Miscellaneous

QSR released their annual listing of the Top 50 brands in the industry just this week and we were delighted to see Dunkin’ Donuts check in at #7 on the list.  Despite the difficulties they have been experiencing over the past few years, McDonald’s again topped listing.  Tim Horton’s has managed to ostracize both sides…

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Competitor News

Burger King/Tim Hortons Q2 earnings call was held at the beginning of this week.  Tim’s US reported same store sales of +7% in the recently ended Quarter 2. Check and transactions were not revealed. The 7% is a very good number as it compares to a 6% they recorded last year.  On the flip side…

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Competitor News

In its last earnings call, Restaurant Brands, the parent of Burger King and Tim Horton’s, briefly reiterated its south of the US border development goals, but Q&A along with recent moves point to more international development priorities. In May, the press picked up on the fact it was shutting the Tim’s US development office in…

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Competitor News

With Q1 earnings calls being held over the past week or so, DDIFO restaurant analyst John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group noted much about competitors:  Starbucks (SBUX) reported very solid Q1 earnings results last week with same store sales +7% (2% in traffic and +5% in ticket value). They also introduced a boatload of…

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Quebec Court Finds For Dunkin’ Franchisees

In a long-awaited decision, the Quebec Court of Appeals has found in favor of a group of 21 Dunkin’ franchisees in a suit that was initiated back in 2005.  The judgement by the appellate court affirms the lower court decision holding a franchisor responsible for maintaining the strength of the brand and supporting the brand’s…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced earlier this week that they will soon be launching a high-end subscription service for “reserve” coffees – at a cost of $288 per year.  This comes on the heels of announcing a few weeks back that they were entering the matchmaking business as well, entering an agreement with Internet dating service Match.com.  Under…

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Competitor News

We spotted a number of notes on competitors over the past few weeks that we thought might be interesting.  Tim Horton’s launched a new Healthy Options Initiative involving nutritional value of various menu items posted on two distinct websites, one for their US stores and another for their Canadian stores.  On the sites, customers can…

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Competitor December Doldrums

Dunkin’ wasn’t alone in their weak December report – McDonald’s conducted a special investor call, detailing their “build your own taste theme” and more decentralization in corporate functions, to hopefully be more nimble and more local in its business focus. McDonald’s announced its breakfast sales were still positive. McDonald’s will take some time to change. …

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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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