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Franchise’s topping response to Aussie needle sabotage

posted on 21st September 2018

Updated 24 September 2018 – The Cheesecake Shop franchisees are taking action to safeguard consumers while supporting strawberry farmers affected by saboteurs

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Joint employment status – latest

posted on 19th September 2018

20 September 2018 - A proposed ruling from the USA on responsibility of franchisors for staff employed by franchisees could help influence international thinking on the issue

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Suffrage 125 - Celebrating women in franchising

posted on 19th September 2018

19 September 2018 – As New Zealand celebrates Suffrage 125, we take a look at the success of women in franchising

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Franchisors take action on cheating franchisees

posted on 18th September 2018

18 September 2018 – Two more franchisees found guilty of historic wage and visa breaches have lost their businesses

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Top tips for dealing with bad press

posted on 17th September 2018

17 September - We share tips from a free webinar aimed at helping franchisors be prepared when an issue erupts in the media.

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Macca's McVegan burger on the rise

posted on 10th September 2018

September 2018 - Last year, McDonald's teamed up with a Swedish food company to create a non-meat burger patty. In a country where 1 in 10 Swedes is now vegetarian or vegan - and 1 in 5 of the under-30s - it was an important step in bridging the gap between the ethical and health concerns of the vegetarian population and the reputation of fast-food itself. It was also important to have something to address a potentially declining market for the company's other products.

Here's a story from the BBC that looks at the reasons behind the McVegan Burger - and tastes it, too. Is it any good, and will it be expanding beyond the borders of Finland and Sweden any time soon? Read the article and listen to the interview.

“When you have meat as a base, the meat itself has a taste,” says Karl-Johan Freelander, product developer at Orkla. “When it comes to soy protein, the little taste it has… it’s not a very pleasant taste to be honest.”

To mitigate the blandness, Freelander pressed the soy protein together with flavourful onions, peppers and tomato powder – which gives it a uniquely red colour.

But Freelander says the secret to the McVegan’s hearty taste is something called umami. “Umami is what you often call the fifth flavour,” he says. “It’s the flavour of the savoury.” In place of real meat, Friedlander was able to mimic the umami sensation with ingredients like mushroom powder.


New FANZ Chairman knows franchising inside-out

posted on 6th September 2018

6 September 2018 – The Franchise Association’s new chairman has 20 years’ experience of all sorts of different franchise systems

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No more straws for The Coffee Club

posted on 6th September 2018

6 September 2018 - The Coffee Club is removing plastic straws from its 63 cafes across New Zealand and replacing them with paper straws

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Starbucks sold after years of struggle

posted on 3rd September 2018

Publicly-listed Restaurant Brands has sold the New Zealand licence for Starbucks to a new private company after seeing the brand decline here from a peak of nearly 50 outlets to just 22. Restaurant Brands, which runs Pizza Hut, KFC and Carl's Jr. here as well as having overseas interests, blamed New Zealand's strong coffee culture and the fact that it was competing against some very strong brands for Starbucks poor performance here compared to the USA.

Starbucks has never been franchised in New Zealand.

Two of the directors of a company taking over the Starbucks licence in New Zealand were also behind the recent takeover of Kiwi footwear company Hannahs.

Experienced directors John Elliott and Roger Harper are two of the three directors of Tahua Capital, which was specially set up to take over the coffee chain's operation from current licence holder, Restaurant Brands.

Tahua is a third owned by Maestro Cafes, and the rest by passive investors. The third director is Anthony Carter.

Restaurant Brands' licence to run the cafes expires in October. Tahua will pay for up to $4.4 million for the fitout and stock, and will seek to take over the leases with hopes of expanding the chain.


Holidays Act review paper published

posted on 30th August 2018

30 August 2018 - The Holidays Act Taskforce has released an Issues Paper (download here) which sets out the Taskforce's understanding regarding the key issues faced by employers, employees and payroll providers in trying to implement the Act. Submissions are invited on the questions raised in the Issues Paper by 12 October.

Problems with how the Holidays Act is understood and interpreted have led to several companies, including franchisees of some well-known brands, having been found to have under-paid staff. The Government has responded to calls to make complying with the Act easier for all concerned by setting up the Taskforce.

The Holidays Act 2003 sets out the minimum entitlements to holidays and leave, and payment for them, that employers are obliged to provide to their employees.

It is an Act that touches the lives of every employee in New Zealand. Its purpose is to promote balance between work and other aspects of employees’ lives by providing minimum entitlements to annual holidays, public holidays, sick leave and bereavement leave.

However, it has become evident in recent years that widespread non-compliance with the current Act is affecting employers and employees right across the New Zealand economyand is costing employers and employees significant sums of money. 

To address this, in May 2018, the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety established a Taskforce to review the Holidays Act 2003 (the Act) and recommend changes.

The tripartite Taskforce, which includes employer, employee and government representatives, offers the opportunity to work together to find a better solution.


Mobile payments made easier for franchisees

posted on 29th August 2018

August 2018 – Small to medium business owners and franchisees can now receive card payments, send invoices, quotes and receipts using Westpac NZ’s updated Get Paid app and secure card reader.

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Coffee franchise embraces Chinese social media

posted on 28th August 2018

29 August 2018 – Columbus Coffee is using the Chinese WeChat app to reach new customers and offer new payment options. There’s also a WeChat group for its franchisees.

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Economy 'falling into place'

posted on 20th August 2018

21 August 2018 – The economy may be slower, but it is moving on to a surer long-run footing, says Westpac

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Hell Pizza and RainbowYOUTH stand up for LGBTIQA+ rights

posted on 20th August 2018

21 August 2018 – LGBTIQA+ charity RainbowYOUTH has partnered with Hell to encourage diversity and equality in Aotearoa.

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Swapping handbags for facials

posted on 12th August 2018

August 2018 - Second year of success for Caci's charity handbag drive

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New GM for Domino’s New Zealand

posted on 6th August 2018

6 August 2018 – After overseeing five years of growth, the head of Domino’s NZ is taking up a new challenge in the UK

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The Coffee Club baking up a storm for SPCA Cupcake Day

posted on 1st August 2018

30 August 2018 – The Coffee Club's cupcake sales help raise lots of dough for the SPCA

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Franchise lawyers’ new appointments

posted on 1st August 2018

1 August 2018 –Stewart Germann Law Office has announced the appointment of two new associates.

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Buyer interest growing

posted on 30th July 2018

27 July 2018 – Figures show increasing interest in franchising from potential buyers

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Wage cheat franchisees lose businesses

posted on 28th July 2018

July 2018 – A franchisor has taken swift action against a franchisee found to have breached employment law

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