Menchie's opens stores in Canada, Connecticut

Menchie's marked the opening of two stores recently, one in Canada and one in Connecticut. The Canadian store opened in Georgetown, Ontario, and marked the brand's 100th location in that market. “Canada has proven to be a strong and successful market for us and we see this growth continuing.


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.

NRA show highlights industry's best

More than 2,000 exhibitors displayed at the 2007 restaurant show.

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UAE falafel chain expanding to North America and Europe

Just Falafel, a 52-unit chain based in the United Arab Emirates, opened its first North American restaurants in June, and hopes to open 900 more throughout Europe and North America in the years to come, according to an AP story...

sweetFrog expanding into Egypt

sweetFrog announced today plans to expand into Egypt. The company has signed a development agreement with Vantage Egypt for  Tourism & Entertainment, the Food and Beverage division of Halawa Group.

Starbucks opens first store in Colombia

Starbucks Coffee Company announced today the opening of its first store in Colombia. Fifty more stores are planned to open in the market over next five years. Located in the stylish Parque de la 93 in Bogota, the three-level store...

Fuddruckers establishes second location in Italy

Fuddruckers announced recently the debut of its second Italian location in partnership with new franchisee Vinum et Alia. The 3,490-square-foot fast casual restaurant is located at Via Saronnese 12, approximately 20 miles northwest of Milan between Castellanza and Legnano. The...

Mama Fu's Asian House announces international expansion into United Arab Emirates

Mama Fu’s Asian House announced a deal today with franchise development partner GGICO Gourmet LLC to expand the brand into the United Arab Emirates, with the first location set to open in Q1 of 2015. “We are excited to bring Mama Fu’s Asian House to the UAE,” said Hassan Oweida, CEO of GGICO Gourmet LLC, in a company press release.

Fresh-made pasta concept opening in London next week

Scarpetta, a new Italian fast casual concept featuring fresh-made pasta, announced plans to open in London on July 7. "Though we are introducing a new type of healthy fresh pasta we are really trying to emulate the reality of Italy’s...

Panera leads staggering fast casual growth in Canadian market

The Top 200 Canadian restaurant chains achieved $29.2 billion in sales last year, accounting for approximately 60 percent of the country’s total restaurant sales. Technomic's Top 200 Canadian Chain Restaurant Report, developed in partnership with Kostuch Media, also shows that...

Fledgling Russian foodservice market posts strong Q1

Great Britain led the developed markets in foodservice traffic gains and the fledgling Russian foodservice market continued to increase consumer visits in the Q1 compared to same period year ago, reports The NPD Group. Improved consumer confidence and mild weather...

Wingstop opens first restaurant in Indonesia

Wingstop recently announced the opening of its first restaurant in Indonesia. The restaurant is located in the Kota Kasablanka Mall in Jakarta. The unit is the first of 100 new locations planned to open over the next seven years.

New concept featuring sous-vide cooking to launch in London

A new fast casual dining concept featuring meals prepared using the sous-vide cooking technique is launching in London next month. Suchef will open its first location in St.

Wayback Burgers opens two additional nontraditional locations

Wayback Burgers recently announced the opening of two stores in nontraditional locations: a Navy base and a sports and entertainment arena. Wayback Burgers opened a store in the Navy Exchange food court at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme...

Wingstop plans 50 restaurants in the Philippines

Wingstop last week opened the first of 50 restaurants planned in the Philippines. The new restaurant debuted at Regis Center, Katipinuan, in the largest and most populous city in Metro Manila, Quezon City, the company said in a news release. The location is being operated by franchisee Wingstop Philippines, led by President Walden Chu.

SmallCakes Cupcakery going global

SmallCakes Cupcakery has announced that its first International franchise location will open in the Aswaaq Mall in Dubai, under the leadership of new franchisee Saud Alnuaimi. The Aswaaq Mall is the first franchise location in Dubai with two more scheduled...

UK’s largest restaurant chains continue growth trajectory

The 100 largest restaurant chains in the United Kingdom turned in a 6.4-percent annual sales increase in 2013, compared to 7.1 percent the prior year, according to new data released by Technomic Inc. Additionally, the number of units grew by...

Starbucks donates $3M to Chinese leadership program

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz this week reaffirmed the brand’s commitment to China by announcing Starbucks Foundation’s $3 million investment throughout the next three years for educational and leadership programs. The donation includes $1.5 million to the China Soong Ching Ling...

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