November 27, 2012 |
Dunkin' Donuts claims to have the "best coffee in America," but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office disagrees. Dunkin' Donuts' petition to trademark the phrase "best coffee in America" has been rejected by the agency. The Massachusetts-based coffee chain's slogan was not "distinctive enough to qualify for protection" and is "merely laudatory and descriptive," the agency ruled recently, according to the Boston Globe. Translation: Everyone claims to have the best coffee in America, Dunkin' Donuts, so get in line. A Dunkin' Donuts spokeswoman told the Globe that the company is mulling its next steps, including whether to appeal the trademark ruling.
November 17, 1989 |
Two months after rejecting a hostile takeover bid from a Canadian group, Dunkin' Donuts said today it reached a $325-million agreement for acquisition by a British food and drink corporate giant. Under the definitive agreement, Allied-Lyons PLC will acquire outstanding shares of the coffee and doughnut shop franchiser's common stock with a cash tender offer at $47.25 per share on or before Nov. 24. Shearson Lehman Hutton Inc. will act as dealer manager for the offer.
June 20, 2013 |
Dunkin' Donuts is expected to offer two gluten-free pastries, cinnamon-sugar doughnuts and blueberry muffins, by the end of the year. "At Dunkin' Donuts, we recognize the importance of providing our guests with many options, including alternative choices for people with food and dietary restrictions,” said Michelle King, spokeswoman for Dunkin' Brands. “We understand that sensitivities to food ingredients such as gluten are a serious concern for certain guests.” People with celiac disease, an inherited autoimmune disorder, avoid gluten because it attacks the small intestine and inhibits the absorption of vital nutrients into the body.
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February 7, 2014 |
It was a sweet -- if unexpected -- victory Thursday night for fans of the iconic Long Beach doughnut. The story began earlier this week when many became aware that a beloved city landmark -- a giant doughnut sign that sits atop a coffee shop -- might be getting tossed. The sign's weathered facade has nowhere near the same following as that holey grail of rooftop dunkers at Randy's Donuts in Inglewood, and doughnuts haven't even been on the menu at the Long Beach cafe or more than a decade.
June 20, 2013 |
Is the impending gluten-free doughnut from Dunkin' Donuts the holy grail? Or, to take this opportunity to use another cliché, just the tip of the fast-food iceberg? Many people who don't eat gluten are practically dancing in the streets at the news that, by the end of the year, Dunkin' Donuts will start selling a gluten-free cinnamon sugar doughnut. Can there be any question now of the power of the gluten-free market? Can a gluten-free Big Mac be far behind? PHOTOS: Gluten-free desserts "At Dunkin' Donuts, we recognize the importance of providing our guests with many options, including alternative choices for people with food and dietary restrictions,” Michelle King, a spokeswoman for Dunkin' Brands, said in a statement.
May 14, 2004 |
Dunkin' Donuts said it would open 10 shops at Wal-Mart stores, helping the world's largest retailer broaden its branded fast-food offerings. Dunkin' Donuts, run by Britain-based spirits company Allied Domecq, plans to open its first store at a Wal-Mart today in North Wyndham, Conn. The others, set to open within three months, will be located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont.