Healthful QSR Breakfast Items Wake up Morning Sales

Steve Coomes reports in Nation’s Restaurant News that while quick-service restaurants have made great strides in creating healthful items for dinner and lunch menus, breakfast has been another matter — until now. The slow march of healthful items into the breakfast lineup appears to be quickening, and sleepy morning customers seem to like what they are waking up to. Dunkin Donuts reports that its DDSmart healthful breakfast items rolled out last year are selling very well, and Starbucks says its low-fat, low-calorie baked goods and protein plates, also introduced in 2008, are attracting hungry customers as well.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces New Chicken and Tuna Sandwiches to the Menu in Select Markets

As temperatures begin to cool, Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today turned up the heat and unveiled a flavorful new lineup of great-tasting chicken and tuna sandwiches. The new sandwiches, available today at participating Dunkin’ Donuts shops in select northeast markets, offer another quick quality menu option to keep busy people running throughout the
afternoon.

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Dunkin Donuts Franchise Operator Sees Big Dreams Fall Flat

Michael Braga writes in the Sarasota Herald Tribune that Bill Daly swept down from Massachusetts two years ago with the goal of expanding his Dunkin’ Donuts franchise. For $11.15 million, he was able to buy a majority stake in the largest Dunkin’ Donuts chain on Florida’s west coast — a chain with 18 stores from Bradenton to Punta Gorda and a bakery large enough to service twice as many eateries. After closing the deal in August 2007, Daly announced he would build 26 new outlets in five years and would eventually increase his Florida payroll from 200 to 1,000 people.

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Quiznos Loans Franchisees Capital for Reimage Program

David Farkas reports in Chain Leader that to revitalize its brand, Quiznos is rolling out a new decor package and upgraded training. To get franchisees to buy in, the restaurant chain is loaning them the money. Quiznos is tempting franchisees with a low-interest rate on small loans to be used for remodeling the restaurants.

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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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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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