New products lift sales for Dunkin’ Donuts parent company as chain readies for S. Calif. push

The new donut bacon sandwich from Dunkin' Donuts. File photo. (Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe.)
The new donut bacon sandwich from Dunkin' Donuts. File photo. (Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe.)

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., the Canton-based company that operates Dunkin’ Donuts and the ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins, reported second-quarter net income of $40.8 million on revenues of $182.5 million.

On an adjusted basis, the company said its earnings per share were 41 cents, up 24 percent from the comparable period of a year ago.

At Dunkin’ Donuts US stores open at least a year, sales rose 4 percent, the company said in a press release.

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“Innovative marketing and new product introductions” drove much of the growth, the company said.

But don’t rush to give all the credit to Dunkin’s new donut sandwich, which is a combination of pepper-fried egg and cherrywood-smoked bacon served between two slices of glazed donut. The donut sandwich debuted in early June, and Dunkin’ Brands’ second quarter ended only a few weeks later on June 29.

System-wide, the company and its franchisees reported second-quarter global sales of just under $2.4 billion, up 5.5 percent on a year-to-year comparison basis.

During the quarter, the company said it added 151 net new restaurants worldwide, including 63 net new Dunkin’ Donuts in the US. At the end of the quarter, the company said it had about 17,700 locations around the world. About 10,600 of that total are Dunkin’ Donuts.

“We are pleased with our performance in the second quarter which was driven by strong comparable store sales and net unit development for Dunkin’ Donuts US,” Nigel Travis, Dunkin’ Brands chairman and chief executive, said in a statement. “Innovative marketing and new product introductions, as well as a focus on delivering a great customer experience, continue to deliver attractive franchisee returns and exceptional results for Dunkin’ Donuts in the US. Additionally, we continue to see significant interest in restaurant development for Dunkin’ Donuts in this country, and for the second consecutive quarter, Baskin-Robbins US experienced positive net growth. On the international front, we continue to build the foundation for the long-term growth of both brands. Going into the second half of the year, we are confident about our business prospects and are steadfastly focused on delivering profitable growth for our franchisees and shareholders.”

In a separate press release, Dunkin’ Donuts, said that it has “signed its first Southern California multi-unit store development agreements with four franchise groups for a total commitment of 45 new restaurants.”

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