No Passport Needed: Better-for-You Popcorn Crosses Cultural Borders

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Doc Popcorn Fills Demand with Franchise Opportunity in Multiple Countries

The hunger for American concepts around the world continues to grow, particularly for healthier snack franchises. Demonstrating this trend is Doc Popcorn, the world’s largest franchised popcorn retailer, which has been enthusiastically embraced in Mexico, Japan and Puerto Rico. Continuing to grow its international footprint, Doc Popcorn also awarded a master franchise agreement for Chile and Peru.

The leading snack brand is continuing its worldwide growth by franchising a variety of opportunities and store prototypes to qualified partners around the word. Specifically, the fresh-popped, kettle-cooked popcorn franchise plans to target GCC countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

After two successful openings in Japan, company executives also plan to explore additional franchise partnerships in Asia. The latest Doc Popcorn Grand Opening at Lalaport Mall in Fujimi in April drew crowds of customers and long lines, similar to an opening the previous year in Tokyo. Those locations are part of a master franchise agreement that will bring 10 Doc Popcorn locations to Japan, the third and fourth of which plan to open by the end of 2015.

“What started out as a kernel of an idea in our tiny Manhattan apartment can now be found in shopping centers, entertainment venues and living rooms across the globe. Doc Popcorn has experienced explosive growth and popularity in the past five years,” noted Rob Israel, Co-Founder and “Big Pop” of Doc Popcorn. “We’re poised to share the brand with partners in new countries and continents who are as passionate about smile creation as we are.”

As snacking trends continue to shift the traditional day parts across the world, Doc Popcorn is well positioned in the marketplace with its goal of revolutionizing snacking – for the better. Using 100 percent corn oil, proprietary flavor blends and high-quality 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. Doc Popcorn’s flavors are whole grain, gluten-free and nut-free with dairy-free and sugar-free options available.

Doc Popcorn has nearly 100 locations in the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Japan, and is the largest franchised popcorn retailer in the world. Acquired last year by Fischer Enterprises, the investment firm that owns other snack and treat brands including Dippin’ Dots, Doc Popcorn is accelerating its points of presence domestically and internationally and will be exhibiting at the International Franchise Expo (IFE), to be held June 18-20 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. The company’s founders and other key executives will be on hand at booth #100 to discuss franchising opportunities with qualified candidates.

The partnership with Fisher Enterprises provided Doc Popcorn with increased infrastructure, support and operational efficiencies, which has resulted in the ability to restructure its franchise fees domestically and increase its reach worldwide.

About Doc Popcorn
Using 100% corn oil, proprietary flavor blends and other high-quality ingredients, Doc Popcorn handcrafts a wide variety of fresh-popped specialty flavors of popcorn. Doc Popcorn's delicious flavors are gluten-free, whole grain, wheat-free and nut-free. Other options, such as sugar-free and dairy-free popcorn, are also available. Doc Popcorn started franchising in 2009 and has since been recognized as one of the hottest snack franchises in the country. In 2014, Entrepreneur magazine ranked Doc Popcorn No. 8 in its list of “Top New Franchises” and placed the company at No. 234 in its “Franchise 500,” a highly-regarded list in the franchise industry. For more information, please visit http://www.docpopcorn.com.

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