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  • montie_3 montie_3 Feb 28, 2002 11:00 PM Flag

    Donuts overseas

    Let me start off by saying I love donuts. However, that does not mean everyone around the world does.

    Given the line of work that I am in, I have the fortune to work with several people from other countries. I must say (other than Canadians) the most common comment about American pastries is, "They are not all that good and are way too sugary."

    I once (naively) brought a dozen donuts to share with my colleagues. The reactions of the non-North Americans were almost comical as they could barely stomach more than a couple bites. One of my more blunt colleagues (from Australia) said that he could not "believe the shit that Americans eat." I made a friendly quip about Vegemite.

    Have all non-North Americans that I have met hated donuts? No, but those that like them are a very small minority. For example, my European (French, German, and Italian) colleagues often extol the superiority of their native bakeries and avoid most American pastries.

    Based on this, it seems clear to me that almost all of KKD�s growth potential lays in the already crowded donut market of North America. Just something to think about.

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    • >>Ask them how many people carry around Polo, Calvin Klein bags, etc day after day trying to show others that they have just gone shopping at one of these stores -<<

      hahahahahahaha

      clothes=donuts

      hahahahahahahahahahaha

      Asian youth STOOPID!!!!

    • >>If you don't have anything intelligent to say... I am also Canadian, so please don't take this person as a reflection on our country. Living in another country, you actually do see and learn many new things.<<

      Really? I thought you could learn everything you need to know about life in a KKD press release.

      You seem to think that you know about what young Asians want because you're living in Brazil. Just so you know, I've spent extended periods of time in Japan Korea Thailand Malaysia Singapore Indonesia Nepal UK France Germany Holland Belgium. My gf is a 23 yo Singapore national. She told me that Asians don't like donuts because they're too sweet, but I guess you know more than her about Asian young people....

    • Perhaps they didn't agree with you because they don't know what the hell you are talking about?

    • Did I say I know the tastes of people you work with? I am sure the people you work with far out number the people I have met in two years of living in other countries. If you actually read my response, I was talking about the younger generation - under 25. Ask them how many people carry around Polo, Calvin Klein bags, etc day after day trying to show others that they have just gone shopping at one of these stores - my experience has only been in Asia and South America, not Europe, so don't reply "I told my Portuguesse co-workers and they didn't agree with this."

    • If you don't have anything intelligent to say... I am also Canadian, so please don't take this person as a reflection on our country. Living in another country, you actually do see and learn many new things.

    • >>schwartz is from canada<<

      And it's not "schwartz" it's SCHWANTZ, bucko! Get it right!

    • Fine...fine...fine...I guess you know people's tastes better than they do themselves. I will tell the foreign people that I work with how wrong they are in thinking that that they personally dislike donuts. On the contrary, they actually love them they just don't realize it. If they give me any resistance, I will say, "Don't you want to be like Americans?" That should do it.

    • >>The younger generation in Asia love NA fast food and other NA chain food ie. Baskin Robins, Dunkin, etc.

      Maybe you shouldn't spout off so quickly without doing a bit of research.<<

      hahahahahaha you call that research? This board is hilarious!!

    • <<<I can go on forever with the BS if you like... >>>

      You already have...

    • Dunkin Donuts all over the place in Korea. US$6 a dozen for the horrible tasting things. Foreigners love this North American crap. If McDonalds can be successful with some of the worst tasting food ever made and Dunkin Donuts are selling, I don't see why a good tasting product like KKD would not be successful overseas. I think people will 'eat up' these fat and calorie laden treats. People in other countries like to show off their wealth, people in suits go into McD's and KFC and surely would like to carry around a KKD bag for all to see.

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      • "Dunkin Donuts all over the place in Korea. US$6 a dozen for the horrible tasting things."

        --I have not worked with any native Koreans so I cannot say much about the Korean tastes. Does Dunkin Donuts sell their full line in Korea (including muffins and bagels)? Do they actually charge US$6 or do the cut the price for the market (like McD's often does)?

        "If McDonalds can be successful with some of the worst tasting food ever made..., I don't see why a good tasting product like KKD would not be successful overseas."

        --Remember that I said that the foreigners I know hate American PASTRIES (and most other baked goods). They don't like them because they are too sugary and greasy. Fast food is another matter, read on.

        "People in other countries like to show off their wealth, people in suits go into McD's and KFC and surely would like to carry around a KKD bag for all to see."

        --The people that I work with would laugh at this statement. They view McDonalds, KFC, and BK as Americans do--low quality, fast food. Prices are normally adjusted according to the local market. It shows no status other than "I wanted a quick meal and did not care about the quality". In which country do you claim McD and KFC is a status symbol?

      • >>Dunkin Donuts all over the place in Korea. US$6 a dozen for the horrible tasting things. Foreigners love this North American crap. If McDonalds can be successful with some of the worst tasting food ever made and Dunkin Donuts are selling, I don't see why a good tasting product like KKD would not be successful overseas. I think people will 'eat up' these fat and calorie laden treats. People in other countries like to show off their wealth, people in suits go into McD's and KFC and surely would like to carry around a KKD bag for all to see.<<


        Hahahahahahaha...that's just too hilarious! Do you really believe what you just said? Hahahahahahahahaha

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