Buy, Spin, Repeat?

What franchisees should remember about Dunkin’s prior history as a private-equity-owned brand For many, 2020 will be a year to forget. But for the restaurant conglomerate Inspire Brands, it will be a year to remember. Having spent billions to acquire Dunkin’ and Baskin Robbins, Inspire has a tall – or Grande – order to fill:…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Congratulations are again in order to Dunkin’ for winning the PETA 2019 “Libby” Award as the Most Vegan-Friendly Restaurant Chain. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recognized Dunkin’ for its Beyond Sausage breakfast sandwich which can be made 100% vegan when ordered without the cheese and egg (wouldn’t that make it a…

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Dunkin’ Runs on David

The big news for the Dunkin’ franchise owner community this week was the official announcement that David Hoffman has taken over as new CEO of Dunkin’ Brands effective immediately and on behalf of DDIFO and her many members, I want to sincerely congratulate him on his promotion and wish him well in his new role!…

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Cold and Frothy

For as long as people could remember, cold frothy drinks came from the Baskin Robbins side of the house. But, it’s Baskin’s big brother that is bringing nitrogen-infused iced coffee to customers at Dunkin’ Donuts counters in several test markets. Nitro cold brew is the latest innovation sweeping the already hot iced coffee market. Dunkin’…

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Competitor News

A California judge will hear another lawsuit against Starbucks in which the company is accused of under-filling its beverages.  This time, their latte is the cup of contention with plaintiffs alleging that a 16 ounce cup is only intentionally filled about 75%.  The latte class action follows a cold beverage class action filed in April…

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And, Dunkin’ Doing To Baskins?

The Association of Independent Baskin Robbins Franchisee Owners (AIBRFO) filed suit in US District Court in Massachusetts Thursday against Baskin Robbins, LLC asking for relief and costs from a “commercial factor fee” that its franchisees have been paying for many years, levied through Dean Foods. This “commercial factor fee” is a special fee not relating…

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Navy Pilot Turned Franchisee Says Business Soaring in Carolina

Pete Turner has spent a good portion of his life flying high. As a Navy pilot and flight instructor who operated SH-60B Seahawk attack helicopters off naval destroyers and the twin-engine Super King Air from shore, Turner logged more than 3,400 hours in the Persian Gulf and Western Pacific. He was also stationed at Whidbey…

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Dunkin’ In The News

And Dunkin’ has certainly been making its fair share of news within the past week or so.  Last week we reported briefly on the strong growth of Dunkin’ in the Q4 results and throughout 2013 as reported in the Dunkin’ earnings call.  We couldn’t then provide the links to the Earnings Call transcript with CEO…

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Twohig, Michaels’ Roles Expanded, Minardi out

Dunkin’ Brands announced changes this week in the responsibilities of Dunkin’ US and Canada President Paul Twohig and Bill Mitchell, President of Baskin-Robbins US and Canada.  With the two executives taking on international responsibilities, Giorgio Minardi, Dunkin’ Brands International President is out and will be leaving the company.  Twohig’s expanded role gives him oversight for…

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