Will Wendy’s bite into Krispy Kreme?

Dan Gearino reports in THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH that Wendy’s/Arby’s has indicated it would like to buy another restaurant company, a possible target has emerged: Krispy Kreme. The rumor surfaced on Breifing.com and then was reported by Barron’s.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces New Peppermint Mocha Latte

Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced new Peppermint Mocha Latte topped with whipped cream and a mocha drizzle available through late December at participating restaurants. The company said that lattes are made with espresso derived from coffee beans and steamed milk and a sugar substitute of 70 calories for a small 10 oz serving. All Dunkin’ Donuts’ espresso beverages are available in regular or decaffeinated, hot or iced. In addition, it is also serving small hot lattes for the value price of $1.99 for a limited time from November 25, 2009 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide. Dunkin’ Donuts Dark Roast packaged coffee is also now available in participating restaurants throughout the US.

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Coffee Stocks are Piping Hot these Days

Matt Krantz reports at USA TODAY that it looks like coffee is starting to perk up on Wall Street. While the broad market is struggling to hold its recent gains, shares of five of the largest publicly traded coffee companies are on a high boil. Shares of Diedrich Coffee (DDRX) are up 4,525% this year, Green Mountain (GMCR) has doubled and even Starbucks (SBUX) is up 50%.

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Peet’s Ups Bid as it Duels Green Mountain for Diedrich Coffee

USA Today reports that coffee chain retailer Peet’s Coffee & Tea said Monday it has raised its offer for the wholesale roaster and distributor Diedrich Coffee about 24% to $265 million. Peet’s (PEET) said Monday its revised proposal is valued at $32 a share, up from the $26 a share, or $213 million, proposed in November. It includes stock and cash.

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Local Stores Prepare for Black Friday

WRNG Channel 12 in Binghampton reports that the countdown is on for one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise owner Ben Vanderlinde was interviewed. Watch the video

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Dunkin’ trills about Fa-La-La-La Lattes

The staff at the Boston Globe reports that the Dunkin’ Donuts publicity department doesn’t believe much in down-time, where carpal tunnel syndrome is presumably rampant among the prolific flacks typing up all those press releases. In today’s news flash, the Canton-based coffee-and-baked-goods chain wants its caffeine-swilling public to know that its “Fa-La-La-La-Lattes” are part of its holiday promotions.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Sweetens to St Louis Again Under New Plan

Riya V. Anandwala reports in STLouisToday.com that Dunkin’ Donuts, which pulled out of the St. Louis area in early 2000, is returning early next year with a new strategy for success in the Midwest.
The national chain plans to open its doors to more franchise owners with fewer stores. Under the strategy, not only could franchisees agree to standard 10- to 12-store deals, but they also could agree to two- to four-unit contracts

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Dunkin’ Donuts Opens In Overland Park

KCTV News reports that crowds were waiting outside the door for the first Dunkin’ Donuts in the Kansas City area to open its doors Thursday morning. Former Kansas City Royal George Brett worked the drive-through at the restaurant and will cut the ribbon at the store. The shop also teamed with Harvesters to collect canned goods. On Friday a trailer will be brought to the restaurant to collect canned goods.

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What’s Eating McDonald’s

Matthew Boyle writes in Businessweek that McDonalds strength through the recession was much ballyhooed, but now sales are slipping . You’d think McDonald’s (MCD) would be a can’t-miss recession play for global investors. Yet shares of the fast-food giant are flat in 2009 during one of the most dramatic stock rallies in history. While the burger giant keeps growing overseas, same-store sales in the U.S., where McDonald’s generates half its operating profits, dipped 0.1% in October and are likely to stay weak for the rest of the year. In response, McDonald’s will soon launch a dollar breakfast menu and add smoothies to its lineup.

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Get Ready to Dunk, Quad-Cities

Quad City Times reports that the new Dunkin’ Donuts store in Moline is set to open in mid-December.
It originally was scheduled to open in mid-September in a former KFC restaurant at 3501 Avenue of the Cities. The franchise owner is Sam Patel of Moline.

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