List of countries with Burger King franchises
Countries with Burger King restaurants
Red: Current BK countries
Orange: Former BK countries
Yellow: Hungry Jack's countries
|Traded as||NYSE: BKW, formerly BKC|
|Genre||Fast food restaurant|
|Headquarters||5505 Blue Lagoon Drive,
Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States
|Revenue||US$1.97 billion (FY 2012):6|
|Operating income||US$363.0 million (FY 2012):36|
|Net income||US$117.7 million (FY 2012):6|
|Total assets||US$5.564 billion (FY 2012):12|
|Total equity||US$1.175 billion (FY 2012):12|
|Employees||34,248 (FY 2011)|
|Parent||Burger King Holdings Inc.|
This is a listing of countries with Burger King franchises. Burger King itself began as a franchise of its progenitor company, Insta-Burger King. It would grow in the United States utilizing a combination of corporate locations and franchising, before divesting itself of its corporate holdings in 2013. It began its international expansion in 1969 with a location in Canada, followed by Australia in 1971, and Europe in 1975. Latin America and South America became part of its market later in that decade, Asia would follow in the 1980s, and Northern Africa and the Middle East shortly thereafter. Sub-Saharan Africa and the former nations of the Iron Curtain would come much later, beginning in the late 1990s and continuing into the 2010s.
As of 2014, Burger King now operates in almost every country in the Western Hemisphere, most of Europe and East Asia. It has also embarked on a plan to base a good portion of its future growth in the BRIC Nations of Brazil, Russia, India, and China with plans to open more than 3000 locations in three of those four countries. Burger King also has a longstanding presence at U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force installations worldwide, dating back to the 1980s under a contract with Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Today, while other chains such as Taco Bell, Popeyes, and Subway have a presence on military bases, virtually every major Army and Air Force installation hosts a BK restaurant.
Shortly after the acquisition of the chain by Pillsbury in 1969, Burger King opened its first Canadian restaurant in Windsor, Ontario, in 1969.:66 Other international locations followed soon after: Oceania in 1971 with its Australian franchise Hungry Jack's, and Europe in 1975 with a restaurant in Madrid, Spain. Beginning in 1982, BK and its franchisees began operating stores in several East Asian countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea. Due to high competition, all of the Japanese locations were closed in 2001; however, BK reentered the Japanese market in June 2007. BK's Central and South American operations began in Mexico in the late 1970s, and by the early 1980s it was operating locations in Caracas, Venezuela, Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. While Burger King lags behind McDonald's in international locations by over 12,000 stores, by 2008 it had managed to become the largest chain in several countries including Mexico and Spain. The company divides its international operations into three segments: The Middle East, Europe and Africa division (EMEA), Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).:5 In each of these regions, Burger King has established several subsidiaries to develop strategic partnerships and alliances to expand into new territories. In its EMEA group, Burger King's Switzerland-based subsidiary Burger King Europe GmbH is responsible for the licensing and development of BK franchises in those regions.:5, Exhibit 21:1 In the APAC region, the Singapore-based BK AsiaPac, Pte. Ltd. business unit handles franchising for East Asia, the Asian subcontinent and all Oceanic territories.:6, Exhibit 21:1 The LAC region includes Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands.:6, Exhibit 21:1
During 2012, the African market saw a new agreement with Grand Parade Investments of South Africa to enter Africa's largest economy, with restaurants opening in 2013. The company began its move into Sub-Saharan Africa in May 2013 when Burger King opened its first outlets in South Africa. The company sold franchise rights to local gaming and slots machine operator Grand Parade Investments Ltd. The South African operation sold over double its initial forecasts in its opening weeks with sales of $474,838 at just one of its outlets in Cape Town in its first seven weeks. In a deal with local petrochemical company Sasol outlets will be opened at filling stations across the country from 2014. In April 2014 it was announced that due to high demand the number of new outlets being opened in 2014 would be increased from 12 to 14 across the country.
|Egypt||2007||Olayan Group||Olayan's food service subsidiary, Hana International, is the master franchisee for the Middle East and north Africa. برغر كينغ (Arabic)|
|Morocco||2011||Olayan Group||First location is in Casablanca.|
|South Africa||2013||BURGER KING® South Africa (Pty) Ltd||First location has opened in Cape Town (9 May 2013), with plans for more nationwide.|
Burger King's entrance into the Asian marketplace took place in late-1970 first in Hong Kong. In 1982 saw franchisees opening stores in several East Asian countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea. Due to high competition, it withdrew from Japanese market in 2001. However, Burger King reentered Japanese market with an opening of the first store in Shinjuku, Tokyo in November, 2006.
