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Weekly Global News Wrap: Domino's US integrates AI in ordering system; The Wendy's Company eyes smaller format stores; Burger King and Popeyes US are testing delivery

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

Domino's Pizza US is accelerating its quest for digital dominance in the restaurant industry and continuing its investment in developing platforms using artificial intelligence (AI) by launching a voice recognition application to take telephone orders coming into its stores. Read more here.

The Wendy's Company has announced a 2020 goal of opening more than 600 new restaurants across the globe. As part of its efforts to grow and differentiate the brand while keeping energy stewardship at the forefront, Wendy's recently unveiled a new "Smart Family of Designs," providing a portfolio of development options to franchisees, including buildings that fit into smaller footprints. These designs provide more access to real estate, the ability to customise needs for specific trade areas and reduces the development investment for franchisees looking to build new restaurants. Read more here.

In honor of its 30th birthday, Auntie Anne's, the hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, has partnered with six artists to create a graphic design-inspired line of clothing and accessories. The eclectic "For the Love of Pretzels" Collection has debuted in time for National Pretzel Day on April 26. Read more here.

Investing.com reported that parent company Restaurant Brands International is testing delivery with hundreds of Burger King and Popeyes restaurants in the US. The brands expect to expand delivery quickly into other markets as they join a growing number of companies seeking to bring their food directly to consumers. 

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