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Service is key for new KFC chief. - KFC needs to add value through service rather than aggressive discounting, the fast food chain's new chief says. Jamie McKaughan has been appointed general manager of operations of... [more] 31 Dec, 2013
Mad Butcher owner Veritas buys stake in Burger King patty supplier. - Veritas Investments, which bought the Mad Butcher franchisor business in March this year, will spend at least $3.4 million in cash and shares for a half-stake in the meat patty supplier for the local Burger King... [more] 20 Dec, 2013
Burger King employs 30 more staff in Auckland. - Burger King has added its 32nd restaurant to the menu for Auckland, opening a new drive-through on Sunnybrae Road, Hillcrest this week. ... [more] 20 Dec, 2013
Mad Butcher adverts misled customers. - The Mad Butcher has fallen foul of the national advertising watchdog, which found advertisements were likely to mislead the public as to the price of meat. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2013
BurgerFuel stays out of price war. - BurgerFuel says its brand has proven resilient to a price war between major multi-national competitors such as Burger King and McDonald's in the New Zealand market. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2013
Employment law proposal exempts some franchisees but still has hooks. - New recommendations on a controversial employment bill recognise the independence of franchisees but say it’s who generates the work that defines how franchisees will be treated. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2013
Carl's Jr buoys Restaurant Brands' sales. - Restaurant Brands said third-quarter sales growth accelerated to 5.4 percent this year, compared with just 0.5 percent growth in the same period a year earlier. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2013
Cooks appoints Norah Barlow to board. - Esquires Coffee Houses owner Cooks Global Foods has announced the appointment of retirement village director Norah Barlow as an independent director. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2013
Fastway delivers story of hope for Starship. - Fastway Couriers Auckland has lent its support to the Starship Foundation for the launch of i dream, the second book from a young inspirational author from Auckland called Muskan Devta. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2013
Hunt on for new Nando's owner. - Receivers of master franchise holder, called in by Heartland Bank, are working to prepare company for sale. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2013
Nando's NZ operator in receivership. - The company that runs the Nando's New Zealand restaurant chain has been placed in receivership. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2013
Nando's franchise fight heats up. - A national fast food chain is having to defend itself against criticism from disgruntled franchisees. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2013
Further NZ expansion on the cards for Cafe2U. - Mobile coffee franchise Cafe2U plans to open 15 new franchises in New Zealand over the next 12 months, approximately half of which will be on the South Island. ... [more] 28 Nov, 2013
Question time as McDonald’s launches food question website. - McDonald’s New Zealand is lifting the lid on the Golden Arches, allowing Kiwis to ask any question they have about the menu through a new initiative Our Food, Your Questions, which launches today. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2013
Green Acres wins franchise system award. - Green Acres has once again taken out the Home Services Franchise System award at the 2013 Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2013
Carl's Jr eyes land of Oz. - Fast-food franchise operator Restaurant Brands has on its radar taking the Carl's Jr burger brand to Australia. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2013
Fast-food boss bites back at critics. - Restaurant Brands boss Russel Creedy has hit out at the criticism fast- food operators sometimes receive when establishing restaurants in low socio-economic areas. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2013
Hell launches 'world first' zombie game. - Hell Pizza has launched what it calls 'the world's first 3D zombie shooter game on a pizza box.' Put like that, it probably is. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2013
Another world burger record for NZ. - Wendy’s New Zealand has set another world record for the global burger chain, with the company’s new Hornby store achieving record sales. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2013
Last Mad Butcher outlet transferred to new owner. - Sir Peter Leitch has sold his last store to the publicly listed company Veritas Investments which now owns the Mad Butcher chain. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2013
Burger King NZ posts small loss in first full-year under Blackstone ownership. - The operator of Burger King in New Zealand posted a small loss in 2012, the first full year under the ownership of US private equity firm Blackstone Group. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2013
Franchise Awards 2013/2014 - Unique double as history repeats. - Bethlehem’s Ivy Joe stays on top as New Zealand's top franchisee and The Coffee Club reigns supreme in the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards for the second year running. ... [more] 17 Nov, 2013
Franchise buyers to access more expertise. - Award-winning specialist Franchise Accountants takes on new role as co-sponsor of Franchise New Zealand. ... [more] 17 Nov, 2013
Holding the tiger by the tail. - Founded in December 2011, KiwiYo now has seven outlets in Auckland and the Bay of Plenty. But the company has its eye on expansion into Australia, Asia and Europe, and plans to list... [more] 14 Nov, 2013
