American Dairy Queen Corporation Hires New Franchise Development Executive to Lead U.S. and Canada
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American Dairy Queen Corporation Hires New Franchise Development Executive to Lead U.S. and Canada

Gregg Benvenuto Joins the Company with Decades of Restaurant Franchise Development Experience

MINNEAPOLIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - 04/03/2024 - American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ), a subsidiary of International Dairy Queen, Inc. (IDQ) and a leader in the quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry, today announced it hired Gregg Benvenuto as vice president of franchise development in the U.S. and Canada. In this role, Benvenuto is responsible for leading a team to deliver the company’s development market planning and franchise unit sales throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Benvenuto comes to ADQ with decades of restaurant franchise development experience. He has held executive franchise development roles at Dine Brands, Papa Murphy’s, and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. He also worked as a franchise business consultant at Yum! Brands.

“We have aggressive five-year goals to open new DQ Grill & Chill restaurants in the U.S. and Canada,” said Dan Kropp, chief operating officer, U.S. and Canada, at American Dairy Queen Corporation. “Gregg brings impressive franchise development leadership in the restaurant industry in roles of increasing responsibility. His contributions will help us grow DQ restaurants in key markets to ensure we are ubiquitous in every state and every province.”

“I’m pleased to join the Dairy Queen team at a time of tremendous growth and continuous opportunity,” said Gregg Benvenuto, vice president franchise development, U.S. and Canada, at American Dairy Queen Corporation. “I look forward to leading a team of franchise development professionals to reach new levels of success. Together, we can make DQ restaurants a household name in every part of the U.S. and Canada.”

Benvenuto holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

About IDQ

International Dairy Queen Inc. (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ) and Dairy Queen Canada, Inc. Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 7,000 restaurants in 20 countries. IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (Berkshire), which is led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire. For more information, visit

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