Frozen Yogurt vs Ice Cream – Who Wins

If you’re reading this post, you’re already either in the frozen yogurt business or want to get into it. Or perhaps you’re just a huge fan of froyo and want to catch up on the latest buzz. If froyo is your thing and you’d like to sell it, you first need to get a frozen dessert machine. But can you justify the cost, especially if you already have a frozen dessert on the menu?

Quite easily! Frozen Yogurt is one of the top selling desserts in America today. It is also simple to produce, quick to serve, and quite cheap. But doesn’t ice cream, a much more well-known treat, sell just as well? Here are the facts:

Serving times:

Ice cream has to be scooped and topped by someone, whether it is a customer or an employee. It can take quite a bit of time to get a few scoops out of a hard-frozen ice cream tub and add toppings. As much as five minutes for complex desserts!

For frozen yogurt, all the user has to do is pull a handle down and aim their serving container under the nozzle. Gravity does the rest.

Serving time: under a minute. Winner: frozen yogurt.

Sanitation:

As long as the container is positioned correctly under the nozzle, frozen yogurt dispenses very cleanly. With ice cream there is always a scoop to clean afterward. Some restaurants, buffets mostly, keep the scoop in a small container with water flowing over it to clean it up. This water gets very nasty very quickly.

Winner: frozen yogurt.

Flavors:

Both ice cream and frozen yogurt have a lot of flavors. It is also possible for shops to blend their own flavors. However, it’s much easier to make new flavor mixes with frozen yogurt than with ice cream. Different flavors are created by combining liquid flavoring agents in the base mix. If you want chunkiness and texture, you just add toppings to your frozen yogurt.  With standard ice cream, you can mix those right in without having to make a topping.  So, the winner of this one depends on your tastes.

We’ll call this a tie.

Speed of production:

Even a small frozen yogurt machine can produce 14 quarts of product an hour. A five-gallon tub of ice cream is 20 quarts. Unless you’re a dedicated ice cream shop with tons of tubs, you’ll be able to sell a lot more product with frozen yogurt. The amount of mix and flavoring is small compared to the volume due to the air that is whipped into the product inside the machine. You do have to wait for mixes to get cold enough to dispense, but this doesn’t take long.

Winner: frozen yogurt.


Curious about what else frozen yogurt can do for your business? We have an infographic from Spaceman USA for that. Check it out, especially this profit calculator along with the graphic. Compare the numbers to your ice cream business and see if an investment in a frozen yogurt machine might be cost effective for your business. We’re pretty sure it will be.

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For more info check out spacemanusa.com

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T Penguin Frozen Yogurt: A Prime Example of CCS’ Multi-Language Support

Thanks in large part to today’s global economy many businesses need multi-language support from their point of sale system whether it’s due to location, clientele, or just stems from the want to grow internationally, multi-language support from a point of sale system is no longer an option, it’s a necessity for businesses worldwide. With many international clients Cafe Cartel Systems is perfectly positioned to help you with multi-language support for your point of sale system.

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And as an international client TPENGUIN Frozen Yogurt based in Saudi Arabia is ideally positioned to take advantage of this feature. Located in the Al Wahah District of Saudi Arabia TPENGUIN that strives to provide it’s customers with the funnest frozen yogurt possible. Much of the fun is focused around the three smile maker penguins who are there for guests and their families to meet, take pictures with, and just show all customers a genuine hospitality to make your frozen yogurt experience a fun and happy one. In addition to creating a fun family atmosphere with mascots TPENGUIN 10 delicious flavors of frozen yogurt that are changed on a regular basis and a buffet of over 40 toppings to choose from including fresh fruit, chocolate, sweets, and sauces. With TPENGUIN you’ll definitely be getting a mix of taste and fun with every visit. You can follow TPENGUIN on Twitter and Instagram here.

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CCS makes it simple to toggle between languages on your menu with an easily accessible alt language button built right in to the POS software and supports languages such as: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, and Russian, among others. Ordered items will be displayed with both the English name and the name of the alternate language you select, all while supporting up to three languages at the same time. CCS really does make setting up multiple languages in your POS software a breeze.

