7-Eleven® Introduces Low-Cal, Value-Priced Egg White Breakfast Sandwich

Dallas, TX, US, 2014-1-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — While many better-for-you menus tout items below 500, 400 and 300 calories, 7-Eleven, Inc. breaks the 200-calorie barrier with its new Egg White Breakfast Sandwich. Not only is the calorie count low, the price is too – just $1.99.

The new breakfast sandwich stacks fluffy egg whites, lean Canadian bacon and cheddar cheese on a whole wheat English muffin. Weighing in at 180 calories, the sandwich contains 13 grams of protein, only 5 grams of fat (2.5 grams, saturated fat) and is lower in sodium than most other breakfast sandwiches. Customers can request to have their breakfast sandwiches toasted at select 7-Eleven® stores, microwave it at the store or heat the sandwich later.

“Our primary task was to create a great-tasting breakfast sandwich for people looking for a better-for-you alternative,” said Kelly Buckley, 7-Eleven vice president of fresh food innovation. “We have fresh-cut fruits, salads, yogurt parfaits and healthy, low-calorie sandwiches, and we wanted a breakfast option that fell into that better-for-you category without sacrificing taste and quality.”

Just don’t call it diet food. According to a study by the University of Scranton, losing weight is the top New Year’s Resolution people made in 2014. Yet the term “diet” has lost favor, even among those who admit they would like to lose a few pounds. Instead, they are looking to make healthier choices in the New Year and seek better balance in the foods they choose. Millennials especially avoid the D-word. So-called “dieting” peaked in 1991 when 31 percent of Americans said they were following a diet. Today, the number stands at 19 percent, but is only 12 percent for the 18-34-age crowd.

“Many people are looking to make better choices, but not at the expense of flavor, quality, convenience or value,” Buckley said. “Eating away from home adds extra challenges for those looking for healthier food options. We wanted to remove that dilemma for the morning crowd who prefers a hot breakfast that is low-calorie, low-fat and high-protein.”

And breakfast sandwiches are “hot,” according to recent consumer dining polls. The portable, hand-held breakfast cracked the top-10 breakfast foods list compiled by The NPD Group market research firm, beating out bacon for the last spot on the list. Coffee maintains its No. 1 ranking on the list, however, for those eating out, breakfast sandwiches even beat this morning “waker-upper.” 7-Eleven has the morning menu covered on both counts, with the new Egg White Sandwich and several other breakfast sandwiches, along with its new, limited-edition Santa Rosa Guatamalan coffee. “Eating healthy shouldn’t be hard,” Buckley said. “When it comes to fresh foods, we try to meet our customers’ cravings, whether they’re looking for an indulgent treat or a healthy start to the day.”

7-Eleven has been expanding its fresh food menu to include healthier options like entree and side salads with low-fat dressings, better-for-you sandwiches, Yoplait yogurt parfaits with fresh fruit and Nature’s Valley granola, vegetable and hummus snacks, fresh-cut and whole fruit, and hard-boiled eggs.

About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses some 10,200 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are close to 51,700 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2012, 7-Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.8 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7-Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail” and among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
7-Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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Babies“R”Us® Enters Into Strategic Partnership With TheBump.com

Collaboration of Two Trusted Pregnancy and Parenting Brands Further Extends Reach of Premier Babies“R”Us Registry through Multiplatform Resources on The Bump

Wayne, NJ, US, 2014-1-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Babies“R”Us®, the nation’s leading dedicated juvenile products retailer announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with TheBump.com, a leading pregnancy and parenting website that offers advice, ideas, resources and support to first-time parents as they navigate pregnancy. Used by more than 18 million parents to date, the Babies“R”Us Registry will now be available to a new, expanded audience of moms-to-be who can create and share their registry directly from TheBump.com via its Gift Registry Center. With more than 5 million monthly unique visitors to TheBump.com, moms-to-be visit the Gift Registry Center for advice on where to register. In addition, the patented registry search tool on TheBump.com allows friends and family to easily find Babies“R”Us registrants’ lists and buy them a gift. The partnership will continue to evolve and develop over time.

“When a mom-to-be learns she is expecting, she is eager to obtain information and recommendations from trusted parenting resources. Time and again, millions of moms have turned to both Babies“R”Us and The Bump throughout their journey to motherhood,” said Peter Reiner, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “Through this partnership, we are pleased to extend the reach of our Babies“R”Us Registry even further, and allow parents convenient and efficient access to create, build and share their registries with their loved ones through a respected and reputable site.”

“Our members rely on TheBump.com for its expansive content, resources, interactive tools and online community, which essentially equips them with everything they need to know about becoming a mom,” said Kathleen Kimple, Executive Vice President of e-Commerce and Registry, XO Group Inc. “That’s why our partnership with Babies“R”Us, the most widely-used baby registry, is so fitting, as moms-to-be will be able to secure information and advice to then create a registry with a retailer they trust.”

