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The real winner in Burger King's deal is...
cnbc.com - Burger King's proposed $11.5 billion acquisition of Canada's Tim Hortons may offer big tax benefits to the U.S. fast food chain but the real tax winner is likely to be its controlling shareholder, 3G Capital. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2014
Papa Murphy's Gives New Store Owners The Deal Its Struggling Franchisees Want.
forbes.com - On the surface, Papa Murphy’s new incentive plan for owners who sign up to open a new pizza take-out store is fairly routine... [more] 28 Aug, 2014
FranNet’s Impressive Growth Continues to Earn Recognition Nationally and Locally.
prweb.com - Leading franchise consultant group lands on Inc. 5000, Louisville’s Fast 50 lists. ... [more] 28 Aug, 2014
Burritobox Launches Nationwide.
prnewswire.com - AVT, Inc., a leader in automated retailing systems, announced today that a system they have built for Burritobox is going nationwide through a new franchising program. ... [more] 27 Aug, 2014
Christian Brothers Auto Repair Franchise Expanding in Wichita Area.
marketwired.com - Texas-based auto repair franchise Christian Brothers Automotive is building two stores in the Wichita area as part of an energetic national expansion. ... [more] 27 Aug, 2014
Fast-Food Workers Bite Back at Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shops.
inthesetimes.com - Following two years of highly publicized fast-food worker agitation around the country, workers at the Baltimore locations of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches have launched a new campaign... [more] 27 Aug, 2014

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FASTSIGNS Continues Targeted Franchise Expansion in Canada.
businesswire.com - Recently honored by the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) for high franchise partner satisfaction, FASTSIGNS International Inc. is committed to expanding its presence throughout Canada. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2014


Should Tim Hortons brace for job cuts?
globalnews.ca - The mood among thousands of employees at Tim Hortons Inc this week has more than likely undergone a stark transformation, company watchers say, from optimism to uneasiness. ... [more] 28 Aug, 2014


Burger King confirms deal to buy Tim Hortons with help from Warren Buffett.
thestar.com - Miami-based Burger King is buying Canada’s iconic coffee chain Tim Hortons for about $12.5 billion in a deal that will allow the two fast food companies to operate as independent brands. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2014

UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND


Belvoir’s Sheffield franchise smashes 19-year turnover record.
startups.co.uk - Specialist lettings agency franchise Belvoir today announced its Sheffield franchise exceeded £100,000 turnover in July this year, marking the highest monthly turnover of any office in the company’s... [more] 29 Aug, 2014
Heritage Healthcare takes on first franchisee.
startups.co.uk - North East-based homecare provider Heritage Healthcare today announced it has taken on its first ever franchisee, after launching its franchise operation in April 2013. ... [more] 28 Aug, 2014
Nom Nom opens new store.
independent.ie - Irish food-to-go franchise Nom Nom subs has opened a new store at Texaco in Lucan. ... [more] 28 Aug, 2014

EUROPE


McDonald's plans appeal against Moscow outlet closure.
bbc.co.uk - Russian courts have ordered four McDonald's outlets to close for 90 days, citing breaches of sanitary rules. The company said it will appeal the rulings and is examining the judgements given by the court. ... [more] 27 Aug, 2014
North to have New Zealand coffee chain franchise.
cyprus-mail.com - New Zealand’s popular coffee chain, Esquires Coffee Houses, is to open a branch in the north in November going head to head with Australian chain Gloria Jeans. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2014

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AUSTRALIA


RFG to snap up Cafe2U and La Porchetta.
franchise.net.au - Retail Food Group is continuing with acquisitions, announcing its intent to purchase mobile coffee business Cafe2U and the Italian casual dining chain La Porchetta. ... [more] 1 Sep, 2014
McDonald's planning to add home deliveries to its menu in Canberra Read.
canberratimes.com.au - Fast-food giant McDonald's expects to start a home-delivery service in Canberra as part of a national rollout after successful trials elsewhere in Australia. ... [more] 30 Aug, 2014
Red Rooster audit reveals nearly half of staff underpaid in 2011 and 2012.
smh.com.au - Roast chicken outlet Red Rooster will have to repay more than $645,000 to 3140 current and former employees – nearly half its workforce – after a self-audit taken in conjunction with Fair Work Australia. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2014


NEW ZEALAND


Mad Butcher owner buying Nosh Food Market.
3news.co.nz - The owner of the Mad Butcher is looking to extend its food group with the purchase of specialty food business Nosh Food Market. ... [more] 30 Aug 2014
Veritas profit meets guidance.
stuff.co.nz - The Mad Butcher's listed parent company, Veritas, made an after-tax profit of $4.3 million for the year ending June 30, in line with market guidance. ... [more] 26 Aug 2014

ASIA / PACIFIC


Indonesian food chains setting up shop in Singapore.
asianewsnet.net - A bowl of mee bakso - beefball noodles - at Indonesian food chain Es Teler 77 in Singapore 10 years ago inspired Edy Ongkowijaya, a Nanyang Polytechnic graduate, to start his own food business in... [more] 1 Sep 2014
Franchises target AEC.
nationmultimedia.com - Thai franchises are hungering to take a bite of the huge borderless market opening up under the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in early 2016. ... [more] 29 Aug 2014
Fatburger Plants Its Flag in Delhi.
qsrmagazine.com - Fatburger is expanding further with its first location in India opening in Delhi, the largest city in India. ... [more] 26 Aug 2014
Gap to open 40 stores in India.
indiatimes.com - Gap Inc, the biggest apparel retailer by sales in the US, on Friday said it has entered into a franchisee partnership with Arvind Lifestyle Brand to open 40 stores in India by mid-next year. ... [more] 26 Aug 2014
FamilyMart to open franchising by end of 2014 to spur expansion.
inquirer.net - Japanese retailing chain FamilyMart, a retail store chain brought to the Philippines by the Ayala and Rustan’s groups, will open up to franchising by the end of this year to speed up its nationwide expansion. ... [more] 26 Aug 2014
Future Bright to launch two Korean food chains in Macau.
macaubusinessdaily.com - Company profits are up 37 percent in 1H with strong sales from Macau restaurants, and plans are in the pipeline to expand into Zhuhai and Cotai. ... [more] 26 Aug 2014

MIDDLE EAST



ELSEWHERE


KFC to open more branches in Zimbabwe.
bulawayo24.com - International fast-food retail giant KFC is planning to open more branches in Zimbabwe, in a development that will result in employment creation in the country. ... [more] 27 Aug 2014

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