Going to see a movie in a theatre any time soon? Chances are that if you’re going to spend money on a movie ticket, you’re also going to spend money on movie theatre snacks. Even movie-goers who arrive at the theatre after eating a large meal are often hungry for movie theatre snacks. There’s something very satisfying about sitting in a movie theatre while at the same time enjoying a delicious treat.
Movie theatres are synonymous with snack foods such as buttery popcorn, candy, soda, and other unhealthy (but tasty) treats. After purchasing movie tickets, patrons are usually forced to walk directly by a theatre’s concession stand before entering the auditorium where the movie will be showing. It’s extremely difficult for many people to resist the delicious aroma of freshly popped popcorn and the sweet allure of neatly arranged boxes of candy. Not to mention the other choices that may exist… such as nachos with lots of cheese, hot pretzels, hot dogs, and soda. No matter how you slice it, all of these choices are high in calories and unhealthy.
There are several interesting articles published on the internet that describe just how unhealthy movie theatre snacks are. For example, WebMD describes movie theatre popcorn as follows: “Movie theater popcorn contains anywhere from 400 to 1,200 calories, not to mention one to three days’ worth of artery-clogging saturated fat and a whopping 1,500 milligrams of sodium.”
Now There Are Healthier Movie Theatre Snack Options!
Due to the fact that movie theatre patrons have started to demand healthier snack options, many theatres across the United States are now offering frozen yogurt and other lower-calorie and healthier choices.
“The Café,” now found in some AMC theatre locations in the United States, allows movie-goers to “purchase yogurt, coffee, smoothies and other treats you wouldn’t expect to find in movie theatres. It’s all made fresh to order.” Offerings include Yogen Früz frozen yogurt, probiotic low-fat vanilla or chocolate frozen yogurt, scooped ice cream, and shakes.
But the frozen yogurt craze in movie theatres is not just limited to the United States. According to a press release distributed by Red Mango, the Dallas-based frozen yogurt chain expanded to Mexico in 2011 by signing an agreement with Cinemax – a leading movie theatre chain in Mexico with 184 theatres – to allow Cinemax to own and operate the Red Mango franchise throughout Mexico.
When frozen yogurt is not available inside a movie theatre, you can bet there is at least one frozen yogurt shop located in close proximity. Frozen yogurt is the perfect snack to combine with the movie-going experience. Because frozen yogurt is quickly becoming a top choice in movie theatres, chances are good that it will be available next time you make plans to see a great flick!
You read the headline of this article correctly. The answer is, “Yes!” the frozen yogurt industry has finally gone to the dogs by expanding to the canine market. As diehard frozen yogurt fans, we know exactly why this happened. The reason is that we know it’s difficult for any warm-blooded living being (human, dog, or just about any other mammal) to resist frozen yogurt treats. And if you’re a dog-lover (which is likely, because dog owners make up a large percentage of the world’s population), you might be interested in knowing 1) that you can purchase frozen yogurt treats for your four-legged-friends, and 2) if you are interested in breaking into the canine frozen yogurt industry as a business owner – there are plenty of opportunities.
Last summer in New York City’s Upper West Side, new doggy frozen yogurt vending carts debuted in two local parks. The owner of the business, called “Yappy Treats Cart,” gave dog owners the opportunity to purchase frozen yogurt for their furry pals. The treats were packaged in easy-to-lick containers that were just the right size for dogs. Flavors available included tuna-carrot and peanut butter-banana-carob. To date, the company, which is based in NYC, doesn’t have a store front, but sells its line of “DOGFROYO” treats through traveling vending carts, retail stores, and at special events.
It Doesn’t Stop With Doggie Frozen Yogurt Carts!
We believe the launch of frozen yogurt vending carts that visit parks and are filled with treats made specifically for dogs is a fantastic development. But recently, many types of frozen yogurt businesses opening around the world are catering specifically to man’s best friend (e.g. the dog). For example, “Yoghund” produces frozen yogurt treats for dogs that are natural, nutritional, and digestive-friendly. Yoghund is made with real yogurt, which not only assists humans’ digestive systems, immune systems, and nutrient absorption, but also helps dogs’ digestive systems in the same way.
As of today, more than 2,500 large grocery store chains, natural grocery stores, and pet retail establishments sell Yoghund. The two most popular flavors are peanut butter & banana, blueberry & vanilla, but other new flavors include peanut butter & papaya and apple cheddar.
Are You Thinking of New Business Opportunities in the Frozen Yogurt Industry that Cater to Dogs?
