And More From Seattle

One of the groups pushing the idea of $15/hour minimum wages for fast food workers, 15Now.org, is advocating amendments to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray recently filed proposal to require $15 minimum wage phased in over 3 to 7 years because the proposal doesn’t go far enough!  The Mayor’s proposal, which would require firms with more…

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Vermont Governor Signs GMO Labeling Bill into Law

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, who made no secret of his support for mandating GMO labeling, followed through yesterday when he signed it into law, making Vermont the first state in the nation to mandate the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The bill, which does not become effective until July 1, 2016, is…

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Upcoming DDIFO Meeting in Connecticut

DDIFO will be hosting a Member Meeting at the Heritage Hotel in Southbury, Connecticut on June 12.  This meeting will follow the Strategic Planning meeting mentioned above.  Strategic Planning will be held at the same location one day earlier, on June 11 and all DDIFO members are invited – and encouraged to attend and participate. …

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Costello Assumes Chairmanship of Mobile Marketing Association

Congratulations are in order for President of Global Marketing and Innovation for Dunkin’ Brands John Costello on his recent appointment as Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association.  John, who previously served as chairman of the Association of National Advertisers and the Advertising Council was introduced as the new chairman at the organization’s recent Education Forum…

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Minimum Wage Increase Killed In US Senate

The initiative undertaken by President Obama and a host of national Democratic lawmakers to increase the federally mandated minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over a three year period was killed earlier this week in the United States Senate.  Although there were 55 votes in favor out of the 100 total votes in the Senate,…

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Minimum Wage is Alive and Well In States & Cities

Notwithstanding the swift death the proposed minimum wage increase suffered at the federal level, it is a completely different animal when proposed in state legislatures and city halls across the country. We reported to you last week that a bill would be filed in Albany proposing to increase the Empire State minimum wage to $15/hour…

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New Jersey Advances “Opportunity to Compete” Bill

Perhaps since they had already increased the state’s minimum wage at the beginning of the year, New Jersey legislators are said to be seriously considering another onerous bill that can negatively impact businesses in the Garden State.  S.1484, An Act Concerning Employment Rights of Persons With Criminal Histories, was filed again this session by state…

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Professional Group Calls For Reason In GMO Labelling

Last week we told you that Vermont had become the first state in the nation to require special labelling and that Congress is also looking at the impact of state mandated labelling.  This week, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) released a white paper (Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labelling for Genetically Engineered Food…

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Coffee Prices Likely To Rise Again

In light of the bad weather in Brazil these past few months, it is likely that coffee prices will be on the rise once again.  There was a sustained drought during the growing season and then damaging flooding during the harvest.  Arabica coffee prices surged 94% this past month to a high of $2.144 on…

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