Burger King Corporation Announces New Agreement Creating A Growth Platform For The Burger King(R) Brand In Australia

Apr 24, 2002, 01:00 ET from Burger King Corporation

    SYDNEY, Australia, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Burger King Corporation (BKC)
 today announced that it has agreed to refranchise the 55 BURGER KING(R)
 restaurants owned and operated by BKC in Australia to Dennis Jones and his
 associates. Dennis Jones is the managing owner of the New Zealand franchise
 with 60 restaurants. The agreement also includes servicing the 21 existing
 BURGER KING(R) franchisees, all new franchisees operating under the BURGER
 KING(R) brand and the responsibility for growth and development of the brand
 in Australia.  All restaurants operating under the BURGER KING(R) brand name
 in Australia will continue to operate using the BURGER KING(R) brand name.
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     "Dennis is an outstanding restaurateur and we are pleased to join with him
 in serving great BURGER KING(R) products in Australia," said John Dasburg,
 chairman, chief executive officer and president, Burger King Corporation.
     "Dennis Jones is a successful business leader with strong management
 experience in the quick service restaurant, supply and distribution
 industries, including 25 years of experience with the BURGER KING(R) brand,"
 said Andre Lacroix, president, Burger King International.  "He is one of the
 most successful BURGER KING(R) franchisees in the system and has exhibited
 consistent dedication to service excellence and growing the brand by building
 and leading great teams of people.  Dennis and his team are ready to develop
 additional BURGER KING(R) restaurants, which will support our brand expansion
 plans," Lacroix said.
     "I am fully committed to the BURGER KING(R) brand," Dennis Jones said.  "I
 look forward to working closely with the other franchisees to continue
 delivering the BURGER KING(R) brand at the high standards our customers have
 come to expect from BURGER KING(R) in Australia.  My organization is committed
 to excellence in operations and growth.  We will actively pursue opportunities
 to increase the number of new BURGER KING(R) restaurants in Australia and will
 work hard to attract and retain franchisees who want to grow with our brand."
     Hungry Jack's Pty Limited remains Burger King Corporation's largest
 franchisee in Australia, operating 202 restaurants, serving the world renowned
 BURGER KING(R) flame-broiled burgers under the HUNGRY JACK'S(R) brand.
     About Burger King Corporation
     Burger King Corporation was founded in 1954 and created the American icon,
 the HOME OF THE WHOPPER(R), in 1957. The company and its franchisees operate
 more than 11,435 restaurants in all 50 US states and 57 countries and
 territories around the world, with 92% of BURGER KING(R) restaurants owned and
 operated by independent franchisees.  Since the company's founding in Miami in
 1954, the BURGER KING(R) brand has become recognized for great flame-grilled
 taste and HAVE IT YOUR WAY(R) food customization.  In fiscal year 2001, the
 BURGER KING(R) system had system-wide sales of $11.2 billion.  Burger King
 Corporation is a part of Diageo (NYSE:   DEO), the international food and drinks
 company. To learn more about the BURGER KING(R) system, please visit the
 company's website at www.burgerking.com.
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