Dunkin’ Donuts Is Changing Its Name, And We Are Shook!

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By Cooking Panda

Cher. Adele. Wilson.

And now, Dunkin’.

That’s right, folks: After expanding to the West Coast, the giant donut chain is changing things up and becoming a legend by removing half of their name, at least at one location.

A shop that the company is opening later in August in Pasadena, California, will simply be known as Dunkin’, because, hey, why not?

“We collaborated with the franchisee to come up with the location’s signage, which is unique to the Pasadena restaurant and reflects our franchisee’s desire to reinforce Dunkin’s beverage-led focus,” the company said in a statement to The Pasadena Star News.

Is this part of a nationwide trend? It is unclear.

“The signage at our Pasadena restaurant is unique to this specific location,” said Coby Sonenshine, the spokesperson for parent company Prell Restaurant Group.

But the plot thickens. Several more Dunkin’ stores will be opening soon, and Dunkin’ Brands, the owner of Dunkin’ Donuts, said that they are looking to emphasize in their marketing that they are a “beverage-led brand and coffee leader,” according to CNN Money.

Their coffee drinks are indeed wildly popular, so it’s not completely absurd for them to want to focus on that side of things, is it?

“This test coincides with our company’s plans to develop a new restaurant image,” Dunkin’ Brands said in a statement regarding getting rid of the “Donuts” part of their label. “We do not anticipate making decisions regarding our branding until the latter half of 2018 when we begin rolling out our new store image.”

The company’s stock is at an all-time high, and they have plans to open between 380 and 450 additional locations in 2017, so they are doing pretty well for themselves.

Plus, if they decide to go with this change, they can keep “America Runs on Dunkin'” as their motto.

Sources: The Pasadena Star News, CNN Money / Featured Image: Krista/Flickr

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Hot Dogs Are Getting Renamed In Malaysia

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By Cooking Panda

Hot dogs may be an iconic food in American culture, but not every country is satisfied with the meal — at least, not its name, anyway.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. company Auntie Anne’s, a fast food chain that sells a popular snack in Malasia called the Pretzel Dog, has been informed by the Islamic authorities that due to the confusing nature of the Pretzel Dog’s name — it doesn’t actually contain dog meat — the item has to be officially renamed.

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department isn’t leaving the fast food chain high and dry though; it has helpfully suggested that they replace the word “dog” with the less confusing word “sausage,” in order to clearly transmit what the frankfurter wrapped in a pretzel actually is.

“It is more appropriate to use the name Pretzel Sausage,” Sirajuddin Suhaimee, the department halal director, said to local media.

Dogs are billed as unclean in Islam, and therefore not eligible to obtain halal certification; sausages, however, pass Islamic dietary laws.

Auntie Anne’s is taking the request in stride, with Farhatul Kamilah, its halal executive, stating that not only will the chain comply with the new rules, it has already proposed several new names and is currently in the process of waiting for the Islamic department’s ultimate approval. Another American representative of the U.S. chain agreed that changing the Pretzel Dog’s name was a minor issue that didn’t pose any issues.

Per the BBC, however, the Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz doesn’t agree with the ruling, despite the chain’s acquiescence.

“Hot dog is hot dog lah. Even in Malay it’s called hot dog — it’s been around for so many years. I’m a Muslim and I’m not offended,” Aziz told reporters.

“It comes from the English language. Please do not make us seem stupid and backward.”

So what do YOU think? 

Sources: Big Story, BBC / Photo credit: Eat 24

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