Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants (QSRs) under the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands worldwide. The company franchises restaurants under its Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands with approximately 18,800 points of distribution in 60 countries. As of December 27, 2014, there were 11,310 Dunkin' Donuts points of distribution, of which 8,082 were in the U.S. and 3,228 were international, and 7,552 Baskin-Robbins points of distribution, of which 5,068 were international and 2,484 were in the U.S. The company receives a license fee from Dean Foods Co. (Dean Foods) as part of an arrangement whereby Dean Foods manufactures and distributes ice cream and other frozen products to Baskin-Robbins franchisees in the U.S. It distributes ice cream products to Baskin-Robbins franchisees who operate Baskin-Robbins restaurants located in certain foreign countries and receive revenue associated with those sales. Brands Dunkin' Donuts is a U.S. QSR concept. Baskin-Robbins is a QSR chain in the U.S. Baskin-Robbins serves hard-serve ice cream and develops and sells a range of frozen ice cream treats, such as cones, cakes, sundaes and frozen beverages. International Operations The company’s international business is primarily conducted through joint ventures and country or territorial license arrangements with ‘master franchisees,’ which both operate and sub-franchise the brand within their licensed areas. The company’s international franchise system is located across Asia and the Middle East. In South Korea, the company conducts business through a 33.3% ownership stake in a combination Dunkin' Donuts brand/Baskin-Robbins brand joint venture, with South Korean shareholders owning the remaining 66.7% of the joint venture. The joint venture acts as the master franchisee for South Korea, sub-franchising the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands to franchisees. The joint venture also manufactures and supplies the franchisees operating restaurants located in South Korea with ice cream, donuts and coffee products. The company conducts business in Japan through a 43.3% ownership stake in a Baskin-Robbins brand joint venture. Its partner also owns a 43.3% interest in the joint venture, with the remaining 13.4% owned by public shareholders. The joint venture manufactures and sells ice cream to franchisees operating restaurants in Japan and acts as master franchisee for the country. The company conducts operations in the Middle East through master franchise arrangements. Licensing The company has licensing agreements with Dean Foods for domestic ice cream sales, with The J.M. Smucker Co. (Smuckers) for the sale of packaged coffee in non-franchised outlets (primarily grocery retail), as well as from other licensees. Dean Foods manufactures and sells ice cream to U.S. Baskin-Robbins brand franchisees and pays the company a licensing fee on net sales of covered products. Competition The company’s competitors include 7-Eleven; Burger King; Cold Stone Creamery; Cumberland Farms; Dairy Queen; McDonald's; Panera Bread; Quick Trip; Starbucks; Subway; Taco Bell; Tim Hortons; WaWa; Wendy's; and others. Significant Events In April 2015, Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. announced that it has signed multi-unit store development agreements with two existing franchise groups to develop seven restaurants in Illinois over the next several years. In April 2015, Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. signed a multi-unit store development agreement with a new franchise group, Legacy Concepts, to develop 10 new restaurants in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas of Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie and the communities west of the Metro area. Regulatory Matters The company and its franchisees are also subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and various other laws governing such matters as minimum wage requirements, overtime and other working conditions, and citizenship requirements.
dunkin' brands group inc
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