International Frozen Yogurt Association

Dear frozen yogurt enthusiast,

It's been a busy month. We welcomed our first international Swirl of Honor recipient, Wakaberry of South Africa and our first Swirl of Honor shops in Ohio and Pennsylvania, Yumberries. We gave out Yogurtland VIP passes for our favorite holiday, National Frozen Yogurt Day. 

We're very excited to announce that the hunt for the best frozen yogurt cup design in the U.S.A. is on! CarryOutSupplies.com and IFYA have teamed up for the "Put Your Best Cup Forward" cup design contest. 

The winner gets 10,000 custom froyo cups!

Submit your entries, vote for cup designs, and view the contest details at www.facebook.com/froyoassociation. You can submit your entry on Twitter by tagging your picture with #PutYourBestCupForward by March 31, 2014. To move on to the next round, your design needs at least 10 Facebook votes. Both new designs and existing designs are eligible and you can enter up to 3 designs.

In this issue, we'll cover:

  • IFYA news
  • Special offers for IFYA members 
  • Industry news from our press room
  • Preview of what we're working on for next month

Be a froyo ambassador for the IFYA! Please help us grow our frozen yogurt community by telling others about the IFYA, including your friends and the froyo shops you frequent. If you haven't already registered for your free IFYA membership, join today

IFYA News & Special Offers

List of Froyo Trade Shows & Open Houses: By popular demand, we’ve added a list of trade shows and open houses for 2014 to our Froyo Resources section. Read more: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/froyo-resources-trade-shows-open-houses/

Overview of the European Frozen Yogurt Market: Rhian Williams, Business Development Director for Plas Farm Ltd (the UK’s leading frozen yogurt manufacturer) and the IFYA’s UK/European Product Development Expert takes a look at the European frozen yogurt market, including its development, key trends and outlook. Read more: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/overview-european-frozen-yogurt-market/

Yumberries Earns Three Swirls, First SOH Shops in PA & OH: The Swirl of Honor program expands to Ohio and Pennsylvania with the addition of Yumberries. Read more: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/yumberries-earn-three-swirls-ifyas-swirl-honor-program-first-soh-shops-pa-oh/

Wakaberry Becomes First International Recipient of IFYA's Swirl of Honor Program: For the first time ever the International Frozen Yogurt Association (IFYA)’s Swirl of Honor program has awarded swirls to a frozen yogurt brand outside of the US. Read more: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/wakaberry-becomes-first-international-recipient-ifyas-swirl-honor-program/

IFYA Trade Member Discounts: 

  • Free shipping on all Spaceman USA equipment when you mention IFYA and your IFYA username
  • 15% off Jefe toppings dispensers. To redeem, mention IFYA and your IFYA username when you call Forte Supply at (720) 328-1431
  • 20% off your FrozenDessertSupplies.com order (discount can only be used once) when you mention IFYA and your IFYA username
  • 10% off your first GoDivide order when you mention IFYA and your IFYA username

IFYA Promotion: Be the First Swirl of Honor Shop in Your Area for Free: We want to see Swirl of Honor decals across the world. The IFYA will waive the $60 application fee for any shop that is the first to apply for the Swirl of Honor program in its "area." By first in your area, we mean the following:

  • United States: Be the first shop to apply in your state
  • Canada: Be the first shop to apply in your province or territory
  • Outside of the US and Canada: Be the first to apply in your country, when the Swirl of Honor program is available in your country.

The Swirl of Honor program is available in two dozen countries. The complete list of countries can be found in the Swirl of Honor program FAQs.

To check to see if you are the first shop to apply in your area, email us at info@internationalfrozenyogurt.com. Once we confirm that you are the first applicant in your area to apply, we'll send you a promotional code to use. You must contact us first in order to be eligible for the special promotion. The complimentary membership period is for one year from the date your application is processed and approved.

Special Offer on Worker's Comp Insurance: IFYA is pleased to partner with California’s workers’ comp experts, Select Marketing Insurance Services, to offer California frozen yogurt shop owners special group rates. SMI’s special group rates are significantly lower than rates small frozen yogurt shops can get on their own. They are known for offering frozen yogurt shops the best combination of price, stability and coverage with A+ rated Preferred Employers Group (PEG). 

Most workplace violence in California occurs during a robbery.  More than half (56%) of workplace homicides occurred in the retail and service industries.  Using caution and staying calm can go a long way to protecting you and co-workers from potentially dangerous situations. Read PEG's yogurt shop robbery prevention article for safety tips:http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/safety-focus-frozen-yogurt-shop-robbery-prevention-tips/

To get more information and a cost saving workers’ compensation quote, contact Steve Feemster, SMI Insurance at (619) 346-2214 or stevef@smi-insure.com

Frozen Yogurt Industry News

The IFYA will be tracking frozen yogurt industry news and posting links to noteworthy articles in our Press Room. We've selected a few headlines from this month. Submit your frozen yogurt industry news to us at news@internationalfrozenyogurt.com. For more articles, please visit the IFYA Press Room at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/press-room/ 

What We're Working On

Supplier Guide Improvements: IFYA members can now add suppliers to the supplier guide, request an enhanced supplier directory listing and write supplier reviews. We are testing these improvements before announcing them to the general public, but the features are already available on our website.

Froyo Technology Month: In March we're going to focus on technology and innovation in the frozen yogurt industry.

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Our Sponsor

Many thanks to the IFYA's founding sponsor, Forte Supply.