Dunkin’ Brands Group migrates its mobile applications, e-commerce websites, and corporate IT infrastructure applications to AWS

Dunkin’ Brands has migrated mobile applications, e-commerce websites, and corporate IT infrastructure to AWS

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Apr. 19, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has selected AWS as its cloud infrastructure provider. The company has completed the migration of its mobile applications, e-commerce websites, and key corporate IT infrastructure applications from on-premises infrastructure to AWS for increased scalability, reliability, availability, security, and reduced costs, and has improved the digital experience for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins guests.

Dunkin’ Brands has a number of customer-facing applications, such as its mobile applications and e-commerce websites, which serve as a critical way for the company to interact with its customers. Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins customers frequently use their mobile applications to review the menu, order ahead, and redeem rewards, allowing customers to easily and quickly pay for their orders or send virtual gift cards. Several of these business applications, as well as the Dunkin’ Brands digital web properties, run on AWS. In addition to providing high performance, reliability, and security, AWS has enabled Dunkin’ Brands to maintain high availability during peaks in usage. For example, key consumer events like National Coffee Day and National Donut Day, as well as popular timeframes such as the holiday season, drive significant peaks in use of these key applications. While Dunkin’ Brands had previously found it increasingly difficult to predict and manage the on-premises capacity needed to provide an optimal digital experience for its guests during these times, it now relies on AWS to easily and reliably scale up and down as needed. In addition, Dunkin’ Brands has also migrated internal corporate IT infrastructure applications to AWS to reduce costs and increase availability.

“Our mobile applications and digital properties are an absolutely critical way through which we reach our customers and they must be secure, available, and high performing at all times,” said Santhosh Kumar, Vice President, Infrastructure, Data Security and Privacy at Dunkin’ Brands. “We selected AWS as our cloud infrastructure provider for these key business applications due to the depth and breadth of the AWS services, and their experience in securely managing enterprise applications. AWS also provides us with redundancy to help us meet our goals of high reliability and availability, robust security and optimal performance for our applications, and the ability to quickly add capacity on demand when needed.”

“Dunkin’ Brands is a great example of an enterprise company’s journey to AWS. They began their migration to AWS with their development and test workloads and websites, and after benefiting from lower costs, faster innovation rates, and improved reliability, migrated critical, customer-facing and corporate IT infrastructure applications,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Sales at AWS. “We’re excited to work closely with Dunkin’ Brands as they continue their journey to AWS.”

About Amazon Web Services
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About Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 19,000 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 third quarter 2016, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 12,000 Dunkin’ Donutsrestaurants and more than 7,700 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

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Dunkin’ Brands Group, National Grid and Eversource honored with AESP 2017 Energy Award

AESP presents the companies with 2017 Energy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Residential Program Design and Implementation

CANTON, MA, 2017-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) and Eversource (NYSE: ES) have been honored with the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) 2017 Energy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Residential Program Design and Implementation, recently presented at AESP’s 27th National Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida. AESP recognized the three companies for their collaboration in developing the Dunkin’ Brands Energy Management Program, a strategic partnership for the development of streamlined processes to engage Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in investing in energy efficiency.

National Grid and Eversource partnered with Dunkin’ Brands to identify opportunities for key energy efficiency upgrades for its Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. The team structured the program to provide a simple path, generous incentives and financing for franchisees opting into the program to implement these upgrades. The Energy Management Program addressed whole building energy savings, while providing insight into building operations and system controls to reduce overall operating costs and encourage investments to pursue energy efficiency. The optional program applies to participating franchisees’ restaurants both within National Grid and Eversource’s Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island service territories.

“Dunkin’ Brands is committed to supporting our franchisees’ initiatives towards reducing energy usage and adopting sustainable approaches whenever possible,” said Kate Jaspon, Vice President, Finance & Treasury. “Through our collaboration with National Grid and Eversource, we have developed an innovative program that provides our franchisees an effective process for investing in energy efficiency in ways that can create more sustainable restaurants while maintaining store profitability. We are honored that the result of our partnership has been recognized by AESP, a leading association in energy efficiency and management.”

