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Dunkin' Love Video Brings Beyoncé and Dunkin Donuts Together

Dunkin' Love Video Brings Beyoncé and Dunkin Donuts Together

Anchondo saunters around in a black dress on a beach, mimicking Beyonce's original moves from "Drunk in Love."

Another day and another Beyoncé parody video goes viral. This time, the parody video is entitled “Dunkin' Love” and features internet entertainers Reggie White and Adrian Anchondo belting out a lament to the lack of West Coast Dunkin’ Donuts. The video is pretty much a shot-for-shot imitation of the original black and white “Drunk in Love” love-fest/beach posing video.

Some of the video’s more clever moments include Anchondo writhing on the beach in a black dress and a wig, singing, “Why can’t I have you on the West Coast baby I want you right now// You got them munchkins, munckins dunkin'// I want you nah, nah//can’t take my eyes off that sausage patty, dunkin' love.” Meanwhile, Reggie White’s “Jay-Z” raps his love of Dunkin’ while pouring a whole “Box O’ Joe” on himself in slow-mo.

Check out the hilarious parody here:

And while you’re at it, compare “Dunkin’ Love” with the wildly-popular original hit Beyoncé and Jay-Z duet:

Psst! Anchondo and White won’t have to wait too much longer. Dunkin' Donuts is planning on expanding to the West Coast in 2015.


A Collection Of The Most Intense Celebrity Feuds!

Love them or hate them, celebrities are a huge part of pop culture as we follow their trials and tribulations navigating their way throughout Hollywood. As much as we love to hear about various celebrity triumph, we also can’t help be a bit obsessed with a good amount of their drama as well.

While many celebrities are full of personal drama, over the years there has been a good amount of celebrity feuds with one another as well and that is when things get really spiteful and juicy!

We have complied a collection of some of the most recognized (and most talked) about celebrity feuds of all time for your reading pleasure. Be sure to let us know if there are any other good ones that you feel we may have missed!

One of the most infamous celebrity feuds occurred between actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and it truly got ugly. Their feud began when Joan Crawford, who was known as a silver screen siren at the time, began dating her film co-star actor Franchot Tone, who just so happened to be the leading man to Bette Davis’s role in the film “Dangerous”.

It seems the Davis had a bit of a crush on Tone, however he ended up choosing Crawford, who he soon married after the filming wrapped. It was at that point that that Feud began! The two were just hateful to one another, sniping back and forth in the press and even went so far as to make an attempt to ruin an Academy Award nomination for Davis.

When Davis was nominated for an Oscar in 1963 for her role in “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane”, which also happened to star Crawford as well, Crawford arranged with the other nominees to collect the award on their behalf, as she felt slighted by the Academy’s snub. Anne Bancroft won, and Crawford read her speech for her, while Davis watched backstage.

While some celebrity feuds are able to come to a resolution the feud between Davis and Crawford lasted a lifetime. When Crawford learned that Davis had passed away she is quoted as saying “You should never say bad things about the dead, you should say only good. Joan Crawford is dead. Good!” Ouch!

Another infamous celebrity feud from days gone by was between sibling actresses Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine. It was a classic case of sibling rivalry between the pair that began in 1935 when Olivia landed her first big role in Hollywood and Fontaine later followed with her first big role in 1937. In the years that went by the two sisters began fiercely competing with one another over film roles, lovers, friends and awards for the rest of their lives.

The feud between the two hit it’s worst point when Fontaine was forced to take the surname of her stepfather, as there were too many de Havilland’s in Hollywood. She ended up beating out her sister for an Academy Award win, however when de Havilland finally did win she snubbed her sister when she attempted to congratulate her and it was famously caught on film.

It is questionable if their feud was ever resolved, as Fontaine has publicly stated over the years that there really was no “feud”, just normal sibling rivalry. She claimed they never shared harsh words or had a quarrel and most of the so-called feud was created by the media.

Actress Debbie Reynolds and her longtime friend actress Elizabeth Taylor made headlines back in the day when Taylor’s third husband Mike Todd tragically passed away in an airplane crash in 1958. As as grieving widow she ended up falling into the arms of singer Eddie Fisher, who just so happened to be married to Reynolds at the time.

Fisher ended up leaving Reynolds for Taylor and the two ended up remarrying each other only a year later! That is definitely one way to end a friendship! Fisher left Reynolds a single mother to raise their two children Carrie and Todd.

In the end Reynolds and Taylor ended up rectifying their feud back in 1966 when they ended up staying on the same floor of the Queen Elizabeth ocean liner. The pair even ended up starring in a film together called “These Old Broads” directed by Reynold’s daughter the late Carrie Fisher.

In more recent years there was an epic amount of rivalry on the music charts between icons Michael Jackson and Prince. When their albums tied for the number one spot back in 1982, the feud was definitely on! Prince did not seem pleased with Michael Jackson’s main stream appeal while Jackson would poke fun a Prince’s artistry.

Prince turned down a role in the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Bad” which later went to actor Wesley Snipes and in a moment of extreme pettiness Prince allegedly played his bass directly into Jackson’s face during a live concert performance.

It is not known if the two ever resolved their differences, however when Prince learned that Jackson had passed away he is said to have closed off Paisley Park and locked himself away in his bedroom for days to grieve. Looks like they had some respect for one another as artist after all.

