American coffee and baked good brands, Dunkin’ Donuts, opened its first restaurant in South Africa in October... its 45th country.

Customers queued outside the restaurant on opening day in Goodwood, Cape Town to get a taste of its famous coffee and donuts.

The master franchise agreement between Dunkin’ Brands and the JSE-listed GrandParade Investments allows for the development of more than 250 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 70 Baskin-Robbins shops in the country.

President of Dunkin’ Brands International, Bill Mitchell, said it was pleased to work with GPI to bring Dunkin’ Donuts’ range of espresso beverages, coffees,sandwiches and baked goods to South Africa.

“GPI has a wealth of experience in the local restaurant and retail industry, and a strong focus on operational excellence,” said Mitchell.

Chairman of GPI, Hassen Adams, said diversifying the local quick service restaurant industry with premium brands that “resonate with South Africans” remained a focus for the group.

“Dunkin’ Brands and GPI have shared values, and are committed to maintaining the product and brand excellence Dunkin’ Donuts is known for in other markets around the world,” Adams said.

An extensive variety of coffee would be available in South Africa, including the original blend, lattes and cappuccinos and cold drinks.

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