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Recent News

About Tariq Farid, his businesses, and his philanthropic giving
  • August 10, 2016: The Tariq Farid Foundation announced a $10,000 grant to Prudence Crandall Center, to provide shelter for domestic violence victims.
  • July 20, 2016: The Tariq Farid Foundation announced a $10,197 grant to New Haven Reads, to support reading and literacy tutoring for youth.
  • July 6, 2016: Tariq Farid and the team at Edible Arrangements celebrated the Grand Opening of its flagship store at the corporate office in Wallingford, and the relaunch of the brand.

  • June 17, 2016: Tariq Farid was honored with an Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award at a gala in Manhattan.

  • June 15, 2016: The Tariq Farid Foundation announced a $5,000 grant to the Spanish Community of Wallingford, to support families experiencing financial hardship.
  • March 11, 2016: Tariq Farid delivered a $20,000 grant from the Tariq Farid Foundation to The Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer, to support families of children with cancer.

  • February 22, 2016: The Tariq Farid Foundation announced a $7,500 grant to Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven, to support their literacy tutoring for adult learners.

  • February 9, 2016: The Tariq Farid Foundation announced a $25,000 grant to the Connecticut Food Bank, to provide weekend meals to schoolchildren.

  • January 13, 2016: The Tariq Farid Foundation announced an $8,000 grant to Bread for Life, a nonprofit organization in Southington, Connecticut that believes “that no one in our town [should] go hungry.”

  • December 22, 2015: The Tariq Farid Foundation today announced a $25,000 grant– and an additional challenge grant of up to $25,000- to Heshima Kenya, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that protects and empowers unaccompanied refugee girls and young women in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • December 3, 2015: The Tariq Farid Foundation today announced a $10,000 grant to The Diaper Bank, a nonprofit organization based in New Haven, CT which provides free diapers to low-income families and raises awareness that diapers are a basic human need which is not being met for many children living in poverty. The grant will enable The Diaper Bank to serve more families, as funds will be used to purchase diapers for 100 children each month for one year.

  • November 23, 2015: The Tariq Farid Foundation today announced an $8,000 grant to Liberty Community Services, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end homelessness in Greater New Haven. Liberty offers services to homeless individuals who are living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness and/or addiction. The grant will help fund Liberty’s newest program, the Sunrise Café.

  • November 12, 2015: The Tariq Farid Foundation hosted a fundraising dinner to benefit refugees, and matched the guests’ donations of over $39,000.

  • November 9, 2015: The Tariq Farid Foundation today announced a $20,000 grant to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) for its teacher training program in Afghanistan. The grant will enable 50 teachers to receive training in both subject matter and teaching methods.

  • October 11, 2015: The Tariq Farid Foundation today announced a $12,000 grant to Community Soup Kitchen in New Haven.

  • September 23, 2015: The Tariq Farid Foundation announced a $50,000 grant to provide Syrian refugee children in Turkey with an education.

The History

Tariq Farid and Edible Arrangements® is the stuff of legend

  • Take a quick trip through time and see some highlights in the history of Edible Arrangements® here.

  • September 2002: With just 4 stores open, Tariq Farid shares his business plan with a panel of experts through Inc. Magazine’s “60-Second Business Plan” feature. Read what they say about Tariq’s plan to open 40 stores by 2007. (Despite their lackluster belief in the company, Edible Arrangements® actually celebrated the opening of its 500th franchise in 2006!)

  • February 2009: The International Franchise Association (IFA) names Tariq Farid its Entrepreneur of the Year, during its 49th annual convention.

  • June 2009: Tariq Farid receives the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the Retail and Consumer Products category in Metro New York.

  • November 2009: Tariq Farid shares with the New York Times his first-person account about “Bouquets That Bear Fruit”.

  • November 2011: The Muslim Link writes about the success of Tariq Farid and Edible Arrangements® and highlights the role of immigrants in the economic growth of the United States.

  • May 2012: USA Today highlights the remarkable growth of Edible Arrangements®, which had just opened its 1,000th store!

  • October 2012: SUCCESS Magazine interviews Tariq Farid about his success during the recession, and tips for fellow entrepreneurs.

  • November 2012: Ten years after its panel of industry experts were iffy about the prospects of Edible Arrangements® becoming a nationwide success, Inc. Magazine chronicles the company’s remarkable growth into a $400 million business.

  • July 2014: In an article about the need for the franchise industry to adopt technology, Entrepreneur Magazine highlights Tariq Farid as a “die-hard tech geek” whose company Netsolace provides cutting-edge software solutions to Edible Arrangements franchises.

  • February 2016: In an interview with Tariq Farid, Forbes highlights his development of Edible Arrangements from an idea people were skeptical of, to a successful company poised for growth.

Multimedia

Interviews with Tariq Farid

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Inc.com: How This Entrepreneur Found the CEO Who Would Take His Business to $546 Million in Sales

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Tariq Farid: Living The American Dream – from a florist to a global master businessman


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Building a Big Brand