FOOD SERVICES | Staff Reporter, Australia

Weekly Global News Wrap Up: Dunkin' Donuts to test-drive shorter name; Fast food sales grow faster than the US economy; Papa John's rolls out gluten-free crust

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

According to Nation’s Restaurant News, Dunkin’ Donuts is set to take a shorter name to reinforce a beverage-led image. It will test-drive the abbreviated “Dunkin’” signage beginning with a California test location.

According to Nation’s Restaurant News, Papa John’s US rolls out gluten-free crust in five markets. The crust is made with sorghum, teff, amaranth and quinoa.

Starbucks announced the exclusive launch of its two new products to grocery locations across US: the new ready-to-drink Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte and Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee.

Taco Bell Foundation is planning to award $10 million in Live Más Scholarships by 2022. The Foundation has already awarded $2.8 million in education, support to more than 440 students and Taco Bell employees in its first two years.

According to Berkeley Side, the city of Berkeley in California adopted an ordinance mandating that children’s fast food meals will be served with water or milk, rather than soda as beverage.

According to New York Post, sales of McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s are growing faster than the US economy, which rose by a meager 2.6 percent in the second quarter. The burger chains are producing strong results because diners are eating at fast food joints more than at other restaurants, say industry experts.

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