2019 GRLC Distinction Award Winners Announced

The Global Restaurant Leadership Distinction Awards are awarded to those restaurant brands that excel in the global marketplace through Innovation, Industry Service, Partnership and Expansion. 


Winner: Restaurant Brands International, Canada

Restaurant Brands International Inc. wins the award for Expansion thanks to the company’s ongoing growth of its three brands—Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes—not just in their home markets but across the globe, complemented by consistent entrance into new global markets.

Best Partner

Winner: SPC Group, Korea

SPC wins in the Best Partner category for its outstanding representation and commitment to excellence in the operations of its franchised brands, from bringing global restaurant brands to market and unit expansion to menu localization and concept innovation that serve not just as a benchmark for its home market, but globally. 


Winner: The Minor Food Group, Thailand

Minor Food Group stands out in the Community Service category for its longstanding and commendable efforts to make a positive and lasting impact on the community it serves and the environment in which it operates. Initiatives that helped elevate Minor Food to win in this category includes its new Green Logistic supply chain project, recent efforts to reduce single-use plastics from its restaurants, promotion of sustainability within its operations through the Minor Sustainability Award, and creation of the Minor School Project in support children’s development of English.


Winner: Dodo Pizza, Russia

We are pleased to recognize Dodo Pizza in the Innovation category for its pioneering efforts to develop and incorporate its own proprietary digital operating platform and its well-demonstrated commitment to transparency into all aspects of its business, from publishing monthly store sales to visibility into unit-level kitchen operations.

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