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Asian Cuisine: America's New Favorite 

Cuisine from the world’s largest continent, Asia, has always held a share of the United States food-service market.  But over the last decade, Asian inspired food has become one of the favorites throughout all markets.  As the world continues its globalization, individuals everywhere are exposed to foods that they otherwise would not have been.
According to food research organization Technomic, restaurants serving Asian food have grown (in number of locations) 10.3% and 8.1% in 2013 and 2014 respectively, making it the fastest growing food category.  To put that in perspective, burgers grew by 2.0% and pizza by 2.7% in 2014.  “Baby Boomers did not grow up asking their parents to go out to ramen or sushi, but for Generation Y, this is normal,” said VP of Sales and Marketing at CHD Expert, a food-service database (via The Arizona Republic).
Whether its Banh Mi from Vietnam, sushi/sashimi from Japan, Pad Thai from Thailand, barbeque from Korea, or noodles from China; every country from Southeast Asia has a cuisine to offer the world.  While food is the driving factor, Asian alcohol share in the United States is also growing with increased consumption of beers like Sapporro and Asahi, and liquors such as sake and soju cocktails.
The Asian eateries in the United States have traditionally been “mom-and-pop” locations.  This has drastically changed over the last several years with restaurants like Pei Wei, P.F. Changs, Panda Express, Kona Grill, and Noodles & Company focusing on this growing segment.  “(Chains) are absolutely the way food is going” says Lori Hashimoto, chef and owner of a Japanese restaurant in Phoenix (via The Arizona Republic).  Restaurants that are traditionally not known for Asian food are even trying to offer dishes focused on providing some type of Asian cuisine.  Panera Bread, a bakery that offers sandwiches, soups, and salads, is running a national marketing campaign advertising their new “Soba Bowls” which come in 4 different options and are native to Japan.  Soba is a thin noodle made of buckwheat flour and included in a broth topped traditionally with a protein like chicken.

Popular culture traditionally dictates trends in the U.S., but rapid growth of Asian food has been a grassroots effort.  Starting in small, Japanese or Chinese populated cities, and provided only through small restaurants or retail centers.  Now, with the new attention of large domestic chains; Asian food is here to stay.  The quality of food, differentiation of options,  and increased availability will continue to grow the Asian cuisine market share within the United States.

The New Black & Redd Office!

We’re proud to announce the move into our new office in Scottsdale, Arizona...

We are very happy to announce our move a few months ago into our new office space conveniently off the 101 Freeway!  

We are located at 15990 North Greenway-Hayden Loop in Scottsdale! This allows us to grow our core team in a comfortable, unique environment. 

Please reach out with any inquires or opportunities by emailing 

Black & Redd is currently conducting some changes to the website which will help in a new positioning of the organization.  We are excited to share the updated look over the next few weeks.  We would also appreciate if you followed Black & Redd Solutions on LinkedIn!  If you have any ideas or suggestions please send us an e-mail at 

New Opportunities and Updates

Barcelos and Black & Redd Solutions
Barcelos, a South African peri-peri chicken chain, invited Black & Redd Solutions to Johannesburg to continue strategizing their U.S. entrance.  Barcelos currently has 130 stores in 16 countries throughout the world and just opened their first store in North America in Vancouver.  The chain offers flame grilled chicken that is marinated for 24 hours along with tasty sides such as spicy rice, potato wedges, garlic Portuguese rolls, and peri mayo.  Barcelos commenced business in 1993 and is led by CEO Costa Mazzis who has big plans for continued international expansion.

Black & Redd Co-founder, Berekk Blackwell, recently returned from Johannesburg, South Africa, to meet the teem. He was very impressed by their high quality food, incredibly unique flavors, and deep culture.  "The peri-peri flavor will be well received because of it's distinct taste and a level of spicy that is addicting", Berekk says. "Barcelos has a bright future in the United States and we're excited to be a part of it." 

Black & Redd Solutions wants to again thank Costa Mazzis, Johan van Eyk, Beverly Vaskys, and Shaun Stoltz for sharing their expertise and hospitality during the B&R trip to Africa, and is very excited about the next few months.  


To contact Black & Redd about this opportunity, please email 
A Shared Goal - Asia Pacific
Black & Redd Solutions is in the process of vetting candidates in the Asia Pacific region in order to bring WhichWich to the area.  WhichWich is one of the fastest growing sandwich chains in the world and is working with B&R in order to secure a franchise partner in Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and Australia. The concept originated in Dallas, Texas and has already found great success in finding strategic partners throughout the world. 

To contact Black & Redd Solutions about this opportunity, please email us at 
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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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.

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