Barburrito partners with the Restaurant Group to roll out airport franchise
Mexican eatery Barburrito has struck a deal with the Restaurant Group, the parent company behind Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito brands.
Through the franchise partnership, Barburrito hopes to expand into the airport catering market, which is seen as an up-and-coming market in the food and beverage sector.
Last year chef Gordon Ramsey opened a fast-casual spin-off of his restaurant in London's Heathrow Airport which he hopes to expand worldwide.
Other high-profile chefs such as Bruno Loubet, Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal have also opened airport locations, as growing airport foot traffic makes the locations more desirable,
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Launched in 2005, Barburrito currently operated 21 sites across 10 UK cities. Through airport franchises, the company will make a range of made-to-order off items that will “offer busy commuters and holidaymakers an alternative to standard pre-packaged items," says the company.
"This is the start of an exciting partnership with TRG Concessions,” said Morgan Davies, founder and chief executive of Barburrito.
"With an established operating model working across 21 locations, we felt that it was time to explore a franchise operation with a sector leader in this space. We hope to be announcing our first airport location soon.”
Nick Ayerst, managing director of TRG Concessions, added: "We are excited to be working with Barburrito to bring an award-winning concept to UK airports.
"We are certain Barburrito will be well-received by passengers. We are looking forward to further strengthening our food and beverage offer and look forward to developing the relationship with our new partner."
Backed by private equity company BGF, Barburriot is the largest UK burrito brand outside of London.
Restaurant Brands New Zealand agrees to a master franchise deal with Yum! Brands
Restaurant Brands New Zealand has seen an 10% increase in its first quarter in comparison to the previous year, generating sales of up to $97.4mn.
The corporate franchisee is also now set to further its growth by signing a new Pizza Hut master franchise agreement with Yum! Brands, which will enable it to continue its operations for the brand in New Zealand.
Network sales in the first quarter sales within Pizza Hut’s New Zealand arm equated to $23.4mn, an increase of up to 1.2%. However, there is now a slight decrease in the number of Pizza Hut stores run by independent franchisees, with up to 98 stores in total.
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The 10-year agreement will enable Restaurant Brands to continue running the everyday administration and marketing work of the Pizza Hut brand in the country, and also bolster independent franchisee-owned stores, according to newsroom.pro.
Restaurant Brands has become New Zealand’s largest fast-food operator, with KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks Coffee and Carl's Jr brands situated under its umbrella.
In Hawaii, Pizza Hut has also seen an increase of 10.9% in Q1, with no decrease in store numbers.