Dunkin’  Q2 Earnings

John Gordon, DDIFO restaurant analyst, reported on yesterday’s Dunkin’ Q2 earnings call and advised that Dunkin’ US was in at least fair shape, with reported comps of +2.9%, and transactions were said to be +.6%, with which they were “satisfied”. The SSS KCup cannibalization was said to be .6%, due to the CPG rollout. There…

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Who Pays Minimum Wage Increase?

It’s often debated where the funds for increases in minimum wages will come from – advocates say that business can absorb it in their bottom line, while business explains they will likely have to increase prices.  Well, Starbucks gave their answer with the announcement this week that their prices increased approximately 1% around the country,…

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Congress Kills NLRB “Ambush” Election, But Obama Will Likely Veto

The US House last week voted to approve legislation that kills the NLRB “ambush election rule” that simplifies and expedites unionizing efforts.  The House vote, 232 – 186, essentially fell along party lines and follows a similar party-line vote in the Senate earlier this month.  The bill invokes a rarely used Congressional power to challenge…

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Competitor News

Starbucks was making news regularly the week before last, when their annual shareholder meeting was held.  Since that meeting, they’ve probably made more news than they would have preferred as they finally pulled the plug on the initial phase of their #Race Together campaign in the face of a relentless backlash from the public via…

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Competitor News

Although they’re going to still be big on making music available, Starbucks this week announced that they are no longer going to be selling CDs (Compact Discs) at their store locations.  Since 1995, the company has been stocking and selling CDs.  With the advent of online music and other technological advances, the CD market has…

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Global Coffee Deficit Projected

Earlier this week, Citigroup forecast that a global production deficit of coffee beans could last into 2016 because of the Brazilian coffee harvest shortfall.  A lingering drought has devastated the Brazilian coffee market, which last year accounted for 36% of the world coffee supply causing production in Brazil to drop by as much as 18…

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Dunkin’s Brand Evolution: Reflecting the Customer’s Changing Needs

Oh, how times have changed. If Dunkin’ Donuts founder William Rosenberg walked into one of the world’s many stores today, he might wonder where he was. Instead of just fresh donuts and coffee, he could order a mocha Irish crème swirl iced latte with wake up wrap ¬– egg whites and turkey sausage only, please.…

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Competitor News: Keurig Green Mountain joining S&P 500 and K-Cups

The newly renamed Keurig Green Mountain announced this week that they were joining the S&P 500 Index.  They also announced that they have reworked their agreement with Starbucks whereby they will expand Starbucks range of K-cups.  In exchange, Starbucks will receive more favorable terms.  Tim Hortons announced this week that in an effort to boost…

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Beverage Trends Show Coffee Still A Boss

The 2014 Beverage Trends Survey conducted annually by QSRweb.com shows that coffee continues to be one of the most desired beverages along with tea and alcohol.  The survey further indicated that for younger consumers, tea is as significant a beverage as coffee, but for those age 35 and older, coffee is what they’re looking for.

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A Franchisee’s Challenge: Selling more coffee in an emerging market

While the Boston Crème, jelly-filled and glazed ring donuts fly out the door at the Dunkin’ Donuts in St. Joseph, Missouri, cups of fresh brewed coffee are still a slow seller. It’s the ongoing challenge for franchisee Dave Riggs, who opened the restaurant in 2012. “Making Midwest customers more aware of the high quality of…

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