Domino’s Pizza Launches BurgerPizza in India

Domino’s Pizza BurgerPizzaLooks like a Burger Tastes like a Pizza it’s BurgerPizza, Domino’s the world’s largest pizza brand launches its first hybrid, the Burger-Pizza. And so takes the fight for the Indian QSR space to the burger kingdom.

“It only looks like a burger, but has all the goodness of a pizza inside,” says Dev Amritesh, president and chief business officer of Domino’s Pizza India. Perhaps, that’s the reason why the pizza maker is not calling it a burger but a BurgerPizza — a cross between the two. The BurgerPizza will come in two vegetarian and non-vegetarian variants, with a starting price tag of `89. Unlike most burgers, it doesn’t have a patty, is loaded with herbs, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese — ingredients that are central to pizzas — and is oven baked. Continue reading

McDonald’s enters Goa; 240th outlet in west, south India

McDonalds 2Westlife Development Ltd, owner of the master franchise of McDonald’s restaurants in west & south India through its subsidiary Hardcastle Restaurants Private Ltd (HRPL), officially announces its entry in the state of Goa with the inauguration of its first restaurant. The new outlet marks its entry into the 10th state and opens its 240th restaurant in west & south India. Continue reading

German hotel chain to enter India with MBD

Steigenberger imageGerman luxury hospitality company Steigenberger has partnered with MBD Group to enter the Indian market. The two have formed a joint venture company that will operate, manage and franchise hotels in India under the MBD Steigenberger brand. Steigenberger, which operates 95 hotels across many countries, will be the first German hotel company to enter India. Continue reading

Treebo Hotels set to grow its India footprint across 40 cities by year end

Treebo Hotels logoTreebo Hotels, a franchise budget hotel chain, after tasting initial success with 85 hotels in 17 cities in India, is looking at growing their footprint to 200 hotels in 40 cities by year end. The hotel company which just completed a year of operations has been able to carve a space of its own in the budget hospitality space.  Talking to TravelBiz Monitor, Siddharth Gupta, Co-Founder, Treebo Hotels, said that they have been able to exceed their growth expectations in the first year and able to gain trust and confidence of hotel owners.   Continue reading

Essar Oil plans to roll out 5000 pumps in next 18 months

Essar Oil logoEssar Oil, India’s second largest private oil refiner, plans to nearly double its petrol pumps to 4,300 in next 18 months, a senior company executive  said.

“We have 2,225 petrol pumps now which we will increase to 4,300 in next 18 months,” Essar Oil’s chief executive officer (CEO) retail Madhur Taneja said. Continue reading

Vegetarian restaurant chain Saravana Bhavan to open hotels

saravana bhavan logoChennai based vegetarian restaurant chain Saravana Bhavan is planning to open hotels chain in India.

The group is soon launching a hotel in Chennai followed by many other openings.

The South Indian Restaurant chain which has entered 20 countries with over 63 outlets in these countries and about 37 in India will be focusing on hotel part of the business for coming fiscal. Continue reading

Keys Hotels to grow via the franchise model, management deals

Keys Hotels logoKeys Hotels is staying away from building its own hotels and has decided to expand through franchises and management contracts to shield itself in a slow market. Having invested in seven hotels, the chain has now set its sights on smart cities such as Visakhapatnam, Calicut and Jaipur to grow through franchises and management contracts with almost 70 new hotels planned in the next 12 months. Continue reading

Lacoste to expand in non-metros; aims 10% sales from online channels

Lacoste logoThe Indian unit of French clothing firm Lacoste hopes as much as 10% of its sales to come through ecommerce channels, including its own recently launched portal, in the next 18-24 months.

The company, which currently doesn’t sell its products on any third-party online platforms in India, is also in talks with ecommerce firms as part of its strategy to tap the online opportunity, Lacoste India Chief Executive Rajesh Jain said.
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French luxury label Longchamp to debut in India

Longchamp logoFrench luxury leather goods brand Longchamp has announced its India entry and will open its first store in New Delhi this week. DOIT Retail Brands has bagged the master franchise rights for Longchamp in India.

Leather goods major Longchamp was founded in Paris in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain and is still owned and run by the Cassegrain family. “We wanted to partner with a global fashion brand and were looking for synergies. Continue reading

Yellow Tie Hospitality to launch Genuine Broaster Chicken in India

Genuine-Broaster chicken logoFood and beverages franchise management company Yellow Tie Hospitality has tied up with US-based Genuine Broaster Chicken to launch the brand across 40 outlets in the country by the year-end and will invest USD 3 million till 2018 for expansion.

Yellow Tie Hospitality plans to launch the brand first in Mumbai, followed by roll-outs of franchise outlets in Kolkata, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Surat and a few more cities in the first three months, it said in a statement here. Continue reading

Aditya Birla Fashion buys India rights of Forever 21

Aditya BirlaAditya Birla Fashion and Retail, part of Aditya Birla Group, has pipped e-commerce portal Myntra to acquire the rights for global fashion chain Forever 21 in the country for an undisclosed sum.

Forever 21 had a three-year-old tie up with DLF Brands and wanted to exit the partnership for much aggressive play in the country, said sources in the know. Myntra was also in talks to buy the rights of Forever 21, reports said earlier. Continue reading

Ice Cream Buggy is bringing icy treats to the streets for Mumbaikars

ice cream buggy logoAs the summers get hotter, the quest for an icy reprieve can be all consuming. So it can only be considered good news that you can quench your cravings at the mobile Ice Cream Buggy -Cool Vans. A unique concept, these vans serve treats including scoops, sundaes, ice-cream cakes, ice-cream sandwiches, ice-cream pizza, floats and milkshakes.  Continue reading