South African Burger King Owner Dumps Dunkin’ Donuts

South African fans of U.S.-branded hot, glazed doughnuts with a gulp of coffee are about to see one well-known choice disappear.

The company that owns Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc.’s local Dunkin’ Donuts chain has applied for voluntary liquidation of the unit. South African leisure company Grand Parade Investments Ltd., which ran the stores as a franchisee since late 2016, is also closing down its Baskin-Robbins ice cream stores, another Dunkin’ chain.

The opening of Dunkin’ Donuts in South Africa followed other U.S. chains such as Yum! Brands Inc.’s Pizza Hut and Starbucks Corp. seeking to tap consumer demand for popular U.S. fast food. Grand Parade said in 2016 that it wanted to have 290 Dunkin’ stores in South Africa in 10 years, and purchased the rights to expand the brand into six more countries in the region. It now has 11 stores, all in the Cape Town area, according to its website, and five Baskin-Robbins locations.

Grand Parade made the decision after making a push to focus on its Burger King restaurants and an unsuccessful effort to sell the two unprofitable brands, the Cape Town-based company said Friday in a statement.

Grand Parade rose 1 percent to 2.89 rand as of 1:49 p.m in Johannesburg, paring its decline this year to 7.7 percent.

For consumers who still want a morning dose of American coffee and donuts, there’s still Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., with 16 local stores spread across the Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban areas.


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The Change in IHOP’s Name Actually Led to Record Burger Sales

Remember when the internet was trolling IHOP for changing it’s name to IHOB? Well it seems that the restaurant chain’s attempt to shed some light on its burger menu has paid off.

It has just been revealed by the Chief Marketing Officer of IHOP that the viral piece of marketing generated 1.2 million Tweets the first 10 days, amounting to roughly half-a-million burgers sold each week during its peak. The marketing push was an effort to increase the number of customers, and to announce a new line of burgers. With traffic on the decline for the last 10 quarters, this was exactly what the pancake house needed to bring new customers in during lunchtime. It seems some locations were able to grow as much as 1.2 percent during third quarter of last year.

In other food news, blueberry cheese burgers are trending in Japan.

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Burger King trolls McDonald’s with menu revamp

McDonald’s bid to trademark “Big Mac” in Europe went down the drain — and Burger King came at them with a whopper of a burn in response. A European court ruled last month in favor of an Ireland-based fast-food chain called Supermac’s and revoked McDonald’s registration of the trademark for their iconic burger. In response,…
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Celebs are Flocking to New Plant-Based, Black-Owned Burger Joint, Slutty Vegan

For all you health conscious folks, founder, Pinky Cole has created, Slutty Vegan, a 100% plant-based burger joint and the delectable entrees are taking over Atlanta.


Founder, Pinky Cole (Image: The Slutty Vegan)

The “Slut Mobile” by Slutty Vegan has become one of the most sought-after food trucks in Atlanta since its inception in August. With a brick and mortar location opening in early January, Cole has a niche to create fast-casual junk food that is completely plant-based. 

The menu currently consists of:

  • Ménage à Trois – Plant-based patty loaded with vegan bacon and shrimp, topped with lettuce tomato, and special sauce.
  • Heaux Boy – Vegan shrimp tossed in a New Orleans style batter, served on a Hawaiian bun with pickles, lettuce, and drizzled with secret sauce.
  • One Night Stand – Plant-based patty, vegan bacon, American cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and special sauce on a Hawaiian bun
  • The Fussy Hussy – Plant-based patty with American cheese, shredded lettuce, onion, pickle, and vegan mayo on a Hawaiian bun
  • Sloppy Toppy – Plant-based patty with vegan cheese, jalapeños, and spicy mayo on a Hawaiian bun
  • Super Slut – Plant-based patty with guacamole, jalapeños, grilled onions, and vegan cheese on a Hawaiian bun
  • Hollywood Hooker Philly – Chopped philly cheese sandwich with grilled peppers, onions, and vegan mayonnaise on a wheat roll
  • Dance Hall Queen – Plant-based patty with grilled onions, vegan cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and sweet jerk plantain on a Hawaiian bun
  • PLT – Grilled sweet plantain tossed in a spicy jerk sauce, topped lettuce, and tomato, drizzled with our secret sauce on a Hawaiian bun

Tyler Perry (Image: Instagram)

Folks who have stopped by the Slutty Vegan include Tyler Perry, Will Packer, Tiffany Haddish, Iyanla Vanzant, Keisha Lance-Bottoms, Porsha Williams, and Jermaine Dupri.



