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Weekly Global News Wrap: Wendy's $15m breakfast push; RBI revenue falls 25% despite Popeyes' soaring same-store sales; McDonald's taps Mayo Clinic for coronavirus safety aid

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

Wendy’s is poised to amplify its commitment to the breakfast daypart in the U.S. by investing US$15 million in marketing it in the last half of the year. As reported by Nation’s Restaurant News, the fast food chain said the daypart contributed 8% of sales in Q2. Read more here.

Restaurant Brands International said its quarterly revenue plunged 25% as the coronavirus pandemic weighed on same-store sales at Burger King and Tim Hortons. As reported by CNBC, Popeyes reported same-store sales growth of 24.8%, powered by its popular chicken sandwich. Read more here.

McDonald’s is partnering with the Mayo Clinic as part of the fast food giant’s efforts to keep customers and employees safe during the pandemic. As reported by CNBC, the medical center will offer McDonald’s advice on best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and review the company’s environmental health and safety precautions and some of its global standards. Read more here.

Chipotle is launching a responsibly sourced apparel collection made with organic cotton, and branded accessories available exclusively for its Rewards members. The collection will feature an open-looped line of Chipotle apparel, dyed with upcycled avocado pits from its restaurants as well as branded unisex gear. Read more here.

Toxic PFAS substances -- man-made perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals -- are located in the food packaging of Burger King's "Whopper," chicken nuggets and cookies; in Wendy's paper bags; and in McDonald's wrappers for the "Big Mac," french fries and cookies, according to a report from environmental advocacy groups Toxic-Free Future and Mind the Store. As reported by CNN, paper-fiber containers showed the highest levels of any packaging tested. 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.