August 26, 2009 // Franchising.com // DESTIN, FL – Tropical Smoothie Café is celebrating the introduction of its new Kids Combo Meals by offering kids 12 and younger a chance to enjoy the meals for free on Sundays for a limited time.
Beginning August 30, 2009 through October 3, 2009 in all 280 Tropical Smoothie Cafés throughout the United States, kids can receive the new Big Kahuna Combo free on Sundays when an accompanying adult purchases a Paradise Combo. The Big Kahuna Combo includes a food item, side and 12-ounce Kid's Smoothie. Kids also have the option of choosing the new Little Surfer Combo (food item, side and 12-ounce soda) as their free meal.
The Kids Combo Meals are a prominent addition to the new menu at Tropical Smoothie Café, which debuted in August in all of the restaurants of the tropical-themed smoothie and sandwich restaurant chain. The menu features new food items and recipes, highlighted with mouth-watering photos of the food and vibrant, tropical colors.
New food items on the kids' menu include Cheese Pizza, Banana Mania Smoothie and a Kid Flatbread, which comes in three varieties: ham and American cheese, turkey and provolone and grilled cheese.
"For the first time, we're giving kids the option to choose a combo meal, just as their parents can," said Jim Valentino, president and chief operating officer. "By offering the opportunity to try one for free, we're letting kids and their parents know that we offer all of our customers the delicious, quality meals they crave."
In addition to giving kids a new meal option, Tropical Smoothie Café is offering the organizations that support school programs and other youth activities an opportunity to maximize their charitable efforts through the restaurant chain's In-Store Fundraising Program.
"At Tropical Smoothie Café, we strive to contribute to a healthier way of life in the communities where we live," Valentino said. "Our In-Store Fundraising Program gives back a portion of our sales during a specified time and date to a community organization, which allows it to better fund its activities and events."
After arranging a time and date with the manager or owner of a Tropical Smoothie Café, the restaurant will display customized flyers advertising the fundraiser a week prior to the event. The restaurant also will provide organizations an electronic copy of the flyer to print and pass out.
"We want your next fundraiser at Tropical Smoothie Café to be the most successful and fun event that it can be," Valentino said.
Established in Destin, Fla., in 1997, Tropical Smoothie Café has taken the smoothie concept to the next level by offering diners a healthy alternative to typical fast food. The concept, which introduced food in 1999, provides consumers with a variety of high-quality real-fruit smoothies, specialty wraps, gourmet sandwiches and salads. The company also caters. Tropical Smoothie Café includes menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ranked 127 out of 500 and rated one of the fastest growing franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine, the concept currently has 280 locations in 34 states. Plans call for 300 locations by the end of 2009.