Food & Beverage

Tata Starbucks forays into Chennai; takes tally of stores to 50

Source: 
Business Standard

Tata Starbucks, the 50:50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Global Beverages Ltd, today opened its first store in Chennai, taking the total number of company's outlets in the country to 50.

 

Japanese restaurant chain Sukiya begins trial run in Taiwan

Source: 
Chinapost.com.tw

The first outlet in Taiwan of Japanese restaurant chain Sukiya began a four-day trial run Thursday, attracting enthusiastic fans who lined up for its famous curry and beef bowls.

 

North Korean restaurants springing up around Asia to raise money for regime

Source: 
The Guardian

At precisely 7.30 p.m., the waitresses put down their trays and start to perform. Wearing traditional Korean Choson-ot dresses in bright colours, they dance to a curious mix of western pop covers and North Korean national songs.

We're in a vast, strip-lit venue that serves up dog stew washed down with soju and some form of kimchi in virtually every dish but the restaurants main selling point is that it offers a window onto the worlds most secretive state.

 

Taiwanese food giant to employ more local managers in Vietnam

Source: 
Chinapost.com.tw

Uni-President Enterprise Corp., one of Taiwan's largest food producers, has pledged to employ more local managers at its factories in Vietnam in the wake of anti-Chinese protests in mid-May that affected operations at one of its factories in the Southeast Asian country.

 

Starbucks to hike prices on drinks, bagged coffee

Source: 
CNBC

Starbucks on Friday said it will raise prices on some drinks offered by its US shops and also boost list prices on its own brand of packaged coffee sold in supermarkets and other retail outlets.

Zomato.com to scale up Scotland operations

Source: 
The Hindu Business Line

Zomato.com has announced an investment of USD1 million to strengthen its presence in Scotland. The announcement was made by Viraj Sawant, Business Head, Zomato Western India at an event to mark the launch of ‘Scotland Welcomes the World’ campaign by Scottish Development International.

 

Mahadya to open 100 restaurants in 7 years

Source: 
Jakarta Globe

Mega Mahadana Hadiya, a unit of Tiara Marga Trakindo, is setting aside up to USD25 million to open 100 new chicken-wing restaurants in Indonesia over seven-year period, according to its chief executive.

The company known as Mahadya is trying to capitalize on the country's growing economy and middle income households. It is the franchise holder of the Carl's Jr. burger brand.

Mahadya opened up its first local Wingstop store at Kota Kasablanka Mall in South Jakarta on Monday.
 

Carrefour stops buying prawns from CP Foods following slavery revelations

Source: 
The Guardian

Supermarket group Carrefour has decided to stop buying prawns from the Thai company CP Foods, following a Guardian investigation which revealed slavery in the supply chain.

The French retailer, which is one of the four largest in the world, announced that it had suspended purchases while it audited the complex chain. Other European retailers are reportedly vetting their own supply chain to verify whether slaves are involved at any stage in the process.

McDonald's to Thais: Stop hamburgling our arches

Source: 
CNBC

McDonald's is not loving it in Thailand.

The burger chain's famous golden arches have become part of the iconography of anti-coup protests and it is warning activists to "cease and refrain" from using its trademark.

One of the McDonald's stores in Bangkok has become a gathering place for protests following the 22 May military takeover because of its central location. Some protesters have used the McDonald's logo in their anti-coup signs, replacing the "m" in democracy with the yellow arches.

Rakuten opens café in Tokyo

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc. opened a café in Tokyo on Thursday, offering customers popular desserts, snacks and drinks from its online mall and a variety of Rakuten services.

Located in Japan's youth and fashion hub of Shibuya, Rakuten CAFE is expected to become another Shibuya landmark and a milestone in Rakuten branding.

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