“National Grid is proud to be part of the team receiving this award. It highlights our commitment to energy efficiency and getting more tools in the hands of customers to help them save energy, while making a positive impact on the environment,” said John Isberg, Vice President, Customer Solutions for National Grid. “It’s extremely gratifying for us to have worked with Dunkin’ Brands as they do their part to reduce energy usage and invest in a more sustainable energy future.”

“Our partnership with Dunkin’ Brands exemplifies the evolution of how we bring our energy efficiency solutions to customers,” said Tilak Subrahmanian, Vice President of Energy Efficiency at Eversource. “Instead of the one-size-fits-all programming of years past, we now have the ability and the infrastructure to collaborate with key customers, like Dunkin’ Donuts, to design energy solutions tailored to their specific business objectives.”

Founded in 1989, AESP is a member-based association dedicated to improving the delivery and implementation of energy efficiency, energy management and distributed renewable resources. AESP provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience. AESP members work in the energy services industry and represent electric and natural gas utilities, public benefits associations, regulatory and non-profit entities, vendors, manufacturers and consulting firms.

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.

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities’ long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization). For more information please visit our website: www.nationalgridus.com, or our Connecting website. You can also follow us on Twitter, watch us on You Tube, Friend us on Facebook and find our photos on Instagram.

About Eversource

Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas for more than 3.7 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCorp) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceEnergy).

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Name: Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email:press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.

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.

Contact:

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Phone: 781-737-5200
Email:press@dunkinbrands.com

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Dunkin’ Brands Group announces the appointment of David Hoffmann as president of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada

CANTON, MA, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today (Sept. 22, 2016) announced that David Hoffmann, 48, has been named president of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada, effective October 3, 2016. He will report to Nigel Travis, Dunkin’ Brands Chairman and CEO, and will serve on the Dunkin’ Brands Leadership Team. Mr. Hoffmann joins Dunkin’ Brands after 22 years with McDonald’s Corporation, where he most recently served as President, High Growth Markets, which includes China, South Korea, Russia and several additional European markets.

Mr. Hoffmann replaces Paul Twohig who, as previously announced, is retiring and will stay with the company through the end of the first quarter 2017 to ensure a smooth transition. In his new position, Mr. Hoffmann will be responsible for Dunkin’ Donuts operations and marketing in the U.S. and Canada, as well as global franchising and store development for both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins.

“Dave is a proven leader with a wealth of quick service restaurant and franchising experience, and a solid track record of delivering growth in a wide range of economic and competitive environments. His financial and industry expertise, combined with his strong talent development skills and experience using digital technologies to enhance the restaurant experience, makes him uniquely positioned to help accelerate Dunkin’ Donuts’ strategic expansion in the U.S.,” said Travis. “His appointment also further solidifies our Leadership Team and supports our succession planning efforts as we work to position the company for long-term growth. We are delighted to welcome Dave to the Dunkin’ Brands team.”

Mr. Hoffmann began his career with McDonald’s as a crew member while in high school and later re-joined the company, post M.B.A., through its management training program. After holding a series of field operations positions, Mr. Hoffmann moved to the corporate office where he held leadership positions in numerous key functions including strategy and insights, development, training, operations and supply chain. Since 2008, when he was named vice president of strategy and franchising in Japan, Mr. Hoffmann has held general management positions covering a wide range of international markets including Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, most recently adding several European markets to his portfolio as President, High Growth Markets. Prior to McDonald’s, Mr. Hoffmann  worked for Arthur Andersen.

“I am honored to be joining Dunkin’ Brands at this exciting time in its growth trajectory,” said Hoffmann. “Dunkin’ Donuts is a great consumer brand and has tremendous development opportunities. I look forward to working with the Leadership Team, the community of franchisees and the brand’s talented employees to deliver on the strategic plans designed to drive Dunkin’ Donuts’ continued growth.”

