Dunkin’ Brands Considering $500 Million IPO

Dunkin’ Brands is considering raising around $500 million in an initial public offering (IPO), Reuters reports. The IPO by Dunkin’ Brands, which owns Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, may be launched in the second half of 2011.

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Balancing act: How to create a harmonious franchise system

Interesting article from Fast Casual about franchisor – franchisee communication. Steve Combs writes: Franchisee lawsuits are among the best known restaurant industry battles, disagreements that in the case several, spurred protracted legal face-offs and staggering unit closures. But such outcomes needn’t occur. When franchisees and franchisors communicate clearly, consistently and work toward goals that benefit both, disagreements are manageable and sometimes meaningful.

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DDIFO Bids Fond Farewell to Sponsorship Director

DDIFO Sponsorship Director Amy Levine has announced she accepted the position of Vice President and Executive Director of the Cape & Islands United Way, the largest non-governmental human service organization in that region.  Levine joined DDIFO in 2009 to develop the sponsor program and has had great success, growing it from fewer than 10 vendors…

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CFA Legislative Update March 14, 2011

With Congress back at work, several of the CFA’s key legislative issues are being hotly debated on the Hill. In true Washington style, however, and even on the rare occasion that all parties agree, certain issues remain on the table.

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New Financing Program to Make Remodels Easier

Thousands of Dunkin’ Donuts franchises are expected to undergo remodels in the next three years. Many operators agreed to remodel stores as a condition of extending their term with Dunkin’ Brands but, in many cases, franchisees have been unable to find attractive lending terms that don’t diminish cash flow.

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Starbucks’ Single-cup Deal Could Mean $200M in Year One

Nation’s Restaurant News reports in a long-expected move, and one that could net Starbucks Corp. as much as $200 million in incremental sales during year one, according to an analyst, the largest coffeehouse chain finalized its licensing deal for single-cup distribution.

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Bess Eaton Coming Back to RI

WPRI News reports that Bess Eaton is making a comeback. A Westerly resident and former executive for the coffee chain is opening three new locations.

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Starbucks Sued Over Tip Jars That ‘Invited Criminal Behavior’

The Huffington Post reports that Starbucks has been slapped with a lawsuit three years after a Missouri altercation over an open Starbucks tip jar led to the death of 54-year-old Roger Kreutz. On March 3, 2008, Kreutz chased down then 19-year-old Aaron Poisson after seeing the culprit nab a tip jar with less than $5…

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Seek Greater Influence in Washington

John Motta has a passion for politics. The Chairman of the new Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Federal Political Action Committee (DDFO FedPAC) has never run for office, nor does he plan to. Motta operates a 20-store network in New Hampshire and Virginia; he’s been a Dunkin’ franchisee since 1980. But, his passion is quite evident when he talks about the political efforts for which he’s volunteered.

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