Kim Margolis Joins the DDIFO Team

DDIFO President Jim Coen has hired Kim Margolis as Executive Coordinator. Kim brings more than 15 years of corporate, community and civic experience in marketing and event management as well as a background working with member-based organizations. In her new role with DDIFO, Kim will assist with administering sponsorship and membership programs, including organizing members’…

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Native to Area Creates New Menu Items for Dunkin’ Donuts in Buffalo

Danielle Haynes reports in The Tonawanda News that Dunkin’ Donuts just launched a new menu of savory afternoon items created exclusively for Buffalonians, by a Buffalonian. Well, a Kenmore native, actually. Jeff Miller, a 1994 Kenmore West graduate and Dunkin’ Donuts chef, was the driving force behind the creation of the new menu and it was because of his ties to this community that he was chosen to work on the product development.

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John Costello: Behind-The-Scenes At Dunkin’ Donuts

Denise Lee Yohn is a brand consultant, speaker and writer, and does a podcast interview with John Costello, who gives a behind-the-scenes look at Dunkin’ Donuts. I edited the podcast down to 5 minutes and focused on his comments about franchisee engagement.

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Five Things To Reduce Occupancy Costs

From time to time DDIFO is pleased to present Guest Commentary from valued contributors. Guest commentaries feature the views and opinions of the contributor and are not necessarily the opinions of DDIFO and it’s Board of Directors. The following is an article written and submitted by Paul Kinney, Paul is the Executive Director of the National Retail Tenants Association, responsible for the day-to-day management of the association and Co-Chair of the Curriculum Committee. He is co-founder of the NRTA and has served as President.

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Seismic Shift in Franchisees Seeking Balance

Don Sniegowski of BlueMauMau reports that there is a seismic shift under way in how franchisees approach balance in franchisee/franchisor relationships. It is a multi-pronged strategy headed by the three-year-old Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) that utilizes market forces, collective bargaining and possible legislation.

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What the FDA Menu-labeling Regs Really Mean

Paul Frumkin of Nation’s Restaurant News breakdown the 183 page report from the FDA: So you don’t quite feel up to struggling through all 183 pages of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed menu-labeling regulation? Don’t worry. The editors of Nation’s Restaurant News have read through the epic document and attempted to address many…

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Dunkin’ Brands Could Make Public Debut This Year

Jenn Abelson of the Boston Globe reports that the Canton owner of Dunkin’ Donuts is weighing a roughly $500 million initial public offering in the second half of the year. The talks are still in the early stages and a bank has not yet been selected to lead the IPO, said the officials, who declined…

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