Dunkin’ Donuts, NYC Stores Resolve Contract Dispute

Law360.com reports that Dunkin’ Donuts Franchised Restaurants LLC and Baskin-Robbins Franchised Shops LLC have agreed to drop their suit accusing three New York City franchisees of unlawfully using the chains’ trademarks after their franchise agreements had been terminated, now that the defendants have pledged to sell their franchises. DDIFO Members read more..

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Luther Unwinds 60 Years of Dunkin’ Culture

Blue MauMau reports that in his address at a New York restaurant show on March 1, Dunkin’ Brands chairman Jon Luther said he had successfully changed Dunkin’s image with the public. DDIFO Members….What do you think? Take the Luther Poll?

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Dunkin’ Donuts Plans on Hold

Shelley Smith of the Salisbury Post reports that trouble seems to be brewing for the newly constructed Dunkin’ Donuts on Jake Alexander Boulevard, in Salisbury, North Carolina! According to information from a company representative.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Grows in 2009

BlueMauMau reports that Dunkin’ Donuts announced this week that in 2009 the firm managed to grow its U.S. chain by 171 stores, which it says was largely outside of its traditional New England hub. Dunkin’ also says it received 131 new agreements in 2009 where franchisees will shortly set up store locations.

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Dunkin’ Sales Hit $5.7B; 351 Stores Added

Providence Business News reports that Dunkin’ Donuts, which employs 1,034 people at 180 stores in Rhode Island, said its sales rose 4 percent last year as the ubiquitous coffee chain opened 351 new stores around the world.

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Turning tweets into sales: Twitter’s allure is tough to translate into dollars, though Dunkin’ Donuts is tracking results

Dunkin’ Donuts, has started to track dollars flowing from Twitter by tallying the number of people who click through from a “Win Free Coffee For a Year Offer” on Twitter. Users who enroll in the “DD perks” program are entered into a company database. The Canton-based company has a quantitative value for database members, although it will not disclose that number or the Twitter click-through rate.

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Private-Equity Firms Say Retail LBOs Return With Recovery

Carlyle also is poised to take advantage of stabilized capital markets to sell some of its investments, Horbach said. The firm is among the owners of Dunkin’ Brands, the operator of the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins chains, which is a likely candidate for an initial public offering, Horbach said.

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Gov’t Intervention a Top Industry Concern

Nation’s Restaurant News reports that the increase of government legislation targeting the foodservice industry, on the federal, state and local levels, is one of the largest challenges restaurateurs face, industry executives and operators said Monday during the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York.

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Dunkin’ Brands To Gobble Up Kainos Franchise Shops

BlueMauMau reports that Dunkin’ Brands has announced its intent to purchase some of the stores of troubled Kainos Partners Holding Company, a master franchise of 56 Dunkin’ Donuts shops located in New York, South Carolina and Nevada. Dunkin’ will acquire the franchisee’s stores to be owned and run by the franchisor, and then refranchise them later.

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