Mr. Hoffmann earned a B.S. in accounting from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

About Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.

With more than 19,000 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 second quarter 2016, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,900 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,700 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Name: Michelle King
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Brands Group

Michael R. Shutley joins Dunkin’ Brands Group as VP Federal & State Government Affairs

CANTON, MA, 2015-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that effective August 31, 2015, Michael R. Shutley  joined the company as Vice President, Federal & State Government Affairs. Reporting directly to Karen Raskopf, Chief Communications Officer, Mr. Shutley will work closely with senior management to develop and implement the company’s legislative initiatives and to advocate for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisees at all levels of government, both domestically and internationally.

For the past seven years, Mr. Shutley served as the Director, Government Relations, for Brinker International, one of the world’s largest casual dining restaurant companies, where he successfully positioned the company as a leading voice in the public policy arena. Prior to his tenure with Brinker, Mr. Shutley played a key role in shaping the issues impacting the restaurant industry while serving as a director of legislative affairs for the National Restaurant Association.  Before joining the industry, he served as Washington Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for the Honorable Ric Keller, U.S. House of Representatives.

“We are delighted to welcome Mike to Dunkin’ Brands. He has extensive experience working with all levels of government, a thorough understanding of the issues facing the food service industry and a proven track record of leading through collaboration which brings about better public policy. His background has ideally equipped him to lead our legislative affairs initiatives and to effectively advocate on behalf of the small businessmen and women who make up the ranks of our Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchise community,” said Karen Raskopf, Chief Communications Officer, Dunkin’ Brands.

Mr. Shutley received a Master of Arts degree in Political Management from George Washington University. He also received Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees Cum Laude from University of Central Florida.

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About Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 19,000 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 the second quarter 2015, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,400 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,600 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Michelle King
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. publishes its third Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report – Broadening Our Horizons

CANTON, MA, 2015-5-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today published Broadening Our Horizons, the company’s third Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report. The report outlines Dunkin’ Brands’ ongoing commitment to sustainability efforts to meet the needs of its franchisees, employees and guests, while serving local communities responsibly and protecting the interests of the planet. Broadening Our Horizons details the progress Dunkin’ Brands has made in the past two years against goals outlined in the company’s 2012 CSR report,Focused on Sustainable Solutions, and sets new goals for the future in the areas of sustainable building, packaging, product sourcing, nutrition, supporting local neighborhoods and more.

Key highlights of Broadening Our Horizons include:

Sustainable Building: In 2014, Dunkin’ Donuts launched DD Green Achievement™, a program designed to help U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants. Dunkin’ Donuts has set a goal of developing 100 new DD Green Achievement restaurants by the end of 2016. Dunkin’ Donuts also set a goal to launch DD Green Achievement for U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant remodels by the end of 2015.

Dunkin’ Brands will publish an interim progress report on DD Green Achievement in 2016, including baselines for energy and water use, reduction targets and achievements to date. The company has also set a goal of increasing single-stream recycling rates at its corporate headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts by 15% by the end of 2016.

Sustainable Sourcing: In 2014, Dunkin’ Brands announced a commitment to source only 100% sustainable palm oil in the United States by 2016. Dunkin’ Brands will work with its suppliers and its franchisee-owned purchasing cooperative to source palm oil that is 100% fully traceable to the mill by the end of 2015, and to the plantation by the end of 2016 for use in Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. restaurants. To further its commitment to ending deforestation, Dunkin’ Brands also plans to issue a global sustainable paper and pulp policy for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins by the end of 2016.

In 2015, Dunkin’ Brands also announced new animal welfare commitments in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States. Ten percent of all eggs sourced for its breakfast sandwiches in the U.S. will be cage-free by the end of 2016. Dunkin’ Donuts will also map its international supply chain to understand the feasibility of transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs globally, and, based on this assessment, establish a global target with interim deliverables towards this goal. Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts will source only gestation crate-free pork in the U.S. by 2022.

