Fast food industry in crisis

SHARE WATCH: 14:20 17/10/2017

Cape Town – The South African fast food industry has come under severe pressure of late. The management of these fast food retailers keep telling us that in an economy that is not growing as it should, making money is becoming increasingly harder.
These companies should also acknowledge that increased competition in the South African market is becoming ever more prevalent. Recent entrants into the markets include chains such as Chesa Nyama and Pizza Perfect.

Famous Brands, who owns household brands Steers, Wimpy and Debonairs among others, has seen its share price drop over 40% over the last year. The biggest reason is that investors are extremely negative on their Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) acquisition in the UK. Having paid R2.1bn for GBK, the expectation is for GBK to contribute considerably to bottom line earnings.
Unfortunately, the opposite has happened. GBK only made a profit of R16m before interest and […]

2018-05-05T10:37:35+02:00May 5th, 2018|2018 Case Study|

We visited the first Food Lover’s Eatery in Joburg, and found restaurant-grade takeaways available in 90 seconds flat

Thank you to Adila Tayob for sharing this article with us.

Phillip de Wet , Business Insider SA – Aug 24, 2018, 06:40 AM

Food Lover’s Market just opened its first Eatery store in Johannesburg, in the heart of Sandton, following success in Cape Town.
The choice of food it offers is downright silly – and that’s before you get to desert.
This is not the kind of restaurant you want to sit down at, but it should be deeply worrying fast-food restaurants that trade on speed rather than quality.

The Food Lover’s Market just launched its first Eatery store in Johannesburg, expanding its current Cape Town footprint of three stores. Between them the four outlets are already serving some 20,000 people per day, Food Lover’s tell us – and the way Sandton office workers swarmed through it, that number seems plausible.

We visited this new jewel in the company’s crown, in the horrible The […]

2018-10-22T11:55:59+02:00Oct 22nd, 2018|2018 Case Study, Entrepreneurship, Recources, Syllabus Topics|

SA can’t get enough of RocoMamas ‘smashburgers’ – and now they’re heading for India and the Middle East

Thank you to Adila Tayob for sharing this article with us.

Phillip de Wet , Business Insider SA – Sep 06, 2018

The Spur restaurant group just barely managed to keep its sales flat in the last year, and predicts trouble to come.
But its RocoMamas chain increased sales by nearly a third, and Spur plans to keep opening an average of at least one new outlet a month.
RocoMamas just landed in Australia, but there are already plans for locations in India, Saudi Arabia, and possibly Cyprus.
The Spur group plans to open its first ever restaurant in India in this financial year, it said on Thursday – a RocoMamas outlet. It also plans to open a RocoMamas in Saudi Arabia, and is “in advanced negotiations” to expand the brand in Cyprus, just months after opening the first restaurant in Australia.

The rapid international rollout is unusual for a group that has been […]

2018-10-22T11:54:20+02:00Oct 22nd, 2018|2018 Case Study, Environments, Recources|

Fast food deliveries are exploding in South Africa – here are the winners

Thank you to Adila Tayob for sharing this article with us.

James de Villiers , Business Insider SA Aug 01, 2018

Fast food deliveries are exploding in South Africa, with Mr D Food seeing order growth of 210%.
The home-grown delivery service has processed over R500 million worth of orders the past 12 months, and has over 270,000 monthly active users. Uber Eats and Mr D Food collectively account for 90% of South Africa’s third-party fast food delivery market.
South Africa’s fast food delivery services have boomed the past year, with Mr D Food alone reporting growth of 210% in the number of orders.

Mr D Food, owned by multinational Naspers, has also processed over R500 million worth of orders the past 12 months, and has over 270,000 active users.

“Food delivery in South Africa is still under-penetrated and growing rapidly, as is the case in many markets across the globe,” Naspers Ventures CEO […]

2018-10-22T11:52:53+02:00Oct 22nd, 2018|2018 Case Study, Environments, Recources|

3/100: The fast-food company with the worst health score

Thanks to Tony Timm from Kingswood College for ALWAYS sharing the MOST FANTASTIC articles!! 

By Georgina Mitchell
27 May 2018 — 3:45pm

Domino’s scored 3/100 on the Deakin study.

Australia’s most popular fast-food restaurants need to be more transparent about their nutrition policies and should commit to reducing salt, sugar and saturated fat, according to a new report which ranks the retailers based on their public positions on tackling obesity.
The report, released today by Deakin University’s Global Obesity Centre, examined the 11 largest fast-food restaurants – which cover about 67 per cent of the market – using publicly available information, then ranked them based on their policies relating to healthy eating.
A study into Australia’s largest fast-food chains has found the majority of companies are not taking sufficient steps to promote healthy eating.
It found the majority of the restaurants do not identify nutrition and health as being a focus area, with a sector-wide […]

2018-05-28T18:35:02+02:00May 28th, 2018|2018 Case Study, Recources|

9 Companies with Great Environmental Initiatives

More companies are shifting priorities by using business intelligence to not only save on costs but to also become environmentally aware. Business intelligence’s ability to keep track of performance, as well as alert decision makers on behavioural changes, make it a complementary approach as demonstrated by the desire by many companies to become more eco-friendly. Even then, there is need for a clear roadmap that will tie in business intelligence with green initiatives.

