Franchisee Feedback Driving Next Gen Development

Ari Souliotis bought his first two Dunkin’ restaurants in Vermont during the worst economic downturn in decades. With the Great Recession in full swing and coffee prices skyrocketing, it was tough going. But Souliotis, who had previously launched and built the successful Pizza Chef network in Vermont and New Hampshire, never considered throwing in the…

Read More »

What’s Brewing: Business Insight from the Job Creators Network

Looks like it could be a long, hot and potentially expensive summer for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners around the country. SeveraLabor and activist groups have been on a roll around the country, championing proposals that push up costs for franchise owners and other small business owners. Launched nearly a decade ago, the…

Read More »

What’s Brewing: Sick Leave, Soda Wars, Rising Wages

Looks like it could be a long, hot and potentially expensive summer for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners around the country. Several states and cities hiked their minimum wage on July 1, with a few now even pushing past the much ballyhooed $15 an hour mark. Activists pushing for sick leave mandates are…

Read More »

What’s Brewing: Joint-employer, Menu labeling, Minimum wage, Soda tax

The more things change the more they stay the same. That’s the theme when it comes to a couple of critical federal regulations that have the potential to have a big impact on the bottom line of the quick service industry. Victory celebrations over the rollback of the joint-employer rule turned out to be short-lived,…

Read More »

What’s Brewing: Menu labeling, 7-Eleven crackdown, Joint employer rule

Just when you thought your menus were finally safe from government meddling, calorie labeling is back. A long-standing and controversial federal proposal to force Dunkin’ Donuts and other restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus looked all but dead when President Trump took office last year. After all, menu labeling was a notable initiative…

Read More »

What’s Brewing: NLRB, H-2B summer visas, Soda tax, Wages headed up, Sick leave

Good old 2017 ended with a bang, with the Trump Administration making good on its promises to axe a controversial ruling that Dunkin’ and other franchise owners have argued undermines the very foundations of franchising. The National Labor Relations Board has dumped the Obama-era joint-employer rule, which had sowed confusion and stirred fears of unionization…

Read More »