Time to Ditch the Donuts?

Linda Tischler in Fast Company asks the question: Can an old New England pastry purveyor find new life as a hip coffee shop? Dunkin’ Donuts plans to give Starbucks a run for its latte. This article was posted on the Fast Company website on Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 7:48 AM. The article is from Issue 89 which was published in December 2004.

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Bain Gets Poor Moody’s Review

Jerry Kronenberg writes in the Boston Herald that former U.S. Senate hopeful Steve Pagliuca is touting one-time rival Martha Coakley’s job-creation credentials, but a new study questions his own firm’s ability to turn companies around. Moody’s recently ranked Boston-based Bain Capital – where Pagliuca serves as a managing director – the fifth-worst major private-equity firm in terms of buying businesses and saddling them with risky debts.

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Access to Money Selected by Dunkin’ Brands as a Provider of ATMs for Franchisees

Access to Money, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AEMI), one of the largest providers and non-bank operators of ATMs in the United States, has been selected by Dunkin’ Brands as one of only two approved vendors to offer ATM machines to its Dunkin’ Donuts network of franchisees. The ATM program will be available to franchisees in New York and may expand to additional markets in 2010.

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Nigel Travis on CNBC: Economy & Increased Competition

Dunkin’ Donuts, the world’s largest coffee and baked goods chain, has seen increased competition lately with McDonald’s McCafe and Tim Horton’s growing presence in the US. Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin Donuts, discusses the company’s outlook with CNBC.

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Dunkin’ Has Tamed ‘Wild West’ Of Social Media

Karl Greenberg writes in MediaPost that despite fears that “you don’t want to be the brand that gets dragged through the mud in social media or simply doesn’t get it,” Dunkin’ Donuts put its executive chef online for a live chat with people about its “DDSmart” line last January and brought in 55 fans and 150-plus comments. “That doesn’t seem huge, but when you think of the type of quality interactions these people had, it spreads a lot further than that,” Ben Smith, interactive marketing manager at Dunkin’ Donuts, told a roomful of attendees Thursday at “Fast Forward 2011,” the Promotion Marketing Association’s second annual Digital Marketing Summit held at Google’s New York offices.

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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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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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Dunkin’ is named interactive marketer of the year

The Boston Globe reports that Dunkin’ Donuts was named the “interactive marketer of the year” at last night’s 14th annual awards competition sponsored by the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange, or MITX. A microsite created by Sapient to support Coca-Cola’s Happiness campaign was cited as best of show, and Mullen of Boston got the “people’s choice for interactive agency of the year,” MITX said.

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Restaurants, Coffee Shops Work Hard to Lure, Keep Customers

Gail Ciampa the Providence Journal Food Editor reports that a few weeks ago, McDonald’s wanted to talk about coffee. Last week, Dunkin’ Donuts wanted to talk about its foods. Has the world gone mad? Or has it just grown crazily competitive in the quick service restaurant category to which they belong?

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Dunkin’ Brands says CIT bankruptcy won’t affect stores

Christa Hoyland reports at QSRWeb.com that Commercial lender CIT Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy Sunday to cut $10 billion in debt after a U.S. bailout and debt exchange offer failed this summer. CIT said operations will proceed as normal and it plans to exit bankruptcy next month, according to a story by Bloomberg.

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