The mere thought of developing a new business that manufactures or sells frozen yogurt for dogs, cats, or any other type of pet is a very exciting prospect for many entrepreneurs. If you have an idea in mind, we wholeheartedly encourage you to move forward and pursue your business venture. According to an article published on Multibriefs.com, “Going forward, the pet industry is projected to grow 4 %t annually through 2018. In the next five years, pet operations are projected to maintain strong growth.”
If you’ve started a new frozen yogurt business that caters to dogs (or other types of pets), let us know by posting a comment below! Let us know how you’re doing!
Have you ever been to an “all you can eat” or buffet-style restaurant that offers self-serve soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt? Or, do you own or operate this type of eating establishment? Every time I visit this type of restaurant, I am amazed at the long line of people at the soft serve machine. And it’s not just kids waiting in line for their chance to dispense their own soft serve ice cream. It’s people of all ages. It entertains me to watch them because I can always sense the enjoyment they get out of trying to create the perfect swirl of soft serve into their cone, their dish, or on top of a brownie they selected from the other dessert choices.
Let’s face it. People love soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt. And when this dessert is offered as part of an “all you can eat” meal, customers can’t get enough of it! I’ve personally witnessed restaurant patrons in “all you can eat” settings go back for two or more servings of soft serve ice cream. I believe that the inclusion of a soft serve machine in this type of setting is enjoyable for restaurant patrons, but it also makes the eating experience a lot of fun. And when a restaurant runs out of cones or the machine becomes empty, people end up very disappointed.
If you own or operate a buffet-style restaurant and do not offer soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt, now is the time to seriously consider adding one or more soft serve machines. The popularity of self-serve soft serve has never been greater than it is today. And people will likely choose your restaurant over others if they know yours offers this type of dessert.
Anyone who has worked in the restaurant industry for a significant period of time knows how important dessert is to customers. Soft serve machines add a huge benefit to buffet-style restaurants because they are reasonably priced to either purchase or lease. Also, the ingredients necessary to produce soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt are economical. The cost to produce a serving of soft serve for every customer that comes through the door is minimal when compared to the cost of elaborate baked goods. And the truth is that customers often prefer soft serve to baked goods because it is usually lower in fat and calories.
There are many soft serve machine choices for buffet-style restaurants. These include countertop models, free-standing models, and everything in between. In other words, there is a soft serve machine that will fit into just about any space or situation. The addition of a soft serve machine allows buffet restaurants to offer an always popular dessert option. Also, the flavors of the soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt can be changed easily and frequently. With a soft serve machine, you simply cannot go wrong!
Soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt are two of the most popular desserts in America. If you own a restaurant or a convenience store, the addition of a soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt machine has the potential to substantially increase your weekly, monthly, and yearly net profits. The best thing about these delicious desserts is that they are easy to sell and easy to serve. And the profit margin on soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt can be quite high.
To get a better grasp on how profitable the addition of a soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt machine will be for your restaurant or convenience store, simply enter a few numbers into our profit calculator. The calculator will ask you to estimate the price you will charge for different sized cups and cones and also how many servings you think will be sold each day. The calculator will use the average cost for the product as well as for spoons, napkins, cups, cones, waste, and electricity. It will then generate a figure indicating how much net profit you can expect a soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt machine to produce each week or month.
How Much Does a Machine Cost?
There are several frozen soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt machines from which to choose. We offer all of our machines for sale, and we also offer leasing and financing options. To determine how much it will cost to lease a machine, take a look at our lease calculator. The calculator will ask you to enter the value of the machine you wish to lease. By pressing “enter,” you will then be provided with monthly payment options that vary depending on your type of business. It’s possible to lease a machine for as little as $200-$350 per month, with the potential to generate over $3,000 in profit each month if you sell just 30 servings per day!
Many Soft Serve Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Machines are Small!
Did you know that most soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt machines require only about two feet of space? Their small size means they can fit just about anywhere. But even though they are small, they will almost always be capable of producing enough soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt to meet the demands of your customers.
Eating Out Means Dinner and Dessert
When individuals, couples, and families go out to eat, they generally spend time relaxing and enjoying their meal. Besides eating appetizers and main courses, they often indulge in dessert. Similarly, people often go out of their way to stop at convenience stores that offer soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt. With a soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt machine, you’ll be able to give your customers exactly what they want!
A Good Investment
It’s hard to go wrong with the addition of a soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt machine to your restaurant or convenience store. These frozen treats practically sell themselves! No matter which machine you select, make sure to offer the flavors and toppings that your target market will enjoy. If you do, your chances for success will be limitless!
