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.
“What makes Doc Popcorn so special is that it is a fun, playful brand that addresses consumer demand for higher quality, healthier—yet affordable—options in the snack category; and, the business is simple to run,” Keh says. “Doc Popcorn is a strong, innovative brand that is poised for growth. We know it will do well here in Chile and Peru.”
As the snack food market continues to grow, Doc Popcorn is well positioned in the marketplace with its goal of revolutionizing snacking, Using 100 percent corn oil, proprietary natural flavor blends, and other ingredients, Doc Popcorn handcrafts a wide-variety of fresh-popped specialty flavors of popcorn, from Sweet Butter and Caramel Bliss, to Hoppin’ Jalapeño and Cheesy Cheddar.
“Expanding into South America is a very proud moment for Doc Popcorn,” says Rob Israel, who co-founded Doc Popcorn with his wife, Renee. “We’re excited to continue partnering with strong master franchise partners like Alice and Patricio to penetrate untapped international markets.”