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Dolly Parton, Conagra Brands Enter Food Licensing Partnership

Partnership expands beyond Duncan Hines sweet treats to breadth of new food categories.

License Global

January 24, 2024

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Dolly Parton with line of food itemsConagra Brands, IMG

Following the continued success of her multiyear partnership with Duncan Hines, global icon and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Dolly Parton, has entered into an exclusive agreement with Duncan Hines’ parent company, Conagra Brands, a North American food company, to develop a line of retail food items. The new line of Dolly Parton food products will include frozen, refrigerated, grocery and snack items inspired by down-home comfort cuisine.  

“I loved co-creating my Duncan Hines line with Conagra and I’m thrilled we’re going well beyond the baking aisle with new items across the store,” says Parton. “We’re looking to continue to inspire special moments in the kitchen, with some of my family’s favorite recipes, and I think people are really going to love them.” 

The new products are starting to roll onto store shelves nationwide, with an expanded lineup of Duncan Hines’ mixes, including Chocolate Cake Mix, Yellow Cake Mix, Cinnamon Crumb Cake Mix, Blueberry Muffin Mix and Banana Nut Muffin Mix. In addition, the first single-branded Dolly Parton item, Buttermilk Pancake Mix, will start hitting shelves this winter and marks her first foray into the breakfast category. More items are expected to launch later this year, including frozen items. 

“This unprecedented partnership with Dolly Parton gives us an incredible opportunity to further cement Conagra Brands in our established categories, while authentically positioning us for tremendous growth in new ones, including Southern cooking and comfort food,” says Tom McGough, chief operating officer, Conagra Brands.

“We are beyond thrilled to build on the success of our partnership with one of the most beloved and respected women in the world,” says Lucy Brady, president, grocery and snacks, Conagra Brands. “With our expertise in food, we’ll help bring Dolly’s vision and favorite recipes to so many tables across America, with delicious new offerings across a wide range of eating occasions.”

Duncan Hines x Dolly Parton baking mixes and frostings are launching in stores nationwide, but the brand is offering exclusive, limited-edition Dolly keepsakes with the new Dolly Parton Bake Like a Rockstar Baking Collection, available online at Bakingwithdolly.com while supplies last. 

The multiyear, multi-category agreement was facilitated by licensing agency, IMG.

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