Outspoken QSR CEO will headline National Conference

Andy Puzder is widely credited with turning around the troubled quick service restaurant chains of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. By the time he left his position last year – and was being considered for the position of U.S. Labor Secretary – Puzder had earned a reputation as a smart restaurant operator who understands the challenges…

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Beware! Fast Food Unions Have Arrived

Advocates, who have been pushing for years now to try and unionize fast food workers, have finally succeeded, although it may be on a small scale for the time being. Workers at a Portland Burgerville restaurant voted to unionize this past Monday in an election sanctioned by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The final…

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Pushing Paid Sick Leave

In the other Portland – that would be Portland, Maine – city councilors are considering adopting an ordinance that would mandate paid sick leave benefits for workers at the expense of all employers. Under the current draft of the law, all employees – full-time, part-time and seasonal – would have the right to earn up…

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Cuomo Looks To Ban Plastic Bags

Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Cuomo, who is facing a democratic primary challenge from left-wing actress Cynthia Nixon and pressure from the Green Party on environmental issues, said the ban would apply to all single-use, plastic carryout bags at any point of sale in…

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Agenda Released For DDIFO Conference

Andrew Puzder, former CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., will close the DDIFO National Conference in New Orleans with a closing keynote address on Tuesday, June 12, but there’s much more to see and hear in New Orleans before he does! The full agenda, which has been finalized and…

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Hall of Fame Nominations Closing

DDIFO members must complete the Hall of Fame nomination process by the close of business On Monday, April 30 in order for their nominees to be considered. The Hall of Fame induction luncheon will be held at the conclusion of the 2018 National Conference, immediately after the closing keynote address by Andrew Puzder. Members interested…

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Clock Ticking for DDIFO Conference Room Block

Those planning to attend the DDIFO Conference and celebrate the Hall of Fame inductees with us only have another 2 weeks to reserve their rooms at the AAA Four-Diamond Award-winning Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel within the DDIFO room block. Rooms within the DDIFO room block are available at the discounted rate of only $159 per…

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CFA Day A Week+ Away

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations’ (CFA) annual CFA Day and Lobbying Forum in Washington, DC is just over a week away – and we’re delighted that over a dozen members of Congress plan to attend our evening reception after the May 9 event. CFA Day presents a golden opportunity for Dunkin’ franchisees to unite with…

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Dunkin’ Earnings

Dunkin Brands reported Q1 2018 earnings on Thursday, reporting a $0.09 EPS earnings beat versus consensus, revenue was $1.8 M light, while the stock was down $ .31 for the day, having changed little. Dunkin US reported negative .4% for same store sales, with ticket up and traffic down by unspecified amounts. The impact of…

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Competitor News

Tim Horton parent, Restaurant Brands International, noted problems at Tims on its recent earning call. Public perception of the Canadian coffee and donut chain has declined in Canada in large measure, due to Tim’s corporate ongoing conflict with its franchisees. The chain has a new president and is mandating remodels, new espresso drink lines and…

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