National Frozen Yogurt Day is this week – officially on February 6 – and we are excited to spread the word about this important holiday! Even though National Frozen Yogurt day is geared towards FroYo shops in the United States, countries around the world are also honoring frozen yogurt as part of the celebration. Why? It’s simple! Because the world has literally fallen in love with frozen yogurt and all it has to offer.
Frozen yogurt stores are located in just about every worldwide city. It may or may not surprise you to learn that there are even local frozen yogurt shops in small countries and territories with fewer than half a million residents (such as Iceland, Bermuda and Grenada).
According to research conducted by the International Frozen Yogurt Association, the following countries have the greatest number of frozen yogurt shops, listed in order from the highest number to the lowest number:
Given the extreme popularity of frozen yogurt, it’s no wonder a day has been named in its honor!
Who Invented National Frozen Yogurt Day?
First, let’s take a look at how food holidays are established. According to TheNibble.com, “The President of the United States has the authority to declare a commemorative event or day by proclamation…. and, petitions are introduced by constituents, trade associations or public relations firms to honor industries, events, professions, hobbies, etc.”
In some cases, a company or an organization will declare a specific day, week, or month as a holiday meant to celebrate their industry or product. With regard to National Frozen Yogurt Day, most references indicate that February 6th is the official day, but other days mentioned have been February 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th each year. But besides the festivities in February, in 1993 the yogurt chain TCBY proposed the following: 1) that the first week of June should be named National Frozen Yogurt Week, 2) the entire month of June should be declared National Frozen Yogurt Month, and3) the first Sunday of June should be called National Frozen Yogurt Day because it’s a “Sundae.”
We should mention that there is no evidence that National Frozen Yogurt Day was created by Congressional legislation or by presidential proclamation.
For a full list of national food holidays, click here, and find out which holidays occur in the United States as well as worldwide every day of the year!
For those who live in cold climates, it might seem that February may not be an optimal month to celebrate International Frozen Yogurt Day. But in our opinion, every day of the year is appropriate for a big cup of celebratory FroYo!
Fun Facts About Frozen Yogurt
The thought of eating frozen yogurt is a fun concept in and of itself. But did you realize there are lots of fun facts that you probably don’t know about this delicious and tasty treat? So, the next time you eat frozen yogurt, keep these tidbits of information in mind… and feel free to share your new-found knowledge about frozen yogurt with your friends and family!
1. Frozen yogurt is alive and it contains bacteria. Don’t worry… it’s supposed to be alive and contain bacteria. The bacteria that exist within frozen yogurt are helpful and considered “good bacteria.” These bacteria are not harmful in any way and they cannot cause you to get sick. In fact, the bacteria in frozen yogurt do just the opposite. It has been shown that frozen yogurt bacteria help keep people’s digestive systems healthy and regular and also help boost the body’s immune system so it can fight off infections. The “active cultures” that exist in frozen yogurt are good for you. So, eating a cup of frozen yogurt each day can be a great “medicine” that will help keep you healthy!
2. Not only are the bacteria that exist in frozen yogurt good for your digestive system, but also they are known to help improve bad breath. So if you feel like you need a breath refresher, or if you’re looking for a place to take a first-time date, you might consider stopping at your favorite frozen yogurt shop for a quick cup of FroYo! You’ll leave feeling as though you’ve just cleaned your mouth!
3. Yogurt has been around forever. Well, maybe not FOREVER, but for thousands of years. Of course, yogurt has not been available in frozen form for that long because in ancient times, frozen yogurt machines and the electricity required to run them were not yet invented. But since the advent of frozen yogurt machines, the machines’ capabilities and ease-of-use have made it possible for frozen yogurt to become just as widely available in modern times as the regular, non-frozen variety.
4. Frozen yogurt contains lots of vitamins, minerals and other healthy attributes. Some that you might recognize are: protein, calcium, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and riboflavin. And it’s also a known fact that people who are lactose-intolerant have an easier time digesting frozen yogurt than they do many other types of dairy products including whole milk and ice-cream.
5. Because frozen yogurt contains calcium, it can help reduce a person’s chances of developing osteoporosis. Of course, you’ll have to eat quite a bit of FroYo to completely eliminate the prospect of developing osteoporosis. However, you can rest assured that frozen yogurt consumption can’t hurt your fight against this bone-thinning disease!
There are dozens of additional fun facts about frozen yogurt not mentioned in this article. Want to learn more? We’ll publish another “Fun Facts About Frozen Yogurt Article” sometime in the near future. In the meantime, go ahead and enjoy another bowl of your favorite flavor of FroYo!
