Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces New Peppermint Mocha Latte

Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced new Peppermint Mocha Latte topped with whipped cream and a mocha drizzle available through late December at participating restaurants. The company said that lattes are made with espresso derived from coffee beans and steamed milk and a sugar substitute of 70 calories for a small 10 oz serving. All Dunkin’ Donuts’ espresso beverages are available in regular or decaffeinated, hot or iced. In addition, it is also serving small hot lattes for the value price of $1.99 for a limited time from November 25, 2009 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide. Dunkin’ Donuts Dark Roast packaged coffee is also now available in participating restaurants throughout the US.

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Largest BK Franchisee Staying Loyal to the King

The Buffalo News Business Today reports that the Syracuse-based company that is the largest single owner of Burger King franchises is standing by the chain’s promotion of a cut-rate double cheeseburger, and is not participating in an uprising being mounted by many other franchisees. The National Franchisees Association, on behalf of 850 other Burger King operators around the country, has filed a lawsuit against the Miami-based Burger King Holdings Inc., protesting the corporation’s insistence that its franchisees offer double cheeseburgers for $1.

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Coffee Stocks are Piping Hot these Days

Matt Krantz reports at USA TODAY that it looks like coffee is starting to perk up on Wall Street. While the broad market is struggling to hold its recent gains, shares of five of the largest publicly traded coffee companies are on a high boil. Shares of Diedrich Coffee (DDRX) are up 4,525% this year, Green Mountain (GMCR) has doubled and even Starbucks (SBUX) is up 50%.

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Peet’s Ups Bid as it Duels Green Mountain for Diedrich Coffee

USA Today reports that coffee chain retailer Peet’s Coffee & Tea said Monday it has raised its offer for the wholesale roaster and distributor Diedrich Coffee about 24% to $265 million. Peet’s (PEET) said Monday its revised proposal is valued at $32 a share, up from the $26 a share, or $213 million, proposed in November. It includes stock and cash.

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Quiznos Settles 4 class-action Suits by Franchisees

The Denver Business Journal reports that four class-action lawsuits brought by Quiznos franchisees against the Denver-based sandwich-shop chain have been settled, the company and the plaintiffs’ law firms said Monday. Chicago-based U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer gave preliminary approval to a settlement agreement of the suits, which originally were brought in Colorado, Wisconsin and Illinois and which have been pending for up to three years.

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J.M. Smucker 2nd-quarter Profit Soars on Coffee

The Miami Herald reports that J.M. Smucker Co (SJM.N), best known for its peanut butter and jelly, posted higher-than-expected quarterly results, driven by strong margins at its Folgers coffee business, and raised its full-year profit view, sending its shares to a new 52-week high. Overall gross margin rise to 33.8 percent from 28.9 percent in the year-ago period. About 90 percent of the rise in gross profit was because of Folgers, the company said.

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Friendly’s Ice Cream with Your Bruegger’s Bagel?

The Boston Globe rerport that you shouldn’t be surprised to see a retail operation offering Friendly’s Ice Cream menu items along with Bruegger’s Bagels at the same airport location some day. Friendly’s, which is based in Wilbraham, and Brueggers, which is headquartered in Vermont, share a corporate parent in Sun Capital Partners Inc., a Florida private equity firm whose investment portfolio includes such other chains as Fazoli’s Restaurants, Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, and Timothy’s Coffees of the World Inc.

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Local Stores Prepare for Black Friday

WRNG Channel 12 in Binghampton reports that the countdown is on for one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise owner Ben Vanderlinde was interviewed. Watch the video

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Dunkin’ trills about Fa-La-La-La Lattes

The staff at the Boston Globe reports that the Dunkin’ Donuts publicity department doesn’t believe much in down-time, where carpal tunnel syndrome is presumably rampant among the prolific flacks typing up all those press releases. In today’s news flash, the Canton-based coffee-and-baked-goods chain wants its caffeine-swilling public to know that its “Fa-La-La-La-Lattes” are part of its holiday promotions.

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Carlyle to Run Conn. Roadside Service Stops

Thomas Heath of The Washington Post writes that the Carlyle Group said Thursday that it has signed a deal with Connecticut to refurbish and run the state’s 23 highway service stops in return for a share of the revenue over the next 35 years. The District-based private-equity giant and its partners will invest $178 million in the state’s roadside service centers as part of the agreement, which will include putting Subway restaurants as well as Dunkin’ Donuts locations in the centers, according to a Carlyle spokesman. Dunkin’ Brands is owned by Carlyle.

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