Dunkin’ Brands earns 90% in its debut on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index

Dunkin’ Brands Earns 90% on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 16th Annual Scorecard on LGBTQ Workplace Equality

Canton, Mass., 2017-Nov-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. the franchisor of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, received a score of 90% in its debut on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Dunkin’ Brands’ score reflects a commitment to LGBTQ workplace equality, with respect to tangible policies, benefits, and practices, and the company plans to continue increasing its commitment to inclusion moving forward.

“At Dunkin’ Brands, we are committed to improving the diversity of our employee base and to fostering an inclusive environment for all,” stated Rich Emmett, Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer, Dunkin’ Brands. “We’re very proud to have scored a 90% in our debut on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, and will strive to reach 100% in future years.”

The 2018 CEI rated hundreds of businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Dunkin’ Brands’ efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 90 percent ranking. Dunkin’ Brands CEI responses reflect only its own policies and practices. All Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants are independently owned and operated by franchisees, business owners who are solely responsible for their own workplace policies and practices.

For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About The Human Rights Campaign Foundation

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

About Dunkin’ Brands

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 third quarter 2017, Dunkin’ Brands’ 100 percent franchised business model included more than 12,400 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,900 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

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

Source: Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.

Katy Latimer appointed Dunkin’ Brands’ new Vice President, Culinary Innovation

Katy Latimer appointed Dunkin’ Brands’ new Vice President, Culinary Innovation

CANTON, MA, 2017-Sep-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced Katy Latimer as the company’s new Vice President, Culinary Innovation. With more than 25 years of experience in food science and culinary innovation, Latimer will head Dunkin’ Brands’ culinary team, planning and managing the strategic development of new and enhanced menu choices served to millions of guests at more than 20,000 Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants across the globe. She will report to Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S.

Latimer joins Dunkin’ Brands after nearly two decades in leadership positions at PepsiCo, most recently as Vice President of Research & Development, Global Beverage Category. In this role, she led a 65+ person product development & culinary team, responsible for innovation and portfolio transformation for PepsiCo’s global beverage category, including the food service platform, North American Coffee and Pepsi’s Lipton Tea partnership. She also helped oversee the creation and launch of several new and next generation brand products, including Pepsi’s first premium water, LifeWtr, as well as IZZE Fusions, Stubborn Craft Soda, PureLeaf Tea House Collections, Starbucks Cold Brew, Mtn Dew KickStart and many more.

Latimer has also held positions at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons and Kraft Foods, and served on the Board of Governors of the Flavor Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA). A native of Westchester, NY, Latimer received her B.S. in Biochemistry from McGill University, and her M.S. in Biotechnology from Manhattan College. She is currently working towards a PhD in Food Science.

According to David Hoffman, President, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., “Both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins are distinguished for providing guests with a wide range of menu choices, and we are constantly exploring new and unique options for our loyal guests. We are thrilled that Katy, a proven product developer and innovation leader who has worked with some of the country’s top food and beverage companies, will head our world-class culinary team and drive our strategic menu innovation that differentiates our brands and supports our continued growth throughout the world.”

“I am truly honored to lead Dunkin’ Brands’ talented and creative culinary team,” said Katy Latimer. “Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins both have such a long heritage in serving favorite food and beverages that are an important part of so many people’s lives. I look forward to continuing both brands’ commitment to serving fresh, delicious meals and treats, and exploring exciting and innovative ways to enhance our menus with new flavors, ingredients and choices that will delight millions of guests each and every day.”

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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 second quarter 2017, Dunkin’ Brands’ 100 percent franchised business model included more than 12,300 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,800 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

SOURCE:  Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.

MEDIA CONTACT

Name: Michelle King
Phone: 781-737-5200

Dunkin’ Brands publishes its 2015-2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report

CANTON, MA, 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has published its 2015-2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. The report provides a detailed overview of the company’s ongoing efforts to source ingredients responsibly, reduce energy use in corporate holdings, provide more menu transparency and be a force for good in local communities, among others. The report also details progress made against commitments outlined in Dunkin’ Brands’ most recent CSR report, issued in 2015.

Key highlights of the report include:Sustainable Building: In 2014 Dunkin’ Brands launched DD Green™ Achievement, a program designed to help Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants in the U.S. The company set a goal for 100 DD Green Achievement restaurants by the end of 2016, and reached that milestone in October 2016. There are now approximately 150 DD Green Achievement restaurants around the country. In 2017, Dunkin’ Brands is setting a target to open 500 DD Green Achievement restaurants in the U.S. by the end of 2020.