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See this handy instructional video on how to set up multiple languages in your system today and check out TPENGUIN for the funnest frozen yogurt around in you ever find yourself in Saudi Arabia.

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Tutti Frutti: Abuja Nigeria

Frozen yogurt and Africa is not a combination that would jump to the forefront of anyone’s mind when either of the two are brought up in conversation. Tutti Frutti, the world’s largest and most well known frozen yogurt brand with chains in over 30 countries on 6 continents, is working to change that however.

On August 17th, 2013 Tutti Frutti opened the first frozen yogurt store in all of Africa in Abuja Nigeria. Fast forward two years to January 17th. 2015 and Tutti Frutti had so much success with the first franchise that they opened a second store in Abuja and a third franchise is coming to Ibadan soon.

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These two locations succeeded in bringing Tutti Frutti’s signature flavors, toppings, colors, variety, and atmosphere to a brand new demographic in startling fashion. So much so even Miss Nigeria 2013 is fan of the healthy dessert option.

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In fact other people have national prominence such as the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Nigeria Muhammad Ashraf Saleem, have stopped by to sample some of Tutti Frutti’s flavorful creations.

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After all Tutti Frutti’s yogurt is Live Culture Certified and by allowing their customers the option to mix yogurt flavors in addition to the wide array of toppings it’s no wonder the people in Nigeria have fallen in love with Tutti Frutti as much as the rest of the world.

Nigeria Tutti Frutti Toppings

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Tutti Frutti has done everything right when it comes to expanding into unfamiliar territory and any restaurant looking to expand should be sure to follow their lead.

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Have you tried Tutti Frutti? Have you been to a Tutti Frutti in Nigeria? Leave a comment below!

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10 Tips for Getting the Perfect Frozen Yogurt Consistency

The trickiest part of the frozen yogurt and soft serve industries is often finding the perfect consistency of yogurt to serve. Customer tastes can be subjective; some prefer their yogurt to be thick and creamy, whereas others prefer a light and fluffy product. Either way, the way you run your machines can go a long way to helping you hit the sweet spot of frozen yogurt consistency. Here are 10 tips for producing the perfect frozen yogurt consistency for your frozen yogurt shop, which continues the conversation from thefrozenyogurtreview.com.

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1. Rotate Flavors

To prevent one machine from getting more wear and producing a lower quality product as a result be sure to rotate the popular flavors amongst the different machines on a regular basis.

  • Why: Keeping a popular flavor in the same machine will ensure that machine needs maintenance before the others.
  • How: Be sure to also rotate the machines to reflect the changes in order to avoid customer confusion.

 

2. Cycling Old and New Product 

Keeping yogurt in the freezing cylinder for an extended period of time without it being drawn out can substantially lower the quality of your product.

  • Why: Generally speaking if the product is not cycling it is getting worse. Keep the yogurt cycling and periodically taste the yogurt in your machines to ensure it’s cycling properly and make adjustments as necessary.
  • How: For example if the yogurt is icy remove some until it gets lighter and creamier. At night be sure to flip your air tubes and in the morning release the yogurt from the freezing cylinder and cycle in new yogurt from the hoppers. You will see an immediate difference.

 

3. Prevent Yogurt Break Down

  • Why: Removing the foam that builds up at the top of the hoppers and stirring your yogurt frequently will prevent break down.
  • How: You should do this first thing every day before opening and then again once an hour throughout the day. After all the best way to keep your frozen yogurt at an ideal consistency is by maintaining it.

 

4. Clean the Feeding Tubes 

Often times, especially with the machines housing the most popular flavors, the feeding tubes can become clogged.

  • Why: This stops the yogurt from getting from the hoppers to the freezing cylinders which causes the yogurt to become icy and or prevents it from dispersing.
  • How: Clean your machine’s feeding tubes at various intervals throughout the day with a small brush to clear the hole and ensure that the yogurt has a clear path to travel.

