California Approves $10 Minimum Wage

The California legislature passed a bill increasing the state’s minimum wage from the current $8 per hour to $10 by 2016.  The bill is expected to be signed by California’s Governor Jerry Brown, a longtime advocate for the increase.  California is the fourth state to formally increase the minimum wage this year – the others…

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Paid Sick Leave Push Across New Jersey

Speaking of political issues in New Jersey, there seems to be a concerted effort across many of the Garden States’ cities to advocate for passage of mandatory paid sick leave.  Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop has been aggressively pushing the mandatory leave initiative, but many of the state’s larger cities are pushing hard for its…

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More ObamaCare Changes

In the ongoing, but welcome, saga of delaying the many ObamaCare mandates on employers, we have yet another to advise you of with the September 11 decision of the Department of Labor that the federal agency will not penalize employers that do not meet the October 1 mandate that requires employers to advise employees of…

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Maine Administration Eyes Eliminating County-based Taxes

Staunchly small government advocate and Maine Governor Paul LePage has his administration thinking outside the box as far as how to shrink government and relieve some of the pressure on Maine’s taxpayers.  They are currently looking at eliminating an array of county-based taxes across the state.

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Richmond DDIFO Meeting Update

Regrettably, the Member Meeting in Richmond that we announced in last week’s Small Regular has been postponed in light of the conflict the meeting poses with Dunkin’s Fall Managers Huddle for the Virginia market on October 9.  We are looking at our facility options and will advise you of new plans as soon as we…

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Thank You for Being a Part of the 2013 National Conference

We want to thank the hundreds of franchise owners who attended the 2013 National Conference in Atlantic City this week – the event was a great success and we are very much appreciative of the support our first national conference outside of New England received from the franchise owners.  Similarly, our thanks go out to…

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Impact of Fast Food Strikes Analyzed

Crisis experts have speculated on the true impact that recent strikes among the fast food industry may have had on the industry.  The strikes, which have been reported to have occurred in some 50 cities across the US, were called to advocate for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour.  One expert…

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Food Service Disposables To Drive Market

According to research conducted by www.mmarketresearch.com, growth will be driven by foodservice disposables over the coming 3 years.  US demand for foodservice disposables is expected to reach $20 billion in 2017 according to the research. Read more of the story here.

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Dunkin Grows with Stores – and VPs!

Mixed in with the many stories of Dunkin’ expanding into the United Kingdom and continuing its Texas expansion, was news of the hiring of two new Dunkin’ Donuts Vice Presidents.  David Starmer is VP – IT for Store Systems, and Paul Zaher has been added as the VP – IT for Marketing Systems.  They will…

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Carbone on the Competition

Dunkin’ CFO Paul Carbone spoke last week at the UBS Best of Americas Conference in London and tackled the question of Dunkin’s top competitors in the breakfast market.  Talking about how many companies are trying to enter the breakfast market, he identified MacDonald’s as #1 competitor, followed in order by gas & convenience stores, Tim…

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