Name: Tariq Farid
Organization: Edible Arrangements & NETSOLACE
TARIQ FARID President and C.E.O. of Edible Arrangements, Wallingford, Conn. AGE 40 CHILDHOOD CAREER DREAM Surgeon YEAR HE BECAME A U.S. CITIZEN 1986 FAVORITE FRUIT Cantaloupe
Edible Arrangements is a U.S.-based franchising business that specializes in fresh fruit arrangements, melding the concept of fruit baskets with design inspired by the floral business The company is headed by Tariq Farid, who partnered with his brothers to open the first Edible Arrangements store in Hamden, Connecticut in 1999. After designing the computer systems, training manuals, production and profitability tracking and supply chain management process, they began franchising the concept in 2001. As of 2008, the business had grown to more than 900 stores serving locations in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. In March 2008 Edible Arrangements was reported to have annual revenues of $195 million
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