OFD Foods, LLC. recalls beef product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — OFD Foods, LLC., an Albany, Ore. establishment, is recalling approximately 197 pounds of beef product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced toda)y (June 13, 2017).

The beef hash item was produced on Dec. 22, 2016. The following product is subject to recall: 

  • 3.88-oz. pouch of “MOUNTAIN HOUSE FREEZE DRIED SPICY SOUTHWEST BREAKFAST HASH,” with pouch code 3253174 and best by date of Dec. 2046.

The product subject to recall bears establishment number “EST. 1394” inside the USDA mark of inspection. This item was shipped to retail locations nationwide and sold directly to consumers through internet sales.

The problem was discovered when a firm employee reported finding pieces of rubber in the product on June 12, 2017.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to consume it. This product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact OFD’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-547-0244. Media with questions about the recall can contact Becky Boyer, Assistant to the President, at (541) 967-6525.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Gabrielle N. Johnston
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

USDA FSIS: PT Farm, LLC, recalls raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT Farm, LLC, a North Haverhill, N.H. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,800 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The raw, intact and non-intact beef product items (ground beef, ground beef patties and other sub-primal cuts) were produced between June 6 and June 16, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • Various weights and various sizes of raw intact and raw non-intact “Chestnut Farms” beef products packed in cardboard boxes.
  • Various weights and various sizes of raw intact and raw non-intact “PT Farm” beef products packed in cardboard boxes.
  • Various weights and various sizes of raw intact and raw non-intact “Miles Smith Farm” beef products packed in cardboard boxes.
  • Various weights and various sizes of raw intact and raw non-intact “Robie Farm” beef products packed in cardboard boxes.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “M8868” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations and for institutional use in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

FSIS was notified of an E. coli O157:H7 illness cluster on July 20, 2016. Working in conjunction with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, FSIS determined that there is a link between the beef products from PT Farm and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiological investigation, 14 case-patients have been identified with illness onset dates ranging from June 15 to July 10, 2016. Traceback for 8 case-patients for whom data was available led back to a single day of production at PT Farm. This investigation is ongoing. FSIS continues to work with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume beef products that have been cooked to a temperature of 145° F for roasts with a three minute rest time and 160° F for ground meat. The only way to confirm that beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ.

Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Peter L. Roy, company owner, at (603) 787-9199.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

PREPARING PRODUCT FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
www.fsis.usda.gov

Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that meat has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria.

The only way to be sure the meat or poultry is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

  • Fish: 145°F
  • Beef, pork, lamb chops/steaks/roasts: 145°F with a three minute rest time
  • Ground meat: 160°F
  • Poultry: 165°F
  • Hot dogs: 160°F or steaming hot

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90º F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Richard J. McIntire
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

USDA FSIS: GHSE, LLC recalls salad products containing chicken due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — GHSE, LLC, a Green Cove Springs, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,682 pounds of salad products containing chicken due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains wheat, a known allergen not declared on the product label.

The ready-to-eat salads with chili-seasoned chicken items were produced on various dates between May 11, 2016 and June 29, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 11-oz. plastic clam shell containers with “TRADER JOSE’S MEXICALI INSPIRED SALAD WITH CHILI SEASONED CHICKEN” with “BEST BY” dates 05/18/16 – 07/03/16.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-45781” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Southern Virginia.

The problem was discovered by a plant quality assurance technician during a routine check of ingredients. The salads have the correct label on the top of the package, but exhibit an incorrect back label that does not include soy sauce as an ingredient; the source of the wheat. As a result, wheat is not sub-listed in the ingredients statement or in the “Contains” allergen declaration.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall can call GHSE LLC at (888) 449-9386. Media with questions about the recall can contact Greg Miklovic, GHSE LLC/Quality & Food Safety Director, at (916) 205-8474.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: s-serif”> http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Maria Machuca
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

Giant Food, LLC announces the 2016 recipients of the Izzy Cohen Memorial Scholarship and the Esther Peterson Memorial Grant

Scholarships recognize family, financial need, school and community service

Landover, Md., 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food, LLC today announced the 2016 recipients of the Izzy Cohen Memorial Scholarship and the Esther Peterson Memorial Grant. The winners are from a variety of high schools in the Greater Washington, D.C. region and were selected based on academic merit, association with Giant Food, school and community service and financial need. The scholarships will be used in part to support post-secondary education.

