S. Africa Frozen Yogurt Franchise WakaBerry & Beyond Booms

about-waka-crop Founded back in 2011, WakaBerry began its journey in the popularizing market of frozen yogurt in South Africa. Three long-time friends from Durban, the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, saw the opportunity to open the frozen yogurt market their home town. It all began when Michele and Ken Fourie, with their two little girls, were living in North Carolina at the time when they noticed the booming popularity of frozen yogurt shops in the states. When the Fouries decided it was time to come back home to Durban, they soon united with their old friend David to begin conceptualizing their own froyo bar ideas that would eventually turn into a very popular franchise.
WakaBerry is a proudly Mzansi (slang for “The South” as in “Southern Africa”) name inspired by the 2010 FIFA World Cup song ‘Waka Waka’ by Shakira featuring South African band Freshlyground. WakaBerry stands by their core values of real yogurt, real people and real fun. They only use 100% real yogurt, 98% fat free and NIHT Halaal certified from their certified organic farms. Pricing works on a pay by weight system (self-serve) allowing customers to pick how much they want and to pay for just exactly what they take. WakaBerry has also launched their WakaBerry Foundation, a non-profit wing of the brand donating a portion of profit sold on each cup to an individual or community in need. wakaberrysouthafrica-copy
In just two years WakaBerry has transformed from just one little hometown frozen yogurt shop to 28 franchise shops and still growing with 10 more locations soon to come:
• Parkhurst, Gauteng
• Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng
• Krugersdorp, Gauteng
• Midrand, Gauteng
• Polokwane, Limpopo
• Mimosa, Bloemfontein, Free State
• George, Eastern Cape
• Cavendish, Claremont, Western Cape
• Somerset, Western Cape
• Blouberg, Western Cape
In other frozen yogurt news on staying in the business, Marcel’s Frozen Yoghurt was the South Africa’s first frozen yogurt shop in Stellenbosch in June 1989. Marcel’s has continued to stay popular with several outlets throughout the Western Cape, with more as well coming soon. Offering tubs, cones, blizzards, smoothies, shakes and cold treats of the like; they have finally started offering branded Marcel’s desserts for the family to take home too!
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