Menchie's opens first Bahrain unit

The new restaurant is the first of three planned for the Middle Eastern country.

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A 30-brand restaurant tour of Australia

The focus on healthy menu attributes, such as grass-fed beef, antibiotic and hormone-free products, etc., seemed to be more prevalent than similar products in the United States.

Does China expose the concept of Quality Fade in QSR food products?

The tendency of major QSR brands to stick with longtime suppliers exposes a false sense of security with faulty supplier partners.

Why is the speakeasy bar concept growing internationally but not in the US?

Colombian-based Wingz's customers require an electronic key to gain access to its restaurants.

Innovation at Korean Food Industry Show & Asia Food Forum

One of the major trends in South Korea is restaurant franchisee growth of U.S. branded knockoffs.

3 fast casuals selling the Middle East

The Middle Eastern market is ripe for American fast casual brands.

Fast casuals taking over the Middle East

For the past six months, it seems I've been writing nearly weekly stories about fast casual brands opening in the Middle East. From the better burger concepts like Smashburger and Elevation Burger to pizza joints like Pizza Fusion and Top...

New book describes hardships of running a Western concept in China

Former master franchisee of Auntie Anne's Pretzels writes about the obstacles he faced that "will make anyone in business laugh, cringe and think twice about doing business in Asia."

Smashburger CEO David Prokupek's smashing success

How Smashburger’s CEO and chairman is banking on better burgers.

The top 10 (unmentioned) food industry trends

Adventure in food and flavor is back, comfort food is out.

International Success: A guide to global expansion

Local knowledge and adaptability are two key components of a successful restaurant-franchise strategy.

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NEWS


Fuddruckers makes South American debut

The 3,500-square-foot restaurant in the upscale Las Condes neighborhood in Santiago, Chile, is the first of 10 planned by franchisee SRTC.

In 5 years, your whole day could revolve around Starbucks

Just when you thought the coffee behemoth can't possibly get any bigger, it announces a five-year plan to grow even more through non-traditional venues,expanded dayparts, mobile ordering and delivery.

Revel Systems prepped for European expansion with $1.2M grant

Revel Systems, an iPad Point of Sale provider, announced it has secured a $1.2 million grant from Invest Northern Ireland to open a UK sales and operations center in Belfast. According to a news release, Invest Northern Ireland aims to...

Restaurants Canada taps interim CEO

Chef and restaurateur Donna Dooher has been named interim president and CEO at Restaurants Canada. Dooher, who is owner of Mildred's Temple Kitchen in Toronto's Liberty Village and a frequent guest on CTV's The Social, will oversee the association until...

Menchie's opens second unit in China

Menchie's at the SAGA Shopping Center in Xi'an will be China's second location in the country, with the first located in Louyang City.

Canadian 'Express Entry' program will remove caps on cooks, managers

Currently, cooks and foodservice managers are capped in the Canadian Federal Trades stream. Caps will be removed from all streams with Express Entry, which launches Jan. 1.

Credit card companies agree to reduce fees 10% in Canada

Card companies will reduce credit card interchange fees over five years by about 10 percent.

Menchie's opens in Perth, Australia

The location is Menchie's first in Western Australia.

Wahlburgers' first franchise opens in Toronto

The better burger brand, helmed by the Wahlburg brothers, will use only Canadian beef in its Toronto restaurant.

QSR Automations launches DineTime in UK

QSR Automations Inc. announced today the release of DineTime Host in the United Kingdom. DineTime Host, free in the App Store, provides online reservations, wait list management, 2-way texting, a guest book, shift and station management and a variety of...

Technomic spots five 2015 food trends for Canadian restaurants

Technomic is forecasting slimmed-down menu boards, competitive threats from retail, a surge in tea and more for Canadian markets in 2015.

More UK restaurant consumers seeking alternative diets

Technomic has released its top five trend predictions for the United Kingdom foodservice market moving into 2015. They are listed as follows: Alternative diets: The forthcoming allergen labeling requirements will drive significant changes at restaurants, causing operators to be more transparent about the ingredients they use.

Canadian concept not named Tim Hortons or Starbucks plans to be ‘coffee authority’

Canadian-based The Second Cup coffee concept has announced a three-year strategic plan that seems to put Starbucks, Tim Hortons and McDonald’s in the crosshairs. As part of the plan, The Second Cup aims to be “the coffee brand most passionately...

Restaurant Canada feathers ruffled by government's lack of transparency on chicken pricing

Restaurants Canada is calling on a government commission to be more transparent as it investigates the cost of production formula used in setting the price of Ontario chicken.

Panda Express opens first restaurant in Dubai

Gourmet Gulf will open a second branch at The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence later this year, according to the report.

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