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Top 30 Ice Cream, Yogurt & Smoothie Franchises

Best Ice Cream, Yogurt & Smoothie Franchises - April 2017

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Company Name

Industry

Franchising
Since

Franchise
Units

Cash
Investment

Total
Investment

Royalty
Fee

Financing
Available

Growth Prospect

Marketing Support

Training

Ongoing Support

Value

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Leaders

1

Cold Stone Creamery

Scottsdale, AZ

Moree, JT
480-362-4800
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1988

1,423

$125,000

$277,375 - $464,325

6%

Yes

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

100%
Increased +6

+6

 
Strong Performers

4

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Greenwood Village, CO

Jill Summerhays
877-849-6992
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1983

202

$40,000

$71,700 - $385,050

7%

Yes

 

99

 

98

 

100

 

98

 

100

99%

NC

 

5

Peterbrooke Chocolatier

Jacksonville, FL

Bob Florio
904-482-1957
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1983

14

6%

$215 - 385K

$483K

Yes

 

97

 

99

 

100

 

98

 

99

98.6%
Increased +12

+12

 
Contenders

7

Dairy Queen

Minneapolis, MN

Mike Mettler
952-896-2542
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1940

Over 6,000

$400,000

$1,077,225 - $1,833,125

4%

Yes

 

96

 

99

 

98

 

100

 

96

97.8%
Increased +15

+15

 

8

Baskin Robbins

Canton, MA

Irvine Robbins
781-737-3000
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1967

7,000

$20K

$125 - 250K

5.9%

Yes

 

96

 

98

 

97

 

100

 

96

97.4%
Increased +4

+4

 

10

All American Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream Shops

Portland, Oregon

Bryan Jonathan
800-311-3930
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1986

20

$90,000

$191,700 - $494,450

6%

Yes

 

97

 

98

 

97

 

95

 

97

96.8%
Increased +8

+8

 

13

Carvel Corporation

Atlanta, GA

Dan Pawlak
404-705-2051
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1934

434

$30K

$35.1 - 354.6K

$2.22/Gallon

Yes

 

95

 

94

 

97

 

97

 

96

95.8%
Increased +7

+7

 

16

Friendly Ice Cream Corp.

Wilbraham, Massachusetts

John Maguire
800-966-9970
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1935

492

$650,000

$147,600 - $1,979,350

4%

Yes

 

97

 

94

 

94

 

96

 

95

95.2%
Increased +10

+10

 

19

Kona Ice

Florence, KY

Tony Lamb
513-484-0162
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2008

674

$15,000-$25,000

$109,275 - $124,575

$3K-4K/yr.

Yes

 

93

 

94

 

96

 

93

 

95

94.2%
Decreased -18

-18

 

20

Robeks Fruit Smoothies

Los Angeles, CA

Chad Bailey
310-727-0500
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1996

100

$25K

$194.1 - 318K

6-7%

No

 

95

 

93

 

94

 

93

 

95

94%
Increased +10

+10

 

23

Sloan's Ice Cream

West Palm Beach , FL

Sloan Kamenstein
561-373-2330
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1999

57

$150,000 - $225,000

$587,952 - $896,600

6%

Yes

 

94

 

91

 

92

 

93

 

94

92.8%
Decreased -20

-20

 

24

Yeh Yogurt

Montreal, QC

Jean-Daniel Nadeau
310-205-2540
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2008

45

$25K

$210 - 375K

3%

No

 

93

 

93

 

93

 

90

 

91

92%
Decreased -11

-11

 

25

Juice It Up!

Irvine, CA

Frank Easterbrook
949-475-0146
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1995

80

$75,000

$159,979 - $391,448

6%

Yes

 

93

 

93

 

91

 

91

 

90

91.6%

NC

 

26

Smoothie King

Metairie, LA

Jessica Roques
985-635-6984
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1989

714

$90,000

$176,300 - $403,550

6%

Yes

 

100

 

99

 

100

 

99

 

100

99.6%
Decreased -12

-12

 

27

Forever Yogurt

Chicago, IL

Mandy Calara
312-878-7597
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2010

25

$40,000

$240,000 - $478,450

6%

Yes

 

90

 

91

 

92

 

91

 

92

91.2%
Decreased -3

-3

 

28

Ben & Jerry's Franchising, Inc.

South Burlington, VT

Paula C. Glasmann
802-923-2413
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1981

443

$100,000

$174,800 - $450,800

3%

Yes

 

100

 

99

 

98

 

100

 

99

99.2%
Decreased -23

-23

 

30

Marble Slab Creamery

Atlanta, GA

Danielle Catroneo
404-725-4007
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1983

366

$100,000

Franchise fee: $30,000.Minimum cash required: $100,000.Total investment range: $230,085 - $408,135.N

6%

Yes

 

89

 

90

 

92

 

90

 

92

90.6%
Decreased -20

-20

 
Evaluation Critieria: Best Ice Cream, Yogurt & Smoothie Franchise Opportunities
Growth Prospect

Those looking to start an ice cream, yogurt, or smoothie franchise often look for franchises which have a long history of creating attractive and financially proven businesses. During our analysis of each of the franchises featured in our rankings we spend time measuring the overall prospect for financial growth of each franchise.

Marketing Support

During our analysis of ice cream and similar franchises, we often look at the marketing and advertising resources which the franchisors in our list use to assist their franchisees in reaching their target audience. It is important for the marketing to reach an audience interested in the product being offered.

Training

Our independent research team is often involved in the analysis and reviewing of training processes and procedures created by leading franchises offering ice cream, yogurt, and smoothies. A lot of the products require the use of specialized equipment which require employees to be properly trained and educated.

Ongoing Support

A shared concern amongst many looking for an established franchise is the amount of support the franchisor will provide to their individual franchisees. We find it important for a franchisor to continue communicating with and assisting their franchisees in growing and improving their business through new offerings.

Value

It is important for a franchisor to invest in quality branding in order to create a positive and innovative reputation within their industry. Much of the value of a franchise comes from public perception and financial performance. We compare the relative value of a number of different yogurt franchises.

 
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