Forget the rock-hard pretzels and suspicious-looking hot dogs that cart vendors were once known for. Nowadays, the mobile foodservice space is populated by specialty coffee concepts, gourmet popcorn carts, and Korean barbecue on wheels. And business is booming for these operators as they look to economize and get in front of consumers in new ways.
Dippin’ Dots Franchising LLC, the franchising arm of the flash-frozen ice cream maker Dippin’ Dots, announced that it has acquired snack franchisor Doc Popcorn. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Doc Popcorn’s franchise footprint includes nearly 100 franchise partners in 30 states, Japan, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
Doc Popcorn continues to increase its franchise footprint overseas with its first location set to open in Japan on May 31, 2014.
Nearly three months after the master franchise agreement with FSPlanning was finalized, the first of at least 10 new locations planned for Japan will open in the Harajuku Tokyu Plaza. The new destination,”PopShop,” introduces a new model to the franchise system's portfolio, which provides customers with an expanded in-store experience. This is in addition to Doc Popcorn's “PopKiosk” and mobile “PopCart” models seen stateside.
Doc Popcorn signed a master franchise agreement to develop 10 PopShop locations in Japan.
The international development will be led by the FS Planning ownership group, comprised of franchise partners Takeshi Furuhara, Masahiro Saito, and Yu Abe. The first Doc Popcorn PopShop location is expected to open in the Omotesando area in Tokyo. The franchise group plans to open at least one location every year over the next 10 years.
When Arianne Bennett opened the Amsterdam Falafelshop in Washington, D.C., in 2004, she had some ambitious sustainability aims: green products, solar power, composting, community dumpsters. She had a vision of creating her own eco-friendly utopia in a world only then beginning to ride the sustainability wave, an adventure then entwined with environmental stewardship.
“We wanted to be as lean as possible … and we were careful about everything from the packaging we chose to the number of napkins we distributed,” Bennett says.
Doc Popcorn, the flavored popcorn franchise, announced its first expansion abroad through the signing of an agreement for 60 units in Mexico.
The international development will be led by franchise partners René Garza Peña and his wife Mariana Mendoza Garza and operating partner José Antonio Cazares Aguirre, who have all signed a master franchise agreement with Doc Popcorn. The first Doc Popcorn location is expected to open in 2014 in their hometown of Monterrey, the capital city of the northeastern state of Nuevo León and the third-largest metropolitan area in Mexico.
In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Popcorn Poppin’ Month this October, Doc Popcorn is partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) during its annual Popping for Pink fundraising campaign.
Inc. magazine ranked Doc Popcorn No. 59 on its 32nd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The fresh-popped, natural flavored popcorn franchise also claimed the No. 3 spot on the Top 100 Retail Companies list and the No. 5 seat on the Top 100 Colorado Companies list.
As the days of summer are coming to a close and parents are preparing for their kids to head back to school, Doc Popcorn is popping a new limited batch flavor—Poppin’ Pizza—that is a smart choice for both kids and parents.
With summer around the corner and barbecue season in full swing, Doc Popcorn, the first and only fresh-popped, all-natural flavored popcorn franchise, is rolling out its new limited batch flavor, Honey Barbecue.