Dunkin’s Choices Keep it a Strong Competitor for Breakfast Business

My morning workout is one of the few things I do for myself each day. The other is stopping at Dunkin’ Donuts for a healthy, low-calorie, breakfast on the way home,” says Sherri Horlink. The slender blonde, soccer mom from Natick, Massachusetts, enjoys an egg-white veggie flat bread sandwich when her busy schedule allows time…

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US Treasury Restricts Tax Inversions

While the Burger King acquisition of Tim Horton’s a few weeks ago caught many unaware, seemingly none more so than the United States Treasury Department.  A few weeks after BK acquired Tim’s and undertook a tax inversion that will save the company significant money in tax liability, the Treasury has promulgated new rules that make…

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New Coffee Products for Chick-fil-A, Tim Hortons & McCafe

A couple of additional brands these past few weeks have announced that they too are launching new coffee products on a national scale.  First, Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A announced plans to “launch a custom-made specialty grade coffee” through its 1800+ stores across the nation.  The coffee is being produced in partnership with Thrive Farmers Coffee. From north…

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Competitor News: Keurig Green Mountain joining S&P 500 and K-Cups

The newly renamed Keurig Green Mountain announced this week that they were joining the S&P 500 Index.  They also announced that they have reworked their agreement with Starbucks whereby they will expand Starbucks range of K-cups.  In exchange, Starbucks will receive more favorable terms.  Tim Hortons announced this week that in an effort to boost…

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New Tim Horton’s CEO impresses but SSS and growth visibility remain murky

DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John Gordon reports that the Goldman Sachs restaurant analyst recently lunched with the new CEO of Tim Horton’s and was able to glean some color on Tim’s future plans.  In the US, Horton’s will continue to search for new, large, well-funded, multi-unit, multi-concept franchisees so that Tim’s will not need to buy…

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Other Competitor News

Tim Horton’s reported sales and profits this week missing both revenue and EPS targets.  In the US, Tim’s is up to 800 points of distribution with total sales up 10.7%, year over year.  US same store sales were up 3.0%, due to transaction growth.  Their US plan continues to be to look for large franchisee…

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Competitor Coffee News

Tim Horton’s has announced they are now offering a new dark roast blend as a trial item in two markets – London, Ontario in Canada and Columbus, Ohio here in the States.  Starbucks has announced an effort to expand its digital gifting and engagement offering with “tweet-a-coffee”, an ongoing platform that will allow customers on…

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Appealed Quebec Judgment Against Dunkin’ Still Awaiting Next Steps

Speaking of legal actions and by way of update, Dunkin’ Brands Canada LTD’s appeal of a $16.4 Million damage award in the Canadian  province of Quebec is still pending.  The case involved a suit brought by 21 Dunkin franchisees in Quebec who successfully argued that Dunkin’ was liable for the franchisees’ losses and had breached…

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Goldman Sachs Restaurant Consumer Survey Ranks Unchanged

US Dunkin’ Donuts’ survey scores in the third quarter Goldman Sachs Consumer survey were unchanged from the prior quarter survey.  Dunkin’ ranked roughly in the middle of the pack, just below McDonalds and slightly above Tim Horton’s in overall brand attributes.  Subway and Chick-fil-A were the top two brands while Domino’s and Jack In The…

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