The branding was developed in partnership with new creative and branding agencies Jones Knowles Ritchie, BBDO New York, and Arc Worldwide. It’s a key element, Hoffmann said, of Dunkin’s ambitious future goals, outlined in the aforementioned “Blueprint for Growth.” The most vivid direction of this plan is the addition of 1,000 net new stores in the next three years—90 percent of which will be located outside of Dunkin’s core markets. Part of that includes Dunkin’s next-generation design concept. Dunkin’ expects to have 50 of these opened, between new builds and remodels, by year’s end. The design makes mobile order and pickup more visible and easier to understand. Some also feature a drive-thru lane dedicated to mobile orders. Other core components include a front-facing bakery, a tap system for beverages, and a new beverage line in the back.
With the majority of next year’s development looking at NextGen, Dunkin’ will be able to seamlessly bring this new branding to the forefront. The updated units currently open already showcase the change. Weisman said the NextGen stores sell more donuts, not less, proving that the front-facing bakery is a far more attractive selling point than just the name.
Hoffman added the rebranding is part of letting guests know that Dunkin’ is evolving. And that’s a point that touches several key areas of its model.
“All of these initiatives have to produce customer noticeable change in order to fully maximize business results,” he said. “A signal to the world that it’s a new day at Dunkin’ in more ways than one. Our new branding is a clear signal that there is something new at Dunkin’. It says that we are a dynamic, on-the-go brand but still pays homage to our great heritage. The simplicity of our new branding creates energy. It also speaks to the breadth of our product offerings. We’re all about great coffee and beverages, but we’re also about donuts and baked goods and breakfast sandwiches, all delivered at the speed of Dunkin.’”
In July, chief financial officer Katherine Jaspon said Dunkin’ expected to spend $100 million across three areas— equipment to support its on-the-go beverage-led strategy (65 percent of the investment); technology infrastructure to support its digital leadership (30 percent, with the majority expected to capitalize and appreciate over the life of the asset and to Dunkin’s service agreement); and lastly, 5 percent of the total investment for G&A to support the testing, training, and rollout of these initiatives.