Edible Arrangements® selected among top franchises for veterans in USA Today - Franchising Today survey

Leader in fresh fruit arrangements says it recognizes the need to be a leader in providing veterans a way to build their own businesses

Jun 28, 2012, 15:33 ET from Edible Arrangements

WALLINGFORD, Conn., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Edible Arrangements has been selected as one of the 50 top franchises for military veterans in the third annual USA Today – Franchising Today survey of veteran friendly franchises.

The leader in fresh fruit arrangements was chosen from among more than 400 participants in the annual survey.

"We are honored that we've been selected to receive this recognition," says Founder and CEO Tariq Farid. "Edible Arrangements is committed to providing opportunities to those who have served our nation as members of the military. Veterans represent everything a company would want in an employee or a franchisee -- dedication, discipline, strong values and an unparalleled work ethic. We are happy that we can play a small part in the next stage of their lives and professional development."

One way that that Edible Arrangements supports military veterans is through participation in the International Franchise Association's VetFran program and by offering veterans a $10,000 discount on their initial franchise fee.

"In many ways, our franchisees who are veterans say that being an Edible Arrangements franchisee provides similar structure, support and teamwork that they experienced as members of the military," Tariq said. "It's a chance for each of them to be in business for themselves, but with access to the training and support that only a national network can provide."

About Edible Arrangements

With over 1100 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 "2011 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. More information about Edible Arrangements and Edible Arrangements franchise opportunities is available at 1-888-727-4258 or online at www.eafranchise.com.

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