The red disk in the middle of the flag represents the sun without rays. The sun plays an important role in Japanese mythology and religion as it is said the emperor is a direct descendant of the sun goddess, Amaterasu. The flag itself is called Hinomaru, which means “circle of the sun.”
As regional economies start to rebound, Quiznos’ master franchisee in Latin America is rebuilding the brand’s footprint as he looks to capitalize on its position as a ‘premium sandwich brand’ that fulfills multiple dayparts.
Costa Rica retained the blue-white-blue flag of Central America until 1848 when, in response to revolutionary activity in Europe, it decided to incorporate French colors and add a central red stripe. Today the blue is said to stand for the sky, opportunity and perseverance; white denotes peace, happiness and wisdom; red represents the blood shed for freedom, as well as the generosity and vibrancy of the people.
The national coat of arms, an armillary sphere and Portuguese shield, are at the center of the flag. While explanations for the color meanings are ambiguous, a popular interpretation has green symbolizing hope and red the blood of those defending
As it turns attention toward global growth, Pieology wants franchisees who are able to operate the fast-casual pizza franchise without a lot of hand-holding, which is exactly what TZG Partners was looking for in the brand it would bring to China.
The motto “Ordem e Progresso,” or “Order and Progress,” is prominent on the flag. The green represents the forests of the country and the yellow its mineral wealth; the blue circle and stars depict the sky over Rio de Janeiro. The number of stars has changed with the creation of new states and has risen from to the current 27, one for each state and the Federal District
Real estate developer and longtime Denny’s franchisee Phillip Faigenblat has high expectations for BurgerFi, which he thinks will stand out from QSR competitors and appeal to fellow Puerto Ricans seeking a higher quality burger.
The white star symbolizes Puerto Rico, while the three sides of the triangle signify the executive, legislative and judicial parts of government. Blue stands for the sky and the coastal waters, red symbolizes the blood shed by warriors, and white represents liberty, victory and peace.
Knowing it didn’t have culinary expertise, Tastebuds Group went the franchise route with Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, which it believes has the signature products to stand out with help from a heavy dose of marketing.
Red is the traditional color for flags of Persian Gulf states. The five points of the white serrated band represent the five pillars of Islam. Until 2002, the flag had eight white points, but this was reduced to five to avoid confusion with the Qatari flag.
Calling virtual kitchens ‘the wave of the future,’ the founder of JNM Dining Concepts in Singapore gets creative to give consumers what they want as he aims to further expand Wing Zone as the master franchisee.
In an environment where bribery is still commonplace, this Mr. Transmission/Milex franchisee did ‘everything by the book’ to get her shop open in Nigeria, where she wants to bring transparency to the auto repair industry.
The flag’s 14 stripes stand for the equal status in the federation of the 13 member states and the federal government. The 14 points on the star represent the unity between these entities. The crescent is a traditional symbol of Islam, the blue symbolizes unity of the Malay people and yellow is the royal color of Malay rulers.
From appealing to the ‘emotional side’ of the Dutch to making leaders out of ‘tech integrated’ millennials in Australia, franchisees take Dale Carnegie’s professional training to an international level.
The colors were derived from those of William I, Prince of Orange, who led the Dutch Revolt against Spanish sovereignty in the latter half of the 16th century. Originally, the upper band was orange, but because its dye tended to turn red over time, the red shade was eventually made the permanent color.
Location: In western South America, between Chile and Ecuador and bordering the South Pacific Ocean, Peru is almost twice the size of Texas.
Language: Spanish (82.9%), Quechua (13.3%) and Aymara (1.6%) are all official languages
Already an experienced operator, franchisee Zubair Najm is expanding beyond pizza and subs to bring Irish consumers a fast-casual burger option. And while Ireland’s economy is strong, Brexit looms large.
While officially its flag colors have no meaning, a common interpretation of Ireland’s flag is that the green represents the Irish nationalist (Gaelic) tradition of Ireland; orange represents the Orange tradition (minority supporters of William of Orange); and white symbolizes peace (or a lasting truce) between the green and the orange.
Active, health-minded consumers are the target for emerging brands Eat the Frog Fitness and Rush Bowls, which are both working with first-time franchisees as they take their concepts across the border to the Canadian provinces.
Northern North America, sharing the world’s longest international border with the United States. With its 10 provinces and three territories, Canada is slightly larger than the U.S. and also borders the North Atlantic, North Pacific and Arctic oceans.
The blue of Chile’s flag symbolizes the sky, white is for the snow-covered Andes and red represents the blood spilled to achieve independence. The five-pointed star represents a guide to progress and honor.
The operator’s family business includes Gloria Jean’s, It’s a Grind and now The Pie Hole, and he’ll avoid mistakes he made at an independent shop before going the franchise route. Meanwhile, an emerging brand will try again in Middle East.
Fifty stores are planned in an ambitious entry to China, and Wetzel’s Pretzels is keeping an eye on the first store’s performance. Food safety will be one draw, believes the partner who will bring his ‘love’ of the brand to his native country.
With its red color that’s the same as that on the Chinese flag, representing the motherland, Hong Kong’s flag has a stylized, white, five-petal Bauhinia flower in the center. The flower was developed in Hong Kong in the late 19th century.
As a malaria survivor, preventing needless deaths from mosquito-borne diseases is the goal for Mosquito Squad franchisee Fred Rariewa, along with building a business that improves people’s quality of life.
In London, Which Wich aims to capitalize on a craving for hot sandwiches via a new deal with AAA Investment House and the brothers Awada. In Wales, Denny’s banks on demand for diner fare, with its new operator there saying he’s a ‘massive’ fan.
The red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England) edged in white is superimposed on the diagonal red cross of Saint Patrick (patron saint of Ireland), which itself is superimposed on the diagonal white cross of Saint Andrew (patron saint of Scotland).
‘The American brand sells’ in Mexico, declares Abrakadoodle’s president, and two operators in Mexico City are opening their first bricks-and-mortar store. The Melting Pot, meanwhile, gains GINgroup as a partner with plans to develop 17 stores in Mexico.
The green, white and red vertical bands signify (in order) hope, joy and love; peace and honesty; and hardiness, bravery, strength and valor. Mexico’s coat of arms is derived from a legend that the wandering Aztec people were to settle where they would see an eagle on a cactus eating a snake; the city they founded, Tenochtitlan, is now Mexico City.
With three vertical bands of green, white and red, the French flag brought to Italy by Napoleon in 1797 inspired the design. The colors are those of Milan (red and white), combined with the green uniform color of the Milanese civic guard.
Franchisees of Title Boxing Club and SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt share their approach to expanding U.S. brands in Latin America. Corripio Group is adding Title to its holdings of Burger King, Papa John’s, Krispy Kreme and more.
A white cross divides the flag into four rectangles: blue on the left upper and right lower corners and red on the top right and bottom left. A small coat of arms is at the center of the cross and above the shield a blue ribbon displays the motto: Dios, Patria, Libertad (God, Fatherland, Liberty).
There’s no one-size-fits-all model for Focus Brands as international expansion continues for Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon. Instead it’s about adjusting to the local market—and the local challenges—to offer an indulgent snacking experience.
Each component of the red flag with its large yellow star and four smaller yellow stars has a meaning. The color red symbolizes revolution, while the stars symbolize the four social classes—the working class, the peasantry, the urban petty bourgeoisie, and the national bourgeoisie (capitalists)—united under the Communist Party of China.
Rick Ross catches the ear of a United Kingdom operator, who forms Lemon Pepper Holdings in homage to the rapper. In Malaysia, meanwhile, a new developer moves away from counter service to appeal to local customers.
The sky blue and white bands represent the clear skies and snow of the Andes, while the yellow sun symbol with a human face commemorates the appearance of the sun through cloudy skies on May 25, 1810, during the first mass demonstration in favor of independence.
Already with more than 30 American brands in its portfolio, M.H. Alshaya Co. adds a fast-casual pizza concept it believes has immense potential and ‘will fit well in a market that prizes individuality, quality and convenience.’
Each element has a meaning. Blue stands for peace and justice, red symbolizes courage, and the white equal-sided triangle represents equality. The eight rays of the sun recall the first eight provinces that sought independence from Spain, while the stars represent the three major geographical divisions of the country: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Since hitting 3,000 gyms worldwide in 2015, Anytime Fitness isn’t slowing its global growth, recently announcing plans for 300-plus locations in China. What’s the game plan? We asked to peek inside their playbook.
The only national flag to display an inscription as its principal design, the green Saudi flag (a traditional color in Islamic flags) puts the Shahada or Muslim creed in large white Arabic script above a white saber.