What Makes Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Franchise Unique

Posted 6/25/2014

We protect the things that make our frozen yogurt franchise special

Our unique bubble-tile wall and wave design are trademarked elements of the Menchie’s frozen yogurt franchise brand.

One way to set yourself apart from the competition is to make your business unique. That’s particularly useful in the frozen yogurt franchise industry so competitors can’t copy the things that make us uniquely successful. We want to have a business model that’s easy to duplicate for franchisees — not one that unscrupulous competitors might profit from.

That’s why we’re pleased to announce that we have trademarked our “trade dress,” also known as the characteristics, visual appearance and design of our stores. This is one of the most important trademarks we’ve acquired, since it protects the overall look and feel that separates us from our competition and provides us with the distinct look of our brand.

When we started franchising Menchie’s in 2008 in Southern California, we set out to create an inviting space where people would want to hang out, relax and take a break from their hectic everyday lives. The color scheme of plum and green that adorns every Menchie’s location around the world is appealing to children and adults of all ages, along with our playful curved wall of bubble tile that surrounds our self-serve froyo machines and the interactive chalkboard. The circular cash register counter is positioned in a central location in every store, giving team members a chance to engage with all our guests and helping us make genuine connections with everyone.

With his hat of swirly frozen yogurt, Menchie and his Sweet Friends are just as famous as the yogurt. The Sweet Friends adorn everything from collectible plastic spoons that we give to kids on every visit (so they can collect them all) to toys, watches, hoodies and loads of other fun merchandise. The Sweet Friends become a wonderful part of the Menchie’s experience, and they’re so adorable that children easily bond with them.

This is Menchie® and one of his Sweet Friends, Chip. These distinct characters are part of our trademarked branding.

It’s understandable why someone might want to copy these ideas, but we won’t let that happen. The Menchie’s experience is about more than frozen yogurt; it’s about smiles.

“We consider ourselves the ambassadors of frozen yogurt, spreading smiles around the world,” says CEO Amit Kleinberger. “A smile can’t be trademarked, of course. But we can trademark some of the many ways Menchie’s makes our guests smile. This is just another layer of protection we offer to our franchisees to help ensure every chance of success.”

We are the largest self-serve frozen yogurt franchise in the world. As a leader in the frozen dessert category, Menchie’s now offers “trade dress” in addition to the security of an internationally renowned brand with a proven track record as a profitable franchise. That’s a big draw for investors who have a passion for making people smile.

Learn more about Menchie’s

If you think Menchie’s could be the franchise opportunity you’ve been looking for, we urge you to explore our brand. We have more than 400 franchises around the world, and we are continuing to expand. If you love making people smile and have a passion for entrepreneurship, you may be right for us. Our candidates need liquid assets of at least $120,000 and a minimum net worth of $350,000.

For more information about starting a Menchie’s frozen yogurt franchise, please read our research pages at You can also check out the latest news, including reviews from our store owners, on our blog. To start a conversation, fill out this form to request more information about owning your own franchise, or give us a call at 818-708-0316. We look forward to hearing from you!

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