Healthful QSR Breakfast Items Wake up Morning Sales

Steve Coomes reports in Nation’s Restaurant News that while quick-service restaurants have made great strides in creating healthful items for dinner and lunch menus, breakfast has been another matter — until now. The slow march of healthful items into the breakfast lineup appears to be quickening, and sleepy morning customers seem to like what they are waking up to. Dunkin Donuts reports that its DDSmart healthful breakfast items rolled out last year are selling very well, and Starbucks says its low-fat, low-calorie baked goods and protein plates, also introduced in 2008, are attracting hungry customers as well.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces New Chicken and Tuna Sandwiches to the Menu in Select Markets

As temperatures begin to cool, Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today turned up the heat and unveiled a flavorful new lineup of great-tasting chicken and tuna sandwiches. The new sandwiches, available today at participating Dunkin’ Donuts shops in select northeast markets, offer another quick quality menu option to keep busy people running throughout the
afternoon.

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Dunkin Donuts Returns To Chattanooga

Chattanooga.com reports that Dunkin Donuts is back at its location across from Northgate Mall on Highway 153 with a wide pastry assortment and coffee selection. The grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Hixson location will be Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will make arrangements for the event. The new 1,800 square foot Dunkin Donuts at 5311 Highway 153 will have a drive-through window and will serve its famous coffee, all-day sandwiches, doughnuts and other baked goods.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Rescues Toys for Tots

The Record reports that after news that a Wall Street sponsor had to forfeit its annual donation to the Toys for Tots holiday train, Dunkin’ Donuts on Monday donated $20,000 to keep the train fueled up with toys for 2009. The money from Dunkin’ Donuts will be used to directly purchase as many as 30,000 toys for this year’s collection and support the Holiday Toy Train’s 2009 run across 12 communities from Binghamton to Albany to Plattsburgh.

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Dunkin Donuts Franchise Operator Sees Big Dreams Fall Flat

Michael Braga writes in the Sarasota Herald Tribune that Bill Daly swept down from Massachusetts two years ago with the goal of expanding his Dunkin’ Donuts franchise. For $11.15 million, he was able to buy a majority stake in the largest Dunkin’ Donuts chain on Florida’s west coast — a chain with 18 stores from Bradenton to Punta Gorda and a bakery large enough to service twice as many eateries. After closing the deal in August 2007, Daly announced he would build 26 new outlets in five years and would eventually increase his Florida payroll from 200 to 1,000 people.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Looks to New Executives to Keep Up Buzz

Emily Bryson York reports in Advertsing Age that Dunkin’ Donuts is working with a new house blend: It’s got a new president, chief marketer and operations manager. Nigel Travis, who has been transitioning into the president-CEO role, has also hired new heads of communication and human resources. John Costello, Dunkin’ Donuts’ new marketing chief “It sounds to me like they’re looking for some fresh perspective and insights from the marketplace and not the just from the coffee and doughnut space,” said Technomic’s Darren Tristano. “After awhile, getting a fresh perspective on a pretty old brand can’t hurt.

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Lender CIT Files for Bankruptcy

The Boston Business Journal reports that CIT Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Sunday after its board of directors approved of a plan to reorganize the giant small business lender. The plan has also been approved by CIT’s creditors. “The decision to proceed with our plan of reorganization will allow CIT to continue to provide funding to our small business and middle market customers, two sectors that remain vitally important to the U.S. economy,” Chief Executive Jeffrey Peek said in a statement.

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Citizens Bank Sale Subject to Speculation

Tim Mclaughlin reports in the Boston Business Journal that Citizens Bank could get a new owner if the European Commission forces parent company Royal Bank of Scotland to sell more assets than what executives originally anticipated.
RBS, whose shares fell as much as 13 percent Monday, said in a brief statement that negotiations with the EC will include some divestments not initially contemplated.

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Homes for Our Troops and the Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation Host Three-Day Build Brigade to Construct Specially Adapted Home for Army SPC Alex Knapp

Homes for Our Troops and the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation will host a three-day
Build Brigade beginning today October 30 through November 1 to provide Army SPC David (Alex) Knapp with a brand new specially adapted barrier free home. The Build Brigade will take place at 15625 Downing Street in Macomb Township,

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