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Who are Dutch Bros' biggest competitors? It's complicated

A quarter of the chain’s sales come from its "Blue Rebel" energy drinks and it does just as much business in the afternoon as it does in the morning. Its competition goes well beyond Dunkin' and Starbucks.

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Last quarter’s big winner: Higher menu prices

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For Starbucks, unspent gift cards become a big business

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At a Cleveland CloudKitchens, operators say they were set up to fail

The chefs came to Carnegie Food Hub to grow their businesses. They left discouraged and in the red. It’s part of a pattern at CloudKitchens facilities nationwide.