International Frozen Yogurt Association

Dear frozen yogurt enthusiast,

Happy holidays! Since it's the end of the year, it's the time we like to look back at the year in froyo.

Significant Anniversaries

Red Mango celebrated its 10th anniversary by featuring their two original flavors, original tart and green tea. Menchie's also turned 10 this year and celebrated with giveaways.

Overseas Expansion and Non-Traditional Locations

In overseas expansion news, two froyo chains, Yogurt Lab and MooCow, announced plans to enter India in 2018. Yogurtland opened its first location in South Korea and it's not self-serve. Pinkberry has entered Ghana with two outlets.

Red Mango opened its first location inside a casino, while sweetFrog announced a new location on a military installation. TCBY Canada was added to Cinemas Guzzo locations.

16 Handles opened collaborative locations with NY based businesses, T-Swirl Crepe and Mochidoki.

While froyo kiosks are not uncommon at sports arenas, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, now has multiple frozen yogurt vending machines from Frobot. Reis & Irvy's has been busy signing franchisee agreements for their frozen yogurt robots. Expect to see many more froyo robots next year.

Freshii locations inside Target have closed and Walgreen's discontinued self-serve frozen yogurt.

Master Franchisor Woes

A disagreement with the Menchie's master franchisor in India led to the closure and rebranding of several locations in Mumbai and Pune. The new brand is called Myfroyoland. In Singapore, the master franchisor for llaollao chose to close and rebrand all 29 locations. Llaollao has announced its intention to reopen in Singapore.

Soft Serve Ice Cream Takes Off

When Pinkberry introduced Pinkbee's soft-serve ice cream during the summer of 2016, other frozen yogurt chains hadn't started offering soft serve ice cream yet. That changed this year, when sweetFrog, Yogurtland, Yogen Fruz/Yogurty's, and 16 Handles all introduced new soft serve ice cream flavors. Pinkberry introduced several new Pinkbee's flavors. From what we've heard, soft serve ice cream is doing well at froyo shops and you should expect to see more of it.

New Non-Froyo Offerings

In the US, many frozen yogurt shops, including 16 Handles, are now offering edible cookie dough. It makes a great froyo topping and it can be eaten on its own. Yogurtland tested frozen brew coffee and vanilla shakes and has since expanded the new products to additional locations. Menchie's and Yogurtland tested custom blended shakes/smoothies.

Outside the US, bubble waffles (aka, egg puffs, puffle cones, Hong Kong waffles) are particularly popular in cone form. The puffle cones are filled with froyo and toppings. Both Pinkberry (outside thea US) and Yogen Fruz/Yogurty's offer bubble waffles.

Movie Tie Ins

There were several frozen yogurt/movie collaborations, including:

• Menchie's: The Emoji Movie, Captain Underpants, Baby Boss

• Pinkberry: Pitch Perfect 3

• TCBY: Ferdinand

New Collectible Froyo Spoons

It was a slow year for collectible froyo spoons. If you're a frozen yogurt spoon collector, here are the spoons you should have picked up this year.

• Yogurtland: Joy spoons (red watermelon, brown pie), Hope spoons (yellow sunflower, pink bouquet), giant Platinum spoons (at 16 inches, the biggest froyo spoon yet), I Love Ghirardelli spoons

• Menchie’s: The Emoji Movie (yellow and blue spoons), Skylanders Imaginators Kaos spoons. There were other spoons that Menchie's handed out this year (e.g., Halloween spoons, Mookie spoons), but they weren't new.

• 16 Handles: blue spoons

Timeline of Noteworthy Froyo Events in 2017

• January 4: Pinkberry introduces new Pinkbee's strawberry soft serve ice cream

• January 12: sweetFrog introduces doughnuts to two locations in Richmond, VA

• February 6: Yogurtland sponsors the first ever International Frozen Yogurt Day

• February 6: ARC Group issues a letter of intent to acquire Yobe Frozen Yogurt

• February 8: Skinny Cow unveils a new look and new frozen Greek yogurt bars

• February 28: 16 Handles introduces a new flavor, Chocolate Chipotle

• March 1: Pinkberry introduces Meyer Lemon frozen yogurt

• March 16: Yasso unveils first of its kind sandwich form and new flavors

• March 21: 16 Handles launches Cold Brew Mocha flavor

• March 28: Red Mango celebrates 10th anniversary by featuring original tart and green tea flavors

• March 29: sweetFrog backs BK Racing and Gray Gaulding

• April 1: Menchie's partners with Smile Train on the Let's Make Smiles Initiative

• April 7: sweetFrog expands internationally with seventh location in Dominican Republic

• April 11: Yogurtland introduces five new flavors as part of the Follow Your Heart promotion

• April 20: Reis & Irvy's secures key military base locations for its frozen yogurt robot franchisees

• April 26: Pinkberry releases Wonder Woman movie-inspired frozen yogurt flavor, Power Berry

• May 9: Menchie's partners with MGA Entertainment for a nationwide Num Noms promotion

• May 23: sweetFrog sets out on acquisition & rebranding effort

• May 30: 16 Handles introduces Dutch Chocolate and Classic Vanilla soft serve ice cream

• June 1: Nekter announces it will launch Skoop frozen dessert at select locations, the dairy-free base is made out of cashew milk

• June 6: MTY Food Group partners with Cinemas Guzzo to introduce TCBY Canada into current and future Cinemas Guzzo movie theaters

