International Dairy Queen Opens First Location in Kuwait

World’s favorite quick service restaurant and treat leader expands its presence in the Middle East

MINNEAPOLIS - August 05, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Dairy Queen® system, part of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A and BRK.B), has opened a new DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant at the Marina Mall in Salmiya, Kuwait. The opening of this location makes Kuwait the 27th country outside the U.S. and Canada with a DQ® presence.

“We believe there is an incredible growth opportunity in this region,” said John Gainor, CEO and President of International Dairy Queen, Inc.(IDQ). “The partnership with Durra Khaled for Foodstuffs Co. has allowed us to successfully re-launch our brand in Kuwait. Their wealth of business experience and diverse portfolio across the Middle East is a huge asset to the Dairy Queen system as we continue to invest and build on our global brand equity.”

Durra Khaled for Foodstuffs Co., a subsidiary of KMGC, has signed a long-term franchise agreement with the Dairy Queen system and plans to develop more than 20 DQ Grill & Chill restaurants and DQ Treat stores throughout Kuwait over the next five years.

The new restaurant features the full DQ Grill & Chill menu including the fan favorite, FlameThrower® GrillBurger™, chicken strip baskets, sandwiches and salads. The menu will also include the world famous DQ signature treats and beverages, such as the iconic Blizzard® Treat, soft-serve cones with the curl on top, sundaes and DQ Cakes.

The opening of the DQ Grill & Chill restaurant in Kuwait comes on the heels of the DQ brand’s recent store opening in the United Arab Emirates earlier this summer.

The DQ system has more than 6,500 locations, 1,457 of which are outside the U.S. and Canada. For more information about the DQ system, visit

About IDQ

International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minn., is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ). Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,600 locations in the United States, Canada and 27 other countries (including Kuwait). IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire), which is led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. For more information, visit

SOURCE International Dairy Queen Inc.


Noelle Robillard
International Dairy Queen Inc.
954-776-1999, Ext. 238


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