Dunkin' Donuts to open first restaurant in Russia

by Eric Schroeder
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CANTON, MASS. — Dunkin’ Donuts, the world’s largest coffee and baked goods chain, is entering Russia with the May 11 planned opening of a restaurant in Moscow. Dunkin’ said the opening is part of its plan to expand steadily throughout Russia and Ukraine over the next several years and builds on its global expansion.

Donuts Project L.L.C., Dunkin’ Donuts’ franchise partner in Russia, is set to open between 10 and 20 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Moscow and the Moscow region in 2010.

“Russia is experiencing significant growth, and the pace of everyday life is becoming faster,” said Anthony P. Pavese, chief operating officer for Dunkin’ Donuts International. “We believe Dunkin’ Donuts will offer Russian consumers a quick, convenient place to stop, throughout their hectic days, for great coffee, baked goods and high-quality snacks that will help keep them running.”

In addition to the traditional Dunkin’ Donuts menu, the Moscow restaurant will serve local items, including donuts filled with scalded cream or raspberry, which tastes similar to a traditional raspberry jam.

The entry into Russia continues Dunkin’ Donuts’ global expansion, which most recently included new restaurant openings in Europe and the Asia-Pacific. The company now has more than 9,000 restaurants on four continents.
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