Dunkin' Donuts opened its first two restaurants in India earlier this week in New Delhi.
In 2011, Dunkin' Donuts signed a franchise agreement with Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd. to develop 500 restaurants across the country throughout the next 15 years. The agreement marked the largest international store development commitment in Dunkin' Donuts' history.
"As one of the world's fastest growing economies, we believe India represents a great growth opportunity for Dunkin' Donuts. We are especially delighted that we are undertaking this opportunity with Jubilant FoodWorks, one of the largest and most successful food service companies in India, as our master franchisee in the country," said Giorgio Minardi, president, Dunkin' Brands International. "We think Indian consumers will love Dunkin' Donuts' high-quality food and beverages, our friendly restaurant environment, excellent customer service and the great value we offer."
Dunkin' Donuts and Jubilant FoodWorks have worked together to create a menu that includes the brand's staple items as well as items that complement local taste preferences such as an Alphanso Mango Fruit Milkshake, Mango donuts and vegetarian bakery sandwiches.
In 2012, parent company Dunkin' Brands plans to open 350 to 450 net new Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins outside the U.S. Dunkin' Brands has more than 16,800 restaurants in nearly 60 countries.
First distribution center opens in the West
The National DCP LLC, the Dunkin' Donuts franchisee-owned distribution and purchasing cooperative, announced that it has signed an agreement to lease a distribution center in Phoenix, Ariz. With a planned opening date of October, the Phoenix center will become the seventh warehouse in the NDCP network and the first located west of the Mississippi.
Not only should the new distribution center, which will deliver essentially all food, paper and equipment supplies to Dunkin' Donuts restaurants, better serve the existing locations in the Southwest, it will also facilitate Dunkin' Donuts' ongoing store growth.
In January, the NDCP and Dunkin' Brands announced a long-term, performance-based agreement for NDCP to be the exclusive supply chain provider for all Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the continental United States.
For Dunkin' Brands, the agreement allows the company to realize the benefits of a long-term, performance-based procurement and distribution agreement. Additionally, the agreement supports the company's domestic expansion plans by providing franchisees in new markets with the same product costs as franchisees in the more highly built-out, established Dunkin' Donuts markets. Uniform product costs will be phased in over a three-year period beginning this year.
"As we continue to grow along with Dunkin' Donuts, we plan to continue to leverage our network of local distribution centers to efficiently support our members, the Dunkin' Donuts franchisees," said Kevin Bruce, National DCP CEO. "Our mission is to provide Dunkin' Donuts franchisees with the very best purchasing and distribution service in the quick service restaurant industry."