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By The End of 2018 Dunkin’ Donuts Will Be Using No Artificial Colors

Dunkin’ Donuts is making a huge step in the company’s efforts to offer more natural and diet-friendly options to consumers.

On March 2nd, 2017, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins), announced plans to remove artificial colors from its products in the U.S. Starting this month. Dunkin’ teams are working to eliminate synthetic colors from their food and beverages and replace the ingredients with naturally sourced colorings by the end of 2018.

Within the next two years, Dunkin’ Donuts will remove synthetic colors across its menu, including donut icings, fillings and toppings, frozen beverages such as Fruit Smoothies and COOLATTA® beverages, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee flavorings.

Here at Foodbeast, we were lucky enough to try one of the first ever batches of donuts that were made with all-natural colors. Truthfully? They tasted fantastic, with the same sweet flavors we’ve come to expect from any Dunkin’ Donuts treat. The colors looked a little more faded than we were used to seeing them (especially on colors like yellow, which chefs said was very difficult to replicate), but the familiar shade was still recognizable.

In addition to Dunkin’ Donuts making this change, Dunkin’ Brands announced that Baskin-Robbins will also be removing synthetic colors from its menu. However, Baskin-Robbins will be taking a longer period of time to find replacements for its ice cream cake decorations.

“We are pleased to announce our plans to eliminate artificial colors from our menus in the U.S. by the end of 2018,” said Dunkin’ Brands Chairman and CEO Nigel Travis. “This is a significant undertaking on the part of our product development teams and suppliers. However, we are committed to meet the evolving needs of our customers, including their preference for more nutritional transparency and simpler ingredients, while maintaining the great taste and the fun, vibrant colors expected from Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins products.”

This is not Dunkin’ Brands first attempt to make their food and drink options healthier.

In 2014, the company conducted a comprehensive menu review that resulted in simplified ingredient labels plus lowering sodium and sugar content without sacrificing taste. The company also continues to offer products that broaden the nutritional choices available to consumers with the Dunkin’ Donuts DDSMART® and Baskin-Robbins BRight Choices™ menus.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Announces IPO — Begins Trading Stock Today

Today marks the first day of trading shares of common stock in Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. The move to go public is in alignment with plans for the company to repay debt and double the number of Dunkin’ Donuts outlets in the U.S. over the next 20 years.

Early reports show that the stock is soaring, with the initial issue of $422.75 million worth of shares at $19 apiece already reaching $28.69 at the time of this posting. As seen in the leader image above, The NASDAQ Stock Market has unofficially changed its branding for the day in celebration of Dunkin’ Brands’ new listing.

The new logo is visible on the NASDAQ corporate website, as well as electronic signage on the NASDAQ MarketSite Tower in Times Square (4 Times Square, corner of 43rd Street & Broadway)  at the following times: 10:15 – 10:45 am, and every hour at :50 past, i.e. 11:50, 12:50, etc.

Here’s a shot of Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis sippin’ a cup of coffee for the occasion:

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Dunkin’ Brands Seeking a $400 Million Initial Public Offering

At the beginning of April, we reported on the initial IPO talks for Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company to both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Today, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. has announced that it filed a registration statement with the S.E.C. for a proposed initial public offering of $400 million of its common stock.

Their announcement made no detail as to a per-share price or how many would be made available. Dunkin’ Brands houses 9,760 Dunkin’ Donuts locations and 6,433 Baskin-Robbins units worldwide.