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McDonald’s to start selling Krispy Kreme donuts, with national rollout by 2026


McDonald’s will begin selling Krispy Kreme donuts at its fast food locations this year as part of a phased rollout that will bring the baked goods to its restaurants nationwide by the end of 2026.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What is distribution?
  2. Why is distribution important to a business?
  3. What is the difference between a collaboration and a partnership?
  4. How might this story best describe a partnership rather than a collaboration?
  5. In a partnership, why is it important for both parties to benefit?
  6. How will McDonald’s benefit from this partnership?
  7. How might this benefit Krispy Kreme from a distribution perspective?
  8. Why do you think they wanted to test the concept before announcing a national rollout?
  9. What happened with the initial testing, based on what you learned in this news story?
  10. Why do you think it will take until 2026 for Krispy Kreme to be available in all U.S. McDonald’s locations?
  11. In your opinion, does this partnership make sense for both McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme? Why or why not?
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