May 29, 2018
The Donut King brand accomplished some major milestones this month. Donut King opened its doors for the first time in the European region, in Falun, Sweden. While it was only a soft launch with a small menu range, it is expected to have a full launch in the coming weeks. Earlier in the month Gloria Jean’s Coffees Indonesia Airports Master Franchise Partners visited Retail Food Group headquarters based on the Gold Coast in Australia. During their visit they signed a Master Franchise Agreement to bring Donut King to Indonesia Airports, with the first store expected to launch at the end of October. These were major milestones for the Donut King brand; with 25 outlets expected in the next 10 years in Sweden and United Kingdom expansion also scheduled, 2018 will be a big year for the brand!
May 4, 2018
RFG has recently signed a new Donut King Master Franchise Agreement for the licenced region of Indonesian Airports, making it the 85th international licensed territory for RFG.
The current Master Franchise Partners for Gloria Jean’s Coffees in Indonesian Airports, recently travelled to Australia to sign their new agreement to develop the Donut King brand across Indonesian Airports. At recent count there are almost 30 airports in the country with in excess of 1 million passenger movements, and the strongest Gloria Jean’s outlet in Asia is currently operated by this same team. The addition of a second RFG brand to the Masters’ portfolio is testament to our fantastic portfolio of brands and the teams behind them. Support for our Master Franchise Partners at all levels leverages the internal strength of our Group, from the domestic brand teams, supply chain and procurement, training, retail design, business intelligence, product innovation, corporate communications, legal, and finance. It is truly a company-wide team effort to grow and expand our brands internationally.
April 17, 2018
Gloria Jean’s Coffee Kenya has officially opened the doors, in Chai Building, Nairobi. The store is one of the largest of its kind in the region at 450 square metres over two levels.
Attending the launch event on the 17th April was the Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, Alison Chartres, who officially cut the ribbon to open the store. Also in attendance were a number of Austrade representatives, among the many locals that flocked to the store to try the exceptional coffee and wide range of cakes. We would like to congratulate Jama Mohamed, Abdi Mohammed and the rest of the J and J Newman Company for the successful opening of their first outlet. We look forward to seeing many more outlets open their doors over the coming years.
April 2, 2018
The highly anticipated launch of the pilot GJC Maldives outlet came to fruition on April 2, with an exciting launch event. The impressive outlet is located on the second floor of the brand new Rasfannu Beach Pavilion, on Male’s western artificial beach. The First Lady of The Republic of Maldives, Fathmath Ibrahim, officially opened the outlet and a number of key Government Ministers gave speeches. The opening marks the first Gloria Jean’s Coffees outlet on the Island Republic, with the second outlet to be opened later in the month at Male Airport.
Not only did the crowds flock to the outlet for the fun-filled launch night, but a number of Artists also attended offering their talents to create a range of paintings made with the GJC coffee itself. These paintings were then auctioned off for charity, including the Maldives Autism Association. We would like to congratulate Mohamed Anwar and the Brew & Feast team for the opening of their first outlet and look forward to many more outlets opening their doors over the coming years
ExCeL Exhibition Centre
February 16-17, 2018
Retail Food Group proudly participated in the International Franchise Show London over 2 days in February. The International Franchise Show is the UK’s leading exhibition for the most exciting franchise opportunities from around the world and over 200 brands presented at the event. Mike Gilbert, Chief Executive – International, and Maria Hamill, Market Development Manager – Europe were joined at the booth by our newly appointed Master Franchise Partners in the UK: Naweed Nasir representing Gloria Jean’s Coffees and and Jabbar Mumtaz with Donut King and Crust Gourmet Pizza.
As we prepare to launch in the UK, excitement is building and this was clearly demonstrated with both Naweed and Jabbar speaking with hundreds of interested parties who were keen to learn more about the brands and discuss potential opportunities. The Expo was a resounding success with over 400 leads generated over the 2 days and enquiries fielded for Master License opportunities from as far away as Malawi to Warsaw. We also met many Aussie‘s looking for their favourite Donut King donut and excited about the opportunity of having a Gloria Jean’s Coffees or a boutique Crust Gourmet Pizza experience in London.
After much anticipation, January saw the first international Pizza Capers store open in the city of Pune, India. The store, which is located in Viman Nagar is the first to be opened in India over the next 10 years.
The launch was the culmination of hard work across many departments within RFG and saw ongoing collaboration with the brand team and senior management of QSR. This involved overcoming challenges which included adapting an Australian-centric menu to a vastly different palate of the Indian consumer, in a primarily vegetarian market. We look forward to the continued success of the Pizza Capers brand in the Indian market, as well as its dynamic growth in the wider global market.