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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Carbone on the Competition

Dunkin’ CFO Paul Carbone spoke last week at the UBS Best of Americas Conference in London and tackled the question of Dunkin’s top competitors in the breakfast market.  Talking about how many companies are trying to enter the breakfast market, he identified MacDonald’s as #1 competitor, followed in order by gas & convenience stores, Tim…

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Competitor News: Tim Horton’s

Last week we advised that Tim Horton’s continues to focus their growth efforts on US markets.  This week they announced the addition of single serve K-cups to their retail offerings.  In other competitor news, Sonic Drive-Ins announced they will soon offer egg whites as an addition to their breakfast menu as well as several new…

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Competitor Tim Horton’s new CEO reaffirmed the US was a “must win”

Tim Horton’s new CEO reaffirmed the US was a “must win” market for Tim’s. Their Q2 US same store sales were +1.4%, driven mostly by traffic – a deceleration versus trend. In contrast, Dunkin’ US posted accelerating same store sale sales versus trend last month. Tim’s announced they would revert to larger, better capitalized US franchisee development partner…

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Tim Horton’s Ruling may be a Cautionary Tale for Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners

A Canadian court ruling involving Tim Horton’s may be cautionary tale for Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees. The case was brought by a group of Tim Horton’s franchise owners after they were forced to sell items at below cost and switch to more expensive pre-baked donuts from a supplier affiliated with the franchisor. Franchise attorney Eric H. Karp of the Boston firm Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan, LLP, closely followed this case and kept DDIFO apprised of its developments. After the decision was announced, DDIFO commissioned him to write a comprehensive summary of this ruling.

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Even more Dunkin’ Donuts to open in R.I.

Can there be even more Dunkin’ Donuts in Rhode Island? Apparently, yes.

A group of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners have nabbed up 16 former Tim Hortons locations, but just five will be new doughnut and coffee shops. The others will be leased to non-competing companies.

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Frozen Doughnuts Day in Court

Christine Dobby of the Financial Post reports that Doughnuts are an emotional food for Canadians. When Tim Hortons Inc. made a franchise-wide decision to ditch fresh-baked methods in favour of microwaving pre-cooked baked goods in-store, many people took it hard. Even company co-founder Ron Joyce, who sold the majority of his stake in the company in…

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Tim Hortons Sees U.S. as Prime Growth Opportunity

S. John Tilak reports at Reuters that Tim Hortons Inc isn’t content to be Canada’s largest restaurant chain, not when the biggest consumer market in the world lies at its doorstep. Even though Canada’s coffee-and-donuts king has stumbled in the past in trying to replicate its success in the United States, it sees its latest marketing drive south of the border leading to strong sales momentum.

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