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People Really Are Buying Plant-Based Proteins

People Really Are Buying Plant-Based Proteins

The move toward plant-based or meat-free eating can sometimes get over hyped. But some new data shows that plant-based proteins are at least nearing an inflection point.

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Game Day Operations: Don’t Wing It

Game Day Operations: Don’t Wing It

The NFL Super Bowl is a feeding frenzy not just for the football fan sitting in front of a pile of wings, but for the wing, barbecue, pizza and other brands providing that game-day grub.

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Domino’s Includes Competition in Temporary Loyalty Push

Domino’s Includes Competition in Temporary Loyalty Push

Has Domino’s lost its mind? The pizza company is launching a temporary loyalty program that includes all pizzas, including those from its prime competitors and pizzas made and cooked at home. The company says this new, temporary effort is a celebration of “all that pizza love.”

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Labor a Top Topic at 2019 ICR Conference

Labor a Top Topic at 2019 ICR Conference

The tight labor market was a big topic at the 2019 ICR Conference. Almost every presenting company touched on the challenge directly or indirectly.

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FT Explores Franchise Expo South

FT Explores Franchise Expo South

The dog is most certainly having its day in franchising, with pet-focused concepts drawing interest at the Franchise Expo South, running through Saturday in Ft. Lauderdale. Plus, drive-thru convenience stores.

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Gender Reveal Lasagna? Villa Italian Kitchen Goes Pink or Blue

Gender Reveal Lasagna? Villa Italian Kitchen Goes Pink or Blue

You’ve heard about parties where baby’s gender is revealed with a pink or blue cake hidden underneath the frosting. Villa Italian Kitchen has gone one better—or weirder, depending on your point of view.

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‘You Can’t Fake Loving Dogs,’ Says Camp Bow Wow Exec

‘You Can’t Fake Loving Dogs,’ Says Camp Bow Wow Exec

An intense focus on signing franchisees with a genuine appreciation for and love of pets has translated into steady growth for Camp Bow Wow, the doggy daycare and boarding franchise that last year opened 20 locations, more than double the previous year.

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Business Finance Depot Partners With Francorp; Provides SBA and Leasing Combo to Franchisees

Business Finance Depot Partners With Francorp; Provides SBA and Leasing Combo to Franchisees

Business Finance Depot has teamed up with Francorp, a franchising development business.

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President of MPLS Fed Calls Labor Shortage 'Overblown'

President of MPLS Fed Calls Labor Shortage 'Overblown'

With no macro data points suggesting this labor logjam is set to break, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Neel Kashkari, shared his blunt assessment that labor shortages in his district are “overblown” during an interview in the Business Journal.

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Ascentium Capital To Fund Massage Envy Franchisees

Ascentium Capital To Fund Massage Envy Franchisees

Ascentium Capital LLC recently announced the development of a national finance program with Massage Envy.

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Xponential Expands Fitness Portfolio With Stride Concept

Xponential Expands Fitness Portfolio With Stride Concept

The former owner of LA Boxing who took grew the brand to 200 locations before selling it to UFC Gyms continues to amass boutique concepts as Xponential Fitness makes its first acquisition of 2019.

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Six Metrics to Measure Gen Z Brand Affinity

Six Metrics to Measure Gen Z Brand Affinity

During the annual ICR Conference in Orlando, keynoter Jeff Fromm had a lot of marketing advice for brands looking to resonate with the younger generations, especially Gen Z.

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New Massage Envy Campaign Touts Benefits of Wellness Regimen

New Massage Envy Campaign Touts Benefits of Wellness Regimen

Like others in the health and wellness industry, Massage Envy is emphasizing self-care and aiming to normalize behavior previously deemed indulgent as it seeks to make a personal connection with consumers through its new ad campaign, “Keep Your Body Working.”

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From $198K to $1M in Sales for Fitness Together Operator

From $198K to $1M in Sales for Fitness Together Operator

Ten years ago, Stacy Adams sat with Fitness Together CEO Jeff Jervik and said, “I’ve done the math, and there’s no reason your studios can’t be doing $1 million, if not $2-" in annual sales. He just laughed, she said, and replied with something like, “You go, Stacy.”

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Round One to Happy Tax in Suit Against H&R Block

Round One to Happy Tax in Suit Against H&R Block

Happy Tax, the upstart tax preparation franchise, filed a false advertising lawsuit against H&R Block on Monday, claiming the tax prep giant makes false and misleading representations in its advertisements.

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Investor Exit Triggered Mosquito Squad Sale

Investor Exit Triggered Mosquito Squad Sale

After selling Mosquito Squad to Authority Brands, the backyard bug control franchise’s former parent Outdoor Living Brands is now a management-owned enterprise and is refocusing its attention on growing its four remaining backyard-focused brands.

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On-site Cooking in Electric Vehicles at Wayback Burgers

On-site Cooking in Electric Vehicles at Wayback Burgers

Viddl-It, Wayback Burgers' new electric vehicle initiative, combines the on-site cooking of food trucks with on-demand delivery technology to, the company says, ultimately bring consumers a better product.

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Duck Donuts Enters Chilean Market With Opening in Santiago

Duck Donuts Enters Chilean Market With Opening in Santiago

With its made-to-order donuts and array of toppings, franchisee Marcial Dieguez-Acuna says the “superior donut” offering of Duck Donuts will stand out to Chilean consumers and the experience of watching each donut get dipped and topped is unique to the market.

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Tech, Labor, Tariffs and More on IFA Board's Minds

Tech, Labor, Tariffs and More on IFA Board's Minds

The “robust” job market will be a challenge in 2019 for people charged with selling franchises, says Jania Bailey, CEO of FranNet, in a new survey of International Franchise Association board members sharing their outlooks for 2019.

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‘What Happened to Cash’ Is Question From Gigi’s ‘Zees Attorney

‘What Happened to Cash’ Is Question From Gigi’s ‘Zees Attorney

Two items are noteworthy in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last week by Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, Sovrano and Gigi’s Cupcakes: a $20.2 million term loan from Equity Bank to Mr. Gatti’s and Sovrano, its parent company, and a $9.2-million term loan from Equity Bank to Gigi’s Cupcakes, both made last June. Jeffrey Cohen of Cohen Law, the attorney representing 18 Gigi’s Cupcakes franchisees in ongoing litigation, wants to know, "What happened to the cash?"

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