The two brands will support the partnership with a comprehensive cross-promotional program, inclusive of digital advertising, signage, registry materials and via The Bump My Pregnancy Calendar mobile app and newsletters, among other avenues.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 705 international stores and over 180 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.comBabiesrus.comeToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/ToysrusFacebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

About TheBump.com
The Bump is the only multiplatform resource giving first-time moms the inside scoop on fertility, pregnancy and new mommyhood, reaching millions of moms each year through TheBump.com and The Bump local guide. The Bump editorial team, “born” from The Knot, provides new moms stage-by-stage advice, stylish ideas, local resources, interactive tools and a savvy online community whose members are obsessed with knowing about everything baby. The Bump is a part of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between. Follow The Bump on Twitter @thebump.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Linda DeNotaris
973-617-4398
linda.denotaris@toysrus.com

The Bump
Melissa Bach
212-515-3594
mbach@xogrp.com

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Dunkin’ Brands Announces Strong Global Growth In 2013

  • Company adds 790 net new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants globally in 2013
  • On worldwide basis, company announces plans to open 685 to 800 net new locations in 2014

Canton, MA, US, 2014-1-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced today strong global expansion results in 2013 for both brands. For the full year, the company’s franchisees and licensees opened a combined total of 790 net new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and Baskin-Robbins shops globally, again making Dunkin’ Brands one of the fastest-growing franchise companies by unit count in the quick service restaurant (QSR) industry.

The company also announced that in 2014 on a global basis its franchisees and licensees plan to open 685 to 800 net new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins locations.

“We are delighted with Dunkin’ Donuts’ accelerated growth across the U.S., which demonstrates ongoing strong demand for our brand, and we remain on track for a five percent net annual development rate for Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. We are especially pleased with the solid start to our development plans in California where, to date, we have executed agreements for nearly 100 traditional restaurants. Additional good news is that in 2013 Baskin-Robbins, which has been experiencing strong growth internationally for many years, also had positive net development growth in the U.S., marking a major milestone in the turnaround of the brand domestically,” said Nigel Travis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dunkin’ Brands. “All totaled, our franchisees and licensees opened 790 net new restaurants globally in 2013, and this year we expect to open 685 to 800 net new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants on a worldwide basis. We believe a major contributor to our strong year-over-year growth is the disciplined approach we consistently take to improving franchisee economics.”

Dunkin’ Donuts U.S.

In 2013, Dunkin’ Donuts opened 371 net new restaurants in the U.S., which included openings in Colorado, New York, Texas and Utah. The company also signed multi-store development agreements in more than 20 domestic markets, including Southern California, Detroit, Michigan, Reno, Nevada, Salt Lake City, Utah, and throughout Texas and Ohio, among other regions. Additionally, a new restaurant design option was unveiled and 527 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants were remodeled domestically last year.

In early 2013, Dunkin’ Donuts announced expansion into California and opened Southern California for franchising. Based on its initial success, the company soon extended recruitment to include California’s Central Valley and Central Coast areas. To date, the company has executed agreements to develop nearly 100 traditional restaurants in California. As of today, Dunkin’ Donuts is announcing that it is opening Northern California for sale, resulting in the entire state is now available for franchise development. The company believes it can eventually have 1,000 Dunkin’ Donuts locations in California.

In 2014, the company expects its franchisees to open 380 to 410 net new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and continues to believe that it can achieve the long term goal of more than 15,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.S., almost double its present number of domestic locations.

Baskin-Robbins US

In 2013, Baskin-Robbins experienced positive net new growth in the U.S., opening a net number of four new locations in markets including California, Florida and Texas. The brand closed the year with development commitments for new units in markets including Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, and launched a new restaurant design option for Baskin-Robbins in the U.S.

In 2014, the company expects its franchisees and licensees to open 5 to 10 net new Baskin-Robbins restaurants in U.S.

Dunkin’ Donuts International

In 2013, Dunkin’ Donuts opened 138 net new restaurants outside the U.S., including its first restaurants in the United Kingdom in the Greater London area, and in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. The Company also stepped up its European development efforts, and with the signing of five new franchise agreements in Germany, plans to have 150 restaurants in that country over the next several years, up from its year-end number of 41 locations. Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts began franchise recruitment efforts in Brazil, Scandinavia and Turkey.

At the end of the year, Dunkin’ Donuts also signed a master franchise agreement with Fast Gourmet Group (FGG) to develop the brand in Eastern China. The agreement calls for the development of more than 100 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang regions, with the first locations planned to open in Shanghai in 2014.

Baskin-Robbins International

Baskin-Robbins opened 277 net new locations outside the U.S. in 2013. It also announced franchise recruitment in South Africa and Germany and a joint venture agreement with Galadari Ice Cream company to further develop the brand in Australia. Additionally in 2013, the company signed a licensing agreement for the Philippines and nine new store development agreements for Baskin-Robbins in China, which together would add 375 new Baskin-Robbins restaurants in that country over the next 10 years.

2014 Development Goals Summary

In 2014, the company expects its franchisees and licensees to open 380 to 410 net new Dunkin’ Donut restaurants in the U.S. and 5 to 10 net new U.S. Baskin-Robbins locations in the U.S. Outside the U.S., the company expects to open 300 to 400 net new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants for a worldwide total of 685 to 800 Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins net new restaurants in 2014.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Brands franchising, visit. www.dunkinbrands.com.

Forward-Looking Statements 
This news release contains projections and other forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “feel,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” “would,” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. These projections and statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. No assurances can be given, however, that these events will occur or that these projections will be achieved, and actual results could differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risk factors. A discussion of these risk factors is included in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by applicable law, we do not undertake to publicly update or revise any of these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Michelle King
michelle.king@dunkinbrands.com

About Dunkin’ Brands
With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2013, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,250 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

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