CANTON, Mass. and STAMFORD, Conn., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – From now on, when patrons of more than 9,600 Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants across the country reach for a bottle of water, they’ll be pulling a Nestle Waters product from the cooler. Under the five-year contract between Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), the National DCP, the exclusive supply chain partner for Dunkin’ Brands, and Nestle Waters North America, the country’s largest bottled water company, Nestle Waters is now the exclusive bottled water supplier for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants nationally.
Dunkin’ Brands started introducing 20-oz bottles of Nestle Waters North America’s regional spring waters – which include Arrowhead, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Ozarka, Poland Spring and Zephyrhills – in more than 9,600 Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants across the United States last Spring. Nestle Waters North America’s regional spring water brands are the No. 1 spring water brands in their respective regions. With the conversion now complete, customers across the country have access to their favorite Nestle Waters regional spring water brands to complement their favorite Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins foods.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Dunkin’ Brands to deliver refreshing hydration options to Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurant customers across the country,” said David Hardie , national channel manager, foodservice, Nestle Waters North America. “Water has become the beverage choice for many Americans, and bottled water gives them that option on-the-go. Now, they can enjoy their favorite Nestle Waters’ regional bottled water brand with their sandwich or snack.”
“By partnering with Nestle Waters North America, we can offer our guests refreshing, high-quality bottled water that is sourced regionally,” saidJohn Costello , chief global marketing and innovation officer, Dunkin’ Brands. “We’re happy to be bringing our guests another great beverage choice from their favorite Nestle Waters’ regional spring water brands.”
“We look forward to working with Nestle Waters to bring our members a quality bottled water offering to quench their customers’ thirst for water,” said Kevin Bruce , chief executive officer, National DCP, a member owned purchasing and distribution cooperative for Dunkin’ Donuts.
Nestle Waters North America carefully sources and manages its regional spring waters, providing customers with quality-assured water in a sealed bottle as a thirst-quenching choice. Committed to being a leader in environmental sustainability, all of Nestle Waters North America’s regional spring water bottles are recyclable and have one of the lightest environmental footprints of any packaged beverage.
Nestle Waters North America’s spring waters can be found at Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants in the following U.S. geographic regions: Poland Spring in the Northeast; Deer Park in the Mid-Atlantic; Zephyrhills in Florida, Ice Mountain in the Midwest; Ozarka in the South Central states; and Arrowhead in the West. For more information on Nestle Waters North America, please visit www.nestle-watersna.com.
About Nestle Waters North America
With 36 years of experience with healthful hydration in the bottled water segment, Nestle Waters has in its portfolio six regional spring water brands in the U.S., three international brands, and Nestle Pure Life, its nationally distributed purified bottled water. Sales for Nestle Waters North America topped $4 billion in 2011. The company’s dedication to quality, employee development, seeking to bring shared value to communities, and its commitments to environmental stewardship, especially in the areas of water use, energy and packaging, has led Nestle Waters to the number one bottled water position in the U.S.
About Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 17,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of the third quarter 2012, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 10,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and nearly 7,000 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. For the full-year 2011, the company had franchisee-reported sales of approximately $8.3 billion. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.
About the National DCP, LLC
The National DCP, LLC (NDCP) is a member owned supply chain cooperative owned by Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees. Headquartered in Bellingham, MA, the National DCP is the exclusive purchasing and distribution entity for Dunkin’ Donuts outlets and select Baskin Robbinslocations; servicing over 7,000 restaurants nationwide. The company’s primary focus is procuring contracting and delivering the food, packaging and equipment needed to operate these consumer-loved concepts each day.