Where to find the high quality frozen...

Since: Jan 12

San Antonio, TX

#1310 Jan 17, 2012
Tart Fro wrote:
Best yogurt available is www.summitpremium.com
I own a few yogurt stores and I tried the summit Italian Tart last year, My customers love it! its a top 5 in my line up.

Their Cherry and Raspberry tart rock.

well worth the few dollars more a case, to keep my customers coming back!

Since: Aug 11

Pittsburgh, PA

#1311 Jan 19, 2012
I've leased a very small space (about 600 sf)where I'm putting in 3 frozen yogurt machines. I'm trying to decide between water cooled and air cooled. I probably have to upgrade the A/C anyway with a small unit so I'm thinking I'll go with air-cooled. Does anyone have any idea how many BTUs I might need? Also, any input about air vs water cooled is greatly appreciated!
digvijay

Delhi, India

#1313 Jan 24, 2012
Hi,

I am looking to open a frozen yogurt shop in New Delhi, India. I have been looking for a company who could supply me with the yogurt mix and help me regarding with the setting up of the menu (Frozen yogurt, Smoothies, Fruit booster, etc). Also, I would like to know what else can we offer aong with the froyo for example how would some pancakes or crepes be along with it.

I would like to start up the frozen yogurt shop as soon as possible and would really appreciate a reply at your earliest convenience.

Looking forward from hearing from you.

Since: Jan 12

Towaco, NJ

#1315 Jan 31, 2012
Jan
Any way you can chat about your business?

send me a private message with an email if possbile

Thanks
FYM

Since: Jan 12

Portland, OR

#1316 Jan 31, 2012
I've read somewhere that 3 machines is better air cooled, but 6+ machines better water cooled.

I'm planning to open a yogurt shop myself and I have several questions I hope someone can help me out. Current setup will be 6 Stoelting machines w/yocream or honeyhillfarm (not sure yet)

Anyone have recommendations on companies for custom signage? Also, what about furniture?
Any help would be greatly appreciated...=)

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#1317 Feb 2, 2012
Yogurtzzzz wrote:
I've read somewhere that 3 machines is better air cooled, but 6+ machines better water cooled.
I'm planning to open a yogurt shop myself and I have several questions I hope someone can help me out. Current setup will be 6 Stoelting machines w/yocream or honeyhillfarm (not sure yet)
Anyone have recommendations on companies for custom signage? Also, what about furniture?
Any help would be greatly appreciated...=)
Go back thru all the previous postings. You will learn alot about the fozen yogurt shop business. THEN after reading all this info, give us another shout. Most folks are glad to aide newbys.
Yogurtzzz

Portland, OR

#1318 Feb 2, 2012
janjan1 wrote:
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Go back thru all the previous postings. You will learn alot about the fozen yogurt shop business. THEN after reading all this info, give us another shout. Most folks are glad to aide newbys.
I read all the previous comments before even posting. Unless I missed it somewhere, I don't see anywhere about people comparing signage or furniture companies. Please enlighten me

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#1319 Feb 2, 2012
Yogurtzzz wrote:
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I read all the previous comments before even posting. Unless I missed it somewhere, I don't see anywhere about people comparing signage or furniture companies. Please enlighten me
I think each to their own. Everyone has their own design based upon their on vision for their shops. Same with colors, each to their own. Unless you are a franchise, then go with what you want within your budget. We looked around, shopped around, compaired prices and went with knockoffs. Looks great, much cheaper than the big name brands. Must be fun & functional.

Since: Jan 12

Towaco, NJ

#1320 Feb 2, 2012
Does anyone have a overall store operation cost break down?

And a TRUE Cost analysis per oz sales?
6, 8 or 12 oz at $.49

Cost of:
yogurt
topping
spoon
napkin
Less Food Cost
Profit

Thanks
FYM
Yogurtzzz

United States

#1321 Feb 2, 2012
janjan1 wrote:
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I think each to their own. Everyone has their own design based upon their on vision for their shops. Same with colors, each to their own. Unless you are a franchise, then go with what you want within your budget. We looked around, shopped around, compaired prices and went with knockoffs. Looks great, much cheaper than the big name brands. Must be fun & functional.
Wow, talk about stating the obvious....you are useless as a red light during Grand Theft Auto.=)
JTM

Lexington, KY

#1322 Feb 3, 2012
Yogurtzzz wrote:
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Wow, talk about stating the obvious....you are useless as a red light during Grand Theft Auto.=)
Jan has been extremely helpful with many aspects of her experiences with her Yogurt shops.

