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    Baskin-Robbins growing in China

    Baskin-Robbins, the sister chain of Dunkin’ Donuts, said Wednesday that it has signed franchise agreements that are projected to triple its presence in China.

    Canton-based Baskin-Robbins currently operates nearly 7,000 ice cream shops in about 50 countries.

    In a Wednesday press release, the chain said it has signed franchise agreements that are projected to open 249 additional Baskin-Robbins shops across China over the next decade.

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    Dunkin’ Donuts is also pursuing ambitious expansion plans.

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    Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins share a corporate parent in Dunkin’ Brands Group.

    In a statement, Giorgio Minardi, president of Dunkin’ Brands International, said: “We’re very excited to expand the Baskin-Robbins brand in China with these five new partners who each have a deep knowledge of their local consumers.”

    Chris Reidy

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