Tropical Smoothie Franchise started out as a smoothie shop in 1993 and today the Tropical Smoothie Franchise Development Corporation operates a restaurant franchise chain of over 250 fruit snack outlets in Florida and over thirty other states in the United States and also operates in India. In 2000 Tropical Smoothie Franchise teamed up with the noted Boar's Head brand, the meat, soups and cheeses of which are offered exclusively by the restaurant franchise outlets to its customers.
Eric and Delora Jenrich and David Walker all came from franchise backgrounds and used the experience to found the Tropical Smoothie Franchise Development Corporation and opened the first restaurant franchise outlet in 1997 in Tallahassee, Florida. As the Tropical Smoothie Franchise business expanded, the entrepreneurs recruited people from the food industry and in 2006 engaged the services of their President and chief operating officer, Jim Valentino, who was formerly the vice-president of operations of Cold Stone Creamery, an establishment which shared similar operating procedures. Due to the rapid growth of the restaurant franchise chain, two outside companies were hired to assist with the operation.
In order to ensure the viability of a new site and location of a restaurant franchise, Tropical Smoothie Franchise conducts thorough research. Tropical Smoothie Franchise is on the SBA's Franchise Registry and participates in the IFA's VetFran program. Qualified veterans who are interested in running a 25,000 dollar restaurant franchise will have the franchise fee reduced by fifty percent. In 2007 the restaurant franchise celebrated its 10th anniversary and, at a pace of every six or seven days, a new restaurant franchise opened its doors.
Consumers have become increasingly aware of the benefits of eating and drinking healthier snack options of the restaurant franchise outlets and, according to Mentel, sales are expected to rise 68% over the next five years. Tropical Smoothie Franchise ensures that smoothies offered in its restaurant franchise outlets contain no artificial ingredients and no sweeteners are added unless specifically asked for. To enhance the customer experience, Tropical Smoothie Franchise has redesigned the restaurant franchise decor to one that offers a tropical theme of bamboo clad walls, palm trees, bright colors and original Bob Stedman artwork.
Restaurant franchise outlets provide welcome frozen treats for customer comfort during hot summer months. Tropical Smoothie Franchise provides restaurant franchise outlets that specialize in real fruit smoothies and the menu includes low fat dessert and power varieties of Blimey Limey, Mocha Madness, Blue Lagoon and Get Up and Go. In 2000 Tropical Smoothie Franchise teamed up with the noted Boar's Head brand and the restaurant franchise outlets exclusively offers its meat, cheese and soups to customers. A Tropical Smoothie Franchise outlet also offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, flatbread sandwiches and breakfast items.
Annually, the restaurant franchise outlets of Tropical Smoothie Franchise host "National Flip-Flop Day" on the first day of summer. The first 500 customers to show up at a restaurant franchise wearing flip-flops receive a free 24 ounce Jetty Punch smoothie. Tropical Smoothie Franchise donates the proceeds of a 1 dollar paper flip-flop from customers to send ill children and their families to Camp Sunshine.