 

5. Manage Overrun/Amount of Air Added 

  • Why: As a rule of thumb with frozen yogurt a high overrun is not beneficial because it means the yogurt will not weigh as much since the overrun is usually air volume. Despite this some overrun is a good thing and is often times essential because it is overrun that causes the yogurt to have a creamy taste and even makes it fluffier.
  • How: Ideally your machines will be allowing about 10-20% overrun which is achieved through the air tubes on the machine. Maintaining the air tubes is essential to achieving the ideal amount of of overrun and perfecting your yogurt’s consistency.

 

6. Manage Your Flow Rate 

  • Why: If the yogurt is dispersing from the machine either too fast or too slowly this will keep the yogurt from reaching the ideal consistency in the customer’s cup.
  • How: The dispenser speed depends on the screw on the lower portion of the handle. If you unscrew the nut to the point that you can no longer feel the screw through it on the other end the yogurt will dispense faster and vice versa.

 

7. Check the Viscosity or Harness Setting 

  • Why: The amount of cooling your machine achieves can be changed through the use of a viscosity or hardness level control.
  • How: With some machines, particularly older ones, the panels must be removed or a specialty technician will have to change this setting, but with some machines the controls are right on the face plate. The type of yogurt you’re using will determine where your setting should be. For example a tart yogurt will freeze faster than a chocolate cheesecake therefore it should reside on a lower level.

 

8. Lubricate Wearable Machine Parts 

  • Why: A lack of lubrication can cause leaks in your machine as well as parts not working as they were intended.
  • How: For example the shaft seal requires food grade lubricant along the surface before placing the beater in the freezing cylinder, the o-rings on the three draw valves should also be lubricated before being placed in the dispenser.

 

9. Cleaning and Replacing Wearable Parts 

  • Why: Machine cleaning is vital not only for sanitary and cleanliness purposes, but it can also affect the inner workings of the machine and the way it makes yogurt.
  • How: For example beaters can actually make the yogurt icy if they are worn down, to the point that that the yogurt will actually freeze and break off once it is large enough for the beater to come into contact with. Clogged air tubes and broken o-rings that cause leaks are other issues that often need to be repaired or replaced.

 

10. Clean the Internal Drip Trays

  • Why: Throughout your machine there are hidden drip trays to catch internal leaks from loose parts and excess product.
  • How: Ideally if everything is running smoothly these should not be filling up, but they should still be checked and cleaned periodically to ensure nothing is leaking and the machine is producing the quality of yogurt you expect. The drip trays are located in different places depending on the model of your machine.

 

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Is Frozen Yogurt the Answer to Convenience Store’s Lack of Healthy Food?

The frozen yogurt lifestyle is becoming so pervasive that you may come across some when picking up some gum and gas at your local convenience store. That’s right, frozen yogurt kiosks can now be found in convenience stores! Take a look at Donper America’s and Yumz express frozen yogurt kiosk concepts:

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Diversifying product has worked well for convenience stores in the past. Wawa, the Pennsylvania-based gas retailer is locally renowned for their smoothies and sandwiches. 7-11, now an international corporation, was put on the map when they adopted their infamous Slurpee back in 1967. Now with the staying power that frozen yogurt has shown, these convenience store concepts have gotten some traction with convenience stores across the country big and small.

If you’re in the Atlanta area you’ll notice that RaceTrac stations, a local convenience store chain, have adopted some new hardware including a couple self-serve frozen yogurt stations and a toppings bar

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You’ll see some frozen yogurt stations in small convenience stores such as this one in Lower Paxton Township Pennsylvania.

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And I have to say it doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Frozen yogurt for convenience stores makes sense with the self-serve model already built into the c-store concept. Frozen yogurt to grab and go sounds like a pretty great solution for c-stores that are looking to expand and grow their business with healthier choices. What do you think?

 

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Donper America Develops Frozen Yogurt Machine Service App for Store Owners

Get ready all you Donper America frozen yogurt machine owners, the future is now. Donper America recently announced their frozen yogurt machine app that will show soft-serve machine operators how to set-up, troubleshoot and fix their equipment.

