Thursday, November 13, 2008

Orange Tree IS Tutti Frutti???


Fro-yo girl here. Honestly, with so many fro-yo places out there, a fair number seem fairly generic. If you had a feeling of déjà vu when you visited Orange Tree, and you’ve been to Tutti Frutti before, there’s a reason for that feeling. Yes, they’re both knock-offs of Yogurtland or some other self-serve fro-yo shop with the same type of plastic, vaguely modern décor and a fruity name – but they’re also part of the same franchise (let’s call it Tutti Frutti to reduce confusion).

The evidence is simple.

If you go to the Tutti Frutti website (http://www.tfyogurt.com/) and click on locations, the Milpitas location of Orange Tree is listed, along with the future location at the Stanford Shopping Center. The Stanford location had a Tutti Frutti sign but it was recently switched to an Orange Tree sign.

Changing names isn’t going to disguise the poor quality and flavor of their fro-yo. TF is rapidly expanding. They should have perfected their product first and then opened their stores. Apparently they also chose a name that another company already had (there's a Tutti Frutti in Pasadena that sells fro-yo, fruit salad and Colombian hot dogs).

I’m very surprised that Stanford Shopping Center doesn’t have higher standards for their fro-yo vendors.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.
Update: Someone left a comment on this blog saying that Orange Tree and Tutti Frutti terminated their contract and that they do not use the same product. I noticed the TF fro-yo was a little better than Orange Tree's.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, they changed their name because of legal issues with a restaurant called Tutti Frutti.

Lolia S said...

I thought that might be the case since there's a Tutti Frutti (unrelated) in Pasadena. However, there are a ton of Tutti Fruttis right now that are still called TF. Thanks for the info!

Well Spring said...

I would like to clarify that Tutti Frutti and Orange Tree are not part of the same franchise. First of all, Orange Tree and Tutti Frutti do not use the same product. There were many conflicting issues between the store owner and the Tutti Frutti corporate office. Therefore, the TF corporate office and the Orange Tree store owner decided to terminate the contract. It is unfortunate that these stores gave you a bad image of Tutti Frutti. I would advise that you visit our Tutti Frutti Cupertino location. 10123 N. Wolfe rd, Cupertino, CA, 95014. It will be opening up in a few weeks.

Lolia S said...

Thanks Well Spring for the clarification!