Yum to sell Long John Silver’s, A&W

Bloomberg reports that Yum Brands Inc., which owns the KFC and Taco Bell restaurant chains, plans to sell its Long John Silver’s and A&W All-American Food Restaurants to focus on expansion in China and other regions.

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Analyst says McDonald’s Should Put Focus Back to Burgers

Kate MacArthur Crain’s Chicago Business reports that McDonald’s Corp.’s domestic “beverages over burgers” strategy has hurt its core business, an influential investment analyst told clients Friday. McDonald’s is a burgers-and-fries company, not a beverage company, said Howard Penney, restaurant analyst at New Haven, Conn.-based investment research firm Hedgeye Risk Management LLC, in a conference call…

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Dunkin’ Turns to Everyday Joes

DC Dennison writes in The Boston Globe about Dunkin’ Donuts New Marketing Campaign and he mentions DDIFO’s efforts to amend the law regarding “tip pooling”.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Outruns other NYC chains

Crains Business New York reports that in a year when consumer-driven businesses helped the New York City economy recover much faster than expected, more national retail chains expanded their presence in the city than reduced their footprints here, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Willowbrook’s Shah Family Featured on CNBC’s Documentary on Franchising

The Chicago Tribune reports that for Vishal Shah it is always “time to make the donuts,” and only the love for his family surpasses his passion for business as a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner. On December 15, the Glenview resident and his daughter Anjali made their television debut when CNBC featured a documentary called “Behind the Counter: The Untold Story of Franchising.”

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Hortons’ Retreat From New England

No matter how you slice it, Tim Hortons pull-out from Providence, Hartford and some shops in Maine, proves that the investment Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners have made in these New England markets has paid off.

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McCafe Named One of America’s Hottest Brands by Advertising Age

Maureen Morrison writes at AdAge.com that McDonald’s has had coffee on its menu since the early ’80s, with as many as 60 different coffee blends being used in the restaurants. But then McDonald’s starting developing a long-term strategy to integrate coffee and related beverages into its core menu.

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Tim Hortons to Buy Back Shares, Close 36 Stores in the Northeast

David Paddon reports at The Globe and Mail that Tim Hortons Inc. will use $400-million from the sale of its half of Maidstone Bakeries to buy back some of its shares on open market, a move that may win investor favour despite some bitter-sweet news announced Wednesday. The iconic Canadian restaurant operator, which has been making inroads into the American market, said it has decided to make a strategic retreat from the Providence, RI., and Hartford, CT., markets in the U.S. Northeast.

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IHOP Eyes College Campuses

Nation’s Restaurant News report that IHOP plans to grow its presence on college campuses through a partnership with Aramark and expand its name beyond the restaurants with a new licensing program, the company said Monday.

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