Dunkin’ announced yesterday a ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverage marketing agreement with Coca Cola. Coke will manufacture, bottle and distribute the premixed, cold coffee based beverages, which will be sold in shop. With no capital investment, this promotes Dunkin’s brand royalty economic story and although no financial terms were announced, Dunkin’ may receive an up-front payment and sales performance payments later.  The news release affirmed that “qualified” franchisees will equally share profits of these products sold outside DD shops.  The company noted it had research supporting the notion that RTD was a separate purchase occasion.  The announcement comes a week after Dunkin’ announced the hiring of McDonalds executive David Hoffman as the new President of Dunkin’ US and Canada.  Hoffman, formerly the head of McDonald’s high-growth markets division, will assume the Dunkin’ position on Monday.  Lastly, we offer our congratulations to Kate Jaspon, Dunkin Vice President, Finance & Treasury on her selection by the Boston Business Journal as one of the business paper’s 2016 40 Under 40 winners!  Kate will be recognized at the business paper’s annual 40 Under 40 Reception and Awards Presentation on October 20.