2014 Northeast Regional Meeting Program Agenda

Register Now 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM  Quarterly Meeting, DDIFO Board of Directors (All are welcome!) 2:00 – 2:30 PM     Welcome – Ed Shanahan, Executive Director, DDIFO “Re-charting the Organizational Course – For Maximum Impact!” A presentation on the current state of the organization and it future direction.  Mr. Shanahan will speak to some of the…

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Northeast Regional Meeting On March 5

Our Northeast Regional meeting for the DDIFO membership will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.  We’re in the process of confirming some exceptional speakers and presentations for this meeting and recommend that our Northeast franchise owners be sure to mark the date in their calendars and…

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Competitor News – New England Tea & Coffee Company and Starbucks

New England Tea & Coffee Company was just recently acquired by Reily Foods, the New Orleans based coffee roaster.  The Malden, Mass based company will now operate as a subsidiary of Reily Foods. In a recent survey, Starbucks Coffee was rated the 3rd most googled restaurant in the United States.  Pizza Hut and Domino’s ranked…

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DDIFO Has Moved To New Offices

DDIFO has moved from its long-time office home above the warehouse at the National DCP facility in Bellingham, MA to new offices just off Centennial Park in Peabody, MA.  Please note our new mailing address is: DDIFO, Inc., 10 First Avenue, Suite 20, Peabody, MA 01960. In addition, we have new telephone numbers with dedicated…

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More Minimum Wage Movement

Massachusetts’ State Senate this week overwhelmingly passed a measure that would increase the state minimum wage to the highest level in the country by 2016!  The bill would hike the current $8 wage by $1 on July 1st for the next 3 years, culminating at $11/hour in July 2016.  The bill also increases the current…

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Fair Franchising Initiatives Still in Play!

Proposed legislation that would provide some degree of balance and equity in the franchisor-franchisee relationship has been considered in several states thus far this year and is still very much alive in Pennsylvania.  The House Consumer Affairs Committee will be holding a public hearing on HB 1620 on Tuesday, November 19 and DDIFO will be…

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Obama Care Update: More Problems – And an Apology

As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, it appears to be encountering still more problems with its web page and acceptability with the American public – so much so that the administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kathleen Tavenner, felt compelled to apologize to Congress for the seemingly endless problems…

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Recycelable Paper Cups from Dunkin Donuts - Eva Walsh

Styrofoam Ban Presents Challenge To Community

The styrofoam ban in Brookline, Massachusetts will officially take effect on January 1, 2014.  Dunkin’ shops within the Boston bedroom suburb have already begun using an alternative cup developed by Dunkin’ in their efforts to find an environmentally friendly alternative to its iconic polystyrene cup.  Ironically, in local press reports, Brookline Health Chief Alan Balsam…

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Cleaning Agents Targeted in Proposed Law

It would appear that silly season is here in the Massachusetts Legislature – again, as the Joint Committee on Public Health this week advanced a bill that would phase out the use of standing chemical water for the cleaning of utensils, plates and beverage containers.  Under the provisions of S.1103, An Act relative to cleanliness…

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