PADUCAH, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2014) — Dippin’ Dots Franchising LLC, the franchising arm of Paducah-based ice cream maker Dippin’ Dots, has acquired snack franchiser Doc Popcorn for an undisclosed amount.
Based in Boulder, Colo., Doc Popcorn specializes in fresh-popped kettle-cooked popcorn. The company has nearly 100 franchise partners in 30 states, Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
“This acquisition represents a significant addition to our portfolio of leading snack food franchises,” said Dippin’ Dots President Scott Fischer. “From the start, our goal has been to achieve controlled, coordinated and sustainable growth for Dippin’ Dots through long-term moves, including the strategic acquisition of quality brands like Doc Popcorn.”
Dippin’ Dots plans to support Doc Popcorn in its next phase of growth by investing in the expansion of the company’s U.S. and international footprint. In particular, Dippin’ Dots is looking at distributing Doc Popcorn products through its existing franchise system and vice versa. The company also plans to leverage its concession and food service relationships to target additional high-traffic venues for new Doc Popcorn units.
The Doc Popcorn business will be operated out of Dippin’ Dots headquarters in Paducah. Although no immediate plans were announced regarding Doc Popcorn’s administrative and distribution facilities, the company plans to maintain a presence in Boulder.