Archive for February, 2011

Meal Assembly Millionaires?

Plenty of time has passed so there has to be someone out there who’s become a millionaire while playing the meal assembly game, right? Someone has turned all that sweat and sacrifice into a stockpile of cash and took a walk down easy street to retire at Countryside acres, right? It would be foolish to think that this sort of franchise has been sold without someone being able to change their fortunes for the better, right?

So where are the meal assembly millionaires? Who’s made the big bucks? Who’s now retired because their store was so lucrative? There has to be someone, dozens perhaps, right?

I simply can’t imagine that wouldn’t have happened, but just in case such a scenario didn’t come around, where are all the folks who were able to pull in half a million? Surely someone was easily able to pull in that sort of income from this brilliant money making idea.

A hundred thousand? There HAS to be someone who pocketed that amount, paid off their house and all their debts and has a happy nest egg for retirement?

Now we all know there has to be dozens of people making well over $50,000 a year for themselves generating tons of disposable income for their family. It would be inconceivable to think that sort of thing hasn’t happened.

So where are all of you? Come on out and tell us about the fantastic amounts of money you’ve made off this franchise!

I expect to get hundreds of comments from satisfied franchise owners!

These gas prices are out of control!

In the past couple of weeks gas has shot up about 30-40 cents a gallon. In the last few days alone I’ve seen a 10 cent price jump. I have the sneaking feeling that the price is very quickly going to hit $3.50 a gallon (which it’s just shy of in my area) and right as we hit the summer months it’s very likely going to spike to $4.00 and possibly $4.50 a gallon.

In conjunction with this massive price increase in gas, I’ve seen my grocery bill nearly double on every item. Cereal has gone through the roof. Bananas and just about every other fruit have doubled per pound. Pasta has doubled as well. I’ve actually been keeping all my grocery receipts since the start of the year just to see how much the increase is and which items we use the most so we can get them on sale. Regular grocery shopping is becoming a bit of challenge these days. We’ve had to ditch quite a few extras to keep prices down. I’m wondering how much higher these prices are going to go.

It also strikes me as funny that when gas prices jumped to $2.50+ a gallon a few years ago people were screaming bloody murder at how outrageous a price that was. We’ve gone even higher than that and no one seems to be demanding a change. I find that a little ironic. I guess if you raise prices slowly you can screw people for just about any amount.

Sort of reminds me of another industry I know…

Dream Dinners Supper Bowl

I assume this over the top brilliant marketing ploy generating an overwhelming number of new guest signups for stores? Admittedly, this actually wasn’t that bad an idea. It’ll be interesting to see if this carries through to more people using the service especially in an economy that is still having some serious problems.

It’s certainly more than what Super Suppers did, right? Ironic since Super Suppers is actually located in Texas…

Dream Dinners, lawyers settle legal nightmare with franchisees

This is the first time I’ve gotten around to reading this article and I have to say it’s pretty darn interesting. It doesn’t give many details but that alone is telling.

Now, this is only my opinion but it does look like both Dream Dinners and their attorneys got caught doing some shady business, but due to all the finger pointing nobody was sure who actually caused all the problems. I really get the sense that Dream Dinners did let loose with some financial figures and that the attorneys either didn’t stop them or didn’t know any better (either way is pretty slack). It also looks like they all wanted to sweep this under the rug since not only were the previous legal house’s names being bandied about but also their new employers. (You’d have to think that was leaving a stink around the office.)

No guilt was admitted, but the way I read all the blame going around guilt was certainly hanging in the air. I’m not sure why it took so long to actually settle this mess, but that alone leads me to believe there was a lot more going on than meets the eye.

I certainly hope the owners walked away with something. By the look of it some money exchanged hands even if the attorneys had to foot the bill.

I would love to know more of the details, but in the end we all know what kind of companies we’re dealing with and what they’re capable of.

Dream Dinners, lawyers settle legal nightmare with franchisees

Meal Assembly – The Long Slow Grind into Oblivion

A quick check of the tote board shows, unsurprisingly, another drop in the number of Super Suppers and Dream Dinners stores that have actually remained open.

Leading us off, Super Suppers drops to just 35 stores that still remain open across the country. Let us not forget that according to some numbers, Super Suppers may have had as many as 235 stores open in their hay day. A big of a fall from grace there I’m afraid.

Dream Dinners is also in a slump and is slowly but surely working their way to having less than 100 stores open. Best guess says they have around 109 still operating. Just like Super Suppers, they used to have nearly 235 stores operating when they were in full swing. Their failure rate is certainly tipping the scales at well over 50%. Not a good investment no matter how you look at it.

And across the nation the actual number of meal prep companies and the total number of stores still continue to drop. 20 more companies sobered up and realized there is money to be somewhere else. And with them they shut down over 60 stores. Only a 1/3 of the stores (out of the 1500 that were once open) are still out there.

I’m sure the numbers are still dropping and will continue to do so throughout the year.

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