Tiffany Haddish and celeb friends try Slutty Vegan (Image: Instagram)

“The name ‘Slutty Vegan’ is a simple way to get more people to embrace veganism — because you have to admit, SEX SELLS,” said Cole. “In February 2019, we will trek on The Slutty Vegan Tour, with pop up shops and events in: Miami, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Washington DC.”

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Burger King’s new green bun Halloween sandwich follows black bun special that turned poop green

This Burger King bun may be the stuff of nightmares for more than one reason.

The fast food giant is launching a green-bun sandwich for Halloween that the company claims has been scientifically proven to cause nightmares. Hopefully the forest-hued bread won’t also haunt customers the way Burger…

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Win Up to $50K in Burger King’s Annual No-Essay Scholarship Contest

Burger King co-founder James McLamore placed value on education, entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, high standards and good citizenship.

Those values defined him and now carry on his legacy in the form of the annual Burger King Scholars program for employees and their spouses, domestic partners and children — and high school seniors in the community.    

More than 20 scholarships ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 50,000 are available this year.

There are scholarships for high school seniors as well Burger King employees and their families.

There’s no essay is required; all you have to do is meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for one of the scholarships.

The foundation will accept only 50,000 applications from Oct. 15 to Dec. 15, 2018.

Burger King Scholarship Eligibility

There are two tracks for scholarships — one for general applicants and another for employees and their families. Applicants from both pools will be considered for the James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarship.

General Applicant Track

General applicants must be graduating high school seniors living in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico.

They must have plans to enroll full time at an accredited two- or four-year college in 2019-20 without interruption. Colleges can be in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico.

Students need a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to apply.

Employee-Based Track

The employee-based track has two options. There’s a track for postsecondary education and one for enrichment programs like language, computer and accounting courses.

Postsecondary Education Scholarship

The employee-based track for postsecondary education is open to employees and their spouses, domestic partners and dependent children.

To be eligible, employees must have been active on the company’s payroll for at least six months as of the deadline date and still be employed when the awards are announced.

Applicants must live in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico and be graduating high school seniors, current college undergraduates or graduate students or have received a GED.

They must have plans to enroll at an accredited two- or four-year college in 2019-20 without interruption. Colleges can be in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico.

Employees and their spouse or domestic partner can be enrolled part time or full time, while children of employes must be enrolled full time

All applicants need a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Enrichment Programs

Scholarships for enrichment programs are open to employees and their spouses or domestic partners.

Applicants must live in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico with plans to enroll in a GED, enrichment, certification or other educational class.

Employees must have been active on the company’s payroll for at least six months as of the deadline date and still be employed when the awards are announced.

Eligible employees and their spouses, domestic partners and children will be considered for awards in both the general and employee-based track, but can receive only one award.

The $ 50K James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarship

This whopper of a scholarship is worth $ 50,000. Up to three students with financial need will be chosen from the general and employee-based track applicant pools to receive to the scholarship.

To be considered, students must be a citizen of the U.S. or Canada, a high school senior in the U.S. Canada or Puerto Rico and applying to a four-year accredited, college or university in the U.S. or Canada as a full-time freshmen.

Students must have a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 3.3 and a minimum ACT composite score of 25, or a minimum combined SAT score of 1220.

Only students with substantial work experience, active leadership in their communities, school and/or athletics will be considered.

How to Apply for the Burger King Scholarships

Only web-based applications are accepted.

To apply for a Burger King Scholarship, create and register for a student account. You can access the application once you validate your email and provide profile details.

You’ll need to upload a current transcript — unofficial or official — of your grades.

You may want a list of your work experience, school activities and any community involvement on hand for the application.

If you’re eligible and want to be considered for the James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarship, you will need to have a copy of your parents’ tax returns for the section on financial information.

Required fields and standard capitalization matter when filling out the application. No changes can be made once you submit your application, so make sure it’s well-done.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 15, 2018, or when 50,000 applications have been received. All applicants will receive an email notifying them of their application status by May 2019.

Scholarship winners will be asked to submit further documentation.

Check out the Burger King scholarship guidelines for details on how the winners are chosen and how the money will be distributed. There’s an FAQ section, too.

As long as you’re eligible, it can’t hurt to apply. It looks like they hand out a lot of scholarships, and who knows, you might score you a whopper.

Like The Penny Hoarder Life on Facebook to discover other scholarship opportunities.

And if you’re looking for even more scholarships to apply for, be sure to check out our list of 100 scholarships that will help you pay for college.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She learned while writing this article that the first Burger King opened in Miami, Florida. Read her full bio here or say hi On Twitter @StephBolling.

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