Dunkin’ Brands Group announces the promotion of five executives

CANTON, MA, 2017-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today (February 23, 2017) announced the promotions of five executives. Grant Benson has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Franchising and Development, Dunkin’ Brands; Amanda Helming has been promoted to Vice President, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. Brand Marketing and Pricing; Santhosh Kumar has been promoted to Dunkin’ Brands’ Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure, Data Security and Privacy; Mark Youngworth has been promoted to Vice President, International Brand Marketing & Digital Communications; and Jeremy Biser has been promoted to Vice President, International Operating Systems, Learning, Food Safety & Equipment.

A 31-year veteran of Dunkin’ Brands, Mr. Benson has held a variety of positions at the company in operations, restaurant development, franchising and business development. In his newly expanded role, he will lead restaurant franchising and development for both the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands in the U.S., helping it maintain its position as one of the fastest growing companies by unit count in the quick-service restaurant industry. Mr. Benson reports to David Hoffmann, President, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada.

In her new role, Ms. Helming will oversee overall Dunkin’ Donuts brand strategy and category management for both beverages and food, while continuing to lead the Pricing Strategy & Analytics team. In her nearly five years at Dunkin’ Brands, she helped build the company’s Insights organization as Senior Director – Global Consumer Insights & Pricing, and also served as Director – Brand Marketing & Strategic Initiatives for Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. Her experience also includes positions in management and strategy with General Mills, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. Ms. Helming will report to Chris Fuqua, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing, Global Consumer Insights and Product Innovation.

A 16-year veteran of Dunkin’ Brands, Mr. Kumar has held a variety of leadership positions in the company’s Information Technology and Services organization, most recently as Senior Director of IT, Infrastructure, Information Security/Privacy and Electronic Payments. Mr. Kumar has been responsible for leading and directing the overall architecture, deployment and physical operation and performance of Dunkin’ Brands’ global data security, privacy and payment initiatives and processes.  He reports to Jack Clare, Chief Information & Strategy Officer at Dunkin’ Brands.

Mr. Youngworth has led all aspects of brand marketing and consumer engagement for both the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands outside of the U.S. and Canada. In addition to his work to reposition the Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts brands internationally, he and his team have also expanded the company’s digital marketing capabilities. Mr. Youngworth reports to Bill Mitchell, President of Dunkin’ Brands International.

Mr. Biser has played a key role in increasing Dunkin’ Brands’ operational consistency and business standards internationally. In addition to his current responsibilities, he is also assuming oversight of the International Field Learning team. Mr. Biser will also report to Bill Mitchell, President of Dunkin’ Brands International.

“We are pleased to announce the well-deserved promotions of Grant, Amanda, Santhosh, Jeremy and Mark. All of have made vital contributions to our organization in areas that are critical for our franchisees and our guests, and they will each play an important role in Dunkin’ Brands’ continued growth and success, both in the U.S. and around the world,” said Nigel Travis, Dunkin’ Brands’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

About Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.

With more than 20,000 points of distribution in more than 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 the fourth quarter 2016, Dunkin’ Brands’ 100 percent franchised business model included more than 12,200 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,800 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

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Dunkin’ Donuts announces franchise agreement with Amba Daoud B.V. to develop Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in The Netherlands

Master franchise agreement with Amba Daoud B.V. calls for the development of 25 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in The Netherlands over the coming years

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, one of the world’s leading coffee and baked goods brands, today ( December 07, 2016) announced that it has signed a master franchise agreement with Amba Daoud B.V. to begin developing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in The Netherlands. The leaders of Amba Daoud B.V. have significant business, retail and restaurant experience in the country. The franchise agreement calls for the development of 25 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across The Netherlands over the coming years, with an initial focus on Amsterdam.

“As we continue Dunkin’ Donuts’ strategic expansion across Europe, we’re very pleased to announce our upcoming entry into the Netherlands,” said Bill Mitchell, President, Dunkin’ Brands International. “With the highest per capita coffee consumption in the world, we feel the Netherlands offers a strong growth opportunity for Dunkin’ Donuts given our wide range of espresso-based beverages, including lattes, cappuccino, macchiato and espresso. We’re looking forward to working with Amba Daoud B.V., a licensee with deep experience in the market, as we expand the brand across the country.”

