June 17, 2016 // Franchising.com // WALLINGFORD, Conn. - Tariq Farid, Founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements, was honored with an Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award Thursday evening during a gala in Manhattan hosted by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC).
"The award honors individuals and serves to encourage the development of talent and leadership of Asian Americans,” said John Wang, president of AABDC. “Mr. Farid is a very deserving recipient because of his business success in building Edible Arrangements into a global icon as well as his philanthropic work through the Tariq Farid Foundation. He truly serves as an inspiration to all Asian Americans.”
The award recipients represent a microcosm of Asian-American business owners, representing ethnicities from China, India, South Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, and other Asian countries. Marking the 22-year milestone for the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC), the gala also provides Asian-American business leaders a platform for communication and collaboration.
“I am honored to be recognized by such an important organization as the Asian American Business Development Center," Farid said. “It is through programs such as this that the leaders of the future can be inspired to pursue their dreams.”
With more than 1,300 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, fresh fruit salads, sundaes, parfaits and treats. Since its founding in 1999 in East Haven, Conn., the company has been recognized as an industry leader. It has ranked 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 Dipped Fruit™, fresh fruit smoothies and more can be enjoyed at franchise locations worldwide. Gifts can be ordered online at www.edible.com and by telephone at 1-877-DO-FRUIT®.
The Asian American Business Development Center, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1994. It assists Asian American businesses in strengthening their capacity to compete in the mainstream market, to expand business opportunities and to promote recognition of Asian American businesses' contributions to the general economy. To learn more about AABDC please visit: www.aabdc.com and the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards, at www.outstanding50awards.com
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