Green Mountain Cutbacks

The still-weak global economy is having an impact on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. as the company announced last week that it will close its Toronto coffee plant next March and merge the facility’s operation into the company’s Montreal plant.  Read the story here.

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Travelling to Caesar’s

 If you’re flying into Philadelphia International Airport to get to Atlantic City, you have several options to make the final connection from the airport to Caesar’s: DDIFO has posted the information with approximate costs on its website.  You can access it here!

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Fast Food Worker Strike

We’ve looked high and low for reports on the national food workers strike planned for yesterday, but we haven’t found much by way of reports on its success/failure.  We’ll keep looking, but in the meantime, QSR posted an interesting piece on what to expect from the strike activities. Read it here.

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Local Government Bans Continue

A few weeks ago, we told you of the Styrofoam ban imposed by the of Brookline, MA.  Not to be outdone on the subject of local bans, it’s reported the Orlando suburb of Winter Park this week voted to ban QSRs from the community’s main business thoroughfare, Park Avenue. Existing stores are grandfathered.

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Speaking of the ban of polystyrene

A number of towns in Maine have banned the cup as well and this week, a newspaper in Maine reported on the paper cup replacement that Dunkin’ has developed for those communities where Dunkin’s iconic foam cup is banned.  The Kennebec Journal story is here.

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Dunkin’ Scores High in Harris Poll

Our analyst John Gordon reports that Dunkin’ Donuts scored strongly in Harris Poll ‘Equi Trend‘ report, composed via their research in the coffeehouse sector.  Dunkin’ was number one, followed by Einstein and Starbucks in that order.  In terms of bulk coffee sales scores, Folgers was 1st, followed by Green Mountain, Seattle’s Best, and Dunkin’ Donuts blend in…

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Fast Casuals Leading Restaurant Industry Growth

Another poll released this week shows that restaurant industry growth is being driven by the fast casual market.  In the latest restaurant census conducted by the NPD Group, visits to fast casual restaurants appear to be keeping pace with the growth across that sector as visits increased by 9% in the year ending May 2013. …

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Dunkin’ Charitable Efforts

Franchisees in the Greater Philadelphia area last week announced that 25 area students had been named recipients in the 4th annual Dunkin’ Donuts Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program.  Each student will receive $1,000 scholarship to pursue a full-time undergraduate degree.

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Hurricane Sandy and Dunkin’

Circling back to DDIFO’s original reason to take the National Conference to Atlantic City this year, Dunkin’ this week launched a line of new, colorful t-shirts to help Long Island recover from last year’s devastating hurricane.  You can read about the REBUILDD T-shirts being sold to benefit Long Island Cares, Inc. here.

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