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Monday, July 07, 2008

Grab Your Own Frozen Kefir Boutique Franchise

Back in April, I posted a press release from Lifeway Foods about, of all things, a frozen kefir boutique.

Lifeway Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: LWAY), the country's leading manufacturer of kefir and a provider of other natural and organic dairy products, is opening its first "kefir boutique" café with the April launch of Starfruit in Chicago. The shop will offer several flavors of frozen kefir with over 20 toppings as well as customized kefir parfaits, and smoothie-style kefir drinks.

Amazingly, it must have gone over big. Lifeway announced today that it would be franchising the boutiques in response to overwhelming demand.
"Since announcing the initial opening of Starfruit, we have been bombarded with requests for franchise opportunities from all over the country," said Julie Smolyansky, President and CEO of Lifeway Foods, Inc. "Starfruit will capitalize on the renewed popularity of frozen yogurt shops while offering a healthier alternative with all the probiotic benefits of kefir and franchising the concept can help us grow the brand quickly."

If running your very own frozen kefir boutique franchise has always been your life's dream, email or call 847-967-1010.

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