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SPG Members Stay Connected In 2015 With Free Internet Access From Starwood »

December 17, 2014 at 10:05AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Complimentary Internet is Latest Benefit for Members Who Book Through Starwood Channels Online or Via the SPG App Booking Via Allows Travel Pros to Extend Access to SPG Clients
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Staying reliably connected to the world while on the road - whether for business or pleasure - is vital to today's modern traveler. In recognition of that, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) is announcing that all Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) members who book through Starwood's digital channels will be offered free standard in-room Internet access during their stay at all participating hotels worldwide.
"With the seismic shift towards digital, particularly when guests are on the road and literally mobile, our SPG members believe high quality Internet access is a basic necessity right up there with a great bed," said Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President, SPG and Digital at Starwood...

Jackson Hewitt(R) Introduces New Consumer Promise: "Working Hard For The Hardest Working(SM)" »

December 12, 2014 at 10:38AM PST | Source: Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

Guarantees the Biggest Refunds and Plans to Provide Solutions Beyond Tax Preparation to Improve the Year-Round Financial Health And Well-Being of Its Clients
PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In advance of the 2015 tax season, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® is reintroducing itself to America with a new consumer promise to the hardest working American families seeking help, guidance and support to navigate the complex tax and health care code for this tax season and beyond. On the heels of the Labor Department's report on the recent jump in hourly wages, Jackson Hewitt is committing to helping Americans hold on to these important pay gains with the promise of getting them the biggest refund they deserve and 100% accuracy guaranteed.
This new promise will come to life in Jackson Hewitt's 6,300 locations and in its new online and mobile experiences...

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Introduces New Sweet And Satisfying Mason Jar Desserts »

December 12, 2014 at 9:31AM PST | Source: Rock Bottom Restaurants, Inc.

From Raspberry Chocolate Mousse to Key Lime Pie, A Flurry of Flavors Are Available at Locations Across the Country
December 12, 2014 // // BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, a polished casual dining establishment featuring a broad selection of delicious food and micro-brewed and specialty beers, has introduced a set of tantalizing desserts prepared and presented in old-fashioned Mason jars. These unique offerings are loaded with flavors and are guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth.
"We're always looking for ways to keep our menu fresh and unique," said Stan Frankenthaler, Chief Officer of Food, Beverage and Strategic Supply. "Our new Mason jar desserts are updated takes on traditional desserts such as ice cream sundaes and homemade pies...

Jackson Hewitt® Introduces New Consumer Promise: "Working Hard For The Hardest Working(SM)" »

December 10, 2014 at 6:54AM PST | Source: Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

Guarantees the Biggest Refunds and Plans to Provide Solutions Beyond Tax Preparation to Improve the Year-Round Financial Health And Well-Being of Its Clients
PARSIPPANY, N.J. - December 10, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - In advance of the 2015 tax season, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® is reintroducing itself to America with a new consumer promise to the hardest working American families seeking help, guidance and support to navigate the complex tax and health care code for this tax season and beyond. On the heels of the Labor Department’s report on the recent jump in hourly wages, Jackson Hewitt is committing to helping Americans hold on to these important pay gains with the promise of getting them the biggest refund they deserve and 100% accuracy guaranteed...

DirectBuy Launches New Discount Travel Program »

December 10, 2014 at 5:41AM PST | Source: DirectBuy

December 10, 2014 // // Merrillville, IN – DirectBuy is proud to announce DirectBuy Travel – the latest in offerings intended to raise the quality of life for consumers throughout the United States and Canada. DirectBuy Travel is an evolution of the company's products that will allow new members to add excitement, adventure and travel to their lives through access to savings on everything from cruises and resorts, to hotel and city stays, spa and golf packages and much more.
The DirectBuy Travel program is part of DirectBuy's evolving mission to focus on inspiring members with further additions to the company's lifestyle-enhancing benefits – a mantra set forth by DirectBuy's new CEO Mike Bornhorst, whose customer-focused background makes him uniquely qualified to lead DirectBuy in this new direction...

Medifast Launches New Energy Drops & Flavor Infusers™ »

December 10, 2014 at 4:40AM PST | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

Leading Weight-Management Company Expands Product Line
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, weight-loss and healthy living products and programs, is proud to announce the launch of their newest Energy Drops and Flavor Infusers™.
Medifast's Flavor Infusers™ line will expand with five new products including Lemonade Energy Drops, Pineapple Mango Energy Drops, Wild Strawberry Energy Drops, Mandarin Orange Energy Infusers, and Unsweetened Lemon Energy Infusers. The Energy Infusers are single-serve packets of powder while the Energy Drops come in liquid form. Both are perfect on-the-go additions to your water bottle...

