Competitor News

The tong war between Tim Horton’s and its own franchisees continued in a big way this past week with the RBI-owned brand moving against a franchisee in Cape Bretton and stripping the franchise owner of his 4 franchises. The franchisor claimed that franchisee David Hughes, who also happens to serve as the head of the…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks has finalized its deal with Nestlé where the latter wins the perpetual rights to market Starbucks packaged coffee and tea brands including Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, TeavanaTM/MC, Starbucks VIA Instant, Torrefazione Italia coffee and Starbucks-branded K-cups. Last week, McDonalds announced a new global job training initiative to prepare youth for entering the job market and…

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Competitor News

The rough run that Tim Horton franchisees have been experiencing (with lawsuits against the brand and such) didn’t abate at all this week as Hortons announced it had reached agreement with a franchisee to close 4 stores in Cincinnati. The Canadian coffee & donut chain also closed a store in Indianapolis recently and dropped plans…

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Competitor News

The big news on the competitor front this week was clearly the difficulties Starbucks encountered when the manager of a Starbucks store in Philadelphia called police on two black men who hadn’t purchased anything at the store while they were waiting to meet a third individual. Police arrived and took the 2 gentlemen into custody…

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Competitor News

It’s baaaaack, or so it will be.  Krispy Kreme announced it will return to the Chicago market in November with the opening of a new-designed store in the Chicago suburb of Homewood.  Krispy Kreme, which hasn’t been in the Chicago area for at least the past seven years, plans two more stores next year. Their…

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Competitor News

Notwithstanding significant past struggles with going international, an agreement with investors to develop Tim Hortons stores in the Philippines was announced last week.  Now owned by Burger King parent Restaurant Brands International, the company is looking to replicate the successful Burger King international growth model for the Canadian coffee and donut chain.  Tim’s also reported their…

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Competitor News

It was reported this week that Starbucks is acquiring an ownership stake in Italian bakery Princi, with 4 locations in Italy and one in central London.  The company also made headlines this week when it announced that it was increasing wages across the board by 5% up to the manager level and adding further enhancements…

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Competitor News

Starbucks will be hiking their beverage prices by as much as $ .30 beginning next week, almost exactly one year since the company last raised its prices in July, 2015. This time around, the increase actually came to light because of a computer glitch in that the new prices were added to the POS system…

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Competitor News

A California judge will hear another lawsuit against Starbucks in which the company is accused of under-filling its beverages.  This time, their latte is the cup of contention with plaintiffs alleging that a 16 ounce cup is only intentionally filled about 75%.  The latte class action follows a cold beverage class action filed in April…

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Competitor News

Earlier this year, Wendys acknowledged that the POS system used by many of its franchisees had been breached, subsequently estimating in May that approximately 300 stores were affected.  This week, the company acknowledged that the actual number of stores with malware infecting their POS system could be “considerably higher”.  McDonalds has announced that it will…

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