2012 saw a major international expansion initiative. The primary thrust was aimed at the BRIC nations with several new master franchise agreements in those countries that will eventually create upwards of 2500 new stores by the 2020.[notes 1] One of these deals also creates the single largest international franchise agreement in the company history, a deal to open over 1000 stores in China with a new "super"-franchise headed by the Kurdoglu family of Turkey. An updated agreement with its Russian franchisee will see a major expansion into Siberia. This move puts Burger King in a superior position to chief rival McDonald's as it currently doesn't operate any locations east of the Ural Mountains.
|Afghanistan||Army and Air Force
Exchange Service (AAFES)
|Cambodia||2013||Opened in Phnom Penh International Airport on March 1, 2013|
|People's Republic of China||2005||汉堡王 (Chinese)
12,000th location opened in Beijing.
|Bahrain||Jawad Business Group (UAE)||Halal|
|Hong Kong||2006||North Asia Strategic Holdings, Ltd.||漢堡王 (2006 to present) / 堡加敬 (1970s to early 1980s) / 漢堡飽王 (1980s to 1990s) (Chinese)
Ever operated in Hong Kong (then a British colony) between 1970s-1990s
|Indonesia||2007||PT. Mitra Adiperkasa, Tbk||Burger King Closed their Burger King Stores in 1980s and open their stores again in April 2007 with the biggest outlet in Southeast Asia with management from PT. Mitra Adiperkasa, Tbk
|Japan||2007||Lotteria (South Korea)||バーガーキング (Japanese)
Previously operated in the country from 1993-2001
|Jordan||Jordan American Food Co.||Halal|
|AAFES location opened after the first Gulf War
Olayan has license for Kuwait but there are no locations as of 2011
|Kazakhstan||Not sure - go to website burgerking.kz||Opened in May 2012 in Almaty|
|Lebanon||2001||King Food SAL (Lebanon)||Subsidiary of Oyalan
|Maldives||2013||Minor International & Conglomerate||Opened at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport on 8 July 2013|
|Macao||North Asia Strategic Holdings, Ltd|
|Nepal||2011||Opened in Kathmandu in early 2011|
|Oman||2010||First Food Services Oman||Subsidiary of Oyalan
Originally operated in the country in 1994-2005
|Pakistan||2013||MCR Group||The first BK branch in Pakistan opened in Dolmen Mall, Karachi on 5 October 2013. This has been followed by an aggressive expansion strategy which resulted in opening of BK branches in Multan and Islamabad. Overall, there are five BK branches in Karachi while one branch in Multan and Islamabad.|
|Philippines||1992||Jollibee Foods Corporation and BK Titans Inc.|
|Qatar||2001||Premier Food Services||Halal|
|South Korea||1984||Doosan Corporation||버거킹(Korean)|
|Saudi Arabia||1991||Olayan Group||برغر كينغ (Arabic)
|Singapore||1982||Burger King Singapore Pte. Ltd||Halal
First BK Whopper Bar in Asia
|Sri Lanka||2013||Softlogic Restaurants Pvt Ltd (a fully owned subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings PLC)||Halal
Branches operating in Collpetty, Mt. Lavinia and Rajagiriya.
|Taiwan||1989||DaChan Great Wall Group||漢堡王 (Chinese)|
|Thailand||1994||The Minor Food Group||Offers delivery services|
|Timor-Leste||2013||Fast Food Timor Lda|||
|United Arab Emirates||1993||First Food Services, LLC||Subsidiary of Oyalan
|Vietnam||2011||Opened at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City on November 27, 2011|
Burger King's growth into the Caribbean ocean began in 1963 when the company opened its first location in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican locations were the first restaurants the company opened outside the continental United States.
|Antigua and Barbuda||2012||Opened on the 27th March, second branch opened in 1st half of 2013|
|Jamaica||1985||Restaurant Associates Limited||First Location in Ocho Rios|
|Puerto Rico||1963||First Burger King in Latin America and the Caribbean.|
|Trinidad and Tobago||2008|
Burger King returned to the French market in 2012 with an agreement with multinational operator Autogrill, a move that has met with some excitement in the country. The chain left the country in 1997, closing its 22 franchised and 17 corporate locations after a poorly executed entry into the market that left it unable to compete against McDonald's and local chain Quick. The partnership with Autogrill is a move to consolidate Burger King's presence in travel plazas along major highways in France, Italy, Poland and other European nations.
In December 2013, Burger King returned to Finland after three decades of absence. The first restaurant, located on Mannerheimintie in central Helsinki, instantly proved so popular that for every day since its opening, people have had to queue in front of the restaurant to get in, sometimes for over half an hour. The only exception so far has been Christmas time, when the restaurant was closed. According to Mikko Molberg, the leader of the Finnish Burger King franchise, the restaurant has attracted over 2000 customers on every single day, which has surprised the restaurant employees and the franchise owners. The long queues have been extensively covered and ridiculed in social media, comparing them to people queuing in front of a McDonald's restaurant in Moscow, Russia in the early 1990s, and contrasting them with the nearly nonexistent queues to Burger King restaurants in Stockholm, Sweden.
|Croatia||2014||First restaurant is located at the Tifon gas station on the A1 freeway|
|Cyprus||2003||WOW Burgers||All Burger King restaurants in Cyprus were closed down, after Burger King Europe launched legal proceedings against King Franchises (the Cyprus franchisee, that belongs to businessman Lambros Christofi) in 2012. Burger King re-entered Cyprus in 2014 by opening a restaurant in Paphos on March, 14th operated by WOW Burgers (main shareholder is P.H.C. Franchised Restaurants Public Ltd.).|
|Czech Republic||2008||AmRest, BK Team, Autogrill|
|Finland||2013||Restel||Returning to Finland after almost 30 years, the first restaurant was opened in Helsinki on December 13, 2013.|
|France||2012||Autogrill, Bertrand Group||1 restaurant in Marseille Provence Airport, opened on December 22, 2012. There were no restaurants in France between 1997 and 2012. 1 restaurant opened on December 16, 2013 in Paris, Saint-Lazare Station.|
|Germany||1976||First BK Whopper Bar in Europe (Munich)|
|Italy||1999||Autogrill||First restaurant opened in Milan. There are currently 105 restaurants in Italy (June 2014).|
|Republic of Macedonia||2011||TAB Gıda||The first Burger King restaurant in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was opened in August 2011 and it is located at the Skopje airport. 3 more restaurants are planned to open ultil the end of 2011.|
|Netherlands||1981||The restaurant at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the biggest Burger King restaurant in the world.|
|Norway||1988||King Foods||32 locations in Norway. First location, located on Karl Johans gate in Oslo, now houses the Swedish hamburger chain Max.|
|Poland||1992||AmRest||About 70 outlets by the end of 2013.|
|Portugal||Ibersol Group||Ibersol also distributes Pizza Hut and KFC, under licence of Yum! Brands.|
|Russia||2010||Shokoladnitsa||First Russian outlet opened in Moscow 21 January 2010. Бypгep Kинг (Russian)|
|Slovenia||2011||Sportina Group||First restaurant is located in the capital city of Ljubljana. Opened in March 2011.|
|Spain||1975||First location in Europe (Madrid)
Largest fast food burger chain in Spain
|Sweden||1976||King Foods||First location opened in Malmö on Per Albin Hanssons väg. 67 restaurants in Sweden as of 2009.|
|Turkey||1995||TAB Gıda||Burger King was introduced into Turkey in 1995. The number of the restaurants is 529 as 2013 and rapidly increasing due to Turkey's privatisation programs.|
|United Kingdom||1977||First restaurant was located on Coventry Street in Central London|
Since its purchase in 2011, Burger King has seen 14% sales increase in its Latin American and Caribbean operations. The continued expansion in these market could provide a significant portions of Burger King's growth during the decade of the 2010s. In the Mexican market, Burger King sold 97 corporate-owned locations to its largest franchisee in that country. The deal means multi-chain operator Alsea S.A.B. de C.V will eventually operate approximately half of Mexico's 400+ Burger King locations while receiving exclusive expansion rights in Mexico for a twenty-year period. Elsewhere in Central America, Burger King entered in a deal with another of its franchises, the Beboca Group of Panama, to create a new corporate entity to handle expansion and logistics in the LAC region which until this time had no centralized operations group.:6, Exhibit 21:1 The deal follows a unification of the company's web presence in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as aligning all of its various web initiatives including mobile services, Facebook presence and guest relation tools. The Latin American moves are part of a corporate plan to take advantage of the growing middle class in these regions.
|Canada||1968||Redberry Investments Inc.||First international location|
|Guatemala||1989||First location in La zona nueve|
|Mexico||1991||Burger King Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.|
|N/A||Originally founded as Insta-Burger King in 1954,
purchased in 1957 by current company
When Burger King moved to expand its operations into Australia, it found that its business name was already trademarked by a takeaway food shop in Adelaide. The Australian franchisee, Jack Cowin, selected the "Hungry Jack" brand name, one of then Burger King's owner Pillsbury's U.S. pancake mixture products, and slightly changed the name to a possessive form by adding an apostrophe and "s" to form the new name "Hungry Jack's". In 1996, shortly after the Australian trademark on the Burger King name lapsed, Burger King began to open its own Australian stores in 1997. As a result of Burger King's actions, Hungry Jack's owner Jack Cowin and his company Competitive Foods Australia, began legal proceedings in 2001 against the Burger King Corporation. Hungry Jack's won the case, and Burger King eventually left the country. Hungry Jack's took ownership of the former Burger King locations and subsequently renamed the remaining Burger King locations as Hungry Jack's.
