1,000 & Counting: Dunkin’ Reaches Milepost in Next Gen Development

For Andy Awale, who opened his first Dunkin’ in Georgia in 2015 and now has 10 locations, the spotlight was shining down on his new restaurant in Woodstock. On March 24, 2021, the location at 8000 Alabama Road NE (in metro Atlanta) officially became the one thousandth Next Gen restaurant to open in the Dunkin’…

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Atlanta Franchisees Team up to Create State-of-the-Art Commercial Kitchen

The Coffee Café Bakery. It’s a charming, almost quaint, name that belies the state-of-the-art project it represents – a $10 million, highly automated, Centralized Manufacturing Location (CML) being developed in metro Atlanta, and scheduled to open late this year. The Coffee Café Bakery is a subsidiary of a Chunara Food Group (CFG) and ZSC Enterprises…

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Independent Joe #65 December 2020/January 2021

 There’s a story that many of us in the Association Management profession hear when we first enter the field. It is generally told to underscore the importance of volunteerism and illustrate that associations need to rely on the engagement of their members to ensure their success. It goes like this. There were four people…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin Brands will be presenting at the 2018 ICR Exchange Conference on January 8, 2017. This will be their first appearance at this event in three years and we would suspect it will feature Dave Hoffman as the senior presenting official, but that is somewhat speculative on our part. Notwithstanding, DDIFO’s financial analyst will be…

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Other Minimum Wage Issues

Elsewhere, we note that minimum wage in Minnesota will increase effective August 1 for both small and larger employers.  Minnesota provides for two different minimums based on the size of the employer business.  Large employers (at least $500,000 gross annual revenues) will be required to pay $9.50 per hour beginning next month, while small employers…

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Dunkin’  Q2 Earnings

John Gordon, DDIFO restaurant analyst, reported on yesterday’s Dunkin’ Q2 earnings call and advised that Dunkin’ US was in at least fair shape, with reported comps of +2.9%, and transactions were said to be +.6%, with which they were “satisfied”. The SSS KCup cannibalization was said to be .6%, due to the CPG rollout. There…

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Atlanta Franchise Owners Meeting Scheduled For January 23

We remind our Dunkin’ franchise owners in the greater Atlanta market that  DDIFO will be sponsoring its first meeting of 2014 in Atlanta on January 23 at the Sheraton Gateway Atlanta Airport Hotel.  The meeting will begin with registration at 11:00 AM and conclude at 3:00 PM.   There is no fee to attend the meeting…

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Atlanta Meeting Rescheduled For Late January, date to be confirmed

We reported to you last week we were scheduling a member’s meeting in January for the Greater Atlanta market and we’re expecting to confirm very soon that the meeting will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Atlanta Airport Hotel.  We regret that we haven’t been able to confirm all the details for you yet, but…

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Time to Change – And Re-engage!

I spent several days earlier this month at a convention for association professionals in Atlanta, Georgia (a city from which we recently signed up several new members).  Like most industry or professional conventions, this one featured a session on change. We are all accustomed to hearing that “Change is inevitable and we must accept it or…

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