Weekly Global News Wrap: Chains’ latest earnings a mix bag due to inflationary pressures; Jack in the Box to try kitchen robots; Taco Bell offers $8m worth of scholarships

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

McDonald’s and Chipotle are amongst the chains that have beaten Wall Street estimates in their latest earnings reports, despite rising labour costs and price hikes. Read more from CNBC here and here.

Inflationary pressures, however, took a bite from Domino’s first quarter earnings, with executives expecting challenges to persist throughout the year. Read more from Restaurant Business.

Jack in the Box is the latest chain to throw its hat in the robotics space, piloting two of Miso Robotics’ products, Sippy and Flippy 2, at one location later this year. Flippy 2 automates back-of-house fry stations, whilst Sippy automates beverage preparations. Read more from Restaurant Dive.

Taco Bell’s charity arm is offering $8 million in scholarships to break down barriers to education for 772 students in the U.S. Scholarship recipients include nearly 200 “fans” of the brand, 150 Taco Bell restaurant team members, and 430 renewal winners. Read more from Nation’s Restaurant News.

Starbucks has been sued by the United States’ National Labor Relations board for allegedly unfairly firing or retaliating against three union leaders from the company and is seeking injunctive relief and the reinstatement of these employees to the original positions with full pay. Read more from Nation’s Restaurant News.

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