Time Out to Enjoy The Big Easy

Get ready for some spicy Cajun food and toe-tapping jazz – this year’s DDIFO National Conference is taking it south to New Orleans. This might be one of the best years to visit: It’s the city’s 300th birthday. And this is a city that knows how to party. “It’s more than just Mardi Gras,” says…

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Welcoming Dunkin’ to my Hometown

For seven generations, my family has lived in Evansville, Indiana. My great-great-great-grandfather came here from Ireland in 1828 to start a farm just a mile away from where I live today. He sought the wide open territory to begin life anew in a promising land. From this beginning, the Midwestern values of hard work, hospitality…

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What’s Brewing: Joint-employer, Menu labeling, Minimum wage, Soda tax

The more things change the more they stay the same. That’s the theme when it comes to a couple of critical federal regulations that have the potential to have a big impact on the bottom line of the quick service industry. Victory celebrations over the rollback of the joint-employer rule turned out to be short-lived,…

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Motta Will Take Proactive Role as New CFA Chair

When Keith Miller, the outgoing Chairman of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), posted his farewell address on the franchisee website Blue Mau Mau, he welcomed his successor by stating that he looked forward to “working with new Chairman, John Motta, to elevate the CFA during his term.” Motta, who has been a Dunkin’ Donuts…

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A New Venue and a Fresh Perspective from DDIFO

Of the millions of people who travel to New Orleans every year, you might be surprised to learn that less than 15 percent visit for a conference, convention or trade show. While the influx of business travelers continues to swell, along with all other visitors to this fun-loving and historic city, so do the vacation…

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Outspoken QSR CEO will headline National Conference

Andy Puzder is widely credited with turning around the troubled quick service restaurant chains of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. By the time he left his position last year – and was being considered for the position of U.S. Labor Secretary – Puzder had earned a reputation as a smart restaurant operator who understands the challenges…

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