October 05, 2011 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Red Mango, the chain rated #1 for smoothies and frozen yogurt in the country by Zagat, will soon be landing at San Diego International Airport (SAN). The franchisor has awarded a license agreement to SSP America, the North American division of SSP, the leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide.
″We're excited to partner with SSP America and provide busy travelers with dining options that promote a healthy lifestyle,″ said Dan Kim, founder and chief concept officer of Red Mango. "This agreement puts Red Mango in a great destination and gives us a chance to invite millions of travelers to treat themselves well."
Kim opened his first Red Mango location in California in 2007 and has since expanded the brand to more than 140 locations across the U.S. Evolving the chain to include traditional, self-serve and kiosk formats, Red Mango has opened in a variety of venues including airports such as its future home at SAN airport. Adding San Diego to the roster with SSP is one more way Red Mango is delivering an award-winning menu to meet growing demand.
"At SSP America, we celebrate the most innovative culinary leaders and visionaries in a community," said Les Cappetta, president and CEO of SSP America. "Wherever we operate we source the local legends, the best and brightest stars of the area – keeping jobs local and in-state wherever possible. We are very proud to be partnering with San Diego International Airport and to bring the best of California's regional cuisine to the travelers at SAN. With customers increasingly looking for healthy, impulsive indulgences whilst traveling, Red Mango is an excellent choice."
Red Mango offers more than 40 flavors of frozen yogurt, made-to-order fruit and yogurt parfaits, probiotic iced teas, and more than 20 delicious varieties of smoothies.
Red Mango, one of the fastest growing retailers of all-natural nonfat frozen yogurt and fresh fruit smoothies, opened its first U.S. store in July 2007 in Los Angeles, and has since celebrated more than 140 store openings across the U.S. Red Mango was named the number one smoothie and frozen yogurt chain in America in Zagat's 2011 National Chain Restaurants Survey. Other awards have included the prestigious Nation's Restaurant News' "Hot Concepts!" award and the industry-recognized SupplySide's "Scientific Excellence Award," as well as best frozen yogurt honors in Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Chicago, Utah and New York by highly-regarded independent publications. Headquartered in Dallas, Red Mango serves uniquely delicious frozen yogurt that is all-natural, nonfat and lowfat, gluten-free and packed with beneficial live and active probiotic cultures like GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086), which helps support a healthy immune and digestive system when consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Red Mango is the first frozen yogurt retailer to earn the National Yogurt Association's Live and Active Cultures seal for meeting the required criteria for healthy frozen yogurt. Red Mango recently expanded its menu to include satisfying meal options such as its all-natural made-to-order fruit and yogurt parfaits and fresh fruit smoothies, and also introduced the world's first all-natural probiotic iced teas that are hand-shaken to order.
More information about Red Mango is available at www.redmangousa.com. Visit Red Mango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redmango or www.facebook.com/dankimredmango, or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/redmango or www.twitter.com/dankimredmango. For franchising information, please visit www.redmangofranchising.com or call 214-871-6865.
SSP is the leading dedicated operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations, operating restaurants, bars, cafes, food courts, lounges and convenience stores in airports, train stations, motorway service stations, shopping malls, conference centers and other leisure locations. With a heritage stretching back over 60 years, today SSP has 30,000 employees, serving millions of customers every week. It has business at over 140 airports and over 250 rail stations, and operates more than 2,100 units in 30 countries around the world.
SSP operates an extensive portfolio of over 200 international, national, local and specialty brands. These include Upper Crust, Starbucks, Caffè Ritazza, M&S Simply Food, Bonne Journée, Caviar House & Prunier, and leading Japanese noodle brand Ajisen Ramen as well as stunning bespoke concepts such as the Montreux Jazz Café in Geneva and Sydney and the Bambini Wine Room in Sydney. Its brand portfolio is tailored for each specific location, depending on variables such as passenger profile, consumer need states, location type, size and design.