ATLANTA (July, 2021) – Edible® has teamed up with Morris Brown College, a private and co-educational historically Black college (HBCU), as the company commits to providing direct training and job opportunities for its hospitality and global business management students.
Dr. Kevin James, President of Morris Brown College said, “We are thrilled to continue to grow our hospitality program partners by working with companies that will provide direct experiential learning opportunities to our students. I look forward to Morris Brown being a direct pipeline of diverse leadership within the career fields of hospitality and organizational leadership for Edible Arrangements and other prominent hospitality organizations in Atlanta. Edible’s headquarters is located in Atlanta, so this partnership strengthens my goal for Morris Brown to become one of the top institutions in the country for Black and Brown people to learn how to own, operate, lead, and manage franchises, restaurants, and hotels.”
Cheikh Mboup, Edible Arrangements President and COO said, “Edible is excited to work with Morris Brown College in the continued mentorship of the school’s hospitality and organizational management students. Through internship opportunities, hands-on training, and Edible leadership seminars, we look forward to playing a part in setting these individuals up for success as the next generation of business leaders in the local Atlanta community and beyond. Moreover, we hope to foster their entrepreneurial spirits by helping students learn more about franchise ownership opportunities post-graduation.”
About Edible Brands
Edible Brands is the parent company of Edible, a leading retailer and e-commerce provider as well as the world’s largest franchisor of stores offering all-natural fruit, snacks, dipped treats, and fresh fruit arrangements with more than 1,000 locations worldwide. Since its founding in 1999, the company has been recognized as an industry leader, ranking first in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s annual
“Franchise 500,” Entrepreneur’s Top 40 of “Fastest Growing Franchises” and “America’s Top Global Franchises” as well as being included among the “Inc. 5000” list of the fastest growing privately-held companies. Edible’s fresh fruit arrangements, chocolate Dipped Fruit™, fresh fruit smoothies, fresh produce boxes, FruitFlowers® and other treats can be ordered through any local Edible store or online at edible.com. Edible is now licensing its products in retail destinations.
About Morris Brown College
Morris Brown College was founded by formerly enslaved religious leaders at Big Bethel AME Church in 1881, and it is the first college in Georgia to be owned and operated by African Americans. The iconic Fountain Hall and the current Morris Brown campus are where Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois wrote The Souls of Black Folk in 1903. Notable alumni include Alberta Williams King, mother of Martin Luther King, Jr., and James Alan McPherson, the first Black writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.