Starbucks Debuts New Food Items

Lisa Jennings of Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Starbucks Corp.’s new food menu rolled out on Tuesday with a new line of baked goods, a new smoothie and a salad designed to appeal to health-conscious customers.

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Negotiating Lower Rent For Your Business

Real estate attorney Gary O’Brien explains how commercial tenants can leverage the current economic environment to renegotiate their lease and save significant money in this article from JD Supra.

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Ronald McDonald is an Economic Genious!

According to Chris Graley who writes a blog at the Motley Fool a popular site for the investors, Mickey D’s is going ahead with a premium “Angus” burger that they have been working on for the last 2.5 years.

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Court Rules in Favor of Taco Bell Franchisees

The Superior Court of New Jersey granted partial summary judgment in favor of franchisees of Taco Bell Restaurants against Underwriters of Lloyds, which sold Trade Name Restoration, Loss of Business Income, and Incident Response Insurance for Food Borne Illness (TNR) policies to the franchisees.

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McDonald’s revises smoothies, specialty drinks launch

Christa Hoyland Editor of QSR Web reports that McDonald’s has been testing smoothies and frappes for more than a year as part of its entrance into the specialty beverage category. Originally projected to roll out this summer, the product launch — which includes expanded fountain and bottled drinks — is now scheduled for 2010, said Danya Proud, McDonald’s spokeswoman.

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Maintaining Compliance with State Labor Laws

The purpose of labor laws is to make certain that employers treat their staff fairly. There are federal and state laws that protect the welfare of employees and promote relationships between employers and employees that are stable and beneficial to all involved.

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Tim Hortons Set to Open in Big Apple

Janet Whitman of the Financial Post writes that after a 25-year battle to make inroads in the biggest fast-food market in the world, Tim Hortons Inc. is set to open up a new U. S. front in August when it takes its double-doubles into the heart of New York City’s coffee wars. The iconic Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain plans to have three stores up and running in the Big Apple, including a location in Times Square — its first foray into Manhattan — the Financial Post has learned.

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