For brands looking to expand into international markets, location should almost be last on the list of considerations. While hot international growth markets such as Canada, the Middle East and parts of Asia remain attractive, it’s their correspondence to other factors that make a successful transition.

Starbucks Coffee Company has opened the doors to its first Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room in Seattle. The new concept is dedicated to roasting, coffee education and increasing availability of the company’s small-lot Reserve coffees, all of which will be roasted in this facility.

Wahlburgers, a better-burger concept founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg and subject of an A&E TV reality series, is rapidly expanding its North American footprint. In early December the company announced multi-unit franchise deals in Florida and New York.

Having grown to a dozen stores across Upstate New York since July of 2013, Hoopla! Frozen Yogurt is now crossing state lines.

After a couple of years of testing and refining, casual-dining chain Buffalo Wings & Rings is rolling out a new prototype that leaves any vestiges of its former sports-centric “man cave” ambiance behind.

Founded in 1979 by Herman J. Russell Sr. in Atlanta, airport food and beverage operator Concessions International (CI) got its start as part of an FAA program to support minority- and women-owned businesses. 

Thanks to an improving economy, construction trends for 2015 include an increase in retail and restaurant ground-up construction and a rise in shopping mall renovations, according to national general construction firm Englewood Construction.

Universal Orlando's dining and entertainment complex, CityWalk, celebrated the opening of its newest restaurant attraction in December, The Cowfish.