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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#138 Ranked #63 last year
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Initial investment
$152K - $547K
Units as of 2020
562 4.1% over 3 years

Company Overview

Ben & Jerry's is named for its founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who grew up together in Merrick, Long Island. In 1978, they took a $5 correspondence course on ice-cream-making, then leased an old gas station building in Burlington, Vermont to open their first ice cream shop. They began selling pints of ice cream to local restaurants and grocery stores out of Cohen's VW campervan. As Cohen had no sense of taste, he relied on "mouth feel" when eating, so large chunks of chocolate, fruit and nuts became a signature of their ice cream flavors. Cohen and Greenfield opened their first franchise in 1981. In 2000, they sold Ben & Jerry's to Unilever, but the company remains headquartered in Burlington, Vermont.

About Ben & Jerry's

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Ice Cream, Ices
Founded
1978
Parent Company
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc.
Leadership
Matthew McCarthy, CEO
Ticker Symbol
UN

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1981 (40 years)
# of employees at HQ
100
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees in the following US states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin

This company is seeking new franchisees in the following international regions: Australia/New Zealand, Europe (Western), Canada

# of Units
562 (as of 2020)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
30 Community Dr.
South Burlington, VT 05403

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Ben & Jerry's franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$16,000 - $37,000
Initial Investment
$152,200 - $546,800
Net Worth Requirement
$350,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Royalty Fee
3%
Ad Royalty Fee
4%
Term of Agreement
10 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

In-House Financing
Ben & Jerry's offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee
Third Party Financing
Ben & Jerry's has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
8 hours
Classroom Training
33.5 hours
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Additional Rankings

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Ranked #138

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #33

Top Global Franchises

Ranked #3 in Ice Cream

Top Food Franchises

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Updated: February 8th, 2021