“India's booming economy and growing market make the country an excellent strategic fit as Rita’s furthers its global reach,” said Jonathan Fornaci, chief executive officer of Rita’s. “We are thrilled to partner with South Asian Food & Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. who has more than a decade of hospitality and management experience in India, and a successful, well-established infrastructure.”
SAHSPL is a multi-brand / multi-unit franchisee of domestic brands including Nirulas, Moti Mahal, Rajdhani and now in partnership with India’s Wagh Bakri Tea Company operates Tea Lounges across India.The New Delhi based SAFHPL also has recently forged Master Franchise agreements with U.S. brand Quiznos and Australian brand Muffin Break. SAFHPL would adopt franchising as a mode of expansion for these international brands to penetrate the Indian market.
"We will leverage our strength to become the leading provider of high-quality treats in India, with a focus on achieving excellence and building the Rita’s brand," said Parvin Juneja, chief executive of South Asian Food & Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. "We chose Rita’s as a respected and proven leader within the industry, and a well-suited partner. We are very proud to introduce Rita's famous Ice and creamy custard to India."
Rita’s Italian Ice locations in India will feature the same great combination of freshly made Ice in a clean, fun atmosphere that patrons have loved since the first Rita’s location opened in Pennsylvania in 1984. Guests will be able to choose from traditional Italian Ice, a smooth and delicious treat made with real fruit, available in over 50 flavors including the most popular Cherry, Alex’s Lemonade, Mango, Swedish Fish®, Cotton Candy and Island Fusion just to name a few! Rita’s Ice is made fresh on-site daily at each store, making it like no other frozen treat.
Besides its amazing Italian Ice, Rita’s “Home of Cool Treats” will also offers many more delicious options including Misto® Shakes, a combination of your favorite Italian Ice and Custard blended into a cool, creamy, delicious customizable treat, a tempting Gelati which is your favorite Italian Ice layered with creamy Frozen Custard, or Frozen Custard and Rita’s Ice blended with your choice of mix-in for a personalized Blendini®.
Rita’s was assisted in the India license acquisition by Inventure Brand Management Pvt Ltd. (www.inventureindia.com)
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