New York City Styrofoam Ban Takes Effect

When the calendar turned to July this week, it marked the end of polystyrene food containers in New York City, including Dunkin’s iconic foam coffee cups.  Although the ban formally took effect on the first of this month, there is a 6 month grace period for the phasing out of all foam food containers meaning…

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Now, On The Other Hand

What the Governors giveth, the locals taketh away – or so it seems.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for state lawmakers to increase the minimum wage in the city by 44 percent.  In what was described as a “robustly liberal” speech, he advocated for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2019…

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New York City Bans Styrofoam

It has been on the books “subject to” since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg got the idea approved by the City Council in December 2013, but current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking the issue to the next step and implementing a citywide ban on polystyrene foam effective July 1, 2015. The ban,…

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Dunkin’ Still King of the City

For the seventh consecutive year, Dunkin Donuts has more stores in New York City than any other franchised business with 536 shops operating within the city and its five boroughs.  Subway was the second most popular chain in the city with 468 restaurants.  Starbucks with 282 stores was in fifth place and McDonalds was sixth…

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Minimum Wage Increases Still In The News

As we get closer to the November elections, the important issue of minimum wage increases continues to make headlines on both coasts and in a host of other communities across the country.  This past week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio seemingly took a page from President Obama’s playbook and – by Executive Order…

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NYC Council Adopts Polystyrene Foam Ban

Subject to the proverbial “study”, the New York City Council last week passed an ordinance setting up the likely ban of polystyrene foam throughout the nation’s largest city.  The bill allows lawmakers to ban styrofoam if the Sanitation Department finds after a year-long study that it can’t be recycled effectively.  The objectivity of the study…

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Starbucks has opened its first Teavana Tea Bar

USA Today reported that Starbucks has opened its first Teavana Tea Bar in New York City this week in Upper Manhattan.   And, in an interesting article this week in Seeking Alpha, it was speculated that robotic baristas such as Marley Coffee Automated Stores and Briggo coffee kiosks may present a strong challenge to the future…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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New York Proposed Ban on Polystyrene Generating Letters

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the use of polystyrene within the city has generated over 1,000 letters of opposition to the City Council according to a story by QSRweb.com.  A proposal to eliminate the use of polystyrene was also contained in Foodworks – A Vision on Improving the NYC Food System (page 70). …

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Workers Agitated in Select Cities

Those who derive some pleasure from disrupting American commerce and business seem to have set their sights recently on the QSR industry.  QSRweb.com reported last week (along with a number of outlets) that QSR workers in seven different major cities around the country were planning to protest their wages with coordinated employee walkouts this past…

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