Fro-yo flourishes

Frozen yogurt businesses thrive despite the recession.

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Ice cream is a long-standing summer tradition, but the cheaper and healthier alternative of frozen yogurt is this summer’s treat du jour in Portland.

Chicago-based consulting firm Mintel International says this mirrors a national trend, and predicts that frozen yogurt sales will grow from $195 million this year to about $211 million in 2013.

“People want to go out, even though they are on a budget,” said Suzanne Gardner, director of marketing for Portland-based YoCream International Inc., one of the biggest frozen yogurt suppliers in the Northwest. She says at least 15 YoCream-trained retail outlets have opened since last August, with a half-dozen or so more on the horizon.

“You can go out for dessert for less money. People are looking for healthier alternatives. Moms feel good. Teens feel good.”

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