“Giant Food’s educational assistance programs have been making a difference in the lives of associates and their families for more than 20 years,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “The Izzy Cohen Memorial Scholarship and the Ester Peterson Memorial Grant represent Giant’s commitment to advancing the education of children in our communities and we are delighted to provide these scholarships to students throughout our community who represent the future of our region”Izzy Cohen was one of the original founders of Giant Food, Inc. and he had a strong belief in the power of training and education. Applications for this scholarship are available each year in the spring with awards announced prior to summer break. Ten winners are selected each year. Awards are valued at $4,000 andare renewable for up to four years.Esther Peterson was one of the most admired women in Giant Food‘s history. She pioneered the use of nutritional and unit price labeling in Giant stores well before any other major food chains. Before joining Giant, she served as the nation’s first presidentially-appointed consumer affairs advocate. This grant is awarded in conjunction with the Izzy Cohen Scholarships and provides 10 additional, non-renewable awards of $1,000 each.

Recipients of this year’s scholarships include:

  • Esther Peterson Memorial Grant
    • Hayfield High School, Alexandria, VA
    • Damascus High School, Damascus, MD
    • Huntingtown High School, Huntingtown, MD
    • Liberty High School, Eldersburg, MD
    • Mercey High School, Baltimore, MD
    • Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes DE
    • Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts, Dundalk, MD
    • Archbishop Curley High School, Baltimore, MD
  • Izzy Cohen Memorial Scholarship
    • James Madison High School, Vienna, VA
    • Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt, MD
    • Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore, MD
    • Towson High School, Towson, MD
    • Howard High School, Ellicott City, MD
    • North Point High School for Science, Technology and Industry, Waldorf, MD

For more information on Giant’s community initiatives, visit https://giantfood.com/live-well/community/giving-back/.

About Giant Food, LLC
Giant Food, LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 160 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc.

For more information on Giant visit www.giantfood.com.

 

Source: Giant Food

Lobster Roll returns to McDonald’s restaurants throughout New England and the Albany, New York area this summer

OAK BROOK, IL, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lobster lovers rejoice! Beginning June 20, more than 600 McDonald’s restaurants throughout New England and the Albany, New York area will add the Lobster Roll to their summer menus. A local favorite, the Lobster Roll is freshly prepared and made with 100 percent North Atlantic lobster meat lightly tossed with mayonnaise in a stainless steel bowl, layered on crisp leaf and shredded lettuce and served chilled on a home-style toasted roll.

An instant sensation, the Lobster Roll returned to McDonald’s menu last summer for the first time in a decade, creating buzz among media and consumers alike. Fans in New England and beyond rushed to restaurants to get a taste of the summer staple, which garnered rave reviews for its quality and value.

“The return of the Lobster Roll is exciting for McDonald’s because it was such a hit with our customers last summer,” said Suzanne Pingeton, McDonald’s Marketing Director for the Boston Region. “We aim to deliver diverse, quality menu items that resonate with the customers in our community, and we’re proud to offer this regional favorite at such a great value.”

“It’s exciting to see a high demand for regional flavors at McDonald’s,” said Chef Michael Haracz, Manager of Culinary Innovation at McDonald’s USA. “Our Lobster Roll is made with quality ingredients, freshly prepared in our kitchens and exactly what our customers enjoy from McDonald’s. This sandwich is the perfect blend of ingredients to give you a great-tasting summer sandwich from McDonald’s.”

Each lobster is wild caught directly from established East Coast wharfs by multi-generational fisherman, who set sail before sunrise to pull in the catch for the day.

“The lobster we supply to McDonald’s is a hand-picked, artisan quality product, caught by seasoned veterans of the industry,” said Stephen Felsenthal of Mazzetta Company, LLC, one of McDonald’s regional lobster suppliers. “This is the same quality lobster served at white tablecloth restaurants on the East Coast.”

Priced at $8.99, the hand-prepared Lobster Roll is 290 calories and made with 100 percent North Atlantic lobster meat.

The Lobster Roll will be available through mid-August at participating McDonald’s restaurants in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut (excluding Fairfield County) and the Albany, NY area.

Media:
Becca Hary
630-623-7293
becca.hary@us.mcd.com

Jeanette DeBartolo
630-623-7584
jeanette.debartolo@us.mcd.com

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Lobster Roll returns to McDonald's restaurants throughout New England and the Albany, New York area this summer
Lobster Roll returns to McDonald’s restaurants throughout New England and the Albany, New York area this summer

 

Source: McDonald’s

USDA’S FSIS: The Grey Plume Provisions recalls 471 pounds of charcuterie meat products

WASHINGTON, 2016-May-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Grey Plume Provisions, LLC, an Omaha, Neb. establishment, is recalling approximately 471 pounds of charcuterie meat products that were produced, packaged, and distributed without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The salami, soppressata, pepperoni, and chorizo items were packaged on multiple dates between Aug. 4, 2015 and Feb. 11, 2016.