Dunkin’ Donuts currently has more than 12,000 restaurants in 45 countries around the world, including more than 240 locations across Europe in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Georgia, Iceland, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Netherlands will feature the brand’s wide range of high-quality hot and iced espresso-based beverages, as well as coffee, teas, Coolatta® frozen drinks, croissants, donuts and sandwiches, all served fast in friendly, convenient locations and at a great value. The brand will also offer regional menu items to cater to local tastes.

“We are very excited to bring the iconic Dunkin’ Donuts brand to the Netherlands, with its more than 65 year heritage in high-quality coffee and baked goods,” said Nabil Besali, CEO of Amba Daoud B.V. “We feel Dunkin’ Donuts’ value proposition of high-quality espresso beverages, coffee and baked goods served at a great value will resonate well with Dutch consumers. We’re looking forward to bringing the brand to our guests across the Netherlands, with an initial focus on the Amsterdam area.”

For more information about Dunkin’ Donuts Netherlands, please visit http://www.dunkindonuts.nl.  For more information about international franchise opportunities with Dunkin’ Donuts, please visit www.ddglobalfranchising.com.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 12,000 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit http://www.dunkindonuts.nl.

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Dunkin’ Brands and GPI to develop more than 250 of Dunkin’ Donuts and more than 70 Baskin-Robbins restaurants in South Africa

Master franchise agreement with Grand Parade Investments calls for the development of more than 250 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 70 Baskin-Robbins shops in South Africa over the coming years

CANTON, Mass, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of two of the world’s most recognizable brands, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that it has signed a master franchise agreement withGrand Parade Investments Limited (GPI) to begin developing Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants in South Africa. The agreement remains subject to GPI’s receipt of approval from the Financial Surveillance Department of the South Africa Reserve Bank. Under the agreement, GPI will develop more than 250 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 70 Baskin-Robbins shops in South Africa over the coming years, with an initial focus on Cape Town and Johannesburg. The agreement also calls for the introduction of Baskin-Robbins ice cream products to supermarket chains and convenience stores in South Africa over the next several years.

“As we continue our global expansion of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, we are delighted to work with GPI to bring both brands to South Africa,” said Bill Mitchell, President, Dunkin’ Brands International. “GPI has a wealth of experience in the local restaurant and retail industry, and a strong focus on operational excellence. We look forward to supporting GPI in their efforts to make Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins available to a growing number of customers in South Africa in the years ahead.”

Dunkin’ Donuts is one of the world’s leading coffee and bakery chains, with more than 11,500 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in South Africa will feature the brand’s wide range of high-quality hot and iced coffees, lattes, espresso, cappuccino, teas, Coolatta® frozen drinks, sandwiches, bagels, and donuts, all served fast in friendly, convenient locations and at a great value. The brand will also offer regional menu items to cater to local tastes.

Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, with more than 7,600 locations in nearly 50 countries worldwide. Baskin-Robbins shops in South Africa will feature the brand’s extensive selection of hard scoop ice cream flavors, as well as ice cream cakes, frozen beverages, ice cream sundaes and take home treats. Baskin-Robbins ice cream will also be available in select retail shops in the coming years.

“At GPI we work with world-class partners to develop brands that will resonate with South African consumers, which is why we’re thrilled to bring Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins to the market,” said Hassen Adams, Executive Chairman at GPI. “We aim to grow both brands and contribute significantly towards the South African economy while ramping up efforts to create more jobs.”

For more information about Dunkin’ Donuts, please visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. For more information about Baskin-Robbins, please visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

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About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,500 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 36th annual Franchise 500(r) ranking in 2014, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visitwww.BaskinRobbins.com.

About Grand Parade Investments
Grand Parade Investments Ltd. (GPI) was formed in 1997, as a truly Broad-based, Black Economic Empowerment investment holding company. It has since grown as an enterprise with investing interests in the food, gaming and leisure industry. With a substantial shareholder base representing a broad spectrum of the population of the Western Cape, GPI has been trading effectively on the JSE since 2008 and has consistently grown its portfolio to the benefit of all of its shareholders on an annual basis. In addition its ownership of Grandplay, it also has a 25.1% shareholding in Sunwest (Pty) Ltd, which comprises both GrandWest Casino and The Table Bay Hotel, 25.1% of the Golden Valley Casino, and presently operates over 3500 LPMs at over 700 different locations across the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. GPI owns MacBrothers Catering Equipment, 10% of Spur Corporation and 51% of Grand Tellumat Manufacturing and is also the proud owner of the Burger KING® master franchise for South Africa.

