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  • What's News? July 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Love and hate for KFC, McDonalds

    Chinese consumers have spoken: KFC is the worst and the best. For the third year running, KFC was voted the most and least liked foreign-owned fast food chain in the Middle Kingdom. Based on figures collected from Tencent users in a poll by the Global Times newspaper, 2013 also marked the third consecutive year that McDonald's was runner up for most and least liked. Pizza Hut brought up the field for "most liked" in third place; Japanese eatery Ajisen Ramen ranked third for "least liked". Source: Sohu

  • FMCG, Trends, Wellness
    June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Taiwan: Food Cleaner on Other Shore?

    Food regulation: a dirty game

    Gutter oil”, or cooking waste reprocessed for sale as cooking oil, is a frequent target in China’s protracted war to defend food safety. Chinese eaters might feel slightly relieved to hear that similar problems extend beyond the shores of the mainland. Health inspectors in Jiayi, Taiwan have recently cracked down on the downright dirty behavior of local food processors, this time for “boiler oil”. What can Chinese consumers take away from more dirty business? ...Read More

  • What's News? June 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

    KFC’s grossout burger

    Even Olympians can't get good service at KFC. This according to Yi Jian Lian, basketball star in the CBA and NBA, who is alleged to have recently found a hair in his KFC breakfast burger. Yi posted photos of his morning gone wrong to his blog, where many came out against the media-beleaguered fast food chain. KFC apologized on its own blog site and clarified that the hair was actually a thread from its insulated gloves used by employees. The story has a foothold in major Chinese-language media. Yi has yet to respond to KFC's apology. Source: Xinhua

  • What's News? June 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

    McDonald’s Chinese kitchen

    McDonald’s announced that starting June 10th the company will begin selling Chinese food in its mainland China restaurants. The company will launch four new entrees including including chicken rice rolls and chicken and beef dishes over rice. The prices are set between RMB 16-20. While McDonald's is noted for its localization efforts across its worldwide franchise network, KFC has taken the lead in adapting its fast fare to the Middle Kingdom.

    Source: Sohu

  • e-Commerce, Trends
    June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Retail Megatrends: Online Rise, Foreign Fall

    China: center of retail universe

    Retail in China increasingly means online retail. So says the “China Retail 100”, a report produced by the China General Chamber of Commerce. 2012 was the first year the report took account of online retail and the results were revealing: sales from China’s largest online retailers grew 113% faster than offline retail, with nearly half (49.6) of all retail sales growth in 2012 generated online (more in Chinese here). When that number crosses 50% in 2013, who stands to profit? ...Read More

  • What's News? April 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

    McDonald’s follows the KFC playbook

    McDonald's is taking a page from KFC's playbook, just not when it comes its poultry supply chain. Chinese New Year saw McDonald's roll out new localized dishes like a chicken/rice combo and Chinese bing (a pancake-style bread product). Part of KFC's 4000-store success in the Middle Kingdom has been a willingness to tailor offerings to local tastes. Industry insiders are down on the Golden Arches recent overtures, pointing to KFC's established market position. Source: Sohu

  • What's News? April 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

    KFC signs on for safety

    During a recent press conference in Shanghai, KFC representatives announced a "one-stop feed" model designed to better control health in the fast food brand's beleaguered birds. 60% of KFC chicken is produced using this model.The company will also try to better streamline its supply chain, eliminating the bad apples behind recent safety troubles. The press conference was also occasion for KFC to sign a purchase agreement with Fujian province's Shengnong Development. With the new business, Shennong will raise 500 million fowls annually. Shennong is KFC's largest supplier. Source: Sohu


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