Manila / PH. (jfc) Jollibee Foods Corporation, operator of the Philippines largest fast food network, is a restaurant chain that has also locations in the United States, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Dubai and Brunei. It is an American style fast-food restaurant with Filipino-influenced dishes specializing in chicken, burgers and spaghetti.
Lagos / NG. (bbc / tto) «The strike is absolutely shameless and shows no concern at all for the common man», people say. «They are just responding to market pressures», say the others. Both parties are talking about bread, flour, other raw materials and the nationwide strike of the Nigerian Master Bakers and Caterers Association.
Canton / MA. (dd) Dunkin´ Donuts announces that all its menu offerings in the United States will be zero grams trans fat by October 15. This includes the brand´s signature doughnuts.
Kuala Lumpur / MY. (mnn) The trans fatty acids (trans fats or TFA) issue in the United States has prompted a significant increase in palm oil use by the food industry in that country, a top official of the Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils (ISEO) in Washington said to Malaysian National News Agency.
Lupfig / CH. (hag) The Swiss Hiestand Group is on track to achieve its sales target of 700 million CHF for the full year, and all its other stated goals. Hiestand boosted its sales by 49,7 percent to 353.2 million CHF in the first six months of 2007.
Nuremberg / DE. (gfk) Late summer has seen a slightly gloomier consumer climate this year. While buying propensity remained generally stable, the economic outlook and income expectations were slightly down on their previous strong position.
Seattle / WA. (sc) This fall season, Starbucks Corporation is collaborating with renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson to give customers a taste of its new campaign, «Coffee is Culinary».
Kansas City / MO. (ibc) Interstate Bakeries Corporation (IBC) will exit the bread market in Southern California, close four bakeries, eliminate about 325 routes, close 17 distribution centres and 19 outlet stores by October 29. The closings and consolidations are expected to affect approximately 1.300 employees.
Macquarie Park / AU. (gfl) Goodman Fielder Limited announces a 23 percent increase in full year profit that was boosted by acquisitions, and says it is well positioned for profit growth in the year ahead. The company reported a 45,7 million AUD increase in profit on a pro-forma basis to 243,2 million AUD for the year ending June 2007.
Beijing / CN. (gov) China would strengthen exchanges and cooperation with other countries to cope with the issue of food safety «in a responsible way», Premier Wen Jiabao said in Beijing. China´s food quality was called into question both locally and globally, so the government has taken since the end of July some measures as follows: