Competitor News

Chipotle Mexican Grill also held its earnings call yesterday and reported comparable sales through the first quarter were down almost a full 30% from Q1 of 2015, while revenues came in over 23% lower at $834.5 million.  The drop stems from the double health scandals the company encountered with both norovirus and E. coli outbreaks…

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Starbucks held their Q2 earnings call with investors yesterday and our DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John Gordon, Pacific Management Consulting Group, reports that they enjoyed good results across the board – US comps were plus 7%, traffic up 3% & plus 4% on average ticket.  They did not call out current negative Rewards changes and their…

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Competitor News

Starbucks still having problems and getting pushback with controversial loyalty program they instituted.  Earlier this week, McDonalds announced that it had begun testing new coffee shots in select locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, as well as reportedly in some parts of Maine.  They’re initially testing 13 sweetened and unsweetened coffee flavor shots ranging…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced this week that its 2nd Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room would open in the Meatpacking District of New York City sometime in 2018.  Bigger than the first roastery that opened 2 years ago in Seattle, the New York location will encompass some 20,000 square feet of new retail space.  Notwithstanding that enforcement of…

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Competitor News

Krispy Kreme announced last week that the company planned to maximize its growth with a greater focus on franchising because their franchise stores are outperforming their corporate shops.  For the quarter ended January 31, corporate owned stores reported same store sales growth of 0.2 percent, while those operated by a franchisee showed 3.5 percent same…

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Competitor News

In their continuing effort to right the ship, McDonalds this month announced that it will launch its own loyalty program sometime in early 2017.  Speaking of loyalty programs, Starbucks caught heat from many customers last month over the company’s revamping of theirs.  This week, they tried to gain back some favor with a new plan…

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Competitor News

Taco Bell is now expanding their breakfast menu with the addition of a one dollar value menu for their breakfast items.  The company announced last week that the new value menu will consist of 10 breakfast options.  At the same time, they also announced three new items will be added to their current breakfast menu…

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Competitor News

Starbucks’ recent revamping of their loyalty program continues to backfire with their “loyal” customers.  Under the former program, customers earned one star for each transaction, a free beverage after 12 stars and “gold star” status after 30 stars.  Now, under the revamped program, launching next month in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico two stars…

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Competitor News

JAB Holdings this week completed their acquisition of Kuerig Green Mountain and in so doing, consolidated their position in the world of coffee. In addition to the new acquisition, the privately-owned JAB Holdings now has within their corporate family, the following companies:  Caribou Coffee, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Bach Espresso, Bravo, Einstein…

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Dunkin’ Clips & Competitor News

Before we relate some of the news competitors are making, in the wake of Dunkin’ Brands’ Q4 earnings report last week, we thought these two clips of DBI Chairman and CEO Nigel Travis on CNBC and in an interview with the Street might be of interest to our members and subscribers. Jumping back to food…

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