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Duck Donuts® Announces International Expansion into Chile

Master Franchise Agreement with OBX Alimentos SpA Calls for Development of 10 Locations in Chile over the Next Four Years

Duck Donuts, one of the nation’s fastest growing donut franchise companies known for serving Warm, Delicious and Made-to-Order!® donuts, announced today that it has signed its first international franchise agreement with OBX Alimentos SpA, who is set to open 10 locations throughout Chile over the next four years.

“Our international expansion marks a milestone for Duck Donuts Franchising Company as we continue to grow our brand and introduce our made-to-order donut model to those in Chile, while seeking additional opportunities in other countries,” said Russ DiGilio, founder and CEO of Duck Donuts Franchising Company. “Our new franchisees have a long family history of proven ability in owning businesses and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. We are confident their dedication will contribute to a successful launch of this concept in a new country.”

The Dieguez-Acuna family has a track record of more than 50 years of successful business ventures in Chile. Much of the success is due to their ability to bring unique American concepts and products to Latin America and adapt them to the local culture.

“Inversiones Rio Potomac Ltd., the Dieguez-Acuna family of Santiago, Chile and our ownership group are elated to announce our partnership to bring Duck Donuts’ custom made donuts to Chile,” said Marcial Dieguez-Acuna, partner of Inversiones Rio Potomac Ltd and CEO of OBX Alimentos SpA. “We look forward to having Chileans adopt this new concept with open arms and for Duck Donuts to become a significant player in the sweets industry in Chile. We will offer a superior product to current market standards and with the highest level of quality service. This dedication to detail and our strong partnership will guarantee our future success.”

Duck Donuts specializes in warm, delicious and made-to-order donuts. Customers can choose from a variety of topping combinations, including traditional favorites such as chocolate icing with sprinkles and more adventurous creations such as maple icing with bacon. The family-friendly stores offer a viewing area where children and adults alike can watch their donuts being made. Duck Donuts also sells coffee, tea, donut breakfast sandwiches and more. To learn more about local promotions or locate the nearest Duck Donuts, visit


Duck Donuts was founded in 2006 by Russ DiGilio in Duck, North Carolina. His intention? To solve a family vacation problem: “Our family wanted a place to buy warm, delicious, made-to-order donuts, and when we couldn’t find one, we decided to start our own.”

By 2011, Duck Donuts had expanded to four Outer Banks locations and the donut business was so successful that DiGilio was continuously approached about franchise opportunities by fans who begged for a Duck Donuts in their community. The first franchise opened in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 2013, and there are now 67 open franchise locations and more than 140 additional contracts in 23 states and 2 countries.