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Weekly Global News Wrap: McDonald’s hit by data breach; Starbucks revives reusable cup use; Taco Bell shells out free tacos for vaccinated customers

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

McDonald’s said company data had been breached in markets including the U.S., South Korea and Taiwan, the Wall Street Journal first reported. The fast food chain said it recently hired external consultants to investigate unauthorized activity on an internal security system, prompted by a specific incident in which the unauthorized access was cut off a week after it was identified. Read more here.

Starbucks customers in the U.S. can start using their personal cups again at company-owned locations starting June 22, after pausing the programme due to COVID-19. As reported by CNBC, the company will also offer a reusable cup programme across all locations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Read more here.

Chipotle has raised its menu prices by about 4%, with its CEO blaming the increase on higher labor costs in a tight hiring market. As noted by Restaurant Business, the fast casual chain raised its menu prices on delivery orders an average of 13% to make up for the hit its margins had taken because of the success of the off-premise channel. Read more here.

Subway stores in the U.S. that close more than once a year without permission barring “an act of God” — a strict legal term that tends to include only the most severe of natural disasters — are now at risk being taken over by the sandwich company, sources told the New York Post. The publication added that the chain is allegedly making these and other new demands via new 20-year contracts it started handing out last month. Read more here.

Taco Bell announced it will offer a free seasoned beef tacos to customers who show their COVID-19 vaccination card at participating California, U.S. locations on June 15 as part of the federal government’s Vax for the Win programme. Read more here.

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