Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Mass PAC Brews Legislative Education and Advocacy

In just eight months, the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Massachusetts Political Action Committee (DDFO MassPAC) has already reached its year-one goals and has become the model for other states and even a nationwide PAC. At DDFO MassPAC’s first Annual Meeting on October 13 in Boston’s Beacon Hill, this remarkable progress was acknowledged and celebrated, albeit with an eye on the work still to be done.

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Dunkin’ Taps Junk Rally to Fund Private Equity Payout

Sapna Maheshwari and Emre Peker report at Bloomberg Businessweek that Dunkin’ Brands Inc., owner of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants, is taking advantage of a rally in high-yield debt to raise about $2 billion for a payout to its private-equity shareholders.

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The J. M. Smucker Company Declares Dividend

ORRVILLE, Ohio, Oct 26, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The board of directors of The J. M. Smucker Company /quotes/comstock/13*!sjm/quotes/nls/sjm (SJM 63.50, +0.94, +1.50%) declared a $0.40 per share dividend on the common shares of the Company to be paid on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, to shareholders of record at the close of business on…

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Dems Get No Love From Small Business

Kent Bernhard, Jr. at Portfolio.com reports that grumpy is the word that sums up the mood of small-business owners going into the midterm elections. And that’s not a good sign for the ruling Democrats. A survey released this morning, and one released yesterday, show a sour mood abroad about the economy and the government’s efforts to improve it.

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P.F. Chang’s Retail Product Sales Soar

Nation’s Restaurant News reports that the P.F. Chang Chain is the latest of casual dining operators with successful frozen dinners. As more restaurant chains strive to position their brands on grocery store shelves, sales of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. frozen retail items climbed 117 percent to $14.5 million in September, according to an analyst.…

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Small Businesses Losing Out to Red Tape

Chip Mellor and Dana Berliner report at USA Today that in an economic climate with few jobs and cutbacks on basic city services such as police protection and firefighting, you would think cities and states would be overjoyed when someone was willing to open up a new business, bringing with him jobs, economic vitality and tax revenues. You might think that, but you’d be wrong.

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McDonald’s Pushes Harder for Multi-Billion Coffee Business

In Australia according to Burger Business McDonald’s uses a broad array of marketing tactics, but historically it has left head-to-head-taste-test comparisons to bloggers. That’s why it’s interesting that the chain this week has launched a taste-test TV commercial for its McCafé. Watch the commercial here.

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Dunkin’ Brands Announces Proposed Financing

Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of two of the world’s most recognized brands, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that Dunkin’ Finance Corp., a corporate finance entity, proposes to raise approximately $625 million through an offering of senior notes. The proceeds from the notes offering would be used, together with borrowings under a new approximately $1.35 billion senior credit facility and available cash, to repay in full the outstanding securitization debt of Dunkin’ Brands’ securitization subsidiaries and to pay a cash dividend to Dunkin’ Brands’ stockholders. Following repayment of the securitization debt, the notes would be assumed by Dunkin’ Brands.

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DDIFO Position Statement on the “Flip”

The Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee community has a few more days (until 11-22-10) to decide whether to take advantage of Dunkin’ Brands FLIP incentive. The voluntary program to unite at least three quarters of all Dunkin’ shops to one common retail technology platform has been characterized as the largest financial initiative in the history of Dunkin’ Donuts. Many of you have contacted me and expressed concerns and have felt pressure in making this complicated and difficult decision. I recently posted an update and clarification in the comments section to address the concerns you have raised regarding the FLIP.

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