The following products are subject to recall: [

  • 1-lb. packages of “Dill Black Pepper Salami” with Batch #008 and “Best if used by” date of Nov. 11, 2016 listed on the label.
  • 1-lb. packages of “Fennel Salami” with Batch #004, Batch #005, Batch #006, and/or Batch #007 and “Best if used by” dates of June 22, 2016, Sept. 30, 2016, and/or Oct. 1, 2016 listed on the label.
  • 1-lb. packages of “Pepperoni” with Batch #005 and “Best if used by” date of May 4, 2016 listed on the label.
  • 1-lb. packages of “Herbes De Provence Salami” with Batch #005, and/or Batch #006 and “Best if used by” dates of May 10, 2016 and/or Sept. 29, 2016 listed on the label.
  • 1-lb. packages of “Soppressata” with Batch #005 and “Best if used by” date of May 4, 2016 listed on the label.
  • 1-lb. packages of “Red Wine Garlic Salami” with Batch #005, and/or Batch #006 and “Best if used by” dates of May 4, 2016 and/or Sept. 30, 2016 listed on the label.
  • 1-lb. packages of “Gin and Juice Salami” with Batch #004 and “Best if used by” date of Sept. 26, 2016 listed on the label.
  • 1-lb. packages of “Chorizo” with Batch #006 and “Best if used by” date of Sept. 29, 2016 listed on the label.
  • 1-lb. packages of “Kaffir Lime Salami” with Batch #002, Batch #004, and/or Batch #005 and “Best if used by” dates of July 26, 2016, March 26, 2016 and/or Oct. 21, 2016 listed on the label.

The products subject to recall do not bear the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped to wholesale locations in Iowa and Nebraska.

FSIS was alerted of charcuterie meat products produced without the benefit of federal inspection by the Iowa Department of Agriculture.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Provisions by The Grey Plume at (402) 934-7690.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Kristen Booze
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

Dunkin’ Donuts signed franchise agreement with the Mexican subsidiary of Sizzling Platter, LLC to begin developing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout Mexico

  • Franchise agreement with Mexican subsidiary of Sizzling Platter, LLC calls for the development
  • of More than 100 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Mexico over the coming years

CANTON, Mass., 2015-1-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, one of the world’s leading coffee and baked goods chains, today announced that it has signed a franchise agreement with the Mexican subsidiary of Sizzling Platter, LLC, a franchisee of Dunkin’ Donuts in the United States, to begin developing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout Mexico. The leaders of the franchise group have a proven track record of success in the retail and restaurant industries both in Mexico and the United States. The franchise agreement calls for the development of more than 100 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Distrito Federal, as well as the states of Hidalgo, México, Morelos, Jalisco, and Querétaro, over the coming years.

Since its founding in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts has become known around the world for its pairing of high-quality coffee and delicious donuts, as well as its range of other food and beverage options. Every year, Dunkin’ Donuts sells more than 1.8 billion cups of hot and iced coffee and more than 2.5 billion donuts and Munchkins® donut hole treats in its restaurants worldwide. In addition, there are more than 15,000 ways to order a cup of coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts given the brand’s selection of coffee blends, flavors, dairy and size options, along with dozens of different donut varieties to choose from.

“There’s a significant demand for what Dunkin’ Donuts offers, high-quality food and beverages served fast and at a great value, in Mexico,” said Paul Twohig, President, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada, and Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Europe and Latin America. “We’re very pleased to be entering Mexico with the experienced leaders at Sizzling Platter, who have a strong track record in the quick service restaurant industry. We are thrilled to have Mexico wake up with DD soon.”

Dunkin’ Donuts currently has more than 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries around the world, including nearly 8,000 restaurants in North America in Aruba, the Bahamas, Canada, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and the United States. Its largest market in the region is the United States, where Dunkin’ Donuts currently has more than 7,900 locations. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Mexico will feature the brand’s wide range of hot and iced coffees, espresso, cappuccino, lattes,teas, Coolatta® frozen drinks, bagels, muffins, croissants, donuts, and sandwiches, all served fast in friendly, convenient locations and at a great value. The brand will also offer regional menu items to cater to local tastes.

