Dunkin' Donuts

Pumpkin Season Kicks Off at Dunkin' Donuts

September is prime pumpkin season at Dunkin’ Donuts. Leading the autumn array are new Pumpkin Crème Brulee Coffee and Lattes, which are available hot or iced, featuring the flavors of pumpkin and vanilla blended together. Dunkin’ Donuts is also bringing back a full fall lineup of pumpkin beverages and baked goods, which begins rolling into restaurants today, and all products will be available for a limited time by September 1.

Coffee Concepts Can Target Lunch Guests with Demographic Data

First, Taco Bell turned the burrito on its side with the launch of a new breakfast menu, and now, traditional morning daypart chains Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks are looking to extend their bite to the much-larger lunch slice. Although Dunkin’ has been after the coffee-drinking market that makes up the largest piece of Starbucks’ revenue, and Starbucks for years has served pre-made or heat-and-eat fare, both brands are looking to increase food sales revenue and chip away at Panera Bread’s market share.

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.

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