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McDonald’s and Triarc Corp. (parent of Arby’s) may both be interesting in acquiring Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., according to a report by a stock analyst.

Neither of the alleged pursuers commented on the suggestion, and Krispy Kreme officials also were mum on the possibility.

The theory seems to be that companies like McDonald’s always is interested in building its volume, and might be intrigued by acquiring an existing brand, as opposed to trying to build something from scratch like Chipotle. Krispy Kreme may be at its most affordable these days, because of the negative impact of the low-carb craze and a sense that it has over-expanded in too short a time.

McDonald’s already is testing the sale of Krispy Kreme doughnuts in selected Canadian locations.
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