The third and fourth generations of the Oberweis family run the expanding company that began in 1927 as a milk delivery business in the days before reliable refrigeration. Oberweis still delivers its milk in glass bottles, but the café division, which debuted in 1951 as a retail store with an ice cream fountain, now operates throughout the Chicago and St. Louis markets and parts of Indiana and Michigan. Not currently franchising, the company prefers to own its land and freestanding buildings. Newest of some 40 ice cream flavors are cherry pie a la mode and key lime pie.

LocationAurora, Ill.
2008 Systemwide Sales$34,000,000*
% Change in Sales18.1%
2008 U.S. Units47
% Change in Units30.6%
2008 Average Unit Volume$825,000*
% Change in AUV3.1%
Future 50 Year2009