Succeeding as a Business Owner in the Next Generation

As Dunkin’ Donuts tests a Next Generation store concept and innovations in coffee products, franchisees must decide how they will make the leap into the next generation themselves. Moving forward in a competitive landscape can be both exciting and challenging. With 70 years of history behind the brand, Dunkin’ Donuts has evolved and diversified to…

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DDIFO Welcomes Three New Members to the Franchisee Hall of Fame

Every year, the DDIFO Franchise Owners Hall of Fame honors those franchisees who have made significant and lasting contributions to build the Dunkin’ Donuts brand. This year’s inductees are Adrian Gaspar, Jose Salema, and Rod Valencia. Adrian Gaspar Long before he held the keys to his own shops, Adrian Gaspar had roots in franchising. His…

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Legal Issues Affecting Franchisees Today

You have a lot of people with their eye on your money,” Attorney Christopher Menihan warned franchisees attending the DDIFO National Conference. “If your network happens to get hit, one of these is enough to topple everything you’ve been working for.” Menihan is an associate with Lisa & Sousa, DDIFO’s General Counsel. And, he was…

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Delivering the Goods

Of the many notable discussions featured at the DDIFO National Conference, one that got especially heated centered on the National DCP and overall supply chain trends. Attorney Sarah Walters, special counsel for Foley & Lardner, explained why supply chain management is so integral to a successful franchised system. She said increased regulatory and product liability…

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Independent Joe #50 June/July

This issue of Independent Joe is our 50th issue. DDIFO first published “Indy Joe” back in the spring of 2009 as a 16-page quarterly publication. The cover of the inaugural issue teased a feature on the benefits of mediation versus litigation, along with a photo insert of Brad Pitt carrying a medium cup of Dunkin’…

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DDIFO 2018 Hall of Fame Photo Gallery

Hall of Fame Gallery To view a the photos at a larger size with a slideshow, click on the photos. Feel free to share the photos or download them by right-clicking on the photos and choosing “Save Image As”.

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Phantom Gourmet Joins New Orleans Line-up!

Delivering on our commitment to bring you the best and most interesting and relevant presentations at the 2018 DDIFO National Conference, we are pleased to announce that The Phantom Gourmet will join us and present the opening keynote address on Monday, June 11! Dave Andelman, CEO, founded The Phantom Gourmet, Inc. back when he began graduate school. In…

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Here’s Almost 9 Million Reasons to Attend the National Conference!

Attorney Robert Zarco, who just won an $8.8 million award for his franchisee client from El Pollo Loco, will speak on encroachment, the impact of private equity and other growing legal trends at the DDIFO National Conference in New Orleans! Zarco’s victory in the California case against El Pollo Loco is a landmark decision, and…

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Independent Joe #49 April/May 2018

Of the millions of people who travel to New Orleans every year, you might be surprised to learn that less than 15 percent visit for a conference, convention or trade show. While the influx of business travelers continues to swell, along with all other visitors to this fun-loving and historic city, so do the vacation…

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Welcoming Dunkin’ to my Hometown

For seven generations, my family has lived in Evansville, Indiana. My great-great-great-grandfather came here from Ireland in 1828 to start a farm just a mile away from where I live today. He sought the wide open territory to begin life anew in a promising land. From this beginning, the Midwestern values of hard work, hospitality…

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