Edible® International Names New Chief Operating Officer

Wallingford, Conn.— John Merkin has been named COO of Edible® International (Edible®). In this role, he will oversee all franchise operations for the world's largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements. Merkin will also oversee Edible's® supply chain organization.

Merkin’s career spans more than two decades in hospitality and restaurant management positions. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer for Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen. Merkin’s career also features positions in international brand marketing, operations management and franchise business development, including over 20 years at InterContinental Hotels Group®, working on a major brand redevelopment.

This announcement comes as Edible® is experiencing an accelerated phase of growth and expansion into new markets and product categories, recently announcing the opening of a second headquarters in Atlanta, where Merkin will be based.

With more than 1,300 franchise locations open or under development worldwide, Edible® International, LLC is the world's largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements. The company was founded in 1999 in East Haven, Conn. For more information, visit www.edible.com.

SOURCE: Edible® International

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