The report also highlights the 2014 launch of Dunkin’ Donuts’ new 30% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Dark Roast Coffee, the brand’s first national launch of a certified product since the 2004 launch of 100% Fair Trade Certified™ Espresso.

Packaging: As part of Dunkin’ Donuts’ commitment to roll out an alternative to foam, the company continues to examine every commercially available cup and material. Dunkin’ Donuts is currently testing a double walled paper cup and a #5 recyclable polypropylene cup in limited markets. Dunkin’ Donuts’ goal is to establish a phased implementation plan and timeline for a transition in the U.S. from foam by the end of 2015.

In 2010, Baskin-Robbins pledged to explore alternative materials for its famous pink spoon, an iconic symbol of the brand. In late 2014, the company began transitioning the spoons in U.S. Baskin-Robbins restaurants to a #5 recyclable polypropylene plastic.

Nutrition: Nutrition remains a key priority for Dunkin’ Brands, and the company is committed to offering great-tasting food and beverages that meet many different dietary needs. By the end of 2015, Dunkin’ Donuts will roll out new guidelines for its DDSMART® menu of better-for-you choices, including calorie, sugar, sodium and saturated fat thresholds. Dunkin’ Donuts continues to work toward goals to reduce the sodium content across its U.S. menu by 10% by December 31, 2015, and to reduce the sugar content in its U.S. beverage portfolio by the end of 2017. Baskin-Robbins will also test new smoothies with a reduced amount of sugar and calories in the U.S. in 2015.

Supporting Neighborhoods: Dunkin’ Brands is passionate about helping people, one neighborhood at a time. From 2011 to 2014, the company’s franchisees donated more than $20 million to non-profit groups in the U.S. alone. The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF) raised a record $3.2 million in 2014 to support its mission of serving neighborhoods through hunger relief, children’s health and safety initiatives. These results were driven in part by The DDBRCF’s first in-store fundraising program, which raised $540,000 with guest support.

The DDBRCF also expanded its national partnership with Feeding America through a $1 million commitment over three years, the largest donation in The DDBRCF’s history. Funds support Feeding America’s Food Pantry and BackPack program helping children and their families at local food banks across the country. More details can be found in The DDBRCF’s 2014 Neighborhood Impact Report which can be accessed here:http://www.dunkinbrands.com/foundation.

Broadening Our Horizons represents our progress in sustainability efforts over the past two years, as well as our commitment to our stakeholders to continue to do more in the future,” said Karen Raskopf, Dunkin’ Brands’ Chief Communications Officer and Co-chair of The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation. “We are proud of our accomplishments, such as launching DD Green Achievement, announcing plans to source 100% sustainable palm oil in the U.S. by 2016, committing to exploring the feasibility of going to 100% cage-free eggs, and working with our franchisees to donate millions of dollars to support our local communities. We also recognize there is more to be done, and remain dedicated to addressing new challenges to meet the needs of our employees, our franchisees, our guests and our planet.”

To download and read Broadening Our Horizons, or to learn more about Dunkin’ Brands’ CSR initiatives, please visit http://dun.kn/CSR2014Report.

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About Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 18,900 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 2014, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,300 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,500 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

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Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. publishes its third Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report - Broadening Our Horizons

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. publishes its third Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report – Broadening Our Horizons

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. announced the promotion of Jack Clare to the newly created position of Chief Information and Strategy Officer

CANTON, MA, 2015-3-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that Jack Clare, 44, has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Information and Strategy Officer.

Mr. Clare, who has served as the Company’s CIO for the past three years, will be a member of the Dunkin’ Brands Leadership Team and will continue to report to Paul Carbone, Chief Financial Officer, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.  Mr. Clare will continue to oversee Dunkin’ Brands’ global information technology resources, and additionally, will now focus on developing the strategies that will drive the Company’s future success.

