Wed, Feb. 18, 4:02 PM
- The International Coffee Organization expects global coffee demand to rise 25% by 2021.
- Expectations for rising demand in China, India, and Latin America is partially behind the strong forecast.
- The coffee market is under pressure currently from tight supply due to crop difficulties in Brazil.
- A sharp drop in the real has counterbalanced the supply shortage to a degree.
- Related stocks: GMCR, SBUX, JVA, SJM, KRFT, DNKN
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Sat, Feb. 14, 10:13 AM
- Craft soda is starting to become a trend to watch closely, according to industry insiders.
- Though still accounting for only ~1% of the total U.S. soda market, major retail chains have increasingly been willing to bet on local craft brands in store aisles.
- The craft craze is old news for the beer industry where coming-of-age millennials buy craft/local beers at a 50% higher rate than brand-loyal older generations. Fading stars such as Budweiser and Bud Light are testament to the impact of the millennial paradigm.
- The craft influence in coffee hasn't been lost on Starbucks which has strategically deployed trucks on college campuses in an effort to win over students.
- Despite the progressive reputation of Starbucks, analysts think new upstarts such as Craft (subscription) and Cups (app) have a shot of gaining influence with the Indie-minded millennial crowd on "customization" and pricing.
- What to watch: An increase in M&A activity in the beverage sector is expected as major companies strategically pick off more local craft brands to incubate.
- Craft beer watch: BUD, OTCPK:SBMRY, TAP, OTCQX:HEINY, SAM, BREW, STZ, OTC:BIBLF, OTCPK:BRBMF.
- Craft coffee watch: GMCR, SBUX, JVA, SJM, KRFT, DNKN, QSR, MCD.
- Craft soda watch: PEP, KO, MNST, COT, DPS, OTCQB:JSDA, REED, SODA, FIZZ.
Fri, Feb. 13, 1:51 PM
- The Northeast part of the U.S. is bracing for another major winter storm .
- Parts of New England have seen a record amount of snowfall over the last month.
- Retailers with a high concentration of stores in the storm-impacted area include Dunkin' Brands (DNKN -0.8%), Rite Aid (RAD +2.8%), and Five Below (FIVE -0.9%).
Thu, Feb. 5, 7:02 AM
- Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN) reports comparable-store sales growth of 1.4% for its Dunkin' Donuts chain in the U.S. during Q4.
- Baskin-Robbins U.S. comps +9.3%.
- International Dunkin' Donuts comps +0.3%.
- Company-wide operating income margin rate +150 bps to 46.4% as higher margins on ice creams contributed.
- The company had 75 net openings during the quarter and now operates 5,068 points of distribution.
- Guidance: U.S. comps of 1% to 3% expected for FY15. EPS of $1.83-$1.87 seen vs. $1.89 consensus.
- Previously: Dunkin' Brands misses by $0.01, beats on revenue
- DNKN +0.2% premarket.
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Tue, Feb. 3, 3:50 PM
- Dunkin' Donuts (NASDAQ:DNKN) announces it will introduce a new beverage platform in the U.S. this year.
- The chain says it will roll out new blenders which will be used for fruit and frozen coffee smoothies.
- What to watch: A slowdown in DD comp sales contributed to a recent EPS guidance cut by the company. Menu innovation is viewed by analysts as one way to stoke comp growth back over 3%.
Mon, Jan. 26, 4:33 PM
- The new $2.6B securitized debt facility replaces the previous one of $1.9B, and fixes the weighted average interest rate at 3.765% for the next few years.
- Net proceeds to the company will be about $615M, much of which will be returned to shareholders as the company launches a new $700M buyback program.
- Adjusted EPS guidance is lowered to $1.83-$1.87 from $1.88-$1.91 previously.
- Source: Press Release
- DNKN unchanged after hours
Fri, Jan. 23, 12:41 PM
- Companies selling coffee perked up their ears after Starbucks said it saw strong single-serve and packaged coffee sales during its most recent quarter and took market share.
- Grocery store analysts have noted the aggressive positioning of Starbucks products in many chains over the last six months.
- SBUX FQ1 report, SBUX earnings call.
- On watch: Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR), Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN), Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT), J.M. Smucker (NYSE:SJM), TreeHouse Foods (NYSE:THS).
Sat, Jan. 17, 12:45 PM
- Milk prices are in a downward trend with an excess of supply on the international market.
- The supply is so far beyond expectations that some U.S. cooperatives have directed farms to pour out part of their inventory.
- A reduced level of milk imports from China and Russia has been a factor in the market.
- Food companies are seeing a quicker benefit from the milk price decline than consumers, although analysts anticipate lower prices at grocery and C-stores stores in 2015.
- Milk price data (consumers) vs. milk futures chart
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Fri, Jan. 9, 8:35 AM
- The House passed a bill to redefine a full-time worker under the Affordable Care Act to 40 hours a week from 30 hours.
- The legislation could impact millions of workers as companies adjust hours and employee policies around the issue.
- The measure was passed by a vote total of 252-172.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated the bill will see a vote in his chamber.
- The White House has threatened to veto the bill on its view it will reduce the number of workers covered by healthcare.
- Most industry groups within the restaurant and food industry have issued support for the legislation.
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Thu, Jan. 8, 1:38 PM
- The National Retail Federation is urging Congress to pass H.R. 30 to restore the traditional 40-hour work week standard for healthcare benefits.
- Healthcare benefits as defined under the Affordable Care Act are applied at the 30-hour level.
- CBO estimates on the impact of H.R. 30 (.pdf)
- Related stocks: MCD, QSR, WEN, JACK, DNKN, SONC.
Thu, Jan. 8, 11:42 AM
- Dunkin' Brands (DNKN +1.3%) plans to open 1.4K Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in China over the next two decades in an aggressive expansion strategy.
- The chain currently has about 16 outlets operating in the region.
- The first new restaurant is expected to be opened during Q4.
- What to watch: The China path has been far from smooth for U.S. fast-food chains KFC and McDonald's, although Dunkin' Donuts' relies less on meat suppliers which could work in its favor.
- Also on Dunkin' Donuts global expansion: Dunkin' Donuts rolls into Mexico (Jan. 05 2015)
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Dunkin Brands Group Inc is a franchisor of quick service restaurants serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard serve ice cream. The Company franchise restaurants under its Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands.
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