Costello Assumes Chairmanship of Mobile Marketing Association

Congratulations are in order for President of Global Marketing and Innovation for Dunkin’ Brands John Costello on his recent appointment as Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association.  John, who previously served as chairman of the Association of National Advertisers and the Advertising Council was introduced as the new chairman at the organization’s recent Education Forum…

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Nigel Travis Contract Extended

As you were informed directly, Nigel Travis contract has been extended for another 2 years.  As an organization, DDIFO was thrilled to learn of the 2 year extension of Nigel’s contract as CEO and Chairman of Dunkin’ Brands International.  In response to media inquiries DDIFO released the following statement: “As THE organization representing the interests…

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Thinking About Success in Sochi and at Home

As I write this message, the XXII Olympic Winter Games are just getting underway in Sochi, Russia; as you read this, the games will have already concluded. You know which teams have been successful in their quest for Olympic Gold; I can only guess. There is a component of the Olympic Games however, that is…

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Dunkin’ Q4 Results Strong

Our DDIFO restaurant analyst advises from the Dunkin’ earnings call yesterday that the company’s Q4 and 2013 earnings were strong.  Q4 earnings were $.03 above consensus and revenue also slightly above consensus.  Dunkin’ US comp sales were +3.5%, and the company noted both improved ticket and transactions were responsible.  You can review a detailed summary…

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A Quick Trip Through October’s New Product Introductions

Historically, November is the month with the most new product introductions in the QSR sector, but 2013 may present a different picture as last month saw the various major players in QSR launch a surprisingly large number of new products throughout the country.  In the past, October has accounted for only 6% of LTOs in…

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Twohig, Michaels’ Roles Expanded, Minardi out

Dunkin’ Brands announced changes this week in the responsibilities of Dunkin’ US and Canada President Paul Twohig and Bill Mitchell, President of Baskin-Robbins US and Canada.  With the two executives taking on international responsibilities, Giorgio Minardi, Dunkin’ Brands International President is out and will be leaving the company.  Twohig’s expanded role gives him oversight for…

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Dunkin’ Third Quarter Earnings Are Up 36%

In its 3rd Quarter Earnings Call held yesterday, Dunkin’ Donuts executives reported that earnings during the third quarter, which ended September 30, were up 36% over the 2nd quarter numbers.  More specifically, revenue from established US locations reportedly rose 4.2% for DD stores domestically, but fell 1.4 percent at the international level.

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Bloomberg Running on Dunkin’

This past week saw the Bloomberg News Agency and Bloomberg TV premiere its new program on corporate America, C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett.  In the October 8 inaugural program, Hayzlett visited Dunkin’ Brands and reported on many aspects of the Dunkin’ operation.  Perhaps of particular interest to members would be Dunkin’ CFO Paul Carbone’s view of…

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Last Minute News From Nigel

Last night, DBI Chairman and CEO Nigel Travis was again interviewed on CNBC and reported that store remodels were getting a mid-single digit sales uplift but that franchisees were happy with that lift!  He also noted that many discounts were underway including $4 off KCups, $5.99 for a bag of coffee and free coffee to…

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Dunkin Grows with Stores – and VPs!

Mixed in with the many stories of Dunkin’ expanding into the United Kingdom and continuing its Texas expansion, was news of the hiring of two new Dunkin’ Donuts Vice Presidents.  David Starmer is VP – IT for Store Systems, and Paul Zaher has been added as the VP – IT for Marketing Systems.  They will…

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