Donper’s new training app will feature:

  • step-by-step instructions
  • videos
  • troubleshooting guides
  • glossaries

This new feature will help supplement Donper’s current service and support structure of initial machine set-up, over the phone troubleshooting, and in store service calls. Scott Turner, the service manager at Donper America, commented that the problem with their traditional service model was that:

“employees aren’t usually familiar with basic troubleshooting techniques until there is a problem with one of the machines. This app helps to solve this problem by allowing our customers to learn proactively.”

Donper wants the app to educate operators on proper maintenance and training, so they’re better able to keep their equipment successfully up and running. c700x420.jpg

This new app, if successful, has the potential to revolutionize the service and support structure of the frozen yogurt industry. At the very least, less expensive service calls for frozen yogurt store owners. Sounds exciting to us!

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Grow Your Frozen Yogurt Business with Social Media

There is simply no denying the prevalence of social media. Did you watch the Oscars this past Sunday? Ellen and her famous gang literally broke twitter with their star-studded selfie. (Thanks to some strategic product placement courtesy of Samsung.) So what does this have to do with frozen yogurt? Everything! Social media is a free, engaging, and informal way to advertise and connect to your customer base.

Let’s Yo! Promotes Customer Engagement Through Social Media

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Let’s Yo! a frozen yogurt franchise out of New Jersey has taken their social media strategy and has made it the cornerstone of their business. Alongside a healthy menu, customers get to interact with apple ipads that have been embedded into the tables. Not only that, once you begin taking your Let’s Yo! frozen yogurt selfies you can watch the store’s live feed from their various social media accounts on their flat-screen televisions. This means that your perfect selfie or froyo-gram will show up within seconds of posting.

Not only is this fun socially-minded atmosphere a unique experience for customers but it’s also a strong branding strategy. It encourages social media engagement therefore leaving the heavy advertising lifting to customers, and social media accounts. It’s a very cultivated way to achieve organic marketing for a frozen yogurt franchise. They achieve more social media engagement (i.e more organic advertising) by creating and promoting their social media games and contests.

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Now, I’m not saying in order to be a successful business in this day and age you need to go and buy ipads for every table.

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But, in case you want to…Cafe Cartel can help you with an affordableipad solution #hint #hint #wink

But, I am saying that social media is a great tool to take advantage of. And for frozen yogurt shops, images and shared pics are a great way to drive customer engagement for your shop. This means Instagram.

Why Instagram For Your Frozen Yogurt Shop?

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Instagram is a great free tool that has 18 times the engagement rate of Facebook. This means that theres a bigger percentage of people who have Instagram that actually use it, as opposed to Facebook. Instagram is a picture sharing website so users can take pictures, tag their locations, and post them on their friends instagram feeds. This gives you the opportunity to post pictures of your customers, or even employees having fun in your shop. But most likely, you’ll be enticing your potential customers with new flavors or a particularly luscious looking froyo masterpiece.

Once you have your frozen yogurt shop’s Instagram set up, you can follow our tips on taking the best froyo pics: How to take the Best Instagram Photos of Frozen Yogurt. A stunning Instagram picture will be that much more enticing to click and share.

 

 

 

Frozen Yogurt Machine Review: Electro Freeze, Forte and Taylor

 

Thanks to the post request from one of our followers we are comparing some of the big names in frozen yogurt machinery in this simple breakdown.

Left to right: Taylor C713, Electro Freeze SL500, Forte ss100

 

Taylor C713

Large Capacity Machine

Hourly output capacity: 60 liters

Price: $15,000

Product Quality: The name in frozen yogurt machine. You can achieve great quality product with the Taylor but you will need to spend some time setting the machine up properly.

Aesthetics: Very sleek brushed steel paneling. Very modern but has some tough to clean crevices. Easy as can be for customer use.

Function/Features: Top of the line features however as with the Electro Freeze you’ll need to use a company rep for service or maintenance which can make it costly and time consuming to get serviced.

 

Electro Freeze SL500

Large capacity machine

Hourly output capacity: 40 liters

Price: $16,000+

Product Quality: This machine also delivers good quality frozen yogurt and with the adjustable air tubes makes sure to keep the product creamy.

