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Smoothies 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.

Baskin-Robbins expands in United Kingdom
Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today announced plans to greatly expand the brand’s 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.

Dunkin' 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.

Fresh Start doing well in Detroit
The 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.

Jamba 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...

Jamba Juice cashes in on chew factor
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.
Jamba 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.




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