Riding the Circuit Courts

Riding the Circuits is a new column at ddifo.mynewsitepreview.com that summarizes recent court cases and their relevance to Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. The following summaries were prepared by Attorney Jeffrey M. Goldstein, of Goldstein Counselors at Law, Leesburg, VA. DDIFO members read more….

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McDonald’s Wins with Beverages, Pushes Re-imaging

Christa Hoyland reports at QSR Web that McDonald’s beverage program is proving a sales driver for the brand, even as consumers remain focused on value, executives told investors on the company’s first quarter earnings call. The company will still promote value worldwide as it continues to push forward with its Plan to Win strategy, including an aggressive re-imaging program.

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McDonald’s wants to rewrap restaurants

Kathy Bergen rports in the Chicago Tribune reports that a McDonalds internal memo emphasizes cash incentives for updates consultant says chain wants to be like Starbucks. As McDonald’s Corp. moves more deeply into the cafe world of lattes, frappes and smoothies, the Oak Brook-based hamburger chain is attempting to speed up the remake of its U.S. restaurants into cozier places to linger and spend money, according to an outside expert.

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Fast-food restaurants wage a breakfast food war

Robert Channick writes in the Chicago Tribune last week was the first week breakfast was on the menu at Subway, and the restaurant on Deerfield Road in Highland Park was indeed open hours earlier than previously. Two window signs touted a “better breakfast,” but no one was visible inside the dimly lit restaurant.

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BK Wages Breakfast War on McDonald’s With New Sandwich

In a new 30-second commercial from agency Crispin Porter & Bogusky, BK’s mascot, the King — armed with a flashlight and donning a hoodie — breaks into McDonald’s headquarters in the wee hours of the morning to copy the recipe for McD’s Sausage McMuffin with Egg sandwich. A voice-over says, “It’s not that original but it’s super affordable … egg, sausage and cheese on a toasted English muffin.” DDIFO MWatch the commercial….

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Federal Judge: Franchising Sounds Like Ponzi Scheme

Corbin Williston posts at BlueMauMau is franchising “a modified Ponzi scheme?” Last week, a federal judge said it might be. Janitorial franchises have long been a source of embarrasment for the franchise industry, and frequently attract purchasers with few assets and poor command of English. A 2001 report by the GAO on FTC enforcement of the Franchise Rule found that from 1993-2000, Coverall violations had affected 2591 investors, and JaniKing violations affected 900 investors.

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With Obama-Care, Calorie Counters Find a Strange Ally: Fast-Food Restaurants

Bruce Watson reports at AOL Daily Finance that part of the health care bill that President Obama signed Tuesday requires all chain restaurants with more than 20 locations to post calorie listings on their menus and drive-through signs. This ruling, which should affect more than 200,000 restaurants from coast to coast, has found a surprising ally: the restaurant industry.

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