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Manila's Jollibee eyes India fast-food acquisition. Jollibee Foods Corp. said on Tuesday it wants to buy a company in India to take advantage of growth opportunities in Asia's third-largest economy. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2005
Toys 'R' Us to make Philippine debut. Global toy retailing chain Toys 'R' Us will debut with a flagship store opening in Manila in the first half of next year, its Asian franchise-holder said Wednesday. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2005
Franchise expo to feature 26 new exhibitors. More than 100 franchises will be available in the 6th Cebu International Franchise and Business Opportunity Expo 2005. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2005
Coffee lovers' haven. By aggressively expanding operations nationwide, Coffee Dream Co., Inc., with 11 company-owned outlets and six franchise outlets to date, became a highly respected, fast-growing chain of gourmet coffee shops. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2005
Alliance Global to expand McDonald's network. Holding firm Alliance Global Group Inc. is expanding its food and beverage line under its newly acquired franchise, fast food brand McDonald's. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2005
Go Nuts Donuts to open in Cebu. The owner and operator of Cosmopolitan Memorial Chapels Inc. has decided to venture into the food business by buying the franchise of Manila-based Go Nuts Donuts. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2005
Local coffee market expands. More markets are being opened for the country’s coffee farmers with the launching recently of the franchising program of Coffee Nook Corp., which in its one year of operation was able to establish 54 outlets in Metro Manila and some nearby provinces. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2005
From next-door neighbor to franchise success. Julie’s Bakeshop did not begin its business by baking and selling bread and pastries. According to Roberto “Bobby” Gandi­oco, the company’s president, it began as a canteen concession. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2005

McDonald's Phils. now entirely Filipino firm. Alliance Global Group Inc. purchased a substantial block of 49 percent in Golden Arches Development Corp., which holds the Philippine franchise of McDonald's Corp. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2005

McDonald's says it will hasten expansion. McDonald's Philippines is considering doubling its new-store openings to 20 this year from 10 in 2004 to take advantage of robust consumer spending. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2005

Malaysian IT school opens center in Makati. Malaysia’s Cosmopoint Institute of Information Technology has entered the Philippine IT training and computer education market and plans to franchise its business. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2005

Passion for fashion keeps biz going. Women's passion for fashion has kept a Cebu-based distributor of a Singaporean shoe manufacturer going amid the economic difficulties in the country. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2005

SEC to rule on plan of McDonald’s franchisee. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected decide this week on the planned merger of Golden Arches Development Corp., the franchise holder of the McDonald’s fast-food chain in the Philippines, with the firm’s wholly-owned subsidiary. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2005
McDonald's goes backdoor listing. McDonald's has taken the first in a series of complicated steps to eventually list the American fast food giant's Philippine operations on the local bourse. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2004
The Body Shop combines business with social activism. Long before corporate social responsibility became buzz­words, the founder of The Body Shop has proven that it’s possible to profit with principle. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2004
Philippines' Pancake House To Expand Overseas. Pancake House Inc., a Philippine restaurant operator, plans to open branches in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore as part of its overseas expansion plan. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2004
After over a decade, Taco Bell is back in Manila. Taco Bell is known worldwide for more than just its tacos and burritos. It is also known for failing miserably at expanding overseas. The Araneta group, however, is out to exorcise the curse. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2004

Thai pizza chain set to open RP branches. Thailand's The Pizza Co. would open the first of 50 planned outlets in the country next month after a Filipino businessman recently bought the franchise for the Thai fast-food chain. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2004
McDonald’s is coming to Zamboanga. Mayor Celso Lobregat on Friday announced that this city would soon be home to another international fast-food chain. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2004
Swift Foods expands franchise to vendors. Swift Foods Inc. and the Department of Agriculture launched Monday a program to upgrade wet market retailing through a franchise system. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2004
Delectable dragon food. When most people think of Korean food, they think of kimchi, Korea's famous side dish which, along with rice, accompanies almost every meal. But at Sorabol Korean BBQ, diners can seek out new adventures in Korean flavor. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2004
Small enterprises in region realize franchising benefits. Small companies in the regional areas have now started to realize the benefits of franchising to expand their businesses. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2004
Pinoy franchises exported to Asia. Some Philippine companies can compete in the global market, as manifested by the success of their franchise ventures overseas. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2004
One-price shopping. A shop with a wide range of merchandise, all with the same price, does not exactly sound like the perfect recipe for success. Unorthodox as it may seem, one store managed to build a growing chain of more than 22 outlets on a P99 price tag. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2004
Travel gear shop opens doors. The business of travel merchandise has opened its doors to franchising. The Travel Club is a one-of-a-kind store that houses an array of travel merchandise. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2004
Franchise earnings seen to expand 30% this year. Sales of Filipino franchisors is expected to top the P7-billion level this year with the opening of more stores and branches all over the country, as well as the diversification of the franchise business into nonfood sectors such as services. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2004
Lotsa success: Local pizza chain spills ingredients to its rapid expansion. Lotsa Pizza began as a gap-stopper in 1987 when brothers Robert and Waldo Ngan Tian took over a family-owned stall in front of San Beda College in Mendiola. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2004
Pancake House completes purchase of Dencio's for P160M. Publicly listed restaurant and coffee chain Pancake House Inc. completes its buyout of Dencio's Food Specialists Inc. this Friday. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2004
Dencio's restaurant to triple franchise network. Restaurant operator Dencio's Foods Corp. expects to triple its network to 47 stores in 2008 from the present 13, the company said. .... [more] 25 May, 2004
Pancake House buys Dencio's restaurant chain for P160M. Restaurant and coffee shop chain Pancake House Inc. announced Thursday it would acquire Dencio's Foods Specialists Inc., a franchise of bar and grill restaurants, for 160 million pesos. .... [more] 21 May, 2004
RP’s biggest franchise show set July 15-18. The country’s franchise community is all keyed up as the Philippine Franchise Association unrolls the red carpet to welcome franchisors and other participants to the Philippines’ biggest and most-awaited franchise show. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2004
Franchiser’s secret is not chicken feed. Max’s winning ‘Sarap to the Bones’ recipe concocted by the original cook of Max’s, Ruby, has been etched in the palate of Filipinos young and old. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2004
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