Since 2010, Dunkin’ Brands experienced a 35% drop in electricity use at its Corporate Headquarters, and a 57% drop in heating and 35% drop in electricity use at its training facility. For the first time ever, Dunkin’ Brands is setting 2020 and 2025 energy reduction goals for its corporate holdings.

Removal of Synthetic Dyes: To meet customers’ preference for more nutritional transparency and simpler ingredients, in 2017 Dunkin’ Brands announced a goal to remove synthetic dyes from the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins U.S. menus by the end of 2018, with the exception of some supplier-branded ingredients produced by other companies. Both the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins product development teams, in partnership with suppliers, have been working to replace synthetic dyes.

Responsible Sourcing: In 2014, Dunkin’ Brands issued its Guidelines for Sourcing Palm Oil, and since then has engaged in a multi-stakeholder effort to source sustainable palm oil – from mapping its U.S. and international supply chains, to instructing U.S. suppliers to purchase certified mass balance palm oil materials for U.S. operations. Dunkin’ Brands also joined the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). In 2017, Dunkin’ Brands plans on releasing revised and updated Guidelines for Sourcing Palm Oil, which will include a goal of fully traceable palm oil to the mill by a timebound date, while continuing to work with suppliers to improve traceability data.

As a coffee leader, Dunkin’ Donuts is committed to incorporating certified products in its coffee portfolio and helping to make a positive impact on farming communities worldwide. In 2017, the brand expanded its current work with the Rainforest Alliance to have all Dunkin’ Donuts’ espresso beverages served at Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. restaurants and in approximately 16 international markets made with 100% espresso beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms.

Dunkin’ Brands issued its new Sustainable Pulp and Paper Sourcing policy in 2016. This includes a goal to source 80% of the packaging used in Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and Baskin-Robbins restaurants in the U.S. from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) sources (up from 60% today) by the end of 2018. The policy can be found at http://www.dunkinbrands.com/responsibility/policies-and-statements.

The Joy In Childhood Foundation℠: Dunkin’ Brands franchisees value the role they can play in strengthening the neighborhoods they serve. In 2016, Dunkin’ Brands re-launched its Foundation with a new mission, vision and name – the Joy in Childhood Foundation – to reflect the company’s continued commitment to providing simple moments of joy to sick and hungry kids. This rebranding coincided with the exciting milestone of the Foundation’s 10-year anniversary. Since 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation, formerly The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, has granted $14 million to help improve the lives of children and families in the communities where the brand operates.

2016 also marked Dunkin’ Brands’ most successful year ever for its in-store fundraisers, Community Cups℠ and Community Cones℠, which raised $1.3 million thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts’ and Baskin-Robbins’ generous guests.

Diversity: Finally, Dunkin’ Brands has done a tremendous amount of work to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace since its last report.

For instance, in 2016, Dunkin’ Brands made a public commitment to developing and paying women equally. Dunkin’ Brands was one of 100+ companies that signed the White House Equal Pay Pledge, and is a member of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council’s 100% Talent Compact. In addition, Dunkin’ Brands launched new employee resource groups (ERGs), which are open to all employees in the organization, to create a more inclusive workplace environment.

“Our newest Corporate Social Responsibility Report shows that Dunkin’ Brands has made important progress in sustainable sourcing and building, energy efficiency, menu transparency and community giving,” said Nigel Travis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dunkin’ Brands. “We are proud of our successes in helping our franchisees open new DD Green Achievement restaurants, working towards removing synthetic dyes from our menus, expanding our partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, and re-launching our Foundation to provide joy to sick and hungry kids. However, as we both look back and ahead, we recognize how much more there is to be done. We remain dedicated to meeting the challenges that face our business, and to serve our people and our planet responsibly.”

To download and read the report, or to learn more about Dunkin’ Brands’ CSR initiatives, please visit www.dunkinbrands.com/responsibility.

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 second quarter 2017, Dunkin’ Brands’ 100 percent franchised business model included more than 12,300 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,800 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

Source: Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.

Dunkin’ Brands announces the appointments of new vice presidents to its management team

CANTON, MA, 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced the following recent appointments of five new vice presidents to its management team.

