Competitor News

There was certainly much news afoot this week relating other QSRs.  First, we were indeed saddened to learn of the passing of Subway founder and CEO Fred Deluca.  Although we never met, word is that he was a wonderful human being.  Our sympathies go to his family and the Subway community.  Our sympathies should also…

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Miscellaneous

The bad news just keeps on coming for McDonald’s as their quarterly franchisee survey was released last week and it pegged franchise owner confidence at the lowest level since the survey began 12 years ago.  Surveyed owners reported same store sales in June were down 2.3 percent and projected a decline in July of an…

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Competitor News

Out of the Chicago area, we took note of the recent news report that despite closing a host of stores in the greater Chicago area during the Great Recession, Krispy Kreme is looking to expand again in the area.  The Winston-Salem (NC) based company has signed a deal to open eight locations in Chicago and…

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Competitor News

The news may have been all about Dunkin’ selling K-cups, but Krispy Kreme also announced last week that they had reached a licensing agreement to roast and sell Krispy Kreme coffee in groceries, mass merchants and club stores.  It will also be available online at Amazon.com as well as ShopMZB.com.  In addition, Krispy Kreme also…

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Higher Prices at Horton’s and Free Charging

We noted that Tim Horton’s plans to increase the price of a cup of coffee at their Canadian locations next Wednesday by $.10 per cup.  In addition, the chain also plans to increase the price for their breakfast sandwiches across all provinces except Ontario.  There was no specific mention of increases in US stores.  Speaking…

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Competitor News: Taco Bell is in the Breakfast Business and More

We haven’t reported too much of late on our competitors, but there is much to report, so we’ll try to catch you up in this issue . . . Taco Bell has joined the breakfast competition, announcing a few weeks ago that beginning March 27, they will offer a rather extensive breakfast menu from 7AM…

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Competitor News: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Krispy Kreme has reached agreement with Green Mountain Coffee which will result in a Krispy Kreme coffee brand in K-Cups being put out to the market in the grocery and retail channels by the end of 2014.  Speaking of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, they were just hit with a lawsuit by Illinois-based TreeHouse Foods, Inc.…

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