INTERNATIONAL | Staff Reporter, Australia

Weekly Global News Wrap: Del Taco considers sale; Domino's “Innovation Garage”; Taco Bell's back-to-school merch

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

Del Taco is considering a sale, receiving interest from both investment firms and other restaurant chains including private equity firm Oak Hill Capital and restaurant company Dine Brands Global. As reported by Restaurant Business, the 583-unit Mexican chain reported 2.2% same-store sales growth in Q2. Read more here.

Domino’s in the US has opened a 33,000-square-foot “Innovation Garage” where team members can create and test new ideas for the brand. The hub features collaborative workspaces, private meeting rooms, space for delivery innovations and a pizza theater where technology such as ordering kiosks can be tested. Read more here.

McDonald’s in the US has launched a campaign where 500 pre-selected “do-gooders” were given gold “McCafe It Forward” cards, entitling them to free coffee. Nation’s Restaurant News reports that cardholders are encouraged by the fast food giant to pass the cards to friends, family or strangers. Read more here. 

Dunkin’ put a spin on their previous Dunkin’ bowls by introducing two new burrito bowls available at participating restaurants in the US for a limited time. This follows the reported success of the Dunkin’ bowls which were first made available in April for a limited time. Read more here. 

Tim Hortons in Canada has partnered with food delivery network SkipTheDishes for its first delivery service in the country. Customers in the Greater Toronto Area can order from the restaurant’s full menu through the SkipTheDishes mobile app or online. Read more here.

Taco Bell in the US has launched a back-to-school merch collection for fall. Delish reports that the line includes food-themed pencils, backpacks and hoodies. Read more here.

KFC in the US has partnered with Beyond Meat to tackle a plant-based substitute for chicken. As reported by Bloomberg, the Yum! Brands-owned restaurant chain will test plant-based nuggets and boneless wings at one of its Atlanta restaurants. Read more here.

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