Retail Trends 2018

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SA franchising sector retains global appeal

Despite 2017 being a tough year for business and consumers, South Africa has remained a desirable destination for global brands looking to expand...

17 Jan 2018

Kevin Hedderwick resigns as nonexecutive director of Famous Brands

Kevin Hedderwick has resigned as a nonexecutive director of Famous Brands with immediate effect, the owner of Steers, Wimpy and other fast food franchises said in a statement...

17 Jan 2018

Plan B Dessertery opens in Joburg

Plan B Dessertery, a KwaZulu-Natal brand introduced by the founders of Wakaberry, has opened its doors in The Zone @ Rosebank in Johannesburg...

15 Jan 2018

NRD Capital acquires Mike's Kitchen restaurant chain

NRD Capital, a US-based private equity firm that specialises in franchise investments, has cemented its entry into the African market with its acquisition of Mike's Kitchen...

10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Creating value remains key in the premium spirits brand experience

In challenging economic times, consumers either choose less expensive brands that allow them to buy more, or opt to buy less and trade up to indulge their tastes for aspirational brands...

By Elizabeth Lee Ming 10 Jan 2018

Franchising model breeds success for Col'Cacchio pizzerias

In 2013, Greg Mommsen left the IT industry to set up one of the first Col'Cacchio pizzeria franchises in Bryanston...

9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?

Modern-day franchising has been with us since the mid-1950s when it made its presence felt in the USA. Subsequently, expansion was swift and within a few short years, the concept had conquered the world.

By Tony Da Fonseca 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Conscious consumption

I'm not that big on food trends, to be honest. I find gimmicks and 'flavour of the month' offerings a very slippery slope. That said, I do think established chefs, producers and industry thought-leaders who have the ability to change with the times are critical for the industry.

By Andy Fenner 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Coffee will continue to influence the world

Coffee helps millions of people worldwide to get out of bed in the morning. It's one of the world's most popular beverages, and one that has shaped society and industry...

By Jonathan Robinson 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: 'Free from' eating movement gains momentum

Food trends in general will always cross the spectrum. There will be those that lean towards health, as this is a global mega trend that is not going away...

By Sam Linsell 8 Jan 2018

Keeping it in the family: Alfred Cointreau on preserving brand legacy

As one of the oldest orange-flavoured liqueurs in the world, the Cointreau brand has a lot of history behind it...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 Jan 2018

Zimbabwe's Munch sees growth in food delivery space

Zimbabwean food delivery startup Munch has seen thousands of downloads of its app as it looks to simplify the process of ordering food from restaurants in Harare...

By Tom Jackson 27 Dec 2017

New-look Nando's opens in Grand West

Nando's recently reopened its newly refurbished restaurant at Grand West Casino, Cape Town, featuring a new contemporary look and feel...

20 Dec 2017

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International

Hijab model pulls out of L'Oreal campaign over Israel tweets

PARIS - British model Amena Khan, who had been chosen by L'Oreal to appear in an advertising campaign in Britain, has pulled out over accusations she made anti-Israeli comments in a series of old tweets.

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Amazon to open first cashierless shop to public on Monday

SAN FRANCISCO, US - Online giant Amazon on Monday plans to open a convenience store in Seattle where hungry customers will be able to grab sandwiches and go, without having to wait in line or use a checkout.

1 day ago

Fashion superstar Slimane to take over at Celine

PARIS, France - Hedi Slimane, the designer who pioneered the skinny look at Dior and Saint Laurent, is to take over at Celine, the brand's owners said on Sunday.

1 day ago

Pernod Ricard halts use of plastic straws and stirrers

Alcoholic drinks giant, Pernod Ricard, has joined the war on plastic by declaring that it will no longer use non-biodegradable plastic straws and stirrers in any part of its business. The Group has asked all its affiliates globally to ensure plastic is not used at any Pernod Ricard events in the future.

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Has the digital era changed the luxury game for good?

The digital age poses challenges for all brands in every sector, and yet for the luxury market, the conundrum is a particularly tricky one.

By Megan Bowman 19 Jan 2018

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