Why Does Dunkin’ Donuts Lobby The Federal Reserve?

Arthur Delaney writes in the The Huffington Post thagt financial firms have long lobbied the Federal Reserve, high-minded maker of monetary policy. But the Fed’s foray into lending during the financial crisis this year has opened it up to lobbying from niche industries like recreational boat manufacturers, rental car companies, and — Dunkin’ Donuts? Indeed. Dunkin’ Brands, parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, began lobbying the Fed in the second quarter of this year, according to lobbying disclosure reports filed with Congress.

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Subway Breakfast Experience Not Exactly a Wake-up Call

Emily Bryson York reports in Advertising Age that Subway has an uphill climb to capture the morning daypart. Sudway announced last Friday that it would expand its test of Seattle’s Best Coffee to 9,000 locations in an effort to drive morning business — but it is going to have its work cut out for it if anecdotal evidence is any indication.

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Restaurants, Coffee Shops Work Hard to Lure, Keep Customers

Gail Ciampa the Providence Journal Food Editor reports that a few weeks ago, McDonald’s wanted to talk about coffee. Last week, Dunkin’ Donuts wanted to talk about its foods. Has the world gone mad? Or has it just grown crazily competitive in the quick service restaurant category to which they belong?

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Study: Health Reform Boosts Premium Costs

Corrinne Hess reports in The Business Journal of Milwaukee – that National health care reform will drive up premium costs in the private health insurance markets, particularly for the young and the healthy, according to data from a series of state-level studies from insurance company WellPoint Inc.

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Dunkin’ Brands says CIT bankruptcy won’t affect stores

Christa Hoyland reports at QSRWeb.com that Commercial lender CIT Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy Sunday to cut $10 billion in debt after a U.S. bailout and debt exchange offer failed this summer. CIT said operations will proceed as normal and it plans to exit bankruptcy next month, according to a story by Bloomberg.

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McDonald’s October Same-Store Sales up, U.S. Slips

Lisa Baertlein and Jessica Wohl report at ABC News that McDonald’s Corp said sales at established U.S. restaurants fell 0.1 percent in October, as expected, but its stock ticked up 1.5 percent after sales from the rest of the world buoyed overall results. McDonald’s, which has been outperforming its peers, had signaled last month that U.S. October sales would be weak.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee will Open First in Overland Park

The Kansas City Business Journal reports that Dunkin’ Donuts is coming back to the metro with a new Overland Park location and more to follow. Franchisee Verona Key LLC plans to open its first Kansas City-area Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant Thursday in Overland Park.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Launches Everyday Value Menu in Chicago

As consumer spending continues to tighten this holiday season, Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today introduced a new limited-time value menu designed to offer quality products at low prices throughout the Chicago market.

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Indy Joe: Is it better to be hands off or a micromanager?

Ask Indy Joe is a new DDIFO feature where you the franchise owner can Ask Indy Joe a question. Today’s Question is: Is it better to be hands off or a micromanager? Today’s Answer is submitted by: Andrew Winig of Imrov Andy. Andy shares his cutting edge teamwork techniques through keynote speeches, interactive training sessions, and individual leadership coaching. Contact him at http://www.improvandy.com or at (781) 646-9543.

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Peace Treaty Brews

Holly Sanders Ware and Josh Kosman report in the NY Post that Dunkin’ Brands is reaching out to angry franchisees they write: Dunkin’ Brands, accused of squeezing profits out of franchisees by suing them, is trying to make friends before it’s too late. Chief Executive Nigel Travis has been quietly meeting with angry franchise leaders in recent weeks, after a spate of unflattering reports about the doughnut chain’s litigious ways, sources with direct knowledge of the meetings saidTravis has told franchisees he is willing to take a fresh look at their contracts and would consider changes that give operators more say over their stores, sources said.

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