December 19, 2012 // Franchising.com // WALLINGFORD, Conn. – Edible Arrangements International, the pioneer and leader in hand-sculpted, fresh fruit arrangements, has been named one of Connecticut’s Top 5 companies in Inc.’s first Hire Power Awards. The new award recognizes private businesses that have led the way in creating American jobs from 2008 – 2011.
Edible Arrangements International added 56 new positions to its corporate headquarters in the past three years. Based in Wallingford, Conn., the company staffs 150 corporate employees in addition to hundreds of franchisees who own and operate more than 1,100 locations worldwide.
“We are honored to be recognized for creating American jobs in the state of Connecticut,” said Edible Arrangements® CEO Tariq Farid. “As an entrepreneur, one of the best parts of achieving the American Dream is that it creates the opportunity to provide jobs for others. This award is a testament to our franchisees and our employees who continue to WOW our customers on a daily basis, thus creating a growing demand for our products and, as a result, an opportunity to create more jobs for more people.”
The Hire Power Awards will appear in the December/January issue of Inc. Magazine and the full list is available at www.inc.com.
The inaugural Inc. Hire Power Awards are sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which is proud to recognize American companies that have greatly increased their workforces. Inc. Magazine’s Hire Power Awards celebrate private companies on the forefront of American job creation, giving these businesses the recognition they deserve.
With over 1,100 locations open or under development worldwide, Edible Arrangements International, LLC. is the leading purveyor of delicious, high quality, artistically designed, fresh fruit arrangements that are practical and healthy gifts and centerpieces for everyday occasions and events. Brothers Tariq and Kamran Farid developed and launched the company in 1999 in East Haven, CT, after many years in the floral industry. Edible Arrangements® stores are located in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Italy, Turkey, Hong Kong, Jordan, Oman, India and China. The company has been recognized as an industry leader since its inception, including ranking first in its category in Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual “Franchise 500” for the past five years and also placing in Entrepreneur’s top 40 of “Fastest Growing Franchises” and “America’s Top Global Franchises.” Edible Arrangements International was the winner of the ICSC’s 2010 Hot Retailer Award and the company has also ranked in Inc. Magazine’s top 5,000 fastest growing privately-held companies for seven consecutive years, ranked ninth on Forbes “2011 Top Franchises to Start for the Money” and was recently named one of Inc. Magazine’s “10 Promising Franchises for 2011.” The company also was recently named one of the Top 100 internet retailers by Internet Retailer magazine. Customers may order arrangements by telephone at 1-877-DO-FRUIT, at one of the company’s retail stores, or online at ediblearrangements.com. EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS® and other trademarks noted are registered trademarks of Edible Arrangements, LLC.