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: : Jan-Jun 2001

Pizza orders to go hi-tech. Pizza Hut would open a 170-seat call centre to take orders from throughout New Zealand beginning in September, Restaurant Brands chief executive Jim Collier said yesterday. .... 30 Jun, 2001
SI spearhead for Restaurant Brands. The South Island continues to provide Restaurant Brands with its best sales, chief executive Jim Collier says. .... 28 Jun, 2001
Restaurant brands second quarter sales up, half-year lower. Fast food retailer Restaurant Brands said today sales had increased by nearly 15 percent in the second quarter, but warned its half-year profit would be lower. .... 27 Jun, 2001
Wellington CD production company launches in London. Wellington CD production company Amstore will launch a franchise in London next month. Amstore specialises in producing short runs of high-quality CDs for music and corporates, producing turnover of just under $1 million a year. .... 25 Jun, 2001
Easter trading brings conviction for 'sacrificial lamb' bookseller. An Auckland bookseller has been fined $300 for trading on what turned out to be its busiest Sunday of the year - Easter Sunday. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2001
Garden franchiser to move inside. First they mowed your lawn, then they washed your dog - now the folks in the green shirts want to re-wire your house and unblock your toilet. .... 19 Jun, 2001
The flip side of burgers. Leanne Hambly is just 25 and she manages a multi-million-dollar business and a staff of 65. They fill some 6000 restaurant orders a week - and yes, most of those orders include fries. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2001
McDonald's revamp to cost $1.2m. McDonald's restaurant in Nelson will soon undergo a $1.2 million revamp, including the addition of a McCafe. .... 12 Jun, 2001
A uniform business. For Margaret and Dave Birchall, what could have been a disaster has become a success story. The couple had barely got the Manawatu branch of franchise uniform company Professional Uniforms up and running when the parent company crashed into receivership. .... 11 Jun, 2001
Opening day of McDonald's was bedlam in Invercargill. Ten years ago people queued to experience the taste of a Big Mac when the new McDonald's family restaurant opened in Invercargill. .... 11 Jun, 2001
McCafes boosted in 'coffee scene' war. After 25 years of fuelling our ever-growing appetite for the Big Mac, McDonald's has a new mission - to get "middle New Zealand" sipping cappuccinos. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2001
25 years of Big Macs for Mrs Mac. They call her Mrs McDonald around Porirua - and after 25 years under the golden arches, Irene Kilgour certainly qualifies as one of the family. .... 7 Jun, 2001
McDonalds NZ heads into cyberspace. Foul-mouthed children may be locked out of the new online chatroom of fast food chain McDonald's. The moderated chatroom is part of McDonald's New Zealand's new website launched today - one element of its 25th birthday celebrations. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2001
Would you like email with that? The McDonalds on the main street of Dunedin is scoring another first - this time in cyberspace. Just a year after being the first McDonalds in New Zealand to launch the McCafe concept, it's the first in Australasia to launch a cybercafe. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2001
Net takeaways - proof is in the pizza . A girl could starve to death trying to order takeaways on the Internet, Helen Jamieson laments. While plenty of restaurants and cafes have some kind of presence - menus with nice pictures of meals and decor - not many offer fast-food ordering online yet. .... 5 Jun, 2001
Rental car changes go fast-track. This month, two franchise ownerships have shifted into the hands of a couple of Taranaki's biggest dealerships. Jim has bought this, and Max has bought that, while Nigel and Kevin have sold this and bought that. But Frank is keeping his. .... 28 May, 2001
Finger clickin' good as KFC customers browse Internet. KFC finger lickin' customers at new style KFC outlets could soon be surfing the Internet as they eat. The multi-tasking concept - using the Internet while having a Colonel Burger Combo - is currently on trial at KFC's Manners Mall outlet in Wellington. .... 19 Apr, 2001

Retailers flout Easter Sunday ban. A number of retailers on Easter Sunday flouted the law banning trading on the public holiday and opened their doors for customers. .... 16 Apr, 2001
Restaurant Brands' decision bodes well for shareholders. Restaurant Brands' annual meeting was a watershed event. It was the first time that a shareholder's motion had appeared on the formal agenda and then been approved by the meeting. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2001
US franchise giants looking to set up in NZ. Tiffany Marble, Express Personnel, Cendant, AlphaGraphics and Taco Time. The names may be unfamiliar but these United States multinationals have two things in common - billion-dollar-plus turnovers and plans to set up shop in New Zealand. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2001
Pizza off your TV screen. The human propensity for sloth, pizza and interactive television technology could soon be generating extra revenue for New Zealand fast-food group Restaurant Brands Ltd. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2001
New franchise hits Hamilton. Hamilton's new restaurant, Nando's, treated lunch-time crowds to a taste of Brazilian music and spicy chicken its founder says New Zealanders will lick up. .... 7 Mar, 2001
Ihug video service on fast forward. Internet company ihug is joining forces with a Bay of Plenty-based video rental company to launch a national chain of "neighbourhood-based" online delivery services. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2001

McDonalds to redevelop in NZ. McDonald's Restaurants of New Zealand has unveiled plants for a $25 million redevelopment programme. .... 20 Feb, 2001
Profits down, but Restaurant Brands' outlook still solid. Fast Food operator Restaurant Brands' annual profit dropped 25 per cent last year, but the company says it was a result of repositioning for growth. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2001
Pizza chain acquisition lowers profit. Analysts expect fast-food retail group Restaurant Brands to report a modest drop in its full-year net profit after integrating 53 competitor stores into its Pizza Hut franchise. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2001
Goodbye vanilla, we're moving up. Swiss conglomerate Movenpick thinks New Zealand's super-premium ice-cream market is under-developed, and hopes to have it roundly licked in a couple of years. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2001
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