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Fancy a "fro-yo"?
Fancy a "fro-yo"?
26.04.2012 - OBs launch new business
If two former Bristol Grammar School pupils have their way, the phrase “fro-yo” will soon be as well known in the UK as it is in the US. The pair, Ryan Pasco and James Taylor, left BGS in 2009 and now, aged just 21, have launched AngelBerry, a frozen yoghurt shop and café in a unit at the Imperial Retail Park in Hartcliffe. Opened at the start of the year, it has already proved such a success that a second café is scheduled to open in Broad Quay this month.
Frozen yoghurt is a relatively new product in the UK but in America, "fro-yo" is big business, with the market in the US worth around $200m a year. With much lower fat than ice-cream (only 0.5 to 2.7 per cent fat content), the yoghurts are regarded as a healthier treat and an alternative to ice cream.
The idea for the business was born when Ryan visited the States and saw how popular frozen yoghurt was and realised there was a huge gap in the market back home. On his return, he paired up with school friend James to create AngelBerry. With ten flavours of frozen yoghurt at any time and 35 toppings, from fresh fruit to honeycomb, mini eggs, chocolate buttons or Jaffa cakes to choose from, the pair have gone all out to bring the American factory “pick your own” experience to Bristol.
Seasonal and special guest flavours are also planned, with one of the first being a special bubblegum flavour introduced for the last half-term holiday in support of Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal – the charity that fundraises for Bristol Children's Hospital and the neonatal intensive care unit at St Michael's. The new flavour was launched with a party at the frozen yoghurt store where youngsters were given the chance to give it a try with all proceeds from sales being donated to the Grand Appeal.
Speaking about their ambitions for AngelBerry, James said: "We want to be the biggest and best in the UK and we have more flavours and toppings than any other yoghurt business in the country – and we think we offer a better all-round experience." With the aim of opening four branches in just eighteen months, the pair has got off to a flying start, reaching the halfway mark in just four! Congratulations to James and Ryan on their success. We look forward to hearing about more branches in the future (and hope they are considering one on Clifton Triangle!).
For latest news about branches and flavours visit the AngelBerry website:
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