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Dunkin’ Donuts Will Get Rid of Foam Cups by 2020

We know Planet Earth is in trouble with changing weather patterns, and a significant problem with plastics polluting and harming the oceans. The planet deserves the respect, and need the help, of all citizens and corporations.

One significant problem faced around the globe is the increased use of foam packaging, which has often been cited as a source of many environmental problems. A number of environmentally-focused organizations have challenged global companies to reduce or eliminate their use of polystyrene.

One company heeding the call is Dunkin’ Donuts. The company recently announced its plan to eliminate all polystyrene foam cups throughout its global supply chain by 2020. The coffee giant will replace foam coffee cups with double-walled paper cups. The majority of the company’s international operations have already begun using paper cups; New York City and California will be adopting the new cups this year.

The move to eliminate foam cups is a significant change in the company’s supply and distribution chains. This is no small matter – there are more than 9,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.S. alone – that’s a lot of coffee cups!

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Discuss setting SMART objectives (specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound).
  2. Show video about Dunkin’ Donuts switch: https://youtu.be/3kAP01BeRo4
  3. What are the SMART objectives set by Dunkin’ Donuts?
  4. Divide students into teams. Have each team develop five SMART objectives for a product of their choosing. Have the goals reflect various strategies including growth, sustainability, profitability, etc.
  5. Discuss the objectives. How would the objectives change if a different strategy was used?
  6. Debrief the exercise.

Source:  Sustainable Brands (9 February, 2018). Dunkin’ Donuts to eliminate foam cups by 2020.

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Where’s the Chicken?

In what might arguably be one of the most ironic situations faced by a restaurant, KFC ran out of chicken and had to close more than half of its 900 restaurants in the UK. Yes, you read that right – Kentucky Fried Chicken ran out of chicken (which I guess makes it KF instead of KFC).

The supply chain issue that closed the 562 outlets was blamed on switching KFC’s delivery contract from South African-owned distribution group Bidvest Logistics to DHL. DHL blamed “operational issues” for the snafu. Some of the outlets were able to remain open, but with a limited menu.

Indeed, one can understand that it is a complex task to get fresh chicken to 900 restaurants across the country. According to news reports, the GMB union warned KFC that switching suppliers was a mistake. It certainly appears that they were right.

(Update: As of Feb. 28, 97% of KFC stores were open, but according to Reuters the company is now reporting facing another shortage… this time it’s gravy!)

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. In order to be successful, companies must be able to physically get a product into the hands of the customers. Discuss how a distribution channel works.
  2. Show the video of the KFC issue: https://youtu.be/jM53cQJACCg
  3. For KFC, what distribution channels are used now?
  4. How can the channel be expanded? What approach could be used?
  5. Divide students into teams. Have each team draw a flow chart for the distribution of the product.

Source:   BBC (19 February, 2018). Chicken chaos as KFC closes outlets.

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For Valentine’s Day, a Pizzeria Made of Chocolate


In keeping with the season of love and Valentine’s Day, Canadian food company Dr. Oetker opened a pop-up pizzeria in Toronto that was entirely made of chocolate! Yes, you read this correctly; the whole restaurant is made of chocolate. Not only is the pizza made of chocolate, but so is everything else in the restaurant. This includes tables, walls, artwork, light fixtures, flowers, and even the pizza oven is made of chocolate. (Not sure why the oven doesn’t melt.)

If all this still isn’t enough chocolate for you, even a chocolate diamond was created! Heart In Diamond, a man-made diamond company, broke down a Cioccolato chocolate pizza into powder form, then placed it into a high-pressure, high-temperature oven for 120 days and created a half-carat diamond ring.

The unique chocolate dessert pizza has a chocolate crust and is topped with chocolate sauce, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate shavings, and white chocolate chunks.

Feeling a sugar rush?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Poll students: What is the craziest thing they have ever seen made of chocolate?
  2. Show the video: https://youtu.be/9AbGf374dt0
  3. Show the pizza on the company Web site: http://www.oetker.ca/ca-en/our-products/ristorante-thin-crust/cioccolato/cioccolato.html
  4. Discuss the importance of clearly defining a target market.
  5. What is the target market for this product?
  6. Divide students into teams and have each team develop a profile of the target market. Include demographics, psychographics, behaviors, values, attitudes, etc.
  7. Based on the target market profile, what makes this product unique for these customers?

Source:  Brandchannel.com (12 Feb., 2018). World’s first chocolate pizzeria is open through Valentine’s Day.

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