and beverage concept adds to McDonald's winning strategy
Beverages, thanks to smoothies and espresso drinks,
are now a $9 billion annual business for McDonald's
in the United States. The restaurants themselves are
changing, too, adding Wi-Fi, colorful chairs, tables
that wouldn't be out of place in an IKEA catalogue and,
in some West Coast test markets, flat-screen TVs playing
the McDonald's Channel. The company launched the McCafe
Cherry Berry Chiller for the summer season.
expands in United Kingdom
Baskin-Robbins, the worlds largest chain of ice
cream specialty shops, today announced plans to greatly
expand the brands presence in the U.K. The firm
is looking to nearly double its number of locations
in the U.K. with the addition of 80 new freestanding
restaurants over the next three years.
Donuts expands in India
Dunkin' Donuts will compete in India with companies
such as Cafe Coffee Day, run by Amalgamated Bean Coffee
Trading Co., Lavazza SpA's Barista Coffee Co., and Starbucks
Corp., which plans to open its first India store in
August through its partnership with Tata Global Beverages.
JFL entered into an alliance with the US-based baked
goods and coffee chain last year to bring the brand's
restaurants in India. In an announcement made last year,
the two partners had said the plan was to set up 80-100
Dunkin' Donuts stores beginning with the metros in the
next five years, with a long- term 15-years target of
500 stores in India.
Start doing well in Detroit
Smiths opened a store in Detroit, offering fresh produce,
as well as wraps, salads, fresh squeezed juices and
smoothies. They missed Ocean City and living near the
beach, so the owner told her family that if they found
a space where she could open a store similar to the
one in Detroit, she would move here.
Juice operator goes rogue
The term proves deceptive: People who buy franchise
stores do not have that kind of leeway. They are subject
to a great deal of micromanagement from companies. In
order to start running a business site, franchisees
need to sign an agreement that can run over 30 pages.
The sheaf of rules and regulations prescribes everything
from employee training procedures to uniform colors
to the suppliers from which kitchens are expected to
buy their ingredients...
Juice cashes in on chew factorJamba
is taking control of the beverage line -- and acquiring
Nestle's product formulation -- because it wants to
broaden its reach outside of its 769 smoothie bars.
Jamba Juice recently signed a deal with global food
giant Nestle (NSRGY) to gain control of the energy beverage
that bears its name. Jamba All Natural Energy Drink
was licensed to Nestle, and the company sold the line
in three flavors throughout the Northeast.