Dunkin' Brands gets a lift from Baskin-Robbins US sales

Dunkin' Brands reported its Q3 results Thursday, which included 2-percent comp store sales growth at Dunkin' Donuts, and a 5.8-percent jump at Baskin-Robbins US. Revenue was up 3.4 percent. The company added 120 net new Dunkin' Donuts locations domestically. Despite...

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Taking the ambiguity out of local marketing strategies

HuHot's VP of Marketing shares how to get franchisees to weigh in on marketing decisions, and how to blend corporate standards with local store marketing techniques.

Fast casual execs weigh successes and failures of QSR segment

The worst attribute about QSR, attendees agreed, is inconsistency – of quality, service, cleanliness, etc.

Taco Bell breakfast achieving profitability in first year

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday breakfast business at Taco Bell now outsells the brand's signature late-night daypart.

Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection

Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important.

Dunkin’ Brands sees potential for nearly 20K domestic units

During the company's investor day this week, CEO Nigel Travis said that being a global company is more difficult than ever because of social media.

Popeyes plans to leverage employee engagement to sustain growth

CEO Cheryl Bachelder said human capital, focused on both employees and guests, is a compelling, profit-driven strategy.

Burger King, Tim Hortons seal merger deal

Despite early media reports, executives from both brands insist their M&A agreement is not about a tax inversion.

Burger King's 'fewer, more impactful' menu launch strategy lifts sales

The brand will introduce its mobile app, including couponing, payments and geotargeting, nationwide at the end of this month.

McDonald's ruling holds franchisors accountable for franchise employee allegations

The National Restaurant Association claims the decision will impede job creation and create 'big business.'

Breakfast, beverage competition gets a grip on Dunkin’s sales

The quarter marked Dunkin’ Donuts’ highest afternoon guest count on record, and weekly sales in June reached the highest volume.

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HMSHost adds two execs to support development efforts

HMSHost has appointed Stephanie Havard as EVP of Restaurant Development, overseeing strategic investment, concept development and design and construction; and Derryl Benton has been named as EVP of Business Development, overseeing and extending industry contracts. Both roles will report to...

Int'l Franchise Association, Cyber Security Alliance caution franchisees about cybersecurity

International Franchise Association and the National Cyber Security Alliance will create materials to support a culture of cybersecurity.

Krispy Kreme marks entry in South America with three-story doughnut factory

Krispy Kreme today opened its first store in Bogata, Colombia, in partnership with franchise partner IRCC Ltda., a subsidiary of VA! Group. The shop also marks the brand’s entry into South America. “It feels incredible to be the first Krispy Kreme franchisee in South America.

Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees strategize beverage, breakfast position

More than 100 members of the Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchisee Owners association met this week in Las Vegas to discuss how changes in the beverage and breakfast marketplace may impact their business. According to a news release, the DDIFO members,...

Paris Burger King is a whopper

Burger King opened its 13,000 square foot flagship Paris restaurant.

GPS Hospitality Partners purchases 39 Cincinnati-area Burger Kings

An Atlanta-based franchise group has purchased 39 Burger King restaurants in the Cincinnati area.

Franchise Rankings names 10 best franchises

Franchiserankings.com announced rankings for Best Overall Franchises and Best Food Franchises for October 2014..

Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite announce SoCal expansion plans

Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite plan to open dozens of locations together in Southern California.

Auntie Anne's Pretzels plants flag in Israel, Aruba

Auntie Anne's Pretzels has announced its entry into two new countries with recently opened locations in Reina Beatrix Airport in Aruba and Gold Mall in Rishon LeZion, Israel. The Israeli franchise owners, Michel Sabag and Itzik Gola, have signed an...

Popeyes targets Boston as 'prime market'

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is currently seeking franchisees to open up to 20 locations in the Boston market within the next five years. According to the Boston Globe, the chain hopes to reach 30 units in the area within the next...

DC-area Subway operators raise $350K for Diabetes Association

The McLean, Virginia-based Subway Development Corporation of Washington has donated a check for $350,000 to the American Diabetes Association. The SDC covers restaurants in Virginia, Delaware, most of Maryland and the District of Columbia. The donation marks the fourth year...

Taco Bell franchisee adds 13 California locations to roster

Golden Gate Bell Restaurant Holdings LLC, the holding company of Taco Bell franchisee Golden Gate Bell LLC, has acquired 13 Taco Bell restaurants from Dallas-based Aksan United Fortune.

Ice cream sandwich concept headed to Cupertino, other California markets

CREAM, a San Francisco-based dessert franchise that specializes in ice cream sandwiches, has signed a multiunit development agreement with existing franchisee Moeen Abudamous to develop four additional locations throughout Santa Clara County, California. According to a news release, Abudamous, who...

Rally's signs franchising deal with former Quiznos owners

Checkers and Rally's Restaurants Inc. has announced that Jaswant Singh and Ashish Thapar will open their first restaurant together – a Rally's location – in Indianapolis by summer of 2015. Thapar and Singh plan to open at least three Rally's restaurants together over the next three years.

Dunkin' Donuts expanding Michigan presence

Dunkin' Donuts is adding to its 60-plus-unit portfolio in Michigan. The company announced it is planning to add more than 40 restaurants in the state throughout the next several years, with an emphasis on Flint, Lansing and Traverse City. Candidates...

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