Dippin' Dots Franchising LLC

At a Glance

Products & Services: Specialty ice cream, frozen yogurt, ices, sorbet

Number of Locations: 131

Total Investment: $119.7K - $366.95K

Founded: 1988

Began Franchising: 1999

About Dippin' Dots Franchising LLC

Research biotechnologist Curt Jones used his expertise in cryogenic freezing processes to find new ways to produce ice cream. After nearly a year of experimenting with the idea of flash-freezing his family's homemade ice cream, Jones created and sold his first cups of Dippin' Dots ice cream in 1988.

Because of Jones' flash-freezing process, Dippin' Dots ice cream forms into little balls (hence the term "dots"), but unlike freeze-dried products, the ice cream can still melt.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 116 1 13 1
2013 112 1 13 1
2012 114 1 13 1
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Africa, Asia, Central America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Mexico, South America, Western Europe.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $119,704 - $366,950
Franchise Fee: $15,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: Varies
Term of Franchise Agreement: 5 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $250,000
Liquid Cash Available: $80,000
Operations
Franchise can be run from home. 90% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 1. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 2 days. At franchisee's location: 1 day.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Field operations/evaluations, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Ad slicks, National media,
Other marketing support: Online

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