Edible Arrangements updated its Wallingford headquarters headcount on Tuesday and the news is good. The franchiser has added 54 jobs since the start of 2012 and is adding another 75 this year, bringing the total to more than 225.
“The growth is needed to support its rapidly expanding franchise network of more than 1,100 franchise locations in the U.S. and 14 countries worldwide,” said Edible Arrangements, which franchises stores that sell and deliver fresh fruit arrangements.
In 2012, the company, Edible Arrangements International LLC, added three new vice presidents and an expanded field support for Edible Arrangements and three sister companies, Netsolace Inc., EA Connect LLC and Berry Direct LLC. It also announced “Hero’s Welcome,” an effort to hire at least 1,000 military veterans at franchises and to offer incentives for veterans to own franchises.
The company said it also bought a building next to its headquarters location, adding 23,000 square feet of office space.
“We are committed to Wallingford and to Connecticut,” said CEO Tariq Farid, who co-founded the company in 1999 in East Haven with his brother, Kamran.