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14. Dunkin' Donuts

Last Year's Rank: 14

Investment Range: $500K to $1 Million

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


A doughnut and coffee chain based in Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts is the largest franchised chain in its category. It's owned by Dunkin' Brands, which is also parent company of the ice cream franchise Baskin-Robbins.

There are more than 11,300 Dunkin’ Donuts locations worldwide, with 3,200 international restaurants in 36 countries. Dunkin’ Donuts added franchises in California beginning in 2015.

After testing in Maine Boston, and New York City, Dunkin’ Donuts nationally rolled out an app that allows loyalty members to order and pay ahead, plus skip lines for pickup. In the U.S., Dunkin’ Donuts is sometimes paired with Baskin-Robbins in a single multibranded store. 

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $8,933,300,000

US Units: 8,828

International Units: 3,430

Total Units: 12,258

Percent Franchised: 100%

% International Units: 28%

US Franchised Units: 8,828

International Franchised Units: 3,430

Sales Growth %: 7.6%

Unit Growth %: 4.3%

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