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What Great Brands Do

Q: What does it take for a quick-service brand to become a great brand?

A: I get this question all the time. Many people look at superstar brands like Apple, Southwest Airlines, and Nike and mistakenly conclude those companies achieved their successes as a result of good timing, great advertising, or just plain luck. But I’ve found that these companies have employed specific, somewhat surprising, techniques that have turned them into industry icons.

Dunkin’ Donuts Inks Deal for 13 Units in Oklahoma City

Dunkin’ Donuts announced the signing of a multiunit store development agreement with existing franchise group, OKD Holdings, to develop 13 new restaurants throughout Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The first of the planned restaurants will open in 2015.

The team, led by second generation Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Misha Goli and his partners, will manage and oversee the company’s daily operations for each restaurant. Goli currently owns four restaurants throughout Oklahoma City and has a vast knowledge of the quick-serve industry.

Bowled Over

In the fast-food breakfast world, the carrier has long been king. From McMuffins to Croissan’wiches, burritos to breakfast wraps, flatbreads to breakfast paninis, and now—thank you, Dunkin’ Donuts—even breakfast sandwiches served on a glazed doughnut, fast-food chains have dedicated an inordinate amount of ingenuity to finding tasty, portable, hand-held ways to deliver the day’s most important meal to us with a minimum of fuss and mess.

New Year, New Better-For-You Items at Dunkin’

To help guests eat better and keep running smartly throughout 2014, Dunkin’ Donuts is kicking off the New Year by expanding the brand’s DDSMART menu. Leading off the brand’s lineup of new better-for-you choices, available any time of day, Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced the Sliced Turkey Breakfast Sandwich. Served oven toasted on a brand new Multigrain Flatbread, the Sliced Turkey Breakfast Sandwich, at 310 calories, features three slices of turkey, an egg, and a slice of reduced fat cheddar cheese.

Dunkin’ Fans Strive for Top Chef Status

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Dunkin’ Donuts turned to fans on social media for its latest venture in culinary innovation. Inspired by its partnership with Bravo’s "Top Chef," the coffee and doughnut brand set out to hold its own quick-fire challenge through a Google+ Hangout, using recipes submitted through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Dunkin’ Donuts to Open Doors in Midvale, Utah

Midvale, Utah, residents can “get their Dunkin’ on” as a new Dunkin’ Donuts location will open on Tuesday, December 17, at 5 a.m. Midvale guests will be able to start their day with free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee during the grand opening. The new restaurant includes a drive thru and is located in the Family Center near Ross Dress for Less. After the grand opening, this new store and its drive thru will be open daily from 4:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Las Cruces Gets Another Helping of Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts opened its second Las Cruces, New Mexico, location on Tuesday, December 10. Guests were able to start their day with free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee during the grand opening.

The newly constructed Dunkin’ Donuts will be open daily, from 4:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and is situated just west of the Roadrunner Parkway with a drive thru. 

Sizzling Platter LLC, a Utah-based restaurant management company, owns and operates this new store, along with the Main Street location in Las Cruces, which opened in July of this year.

2013: A Year In Review

Nine stories that shook up the limited-service industry in the last year.

Despite a year filled with turmoil in Washington, the limited-service restaurant industry showed moderate growth and promise in 2013, thanks in part to creative new ideas and products, plus another good gain from fast-casual units.

With issues such as sequestration, a payroll tax increase, the government shutdown, and the Affordable Care Act hanging over the industry, it’s perhaps not surprising that gains have only been nominal, despite employment increases and an improving economy.

Dunkin’ Donuts Signs Final Franchise Deal in Memphis

Dunkin’ Donuts announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group, JP Foods LLC, to develop a dozen new restaurants throughout Memphis, Tennessee. The first restaurant is expected to open in 2015 and the remainder by 2020.

This team, led by partners Peter Garner and Jonathan Vacca, will manage and oversee the company’s daily operations for each restaurant. This group has strong ties in the Memphis community and years of experience in the quick-serve industry operating successful concepts.