DALLAS, Dec. 3, 2012 // PRNewswire // - Red Mango, the 2011 #1 Zagat-rated frozen yogurt and smoothies chain in America, has announced it is expanding to Uruguay, one of the world's great capital cities, and will open the first Red Mango location in Montevideo on Dec. 19th. The growth is part of a five-store agreement with area developer Zacoxen, S.A., and marks the first introduction of Red Mango in South America.
"Our entry into South America welcomes a new chapter in the rapid expansion of our brand," said Miguel Foegal, president of Red Mango. "We are taking Red Mango to an exciting region that is ripe with opportunity."
Zacoxen, an experienced area developer in Uruguay that operates several Curves fitness franchise locations, was instantly drawn to the essence of the Red Mango brand and the healthy aspect of the award-winning menu.
Paula Lopez, managing partner for Zacoxen and a resident in Montevideo runs the business with her husband Daniel Soroa and her sisters Pamela and Patricia Lopez. They were looking for the next successful investment when Patricia Lopez, who works in New York, introduced them to the concept that had begun adding locations throughout the city and across the United States to crowds of happy consumers.
"One taste and we were convinced we had to bring Red Mango to Uruguay," said Paula Lopez.
The first of four self-serve locations in Montevideo will open this month at Local 001.18 de Julio 1902 and Juan Antonio Rodriguez. An additional store is planned for the world-famous Punta del Este resort city.
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 210 store openings in North America. 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 Dallas, 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 fortified with beneficial live and active probiotic cultures like GanedenBC30®(Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086), which helps support the immune and digestive systems 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 fruit and yogurt parfaits and fresh fruit smoothies.
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