Independent Joe: April 2014

With thriving Dunkin’ Donuts stores and various awards under his belt, Larry Lemos credits his parents for much of his success. After emigrating from Portugal to Rhode Island in the 1970s, his parents, Antonio and Maria Lemos, worked for a Dunkin’ Donuts in Warwick, Rhode Island. “Joe Batista was the owner and he saw something…

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2014 National Conference In Las Vegas

On the subject of upcoming meetings, we want to regularly remind you to plan on attending DDIFO’s 25th Anniversary National Conference at the beautiful Rio Hotel in Las Vegas from Monday, October 20 through Wednesday, October 22.  We’ll get more information out to you as the program takes shape, but mark it now on your…

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National Conference Runs To Vegas

That’s right, we were delighted to announce at our Board meeting this week that the 2014 DDIFO National Conference will be headquartered at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas from Monday, October 20 through Wednesday, October 22.  As this is our 25th Anniversary representing the independent interests of Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, we will be working…

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Independent Joe: February 2014

While the Boston Crème, jelly-filled and glazed ring donuts fly out the door at the Dunkin’ Donuts in St. Joseph, Missouri, cups of fresh brewed coffee are still a slow seller. It’s the ongoing challenge for franchisee Dave Riggs, who opened the restaurant in 2012.

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1st DDIFO Franchisee Meeting meeting for Georgia Members!

DDIFO will hold its first member meeting of 2014 at the Sheraton Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel on Thursday, January 23, 2014.  It is also the first meeting we have ever scheduled for the broader Georgia market and we very much look forward to seeing you and introducing your independent franchisee association to you!  Register Now! This meeting…

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An Independent Voice for 25 Years

In 1989, there were 1500 Dunkin’ Donuts shops in the U.S., Mister Donut was still an independent company and a “black knight” was lurking at the company’s Randolph, Massachusetts headquarters. Fighting to maintain control from a hostile takeover bid, Dunkin’ Donuts founder Bill Rosenberg steered the sale to the English conglomerate Allied-Lyons, which later became…

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A 25 Year “Selfie”

It went viral in short order and was captured by all the major news organizations around the world. The smartphone self-portrait, or “selfie” as it’s being called, that President Barack Obama took with Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron at the South African memorial service for anti-apartheid leader and former…

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