“Jack is the ideal person to fill this new position and will continue to help us retain our leadership position as a technology leader in our category. Since joining Dunkin’ Brands, he has implemented numerous leading-edge technologies designed to improve the guest experience and increase franchisee profitability, including his work on the DD Perks loyalty program, the implementation of Baskin-Robbins online cake ordering, and our ongoing tests of new methods of mobile payment and advance ordering,” said Paul Carbone, Dunkin’ Brands Chief Financial Officer. “Jack also has considerable experience working for international companies and developing strategic solutions to meet the needs of a franchisee-focused business model. I look forward to working with him in this new leadership role to develop and implement the programs, initiatives and technologies that will drive Dunkin’ Brands’ future success.”

Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, Mr. Clare was the Vice President, IT and Chief Information Officer for the International Division of Yum! Brands, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the IT strategy for more than 14,000 restaurants in over 120 countries.  Earlier in his career, he was Vice President, Technical Services at Constellation Brands, and held various senior IT management roles with Sapient Corporation, a marketing and consulting company that provides business, marketing, and technology services to clients.

Mr. Clare also served as a System and Flight Test Engineer with the United States Air Force. He has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Dayton, and an MBA from the University of California, Davis.

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About Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 18,800 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 2014, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,300 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,500 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Michelle King
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

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Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. announced the promotion of Jack Clare to the newly created position of Chief Information and Strategy Officer

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. announced the promotion of Jack Clare to the newly created position of Chief Information and Strategy Officer

Dunkin’ Brands Group U.S. franchisees opened 422 net new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants in U.S. during 2014

  • For the year, Company’s franchisees added total of 422 net new
  • Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Restaurants in U.S.

CANTON, MA, 2015-1-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced today that in 2014 its U.S. franchisees opened a total of 422 net new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, once again making Dunkin’ Brands one of the fastest growing companies by unit count in the QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) industry.

“This past year was another excellent year for domestic restaurant development for both of our brands and has resulted in Dunkin’ Brands, once again being one of the fastest growing companies by unit count in the QSR industry,” said Nigel Travis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dunkin’ Brands. “All told, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees opened 405 net new domestic restaurants in 2014, including our much anticipated restaurants in Southern California, and remodeled another nearly 500 locations. Baskin-Robbins franchisees opened 17 net new locations, marking this the brand’s second consecutive year of positive net development. We believe these results are directly attributable to the appeal of our two strong consumer brands and our continued focus on franchisee unit economics. For 2015 in the U.S., we expect to open between 410 and 440 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and between five to ten net Baskin-Robbins locations. ”

Dunkin’ Donuts U.S.

In 2014, Dunkin’ Donuts opened 405 net new restaurants in new markets such as California, Colorado, and Nevada, with 97% of domestic growth coming from existing franchisees. California continued to be a focus of growth for the brand with five new free-standing restaurants opening in Whittier, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Downey and Modesto, which opened ahead of schedule. The company is on track with its plan to open approximately 250 new restaurants in California over the next several years, with the long-term goal of having 1,000 restaurants in total throughout the state.

Dunkin’ Donuts also signed agreements in 2014 with franchisees to open new future restaurants in markets, including Northern, Central and Southern California; Oklahoma City, OK; Louisville, KY; Phoenix, AZ; Greensboro, NC; and Wichita, KS, among others.

In 2013, Dunkin’ Donuts unveiled new restaurant design options and last year Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees remodeled 482 restaurants with the new image. Dunkin’ Donuts also recently announced the launch of DD Green™ Achievement, a green building program designed to help franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants. By the end of 2016, Dunkin’ Donuts plans to have 100 new DD Green restaurants across the U.S.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ 2014 development numbers include approximately 70 new restaurants in airports, colleges and other non-traditional locations. Dunkin’ Donuts currently has over 600 non-traditional locations, including restaurants at college campuses, mass transit stations, travel centers, supermarkets, entertainment centers and military bases.

