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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Starbucks expands La Boulange food offerings

Starbucks completed expansion of their La Boulange food offerings across the country when the new pastry lineup reached Boston and other east coast cities.  The additional items were added to their menu with their acquisition of Bay Bread LLC and its La Boulange bakery brand last year for $100 million.

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Freedom Song Festival 2013 – Sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts

Freedom Song Festival is being held Sunday, September 8, 2013! All proceeds benefit Veterans Inc.’s Food Service Programs. This year’s event, on the grounds of Independence Hall in Shrewsbury, features: Joshua Tree Dan Gabel and the Abletones The Jukebox Junkies Hero on Hold Nemes The Hip Swayers Dale LePage Learn More by visting the Veterns…

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Foam’s Out in Brookline Shops

In anticipation of the ban on polystyrene ban that will take effect on December 1, 2013, Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Brookline, Massachusetts began using a double-walled paper cup at all 5 Brookline locations.  The Boston Globe and New England Cable News both have stories on the issue.

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Fair Franchising Down Under

Members will recall that we’ve reported regularly on efforts to win passage of Fair Franchising legislation in Maine, Massachusetts and California over the past few weeks. (California’s next action is a hearing on August 13 before the Committee on Business and Consumer Protection.)  Well, while our opponents continue the chorus that legislation is not necessary,…

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