Aesthetics: Good clean look that’s easy to operate from a customer standpoint

Function/Features: Features are pretty great and becoming more innovative with their new additions of the VQM touch pad. However, be aware for service and maintenance it is a machine where you’ll probably need to get a specialized Electro Freeze rep. This can take a bit more time to get your machine fixed. Better to choose a machine that all contractors can fix.

 

Forte ss100

Medium capacity machine  with 2 hoppers that hold 12 liters each. The hourly output capacity is approximately 12 gallons

Price: $8,000

Product Quality: The machine has reported really solid results when it comes to actual quality of frozen yogurt that it produces. The consistency and taste is top notch and stands alongside more expensive brands.

Aesthetics: The front-face is somewhat old fashioned, but looks well built and sturdy. Easy to clean.

Function/Features: The LED display shows the voltage, level of freezing of the product, and machine operation. Very Simple. Easy to use for both the customer and the operator.

 

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Frozen Yogurt Mix Suppliers in California

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You have a couple different options as a frozen yogurt owner on where to source your frozen yogurt. You can choose between a powdered mix or a liquid mix to prepare in your frozen yogurt machines. Check out our “The Secret to Effective Frozen Yogurt Pricing” blog for the pros and cons of powder or liquid. Or if you’re a full service frozen yogurt shop (opposed to self-service) you can opt for hard packed tubs of frozen yogurt. Lucky for you, in California there is a lot of variety of  frozen yogurt supplied by distributors so you can find the perfect one for your froyo shop.

Top Frozen Yogurt Distributors in California

 

Dreyer’s Food Service

Dreyer’s features a custom flavor system that lets you alter their powdered frozen yogurt base to make over a dozen different variations

http://www.nestledreyersfoodservice.com/products/softserve/default.aspx

Reliant Foodservice

Reliant foodservice is a roduct resaler. they give you the option to choose between hard packed tubs, soft serve liquid and soft serve powder mixes

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Cielo USA

Cielo does their mix a little bit differently. They do have a great tasting powdered mix made from real non-fat yogurt and then fortified with enough live cultures to be comparable to the health benefits of actual yogurt.

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America’s Classic Foods

ACF offers a premixed option blending their powdered mix with water before processing.

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Here are some larger dairy distributors that also provide frozen yogurt wholesale:

Stremick’s Heritage Foods

http://www.heritage-foods.com/index.php?id=2

Challenge Dairy Products, Inc

http://challengedairy.com/

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How Many Frozen Yogurt Machines Do You Really Need?: A Cost/Benefit Analysis

When opening your frozen yogurt shop finding the perfect equilibrium of how many machines and flavors your shop should supply is an important factor in keeping your costs at the most optimal.

What to take into account when determining the number of machines your frozen yogurt shop needs

1. Size of location: Self serve frozen yogurt machines are large and need an ample amount of space between them, around 12 to 18 inches. After measuring for topping counters, point of sale space, back room, dining area, coolers, sinks, etc. you’ll know how much room you have for the self serve machines.

2. Start-up money: Spending all of your start up money on that “magic number” of machines,  isn’t going to be the element that makes your shop an instant success. Rather the opposite, it could drive you to a loss due to the over supply in relation to how much start-up costs you have. Stick with what you can afford now, 3-6 machines and expand in the future.

3. Competition: What does your competition look like? How many machines do they have? Just because they have eight machines doesn’t necessarily mean you need to match/ beat them in machinery right away.

Making the Decision

Our friend, Neil Williams at Turn Key Parlor, an industry expert, asks the question “Will more machines really make you more profitable?” and offers this important point to factor in “I would rather be the guy with the manageable debt load and lower overhead than the guy that lets his fruit toppings go bad because he’s so worried about losing a nickel to pay his bills.”

When deciding how many machines to start out with really boils down to a cost benefit analysis between what spending extra on the machine cost versus additional machine benefit.

It’s important to NOT forget about the associated costs that come with maintenance and purchase; how much energy they use, the production capacity, heat required, and price.