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Tropical Smoothie Cafe

2016 Top 500: Specialty LSR chains

As a group, specialty limited-service restaurant chains from the 2016 Top 500 ranking have increased sales by 7.8%.

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The latest store revamp includes warm colors, an open kitchen, an updated logo and a smoothie bar

The menu features the return of the chain’s Naughty or Nice smoothie lineup.

In a January survey by the International Franchise Association, 32 percent reported that more than half their franchisees were unable to get financing.

As evidenced by the sheer number of “veggified” green smoothies sprouting up across the market, better-for-you blends are top of mind for consumers and operators, alike.

Blending vegetables into traditionally fruit-forward beverages has proven to be a winning sales strategy at juice bars, smoothie chains and restaurants.

Virgina's health department say the frozen berries sickened patrons of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe chain.

Together, the specialty LSR category increased sales by 8.6%, to $6.9 billion, and units by 5.2%, to 11,070.

Diners rated these chains as tops when it comes to healthful options.

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