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Dunkin Takes Its Time With Gluten-free Donuts

Update: Dunkin' Donuts has released the following statement to Gluten-Free Living:
"In 2013, we tested a gluten-free Cinnamon Sugar Donut and Blueberry Muffin in select markets. We are currently assessing the results of this test, as well as feedback from our guests and franchisees, and we do not have plans to launch these products nationally at this time. We are continuing to develop additional gluten-free products for future tests, and we remain committed to exploring ways to offer our guests gluten-free choices."

Celiac.com 01/30/2014 - Why is Dunkin' Donuts taking so long to debut gluten-free versions of its famous treats? First came the whispers of test marketing and then the official announcement, but then…?

Photo: Wikimedia Commons--TianliuFor more than a year, donut lovers who avoid dietary gluten due to celiac disease or other conditions have been eagerly awaiting the chance to sink their teeth into a gluten-free donut from Dunkin'.

For its part, the company seems intent on getting gluten-free right. They have spent a great deal of time, and I assume money, creating a reliable, safe gluten-free production and distribution chain.

From source materials to dedicated gluten-free production facility to special production methods, to comprehensive training and service, Dunkin' looks to be taking its gluten-free donut rollout with the utmost seriousness.

For a more detailed account of Dunkin's much anticipated gluten-free donut rollout, Venessa Wong has an excellent article in Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Bill
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30 Jan 2014 8:20:29 AM PST
Dunkin' Donuts announced weeks ago they will not be proceeding with the roll-out. Try keeping up with the news.

 
Jefferson
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04 Feb 2014 2:36:11 PM PST
Thank you for this. Though the article was completed before Dunkin's announcement, the announcement did come before we got the article live. Apologies for that. We'll correct the story to reflect the latest development from Dunkin' Donuts.

For those unfamiliar, Dunkin' released the following statement to Gluten-Free Living, confirming the news:

"In 2013, we tested a gluten-free Cinnamon Sugar Donut and Blueberry Muffin in select markets. We are currently assessing the results of this test, as well as feedback from our guests and franchisees, and we do not have plans to launch these products nationally at this time. We are continuing to develop additional gluten-free products for future tests, and we remain committed to exploring ways to offer our guests gluten-free choices."

 
Patti

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03 Feb 2014 11:50:45 AM PST
Anyone in the northeast suburbs of Philly who wants a GF donut should try the Happy Mixer an new GF Bakery in Chalfont, PA on County Line Rd. My son is a very picky GF eater and he LOVES their donuts, he says their cookies & cupcakes are very good too, but the donuts are especially fantastic.

 
Sybil Nassau
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03 Feb 2014 12:38:00 PM PST
A little more research would have quickly disclosed in fact that DD did, in fact, come out with both a donut and a "blueberry" muffin which were both so bad as to be inedible. Test areas near Miami, Brookline MA, and Connecticut were so excited to see the roll out and then came the test. We tasted. We spit them out, We did not buy any more. The muffin was dry, crumbly and awful. The donut small, too sweet and again, dry and cumbly. The good part was the individual wrapping allowing these to be kept frozen and ready for eating-- I think heating them for a few seconds might have been helpful. But I have to say these were one of the worst tasting gf items I have ever tried. The price point was way too high as well. I would rather do without, so I hope they are coming up with a much better product!

 
Scott Vitulli
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08 May 2014 12:11:53 PM PST
Try Katz Gluten Free donuts they are really good.




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