Do you really need her to hold your hand and walk you through EVERY aspect?

If you can't do your own homework when it comes to Signage and Furniture based on a budget within your means, then maybe you should think a little bit harder on whether opening a yogurt business is in YOUR BEST INTEREST.
Yogurtzzz

Portland, OR

#1323 Feb 3, 2012
JTM wrote:
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Jan has been extremely helpful with many aspects of her experiences with her Yogurt shops.
Do you really need her to hold your hand and walk you through EVERY aspect?
If you can't do your own homework when it comes to Signage and Furniture based on a budget within your means, then maybe you should think a little bit harder on whether opening a yogurt business is in YOUR BEST INTEREST.
A simple "Company A did a good job on my sign and I've heard Company B from other owners that they charge too much" would have suffice.
I'm planning to open shop in a small town so they don't have creative signage companies around. Also, furnitures here are dull compared to some yogurt shops on foreign soil. I'm shopping online for everything. Thus I was hoping to get some opinions from you guys. I asked 2 questions and you see that as holding hands??
Please people, life is good, why make it so complicated?
Jogojogo

Tlmace, Slovakia

#1324 Feb 3, 2012
Janjan I want you to try my base. Can you send me your email for comunication? You do not need to do anything. I send you free sample just for your opinion. Everything on my costs. Pleas leave me email on [email protected]

LIVE in Peace, APACHE ;0))

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#1325 Feb 3, 2012
Yogurtzzz wrote:
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Wow, talk about stating the obvious....you are useless as a red light during Grand Theft Auto.=)
Ok ok, dispite my better nature, I will try to help you. First of all, what colors are you wanting to go with? As for my shops I went with the bright lime green/or frog green and raspberry. That was my basic colors. We then looked at fun easy care furnature. I liked the S Chair or you could say they are the panton chair. You can get them in a varity of colors. The knockoffs are cheaper too. We went with the plain white chairs, and the white tables. Easy clean, and looks good. In both stores we have one whole wall is a built in bench. In the larger store we have a long bench on both side walls. Painted white with custom made cushions. Our chairs are white too but have custom cushions for each too. Our floors in one shop is bright white tile. Looks good but you have to work at keeping clean. The other shop we had painted concrete, bright colors. In my second store we have 4500 sq ft, much larger than the first which is only 2000 sq ft. So we had alot more space. We went with a bright RED modern couch, that took up alot of space. Because it only came in white or red, we went with the red. So that left a problem, we had to mix up colors. So we did, brought it all together by having polka dots, multi size & multicolor dots to pull the colors together. Looks great!! Both of my stores look simular but each is unique. Each of the outside signs are Bright Green & Raspberry, has our name and Frozen Yogurt.(And it has our buyline which is patented now.) Signs are lighted. We also have a lighted cup of yogurt in our sign. You can personilze it however you like, but work with your lighting sign company to develope what color you want, what you want on it, fruit, color of yogurt, etc.
Also, you should put your name & LOGO on your yogurt cups. We only have one size cup, 16OZ. They can fill it to whatever level/amount they want and we only charge 39 cents per oz. Look out for the cost of the cups. We get our from China and takes about 8 weeks to get in a shipment. But we order like 100 cases at a time and it still cost us about 9 cents per cup. Take that into consideration. We also have waffle cones too, at no charge. The weight of the cone offsets the cost. Something extra for them at no big cost for us. Customers appreciate the little things.
Ok, so there it is. I hope that it may help you in some small way. I'm a nurse by training actually, and they have always said that nurses eat their young. meaning that the old nurses don't help the younger ones. I don't want that to be said for my fellow yogurt shop owners. We have tried to pay it forward, helped many who have come into our shop to learn. They have come down from NY, from the south, from KY and NC. So we show them what we have, answer the many questions and they even call us from time to time to let us know how they are doing. That is great, we love to know that we are doing good by helping them. So with that said, I hope that you will take this with a grain of salt, learn what others have done and do the best with what you want with what you have. And the ones who have watched my back, Thank you, you know who you are.
Yogurtzzz

