Ohsho Food Eyes Expansion Into the US

Ohsho Food Service Corp., which runs the "Gyoza no Ohsho" dumpling restaurant chain in Japan, plans to expand into the United States in three years after withdrawing from China.

OSAKA, Dec. 16 (Kyodo) — Ohsho Food Service Corp., which runs the "Gyoza no Ohsho" dumpling restaurant chain in Japan, plans to expand into the United States in three years after withdrawing from China, company officials said Tuesday.

The company will include the plan in its three-year business program to be released by next March and will launch U.S. market research, they said.

Its U.S. shops will be based on the concept of the Gyoza no Ohsho chain serving mainly "gyoza" dumplings and "ramen" noodles and reflect local food culture and needs, they said.

In October, Ohsho Food Service President Naoto Watanabe announced the withdrawal from the deficit-ridden Chinese business, explaining that the firm's Japanese way of doing business failed to be accepted in China.

He then said the company aims to open shops in the United States and Europe after reviewing its Chinese business strategy.

If the expansion into the U.S. market is successful, Ohsho Food Service will consider doing business in Europe, the officials said.

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