“We’re excited to bring Dunkin’ Donuts’ famous selection of coffee, baked goods and sandwiches to Mexico, along with its other delicious menu items,” said Mitch Lowe, General Counsel and Vice President of Development for Sizzling Platter. “We’re very passionate about Dunkin’ Donuts’ unique value proposition, and feel it will resonate well with guests across Mexico. We look forward to opening locations across Mexico in the coming years and making Dunkin’ Donuts a destination of choice for Mexican consumers.”

Dunkin’ Donuts is still looking to recruit qualified, multi-unit franchisee candidates to develop the brand in other markets in Mexico. Ideal franchisee candidates will have strong financial backgrounds, a deep knowledge of their local consumers, a proven track record of success in the restaurant industry, and a desire to develop multiple Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in their market in the coming years. For more information about Dunkin’ Donuts franchise opportunities, please visit www.ddglobalfranchising.com.

For more information about Dunkin’ Donuts, please visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for eight years running. The company has more than 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Justin Drake
781-737-5200
justin.drake@dunkinbrands.com

Dunkin’ Donuts to open 63 new restaurants in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Palm Springs and Bakersfield over the next several years

CANTON, MA, 2014-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with five franchise groups for a total commitment of 63 new restaurants in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Palm Springs and Bakersfield over the next several years.

The five franchise groups and their development plans include:

  • New franchise group California Donut Kings, LLC, led by existing franchisees Vipul Patel, Vishal Shah, Jamie Dejuras, Chetan Jani, and Haresh Patel, plan to develop 26 restaurants in San Francisco and the surrounding cities. This combined group currently operates more than 100 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, and their first restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area is planned to open in 2016.
  • New franchise group Chandi Group USA CVDD Inc. plans to develop eight restaurants throughout Palm Springs and Imperial County. Led by Nachhattar Chandi, the group’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2015.
  • Top Brand Donuts, LLC, plans to develop eight restaurants in Monterey and the surrounding communities. Led by existing franchisees Ray Alaigh, Surinder Singh and new franchisee Gurneer Dadwal, the group’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2016.
  • Existing franchise group CT Coffee, LLC, led by Theodore Zafiris, plans to develop 13 restaurants in the San Jose area. The group’s first California restaurant is planned to open in 2016.
  • Existing franchise group Frontier Restaurant Group, plans to develop eight restaurants in and around Bakersfield. Led by Dan Almquist and Robert Jonas, the group’s first restaurant from this agreement is planned to open in 2015.

“We’re thrilled to have agreements signed for the development of more than 250 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in California, and our continued growth throughout the state would not be possible without our passionate franchisees and loyal guests,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “With this announcement, we are excited to welcome these new and existing franchisees to the Golden State and know each will cultivate lasting customer relationships and become an integral part of the California communities they serve.”

In September, Dunkin’ Donuts celebrated the opening of its first full expression California restaurants in the cities of Santa Monica, Modesto and Downey. Additional California Dunkin’ Donuts locations are planned to open in Long Beach and Whittier before the end of 2014. The opening of these restaurants is part of a larger plan to open approximately 250 new restaurants in California over the next several years. The company plans to open more than 1,000 restaurants in total throughout the state over the long-term. Franchise opportunities still remain available in portions of California.

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment and layout to serve people all day long. Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.

Since the 1950s, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people and has offered guests delicious food, beverages and friendly service at a great value. Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Packs, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for eight years running. The company has more than 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Dunkin’ Donuts signs multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisees, GADI, LLC, to develop seven restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky

CANTON, MA,  2014-11-7— /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisees, GADI, LLC, to develop seven restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky. The group’s first two restaurants are planned to open in 2016.

Led by Manish Patel and his partners Shashin Patel, Nilam Patel, and Tarak Patel, this franchise group currently operates Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Upstate New York and will manage and oversee the daily operations for each new restaurant in Louisville.

“We are excited to expand the brand’s presence in Kentucky and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Manish Patel, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “We have a passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come.”

Currently, there are more than 15 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout Kentucky, and the company is continuing to recruit franchisees in the cities of Lexington and Pikesville. To help fuel growth in Kentucky, special development incentives are available, which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to $10,000 in local store marketing for stores that open on time.*

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

“Our secret to continued growth includes passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests every day,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are excited to welcome Manish, Shashin, Nilam and Tarak to the Kentucky market, and believe they will cultivate lasting customer relationships and become an integral part of the Louisville communities they serve.”

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment and layout to serve people all day long. Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.

Since the 1950s, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people and has offered guests delicious food, beverages and friendly service at a great value. Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Packs, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for eight years running. The company has nearly 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

*Details available in the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document

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