Jubilant FoodWorks, which runs restaurant chain Domino’s Pizza in India, has announced the signing of a master franchisee agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts to bring the US-based baked food and coffee chain to India. The first outlet will open early next year.
Addressing the media on Thursday, Shyam S Bhartia, chairman, Jubilant FoodWorks Limited, said, “We are excited about bringing Dunkin’ Donuts to India. We strongly believe the brand is extremely relevant for India not only due its strength in donuts and coffee, but also due to a differentiated food and beverage menu.”
Maintaining that Dunkin’ provides flexibility in localising recipes, Bhartia said, “We will provide an excellent all-day food, coffee, beverage and donut menu suited to Indian taste buds.”
Ajay Kaul, CEO, Jubilant FoodWorks, said, “The company plans to open the first Dunkin’ Donuts store by early next year.”
The company, Kaul said, was looking forward to open 25-30 Dunkin’ Donuts outlet in three years and touch the 500-outlet mark by the 15th year. “On an average, the Dunkin’ Donuts outlet will be spread over an area of 750-800 sq.ft,” he added.
Commenting on the partnership, Dunkin’ Donuts CEO Nigel Trivis said, “Expansion in India is part of our international growth plan. We focused on Jubilant FoodWorks as they have done a credible job with Dominos.”
Dunkin’ Donuts currently has over 9,700 stores in 31 countries, with worldwide sales of around $6 bn. The parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts, Dunkin’ Brands, also owns ice-cream parlour chain Baskin-Robbins.
– IndiaRetailing Bureau