The continued depletion of natural resources has led corporations that have large energy requirements to become more environmentally aware than ever. This is because not only do green initiatives save on costs, reuse resources and meet compliance requirements, but they also help to create brand recognition among customers.

Companies that are seen as being environmentally sensitive tend to create a vision of care. This provides the benefit of perceptions and practicality with the broader effects going beyond the organisation. […]

6 Of The Most Profitable Small Businesses In South Africa

Zero to 100 million in only a few years, we take a look at South Africa’s start-ups that have grown from fledglings to million rand businesses.

The Business of Iced Tea
Vital Stats
• Player: Grant Rushmere
• Brand: Bos Brands
• Established: 2009
• Visit:

When Grant Rushmere first envisioned Bos Ice Tea, he did it through the lens of creating a global brand. This wasn’t going to be a small local brand that would grow organically, and maybe enter international markets in the distant future. No. This was a brand engineered for stratospheric growth, which required a ballsy optimism and willingness to go big or go home.

“From the beginning we jumped in with both feet. We approached retailers and secured contracts that we knew we wouldn’t be able to sustain down the line if we didn’t get funders on board, but it was a calculated risk that we were willing to take.”

“I had developed […]

We compared South Africa’s most popular takeout coffees — and the winner is clear

Jay Caboz and Helena Wasserman , Business Insider SA

• Our team pitted Vida e Caffè, Seattle, Wimpy, McDonalds, Woolworths and Mugg & Bean takeaway cappuccinos against each other.
• One popular coffee brand scored a big fat zero out of 10, while another was deemed “wood in a cup.”
• The winner was Woolworths, with Seattle in second place.

Arguably the most important liquid fueling the economy, apart from petroleum, is coffee. And while everyone has their preferred brand of takeaway coffee, we were desperate to determine which one is the best.
We turned to an expert panel of Business Insider South Africa taste-testers to find our favourite. Our testers included Freeman Nofemele, a professional barista in Cape Town; Emily Cohn, head of audience development at Business Insider in New York, on visit in SA; and James de Villiers, journalist with Business Insider SA and self-proclaimed coffee addict.

The tasting team pitted Vida, Seattle, Wimpy, McDonalds, […]

2018-03-27T08:48:19+02:00Mar 27th, 2018|2018 Case Study, Recources|

We will close down KFC and McDonalds’ if we don’t get more teachers – Western Cape Cosas

2018-03-02 – Christina Pitt

Cape Town – The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) has threatened to shut down businesses in the Cape Town CBD should the Western Cape Department of Education fail to appoint more teachers at township schools by Monday.
Cosas led a large group of high school pupils on a march to the provincial education department’s offices on Friday, after they were informed that a number of schools in Khayelitsha did not have enough teachers for certain subjects, specifically mathematics.

“We will close down KFC and McDonalds because it’s their friends’ businesses,” said Cosas chairperson Michael Mayalo during the protest outside the department’s offices.
“We can get enough attention and we will have enough learners.
“We are calling on our parents to boycott work on Monday and assist us with the goal of obtaining quality education.”

The organisation also demanded that Education MEC Debbie Schafer be removed from office.
“Cosas wants the MEC herself […]

2018-03-27T08:34:32+02:00Mar 27th, 2018|2017 Case Study, 2018 Case Study, Recources|

Dalton KFC donates R45 000

2018-03-07 06:01

DALTON KFC staff handed over a R45 000 cheque to Vianney Children’s Home in Ndwedwe as a contribution to the home’s feeding scheme.

Every R2 that KFC customers donate to Add Hope, combined with KFC social-investment contributions, goes to sustainable feeding programmes to feed over 120 000 children at 25 national and 113 local beneficiaries.
Vianney Children’s Home is part of the local beneficiary programme, which sees KFC restaurants partnering with local charities to ensure that funds go to their communities.

Vianney Children’s Home was founded in 1962 as a non-profit organisation that provides temporary residence, a Child and Youth Care Programme and support for orphans and other vulnerable children and their families in the area.

Lethiwe Mazibuko, who runs the charity, said: “With a high unemployment rate and a lack of resources in the area, some parents cannot afford to feed or send their children to school. With Add Hope funding, the […]

2018-03-27T08:31:45+02:00Mar 27th, 2018|2017 Case Study, 2018 Case Study, Recources|

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