Could Krispy Kreme’s Owner Buy Dunkin’ Donuts?

CANTON (CBS) — The idea of Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts playing for the same team might be unfathomable to some, but it could be a possibility.

Bloomberg columnist Gillian Tan, who covers deals and private equity, writes that a Dunkin’ purchase from Krispy Kreme owner JAB Holding Co. is not out of the question. She says speculation about a possible sale sent Dunkin’ stock up 8 percent on Monday.

JAB has spent $23 billion acquiring Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread and Keurig Green Mountain in the past two years, Tan notes.

Taking on Dunkin’ ”would give JAB a significantly bigger platform to compete against the industry’s incumbent leader Starbucks Corp,” Tan writes.

dunkin krispy kreme Could Krispy Kremes Owner Buy Dunkin Donuts?

(Photos by Joe Raedle and Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Dunkin’s CEO recently said the Canton-based chain would be focusing more on offering deals to customers as in-store traffic is down overall.

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