last year. Read more here.

Burger King is now selling a Whopper made from cows on a low-methane diet at select U.S. locations. As reported by CNBC, the burger chain worked with scientists to find that adding 100 grams of lemongrass to a cow’s diet reduces their methane emissions by a third. Read more here.

KFC is now bringing its plant-based Beyond Meat chicken to 50 locations in the U.S. after a one-day test last year. As reported by Restaurant Business, the outlets trialling the items are in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and surrounding areas, close to the headquarters of Beyond Meat. Read more here.

White Castle is trialing a burger-flipping robot in one of their U.S. restaurants in September. As reported by CNN, the privately held restaurant chain announced a partnership with California-based startup Miso Robotics to introduce Flippy, an automated kitchen assistant. Read more here.

Chipotle intends to hire 10,000 more workers in the coming months to support their growing drive-thru business and other initiatives. In an announcement, the chain is also set to celebrate the opening of its 100th “Chipotlane” later this month. Read more here.

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The “combined” concept features the operator’s PappaRich, NeNe Chicken, Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart and Kurimu brands.
Initially launched in Singapore, the feature will be rolled out across the rest of its APAC markets shortly.
The chain also introduced broccoli cheese balls as a new side dish option.
Burger King currently has around 150 and 440 outlets in Japan and South Korea, respectively.
More than 60 stores in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu now offer this ‘1971 Salon’ reservation service, with plans to expand.
The company expects approximately 50,000 jobs to be created as a result.
The promotional boxes have sold out, partly due to scalpers reselling the toys for higher prices.
The unmanned store chain, located in Wirye New Town, is selling about 120 kinds of products.
The fast food chain estimates that stocks will be replenished by late January.
The chain now expects to have more than 45 Shake Shacks across Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia that year.
Founded in 2017, it already has a presence in ten countries, including the US, UK and Australia.
The chain has grown to employ more than 3,000 staff in over 600 stores across 45 cities.