Cold Stone Creamery enters Kenyan market

Cold Stone Creamery plans to make its debut in Kenya through a 10-year master franchise agreement with Om Nom Nom Mauritius Ltd. There are seven stores scheduled to open throughout the next five years, with the first planned for Nairobi...

FEATURES


McDonald's ruling holds franchisors accountable for franchise employee allegations

The National Restaurant Association claims the decision will impede job creation and create 'big business.'

Breakfast, beverage competition gets a grip on Dunkin’s sales

The quarter marked Dunkin’ Donuts’ highest afternoon guest count on record, and weekly sales in June reached the highest volume.

McDonald’s points finger at marketing for sales shortfall

As part of its operations reset initiative, the chain has started to see order accuracy improvements.

How two QSRs leverage Walmart locations for brand exposure

Walmart customers are similar to Checkers and Philly Pretzel Factory customers in their quest for value, speed and convenience.

Taco Bell breakfast generating up to $120K in incremental sales

In less than six months, the brand's breakfast business is above breakeven and is about 7 percent of the menu mix.

Culver’s turns 30: COO reflects on industry and consumer changes

Consumers are now more aware of food safety, sourcing and nutritional content.

Maui Wowi CEO: Sky's the limit for brand's growth

The coffee/specialty beverage brand just launched an online store for guests who want to have its products shipped to them.

Bruster's CEO talks about the brand's anniversary, growth and proprietary operating system

Sahene is also heading up a relatively new Philly Cheesesteak concept called Wit or Witout, which recently opened its third store and has sold its first two franchisees

Auntie Anne’s SVP: Brands have to adapt to compete in marketplace

The pretzel brand is set to significantly expand internationally, as well as in non-mall locations domestically, with its new store prototype.

Arby's launches 'major' brand revitalization initiative

Arby's revitalization includes Brand Camp, where team members learn about the company's values and guest experience enhancements.

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NEWS


Farmer Boys opens restaurants in California, Las Vegas

Farmer Boys announced the opening of two new restaurants recently, in Beaumont, Calif., and Las Vegas. The Beaumont, Calif., store is located at 1538 Second Street and is the second Farmer Boys restaurant opened in Riverside County in 2014. It offers dine-in and drive-thru service.

TCBY and Mrs. Fields will debut dual-brand locations in LA

Famous Brands International, parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, plans to expand to debut its dual-brand layout in Los Angeles. The dual-branded locations will mark TCBY’s return to the LA market after not having been there since 2010, according to a news release.

Dunkin' Donuts continues Minnesota expansion

Dunkin' Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchisees, Brian and Sharon Weidendorf, to develop seven restaurants in Duluth, Minn., and the surrounding areas. The first restaurant is planned to open in spring 2015. According to a...

Del Taco launches new franchise development incentive program

Del Taco has added a new franchise development incentive programs for 2014, its 50th anniversary year. The company's objective, according to a news release, is to build on record sales at its more than 550 restaurants nationwide. "This past year...

FreshBerry opens 20th location in Saudi Arabia

Tulsa, Okla.-based FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt has opened its 20th store in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with franchise partner United Food Company. The newest location is in Jizan, in the Southern Region of Saudi Arabia. It is a co-branded store with Dallas-based Pizza Inn.

California franchisee acquires 39 Wendy’s restaurants

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.-based Cotti Foods has received a $39.4 million business loan from GE Capital’s Franchise Finance for the acquisition of 30 Wendy’s restaurants, the remodeling of existing units and the development of new units. According to a news...

KFC Canada’s fast casual concept plans expansion, beer menu

KFC Canada announced the expansion of its KFC Fresh fast casual concept, which first made its debut in December 2013. "KFC Fresh began as Canada's incubator for signature innovation, so we're delighted to announce that we're expanding and evolving the...

Bloomberg puts Burger King CEO’s age, experience under microscope

Bloomberg Businessweek’s cover today shows a booster seat on top of a throne with the accompanying headline, "Burger King is run by children." The story’s spotlight centers on CEO Daniel Schwartz, who is 33 years old and one of the...

Nestlé Toll House Café marks two openings in a week

A new Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip opens today at the Sikes Senter Mall in Wichita Falls, Texas, marking the state’s 25th location. The location is one of 18 cafés set to open this year under a master lease...

Roy Rogers continues East Coast expansion

Roy Rogers Restaurants has signed a franchise agreement with Ed Abramson for a new location in Brick, N.J. The Brick Roy Rogers is projected to open in early 2015, marking the franchisee’s second restaurant opening in the Ocean County market....

Krystal adds new leadership to marketing, supply chain departments

The Krystal Company has announced additions to its leadership team to support the company’s growth initiative, which includes reaching the $1B mark. Jason Abelkop and Chris Kermode will join the team as chief marketing officer and vice president of supply chain, respectively.

Franchisors invited to meet with potential investors at Chicago event

Qualified franchise brands seeking to fuel their next level of growth have an opportunity to meet potential investors at the third annual Franchise Capital Exchange, to be held Aug. 25-27 at Hotel Sofitel in Chicago. A limited number of slots...

Rise Biscuits & Donuts launches worldwide franchise program

Rise Biscuits & Donuts recently announced the launch of its worldwide franchise program. Rise has partnered with Fransmart, the franchise development company behind brands like Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Qdoba Mexican Grill, as the exclusive franchise development partner....

Dunkin’ Brands partners with NAACP to increase franchising opportunities for people of color

Dunkin' Brands has announced a partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to increase African-American participation in the franchise industry and provide more business opportunities for people of color.   The partnership was launched today at the NAACP's annual convention in Las Vegas.

Rita’s Italian Ice plans expansion in New Mexico market

Rita’s Italian Ice has awarded franchise and area development agreements for New Mexico and three cities in southern Colorado – Durango, Pagosa Springs and Trinidad – to RNM Management Inc., owned by Dave and Mark Gaulden. According to a news...

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