Food & Beverage

Lindt to open Brisbane chocolate shop

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Swiss chocolate connoisseur Lindt is set to open a shop in Brisbane.

Lindt & Sprüngli Australia will open its first Queensland store at the Brisbane Airport DFO centre in August, following an AUD30 million (USD23m) expansion of Skygate that will add an extra 5000 square metres of retail space.

Lindt said its chocolate shop would sell Lindor balls that are only available at its shops and cafes in New South Wales and Victoria.

David Jones' gourmet food plans welcomed: "Australia is ready for it"

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald Online

One of Australia's first foodie emporiums, Jones the Grocer, has welcomed the entry of David Jones and its South African owner into the gourmet food market, saying there's plenty of room for new players as consumers become increasingly willing to pay a premium for "real" food.

"People these days want real food and there's a big movement towards real food, from farm to table," said Jones the Grocer chief executive Mark Watson. "As people get more educated about food there's definitely room [for more]."

Ferrero to buy UK chocolate maker Thorntons for USD178m

Source: 
The Malaysian Insider

The Italian firm behind Ferrero Rocher chocolates and Nutella spread has agreed to buy British chocolate retailer Thorntons for GBP112 million (USD176.8m), striking a rare deal to expand in Europe's biggest confectionery market.

The deal is the first by family-owned Ferrero International since the death earlier this year of patriarch Michele Ferrero, who was Italy's wealthiest man and largely shied away from acquisitions as he built up a business that also spans Kinder Surprise eggs and Tic Tac mints.

Perth's second Krispy Kreme store to open in Myaree

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald Online

People visiting the site of the old ANZ bank in Perth's Myaree might find themselves withdrawing a different kind of dough – with Western Australia's second Krispy Kreme store set to open there next month.

Builders have been at the premises for several months, with the tell-tale signage revealed a few weeks ago.

With several retailers in the area already stocking the sweet treats, it remains to be seen as to whether the new store will whip up the frenzy seen last November, when the doughnut giant's first WA outlet opened at the Whitford City shopping centre.

McDonald's Japan to allow children to cook burgers in its kitchens

Source: 
The Japan Times Online

Money-losing McDonald's Japan said on Wednesday it will try to regain customer confidence in their products by allowing children and their parents to cook burgers in its kitchens under the instruction of its staff.

From next Tuesday to 29 June, children aged 3 to around 12 and their parents can participate in the "Mac Adventure" program at some 650 restaurants across Japan, wearing the McDonald’s uniform and making a health-conscious item introduced on 25 May for children – a burger with a chicken patty that includes corn, carrots and soybeans.

Artsy coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long queues in Tokyo

Source: 
CNBC

Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup.

The company, which began in Oakland, California in 2002, hopes its early popularity is more than a passing fad. Japan's consumer culture is littered with manias for Western food imports: pancakes, popcorn, doughnuts, even Taco Bell.

McDonald's revives free smiles, launches monthly events

Source: 
The Japan Times Online

McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) on Monday revived its "smile for zero yen" campaign and said it will designate the 25th day of each month as a "mac smile day".

On each "smile day" this year, McDonalds will hold events in its outlets aimed at recovering customer trust, damaged by a series of blunders, including the discovery of foreign objects in its products.

Tottori Starbucks opening draws 1,000 people

Source: 
The Japan Times Online

About 1,000 people lined up Saturday for the opening of the first Starbucks outlet in Tottori Prefecture.

Japan's least populated prefecture was the last in which the coffee chain lacked a presence.

The outlet, near a train station in the city of Tottori, the prefectural capital, started forming lines from around noon Friday. About 150 people had gathered by midnight to camp out for the opening.

Starbucks, Spotify to enter music partnership

Source: 
CNBC

Starbucks and music streaming service Spotify plan to strike a music partnership that will give customers access to exclusive content, Starbucks announced Monday.

The coffee chain's loyalty members will gain access to Starbucks music on Spotify and have input on in-store playlists, among other benefits. The collaboration will start this fall in US company-owned stores, followed by Canada and the United Kingdom.

In addition, Starbucks' US-based employees will receive a Spotify Premium subscription.

TWG foresees strong sales growth in Thailand

Source: 
Bangkok Post

TWG Tea from Singapore expects its business in Thailand will grow by almost 50 percent this year, with sales forecast to reach THB250 million (USD7.5m).

The brand owner is considering further expansion in Thailand by supplying tea to restaurants and hotels, especially those managed by the hospitality chain owned by Italthai Industrial Group. Italthai is the master franchisee for TWG Tea there.

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