INTERNATIONAL | Staff Reporter, Australia

Weekly Global News Wrap Up: Burger King gives away free burgers to women in Saudi Arabia; the most fattening fast foods in South Africa; fast casual chain Wao Bao goes cashless

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

Burger King has been offering free burgers to female customers in Saudi Arabia, in celebration of the newly granted right of women to drive.

As reported by The Drum, the free burgers have been named as ‘WhoppHer’, and come with the subtitle that says ‘Celebrating Our Driving Women' in Arabic and English.

Women who drive through the BK stores in the country from June 24 to July 24 will receive WhoppHer. Read more here.

Outgoing Domino’s Pizza CEO Patrick Doyle shared his confidence in leaving the company in a good position.

In a recent interview cited in Chief Executive, Doyle shared that while he has no definite future plans to pursue, he believes that it is best for him to not meddle in the transitioning of the company with incoming CEO Richard Allison who is currently the international chief.

“The best thing for the business is that when you’ve got someone to the point where they’re ready to go as the next CEO, and they’ve got their team in place ready to do well, then my job is to get out of the way and let that happen,” Doyle said.

As Doyle describes Domino as his highest accomplishment, the retiring chief thinks that scales and technological change are factors that drove the numbers up.

“The speed with which you’re sorting through winners and losers in categories has increased... So scale matters more than in the past. You’re seeing small, nimble players doing very well, and the largest players are doing very well in many industries. But traditional competitors who don’t have scale or agility are struggling to compete in a lot of categories.” Read more here.

Wendy’s has launched its new $1 Buffalo Ranch Crispy Chicken Sandwich in the United States.

As reported by Fox News, The new hot item in the menu features a spicy Buffalo Ranch sauce and is made with Wendy’s crispy chicken patty and comes with lettuce and Monterey Jack.

The $1 sandwich is available for a limited time at participating Wendy’s locations. Read more here

Fast casual chain Wow Bao will relocate its Chicago unit as it goes fully automated and cashless, less than a year after launching Eatsa’s cashless ordering system at one of its sites.

According to Nation's Restaurant News, they said that they are relocating at Michigan Avenue, and the new store will become a fully tech-enabled restaurant "that doesn’t require employees to take orders or call out orders for pick up."

Wow Bao president Geoff Alexander has said that future locations will adopt the “self-serving animated cubbies” as the company expands.

The new restaurant is expected to open after July 4. Read more here

And finally, BusinessTech recently reviewed the most fattening fast food items available in South Africa based on kilojoule rating. Find out what they are here.

(Photo courtesy: Burger King Saudi Arabia)

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