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FTV India plans to set up cafes, bars. Fashion TV (India), a fashion and glamour channel, has chalked out an expansion strategy for the Indian market involving extension into areas beyond television. .... [more] 7 Dec, 2002
Barista Coffee brews south Asian thrust. Barista Coffee Co Ltd will open its first overseas store in Colombo, Sri Lanka on December 14 as part of its thrust into south Asian countries. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2002
Planet M outlet opens in city. For music lovers of Kolkata, it's time for music, masti and magic. If you haven't got wind of the buzz yet, here's the news - Planet M is here! .... [more] 14 Sep, 2002
Franchisee membership alters the broking game. Organised broking houses are changing the face of the country's retail broking business by offering franchisee memberships at throwaway prices. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2002
Pizza Hut to open 100 outlets in India by 2004. Pizza Hut, the flagship restaurant brand of Yum! Restaurants International, would open 100 outlets in the country by 2004, a company official said. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2002
Keep the party goin'. Mumbai's biggest discos and Pune's successful restaurateurs are opening new night-spots in Pune. Life, which recently opened near Taj Blue Diamond has plans to take their patented franchise across the country. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2002
KVIC plans franchising. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has sought government's approval to franchise its products through private retailers. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2002
Australia coaching firm to enter India, eyes small biz units. The Australia-based consultancy and training company, Action International, is entering the Indian market soon. Positioned as a "coach", it is targeting the small and medium business houses in India. .... [more] 22 May, 2002
Our vegetarian products are 100% vegetarian: Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut (India) on Sunday said it uses 100 per cent vegetarian ingredients in its vegetarian products. .... [more] 19 May, 2002
Card authorisation via SMS. Paying the pizza delivery boy with plastic money instead of cash is now in the realm of possibility. .... [more] 17 May, 2002
Chain reaction. Franchising is all the rage in India, but it is yet to move up the evolution curve. Bhanu Pande and Prasad Sangameshwaran highlight the challenges in this business. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2002
Tanishq Aria set for US market.
Titan's jewellery arm Tanishq is ready for its US foray with the seven-stone diamond collection Aria. The collection will be distributed through US company Highglow which caters to the ethnic Indian and Asian population. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2002
Is there a second coming for ice-cream parlours?
Remember Lopstop, Dollops, Yankee Doodle? Yes, all these ice-cream parlour chains either shut down or were taken over. While food retailing has been grabbing attention for the past two-three years, thanks to fast-food chains and coffee cafes, there has been an icy silence from ice-cream sellers. .... 25 Apr, 2002
Lacoste lowers price points, gets more formal. It's a major overhaul for French apparel brand Lacoste in India, which seemed to have become submerged in a sea of rival brands. It has now decided to shake off a little of the casual image and is overhauling products and retail strategy, targeting doubling its sales here. .... [more] 23 Apr, 2002
Maximum franchisers in IT. Nearly 55 per cent of India's 600-odd franchisors happen to be in the IT education industry. This was revealed in a study 'Franchising in India - an industry perspective' conducted by Ficci. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2002
Marriott to bring Courtyard in India. Global hotel chain Marriott International will soon introduce the Courtyard hotel brand in Bangalore and Hyderabad to tap "middle management" traveller. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2002
The Big Mac is here, well almost! McDonald's, the largest fast food chain in the world has arrived in Chandigarh. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2002

Tata Tea to open 200 Tetley outlets. Tata Tea will set up 200 Tetley brand tea vending units at major railway stations and airports in next twelve months and plans to earn Rs 100 crore revenue annually from the premium brand by 2005. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2002
Tanishq eyes the American market. With some happy news on the domestic front in terms of rising sales and profits after years of groping in the dark, Tanishq, Titan Industries' jewellery division, is now eying the US market through a franchised store. .... 14 Mar, 2002
McDonald's India business unaffected by settlement. The proposed settlement by McDonald's Corp of lawsuits claiming it misled vegetarians by serving beef-flavoured French fries will not affect its operations in India, which never served products containing beef or pork, its franchisees here said on Friday. .... 8 Mar, 2002
The Body Shop is testing local waters. The Body Shop, the London-based natural skin and hair care brand owner, is conducting a feasibility study of the Indian market for launching its products here. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2002
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