International Dairy Queen Inc. (IDQ), part of Berkshire Hathaway, opened 272 new DQ Grill & Chill, Dairy Queen, DQ Orange Julius, and Orange Julius locations in 2011. These new openings created approximately 5,000 jobs.
International Dairy Queen Inc.’s chief operating officer, Jean Champagne, understands his franchisees’ point of view.
He comes from a large extended family of franchisees.
The COO’s Canadian parents ran a store in Niagara Falls, Ontario, for 18 years. His brother owned one in Welland, Ontario, for 13. His aunt and uncle were Dairy Queen franchisees for more than 30 years, and one of his cousins still operates units in Montreal.
The Dairy Queen system, part of Berkshire Hathaway, recently celebrated the opening of its 500th location in Shanghai, China.
"This was an auspicious occasion for our brand and we were very happy to share this celebration with our international partners in China," says John Gainor, president and CEO of International Dairy Queen, Inc. who, with his executive team, was in Shanghai for the grand opening.
The Dairy Queen system always has been about sharing smiles and stories. Now, the company has opened its newest, most exciting treat concept, a DQ Orange Julius store, within “The Block at Orange” in Orange, California.
The location offers all of the Dairy Queen soft-serve treats as well as Orange Julius products including an array of fruit beverages and smoothies. Located at 20 City Boulevard West, the 800-square-foot restaurant employs a staff of seven.
The Dairy Queen system has always been about sharing smiles and stories. Now, the company has opened a new DQ Grill & Chill restaurant and a DQ Orange Julius store in Lynnwood, Washington, creating 50 jobs.
The 2.135 square-foot DQ Grill & Chill restaurantis located at 121st Street and Mukilteo Speedway, and has seating for 69 and a drive-thru window. The DQ Orange Julius store is located at the food court in the Alderwood Mall, 3000 184 St., S.W.
The Dairy Queensystem, part of Berkshire Hathaway, has opened its 500th location in China and has plans to open more than 100 new restaurants there by the end of 2012. China has been the strongest international expansion market for the global retail treat category leader, which opened its first Dairy Queen location there in 1991 in Beijing.
The 500th DQ restaurant, located in the Hu Dong finance district in Shanghai, is operated by Shanghai Shida Catering Management Company, which has more than 350 Dairy Queen locations throughout southern and eastern China.
Alicia Jindra of Andover, Minnesota, placed first in the Dairy Queen system’s “Iron Tip” Cake Decorating International Competition. Jindra competed as a DQ master cake decorator against four other finalists from around the world.
Jindra is an esteemed cake decorator at the Dairy Queen restaurant located at 3595 River Rapids Dr. NW in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
In today’s business environment, corporate social responsibility (CSR) receives a lot of lip service from media and public relations. But experts say a CEO who steps up his company’s CSR efforts will find that his organization receives more than just media accolades.
In fact, chief executives could find that many of the big-picture business components they struggle with daily become a little bit easier with a solid CSR plan in place. Maximizing the benefits of corporate social responsibility, however, requires a CEO who is willing to play point and maintain a clear CSR strategy.
The Dairy Queen system raised more than $5 million to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during the 6th Annual DQ Miracle Treat Day.
On that day, participating Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill restaurants throughout North America donated $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada.
Since 1984, the Dairy Queen system has raised more than $90 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The Dairy Queen system announced the recipients of its annual Distributor, Vendor, and Dairy of the Year Awards for the U.S. and Canada. Unified Supply Chain Inc. (USCI), a wholly owned subsidiary of International Dairy Queen Inc. (IDQ), as well as the Canadian (CDQ) Co-op, annually recognize supply chain partners that provide superior service and outstanding support to more than 5,000 Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations in the U.S. and Canada.
This year’s recipients are: