ULAANBAATAR: Mongolian authorities have temporarily closed all KFC restaurants in the country after more than 200 customers suffered food poisoning symptoms and dozens were hospitalised. The first cases emerged earlier this month, with 16 people showing symptoms of food poisoning, including diarrhoea, vomiting and high fever after eating at the fried chicken franchise. The department decided to shut down all KFC restaurants while it investigates what happened. (Photo: AFP/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER) Ulaanbaatar's Metropolitan Professional Inspection Department said 247 similar cases have been reported and 42 people have been hospitalised. The department decided to shut down the country's 11 KFC restaurants - all based in the capital - while it investigates what happened. A preliminary investigation found that 35 employees at a restaurant were not thoroughly vetted to handle food, with most of them having blank medical examination reports, which is illegal. The restaurant also … [Read more...] about Mongolia shuts KFC after dozens hospitalised
KIEV: The opening of a KFC outlet in Kiev, in a landmark building that played a central role in Ukraine's fateful 2013-14 revolution, sparked public anger and protests that forced it Thursday to temporarily shut its doors. For many Ukrainians, the presence of the fried-chicken joint KFC in the building that once served as a makeshift hospital in the uprising in 2014 disgraced the memory of the dozens of people killed by snipers and police in the unrest AFP/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER The US-branded fast-food restaurant opened on Wednesday (Nov 21) - the day Ukrainians marked the fifth anniversary of the revolution's start. It is located at an address on Kiev's Maidan square that served as a makeshift hospital in the bloody final days of the uprising in February 2014 which resulted in the toppling of the pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, and during which the building was gutted by fire. For many Ukrainians, the presence of the fried-chicken joint in the building disgraced the … [Read more...] about A KFC in Ukraine”s revolutionary ground zero stirs protests
Illustrative image (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) - The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has licensed 17 foreign enterprises specialising in franchises to operate in Vietnam so far this year, according to statistics from the ministry. The franchise market features both domestic and foreign enterprises. The ministry said there were 213 businesses with hundreds of trademarks licensed for franchising in Vietnam over the last decade. A series of world-famous brands in the fields of fast food, hotel, restaurant, cosmetics and clothes have been rapidly entering the Vietnamese market, with expanding scale. These brands include McDonald's, Baskin Robbins, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, Swensen’s, Lotteria, Tous Les Jours, BBQ Chicken, Warehouse, Topshop and Coast London. According to economic expert Le Dang Doanh, franchising helps businesses fully tap capital and human resources from their partners to expand, thus increasing sales and profits from franchise … [Read more...] about Vietnam looks to promote franchise market
by Robert Bicknell This has long been a problem for the USGA / R&A, but it’s not the average players making the complaint, nor is it the Tour professionals. Rolling back the ball seems more like a solution in search of a problem than anything else. When queried, the overwhelming response by the average recreational player in general is that they are happy with things the way they are and the USGA / R&A should leave it the hell alone. In a recent study, MyGolfSpy asked players a lot of questions and the overwhelming answer was what was just reported above. In fact, what surprised me was that most players attributed to increased distance to “improved fitness” as well as “improved techniques” rather than equipment modifications and that got me to thinking… which is dangerous. As I have mentioned in previous columns, I will use my own experiences for reference… First of all, I am now 60-years old, and when I was young (read: 16-26 … [Read more...] about Does the golf ball go too far?
Busy as a Jollibee: Asia's fast-food giant expands abroadThe Saigon Times Daily A member of a Jollibee crew packs a takeaway food for a customer inside a Jollibee franchise in BF Homes Paranaque, Metro Manila, March 3, 2016 – PHOTO: REUTERS LONDON (REUTERS) - Jollibee Foods, a major Asian fast-food operator, hopes to generate half its sales outside its home market of the Philippines within five to seven years, up from 30% now, its chief executive told Reuters. It also hopes to double its revenue in five years, as it expands its own chains and buys others, at a time when dealmaking in the restaurant sector is heating up as increasing competition and costs fuel consolidation. Earlier this year, Coca-Cola agreed to buy Costa Coffee and JAB Holdings bought Pret a Manger, which Jollibee also considered. More recently, Restaurant Brands New Zealand said it was in takeover talks, TGI Friday’s UK went on the block and sources said Bojangles was exploring a possible sale. … [Read more...] about Busy as a Jollibee: Asia’s fast-food giant expands abroad