[Issa Sikiti da Silva] More than 100 delegates from various industries and 100 exhibitors have convened today, 7 May 2010, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg for the three-day International Franchise Expo and Convention (IFE) hosted by the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA). In this age of job losses and economic uncertainty, the focus is being turned on entrepreneurship as an alternative to survive as the global economy recovers and consumer confidence rises again.
[ActivRetail] The Engen bakery network of 530 outlets, which has been managed by Retsol since 2007, will become rebranded as an exclusive bakery franchise under the name Corner Bakery, the Retsol brand, which specialises in fast food and bakery goods, as well as Equatorial Coffee, its exclusive coffee brand. The business model will convert to a franchise format, in a two-year franchise conversion process that began on 1 April 2010.
[Issa Sikiti da Silva] The real enemy of the hospitality industry, which is a sector of occupancy, labour and energy costs, is ourselves, and unless we change our thinking about the industry's fragmentation and keep up with trends, we are headed into big trouble, said South African franchising heavyweight Ben Filmalter yesterday, Wednesday, 24 February 2010.
[ActivRetail] Portuguese-style restaurant chain, Braza, recently opened its 7th franchise in Menlyn Park, Pretoria, and has introduced an even more mouth-watering menu.
[ActivRetail] Kauai (pronounced ka-why), the healthy food and beverage company, has announced its five-year growth plan that includes opening a further 130 stores in South Africa, bringing the total number of the group's stores to 200 by 2012.
[ActivRetail] Kauai has embarked on an aggressive growth plan that includes opening 20 franchises over the next year.
[ActivRetail] A very naughty corgi, a cast of real people and the anticipation of a rather royal visitor are just some of the elements that add a quirky touch to Joe Public's latest campaign for Ocean Basket.