Dunkin’ in talks for sale to owner of Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic

The Dunkin’ doughnuts and coffee chain confirmed it’s held talks to be taken private by a private equity firm, sending shares rocketing to an all-time high at the opening bell Monday.

Dunkin’ Brands Group said it’s in preliminary discussions with Inspire Brands, which also owns Arby’s and Jimmy John’s Sandwiches. In a prepared statement Sunday, Dunkin’ said it was not yet certain a deal would be reached and would not comment further.

Inspire Brands said it had no comment Monday, but Dunkin’ shares jumped 16% to $104.87.

Dunkin’, based in Canton, Massachusetts, also owns the Baskin-Robbins ice cream chain. There are 13,000 Dunkin’ stores and 8,000 Baskin-Robbins outlets worldwide.

Both brands have significant history. Dunkin’ was founded in 1950 in Quincy, Massachusetts. Baskin-Robbins — known for its promise of 31 flavors — was founded in 1945 in Glendale, California.

But the global pandemic has hurt sales. Dunkin’ Brands revenue fell

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Dunkin’ Eyeing Potential Sale to the Owner of Arby’s and Jimmy John’s



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Dunkin’ is in talks to sell itself to the Arby’s parent company

Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ (née Donuts) and Baskin Robbins, could soon be owned by Inspire Brands, the owner of Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic, and Jimmy John’s. The two companies are reportedly in talks for Inspire to acquire Dunkin’ Brands for $106.50 a share, or $8.8 billion, the New York Times reports. This would take Dunkin’ Brands private and make it private-equity-owned again, after having fully sloughed off its previous private-equity owners in 2012.

Why would the bro-iest fast-food company want to buy the Massachusetts darling? After a brief drop in sales and the closure of 800 stores early on in the pandemic, Dunkin’ has rebounded, helped in part by its drive-thrus and online ordering. The chain also proved that it can get hip with Gen Z through its partnership with

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Dunkin’ Brands Is in Talks for Sale to Company That Owns Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings

Dunkin’ Brands, the Massachusetts-based company that owns Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins, confirmed Sunday that it’s been in talks about a sale with a private company.



a close up of a building: This Aug. 17, 2020, file photo shows the corporate logo for Dunkin’ that replaced the former name of Dunkin’ Donuts above the entrance to a store in Jersey City, New Jersey.


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This Aug. 17, 2020, file photo shows the corporate logo for Dunkin’ that replaced the former name of Dunkin’ Donuts above the entrance to a store in Jersey City, New Jersey.


Dunkin’ confirmed the talks with Inspire Brands, though it insisted that they’re just preliminary, in a statement to NBC10 Boston following a report about the discussions in The New York Times. That report said the deal would be valued at $8.8 billion, though a Dunkin’ representative didn’t confirm that.

“Dunkin’ Brands confirms that it has held preliminary discussions to be acquired by Inspire Brands. There is no certainty that any agreement will be reached. Neither group will comment further unless and until a transaction is agreed,” Dunkin’ Brands Chief Communications Officer Karen

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