Starbucks tests recycling paper cups in New York stores

USA Today reports that Starbucks has started a nine-week pilot program in New York City to test the recycling of its paper cups, which total about 3 billion each year company-wide, GreenBiz reports. It began placing recycling bins for the cups (not the sleeves, lids or other packaging pieces) at 86 locations in mid-September. “We are…

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Students awarded 2010 Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Scholarship

The Canton News reported that Connecticut Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisees awarded a $1,000 scholarship to two students from Avon and Canton respectively. The award was a part of the 2010 Dunkin’ Donuts Connecticut Franchisee Scholarship Program that provided a total of $100,000 in local scholarships to deserving high school seniors. The franchisees honored the scholarship recipients…

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Fraud, Breach and Wrongful Termination

W Michael Garner reports at Bluemaumau that since Labor Day, franchisees around the country filed suits against their franchisors for fraud, breach of contract and wrongful termination. He notes: Dunkin’s Continuing Termination Campaign

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Steve Caldeira, President of the IFA to Speak to the New England Franchise Association

International Franchise Association (IFA) CEO Stephen J. Caldeira will speak to New England Franchise Association (NEFA) on Tuesday, November 9th at the Marriott Hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton. Caldeira is the new President and CEO of the (IFA), the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. He started his new position as IFA President on June 15th, 2010. Caldeira has New England ties and was most recently director of Global Communications for Dunkin Brands.

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Legislative Updates – Federal

After working to pass a Continuing Resolution (“CR”) to temporarily fund the government through December 3, Congress headed home to work on their re-election campaigns. When they return on November 15th, they will have three weeks to pass the entire 2011 budget or be forced to pass another CR in order to keep the government open. DDIFO Members Content

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Immigration-The Dunkin’ Donuts Success Story

The story that Kevin McCarthy told at the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) on September 30, is one that is familiar to most Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners, particularly those who have been in the system for a while. It is their story – how hard working immigrants could build something for themselves, their families and for the company that gave them the opportunity.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Resisting Price Hikes on Bagged Coffee

97% of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners responding to a recent survey say they have not raised the prices of 16 ounce bags of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee even though the cost for coffee beans has reached a 13 year high. J.M. Smucker Company, which sells Dunkin’ Donuts licensed coffee at supermarkets and other retail outlets, announced it has raised prices by 9%. Comments Invited!

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Franchisees as Stakeholders: Your Rightful Claim

DDIFO’s first National Members Meeting on September 21 at the Mohegan Sun was chock-full of valuable information for franchise owners, but perhaps the most compelling presentation — The Franchisor In Play: Your Role as a Stakeholder, Not a Spectator — came from attorney Eric Karp. Karp’s message about the role franchise owners need to take in advance of and during a sale of the franchisor resonated strongly with the franchisees in attendance. DDIFO Members Only.

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