Early Bird Registration Ends this Sunday, August 31st

Registration for the DDIFO National Conference (October 20 – 22, 2014) at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is open on the DDIFO website.  This year’s registration process is a little bit different than it has been in prior years, so don’t wait too long to register.  This is our 25th…

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Roll Call of Data Breaches Continues

It seems almost a weekly occurrence lately, but another major business admitted that it was likely a victim of a data breach – this time a franchise concept!  Dairy Queen announced this week that a number of their stores may have been hacked and that some of their customer’s confidential information was compromised.  Each individual store that…

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Starbuck Mobile Coffee Trucks, Kraft Foods Group-Keurig Green Mountain Agreement

Aside from the Burger King buys Tim Horton’s news, we took note of a couple of other relevant stories this week . . . Starbucks announced that they will begin testing mobile coffee trucks this fall on three targeted college campuses.  Arizona State University, James Madison University in Virginia and South Carolina’s Coastal Carolina University…

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Chicagoans Split On Obama Library

Speaking above of Chicago and President Obama, the Chicago Tribune released a poll this week showing voters are evenly split on their tax dollars being used to help finance an Obama Presidential Library and Museum after his presidency concludes in January 2017.  The poll shows that 47 percent were in favor of using tax dollars…

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Chicago To Push Minimum Wage At City Level

In a reversal of his earlier position on the issue, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel this week announced that he will try to pass a minimum wage ordinance increasing the minimum wage within the Windy City to $13/hour by 2018 – regardless of what is done with the minimum wage at the state level in Illinois. …

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California Franchise Relations Act Before Governor

California Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown has yet to take action on the California Franchise Relations Act (formerly SB 610) which the legislature sent him last Friday.  Under California law, the Governor generally has 12 days from the date of transmittal to sign legislation however, since he has it in his possession now when the legislature…

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Global Coffee Deficit Projected

Earlier this week, Citigroup forecast that a global production deficit of coffee beans could last into 2016 because of the Brazilian coffee harvest shortfall.  A lingering drought has devastated the Brazilian coffee market, which last year accounted for 36% of the world coffee supply causing production in Brazil to drop by as much as 18…

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New Coffee Products for Chick-fil-A, Tim Hortons & McCafe

A couple of additional brands these past few weeks have announced that they too are launching new coffee products on a national scale.  First, Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A announced plans to “launch a custom-made specialty grade coffee” through its 1800+ stores across the nation.  The coffee is being produced in partnership with Thrive Farmers Coffee. From north…

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ACA Employer Mandate Penalties On Horizon

Along that same line of early warning, franchisees with 100 or more employees are reminded that the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act takes effect in full this coming January and affected employers will need to make the determination whether they will offer health care coverage to their employees or choose to pay the…

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Connecticut Expands Sick Leave

Our attorney friends at Murtha Culina have advised us that additional changes are in store for businesses in Connecticut as the legislature there has authorized changes in the state’s mandatory paid sick leave law effective January 1, but with the first week of October being an important timeframe as well.  There is a 50 employee minimum that determines the…

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