National MS Society Partners With Edible Arrangements® in MA, NH, and RI to Fund MS Research and Raise Awareness

Proceeds From Edible Arrangements® Orange Citrus Blossom™ Sales During the Month of March Benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

WALTHAM, MA - (Marketwired - Mar 3, 2014) - Today, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society announced its partnership with 62 Edible Arrangements® stores of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island for its fourth annual MS awareness campaign to raise funds to help people with MS and to support MS research. Over the past three years, these Edible Arrangements® locations donated nearly $33,000 to this cause.

Edible Arrangements® stores throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island will donate $5 from every Orange Citrus Blossom™ arrangement sold during March, which is National MS Society's MS Awareness Month. Orange is also the official color of the Society.

"For the past three years, we raised nearly $33,000 for the National MS Society," said Nick D'Alleva, the Edible Arrangements® franchise partner whose passion for MS fundraising and awareness inspired the now annual fundraiser. "It's our fourth year promoting our involvement with the Society, and we hope to continue to raise money for this great organization that helps thousands of people each year."

"The fundraising generated by each store is essential to fueling the MS research engine, as it also helps everyone affected by MS to address the unpredictable and often disabling effects of the disease," said Lori Espino, Chapter President of the Society's Greater New England Chapter. To order an Orange Citrus Blossom(TM) visit edible.com/ms for a detailed listing of all participating locations.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society helps everyone address the challenges of living with multiple sclerosis by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at www.nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867.

About Edible Arrangements

With nearly 1,200 franchise locations open or under development worldwide, Edible Arrangements International, LLC is the world's largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements. Select Edible Arrangements® locations also carry the company's rapidly expanding Edible To Go® line which features all-natural, fresh fruit smoothies, dipped fruit, fresh squeezed lemonade and orange juice, and fresh fruit salads, sundaes and parfaits and treats. Since its founding in 1999 in East Haven, Conn., the company has been recognized as an industry leader, ranking first in its category in Entrepreneur magazine's annual "Franchise 500," Entrepreneur's Top 40 of "Fastest Growing Franchises" and "America's Top Global Franchises" as well as being included for eight consecutive years among the "Inc. 5000" list of the fastest growing privately-held companies. Edible Arrangements® fresh fruit bouquets and other gift items may be ordered by telephone at 1-877-DO-FRUIT, at one of the company's retail stores, or online at edible.com. EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS® and other trademarks noted are registered trademarks of Edible Arrangements, LLC.

Media Contact:

Marianne Sabella Dempsey
Carlton PR & Marketing
508-435-2020

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