October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // - Wallingford, CT - Edible Arrangements announced today that it has moved it’s food handling training program the industry-standard leader in safe food-handling education: the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafef® training program. Beginning in October 2014, the ServSafe curriculum for Food Handler training and certification will be used for thousands of Edible Arrangements® franchisees and store employees at approximately 1,100 Edible Arrangements locations across the United States.
ServSafe is the industry leader in safe food handling with standards are based on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Code and are revised along with every FDA revision.
"At Edible Arrangements® we take pride in the fact that we offer a healthy, superior product so it makes sense that we also employ the best in safe food handling training to our thousands of franchisees and store employees," stated Tariq Farid, Founder and CEO of the company.
Jeff Conway, Edible Arrangements’® Director of Training and Guest Experience, agreed, noting that, "We are always looking for ways to ensure the optimal experience and quality for our guests. Moving our food safety program to the National Restaurant Association’ s ServSafe program is the industry leader in providing the best training in safe food handling and will ensure that the very best standards are employed consistently across all Edible Arrangements locations."
The ServSafe Food Safety Training Program provides current and comprehensive educational materials to the restaurant industry. More than 5 million foodservice professionals have been certified through the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Exam, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-Conference for Food Protection (CFP). ServSafe training and certification is recognized by more federal, state and local jurisdictions than any other food safety certification.
Kevin Scott, National Accounts Manager for the National Restaurant Association said, "Ensuring that the highest level of food-safety procedures are properly taught to our clients is something we take very seriously. This program was developed to ensure that everyone tasked with handling food is equipped with knowledge to do it properly. Keeping the customer safe is of the utmost importance."
With more than 1,200 independently owned and operated 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, Connecticut, 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 arrangements, chocolate DippedFruit®, Fresh Fruit Smoothies and other products can enjoyed at any of the 1,200 franchise locations worldwide. Gifts can be ordered online at www.edible.com and by telephone at 1-877-DO-FRUIT.
EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS® and other trademarks noted are registered trademarks of Edible Arrangements, LLC.
ServSafe® is a resgistered trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
Learn more about ServSafe here [http://www.servsafe.com/home].
SOURCE Edible Arrangements