The Coffee Club Bethlehem Takes Out Another Award. - The Coffee Club Bethlehem is fast becoming a multiple award winning café. Franchise holder, Ivy Joe has been named the winner of the 2013 Westpac Tauranga Small Business Awards. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2013
Pair seek damages in burrito crash. - A Wellington couple caught in the collapse of a popular fast food business are seeking more than $200,000 damages after their plan to open a Mexican burrito franchise turned sour. ... [more] 9 Nov, 2013
Local renovation franchise wins prestigious global award. - Refresh Renovations, a young residential renovation franchise business established in New Zealand just three years ago, has been awarded the coveted Best in Class title at the Interactive Media Awards for... [more] 8 Nov, 2013
Top 200 Report - Growth Returns to Global Franchises. - Every year, US publication Franchise Times publishes a list of the Top 200 franchise systems worldwide, identifying top systems and new growth areas. The 2013 report finds that not only is expansion... [more] 7 Nov, 2013
Mad Butcher set to open. - Sir Peter Leitch, the founder and former owner of the franchise, is getting ready for the opening of the Mad Butcher shop in Invercargill on Friday. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2013
Cooks Global Foods seeks capital. - NZAX-listed Cooks Global Foods has announced a share-purchase plan to allow existing shareholders to apply for up to $15,000 of new shares to fund the company's accelerated growth plans. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2013
Burger King ad pulled for hangover claim. - A Burger King advertisement hailing the merits of a burger as a hangover cure has been pulled from the air. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2013
McDonald's worker sacked after criticism. - McDonald's has been accused of showing contempt for Parliament after sacking a worker who criticised the fast food giant at a select committee hearing. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2013
Chch Woman to Represent NZ in Baking Competition! - Kyra Dawson, a baker at Muffin Break Hornby, will head across the Tasman to represent New Zealand in the ‘Ultimate Bake Off’ challenge next week. ... [more] 24 Oct, 2013
Growth strategy gathers pace for newly-listed franchise group. - Esquires owner Cooks has acquired an organic tea and coffee distributor as it reveals plans to open eight new cafes this quarter. ... [more] 24 Oct, 2013
NZ Post moves towards franchise model. - The face of New Zealand Post will change over the next few years as the organisation moves towards a franchise model, and more self-service kiosks. ... [more] 24 Oct, 2013
Franchisee prospects good, but where are the buyers? - Confidence and expectations are up but it's still hard to find new franchisees in New Zealand, says the latest Franchise Confidence Index.. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2013
Family feud shuts burrito stores - 100 jobs at risk. - The future of a popular Mexican burrito chain - and the jobs of 100 workers - is in serious doubt as a result of a bitter family feud involving property developer Andrew Krukziener. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2013
Georgie Pie available in Wellington. - It is as Kiwi as hokey pokey ice-cream and Lemon and Paeroa, and from tomorrow you can once again enjoy Georgie Pie in Lower Hutt.. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2013
Top franchisor takes over as MD at FAB beauty franchise group. - Beauty franchise group FAB, best known for its Caci brand, has appointed Glenice Riley as its new managing director. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2013
Starbucks drags the chain for Restaurant Brands. - Coffee chain Starbucks is the weak link for food retail company Restaurant Brands. ... [more] 18 Oct, 2013
Restaurant Brands posts flat earnings. - Restaurant Brands New Zealand, which operates four fast food chains, posted flat first half earnings, but said an improvement in the second half would see full-year earnings rise as much as 7.3 per cent. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2013
Cooks Global Food completes acquisitions. - Cooks Global Foods (Cooks) is pleased to advise it has today completed the acquisitions of Franchise Development Limited, Esquires Coffee (UK) Limited, Esquires Coffee Houses Ireland Limited and... [more] 16 Oct, 2013
Association appeals for info to help address cartels legislation. - The Franchise Association is urgently seeking information from franchisors to help representations to the Commerce Commission on anti-competitive legislation. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2013
Milestone Homes Looks For NZ Nationwide Franchisees. - Milestone Homes is focussed on growing its nationwide group of franchisees and offers prospective business owners a smart, comprehensive franchise support package. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2013
US invites kiwi franchisors to find out more. - New Zealand franchisors with international ambitions are being invited to join a delegation to the 2014 IFA conference. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2013
Fastway Couriers extends Gen-i relationship. - Fastway Couriers has extended its 15 year relationship with Gen-i to support the Napier-based delivery company’s continued success and expansion into international markets. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2013
Begin your franchising future. - New Zealand's annual Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo is on Saturday and Sunday the 19th and 20th of October, at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2013
