Restaurant Franchises “LEED” the Way

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Retail launches this summer. An overview of what the changes mean for foodservice shows that in some respects, restaurant chains are already “LEEDing” the way.

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Krispy Kreme Goes Small

Krispy Kreme has fought to strengthen its operations after years in the red due to its growth binge in the 1990s. Analysts have had plenty of advice, including calling for smaller stores, controlling costs and adding a Dunkin’ Donuts-inspired menu with sandwiches.

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Mass. Weighs Calorie Content Requirement In Restaurants

Rob Branca says Dunkin’ Donuts isn’t trying to hide anything. He and his family own this Worcester franchise, as well as about two dozen other Dunkin’ Donuts stores in Massachusetts. He says the chain already puts calorie information on its Web site, and posting those numbers in each store would be a burden.

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Experiment in posting calorie info

Jodi Latina Reports at WTNH, Channel 8 New Haven, CT that a bill in the Connecticut Legislature would require some chain restaurants to put how many calories a food item has right on the menu has passed a legislative committee, but would it really matter to you? We put some News Channel 8 staff members to the test.

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Consumer Discount and Fee Transparency Amendment

This week, Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Kit Bond (R-MO) have introduced the “Consumer Discount and Fee Transparency Amendment” to H.R. 627, House-passed Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act on the Senate floor this week.

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State May Make Fast-food Joints Count Calories

Massachusetts is poised to become the second state to require restaurant chains to post calorie counts alongside each menu item.

The state Public Health Council will vote today on the proposed regulations, which would affect some 5,800 Massachusetts eateries and have been opposed by restaurant and retail trade groups.

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Zales Wakes Up and Smells the Coffee on Dunkin’ Donuts plans

Zales, better known for sparkles than sprinkles, recently sold back their franchise territory and four stores to Dunkin Brands under amicable terms. “We told the guys at Dunkin’ that we could run 400 stores or 40 stores and be profitable. But we couldn’t run four and make a profit.”

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