Is Green Mountain Winning the Coffee Wars?

Jake Lynch writes at TheStreet.com/Globe and Mail: Remember when Starbucks drinkers were elitists, Dunkin’ Donuts adherents feared non-English languages and McDonald’s coffee became coff-“ay”? Thankfully, the coffee wars are over, but who won?

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Ben Affleck’s Movie “The Town” Runs on Dunkin’

And knowing the city, Ben Affleck peppered “The Town” with details. “You’ve got to have a scene where some characters are in a Dunkin’ Donuts. … Somebody from out of town sees that and goes, ‘Dunkin’ Donuts?’ But if you grew up there, you know that Dunkin’ is the heart and soul of the city. EVERYbody gets coffee there, all day long. It’s not a Starbucks town.”

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Dunkin’s Run: A Love Story

Francis Storrs writes a great peice in the September issue of Boston Magazine, he interviews dozens of people involved with Dunkin’ Donuts over the years including; Dunkin’ Brands CEO: Nigel Travis, Ex-Franchisee and Past IFA Chair: Steve Seigal , DDIFO Chairman: Kevin McCarthy and DDIFO President: Jim Coen.

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A Timbit of Trouble

570 News in Toronto reports that Tim Horton’s franchise owners have launched a near $2-billion lawsuit claiming lost profits since the iconic Canadian company switched from fresh-baked to frozen donuts. The $1.95-billion suit is scheduled to go to court in November and it has even divided franchisees, as a large group of store owners is trying to stop a smaller group from following through on the lawsuit.

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A Cup Good to the Last Drop-off

Jenn Abelson reports in the Boston Globe that Coffee rivals join forces in quest for perfect green container. For more than four years, Hellyar, supply chain manager for Dunkin’ Donuts, has hunted for an alternative to the much maligned Styrofoam cup — long enough to earn him the nickname “Joey Cups.’’ The ideal container would have to be recyclable or compostable, keep coffee hot, and not cost franchisees too much

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Coffee Prices Bite Businesses, Public

Lisa van der Pool reports in the Boston Business Journal that he price of coffee is continuing to rise. Wholesale coffee prices are the highest they’ve been in 13 years. The J.M. Smucker Co., which licenses Dunkin’ Donuts coffee for sale in retail stores, has already announced it will raise prices by four percent.

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Folgers Supermarket Sales Tops all Others

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that according to Bloomberg Business that’s how much of a lead Folgers still has on Starbucks when it comes to sales in supermarkets and other mass retailers. While coffeehouses and flavored lattes have fueled the gourmet trend, stalwarts including Folgers and Maxwell House still dominate in the kitchen, according to research firm SymphonyIRI Group. The bad news? As the world emerges from recession, the number of people making coffee at home is likely to fall, analysts say.

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Starbucks’ Instant Coffee Sales Reach $100 million

Melissa Allison repotrts in the Seattle Times that Starbucks does not often disclose sales of individual products. It only recently began saying that Frappuccino is a $2 billion-a-year product. But the coffee company is excited enough about reaching $100 million in sales of its instant coffee Via, which officially launched last September. It had been tested in Seattle and Chicago since February 2009.

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Coffee Supplier to Increase Prices by 9%

Greg Farrell in New York and Javier Blas in London report for the Financial Times that the company behind some of the most popular coffee brands in the US on Tuesday became the first to raise its retail prices after wholesale costs hit a 12-year high.

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