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Foreign Firms Face Scrutiny in Chinese Media

Foreign Firms Face Scrutiny in Chinese Media by Wenxiong Zhang Since it opened its first restaurant in China in 1990, the American chain KFC has blanketed the country with thousands of outlets that offer Western-style fried...

China Offers Reward for Food Safety Informers

CDT previously reported on the tightening of food safety regulations in China. Despite these actions towards better food safety, concerns continue. China is now planning to offer up to a $48,000 reward for food safety informers,...

Starbucks’ China Growth Bucks Trend

At an investor conference on Wednesday, Starbucks executives said they expect China to become the company’s largest market outside the United States by 2014, as the coffee retail giant has maintained robust sales growth...

Behind in Quantity, McDonald’s Touts Quality

Fast-food giant McDonald’s will open a record 225 to 250 outlets in China this year, according to its China chief, as it boosts investment in an attempt to catch up to its main rival. From China Daily: “In 2012, I...

China: Fast Food Nation, Too Fast Economy?

With the rise in food prices and labor inflation in China, fast food chains, such as KFC, are planning a rise in prices to offset these factors. Despite the rise in prices, the share price of Yum Brands Inc, KFC’s parent...

Obama Fried Chicken

The face of US President Barack Obama has been showing up in unexpected Beijing neighborhoods. Shanghaiist translates the Chinese slogan: The sign on the shop fittingly reads 吹牛逼呢吧, or “We’re so niubi, aren’t...

Doughnut Wars Give Shanghai a Sugar Jolt

The Washington Post describes doughnut vendors’ struggle to establish a beachhead in Shanghai, while other Western fast food firms move on to later stages in their China campaigns. Doughnut shops, once a rarity here, have...

McDonald’s to Open 700 New Stores in China by 2013

McDonald’s has announced it will seek to open 700 new stores in China by 2013, bringing its total number of restaurants in China to 2,000. From Market Watch: McDonald’s Corp. is planning its biggest expansion in...

Kentucky Fried Chicken Banks on China

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), an American fast food chain, has adapted to the Chinese market by shifting its menu away from fried foods. Its executives claim that this strategy has been very successful, and they will continue to...

Yum! Brands Confident of Its Chinese Suppliers

Yum! Brands, the embattled international fast food corporation that has been under investigation in China for selling tainted food, released an optimistic food safety policy. From Xinhua: Yum! Brands Inc China, which operates...

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