Ben and Jerry's

Want to change the world one scoop at a time? That's how Ben and Jerry started, and the company they built still believes in making the world a better place while serving up best ice cream on the planet. We are looking for some very unique entrepreneurs who share our core values, like economic and social justice and environmental stewardship. If you have a passion for these values, love working with people, and want to build a business that's connected to your community, we want to tell you more. We're a franchise company unlike any other, and we love it that way!

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Ben and Jerry's

Ben and Jerry's Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2022


About Us

Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc., the Vermont-based manufacturer of ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet, was founded in 1978 in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, by childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. Ben and Jerry's products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchised Ben & Jerry's scoop shops, restaurants, and other venues. Ben & Jerry's, a wholly-owned autonomous subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part mission statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community.

When you step into a Ben & Jerry's scoop shop, you're in for a whole lot more than a treat -- you're in for the wholly extraordinary Ben & Jerry's ice cream experience we call "joy for the belly & soul."

Our customers go to Ben & Jerry's scoop shops with a powerful set of expectations that go way beyond the great taste of our ice cream. Ben & Jerry's franchisees deliver on those expectations and more, serving up euphoric flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet in an atmosphere enhanced by a genuine commitment to outstanding customer service and to community involvement. Backed by our unique brand and shared desire to operate in a socially responsible way, our franchisees are harnessing the power of "doing well by doing good."

Company Details

Established: 1978
First Unit Franchised: 1981
Franchised Units: 260 in U.S.
Company Owned Units: 3 in U.S.
States Registered In: We are registered throughout the U.S., but our list of target markets is more specific (see Open Market list below).

Support and Training Offered By Ben and Jerry's

Financial Assistance Provided: No
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: No
Recruiting Assistance: No
Co-Operative Advertising: Yes
Training: 8 days of training at Scoop University in Vermont, and 3-4 days on-site right before you open.

2022 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Ben and Jerry's Franchise.

What does a Ben and Jerry's Franchise Cost?

Ben and Jerry's franchise fees for 2022:

Cash Investment: minimum liquidity of $100,000
Total Investment: $164,485-$485,800
Minimum Net Worth: $350,000
Franchise Fee: $37,000
Royalty: 3%
Ad: 2% local, 2% national
Passive Ownership: No
Home Based: No
B2B: Yes
Master Franchise Opportunities: No

Is Ben and Jerry's a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Ben and Jerry's is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Ben and Jerry's a Home Based franchise?

No. Ben and Jerry's is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Ben and Jerry's Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Ben and Jerry's franchisees make. Ben and Jerry's offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Is Ben and Jerry's a Master Franchise Opportunity?

No. Ben and Jerry's is not a master franchise opportunity.

Does Ben and Jerry's Offer a Veteran Discount?

No. Ben and Jerry's franchise does not offer a veteran discount.

Does Ben and Jerry's Work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa Candidates?

Yes. Ben and Jerry's franchise does work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa candidates.

Is Ben and Jerry's Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Ben and Jerry's franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Ben and Jerry's Looking for International franchisees?

No. Ben and Jerry's franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants, Frozen Yogurt / Ice Cream

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

$100,000 - $250,000

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Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


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Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


E2 Visa Franchise


Ben and Jerry's Franchises for Sale

Click Here to inquire about existing Ben and Jerry's franchises for sale. We may have Ben and Jerry's franchise resales. A franchise resale is an already established franchise owned by a franchisee and the franchisee is looking to sell their franchise.

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