Tulsa World:

Dixie Cream Donut Co. is expanding to Iraq, and the Tulsa area will be getting a taste of gourmet cupcakes from a reality TV baking star as growth continues at franchising company Beautiful Brands International.

Tulsa-based Beautiful Brands signed a deal with a company in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to put Dixie Cream Donut Co. stores in Iraq, Syria, Qatar, Jordan and the UAE.

The deal could put 100 stores in the region and continue to expand the Beautiful Brands footprint internationally.

“Some companies are afraid of going into Iraq and other countries in the Middle East,” said David Rutkauskas, president and CEO of Beautiful Brands. “But we see a lot of opportunity.”