International Franchise Association launches ad campaign battling portion of Seattle's new wage law

The International Franchise Association today has launched an ad campaign battling back against a portion of Seattle's new wage law, alleging proponents of the law have an agenda to undermine the franchise model.

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Burger King's 'fewer, more impactful' menu launch strategy lifts sales

The brand will introduce its mobile app, including couponing, payments and geotargeting, nationwide at the end of this month.

McDonald's ruling holds franchisors accountable for franchise employee allegations

The National Restaurant Association claims the decision will impede job creation and create 'big business.'

Breakfast, beverage competition gets a grip on Dunkin’s sales

The quarter marked Dunkin’ Donuts’ highest afternoon guest count on record, and weekly sales in June reached the highest volume.

McDonald’s points finger at marketing for sales shortfall

As part of its operations reset initiative, the chain has started to see order accuracy improvements.

How two QSRs leverage Walmart locations for brand exposure

Walmart customers are similar to Checkers and Philly Pretzel Factory customers in their quest for value, speed and convenience.

Taco Bell breakfast generating up to $120K in incremental sales

In less than six months, the brand's breakfast business is above breakeven and is about 7 percent of the menu mix.

Culver’s turns 30: COO reflects on industry and consumer changes

Consumers are now more aware of food safety, sourcing and nutritional content.

Maui Wowi CEO: Sky's the limit for brand's growth

The coffee/specialty beverage brand just launched an online store for guests who want to have its products shipped to them.

Bruster's CEO talks about the brand's anniversary, growth and proprietary operating system

Sahene is also heading up a relatively new Philly Cheesesteak concept called Wit or Witout, which recently opened its third store and has sold its first two franchisees

Auntie Anne’s SVP: Brands have to adapt to compete in marketplace

The pretzel brand is set to significantly expand internationally, as well as in non-mall locations domestically, with its new store prototype.

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OrderUp to target underserved delivery market

OrderUp, a Baltimore mobile and online food ordering and delivery service, announced the company raised $7 million in funds for nationwide expansion and delivery technology.

Cold Stone Creamery launches new yogurt concept in Japan

Cold Stone Creamery has launched a new yogurt concept, Cold Stone Frozen Bar, at the Aeon Mall Makuhari Shintoshin in Chiba, Japan.

Dunkin' Donuts looks to broaden franchise footprint in Colorado

In a news release, Dunkin' Donuts said it was continuing to expand in contiguous markets across the country with a long-term goal of having more than 15,000 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the United States alone.

CKE Restaurants Holdings surpasses 3,500 restaurants worldwide

The opening of a Hardee's in Marassi, Egypt, and a Carl’s Jr. in Conroe, Texas, mark major milestones for CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc. Opened in late July, the Marassi Hardee's is CKE's 3500th restaurant worldwide.

Thai ag conglomerate set to make QSR push in Oz

Thai agriculture and food production giant Charoen Pokphand Foods, Thailand's fifth-largest company by revenue, is making a QSR push in Australia. CP Foods is planning to roll out a chain of quick-service Thai restaurants that it plans to expand to...

California legislature passes bill making it harder to terminate franchising agreements

The California legislature approved a law Aug. 8 that will make it harder for franchisors to terminate franchising agreements with franchisees, according to MSNBC.com. The bill will now return to the Senate for final approval.

Food Hall by Villa opens at Arizona Mills

Villa Enterprises announced the grand opening of its "Food Hall by Villa" at Arizona Mills on Aug. 23 at 10 a.m.

Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip makes Arkansas debut in The Mall at Turtle Creek

Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip has opened its first store in Arkansas, at the Mall at Turtle Creek in Jonesboro.

National Restaurant Association joins fight against Seattle wage increase

The National Restaurant Association announced in a press release that it is joining the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Asian American Hotel Owners Association, in an effort to stop the city of Seattle from raising the minimum wage.

Tim Hortons expanding in New Jersey, New York

Tim Hortons revealed in its quarterly earnings report this week plans to open 25 Tim Hortons restaurants in New Jersey and New York over the next ten years.

Baskin-Robbins honors top franchisee with development incentive

Baskin-Robbins has named Varuzh Tirityan of Burbank, Calif., as its 2013 Franchisee of the Year. Tirityan received an award valued at $125,000 to be used toward the development of a new Baskin-Robbins standalone restaurant in his market. Tirityan currently owns and operates four Baskin-Robbins shops in the Burbank area.

El Pollo Loco plants flag in Houston market

El Pollo Loco will expand its presence in Texas with the arrival of its newest location n the Houston suburb of Sugar Land in October. According to a news release, this opening will mark the brand's first entry in the...

Farrell’s Ice Cream announces franchising program

Parlour Enterprises Inc., parent company of Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants, will begin franchising Farrell's in selected markets throughout the U.S. Ben Kramer, vice president of Franchising said in a news release that the demand has been building for the...

Franchising association seeks to halt Seattle’s minimum wage increase

The International Franchise Association has asked the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to issue a preliminary injunction preventing the City of Seattle from raising its minimum wage. The IFA says the city's recently enacted law to...

Financial analysts predict downward spiral of QSR burger brands

Are burgers and fries no longer American staples? Some financial analysts predict that will soon be the case. According to a note published this week by Janney Capital Markets, McDonald’s is expected to be the only burger-related restaurant chain in the top five U.S. restaurants by 2020.

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