FOOD SERVICES | Staff Reporter, Australia

Weekly Global News Wrap Up: Starbucks to roll out Princi bakery and café globally; Deliveroo offers free unlimited delivery service; Moringa is the next matcha, says research

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

Pasta Flyer, a new fast-food restaurant that's aiming to be the McDonald's of pasta, has opened earlier this month in Greenwich Village at 510 Sixth Avenue. Business Insider has reported that the brand's pasta bowls cost between $7 and $8, while combos cost $10 and sides run from $2 to $4.

Starbucks is set to launch its first Princi bakery and café in the US as part of Starbucks’ plan to expand Princi globally through its Starbucks Reserve retail formats. Princi will become the exclusive food offering in all new Starbucks Reserve Roastery locations including Shanghai, opening in December 2017, Milan in late 2018, and New York, Tokyo and Chicago thereafter. The story is originally published on Business Wire.

Deliveroo has launched a brand new service which gives its customers unlimited free delivery all day, every day. The premium service, dubbed as Deliveroo Plus, will let guests pay a £7.99 fee each month for unlimited deliveries, as reported by Manchester Evening News.

KFC has reached out to the man who spotted the brand’s Twitter stunt with a painting. South Dakota man Mike Edgette recently discovered that the only accounts followed by KFC were the five Spice Girls and six guys named Herb, adding up to the chain's famed 11 herbs and spices. According to CNET, As a reward, KFC sent him a painting of a man, apparently Edgette, riding on KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders' back, waving a piece of chicken, with a background of purple mountains' majesty.

According to Sterling-Rice Group’s Culinary Trends 2018 report – which highlights the trends that will shape meals in 2018 – moringa will be the thing in 2018 and beyond. The report has predicted that moringa will become the next matcha or golden milk. Also, the objectification of food will continue to emerge. Next year the Culinary Institute of America will start offering classes on how to take "Insta-ready" photos of food. Heading into 2018, we will continue to see visual food experiences created with the explicit purpose of getting the perfect photo opp. 

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