After looking at some of the comments on my blogpost about the first Halal Certified Hungry Jack’s outlet in WA, I thought to clear the air about the Hungry Jack’s boycott confusion.

“…investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful.” (Quran 49:6)

Did you know, the first ever outlet of this brand in Australia was opened in Western Australia (Innaloo, Perth) in 1971? And it took over 50 years to get the first Halal-certified Hungry Jack’s in Western Australia.

First, it’s crucial to address the misinformation and important to understand that Hungry Jack’s is NOT on the boycott list. It’s a wholly Aussie owned company and are not officially playing any role or support in Palestine-Israel conflict. Sharing some weblinks for quick reference:

https://theislamicinformation.com/…/list-of-brands…/

https://bdsaustralia.net.au/boycott-update/

Secondly, few are getting confused assuming Burger King owns Hungry Jack’s in Australia and these are same restaurants but just a different name in Aus. No, as of today, it’s NOT true.

Hungry Jack’s is an Australian brand and is privately owned by an Australian-Canadian businessman Jack Cowin via his Australian company Competitive Foods Australia. Here’s a short timeline to understand why this confusion exists and to explain how it can be clarified:

1969: Jack Cowin bought the rights to open 10 KFC outlets in WA.

1971: To expand his business further, Jack Cowin also bought the rights to open Burger King outlets in Australia. However, they could not use the brand name Burger King in Down Under as someone else already had that brand name registered to him. So, Jack Cowin opted for a different name and opened as Hungry Jack’s in Australia.

1996: The official claim on the brand name “Burger King” was over. Realising the potential in Australia, Burger King terminated the contract with Hungry Jack’s, opened new restaurants under their own brand name of “Burger King” in Australia and sought to stop Hungry Jack’s to open new outlets. At that time, Burger King and Hungry Jacks coexisted in Australia as separate brand names.

1999: Jack Cowin (Hungry Jack’s) started legal proceedings against Burger King in supreme court of NSW on the grounds that Burger King is in breach of the contract with Hungry Jack’s.

2001: Supreme court ruled in favour of Jack Cowin and asked Burger King to pay ~$42 million USD to Hungry Jack’s as compensation.

2002/2003: After losing the legal battle, Burger King sold all their restaurants to Hungry Jack’s and left Australia.

Today: Hungry Jack’s is an Aussie brand owned by an Australian. They have their own logo and their own menu items compared to Burger King. There are still some similarities though due to common history of both companies and Hungry Jacks being a master franchise of Burger King.

Few weblinks below about Hungry Jack’s history and legal proceedings with Burger King:

https://www.hungryjacks.com.au/about-hj-s

https://www.trans-lex.org/…/burger-king-corporation-v…/

Thirdly, Hungry Jack’s has over 70 branches in WA. If one of these outlets has initiated catering to the local Muslim population after 50 years since their inception in WA, at least let this Aussie brand continue if one cannot support them.

All of my dear fellow brothers and sisters who have concerns about Hungry Jack’s being a franchise of Burger King, please try to understand:

What part of an international food chain is supporting Israel,

What part of the same chain is supporting Palestine,

And what parts of the same are keeping themselves away from this conflict.

Donating/supporting to Israel are individual acts of LOCALLY OWNED FRANCHISES of international food chains like McDonald’s/Burger King.

Local franchises of same international brand may have totally different point of view and may even support Palestine instead of Israel.

For example, while McDonald’s Israel franchise donated free food to IDF.

McDonald’s Kuwait franchise donated $250k to support Palestine.

Similarly, McDonald’s Pakistan supported and donated to Palestine.

Whereas McDonald’s franchises in other countries kept them distant from this issue.

Hungry Jack’s is wholly Australian owned franchise. They are keeping themselves away from this conflict and not supporting any of the party.

Burger King local franchise in Israel did as their own and that has nothing to do with Hungry Jack’s local franchise in Australia and US parent company. So royalty fee to US parent company is also not an issue as they are staying away from this conflict.

And to get more positive out of it, as a successful businessman, Jack Cowin has following 13 lessons to share with you:

https://www.afr.com/…/jack-cowin-s-13-lessons-for-life…

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