Fast Food Fables

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Case Code : MKTG004
Case Length : 6 Pages
Period : 1997-2001
Pub Date : 2001
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : McDonalds, Dominos, KFC
Industry : Food, Beverages & Tobacco
Countries : India

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How others did it?

To establish its presence in the Indian market, Domino's too made efforts to give its products a local flavour. It even offered special products in different regions. In the south Indian segment, the company offered Chettinad Chicken and Mutton Ghongoor, while for North India it offered Butter Chicken and Paneer Makhani...

The KFC Way

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Mounting Losses

In a bid to salvage its Indian venture, KFC had indianized its menu to a great extent. Despite its efforts, however, it soon became clear that it would be difficult for it to become a major player in the Indian fast food arena...

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