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Nutrition Information Standard Urged By New Coalition

A new coalition advocates a national nutrition standard for chain restaurants that provides detailed nutrition information to consumers.

A coalition of interested parties and foodservice establishments announced today that it will support federal legislation that provides consumers with detailed nutrition information in chain restaurants and other foodservice establishments using a uniform national standard.

Legislation has been introduced by Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Congressman Jim Matheson (D-Utah), which provides consumers across the country with nutrition information in a uniform, predictable way.

The Coalition for Responsible Nutrition Information (CRNI) was formed to ensure that consumers across the country will have access to detailed nutrition information when they dine out. Americans are becoming more health conscious and have a growing interest in the nutritional value of the food they eat. The Coalition is launching with more than thirty companies and associations that represent restaurant owners and franchisees, food manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, business organizations and health organizations.

"We believe consumers who visit chain restaurants should have access to detailed written nutrition information in a consistent and convenient manner. The only way to make sure this happens is by creating a uniform, national standard," said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. "When different rules exist in various parts of the country, it makes it difficult for consumers to compare options. Consumers deserve a federal standard that provides access to the same nutrition information no matter where they are or where they live."

Recently, several cities, including New York and Seattle, passed menu labeling laws requiring restaurants to provide consumers with calories or a limited range of nutrition information. This approach will not provide all consumers with all of the detailed nutrition information they may want when they dine out. In addition, providing limited nutrition information on a city-by-city or state-by-state basis creates a patchwork quilt of confusing and contradictory local regulations.

In addition to numerous state restaurant associations and state retail associations, Coalition members include Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Brinker International, Burger King, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, Darden Restaurants, Domino's Pizza, Dunkin' Brands, Grocery Manufacturers Association, International Dairy Queen, International Foodservice Distributors Association, International Franchise Association, McDonald's, National Chicken Council, National Council of Chain Restaurants, National Fisheries Institute, National Franchisee Association, National Restaurant Association, National Turkey Foundation, OSI Restaurants LLC., Sonic, and White Castle.

For a complete list of members got to: CRNI Members

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With over 30 years of franchise, marketing, and entrepreneurial experience, Jim Coen is a franchise expert. Who can help prospective franchisees, private equity investors, franchisees, multi-unit franchisees, and stockholders, evaluate franchise business models and Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD). Jim is not an attorney his specialty is analyzing the franchise business model for all stakeholders.

In May 2014 Jim was named the Interim Executive Director of The Planet Fitness Independent Franchisee Association (PFIFA) he finished in that capacity on October 31, 2014.

From September 2013 to November 2014, Jim served as the Executive Director of the Maine Franchise Owners Association (MFOA), this Maven served in that capacity on a part-time basis. This Maven is now a Member of the Board of Directors.

From April 1, 2008 thru November 2012 this Maven served as President of the Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners (DDIFO). DDIFO represents franchisees that own and operate over 2600 Dunkin’ Donuts shops in the US.

Jim served as the Vice Chairman of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), from 2009 – 2011. As Vice-Chairman, Jim worked with the Fair Franchising Committee to develop the Universal Franchisee Bill of Rights (UFBOR).

From 2006 thru 2008, Jim was the Executive Director and Board Member of the New England Franchise Association (NEFA). NEFA is a franchise trade group that brings franchise executives, area developers, and vendors together to share ideas and best practices.

Prior to that Jim sold and trained franchisees at Supercoups, a direct mail company based in MA that is similar to Val Pak. Jim became VP of Sales for the largest Super Coups franchisee based in the Boston area.


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