In Focus

Dining out spend poised to decrease as cost-of-living crisis worries Brits

The NPD Group’s Uncertainty Impact study showed a significant increase in financial concerns amongst the UK’s population.

Malaysia’s Berjaya Food to announce JV with Paris Baguette Singapore

The JV signing ceremony is scheduled to be held on June 20.

High food and drink inflation extending into 2023, study warns

The latest CGA and Prestige Foodservice Price Index shows a third consecutive month of double-digit inflation.

Amidst industry’s growing reliance on digital, Royal Stacks seeks to incentivise customers to return to stores

Founder Dani Zeini expounds on a potential return for the brand in China, their unique delivery strategy and approach to store design.

Company culture named top factor for retaining staff, survey says

Asked about their biggest current challenge as a business, 79% cited issues around recruitment and retention.

Tortilla gobbles Mexican chain Chilango for £2.75m

The listed group described Chilango as a “highly complementary brand.”

Texas Chicken Malaysia opening over 100 restaurants by 2030

More drive-thru restaurants and expanded delivery services are part of the plan.

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses wants to rely less on shopping centre locations

Chief executive Steve Plarre expounds on their initial drive-thru strategy, the chain’s “future-focused” brand refresh and why he is for flexible work.

Luckin Coffee now bigger than Starbucks in China

The scandal-tainted startup is staging a comeback.

Delivery sales 357% higher than pre-COVID levels in April

However, sales have plateaued in 2022, with April’s delivery and takeaway sales were 34% below the levels of April 2021.

Vying for record expansion, Oporto says they are building a “portfolio for the future”

CEO Samantha Bragg shares her take on how to make the brand even more accessible, and where she believes lies the next area of competition for the chicken segment.

Restaurants, pubs’ like-for-like sales up 2% in April but cost pressures stunt growth 

London still lags pre-COVID-19 trading, whilst sales up 3% beyond the M25.

For Milksha, Australia’s bubble tea market has yet to burst

Milksha Australia’s director Jeffrey Lin details plans to establish a presence in every state.

Foodservice sector inflation hits 13.6% YoY in March 2022 

The figure is the highest in the history of the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index.

Subway inks master franchise deal to triple West Malaysia growth

The announcement is also part of Subway’s APAC hopes to double its current network of restaurants in the region from about 3,300 to over 6,000 in the next five years.