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...

Broadcast Prompts Apologies from McDonald’s, Carrefour

McDonald’s and Carrefour issued apologies after Chinese state television marked World Consumer Right Day on Thursday by airing an investigative report accusing both of improper food safety practices. From The Washington...

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...

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...

Starbucks Celebrates China’s Morning Coffee Habit

“Breakfast is an intensely polarising issue,” said The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos recently, describing his Chinese travelling companions’ dismay at the buffet offerings they encountered in Europe. Common...

McDonald’s to Double Restaurants in China

Despite all the negative news about foreign businesses in China recently, McDonald’s shows it’s moving full steam ahead into the China market. From the Wall Street Journal: McDonald’s outlined its ambitious...

McDonald’s Raising China Pay After Controversy – Reuters

With consumer prices on the rise and the government ordering local governments to raise the minimum wage, it seems the owners of the Golden Arches have finally caved under the pressure of public outrage and raised pay rates across the board. From Reuters via the Financial Post: From next month, McDonald’s will increase workers’ pay […]

China Union Says U.S. Fast Food Chains Broke Wage Law – John Ruwitch

From Reuters: U.S. fast food chains, including McDonald’s and KFC, broke minimum wage laws in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, the state-backed labor union said on Wednesday, urging tougher enforcement of employment laws. Guangzhou set the minimum wage for part-time workers at 7.5 yuan ($0.97) an hour at the start of this year, but […]

Beijing’s Homeless ‘Living’ in McDonalds 24-Hour Restaurants – keralanext

From The decision by McDonalds to churn out Big Macs 24 hours a day in some of its restaurants in Beijing has proved an unexpected bonus for the capital’s homeless population this winter. It is becoming common for Beijing’s homeless people to use the fast food chain’s outlets as a respite from the biting […]

McDonald’s to tap China car boom – AP

Via McDonald’s Corp. and China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. announced an alliance Tuesday to build drive-through McDonald’s outlets, hoping to combine forces to profit from soaring Chinese car ownership. Under the agreement, McDonald’s and the Chinese partner, known as Sinopec, will turn an unspecified number of the 30,000 gasoline service stations that Sinopec operates […]

China shifts to a drive-through culture – Simon Montlake

From the Christian Science Monitor (link): Lunchtime in China’s footwear capital, where giant factories spit out shoes for sale on four continents, is an object lesson in globalization and the evolution of a brash boomtown. Ever since China cracked open the door to foreign capitalism in the late 1970s, it has been shifting gears at […]



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