Author: Matthew Krikorian

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Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. is a quick-service restaurant chain and operates in an industry of coffee retailers such as Starbucks (SBUX) and Krispy Kreme Donuts (KKD).

Dunkin' Brands Group is a franchisor of quick-service restaurants, serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods in addition to ice cream. It's a strong, growing player in these segments.

Starbucks began in 1971 as a single coffee shop in Seattle. Today, it's the world largest coffee retailer, with over 19,000 locations in more than 60 countries (as of FY2013 end).