About a year ago, Cal Dining's healthy relationship with Durant Food Court's King Pin Donuts – which used to supply baked goods, pastries and donuts to on-campus dining locations – turned from sweet to sour.
A series of miscommunications between Dari Shamtoob, owner of King Pin Donuts, and Cal Dining administrators resulted in multiple delayed payments, which at one time amounted to $50,000, according to Shamtoob. Additionally, an administrative desire for more efficient operations and product control resulted in Cal Dining's establishment of the Honey Bear Bakery in Crossroads as the new supplier of baked goods and desserts at residence hall dining commons and on-campus retail locations.
Cal Dining had been ordering deliveries of King Pin products – pastries, muffins and donuts – daily for about 15 to 16 years, according to Shamtoob. Less than two years ago, Cal Dining stopped ordering its baked goods, and last fall, the dining services stopped ordering its donuts.
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