Dunkin’ Doings

Inspire Brands just keeps making headlines with their Dunkin’ personnel moves over the course of the past few weeks, and last week was no exception. Inspire announced the promotion of Dunkin and Baskins SVP John Varughese to the position of Chief Operating Officer of Inspire Brands international division. As Inspire COO, John will oversee international…

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Independent Joe #68 June/July 2021

April 22, 2021 marked day four of Dealmakers Week, presented by Franchise Times. It was also the day the magazine announced its 2020 Deal of the Year. Not surprisingly, the award went to Inspire Brands for its $11.3 billion purchase of Dunkin’ Brands. On hand to receive the award was David Pipes, Inspire Brands chief…

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Inspire Seeks Multi-brand Franchisees to ‘Accelerate Growth’

April 22, 2021 marked day four of Dealmakers Week, presented by Franchise Times. It was also the day the magazine announced its 2020 Deal of the Year. Not surprisingly, the award went to Inspire Brands for its $11.3 billion purchase of Dunkin’ Brands. On hand to receive the award was David Pipes, Inspire Brands chief…

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Jaspon to the C-Suite

Congratulations are in order this week for both Inspire Brands and former Dunkin’ CFO Kate Jaspon. We want to congratulate Inspire Brands for making the right appointment and promoting Kate to the CFO post to succeed the retiring David Pipes. We also want to congratulate Kate on a well-deserved promotion and on her many years…

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Independent Joe #66 February/March 2021

New Dunkin’ owner Inspire Brands is not only one of the largest restaurant companies in the world, it also wants to be a leader in the collection, analysis and use of data. To that end, Inspire’s CEO Paul Brown recently created a new corporate position. Navin Sharma, a senior executive with Inspire since 2018, is…

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Inspire Building Atlanta ‘Ghost Kitchen’

Notwithstanding ongoing development of the Coffee Café Bakery, a $10 million highly automated centralized manufacturing location (CML) in the greater Atlanta area, Inspire Brands is apparently moving forward with development of Alliance Kitchen, a $2.6 million “ghost” kitchen being built in Atlanta. Most noteworthy in this development is perhaps the fact that The Coffee Café…

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Atlanta Franchisees Team up to Create State-of-the-Art Commercial Kitchen

The Coffee Café Bakery. It’s a charming, almost quaint, name that belies the state-of-the-art project it represents – a $10 million, highly automated, Centralized Manufacturing Location (CML) being developed in metro Atlanta, and scheduled to open late this year. The Coffee Café Bakery is a subsidiary of a Chunara Food Group (CFG) and ZSC Enterprises…

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Buy, Spin, Repeat?

What franchisees should remember about Dunkin’s prior history as a private-equity-owned brand For many, 2020 will be a year to forget. But for the restaurant conglomerate Inspire Brands, it will be a year to remember. Having spent billions to acquire Dunkin’ and Baskin Robbins, Inspire has a tall – or Grande – order to fill:…

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