When you think coffee and donuts, you think Dunkin’ Donuts. To paraphrase their slogan, America does indeed run on the 52 varieties of donuts, more than one dozen coffee products, breakfast sandwiches and other drink and food items.
Ever since Bill Rosenberg decided to open his first donut shop in Quincy, Massachussetts 60 years ago to serve the small local community, Dunkin’ Donuts has been growing. In 1955, Rosenberg licensed the first of what was to become one of the most successful franchises in the food and beverage industry. Over the years, more and more franchises were sold, first in the United States and eventually expanding to all over the world. As of the end of 2008, Dunkin’ Donuts had 8,835 stores worldwide, with 6,395 of those franchises in the United States (34 different states) and the remaining 2,440 franchises located in 31 countries around the world. Each day, over 3 million customers visit a Dunkin’Donuts store somewhere around the world. Headquartered in Canton, Massachussetts, annual sales exceed 5.5 billion dollars.
Bill Rosenberg did much to further the concept of franchising. In 1960, Rosenberg founded the International Franchise Association (IFA), a group of more than 800 franchisors and 30,000 franchisees. Today, the group maintains its influence in the franchising business, which accounts for nearly 50% of all retail business. A devout horseman, he owned Wilrose Farm in New Hampshire, one of the biggest and well known Standard Bred racing stables in the country. Mr. Rosenberg believed in helping others and supported various causes such as the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Vector Laboratory at Harvard Institute of Human Genetics. Coming from the Depression Era, Bill Rosenberg new how tough times could be and always embodied the spirit of hard work and giving good value for a dollar. His philosophy lives on in Dunkin’ Donuts since his passing at age 86 in 2002.
So, What’s on the Menu?
Dunkin’ Donuts is so much more than donuts. In addition to the 50 or so different varieties of donuts and pastries, every franchise offers their world famous coffee. either by the cup or to take home by the pound. Not only do they have regular, fresh brewed coffee, they also have a large selection of flavored coffees such as Hazelnut, Cinnamon and French Vanilla.
The Coolatta is one of the very popular cold drinks available at Dunkin’ Donuts. Fruit flavors such as watermelon , Tropicana Orange and Strawberry are just a few of the possible Coolatta selections. Tea lovers will enjoy the sweet iced tea and for the traditional hot tea-totalers, there are many choices. Those who prefer espresso will find the store can accomodate them as well.
Breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts comes in the form of breakfast sandwiches. The basic egg, bacon, ham and cheese are served in different combinations and place on a bagel, croissant, English muffin or biscuit. There are eleven different types of bagels such as poppy, sesame and onion and you can top them with plain, or reduced fat, flavored cream cheese. Of course, you can also just order a croissant or buttered English muffin if that’s what you want. To round off your breakfast, why not try the hash brown potatoes?
Turning to lunch, there are a number of flatbread wraps and sandwiches on the menu. You can choose from Turkey, Tuna and even a steak and cheese sandwich. For the health conscious, a Caeser’s salad and several types of soups round out a light but fulfilling menu.
Dunkin’ Donuts Does Something Special For Veterans
Members of the Military and past Veterans are eligible to apply for a Veterans Advantage Vet Rewards Card which entitles them to special discounts and deals on a wide assortment of products and food items. For an annual fee of $60.00 (just $5.00 per month), members receive 20% off on all purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts. They receive travel discounts on hotels, airlines and rental cars. The card also offers special reduced rates to many theme parks and other entertainment venues. The card is widely accepted by both online and brick and mortar retailers who offer some nice discounts. Perhaps most important, the card gives certain health benefits including low cost prescription coverage and medical and dental insurance at favorable rates. The card also offers free financial planning and business services as well as some state and federal benefits.
Are There Any Coupons, Discounts, Rebates or Reward Programs for Dunkin’ Donuts?
Well, we would’nt have posed the question if the answer was no. Of course there are opportunities to save and be rewarded for your allegiance to Dunkin’ Donuts.
You can enter the “Keep it Coolatta 2″ contest by logging in to Facebook where you will be able to suggest your favorite song for the summer that best represents one of the many flavored coolatta drinks. Winners will receive a prize and be recognized on Facebook.
The Dunkin’ Donuts Perks Card is like a prepaid debit card used to purchase food and drink at the store. You earn perks when you use the card to purchase donuts, coffee or any other item at Dunkin’ Donuts. The card is reloadable so you can always have a balance for those emergency late night runs for a sweet snack. For every twenty dollars you spend on the card, you receive 5 cents off per gallon at select gasoline stations (up to 20 gallons). Thus, if you accumulate $200 in spending, you would receive a 50 cent per gallon discount.
Dunkin’ Donuts has teamed with American Express (Zync card) and when you spend $20.00 on food and drink at the store, you will earn a $5.00 DD gift card. They also have a program with American Express (Blue card) that entitles you to a $5.00 DD gift card if you make 4 or more separate purchases in a given month.
There are numerous coupon sites on the internet that offer promotional codes for discounts on Dunkin’ Donut foods and drink. Some of the more popular sites where you can get coupons and save on your purchase are:
All of the sites offer free coupons, although you may need to sign up (give your e-mail address) in order to access the coupons. A simple search for “Dunkin’ Donuts coupons” will yield dozens of pertinent results.
Other Places To Find Deals
If you are not too computer savvy or just want to do things the old fashioned way, check your local newspaper or Pennysaver for printed coupons. Dunkin’ Donuts is always running some kind of special, so why not take advantage and save a few bucks on your next visit. One of the popularly recurring coupons that runs in many local papers is an offer to buy 6 donuts and get 6 free. Other coupons and ads often appear to promote the introduction of a new product. They may offer a “Dollar Off” on a new drink or maybe a free sample.
So, to sum up, Dunkin’ Donuts has been serving the public for almost 60 years and since its inception, has been a very customer friendly company. They offer high quality products at a fair price and often offer their loyal customers a little extra something in the form of discounts and rewards.