Donne brands group, the parent company of the Downe Dole doughnut and basrolin ice cream chain, confirmed on Sunday that it was in talks with inspire brands, a multi brand catering giant, on the sale of the company, but was unable to secure a deal at the moment. Earlier reports said the deal valued downen brand group at $106.50 a share, with a total value of nearly $9 billion. The deal could be announced as early as Monday. Privacy Policy