• June 6: Yogurtland announces summer promotion, Joy, featuring five new scratch-made delicious flavors

• June 15: SMTrack to buy Tutti Frutti master licensor for RM310 million

• June 16: Pinkberry introduces Blueberry Muffin frozen yogurt and cold brew fruit teas

• June 22: Yogurtland offers Rare Madagascar Vanilla frozen yogurt for one week

• June 27: America's Yogurt Lab to expand to India

• July 5: Red Mango introduces vegan, dairy-free line, Fro-No

• July 10: 16 Handles partners with Duff Goldman on exclusive ice cream flavor, Duff's Strawberry Shortcake

• July 14: Pinkberry opens first shop in Ghana

• July 28: Pinkberry announces Black Raspberry frozen yogurt

• August 8: Meet Wim, a kitchen gadget that makes frozen yogurt fast, using pods

• August 11: 16 Handles Williamsburg partners with T-Swirl Crepe

• August 28: Yogurtland offers soft serve ice cream for the first time. The first two flavors are Chocolate and Vanilla.

• September 6: 16 Handles launches Welch's Mighty Concord Grape frozen yogurt

• September 7: Second Cup announces roll-out of Pinkberry at select locations in Canada

• September 8: Pinkberry introduces Creme Brulee Pinkbee's

• September 19: 'Froyo' is added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary

• October 9: TCBY unveils three new flavors for fall: Pumpkin, Apple Pie, and Graham Cracker

• October 10: 16 Handles partners with Duff Goldman again, for an exclusive flavor, Duff's Chocolate Chip Cake

• October 11: sweetFrog introduces proprietary ice cream products

• October 16: Red Mango debuts first casino location in Laughlin

• November 3: Pinkberry launches new Pecan Pie frozen yogurt

• November 16: Forever Yogurt parent, Premier Restaurant Group, acquired the 31-unit Cheeburger Cheeburger brand

• November 28: Loving Cup to franchise with help from La Boulangerie

• November 29: 16 Handles and Mochidoki open a new collaborative location at Turnstyle Underground Market, Columbus Circle, New York, NY

• December 4: sweetFrog to open first store on a military installation

• December 6: llaollao locations in Singapore will close and be replaced by Yole

• December 6: TCBY introduces new flavors to honor 'Ferdinand' movie

• December 13: Yogurtland's Hope donation cup raises more than $81,000 for Yogurtland Cares charities

• December 13: MooCow to enter India in March 2018

• December 13: llaollao says it will reopen in Singapore soon

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

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IFYA News 


2017 Froyo Chain Store Location Count: It’s time for our annual feature. The top 10 chains accounted for 3,955 locations, down from 4,335 locations last year. Read more:

New Froyo Flavors of 2017: It’s time for our annual look back at the new flavors that were introduced in 2017. Read more:

New Froyo Trucks in 2017: It’s time to update our annual list of new mobile frozen yogurt businesses. Our list includes frozen yogurt trucks and trailers that launched in 2017. Read more:


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 For more articles, please visit the IFYA Press Room.

• December 16, 2017: Pinkberry and Cold Stone Owner MTY Is Building a North American Restaurant Giant

• December 13, 2017: Frozen Yogurt Chain Llaollao 'Far From Finished' in Singapore, It Says

• December 13, 2017: MooCow to Enter India in March 2018

• December 13, 2017: Yogurtland's Hope Donation Cup Raises More Than $81,000 Supporting Yogurtland Cares Charities

• December 7, 2017: 16 Handles Opens New Location Teterboro, New Jersey!

• December 6, 2017: TCBY Introducing New Flavors to Honor 'Ferdinand' Movie

• December 6, 2017: Frozen Yogurt Chain llaollao to Be Replaced by Brand New Yole (in Singapore)

• December 4, 2017: sweetFrog to Open First Store on a Military Installation


IFYA Special Offers


Reduced banner ad rates: We’ve temporarily reduced the prices on our bottom rectangle banner ads by 50% for ad plans that run six months or longer. With the discount, a six month bottom short rectangle banner ad is just $175. For more information see our Advertising Guidelines.

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

Members 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 Mark Sperry from Green Payment Solutions at (818) 643-6808 or for a no-obligation rate review of your merchant account. Learn more about Green Payment Solutions online at

Special Offer on Worker's Comp Insurance: IFYA is pleased to partner with California’s workers’ comp experts, Preferred Connect Insurance Center, to offer California frozen yogurt shop owners special group rates. PCIC’s special group rates are significantly lower than rates small frozen yogurt shops can get on their own. Recently, PCIC increased the member discount rate so that our members can save up to 25% on their workers' comp insurance rates. 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 Jena Johnson at Preferred Connect at (888) 656-5678 or

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

• 5% off soft serve machines from Electro Freeze of Nor Cal when you mention IFYA and your IFYA username

• 10% off your first purchase for new Soft Serve Solutions customers, use offer code IFYA10 when checking out, the offer is good for products and services

• Free shipping on all Spaceman USA equipment when you mention IFYA and your IFYA username

• 15% off your Nanci's Frozen Yogurt purchase when you mention IFYA and your IFYA username. This offer is for new Nanci's customers only.

• 10% off your first GoDivide order when you mention IFYA and your IFYA username

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What We're Working On


More Annual Updates: We will have several updates, including the ever popular list of froyo relevant trade shows, open houses, and product shows and our froyo flavor outlook.




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