Dunkin’ Donuts is to help global coffee growers adapt to climate change after signing a five-year agreement with World Coffee Research (WCR).
Working alongside supply chain management cooperative National DCP (NDCP), the agreement includes a financial contribution from every pound of Original Blend coffee beans sold to Dunkin’ franchisees for use in its restaurants, which could amount to $2million in total.
The contribution will enable WCR – a non-profit collaborative research and development program of the global coffee industry – to grow, protect and enhance supplies of quality coffee while improving the growers’ livelihoods.
Tim Schilling, CEO of World Coffee Research, said: “The commitment by the Dunkin’s system makes them one of our biggest donors and a leader in collaborative, pre-competitive agronomic research and development.
“With rising temperatures and more frequently extreme weather, the need to make coffee plants more resilient to threats like diseases and droughts has never been more urgent. The support from Dunkin’ will be transformational in protecting the availability of quality coffee and protecting the livelihood of coffee farmers across the globe through access to new coffee varieties and technologies.”
The funding will help new research to be conducted on supply constraints (including climate change) and increase the capacity of coffee origin countries to carry out thorough research to boost cup quality and enhance volumes.
Karen Raskopf, chief communications and sustainability officer at Dunkin’ Brands, said: “As a leading coffee retailer, we have a responsibility to protect the commodities we source, and the farmers and producers whose livelihoods depend upon them.
“On behalf of our franchisee community, we are proud that every cup of Dunkin’ Original Blend coffee sold will support World Coffee Research’s ambitious and vital research efforts.”
Matt Daks, director of strategic sourcing for coffee and tea at National DCP, said: “We are excited to support the work being done by World Coffee Research benefiting farmers around the world and shoring up long-term supply assurance for our franchisee cooperative members.
“Through WCR’s CheckOff Program, we can help combat the impacts of climate change, develop more vibrant, vigorous, varietals and ensure farmers can grow healthier trees, resulting in better quality and higher volumes. In turn, our members can continue pouring the best tasting, freshest coffee available into the cups of millions of Americans every day. Dunkin’ stores sell 80 cups of coffee every second, and each one of those is supporting this incredible partnership.”
Last year, Dunkin’ expanded work with the Rainforest Alliance to ensure all espresso drinks served at its U.S. restaurants and in approximately 16 international markets are made with 100 per cent Rainforest Alliance Certified™ beans.
In addition, Dunkin’ announced earlier this year that it plans to eliminate all polystyrene foam cups in its global supply chain by 2020. In U.S. restaurants, the foam cup will be replaced with a new, double-walled paper cup.
In 2014, the company launched DD Green™ Achievement, a program designed to help franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants in the U.S. There are now approximately 186 of these restaurants around the country, with the aim to open 500 DD Green Achievement restaurants in the U.S. by the end of 2020.