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Congratulations again to the tremendous Edible Arrangements family

posted by Tariq Farid July 6, 2016

Over a decade and a half later, it seems that things just keep getting sweeter at Edible Arrangements as we were recently recognized by both Entrepreneur magazine and Forbes as a top global franchise, a big win for both our corporate staff and franchisees!

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An exciting opportunity to help shape the future of franchising

posted by Tariq Farid February 24, 2016

The past weekend was a very special one for several reasons.

First, I was privileged to take my place as part of the International Franchise Association (IFA) board of directors at the organization’s annual convention in San Antonio.

As I have said many times, it is the franchise model that has allowed Edible Arrangements to become a global icon while, at the same time, creating opportunities for our many franchisees to become owners of their own businesses and pursue the American Dream. Continue Reading

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Congratulations to Edible Arrangements team for highest Franchise 500 ranking ever

posted by Tariq Farid January 25, 2016

When I created Edible Arrangements in 1999, and again when the first franchise location opened in 2001, I was convinced the idea would be successful. I could never have imagined, however, that less than two decades later we would have more than 1,200 locations worldwide.

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An opportunity to advance franchising worldwide

posted by Tariq Farid November 2, 2015

For many years I’ve participated in numerous events sponsored by the International Franchise Association (IFA), the world’s premier organization for franchisors, franchisees and industry suppliers. It’s been an honor, as well as an education, to meet the brightest people in franchising through the IFA, and now I’ve been given an opportunity to work with the IFA at the highest possible level as a member of its board of directors. I’m humbled by the recent decision of IFA’s leadership to appoint me to the board beginning in February 2016. Continue Reading

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Sometimes bad news leads to opportunity

posted by Tariq Farid April 8, 2015

As an entrepreneur, I am always interested in how others decided to take the leap and become the owner of a business. Because Edible Arrangements has so many successful franchisees, there is never a shortage of interesting stories. And I often find that more than anything, it was a decision based on a necessity.

Take Robin, for example.

Like many, Robin had always wanted to own her own business, especially a restaurant. Her degree, however, was in medical office administration and she spent a good portion of her career in the healthcare industry.

In 2004, she was running a non-profit homecare agency when funding was cut and the board of directors decided to close the company.

“At that point, I started looking into opening my own business,” Robin told me. “I was tired of relying on others for my paycheck.”

She looked at franchises in areas ranging from homecare to donuts. Then she was told about Edible Arrangements and decided to look into the opportunity.

Within a year Robin was opening her first store in Manchester, NH. Later, she had an opportunity to take over the Concord store and decided to go for it.

Robin, who has four children and three grandchildren, has lived in New Hampshire since opening her first store and she is not all work and no play. Her interests include walking, health and wellness, furniture restoration, decorating, word puzzles, reading and wine.

She also started a program a few years ago where she visits schools to talk to children about healthy eating.

“I talk a lot about the importance of eating fresh fruit and the benefits of Kale – it is a super food!” she says.

It’s already been a decade since Robin opened her first store.

“It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years,” she says.

During that time Robin has been one of our most successful franchisees and she recently renewed her original franchisee agreement, which means we will be blessed to have her as part of the Edible Arrangements family for years to come. That also means she can continue to make her own favorite treat — Berry Chocolate Bouquet with dipped bananas.

“The bananas are definitely my favorite dipped fruit!” she says.