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June 3, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Stop the presses and alert all cardiovascular surgeons. Dunkin Donuts is launching a new breakfast sandwich Friday, and it's on a doughnut. Yes, the doughnut chain has in its own words "gone and changed breakfast forever. Again. "  The new sandwich consists of slices of bacon and a well-peppered fried egg between two halves of a glazed donut. But they left out the cheese. What gives, Dunkin' Donuts? The sandwich is listed on the company's website as having 360 calories and 20 grams of fat. But that's not the most caloric thing on the breakfast menu -- not by far. The breakfast chain also serves a Big N' Toasted sandwich on buttery Texas toast with an egg, cheese and bacon.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
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.
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BUSINESS
June 3, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Dunkin' Donuts is its maker. It's drenched in sugar and salt. P.S.: There's bacon. Basically, the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich debuting Friday hits the social media sweet spot. A single photo of the item, which hits the chain's national menu on June 7, has racked up more than 1,000 comments and more than 11,000 likes on Facebook. The fiendish creation, which the company said performed well with customers in testing stages, features pepper-fried eggs and cherrywood-smoked bacon stashed between two halves of a glazed donut.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Dunkin' Donuts, a coffee and sweets staple on the East Coast, is landing in Barstow on Monday with the only California outlet readily accessible to civilian customers. Last year, a branch of the chain opened on the Camp Pendleton military base in San Diego County, selling to the roughly 64,000 people who live, work and train at the site. But the Barstow Station stop in San Bernardino County will cater to locals, road-trippers and anyone else who wants to haul themselves more than 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
NEWS
November 27, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
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.
BUSINESS
November 17, 1989 | From United Press International
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.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
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.
FOOD
June 20, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
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.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2004 | From Reuters
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.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Sunday is National Coffee Day, which means purveyors of joe around the country are offering scads of deals and discounts on what is arguably America's favorite drink. But first, some background on the beverage. Nearly 85% of American adults drink it, according to the National Coffee Assn. Friday is the most popular day for coffee in the U.S., according to Foursquare. The location-based social networking app found that 8 a.m. is the busiest time to get a caffeine buzz during the week.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
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.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
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.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
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....
BUSINESS
August 22, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
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.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, This post has been updated. See note below.
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.
BUSINESS
June 16, 1989 | From Associated Press
Unicorp Canada, spurned last month in a bid to buy Dunkin' Donuts, took on a partner Thursday and launched a $305.3-million hostile tender offer for the doughnut store chain. Unicorp and another Toronto-based firm, Cara Operations Ltd., offered $43 a share for Dunkin' Donuts, which has said it wants to remain independent and set up a series of defensive steps. Dunkin' Donuts Vice President and Treasurer Richard N. Hart Jr. said the company would have no comment on the latest offer.
BUSINESS
June 15, 1989 | From Times wire services
Two Canadian firms, Unicorp Canada Corp. and Cara Operations Ltd., launched a hostile $305.3-million tender offer today for Dunkin' Donuts Inc. The $43-a-share offer replaces a friendly $298.2-million bid rejected by Dunkin' Donuts last month. Richard Hart, Dunkin' Donuts vice president and treasurer, said the company will not comment on the offer announced today. Dunkin' Donuts stock was up 50 cents to $40.12 1/2 a share in early over-the-counter trading today. Unicorp's merchant banking arm, Kingsbridge Capital Group, owns about 12% of Dunkin' Donuts' 7.1 million outstanding shares.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
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.
FOOD
June 20, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
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.
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