Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced on Tuesday that it will obtain 100 percent of the palm oil used in its domestic operations from sustainable sources by 2016. The next day, Krispy Kreme promised to source “a large percentage, if not all” from deforestation-free suppliers.
Though palm oil isn’t just found in doughnuts—it’s a common ingredient used in everything from ice cream to lipstick to laundry detergent—Forest Heroes, an organization that works to protect the world’s forests, sees the move as a good sign.
“The one-two punch of Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme going deforestation-free signals a rapid shift in the U.S. fast-food industry,” Deborah Lapidus, campaign director at Forest Heroes, said in a statement. “Irresponsible palm oil has been a hole, so to speak, in the environmental record of the doughnut industry.”
However, some people are saying the companies don’t go far enough.
“America might run on Dunkin’, but the company needs to address the 59 other countries in which it operates, too,” Calen May-Tobin, an analyst from the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a statement.
"It’s a good sign that Dunkin’ is willing to improve sourcing for its U.S. locations; it should adopt the same requirements globally,” he added. “The company says it’s going to consider doing so, but in the meantime, tropical forests are still getting fried.”
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