Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ice-Cream Parlours Not Licked Yet; US Parent Saves Baskin-Robbins Franchisees

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ice-Cream Parlours Not Licked Yet; US Parent Saves Baskin-Robbins Franchisees

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Byline: PETER WEEKES Senior Reporter

LOVERS of ice-cream have good reason to rejoice a and it has nothing to do with a new flavour.

After news broke that Baskin-Robbins' Australian franchise holder Allied Brands has gone into voluntary administration, many feared its 92 ice-cream parlours operated by franchisees around the country may also go under.

However, franchisees from Northern NSW and Queensland called to a hastily-convened meeting on Monday were told that US-based Baskin-Robbins International was taking over the Australian operation.

It would be business as usual, they were told, after the US parent air-freighted in two shipping containers of essential stock that Allied Brands had failed to supply to its franchisees.

aIt's definitely good news,a said a relieved Michelle Eggins, owner of the Ballina franchise. aThey told us they would fully support the Australian market and its franchisees.

aIt was very reassuring that I wasn't going to lose my business after six years. …

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