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Joy for the Belly and Soul

What makes Ben & Jerry’s “Ben & Jerry’s?” It’s extraordinary all-natural super-premium ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbets. It’s iconic flavors like Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Phish Food, with colossal chunks and sensational swirls. It’s enticing sundaes, exquisite shakes and mouth-watering smoothies made with real fruit. And it’s operating a company in a way that recognizes the responsibility of business to give back to the community.

Not Your Typical Franchise

Stepping into a Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop, all your senses experience the magic: bright, vibrant colors; the sweet aroma of freshly-baked waffle cones; cool music; and cheerful scoopers offering samples of our euphoric flavors. Imagine owning a business that puts smiles on customers’ faces, that’s backed by one of the world’s most recognized and loved brands, and that emphasizes the importance of having fun and getting involved in your community. Ben & Jerry’s strives to sustain a franchise network where teamwork, individuality and diversity are valued, respected and encouraged.

What does it take to become a Ben & Jerry’s franchisee?

  • Shared values, passion for the brand, and a full-time commitment to developing the Ben & Jerry’s franchise business
  • Strong business acumen and the knowledge of how to build and operate a business
  • Two years of management experience at the GM level or higher in a retail or restaurant business
  • A fun, flexible, and enthusiastic personality with strong leadership skills and a zeal for working with the public
  • An excitement for community involvement and social responsibility
  • A minimum net worth of $350,000, of which $80,000 must be liquid 

Further information:

  • Franchisees receive site selection guidance, design & build expertise, excellent training, and ongoing support from a field-based operations team.
  • Five store models fit almost any real estate opportunity
  • Start-up costs range from $175,000 to $440,000.
  • Our initial franchisee fee is $32,000.
  • The royalty is 3%; the marketing contribution is 4% (2% national/2% local).

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