Ban on Sale of Large Sugary Drinks Gets Doused

Last year with much fanfare, the City of New York, through its Board of Health, called for a ban on the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces, in restaurants, concessions and other eating establishments. Such sale was not banned in supermarkets. Advocates, led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, claimed that the ban was necessary to…

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Feeling the Squeeze: Franchisees Face Costly State Laws & Regs

Rising health care premiums. Minimum wage increases. Paid sick leave. Bans on large sugary drinks and Styrofoam containers. Running a business has plenty of challenges even before the government gets involved. And get involved they have: federal, state, and local governments are all looking for ways to squeeze more money out of businesses and individuals,…

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Tell it to the Members: CFA Day Forum puts Franchisees on Capitol Hill

From minimum wage to paid sick leave to health care reform, issues debated in legislative arenas this year stand to have a greater impact on small business owners than ever before. More and more small business owners are recognizing the importance of communicating their concerns directly with elected officials—at all levels. Since 2009, franchise owners…

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Section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act: New Menu Labeling Requirements

When it was signed into law on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare, mandated that “restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations list calorie content information for standard menu items on restaurant menus and menu boards, including drive-through menu boards. Other nutrient information—total calories,…

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A New Look, a New Focus

DDIFO is your organization and the best line of defense against encroachment on your business. In my role as Executive Director, I have talked with a great many of you about what we do and do not provide. We’ve talked about how to improve the services and representation you get from your DDIFO membership. We…

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eTemp

Amid constantly rising operational costs, eTemp™ offers franchisees one effortless solution that instantly generates savings. A device for commercial refrigerators, eTemp upgrades the unit’s thermostat to run according to actual food temperature instead of air temperature. The NSF-certified device reduces refrigeration energy consumption by 20% and extends compressor life by cutting start triggers in half.…

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Mood

Mood, formerly Muzak, helps Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners connect powerfully with guests through media and sensory content, social and mobile applications, and technology-based solutions. Mood offers an exclusive catalog of 100+ family-friendly music programs—including eight specifically recommended for Dunkin’ Donuts—and two premium sound system packages designed for Dunkin’ Brands. Optional integrated on-site messaging creates a…

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Ecolab

EcoLab has worked with Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees for over 10 years, providing industry-leading cleaning and sanitation solutions. EcoLab’s KAY® Filter Pouch Cleaner is a patented technology that makes cleaning coffee and tea equipment as easy as brewing a pot. Used daily, it prevents rancid oil accumulation, preserving beverage quality and maintaining brewing equipment. The teabag-like…

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