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2016 Top 500: Frozen-desserts chains

Dairy Queen Blizzards

The boom years have passed for the frozen dessert category, whose new store growth ceased in 2015. Nevertheless, the category increased sales by 6.8% to $6.4 billion. Thank leader Dairy Queen; its sales make up about 46% of the category, and they grew by 10.1%. The supporting cast also includes froyo concepts Yogurtland and Menchie’s.

2016 Rank

Chain Name

2015 U.S. Sales ($000)

2015 U.S. Units

18Dairy Queen/Orange Julius3,531,1864,506
100Cold Stone Creamery365,000*926
115Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores317,800*280
193Menchie's Frozen Yogurt174,200*390*
223Rita's Ice142,500*650*
226Red Mango137,000*250*

*Technomic estimate


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