  • David Gill was promoted to Vice President, Supply Chain U.S. & Canada for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Mr. Gill is responsible for Supply including the negotiation, implementation, and management of supplier and distributor agreements, Quality Assurance, Commercialization, Manufacturing and Equipment. Additionally, he leads the supplier approval process and through his work with the culinary and brand teams, plays a key role in the development of new products for the restaurants. David joined Dunkin’ Brands in 2000 and reports to Paul Carbone, Chief Financial Officer.
  • Pete Jensen was promoted to Vice President, Supply Chain International. Mr. Jensen leads the international manufacturing and sourcing, logistics and service, regulatory compliance, supplier quality and food safety, new product commercialization and in-store equipment innovation for both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Pete joined the Company in 2010 as Global Supply Chain Director for Baskin-Robbins and he reports to Bill Mitchell, President, Dunkin’ Brands International.
  • Sherrill Kaplan was promoted to Vice President, Digital Marketing & Innovation for Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. Ms. Kaplan joined Dunkin’ Brands nearly five years ago and has played a lead role in the development and execution of the brand’s digital strategy and the DD Perks® Rewards Program, one of the fastest-growing loyalty programs in the restaurant industry. Additionally, she has overseen the significant growth of the Dunkin’ Mobile® App and the brand’s On-the-Go Ordering initiative, currently in test in multiple markets. Sherrill reports to Scott Hudler, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Vice President of Consumer Engagement.
  • Dennis McCarthy was promoted to Vice President, Financial Management. Mr. McCarthy leads the International Financial Management team for Dunkin’ Brands. He also oversees the Dunkin’ Brands Supply Chain Finance team and serves as head of Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis. He joined the Company in 2009 and reports to Kate Jaspon, Vice President, Finance & Treasury.
  • Kathryn Thomas was promoted to Vice President, Legal and Managing Counsel. Ms. Thomas oversees the areas of Employment, Marketing and Intellectual Property Law, in addition to serving as legal counsel for Baskin-Robbins U.S. and market counsel for Dunkin’ Donuts in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. She joined the Company in 1998 and reports to Karen Raskopf, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer.

“We are pleased to announce the promotion of these five individuals, all of whom have made significant contributions to our organization. Each brings significant management expertise and experience to their new role and will play a key part in our efforts to further accelerate our global innovation and growth,” said Nigel Travis, Dunkin’ Brands’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

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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 fiscal 2015, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,700 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,600 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

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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

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

Baskin-Robbins secured space in a high-traffic area in the popular Westfield Mall in Escondido, Calif.

WORLD’S LARGEST CHAIN OF ICE CREAM SPECIALTY SHOPS SEEKS FRANCHISEES FOR PRIME LOCATION IN NORTH COUNTY WESTFIELD MALL AND OTHER SAN DIEGO PRE-SELECTED SITES

CANTON, MA, 2015-6-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today announced it is coming to the North County Westfield Mall in Escondido, Calif. as part of its latest expansion efforts in the San Diego area. The company has secured space in a high-traffic area in the popular Westfield Mall located at 272 E. Via Rancho Parkway. Baskin-Robbins is seeking franchise candidates who are looking for a sweet opportunity in a prime location and would like to take advantage of the many perks that Baskin-Robbins offers with this turn-key non-traditional development opportunity.

Non-traditional development opportunities, such as kiosks, have a lower development cost, shorter franchise term and less cash requirement than a traditional, standalone ice cream shop. Ideal for San Diego entrepreneurs, the North County Westfield Mall location is currently in the process of being designed and built and will include a 10-year franchise term and discounted royalty rates for the first three years. The asking price for the new Baskin-Robbins kiosk is $100,000 and is projected to open prior to the busy holiday season this year.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who has ever thought about owning his or her own ice cream shop. As our brand continues to expand in San Diego, we’re looking for entrepreneurs throughout the area with a passion for their local communities to join our team,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “Baskin-Robbins has seen tremendous success with its 24 ice cream shops in the San Diego area, and we’re eager to continue to explore and expand in a city that is consistently named one of the best places to live.“

On the heels of the Westfield Mall opportunity, this summer, Baskin-Robbins will begin developing one to two other shops in the San Diego market for which franchisees can assume ownership. These sites present unique opportunities to own and operate locations that are delivered as a ready to operate shops.

