Foodservice Equipment Reports

BBI Inks Big Deal For Doughnuts In Middle East

The great American doughnut is entering a new market: Iraq. Nearly 100 Dixie Cream Donut Co. restaurants will open in Iraq, Jordan, Qatar, Syria and U.A.E. under an agreement between the chain’s parent, Beautiful Brands Int’l., and Emirates Associated Business Group. The deal will add Dixie Cream to the short list of American foodservice chains with civilian outlets in Iraq.

In more BBI news, the Tulsa, Okla., restaurant company has added the three-unit, Kansas City, Kan.-based cupcake chain Smallcakes to its 12-brand portfolio. The company plans to open co-branded Smallcakes and FreshBerry stores, and is considering co-branding with its flagship brand, Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe.