Competitor News

Starbucks announced this week that it was joining the so-called Time To Vote Coalition, a group of some 700 companies that are encouraging their employees to register and vote in the 2020 election. In addition, Starbucks plans to include tools for customers to register to vote and confirm the location and method for them to…

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Miscellaneous

As we glided from one decade to another, the economy continued its exceptional run, adding another 145,000 jobs in December to cap 2019 at over 2,100,000 new jobs created! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the leisure and hospitality industry added 40,000 of those jobs for an annual industry total of 388,000!  As the…

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Miscellaneous

We’ve all been keeping a close eye on unionizing efforts across the fast food industry, so we took note a few weeks ago when it was reported that workers at Winnipeg Taco Bell and KFC shops had formally unionized, becoming the first QSRs to unionize in all of Canada.  Krispy Kreme CFO Price Cooper left…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced this week that it will begin offering its new cold coffee drink in a number of markets around the country including Boston, New York, Chicago, Portland, LA and San Francisco.  The “Nitro Cold Brew” is their existing cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen to give it a smooth and creamy texture. In celebration…

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Competitor News

Taco Bell is now expanding their breakfast menu with the addition of a one dollar value menu for their breakfast items.  The company announced last week that the new value menu will consist of 10 breakfast options.  At the same time, they also announced three new items will be added to their current breakfast menu…

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Competitor News

Considering the difficulties they’ve encountered over the past year or so, with sales flat or dropping around the world, is it a surprise that McDonalds is going to minimize their pain but switching from monthly to quarterly reporting?  I guess the message is if the news ain’t good, don’t report it as frequently . .…

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McDonalds franchisee survey, Starbucks & Taco Bell Go Greek

There appears to be continuing problems between McDonald’s and its franchisees as the latest Janney Capital Markets quarterly McDonalds franchisee survey showed the most pessimistic outlook for the next six months in the history of the survey.  The 27 franchisees surveyed, representing 231 shops across the country, gave the coming half a year an average…

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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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Taco Bell, Tim Hortons, Hardee’s and Keurig News

There is much to report on the growing list of Dunkin’ competitors as Hardee’s announced this week that they are returning to the northeast after a 20 year absence.  A 200 unit franchise agreement was announced with stores slated for the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut markets.  With their fresh biscuit platform, the St.…

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