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Baskin-Robbins celebrates Veterans Day with more than $25,000 discounts on royalties and initial franchise fees for veterans seeking to open Baskin-Robbins franchise in the U.S.

CANTON, MA, 2014-11-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is showing its appreciation for military veterans this Veterans Day with more than $25,000 in financial discounts on royalties and initial franchise fees as part of a special veteran’s incentive program for U.S. veterans seeking to open a Baskin-Robbins franchise in the U.S. In October, franchisee and Army veteran Charlie Bertram, and his wife, Karen Bertram, opened a Baskin-Robbins shop in Shelbyville, Kentucky. The new store was purchased with the help of the Baskin-Robbins Veteran’s Incentive Program.

“We’re proud not only that Baskin-Robbins is our first franchise business, but also that the brand supports all military veterans through special franchising incentives and discounts,” said Charlie Bertram, owner of the Shelbyville Baskin-Robbins. “Between the passion we’ve seen in other franchisees and the fact that my wife and I have been married for 31 wonderful years – the same number as the brand’s famous flavors – it was an easy choice for us to open a Baskin-Robbins.”

Bertram is a U.S. Army veteran, who served during Desert Storm from 1987 to 1991. He was an Army Specialist (E4) when he was honorably discharged.

“Charlie Bertram and U.S. military heroes just like him should be rewarded for their service to our country,” said Bill Mitchell, President, Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada, and Baskin-Robbins & Dunkin’ Donuts China, Japan and Korea, who served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. “At Baskin-Robbins, we take pride in supporting military veterans, providing franchising incentives so they can make their dreams of owning their own business a reality.”

As part of the franchise incentive program, Baskin-Robbins will waive the 20-year initial franchise fee of $25,000 and offer a zero percent royalty rate for the first two years and a reduced royalty rate for years three through five for qualified, honorably discharged U.S. veterans, making it easier for them to start their own business. If a military veteran signs a multi-unit agreement, he or she will be extended a 20 percent discount on the 20-year initial franchise fee for up to four additional shops that are timely opened, as well as a 10-year payment plan.* Available through the end of the year, these special incentives are part of Baskin-Robbins’ commitment to supporting the military community.

In addition to these development incentives, on Veterans Day, Baskin-Robbins will donate 10 cents from each ice cream scoop sold in its U.S. locations to the United Service Organizations (USO), in honor of U.S. troops, military families and veterans.** Baskin-Robbins’ support is part of the USO’s “Every Moment Counts” campaign, which calls on Americans to honor and create special moments for troops and their families, who make daily sacrifices as they serve.

With a business system that combines delicious treats with a simple operating model, Baskin-Robbins continues to attract entrepreneurs in major markets throughout the U.S. For more information about the current development incentives available, Baskin-Robbins is hosting a live webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. EST and another webinar about opportunities to purchase stores for sale on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. EST. To register, please visit http://franchisingevents.dunkinbrands.com.

In 1945, Baskin-Robbins was founded in Glendale, Calif., by two ice cream enthusiasts who shared a dream to create an innovative ice cream shop that would be a neighborhood gathering place for families. Today, over 300 million people visit Baskin-Robbins each year to sample from the more than 1,200 flavor creations available in its ice cream library. Baskin-Robbins offers guests its wide range of hard scoop ice cream flavors, along with custom ice cream cakes, delicious frozen beverages, premium soft serve and take home frozen treats.

* For details, please see the Baskin-Robbins Franchise Disclosure Document.

** This donation is inclusive of all regular (4oz) and kids (2.5oz) scoops of ice cream sold as cups and cones on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014. The donation is based on regular-priced cup and cone scoop sales only, and does not include scoops that are used in other desserts (i.e. sundaes, beverages, cakes, take home, novelties, etc.).

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 35thannual Franchise 500® ranking, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,400 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,200 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. In 2013, more than 13 million ice cream cakes were sold in Baskin-Robbins shops worldwide. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.