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Trending this week: Burger King is launching its ‘Royal Perks’ loyalty program nationwide

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After seeing success from February’s beta test runs across three markets, Burger King announced Thursday the launch of its new Royal Perks loyalty program nationwide, with plans to roll it out to two-thirds of restaurants by the end of the month. The “dollars for crowns” structure (10 crowns for every dollar spent) offers rewards, everyday perks and personalized experiences based on customer data.

In other news, SBWorkers United filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to formally vote to unionize three Starbucks stores in the Buffalo and Hamburg, N.Y. areas.

This is a major milestone because Starbucks employees at all 8,000 company-owned stores have never been formally unionized in the long-term, and previous attempts to organize have often resulted in illegal terminations and subsequent lawsuits.

To check out what else happened this past week, click through the gallery to see what was trending on Nation's Restaurant News.  

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