Competitor News

Several weeks ago, it was reported that JAB Holdings had created a Panera Brands platform which includes three of the companys breakfast daypart entities – Panera Bread, Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels. In the wake of the move, speculation is that after private ownership for the past five years, the company is likely to…

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Dunkin’ and the No-Poach Clause

Many franchisors utilize so-called “no-poach” clauses in their franchise agreements, and such clauses may be structured in a way that limits a franchisee’s ability to hire employees of other, same-brand franchisees and/or employees of the franchisor. Recently, a group of state attorneys general and prominent legislators began pressing franchisors to cease use of so-called “no-poach”…

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Competitor News

At its recent annual stockholders meeting, Starbucks announced that it had expanded its food selections and grown the category of the years, with revenue from food increasing 15 percent from 2016 to 2017 and 1.5 times since 2013. Further, they plan to double food sales, which now account for 21 percent of US sales, by…

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Competitor News

We noted last week that Starbucks is developing its latest Reserve Roastery in the former flagship Crate & Barrel store on Northern Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. Scheduled to open in 2019, the Roastery will total 43,000 square feet on the Magnificent Mile.  It was also reported just yesterday, that Starbucks is planning to expand…

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Cautionary Tales

There is a court case from Massachusetts that we’d like to reference because the lessons they provide apply across the country.  The parents of a 6 year old girl with a peanut allergy filed suit against Panera Bread after she had a serious allergic reaction when the grilled cheese sandwich she ate had a dollop…

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