Tasti D-Lite

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Tasti D-Lite, LLC
Private
Founded 1987 in New York
Headquarters Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Products Frozen Desserts
Owner Kahala Brands
Website tastidlite.com

Tasti D-Lite is a New York-based fast food company which sells products including a frozen dessert. The company operates a system of franchise chain stores which are predominantly located in New York state, although the company's corporate headquarters are now in Arizona.

Overview[edit]

Tasti D-Lite was acquired in 2007 by NY-based private equity group SPG Partners LLC [1] and announced that James H. Amos, one of the firm's operating partners, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of Tasti D-Lite. The new company would be headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.[2]

A redesigned website was launched in 2007 listing nutritional information for over 100 flavors.[3] Tasti D-Lite announced in 2008 that it will begin a franchise offering to facilitate the growth of the brand to markets both domestic and international.[4] Subsequently, a majority of the original licensed stores signed agreements to convert to the franchise model.[5] Also in 2008, the first international development agreement was signed for South Korea.[6]

In June 2015, Quick-Service Restaurant Franchisor Kahala Brands purchased Tasti D-Lite along with smoothie chain Planet Smoothie. Kahala Brands is owned by the Serruya family of Canada and is the franchisor of about a dozen fast food, treat and sandwich chains such as Blimpie and Cold Stone Creamery. Together, the 128 Tasti D-Lite and Planet Smoothie locations will now be run from the Kahala Brands corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. [7]

Criticism[edit]

In 2002, published studies [8] found that the company may have greatly exaggerated claims of its product's healthfulness. Tasti D-Lite subsequently implemented an overrun compliance program and settled the nutritional claims matter with the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.[9]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2004, Tasti D-Lite was mentioned in episodes of HBO’s Sex and the City season 4 episode 15 [10][non-primary source needed] and The Apprentice season 2 episode 18 [11][non-primary source needed]

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