The Cannabis Equation

Equal parts curiosity and caution are becoming infused into big food and beverage brands This year on April 20, national food brands stepped up their cutesy cannabis promotions—to tie in with what has become an annual pot-lover’s holiday. The numerical designation 420 is slang for the consumption of cannabis. So on the 20th day of…

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Marijuana in the Workplace

The workplace is supposed to be a safe environment to better allow employees to maximize their productivity and their work experience. Surely, one thing that helps motivate employees is how comfortable they are in the workplace or in their working environment. To that end, many employers implement policies to address drug and alcohol use, which,…

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One Week of Joy Creates a Lasting Impact for Thousands

The word “joy” is associated with a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Many of us experience some kind of joy as we go through our daily lives. But for many who experience hunger or health issues, joy can be an elusive feeling. The Joy in Childhood Foundation (JICF), powered by Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins, was…

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Franchising 101 for Federal Lawmakers

Not long after assuming the role of chairman of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) in January of 2018, long-time Dunkin’ franchisee John Motta said that one of his goals was to make sure the voices of franchisees were heard more clearly on Capitol Hill. “We meet twice a year, we go to Washington, we…

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Experience Guides Franchisee in Rugged Northern Colorado

Doug Patterson’s franchising know-how is a culmination of many different experiences: from working on the franchisor side, to teaching the business at the college level, to being a board member with the International Franchise Association. Today, Patterson, with his business partner Cameron Stapleton, has become the largest Dunkin’ franchise group in Colorado, developing the northern…

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NE Regional Meeting: Local TV Host Chronicles the Importance of Information

Dunkin’ franchisees from across New England gathered in late April for the annual NE regional meeting. DDIFO invited new business members to join the event at the Sheraton Needham Hotel. Labor attorney Dan Field, a former Chief of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division, was a featured speaker and touched on critical issues like…

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Independent Joe #55 April/May 2019

This year on April 20, national food brands stepped up their cutesy cannabis promotions—to tie in with what has become an annual pot-lover’s holiday. The numerical designation 420 is slang for the consumption of cannabis. So on the 20th day of the 4th month, brands like Pizza Hut said “It’s high time for a brownie,”…

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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…

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Dunkin’ is Meeting Customers Where They Live, Work & Play

It’s no secret that the retail landscape is changing. Brick and mortar stores are popping up all over the place, but not necessarily in the ways they once did. Gone are the days when you’d cozy up to the counter at a Dunkin’ Donuts for a cup of hot coffee served in a cup on…

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Considering Multi-Brand Franchising?

Jesse Keyser, of St. Louis, Missouri, purchased his first franchise unit, Little Ceasars, in 2005, and soon expanded to five restaurants in Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois. Fueled by that success, Keyser began looking into other brands, and purchased Valpak in 2008, which provided an unexpected source of insight. “Working with Valpak, I did extensive…

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