We can’t tell you how many times we’ve been asked by friends, peers within the frozen yogurt machine industry, and people thinking of opening a frozen yogurt franchise whether we think the frozen yogurt industry will eventually put the ice cream industry out of business (or vice versa). Instead of responding with a definitive answer (because we really don’t know if we can say that frozen yogurt will put the traditional ice cream industry out of business), we simply ask them, “What do you think? Do you think the two products can both survive and thrive simultaneously?”
Apparently, this question is more widespread than we had realized. An article was published recently on USAToday.com regarding this very same topic. The article is entitled, “Can Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Coexist?” The very first sentence of the article says, “It is a question that has plagued many great thinkers for a number of years: Does the rise of “healthy” frozen yogurt signal the deal knell for the indulgent ice cream?”
One of the most interesting statistical tidbits from the article is a quote from Kevin Havelock, president of refreshments at Unilever. He argues that “the ‘froyo craze’ is beneficial for the ice cream market.” In other words, he thinks that the frozen yogurt industry is actually providing an overall boost to the frozen treat market in general.
At the present time, it’s true that the frozen yogurt industry makes up a small percentage of the overall frozen treat and ice cream sectors. But frozen yogurt is becoming more and more popular by the day, and its popularity is growing exponentially among the younger generation as well as among those who are becoming more and more health conscious.
When you compare frozen yogurt to ice cream, frozen yogurt – without toppings – almost always has fewer calories and less fat than a comparable serving size of ice cream. In our opinion, the health appeal is one of the main reasons the frozen yogurt industry will continue to grow and expand. However, it’s also apparent that some people simply love traditional ice cream so much that they will choose it over frozen yogurt when given the option.
So, back to the original question: Can frozen yogurt and ice cream live together in peace and harmony – and can both succeed? The best answer to this question is probably “Yes.” Each product serves its own purpose.
It seems to us that the most important thing to keep in mind is that there are both frozen yogurt and ice cream options out there, and people will like being able to make a choice based on what they feel like eating that day. But, without a doubt, there’s room for both frozen yogurt and ice cream to be successful in the world of frozen desserts!
You might have the best frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream the world has ever tasted. And you might be making your yogurt or soft serve ice cream in a top-notch frozen yogurt or soft serve machine that is distributed by Forte Supply. Your shop might be decorated more attractively than those of your competitors, and your store’s location might be the most desirable in town. But at the end of the day, none of this matters if the customer service your shop employees display is not extraordinary.
We’ve all heard about the extreme importance of customer service and how it plays an essential role in the success of any type of business. According to the above referenced article, “Customer service should reflect the “brand” of an organization; not just the products it sells or the services it delivers, but their overall attitudes and values.” This is especially applicable to the frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream industry. Businesses that specialize in serving dessert to the general public – – something that is meant to be fun, enjoyable, and sociable – – must relate to their customers on a personal level. And customers must absolutely have a great and uplifting experience at any frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream shop if franchise owners ever expect them to return for future visits.
If you are the owner of a frozen yogurt franchise or a restaurant that serves soft serve ice cream, it’s important that every employee working in your shop does their best to make customers’ experience positive. They must make your customers so happy that they’ll want to return at least once a week!
Say Hello! When customers walk in the door, make sure your workers say hello in a friendly voice. Eye contact and a friendly smile are even better!
Make sure your employees are not in the back room when customers are present. Customers like to feel as if they’re important! When workers in a frozen yogurt shop are not visible, it makes customers feel as though they are being ignored.
Hand out samples of new frozen yogurt flavors, and be ready to make recommendations on the flavors being offered in your frozen yogurt shop. Most customers enjoy trying new things and they usually appreciate free samples.
Make sure your frozen yogurt franchise or soft serve ice cream shop is kept clean and tidy. This includes the rest rooms! Customers value clean tables and floors. A shop that appears dirty because tables haven’t been wiped since the morning hours can leave a bad impression and can make customers feel as though the shop’s owners don’t care about cleanliness.
Get to know your customers. Learn their names and get to know what flavors and toppings they enjoy. When customers walk into a frozen yogurt shop and feel as if they know the person behind the counter, it fosters great personal relationships that are meaningful.
Is the customer always right? Maybe. But even if the customer is not always right, the customer is always important. Without customers, no business would be able to stay afloat. But remember that good customer service goes beyond simply being open for business. It involves being friendly, inviting, being willing to answer questions, and being ready to go above and beyond the call of duty for the people who are paying for your products.
