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Waffles wow Kolkata’s sweet tooth

Dec 12, 2018  | 

The iconic dessert from Belgium has taken over almost every corner of Kolkata. There was a time when waffles were limited to the menus of five-star hotels. But now, it has become a staple of the

E-mart US buys supermarket operator

Dec 12, 2018  | 

South Korean discount retail chain E-mart is acquiring US food retailer Good Food Holdings for US$270 million. A subsidiary of retail conglomerate Shinsegae, the E-mart US acquisition intends to stabilise and expand its operations in North

Crystal Jade Macau restaurant opens at Sands Cotai

Dec 12, 2018  | 

Singaporean high-end dining chain Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao has opened at Sands Cotai Central in Macau. The Crystal Jade Macau eatery is the latest to open in a franchise operated by Crystal Jade

The Body Shop Malaysia franchisee mulls IPO

Dec 10, 2018  | 

Rampai-Niaga, The Body Shop Malaysia franchisee, is planning an IPO that could raise RM200 million (US$48 million). The company is considering submitting a listing application to the local securities regulator shortly, targeting a presence on Bursa

Thailand’s The Lobster Lab opens inside Hema store

Dec 10, 2018  | 

Thai restaurant concept The Lobster Lab has opened its first outlet in Shanghai. The restaurant, operated by Bangkok-based Thai Union Group opened inside one of Alibaba’s Hema supermarkets last month. It serves lobster rolls, seafood chowder

Little Caesars® Pizza Expands into The Republic of Singapore

Dec 6, 2018  | 

DETROIT, Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Little Caesars Pizza, the third largest pizza chain, will open its first restaurant in the Republic of Singapore in January 2019. The global pizza brand, which is currently operating in 23 countries and territories, is continuing

Dec 3, 2018  | 

Spanish department store operator El Corte Ingles is to open a flagship store on Alibaba’s Tmall as part of a broad collaborative approach to reaching Chinese consumers. In a wide-ranging agreement, El Corte Ingles and Alibaba

Cafe Amazon to open 20,000 stores and ‘rival Starbucks’

Dec 3, 2018  | 

Thai oil company PTT plans to spin off its Cafe Amazon division and build a coffee chain it says will one day rival Starbucks. The company says it will open 20,000 cafes globally, nearly 10 times

First New York, now Hong Kong for Alfred Tea shop

Dec 3, 2018  | 

Los Angeles-based retailer and tea shop Alfred Tea is planning a major expansion in Asia. There are two Alfred Tea shops in Los Angeles and two in Tokyo, recently opened in Barneys New York as a

Taco Bell Thailand to launch in Bangkok

Nov 29, 2018  | 

Taco Bell Thailand is scheduled to launch in Bangkok early next year. Thoresen Thai Agencies, which also holds the Thailand franchise for Taco Bell’s sister brand Pizza Hut, is planning to open the restaurant in Mercury