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Dunkin’ Brands says new distribution agreement will help accelerate US expansion

Dunkin’ Brands Inc., the parent company of the Dunkin’ Donuts and the Baskin-Robbins chains, said it has signed an agreement that makes National DCP LLC the exclusive supply chain provider for all Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the continental United States.

According to a press release from Canton-based Dunkin’ Brands, the agreement will enable it to accelerate its ambitious US expansion plans.

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On its website, National DCP says it’s a cooperative that is owned and operated by the franchisees of the Dunkin’ Brands system. It was established in 2005. One of its goals is to unify the franchisees’ buying power. It has offices in Bellingham.

With almost 7,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the United States today, Dunkin’ Brands has said it has plans to more than double its current number of restaurants in the United States over the next 20 years.

While Dunkin’ Donuts is well entrenched in New England and much of the Northeast, it is less well known in many other parts of the country.

“This agreement is a momentous one for Dunkin’ Brands and for existing, new, and future Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees,” Neil Moses, Dunkin’ Brands chief financial officer, said in a statement. “In addition to securing our franchisees’ role in the Dunkin’ Donuts supply chain, it will result in significant cost savings, a higher level of service, and, in the near term, uniform product costs for franchisees across our domestic restaurant network. This is a huge step forward toward our goal of continuing to drive store-level profitability in newer markets and accelerating the expansion of Dunkin’ Donuts across the United States.”

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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