Competitor News

Krispy Kreme walked back its earlier decision to bring the hammer down on enterprising college student Jayson Gonzalez. The college senior was driving 8 hours one way to Iowa to purchase dozens of Krispy Kreme donuts weekly. He would then drive back to his college in Minnesota where there are no stores and resell the…

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Competitor News

The breakfast/coffee space seems to be getting more popular of late as companies look to find opportunities there. We noted that Godiva Chocolates opened its first Godiva Café earlier this week in Manhattan and the privately-held company announced it is planning to open some 2,000 new units around the world with about 700 of them…

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Independent Joe #36 February/ March

If there’s an extra glow to the Golden Arches of McDonald’s these days, you could say it’s because the morning sun is shining all day. Last spring, McDonald’s was reporting “negative guest traffic” as a cause of its 33 percent drop in net income. This year the world’s largest food chain is basking in the…

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“Breakfastarians” Put Dunkin’ 6th For All-Day Option

Dunkin’ came in tied with Denny’s for sixth favorite place for all-day breakfast in a new survey released this week by YouGov BrandIndex, a brand perception research service.  McDonalds came in first in the survey among consumers who eat breakfast twice a day, while the rest of the top five included Subway, IHOP, Burger King…

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Dunkin’s Choices Keep it a Strong Competitor for Breakfast Business

My morning workout is one of the few things I do for myself each day. The other is stopping at Dunkin’ Donuts for a healthy, low-calorie, breakfast on the way home,” says Sherri Horlink. The slender blonde, soccer mom from Natick, Massachusetts, enjoys an egg-white veggie flat bread sandwich when her busy schedule allows time…

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McDonalds franchisee survey, Starbucks & Taco Bell Go Greek

There appears to be continuing problems between McDonald’s and its franchisees as the latest Janney Capital Markets quarterly McDonalds franchisee survey showed the most pessimistic outlook for the next six months in the history of the survey.  The 27 franchisees surveyed, representing 231 shops across the country, gave the coming half a year an average…

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Competitor News: Taco Bell is in the Breakfast Business and More

We haven’t reported too much of late on our competitors, but there is much to report, so we’ll try to catch you up in this issue . . . Taco Bell has joined the breakfast competition, announcing a few weeks ago that beginning March 27, they will offer a rather extensive breakfast menu from 7AM…

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Taco Bell, Tim Hortons, Hardee’s and Keurig News

There is much to report on the growing list of Dunkin’ competitors as Hardee’s announced this week that they are returning to the northeast after a 20 year absence.  A 200 unit franchise agreement was announced with stores slated for the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut markets.  With their fresh biscuit platform, the St.…

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Carbone on the Competition

Dunkin’ CFO Paul Carbone spoke last week at the UBS Best of Americas Conference in London and tackled the question of Dunkin’s top competitors in the breakfast market.  Talking about how many companies are trying to enter the breakfast market, he identified MacDonald’s as #1 competitor, followed in order by gas & convenience stores, Tim…

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Frozen Doughnuts Day in Court

Christine Dobby of the Financial Post reports that Doughnuts are an emotional food for Canadians. When Tim Hortons Inc. made a franchise-wide decision to ditch fresh-baked methods in favour of microwaving pre-cooked baked goods in-store, many people took it hard. Even company co-founder Ron Joyce, who sold the majority of his stake in the company in…

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