A New “Drive-by” Lawsuit

It can’t even be called a “drive-by” lawsuit, but metaphorically speaking, that is the perfect description. A lawsuit against Dunkin’ has been revived and remanded by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Dennis Haynes v. Dunkin’ Donuts, LLC stems from allegations by a Haynes, a blind Florida man that he was being discriminated against in…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ Brands released its Q2 results this week and held its first earnings call with new CEO Dave Hoffmann reporting that Dunkin’ acquired a multi-year license with CardFree, a technology “mobile wallet” platform for $100 million.  This may enable mobile and app flexibility and data capture, especially for “catering initiatives”. Brand sales and profits were largely as…

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Dunkin’ Runs on David

The big news for the Dunkin’ franchise owner community this week was the official announcement that David Hoffman has taken over as new CEO of Dunkin’ Brands effective immediately and on behalf of DDIFO and her many members, I want to sincerely congratulate him on his promotion and wish him well in his new role!…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We want to welcome Dunkin’ Brands’ new Vice President for Digital and Loyalty Marketing Stephanie Meltzer-Paul to the Dunkin’ community. Stephanie brings 20 years of experience in customer loyalty and digital marketing, most recently from BJ’s Wholesale Club and Starwood Hotels. Welcome, Stephanie!

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Dunkin’ Earnings

Dunkin Brands reported Q1 2018 earnings on Thursday, reporting a $0.09 EPS earnings beat versus consensus, revenue was $1.8 M light, while the stock was down $ .31 for the day, having changed little. Dunkin US reported negative .4% for same store sales, with ticket up and traffic down by unspecified amounts. The impact of…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin Brands had both its Q4 earnings and 2018 Investor day events this week and what emerged is a company in deep repositioning mode. Dunkin opened eyes to reveal pretty meek 2018 DD same store sales estimates (plus 1 percent for the year, Q1 was said to be “choppy”) and decreased the DD 2018 open…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We want to offer our congratulations to longtime Dunkin’ SVP for US Operations Scott Murphy on his promotion this week to Chief Operating Officer, Dunkin’ Donuts US. With Dunkin’ Brands since 2004, Scott will also assume responsibility for restaurant development and construction. In addition, we want to welcome Rick Colón to Dunkin’ Brands as the…

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Miscellaneous

We noted that for the 9th year in a row, Dunkin’ was king of the Big Apple. According to a report from the Center for an Urban Future, Dunkin’ tops out with a total of 612 stores across New York City, an increase of 16 stores over their 2016 city-leading total. And, there seems to…

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Dunkin’ Draught?

Yes, you read that correctly – Dunkin’ Draught beer! Wormtown Brewery, a nationally recognized craft brewer headquartered in Worcester Massachusetts, teamed up with Dunkin’ and launched DDark Roasted Brew in their taproom yesterday on December 21, the winter solstice and darkest day of the year. Wormtown has been talking with its landlord, Dunkin’ franchisee Rob…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin Brands will be presenting at the 2018 ICR Exchange Conference on January 8, 2017. This will be their first appearance at this event in three years and we would suspect it will feature Dave Hoffman as the senior presenting official, but that is somewhat speculative on our part. Notwithstanding, DDIFO’s financial analyst will be…

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