Dairy Queen has announced it will remove sodas from its kids' menu effective September 1 of this year. The company made the announcement earlier this week in a letter addressed to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. (Tweet this)
"Under our recommendation, drinks such as milk and bottled water would solely be listed as menu options at DQ locations. I am pleased to inform you that during our most recent meeting, the FAC (Franchise Advisory Council) voted unanimously to remove soft drinks from our kids' menu," William Barrier, executive vice president of product development and quality, wrote in the letter.
The latest move puts the company alongside others like McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's, who have made similar decisions to remove soda and other sugary drinks from children's menus. Chains including Subway, Chipotle and Panera already exclude soda with their kids' meals.
The move has been applauded by MomsRising.org, a group that encourages healthy eating for kids.
"While Dairy Queen is now offering better default beverages, we need more restaurants to do the same because sugar-sweetened beverages uniquely promote heart disease and type 2 diabetes," Monifa Bandele, senior campaign director, said in a statement.
Dairy Queen also said that some store locations may not elect to follow these corporate recommendations.