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Ipoh curry mee is hot in Hong Kong. The famous Ipoh Old Town curry mee, is drawing queues that stretch across four shoplots in Hong Kong. .... 4 Dec, 2002
Delifrance rolls out $8.6m centre for expansion in Asia. Rolling out new bread products. Testing new sandwich fillings. Delifrance has set up a crack team of chefs to come up with the right recipes to satisfy its appetite for growth in Asia. .... 3 Dec, 2002
Noodle titan invades Taiwan. Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corporation, China's biggest instant noodle maker, and Uni-President Enterprises, Taiwan's biggest, are extending their noodle war to Taiwan from the mainland. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2002
More luxury international hotel chains opening shop. A growing number of luxury world-class international hotel chains are arriving in Beijing as the business travel market continues to boom. .... 23 Nov, 2002
Starbucks plans 20 outlets in N.China. US-based Starbucks, the world's leading coffee-shop operator, is pushing to expand its business in North China and will introduce its newly-developed tea drinks to the market soon. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2002
China ops reaping good sales for Thai Village. Full-year results announced by Thai Village Holdings yesterday show half of the restaurant chain's sales of $42.7 million came from its China operations, affirming the growing importance of the China market to Singapore companies. .... 20 Nov, 2002
China has Big Mac attack. The plans of fast-food giant McDonald's to open 100 new restaurants a year in China are on track, the company has said, even though it is shutting branches and cutting jobs across the globe. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2002
Franchise business to be regulated. China's first regulations on the franchising industry are expected to be released in the first half of next year, according to Men Xiaowei, deputy director of trade and market bureau under the State Economic and Trade Commission. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2002
Pret gets its fill in the Far East. Hong Kong and Tokyo may be among the fast-food capitals of the world, but the traditional British sandwich is going down a storm. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2002
Swatch hopes to double number of franchise stores. Swatch Co, a leading watch manufacturer based in Switzerland, is moving ahead with an aggressive plan to boost its presence in China by doubling the size of its distribution network over each of the "next few" years. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2002
Dairy Farm to buy Ikea's HK, Taipei stores. Jardine Matheson unit Dairy Farm International Holdings has no plans to take over Ikea in Singapore after announcing yesterday that it is set to buy the Hong Kong and Taiwan stores for US$27 million from another Jardine unit. .... 30 Oct, 2002
Bringing the fitness craze to affluent Chinese. New Life Resources currently manages 30 health clubs, and has an ambitious target - to operate a franchise network of about 100 health and fitness clubs in China in the next five years. .... 28 Oct, 2002
Uniqlo aims to be leader in Chinese market. Fast Retailing Co, a leading casual-clothing retailer known for its Uniqlo brand, has announced a plan aimed at making its clothes the most popular on the Chinese market. .... 24 Sep, 2002
Overseas retailers, Shoulian in talks to open Beijing 7-11 stores. Japan's Ito Yokado and President Chain Store Corp, which is based in Taiwan Province, plan to link up and open 500 Seven-Eleven convenience shops in Beijing. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2002
KFC opens 700th restaurant in China. KFC's 700th restaurant in China has been opened in the city of Shenzhen. KFC has restaurants in 150 cities in China, the first opened in 1987 in Beijing. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2002
Two Japanese Chains to Open in China. Two of Japan's largest convenience store chains - Seven-Eleven and FamilyMart - plan to bring their 24-hour, one-stop shopping to China as early as next year, a newspaper reported Sunday. .... 8 Sep, 2002
KFC opens first drive-through in China. Louisville-based KFC, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands Inc., has opened its first Chinese restaurant with drive-through service in Beijing. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2002

7-11 Picks Firms for Beijing Shops. U.S. convenience store giant 7-Eleven Inc said on Wednesday it had chosen Taiwan's President Chain Store Corp and Seven-Eleven Japan Corp Ltd to open as many as 500 stores in Beijing. .... 21 Aug, 2002
McDonald's Hong Kong Outlets Take on Local Rivals, Serve McRice. Amid Hong Kong's deep economic downturn, McDonald's is trying to move in on the local culinary turf - not with burgers or fries, but with Chinese rice dishes. .... 19 Aug, 2002
HoJo sees room for mid-range hotels. Howard Johnson, one of America's oldest franchise operators, has unveiled a major strategy to launch hotels in China. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2002
Franchise Support Network Established for Century 21(R) Affiliates In Asia-Pacific. Century 21 Real Estate Corporation announced today that it has established CENTURY 21 Asia-Pacific, a localized franchise support network in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan. The new network is expected to enhance delivery of support for already existing master franchise agreements. .... 23 Apr, 2002
Hong Kong restaurant chain to open Starbucks outlets in southern China. Pushing American coffee culture deeper into the land of tea, a Hong Kong restaurant chain said Friday it plans to open Starbucks outlets in southern China. .... 18 Apr, 2002
Restaurateur dreams of McDonald's-style success. Willy Chu has a dream to build a Chinese-food restaurant empire like McDonald's before he turns 40. And he means it. .... 8 Apr, 2002
Hong Kong hungers for fast food. Despite a vast array of Chinese food to feed on, in a city of seven million food fans half a million people per day choose to eat at McDonald's in Hong Kong. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2002
Starbucks brews coffee business in China Starbucks has brewed a formula to sell coffee in tea-drinking China, where many of the 1.3 billion people consider the bitter beverage a foul-tasting luxury. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2002
Kodak snaps up franchise deal with BOC. The Bank of China (BOC) has signed a deal with Kodak (China) Ltd this week to finance Kodak's franchisees and would-be photographic business investors. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2002
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