International Frozen Yogurt Association

Dear frozen yogurt enthusiast,

Happy holidays! We've been tracking froyo news and events all year and our annual froyo year in review has just been published.

We're also excited to announce our first live webinar, featuring our business compliance partner, Payality. The free webinar, which will take place on Wednesday, 12/17 at 4 PM PST, covers the new California sick pay law that will go into effect next year. For details, please visit our Webinars page.

The Swirl of Honor program has now reached Namibia, thanks to Wakaberry's recent entry into that market.

In this edition of the newsletter, 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

The Year in Froyo, IFYA’s 2014 Froyo Summary: As 2014 comes to a close, we’ve put together our annual review of notable frozen yogurt news and events. With slowing frozen yogurt sales in the US, frozen yogurt franchises are looking to international locations for growth. Frozen yogurt’s popularity continues to grow internationally as new stores and froyo trucks continue to open. Read more: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/year-froyo-ifyas-2014-froyo-summary/

IFYA’s 2014 Holiday Froyo Gift Guide: It’s annual gift guide time. We adore froyo related gifts and we’ve searched the web to find them. See our top picks for 2014: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/ifyas-2014-holiday-froyo-gift-guide/

Wakaberry Expands into Namibia: South Africa’s first self-serve frozen yogurt chain and the first Swirl of Honor recipient, Wakaberry, recently opened a store at the brand new Grove Mall in Windhoek, Namibia. Wakaberry is now an international chain with 40 locations. We congratulate Wakaberry and are thrilled to have a Swirl of Honor shop in Namibia. Read more: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/wakaberry-expands-namibia/

Discounts on Business Compliance Packages: We've partnered with Payalitya highly trusted and affordable business compliance solution provider, to offer three comprehensive business compliance packages for frozen yogurt shops. IFYA premium members can choose from 3 different compliance packages, all discounted more than 20% for IFYA members. For additional information on this offer, please visit http://www.payality.com/ifya/

Save on Credit Card Processing: The IFYA has selected Green Payment Solutions (GPS) as the association’s exclusive partner for credit card processing. Green Payment Solutions’ new program includes a low rate guarantee and a wide range of other valuable savings, available to IFYA premium members. Green Payment Solutions has provided top quality credit card processing services to local and national merchants for more than 10 years and is recognized with A+ status by the Better Business Bureau. Contact Gene Da Lie from Green Payment Solutions at (818) 564-0577 or gened@greenpayllc.com for a no-obligation rate review of your merchant account. Learn more about Green Payment Solutions online at www.GreenPaymentSolutions.com.

Special Offer on Oalla's Interactive Digital Signage Solution: Try Oalla, the future of interactive digital signage, risk free. The deal includes the everything you need kit, 1 year subscription to Oalla’s app library, email and phone support, money back guarantee and more. Learn more and sign up at http://try.oalla.com/ifya

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

Other IFYA Trade Member Discounts: IFYA members are eligible for a wide range of discounts, including:

• 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

• 15% off your Nanci's Frozen Yogurt purchase when you mention IFYA and your IFYA username

• 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

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 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. 

Frozen Yogurt Industry News

The IFYA tracks 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/ 

• December 10, 2014: Yogurtland Opens First of 15 Locations in Thailand

• December 4, 2014: U-Swirl, Inc. to Expand International Franchising Activities into Canada

• December 2, 2014: York Peppermint Pattie Froyo Introduced at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

• December 2, 2014: Yogen Fruz Arrives in South Korea and Spain

• November 25, 2014: So Long Fro-yo, Hello Extreme Ice Cream


What We're Working On

2014 Froyo Flavor Trends. We've summarized the key flavor trends that emerged in 2014.

Froyo Truck Round-Up. It's time for the annual list of new froyo trucks.

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