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.

FEATURES


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.

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


Zomato restaurant discovery service launches in Canada

Zomato plans to expand across Australia, Europe, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Americas in the coming months.

Italian concept with South American roots lands in Florida

Spoleto, a chain of Italian restaurants in Brazil, Mexico and Costa Rica, will open in Orlando in January.

Johnny Rockets opens second restaurant in Honduras

Expands reach to San Pedro Sula, increases chain's Central American footprint.

International franchising accelerates for top brands

Franchise Times has published its annual Top 200 list and, once again this year, QSRs dominate the top 10. The top five franchises include McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, KFC, Subway and Burger King, respectively.

Johnny Rockets launches in Singapore

Johnny Rockets currently has partners across the region, including the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, and it's eyeing Vietnam, Thailand and China next.

Jamba Juice inks 35-unit master development agreement for Taiwan

Jamba Juice now has 515 stores in the pipeline internationally, including South Korea, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Taiwan.

Starbucks opens Community Store in Seoul

A portion from every purchase at the store will go to Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea to support skills development for youth.

Starbucks will serve Fairtrade expresso exclusively on Canadian campuses

Customer demand for Fairtrade certified coffees continues to be strongest on college and university campuses in Canada.

Healthy beverage category on pace for 8.6% growth in Middle East

Euromonitor International, a market research company, has published new research in an e-book identifying the top beverage trends throughout the Middle East and North Africa. According to the data, the MENA region is on pace for an 8.6-percent increase in...

Global foodservice trends driven by QSR segment performance

Higher check averages at restaurants around the world during Q2 helped to increase the overall consumer spending in every country except Spain and Italy, according to new data from The NPD Group. NPD's Crest foodservice market research shows that traffic...

100 Montaditos debuts second New York City location

Spanish import specializes in montaditos, a stuffed bread roll.

Calexio goes international with 15-unit Middle East deal

The 15-unit master franchise deal will take Calexio to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Starbucks set to purchase remaining Starbucks Japan shares for $913.5 million

With franchise rights set to expire, Starbucks Japan partner Sazaby approached Starbucks about selling its ownership stake.

Johnny Rockets opens first unit in Bolivia

Johnny Rockets now has a presence in five South American countries.

Lavu iPad POS advances localized solutions for European restaurants

Lavu is aiming to strengthen its European reach by adding hardware integrations, support and partnerships.

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