Starbucks steps up K-Cup competition with Dunkin’

Starbucks Corp. .. (Nasdaq: SBUX) said Tuesday that it will be selling single-serving K-Cups for the Keurig coffee machine in grocery stores in November, signaling a challenge to Dunkin’ Brands Inc. .. (Nasdaq: DNKN), which this month began selling K-Cups in Dunkin’ Donuts franchises only.

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BUNN Mourns Loss of Veteran Employee

QSR.com reports that beverage equipment company and DDIFO Sponsor Bunn-O-Matic Corporation is sad to share that Neal Robinson, senior vice president of global projects, passed away Monday.

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GE Capital, Franchise Finance Provides $2.15 Million to Domino’s Pizza Franchisee

Martket Watch, GE Capital, Franchise Finance recently provided $2.15 million to Pizza Project, LLC, a Domino’s(R) Pizza franchisee. The facility included a $1.45 million term loan for the acquisition of existing Domino’s units as well as a $700 thousand development line of credit for the development of additional stores throughout the San Francisco, CA area.

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DDIFO Announces Franchise Owners Hall of Fame

Nominations for inaugural inductees are now being accepted. As Dunkin’ Donuts was thrust into the spotlight during its recent IPO, the company’s strong history of franchising was also put center stage. As it looks toward further expansion, Dunkin’ Brands is again relying on its roster of experienced, hard working and well-capitalized franchise owners to carry the ball.

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Dunkin’ Brands Releases First Social Responsibility Report

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, published Serving Responsibly, the company’s first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report. The report offers a detailed overview of Dunkin’ Brands’ current CSR initiatives as well as key areas of focus for the future, such as nutrition, sourcing and packaging.

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Daring and Doughnuts: Immigrant goes from Baker to Business Mogul

Nancy Gaines of Gloucester Times reports that from a start as an immigrant baker in East Boston, Deo Braga has risen to one of Gloucester’s leading business owners, with coffee shops, gas stations, a restaurant, real estate, commercial and personal holdings worth an estimated $20 million, with more on the whiteboard.

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Some Tims Franchisees Say they’re Not Making Enough Dough

Selena Ross of the Chronicle reports that for something so sweet and beloved, Timmys doughnuts are causing a lot of bitterness in an Ontario courthouse and beyond. The bad feelings over the doughnuts are spreading to Nova Scotia as local Tim Hortons Inc. franchise owners watch a $1.95-billion class action unfolding in a long, faraway court fight, with their products and profits dissected in the news — a kind of attention they never asked for.

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Dunkin’ Franchise Owners Benefit from 2005 Efforts of G-6 Group

Even before the opening bell rang on Wall Street on July 27, 2011 ushering in the company’s initial public offering (IPO), many franchise owners questioned if the agreement—presented in a letter former CEO Jon Luther signed on January 11, 2006 and granting franchise owners the chance to purchase stock in a “family and friends” pool—…

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