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Coffee Day to launch coffee online in 3 months. By March next year, Indian coffee connoisseurs could get their coffee blends delivered at home by placing orders online, courtesy Coffee Day Fresh 'n' Ground's latest initiative to reach more consumers. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2003
Coffee Day Xpress plans massive expansion. This could create lots more entrepreneurs. Coffee Day Xpress, a division of coffee major Amalagamated Bean Coffee Trading Company (ABCTC), announced on Thursday that it planned to rapidly expand its chain of food and beverage kiosks through a national franchise model. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2003
Coffee Day Xpress to go national. Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading (ABCTL) announced the national launch of its concept of retailing food and beverages through the kiosk route. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2003
Top of the class. Multiplication is the name of the game as a new breed of pre-school entrepreneurs turns to franchising. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2003
Big Mac plans four more outlets in Mumbai. Big Mac is going all out to convert Mumbai’s vada pav lovers into burger munchers. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2003
Subway enters state, to ramp up outlets. Subway, one of the largest food chains in the world, has entered Gujarat by opening its first outlet in the city on Tuesday. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2003
South African Debonair pizzas now in India. Next time you dial for a pizza, you might find a smartly dressed young man in a bow tie at your doorstep with authentic South African gourmet pizzas. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2003
Cookie Man plans to expand retail network. Cookie Man Foods India Pvt. Ltd hopes to have at least 50 shops across the country selling its cookies in the next three to four years. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2003
Tasting times. Mumbaikars will soon get a taste of Moti Mahal - Delhi’s best-known address for chicken tandoori and butter chicken. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2003
A coffee a day. Tata Coffee’s tryst with vending machines has thrown up some good lessons for competition too. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2003
CCIC draws up plans to go overseas. Riding on a high growth trajectory, Central Cottage Industries Corporation (CCIC) has drawn up an expansion programme under which it is planning to open outlets overseas. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2003
FTV to open 18 bars in India. Take a bar, combine it with fusion cuisine in an ultra modern decor where fixtures include hi-tech LCD panels over tabletops, sprinkle it with a fashion show by designers like Rohit Bal, Malini Ramani and Tarun Tahiliani and you have the F Bar & Lounge. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2003
McDonald's plans to franchise outlets. Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt Ltd, one of the two companies managing McDonald's India, plans to expanad its outlets through a franchisee model. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2003
Nirulas plans national spread via franchisees. Nirulas, the Delhi-based ice-cream and fast food chain, to become a national player within the next two-three years has decided to appoint master franchisees. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2003
TTK Prestige cooking a turnaround strategy. TTK Prestige Ltd, kitchenware major and a part of the Chennai-based Rs 600 crore TTK group, is scripting a strategy to return to profitability by end of 2003-04. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2003
Choice Hotels has expansion on menu. Choice Hotels, the owner of popular brand Quality Inn, is looking at expanding Indian operation. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2003
Vitan to go solo, own outlets soon. After operating on a franchisee model so far, the loss making Chennai-based retail chain Vitan plans to open its own stores in the next four months. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2003
Karnataka to launch IT kiosks in 1,000 villages. Karnataka will launch IT kiosks in over 1,000 villages in six months under the 'rural digital service', extending its land records and utility services scheme with private sector participation. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2003
NIIT-franchisee tiff takes a bitter turn. The feud between NIIT and a group of its franchisees has taken a new turn, with NIIT Franchisee Association taking a warpath alleging that the computer training institute is shifting base to China. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2003
The easy route to settling bills. Paying bills will become easier with the launch of 'Easy Bill Shop-in-Shop', a chain of consumer convenience kiosks that will collect not just your utility bills but will also accept ticketing, lottery and school fees. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2003
United Pizza plans to up Gujarat presence. The Bangalore-based United Pizza Restaurant Pvt Ltd is planning to ramp up its presence in Gujarat and other western states. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2003
Nafed sets up franchises to sell fertiliser, seeds. Until a few months ago, Lachman Singh, a farmer in remote UP village, had to take a day's time out from his farming activities to purchase fertiliser or seeds. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2003
Dabur in talks to buy Dubai franchisee. Home-spun fast moving consumer goods major Dabur India Ltd is set to see "renewed activity" in the overseas market this fiscal and the game-plan includes a possible overseas acquisition of its franchisee in Dubai. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2003

Pizza Hut to expand presence. In a bid to gain an edge over competitors, Yum! Restaurants International is planning to expand the presence of its franchisee-operated Pizza Hut outlets from 15 to about 35 cities in India in the next 18 months. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2003
Choice Hospitality To Double Indian Ops With New Hotels. Choice Hospitality India Private Ltd, a master franchisee in India of the global flagship brand Choice Hotels International, is set to expand its operations by an additional 25 hotels in a year's time. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2003
