The opening of the pioneer of American Chinese Cuisine Panda Express in the Philippines is expected to further drive the growth of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), one of the world’s largest and fastest growing Asian restaurant companies. The first branch will soon open at SM Megamall, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
JFC announced last year that it entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Panda Restaurant Group (PRG) to form JBPX Foods, Inc. that will bring the iconic US restaurant brand in the Philippines.
The announcement spurred consumer interest online, especially from Filipinos who have eaten at Panda Express in the US. Many have expressed eagerness to try the Original Orange Chicken, the bestseller on the menu, as well as other American Chinese classics like Kung Pao Chicken, Broccoli Beef, and Shanghai Steak.
After years of trying to bring Panda Express to the Philippines, Panda Express cofounder and co-CEO Andrew Cherng felt that he has found the right partner with shared values in dedication to quality and people-first culture when he met JFC founder and chairman Tony Tan Caktiong.
“We’re excited to open the first Panda Express in the Philippines,” said JFC founder Tony Tan Caktiong. “Based on the consumer enthusiasm for the upcoming opening, we’re encouraged that the local market will also love this food concept — a boost to JFC’s roster of restaurant chains.”
Andrew Cherng cofounded Panda Express with wife Peggy, and they are now co-CEOs who make sure the company remains committed to its values-based culture, focusing on growing their people, serving quality ingredients to guests, and giving back to the community. They opened the first branch in Glendale, California.
Today, Panda Express has successfully popularized American Chinese cuisine through authentic Chinese recipes adapted to the global palate.