INTERNATIONAL | Staff Reporter, Australia

Retail Food Group announces expansion within the Asia Pacific

The company is planning an expansion in the Pacific Islands.

As part of the ASX-Listed company’s global growth strategy, RFG announced expansion within the Asia Pacific market through recently-acquired Master Franchise Partner (MFP) licences for Brumby’s Bakery Fiji and Gloria Jean’s Coffees Pacific Islands, including Vanuatu, French Polynesia, Samoa and New Caledonia.

The MFP, Ariel De Asa, is an existing MFP of Gloria Jean’s Coffees Fiji and has been part of the RFG system since 2006, currently operating eight coffee houses in Fiji.

De Asa wants to expand the brand across the Pacific Islands to penetrate the market with quality products, the likes of which aren’t currently available in the region, and build awareness of RFG’s retail brands.

“My ambitions for expanding into the other islands have been evident for some time and my aim is to build coffee awareness and culture,” he said.

“I want to spread the well-established operations of Gloria Jean’s Coffees and bring in the Brumby’s Bakery brand to help supplement one another.”

RFG’s international expansion model is based on recruiting MFP’s who purchase a licence to develop a Brand System in a defined territory. De Asa expressed that the support and ability to control the market is the biggest benefit of the partnership.

“Support from RFG’s head office is absolute and allows you to plan out the whole market from a top level, so that you can control and establish how to successfully run your businesses,” he said.

“I originally joined the Gloria Jean’s Coffees family because I was intrigued by franchising; I loved the people behind the brand, their values and of course the coffee.”

As part of the MFP agreement, the expansion plan is slated to see multiple Gloria Jean’s Coffees outlets open across the Pacific Islands, and a minimum of four Brumby’s Bakery outlets within Fiji, over the initial licence term.

“Price and variety are two trends facing the Pacific Islands currently; people want more food and drink variety in café establishments and the product’s affordability will determine survival within the market. These brands offer something for everyone, and I strongly believe they will be well received across the islands,” De Asa said.

RFG is a global food and beverage company, with a network of more than 2,550 outlets spanning 78 licensed international territories across 12 Brand Systems, including Donut King, Brumby’s Bakery, Michel’s Patisserie, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, Pizza Capers and Crust Gourmet Pizza. 

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