Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Food

Tropical Smoothie Cafe debuts holiday menu

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

Capital achievements

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.

Like other aspects of the industry, the smoothie segment has been impacted by the economy.

A game-changing decision is just one of the challenges poking at the franchisee-franchisor relationship.

More than half of the restaurant industry’s $491 billion in sales come from the Top 500 chains. And these giants grew at a modestly stronger rate, both in terms of sales and store counts, than the industry overall. Restaurant Business focused on the leading 250 performers to identify trends for our first-ever special report delivering lessons from Technomic’s annual Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. This special package includes lessons for all operators from the largest chains by segment, menu category and more.

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