Competitor News

Starbucks will be hiking their beverage prices by as much as $ .30 beginning next week, almost exactly one year since the company last raised its prices in July, 2015. This time around, the increase actually came to light because of a computer glitch in that the new prices were added to the POS system…

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Competitor News

Earlier this year, Wendys acknowledged that the POS system used by many of its franchisees had been breached, subsequently estimating in May that approximately 300 stores were affected.  This week, the company acknowledged that the actual number of stores with malware infecting their POS system could be “considerably higher”.  McDonalds has announced that it will…

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From Drive-by Lawsuits to Drive-Thru Discrimination

You might wonder whether we’ve gone too far in our quest to even every playing field with a new lawsuit filed against McDonalds alleging that their requirement that customers going through the drive-thru must have a car is discriminatory.  The suit was filed by a blind man from Louisiana, Scott Magee. Magee claims he’s being…

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

The so-called Fight for 15, being directed, financed and staffed by labor union SEIU, is predicated on selling the notion that in every nook and cranny of the nation, a minimum wage of $15 is necessary for employees to attain a “livable wage”.  In Websters online dictionary, the “living wage” is generally defined as an…

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Dunkin’ Responds to McDonald’s Release of All-Day Breakfast

It’s a lingering question: Is McDonald’s all-day breakfast hurting Dunkin’ or isn’t it? According to John Gordon, principal of Pacific Management Consulting Group and DDIFO’s restaurant analyst, the question will hang around for a while longer. “It’s still too early,” says Gordon. “First, Nigel Travis says Dunkin’ didn’t see any impact and then he says…

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Independent Joe #37 April/May

No longer just a ho-hum combination of white bread and filling, today’s sandwich has evolved into a creative and versatile snack or portable meal, and a gastrointestinal necessity for Americans on the go. For Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, this translates into big opportunity and a big challenge. How do you add new and more complicated sandwich…

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Other Industry News

Continuing their efforts at a rebound under CEO Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s recently announced a couple of new test ongoing in different markets around the footprint.  Notwithstanding concerns over obesity by many politicians, the Golden Arches have begun testing all-you-can-eat-fries along with a self-serve ordering kiosk at a St. Joseph, Missouri store.  In 2015, the company…

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Competitor News

Starbucks still having problems and getting pushback with controversial loyalty program they instituted.  Earlier this week, McDonalds announced that it had begun testing new coffee shots in select locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, as well as reportedly in some parts of Maine.  They’re initially testing 13 sweetened and unsweetened coffee flavor shots ranging…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced this week that its 2nd Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room would open in the Meatpacking District of New York City sometime in 2018.  Bigger than the first roastery that opened 2 years ago in Seattle, the New York location will encompass some 20,000 square feet of new retail space.  Notwithstanding that enforcement of…

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Competitor News

Krispy Kreme announced last week that the company planned to maximize its growth with a greater focus on franchising because their franchise stores are outperforming their corporate shops.  For the quarter ended January 31, corporate owned stores reported same store sales growth of 0.2 percent, while those operated by a franchisee showed 3.5 percent same…

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