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Couple to retrace Lewis and Clark route to promote fitness

posted by Tariq Farid July 14, 2011


When Tom and Nancy Caruso leave Pittsburgh for a trip to Oregon, they’ll not only be taking a longer-than-usual route, but also relying on unorthodox transportation.

On Saturday, the Southern California couple will launch from the Point, Downtown, in a 25-foot fishing boat they bought on eBay for $8,900. They plan to retrace the route followed by famed explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1803.

The Carusos’ modern-day expedition is sponsored by Edible Arrangements International Inc. and is designed to inspire people to “eat right and move more,” Nancy Caruso said as she and her husband traveled through Texas on their way to Pittsburgh. The couple own an Edible Arrangements franchise, which sells artistically designed arrangements of fruit.

Nancy Caruso, a marine biologist, also is the founder and executive director of Get Inspired!, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “inspiring passion and purpose through the discovery of arts and sciences.”

“Nancy and I want to live healthy active lives, and we thought the country could use a little inspiration, too,” said Tom Caruso, 41. “We love being outdoors, enjoying nature and eating healthy foods. But like most people, we find it’s often hard to do.”

Nancy Caruso, 39, said she and her husband “decided that we were going to do this trip to change our lives and maybe inspire others to do the same.”

She said the inspiration for the trip came from her grandfather, William S. Deely, who lived in Pittsburgh and made the same voyage to the West Coast in a 16-foot boat in 1973.

“My grandfather lived to be 96 years old, and I never remember him being sick,” she said. “The one thing he was always doing was moving — walking, building tree houses, dancing, working on his house — he never sat around.”

Nancy Caruso, who grew up in northern Virginia, spent many summers visiting her grandfather in Pittsburgh. They often roamed the three rivers on his boat, she said.

“He loved his boat and had a let’s-do-it attitude,” she said. “He was a great inspiration to me, so we’re hoping people will be inspired by what we are doing.”

The Carusos’ planned three-month excursion will begin at the Ohio River, go down the Mississippi River and then up the Missouri River where, like Lewis and Clark, they will be forced to travel over the Rocky Mountains by land.

They will get back on the water at the Snake River, which will take them to the Columbia River and eventually the Pacific Ocean. Their final destination is Astoria, Ore.


Bob and Michelle Opened Their First Edible Arrangements® Store

posted by Tariq Farid May 11, 2011

Bob and Michelle opened their first Edible Arrangements® store at 110-8700 200 Street in Langley, British Columbia (604-888-3434) in March 2010, and they have just signed an agreement to open a second location in Surrey. Bob and Michelle are no strangers to specialty food products and customer service. Prior to being franchise owners with EA, they owned their own specialty cakes business.


Edible Arrangements® in Phoenix, Arizona

posted by Tariq Farid May 11, 2011

In April 2011, Edible Arrangements® franchisees Brandon and Marci took ownership of the store located at 2824 East Indian School Road, Suite 15 in Phoenix, Arizona (602-522-9990). They now own five Edible Arrangements stores in the area: 420 East Bell Road, Suite C6 in Phoenix (602-866-2467); 5350 West Bell Road, Suite 121 in Glendale (602-386-4555); 6610 East Baseline Road, Suite 108 in Mesa (480-924-8200); and 2875 W. Ray Road, Suite 11 in Chandler (480-786-3222).

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Now Edible Arrangements at Northbrook, Illinois

posted by Tariq Farid May 11, 2011

Husband and wife Chan (Darren) and Bonnie, along with Darren’s brother Yi (Sunny) signed an agreement to open their second Edible Arrangements store to be located in Northbrook Illinois. The three purchased their first store, located at 2045 Milwaukee Avenue in Deerfield (847-537-2868) in October of 2006. And it’s not just the business enterprise that’s growing: Bonnie and Darren are the proud parents of a baby girl Madeline born on Monday April 4. Congratulations to everyone on your recent additions!


Edible Arrangements Signs Master Franchisee Agreements in Rome & Hong Kong

posted by Tariq Farid September 1, 2009
Pioneer in Fresh-Fruit Arrangements Expands International Presence to Eight Countries

WALLINGFORD, Conn., July 13 Edible Arrangements, the pioneer and leader in hand-sculpted, fresh fruit arrangements, announced today the signing of two Master Franchisee agreements in Rome, Italy and Hong Kong. With these recent agreements, Edible Arrangements is now available to consumers in eight countries outside of the United States and Puerto Rico.

