Congress Mulls Fee Cut on Credit Card Transactions

Mark Calvey reports in the San Francisco Business Times that Visa Inc. and its banking clients who rely on the San Francisco company’s payment network to handle card transactions are fighting lawmakers on yet another front: the fees merchants pay to process a card transaction. Three bills in Congress would limit so-called interchange fees when banking issues are the hot topic.

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Money-Saving, Profit-Boosting Strategies for Franchise Owners

In light of the current economic recession, Dunkin’ franchise owners are rightfully being even more vigilant about the bottom line. The DDIFO is mindful of this and wants to help its members identify ways to save money and boost profits. DDIFO Sponsor, Performance Business Solutions, LLC (PBS) and its sister company, MS Consultants, LLC offer services in areas franchisees might not be aware of that can make a significant difference in terms of reducing business expenses, particularly in the area of tax savings.

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National Aquarium in Baltimore, Dunkin Donuts partner on promotion

Rachel Bernstein reports in the Baltimore Business Journal that the National Aquarium in Baltimore and Dunkin’ Donuts have launched a campaign to give customers extra jelly filling. The campaign, called “One Sweet Deal,” gives Dunkin’ Donuts customers a $5 off admission to the aquarium’s jellyfish exhibit. The coupons can be picked up at the more than 100 Dunkin’ Donut locations in Greater Baltimore.

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Dunkin’ Brands Makes Top-Level Marketing Shift

Karlene Lukovitz writes at MediaPost.com that Dunkin’ Brands’ Thursday announcement that it is “strengthening” its senior leadership team by putting veteran retail executive John Costello in the new position of chief global customer and marketing officer also carried the news that Frances Allen, brand marketing officer for Dunkin’ Donuts for two years, has concurrently “decided to step down.”

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Dunkin’ Highlights Pumpkin and Apple Flavors for Fall

Elissa Elan reports in Nation’s Restaurant News that Dunkin’ Donuts debuted its fall menu this week, which includes three new items: a low-fat apple caramel muffin, a spiced apple twist and a pumpkin-coffee flavored Coolatta blended beverage. Returning items to Dunkin’s fall menu include a pumpkin doughnut, a pumpkin muffin, fall-theme Munchkins doughnut hole treats, a Fall Harvest yeast ring doughnut, a pumpkin latte and pumpkin coffee.

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Food Fight: Franchisees Caught in the Middle

Diana Ransom reports at Smart Money SmallBiz.com that if you have been to a fast food restaurant lately, you’ve probably seen some of the fallout of the downturn. You may have eaten some of it, too. In an effort to convince consumers to open their wallets wider, franchisors are not only requiring franchisees to officiate (and pay for) new promotions, they’re also requiring them to serve new products, extend operating hours and hand over more of their profits.

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NABE: Worst of Recession is Over

South Florida Business Journal reports, according to the National Association of Business Economists (NABE) that “The great recession is over.” The proclamation is based on a survey of professional forecasters, who also caution that the recovery will take place slowly as large increases in federal debt and unemployment rates are expected to remain very high through next year.

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Starbucks’ Via Instant Coffee Goes National

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that Starbucks Corp. said its Via instant coffee product will be available nationally on Wednesday. And to overcome the negative image of instant coffee, the Seattle coffee giant said it will stage taste competitions between Via and its fresh-brewed coffee next week.

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Appreciating Coffee Across the Region

Leslie Gaydos reports at NECN that Tuesday September 29th, was National Coffee Appreciation Day, a holiday sure to give some a jolt. The big players were aware of the date, as McDonald’s brought in Nell Newman, Paul’s daughter, the president and co-founder of Newman’s Own Organics. They had lunch at the Ronald McDonald House in Providence.

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Tunica has first Dunkin’ Donuts for gamers

Dunkin’ Donuts has opened a store at the south end of Harrah’s Tunica Casino in Robinsonville, MS, marking its entry into the state’s gaming market. The 24-hour, seven-day-a-week store will be the sixth Dunkin’ Donuts in the state. Frank Leflore will own this franchise.

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