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BK Launches 20/20 Units In Canada, Signs Master Franchisee For Brazil

There’s news from two of the 76 countries serving the Whopper.

Burger King Restaurants of Canada has opened three new restaurants built in the company's 20/20 global restaurant design. The locations, all LEED-certified and all located at service plazas, are the latest in a major expansion plan across Canada. During the next three to five years, the company plans to open 150 new 20/20 locations across the country, adding to the chain's current 300 restaurants. The 20/20 design offers various self-seating options in the front of the house; all of the kitchens are equipped with batch broilers and high-efficiency T8 lighting.

The Miami-based chain also has announced that a new company will assume operations of its brand in Brazil. An affiliate of Vinci Partners will become Burger King Corp.’s master franchisee in Brazil and assume responsibility for the management and development of its business there.  BKC entered Brazil in 2004; there are currently 108 franchise-owned restaurants in the country.

Jose Tomas is president, BKC Latin America and Caribbean. Iuri Miranda, current G.M. for Brazil, is likely to assume the newly created role of CEO in Brazil.

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