When DDIFO members gather at Mohegan Sun for the annual DDIFO National Members Meeting on September 19th & 20th, Dunkin’ Brands will be into its first quarter as a publicly traded company. The pressures of reporting quarterly earnings to Wall Street is likely to impact franchise owners who are already dealing with high commodity costs and price-point competition from McDonald’s.

The theme for the national members meeting is “Investing in our future.” Kicking off on Monday September 19th at 12pm with the DDIFO Board of Directors
meeting which will be open to all DDIFO Members. That evening there will be a Gala Dinner and awards ceremony starting at 6:00 pm with all attendees and sponsors. The conference will continue on Tuesday September 20th and will feature guest speakers and breakout sessions on such issues as government relations, tax laws and marketing. There will also be an exhibit hall with sponsor exhibits.

According to DDIFO President Jim Coen, “The theme captures a unique historical perspective on what Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners and shareholders of DNKN have invested in the success of Dunkin’ Donuts.”

The Dunkin’ IPO has been an undercurrent in the lives of franchisees for some time. Many franchise owners have expressed their concern over how the pressure to accommodate stockholders’ profit expectations will impact their day to day business.

As Josh Kosman wrote in the New York Post recently, “Indeed, Dunkin’ is relying on its franchisees—who own and run nearly all the stores—to expand its footprint with limited capital investment from the parent. Almost all the 206 net expansions in the US last year came from existing franchisees opening new locations.”

While the IPO will be a major topic of the national members meeting, Coen says franchise owners want to discuss a broad range of issues related to their business, their investment and their future.

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For Sponsor information please contact Joan.Gould@ddifo.org or at 508-422-1161.