- The history of frozen desserts dates back thousands of years to Asia where water ices were first made. Although Roman literature describes how the Emperor Nero was treated to exotic fruit juices and wines chilled with mountain snow, it was not until the 13th century that Marco Polo introduced Asian water ices to Italy.
- Capitalizing on consumer demand for a sweet product that tasted like ice cream but was healthier, TCBY opened its first store in 1981. Unlike previous pre-packaged versions introduced earlier, TCBY's yogurt was soft-serve dispensed at the point of sale through a machine.
- Popular yogurt manufacturer, Dannon, started selling frozen yogurt on a stick under the brand name, "Danny,” in the later 1970s.
- In the 1970s, frozen yogurt's entry into the dessert market was a distinct failure—consumers complained that it tasted too much like yogurt.
- During the 1980s the frozen yogurt market reached sales of $25 million in 1986 with triple-digit growth rates.
- By the 1990s, frozen yogurt had taken a 10% share of the frozen dessert market.
- The 80s was a decade of new-found health awareness in the United States, so this was the perfect time for frozen yogurt to flourish and flourish it did. In malls and neighborhoods across the country, frozen yogurt shops started opening up to cater to the more health-minded customer.
- Trends changed back to frozen yogurt in the mid 2000s with the advent of live probiotic powder-based mixes invented by John Wudel, pioneer of alternative sweeteners in the frozen dessert industry.
- In 2005 a young woman named Shelly Hwang and her business partner, Young Lee, opened up a small frozen yogurt shop in North Hollywood called Pinkberry. Business took off, generating huge lines of customers including people like TV talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and Starbucks founder Howard Schultz.
- That same retail shop, Pinkberry, introduced a new extra tart variety of soft-serve frozen yogurt to the market. This new euro tart flavor along with the opening of numerous other self-serve yogurt stores all over the western United States led to a resurgence of interest and demand for frozen yogurt all over the world.
- In May 2010, Google released their operating system, Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo. Each major release of Android is named in alphabetical order after a dessert or sugary treat.
No other "trend" has continued to grow through the years quite like frozen yogurt. If you would like to know more about the opportunities in owning your own frozen yogurt shop, be sure to contact our team today.
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