Van de Valk group takes over Dunkin’s Dutch, Belgian ops

All 76 Dutch and Belgian outlets of the doughnut and café chain Dunkin’ are being taken over by the Van der Valk hospitality industry family.

Van der Valk International has taken a majority stake in the Dutch and Belgian operation and plans to expand the chain to a further 60 locations in the coming five years.

Dunkin’ is an attractive buy because of its appeal to the young, commercial director Kirsten Hulscher said. “They are the hotel guests of the future.”

Financial details were not disclosed but Dunkin’ Nederland’s current chief executive Roberto Fava will retain a minority stake.

Van der Valk has acquired the rights to exploit the name from American parent firm Inspire Brands, which runs the company largely as a franchise operation.

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