Shake Shack set to enter Japan in 2016

Shake Shack will partner with SAZABY LEAGUE Ltd., which plans to open ten units in Japan through 2020.

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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


South Korean bb.q to launch franchise in US

South Korean franchise bb.q, Best of the Best Quality Chicken, a fast-casual fried and grilled chicken concept, is announcing the official launch of its American franchise program at the 2015 annual International Franchise Association (IFA) convention.

New units planned for high-growth states

New restaurants are set to open in three of the five states the NRA predicts will have strong sales in 2015.

Cold Stone Creamery China seeks growth through subfranchising

Master franchier SCSICC currently operates nearly 60 Cold Stone Creamery locations across China, and through its sub-franchisee model, plans to accelerate its store development in China.

Caliburger plans to extend Canadian footprint

CaliBurger's affiliate, CaliBurger Franchisor USA, has entered an agreement to develop throughout Canada, following its deal to launch in Vancouver, British Colombia earlier this year. According to a news release, under the new agreement, the flagship store in Ontario is...

Strong forecast predicted for UK's QSR segment

Technomic has revealed its inaugural market mapping of the United Kingdom, which includes market size and segmentation data, as well as expectations for the foodservice industry by segment for 2015. According to a news release, overall improvement in the marketplace...

Schlotzsky's opens first Russian location

The new restaurant debuted in Kamergerskiy, a historical area in Moscow, on Nov. 10.

Menchie's opens first Bahrain unit

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

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.

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