Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Resisting Price Hikes on Bagged Coffee

97% of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners responding to a recent survey say they have not raised the prices of 16 ounce bags of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee even though the cost for coffee beans has reached a 13 year high. J.M. Smucker Company, which sells Dunkin’ Donuts licensed coffee at supermarkets and other retail outlets, announced it has raised prices by 9%. Comments Invited!

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Franchisees as Stakeholders: Your Rightful Claim

DDIFO’s first National Members Meeting on September 21 at the Mohegan Sun was chock-full of valuable information for franchise owners, but perhaps the most compelling presentation — The Franchisor In Play: Your Role as a Stakeholder, Not a Spectator — came from attorney Eric Karp. Karp’s message about the role franchise owners need to take in advance of and during a sale of the franchisor resonated strongly with the franchisees in attendance. DDIFO Members Only.

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Franchisee Association Suing Edible Arrangements

The lawsuit filed by the EA Independent Franchisee Association contends that Edible Arrangements, which makes “floral” fruit arrangements, has altered its business arrangement with its franchisees over the last several years, said Justin Klein, a New Jersey-based lawyer representing the group. As a result, the franchisees claim they have seen expenses increase because of new mandates implemented by Edible Arrangements

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Dunkin’ Runs on Franchise Owners

Donna Goodison of the Boston Herald reports that if a company with 1,000 corporate-owned stores wants to cut the price of its $2 bottled water, it simply goes ahead and makes the change. But a company of 1,000 franchised stores has to first persuade 1,000 entrepreneurs.

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National Members Meeting Symbolizes Unity, Growth

“United Now … More than Ever”, the overriding theme to DDIFO’s first National Members Meeting, is more than a simple turn of phrase: It is a manifestation of the organization’s progress as well as a call to action. And it reverberated throughout the Cabaret Theater at Mohegan Sun on September 21.

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Debt on the Menu at Burger King

Steve Rosenbush writes at Portfolio.com here’s something for Burger King Franchisees to consider as the restaurant chain is sold to yet another private equity owner. Who will pay for the $2.8 billion in bank loans that are financing the buyout, worth an estimated $4 billion, including debt and equity?

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Coffee Prices Bite Businesses, Public

Lisa van der Pool reports in the Boston Business Journal that he price of coffee is continuing to rise. Wholesale coffee prices are the highest they’ve been in 13 years. The J.M. Smucker Co., which licenses Dunkin’ Donuts coffee for sale in retail stores, has already announced it will raise prices by four percent.

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Nigel Travis Talks Dunkin’s Strategy

In QSR Magazine’s September issue cover story, Carolyn Walkup writes: the midst of the worst recession in decades may seem like a tough time to take the reins of a restaurant company that sells discretionary treats not needed in the everyday diet. However, Nigel Travis, whom Dunkin’ Brands hired to head its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands in January 2009, quickly showed he was up to the task.

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