Other infamous music feud that must be mentioned in the feud between singer Taylor Swift and rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian-West. Kayne West began the feud when he hopped on stage and interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech for winning Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. West grabbed the mic and told everyone that Beyonce should have won instead.

West also made a lewd reference to Swift in his song “Famous” during which he alluded that she would sleep with him. Swift claims to have no knowledge that the phrase was going to be used in the song, however Kayne’s wife Kim Kardashian later ended up releasing a recording of a phone conversation between West and Swift were she gave her blessing to use the lyric.

As far as we know this feud has yet to be resolved and both West and Swift continue to make lyrical jabs at one another through their music.

Taylor Swift has also famously feuded with pop singer Katy Perry as well. While the pair used to be BFF’s, it seems that Perry went behind Swift’s back and tried to hire some crew members out from under her during her “RED” stadium tour. The crew ended up going with Perry and that is what ignited the fire.

Swift gave an interview to Rolling Stone and claimed that Perry did “something so horrible” that they were now “straight-up enemies” and it wasn’t even over a boy! She never named Perry by name, but everyone was able to put two and two together especially after Perry posted a cryptic tweet urging her followers to “watch out for the Regina George- in sheep’s clothing” referencing the villain character from the film “Mean Girls”.

Apparently this feud still continues as well, as Perry even posted a Snapchat of herself dancing to the Kayne West song “Famous” and giving a facial signal when the Taylor Swift lyric came on!

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and domestic guru Martha Stewart threw their fair share of shade at one another over the years as well, as Martha Stewart began poking fun at Paltrow’s “GOOP” publication. She said that Paltrow should stick to acting.

They threw snipes at each other on the pages of their respective publications when Stewart published an article about pies and titled it “A Conscious Coupling” a dig at Paltrow’s “Conscious Uncoupling” with Coldplay singer Chris Martin. Paltrow then returned fire publishing an article titled “Jailbird Cake” to jab at Stewart’s time spent behind bars.

Lately all has been quiet between the two, but we doubt they ever fully resolved their issues.

We don’t think anyone will ever forget the infamous Twitter war between President Donald Trump and actress Rosie O’Donnell. O’Donnell criticized Trump for failing to fire Miss USA Tara Conner despite her admission of illicit drug and alcohol abuse.

Trump hopped on Twitter and tweeted some horrible slurs at O’Donnell calling her a “real loser” and infamously “a pig”. During on of the debates leading up to the Presidential election O’Donnell was brought up once again with Trump saying no one felt sorry for O’Donnell and she deserved his harsh comments. O”Donnell claims she had never felt more bullied in her life.

To this day their feud still continues with O’Donnell continuing to criticize Trump via social media.

And finally one of the biggest celebrity feuds occurred between rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls aka Notorious B.I.G. that ended in the tragic deaths of both rap superstars. The feud began when Tupac as robbed and shot five times back in 1994 in the lobby of a New York City recording studio. It is claimed that Biggie knew about the incident about a week in advance, so it was allegedly planned.

This started the famous East Coast versus West Coast feud that was shape the face of hip-hop music for years to come. According to Time Magazine, the feud hit it’s peak at the 1995 Source Awards, while no physical beefing happened between Tupac and Biggie, lines were drawn between both of their respective crews, showing just how deep-rooted the rivalry between the two rappers and what they represented was. The highlight of the night was Suge Knight’s now-notorious speech about Death Row Records (Tupac’s label) that seemingly shaded Diddy and Bad Boy Records (Biggie’s label.) At one point during the ceremony, Tupac’s friend Snoop Dogg called out the East Coast (“The East Coast ain’t got love for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg?”) while Diddy defended it (“I live in the East, and I’m gonna die in the East”).”

The feud between the two rappers was never repaired and they continued to diss one another through their music right up until their untimely deaths. Tupac was shot to death in Las Vegas and Biggie died a year later. You would think that their beef would have died with them however the East Coast/West Coast battle still continues to thrive.

Well, folks, there you have our compilation of some of the worse celebrity feuds of all time. We have to throw in some honorable mentions such as the feud between Tom Cruise and Brook Shields over the use of antidepressants and post-partum depression, Heather Locklear and Denise Richards fighting over both Richie Sambora and Charlie Sheen and of course boxers Mohammad Ali and Joe Frazier.


Harpoon Brewery & Dunkin’ Donuts Team Up to Release Dunkin’ Coffee Porter

Harpoon Brewery (Boston Massachusetts) and Dunkin’ Donuts (Canton, Massachusetts) have announced that Dunkin’ Coffee Porter, their Limited Release collaboration beer, is officially hitting shelves now and will be available throughout the fall.

Developed to serve as “a bold new way . . . to toast the start of fall”, Dunkin Coffee Porter brings “two of America’s iconic beverage brands . . . together for the first time” by combining “the taste of Dunkin’s Espresso Blend Coffee with Harpoon’s famous craft beer.” This marriage of “New England staples” results in a “robust and roasty” Dunkin Coffee Porter (6% ABV) “that has a smooth mouthfeel with aromas of espresso and dark chocolate.”

“Dunkin’ has been there for us since the early days when getting the brewery up and running required a lot of beer, and even more coffee,” said Dan Kenary, CEO and Co-Founder of Harpoon Brewery. “We couldn’t think of a better way to pay tribute to the company that’s helped fuel our success than to create something special for our fans by combining the taste of their favorite morning brew with one of ours.”

