John P. Gainor took over as president and chief executive of the 5,860-unit International Dairy Queen Inc. in Edina, Minn., last July, just as the economy started to head south. Since then, the food-and-treat company has launched its successful Sweet Deals value menu, which the company says has resulted in sales gains nationally. Gainor, who previously served as chief supply chain officer, also has helped to drive margin reductions for IDQ. In addition, the company is ...

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