These dates are important, so we wanted to give them to you again! Mark your calendars now for the DDIFO National Conference, October 28-29 at the Foxwoods Casino and Hotel in Connecticut. The National Conference, last year held in New Orleans, is a program highlight of the DDIFO year and an event you don’t want to miss. While you’re at it, you should also plan to join the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) for the all-important CFA Lobby Day Forum on May 21-22 in Washington DC as well as the 2nd Annual CFA Legal Symposium on November 12 & 13 at a location yet to be confirmed.
Earlier this week, McDonald’s officially launched its new McCafé Donut Sticks nationwide after an extensive limited test in select markets since last July. The new LTO retails under $2 for a half dozen and at a national average of $3.29 per dozen. Perhaps of greater import to the Golden Arches however should be a January decision by the European Union Intellectual Property Office stripping the company of its Big Mac trademark throughout the EU! The decision comes from a legal battle McDonald’s was engaged in with Irish fast-food chain Supermac’s, named after its founder, Pat McDonagh. The company plans to appeal.