Burger King’s $1 Double Cheeseburger Upsets Franchisees

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Burger King Corp. has aggressively pushed its $1 double cheeseburger to attract price-conscious consumers, but the chain’s franchisees say the value pricing is costing them money. The National Franchisee Association, a Kennesaw-based group that represents more than 80 percent of U.S. franchised Burger Kings, filed a lawsuit this week against Burger King, a Miami, Fla.,-based chain, over pricing issues. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, seeks to prevent Burger King from dictating maximum pricing for the franchisees.

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Why Does Dunkin’ Donuts Lobby The Federal Reserve?

Arthur Delaney writes in the The Huffington Post thagt financial firms have long lobbied the Federal Reserve, high-minded maker of monetary policy. But the Fed’s foray into lending during the financial crisis this year has opened it up to lobbying from niche industries like recreational boat manufacturers, rental car companies, and — Dunkin’ Donuts? Indeed. Dunkin’ Brands, parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, began lobbying the Fed in the second quarter of this year, according to lobbying disclosure reports filed with Congress.

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Subway Breakfast Experience Not Exactly a Wake-up Call

Emily Bryson York reports in Advertising Age that Subway has an uphill climb to capture the morning daypart. Sudway announced last Friday that it would expand its test of Seattle’s Best Coffee to 9,000 locations in an effort to drive morning business — but it is going to have its work cut out for it if anecdotal evidence is any indication.

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Urge Congress to Keep Franchisee Protections in the Arbitration Fairness Act!

DDIFO has received has received news from the Coalition of Franchisee Associations that the Arbitration Fairness Act (H.R. 1020) is in danger of having the provisions protecting franchisees removed. If omitted, the Arbitration Fairness Act will not protect franchisees from being forced to enter into binding arbitration with their franchisor.

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Dunkin’ Donuts donates cash to volunteer fire department

A Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in town has donated $6,000 to the Colchester Volunteer Fire Company. The Colchester Dunkin’ Donuts raised $3,000 of the donation by selling beverages at the recent Hebron Fair. Proceeds from the sale were donated to the fire company. Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee George Veneziano matched the amount raised to make the total donation $6,000.

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What Is Causing Agita Among Landlords Is The Demand By Tenants For Rent Concessions

Shopping Center Digest Blog reports that rent concessions has been causing agita among landlords in this industry over the last year or so is the pandemic of retailers rushing for rent concessions as an inducement to remain in a shopping center, renew a lease, or to make a new deal. As we’ve said several times before, the balance of power—due to the increasing number of vacant stores and the decreasing number of chains that are aggressively expanding—has for the first time surged to the tenant side.

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Restaurants, Coffee Shops Work Hard to Lure, Keep Customers

Gail Ciampa the Providence Journal Food Editor reports that a few weeks ago, McDonald’s wanted to talk about coffee. Last week, Dunkin’ Donuts wanted to talk about its foods. Has the world gone mad? Or has it just grown crazily competitive in the quick service restaurant category to which they belong?

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Study: Health Reform Boosts Premium Costs

Corrinne Hess reports in The Business Journal of Milwaukee – that National health care reform will drive up premium costs in the private health insurance markets, particularly for the young and the healthy, according to data from a series of state-level studies from insurance company WellPoint Inc.

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IFA: Say “No” to House’s Health-Care Reform Version

Franchise small-business owners will face higher costs and taxes if H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, passes the U.S. Senate, IFA cautions. “We hope that senators will take a step back and look at health-reform legislation from the standpoint of a small-business owner faced with increasing costs in a weak economy and work to enact legislation that will actually lower costs,” said IFA Vice Pres. David French. Take Action!

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Dunkin’ Brands says CIT bankruptcy won’t affect stores

Christa Hoyland reports at QSRWeb.com that Commercial lender CIT Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy Sunday to cut $10 billion in debt after a U.S. bailout and debt exchange offer failed this summer. CIT said operations will proceed as normal and it plans to exit bankruptcy next month, according to a story by Bloomberg.

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