January 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - Red Mango, named one of the Fastest-Growing Franchises of 2013 by Entrepreneur magazine, celebrated an award-winning year for franchise development in 2013. The chain surpassed 270 locations, which includes units across 30 states and 43 international sites throughout Mexico, Uruguay and El Salvador.
Red Mango celebrated the addition of more than 40 new franchisees to the system, the opening of 60 new stores, and entry into the states of Michigan and Kentucky.
"It was another year of exciting growth for the Red Mango brand," said Dan Kim, founder of Red Mango. "We reached new milestones with our national and international presence, we expanded the menu and we launched our exciting new Red Mango Café concept. We continue to push the boundaries of our category with a fantastic team of amazing franchisees, licensees and the most dedicated corporate staff in the industry."
The expansion included aggressive growth in non-traditional locations, such as airport debuts for Red Mango at San Diego International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport and more than 20 campus openings including Duke, St. John’s, Miami, Baylor and Stony Brook universities.
In 2013 Red Mango also expanded its menu options to offer a wider variety of smoothies, dairy-free Skinny Sorbetos and frozen Greek yogurt.
The year ended with the introduction of a new Red Mango Café concept and a development deal for Puerto Rico. Plans in Puerto Rico include opening five restaurants in 2014. The Red Mango Café concept, which will continue to expand in the U.S. in 2014, features a variety of fresh made healthy items on the menu, including flatbreads, wraps and salads, all with less than 500 calories. The menu also includes fresh squeezed juices and more flavors of all-natural smoothies.
In addition to physical advances, the company also expanded its online presence with the launch of the Red Mango app. And Kim was awarded the 2013 Digital Executive of the Year award at the first-ever RIZMY Awards for restaurant leaders in Phoenix. The award honored the chain’s growth in record time with a combined social and digital reach of more than of 1.3 million fans – an audience that continues flourish.
Red Mango, one of the fastest-growing retailers of all-natural nonfat and low fat frozen yogurt and fresh fruit smoothies, opened its first U.S. store in July 2007, and has since celebrated more than 270 store openings across the U.S, Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay. Red Mango has received numerous awards, including 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 probiotic 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 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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