Breakfast Wars: Burger King turns to Starbucks’ Seattle’s Best coffee

USA Today reports that Burger King(BKC) plans to launch a massive new coffee line as it tries to overhaul its breakfast menu and boost its slumping business.
The nation’s No. 2 burger chain will add Starbucks’ Seattle’s Best Coffee to all its U.S. restaurants in a phased roll-out that begins this summer, executives told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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McDonald’s to Introduce Smoothies

Mark Brandau reports in Nation’s Restaurant News reports that wWhile the 2010 Winter Olympic Games begin tomorrow, official restaurant sponsor McDonald’s had an opening ceremony of its own, announcing the debut of its latest beverage: Real Fruit Smoothies.

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Starbucks Customer Sues, Claiming Cursing Outburst a Disability

Sarah Gilbert at WallePop.com that in the second legal challenge to a Starbucks store’s fair treatment last week, a Florida man is suing the Starbucks on Powerline Road west of Boca Raton. Robert Friedman suffers from Tourette’s syndrome, a genetic disorder which is characterized by uncontrollable outbursts, often laced with obscenities. Last year, he was visiting the Starbucks and suffered from such a flare-up; customers said he banged on the wall and shouted curse words.

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Seattle’s Best Coffee Continues to Accelerate Growth with New Franchisees

Seattle’s Best Coffee has seen accelerated growth of its franchise base signing an additional 10 new franchisees. These new franchisees, which plan to open cafes in several states including Calif., Ill., Texas and N.Y., will help grow its current cafe count from more than 550 as the brand expands across the U.S. Seattle’s Best Coffee also continued to update and expand its franchise program offerings to reflect key components that make the brand more attractive to potential franchisees.

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Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz on Marketing

Howard Schultz is the man who took a three-store coffee-shop chain in a provincial US city and turned it into a global phenomenon. Marketing has never been very high on the agenda for the Starbucks presid­ent, chief exec­utive and chairman, but this is all about to change as the brand gears up to fight growing competition.

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Tim Hortons Arriving in Capital Area — at UAlbany

Steve Barnes reports at The Times Union that Tim Hortons, a 46-year-old Canadian chain of coffee and doughnut shops, will open its first Capital Region location in the fall, at the University at Albany’s Campus Center. The arrival seems a likely indicator of more local Tim Hortons to come, in plazas and as standalone stores, given the company’s precedent of growth once it moves into a region.

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Cold Stone Talks Dual-branding, New products

The more than 1,450-unit Cold Stone ice cream franchise chain has a slew of new products planned for 2010, including ice cream cookie sandwiches to be sold in four packs. It also plans to continue growing combined units with both candy maker Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Canada-based, fast-casual chain Tim Hortons.

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