According to Tony Weisman, Dunkin’ U.S. Chief Marketing Officer, “Our brands have such passionate, loyal fans, who start their busy day with a cup of Dunkin’ coffee and end it by enjoying one of Harpoon’s famous craft beers. We’re thrilled to now finally bring the two together, partnering with one of the most respected craft breweries in the country to offer coffee lovers and beer enthusiasts alike a classic new taste to celebrate the season.”

Dunkin’ Coffee Porter is officially rolling out this week with plans to stick around through the months of fall. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Massachusetts, Vermont and throughout the rest of Harpoon Brewery’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Dunkin’ Coffee Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Dunkin’ Donuts


CarMax and Dunkin’ are "Doin’ Donuts" for New 24-Hour Test Drive Experience

Today CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, and Dunkin’, America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, are inviting people to "do donuts" during their 24-Hour Test Drive — the delicious kind with frosting and sprinkles. Starting today through May 16, CarMax customers who participate in the 24-Hour Test Drive will receive a $10 Dunkin’ gift card to keep their daily routine running during their test drive — and that, of course, means a trip to the Dunkin’ drive-thru for their favorite coffee and donut order.

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"At CarMax, we believe the car-buying experience should be as enjoyable as possible while ensuring customers feel confident with their decision, which is why we introduced 24-Hour Test Drives as part of CarMax’s Love Your Car Guarantee," said Sarah Lane, vice president, marketing at CarMax. "We want customers to experience a day in their life with their new ride, and since America Runs on Dunkin’, we know that includes a trip through the Dunkin’ drive-thru for their favorite order. Collaborating with Dunkin’ on "Doin’ Donuts" makes CarMax’s 24-Hour Test Drive experience that much sweeter."

Customers at participating CarMax locations who take a 24-Hour Test Drive will receive a creative checklist of ideas to help ensure they are getting the most out of their 24 hours — such as taking their dog for a drive, packing the trunk with their favorite cargo to ensure it fits and, of course, visiting a drive-thru to make sure the cup holder can fit their Dunkin’ Iced Coffee. Customers who share about their 24-Hour Test Drive experience on Twitter or Instagram by tagging @CarMax, #DoinDonuts, and #24HrTestDrive can participate in a sweepstakes in which 24 people have the chance to win free donuts for a year and a "Doin’ Donuts" signature donut holder. More information on official rules, eligibility and participating locations can be found at carmax.com/doindonuts.

"You never truly know if a car is right for you until you’ve taken it through a Dunkin’ drive-thru," said Melanie Rabino, director, brand engagement at Dunkin’. "Making sure your new vehicle’s cup holders perform perfectly in holding your Dunkin’ Iced Coffee, or other go-to order, is the perfect test."

Actress, New York Times best-selling author, and podcast host Busy Philipps is also joining in on the fun. She’s as busy as ever, and with a CarMax 24-Hour Test Drive, she can take her test drive on the go. Whether she’s running errands or headed to her next acting gig, Busy is demonstrating via Instagram what she recommends doing during a test drive to ensure a car meets all her needs before committing. And of course she can’t start the day without a pick-me-up from Dunkin’.

"Everyone wants to be in control of their car buying decisions," said Busy Philipps. "CarMax not only made my experience fun, but they also provided ease and confidence with a 24-Hour Test Drive fueled by Dunkin’. Having the car for a full day gave me the ability to see and learn every feature and how it seamlessly fit into my busy schedule."

CarMax’s 24-Hour Test Drive offering is a part of the company’s signature experience — the Love Your Car Guarantee — providing unrivaled peace of mind and buyer confidence as customers experience a day in their life with a new ride prior to purchase. CarMax’s Love Your Car Guarantee also includes a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, giving customers 30 days to fall in love with their car or return it for a full refund up to 1,500 miles. This offering is unmatched in the automotive industry.

For official rules, participating locations and more information on "Doin’ Donuts," visit carmax.com/doindonuts.

CarMax, the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, revolutionized the automotive retail industry by driving integrity, honesty and transparency in every interaction. The company offers a truly personalized experience with the option for customers to do as much, or as little, online and in-store as they want. CarMax also provides a variety of vehicle delivery methods, including home delivery, contactless curbside pickup and appointments in its stores. During the fiscal year ending February 28, 2021, CarMax sold more than 750,000 used cars and more than 425,000 wholesale vehicles at its in-store and virtual auctions. In addition, CarMax Auto Finance originated more than $6 billion in auto receivables during fiscal year 2021, adding to its near $14 billion portfolio. CarMax has 220 stores, over 25,000 Associates, and is proud to have been recognized for 17 consecutive years as one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®. For more information, visit www.carmax.com.

