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Busan’s Yeongdo District Gains Popularity as Island Without Franchises

Busan’s Yeongdo District Gains Popularity as Island Without Franchises

BUSAN, Nov. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — One district in the city of Busan is gaining popularity as an ‘island without franchises’. Yeongdo-gu, an island district in Busan, is known as the islet of coffee, where various coffee festivals are held regularly in tandem with local coffee shops. These coffee shops are private stores not affiliated [...]

Starbucks Korea Doubles Down on Cashless Stores

Starbucks Korea Doubles Down on Cashless Stores

SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Starbucks Coffee Korea Co. is adding 300 more ‘cashless shops’ in addition to the 103 stores currently in operation, starting on Monday. Cashless stores recommend that customers use a means of payment other than cash. The company noted that adding 300 more cashless stores would amount to one-third of [...]

Tumbler Sales at Cafe Franchises Soar amid Plastic-free Movement

Tumbler Sales at Cafe Franchises Soar amid Plastic-free Movement

SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Sales of tumblers at local coffee franchises surged last month amid the government’s push to reduce the use of plastic cups and straws to protect the environment. Since last month, the government has been clamping down on coffee shops that provide drinks in disposable cups without first asking customers. [...]

Café Sparks Controversy After Banning Teenage Students

Café Sparks Controversy After Banning Teenage Students

BUSAN, Apr. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — A café in Busan is embroiled in controversy after banning teenage students from entering the establishment. In a poster affixed to the front door, the café says that middle school and high school students are not welcome following a spate of poor behavior including swearing, speaking rudely, and spitting on [...]

Coffee Wars Brewing: Instant Coffee Market Shrinks With Increased Competition

Coffee Wars Brewing: Instant Coffee Market Shrinks With Increased Competition

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — With consumers facing greater options for cheap and quick coffee, instant coffee brands like Maxim and Nestlé have scrambled in recent years to adapt to the increasingly competitive industry. A joint report by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation [...]

Coffee Franchise Named After Australian Barista Thrives in South Korea

Coffee Franchise Named After Australian Barista Thrives in South Korea

SEOUL, June 5 (Korea Bizwire) – Paul Bassett – a coffee franchise named after an Australian barista – has just celebrated the opening of its 80th coffeehouse in South Korea. Operated by M’s Seed, a Maeil Holdings affiliate, the franchise was launched in September 2009 introducing “specialty coffee,” a concept that was unfamiliar to locals [...]

Local Government Offers Big Data for Prospective Restaurant and Café Owners

Local Government Offers Big Data for Prospective Restaurant and Café Owners

SUWON, South Korea, April 5 (Korea Bizwire) – One of the biggest challenges for prospective restaurant and café owners is to pick the right spot. The Gyeonggi Provincial Government has decided to provide some insight for these candidates to help them make the best decisions using local big data.  The data, relating to 5,517 commercial [...]

Restaurants, Cafés, Convenience Stores Become Meccas for Pokémon Fans

Restaurants, Cafés, Convenience Stores Become Meccas for Pokémon Fans

SEOUL, Feb. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – The popularity of Pokémon GO is gradually waning, but there are still millions of players flicking their fingers on their smartphone screens trying to “catch’em all.”  During the second week of February (February 6 to 10), an estimated 5.63 million people played Pokémon GO, which was a drop from [...]