Dunkin’ Donuts will soon test a new product in the Chicago market: Hot teas.
Beginning in October the coffee and doughnut chain will test five teas in participating locations in Chicago, a spokesperson for Dunkin' Brands Inc. told NBC Chicago.
The flavors include a "Bold Breakfast" black tea, a "Cool Mint" herbal infusion, a "Chamomile Fields" herbal infusion, a "Hibiscus Kiss" herbal infusion and a "Harmony Leaf" premium leaf tea.
Chris Fuqua, vice president of marketing, told Crain's Chicago Business the “tea market is one that’s evolving relatively quickly” and noted it is “one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world.”
The company plans to test the new products in Chicago but could broaden its use if test results prove promising.
The move could allow the chain to compete with fellow coffee giant Starbucks Corp.
Starbucks has long been active in the tea market and sells Teavana brand tea.