Amy Levine Joins the DDIFO Team!

DDIFO is pleased to announce that Amy Levine has joined the DDIFO team as Membership Director.
Amy brings with her 20 years of marketing and sales experience gained from the corporate, retail and franchise fields.

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RBS Citizens books $1.1B loss in 2008

RBS Citizens, whose operations make up the No. 2 retail bank in Massachusetts, generated a $1.1 billion net loss in 2008 after slashing the value of a previous acquisition and setting aside more money for an escalating number of problem loans.

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Massachusetts Menu Labeling Hearing Notice!

The Massachusetts Department of Health will hold two public hearings about menu labeling next Tuesday, February 24 and Wednesday, February 25. The public hearings will be held at the following locations:

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DDIFO with CFA on Capital Hill

As a member of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), DDIFO participated in the inaugural CFA Day Forum 2009, in Washington DC, February 10th and 11th. Franchisee associations meeting in our nations’ capital as a collective group marks a historic event for the entire franchise community. The mission of the CFA is: “to leverage the collective…

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Inaugural CFA Day Forum in Washington DC

The Inaugural Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Day Forum will be held February 10-11, 2009 just steps away from the halls of Congress at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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BAC Profitability Subcommittee Enhanced and Improved

The Brand’s reorganized Profitability Subcommittee is off to a good start according to Brand Advisory Council (BAC) co-chair Jim Allen and to DDIFO members we talked to. During 2008 franchise contract negotiations, President and Chief Brand Officer of Dunkin’ Donuts Worldwide Will Kussell and the franchisee leadership agreed to reorganize the long-standing Profitability Subcommittee and…

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Dunkin Franchisee Goes Green for Profits (and for the Planet)

Roger Deslauriers, a Dunkin’ franchise owner and operator whose family has been in the business for 50 years, is bringing green technology to a number of his stores. Deslauriers and his family have always strived to be at the forefront of business decisions that improve their franchises for their own benefit and for the benefit…

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Getting to Know You: Patrick Kaufmann

Board Member Spotlight: Professor Patrick Kaufmann DDIFO Board Member Patrick Kaufmann grew up in Birmingham, Michigan, a leafy suburb halfway between Pontiac and Detroit. Pat holds a BA in Economics from Georgetown University; where he was a classmate of President Bill Clinton. He also holds a JD from Boston College Law School, an MBA from…

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DDIFO in 2009 and Beyond

Loss Prevention It is important that Dunkin Brands collects 100% of the royalty income due them. Strong royalty growth and fulfillment is important to every successful franchise system. With that said, the use of antagonizing techniques to create fear, and intimidation, by Dunkin Brands Loss Prevention department needs to stop, especially as these methods have…

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