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Taco Bell has expanded its current executive roles and has added new positions as the brand continues its journey to become a $15 billion company with 9,000 restaurants globally by 2022. According to PR Newswire, Taco Bell is bringing on Julie Felss Masino as brand president, and chief food innovation officer Liz Matthews' role will be elevated to oversee international capabilities including research and development, quality assurance and engineering. Mike Grams is expanding his title to chief operations and development officer while Taco Bell has named Elizabeth Baicy, vice president for digital and future works and Jon Kosoff, vice president for e-commerce and performance marketing.
To ring in the new year, Dunkin' Donuts has removed the artificial dyes from its doughnuts. The milestone is part of brand's pledge to eliminate artificial dyes from food and beverages in the U.S. by end of 2018. According to a release, Dunkin' Donuts will also remove synthetic dyes from other menu items beyond donut icings, fillings and toppings including frozen beverages such as COOLATTA frozen beverages, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and coffee flavorings. Similarly, Dunkin' Donuts' sister brand Baskin-Robbins will remove synthetic dyes from its menu, including ice cream sold both at its restaurants and in quarts and pints at retail locations, as well as its syrups, sauces, sprinkles and beverages, including Cappuccino Blast.