Bean there, done that: successful older entrepreneur Peter Cullen founded Aran Candy in 1997 at the age of 50. The company, owner of the Jelly Bean Factory brand, was acquired for €15.5 million in cash earlier this year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Think it’s too late in life to start a business? Think again. Given the remarkable success of fresh-faced entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg in rec(...)

Yum Brands said same-store sales in China fell 14 per cent in the third quarter due to a food safety scare involving a former supplier

Yum! Brands, owner of the KFC and Taco Bell fast-food chains, cut its forecast for profit this year as its China division faces a backlash from anothe(...)

  Protesters demanding higher wages and unionisation for fast food workers block traffic near Times Square, New York,  on September 4th. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images 1:59

The “Fight For 15” campaign is such a part of Danielle Wilson’s life that her four-year-old son David knows the demonstrators’ chants off by heart. Wh(...)

Laura Boylan, (right) from Skerries, Co Dublin meeting  Kevin O’Brien, minister for advanced education and skills with the gGovernment of Newfoundland and Labrador at the Working International Expo at the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 2:30

The Irish economy may be showing signs of recovery, but for the hundreds of people who lined up at the Working International Expo in Ballsbridge today(...)

Costa Coffee is trading in a unit extending to 213 sq m (2,300 sq ft) opposite SuperValu

Letting agents Savills have secured eight new tenants for Northside Shopping Centre in Coolock, Dublin, following the completion of a €5 million inter(...)

President Michael D Higgins: “Time we got real about housing.”  Photograph: Frank Miller 2:00

President Michael D Higgins has said there is a housing “crisis” and a “real and urgent need” for more public housing in the State.Housing was a “bas(...)

Douglas shopping centre in Cork: in receivership since July 2012

Six more Irish shopping centres are to be offered for sale in a single lot by Lloyds Banking in a further move to recover some of the development loa(...)

A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths to which companies are going to address con(...)

A pedestrian holding an umbrella walks past a McDonald’s  restaurant in the pedestrianised Dongmen area of Shenzhen, China, yesterday. McDonald’s is  working to resume sales beef and chicken in China this week after a supplier was accused of repackaging old meat. The company said the situation is hurting its results in Asia. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Global fast-food chain McDonald’s, which is working this week to resume sales of beef and chicken in China after a supplier was accused of repackaging(...)

The Husi Food factory in Shanghai, which is under investigation  by the authorities. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Here at Asia Briefing we often discuss how China’s desire for high standards in food safety presents opportunities for Irish companies; the country’s (...)