Founded in 1950, Dunkin' is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 15 years running. The company has more than 12,600 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide. Dunkin' is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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(Bloomberg) -- Despite Beijing’s best efforts, asset bubbles are forming in China.Home prices are soaring, prompting officials to revive the idea of a national property tax. A surge in raw material prices spurred pledges to increase domestic supply, toughen market oversight, and crack down on speculation and hoarding.The rapid gains are challenging the central bank’s ability to restrain inflation without hiking borrowing costs or making a sharp turn in monetary policy -- something the People’s Bank of China has said it will avoid. The risk is the government’s attempts to curb price increases won’t be enough, forcing the central bank’s hand at a vulnerable time for domestic consumption.That would be a shock to the nation’s financial markets, which are pricing in a relatively benign scenario. The 10-year government bond yield has fallen to the lowest level in eight months, while the stock benchmark CSI 300 Index is the least volatile since January. The calm contrasts with the rest of the world, where investors are becoming increasingly obsessed with how central banks may react to the threat of an overheating global economy.“How to mitigate the boom in property and commodities without tightening macro policy -- it’s a real challenge for the Chinese government,” said Zhou Hao, an economist at Commerzbank AG in Singapore.More than 15 months after the pandemic first forced China to cut rates and inject trillions of yuan into the financial system, policy makers in Beijing are -- like many others across the world -- dealing with the aftermath. As the global economic recovery accelerates, some are being forced to act because of inflation: Brazil in March became the first Group of 20 nation to lift borrowing costs, with Turkey and Russia following suit. Even Iceland hiked a short-term rate in May.Others, like the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, have insisted spikes in prices are only temporary. The PBOC also downplayed inflation worries in its first-quarter monetary report, published shortly after data showed factory prices surged 6.8% in April -- the fastest pace since 2017.What Bloomberg Economists Say. “It will be a challenge for China to contain rising producer prices because few commodities are priced within the country. There’s not much China can do, and even tightening monetary policy will not be able to change the situation,” said David Qu, China economist at Bloomberg Economics.-- Bloomberg Terminal subscribers can access more insight HEREWhile the rapid increase in commodity prices moderated in recent days, a continuation of gains could pressure companies to pass on rising costs to consumers, who are already spending less than expected. Analysts at Huachuang Securities Co. said in a May 9 report that prices of consumer goods, like home appliances and furniture, as well as electric vehicles and food, are rising. Still, there’s little evidence of demand-driven pressures, with core inflation, which strips out volatile food and energy costs, fairly subdued.The threat of inflation -- coupled with a fragile economy -- tends to be bad news for stocks because of how it erodes corporate profits, and for bonds it reduces the value of future cash flows. Accelerating prices walloped China’s bond market in 2019, and contributed to a steep selloff in stocks in early 2016.In a sign of how seriously that threat is being taken, China’s cabinet said Wednesday more effort needs to be taken to tackle rising commodity prices. A PBOC official said China should allow the yuan to appreciate to offset the impact of rising import prices, according to an article published Friday. The currency is trading near an almost three-year high against the dollar.Imported inflation is a headache for China’s leaders already dealing with risks caused by a surge in capital inflows. In recent years Beijing opened investment channels to allow more funds into its financial system. The goal was to use foreign institutions’ heft to anchor its markets and stabilize its currency, but the record liquidity unleashed by global central banks in the wake of the pandemic is now pressuring prices in China.That’s prompted some strong language from senior officials. Top securities regulator Yi Huiman said in March large flows of “hot money” into China must be strictly controlled. The same month, banking regulator Guo Shuqing said he was “very worried” that asset bubbles in overseas markets would burst soon, posing a risk to the global economy.Deciding whether recent spikes in prices are temporary or a permanent shift toward sustained inflation is something Chinese policy makers have to grapple with. For now, Beijing’s current approach of jawboning, boosting supply and penalizing speculation appears to be targeted at the former.“It’s still too early to tell if China can contain the surge in producer prices, and if it can’t, whether that will have large-scale impact on consumer prices,” said Raymond Yeung, chief economist for Greater China at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. “This inflation is largely imported -- it’s not something that can be solved by the PBOC.”More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

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So that is, I think, the exuberance.”Market speculation has led to heavy volatility of late, including wild girations and drops in Bitcoin from an all-time high above $60,000 in April. More traditional assets are struggling too, with rates on haven German bonds, for example, climbing around 50 basis points this year, closing in on breaking into positive territory for the first time in more than two years.Kettner’s mention of “exuberance” followed the European Central Bank’s use of similar words on Wednesday, echoing former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan’s 1996 observation of “irrational exuberance” before the dotcom bubble.The euro-zone institution observed the threat of economic spillovers from, for example, a U.S. equity-market correction. Bank of Canada officials voiced similar concerns a day later, and highlighted the housing market as expectations of continuing price increases fuel purchases.Three weeks earlier, a Fed policy meeting veered into a debate on stability, where participants observed “elevated” risk appetite and discussed dangers posed by hedge fund activity. In a subsequent report, they warned of “vulnerabilities” and “stretched valuations,” exacerbated by high corporate debt.Meanwhile Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey recently wondered aloud if speculation in stocks and Bitcoin might themselves be a “warning sign.” And a Norwegian official said that cryptocurrency volatility could threaten lenders if their exposures keep rising.Central banks have had nagging concerns for a while. Already in January, ECB markets chief Isabel Schnabel told colleagues that stocks could become vulnerable to “more broad-based repricing.”In China, with a recovery cycle more advanced than the U.S.’s, the top banking regulator revealed in March that he was “very worried” about bubbles, specifying “very dangerous” real-estate investing.That might be partly what UBS AG Chief Executive Officer Ralph Hamers had in mind in late April with his own alarming view. Noting “bubbles in some asset classes,” including real estate, he told Bloomberg Television that “we are getting close to the peak of things.”Some senior central bankers are trying to be sanguine despite flashing warning lights. After the Fed decision in April, Powell insisted that “the overall financial stability picture is mixed but on balance, it’s manageable.”ECB Vice President Luis De Guindos -- whose job includes preparing his institution’s threat assessment -- dialed down from its worried tone last week by saying economic risks are “much more balanced than in the past.”The difficulty for central banks is in managing the consequences for asset prices of their monetary policies, a challenge that has bedeviled them since the 2008 calamity. Periodically, that makes institutions such as the Fed the target of criticism.“Central banks are desperately wanting to make sure, be certain,” said James Athey, investment director at Aberdeen Asset Management Plc. “It also means they keep policy way too easy for way too long.”The alternative officials face is to dare to wind down stimulus, taking on the risk of choking an economic recovery with a corresponding cost to livelihoods.Iceland took that plunge last week, delivering the first policy tightening in Western Europe with an interest-rate increase to contain inflation and a rampant housing market.The larger euro area, whose constituent regions vary from some of the world’s most prosperous to examples of perennial malaise, can’t be so nimble. That’s why the ECB recommends “more targeted” fiscal support for companies while avoiding stimulus withdrawal.Similarly, the Fed cited use of macroprudential tools as important to allow monetary policy to take its course. JPMorgan economists wrote this month that they anticipate Australia’s banking regulator will “formalize” debt and loan-to-income restrictions soon.However central banks and financial regulators respond to ebullience, they know the stakes are as high as ever, with the need to cement a rebound from a severe crisis in a world which will struggle to tolerate another one.At least officials can take comfort in recognizing a more familiar pre-pandemic environment: The last time their worries about risk were so synchronized was in November 2019, just weeks before the coronavirus began to cripple the global economy.More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

