Independent Joe #59 December 2019/January 2020

Each year at the turn of the calendar, we see an abundance of stories recapping the year that was. The Year in Review gives us a chance to review what has happened, what we’ve accomplished and where we’ve failed to reach our objectives over the past 12 months. Though generally vanilla and predictable, the Year…

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Independent Joe #58 October/November

Each of us makes commitments that help define the direction of our lives. These include personal commitments to our spouse, family members and friends, and professional commitments to our employer, co-workers and partners. Webster’s defines commitment as, “The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.,” and Matt Light, our featured speaker…

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Independent Joe #57 August/September 2019

 The idea of a Hall of Fame has its roots in Norse Mythology, but it was really brought to fruition with Ludwig I, who was the King of Bavaria, in 1842. He commissioned the building of a memorial called Walhalla to hold plaques and statues honoring great Germans. The Hall of Fame for Great…

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Independent Joe #56 June/July 2019

 Anyone who ever noticed the two clocks hanging side-by-side at a Dunkin’ Donuts­—one showing the time 18 minutes ahead—knew they would get a cup of coffee that hadn’t been sitting around very long. For a company eager to sell more coffee, Dunkin’ always knows customers will return for a cup of coffee that is…

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California Judge Orders Coffee Cancer Warnings

It’s the ultimate nanny-state after all, but a California judge has ordered coffee retailers throughout the state to post cancer warnings on coffee sold in the Golden State. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle issued the order in a lawsuit initiated in 2010 by a non-profit group that alleged the companies were violating California…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We want to welcome Katy Latimer, Dunkin’s new Vice President – Culinary Innovation and congratulate her on joining the Dunkin’ Donuts family. According to the release, Latimer comes from PepsiCo where for the past two decades she served in a number of positions including a long tenure as Vice President of Research & Development, Global…

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Dunkin’ Doings

The trains may not run any better, but the passengers won’t mind delays as much with Amtrak now ‘running on Dunkin’! The railroad and Dunkin Donuts announced an agreement this week where Dunkin’ coffee will now be served on the Acela high speed express throughout the northeast. Later this year, all Amtrak trains throughout the…

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Miscellaneous

We want to offer well-deserved congratulations to National DCP CEO Scott Carter on his selection by Food Logistics as one of its Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award winners for 2017. Carter was credited specifically with generating more than $340 million in cumulative savings for members and improving perfect order metrics by more than…

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C-stores Stir Coffee Competition

Mike White, owner of two Dunkin’ Donuts franchises in Kennesaw, Georgia, wasn’t worried when a high-end convenience store, Quick Trip, wanted to move into the same strip mall as one of his restaurants. In fact, he negotiated with the landlord and worked out a win-win plan, where he moved his Dunkin’ into a larger location…

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Competitor News

The big coffee news this week included the fact that Keurig Green Mountain was being acquired for just under $14 billion by JAB Holding Co.  Just in the past few years, the company has acquired Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee, Einstein Bagles, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Intelligensia Coffee.  Bloomberg reports that the company has…

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