Franchises Offering Sweet & Healthy Treats are Tapping Into Consumer Trends



As the ‘better-for-you’ food movement continues to gain momentum, franchises that deliver great-tasting sweet treats consumers feel good about eating are in demand.

Today’s health-conscious consumers are avoiding products that contain high-fructose corn syrup (50%), sugar (47%), trans fat (45%) and saturated fat (43%). What’s more, over one quarter (28%) believe a food is unhealthy if it has artificial ingredients, with consumers actively avoiding products with elements described as "artificial,” such as artificial sweeteners (43%), artificial preservatives (38%) and artificial flavors (35%) according to Mintel, a market intelligence agency.

Three franchise brands that meet the criteria of health-conscious buyers 

The following franchise brands satisfy the sweet tooth of health-conscious consumers: 

  1. Kona Ice: Kona Ice Shaved Ice treats contain no artificial sweeteners, no high fructose corn syrup and no peanut derivatives. They are fat free gluten free, dairy free, and lactose Sugar free, dye free and Kosher certified products are available upon request. Kona Ice’s products are Smart Snack Approved, which means they exceed all of the federal nutrition guidelines required to be served on school property. Franchisees serve Kona Ice Shaved Ice treats out of a variety of vehicles they can choose from including a Kona Ice truck, the Kona Kiosk, the Kona Mini, the Kona Trailer, and the KEV 2.0, each of which is ideal for various situations. For investment and additional information, click here.
  2. Happy & Healthy Products: Basically, franchisees wholesale Happy & Healthy Products all natural Fruitfull, Happy Indulgence, Decadent Dips, and Be Happy and Healthy Snacks, Breads, Brownies, and Cookies to locations such as hospitals, colleges and corporate cafeterias to name just a few.  The frozen products are displayed in either a custom Fruitfull freezer or placed in the store’s own conventional freezer (like at an account such as a convenience store.)  For investment and additional information, click here.
  3. Smoothie King: Smoothies, blended from real fruit and vegetables and fruit juices with no added extenders or artificial flavors, are what Smoothie King delivers from its brick and mortar locations. The U.S. smoothie and juice marketplace exceeds $2 billion according to IBISWorld Industry Market Research. For investment and additional information, click here.

Kona Ice, Happy & Healthy Products and Smoothie King also enjoy high franchisee satisfaction, which is a crucial element to look for in any franchise you are considering. As a result of their franchisee satisfaction rankings, they made Franchise Business Review's 2017 Top Franchises list.




As the Editorial Director at Franchise Business Review, Emma Pearson reports regularly on today's top franchise opportunities and the latest trends in franchising. She also writes and oversees the publishing of Franchise Business Review's annual Top Franchises, Top Low-Cost Franchises, Top Franchises for Veterans and many other specialized franchise reports. They feature the only lists of top franchises based on feedback from those who know best - the franchisees who own them.

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