Dunkin’ Doings

New Dunkin’ President David Hoffman has been making the rounds with a focus on franchisee relations. In addition, he met with analysts to discuss his first few weeks on the job.  In the meeting with analysts, Hoffman cited his experience in working alongside franchisees at McD and said he already has begun working with DNKN…

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Miscellaneous

The historic election of 2016 may have captured most of the news over the past several weeks, but there have been other items of note that we want to be sure you were aware of.  McDonald’s seemed to be making news left & right over the past few weeks . . . first off, a…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ announced yesterday a ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverage marketing agreement with Coca Cola. Coke will manufacture, bottle and distribute the premixed, cold coffee based beverages, which will be sold in shop. With no capital investment, this promotes Dunkin’s brand royalty economic story and although no financial terms were announced, Dunkin’ may receive an up-front payment…

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Miscellaneous

QSR last week released its QSR Top 50 listing and Dunkin’ came in as the 7th best limited-service restaurant brand in the nation.  QSR gave Dunkin’ much credit for its aggressive growth plans as well as for its ‘impressive strides” with outreach.  McDonald’s held the top spot followed by Starbucks and Subway in 2nd and…

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Miscellaneous

So, for those who are caught up in the new Pokémon Go fad, McDonalds is making a major move by partnering with the game developer, Niantic, to make all McDonalds store in Japan a PokéStop.  A PokéStop is a location where players can have the Pokémon they have already captured battle each other.  The game,…

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Miscellaneous

With many caught up in the new Pokémon Go fad, McDonalds is making a major move by partnering with the game developer, Niantic, to make all McDonalds store in Japan a PokéStop.  A PokéStop is a location where players can have the Pokémon they have already captured battle each other.  The game, which uses a cell…

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Competitor News

It was reported this week that Starbucks is acquiring an ownership stake in Italian bakery Princi, with 4 locations in Italy and one in central London.  The company also made headlines this week when it announced that it was increasing wages across the board by 5% up to the manager level and adding further enhancements…

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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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