Indian animal rights groups demand closure of KFC. Animal rights activists protested outside the only Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlet in India demanding it be closed down and accusing the firm of cruelty. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2003
Saravana Bhavan to open more outlets. Just three months since its launch in north India, south Indian food chain, Hotel Saravana Bhavan has firmed up its expansion plans. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2003
Ministry clarifies on franchise service tax. Commercial activity confined to mere production or marketing of branded goods through licensing arrangements will not come under the purview of the eight per cent tax on franchise services imposed in the 2003-04 Union Budget. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2003
Barista eyes franchisee route for growth. Barista Coffee Company is undertaking a financial re-engineering to maximise its returns. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2003
Viceroy Hotels In Talks To Become Marriot Franchisee. Viceroy Hotels, a city-based luxury hotel, is in talks with Marriot International to become a franchisee of the global hospitality major. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2003
Come to my Parlour! Barista's owner Amit Judge has decided that it is time to let in some more winds of change. The Rs 65-crore Espresso Coffee Bar Chain recently introduced franchisee-operated parlours, instead of the regular company-owned ones. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2003
Apna Bazar Co-operative In Expansion Mode. Apna Bazaar Co-operative is clearly in an aggressive mode. The co-operative is now planning to make forays outside Maharashtra. Simultaneously, it is looking at increasing the number of franchisee outlets in Mumbai. .... [more] 23 May, 2003
Barista brews a cut-price strategy. By 2005-06, Barista Coffee plans to have over 300 outlets across the country, up from 130 at present, and for the first time has decided to adopt the franchisee route for further growth. .... [more] 21 May, 2003
Philips India to set up 200 IT peripheral retail outlets. Philips India Ltd, a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Royal Philips Electronics NV, is setting up 200 information technology retail outlets in India in next three months. .... [more] 21 May, 2003
MTNL takes to franchising. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) is in the process of setting up a parallel marketing channel by appointing franchisees. .... [more] 6 May, 2003
M&S poised to expand base. Marks & Spencer, the UK-based giant retail chain that started here with two stores in 2001-end, is now looking to expand base in India. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2003
Indianising fast foods the new mantra. A little bit of trivia, but what do Do Pyaza Tandoori Masala Pizza, Aloo attack, Subz(i) Burger and Mac Alu Tikki have in common? .... [more] 28 Apr, 2003
Rasna plans foray into ready-to-drink market. Soft drink concentrate maker Rasna said on Sunday it is foraying into the ready-to-drink market through the vending machines franchisee route. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2003
Marks & Spencer Chalks Out Plans For Retail Expansion. Retailing multinational Marks & Spencer has firmed up plans to expand its presence in the Indian market. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2003
Irate franchisees taunt senior policeman. Nearly 30 franchisees of Bombay Bazaar took a verbal swipe yesterday at an additional director general of police, because his son is the ex-director of a company the franchisees claim owes them money. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2003
Rasna to install 10,000 vending machines. The Ahmedabad-based Pioma Industries is looking at the ready-to-drink market by making its Rasna brand of drinks available at all commerical and public places. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2003
McDonald's plans Indian expansion. McDonald's plans to double its outlets in India over the next three years, as the global fast food giant prepares to close outlets in the US, Europe and elsewhere. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2003
Fraud victims seek redress. Bombay Bazar fraud victims on Tuesday sought redress from city police commissioner Sujay Chakraborty after all the arrested accused got bail. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2003
Reliance plans customer care centres. Reliance Infocomm Ltd is proposing to set up `Reliance web world' stores across the country. These outlets will act as customer care centres and facilitate direct interface with customers. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2003
India rides a retail wave. Size does matter. The sheer size of India's billion-plus population and its changing lifestyle continue to pique the interest of major international retail chains, even though they face foreign investment obstacles. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2003
Launch: Anusha Subramanian. Jacques Dessange, the French hair stylist and beauty expert has now turned his spotlight on Mumbai. Ravissant, one of India's best known luxury brand has launched the Jacques Dessange salon at Mumbai's Taj Hotel through an exclusive master franchise arrangement. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2003
Mirza Tanners on expansion spree. Kanpur-based Mirza Tanners is planning to invite franchisees for selling its Red Tape brand of shoes, and is eyeing 15 shops by the end of 2003-04. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2003
Taj plans to expand Gujarat presence. The Taj Group of Hotels is looking to acquire/set up more properties in Gujarat, which will be run by it on the basis of franchise management. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2003
Animal rights activist remove signs from McDonald's outlet in western India. Animal rights activists in western India Saturday removed a sign in a McDonald's restaurant that said no beef products were used in food preparation. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2003
Fashion TV lines up F-Salon chain. Buoyed by the successful launch of its first F-Bar and Lounge in Bangalore, Fashion TV India has firmed up an aggressive roll-out plan for other areas. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2003
Franchises Out, Only Management Tie-Ups In Future For Six Continents. Six Continents Hotels will stop awarding franchise agreements and only enter into total management tie-ups in future. This, the company says, is to ensure that the quality standards of their hotels are rigidly adhered to. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2003
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