International Frozen Yogurt Association

Dear frozen yogurt enthusiast,

The "If Your Flavor Dreams Came True" contest sponsored by Nanci's Frozen Yogurt and the IFYA ends on April 22. One lucky froyo shop will win the grand prize: 3 cases of Nanci's Frozen Yogurt, worth $2,430. To enter, tell us your dream froyo flavor and fill out a short entry form. Enter today!

We'll announce the winners by May 1.

Congratulations to the winners of The Cool Way to Eat Fruit contest: Oregon Frozen Yogurt (1st prize) and Jojo Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt (2nd prize). Both winners will receive Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit mix, the all natural, vegan, dairy-free, three ingredient, healthier alternative to frozen yogurt.

Meet the IFYA, check out the world's first 9 flavor soft serve machine and sample 24 soft serve flavors at the Electro Freeze Soft Serve Spectacular open house on April 23-24 in Hayward, CA.

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 froyo loving friends and the froyo shops you frequent. If you haven't already registered for your free IFYA membership, join today

IFYA News & Special Offers

New Contest: If Your Flavor Dreams Came True – Win Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt Mix: Frozen yogurt shops are invited to submit their dream frozen yogurt flavors for a chance to win the grand prize, 3 cases of Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt mix, with a retail value of $2,430. Read more: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/new-contest-if-your-flavor-dreams-came-true-win-nancis-frozen-yogurt-mix/

Announcing the Winners of The Cool Way to Eat Fruit Contest – Win Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Mix: The winning frozen yogurt shops are Yogurt Hut of Southern Oregon and JoJo Smoothies and Frozen Yogurt. Read more: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/announcing-the-winners-of-the-cool-way-to-eat-fruit-contest/

Electro Freeze NorCal Soft Serve Spectacular Open House Announced: You’re invited to Electro Freeze Nor Cal’s “Soft Serve Spectacular.” Experience Fuzionate, the world’s first 9 flavor soft serve machine, sample 24 soft serve flavors, including frozen yogurt, gelato, Italian ice, frozen custard and ice cream, take advantage of show specials on all parts and equipment. Read more: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/electro-freeze-norcal-soft-serve-spectacular-open-house-announced/

Spaceman USA Introduces New Frozen Yogurt Machine Economy Line: Spaceman USA has earned their reputation for manufacturing high-quality soft serve and frozen beverage equipment. They are now bringing this high quality product to more people with their new Economy Line machines. Read more: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/spaceman-usa-introduces-new-frozen-yogurt-machine-economy-line/

Woody’s Yogurt Place Voted Best Frozen Yogurt in Best of Marin Poll: The IFYA congratulates Woody’s Yogurt Place, Swirl of Honor member since 2013, on being named the Best Frozen Yogurt in the Pacific Sun’s annual Best of Marin Poll. Read more: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/woodys-yogurt-place-voted-best-frozen-yogurt-in-best-of-marin-poll/

Ways to Save on Froyo: Here are some tips to finding savings on your favorite treat: Visit deal sites and apps,  join loyalty programs, social media offers, check in deals, in store specials, etc. Read more: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/news/ways-to-save-on-froyo/

Discounts on Business Compliance Packages: We've partnered with Payality, a 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/

Special Offer - 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.

A major change is coming to credit card technology as the US prepares to adopt EMV/chip cards this fall. After October 2015, US merchants may be liable for any fraudulent charges that could have been prevented with the use of chip technology. Is your shop ready for the change?

With the chip reader terminal, you’ll be all set. It’s good to switch early as it gives you time to train your employees, determine what other changes you need to make before implementation, etc.

Chip card readers currently cost about $250-300 per unit. Green Payment Solutions is extending its free chip reader terminal offer until April 25, 2015 due to overwhelming demand. Any new GPS customer qualifies for a free chip reader terminal.

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 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/ 

• April 14, 2015: Yogurtland Looks to Differentiate with Menu Extensions

• April 14, 2015: Menchie's CEO to Debut Fast-Casual Pizza Concept

• April 13, 2015: 16 Handles Superfood Smoothies

• April 11, 2015: Sweet Frog Hops to a New Beat

• April 11, 2015: Frozen Yogurt Flurry Has Chilled in Boulder

• April 3, 2015: U-Swirl, Inc. Announces Master Licensing Agreement for Province of Ontario, Canada

• April 2, 2015: New Line of Outshine Simply Yogurt Bars Made with 100% Yogurt for a Refreshing New Take on Frozen Yogurt

• April 1, 2015: Menchie's Introduces Pomegranate Acai Bowls and Carrot Orange Boost Sorbet for a Rejuvenating Spring

• March 31, 2015: Evolution Fresh and Dannon Let Simple Ingredients Shine in New Smoothies and Greek Yogurts

What We're Working On

International Frozen Yogurt Trends. We're excited to bring you reports on Asian frozen yogurt trends and the froyo scene in Greece.

Mobile Version. The IFYA website is currently being optimized for mobile viewing. We're currently testing the new version. It will be ready soon.

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Our Sponsor

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