Thursday, April 24, 2014   
 

 WORLDWIDE EXPANSION

France’s Quick Counters U.S. Competitors With New Small Concept
In the face of McDonald’s continued dominance in France and Burger King’s recent return with the splashy opening of a unit in Paris’s Gare Saint-Lazare, the country’s No. 2 burger chain Quick has unveiled a new small-space... »

U.K.’s Prezzo Builds On Success
London-based Prezzo Restaurants will open up to 30 new pizza and pasta restaurants this year after serving up a healthy rise in profits and unit growth in 2013. The casual-dining chain opened 28 new sites last year as it... »

Australia’s Pie Face Expands
Pie Face is making the move from Down Under to the Middle East. The 81-unit bakery-café chain, based in Sydney, has signed a licensing agreement with Foodmark, a division of Dubai-based Landmark Hospitality, to make the Middle... »


 DEALS & DEVELOPMENT

Dubai Chains Gain Greater Presence On Global Stage
According to Euromonitor International, business in the Middle East’s quick-service market could double to $400 million by 2017. With the UAE in the middle of a quick-service boom, regional chains—especially those based in... »

Halton Inks Manufacturing Deal In Brazil
Halton Group, the Finnish maker of hoods and ventilation systems, has established a new manufacturing facility in Brazil through a joint venture agreement with São Paulo-based Refrin. The agreement between the two family-owned... »

Middleby Opens Office In Dubai
Middleby Middle East opened in Dubai, UAE, in February. The grand opening coincided with the Feb. 23-27 Gulfood Show in the Dubai World Trade Center. The American company's new location serves the Middle East with technical... »


 MARKET & ECONOMIC REPORT

Chinese Foodservice Market Growth Has Slowed Dramatically
A combination of a slowing general economy, high food-price inflation and food-safety concerns led to a dramatic slowdown in foodservice growth in China in 2013, according to Angela Liu, director of business development at NPD... »

Horizons Forecasts 2014 Foodservice Growth Of 3.8% In The U.K.
The recovery of the foodservice market in the U.K. is fragile, but Peter Backman, managing director of Horizons FS Ltd., a London-based research firm, expects positive real and nominal growth for the market in 2014. Backman... »

International Sales Growth Of U.S. Chains Slowed In 2013
The 180 U.S.-based chains with operations outside of the U.S. grew international sales 4.4% in 2013 on a net unit gain of 9%, according to the latest data from Technomic Inc.’s annual Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, released in... »

Foodservice Traffic Surged In Russia In Q4 While Visits In China Fell 4%
Ironically now—in view of recent events—traffic in the still-developing Russian restaurant market jumped 7% in the fourth quarter compared with the prior year quarter, according to the latest global consumer CREST data from The... »


 EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGIES

Blanco’s AirServe Trolley Offers Broad Flexibility
The new Blanco AirServe Trolley makes food delivery a reliable, multidimensional process whether an operator is making 50 or 5,000 meals a day. The compact hot-air regeneration cart gives operators varied flexibility when loading... »

Rational Customers Assured By Service Package
Rational would like all of its customers to get the maximum benefit from their purchase right from the start and throughout the product’s service life. Customers who purchase a Rational cooking appliance will receive a free... »


 SHOW REPORT

HOTELEX Shanghai 2014 Forum Delivers Day of Insights, Trends
Shanghai was a very busy place for foodservice professionals earlier this month. The show, March 30-April 2, drew 81,596 E&S professionals from more than 130 countries to Hotelex Shanghai at the city’s New International Expo... »

Brazil Hosts 30th Edition Of Fispal Show In June
The biggest foodservice show in Latin America, Fispal Food Service, more fully known as Feira International Tradeshow of Products and Services for the Out-of-Home Consumption, is set for June 24-27. The 30th edition of the... »

Food&HotelAsia2014 Hits A High Note
The 19th edition of Food&HotelAsia2014, Asia’s largest biennial food and hospitality tradeshow, set a few records earlier this month. The April 8-11 show, the first to fully occupy the Singapore Expo, the country’s... »

Internorga 2014 Reports an Upbeat Mood
The hallmarks of the six-day Internorga fair in Hamburg were trends, innovations, expert discussions and new business leads. Market leaders and small creative companies brought in a host of product innovations to the fully booked... »


 GLOBAL EXHIBITION CALENDAR

May-June Shows
May 6-8                      Equipotel Nordeste (Northeast) 2014-Olinda/PE, Brazil May... »

 

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