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Weekly Global News Wrap: Starbucks gets buzz from ‘Game of Thrones'; McDonald's menu shake-up; Papa John's CEO hints at Shaq pizza

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

Starbucks Corporation got worldwide buzz following a viral gaffe from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” As reported by the Wall Street Journal, viewers noticed a coffee cup, strongly resembling the coffee giant’s, appearing in one scene on a table before Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke. Read more here.

McDonald’s Corporation is bringing four items from their counterparts around the globe to the US. As reported by USA Today, the new offerings came from Australia, The Netherlands, Spain and Canada. Read more here.

Burger King has rolled out a direct-to-driver delivery concept in Mexico. As reported by the Washington Post, the fast food chain specifically intends to deliver right to their customers’ cars, targeting drivers stuck in traffic. Read more here.

Papa John’s CEO may have hinted on plans to create a signature pizza backed by the chain’s newest board member Shaquille O’Neal, according to Yahoo! Finance. Steve Ritchie said Shaq has already been in the company’s kitchens tossing out new food ideas and has also begun doing outreach to communities in a bid to repair Papa John’s image. Read more here.

Tim Hortons U.S. introduced “Mom-sized” iced coffees in celebration of Mother’s Day. At 52 ounces, the chain says the oversized iced coffee cup is the largest size currently offered by a renowned major coffee chain in the country. Read more here.

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