Maine Is Legislative Hotbed

Although one might not normally identify the state of Maine as a hotbead of legislative activity, it is certainly fitting that bill thus far this year.  Maine’s pro-business Governor Paul LePage has been advocating legislation that would prohibit individual cities and towns from creating their own minimum wages, and representatives of his administration spoke in…

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Upcoming Events

DDIFO has confirmed our next few member meetings, taking us into the summer months.  Members in Ohio, Pennsylvania and surrounding environs will want to mark their calendars for May 21, when we will present “New NLRB Rules and Their Impact on Franchisees!” at the Holiday Inn in Boardman, Ohio.  The meeting will begin with our…

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DDIFO Hall of Fame Nominations

It is that time again when we ask you to consider your nominations for induction into the DDIFO Hall of Fame.  Hall of Fame criteria and nomination forms should be posted on the DDIFO website soon and you will be able to review the criteria and submit your nominees directly online, or by email to…

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2015 DDIFO National Conference

While you have your calendars out, be sure to reserve Monday and Tuesday, September 21 and 22 for the DDIFO National Conference, which this year will be held at the most famous hotel on the Las Vegas strip, the incomparable Caesars Palace!  We’ve already confirmed some outstanding presentations you won’t want to miss, but where…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We want to congratulate two Dunkin’ mainstays on important upcoming developments in their professional lives.  John Costello, President of Global Marketing and Innovation, has announced that he will be retiring in mid-2016.  Costello, who joined Dunkin’ in 2009, will remain in his current position but will transition to a new, more strategic role focused largely…

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Chipotle Goes non-GMO

Speaking of genetically modified organisms from above (and who isn’t these days?), fast casual restaurant Chipotle announced this week that they will cease using GMO foods.  No specific effective date was mentioned in the story.  Chipotle was the first national restaurant company to voluntarily disclose GMO ingredients in its food back in March 2013.

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Competitor News

With Q1 earnings calls being held over the past week or so, DDIFO restaurant analyst John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group noted much about competitors:  Starbucks (SBUX) reported very solid Q1 earnings results last week with same store sales +7% (2% in traffic and +5% in ticket value). They also introduced a boatload of…

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US House Kills “Death Tax”, Senate Agreement Unlikely

Well, some in Washington are at least trying to put more money back in the taxpayers’ pockets, but it’s not likely they’ll succeed in this particular effort.  The House voted last week to repeal the federal estate tax, also known as the “death tax” and currently pegged at 40% of inherited assets, by a vote…

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New FDA Rule Changing Retail Food Establishment Definition

Under the Food Safety and Modernization Act, the federal Food and Drug Administration is proposing to increase the number of establishments that would be exempted from registration requirements as Retail Food Establishments.  The proposed rule was published in the April 9 issue of the Federal Register and will be open to public comment until June…

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Presidential Politics And Dunkin’ Franchise Leaders

Every four years, many around the country have the opportunity to question those who want to be President.  Dunkin’ multi-state franchise owner John Motta had just such an opportunity last week in New Hampshire when he posed a question about harmful NLRB rulings to the latest announced candidate for the GOP nomination, Senator Marco Rubio…

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