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Yum China turns a profit despite Covid-19 impact

Yum China emerged from the first quarter in profit despite the disruptive effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on sales and operations.

Chinese tea chain Heytea quietly backs out of Hong Kong

Chinese tea chain Heytea has closed three quarters of its Hong Kong network, leaving just two stores operating, at Causeway Bay’s Times Square and Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza.

US cafe chain Blue Bottle lands in Hong Kong

After months of speculation, US coffee chain Blue Bottle has launched in Hong Kong, however initially it is serving only take-away drinks due to restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lavazza launches in China, teaming up with Yum Brands

Fast-food chain and restaurant operator Yum China has partnered with Italian coffee company Lavazza to develop a network of coffee shops across the country.

Eating at home will be ‘the new reality’ for Asian consumers after Covid-19

Covid-19 has changed Asian customers’ habits, especially in Hong Kong, as more of them decide to eat at home, according to research from Nielsen.

KFC tests plant-based chicken meals in China

KFC has launched a three day test of its plant-based meals in China starting from today, just a week after Starbucks launched a plant-based menu there.

Instagram launches online food-ordering tools

Instagram has launched new food-ordering tools to assist small-to-medium businesses facing difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic.

China retail ‘behind the curve’ in store innovation says 7Fresh head

China’s retail industry remains behind the curve in store innovation, which stands as a hurdle to the Chinese market’s inevitable dominance in global retail.

Record decline in Taiwan food-service sales

Taiwan foodservice sales have slumped by 21 per cent year on year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Cafe de Coral warns of 90-per-cent profit plunge

Cafe de Coral group expects its full-year profit to plunge by up to 90 per cent for the March year as the Covid-19 crisis and last year’s protests dented customer traffic.

Singapore locks down until June: which stores can open, which cannot

The Singapore government has reduced the list of “essential services” as part of a tougher clampdown on social distancing to arrest the spread of Covid-19.

Brotzeit creates a virtual experience to promote new outlet during Covid-19 crisis

German-themed restaurant chain Brotzeit engaged a design firm to create a virtual walkthrough video of its new outlet to promote the venue during the coronavirus crisis.