Car Care Company With The Midas Touch Reaches Out To Assist The Community »

December 09, 2014 at 12:14PM PST | Source: Midas
Midas Opportunities Available

December 09, 2014 // // Palm Beach Gardens, FL -  If someone said the name "Midas," you'd likely think brakes, mufflers, tires, oil changes, and engine work. Starting this winter, the famous 58-year-old car-care company - known for its Midas Touch and complete car care - is reaching out and also gaining a reputation for community care.
Visit Midas' Facebook page between now and Dec. 31, click on "like," and the company will donate funds for meals to local food banks as part of a North America-wide "Drive Out Hunger" campaign.
The campaign gives franchisees and employees in more than 1,300 Midas shops in all 50 states and nine Canadian provinces the tools, promotional support, guidance, and financial backing they need to partner with local food banks and run sustained fund- and food-collection drives supported by local advertising...

Zounds Hearing Inc. Announces The Enza, A New In-the-Ear Hearing Aid »

December 09, 2014 at 10:29AM PST | Source: Zounds

TEMPE, Ariz. - December 09, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Zounds Hearing, Inc., the fastest growing hearing aid franchise in the US, announces the newest addition to its product line, the Enza, an in-the-ear hearing aid. Zounds manufactures and offers a portfolio of hearing aids to those individuals with mild to profound hearing loss. The Enza, its latest model, is a fully programmable, digital in-the-ear hearing aid custom fitted to serve the wearer's unique hearing needs.
"The Enza is a comfortable and affordable solution for those who want a more discrete hearing aid," said Sam Thomasson, founder of Zounds Hearing, Inc. "It's unique on the market today as it employs 20 programmable channels and adjusts the level of hearing in real time to distinguish changes in the environment...

Woody's Bar-B-Q® Serves Up Some Great Gift Ideas For Barbecue Lovers »

December 09, 2014 at 10:13AM PST | Source: Woody's Bar-B-Q

National Restaurant Franchise Offers a Number of Ways to Fill Those Stockings with the Gift of Great Barbecue
December 09, 2014 // // Jacksonville, Florida – Holiday shoppers who have a barbecue lover or two on their seasonal shopping list have a number of terrific gift options available to them with just a click of a mouse. Authentic Southern Barbecue chain – Woody's Bar-B-Q – offers an online shop filled with a number of great gift ideas for rib wranglers and comfort food fanatics alike.

Woody's Bar-B-Q Sauces and Meats: From signature sauces such as Woody's Sweet or Tangy Mustard to vacuum-packed slow-smoked meats like Pork Spare Ribs, Pulled Chicken and Carolina Pulled Pork, Woody's Bar-B-Q makes it easy to ship perfectly prepared presents all over the United States...

Dunkin' Donuts Launches DD Green™, An Initiative To Build Sustainable And Energy-Efficient Restaurants »

December 09, 2014 at 7:27AM PST | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

Company has goal of 100 new DD Green certified restaurants by year-end 2016.
December 09, 2014 // // CANTON, Mass. - Dunkin' Donuts announced today the launch of DD Green™, a green building certification program designed to help franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants. In conjunction with the announcement, the company is celebrating the grand opening of a DD Green certified Dunkin' Donuts restaurant at 5560 E. 7th Street in Long Beach, California. Dunkin' Donuts will work with franchisees and construction managers to build 100 new Dunkin' Donuts restaurants DD Green certified by the end of 2016.
To be recognized as a DD Green restaurant, franchisees, construction managers and architects will follow a five-stage program during the planning, design and construction phases of store development...

