CANTON, Mass. (May 10, 2012) -- Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today celebrates the opening of its first restaurant on the Paseao Miraflores in Guatemala. The new flagship restaurant officially opened its doors today in the Guatemalan capital. With today’s announcement, Dunkin’ Donuts now has more than 10,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. The shop is the first of four Dunkin’ Donuts planned to open in the next month in Guatemala.
Dunkin’ Donuts is expanding an existing relationship with Grupo Intur, a company that currently operates 42 Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Honduras. Grupo Intur has a long history of operating successful franchise businesses throughout Latin America and has signed agreement to develop Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout Guatemala over the next several years.
Dunkin’ Donuts will offer Guatemalan guests a full menu of the brand’s classic food and beverages, including hot and iced coffee, freshly-brewed tea, donuts, bagels, breakfast sandwiches and other snacks, along with products customized to accommodate local tastes, such as a special Guatemalan Espresso Blend.
“We are honored and delighted to expand our relationship with Group Intur to bring Dunkin’ Donuts to even more consumers around the world with the grand opening of the first restaurant in Guatemala,” Giorgio Minardi, President, Dunkin’ Brands International. “Central America presents a strong growth potential for Dunkin’ Donuts, and we are excited to introduce our coffee and snack foods at a great value served in a fast, friendly and convenient environment to the people of Guatemala.”
Dunkin’ Donuts currently has more than 250 restaurants in Central and South America with locations in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama and Peru.
Over the course of 2011, Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, opened 601 net new locations globally, including 323 net new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. In 2012, the company expects to open 350 to 450 net new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins outside the United States. Dunkin’ Brands has more than 16,800 restaurants in nearly 60 countries and is one of the largest U.S. quick service restaurant (QSR) companies internationally by unit count.
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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 regular/decaf coffee, iced coffee, hot flavored 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 six years running. The company has more than 10,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2011, Dunkin' Donuts' restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.4 billion. 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
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