January 09, 2013 // Franchising.com // WALLINGFORD, Conn. – Edible Arrangements International, the pioneer and leader in handcrafted fresh fruit arrangements, recently recognized exemplary members of the corporate team for their contributions to a banner 2012 that included the opening of the company’s 1,000th location.
Amy Wietmarschen, project manager in the operations department, received the highest honor, the Pineapple Super Star Award, in recognition of her commitment to the brand, franchisees and customers. She also was presented with a new Toyota.
“The Pineapple Super Star Award is given to an employee who not only is an asset to their team, but is also a personal inspiration to so many inside and outside our office,” said Tariq Farid, Edible Arrangements® co-founder and CEO. “Amy consistently ‘WOWs’ the team, works countless hours and is an instrumental part of making this company a success. Plus, she puts a smile on everyone’s face with her amazing attitude and her motto of ‘my pleasure’ when asked to assist with any task or project.”
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® 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 “Top Franchises to Start for the Money” and was recently named one of Inc’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® is a registered trademarks of Edible Arrangements, LLC. NETSOLACE® is a registered trademark of Netsolace, Inc. ©2013 Edible Arrangements, LLC. All rights reserved.