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Pigging Out

Pork was promoted for years as “the other white meat” to boost its exposure and dispel consumer perception that it’s too fatty. These days, pork is anything but “other” at many limited-service restaurants, though it’s often under the guise of specific ingredients: Menus mention items like sausage at breakfast, pepperoni for pizzas, and ham on sandwiches. And of course there’s bacon, a foodservice staple made from pork bellies.

Pork is increasingly finding a home on quick-serve menus due to consumers’ evolving tastes and the product’s flexibility and cost-effectiveness.

Dunkin' Donuts Debuts Frozen Arnold Palmer Coolatta

With summer temperatures on the way, Dunkin’ Donuts is readying for warm weather by teeing up a new and legendary addition to its lineup of refreshing Coolatta frozen beverage varieties. Dunkin’ Donuts partnered with the Arizona Beverages and Arnold Palmer Enterprises to introduce the new Frozen Arnold Palmer Coolatta, giving guests a cool new way to enjoy the original half iced tea, half lemonade beverage.

Dunkin' Donuts Unveils Chicken Apple Sausage Sandwich

Dunkin’ Donuts unveiled a new breakfast offering, introducing the Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich. A breakfast sandwich option under 400 calories, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich features egg, reduced-fat Cheddar Cheese, and a split chicken sausage seasoned with spices and apple, served on an oven-toasted English muffin. The Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich is available any time of day at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide for a limited time.

Dunkin' Donuts Inks Deal for 20 Restaurants in Southern California

Dunkin’ Donuts announced the signing of multiunit store development agreements with two new franchise groups to develop 20 new California restaurants in South Orange County and the San Fernando Valley area over the next several years.

New franchise group Precision Hospitality & Development plans to develop 10 restaurants in South Orange County and the surrounding cities. Led by real estate developer Joe Haupt, the group’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2015.

Dunkin' Donuts Makes Plans for New Colorado Springs Units

Dunkin’ Donuts announced the signing of a multiunit store development agreement with existing franchisees Jason Duffy and Bert Hayenga to develop three new restaurants in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The first restaurant is planned to open in 2014 and the remainder by 2017.

Jason Duffy and Bert Hayenga currently own and operate 52 restaurants in Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and California. In November 2013, Duffy and Hayenga opened a restaurant in Barstow at the historic Barstow station, which was the second nontraditional Dunkin’ Donuts location to open in the state of California.

Dunkin' Donuts Rings in Spring with Peeps Donuts

With spring finally here, one of the season’s most fun and iconic sweet treats has flown into Dunkin’ Donuts and landed on the brand’s doughnuts. Dunkin’ Donuts unveiled new Peeps Donuts, its first-ever doughnuts topped with a real Peeps Marshmallow Chick.

Perfect for spring and the Easter holiday, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Peeps Donuts are shaped like flowers, decorated with pastel pink or green icing, and topped with a pink or yellow Peeps Marshmallow Chick. The new Peeps Donuts will be available for a limited time at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Quick-Serve Industry Continues to Rise and Shine

With more quick-serve players jumping into the morning daypart, breakfast traffic continues to surge. A new report from The NPD Group, a global information and advisory firm, shows a 3 percent gain in sales during the morning meal across the whole restaurant industry in 2013.

Dunkin’ Donuts Makes Plans for 46 New Units in Sacramento

Dunkin’ Donuts announced the signing of a multiunit store development agreement with existing franchise group, Sizzling Donuts LLC, for 46 new restaurants throughout the greater Sacramento metro area and surrounding cities of Stockton, Modesto, Tracy, Manteca, Placerville, and Davis, California.  

Over the past year, Sizzling Donuts LLC has signed multiunit store development agreements to develop more than 60 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout Northern Utah, Denver, Colorado, and Texas. The group currently operates 17 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in these markets.

Build the Buzz

National broadcast advertising creates a large ripple effect across the country, and quick-serve brands are finding that such advertising can be useful in building demand in new and emerging markets.

Using advertisements to build a buzz for a brand that has yet to reach certain regions can lead to consumer excitement and winding lines out the doors of new units, quick-serve brand representatives say.

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