Stampede Stew Now 'On The Menu' At Dickey's Barbecue Pit »

December 09, 2014 at 5:41AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

December 09, 2014 // // Dallas, TX - Dickey's Barbecue Pit is giving guests a taste of TNT's 'On the Menu' with new limited edition menu item, Stampede Stew. The fast-casual restaurant chain known for slow smoked Texas barbecue is unveiling the signature dish created by Atlanta resident Sarah Broadus. Broadus brought the heat in the broadcast cooking competition starring Emeril Lagasse and Ty Pennington, by winning the prize of being featured on the menu at participating Dickey's Barbecue locations.
"We're thrilled to be a part of such an innovative show that gives home cooks across the country a chance to showcase their skills," said Roland Dickey, chairman of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. "The savory Stampede Stew created by Sarah Broadus pairs perfectly with our slow smoked meats and specialty barbecue sauces – we can't wait for our guests to try it!"
The limited time menu item, features a deliciously Southern combination of fresh turnip greens mixed with a hearty vegetable broth, great northern beans and piled high with Dickey's signature Polish sausage...

Buffalo Wild Wings Kicks Off College Football Bowl Season With Million Dollar Bowl Pick'Em Challenge »

December 09, 2014 at 4:20AM PST | Source: Buffalo Wild Wings

In-Restaurant GameBreak Challenges and Bowl Game Activations in Orlando Highlight Inaugural Year of Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl™ Sponsorship
MINNEAPOLIS - December 8, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - In celebration of the upcoming college football bowl season and the inaugural Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day, Buffalo Wild Wings® (NASDAQ: BWLD) launched the Million Dollar Bowl Pick'Em Challenge, proudly presented by Dr Pepper®. From December 8 through December 19, Guests can visit the GameBreak™ gaming platform in restaurants and on their mobile devices or desktop to pick the winners of all 39 college football bowl games. If a Guest picks all games correctly they could win $1,000,000, and if there is no million-dollar winner, the player with the most correct picks will win $10,000...

The Greene Turtle Makes Play To Become A Bigger Part Of Sports Fans' Lifestyles With Launch Of Three New Mobile App Games »

December 08, 2014 at 6:56AM PST | Source: The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille

Looking To Leverage The Early Success of its Loyalty Program, Sports-Themed Bar and Grille Gives Guests a Fun, Rewarding Way To Engage With The Brand, Their Teams and Each Other
December 08, 2014 // // Hanover, Md. – Fans who frequent The Greene Turtle to follow their favorite professional sports teams gained even more to cheer about today with the debut of a new mobile app feature that lets them get more involved in the game and earn rewards for playing well.
All 37 franchise and corporate locations of the sports-themed casual dining restaurant in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, New York and Washington, D.C., are participating in the rollout of the new games component of the "Turtle Rewards" app, which allows both Android- and iOS-based smartphone users to earn Rewards that can be applied toward purchases of food and beverages at any Greene Turtle location...

Qdoba® "Smothers" Menu With New Line Of Smothered Burritos And Sauces »

December 08, 2014 at 6:18AM PST | Source: Qdoba Mexican Grill

Newest menu addition introduces three over-the-top flavors as permanent menu options.
DENVER - December 08, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Qdoba® today introduced its newest permanent addition to the menu – Smothered Burritos, which feature three new smothered sauces that go inside and over-the-top with flavor, literally, to give guests a new way to experience burritos.
Dubbed "Smothers," the three sauces each offer their own unique flavor to help guests amp up their burrito-eating experience and are layered inside and on-top-of one of three new Smothered Burritos:

Tangy Verde: Mild-to-medium Smother is fresh and bright with a tangy kick
Bold Red Chile: Medium Smother has a robust toasted chile flavor with a hint of sweetness
Smoky Chipotle Cream: The hottest Smother is rich, creamy, spicy and smoky

"At Qdoba, we pride ourselves on creating big, bold flavors that elevate our guests’ experience," said John Cooke, Vice President of Menu Strategy and Innovation...

Shakeaway Warms Up Guests With Hot Winter Menu »

December 08, 2014 at 6:13AM PST | Source: ShakeAway
ShakeAway Opportunities Available

The World's Largest Milkshake Bar Company™ Serves Up New Seasonal Shakes
BOURNEMOUTH, England - December 08, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - This season, guests can treat themselves with new holiday milkshake creations from Shakeaway, The World's Largest Milkshake Bar Company™. Throughout the month of December, Shakeaway locations in California, Georgia and around the world will offer these new shakes, served hot using a secret method, perfect for melting away the stress caused by the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
New holiday shakes available on the U.S. menu include:

Pullover Pam – a fun mixture of Nutella and peanut butter topped with marshmallows
Melting Mike – a blend of Rolos & Biscoff cookies topped with sea salt and caramel
Earmuff Eddie – a mix of Heath Bar and malt topped with a crumbled Cadbury flake
Fireside Fred – a crackling combo of Honey Buns and butterscotch topped with whipped cream
Hot Helen – a blend of Oreos and chocolate topped with Whoppers
Cozy Kim – a comfortable combo of Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream and marshmallows topped with whipped cream

"Our hot milkshake options are a creative way to offer guests our delicious shakes during the cold weather – think hot chocolate with a Shakeaway twist!" said Peter Dickson, Shakeaway's chief executive officer...

Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. Initiates Rollout Of New Fresh Micro Market In Office Break Rooms »

December 08, 2014 at 5:04AM PST | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

Recently installed in 15 San Diego locations, the new micro market software provides a simple, streamlined solution for operators to process mobile payments, drive loyalty, and manage all aspects of their locations via smartphone.
San Diego, California (PRWEB) December 08, 2014 – Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTC Markets: VEND), North America’s leading healthy vending franchisor, announces the completion of 15 installations for its new fresh micro market, which debuted last month. The Company plans additional installations throughout the remainder of the month and into next year, with a goal of 250 installations by the end of 2015.
The rollout is being funded in part by a $1.5 million financing completed in September 2014...

Second Cup Coffee Co.™ Introduces Innovative Café Of The Future »

December 08, 2014 at 4:49AM PST | Source: Second Cup Ltd., The

MISSISSAUGA, ON - Dec. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - On Friday, December 5, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Second Cup Coffee Co.™ will officially unveil its café of the future at the corner of King and John Streets in Toronto featuring its new branding. The updated brand -- Second Cup Coffee Co.™ -- reflects a new independent spirit, a commitment to the world's finest coffee, and the company's vision to be the coffee brand most passionately committed to quality and innovation. The new inviting design revolves around the company's brand pillars of superior quality, optimism, collaboration, creativity and community, and focuses on the individual customer experience. The new café is an important component in the company's transformation and a first step in its three-year strategic plan, and showcases the company's obsession with bringing the ultimate coffee experience to Canadians...

Washington Township Fit Body Boot Camp Vows To Help Local Residents Achieve Fitness Resolutions »

December 08, 2014 at 4:16AM PST | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

Mel Parker, fitness professional, body transformation expert, and owner of the Washington Township Fit Body Boot Camp, will hold an Open House to assist locals with fitness resolutions.
Washington Township, NJ (PRWEB) December 08, 2014 - The Washington Township Fit Body Boot Camp will reach out to the community during this upcoming season of lifestyle resolutions to establish itself as an epicenter of healthy lifestyle teachings and body transformations. Owner of the indoor fitness boot camp, Mel Parker, has been helping locals adopt healthier lifestyles and transform their bodies for over a decade. Yet he claims his "innovative" indoor boot camp format will allow him to help more individuals than ever previously possible.
Fit Body Boot Camp is the fastest growing indoor fitness boot camp with hundreds of locations worldwide and dozens of new franchises opening each year...

It's All About The Refund: H&R Block Empowers Do-It-Yourselfers With New Tools, Boosts Refund »

December 08, 2014 at 4:03AM PST | Source: H&R Block

Solutions Give Taxpayers Real-Time Insight Into Their Refund, up to 10 Percent Bonus on Federal Refund at Select Retailers
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - Dec. 08, 2014 - H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), premiering its redesigned online and software products today, will offer do-it-yourself filers unrivaled real-time detail and insight into their refund with the new Refund Reveal? tool as well as a bonus on top of their federal refund of up to 10 percent at more than 40 retailers.
Refund Reveal empowers DIYers to understand their refund inside and out
Studies show that 74 percent of DIYers want to understand all the deductions and allowances they are entitled to while 63 percent want to understand what impacts their refund or tax bill at the end of the year...

Medifast Implements Next Phase Of Weight Control Center Strategy »

December 08, 2014 at 3:59AM PST | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

Company to Close 34 Corporate Centers, Transition 17 Locations to Franchise Owners
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Dec. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, weight-loss products and programs, announced today the plan by a subsidiary to close 34 corporate-owned Medifast Weight Control Centers by December 31, 2014. Medifast also expects its subsidiary to sell the assets of 17 corporate-owned Medifast Weight Control Centers to existing business partners, which would then be transitioned to the franchise model.
"Exiting the corporate Center model is consistent with our long-term strategy and will allow us to focus on optimizing the performance of our franchise partners," said Michael MacDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medifast...

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