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Success Case Study: German Doner Kebab

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  • 20 Pages
  • November 2019
  • Region: Germany
  • GlobalData
  • ID: 4987566
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Success Case Study: German Doner Kebab


German Doner Kebab is a franchise business established in 1989 offering a gourmet take on the doner kebab concept. Having grown from its native Germany and backed by a Scottish-based global franchisee, the brand is expanding rapidly, especially in the UK, and was recently voted the number-one place to eat in London.

Often synonymous with cheap, decidedly non-premium eating occasions, a trend has emerged elevating the humble doner kebab to a much more premium, healthy, and influencer-friendly status in recent years. The brand German Doner Kebab is at the core of this ongoing development.

  • GDK has effectively sought to reposition the doner kebab, changing consumer perceptions of what the fast-food staple can be.
  • Freshness and local sourcing are indicators of high quality for a sizable share of consumers globally, with both aspects featuring in the GDK brand narrative.
  • GDK has targeted the Generation Z audience specifically and successfully. Generation Z's perceptions of a product like doner kebabs are arguably more open to influence. As a generation, they drink less, and have different tastes and expectations.
  • GDK has global ambition and has achieved success through an aggressively development-minded franchising operation. Since the creation of GDK International, the brand has undergone significant expansion, proliferating across the UK in addition to its Middle Eastern and Nordic presence.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • What?
  • Why?
  • Take-outs
  • Appendix

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • German Doner Kebab
  • GDK International