Seattle’s Best Looks for Franchise Chains

Blue MauMau reports that Seattle’s Best Coffee unveiled a new logo and brand strategy on May 11 in an effort to reinvent itself. Part of Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX), the company wants to explode its brand onto the retail scene through high-profile franchise chains and retailers, expanding from 3,000 points of distribution to more than 30,000 by September.

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Kick-Start Your Day With the Dunkin’ Turbo Big Taste Tour from Smuckers

Cross-Country RV Brings Dunkin’ Turbo™ Coffee Across America May Through September 2010. From May through September 2010, fans of Dunkin’ Donuts packaged coffee can track down the Dunkin’ Turbo Big Taste Tour as it offers consumers across America free samples of the new taste of Dunkin’ Turbo coffee. Dunkin’ Turbo coffee (11 oz., msrp $7.49-$7.99) is the newest variety of packaged Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, now available wherever you buy groceries. DDIFO members read more….

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Starbucks Mounts Major Grocery Push

Kevin Helliker of the Wall Street Journal reports that in the days ahead, a clue to the long-range growth strategy of Starbucks Corp. will become apparent, though not at its vast chain of coffee shops. Instead look down the coffee aisle of your local grocer

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Cold Competition Enters the Coffee Wars

Victor Carvalho, who co-owns a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise location in Quincy with his brother, Octavio, said his employees have gotten positive feedback about the Dark Roast brew. “There’s a segment of the population that likes the bolder taste,’’ he said.

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Overseas Investors Brew Growth at Ann Arbor-based Bearclaw

Jaclyn Trop reports in the The Detroit News that when Debi Scroggins needed investors to grow her Bearclaw Coffee Co. franchise, she looked to the Middle East. The founder of the Ann Arbor-based coffee company has recruited nearly a dozen Iranians — with more to follow — to open mobile coffee carts in the United States at $180,000 a pop.

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Starbucks Outlines Strategy for Accelerating Profitable Global Growth

At its 19th annual meeting of shareholders, Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) credited the success of its transformation agenda and the hard work of its partners (employees) for delivering strong financial results and positioning the company for long-term, profitable growth. Watch the video of Howard Schultz from CNN Money.

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Starbucks adds options to Frappuccinos

Starting in May, Starbucks customers will be able to customize their Frappuccinos much the same way they can for the coffeehouse giant’s other drinks. For the December-ended first quarter, Starbucks reported its first same-store sales increase in two years, which officials credited in part to the brisk sales of the new Via instant coffee.

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McDonald’s Bets Pricing Drinks At $1 Will Heat Up Summer Sales

Paul Zi0bro reports at the Wall Street Journal that McDonald’s Corp.’s summer sales may get extra juice with a push to sell all soft drinks, no matter the size, for $1. McDonald’s executives have been trying to sell franchisees on the offer in recent weeks at regional meetings, where Coca-Cola Co. representatives have also pressed the case for $1 drinks, according to two franchisees.

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