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Startup Tips

Making the Big Leap from Food Parks to Malls: Lessons From The Lost Bread and The Good Tapa

Tips and pointers on making the successful transition

When food parks started popping up around Metro Manila in early 2015, budding restaurateurs took it as a chance to put up food concepts without the burden of a big investment. Unlike malls that required huge capital, food parks served as an ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | October 30, 2018 10:00:00
Franchising

Franchise Talk: Have Php500,000? Look Into These 10 Food and Drinks Concepts that are Hot But Affordable

These franchises give you the chance to have your own food business with minimal capital

Have you always wanted to be a food entrepreneur, but can’t afford to own a full-service restaurant just yet? Don’t let high investment costs deter your dreams of owning a successful food business. Here are our top recommendations for affordable food franchises ...

by Sam Christopher Lim  | October 17, 2018 09:00:00
Business Ideas

This 80-Year-Old Grandma Sells Her Special Chinese Dishes Online

Wok With Mom delivers your favorite memories to your doorstep

Requests to venture beyond Makati on a day other than Sunday are usually diligently denied. Life, after all, is much too precious to waste inside a vehicle. But it is a Monday and we have allotted two hours to travel through the ...

by Sasha Lim Uy for Esquiremag.ph  | September 15, 2018 12:00:00
Business Ideas

Former Network Marketer's "Hot" Business is Making Chili Sauce

Meet Gelo Bato, a man whose love for all things spicy turned into a legit business

Ernest Angelo Bato didn't think that a dab of chili sauce on his pizza back in grade school was a sign of things to come.It was his first memory of actually enjoying piquant flavor in food, and fast forward to today, Gelo is flourishing ...

by John Paulo Aguilera for FHM.com.ph  | September 12, 2018 12:00:00
News and Events

Dennis Uy's Udenna Corp. Buys 70% Stake in Bakery and Restaurant Chain Conti's

The remaining 30% will remain with the company's original owners

Dennis Uy-led Udenna Corp. announced it has entered into a share-purchase agreement with Conti’s Holdings Corp. (CHC) giving the company a 70-percent stake in restaurant and bakery chain Conti’s. The rest of the company will remain with its original owners.In a statement ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 10, 2018 04:00:00
Business Ideas

Palawan's Haim Chicken Restaurant: From BBQ Stall to a 1,200-sqm Iconic Dining Destination

When it began in 1999, the food stand was selling only 10-20 sticks of chicken inato a day

Haim Chicken Restaurant is best known for their version of classic inato or grilled chicken A trip to Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan province, would be incomplete without a visit to the city’s iconic Haim Chicken Restaurant.More than a dining destination, the ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 20, 2018 09:00:00
Business Ideas

After 14 Business Failures, Ex-OFW Now Makes Millions of Pesos by Reinventing the Simple Leche Flan

Princess San Diego developed as many as eight flavors of the popular Filipino dessert

Princess San Diego started 14 other businesses before finally hitting it big with her flavored leche flan concept What's Your Flan?In her best-selling book titled Grit, scientist Angela Buckworth argued that the main driver of success is not entirely someone’s talent or ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 13, 2018 03:00:00
Run & Grow

From Bazaars to Food Parks to Shopping Malls: How The Good Tapa is Moving With the Times

The all-day Filipino breakfast concept closes two branches in a food park but opens shop in a mall

Fatima Ventura and Geremy Kho founded The Good Tapa in a bazaar in March 2016. Today, it is operating as a food hall stall in Evia Lifestyle Mall in Las Piñas City  When the founders of The Good Tapa—a food concept that revolves ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 24, 2018 08:00:00
Business Ideas

How a Former Domestic Worker in Italy Built A Halo-Halo Brand With 29 Branches

Of Ben's Halo Halo's 29 branches, only 1 is company-owned. The rest are franchises

Pasco was an OFW for 11 years before he decided to go home and put up his own businessIn 1999, Ben Pasco started working in Taiwan as a maintenance engineer. It was his first job as he just had finished college from ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | July 11, 2018 10:00:00
Franchising

How a Tasty Bacon Dish Turned an "Endo" Worker to Owner of a Fast-Growing Chain of Food Stalls

Rica Peñalosa is now franchising her Bacsilog business for Php450,000 per unit

Rica Peñalosa used to be one of the thousands of so-called “endo” or end-of-contract employees who moved from one job to another every five months as companies terminated their employment to avoid regularizing them. The Duterte administration is trying to stamp out ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | May 25, 2018 02:00:00
Startup Tips

Financial Adviser: 5 Food Startup Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from the Founder of Bibingkinitan

Richard Sanz started out with an iced tea concept before pivoting to the classic Filipino merienda staple

Richard Sanz left his first job with a multinational company after two years to pursue his dream of becoming an entrepreneur.  During that time, Sanz thought everyone was into coffee, so he came up with an idea of offering iced tea as ...

by Henry Ong  | February 21, 2018 11:00:00
Startup Tips

How to Turn 52,000 Poor Farmers into Prosperous Entrepreneurs: Lessons From an Indonesian Social Enterprise

The company connects the farmers’ products with leading retailers and restaurants around the world

Javara is an Indonesian social enterprise aiming to preserve the country’s food biodiversity by empowering its indigenous farmersMention Indonesia and perhaps the first things that come to mind are its tourist attractions such as its beaches and temples. Others may mention Jakarta ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | February 05, 2018 09:00:00
Run & Grow

Food Parks Pioneer The Yard Forges New Growth Path Amid Worries Industry Could be Hitting a Plateau

Expansion outside Metro Manila seems to hold promise

One of the biggest food service trends to sweep Metro Manila in the past couple of years was the outdoor food park and its indoor version, the food hall.Suddenly, vacant outdoor spaces across Metro Manila were transformed into food hubs, sometimes using ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | February 01, 2018 09:00:00
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