VPF International Ltd. will operate as the Rome Master Franchisee and plans to develop a total of five locations in Rome with at least one planned to open later this year. VPF is led by Fausto Petruzziello, M.D., who was born and raised in Rome and currently resides in Connecticut. Petruzziello has built a team of professionals both in the U.S. and Italy to ensure Edible Arrangements can succeed abroad.

The Hong Kong Master Franchisee is D.T. Hong Kong Ltd. and will be led by Sanja Dujic, who currently resides in Hong Kong. Dujic plans to develop six stores in the city with the first location to open in the fourth quarter.

“We are excited to introduce Edible Arrangements to consumers in Rome and Hong Kong and welcome Sanja and Fausto into our system,” said Tariq Farid, CEO and Founder, Edible Arrangements, Inc. “We see great promise in these cities and know our new master franchisees will be great ambassadors for the brand.”

Currently, Edible Arrangements has 900 locations with the goal to reach 1,000 units by 2010. These recent signings are part of an aggressive growth strategy that includes expanding in existing markets and countries while continuing Edible Arrangements domestic growth in California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Philadelphia and New York. In addition to finding qualified new franchisees, the company’s growth strategy includes growing its existing franchise base into enterprise multi-unit operators.

“Since receiving my first Edible Arrangements basket 10 years ago, I’ve been enamored with such an original idea and been a frequent customer,” said Petruzziello. “Since leaving Rome in 1995, I’ve always wanted to launch a new, ground-breaking business in my native country and after speaking with the Farid brothers, I knew the Italian culture would respond positively to this unique business. We’re very excited to introduce Italians to Edible Arrangements.”

Recently the recipient of two Entrepreneur of the Year awards, International Franchise Association and Ernst & Yong in Metro New York, Farid developed and launched Edible Arrangements in 1999 in East Haven, CT, after many years in the floral industry. He learned early that corporate support can make the difference between a struggling or thriving franchise. It is for this reason that Edible Arrangements offers its franchisees comprehensive corporate and onsite level training, unparalleled technology, national brand recognition and extensive support.

The company’s proprietary technology platform and point-of-sale system is the critical backbone of each Edible Arrangements’ store, where franchisees have 24/7 access to its industry leading on-line support system. Technology also assists in the development of the proprietary tools used to design arrangements, which enhances the product’s look and increases profit margins. The company has developed a fully integrated national marketing program focusing on television, magazine and online advertising.

“After hearing about Edible Arrangements from friends in the U.S., I knew immediately Hong Kongers would love the concept since we have tradition here of appreciating fine food and gifts,” said Dujic. “My business background in trade exporting and importing and production has prepared me well to succeed in introducing such a terrific product here in Hong Kong.”

Since its inception, Edible Arrangements has earned countless accolades from the industry, including its ranking as first in its category by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual “Franchise 500” Ranking in 2007, 2008, 2009, as well as one of the magazine’s “HOT 100” franchises in 2008. In addition, the company has ranked for three consecutive years in Inc. Magazine’s top 5,000 fastest growing privately-held companies and ranked Edible Arrangements as 23(rd) in overall growth and 65(th) in system size due to a doubling of units since 2006.

Individuals seeking to own and operate an individual Edible Arrangements’ franchise should possess a minimum liquidity of $50,000 and the ability to invest approximately $154,920 – $298,005. Multi-unit store networks and international master franchisee licenses are also available for qualified applicants. Financing options are available to qualified applicants. For more information, please visit or call 888.727.4258.

About Edible Arrangements

Edible Arrangements International, Inc., is the leading purveyor of delicious, high quality, artistically designed, fresh fruit arrangements that are a practical and healthy gift. Founded in 1999 in East Haven, CT. by Tariq Farid, Edible Arrangements earned the 27th spot on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “2008 Hot 100 List of Fastest-Growing Businesses in America.” With nearly 900 operating locations worldwide, Edible Arrangements is rapidly expanding across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Italy, Hong Kong and throughout the United Arab Emirates. Customers may order arrangements by telephone 1-877-DO-FRUIT, at one of the company’s retail stores, or on-line at

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