INTERNATIONAL | Staff Reporter, Australia

Weekly Global News Wrap: Burger King's ‘Impossible' Whopper; Subway-Tastemade partnership extended; McDonald's U.S. shrinks its late-night menu

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

Burger King U.S. announced that it is testing out ‘Impossible’ Whoppers, made with plant-based patties from Impossible Foods, in select locations in the country. The chain tells CNN that it has been “trying to figure out a way” to add a plant-based burger option to its menu for about a year. Read more here.

Starbucks is partnering with 25 employers to close the U.S. gender pay gap, the company has announced. In 2018, the coffee chain announced it had reached 100% pay equity for women and men and people of all races performing similar work in the United States. Read more here.

Taco Bell U.S. restaurants will host nearly 600 ‘hiring parties’ across the country, the company announced. The hiring parties, happening on April 22-27, is said to be part of the Mexican-inspired chain to create 100,000 new U.S. jobs by 2022. Read more here.

Subway announced the expansion of its partnership with media brand Tastemade, resulting in the sandwich chain’s first "Inspired by Tastemade" menu item: the Green Goddess Tuna Melt. The new sub will be available in more than 3,000 U.S. stores through April 24. Read more here.

McDonald’s U.S. is rolling out a shrunken late-night menu on April 30, Business Insider first reported. Some items the fast food giant is cutting are its Signature Crafted Recipes, artisan grilled-chicken sandwiches, buttermilk-crispy-chicken sandwiches, buttermilk crispy tenders, Filet-O-Fish, and premium salads. Read more here.

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