Dairy Queen restaurants will no longer be serving soft drinks from their kids' menu, instead listing only healthier options for patrons.
The Minneapolis-based company made the announcement this week in a letter to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), after receiving a request that soft drinks be taken off the kids' menu, NBC News says.
Dairy Queen's Franchise Advisory Council discussed the idea and unanimously granted the request, reports note.
"Dairy Queen deserves credit for being responsive to the concerns of parents, who increasingly want to be able to order off the kids’ menu without having to say ‘no’ to soda," CSPI nutrition policy director Margo Wootan said in a statement Thursday.
The changes will go into effect Sept. 1, the letter notes. However, Dairy Queen says not all locations will have to abide by these corporate recommendations.
Children will still be able to have soft drinks with their kid's meal, but only options like milk or bottled water will be listed on the menu, Bloomberg reports.
Dairy Queen is the latest fast food chain to move towards removing sugary beverages from kid's menus, joining McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Subway, Chipotle and Arby’s, which have done the same, reports note.
“We hope chains like Applebee’s and Chili’s will choose to exercise the same kind of corporate responsibility that DQ has,” Wootan said in the statement.
Dairy Queen is owned by Warren Buffett – Coca-Cola's largest shareholder, Forbes says.