The J. M. Smucker Company Announces Coffee Price Increases

The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) announced today that it increased the list price for the majority of its coffee products sold in the United States, primarily consisting of items sold under the Folgers® and Dunkin’ Donuts® brand names. Prices will increase an average of 10 percent on impacted items.

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Commodity Prices Will Impact Your Bottom Line in 2011

Adding to an already tough economy, commodity prices are expected to eat into profits for Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in 2011. According to the National DCP, commodity prices are especially turbulent, owing not only to bad weather in coffee producing countries; but also to growing speculation of commodities among hedge fund managers and other investors. DDIFO Members Read More…

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Dunkin’ Turns to Everyday Joes

DC Dennison writes in The Boston Globe about Dunkin’ Donuts New Marketing Campaign and he mentions DDIFO’s efforts to amend the law regarding “tip pooling”.

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Cold Stone Creamery burning mad at CNBC

Josh Kosman of the New York Post reports that the CNBC documentary on franchising has one Scottsdale, Ariz., company ice-screaming mad. Lawyer Robert Zarco, who represents the Cold Stone franchisees, said the program unfairly put the big chill on their businesses by relying solely on a former Florida franchisee Cecil Rolle, who already lost a legal battle against the company making similar, if not identical, charges.

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The Top Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Franchise

CNBC as part of it’s Behind the Counter: The Untold Story of Franchising has a slide show that lists the Top Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Franchise.
One of the DO’s: DO look for franchises that have independent franchisee organizations.

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Franchisees Go for the FLIP

A majority of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners has signed up for the FLIP – a Brand and BAC led initiative to convert a majority of Dunkin’ shops nationwide to one technology platform. The platform includes March Systems video surveillance, Radiant POS systems, a price confirmation board for drive-thrus and handheld scanners for bar-coded merchandise and for processing credit cards, gift cards and coupons.

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Tim Hortons to Buy Back Shares, Close 36 Stores in the Northeast

David Paddon reports at The Globe and Mail that Tim Hortons Inc. will use $400-million from the sale of its half of Maidstone Bakeries to buy back some of its shares on open market, a move that may win investor favour despite some bitter-sweet news announced Wednesday. The iconic Canadian restaurant operator, which has been making inroads into the American market, said it has decided to make a strategic retreat from the Providence, RI., and Hartford, CT., markets in the U.S. Northeast.

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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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