Buffett's Dairy Queen to Open 50 Stores in Korea

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Dairy Queen, the restaurant chain owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, is extending its international push by expanding in South Korea, with a plan to open 50 locations there in five years.

The ice cream seller is teaming with M2G USA Investment, which is also a partner in the ownership of Taco Bell restaurants in the U.S. and Korea, according to a statement Tuesday from Dairy Queen.

Dairy Queen has been expanding globally with more than 2,200 locations outside of the U.S., and some of the recent growth has been concentrated in nations known for hot weather, such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The company also opened locations in Taiwan and Vietnam in recent years and often tweaks menus to appeal to local cultures, offering ice cream flavors such as green tea with red bean. In the Middle East, the chain rolled out beef kofta, a spicier, gyro-type sandwich. The Korean stores will start with traditional Dairy Queen menus, a spokesperson said.

The operation "continues to expand in new international markets," John Gainor, president and chief executive officer of International Dairy Queen, said in the statement. "We are looking forward to working with M2G USA Investment to bring our renowned menu, signature treats and quality service to the Republic of Korea."


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