Fatburger opens doors in India, Malaysia.

Fatburger recently announced the opening of its first locations in India and Malaysia.


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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Fatburger announces development deal for 15 stores in the Philippines

Fatburger announced a development agreement giving Trimark Holdings Inc., the exclusive rights to develop more than 15 stores throughout Manila and surrounding cities. Roughly half of Fatburger's 150 locations are currently based overseas with recent openings in Islamabad, Pakistan and...

Fatburger opens first Doha, Qatar location

Fatburger recently announced the opening of its first location in Doha, Qatar, in The Pearl, a tourist and recreational destination. The new Fatburger, owned by franchisee Khalifa Al Sowaidi of Al Sowaidi Investment, is located at Madina Centrale, The Pearl, Building No.

Tyson Foods sells poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil

Tyson Foods Inc. has reached a definitive agreement with JBS SA to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil.

FreshBerry opens 20th location in Saudi Arabia

Tulsa, Okla.-based FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt has opened its 20th store in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with franchise partner United Food Company. The newest location is in Jizan, in the Southern Region of Saudi Arabia. It is a co-branded store with Dallas-based Pizza Inn.

Fatburger, Buffalo's Cafe open co-branded unit in Islamabad

Fatburger announced today the opening of its first co-branded location in Islamabad, Pakistan. This is the second location to be opened by BIL Foods, a food and beverage distributor, who opened the first Fatburger unit in Karachi, Pakistan, in January...

KFC Canada’s fast casual concept plans expansion, beer menu

KFC Canada announced the expansion of its KFC Fresh fast casual concept, which first made its debut in December 2013. "KFC Fresh began as Canada's incubator for signature innovation, so we're delighted to announce that we're expanding and evolving the...

Buffalo Wings & Rings continues Middle East expansion

Buffalo Wings & Rings continues its expansion in the Middle East with the opening of its 9th location in Jordan. The restaurant chain has also opened the first of 12 planned locations in Saudi Arabia and signed its first area...

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.

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...

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