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Doc Popcorn Headed to Chile and Peru

Doc Popcorn announced that it plans to add 100 new units in Chile and Peru over the next 15 years following a recently executed master franchise agreement with Alice Keh and her husband, Patricio Haristoy. The first Doc Popcorn location will open in the couple’s hometown of Santiago, Chile.

Alice, who was originally born in the U.S., will lead day-to-day operations for the Doc Popcorn business in Chile and Peru, while her Chilean husband, Patricio, will oversee the strategic and legal aspects of the company.

Doc Popcorn Awards Franchise to L.A. Family

Doc Popcorn, the maker of kettle-cooked popcorn and other popcorn treats, has awarded a multi-unit franchise opportunity to local husband and wife, Sam and Mary Sanchez, and their son, Eugene, to develop three Doc Popcorn locations in the Los Angeles area. They recently opened their first location at the Stonewood Center shopping mall in Downey and are currently looking into sites for their next location.

Grab and Go Healthy

Snacking between meals has etched out its own niche, turning the tables on the traditional three-daypart model. The resulting shift in restaurant dayparts has quick-service operators working hard to attract snackers, especially those seeking healthy snacks to suit their active lifestyles.

Consumers are paying more attention to healthy menu items, according to the National Restaurant Association’s 2014 Restaurant Industry Forecast. Seventy-two percent of consumers say they are more likely to visit a restaurant with healthy items on the menu, according to the report.

Doc Popcorn Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Doc Popcorn is going pink this October to raise awareness for breast cancer, a disease that affects one in eight American women.

The snack leader has developed a new limited-edition flavor in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month dubbed Sweet Pink, a kettle-cooked popcorn with a cherry-flavored pink glaze. The specialty flavor, which will be released during the chain’s annual Popping for Pink fundraising campaign for the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. (NBCF), will be available for purchase online at and in participating Doc Popcorn locations nationwide.

Dippin’ Dots Franchising Acquires Doc Popcorn

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 Ready to Open First of 10 Japan Locations

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 Inks Master Franchise Agreement in Japan

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.

Sustainability 2.0

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 Announces Franchise Plans in Mexico

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.