mobile-bannertablet-bannerdesktop-banner
Dunkin Donuts China Expansion
Pedestrians walk past the Dunkin' Donuts logo at the opening ceremony of the company's flagship store in Shanghai, China, on Nov. 20, 2008. Bloomberg via Getty Images

Dunkin' Donuts Has Some Big Plans for China

Jan 08, 2015

The 16 Dunkin' Donuts stores in China are set for a nearly 100-fold increase.

The chain announced in a statement Thursday it has signed an agreement to open more than 1,400 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants throughout China over the next two decades.

The development agreement with Golden Cup Pte. Ltd is the largest in the company's history, and the first restaurant under the contract is expected to open in the fourth quarter of this year.

In China, Western fast food chains are branded as higher-end options for casual dining, and they've continued to popularize and expand as the country's middle-class population grows. Chains like KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonald's — as well as Dunkin' Donuts — have even adapted their menus to cater to local tastes. Dunkin' Donuts, for example, offers Mochi Ring Donuts.

QUIZ: Should You Eat This or That?

Which is better for you: A 1/2 cup of ice cream or 3 scoops of sorbet?
Which is better for you: Half cup of ice cream or 3 scoops of sorbet?Getty Images (4)
Which is better for you: A 1/2 cup of ice cream or 3 scoops of sorbet?
Answer: A 1/2 cup of ice cream
Which is better for you: Real butter or spray on fake butter?
Answer: Butter
Which is better for you: A sirloin burger or a turkey burger?
Which is better for you: Almonds or pretzels?
Answer: Almonds
Which is better for you: Eggs or Special K?
Answer: Eggs
84505234
Answer: Regular salad dressing
Which is better for you: A low fat cookie or dark chocolate?
Answer: Dark chocolate “People tend to believe fat free is calorie free,” says Keri Gans, a registered dietitian in New York City. “Go for the real thing.” Fat free cookies may be lower in fat, but higher in other ingredients like sugar. Try a nice piece of dark chocolate for those antioxidants.
Which is better for you: Low fat Greek yogurt or 100 calorie Yoplait yogurt?
Answer: Low fat Greek Yogurt
Which is better for you: Half cup of ice cream or 3 scoops of sorbet?
Getty Images (4)
1 of 16

The chain's plan to expand in China is the latest step in its Chinese growth strategy, following an agreement in 2013 with Fast Gourmet Group to open over 100 restaurants in Eastern China, the company said. The company has also signed development agreements in Brazil, Austria and Sweden.

All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.