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Bahrain's Jawad expands beyond home-market dominance

Source: Date:2010-06-22
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Domino's Pizza has more than 100 outlets in the region (Photo ©2010 Susie of Arabia) Though to some degree lacking the geographic reach of it counterparts in the region, the dominance of Jawad Group in its home market of Bahrain is difficult to overstate - the company operates an impressive stable of foodservice brands in Bahrain and beyond, including global chains such as Burger King, TGI Friday's, Costa Coffee, Papa John's and Quizno's, with outlets in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE, as well as Afghanistan and India. Within Bahrain, the group is involved in a vast array of business areas, including grocery, furniture, and clothing retail, convenience stores and petrol stations, travel agencies, as well as a wide-ranging sales and distribution network, with Jawad Group serving as official Bahrain distributor for products such as Snapple Iced Tea, Tabasco Pepper Sauce, Weetabix Cereals, and others. Though the closely held Jawad Group does not publish sales data, it is undoubtedly one of the largest conglomerates in Bahrain, and a major player in the greater Gulf region overall. As it expands its operations in the larger Middle East, Jawad Group's commanding position in its home market could prove decisive, providing a steady stream of cash to finance new ventures. What's more, the company's leading role across the entire retail value chain in Bahrain has helped to cement relationships with many of the same major operators described here. Focus vs. Reach All of the companies discussed in this article offer two crucial qualities for any potential partner: experience and scale. All boast ample experience in foodservice and/or retailing, and all likewise have the resources and the wherewithal to pursue brisk expansion in multiple markets, both within the Middle East and beyond. The real question facing brands looking to enter the Middle East is one of focus - whilst a highly diversified conglomerate can bring enormous resources to bear in growing a brand, there is also the issue of effective distribution of those resources amongst dozens of operating groups. The history of conglomerates within the restaurant industry is a chequered one, yet all of the operators described above have achieved impressive growth during their forays into foodservice. For brands looking to achieve region wide growth in a short timeframe, the firms profiled here make very tempting partners indeed. (Euromonitor International)สินค้าออกกำลังกายผู้หญิง คุณภาพ ราคาพิเศษ

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