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Weekly Global News Wrap Up: Vegetables are the next big thing for fast food; McDonald's trials breakfast Happy Meal; Burger King, KFC, others receives 'F' rating for antibiotic practices

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

  • The founder and co-CEO of the troubled Mexican food chain Chipotle stepped in front of a camera to offer an unusual mea culpa on camera, according to an article by Fortune. Steve Ells admitted that his fast-casual restaurant chain “failed to live up to our own food safety standards” last year. READ MORE HERE
  • According to the Evening Standard, hundreds of Londoners queued for hours to get their hands on an In-N-Out burger on the 21st September. The American chain hosted a four-hour pop-up at a Brazilian restaurant in Swiss Cottage, and quickly attracted a crowd despite news of the venture only being advertised through a small, black and white advert in a local paper. READ MORE HERE
  • Restaurants are now testing a broader array of flavors and quality ingredients. In a research note Monday covered by CNBC, a handful of chains, including McDonald’s and Wendy’s, have been testing more upscale items. READ MORE HERE
  • Burger King announced a creative, new menu item with the introduction of Cheetos Chicken Fries, according to an article by USA Today. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, Cheetos Chicken Fries will be available to the masses at participating Burger King restaurants. READ MORE HERE
  • Some of the most popular fast food chains in America have yet to seriously address antibiotic use, according to a new report covered by Fortune. A consortium of consumer and food safety groups compiled the analysis and found that major chains like Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, KFC, and Starbucks failed to meet industry standards when it comes to their current antibiotic practices for poultry, beef, and pork. READ MORE HERE
  • Vegetables are now the hottest trend in the fast-food industry, according to an article by Business Insider. Vegetables are exploding in popularity among the menus of fast-food and fast-casual chains, from Taco Bell to new vegan concepts like By Chloe. READ MORE HERE
  • McDonald’s will begin testing a breakfast Happy Meal, allowing for the possibility of the all-day breakfast offering to be rolled out by next year, USA Today reported. READ MORE HERE
  • Rapidly growing multinational fast food chains in India are the largest contributors to hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) emissions and could add the equivalent of nearly one million tonnes of carbon emissions by 2020, according to a new international study covered by India Today. READ MORE HERE
     
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