Are you one of those people who frequently crave frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream? Do you ever pass a frozen yogurt franchise or restaurant that offers soft serve and have trouble steering away from it because your mouth starts watering every time you think about these delicious tasty treats? Well, guess what? There are lots of practical reasons for you to eat frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream – especially if you are contemplating eating frozen yogurt and/or soft serve instead of a higher-fat or higher-calorie alternative. So if you’re looking for an “excuse” to eat frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream as often as possible, here are a few reasons why you don’t have to deny yourself the indulgence:
1) Frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream are much lower in fat than hard-packed ice cream. As the name indicates, frozen yogurt is made of yogurt – – not milk or cream. This fact alone explains why frozen yogurt is not as high in calories and fat as other decadent desserts. Similarly, soft serve ice cream is pumped with lots of air, which lowers its fat content substantially when compared to hard-packed ice cream. In fact, an article published on Forbes.com states that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies many types of soft serve as “reduced fat ice cream.”
2) Both frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream contain calcium. The National Osteoporosis Foundation “NOF” states, “Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is essential to building strong, dense bones when you’re young and keeping them strong and healthy as you age. Calcium and vitamin D are the two most important nutrients for bone health.” The fact that frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream contain calcium is reason enough to eat them frequently! Kids of all ages love frozen yogurt and soft serve, so when they ask for it, you don’t have to feel guilty letting them indulge!
3) There are many health benefits associated with yogurt. For example, the enzymes contained in yogurt help the body digest food, and the good bacteria in yogurt are considered “probiotics.” Probiotics are microorganisms that may help with digestion and offer protection from harmful bacteria that help the body fight illnesses. According to FitnessMagazine.com, yogurt’s got power-boosting protein and bone-building calcium. It can also help you lose weight and fend off a cold.
If you are watching your fat and calorie intake, frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream might be the best possible alternatives to hard-packed ice cream. But it’s important to remember that the toppings you add to your frozen treats can turn can turn an otherwise healthier choice into a high-calorie and high-fat treat. Therefore, to keep your frozen yogurt and/or soft serve on the healthy side, make sure you avoid adding sweet sauces, cookie dough and candy to your cup or bowl.
If you own a frozen yogurt franchise, or any other small business for that matter, the start of a new year brings an excellent opportunity to make fresh New Year’s resolutions – – not just for yourself, but also for your company. If your frozen yogurt franchise was operational over the past several years, the likelihood that you benefited from the frozen yogurt industry’s explosive growth is pretty good.
As stated in a blog post on Forte Supply’s website in November, Positive News for the Frozen Yogurt Industry, “Revenue across the frozen yogurt industry climbed at an average annual rate of 21% from 2008 to 2012, and in 2013, annual industry revenue is expected to advance another 22.6%, to $1.5 billion.”
But just because the frozen yogurt industry has seen explosive growth over the past two years does not mean there’s not room for continued improvement! There’s no reason you can’t make 2014 your best year yet.
Following are 5 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Your Frozen Yogurt Franchise:
1) Re-evaluate and implement your social media strategies. Do you even have a social networking plan for your frozen yogurt franchise?
2) Make sure your store looks appealing on the inside and also from the outside. One of the best ways to generate new business is to have a shop that looks great from the street.
3) Determine if you should open a second or a third shop. It’s not advisable to get too far ahead of yourself, but if your first frozen yogurt shop is highly successful, you might want to start considering opening another one.
4) Implement new and creative promotions and contests. There’s nothing more fun for your customers than encouraging them to participate in a creative promotion or a fun contest. What do we mean by “creative”? We mean something fun that nearby frozen yogurt franchises are not also carrying out.
5) Get to know your customers. This can be accomplished by spending more time in the shop during its busiest hours. Customers like to know the owner is on-duty when they are there, and your presence reinforces the fact that you care about the quality of your frozen yogurt.
Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping them is the hard part. But when you are a business owner, it’s essential that you make and keep resolutions that will help your company grow and succeed in the coming year. So, our advice to you this New Year is to create at least five New Year’s resolutions for your frozen yogurt business. Write your goals on a piece of paper, and stick to them. You may have to make adjustments to your resolutions as the year progresses, but at the end of 2014, wouldn’t it be great to look back at the year and be able to say, “Wow, this was the best year I could have ever imagined!”
Do you plan to make New Year’s resolutions for your frozen yogurt franchise this year?
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