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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Premium Fruit Smoothies, Orange Julius Originals to roll out of Dairy Queen soon

  • In a merger of two iconic brands, the Dairy Queen in Sleepy Eye will soon be rolling out Orange Julius Premium Fresh Fruit Smoothies and Julius Originals to customers.
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  • In a merger of two iconic brands, the Dairy Queen in Sleepy Eye will soon be rolling out Orange Julius Premium Fresh Fruit Smoothies and Julius Originals to customers.
    "We have essentially created a smoothie shop within a DQ store," said franchise owner Scott Vaubel. "We are offering an assortment of fruit choices, variety and convenience to customers who want a quick snack or a treat at any time of the day."
    The blended fruit drinks will be rolled out to more than 4,000 Dairy Queen locations in the U.S. and Canada by November.
    Customers will have a choice between Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies and Julius Originals. The Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies are made with real fruit and low-fat yogurt, and are blended fresh for customers upon ordering. The refreshing, frothy real fruit Julius Originals are also blended fresh. Flavors for both Julius Originals and premium Fruit Smoothies include Orange, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, Tripleberry and Mango Pineapple.
    International Dairy Queen, Inc. acquired the Orange Julius concept, famous for its frothy fruit blended beverages, in 1987, but the highly popular brand has been around for more than 85 years.
    The original began with Julius Freed, who operated an orange juice stand in Los Angeles. His friend Bill Hamlin liked oranges, but they upset his stomach. So Bill decided to blend his orange juice with a few choice ingredients that made it less acidic. Bill introduced the drink to Julius who then began selling the frothy, delicious beverage to customers. Soon fans were shouting, "Give me an orange, Julius!" Sales escalated and the name of an original was born.
    Scott Vaubel, franchise owner with his wife, Teresa, said he hopes to offer the Orange Julius drinks to customers beginning Sept. 24. For now, customers will have to settle for small samples. Watch the Herald-Dispatch for future coupons and sampling events.
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