Beijing-based South Korean Barbecue Chain Cuts Ties with Lotte amid THAAD Deployment

Some China South Korean-style restaurants declared their relationship with Lotte, amid a domestic boycott against Lotte after the group signed an agreement with the South Korean military to provide land for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system deployment. Multi-brand catering enterprise Halla Group released a statement on its website Tuesday, announcing that it

China Food and Drug Administration Forcing Online Restaurants to Have Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Businesses selling food and providing catering services online are now required to show their food trade licenses and have brick-and-mortar stores, according to China Food and Drug Administration, reported the Beijing News. The requirements came as part of an administrative draft designed to improve supervision of online food and catering services…Full Article: ECNS.cn Feb 2017

Taco Bell to Relaunch in Mainland China with More Hot Food Options and New Special Sauces

Taco Bell, the Mexican-themed chain under Yum Brands Inc, is making a comeback in the Chinese mainland to test diners’ appetite for nachos. The latest drive marks a test for Yum China Holdings-which operates household names such as KFC and Pizza Hut and has just become independent through an initial public offering-toward its goal of

Hong Kong’s CITIC and USA’s Carlyle Group Acquire an 80% Stake in McDonald’s China

Fast-food chain McDonald’s Corp announced on Monday [9 January 2017] the sale of 80 percent of its Chinese mainland and Hong Kong operations to a consortium including CITIC Ltd and Carlyle Group LP. The move will help it expand amid growing competition, but analysts warned challenges remain…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2017 Key Point As

Beijing Food and Drug Administration Closes 225 Online Restaurants

Beijing’s food safety watchdog has ordered 225 online meal ordering and delivery businesses to close shop since December, local officials said Saturday [7 January 2106]. According to Beijing Food and Drug Administration, most of the problem stores were operating without a license. They were registered on the country’s three largest online catering service platforms —

Police in Mianyang, Sichuan Province, Arrest Individual Who Sold Meat from Wild Animals to Local Restaurants

Forest police in Mianyang, Sichuan province, have seized a suspect in connection with the storage and trading of nearly two metric tons of meat from wild and endangered animals, such as black bears, pangolins and owls…Full Article: China.org.cn Jan 2017 Key Point During the summer of 2015, Sichuan Province’s forest police/bureau in Mianyang were alerted

A Total of 68 Mainland Chinese Restaurants Included in France’s 2017 La Liste Rankings

A total of 68 restaurants from Chinese mainland were listed in the 2017 La Liste, which names the world’s 1,000 finest establishments. The Guide to La Liste Chinese Top Restaurants, published by Qingdao Publishing House, was launched on December 17 at a celebration dinner at Huai Yang Fu restaurant in Andingmen, Beijing…Full Article: The Global