Dunkin' Donuts

Breakfast Wars Reverse

As breakfast wars rage on, some morning-focused operators are expanding the battle into the afternoon daypart.
Breakfast quick service restaurants add new food options for later snacking.
Starbucks is trying to boost business in later dayparts with food items like flatbreads.

Earlier this year, research firm The NPD Group confirmed what many in the quick-service industry have known for years: The breakfast wars are real, and there’s more at stake then a Waffle Taco or a better cup of coffee. NPD’s “A Look into the Future of Foodservice” report found that the quick-service segment showed the strongest increase in breakfast visits of all restaurant segments, with a 4 percent increase in 2013 over 2012.

Dunkin’ Donuts Continues Minnesota Expansion

Dunkin’ Donuts inked a multiunit store development agreement with new franchisees Brian and Sharon Weidendorf to develop seven restaurants in Duluth, Minnesota, and the surrounding areas. The first restaurant is planned to open in spring 2015.

Led by Brian and his wife Sharon, this new franchise group holds more than 30 years of experience in the real estate development industry. Joining this team is Pat Messina, a restaurant industry veteran who will manage and oversee the daily operations for each restaurant.

Dunkin’ Donuts Takes a Bite Out of Shark Week

This year, Shark Week will run on Dunkin’. Shark Week, television’s longest running must-see TV event, returns to Discovery Channel on August 10, and Dunkin’ Donuts has launched a partnership with the network to create a virtual feeding frenzy of innovative social and interactive programming, along with a special new donut that shark fans will love sinking their teeth into.

Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Adds 20 More Florida Units

Joyal Capital Management LLC (JCM), a Boston-based financial advisory firm specializing in estate and business planning and investment management, announced that its client, Cafua Management, is purchasing 20 South Florida Dunkin’ Donuts locations, with plans to acquire an additional 30 locations in late summer. The deal will result in a transaction value of more than $50 million.

Dunkin’ Donuts Expands Footprint in North Carolina

Dunkin’ Donuts inked a multiunit store development agreement with new franchisees Wendover Donuts LLC to develop five restaurants in North and South Greensboro, North Carolina. The locations will incorporate traditional and combination-unit development with sister brand, Baskin-Robbins, with the first restaurant planned to open in 2015.

Led by Anil Agarwal and his partners Berenice Riley and Ashish Agrawal, this franchise group possesses over 25 years of combined experience with the brand and will manage and oversee the daily operations for each restaurant. 

Dunkin' Aims for 1,000 California Restaurants

Dunkin’ Donuts announced that it has filed for permits to open its first traditional restaurants in California.  The new restaurants are planned for Downey, Long Beach, Modesto, Santa Monica, and Whittier. Specific locations and anticipated opening dates will be announced later this summer, with construction scheduled to begin later in June.

Talk of the Town

While it’s become standard practice for corporate brands to engage consumers through channels such as Facebook and Twitter, location-specific marketing could be the new wave of social media. Increasingly, quick-service brands are targeting consumers in individual markets across the U.S.

“It’s really messy [for a brand] to set up [social media pages] regardless of if they intended to start localized social or not,” says Erica McClenny, senior vice president of product management at social software firm Expion.

Dunkin' Celebrates Father's Day with New Doughnut

Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating Father’s Day with a star-shaped yeast doghnut with Bavarian crème filling, chocolate icing, and a white icing drizzle. The #1 Dad Donut is available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants through Father’s Day.

In addition, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a 16-ounce “This Dad Runs on Dunkin’” tumbler.

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