In 2015, the Company expects its franchisees to add between 410 and 440 net new Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. restaurants and continues to believe that it can achieve the long-term goal of more than 17,000 restaurants in the U.S., more than doubling its current number of domestic locations.

Baskin-Robbins U.S.

In 2014, Baskin-Robbins achieved a second consecutive year of positive net new unit growth in the U.S., opening 17 net new restaurants in markets including Kentucky, California and Louisiana. Baskin-Robbins also signed agreements in 2014 with franchisees to open new future locations in markets, including Fresno, CA; San Francisco, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Tampa, FL, Louisville, KY; and Colorado Springs, CO, among others.

Additionally, recruiting military veterans as franchisees continues to be a focus for Baskin-Robbins. For 2014, the brand launched a special veteran’s incentive program for U.S. veterans seeking to open a domestic Baskin-Robbins location. The new development incentives included more than $25,000 in financial discounts on royalties and initial franchise fees.

In 2015, the Company expects its franchisees and licensees to open five to ten net new Baskin-Robbins restaurants in the U.S.

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

Forward-Looking Statements
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About Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 18,800 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 2014, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,300 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,500 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Michelle King
michelle.king@dunkinbrands.com

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. to host new educational webinar as part of its Diversity in Franchising Initiative in partnership with NAACP

Canton, MA, 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced that it will host a new educational webinar as part of its Diversity in Franchising Initiative in partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The goal of the initiative, which was announced at the NAACP’s national convention in July, is to increase the number of franchised businesses owned by people of color in both the quick service restaurant sector and across the spectrum of franchise concepts in today’s marketplace.

In support of this objective, Dunkin’ Brands will host a complimentary Franchising 101 webinar on Thursday, November 6 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT) in collaboration with the International Franchise Association (IFA) Educational Foundation’s Diversity Institute.

This franchising education session, which is open to all individuals interested in learning about the power of franchising, will provide a thorough overview of the industry, franchising business model, resources and tips to get started. Visit http://franchisingevents.dunkinbrands.com to register.

“Dunkin’ Brands and the NAACP are excited to work with the IFA Educational Foundation to provide African-Americans and other entrepreneurs with a path to business ownership,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands.

“The IFA is always looking to promote diversity and inclusion within franchising through educational programs and cultivating relationships with key partners around the country,” said Miriam Brewer, CFE, senior director of education and diversity. “We fully support Dunkin’ Brands’ and the NAACP’s mission to grow minority presence within the industry, and are thrilled to participate in the Diversity in Franchising’s first ever Franchising 101 Webinar.”

Dunkin’ Brands also recently participated in Economic Development workshops at the NAACP’s annual state conventions in Michigan, Texas, Florida, California and Georgia. These workshops, sponsored by NAACP’s Economic Department, are designed to provide resources and tools to NAACP members to encourage economic advancement. Dunkin’ Brands’ involvement helped to raise awareness on the benefits of franchising and highlight existing resources that will help qualified candidates overcome information barriers associated with franchising.

“The attendees at our NAACP state conventions in Michigan, Texas, Florida, California and Georgia have had a firsthand opportunity to learn more about the Diversity in Franchising Initiative and the power of franchising,” said Dedrick Asante – Muhammad, senior director, NAACP Economic Department. “We’re excited to work with Dunkin’ Brands to continue providing educational resources on the business development opportunities within the franchise sector and the role franchising can play in creating community and economic development opportunities in communities of color.”

