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KFC to focus on poultry-related business. KFC Holdings (Malaysia) Bhd is back in the limelight again. This time, it gets plenty of attention after announcing a restructuring exercise involving another two listed companies - Ayamas Food Corp Bhd and C.I. Holdings Bhd. .... [more] 28 Dec, 2002
GNC franchise owners seek mainboard listing. In what could be seen as a second attempt to list on the Singapore Exchange, the owners of the General Nutrition Centre franchise in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei have received the SGX's nod to float their new investment holding company. .... [more] 28 Dec, 2002
More local food products for export market. After having introduced the famous Ipoh Old Town curry mee to Hong Kong, trader Sam Chuah Seong Sing plans to export more of Malaysia's delicacies. .... [more] 27 Dec, 2002
Mixed views on KFC revamp. The proposed reorganisation of KFC Holdings (Malaysia) Bhd and Ayamas Food Corp Bhd is being viewed favourably by a good number of analysts but some minority shareholders are concerned over the potential reduction in earnings with the disposal of Pizza Hut Restaurants. .... [more] 25 Dec, 2002
Management of KFC, Pizza Hut in buyout move. THE management of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Pizza Hut in Malaysia and Singapore has staged a buyout in a bid to create a premier quick service restaurant group. .... [more] 21 Dec, 2002
Reliance buoyant about future prospects. Reliance Pacific Bhd, which was badly hit by events following the Sept 11 attacks on the US, remains buoyant about its future prospects. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2002
Career makeover for ad man. From the days of selling obituary and condolence advertisement space in 1985, Aric Ng Wai Sing has moved on to build a franchise business that is now worth RM20mil. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2002
Marrybrown wants to take on the world. Home-grown fast food franchiser Marrybrown Fried Chicken Sdn Bhd, which is projecting turnover of RM100mil this year, has set its sights on becoming a global food service organisation with a worldwide brand. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2002
Motion Planet secures Tower Records licence. Motion Planet Production Sdn Bhd has taken over from Besunvie Music Sdn Bhd as licence holder for the Tower Records chain of stores for a 10-year period. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2002
Body Glove sets up 33rd outlet in Prai. Body Glove Malaysia has opened its 33rd outlet and its first concept shop with canopy design on the ground floor of the Megamall Pinang shopping complex in Prai. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2002
English feel' in the home. For those of you partial to that truly "English feel" in your homes, Biggie Best, a one-stop specialty furnishing store, is a must-visit. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2002
7-Eleven, Starbucks outlets open in Promenade Walk. Two well-known international brands, 7-Eleven and Starbucks Coffee, have opened their retail outlets at Kuala Lumpur's Imbi Promenade Walk at Jalan Imbi, due to open in October next year. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2002
Education Ventures offers chance to co-own Child Enrichment Centres. Education Ventures Sdn Bhd is offering entrepreneurs an opportunity to co-own and operate its brand of kindergartens called Child Enrichment Centres. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2002
Prospering in building a strong brand name. What's in a name? For Secret Recipe's co-founder and executive director, Steven Sim, the company's success actually lies in its ability to build a strong brand name. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2002
Jerasia Capital confident of steady earnings with strong US demand. Jerasia Capital Bhd is confident of maintaining the performance it achieved last year in the year ending Dec 31, 2002, in the light of stronger demand for fashion garments from the US market. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2002
Basic course on franchise business. The Malaysian Franchise Association, with the Entrepreneur Development Ministry, will organise a basic course on franchise business to train and guide entrepreneurs who want to venture into the sector. the three-day course would be held at the Genting Highlands in Pahang beginning Oct 18 and in Johor Baru from Oct 25 to 27. .... [more] 15 Oct, 2002
England Optical plans 500 China outlets. England Optical Group (M) Sdn Bhd, the largest optical chain store in the country, plans by 2010 to have 500 outlets in China where it now has eight outlets, according to group chief executive officer Datuk Chin See Keat. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2002
MIQA and Indian firm forge ICT joint venture. MIQA Bhd has formalised a joint venture with a subsidiary of an India-based conglomerate to provide information and communication technology products and services in the Asean region. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2002
Sister wrap. Six Penang-born sisters have realised their long-time dream of becoming business partners. With the ambition of becoming queens of entrepreneurship, they tell WILLIAM K.C. KEE about their specific roles in running their 'lifestyle food' franchise. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2002