Portland, OR

#1326 Feb 5, 2012
janjan1 wrote:
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Ok ok, dispite my better nature, I will try to help you. First of all, what colors are you wanting to go with? As for my shops I went with the bright lime green/or frog green and raspberry. That was my basic colors. We then looked at fun easy care....
Jan, maybe we got off on the wrong foot or my fault for not being specific w/ the questions. I actually wanted to know company names (such as www.customsigns.com , www.yogurtzfurniture.com ). I understand some shop sign/furniture is ordered through local companies but I'm curious if anyone has a recommendation for online companies. I've seen many good and bad yogurt shop arrangments so I'm being very careful on browsing online for my shop needs. I appreciate your time and the detailed information you have provided. To answer your question, I'm going for pink/white/blue for interior designs and similar color for our sign. We got ~1800sqft to work with. The furniture will likely match the 3 stated colors. We are planning to print our logo on cups too and .09/cup is not bad if it's custom printing. Best of luck to your 2 shops. Market saturation has set in, thus I know it's not easy to keep prices low and trying to profit.
Stardif

Queen Creek, AZ

#1327 Feb 5, 2012
Hey there...anyone doing the catering end of the business such as events and the like with a store that they have currently operating? Contemplating opening a second store or just to focus on bringing yogurt to the customer for awhile, while avoiding the commercial rent cost. Not sure if anyone has any insights, but would appreciate any help at all!

Thank you all!

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#1328 Feb 6, 2012
Yogurtzzz wrote:
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Jan, maybe we got off on the wrong foot or my fault for not being specific w/ the questions. I actually wanted to know company names (such as www.customsigns.com , www.yogurtzfurniture.com ). I understand some shop sign/furniture is ordered through local companies but I'm curious if anyone has a recommendation for online companies. I've seen many good and bad yogurt shop arrangments so I'm being very careful on browsing online for my shop needs. I appreciate your time and the detailed information you have provided. To answer your question, I'm going for pink/white/blue for interior designs and similar color for our sign. We got ~1800sqft to work with. The furniture will likely match the 3 stated colors. We are planning to print our logo on cups too and .09/cup is not bad if it's custom printing. Best of luck to your 2 shops. Market saturation has set in, thus I know it's not easy to keep prices low and trying to profit.
HAPPY NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY TO EVERYONE!!
Ok, I will let you in on where alot of our stuff was purchased.
We got our chairs/tables online from Designer Seating. Look at the "S" chairs and tulip tables, what we have.
We also got stuff from Create A Mural, The Web Store, Mission Restaurent Equipment and Rosseto (topping dispensers). Some of the online Speciality Yogurt stores are marked up, so look carefully to see where they actually buy products from and go with them. Cheaper. OR arrange to be a seller for them. You reap the benefits by being able to buy at cost, and sell to your own shop!! We went with two local sign companies. We worked with a local girl who has done websites designs and she aided us in developing our logo. We also put it out on the web for ideas/designers. Took the best ideas and ran with it.
When looking at cups, are you going with paper or foam? Careful about what you choose. We have both. Some customers are REALLY green and will not go with anything like the foam, thus the paper. Both are logoed. Spoons, sure you can get cheap spoons, but make them fun, go with colors. Alot of folks really like to get all 7 colors if possible. Don't be boring with your stuff, think fun.
We are as green as possible, we recycle the plastics & paper. Good PR too. Buying local is also a good PR point.
Also we went with True refrig and freezers and drop in pan. Good products at a cheaper /fair price.
Idea for you which has worked for us. We have added not only coffee, but also hot cobblers & brownies. Nothing like the smell and apple cobbler/pie ala mode, or brownie alamode. We are going thru two pans daily, no extra cost to the customer.....but added weight in the cup per oz. I think we have it down to like 16 cents per oz for us..and we sell for 39 cents per oz. So a good markup product. Waffle cones too. Have a waffle cone display where they can help themselves. If you make your own, then cheaper and the smell sells as you are making them fresh. But you will have to have the cost of equipment to make, and display. Keep that into consideration in deciding.Hope this helps somewhat

