http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspagenewssummary en The Ugly Side of the $15 Minimum Wage http://www.bluemaumau.org/ugly_side_15_minimum_wage <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Ed Rensi, the former&nbsp;president and CEO of McDonald&rsquo;s USA, writes that while the $15 minimum wage may not be good for McDonald&#39;s, it will also hurt franchisees as well as workers who will be out of a job.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/ugly_side_15_minimum_wage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/ugly_side_15_minimum_wage#comments Trends Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:31:47 +0000 BMM Staff 15099 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Restaurants Serve Cheaper Beef, Americans Are Loving It http://www.bluemaumau.org/restaurants_serve_cheaper_beef_and_americans_are_loving_it <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Kentucky cow" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1660/25474061484_65e9c5fb09_n.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 213px;" /> <div class="caption">Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sniegowski/25474061484" target="_blank">D. Sniegowski</a></div> </div> <p>Burger and beef serving restaurants are discounting something fierce thanks to lower beef costs. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/restaurants_serve_cheaper_beef_and_americans_are_loving_it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends beef cost beef demand Burger King chicken cost chicken demand McDonald's QSR quick service restaurant Wendy's Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:35:44 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15044 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Why Small Businesses are Failing Less http://www.bluemaumau.org/why_small_businesses_are_failing_less <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="falling rate of business failure" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/resize/012116_1827_WhySmallBus1-330x330.png" style="height: 330px; width: 330px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" width="330" height="330" />Small business failure rates have been declining for years. &quot;The rate at which American employers go under has fallen by 30 percent since 1977,&quot; writes Professor Scott Shane of Case Western Reserve University.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/why_small_businesses_are_failing_less" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/why_small_businesses_are_failing_less#comments Small Business Trends Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:27:58 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14907 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Cheap 3D Printer on the Horizon http://www.bluemaumau.org/cheap_3d_printer_horizon <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>3D printing could be the next big thing, causing a major shift in the way people interact with technology and paving the way to major business opportunities.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/cheap_3d_printer_horizon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/cheap_3d_printer_horizon#comments Trends 3D printing Taiwan Sun, 10 Jan 2016 14:35:51 +0000 BMM Staff 14863 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Coffee Prices Down Drastically http://www.bluemaumau.org/coffee_prices_down_drastically <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>The increased rain in Brazil has meant bumper coffee crops, resulting in a 28 percent slump in price over the past year. The price slide appears likely to continue.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/coffee_prices_down_drastically" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/coffee_prices_down_drastically#comments Trends cheap coffee Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:21:15 +0000 BMM Staff 14855 at http://www.bluemaumau.org UberRush Provides Restaurant, Business Delivery Services http://www.bluemaumau.org/uberrush_provides_restaurant_business_delivery_services <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Many restaurant and other business owners have thought about offering delivery, but decided against it for time, logistics infrastructure and cost considerations.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/uberrush_provides_restaurant_business_delivery_services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/uberrush_provides_restaurant_business_delivery_services#comments Managing Trends ChowNow delivery service UberRush Fri, 23 Oct 2015 21:32:55 +0000 Marilee Hayes 14750 at http://www.bluemaumau.org McDonald's Chicken McNuggets Target of Online Petition http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_chicken_mcnuggets_target_online_petition <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>It has been widely known through documentaries and videos for a number of years that American chickens are often raised in appalling, stomach-turning conditions, but as a QSR giant, McDonald&#39;s specifically is in the crosshairs of a Change.org petition titled, &quot;Stop Torturing Chickens for McNuggets.&quot; </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_chicken_mcnuggets_target_online_petition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_chicken_mcnuggets_target_online_petition#comments Foodservice Trends animal cruelty Chicken McNuggets chickens hidden camera McDonald's petition Tyson Foods Tue, 08 Sep 2015 11:47:49 +0000 BMM Staff 14674 at http://www.bluemaumau.org California Woman Suing Chipotle over Its GMO-Free Claims http://www.bluemaumau.org/california_woman_suing_chipotle_over_its_gmofree_claims <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Chipotle Mexican Grill, not a franchisor, announced back in April that it was <a href="http://chipotle.com/GMO" target="_blank">eliminating GMO from its menu items</a>.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/california_woman_suing_chipotle_over_its_gmofree_claims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/california_woman_suing_chipotle_over_its_gmofree_claims#comments Foodservice Legal Trends Chipotle class action lawsuit non-GMO Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:30:17 +0000 Pualani Jensen 14670 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Desktop Sites Unnecessary, Says Google's Mueller http://www.bluemaumau.org/desktop_sites_unnecessary_says_googles_mueller <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Google&#39;s John Mueller says that a mobile site is sufficient and that desktop sites are no longer necessary.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/desktop_sites_unnecessary_says_googles_mueller" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/desktop_sites_unnecessary_says_googles_mueller#comments Marketing Trends Cisco Google John Mueller mobile websites vs. desktop website Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:08:24 +0000 Sam Blake 14656 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Sir Speedy, PIP and Signal Graphics Begin Offering 3D Printing http://www.bluemaumau.org/sir_speedy_pip_and_signal_graphics_begin_offering_3dprinted_products <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Franchise Services Inc. (FSI), which includes the Sir Speedy, PIP and Signal Graphics franchise brands, announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement with ZVerse Inc., a provider of 2D to 3D print automation software, design services and full color 3D printing. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sir_speedy_pip_and_signal_graphics_begin_offering_3dprinted_products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/sir_speedy_pip_and_signal_graphics_begin_offering_3dprinted_products#comments Trends 3D printer 3D printing services Franchise Services LAYR PIP Signal Graphics Sir Speedy ZVerse Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:23:33 +0000 BMM Staff 14605 at http://www.bluemaumau.org