HAVS #7: TCBCCT Dunkin’ Donuts Tour
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HAVS #7: TCBCCT Dunkin’ Donuts Tour

“Dunkin' Donuts is a lynchpin of our identity. It’s a religion. It’s a cult. People in these parts freaking love Dunkin' Donuts.”

IAn Introduction to Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts is an Global Doughnut Company and Coffeehouse chain based in Canton, Massachusetts. Since it’s founding—in 1950— the company has grown to become one of the largest coffee and baked goods chains in the world with 10,858 stores in 33 different countries including Thailand, Qatar and Bulgaria. And South Korea. Dunkies’ menu features over 1,000 items, from doughnuts, bagels and other baked goods to a wide variety of hot and iced beverages, all of them sugary and full of previously airborne animal fat.

 

The Providence Bruins,an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League and the primary development team for the NHL’s Boston Bruins, play at the Providence, Rhode Island Dunkin’ Donuts Center, otherwise known as The Dunk.

 

In 2007, a local New England native journalist dude named Mike Millard wrote an article for the Boston Phoenix called “Choosing Our Religion: How One Little Post-War Doughnut Shop Became Synonymous with Boston’s Identity. In it he writes, “Dunkin’ Donuts is a lynchpin of our identity. It’s a religion. It’s a cult. People in these parts freaking love Dunkin’ Donuts.” Clearly Mike is Pumped & Jazzed about Dunkies’ importance and relevance and significance in regards to New England—the place, the people, the culture, the whole wicked deal. And then there’s how this article got published in the Boston Phoenix, whatever that is, which means the average/normal/regular people of New England probably agree 1000% with his assertion that Dunkin’ Donuts is like a really big deal.

 

We can’t find anything to support this despite spending like seven minutes inside in the internet trying to figure it out—and we’re good at the internet!—and we don’t personally known because Manual for Speed lives in Portland, Oregon and Brooklyn, New York, but according to eyewitness accounts and various testimonials, Dunkin’ Donuts serves their straight regular-style coffee with cream and sugar already in it. Which is #gross.

 

More importantly, Team CLIF Bar Cycling Cyclocross Team (TCBCCT) is Brady Kappius, Troy Wells and Ben Sonntag. In addition to being professional cyclocross racers these dudes are DTE whatever you put in front of them, especially if they only have to pretend eat whatever it is, and especially if it has sugar in it. And especially if it affords them the opportunity to go sightseeing ALL over downtown Providence, Rhode Island—named by religious exile Roger Williams in honor of God’s merciful Providence—aka Beehive of Industry aka the Creative Capital, and the Narragansett Bay.

 

 

IIDunkin' Donuts Store #300245
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ORDER #003:

4 DONUT $3.56
TAX: $0.29
VISA: $3.85
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Only 8% of Dunkin' Donuts sales are in donuts: 65% comes from coffee drinks and 27% from other food items (e.g. breakfast sandwiches).
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Dark Roast is now at Dunkin' Donuts, just FYI.
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Dunkin' Donuts coffee was made available at retail stores in pre-ground and whole bean bags in 2007.
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In 2012, Dunkin' Donuts launched it's first-ever mobile app for DD payments and gifting.
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In 2013, Spanish language localization was added to the mobile app.
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Most Dunkin' Donuts food items contain fewer than 600 calories.
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Dunkin' Donuts has also worked to incorporate palm, soybean and cottonseed oils to reduce the amount of trans fats found in their food.
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Since 2006, the company slogan has been "America Runs on Dunkin'".
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Dunkin' Donuts is beginning a push to open more stores on the West Coast in 2015, despite the presence of its sister brand Baskin-Robbins.
IIIDunkin' Donuts Store #300296
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ORDER #746:

