Seattle’s Best Coffee Continues to Accelerate Growth with New Franchisees

Seattle’s Best Coffee has seen accelerated growth of its franchise base signing an additional 10 new franchisees. These new franchisees, which plan to open cafes in several states including Calif., Ill., Texas and N.Y., will help grow its current cafe count from more than 550 as the brand expands across the U.S. Seattle’s Best Coffee also continued to update and expand its franchise program offerings to reflect key components that make the brand more attractive to potential franchisees.

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Tim Hortons Arriving in Capital Area — at UAlbany

Steve Barnes reports at The Times Union that Tim Hortons, a 46-year-old Canadian chain of coffee and doughnut shops, will open its first Capital Region location in the fall, at the University at Albany’s Campus Center. The arrival seems a likely indicator of more local Tim Hortons to come, in plazas and as standalone stores, given the company’s precedent of growth once it moves into a region.

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Cold Lovers Enjoy Cold Coffee

Jill Waltral reports at QSR Magazine The vision of winter: sitting by a fire, sipping on freshly-brewed coffee, wrapped in a warm, fuzzy blanket.

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Tim Hortons Heats up Battle over Breakfast

Hollie Shaw at the Canadian National Post reports that Tim Hortons has fired off another round in the breakfast war among Canada’s quick-service giants, introducing its own version of rival McDonald’s Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich.

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Delaware Moves to Require Menu Labeling

Paul Frumkin at Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Delaware became the latest state to weigh in on the menu-labeling issue when the Senate passed a measure requiring that restaurants post nutrition data on menus. The bill now moves to the House. Passed by a 15-5 vote, the measure, SB 81, would require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations nationwide to list the number of calories on menus and menu boards. The information must be provided adjacent to each item in a size and typeface similar to the price and other information.

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Honey Dew’s Doughnut War

Donna Goodison reports in the Boston Herald that Honey Dew Donuts is taking advantage of the weak economy to make its move against much bigger rivals Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks. Honey Dew Associates Inc., the Plainville owner of the 150-location chain, has hired its first director of franchise development to orchestrate a significant expansion.

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New Dunkin’ Donuts store in Pensacola set to open

Tallahassee.com reports that Mississippi’s Frank LeFlore, local Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner with Capital Franchise Group, said the 1,700-square-foot restaurant at 1133 Airport Blvd. includes a drive-through and can seat 10 to 12 guests inside. It will employ 50 people.

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