It all began in junior high gym class in Merrick, Long Island. Two boys, running around the athletic field, had found a common bond. Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield hated running, but they loved food. In 1978 they decided to go into business together. With diplomas from a $5 correspondence course & their life savings ($8,000), they converted an old abandoned gas station in Burlington, Vermont, into the original Ben & Jerry�s & stated making Vermont�s Finest ice cream. They used only fresh Vermont cream & milk, & the best & biggest chunks of nuts, fruits, candies & cookies. It wasn�t long before the lines for ice cream stretched out the door, & that was only the beginning. You see, Ben & Jerry wanted to run a business that would share its rewards with its employees & with the community.

Contact Information for Ben & Jerry's

Company Website: http://www.benjerry.com

30 Community Dr. NA
South Burlington
VT 5403 USA Work: (802) 846-1500
Fax: (802) 846-1538

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Training Available:
  • At headquarters
  • At local location
Support Available:
  • Newsletter
  • Phone Support
  • Internet
  • Meetings

Business Start Date: 1

Description: It all began in junior high gym class in Merrick, Long Island. Two boys, running around the athletic field, had found a common bond. Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield hated running, but they loved food. In 1978 they decided to go into business together. With diplomas from a $5 correspondence course & their life savings ($8,000), they converted an old abandoned gas station in Burlington, Vermont, into the original Ben & Jerry�s & stated making Vermont�s Finest ice cream. They used only fresh Vermont cream & milk, & the best & biggest chunks of nuts, fruits, candies & cookies. It wasn�t long before the lines for ice cream stretched out the door, & that was only the beginning. You see, Ben & Jerry wanted to run a business that would share its rewards with its employees & with the community.

Required net worth: $350,000

Total investment: $172,800 – $438,900

Cash liquidity: $80,000

Franchise fee: $8,000 – $32,000

Franchise Start Date: 1

Number of Employees: 120

Number of Franchises: 682

Company Owned Units: 11

Ongoing Royalty: 3%

Financing Available: Yes Third Party


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