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    Key Lessons for Restaurants Offering Consumer Packaged Goods: First Caution, then Rewards

    Advancing retail strategies by Starbucks, Dunkin' Brands, P.F. Chang's, T.G.I Friday's and Jamba Juice into all types of packaged consumer offerings point to a multi-billion dollar opportunity for concepts. However tempting an all-out retail-licensing blitz is

    Chain Leaders Use Retail Licensing to Grow Revenues, Brand Engagement

    Retail licensing and consumer packaging of restaurant label brands continue to comprise an explosive revenue category for restaurants. Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) licensing revenue for Starbucks will exceed one billion dollars this year¹ and represents nearly nine percent of total revenues.

    A Tale of Two Asian Concepts with Sights South of the Border

    Two Asian-style dining chains, Panda Express and Sarku Japan, recently went south of the border in separate licensing deals.

    Panda Express, an operator and franchisor of more than 1,400 quick serve Chinese-style restaurants,

    Seattle’s Best Celebrates, Tallies 12 New Coffee Outlets

    Starbucks Corp.'s Seattle Best Coffee division celebrated opening 12 locations since April. Seattle's Best has leveraged a variety of trade channels to expand its presence in the United States

    Quick Serve Noodles & Company Signs Deal, Arrives in New England in 2012

    Noodles & Company brokered a deal to bring its Asian, Italian and American noodle concept to New England as early as 2012. Colorado-based Noodles & Company's new agreement

    Popeyes' Operator of the Year Opens 2000th Store in Memphis

    Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is celebrating the opening of its newest location in Memphis, Tenn.  Popeyes held a grand opening promotion offering 2,000 pieces of free chicken at the new location today.

    ConAgra Foods Picks Up the Marie Callender’s Brand Trademarks

    ConAgra Foods, Inc. reported that, effective June 9, it had acquired the brand trademarks from Marie Callender Pie Shops, Inc. The $57.5 million purchase of the marks, according the company. complemented the strategy of Conagra Foods in developing and growing its convenience meals, snacks and meal enhancers.

    Roark Capital to Get Beefier with Acquisition of Arby's Restaurants

    Wendy's/Arby's Group has agreed to the sale of Arby's Restaurant Group, the number two quick-service restaurant (QSR) chain in the country by store count, to Roark Capital Group.

    NRA Show Panelists: Restaurants Must Take a Strategic Approach to Retail Licensing

    Planning is key to entering the retail licensing and commercial products space, say panelists at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant and Hotel, Motel Show. In the education session on May 21, "Is Your Brand Ready for Licensing?,"

    Approach Can Be Direct or Tender, Say Private Equity Panelists at NRA Show 2011

    Restaurants seeking funding for acquisitions, mergers or expansion follow basic operational best practices to fetch capital, according to panelists at the Executive Kick-off Breakfast at the NRA Show 2011. But they say investors can be as hands-on or as hands-off as their style allows.

    On the 'Fifteenth Day of Show 2011', Share Your Best NRA Show 2011 Story…

    (Re-posted May 30, 2011) This year,  Kandessa Media is reaching out to the restaurant community to get their best stories of networking, deals, career moves, and yes, even love, at the National Restaurant Shows in the past.

    Roark Capital Eyes Corner Bakery in Il Fornaio Acquisition

    Rumors that surfaced last week regarding Roark Capital's acquisition of Il Fornaio, a 21-unit Italian restaurant concept, which also owns Corner Bakery, from Bruckmann Rosser Sherrill & Co. (BRS), appear to be gaining momentum and validity. 

    Global Franchise Group Announces Franchisee of the Year Awards and Brand Integration

    Multi-brand franchisor Global Franchise Group, LLC (GFG) hosted its 2011 QSR (quick-service restaurant) Conference in Dallas, Texas in April. The conference was represented by 400 attendees associated with GFG's brands

    Heinz Completes Acquisition of Majority Stake in Brazilian Foodmaker and Quero Brand

    H.J. Heinz completed its acquisition of an 80 percent stake in Coniexpress S.A. Industrias Alimenticias, a leading Brazilian manufacturer of the Quero brand of tomato-based sauces, tomato paste, ketchup, condiments and vegetables.

    Wendy's to Re-Launch in Japanese Market with Higa

    Wendy’s/Arby’s International, Inc. and Higa Industries Co., Ltd., a prominent food importer and distributor based in Tokyo, today announced the signing of a joint venture agreement to develop and operate Wendy’s restaurants in Japan.

    Mexican Fast-Casual Concept Heads West on the Heels of a Standby

    The eight-unit chain Lime Fresh Mexican Grill in Florida was recently put on the QSR map with Ruby Tuesday’s announcement that the veteran chain will open 10 to 12 Lime Fresh Grills by early 2012. The Miami-based concept,

    Get Certified Green Now! Environmental Consultant Gabriele Crognale Talks with qsrbuzz [Expert Corner]

    Gabriele Crognale, PE, is the founder of MCG & Associates, a private environmental consulting practice that for 28 years has advised organizations large and small about the import of implementing environmental management systems (EMS) that allow them to perform, while maintaining a sustainable reverence for the earth and the environment.