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KUB expects A&W business to break even by August. KUB Malaysia Bhd, which has closed down its A&W restaurants in Singapore, expects its A&W business to break even by August. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2003
Mardi ways to reduce food import bills. Malaysian entrepreneurs can help reduce the country's food import bill by venturing into either food franchising or mass catering businesses, Food Technology Research Centre director Dr Abu Bakar Hussin says. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2003
KFC expects to do better despite SARS. KFC Holdings Bhd expects its performance this year to be better despite slower sales at its fast-food restaurants in March and April due to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2003
Ozwin to set up 20 beauty care stores. Ozwin Natural Products Sdn Bhd plans to open 20 natural beauty and naturopathic skin care product stores in the country over the next four years, its general manager Kay Liew said. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2003
Forma Lifestyle targets 30 outlets. Forma Lifestyle Sdn Bhd, a Johor-based exercise equipment and health-related gadgets distributor and marketing company, plans to have 30 retail outlets nationwide over the next three years. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2003
CG: Digital media tech holds huge potential. CG Mediaworks Sdn Bhd, the first appointed Apple training centre for digital media learning in the northern region, sees huge opportunities in the growing interest in digital media technology. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2003
65 businesses to vie for Malaysia Franchise Award. Some 65 businesses in the franchise industry are competing for seven awards in the Malaysia Franchise Award 2003 in July. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2003
Domino's not considering franchising for now. Domino's Pizza International Inc will expand further its current client base before considering franchising its business in Malaysia. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2003
McDonald's entering new phase, says CEO. A new phase is shaping up at McDonald's, famous for its Big Mac worldwide. The new buzz words, said CEO and country manager Robert Beard, will be quality and speed. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2003
KUB gives up rights to A&W in HK and Philippines. KUB Malaysia Bhd has surrendered the franchise rights to develop and operate A&W restaurants in Hong Kong and the Philippines effective June 5. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2003
Local brand franchisors urged to create international standards. Franchisors of local brands in Malaysia should look at creating branding for their franchises rather than concentrate on marketing strategies to create brands on par with well-known international companies, said the Brand Mercatus (M) Sdn Bhd chief executive officer. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2003
KFC's new offering a big hit with the young. KFC Holdings (M) Bhd expects its latest offering KFC Bandito Pockett to be a big hit with teens and young adults. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2003
First optical protection scheme. England Optical Group (M) Sdn Bhd (EOG) has introduced the first and only optical insurance protection plan in Malaysia for eyewear purchasers according to its regional sales manager John Chen. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2003
Online ordering to boost Domino Pizza sales. Dommal Food Services Sdn Bhd, the master franchise holder of Domino Pizza in Malaysia is banking on its RM400,000 investment in a website and online ordering facility to boost pizza sales by a single digit per centage over the next 12 months. .... [more] 28 May, 2003
Four new McDonald's outlets this year. Golden Arches Restaurants Sdn Bhd, the operator of McDonald's Malaysia, is planning to franchise 4 new outlets in peninsular Malaysia this year and projects 25 more franchised outlets over the next 3 years. .... [more] 21 May, 2003
Ainum, Rebecca to be Laura Ashley joint CEOs. Laura Ashley, the British high street fashion retailer owned by the MUI group, has surprised the market by splitting the chief executive's job between two Malaysian women. .... [more] 10 May, 2003
KUB to close down A&W outlets in S'pore. KUB Malaysia Bhd will close down its five A&W outlets in Singapore this month due to their huge losses and is likely to look for new partners to operate its 29 outlets in Thailand. .... [more] 8 May, 2003

3 more Marrybrown outlets. Marrybrown Fried Chicken Sdn Bhd will open 3 more outlets this year, 2 in Johor and 1 in Penang, in the 2nd half of the year. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2003
