A lot has been said about the dramatic transformation the limited-service restaurant industry has experienced in the last five to 10 years. Observers have noted a range of factors that have shoved along the change, from the pressures to offer healthier food to younger generations’ desire for more creative menu opportunities.
Dunkin’ Donuts today unveiled a seasonal addition to its donut lineup, the Halloween Pumpkin Donut. Shaped to resemble a jack-o-lantern, the new Halloween Pumpkin Donut features a vanilla-flavored buttercreme filled pumpkin-shaped yeast shell, with orange icing and a jack-o-lantern face made with chocolate icing drizzle. It is available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide through October.
Dunkin’ Donuts is raising the bar with new grab-and-go snack choices for its guests by introducing the new Dunkin’ Go Bar, a pre-packaged, chewy granola bar made with the flavor of the brand’s Original Blend Coffee. At only 220 calories with 7 grams of protein, 8 B-vitamins, and 12 grams of whole grains, the Dunkin’ Go Bar is a convenient snack for people who are busy and on the go. Dunkin’ Go Bars will be available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts’ restaurants beginning on National Coffee Day, Monday, September 29.
Dunkin’ Donuts introduced almond milk to its menu as a new non-dairy alternative to milk and cream for guests to add to their coffee. Through a new partnership with Blue Diamond Growers, a leading almond company, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide will offer Vanilla Almond Breeze Almondmilk as an addition to hot or iced coffee and lattes. Guests can visit the Dunkin’ website and search for a special “AM” symbol indicating locations offering Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk.
Dunkin’ Donuts is giving California a taste of the iconic brand’s high-quality products and fast speed of service with its first full expression locations on the West Coast, which are now open in Modesto and Santa Monica. The restaurants offer the full Dunkin’ Donuts menu of beverages, sandwiches, and baked goods, along with inviting restaurant environments, comfortable seating areas and free WiFi for guests.
As Dunkin’ Donuts continues its national, westward expansion, the brand is unveiling a new Rainforest Alliance Certified Dark Roast Coffee. The new Dark Roast, developed by Dunkin’ Donuts’ Coffee Excellence team over the past several years, uses a unique roasting process to bring out key characteristics of different beans, creating a bold flavor and smooth finish associated with Dunkin’ Donuts’ Original Blend, but without the bitterness typically associated with most dark roast coffees.
The quick-service industry isn’t quite what it used to be. Gone are the days when a simple roll or slices of white bread sufficed as carriers for a burger or sandwich.
These days, with innovation required in an increasingly competitive field, sandwich carriers ranging from doughnuts and lettuce to ramen noodles and fried chicken are combining creativity with novelty to develop tasty twists on tradition.
September is prime pumpkin season at Dunkin’ Donuts. Leading the autumn array are new Pumpkin Crème Brulee Coffee and Lattes, which are available hot or iced, featuring the flavors of pumpkin and vanilla blended together. Dunkin’ Donuts is also bringing back a full fall lineup of pumpkin beverages and baked goods, which begins rolling into restaurants today, and all products will be available for a limited time by September 1.
First, Taco Bell turned the burrito on its side with the launch of a new breakfast menu, and now, traditional morning daypart chains Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks are looking to extend their bite to the much-larger lunch slice. Although Dunkin’ has been after the coffee-drinking market that makes up the largest piece of Starbucks’ revenue, and Starbucks for years has served pre-made or heat-and-eat fare, both brands are looking to increase food sales revenue and chip away at Panera Bread’s market share.
Dunkin’ Donuts announced the company is recruiting franchisees in Colorado with an emphasis on Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, and Durango. Currently, there are 11 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located in the state.