The Dairy Queen® System Opens First Locations in Costa Rica

Quick-service restaurant and treat leader marks its entry into the country with two DQ® Treat stores and announcement of future growth.

MINNEAPOLIS – Oct. 28, 2013 - The Dairy Queen® system, the international retail treat category leader and part of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A and BRK.B), has opened its first two DQ® Treat stores in Costa Rica, making this the 21st country outside the U.S. and Canada with a DQ presence.

Located in the Multiplaza Mall in San Jose, the Multiplaza Dairy Queen store is located at Distrito 3 de San Rafael, Canton Escazu, de Provincia San Jose, centro comercial Multiplaza, Local L-282B. The Calle 0 Dairy Queen store is located downtown at Avenida Central Con Calle 0, 50 mts Oeste de La Universal. Both restaurants feature the soft-serve products that have made the Dairy Queen system an icon in the industry, such as the signature Blizzard® Treat, soft-serve cones with the curl on top, sundaes and other delicious treats. The Multiplaza Dairy Queen store also offers cakes, Iron Grilled Sandwiches, Hot Dogs and Nachos.

"The international marketplace continues to be a huge opportunity to grow the Dairy Queen brand," said John Gainor, president and chief executive officer of International Dairy Queen, Inc. (IDQ). "We first expanded beyond the U.S. 60 years ago, and now through our partnership with Grill and Treats of Costa Rica, we are thrilled to offer the residents and tourists of Costa Rica the same exceptional Dairy Queen experience that our fans around the world enjoy."

In addition to the two DQ stores, Grill and Treats of Costa Rica, a leader in distribution and marketing of consumer products in the country, will open the first DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant in Costa Rica in 2014, which will serve the same delicious food and treats found on DQ Grill & Chill menus in North America, with some local menu options as well. Grill and Treats of Costa Rica plans to open additional Dairy Queen locations throughout Costa Rica within the next five years.

The Dairy Queen system has more than 6,300 locations, 1,135 of which are outside the U.S. and Canada. For more information about the Dairy Queen system, visit

About IDQ

International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), which is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ), which develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,300 Dairy Queen® and Orange Julius® stores in the United States, Canada and 21 other countries. IDQ and ADQ are part of the Berkshire Hathaway family, a company owned by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. For more information, visit

SOURCE International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ)


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