Food & Beverage

Kemenys sales and profits down in tough liquor market

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

One of Australia's largest independent liquor retailers, Kemenys, has suffered a drop in sales and profits in its latest financial year and faces an even tougher time this year as it tries to counter the full impact of a Dan Murphy's superstore owned by Woolworths that opened nearby in a prime eastern Sydney site in mid-2014.

Kemenys, which runs a large retail store in the beachside Sydney suburb of Bondi and has more than 100,000 mail-order and online customers it services from a separate warehouse, is owned by the Kemeny family. The business has been operating since 1960.

McDonald’s Philippines marries value meals with mobile access

McDonald’s Philippines has partnered with mobile services provider Smart Communications in its latest marketing promo to encourage customers to purchase value meals.

Every order of any McDonald’s Value Meal plus fries or sundae comes with a free Smart messaging coupon that gives customers a whole day of unlimited text and unlimited access to mobile chat apps.

Starbucks stores roll out Lunar New Year merchandise across Asia

Starbucks stores has unveiled new card designs, mugs, tumblers and other merchandise in Asian markets in time for the celebration of the Lunar New Year.

As one of the world’s grandest and most significant cultural celebrations, the Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a time to sweep out the old and bring in the new with family gatherings, celebrations and the exchanging of gifts.

foodpanda group acquires Middle East food delivery service

Targeting the Middle East as next high growth market in the food delivery sector, online food delivery company foodpanda acquired, a food business delivery in the United Arab Emirates.

Founded in 2011, delivers food in seven cities: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaima. It has 700 restaurant partners, including major brands like Subway, Wendy's , Domino's, Johnny Rockets, and Pizza Express.

foodpanda is already active in Saudi Arabia and Jordan with its and brands, respectively.

Australia’s The Coffee Club opens in UAE

Australia’s homegrown cafe group, The coffee Club, has officially opened its first outlet in the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE outlet, is being operated by Liwa Minor Food and Beverages, the joint venture company of local operator Al Nasser Holdings and Thai public listed company Minor Food Group.

Abdulla Nasser Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Board at Al Nasser Holdings, said they expect to expand to other markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) within the next three years.

Fast food fight: Dominos wants to take a slice out of McDonalds, KFC

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

After doubling sales and earnings over the last few years, Domino's Pizza is chasing a bigger share of the AUD11 billion (USD8.5b) fast-food market by taking sales from fried chicken outlets and drive-through outlets like McDonalds and Hungry Jacks.

Not content with his market-leading 25 percent share of the Australian pizza market and a runner-up position in Japan, Domino's chief executive Don Meij is going after consumers who would rather snack on KFC's Original Recipe chicken or a McDonalds' Big Mac than a Cheesy Crust Meat Lovers or Thin 'n Crispy margherita.

Coke, Pepsi feeling drained overseas

The Wall Street Journal Online

Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. likely will highlight rough going abroad but improving conditions at home when they publish fourth-quarter results this week.

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foodpanda acquires competitors in 7 Asian markets

Online food delivery company foodpanda has fully acquired key competitors in 7 countries, consolidating its position across Asia’s food delivery market.

Globally, the company is active in 39 countries on five continents. The new acquisitions were from India, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Pakistan, Hong Kong, and Thailand.

After acquiring TastyKhana in November 2014, foodpanda also acquired Indian business of JUST EAT. With these two acquisitions, foodpanda is now present in over 200 Indian cities and partners with over 12,000 restaurants in the country.

Delta to serve Starbucks coffee on all flights

Delta Air Lines officially began serving Starbucks Coffee on all its flights worldwide this month as part if its ongoing in-flight enhancements to its food, beverages, seats and entertainment.

Mike Henny, Delta’s Director of Customer Experience, said with this enhancement to the airline’s core in-flight service product, it hopes to improve the travel experience for customers.

"We are delighted to provide Starbucks coffee wherever Delta’s customers are traveling,” said Michelle Burns, vice president Branded Solutions, Starbucks.

Yum's China sales fall less than expected, shares rise

The Malaysian Insider

Yum Brands Inc, owner of KFC and Pizza Hut, said on Wednesday that sales at established restaurants in its biggest market China fell less than feared in the fourth quarter as it fights to recover from a food scandal involving a minor supplier, and its shares jumped 2.1 percent.

Same-restaurant sales in China, Yum's number one market for revenue and profit, fell 16 percent for the quarter that ended on 27 December on continued fallout from allegations that a former supplier used expired meat.

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