Food & Beverage

Wendy's to sell 500 more stores to franchisees in 2015

In pursuit of its goal to reduce company-operated restaurant ownership to approximately 5 percent of the total system by the middle of 2016, Wendy’s recently announced that it is planning to sell 500 additional restaurants to franchisees this year.

The company sold 237 company-operated restaurants to franchisees in 2014, including 29 restaurants under its Canadian system optimisation initiative to sell approximately 130 restaurants by the end of the second quarter of 2015.

Japan's fast-food chains face new headache


Already reeling from a handful of scandals, Japan's fast-food industry faces a new problem: diners are no longer heading out for meals like they used to.

"Japanese consumers are choosing to buy their meals at convenience stores and eat at home," said Japan Food Analyst Association (JFAA) chairman Hiroyuki Kamiya.

TGI Fridays partners with Microsoft on tablets to streamline orders

TGI Fridays Inc. is equipping servers with 8-inch tablets so they can quickly and accurately process orders and payments while at the table.

The devices use Windows 8.1, running Oracle’s MICROS Restaurant Enterprise Solution (RES) 5.4 on Oracle’s MICROS mTablet E-Series mobile point of sale devices.

Servers can carry these tablets from table to table to take orders and respond promptly to guest requests. It improves table wait and helps regulate the pace of orders sent to the kitchen.

McDonald’s extends slump

The Wall Street Journal Online

McDonald’s Corp. said its earnings would remain under pressure for the next several months, as it takes time to lure back customers with menu changes and other moves.

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Goubuli runs Australian coffee chain

Shanghai Daily

Goubuli, a renowned Chinese restaurant chain known for its steamed stuffed buns, said they sealed a deal with Gloria Jean's Coffees to operate the Australian brand in China.

Tianjin Senyongtai Food and Beverage Co, a subsidiary wholly owned by the Goubuli Group, will hold an 80 percent stake in "Tianjin Glory", a new joint venture that will operate Gloria Jean's coffee brand in China under the deal reached on 25 December, Goubuli's Board Chairman Zhang Yansen said on Wednesday.

The Australian firm will hold the remaining 20 percent, he said.

Outback Steakhouse aims to double growth in Indonesia

Jakarta Globe

Singapore's Universal Success Enterprises, the franchise holder of Australian-themed Outback Steakhouse chain in Southeast Asia, aims to double its sales growth this year as new stores opens amid a recovery in customers' purchasing power.

Outback Steakhouse opened its fourth restaurant in Indonesian last week inside the Lippo Mall Puri, a shopping centre in West Jakarta.

Picky consumers spur growth in online fresh food sales in China

Shanghai Daily

China’s urban consumers, prodded perhaps by a series of food-safety scandals, are becoming much more picky about what they eat. They are increasingly willing to pay a premium for imported products and are being drawn in larger numbers to retailers that deliver fresh fruit and vegetables to the doorstep.


‘India set to become a big bakery market’

The Hindu Business Line

Fieldfresh Foods, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and California-based Del Monte Pacific, says India is becoming a big bakery market. The company, which sells pastas, sauces, is in the process of increasing its brand penetration both in the business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) segments.


Pizza Hut to sell gluten-free pizza


Beginning Jan. 26, roughly 2,400 of the chain's 6,300 domestic locations will begin selling gluten-free pizzas. The move comes two years after rival Domino's rolled out a pizza sold with a gluten-free crust — but not entirely gluten free. Pizza Hut will be the first major pizza chain to sell a pizza that is certified gluten-free.

Food delivery services confident in their growth prospects: report


Two food delivery service providers said Sunday that they were confident in the growth prospects for their fledgling business models in Taiwan, according to a report in the Chinese-language China Times.

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