Baskin-Robbins combines delicious treats with a simple operating model. Franchisees enjoy convenient hours of operation, minimal equipment and little product waste. They also benefit from award-winning training programs and comprehensive operating systems designed to help build business. For additional information, contact the Baskin-Robbins Franchising Team at 781-737-5530 or franchiseinfo@baskinrobbins.com or visit the Baskin-Robbins franchising website.

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 1,300 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 complete terms and conditions, please see the Baskin-Robbins Franchise Disclosure Document.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 36th annual Franchise 500® 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 7,500 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. 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Claibourne Smith
Phone: 954-893-9150
Email: csmith@fish-consulting.com

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Dunkin’ Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig Green Mountain announce that Dunkin’ K-Cup®* pods now available for sale at retailers nationwide

  • Dunkin’ Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig Green Mountain partner to bring Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods to retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada

CANTON, MA, ORRVILLE, OH, and WATERBURY, VT, 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., (NASDAQ: DNKN), The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR) today announced that Dunkin’ K-Cup®* pods are now available for sale at thousands of retailers nationwide for the first time. As part of an agreement between the three companies first announced in February, Smucker will distribute and market Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods exclusively to grocery chains, mass merchandisers, club stores, drug stores, dollar stores and home improvement stores. Keurig will distribute and market Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods exclusively to specialty stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s and Macy’s, as well as office supply retailers such as Staples and Office Depot beginning this summer.

Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods are also now available for sale online at OnlineStore.Smucker.com and Keurig.com, as well as DunkinDonuts.com. The Dunkin’ K-Cup® varieties available online and in grocery, mass merchandise, club, drug and other retailers nationwide include Original Blend, Decaf, Hazelnut, French Vanilla and Chocolate Glazed Donut.

A coupon for $1.50 off the purchase of any two packages of Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods or packaged coffee at grocery stores and other retailers nationwide will be available in select Sunday newspapers on June 14, 2015.

In February, Dunkin’ Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig signed agreements for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods at retailers nationwide in the U.S. and Canada, and online. Keurig remains the exclusive producer of Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods. The J.M. Smucker Company currently manufactures and distributes Dunkin’ Donuts® brand premium bagged coffee where groceries are sold, under license from Dunkin’ Donuts.

“Earlier this year we announced our new agreement with our two long-standing partners to offer new and existing customers throughout the U.S. and Canada more options for purchasing Dunkin’ K-Cup pods. Today, we mark a key moment in our brand’s history of coffee leadership as Dunkin’ K-Cup pods are now available at thousands of retail outlets nationwide and online,” said John Fassak, Vice President, Dunkin’ Brands New Business Development. “This is an exciting milestone for our company, and we very much look forward to continuing our partnership with The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig to bring our famous coffee to more customers, and meet growing consumer demand for single-serve, at home coffee.”

“This is exciting for the growth of both The J.M. Smucker Company and the entire coffee category,” said Steve Oakland, President, Coffee and Foodservice of The J.M. Smucker Company. “Our company has had a long and successful relationship with Dunkin’ Brands to bring the legendary taste of Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee to grocery stores all across the country. We are thrilled to further our partnership and expand the Smucker coffee portfolio by now bringing Dunkin’ K-Cup pods into retail channels, including wherever groceries are sold.”

“Our existing consumers and retail partners told us they wanted broader availability of Dunkin’ K-Cup pods and we are excited to expand the distribution for Keurig consumers who know and love Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature coffee,” said Dan Cignarella, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Keurig. “The expanded distribution of Dunkin’ Donuts pods also offers a unique opportunity to attract new consumers who have affinity for Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee but who haven’t yet tried the quality and convenience of single serve with a Keurig brewing system.”

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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.

About The J.M. Smucker Company
For more than 115 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America with annual net sales of approximately $8 billion. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit jmsmucker.com.

About Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
As a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages, Keurig Green Mountain (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning beverages, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. The company has inspired consumer passion for its products by revolutionizing beverage preparation at home and in the workplace. Keurig supports local and global communities by investing in sustainably-grown coffee and by its active involvement in a variety of social and environmental projects. By helping consumers drink for themselves, we believe we can brew a better world. For more information visit: www.KeurigGreenMountain.com. To purchase Keurig® products visit: www.Keurig.com or www.Keurig.ca.