Away From the Big Crypto Blaze, Another Market Tension Eases

(Bloomberg) -- A bear market in Bitcoin. A bull market in Bitcoin. Taper talk, or talk thereof. The biggest pop for meme stocks of the season. A lot just happened, and yet when the history of this week is written, it’s possible a much quieter development will be the lead.After intensifying earlier this month, inflation anxiety appears to be easing. Rates on 10-year breakevens dropped by the most on a weekly basis since September, capping any rise in Treasury yields. Meanwhile, a surge in raw materials continued to sputter, with the Bloomberg Commodity Spot Index sinking for a second straight week.That was enough to comfort investors in big tech. The Nasdaq 100 posted its first weekly gain in over a month, after being rattled by warnings that soaring prices would eat into future cash flows and shine a harsh light on expensive valuations. And while minutes from the Federal Reserve’s April meeting signaled an openness to discussing a scaling back of asset purchases, comments that it would “likely be some time” until the economy recovers to that point helped prevent any knee-jerk reactions.“Inflation is really only a problem for stocks if it’s going to bring the Fed off the sidelines,” said Brian Nick, chief investment strategist at Nuveen. “If you see interest rates falling, if you see inflation expectations receding, if you see the Fed continuing to come out with overall dovish minutes, it tends to be a pretty friendly environment for tech.”Whether or not the U.S. economy has seen peak growth, a series of weaker-than-expected reports have helped quell inflation fears. Last month’s housing starts were lower than anticipated, while the pace of mortgage applications slowed from the prior month. On Thursday, data from the Philadelphia Fed showed manufacturing activity in the region eased in May from a 48-year high the prior month.As a result, Citigroup Inc.’s economic surprise gauge -- which measures the magnitude to which reports either beat or miss forecasts -- briefly dropped into negative territory for the first time since June 2020 this week.The Nasdaq 100 held onto a 0.1% gain this week as inflation expectations ebbed, snapping a four-week losing streak. Tech eked out a gain as cryptocurrencies ricocheted, with Bitcoin dropping 12% on Friday alone after China reiterated its intent to to crack down on mining.Still, some warn that it’s too early to signal the all-clear on inflation risks. Anxiety around price pressures in the coming months should be a boon for defensive sectors and particularly favor financials, while eating into growth stocks with duration-sensitive cash flows, according to State Street Global Advisors.“Because there’s so much disagreement on how inflation may unfold, that disagreement in the market will inevitably lead to volatility,” said Olivia Engel, chief investment officer of SSGA’s active quantitative equity team. “If you look at the aggregate market, it’s hiding some of that market rotation -- that’s where you can see much bigger moves.”(Updates Bitcoin price in seventh paragraph.)More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

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Dunkin’ and Harpoon Launch Donut-Infused Beers for Fall

Harpoon Brewery and Dunkin’ are at it again, launching a series of new coffee and—for the first time—donut-infused beers for fall. A trio of new beers, Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spiced Latte Ale, Boston Kreme Stout, and Jelly Donut IPA, join Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter on shelves this September and mark the first time beers have been brewed with actual donuts from Dunkin’.

