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Weekly Global News Wrap: Taco Bell to launch “Go Mobile” concept; Largest U.S. Pizza Hut franchisee to close up to 300 locations; Domino's hiring spree

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

Domino's is the latest chain operating in the U.S. to announce a hiring spree, revealing plans to acquire more than 20,000 workers this year amidst rising sales. As reported by CBS News, the pizza firm is encouraging people who have lost jobs during the economic collapse that followed the coronavirus pandemic to apply. Read more here.

Taco Bell is debuting a new restaurant model next year, cutting back on seating, emphasising the drive-thru and limiting human interaction. As reported by CNN, the “Go Mobile” concept is described by the chain as “specifically designed for guests to order ahead through the brand's mobile app and enjoy the Taco Bell experience in a frictionless way." Read more here.

Up to 300 Pizza Hut locations are set to close across the U.S. after its largest franchisee, NPC International, filed for bankruptcy. As reported by Business Insider, the operator also plans to sell its Pizza Hut business, which currently consists of 20% of all Pizza Hut locations in the country. Read more here.

Dunkin’ collaborated with accessory company PopSockets to create a range of coffee sleeves, Thrillst reported. 50% of all sales go to the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, which supports health and hunger relief for children. Read more here.

The CEO of FAT Brands is seeing immediate growth opportunity in allowing franchisees to scale Johnny Rockets through virtual restaurants, Restaurant Dive reports. FAT Brands also plans to garner overhead savings for Johnny Rockets by integrating the diner into the company's existing structure of marketing, operations and legal, and to modernize the casual restaurant's menu with a plant-based burger option and potentially a vegan milkshake. Read more here.

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