Monday, January 2, 2012
4047. Dunkin' Donuts Pink Jack O Lantern
A jack-o'-lantern is typically a carved pumpkin. It is associated chiefly with the holiday of Halloween and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack-o'-lantern. In a jack-o'-lantern, typically the top is cut off, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved onto the outside surface, and the lid replaced. It is typically seen during Halloween.
Dunkin' Donuts is an international doughnut and coffee retailer founded in 1950 by William Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts; it is now headquartered in Canton. While the company originally focused on doughnuts and other baked goods, over half of its business today is in coffee sales, making it more of a competitor to Starbucks than Krispy Kreme and Tim Hortons.
The company has more than 16,000 locations in 56 countries worldwide, which include more than 6,700 Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the United States. This figure compares with the 17,009 stores of coffee chain Starbucks, whose baked goods are usually prepared out of shop. Nearly all of Dunkin' Donuts restaurant are franchisee owned and operated. Only 75 franchisees exist west of the Mississippi River, mostly in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. Within their Northeast home base, however, Dunkin' Donuts is particularly dominant and can be found in many gas stations, supermarkets, mall and airport food courts, and Walmart stores across the region.
Dunkin' Donuts, along with Baskin-Robbins is co-owned by Dunkin' Brands Inc. (previously known as Allied Domecq Quick Service Restaurants, when it was a part of Allied Domecq). Dunkin' Brands used to own the Togo's chain, but sold this in late 2007 to a private equity firm. Dunkin' Brands was owned by French beverage company, Pernod Ricard S.A. after it purchased Allied Domecq. They reached an agreement in December 2005 to sell the brand to a consortium of three private equity firms, Bain Capital Partners, the Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners.
"Donuts" display at a Dunkin Donuts Franchise
In the United States, Dunkin' Donuts is sometimes paired with Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops. While such locations usually have two counters set up for each chain (much like the Wendy's/Tim Hortons co-branded locations), depending on business that day both products can be bought at the same counter (usually the Dunkin' counter), much like the Yum! Brands stores.
The company's largest competitors include Krispy Kreme donuts and Starbucks, as well as small locally owned donut shops. In Canada and parts of the northern United States, Tim Hortons is a major competitor. Mister Donut had been its largest competitor in the United States before the company was bought by Dunkin' Donuts' parent company. The Mister Donut stores were rebranded as Dunkin' Donuts. Dunkin still controls the trademark rights to the Mister Donut trademark thru various new and amended older trademark registrations with the USPTO.
In 2005, Dunkin’ Donuts named three-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee Stan Frankenthaler as its first Executive Chef / Director of Culinary Development.
On December 10, 2008, Nigel Travis was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dunkin’ Brands. He also assumed the role of Dunkin’ Donuts President at the end of 2009.
In 2008, Dunkin' Donuts opened its first "green" store, in St. Petersburg, Florida. The restaurant is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified and includes programs like worm casting, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, and the usage of well water rather than potable water for all irrigation.
In 2010, Dunkin' Donuts' global system-wide sales were $6 billion.
In 2011, Dunkin' Donuts earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for the fifth year in a row.
May 4, 2011, Dunkin' Brands initiates $400 million IPO.