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The name has evolved since William Rosenberg and Stephen So opened their first restaurant in 1948 as Open Kettle, in Quincy, Massachusetts The name changed to Kettle Donuts in 1949, and the now corporate name Dunkin' Donuts adopted in 1950. Rosenberg conceived of the idea for the chain after his experiences selling food in factories and at construction sites, where doughnuts and coffee were the two most popular items. Rosenberg sold franchise of Dunkin' Donuts to others as early as 1955. In 1959, the company began growing, which led Rosenberg to lobby for Dunkin' Donuts at the International Franchise Association. In 2002, Rosenberg passed away from bladder cancer at the age of 86 in his Mashpee, Cape Cod home.
The chain's 100th restaurant opened in 1963. "Munchkins", a pastry that resembles the center of a doughnut when cut, was debuted debuted in 1972. Growth was exponential starting in 1979 when the chain had 1,000 restaurants in 1979, 2,000 in 1990, and 3,000 in 1992. In 1996, bagels were introduced to the Dunkin' Donuts menu and breakfast sandwiches the following year.
In 2004, the company's headquarters were relocated to Canton. The following year, four-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee Stan Frankenthaler was appointed the company's debut Executive Chef/Director of Culinary Development. In 2006, Dunkin' Donuts began using the slogan "America Runs on Dunkin" which continues to be used in many advertisement campaigns.
In 2008, Dunkin' Donuts opened its first "green" restaurant in St. Petersburg, Florida that is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. The location program includes: worm composting to repurpose such wastes as coffee grounds and paper products into fertilizer for local farms and gardens, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, and the use of well water rather than potable water for all landscape irrigation. On December 10, 2008, Nigel Travis was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dunkin’ Brands. He also assumed the role of Dunkin’ Donuts President at the end of 2009.
In 2010, Dunkin' Donuts' global system-wide sales were $6 billion. In 2011, Dunkin' Donuts ranked first for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for five continuous years.
In April 2012, Dunkin' Donuts switched its beverage provider from previously served PepsiCo products to The Coca-Cola Company since rivals increasingly served PepsiCo products the United States; PepsiCo's Gatorade remained on the menu. Canadaian restaurants did not switch.
In 2012, Dunkin' Donuts launched its first-ever mobile application for payment and gifting for iPhone, iPod touch and Android smartphones. In May 2013, Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile® App launched a new language setting that enables users to view content in English or Spanish. In May 2013, Nigel Travis assumed the role of Chairman of the Board and Paul Twohig was appointed to President, Dunkin' Donuts U.S. & Canada.
Dunkin' Brands was bought by French beverage company Pernod Ricard S.A. from Allied Domecq under the corporate name of Allied Domecq Quick Service Restaurants. In 2014, Dunkin' Donuts is owned by Dunkin' Brands Inc. that also owns Baskin-Robbins and previously owned the Togo's chain, the latter sold it in late 2007 to a private equity firm. Pernod Ricard agreed in December 2005 to sell the Dunkin' Brands a consortium of three private-equity firms: Bain Capital Partners, the Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners. Mister Donut had represented a major competitor in the United States before the company was bought by Dunkin' Donuts' parent company and all the acquired stores were rebranded as Dunkin' Donuts; Dunkin' controls the rights to the Mister Donut trademark..