Janjan

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#1329 Feb 6, 2012
Stardif wrote:
Hey there...anyone doing the catering end of the business such as events and the like with a store that they have currently operating? Contemplating opening a second store or just to focus on bringing yogurt to the customer for awhile, while avoiding the commercial rent cost. Not sure if anyone has any insights, but would appreciate any help at all!
Thank you all!
We have air cooled counter top units that we do take to some venues. These units are heavy and bulky. Not easy to move around, and they are top heavy. If they tip, they will fall. Did I mention HEAVY? Even in our two stores, the wheels tend to unscrew when turning around to clean and the machines will tip over & fall. Our staff have gotten hurt several times because of this. If the machines have product in them, the flavors get mixed and you must empty them totally of product, which is a huge waste, reclean hopper and refill. Even inhouse this is difficult, so trying to transport will be hard.
First of all when considering to cater, the venue must have 220V. not all have that acessable. We took two units to a high school at the beginning of school, This was a special thing for the teachers. It was a HUGE sucess and the teachers are still talking about it. We had two double machines, thus 4 flavors, and toppings, fresh fruit and two rosseto's. So 8 dry topping. and all the syrups etc. Great time was had by all and we have alot of folks asking us to do it for other places. But it is difficult to arrange. Not only getting the machines there, but also transporting. DID I MENTION HOW HEAVY & BULKY THEY ARE TO TRANSPORT?
Also took these machines to a 4th of July special at our local Hardware store, freeby for all customers. it was outside. Great, but outside in the summer heat!! We had to have a special fan just to keep the units cool. Get too hot and the compressors will shut down. Summer heat, down in the south, bad combination. BUT we pulled it off. Everyone enjoyed the frozen treats. Great advertising too.
We did find out that mobility and heat is very very hard to make machines work. Alot of work. We will really really think before doing it again.
JMHO

Janjan
Stardif

Queen Creek, AZ

#1330 Feb 6, 2012
janjan1 wrote:
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We have air cooled counter top units that we do take to some venues. These units are heavy and bulky. Not easy to move around, and they are top heavy. If they tip, they will fall. Did I mention HEAVY? Even in our two stores, the wheels tend to unscrew when turning around to clean and the machines will tip over & fall. Our staff have gotten hurt several times because of this. If the machines have product in them, the flavors get mixed and you must empty them totally of product, which is a huge waste, reclean hopper and refill. Even inhouse this is difficult, so trying to transport will be hard.
First of all when considering to cater, the venue must have 220V. not all have that acessable. We took two units to a high school at the beginning of school, This was a special thing for the teachers. It was a HUGE sucess and the teachers are still talking about it. We had two double machines, thus 4 flavors, and toppings, fresh fruit and two rosseto's. So 8 dry topping. and all the syrups etc. Great time was had by all and we have alot of folks asking us to do it for other places. But it is difficult to arrange. Not only getting the machines there, but also transporting. DID I MENTION HOW HEAVY & BULKY THEY ARE TO TRANSPORT?
Also took these machines to a 4th of July special at our local Hardware store, freeby for all customers. it was outside. Great, but outside in the summer heat!! We had to have a special fan just to keep the units cool. Get too hot and the compressors will shut down. Summer heat, down in the south, bad combination. BUT we pulled it off. Everyone enjoyed the frozen treats. Great advertising too.
We did find out that mobility and heat is very very hard to make machines work. Alot of work. We will really really think before doing it again.
JMHO
Janjan
Thank you Jan! We were thinking of pre-packaging the yogurt for these first times just to see what type of interest is created. Obviously some of the appeal of creating your own is lost in making the yogurt, but I figure with the variety of toppings it will still be fun for the customers...also great advertising like you said for us. Just an fyi the Stoelting rep says that they now carry a 120v that can be plugged in anywhere! The weight of the machine is a definite negative for us, plus at least with the Stoelting my concern is with the smaller barrell that it will not be able to handle the higher volume in a shorter period. Definitely will let you know how it goes with the pre-packed yogurt.
Matt

San Francisco, CA

#1331 Feb 6, 2012
Anyone has bad experience with the Stoelting F131 Machines? The aircooled ones just could not performed even though the ambient conditions were equal or better than the required. The products are just too soft and watery as compared to the Taylor machines. They had introduced a method called the "overrun" procedure that should be performed every several hours in order to keep the air mixture ratio correct. They had been trying to make it right but not able to for three months. We requested full refund so that we could get the Taylor machines. Declined.

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