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27. Dairy Queen

Last Year's Rank: 26

Investment Range: $361,450 - $1,849,525

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


Dairy Queen is an international chain of soft-serve ice cream and fast-food joints. A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., Dairy Queen also owns restaurant concepts Orange Julius and KarmelKorn. 

Beginning in 1938 in Kankakee, Illinois, and currently headquartered in Edina, Minnesota, the Dairy Queen system has more than 7,000 restaurants and is 100 percent franchised.

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $4,546,395,000

US Units: 4,406

International Units: 2,662

Total Units: 7,068

Percent Franchised: 100%

% International Units: 38%

US Franchised Units: 4,404

International Franchised Units: 2,662

Sales Growth %: 0.8%

Unit Growth %: 2.3%

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