Fast Food and Takeaways


#1261

Retail Food Group is looking to sell Donut King, Crust and Pizza Capers in a bid to cut their horrendous debt. RFG also announced a loss after a write down of their brands, an after tax profit of $6.6 million, and multiple sackings. They are in trouble.


#1262

When you’re essentially just selling a name - what exactly is the value of these master franchises?

They don’t own anything besides seeking rent from franchises that are suffering - of course they aren’t going to be profitable. Their attempts at becoming profitable on the backs of those franchises are what’s putting them in a death spiral.

I walk past a Crust every single day, but have never gone inside - why would I buy an expensive pizza from a chain like that, when I’ve got so many options around of local premium pizza places - or indeed just places with a nice old oven.

I think I’ve been to a Donut King in the last year, but there’s a 50/50 chance it was actually a Wendy’s. They aren’t memorable enough for me to care about the difference. I can get better donuts elsewhere, or just get some ok ones from a supermarket bakery.

The only hope for them finding buyers will be the US companies eyeing off entrances into the market - though every Crust turning into a Little Ceasers is unlikely, companies seeking aggressive expansion are about the only ones who would find any value in what they are trying to offload.


#1263

I prefer Wendy’s over Donut King, even there hot cinnamon donuts taste better than Donut King’s donuts.


#1264

Crust pizzas are actually quite good - I tried them when I went to the MCG for an AFL game.


#1265

I agree but they are just way too overpriced for takeaway pizzas. Why would I go there when I can get pizzas at Domino’s for a third of the price.


#1266

Personally I’m not sure if any of these Retail Food Group brands have been strong enough in recent years for a majority of the general public to really care much if they were to cease trading for good.

Of course it’d be bad for all the people who’d lose their jobs/franchises if they did completely shut down, but my experiences with food/drink at Donut King, Michel’s Patisserie and Gloria Jeans haven’t really been memorable enough for me to form any major connection towards the brand(s).


#1267

Because Dominos Pizzas taste like cardboard.


#1268

If you are talking about the Thin N Crispy style pizzas, then yes I agree that Dominos are very bland.

Though I love the Domino Deep Pan pizzas, even better than the Crust ones. though very fattening.


#1269

Yes, the deep pan pizzas from Dominos arent too bad actually


#1270

I’d probably say Donut King is the one that more people would have a connection with. I remember going there as a kid, though these days their range seems pretty average. The cinnamon ones are always good, provided they’re freshly cooked.


#1271

Anyone tried and can recommend the new Choc Coconut range at Maccas?


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#1272

Haven’t set foot inside a Maccas since they started insisting orders be done via those putrid self serve screens.


#1273

I’ve never used one either (*correction I was forcibly assisted by a staff kid one time but that was it).

They’ve removed heaps of cashiers in restaurants now too because of it :frowning:


#1274

I have and there nice


#1275

:thinking:


#1276

I would much prefer to do it myself.


#1277

:thinking:


#1278

I prefer to never step inside a Maccas again. I think it’s been at least 10 years since I’ve eaten there.


#1279

Very good point. Can’t tell u the last time I had it lol. So many better burger options these days. But when I have had it, or will have it, I’ll do it myself :wink:


#1280

Me too.

I only ever use the drive thru :wink: