Ben & Jerry's Franchise

Ice cream parlor

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.  Ben & Jerry’s has over 580 franchised ice cream scoop shops and PartnerShops worldwide. We have over 350 scoop shops in the United States and over 350 scoop shops Internationally.

Seeking new franchise units in 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, Australia/New Zealand, Canada and Western

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How much does it cost to open a Ben & Jerry's Franchise?

The investment required to open a Ben & Jerry's Franchise is between $152,200-$546,800. There is an initial franchise fee of $16,000-$37,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Ben & Jerry's name.

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  • Term of Agreement:
    10 years
  • Renewal Fee:
    50% of then current fee

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Ben & Jerry's: Why Ben Picked Jerry
In the early days of launching their now legendary brand, Ben and Jerry lived and breathed ice cream. They would sleep on their freezers some nights. But one thing was always more important than their business: Their friendship. That, says Ben Cohen -- the "Ben" who founded the famous Vermont ice...

For Franchises, All's Fair In Food & Politics
As Nov. 6 draws near, some food franchises are wrapping the U.S. election into their marketing. Ben & Jerry's, which sells its iconic ice cream through grocery stores and franchise scoop shops, continued its history of political activism this month by announcing a new special-edition pint package...

Ben & Jerry's To Begin Franchising In Australia
US ice-cream chain Ben & Jerry's has announced a rollout of franchises around Australia, and says it has adapted its business here to avoid the patchy fortunes of companies including Starbucks, Krispy Kreme and Gloria Jean's. Brand manager Johnny Hammond says the franchise model has been tweaked ...

Ben & Jerry's Scoops Up A New Ceo
Ben & Jerry's announced its newest leader today from the home office. Jostein Solheim was appointed CEO of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Vice President of Global Brand Development, effective immediately. The new CEO, supported both by Unilever and the Ben & Jerry's Board of Directors, was ...

Ben & Jerry's Ceo Resigns
Ben & Jerry's CEO and Vice President of Global Brand Development Walt Freese is resigning, the ice cream company announced Tuesday. Freese joined the company, now owned by Unilever, which is based in the Netherlands, more than 8 years ago, according to a company statement. He plans to pursue o...

Ben & Jerry's News & Press Releases

When did the first Ben & Jerry's open? 1978
When did Ben & Jerry's start Franchising? 1981
Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee No Yes
Startup Costs No Yes
Equipment No Yes
Inventory No Yes
Accounts Receivable No Yes
Payroll No Yes

We’ve got a great recipe for operating a scoop shop, and a world-class team to provide “scoop-to-nuts” expertise.
We guide you every step of the way, beginning with your search for the right location, to training, to marketing, and to ongoing operational support for the life of your business.

On-The-Job Training: 24 hours
Classroom Training: 35 hours

Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform

Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social media
Website development
Email marketing

75% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed.

Business Experience:

  • Are socially conscious, and active in your community.
  • Are passionate about operating an ethical, responsible business.
  • Will apply your full-time best efforts to the business.
  • Have at least two years of business management experience with P&L responsibility.
  • Have excellent business acumen, project management skills, and the ability to build and execute a business plan.
  • Are systems-oriented, and understand and value a franchise system.
  • Have the ability to recruit, train, and motivate staff, according to our standards.
  • Have a competitive drive and are committed to succeed, with realistic expectations.
  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity and humility and are a team player.
  • Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and are fluent in English.
  • Know how to use a computer and apply technology.
  • Have a college degree or higher (preferred).
  • Have a strong credit history and a minimum net worth of $350,000, with $100,000 in liquidity (cash and securities, not including retirement accounts).

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Ben & Jerry's Franchise, may vary on factors like location, size etc., On the other side as a business owner your goals to maintain the quality of service while streaming sales high and expenses low. As any other franchise may include rent/mortgage, staffing/family, inventory supplies, utilities, administrative costs vise vera. Location to location and seasons the months costs may vary. Most franchises start up costs are typically fixed and they will cover most of the initial operating costs like signage, furniture, decoration and renovations.

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    Ben & Jerry's

    Ben & Jerry's

    Ben & Jerry's
    30 Community Dr.
    South Burlington, VT


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