Testing a New Combination

Last fall, marked 50 years since a college student named Mike Cobler opened a sandwich shack in San Jose, Calif. Togo’s has survived the decades – including its 10-year marriage to, and divorce from, Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins that was arranged by then-owner Allied Domecq. Today, Togo’s boasts more than 100 locations with more in the…

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Independent Joe #68 June/July 2021

April 22, 2021 marked day four of Dealmakers Week, presented by Franchise Times. It was also the day the magazine announced its 2020 Deal of the Year. Not surprisingly, the award went to Inspire Brands for its $11.3 billion purchase of Dunkin’ Brands. On hand to receive the award was David Pipes, Inspire Brands chief…

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Inspire Seeks Multi-brand Franchisees to ‘Accelerate Growth’

April 22, 2021 marked day four of Dealmakers Week, presented by Franchise Times. It was also the day the magazine announced its 2020 Deal of the Year. Not surprisingly, the award went to Inspire Brands for its $11.3 billion purchase of Dunkin’ Brands. On hand to receive the award was David Pipes, Inspire Brands chief…

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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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