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Friday Franchising News - August 5

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As we head into August, food franchises are keeping us cool in this week’s Friday Franchising. Come get a taste of what some of the industry’s most recognizable names are serving up. From sweet treats to beat the heat, initiatives to forge a healthier future for diners and giving back to the community, franchises show no signs of slowing down in the third quarter.

Bruster’s Heats Up Summer with Cool New Flavor

Bruster’s has the remedy if you’re craving cooler months that conjure visions of toasting s’mores  over campfire. The ice cream franchise has introduced a fresh new flavor for August. The flavor pairs new, limited-time Cayenne Chocolate Chunk with campfire favorite, S’more for a “Sweet & Heat” promotion. Cayenne Chocolate Chunk is a chocolate based ice cream spiced with cayenne and cinnamon, loaded with chocolate chunks. The new offering is made even better with the infusion of marshmallow and layers of graham cracker in the S’mores classic. This special scoop is intended to help maintain Bruster’s continuous sales momentum which has seen same-store sales up 10.4% this year and 13 consecutive quarters of comp-sales growth.

Cleaning Up McDonald’s Image with Core Menu Changes

McDonald’s is making good on an initiative to shift to a more natural menu and improve its reputation among quality-focused consumers. Last year the fast food franchise vowed to remove human antibiotics from its chicken supply by March 2017. McDonald’s has met this goal ahead of schedule and has now announced plans to remove artificial preservatives from many of its products along with no longer serving buns made with high fructose corn syrup. McDonald’s has already eliminated artificial additives from cooking oil used to make Chicken McNuggets and preservatives from eggs used for biscuits, scrambled eggs and McGriddle sandwiches.

Edible Arrangements® Feed Las Vegas Children in Need

Edible Arrangements franchisees and corporate staff members took a break from their 2016 biennial convention in Las Vegas this past week to celebrate a unified gathering by giving back to the community. The franchise in conjunction with the Serving Our Kids Foundation packaged food for delivery to local children in need. In addition to the nonperishable items regularly included in every bag, Edible Arrangements® added a fresh orange and apple made available through a donation from its Las Vegas-area fruit vendor, Get Fresh Sales. The service helps fill the gap for youth who receive school breakfast and lunch but do not receive consistent weekend meals.  

Dunkin’ Donuts Serves up Cold Brew Coffee Nationwide

Dunkin’ Donuts is joining the ranks of bringing cold brew coffee to locations. The Cold Brew coffee is prepared by steeping a special blend of coffee in cold water for an extended period of time to extract a rich, smooth coffee with an inherently sweeter flavor. The crafted coffee has already proven to be a hit in Metro New York and California markets earlier this summer and has now launched nationwide as of August 1. This bold new option is hand crafted daily in small batches and provides a refreshing new take on traditional coffee offerings for the franchise.

IHOP Fights Childhood Hunger with No Kid Hungry Partnership

To combat the effort to end childhood hunger, IHOP has teamed up with No Kid Hungry. The IHOP No Kid Hungry campaign runs from August 1 through September 25 and invites IHOP guests to join in the fight by donating to the leading non-profit on their check or through IHOP’s website. To additionally amplify efforts, on Tuesday August 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., IHOP will offer guests a special short stack of their famous Buttermilk Pancakes for only $1. 100% of the proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry. The brand and its franchisees hope to meet the goal of serving one million pancakes in just one day to help every child in America get access to the healthy breakfasts they need to start the day.

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