Business, Food

The sweet spot: Peabody firm bakes treats for area Dunkin’ Donuts

Candida Rodriguez stirs strawberry glaze, as she prepares to frost donuts at Rantoul Distributors. The Peabody business makes all the doughnuts for Dunkin Donuts. (Mark Lorenz)

For Joe Tavares, it’s time to make the doughnuts.

Eighty-four-thousand doughnuts.

The plant manager of Rantoul Distributors in Peabody’s Centennial Park hands me a hairnet as my tummy starts rumbling. I simply must resist sticking my hand in a vat of yummy chocolate frosting. Tavares leads me into the 23,000-square-foot facility, one of 97 central bakeries in the United States for Dunkin’ Donuts, and the aroma might make resistance impossible.

“We sell more doughnuts than anyone else in the Northeast,” said Tavares with pride.

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