After the extremely positive reaction the Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter received from fans for two consecutive seasons, the brewers at Harpoon took it a step further to see what would happen if they brewed a beer made with Dunkin’s famous donuts, creating a new lineup that celebrates classic fall coffee and donut flavors:

Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin | Inspired by everyone’s favorite fall pumpkin latte, this “Spiced Latte Ale” is brewed with real pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and a splash of coffee. Light in color and easy-drinking, it’s a perfect blend of all the autumn flavors we love, with just a touch of espresso-like roast! ABV: 5.2%

Harpoon Dunkin’ Boston Kreme | This “Boston Kreme Stout” is brewed with real Dunkin’ donuts and cacao nibs, which add extra dough-like and chocolatey notes to an easy-drinking, creamy Dry Irish Stout. ABV: 4.3%

Harpoon Dunkin’ Jelly Donut | Brewed with real Dunkin’ donuts and raspberry purée, this slightly hazy IPA has bright notes of jelly and citrus from the addition of fruit-forward Hüll Melon and Citra hops. ABV: 5.7%

Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter | Harpoon’s first ever tribute to the Dunkin’ coffee that has helped keep Harpoon brewers running, this classic American Porter combines malty notes of chocolate, caramel, and toffee with the comforting and familiar flavor of Dunkin’ Original Blend coffee. ABV: 6.0%

“We’re excited to elevate our collaboration with Harpoon this fall with the introduction of Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin beer and the first ever Harpoon beer made with real Dunkin’ donuts,” says Brian Gilbert, Vice President of Retail Business Development at Dunkin’. “We have no doubt the new donut brews, along with the rest of this new fall lineup, will bring the same moments of sweetness and smiles our coffee and donuts have created for 70 years.”

“After more than two years and three seasons of collaborating with the Dunkin’ team, our fans have come to expect a delicious fall beer from us, but we wanted to give them something extra special this year,” adds Dan Kenary, Harpoon CEO and co-founder. “Our brewers have always been master innovators, but brewing beer made with real donuts was a first even for them. It’s hard to pick a favorite of the four recipes – just like it’s hard to pick a favorite donut from Dunkin’ – but we hope both our and Dunkin’s fans have a blast trying.”

Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin will be available on draft and in bottled 6-packs as well as in the new Harpoon Dunkin’ Dozen mix pack, which features 3 cans of each seasonal beer flavor. These limited releases will be available everywhere Harpoon is sold beginning in September.


You Can Now Paint Your Home in Dunkin’s Iconic Orange and Pink Colors

In an unexpected collaboration, the hues made famous by Dunkin’ are now Backdrop paint colors.

Backdrop

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Dunkin'

Dunkin’ and Backdrop, an online paint retailer, have teamed up to create a collection of paints modeled after the famous orange and pink shades the fast-food chain is known for. The two limited-edition paints are designed for indoor use only and are now available in half gallons for $39 exclusively on Backdrop’s website.

According to a press release, the Dunkin’ and Backdrop teams worked together to ensure that each can of paint matches the brand's iconic hues. Additionally, this collaboration marks the first time Backdrop has offered half gallons of their recyclable, stainless steel cans, since the bold Dunkin’-inspired shades are perfect for an accent wall or playful shape.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on some of this brightly colored magic, you better act soon, as there are only a limited number of orange and pink paint cans available for purchase.

Dunkin' Pink (Half Gallon)

Per Jamie Kelly, the associate manager of strategic partnerships at Dunkin’, the idea to create a paint collection stemmed from the rise in home improvement projects seen over the past several months in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. “Our fans have absolutely loved the fresh new ways we've helped them show their Dunkin’ passion and pride over the years,” she said in a statement. “With home improvements on the rise this year, we’re thrilled to team up with Backdrop to give Dunkin' devotees the opportunity to really bring home their love for our brand with a fresh coat of paint for the ultimate home décor.”

What’s more? The Backdrop team hinted that there could be more Dunkin’ paint collaborations to come. “Dunkin’ is an iconic American brand and we couldn't be more thrilled to launch their first paint colors,” Backdrop co-founder Natalie Ebel explained. “The sensorial overlap between donuts and icing and sprinkles and paint, combined with Dunkin’s vibrant brand colors make for the perfect collaboration. We hope brand fans have just as much fun bringing these colors to life in their homes as we did creating them.”


Dunkin' Sprints Into the Future

It seemed like an April Fools’ joke. Only it wasn’t—just a headline-grabbing jolt of marketing genius.

In the lead-up to April’s Boston Marathon, one of the globe’s most treasured sporting events, Dunkin’ Donuts teamed with running footwear and apparel company Saucony to release a limited-edition Dunkin’ Donuts–branded running shoe.

Featuring Dunkin’s characteristic orange and pink hues, the Saucony x Dunkin’ Kinvara 9 included the vibrant image of a strawberry-frosted doughnut with orange, magenta, and chocolate-colored sprinkles pictures of Dunkin’ beverages on the insoles and the quick-service concept’s “America runs on Dunkin’” tagline printed vertically down the heel.

A viral hit, the shoe quickly sold out while generating abundant attention on social media, running forums, and tastemaker blogs and publications.

While a collaboration between a running shoe brand and a doughnut-peddling conglomerate wouldn’t seem the most natural of partnerships, Dunkin’ Donuts knows plenty about forward momentum.

Last year, the company added 280 units to its system, raising its total store count to 12,538 and propelling system-wide sales to nearly $9.2 billion. Those rising gains compel Dunkin’ Donuts chief marketing officer Tony Weisman to use but one word when describing the state of the Dunkin’ Donuts enterprise: “Energetic.”

“There’s never been a better time to be part of the Dunkin’ Donuts brand, and we’re excited about our brand’s future,” Weisman says.

There’s certainly reason for optimism and enthusiasm to reign at Dunkin’s corporate office on the outskirts of Boston. Though admittedly facing challenges in a hyper-competitive environment, Dunkin’ has positioned itself well for the years ahead with a slew of innovative products, accelerating digital initiatives, and a dynamic new restaurant prototype designed around convenience and marketplace relevance.

