Friday, March 10, 2017

Dunkin', Baskin-Robbins dropping artificial colorings -- slowly

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has announced plans to remove artificial colors from its products in the U.S. -- but not until the end of next year, and even then with some exceptions.

The two brands' product development teams, in partnership with suppliers, have been working to eliminate synthetic colors from their food and beverages and replace the ingredients with naturally sourced colorings in the U.S. by the end of 2018.

Within that period, the company said, Dunkin’ Donuts will remove synthetic colors across its menu, including donut icings, fillings and toppings, as well as frozen beverages, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and coffee flavorings.

Similarly, Baskin-Robbins will remove synthetic colors from its menu, including ice cream sold both at its restaurants and in quarts and pints at retail locations, as well as its syrups, sauces, sprinkles and beverages.

The exceptions on both brands’ menus, says the company, include certain supplier-branded ingredients produced by other companies and used as toppings, ice cream inclusions or decorative elements. And, Baskin-Robbins will take a longer period of time to find replacements for the decorative elements on its ice cream cakes.

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