Retail Food Group A Brief History
"Retail Food Group (Australia)" was first established in 1989 for the purposes of developing and managing the Donut King and BBs Coffee & Croissants franchise systems. The BB's Coffee & Croissants system would later evolve into the current bb's cafe system.
Following its establishment and throughout the 1990s, RFG focussed on growing the foregoing brands throughout Australia. The BB's system was also established in New Zealand.
Much of the initial growth of both the Donut King and BBs systems was achieved via the use of a master franchisee structure which was ultimately dismantled in 2003.
During the period 1999 to 2004, RFG also acquired the world intellectual property rights to the Donut King system and the world intellectual property rights (excluding Europe) for the BB's system.
Retail Food Group Limited was incorporated in 2003 to act as the ultimate holding company of the fast growing RFG group of entities.
The company was later admitted to the Official List of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on 20 June 2006 and quotation commenced two days afterwards.
Whilst RFG had become a recognised leader in retail food franchising prior to 2006, since quotation of its securities on the ASX it has truly cemented itself as a market leader by demonstrating the strength of its unique business model and strong management.
The Company has returned significant value for its shareholders by not only exceeding Prospectus forecasts and driving positive shareholder outcomes, but also delivering strong outlet and sales growth (both at system and store level).
The Company has also delivered upon the strategic growth initiatives outlined in its May 2006 Prospectus by completing the acquisition of the then 321 outlet strong Brumby's Bakery franchise system in September 2007.
This was later followed by the acquisition of the then 346 outlet strong Michel's Patisserie franchise system in December 2007, subsequent to that the acquisition of the Queensland based Big Dad's Pies franchise system and the Australian and New Zealand rights to the Canadian based Esquires Coffee Houses system. As of April 2012, the Company acquired the Pizza Capers franchise system of 110 outlets. Making Retail Food Group one of the largest retail food franchisors in Australasia.
Collectively, RFG's retail food franchise systems now represent (as at April 2012) 1261 outlets throughout Australia, New Zealand, China, Papua New Guinea, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Singapore:
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