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McDonald’s Japan Finally Sees Store Unit Growth after 2014 China Food Scandal

Tokyo McDonald's at night
McDonald's, Saitama, Japan/Red sign: McDonald's hamburgers/midorisyu photo

Remember the OSI Shanghai Husi food scandal in China, when OSI allegedly supplied expired chicken meat to both McDonald’s China and Japan?

Canadian Carl’s Jr. Franchisee Barred from Handling Food in Own Restaurant for Health Violations

Jack Webb, a co-owner of a Carl’s Jr. franchise in Red Deer, Alberta, was barred from handling food in his own restaurant after videos of him violating safe food handling practices were passed on to Alberta Health Services (AHS), a province-wide health authority.

McDonald's Terminates Franchise Agreement for 169 India Locations

McDonald's India announced today the termination of a franchise agreement in India for 169 of its outlets. McD had a 50-50 joint venture agreement with Connaught Plaza Restaurant Ltd (CPRL) covering the restaurants and the termination puts thousands of jobs at risk. A series of events led to the announcement.

New McDonald's China Sets Sights on Rapid Expansion

Although it has more outlets worldwide than Starbucks and KFC, McDonald's has been surpassed by the two in the world's most populous country, China. McDonald's China, formed on July 31, 2017, has around 2,700 restaurants in mainland China, including Hong Kong, while Starbucks has approximately 2,800 and KFC has about 7,200 locations.

McDonald's Japan Heading to 270% Profit Increase

McDonald's Japan is making a nice recovery from its 2014 China supplier scandal, which in fiscal 2015 caused the company to post its biggest loss since going public. In fact, a settlement from that supplier has contributed to the company's rosy picture this year.

Domino's Australian Franchisees: 'The Customer Is Not Always Right'

A new Domino's campaign in Australia, featuring a no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee, has franchisees fuming that people are taking advantage of them by making unfounded complaints.

Australia Introduces Protection against Wage Fraud Aimed at Franchise Systems

7-ElevenAustralia's federal executive government has introduced new legislation that some feel will end grievous acts of exploitation by employers, which has been ignored by franchisors. Specifically named is the 7-Eleven franchise system. 

China Regulators Fine US Company $3.6 Million in 2014 Expired Meat Scandal

Shanghai Husi Food Co. and the China office of its U.S. parent OSI Group were fined a combined total of $3.6 million for selling beef and chicken for human consumption that had passed their expiration dates.

Yum China Finds Two Investors to Make It a Franchisee

KFC China
KFC China offers egg tarts & chicken burgers. Photo:China Supertrends

Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) today announced that it has secured a deal with two investors for its soon-to-be China spinoff, changing from company subsidiary to franchisee. Primavera Capital Group, a China-based private equity firm, and Ant Financial Services Group, a mobile financial services provider that is affiliated with Alibaba, will invest a total of $460 million in Yum China, concurrent with the completion of Yum China's spinoff from Yum Brands.

7-Eleven Offering Multilingual Service in Japan

Convenience chain 7-Eleven, founded in 1927 in Dallas and now Tokyo based, has foreigners flocking to its familiar-looking stores in Japan, which are seemingly found every few blocks.