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Weekly Global News Wrap: McDonald’s tightens franchising rules; Chick-fil-A’s ‘express’ drive-thru; First Chipotle store seeks union

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

As it seeks to bolster diversity, McDonald’s said it will evaluate every potential new operator using the same approach, no longer giving preferential treatment to the children and spouses of current franchisees by 2023. Read more from the Wall Street Journal.

A Chipotle Mexican Grill location in the U.S. state of Maine is the first of the chain’s restaurants to file a petition for a union election, amidst a wider organizing push sweeping the country. Read more from CNBC.

Chick-fil-A is testing a combination of mobile ordering and drive-thru in an attempt to serve customers more efficiently. The so-called “Drive-Thru Express” lane is in 60 locations and could roll out to additional restaurants next year. Read more from Restaurant Business.

Burger King is expanding its plant-based offerings with the debut of two new burgers: the Impossible King and the Impossible Southwest Bacon Whopper. Read more from Nation’s Restaurant News.

Japanese chain Kura Sushi has integrated robotics across all U.S. stores, adding service robots in order to cut the workload of their front-of-house employees. Read more from Restaurant Dive.

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