Add a message The Canton-based coffee chain said it will roll out a new line of refrigerated coffee early next year.
The product will be manufactured, distributed, and sold by Coca-Cola, the Atlanta-based beverage giant.
“This is a fast-growing segment of the coffee business, and it’s growing about 8 percent per year,” Dunkin’ Donuts chief executive Nigel Travis said Thursday.
“We saw white space, which means very little competition, and we saw that as a real opportunity.” Dunkin’ Donuts is already the top seller of iced coffee in the United States; its entrance into ready-made beverages follows that of Starbucks, which sells bottled drinks in a joint venture with PepsiCo.
Nearly all Dunkin’ Donuts locations are franchised, but Travis said he does not think the new ready-to-drink beverages will draw business away from those shops.