Philanthropy

A chance to give back, and give the gift of life

posted by Tariq Farid March 9, 2017

As the home of my family and many of my businesses, Connecticut holds a special place in my heart. And one of the things that makes it so special to me is how many unsung heroes I have been fortunate enough to meet and help support over the years. I had that opportunity again recently when I visited the North Haven Fire Department to present them with a LUCAS Chest Compression System.

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Edible Arrangements delivers a summer of fun for area children

posted by Tariq Farid March 7, 2017

Summer always marked one of my favorite seasons as a child, and in less than 100 days it will officially be summer. For many kids across the country, that means it’s time to start packing for summer camp.

For many children, camp is a great place discover their talents and skills while gaining confidence, making new friends and exploring the wonders of nature during such developmentally critical times in their life.

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Edible Arrangements offers students fresh look at entrepreneurship

posted by Tariq Farid March 6, 2017

Growing up, both as an entrepreneur and young man, I had many mentors who played key roles into helping shape me into the person I am today. I am forever grateful for them, as they took time to give me and my small business the attention needed at the time.

Because of this, I have made it a mission of mine to help the future generations of entrepreneurs, whether it is globally through the International Franchise Association’s NextGen program or right here at home with the many youth and entrepreneurial programs available to students throughout the community and the region.

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Edible Arrangements celebrates ranking in Franchise 500

posted by Tariq Farid February 1, 2017

For the 12th year in a row, Edible Arrangements has been ranked in the annual Franchise 500 by Entrepreneur magazine. This year we were ranked #42, marking the 10th year in a row for us to be among the Top 50.

No matter how many times we have been honored, I am still humbled every time the new rankings are published. It is a testament to our outstanding team of professionals at the corporate office as well as our dedicated and passionate franchisees around the world. It is because of all of them that we continue to enjoy a position among the elite of franchising. Continue Reading

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Edible Arrangements celebrates a sweet collaboration with Mr. Chocolate

posted by Tariq Farid December 22, 2016

Known to enjoy some sweet treats myself, I am very excited about the recent announcement that Jacques Torres is sharing his incredible skills and craftsmanship with Edible Arrangements as we add a new Edible Chocolate brand to our product line.

When we began looking at creating a line of chocolates, we knew we wanted something that would be just as delicious as they are beautiful. At the same time, the new line needed to complement to our existing products and we soon discovered that Jacques, known to many as “Mr. Chocolate,” was the perfect partner to make it happen. He is a famed New York City master chocolatier and recipient of the James Beard Award. Adding to his impressive resume, he was the first artisan chocolatier to start from cocoa beans to make his own chocolate.

Now, taking advantage of a culinary career that spans more than four decades, Jacques has created a “WOW-worthy” line of delicious sweets, confirming that we could not have found a better partner for a collaboration. Marrying chocolate with fruits, caramel or nuts, all from scratch and using the finest ingredients that we have all come to know and love, the chocolates he crafted are the perfect compliment to the holiday season!

The chocolate comes in either dark, milk or white premium Belgium chocolate. The hand-crafted chocolate sweets are filled with fruit, including some of my favorites, such as raspberry, pineapple, orange and passion fruit. Jacques has also created mouthwatering options that incorporate caramel and hazelnut crunch as the filling.

I want to personally thank Jacques and the entire Edible Arrangements team for creating these beautiful and delicious treats. And what better time to enjoy them than the holidays!