How to make the most of the expo and get free tickets. - This year’s Auckland Business Opportunities & Franchise Expo takes place on 19-20 October. Get a free ticket below and plan to make the most of your visit... [more] 9 Oct, 2013
Would you like a degree with that? - In an industry first, McDonald's outlet managers will be able to work and study towards a business degree in a new partnership with Massey University. ... [more] 9 Oct, 2013
Beauty franchise group rebrands. - Beauty franchisor Micromode has rebranded to reflect its broader range of products, opportunities and expertise. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2013
Carl's Jr winning full-price custom. - In the ultra-competitive fast-food environment, Carl's Jr is providing Restaurant Brands with a way to avoid the heavy-discounting trap that has been plaguing the market, says chief executive Russel Creedy. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2013
Burger Fuel eyes city. - Burgerfuel is looking to open a franchise in Invercargill. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2013
Golden Arches sites set for upward curve. - McDonald's might be one of the giants of New Zealand's quick service restaurant market, but its boss reckons there's still plenty of room for the Golden Arches to grow in this country. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2013
Georgie Pie now to be sold across NZ. - McDonald's says the trial period of its Georgie Pie re-introduction has exceeded sales expectations by about 50 per cent and the concept will now be rolled out in its restaurants nationwide. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2013

Burger Fuel plans more stores. - NZAX-listed gourmet hamburger chain Burger Fuel Worldwide expects to open about 22 new stores this financial year, double the 11 new stores opened in the previous year. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2013
Fastway Couriers unites to celebrate 30 years. - With the countdown to Christmas underway, more than 100 Fastway Couriers representatives from New Zealand, Australia and Ireland converged in Napier, Hawke's Bay, to celebrate... [more] 26 Sep, 2013
Fastway ready to exploit NZ Post cuts. - Fastway Couriers is embarking on a new strategic direction to embrace opportunities in the market resulting from the growth in online retailing, says Austin Mortimer, CEO of Fastway Couriers NZ. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2013
Rare chance to run a slice of Hell. - Franchise opportunities are now available within existing Hell Pizza restaurant sites along with the potential to develop new sites, says the general manager of Hell, Ben Cumming. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2013
Aussie pie chain plans to make a crust in Kiwi market. - Move over Georgie Pie - Australian chain Pie Face has crossed the Tasman and its Kiwi master franchise holders have a bullish plan to establish 60 stores in this country over the next 10 years. ... [more] 5 Sep, 2013
First HRV Water Franchisee Appointed. - HRV has signed up its first HRV Water franchisee just a month after announcing the establishment of the new offering from the company. ... [more] 5 Sep, 2013
Bad publicity blamed for franchise's failure. - The HRV franchise in Nelson and Marlborough has gone under, blaming "adverse media coverage" for its downfall. ... [more] 31 Aug, 2013
Former pizza delivery driver announced as Domino’s NZ general manager. - Domino’s has appointed an Australian multi-unit franchisee as new general manager in New Zealand. ... [more] 30 Aug, 2013
Review could raise franchise regulation spectre again. - The Productivity Commission has just announced a review of regulatory regimes in New Zealand which could highlight differences with Australia. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2013
BurgerFuel opens tenth store in UAE. - NZ-based franchise BurgerFuel has opened its second store in a month in Abu Dhabi, taking the total in the United Arab Emirates to ten. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2013
Mad Butcher owner reports $847,000 loss. - Veritas Investments, the listed company which bought the Mad Butcher business in May, has reported a maiden loss of $847,341, mainly due to a one-off adjustment relating to the reverse acquisition of the butchery... [more] 28 Aug, 2013
New CEO, new direction for Fastway. - Fastway Couriers has announced the appointment of Austin Mortimer as new CEO of Fastway Couriers (NZ) and the implementation of a new vision for the 30-year-old NZ-owned and founded courier... [more] 27 Aug, 2013
Culture of yoghurt franchise sways doctor. - The entrepreneurial efforts of a Waikato doctor will see 30 new jobs created in Hamilton as he opens three specialist yoghurt stores in the city's major shopping centres. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
Pizza Hut breaks ground in NZ for first time since 2007. - Pizza Hut is looking to shake up the pizza market in New Zealand, opening its first brand new store in six years as a first step to continued expansion in the market. The new store in Te Awamutu will open Friday... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
Fastway recognises highway hero. - A Fastway Couriers contractor and volunteer fire fighter whose quick thinking prevented serious injuries has received a special award from the franchise. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2013
Housing charity to benefit from franchise’s working bee. - Laser Group franchisees from across New Zealand and Australia will be joining forces in East Tamaki tomorrow (Wednesday 21 August) to help housing charity Habitat for Humanity. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2013
