September 26, 2013 |
Earlier this week in Boston, I ducked into Raven Used Books on Newbury Street and found a stack of pamphlets, emblazoned with the logo “One City One Story,” in a loose pile by the front door. They were free, a giveaway sponsored by the Boston Book Festival , which takes place in October in Copley Square. The idea, inspired by the literary journal One Story , is to distribute 30,000 copies of a short story in the weeks leading up to the book festival, where a “Town Hall-style” discussion with the author will take place.
August 30, 2013 |
Dunkin' Donuts on Friday apologized and will pull an advertising campaign running in Thailand that features a model in blackface makeup offering a chocolate doughnut. Dunkin' Donuts in Thailand had come under fire Friday for an ad that the Human Rights Watch said was racist. The ad in question was for Dunkin's "charcoal donut" and it features a model wearing blackface makeup and bright pink lipstick holding up a bitten doughnut....
August 30, 2013 |
A human rights group on Friday criticized a Dunkin' Donuts advertising campaign running in Thailand that features a model whose face is painted black to sell a chocolate doughnut. Dunkin' Donuts Thailand recently started running ads for its "Charcoal Donut," which features a model wearing blackface makeup and bright pink lipstick and holding up a bitten doughnut. The translated Thai slogan reads: "Break every rule of deliciousness. " Phil Robertson, deputy director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch, said it's "rather incredible that an international company like Dunkin' Donuts" would run such an ad. In a phone interview with The Times, he said the ad "fits into a long history of racist advertisements in Southeast Asia.
August 22, 2013 |
A coffee connoisseur may look for balanced flavors, acidity and proper brewing technique in their cup of Joe, but America's palate prefers a more simpler brew: Folgers. J.M. Smucker Co., the maker of Smucker's jam and Folgers coffee, reported Wednesday that volume of its U.S. retail coffee, which includes Folgers, increased 4% in the three-month quarter that ended July 31. The company said its U.S. retail coffee segment profit increased 16% to $19.6 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2014 compared to the same period a year earlier. Interactive feature: The great L.A. Coffee map Folgers, much to the chagrin of coffee snobs, is still the leading brand sold on the U.S. market, according to Bloomberg Businessweek . Folgers had an average market share of 15.6% in the U.S. from May to July. Starbucks, by comparison, had a 3.3% market share.
July 25, 2013 |
Dunkin' Donuts has signed agreements to open 45 new stand-alone Dunkin' Donuts stores in Orange County and Los Angeles starting in 2015. The stores, to be launched by four franchise groups, would be the brand's only locations in Southern California not at a military base. That stop, which opened last year, is at Camp Pendleton north of San Diego. On Thursday, Dunkin' Donuts also dangled another titillating tidbit: that it may start opening several “nontraditional” branches in the area over the next few months.
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.