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14. Dunkin' Donuts

Last Year's Rank: 14

Investment Range: $97,500 - $1,717,103

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


Based in Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts is the largest franchised chain in its category, predominantly offering donuts and coffee. Its parent company is Dunkin' Brands, which also owns ice cream franchise Baskin-Robbins.

Dunkin’ Donuts was founded in 1950 by William Rosenberg, and now has thousands of locations worldwide in 36 countries. It was the first restaurant brand in the country to offer an on-the-go drive-thru lane, where rewards members can order ahead via the mobile app and head straight to the pick-up window.

Recently the coffee chain has promised to eliminate the use of foam cups in its global supply chain to meet sustainability goals, and replace it with a double-walled paper cup. In the U.S., Dunkin’ Donuts is sometimes paired with Baskin-Robbins in a single multi-branded store. 

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $9,192,000,000

US Units: 9,141

International Units: 3,397

Total Units: 12,538

Percent Franchised: 100%

% International Units: 27%

US Franchised Units: 9,141

International Franchised Units: 3,397

Sales Growth %: 2.90%

Unit Growth %: 2.28%

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