Panamanian restaurant chain plans to enter Colombia

The Panamanian restaurant chain Pío Pío plans to sell its franchises in Colombia.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The company has 47 restaurants in Panama. It is part of Grupo Melo, a vertically integrated poultry company whose exports to various countries, including Colombia, total more than four million dollars per year.
Recently, Grupo Melo was unhappy with a decision by Colombian authorities who said their slaughtering plant had to be recertified.
Colombia isn't the main export destination of the group, it has ambitious growth projections in the market.

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Reporter Edith Castill Duarte writes in her article for “Grupo Melo is advancing its plans to go into Colombia in the restaurant industry with its chain Pío Pío, and hopes to formalize the plans by the end of the year. The vice-president of finances, planning and treasury, Eduardo Jaspe, said that the division is operating within budget, and that they are in the process of opening seven new restaurants for the local market in distinct points throughout the city.”

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The biggest fast food chain from Panama will be launched in the Colombian market this year. reports on its site that "after making the first steps in 2008, the Panamanian fast food franchise will be launched internationally.

"This year we will have more than one restaurant in Colombia," said Arturo Melo, president of the Melo Group, after reporting that 2008 was an excellent year for their company.

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