Denny’s is Sued Over High-Salt Content

Jerry Hirsch writes in the Los Angeles Times that some meals contain more sodium than a person should eat in two whole days. A New Jersey lawsuit wants the restaurant chain to list sodium content on its menus and warn about health risks. Doctors recommend against eating more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. Order a Denny’s double chees burger and you’ll consume 3,880 milligrams in one sitting, almost double the suggested daily allowance of salt.

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State Health Debate Keys on Small Biz

Julie M. Donnelly reports in the Boston Business Journal that Massachusetts State lawmakers and industry groups are working to craft a stopgap measure to help small businesses survive the double whammy of the economic downturn and escalating health care costs. Insiders say lawmakers fear that a failure to step in could result in a wholesale abandoning of health reform mandates by small business, throwing the system into jeopardy.

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Tim Hortons Adds Contactless Payment for U.S. Stores

QSRWeb.com reports that following the announcement that Whataburger has added MasterCard PayPass at its U.S. locations, MasterCard Worldwide has announced that Tim Hortons is now accepting MasterCard PayPass at its more than 400 U.S. locations.

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Starbucks Appoints 3 Execs to Key Leadership Roles

The Seattle-based coffee company said it has appointed Annie Young-Scrivner as its global chief marketing officer. Young-Scrivner, 40, comes to Starbucks ( SBUX – news – people ) from Quaker Foods and Snacks, a division of PepsiCo ( PEP – news – people ), where she worked as chief marketing officer and vice president of sales.

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Dunkin’ Runs on Lawsuits.

Holly Sanders Ware and Josh Kosman write in the NY Post that critics say Dunkin’ Donuts has come up with another way to make a profit: Pressure franchise owners into paying hefty penalties and legal fees. In an unusual tactic for the franchise industry, Dunkin’ pushes operators to pay penalties and sell their stores or face losing their franchise rights. The fines can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and include the cost to pay for Dunkin’s lawyers.

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Franchisee Attorney Zarco Featured in ‘How’d You Get So Rich’

Blue MauMau Franchisee attorney Robert Zarco has never shied away from the limelight when fighting for the rights of the hardworking “little guy” in court, but most recently the light shone directly on him in a new television reality-based show called “How’d You Get So Rich?” The program, hosted by comedienne Joan Rivers on TV Land Prime, premiered August 5 and featured the rags-to-riches story of Zarco and others who pursued and made millions living the American dream.

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Sonic Boom in the Northeast

Sonic is making its move as a truly national chain with the opening of its first drive-in in Massachusetts, the 41st state for the chain’s stores, according to a story in The Patriot Ledger. The store in Peabody is the first of at least 20 Sonics franchisees Gina and Gregg Monastiero plan to open in the next five years or so. Another franchisee is working on plans to open at least three restaurants in Connecticut, and a franchisee in New York has plans for several in that state.

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BU Students Find Lecture Was Setup for New McDonald’s Ad

Johnny Diaz writes in The Boston Globe that this summer, some Boston University students thought they were attending a morning lecture by a renowned cultural anthropologist in an advertising class. But the 14 students unknowingly became stars in a new McDonald’s TV commercial for iced and hot coffees, which will begin airing nationwide on Sept. 1.

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Starbucks 101: What is VIA?

Cindy Tickle the Starbucks Examiner at Examiner.com writes that soon your Starbucks coffee will come in an instant – literally. Now, you can with Starbucks VIA Ready Brew coming to Starbucks stores nationwide this fall. VIA is Starbucks foray into the world of instant coffee. Yes, that’s right…Starbucks and instant coffee are being used in the same sentence.

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