Demand for premises to operate franchises. Do you know that the humble mua-chee that was sold for only a few sen years ago has made it to the big shopping centres? Sold in pushcarts, they are one of the latest businesses operated under a franchise scheme. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2002

Smart Reader plans Asean expansion. Smart Reader Worldwide Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Dr Richard Ong has come a long way since setting up his education programmes for children in the 1980s. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2002
Brioni Boutique expects RM2m turnover annually. The Brioni Boutique Kuala Lumpur, an up-market, Italian clothier and accessory outlet for men that was formally launched yesterday, is confident of achieving a RM2mil turnover annually, said its owner and franchisee Datuk Sri Ram Sarma. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2002
Shakey's launches latest pizza range. Shakey's Restaurants Sdn Bhd, the operator of the pizza and fried chicken restaurant chains under the same name, recently launched its latest promotion - La Pazzia Italiana showcasing the company's latest range of pizzas and pasta sauces. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2002
Fresh grads and retirees wanted for franchising. The Entrepreneur Development Ministry has set up a special division to encourage fresh graduates and retirees to take part in the franchise business. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2002
TT Resources unit signs 2 franchise pacts with Gloria Jean's. TT Resources Bhd's wholly-owned subsidiary Specialty Beans Holding Sdn Bhd has signed two master franchise agreements with Gloria Jean's Gourmet Franchising Corp to operate and develop Gloria Jean's Gourmet Coffees Stores in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Thailand. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2002
Marrybrown expects higher 2002 turnover of RM100mil. Marrybrown Fried Chicken Sdn Bhd, a leading home-grown fast-food operator, expects to post RM100mil in turnover this year versus RM80mil last year, said Thomas Aquinas, the regional manager for franchise and business development. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2002
Home-grown franchisors urged to venture into overseas markets. Proven home grown franchisors should seize the opportunities presented by Asean Free Trade Area (Afta) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) to capture new markets, said Malaysian Franchise Association (MFA) chairman Datuk Adzmi Abdul Wahab. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2002
Black Canyon brewing up first branch in M'sia. Black Canyon (Thailand) Co Ltd signed a franchise agreement yesterday with House of Black Canyon (M) Sdn Bhd to open the Black Canyon Coffee branch in The Summit USJ. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2002
England Optical aims to make 20 millionaires via franchise plan. England Optical Group (M) Sdn Bhd, the largest optical chain store in the country, targets to create 20 millionaires by end-2005 under its Franchise Venture Capital Fund Programme. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2002
Bonia takes brand building seriously. Brand building is the name of the game for the fashion industry, and Bonia Corp Bhd, having a founder who started the business in Singapore, was never one to be stingy on expenditure for advertising and promotions. .... [more] 2 Sep, 2002
Association: Franchise industry still largely untapped. The franchise industry, which makes up only 5% of the retail business in Malaysia, is still largely untapped and therefore offers tremendous potential, says Datuk Adzmi Abdul Wahab, chairman of the Malaysian Franchise Association. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2002
O'Brien's eyes 30 Asian outlets in 5 years. O'Brien's, an Irish-style cafe known for its distinctive and thick bread sandwiches, plans to develop 30 outlets in Asia over the next five years. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2002
Marrybrown a firm believer in franchising. After making a mark in the fast-food business in the world's most populous nations of China and India, Johor-based Marrybrown Fried Chicken Sdn Bhd is a firm believer in the merits of the franchise business. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2002
Season to open 60 outlets in KL. Johor's leading cake house Season Confectionery & Bakery Sdn Bhd plans to expand its operations to Kuala Lumpur next year and targets to set up 60 Season Cake outlets in the Klang Valley within three years. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2002
RM135,000 received for MFA award night so far. The Malaysian Franchise Association (MFA) has to date received sponsorship amounting to RM135,000 for its award night, Malam Anugerah Francais Malaysia 2002, to be held on Aug 22. .... [more] 20 Aug, 2002
MFA to help set up 60 franchise schemes in 2 years. The Malaysian Franchise Association (MFA) is assisting in the development of 60 franchise schemes that are expected to enter the local market within the next two years, according to MFA chairman Datuk Adzmi Abdul Wahab. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2002
Food in the fast lane. Chopstik NoodleHouse has become a franchise in Kuala Lumpur, with four outlets gracing key parts of our food-hungry city. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2002
Domino's Pizza unveils new pizzas to boost sales.
