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Franchise Assoc. hosting call on NLRB Joint Employer Ruling.
qsrweb.com - The IFA will host a conference call Thursday to discuss the impact of the National Labor Relations Board General Counsel's recommendation that McDonald's Corp. and its franchisees be considered... [more] 29 Oct, 2014
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Drives Record Growth and Earnings in Q3.
prnewswire.com - TWO MEN AND A TRUCK reported double-digit revenue growth in its September-ended third quarter and enters the fourth quarter with confidence after achieving 42 months of record sales growth over the past five... [more] 28 Oct, 2014
Build-A-Bear Workshop Opens New York City Pop-Up Store in Times Square.
businesswire.com - Build-A-Bear Workshop today announced the opening of a new store location in Times Square in New York City. This seasonal pop-up shop will be located at 1619 Broadway, in the historic Brill Building. ... [more] 28 Oct, 2014
IFA Names Four Franchise Industry Leaders to its Board of Directors.
franchise.org - Four leading franchise professionals have been elected to the International Franchise Association (IFA) board of directors. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2014
BurgerFi Announces CNN Center Grand Opening.
qsrmagazine.com - BurgerFi announced a major milestone with the grand opening of its CNN Center location. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2014
Hamburger Helpers or Too Many Cooks?
wsj.com - While some franchisees praise the Burger King coach system, others say its quality is uneven, with some coaches too young and inexperienced. ... [more] 26 Oct, 2014
Big Macs go cold as young Americans drop McDonald’s for tastier rivals.
theguardian.com - The burger chain is facing problems abroad, but nothing as serious as the year-long decline in its huge home market. ... [more] 26 Oct, 2014
Dos Coyotes Border Cafe begins franchising.
bizjournals.com - Davis-based Dos Coyotes Border Cafe is moving into franchising, beginning with a deal to develop 25 locations in Los Angeles County. ... [more] 24 Oct, 2014
Bend security business grows by franchising.
bendbulletin.com - Patrol Services International, a Bend-based private security company, has signed a franchise agreement to provide security services in Washington, D.C. ... [more] 24 Oct, 2014

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UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND


Business intelligence franchise Red Flag Alert gains bfa membership.
startups.co.uk - Business intelligence and data integrity franchise Red Flag Alert has been officially welcomed to the franchise industry after gaining British Franchise Association (bfa) accreditation at the recent... [more] 28 Oct, 2014
Right at Home becomes full member of BFA.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Award-winning franchisor Right at Home, one of the worlds leaders in home care, has announced that it has become a full member of the British Franchise Association (bfa). ... [more] 28 Oct, 2014
Dunkin’ Donuts franchise returns to UK with new opportunities.
startups.co.uk - Following a 20-year hiatus from the UK, American doughnut-chain Dunkin’ Donuts has partnered with sister brand Baskin-Robbins to open its first ‘combi’ store. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2014

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SOUTH AFRICA


Domino’s eyes a large slice of the pizza market.
bdlive.co.za - Domino's, the new kid on the pizza block, is eyeing 150 trading outlets in SA, as competition in the category heats up and the pizza wars begin. Its first pizza parlour will open its doors in SA on Friday... [more] 29 Oct 2014

AUSTRALIA


New GM promises rapid growth at Battery World.
franchisebusiness.com.au - The new general manager at Battery World Australia is promising franchisees will have more say in the running of the business. ... [more] 30 Oct 2014
FCA awards national winners.
franchisebusiness.com.au - Wendy’s Supa Sundaes is the Australian Established Franchisor of the Year. The Adelaide-based treats chain took the prized trophy in the MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards Gala Dinner last... [more] 29 Oct 2014
Transition arrangements ease Franchising Code start – what you need to know.
smartcompany.com.au - The final details of the new Franchising Code of Conduct due to come into effect on January 1, 2015 are still to be released to the franchise sector. However, franchisors have now been told that their... [more] 27 Oct 2014
Retail Food Group acquires Gloria Jean's to create monster coffee company.
smh.com.au - There is a new giant on the Australian coffee scene. Retail Food Group spent $163.5 million on Friday to buy the Gloria Jean's Coffees chain and in the process secured a position as Australia's biggest... [more] 24 Oct 2014
Michel’s Patisserie franchisees protest rising store costs.
smartcompany.com.au - Retail Food Group, the company behind franchises including Donut King, Brumby’s and Michel’s Patisserie, has been forced to reach out to its franchisees after receiving an anonymous letter... [more] 24 Oct 2014


NEW ZEALAND


Mike Pero sued by mortgage broker he founded.
nzherald.co.nz - Christchurch businessman Mike Pero is facing High Court action from the mortgage broking company he set up more than two decades ago and which still bears his name. ... [more] 30 Oct 2014
ISIS forces Kiwi BurgerFuel firm to shut up shop in Iraq.
tvnz.co.nz - New Zealand owned BurgerFuel has "suspended" operations in Iraq over the growing threat of ISIS. ... [more] 24 Oct 2014
KFC sales plump Restaurant Brands profit forecast.
nzherald.co.nz - Restaurant Brands New Zealand, the nation's largest fast food operator, raised its annual profit forecast as it benefits from lower input costs, higher sales and restructuring of stores. ... [more] 23 Oct 2014

ASIA / PACIFIC


TGP receives AFFI awards for franchising excellence.
yahoo.com - For the second consecutive year, the country’s largest drugstore chain, The Generics Pharmacy (TGP), received major awards for franchising excellence from the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI)... [more] 23 Oct 2014

MIDDLE EAST


Spike Mendelsohn’s Burger Brand Heading to Saudi Arabia.
qsrmagazine.com - After six successful years and expansion into Chicago and Philadelphia, the Mendelsohns—led by “Top Chef” alum Spike Mendelsohn—are taking the Good Stuff brand international, having signed... [more] 24 Oct 2014

ELSEWHERE


KFC Costa Rica wins regional operations competition.
qsrweb.com - For the second time in three years, KFC Costa Rica has won Yum! Brands regional team challenge competition. The competition, called the C.H.A.M.P.S. Team Challenge, evaluates KFC restaurants in... [more] 28 Oct 2014
Krispy Kreme marks entry in South America with three-story doughnut factory.
qsrweb.com - Krispy Kreme today opened its first store in Bogata, Colombia, in partnership with franchise partner IRCC Ltda., a subsidiary of VA! Group. The shop also marks the brand’s entry into South America. ... [more] 24 Oct 2014

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