1 12 DONUTS $6.99
1 6 DONUTS $3.99
TAX $0.00
VISA: $10.98
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Dunkin' Donuts began using hot pink as part of their brand in 1961, adding orange in 1980. The current logos have been in place, with slight alterations, since 1980.
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Dunkin' Donuts donuts typically range between 300 and 400 calories a piece.
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In May 2010, Dunkin' Donuts advertised "Free Iced Coffee Day" on Facebook. After traveling to their local Dunkin' Donuts locations only to find the promotion was valid in just 13 cities, an outpouring of dissatisfaction at the lack of actual free iced coffee came from customers.
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dunkindonuts.org was established in 1997 as a place for employees and customers to vent/lodge complaints against Dunkin' Donuts. Dunkin' Donuts purchased the website for at least $1,070 after filing a Cease & Desist against it's owner, David Felton of Hamden, CT.
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Dunkin' Donuts ran ads in Thailand during 2013 depicting a woman in blackface to promote new chocolate donuts. The company pulled the ads and its US offices apologized.
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Dunkin' Donuts has a close affiliation with many New England sports teams, such as the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox. They also sponsor Liverpool F.C. of the English Premier League as of 2014, to coincide with their reentry into the UK market after a 20-year absence.
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Dark Roast coffee is now available at Dunkin' Donuts.
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In contrast to its rapid expansion across the US and much of the globe, Dunkin' Donuts has lost 99% of its market share (mostly to Tim Hortons) in Canada with only a handful of stores remaining (e.g four current stores in Quebec from a peak of 210). The company lost a 16.4 million CAD settlement to franchisees for failing to properly promote the brand in Canada.
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On the flip side, Dunkin' Donuts' aggressive growth in the Northeastern United States has largely driven Tim Hortons out of the region.
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By 2020 Dunkin' Donuts plans to have 15,000 US locations.
IVDunkin' Donuts Store #XXXXXX
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Closed at 1:00 PM Sundays.
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At the end of 2013, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. had franchisee-reported sales of approximately $9.3 billion.
VDunkin' Donuts Store #304689
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ORDER #444:

1 COOL LG PUMPPIE $4.19
WHIPCRM
1 ICE LATT LG ORIGINAL $3.60
MOCHASWRL
WHL MILK
WHIP CRM
1 COOL LG FROZEN COFFEE $4.19
HAZLNTSWRL
WHIP CRM
TAX $0.96
VISA $13.03
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Dunkin' Donuts DDSmart menu features food choices that are "better-for-you."
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In 2007, Dunkin' Donuts ran a series of commercials discussing "Fritalian," an imaginary language named with a portmanteau of French and Italian, to poke fun at Starbucks. The ads' punchline was "Delicious lattes from Dunkin' Donuts. You order them in English."
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Dunkin' Donuts released a special edition cake and donut in April 2011 to celebrate the matrimony of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
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In April 2012, Dunkin' Donuts switched from PepsiCo products to Coca-Cola products.
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Dunkin' Donuts launched a REBUILDD Long Island t-shirt after Hurricane Sandy in late 2012—a portion of proceeds from the shirt sales went to relief efforts.
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Dunkin' Donuts' first LEED-certified store opened in 2008 in St. Petersburg, FL.
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Dunkin' Donuts' primary competitors are Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Starbucks, Honey Dew Donuts, Winchell's Donuts, and LDSes (Local Donut Shops).
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Dunkin' Donuts operates several dozen locations on US military bases around the globe.
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The most successful Dunkin' Donuts franchisees are really, really rich.
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Company founder William Rosenberg thought up the idea of Dunkin' Donuts while selling food at construction sites in the 1940s—where donuts and coffee were the two most popular items.
VIAddendum: Garden City Center Sightseeing with a Professional Athlete Enthusiast and Lululemon Babes
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Disclaimer

Brady, Troy and Ben (The German) do not condone and/or endorse the consumption of any and/or all of Dunkin’s products, and/or the patronizing of Dunkin’ Donuts establishment(s) for dozens of contractual and health and well being-type reasons. This was a stunt and a failed taste-testing exercise—our original purpose and plan was to eat one of each of Dunkin’ Donuts’ doughnuts and subsequently rate them in a scientific double-blind manner. But then we got bored and did this instead. The consumption of thousands of calories of donuts and iced coffees has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This supplement program is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Side effects may include bloat, gastrointestinal compaction and discomfort, insulin deficiency, weight gain, poor blood work, post-consumption regret, et cetera et cetera, you get the gist of it, right?

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