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  • Last Year Rank: 27
  • Investment Range: $361,450 - $1,849,525
  • Initial Investment: $35,000
  • Category: Restaurant
27. Dairy Queen

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 now headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, the Dairy Queen system has more than 7,000 restaurants and is 100 percent franchised.

Company Statistics

  • Global Sales: $4,720,000,000
  • US Units: 4,381
  • International Units: 2,798
  • Total Units: 7,179
  • Percent Franchised: 100%
  • % International Units: 39%
  • US Franchised Units: 4,379
  • International Franchised Units: 2,798
  • Sales Growth %: 3.8%
  • Unit Growth %: 1.6%