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Entering the States: How a Japanese Food Concept Made it Look Easy 

Beard Papa’s, founded by Mugino Co., Ltd. in 1999, has expanded to all corners of the globe serving cream puffs, fondant, cheesecake, tiramisu and their trademark product: choux pastry. Beard Papa's was founded by Yuji Hirota in the Japanese city of Osaka and now has over 300 locations.
As the concept began to expand, Beard Papa’s had one goal: expand into the United States.  The U.S. has a population of 321 million (2.5 x Japan’s population), spends $680 Billion ($230 Billion of that going to Limited-Service) a year at restaurants, and sees the Bakery/Café segment experiencing 8.1% forecasted prior year sales growth.  For Beard Papa’s, as is with most concepts looking to enter the U.S., the market is too large and too rewarding not to attempt.

Restaurant Industry Sales (in Billions of current USD)

Beard Papa’s entered the United States in 2003 under Muginoho International, Inc., located in Los Angeles, California.  They stayed true to their core products continuing to serve their cream puffs, which are made with premium all natural ingredients including real Bourbon vanilla beans and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.  Their operations allow customers to view the entire production process, and the choux pastry dough is baked in an open kitchen, and packaged to order for every customer.
If the above sounds like “any old restaurant” lets examine why it worked in the U.S.... (Read more)
Black & Redd representatives head to Japan February 7th

Black & Redd Solutions will head to Tokyo, Japan the first week of February to seek out future opportunities and take next steps on current projects. If you or your colleagues would like to meet in person during this week, please send us an e-mail at contact@blackandredd.com. 

Strategic Partnerships

We’re proud to announce our newest partnership creating new opportunities for the whole Black & Redd team…
Venture Blue
Venture Blue (Ven-Blue) is an American based consulting company that specializes in client strategy, sensible solutions, and beyond the box thinking.
 Dan Ward, founder, brings over 27 years of experience and extensive relationships from around the world. 

New Opportunities and Updates

Barcelos eyes U.S. market via Black & Redd*
 
Barcelos, which began in 1993 in Pretoria, South Aftrica, has grown to over 130 locations serving millions of customers. Barcelos is world famous for their chicken which is marinated for 24 hours, prior to being char-grilled on open flame gas griddles, in one of their four primary spicy flavors of marinades.  They are lead by the original founders of the company and have had great success in rolling out their franchise model over several continents. Black & Redd is assisting Barcelos enter the United States market through a phased expansion plan. To contact Black & Redd about this opportunity please email contact@blackandredd.com. 

For more information about the fast-growing chain, check out their website at www.barcelos.co.za.
Black & Redd begins sampling process for Mag-on in the USA
 
As detailed in the December Newsletter, Mag-on is a magnesium based sports supplement, which helps athletes combat cramps and other endurance hindering symptoms. Mag-on started in Tokyo, Japan and has gained measurable traction in the circles of triathletes. Black & Redd will be taking over their U.S. distribution development and are currently looking for other markets where a supplement of this kind has potential.  The test product received will be evaluated by elite athletes over the next few weeks and the product will be for sale in the United States at the end of the first quarter.  To contact Black & Redd about this opportunity please email contact@blackandredd.com.

For more information please visit www.mag-on.net.
Good Time Beverages gains traction in Japan, Vietnam

Black & Redd Solutions is making huge strides to bring Good Time Beverages into Japan and Vietnam. Current targets are for the product to be placed in Lawson, a large convenience store chain in Japan and other Asian countries. As reported in the December Newsletter, Good Time Beverages is a ready to drink pre-mixed cocktail manufacturer based in the U.S. This “cocktails-to-go” concept is innovative, and has serious potential both in the U.S. and abroad. Flavors include Margarita, Long Island, Cosmo, Brandy, and Vodka. Localization is possible for international markets with different taste profiles. To contact Black & Redd about this opportunity please email contact@blackandredd.com. 

For more information please visit www.goodtimebeverages.com.

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Black & Redd Solutions is a U.S. based consulting company that specializes in assisting companies to capitalize on opportunities. We focus on U.S. based companies looking to expand either within the U.S. or internationally through our resources abroad, and brands abroad that are looking to take a diligent and strategic path into the U.S. Core competencies include a high-quality network in foreign markets, product/business expansion within the U.S., and in-depth market research to make decision making easy. 
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1. Notice Regarding Franchise Offers and Sales

a. This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. There are approximately 14 countries and 15 US states that regulate the offer and sale of franchises. The countries are Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada (provinces of Alberta and Ontario), China, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and the United States of America. The US states are California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of one of these states or countries, are receiving this message in one of these states or countries, or intend to operate a franchise in any of these states or countries, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with any applicable pre-sale registration and/or disclosure requirements in the applicable jurisdiction.

b. This offering is not an offering of a franchise. In New York (USA), an offering of a franchise can only be made by a prospectus that has been previously filed and registered with the Department of Law of the State of New York. The application for registration of an offering prospectus or the acceptance and filing thereof by the Department of Law as required by the New York law does not constitute approval of the offering or the sale of such franchise by the Department of Law or the attorney general of New York.
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