|Australia||1971||Hungry Jack's Pty Ltd||Hungry Jacks is the master franchise for Australia|
|New Zealand||1994||Anchorage Capital Partners||Original owners, TPF Group, sold company in 2009|
|Argentina||1989||Fast Food Sudamericana S.A.|
|Bolivia||2002||Samuel Doria Medina||12 Restaurants|
|Brazil||2006||Multiple||Operates with a territorial franchises system|
|Colombia||2008||Kinco S.A.||Operated during 1980 decade.|
|Chile||1994||Fast Food Sudamericana S.A.|
|Ecuador||1982||Resrap/Alicosta Bk Holding||15 locations as of February 2013. First BK local chapter to enter the stock market.|
|Peru||1993||Sigdelo S.A.||31 outlets |
|Suriname||2008||Multiple||First restaurant is located in the capital city of Paramaribo|
|Australia||1997||Trans-Pacific Foods (TPF)||Operated 1997–2003 violating franchise agreements, all stores re-branded as Hungry Jack's
|Finland||1980||Operated in Helsinki and Tampere for a short period in 1980s, Burger King came back and opened its new restaurant in Finland, in 2013|
|France||1980||Closed French outlets in 1998 (most of restaurants bought by Quick and McDonald's), and a return had begun at Marseille airport on Dec 22, 2012. Others to open from 2013 with no further information (Jan 14)|
|Greece||1984||It is unknown when Burger King left Greece. They were certainly operating in 2004 and possibly until 2009.|
|Iceland||2004||Left on 31 December 2008.|
|Israel||1994||Orgad Holdings||Closed on 9 May 2010
Re-branded as Burger Ranch
|Romania||2008||Left in 2012.|
|Slovakia||2010||Opened in March 2010, closed in December 2011 due a bankruptcy.|
|Ukraine||2006||Operated in Kiev for a short period in 2006.|
|United States Virgin Islands||Left both St. Croix and St. Thomas in 1997|
Burger King has approximately 20 foreign subsidiaries to oversee operations in the markets it does business.
|Administracion de Comidas Rapidas, S.A. de C.V.||Mexico|
|BK Argentina Servicios, S.A.||Argentina|
|BK Asiapac (Japan) Y.K.||Japan||Oversees franchise operations in Japan|
|BK Asiapac, Pte. Ltd.||Singapore||Oversees franchise operations in east Asia, the Pacific rim and Oceania except Australia|
|BK Grundstücksverwaltungs Beteiligungs GmbH||Germany|
|BK Grundstücksverwaltungs GmbH & Co. KG||Germany|
|BK Venezuela Servicios, C.A.||Venezuela|
|BK (Hong Kong) Development Co. Limited||Hong Kong|
|Burger King (Gibraltar) Ltd.||Gibraltar|
|Burger King (Hong Kong) Limited||Hong Kong|
|Burger King (Luxembourg) S.a.r.l.||Luxembourg|
|Burger King (Shanghai) Commercial Consulting Co. Ltd.||Hong Kong|
|Burger King (Shanghai) Restaurant Company Ltd.||Hong Kong|
|Burger King (United Kingdom) Ltd.||United Kingdom|
|Burger King A.B||Sweden|
|Burger King B.V.||Netherlands|
|Burger King Beteiligungs GmbH||Germany|
|Burger King Restaurant Operations of Canada, Inc.||Canada|
|Burger King de Puerto Rico, Inc.||Puerto Rico|
|Burger King do Brasil Assessoria a Restaurantes Ltda.||Brazil|
|Burger King Espana S.L.U.||Spain|
|Burger King Europe GmbH||Switzerland||Oversees franchise operations in Europe, Africa and west Asia.|
|Burger King Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi||Turkey|
|Burger King GmbH München||Germany|
|Burger King Interamerica, LLC||Florida|
|Burger King Israel Ltd.||Israel|
|Burger King Italia, S.r.L||Italy|
|Burger King Korea Ltd.||South Korea|
|Burger King Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.||Mexico|
|Burger King Restaurants B.V.||Netherlands|
|Burger King Singapore Pte. Ltd.||Singapore|
|Burger King Restaurants of Canada Inc.||Canada|
|Burger King (RUS) LLC||Russia|
|Burger King Schweiz GmbH||Switzerland|
|Burger King Sweden, Inc.||Florida|
|Burger King Europe GmbH||United Kingdom|
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