Boston May Ban Styrofoam Containers in Restaurants

Boston City Councillor seeking attention for his re-election has proposed banning Styrofoam cups in Boston. Murphy said he proposed the ordinance at a hearing Oct. 15 because styrofoam containers cannot be easily recycled. The ordinance would apply to food service businesses that have over 5,000 square feet of retail or wholesale space or more than five locations in Boston.

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Canadian Fast Food Giant Expands Southward

Noreen O’Leary writes in Brandweek that Tim Hortons the donut and sandwich chain, huge in Canada, but largely unknown here, has been expanding its U.S. footprint of late and appears to be using the market as a testing ground. So far, Tim Hortons spend has been modest. Its outlay on measured media last year was $12 million in the U.S., which is a good $100 million shy of what Dunkin’ Donuts spent. But the chain, named after a star hockey player, has been throwing body checks at its rival lately.

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Caribou Coffee Tests Oatmeal, In-store Pastry Ovens

John Vomhof Jr. reports in the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal that Caribou Coffee Co. Inc. is testing ways to perk up its breakfast offerings and soon will launch an enhanced line of chocolate beverages. Brooklyn Center-based Caribou recently added oatmeal to the menu at 25 stores in the Twin Cities and Washington, D.C., and it’s offering fresh-baked pastries at about 25 locations in the Twin Cities. If the tests are successful, those items might be rolled out companywide.

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Convenience Stores Expect Growth

Anna Huddleston reports in Las Vegas Business Press that while other retailers are scrapping growth plans, the $624 billion convenience-store industry is getting even more aggressive in pursuit of new markets. 7-Eleven recently announced plans to add 200 stores nationwide by the end of the year. Drugstore chain Walgreens is refurbishing its stores to sell liquor and wine. Las Vegas chains are adding properties as the weak commercial real estate market opens new areas and technology makes it easier to tailor inventory to each store.

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Squirrel Hill Dunkin’ Donuts is Kosher

Jason Cato writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that chocolate-frosted doughnuts and pumpkin muffins have joined bagels and lox as kosher breakfast fare in Squirrel Hill. A Dunkin’ Donuts opened at Forbes and Shady avenues in Squirrel Hill two weeks ago and altered its menu to adhere to Jewish dietary laws. It’s the first national chain to go kosher in Pittsburgh and could set the stage for others in the neighborhood, said Rabbi Daniel Wasserman of Shaare Torah Congregation.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Good for the Neighborhood

Lila Shaker writes at Danbury News Times that we all should admit that the Dunkin’ Donuts on the corner of Springside Avenue and Osborne Street has greatly improved the area. There was much doubt in many people about the noise and safety if Dunkin’ Donuts was allowed to build.

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Tim Hortons to Open Fort Knox Coffee Shop as It Expands in U.S.

Bloomberg reports that Tim Hortons Inc., Canada’s largest fast-food company, is opening a coffee shop at Fort Knox, its first on an American military base, as it expands in the U.S. The coffee-and-doughnuts seller won a 10-year contract to operate the café on the Kentucky base, 30 miles southwest of Louisville, Chief Operating Officer David Clanachan said in a telephone interview.

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Starbucks’ Via Instant Coffee Goes National

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that Starbucks Corp. said its Via instant coffee product will be available nationally on Wednesday. And to overcome the negative image of instant coffee, the Seattle coffee giant said it will stage taste competitions between Via and its fresh-brewed coffee next week.

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Appreciating Coffee Across the Region

Leslie Gaydos reports at NECN that Tuesday September 29th, was National Coffee Appreciation Day, a holiday sure to give some a jolt. The big players were aware of the date, as McDonald’s brought in Nell Newman, Paul’s daughter, the president and co-founder of Newman’s Own Organics. They had lunch at the Ronald McDonald House in Providence.

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