Competitor News

McDonald’s Corp. reported Q4 earnings showing modest US results on Wednesday of this week with SSS +2.3% but traffic down 2.2%. Although average ticket was positive at +4.5%, one of the largest ticket gains in recent history, US traffic remains weak, especially compared to other international lead markets. Breakfast also is still weak – the…

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Competitor News

The tong war between Tim Horton’s and its own franchisees continued in a big way this past week with the RBI-owned brand moving against a franchisee in Cape Bretton and stripping the franchise owner of his 4 franchises. The franchisor claimed that franchisee David Hughes, who also happens to serve as the head of the…

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CFA Inaugural Legal Symposium

There is only one week left before the early bird registration discount to the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) inaugural legal symposium expires. The event will be held in Chicago on Wednesday, October 24 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (with rooms available in the CFA block at a discounted $179 per night). Franchisees already…

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Miscellaneous

Talk of driving up costs on business provides a great segue to Papa John’s Pizza, where in light of the controversy surrounding founder John Schnatter, the brand negotiated with the Papa Johns Franchise Association and the Franchise Advisory Council to develop an assistance program for franchisees. In light of the fact that same store sales…

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Tim’s Troubles

Restaurant Brands (RBI) CFO Josh Kozba presented this week in Toronto and delivered some rarely heard Tim’s US and Canada color. By background, the Tim’s franchisee association continues to litigate over alleged misuse of marketing fund issues. The issue of upset Tim’s franchisees was the very first question out of the gate (reinforced by local…

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Miscellaneous

Qdoba franchisees are the latest group to see the wisdom in the old adage that there is strength in numbers. Franchise owners of the casual Mexican food restaurant have created their own franchisee association to protect their interests, especially in the face of some of the challenges the chain has recently faced and some potential…

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Franchisee Association Sues!

No, not us! The Great White North Franchisee Association (GWNFA), a new organization representing the interests of Tim Horton’s franchise owners, has filed a lawsuit seeking class action status against Restaurant Brands International. The lawsuit alleges that RBI, which purchased the Tim Horton’s chain just under 3 years ago, has been collecting funds from Tim’s…

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When A Brand Is Sold!

As long expected, Tim Hortons Canada franchisee problems with the Burger King (RBI) franchisor have finally boiled up – with store support and supply chain problems at the fore. The franchise owners have set up an association for the first time ever and hired Canada’s leading franchisee-focused legal firm to begin corrective negotiations. All of…

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CFA Day Forum

Again we strongly recommend that you plan to attend the 2016 CFA Day Forum March 17-18 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington DC.  Here are 3 simple reasons why you should: The stakes are high. Never before have there been so many anti-business regulations threatening your livelihood. As the saying goes, if you’re not at the…

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DDIFO is the Winner for of the Ozzie Award for best magazine cover design

DDIFO is very proud of the fact that our semi-monthly magazine, Independent Joe, was recently selected by Folio Magazine, a New York based marketing magazine, as the winner of the Ozzie Award for best cover design in the business to business category.  The award winning cover was given for the July-August 2014 issue, entitled Westwood…

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