Dunkin' Donuts

16 Handles Taps Former Dunkin’ Exec for Franchising

16 Handles, a self-serve frozen yogurt company, has appointed franchise foodservice industry veteran Larry Feierstein as vice president of franchise development to support the company’s rapid growth and franchise business.

Feierstein, with more than 30 years of experience working with startups and established quick-service restaurant companies, will oversee franchise development and assist franchisees in establishing, managing, and growing regional territories. He will also represent 16 Handles at industry events and trade shows.

United Capital Commits $100 Million to Dunkin’ Franchisees

United Capital Business Lending, a national business lender specializing in franchise finance, announced today that it provided $3.7 million to Dunkin’ Donuts owner, Velocity Brands Holdings, LLC.

United Capital refinanced eight locations for the Florida-based franchisee, and provided funds to acquire six existing Dunkin’ stores. United Capital also established a development line for Velocity Brands Holdings, LLC to build four new restaurants.

Dunkin’ Signs Development Agreement in Denver

Dunkin’ Donuts announced the signing of a multi-store development agreement with new franchisees Buzz and Brad Calkins for 12 new restaurants in Denver. The first restaurant is planned to open in 2013, and the remainder by 2018.

Together, this father-and-son duo will direct their management team as they oversee the company’s daily operations for each restaurant. For more than 100 years under the Bradley Petroleum banner, four generations of Calkins have owned and operated multi-unit gas and convenience operations in three states.

Subway Leads Industry in Familiarity, Product Quality

When it comes to familiarity, product quality, and intent to purchase, consumers rank Subway higher than any other quick-service brand, according to a new study.

Dairy Queen, Wendy’s, Five Guys, and Chick-fil-A round out the top five of the Harris Poll EquiTrend Study, which measures and compares brand health for more than 1,500 brands. More than 20,000 members of the general population participate in the study.

Subway earned a score of 73.07 in the study, about 11 points above the quick-service category average of 61.67.

Dunkin’ Donuts Plans Nine Units in Birmingham, Alabama

Dunkin’ Donuts announced today the signing of a multi-store development agreement with new franchisee group, Star Restaurant Group, for nine new restaurants in Birmingham, Alabama. The first restaurant is planned to open in 2013, and the remainder by 2017.

Together, this team will manage and oversee the company’s daily operations for each restaurant. The new franchisees have an extensive background in multi-unit, gas, and convenience operations in two states, which include quick-service restaurant components.

Dunkin’ Rings “NASDDAQ” Bell for National Donut Day

Today, June 1, is National Donut Day, and to celebrate, Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee, donuts and baked goods, is treating guests to a free donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage. 

Dunkin’ Donuts is also celebrating on Twitter, with the National Donut Day Twitter Sweepstakes. Today, followers of @DunkinDonuts on Twitter will be challenged with a half-dozen donut trivia questions about Dunkin’ Donuts’ donuts through the years.

Dunkin’ Announces Free Donuts June 1, National Donut Day

Dunkin’ Donutstoday announced it will be honoring National Donut Day, celebrated this year on Friday, June 1, with a sweet deal for donut lovers everywhere. On June 1, participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide will offer guests a free donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage.  

National Donut Day, celebrated on the first Friday of June each year, was originally established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.

Dunkin’ Franchisees Elect Brand Advisory Council

Dunkin' Donuts has announced the results of its most recent Brand Advisory Council (BAC) election that selects franchisees from across the country to provide advice and counsel on topics ranging from marketing strategies and menu innovation to technology and training needs for the company's 7,000 U.S. franchise locations.

The elected members representing five regions serve a two-year term and are selected by their peers to represent the entire franchise community's strategic guidance, feedback, ideas, and requests.