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...

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...

Reading China: Cheap Labor and Fast Food – Hegel Chong

From Reading China blog: Over the past few years, there are many controversies over the foreign owned fast food restaurants such as KFC and McDonald’s in China. Recently, some part-time workers accuse them of unfair treatment including offering low wage, requiring long work hours, unequal agreement, and refusing to give workers labour contract. New Express […]

McDonald’s, KFC under fire for labor rights violations – Guo Qiang

From China Daily: American fast-food giants McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) are being bombarded for their work contracts which offer their part-time Chinese employees just four yuan per hour, well under the state requirement, state media reported. An employee is entitled to no less than 4.3 yuan per work hour, said a rule released […]

KFC Food Safety Scares Chinese Public – China Daily

From China Daily: Kentucky Fried Chicken, the US fast food giant has again sparked food safety concerns around China, with its outlets being accused of repeatedly using same frying oil for as many as 10 days, which experts believe may cause cancer. The Guangzhou-based Information Times reports that KFC branches in some cities in northwest […]

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