Wallet Woes Have Slowed Fast-food Reform

Mary Shedden of the Tampa Tribune writes that Americans love healthier food choices, but if a veggie burger isn’t on the value menu and a double cheeseburger is, guess which one they’re going to choose? That disconnect is the resounding message for restaurants across the country, say market analysts watching the public’s buying habits. Mentally, customers want healthier food, but pocketbooks win out in these tough economic times.

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Tim Hortons Arriving in Capital Area — at UAlbany

Steve Barnes reports at The Times Union that Tim Hortons, a 46-year-old Canadian chain of coffee and doughnut shops, will open its first Capital Region location in the fall, at the University at Albany’s Campus Center. The arrival seems a likely indicator of more local Tim Hortons to come, in plazas and as standalone stores, given the company’s precedent of growth once it moves into a region.

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Bain to buy Domino’s Japanese franchisee

Bret Thorn at Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Bain Capital, the largest shareholder of Domino’s Pizza Inc., has signed an agreement to buy the chain’s master franchisee for Japan, Higa Industries Co. Ltd.

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Tim Hortons Heats up Battle over Breakfast

Hollie Shaw at the Canadian National Post reports that Tim Hortons has fired off another round in the breakfast war among Canada’s quick-service giants, introducing its own version of rival McDonald’s Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich.

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Delaware Moves to Require Menu Labeling

Paul Frumkin at Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Delaware became the latest state to weigh in on the menu-labeling issue when the Senate passed a measure requiring that restaurants post nutrition data on menus. The bill now moves to the House. Passed by a 15-5 vote, the measure, SB 81, would require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations nationwide to list the number of calories on menus and menu boards. The information must be provided adjacent to each item in a size and typeface similar to the price and other information.

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Burger King Franchisees Can’t Have It Their Way

In an ongoing dispute that could affect how the nation’s hundreds of franchise organizations set prices, the burger chain is insisting that its two beef-patty sandwich be sold for no more than $1—in line with other items on its “Value Menu.” But the company’s franchisees claim that at that price, they lose money.

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Honey Dew’s Doughnut War

Donna Goodison reports in the Boston Herald that Honey Dew Donuts is taking advantage of the weak economy to make its move against much bigger rivals Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks. Honey Dew Associates Inc., the Plainville owner of the 150-location chain, has hired its first director of franchise development to orchestrate a significant expansion.

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