Magnolia Bakery eyes cupcake stores in Qatar, Kuwait

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Magnolia Bakery opened its first overseas outlet in Bloomingdales Dubai last year

Magnolia Bakery opened its first overseas outlet in Bloomingdales Dubai last year

Magnolia Bakery, the New York cupcake maker made famous by the television series Sex and the City, plans to open stores in Qatar and Kuwait in the next 18 months, its owner said.

The store, which opened its first overseas outlet in Bloomingdales Dubai last year, is undertaking a global expansion, to include outlets in Brazil, Portugal, Turkey and Mexico.

“We consider ourselves to be a high-end luxury brand,” Steven Abrams said in an interview with the Financial Times.

“In the rest of the world, cupcakes don’t have the cultural longevity and history, but maybe in some of those cultures they will become a staple. The market is ripe for us.”

The company had about $20m in revenues last year and sales have been growing by 20 percent year on year, Abrams told the paper.

He hopes to have stores in 80 countries within the next seven years.

Cupcakes have seen a revival in recent years, with a string of independently-run bakery chains opening up across the Gulf. In the US, the largest market for the iced treats, sales are forecast to grow 20 percent over the next five years, according to research firm Mintel.

US cupcake maker Crumbs Holding was last month acquired by 57th Street General Acquisition Corp for an undisclosed sum. The company saw revenue increase to $31.1m in 2010, up from $23.5m in 2009.

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