 

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Dunkin’ Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company & Keurig Green Mountain expand partnership for Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs

CANTON, Mass., ORRVILLE, Ohio, and WATERBURY, Vt., 2015-2-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., (NASDAQ: DNKN), The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR) today expanded their partnership by signing agreements for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs at retailers nationwide in the U.S. and Canada, and online. Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs are presently available in Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.S. Keurig is the exclusive producer of Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs and will remain so with the expansion of the partnership. The J.M. Smucker Company currently manufactures and distributes Dunkin’ Donuts® brand premium bagged coffee where groceries are sold under license from Dunkin’ Donuts.

Under the new, multi-year agreement, Smucker will distribute and market Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs exclusively to grocery chains, mass merchandisers, club stores, drug stores, dollar stores and home improvement stores. Keurig will distribute and market Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs to specialty stores and office superstores. Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs will continue to be available in Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.S. The expanded retail program launches in the middle of 2015 with five varieties of Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature coffee initially available in K-Cup® packs, including Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Dunkin’ Donuts Bakery Series Chocolate Glazed Donut flavor. Also beginning this spring, Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs will be sold online on www.DunkinDonuts.comwww.OnlineStore.Smucker.comwww.Keurig.com and other online retailers.

“This exciting new agreement with two trusted and long-standing partners, The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig, will make Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs available at thousands of additional retail outlets nationwide, as well as online, and will enable us to further tap into the growing consumer demand for single-serve at-home coffee,” said Dunkin’ Brands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Nigel Travis. “Not only will this increase the consumption ofDunkin’ Donuts coffee, it will help us continue to build our brand relevance with new and existing customers, which we believe will, in turn, drive incremental visits to our restaurants.”

“The wait is nearly over for the many Dunkin’ Donuts coffee fans who have requested we add Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs to our at-home single-serve coffee offerings,” stated Richard Smucker, Chief Executive Officer of The J.M. Smucker Company. “The expansion of our relationship with Dunkin’ Brands andKeurig allows us to satisfy this consumer need by bringing Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs into new retail channels, including wherever groceries are sold. The addition of Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs will further strengthen our Smucker coffee portfolio as we work with our retail customers to continue to bring excitement and new growth opportunities to the coffee category.”

“Expanded availability of Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs will make it possible for even more consumers to experience and enjoy this great-tasting, beloved coffee while at the same time building consumer awareness and passion for the Keurig system,” said Brian Kelley, Keurig President and CEO. “Our unique ability to partner with Dunkin’ Brands, J.M. Smucker and more than 60 other brands has helped Keurig, an innovative technology-driven personal beverage system company, to revolutionize the at-home and away-from-home beverage experience, bringing more than 400 high-quality beverage varieties to Keurig consumers with the consistent simplicity and convenience they’ve come to expect from the brand.”

Terms of the respective agreements with The J.M. Smucker Company, Keurig Green Mountain and Dunkin’ Brands were not disclosed.

Dunkin’ Brands announce franchisee profit-sharing program

Concurrent with its expanded partnership with Smucker and Keurig, Dunkin’ Brands also announced today details of a new franchisee profit-sharing program as part of a long-term deal under which Dunkin’ Brands will equally share with qualified U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees its net profits from the sale of its K-Cup® packs and packaged coffee from outlets outside of its restaurants.

“When we introduced Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs as a retail item in our restaurants in 2011, we said we would only consider allowing this product to be sold at other retailers if we could do so in a way that benefitted both us and our franchisees,” Travis said. “In keeping with that commitment, I am delighted to announce that we have been able to reach a profit-sharing agreement with our domestic Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees that we believe will drive incremental, profitable growth for both Dunkin’ Brands and our franchisees.”

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.

About The J.M. Smucker Company
For more than 115 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, retail packaged coffee, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk, and natural foods products in North America. The Company remains rooted in theBasic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit jmsmucker.com.

About Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
As a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages, Keurig Green Mountain (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning beverages, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. The company has inspired consumer passion for its products by revolutionizing beverage preparation at home and in the workplace. Keurig supports local and global communities by investing in sustainably-grown coffee and by its active involvement in a variety of social and environmental projects. By helping consumers drink for themselves, we believe we can brew a better world. For more information visit: www.KeurigGreenMountain.com. To purchase Keurig® products visit: www.Keurig.com or www.Keurig.ca.

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Dunkin' Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company Keurig Green Mountain expand partnership for Dunkin' K-Cup® packs

Dunkin’ Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company Keurig Green Mountain expand partnership for Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs