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Dunkin' Brands (DNKN)

  • Oct. 18, 2013, 3:18 PM
    • Restaurant analysts think fast-food chains might be going too far with limited time offerings as consumer interest shows signs of sagging.
    • Though particular items such as the Starbucks Pumpkin Latte, Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, and the timeless McRibs offering from McDonald's are profit drivers, the majority of offerings aren't working.
    • Not even the high-profile chicken wing test by McDonald's is moving the meter as consumers find the high prices don't offset the novelty, reports Burger Business.
    • Related stocks: DNKN, JACK, SONC, WEN, BKW, KKD, MCD.
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  • Oct. 18, 2013, 8:13 AM
    • A major storm is brewing over the low wages paid to fast-food workers and the cost to U.S. taxpayers of the group's reliance on public safety nets as it lives off the sub-$10 per hour wages.
    • The National Employment Law Project estimates it costs the public close to $7B to sustain the families of fast-food workers through initiatives such as food stamps, the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Earned Income Tax Credit.
    • It's a cost that at some point the American public may demand be shared by the major players in the restaurant sector.
    • Fast-food chains in focus: McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy's (WEN), Taco Bell (YUM), Dunkin' Donuts (DNKN), Subway.
  • Oct. 15, 2013, 8:09 AM
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  • Oct. 14, 2013, 6:52 AM
    • Miller Tabak upgrades Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) to a Buy rating as it sees "accelerated expansion" of the Dunkin' brand name in overseas markets.
    • The investment firm assigns a $53 price target on shares.
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  • Sep. 16, 2013, 9:43 AM
    • Dunkin' Brands (DNKN +0.7%) says it will add 17 locations in the western and central part of Texas as it continues its westward expansion for Dunkin' Donuts.
    • The company will work with two different franchise groups for the new outlets.
    • The game plan for Dunkin' Donuts in the West is to create networks of stores in specific markets to help support a distribution model.
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  • Sep. 12, 2013, 3:19 PM
    • Dunkin' Brands (DNKN +1.3%) will take another crack at the U.K. with Dunkin' Donuts outlets scheduled to start appearing over the next few years.
    • This time around the chain will focus on much more than just dougnuts as it takes dead aim at Starbucks and Costa Coffee for morning market share.
    • The company isn't betting the whole farm on the region, saying it will take a measure approach to expansion through franchise partners.
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  • Aug. 30, 2013, 9:51 AM
    • Dunkin' Brands (DNKN +0.2%) is under fire for an advertising campaign in Thailand that critics call offensive.
    • The Human Rights Watch has called on the company to withdraw what it calls a "bizarre and racist" marketing campaign while the CEO for Dunkin' Donuts in Thailand says the criticism is overdone.
  • Aug. 29, 2013, 10:46 AM
    • Fast food workers aren't likely to see a broad increase in their wages to $15 per hour, but the heightened calls for unionization and focus on benefits could be drag on the sector in the future.
    • Economists say a raise in the minimum wage to $10.50 per hour would increase restaurant expenses by 2.7% which could be passed on with higher menu prices. The trick is in a promotional environment, and with more menus tied to value, the pass-through to consumers might not be smooth as academics forecast.
  • Aug. 22, 2013, 10:24 AM
    • The increasing presence of premium coffee brands in grocery stores hasn't had the devastating impact on long-time favorites.
    • J.M. Smucker's (SJM -0.8%) coffee brands showed a 4% volume gain last quarter with both Folgers and packaged coffee from Dunkin' Donuts (DNKN -0.1%) contributing steadily.
    • Bagged coffee market share: Folgers 15.6%, Maxwell House (KRFT) 10%, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) 4.3%, Starbucks (SBUX) 3.3%.
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  • Aug. 13, 2013, 9:37 AM
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  • Jul. 30, 2013, 7:01 AM
    • The 7-Eleven retail chain is about to enter a growth phase in the U.S., according to Seven & I Holdings CEO Toshifumi Suzuki.
    • The company plans to make acquisitions and raise the quality of stores in an effort to mimic the success of the chain in parts of Europe.
    • The aggressive push by 7-Eleven could affect the plans of Dunkin Brands' (DNKN) and The Pantry (PTRY) which are also in an expansion mode.
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  • Jul. 26, 2013, 2:08 PM
    The coffee trade is doing quite well today with shares of Starbucks (SBUX +7%), Dunkin' Brands (DNKN +6%), and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR +2.3%) all lively. Though at one time, Starbucks was pegged as a GMCR-killer (via Verismo) and thought to be a thorn to DNKN's expansion plans, the prevailing thought is that the coffee market might be big enough for quite a few players. The very last thing people want to give up is a cup of coffee," notes Lazard Capital.
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  • Jul. 26, 2013, 9:43 AM
    Dunkin' Brands (DNKN +1.8%) is on its way to sprinkling donut stores across California with 46 new stores slated to open in 2015. Eventually, the company plans to have close to a thousand stores in the state, alhough skeptics still wonder if the West Coast will be as amenable to the Dunkin' Donuts franchise as the East Coast has been.
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  • Jul. 25, 2013, 8:51 AM
    Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) declares $0.19/share quarterly dividend. Forward yield 1.81%. For shareholders of record Aug. 26. Payable Sept. 4. Ex-div Aug. 22. (PR)
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  • Jul. 25, 2013, 7:18 AM
    More on Dunkin' Brands' (DNKN) Q2: The restaurant operator boosted income margin a robust 420 bps to 50% during the quarter while comparable store sales grew 4% and the company stayed in a growth phase. Franchisees and licensees added 151 net new restaurants during the period. (PR)
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Company Description
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.
Sector: Services
Industry: Restaurants
Country: United States