EON confident of fulfiling super-dealership contract. Edaran Otomobil Nasional Bhd (EON) is confident of selling at least 100,000 cars "of all models" annually under its impending super-dealership agreement with Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Bhd (Proton) subsidiary Proton Edar Sdn Bhd. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2003
KUB, Yum! explore A&W franchise options. KUB Malaysia Bhd is in the midst of discussion with Yum! Brands Inc, the franchise holder of A&W, to explore the best possible option for the company pertaining to its A&W business. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2003
Re-branding exercise to push Season into big league. The shift will see Season Confectionery and Bakery Sdn Bhd, which started out as a family-owned business 28 years ago, move up into the big league with more up-market products and services. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2003
Specialty Beans plans more coffee outlets. Specialty Beans Holdings Sdn Bhd, the master franchisee for Gloria Jean's Coffees in the country, expects to have a total of 8 to 10 sub-franchisee outlets per year in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2003
Crowds flocking to RM6m SugarBun flagship outlet. Homegrown fast food restaurant chain SugarBun's most ambitious project, a RM6mil destination centre in Beach Street, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, is drawing in the crowds. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2003
KFCH expects support for reorganisation plan, says MD. KFC Holdings (M) Bhd (KFCH), the nation's number one fast-food group, expects the government of Singapore Investment Corp and other shareholders to support a reorganisation plan to be completed in December. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2003
Most prolific franchise holder in the will-writing business. Karen Lee, 40, is a top will writer trained from Rockwills Sdn Bhd, and attributes her success to a lot of hard work and a passion for the business. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2003
Laura Ashley warns of losses. Just two months after saying it would breakeven, Malaysian-owned Laura Ashley warned yesterday that its pre-tax loss this financial year would reach 5mil. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2003
EON to have more franchise service dealers by year-end. EON Bhd is expecting the number of its franchise service dealers to increase from the current 165 to 220 at the end of the year. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2003
KFC revamp gets go-ahead. YUM! Brands Inc, the franchisor of the Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut brands, has given its nod to the proposed management buy-out and reorganisation of KFC Holdings (M) Bhd and Ayamas Food Corp (M) Bhd, and extended the franchise agreement by 10 years effective from 2003. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2003
Season group planning to go public in 3 years. Johor-based Season group of companies is giving itself another three years before going public, according to group general manager Stephen Lim. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2003
PrimaDeli set on doubling revenue. PrimaDeli Franchise (M) Sdn Bhd expects to double its revenue this year to RM5mil from RM2.5mil previously through the opening of new outlets and introduction of new products. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2003
MBM hopes to seal Hino deal in H2. MBM Resources Bhd hopes to "seal a pact" with parent Med-Bumikar Mara Sdn Bhd to take over its 42% stake in the Hino commercial vehicles franchise business in the second half of the year in a bid to boost earnings. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2003
Bally Total Fitness Builds on Global Expansion Efforts with New Franchised Clubs in Southeast Asia. Bally Total Fitness today announced that it will be expanding its current franchising efforts within Southeast Asia, launching new health clubs in Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2003
Specialty Beans eyes larger slice of market. Specialty Beans Holding Sdn Bhd, the master franchise holder of Gloria Jean's Coffees brand in the region, hopes to garner a larger slice of the local gourmet coffee market with its upcoming franchise programme. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2003
Osim expects turnover to grow. Singapore-based Osim Inter-national Ltd expects the turnover from its Malaysian market to grow by 30% to 50% for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2003. .... [more] 14 Jan, 2003
Taiwan chicken treat for Ipoh folks. Malaysians will soon have their first taste of Taiwan's popular "charcoal grilled chicken" from the original makers when the SK Chicken franchise comes to Ipoh by early next month. .... [more] 4 Jan, 2003
KFCH to sell all non-core assets. KFC Holdings (M) Bhd (KFCH) will be selling its non-core, non-related assets including Wisma KFC, as part of its efforts to streamline operations to remain focused. .... [more] 4 Jan, 2003
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