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Jollibee Goes Mexican, Buys 47% Stake in US-Based Tortas Frontera

It's the latest acquisition for Tony Tan Caktiong's growing food empire

Homegrown fast-food group Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) has announced a $12.4-million deal with US-based Mexican food concept Tortas Frontera LLC, giving the Filipino firm a 47-percent stake in the American restaurant chain. This is the second major food venture of JFC in ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 07, 2018 12:00:00
Startup Tips

Financial Adviser: 5 Business Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from the Founder of The French Baker

Johnlu Koa advises to be prepared for an opportunity and not just stumble upon it

Johnlu Koa is the founder of The French Baker, which now has over 60 branches across the countryJohnlu Koa was just 22 years old when he started his bakery business in a small unit apartment with only eight people. He was supplying ...

by Henry Ong  | August 28, 2018 01:00:00
Run & Grow

Putting up a Food Business? Here's How Many Filipinos Eat Out Every Week

Nielsen's latest study shows some interesting statistics on Filipinos' dining habits

Nearly four out of 10 Filipino online consumers eat in restaurants, fast-food outlets and other dining options outside of their homes on a weekly basis, according to a study by market analyst Nielsen.The research organization’s “The Quest for Convenience” report, which focuses ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | August 16, 2018 11:00:00
Business Ideas

Are You Brave Enough to Dine on an Open Platform Suspended 150 Feet Above Manila Bay?

A concert promoter thinks it’s time to lift up Metro Manila’s entertainment scene

Diners will be suspended 150 feet up in the air while dining on a four-course mealMusic Management International (MMI), the concert and events promotions organization, is diversifying its portfolio of entertainment offerings with an entirely new concept. The company has partnered with ...

by Paul John Caña  | April 01, 2018 09:00:00
Business Ideas

Financial Adviser: 5 Business Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From the Founder of Cabalen

How Maritel Nievera grew her restaurant into the largest Kapampangan specialty chain in the country

Maritel Nievera founded Cabalen, a Kampangan specialty food chain that now has 30 branches and countingMaritel Nievera got married at only 17 years old to a Pampagueño who happened to own a small restaurant. During that time, her husband asked her to ...

by Henry Ong  | March 20, 2018 04:00:00
Business Ideas

This Company Created a New Way to Drink Tea And It's Truly a Product of Love

It's only been in business for a year and a half but is already sold in 1,500 stores

Amanda Wee didn't know it at the time, but in September 2015 she had reached "an inflection point" in her life. The Singapore native had just gotten out of a serious relationship and felt burnt out at her corporate finance job."I knew I was ...

by Stephen J. Bronner  | February 14, 2018 02:00:00
News and Events

Fruitas Chain of Fresh Juice Stalls Eyes IPO This Year

With 20 brands and over 850 stores nationwide, Fruitas founder Lester Yu feels it’s time to go public

Fruitas Holdings Inc. (FHI), the company behind the lucrative chain of fresh juice stalls usually found in shopping malls, is planning to list at the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) possibly this year, according to a report in the Philippine Star newspaper on ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | February 05, 2018 06:00:00
Business Ideas

Revolt of the Brewers: Katipunan Craft Ales Perks Up PH Craft Beer Industry

The pioneering local craft beer brewery is making plans to open its own pub

Katipunan Craft Ales is a pioneering craft beer brewery in the countryThese days, it's not uncommon to see pubs, bars and restaurants carrying one or two craft beer brands in their menu alongside their signature cocktails. But around five to six years ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | January 26, 2018 10:00:00
Business Ideas

How Mang Larry Grew His UP Isawan to a 6-Branch BBQ Chain. Coming Soon: A Full-Service Restaurant

The former janitor put all his children through college selling chicken barbecue and pork intestines since 1984

UP Diliman institution Mang Larry's Isawan first opened in 1984 and moved around the campus before settling in its current location near the Alumni CenterIf there’s one other thing that’s as iconic as the Oblation and “Zorro” at the University of the ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | November 20, 2017 10:00:00
News and Events

Do You Buy Foreign or Local Brands When Shopping in the Mall? Here’s the Outcome of Your Shopping Decisions

Colliers data shows which types of goods present opportunities for both local and foreign sellers

The sustained growth of the economy in the past few years has attracted big foreign businesses to make significant investments in the country. One of the most prominent examples of this is the increase in multinational retail brands that have expanded their ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | November 16, 2017 10:00:00

Do you have Php1M? Ever Considered a Hap Chan Franchise?

Only 5% royalty fee and expected ROI by 1 to 3 years

A few of Hap Chan's most popular dishesHap Chan has been serving authentic Chinese food since the late 1990s. In fact, China's World Federation of Chinese Catering Industry recently awarded them the Feng Huo Cup, or the Asian equivalent of France's Michelin ...

by Nicai de Guzman  | November 03, 2017 10:00:00
Business Ideas

Gerry’s Grill vs Giligan’s: Who’s Leading the Battle of the Beer Joints?

A look at two leading places for getting your fill of the world’s favorite alcoholic brew

Though not much of a beer drinking country—it ranks only third in Southeast Asia in terms of per capita beer consumption—the Philippines widely celebrates Oktoberfest, the annual beer festival from Germany.San Miguel Brewery, which makes nine of every 10 beer bottles or ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | October 31, 2017 10:00:00
News and Events

Is Your Favorite Product Brand One of the Most Recognizable in PH?

Marketing agency Campaign Asia lists the Top 100 brands in the Philippines

When you think about the best snack, gadget or cosmetic product, which brand first comes to mind?That’s the question that media and marketing consultancy Campaign Asia seeks to answer in its annual listing of the Philippines’ top 100 brands. The rankings were ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | October 09, 2017 10:00:00