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June-July 2014
Philippines Trade Mission Enjoys Historic Start

Philippines Trade Mission Enjoys Historic Start

The latest franchise trade mission kicked off in the same ballroom where Japanese war criminals were tried after World War II.*  Representatives of 14 brands attended a briefing at the U.S. Embassy to the Philippines in Manila before sitting down—and we do mean sitting—the...

JJ's Offers Unusual Ways to Top Your Dog

JJ's Offers Unusual Ways to Top Your Dog

It's national hot dog day (duh) so it's time to try something new: here are the 10 most outrageous toppings as compiled by JJ's Red Hots, a small hot dog chain out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dunkin' Brands, NAACP Aim for More African-American Owners

Dunkin' Brands, NAACP Aim for More African-American Owners

Dunkin' Brands Group launched a new initiative with the NAACP aimed at increasing the number of African-American-owned franchise businesses in the United States.

West Point Grad Signs for 10 Pearle Stores

West Point Grad Signs for 10 Pearle Stores

A first-time licensee but experienced retail operations exec, Bill Noble, has signed on to take over 10 corporate-owned Pearle Vision stores in Ohio.

In Memory of Dennis Wieczorek

In Memory of Dennis Wieczorek

"We have lost a giant and a gentleman," wrote Ron Gardner, attorney at Dady & Gardner in Minneapolis, about the death July 11 of prominent franchise attorney Dennis Wieczorek, DLA Piper.

Doc Popcorn Scooped Up by Dippin' Dots

Doc Popcorn Scooped Up by Dippin' Dots

Dippin' Dots Franchising scooped up gourmet popcorn franchisor Doc Popcorn this week, and the co-founder of the latter believes each will boost sales of the other.

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June-July 2014
Cultural training puts everything into context

Cultural training puts everything into context

When it comes to international development, one world doesn’t fit all. Here’s why you need to be trained before your train leaves the station. A franchisor’s international team must stay at the nicest hotels, dress to the nines and spend leisurely time getting to know...

Big vs. Small

Big vs. Small

Sphinx, the largest casual-dining chain in the country, targets smaller-town franchisees who know their local market. Domino’s first sub-franchisee, meanwhile, plies his trade in the dense apartment bloks of Warsaw.  The first restaurant officials I meet in Poland this spring...

‘Custo Brasil’

‘Custo Brasil’

Success in Brazil requires boots-on-the-ground knowledge of the regulatory and business environments. Tariffs, complex customs and legal systems are a few of the challenges. Language: Portuguese (Don’t speak to them in Spanish, and print materials in both English and Portuguese)...

Going for Gold

Going for Gold

Brazil is a huge market, but there are regulatory issues and high tariffs to consider. About 2 million Brazilians visited the U.S. last year, according to Renato Sabaine of the U.S. Commercial Service office in Brazil. And trust him, when they return home, they brag about where they...

Royal Treatment

Pinkberry began expanding internationally early in the brand’s life. “We were in our third U.S. city when we entered the Middle East,” CEO Ron Graves said. Now they have 60 stores there. The brand, which claims to have reinvented the frozen yogurt category back...

International Franchise News

Around the world with Nancy, our executive editor
Hotels find rooms to grow overseas

Hotels find rooms to grow overseas

There should be no shortage of rooms for branded U.S. properties internationally. Here are the latest brands that have development deals overseas: Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton signed a management agreement with Archer Hospitality Private Limited for the Doubletree Agra...

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Where in the world are franchises going

Where in the world are franchises going

The Marina Group's Samer Marina has opened Cinnabon's first location in Morocco at the Anfa Place Shopping Center in Casablanca. The group intends to open a second location of the cinnamon-roll bakery in the next six to seven months, according to the company. Cinnabon already has a...

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The Vanity of Going International

The Vanity of Going International

Everyone likes amassing all the facts and figures, trends and data when researching a potential overseas market. But when Kurt Ullman, vice president of global development for Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite, suggested the Vanity Index as a way to measure a foreign market’s receptivity...

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Report from Venezuela

Report from Venezuela

Earlier last week, I received a situation report from the Venezuelan Chamber of Franchises on the ongoing problems the country is facing: violence, protests, long lines to buy basic food items and supplies. Two franchises have been affected by looting, they said, one with minor damage and one...

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Development Agreements:Where in the world brands are going

Development Agreements:Where in the world brands are going

Denny’s has gone a long way since it signed its first international agreement in 1966 to open the first restaurant outside the U.S., in Acapulco, Mexico. The full-service dining chain just signed an agreement with Advance Investment LLC, an affiliated entity of Food Quest Restaurant...

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