Dommal Food Services Sdn Bhd, which operates the Domino's Pizza chain of restaurants, is bullish its newly introduced crispy beef and chicken pepperoni pizzas will help it achieve double-digit growth in sales turnover this financial year. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2002
KFCH completes acquisition.
KFC Holdings (M) Bhd (KFCH) has completed the acquisition of the entire interests in Kentucky Fried Chicken Management Pte Ltd and Pizza Hut Singapore Pte Ltd. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2002
RM25mil-RM30mil to revitalise A&W outlets. KUB Malaysia Bhd will invest RM25mil to RM30mil initially to remodel and revitalise all the A&W restaurants in the six countries in which it holds the franchise. .... [more] 27 May, 2002
KUB aims to own 40 A&W restaurants in Singapore. KUB Malaysia Bhd aims to own and operate 35 to 40 A&W restaurants in Singapore under a five-year plan, ac-cording to its chairman and chief executive officer Datuk Hassan Harun. .... [more] 22 May, 2002
First homegrown fast food firm to go global. The husband and wife team of Lawrence Liew and Nancy Chan are the names to watch in the local and international fast food franchising fraternity. .... [more] 20 May, 2002
Ecotint opens 3rd franchise in Klang Valley. Ecotint Shoppe Sdn Bhd has lau-nched its 3rd Klang Valley franchise in Ampang. The other 2 are in Klang and Seremban. .... [more] 18 May, 2002
RM100mil set aside to create 1,000 franchisees. Plans are under way to create 1,000 new franchisees with the RM100mil allocated under the Eighth Malaysia Plan, said Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz. .... [more] 7 May, 2002
King's aims to expand into regional market. When Wong Yoke Khing set up her first King's Confectionery outlet in Kepong in 1973, little did she know that it would one day spin off into one of Malaysia's largest bakery chain or that it would provide bread for five family members. .... [more] 6 May, 2002
KUB in drive to revitalise local A&W chain. KUB Malaysia Bhd has embarked on a major drive to re-organise, re-structure and re-vitalise A&W Restaurants in an effort to return it to profitability by year's end. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2002
Fish & Co dishing big plans for fish in a pan. Singaporeans Ricky Chew and his partner Lambert Yeo have a mission - to get Malaysians and those of other nationalities to eat more fish. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2002
Teo Guan Lee to franchise Kiki Lala and Cartoon Planet. Teo Guan Lee Corp Bhd (TGL), a KLSE second board company specialising in the manufacture and distribution of children, sports, and men's apparel, is planning to franchise its Kiki Lala and Cartoon Planet products in the middle of this year. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2002
Ayamas has evolved into an end-to-end chicken business. When Ayamas Food Corp Bhd was set up more than a decade ago, its main objective was to complement KFC Holdings (Malaysia) Bhd's retail outlets by supplying chicken in the form of nine-piece cuts. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2002
Focus points to Taiwan. Optical retail chain Focus Point Vision Care Group Sdn Bhd, which launched its 63rd outlet in Kajang recently, is eyeing expansion overseas. .... 25 Mar, 2002
Accord reached on Wisma KFC title. KFC Holdings (M) Bhd has signed a conditional settlement agreement with Idris Hydraulic (M) Bhd to retransfer the title of the 22-storey Wisma KFC in Kuala Lumpur to KFC. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2002
I-Bhd draws up strategy for IT, digital products. I-BHD has drawn up a four-pronged strategy in its quest to be a significant player in the information technology (IT) and digital products field. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2002
TGI Friday's Malaysia moves into catering for outside events. American restaurant chain franchisee TGI Friday's Malaysia is riding on the success of the chain's casual dining restaurant concept to venture into catering for outside events and private parties. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2002
Malaysia KFC wins bid for Singapore KFC. Food food operator KFC Holdings (Malaysia) Bhd said on Tuesday it has won bids to buy two Singapore firms which hold the island state's franchises for the Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut fast-food chains for S$73 million ($40.5 million). .... 25 Feb, 2002
KFC eyes another international franchise. KFC Holdings (M) Bhd plans to add another international franchise, this time a bakery chain, to its stable this year. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2002
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