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Pickups Plus touts solid year for local franchise. Pickups Plus Inc. said its Hilliard franchise topped $1 million in revenue in its first calendar year of operation. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2002
Van Houtte Continues to Expand With Four Acquisitions in Key U.S. Growth Markets.
Van Houtte Inc. today announced it has acquired four separate coffee operations in the United States. .... 28 Feb, 2002
Cendant Names Kraft Executive to Head Its Hotel Group.
Cendant Corporation today announced that Steven A. Rudnitsky, a veteran of Kraft Foods, Nabisco, Pillsbury, PepsiCo and Johnson & Johnson, will become the next chairman & chief executive officer of its hotel group. .... 28 Feb, 2002
Franchise chief bridges gap.
Relationships between franchisers and franchisees have often been rocky. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2002
Starbucks takes on its critics.
Inside the conference hall, shareholders munched on Starbucks chocolate ice-cream, and drank cup after cup of free Starbucks coffee. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2002
Starbucks offers 'ethical' coffee.
The Starbucks coffee chain will begin selling Fairtrade endorsed coffee in the UK, after it began offering similar ethical coffee once a month at its US outlets. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2002
Ultimate Franchise Systems, Inc. Signs Agreement With Gelati Co.
Ultimate Franchise Systems, Inc., a franchise management company, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Gelati Co., a privately held, Minnesota-based, specialty Premium Ice Cream Manufacturer, to franchise both domestically and internationally under the Gelati-da(R) trademark. .... 25 Feb, 2002
7-Eleven Attends Bear Stearns Retail, Restaurant and Apparel Conference.
President and CEO Jim Keyes of 7-Eleven, Inc. will speak at the Bear Stearns Retail, Restaurant and Apparel Conference. .... 25 Feb, 2002
Krispy Kreme might roll into Hanover Park
. The dream of Krispy Kreme coming to Hanover Park is closer to coming true. .... 23 Feb, 2002
Burger King set to beef up image before sale.
As British liquor giant Diageo Plc ponders ways to dispose of its Burger King business, one thing is certain: the new owners will face a whopper of a task to boost sales amid unprecedented competition in the fast-food industry. .... 23 Feb, 2002
Dunkin' Donuts expands into grocery store chain.
Dunkin' Donuts Inc., the largest coffee and baked-goods chain, said it will open stores in Royal Ahold NV's Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. stores in three U.S. states. .... 23 Feb, 2002
Diageo plans March auction of Burger King - sources.
Interested buyers of the Burger King franchise can soon place their order. .... 21 Feb, 2002
Krispy Kreme may fill franchise hole in Green Brook.
Krispy Kreme doughnuts'''' famous "hot light" - the beacon that announces fresh doughnuts are being made - may soon shine in the township. .... 20 Feb, 2002
New franchise concept set for Wichita opening.
Saint Cinnamon Bakery Cafe will open during the weekend of March 8 in Wichita. The outlet, which is only the second one in the United States for the Toronto, Canada-based chain, is at 3743 N. Rock, just north of the Black Canyon Grille. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2002
AFC fourth-quarter earnings rise.
Fast food restaurant operator AFC Enterprises Inc., which runs the Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits and Seattle's Best Coffee chains, said on Tuesday that income from continuing operations rose 27 percent in the fourth quarter, helped by higher franchise royalty fees and increased sales at restaurants open for at least a year. .... 20 Feb, 2002
RadioShack Will Sell EchoStar's Dish Network
. RadioShack Corp., the third-largest U.S. electronics retailer, will sell EchoStar Communications Corp.'s Dish Network, the second-largest U.S. satellite-television service, in its 5,100 company-owned stores by April. .... 20 Feb, 2002

Baja Fresh Joins Forces With Pepsi.
Consistently flavorful and fresh just got more refreshing - and then some. .... 20 Feb, 2002
Marriott Posts Loss of $116 Million in Quarter.
Marriott International Inc. reported a quarterly loss as business and leisure travel fell and the largest U.S. hotel company wrote down the value of properties and loans. .... 14 Feb, 2002
Training Is a Final Test For Franchise Hopefuls.
On a recent afternoon, I stood in a real bathtub and helped apply slippery acrylic panels to a fake bathroom wall. Luxury Bath Systems, a 13-year-old franchise company in Glendale Heights, Ill., had given me the opportunity to sit in on their training program and learn about franchise training from the inside. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2002
Dienelt, Wulff to head Piper Marbury franchise practice.
Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe named two new partners - John Dienelt and Erik Wulff - to its franchise distribution practice at its headquarters office in Washington. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2002
Tricon reports 28 percent increase in fourth quarter earnings.
Tricon Global Restaurants reported a 28 percent increase in fourth-quarter earnings, beating Wall Street expectations, and credited the success of continuing worldwide push of its restaurant franchises. .... 11 Feb, 2002
US Tiffany & Co. opens franchise in Casablanca.
US Luxury Jewels stores, Tiffany & Co., has opened a US$ 2-million franchise in Casablanca. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2002
Wendy's Earnings Up 35 Percent.
Wendy's International Inc. reported Friday that profits increased 35 percent in the fourth quarter despite higher costs for beef, labor, training and utilities. .... 8 Feb, 2002
Starbucks brews a business in tea-drinking China.
Starbucks has brewed a formula to sell coffee in tea-drinking China, where many of the 1.3 billion population consider the bitter beverage a foul-tasting luxury. .... 7 Feb, 2002
CKE Says Quarterly Sales Beat Forecasts.
Food: Firm still expects a loss but says gains at Carl's Jr. and Hardee's bolster its predictions that it will return to profitability soon. .... 1 Feb, 2002
Eateries, Inc. Awarded $485,427 for Attorney's Fees in Amended Judgment Against J.R. Simplot.
.... 1 Feb, 2002
How Former Execs Find Success as Franchisees.
When Karen Brinker was a marketing executive at the Playtex Corp. in Westport, Conn., she had a staff of Harvard M.B.A.s. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2002
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