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Yoma to snap up YKKO for $12.6m

Conglomerate Yoma Strategic will acquire a 65 percent-stake in Myanmar restaurant chain YKKO in a deal worth US$12.6 million. YKKO – formally known as Yankin Kyay Oh Group of Companies – was founded in 1988. It has humble beginnings as a small, family-run restaurant in Yangon’s Yankin but now boasts 37 outlets in the three […]

Harley-Davidson Opens Showroom in Mandalay

MANDALAY — The American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson opened its first authorized showroom and service center in Myanmar on Saturday in Mandalay. Mandalay has drawn the attention of motorcycle dealers, with numerous motorcycle clubs and riders. “With Myanmar’s recent economic development and a large community of riders in Mandalay, it was a logical place for us […]

KFC to open in Mandalay

Kentucky Fried Chicken’s expansionist designs on Myanmar will forge ahead in 2017, with branches set to open in Mandalay, Yangon and two yet-to-be-announced locations. KFC Myanmar administration director JR Ching told The Myanmar Times that since the first KFC in Yangon opened in July 2015, there are now seven branches in the city. Three more are slated to open […]

Tapping Into Myanmar’s New Taste for Foreign Food

As their nation emerges from decades of isolation, the people of Myanmar are developing appetites for new and foreign things, especially food and drink. Imports of foods and beverages have skyrocketed since 2011, driven by rising incomes, urbanisation and the influence of foreign media. Imported condiments, such as MSG, instant cooking paste, seasoning powders and […]

Myanmar’s best-known business house is joining up with multinationals

THE maroon hot-air balloons which carry tourists over Bagan—an ancient city teeming with crumbling red-brick temples—are famous in Myanmar. The fleet belongs to one of the country’s best-known tycoons. Since the pariah nation began to open up in 2011, Serge Pun has gradually transformed an empire built on property into a conglomerate with interests in […]

Burger King finds new throne at Yangon International Airport

A new king has been crowned at Yangon International Airport. Global fast-food giant Burger King opened its doors in Terminal 1 on July 1 – marking its first entry into Myanmar. The airport outlet’s launch follows similar bids made by fast-food rivals KFC and Pizza Hut – both Yum! Brands franchises – into the local […]

Myanmar’s fast-food industry attracts US attention as sanctions ease

US fast-food firms could flood into Myanmar after the easing of US-imposed sanctions to improve bilateral trade and allow more financial transactions to take place. The US Treasury, for instance, has removed from a blacklist seven state-owned enterprises and three state-owned banks – the Myanma Economic Bank, Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank, and Myanma Investment and […]

Myanmar’s economy opens doors to big brands

From fast food giants to coffee chains, tobacco companies and garment makers, Myanmar’s emerging economy is opening up to the world’s biggest brands It is just after 2pm at the newly built Pizza Hut on Yangon’s Dhammazedi Road. Clusters of staff throng around the entrance and waiters’ station as businessman Sein Min, who also goes […]

Pizza Hut opens in Yangon

US-based Pizza Hut has launched in Yangon and stated that it would create over 500 jobs in the next few years. It is a joint venture between Pizza Hut Myanmar, the City Mart Holding Co Ltd and Jardine Restaurant Group. Jardine is one of the top restaurant groups and has opened 680 Pizza Hut and […]

US chain Krispy Kreme aims to fill the local doughnut hole

Fried chicken, pizza and now doughnuts – Myanmar’s bellies will soon be fuller with American fare, as famed US doughnut chain Krispy Kreme has revealed plans to roll into the market. The firm announced a development agreement on August 25 with Singapore’s Doughnut Group Pte Limited to bring 10 Krispy Kreme stores to Myanmar in […]