Bayleys buys franchises in lower North Island. - The parent company of Bayleys real estate has bought a majority shareholding in the brand's lower North Island 10 franchises. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2013
Columbus launches fresh menu with Healthy Food Guide magazine. - Healthy Food Guide and Columbus Coffee have created a unique partnership to offer healthier choices in New Zealand’s café culture. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2013
Positive outlook for NZ franchisors, franchisees. - Confidence continues to grow in future prospects for the franchise sector, according to the results of the latest Franchising Confidence Index survey. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2013
BurgerFuel opens in Newtown, Wellington. - BurgerFuel has added to their fleet of stores in the country’s capital with a new store opening in Newtown, Wellington. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2013
Mobile Franchises in NZ. - If you don’t like being stuck in the same spot all day, think about buying a mobile franchise. Sometimes called a ‘man with a van franchise’, mobile franchises can also allow you to work together with your... [more] 2 Aug, 2013
Cooks Food Group reverses loss. - NZX-listed Cooks Food Group has been able to post a profit by writing off debt and receiving a refund of interest paid on loans, its full-year financial results show. ... [more] 31 Jul, 2013
FANZ submission seeks automatic exemption from employment law provision. - The Franchise Association has proposed that its members should be granted automatic exemption from a change to Part 6a of the Employment Contracts Act. ... [more] 25 Jul, 2013
Kiwis have world-record appetite for burgers - again. - New Zealand outlets of Wendy's and Carl's Jr. are setting world records for new burger sales. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2013
Building, Renovation & Maintenance Franchises in NZ. - Lockwood was one of the first home-grown building franchises in New Zealand and since then we have seen many local and Australian construction brands enter the market. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2013
New chairman for FANZ has seen both sides. - A former franchisee and experienced franchisor has taken over the leadership of NZ's franchise self-regulation body Ian Robertson of New Zealand Post has been named the new chairman of the FANZ... [more] 18 Jul, 2013
Georgie Pie added to six more restaurants. - The Georgie Pie trial is being extended south of Hamilton after a 'fantastic' response from Kiwis. McDonald's overseas management is taking a keen interest too. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2013
Fast food chain's Queen St aspirations rattle business owners. - Fried chicken giant KFC is the latest fast-food franchise eyeing up prime real estate on Queen St. ... [more] 13 Jul, 2013
How to become a high-achieving franchisee. - Glenice Riley offers advice on how to make the most of a franchise opportunity. ... [more] 10 Jul, 2013
Unrest no bar to expansion into Egypt. - BurgerFuel isn't letting Egypt's violent political unrest - which has resulted in close to 100 deaths - stand in the way of its latest international expansion plans. ... [more] 9 Jul, 2013
Telcoinabox ceases New Zealand play. - Telecommunications wholesaler, reseller and franchisor, Telcoinabox, has exited New Zealand after just three years in the country. ... [more] 8 Jul, 2013
Cooks to Acquire Esquires Master Franchises. - Cooks Food Group (Cooks) has entered two conditional sale and purchase agreements to acquire the Great Britain master franchise and Ireland master franchise of Esquires Coffee Houses. ... [more] 8 Jul, 2013
New FANZ board elected. - A banker and a franchisor have been elected to the FANZ Board for the next year. ... [more] 7 Jul, 2013
Burger King 'committed to growing employees' in BoP. - As local businessman James Connolly gets set for the grand community opening of his second franchised Burger King restaurant this Saturday, he stresses the role the stores are playing in training and... [more] 5 Jul, 2013
Campaign launched as franchises threatened by legislation. - A major campaign is being launched today to encourage franchisors, franchisees and other affected parties to make submissions on the repeal of Part 6A of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill. ... [more] 4 Jul, 2013
Franchise Association launches free on-line training course. - The Franchise Association of New Zealand Inc. (FANZ), the peak body for the $20billion franchising sector, has launched a free on-line training course in association with Massey University that can be accessed... [more] 4 Jul, 2013
Esquires opens first Kuwaiti coffee house. - Kiwi coffee company Franchise Development Ltd (FDL) has opened its first Esquires Coffee House in the Gulf state of Kuwait, bringing the brand’s Middle East presence to 12 stores. ... [more] 3 Jul, 2013
Muzz Buzz wins trademark case in NZ High Court. - Drive-thru coffee franchise Muzz Buzz won a decisive victory in the High Court of New Zealand on Friday 28 June 2013 when Justice Toogood declared an award of injunctive relief in favour of Muzz Buzz Franchising... [more] 2 Jul, 2013
Ailing Starbucks stores to close ahead of possible sale. - Restaurant Brands New Zealand, which is counting on new burger chain Carl's Jr to drive future earnings growth, is closing unprofitable stores at its worst-performing Starbucks unit ahead of a possible sale next year. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2013
Mr Whippy parks up in first retail store. - Mr Whippy has opened the first of what may become a network of retail sites, but a legal battle is looming over a shopping mall kiosk the company claims is using its well-known branding without permission. ... [more] 1 Jul, 2013
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