The long-brewing coffee wars are escalating as more quick-service operators look to jolt sales with innovative caffeine-laced products, deep discounts and stepped-up advertising. As Starbucks and McDonald’s battle with multimillion-dollar ad campaigns for the hearts of specialty coffee drinkers, longtime players Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme are working to freeze sales at the competition with discounts, and chains such as Cold Stone Creamery and Emerald City Smoothies are hoping ...

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