Monday, April 13, 2015

Yum tests upscale restaurant in Shanghai - Ben Cavender

Ben Cavender
Ben Cavender
You might know Yum mostly from KFC and Pizzahut, but in China it has started to test the upscale market. Retail analyst Ben Cavender looks at a test-kitchen at Shanghai´s Bund. From Reuters.

Reuters:
Overlooking Shanghai's iconic riverside Bund and rubbing shoulders with the city's most expensive venues, the restaurant is what Yum calls a "lab" where it studies Chinese diners as it looks to bounce back from a lengthy slump in its top market. 
"A high-end test kitchen will let Yum test the waters with new menus and concepts and get feedback from more sophisticated diners - helpful if you want to go a bit upmarket," said Ben Cavender, principal at China Market Research Group. 
Yum's same-store sales at its nearly 7,000 restaurants in China, the firm's biggest market for revenue and profit, fell 16 percent in the last quarter of 2014, dragged down by back-to-back food scares, rising local competition and a sense its main KFC brand may have fallen out of touch with China's consumers.
More at Reuters.

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