New Hampshire Fair Franchising Bill Sent to Study Committee

On Wednesday of this week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee voted by a one vote margin to send the proposed New Hampshire Fair Franchising bill (HB 1215) to a study committee, effectively killing the bill for further consideration in the current session.  The final vote was essentially a party…

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Getting To The Meat (House) Of The Issue

As the aforementioned NH Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs was voting against protecting the small business investments of franchise owners within the Granite State, The Meat House, a nationally-franchised meat company and butcher shop headquartered in Hampton, NH was shutting all of its company operated stores and leaving it’s franchise owners in New York…

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Vermont Paid Sick Leave Bill Sent To Appropriations Committee

Staying in New England for a moment, Vermont’s House of Representatives referred H.208, a bill that would mandate annual paid sick leave for employees in the Green Mountain state to the House Appropriations Committee.  The bill would require employers to give employees one hour paid leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum…

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Connecticut In The Minimum Wage Forefront

As we reported last week, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy is pushing S.32, a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.  As a result, and not one to let world crises get in the way of a good political opportunity, President Obama visited Connecticut this week to push for an…

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Beverage Trends Show Coffee Still A Boss

The 2014 Beverage Trends Survey conducted annually by QSRweb.com shows that coffee continues to be one of the most desired beverages along with tea and alcohol.  The survey further indicated that for younger consumers, tea is as significant a beverage as coffee, but for those age 35 and older, coffee is what they’re looking for.

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National Conference Runs To Vegas

That’s right, we were delighted to announce at our Board meeting this week that the 2014 DDIFO National Conference will be headquartered at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas from Monday, October 20 through Wednesday, October 22.  As this is our 25th Anniversary representing the independent interests of Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, we will be working…

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Nigel Travis Contract Extended

As you were informed directly, Nigel Travis contract has been extended for another 2 years.  As an organization, DDIFO was thrilled to learn of the 2 year extension of Nigel’s contract as CEO and Chairman of Dunkin’ Brands International.  In response to media inquiries DDIFO released the following statement: “As THE organization representing the interests…

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Independent Joe: February 2014

While the Boston Crème, jelly-filled and glazed ring donuts fly out the door at the Dunkin’ Donuts in St. Joseph, Missouri, cups of fresh brewed coffee are still a slow seller. It’s the ongoing challenge for franchisee Dave Riggs, who opened the restaurant in 2012.

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Thinking About Success in Sochi and at Home

As I write this message, the XXII Olympic Winter Games are just getting underway in Sochi, Russia; as you read this, the games will have already concluded. You know which teams have been successful in their quest for Olympic Gold; I can only guess. There is a component of the Olympic Games however, that is…

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