“Dunkin’ has a lot in its pipeline that sets the stage for improvement on the same-store sales and traffic fronts,” says Morningstar senior restaurant analyst R.J. Hottovy.

Today’s Dunkin’ Donuts menu reflects its rejuvenated, uber-focused mindset on the contemporary consumer and system-wide success. Over the last year, Dunkin’ has worked to simplify its menu, ridding stores of slow-moving, complex, and off-strategy items and slimming its menu by about 10 percent.

“As they were searching for answers to drive growth [in past years], they expanded their menu out and made it more difficult than it needed to be,” BMO Capital Markets analyst Andrew Strelzik says of Dunkin’.

Though Dunkin’ executives cited the menu simplification efforts as the reason for a recent slide in transactions and sales, it was largely considered short-term pain for long-term gain. Now active in all of its U.S. restaurants, Dunkin’s simplified menu has spurred labor savings and allowed staff added opportunity to focus on the guest experience.

“We’re pleased with the results to date,” Weisman says. “In addition to faster, more accurate service and a more consistent consumer experience from store to store, menu simplification allows us to make room for future menu innovations.”

And innovate Dunkin’ will. In recent months, the chain has unveiled clever LTOs ranging from last May’s Royal Love Donut celebrating the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Girl Scout Cookie–flavored beverages, as well as new espresso products and extensions to its premium tea and frozen beverage lineup.

Dunkin's $2 Run Snacking menu was created to pair with the chain's signature beverages.

Dunkin's DD Perks rewards program was owered by more than 2 million new enrollees in 2017.

Dunkin’ also tested a $2 snacking menu at select Boston-area stores before launching it nationwide in late July. The options include an eccentric mix of sweet and savory items, such as doughnut fries, Munchkin dippers, gluten-free brownies, and pretzel bites all designed to pair with Dunkin’s signature beverages for an afternoon snack.

“In the snacking category, it’s clear they’re trying to hit on consumer trends and build resonance with a younger customer base,” Strelzik says.

The $2 snack menu test further signified Dunkin’s march toward value plays as well. Earlier this year, the company launched its national value menu built around the $2, $3, and $5 price points. Called Dunkin’ Go2s, the menu includes some of the chain’s most popular breakfast sandwiches, such as a $2 Two Egg & Cheese Wake-up Wrap Sandwich or a pair of Bacon, Egg & Cheese Croissants for $5.

Driven by the success of its breakfast sandwiches, Dunkin’s morning business—its bread and butter for nearly 70 years and representing about 60 percent of the systemwide sales—has surged in recent quarters, strengthening the brand’s presence in a daypart filled with powerhouse players like McDonald’s and Starbucks.

“Dunkin’s a legacy player ripe for encroachment, yet they’re hitting on trends and reinvigorating the brand while leveraging brand equity against core usage occasions to compete effectively,” Strelzik says.

Meanwhile, Dunkin’ continues heeding consumers’ calls for cleaner ingredients, removing artificial dyes from its doughnuts and beginning to eliminate synthetic dyes from its entire food and beverage lineup. The company has also launched a test of a digital catering platform in several key markets, investigated third-party delivery options, and committed itself to growing its consumer packaged goods (cpg) business in an effort to bolster revenue and branding. In the past three years, in fact, Dunkin’s CPG business, which includes ready-to-drink Iced Coffee and Dunkin’ K-Cup pods, has more than doubled, from $400 million in retail sales to $900 million.

That’s all part of the energy Weisman speaks so enthusiastically about.

“Dunkin’ Donuts is a brand that’s always on the move … [and] we’re pleased with the results of many different initiatives we have in motion,” he says.

But company leaders recognize they’re in the early miles of a trying endurance run that will test their resolve.

Setting the stage for future gains

Recognizing that success in the competitive quick-service environment requires steady performance in the present as well as an eye on the future, Dunkin’ executives have continued to explore ways in which they might build on the brand’s well-established heritage while delivering modern and relevant experiences capable of fueling sustainable, long-term growth.

Central to that effort is Dunkin’s DD Perks rewards program. Powered by more than 2 million new enrollees in 2017, the loyalty program is pushing toward 9 million members.

“We see DD Perks as an important part of our brand strategy, especially as we look for ways to further reward our loyal guests and offer them more relevant promotions tailored just for them, as well as in-store conveniences with our On-the-Go Mobile Ordering,” Weisman says.

Indeed, Dunkin’s DD Perks program is uniquely tied to its mobile-ordering platform, which strives to make the brand even more convenient and accessible for guests. With On-the-Go Mobile Ordering, guests can place their order ahead of time and then speed past the line to pick up their order at the store.

“Our On-the-Go Mobile Ordering has a roughly 80 percent retrial rate, showing that the program is clearly resonating with our guests and bringing them value,” Weisman says, adding that Dunkin’ will continue exploring ways to make DD Perks more flexible and attractive to guests.

Hottovy calls the continued success of DD Perks and mobile important to Dunkin’s vitality in the years ahead.

“They’re making headway on the mobile front, and that’s one of the great ways to keep consistent traffic,” Hottovy says.

But with plans of opening as many as 1,000 new stores over the next two years and soon reaching as many as 18,000 U.S. units, it will take even more for Dunkin’ to cement its spot among the quick-service elite.

Enter Dunkin’s NextGen store, the first of which opened in Quincy, Massachusetts, in January. (In one particularly notable turn, the store’s exterior drops the “Donuts” and simply reads “Dunkin’” in a nod to the store’s more diverse, albeit recently slimmed-down menu.)

Located about one mile away from the original Dunkin’ Donuts unit, the 2,200-square-foot store features a drive-thru line exclusively dedicated to mobile orders, a brighter interior design characterized by an open layout and natural light, espresso machines, a digital order status board, an expanded grab-and-go unit, and a tap system serving eight signature cold beverages, including coffee, iced tea, cold brew, and nitro-infused cold brew. Company leaders are betting that the NextGen store will refresh the brand and drive same-store sales growth for years to come.

“The launch of our NextGen store design and restaurant experience marks one of the most important moments in our growth as an on-the-go, beverage-led brand,” Weisman says. “Our new store design emphasizes and enhances the unparalleled speed and convenience that distinguishes Dunkin’ from competitors.”

Dunkin’ plans on developing roughly 50 NextGen stores across the U.S. over the course of 2018. In the meantime, though, various Dunkin’ franchisees have deferred restaurant remodels in the short-term in order to convert their restaurants to the new design.

“[That] is a great indicator that when we move forward together, we will be able to do so in a meaningful way,” Weisman says of the company’s relationship with its franchise partners.

Paired with nontraditional store growth, a particularly successful play that has seen Dunkin’ unveil units in casinos, travel centers, colleges, hospitals, and stadiums, Weisman says he and his colleagues see “significant opportunity” to grow the Dunkin’ Donuts brand across the U.S. In particular, the brand sees sizable potential in markets across the West like California, where Dunkin’, once a foreigner, now boasts more than 70 locations.

“Ultimately, our goal is to give consumers broad access to our brand, especially as they’re on the go in their day-to-day lives,” Weisman says.

After finding some early momentum with its simplified menu, DD Perks, mobile ordering, the NextGen store, and the like, Strelzik says it’s now imperative that Dunkin’ consistently reinforces some of these viable elements to compete in the long run.


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Harpoon Brewery and Dunkin’ Launch New Coffee and Donut-Infused Beers for Fall

BOSTON and CANTON, Mass. – Harpoon Brewery and Dunkin’ are at it again, launching a series of new coffee and—for the first time—donut-infused beers for fall. A trio of new beers, Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spiced Latte Ale, Boston Kreme Stout, and Jelly Donut IPA, join Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter on shelves this September and mark the first time beers have been brewed with actual donuts from Dunkin’.

After the extremely positive reaction the Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter received from fans for two consecutive seasons, the brewers at Harpoon took it a step further to see what would happen if they brewed a beer made with Dunkin’s famous donuts, creating a new lineup that celebrates classic fall coffee and donut flavors:

  • Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin | Inspired by everyone’s favorite fall pumpkin latte, this “Spiced Latte Ale” is brewed with real pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and a splash of coffee. Light in color and easy-drinking, it’s a perfect blend of all the autumn flavors we love, with just a touch of espresso-like roast! ABV: 5.2%
  • Harpoon Dunkin’ Boston Kreme | This “Boston Kreme Stout” is brewed with real Dunkin’ donuts and cacao nibs, which add extra dough-like and chocolatey notes to an easy-drinking, creamy Dry Irish Stout. ABV: 4.3%
  • Harpoon Dunkin’ Jelly Donut | Brewed with real Dunkin’ donuts and raspberry purée, this slightly hazy IPA has bright notes of jelly and citrus from the addition of fruit-forward Hüll Melon and Citra hops. ABV: 5.7%
  • Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter | Harpoon’s first ever tribute to the Dunkin’ coffee that has helped keep Harpoon brewers running, this classic American Porter combines malty notes of chocolate, caramel, and toffee with the comforting and familiar flavor of Dunkin’ Original Blend coffee. ABV: 6.0%

“We’re excited to elevate our collaboration with Harpoon this fall with the introduction ofHarpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin beer and the first ever Harpoon beer made with real Dunkin’ donuts,” said Brian Gilbert, Vice President of Retail Business Development at Dunkin’. “We have no doubt the new donut brews, along with the rest of this new fall lineup, will bring the same moments of sweetness and smiles our coffee and donuts have created for 70 years.”

“After more than two years and three seasons of collaborating with the Dunkin’ team, our fans have come to expect a delicious fall beer from us, but we wanted to give them something extra special this year,” said Dan Kenary, Harpoon CEO and co-founder. “Our brewers have always been master innovators, but brewing beer made with real donuts was a first even for them. It’s hard to pick a favorite of the four recipes – just like it’s hard to pick a favorite donut from Dunkin’ – but we hope both our and Dunkin’s fans have a blast trying.”

Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin will be available on draft and in bottled 6-packs as well as in the new Harpoon Dunkin’ Dozen mix pack, which features 3 cans of each seasonal beer flavor. These limited releases will be available everywhere Harpoon is sold beginning in September.

To find them all near you, check out the Harpoon beer finder:https://www.harpoonbrewery.com/beer-finder/.

About the Harpoon Brewery

The Harpoon Brewery was founded in 1986 by beer lovers who wanted more and better beer options. When the Brewery was founded, Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first to brew commercially in Boston after a dormant period of about 25 years. Since then, it has expanded to a second brewery in Windsor, VT. Harpoon’s line of craft beer features its award-winning IPA and seasonal beers, along with special limited releases. In 2014, Harpoon became an employee-owned company.


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