The company will host three more webinars in November to discuss franchise opportunities specific to Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Webinar topics and dates include:

  • Baskin-Robbins Franchising Opportunities

Wednesday, November 12th from 6 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT)

  • Dunkin’ Donuts Franchising Opportunities

Thursday, November 13th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT)

  • Baskin-Robbins Shops For Sale

Tuesday, November 18th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT)

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 7,300 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

About National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and its five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

About the International Franchise Association
The International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating over 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising. Through its media awareness campaign highlighting the theme, Franchising: Building Local Businesses, One Opportunity at a Time, IFA promotes the economic impact of the more than 825,000 franchise establishments, which support nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic output for the U.S. economy. IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law and business development.

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Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. commits to source only 100% sustainable palm oil in the United States by 2016

Dunkin’ Brands commits to sourcing 100% sustainable palm oil by 2016 for Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. restaurants

CANTON, Mass., 2014-9-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced today a commitment to source only 100% sustainable palm oil in the United States by 2016. Dunkin’ Brands will work with its suppliers and its franchisee-owned purchasing cooperative to source palm oil that is 100% fully traceable to the mill by the end of 2015, and to the plantation by the end of 2016 for use in Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. restaurants.

In addition, Dunkin’ Brands will develop and publish a phased implementation plan, including mapping its international supply chain, by March 1, 2015. Dunkin’ Brands engaged with several nonprofit organizations to develop its responsible palm oil supply plan, which includes formal guidelines for palm oil suppliers. The company will continue to work with these organizations to help meet the targets.

Dunkin’ Donuts currently uses a blend of palm oil, soy and cottonseed oil for preparing donuts, and has supported a moratorium on palm oil expansion in rainforests and peatlands since 2012. According to Christine Riley Miller, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Dunkin’ Brands, “Sourcing even limited amounts of palm oil irresponsibly can contribute to deforestation, loss of natural habitats and other environmental and human rights concerns. Therefore, Dunkin’ Brands has created clear guidelines for our suppliers, and to ensure independent verification that our principles are being met, so that by 2016 we can meet our targets of sourcing only responsibly-produced palm oil,” she said. “As part of our overall commitment to being a socially responsible company, Dunkin’ Brands is focused on finding sustainable business solutions that meet the needs of our guests and our franchisees, and that benefit our communities and the planet.”

As part of Dunkin’ Brands’ policies and standards, suppliers will be held accountable to several principles in the company’s commitment to source responsible palm oil. These include no development of High Carbon Stock forests and High Conservation Value areas; no burning in preparation of land or in development; progressive reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions on existing plantations from all sources; no development on peat areas regardless of depth; and respect and no exploitation of people and communities including support for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Dunkin’ Brands will evaluate suppliers’ palm oil policies to ensure they are aligned with the company’s timeline and principles, and require that suppliers who are in serious violation of its policy take immediate action to correct any violations.

By March 1, 2015, Dunkin’ Brands will develop and publish a phased implementation plan for sourcing 100% responsible palm oil. The plan will include steps towards implementing Dunkin’ Brands’ palm oil initiatives by requiring that 100% of the palm oil sourced for use in the company’s international business is responsibly produced. Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts will continue to share its progress annually.

To download or read Dunkin’ Brands’ current corporate social responsibility report, Focused on Sustainable Solutions, or to learn more about Dunkin’ Brands’ CSR initiatives, please visit http://news.dunkinbrands.com/content/default.aspx?NewsAreaId=26&__EventTarget=PageIndex&__EVENTARGUMENT=6.

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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 7,300 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. to host its 2014 Investor & Analyst Day on September 17, 2014

CANTON, Mass., 2014-9-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of two of the world’s most recognized brands, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that it will host its 2014 Investor & Analyst Day on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Attendance at the event is by invitation only; however a live audio webcast of the conference including slide presentations will be accessible via the Company’s website at: http://investor.dunkinbrands.com under “Events & Presentations”. The conference is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM Central Time and will continue until approximately 2:00 PM Central Time.

A replay of the webcast, along with slide presentations, will remain accessible on the Company’s website through November 17, 2014.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Justin Drake
781-737-5200
justin.drake@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 7,300 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.