Dunkin Donuts war on Starbucks

With the latte giant reeling from overexpansion and a softening economy, the doughnut maker took aim at its upscale rival. Now McDonald’s has joined the coffee fray as well. Can Starbucks pull through? By Joseph V. Tirella, MSN Money In late 2007, Dunkin’ Donuts made a surprising announcement: In a national taste test in 10…

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Starbucks slashes jobs and stores

Coffeeshop giant Starbucks has announced it will cut around 6,700 jobs and shut 300 stores as it reported a 69% plunge in quarterly profit. Starbucks has struggled as hard-up consumers forego expensive lattes and frappucinos as the recession bites. It said it made a net profit of $64.3m in the 13 weeks to December 28,…

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Checking the unions

“Card-check” would make it easier for unions to organize, but critics say it is undemocratic. John Almaier, a dealer and supervisor at Bally’s in Atlantic City, and his colleagues thought they were following procedure when they voted in June 2007 to join the United Auto Workers union. They contacted the UAW to represent them. The…

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Obama Gets Into Your Coffee

Barack Obama is into coffee… literally. Krispy Kreme in Britain cashed in on the inaugural fervor by offering coffee with the likeness of our President in the coffee foam. Check out this clever franchise promotion:

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SBA helps franchisees face the uncertain economy

“We’re here to help.” That’s what you hear from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and in today’s uncertain economic climate that phrase can be a stabilizing force for small business owners, including DD franchisees. Anne Hunt is the assistant district director of the Massachusetts office of the SBA and she says the economic downturn is…

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BAC Profitability Subcommittee Enhanced and Improved

The Brand’s reorganized Profitability Subcommittee is off to a good start according to Brand Advisory Council (BAC) co-chair Jim Allen and to DDIFO members we talked to. During 2008 franchise contract negotiations, President and Chief Brand Officer of Dunkin’ Donuts Worldwide Will Kussell and the franchisee leadership agreed to reorganize the long-standing Profitability Subcommittee and…

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Dunkin Franchisee Goes Green for Profits (and for the Planet)

Roger Deslauriers, a Dunkin’ franchise owner and operator whose family has been in the business for 50 years, is bringing green technology to a number of his stores. Deslauriers and his family have always strived to be at the forefront of business decisions that improve their franchises for their own benefit and for the benefit…

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Superbowl Runs on Dunkins

GAMEDAY The Arizona Cardinals (12-7) and Pittsburgh Steelers (14-4) battle Sunday for the Lombardi trophy, 6:20 p.m., NBC. America Runs on DUNKIN’ And those sprinkles are yellow and red. Beginning Thursday and running through Sunday, all Dunkin’ Donuts stores in the Tampa Bay area are offering Super Bowl XLIII donuts in the colors of the…

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Donut Chains’ Inauguration Promos Generate Buzz

Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme, which each created a promotion around Inauguration Day, are getting some returns, at least in social media buzz.Dunkin’ offered a new “Stars & Stripes” frosted donut for 89 cents for four days up to and including the big day – and in some markets, coffee and hot chocolate purchasers could…

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Baskin-Robbins expands in China

Baskin-Robbins, the Canton-based chain of ice cream specialty shops, said it opened its first two locations in Shanghai as part of its Greater China expansion plan. A third Baskin-Robbins shop will open late February in Shanghai, bringing its number of shops in the country to 47, added Baskin-Robbins, which is a sister chain of Dunkin’…

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