Nigel Travis on CNBC: Economy & Increased Competition

Dunkin’ Donuts, the world’s largest coffee and baked goods chain, has seen increased competition lately with McDonald’s McCafe and Tim Horton’s growing presence in the US. Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin Donuts, discusses the company’s outlook with CNBC.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Served Here

It sounds like a developer’s dream: open a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise near a major commercial building or hospital. Employees, visitors and patients will surely stop in for a cup of coffee on their way in, their way out or during a break. Landing such a development deal would surely be profitable—even in a tough economy. But, as many franchise owners have learned, profits dry up and customer counts drop when the building lands its own deal to sell Dunkin’ Donuts coffee on-site. Restricted for DDIFO Members Only

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Wilbur Curtis Brews Up Exceptional Customer Service

Have you ever had the feeling you’ve uncovered a well kept secret? That’s just how some Dunkin’ franchise owners feel once they try the equipment sold by DDIFO Sponsor, Wilbur Curtis. While the company has been manufacturing coffee brewing and grinding equipment since 1941, they are a relative newcomer to Dunkin’ Brands. Combine that with a company name that bears the name of its founder, “Wilbur Curtis,” but that is commonly referred to as “Curtis”, and you may understand the challenge presented while trying to order Curtis equipment through the DCP.

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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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J.M. Smucker 2nd-quarter Profit Soars on Coffee

The Miami Herald reports that J.M. Smucker Co (SJM.N), best known for its peanut butter and jelly, posted higher-than-expected quarterly results, driven by strong margins at its Folgers coffee business, and raised its full-year profit view, sending its shares to a new 52-week high. Overall gross margin rise to 33.8 percent from 28.9 percent in the year-ago period. About 90 percent of the rise in gross profit was because of Folgers, the company said.

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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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