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#CLOSETHEGAP: BANANAS OFFERS COMMON CENTS SMOOTHIE TO START CONVERSATION ABOUT EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK

Quick-Service Brand to Launch Pink Smoothie, Priced at Same Rate as Current Documented Wage Gap on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017

MORRISTOWN, NJ (February 28, 2017): According to the World Economic Forum, the gender gap will not close entirely until the year 2186. Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt®, the quick-service brand known for serving real fruit smoothies, thinks that this is completely unacceptable, and this month, in honor of International Women’s Day, the brand is doing its part to raise awareness and speed up the process. On Wednesday, March 8, Bananas will launch the Common Cents Smoothie, which will be available to patrons at the same rate as the current documented wage gap – 80 cents for women and $1.00 for men. A delicious blend of strawberries, peanut butter, honey water and nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, the Common Cents Smoothie will be available for one day only at participating locations nationwide to help spark conversations surrounding the senseless and unacceptable wage gap that still exists in our country in the year 2017.

“Here at Bananas, and across all of our brands, we value the value the work of every single one of our employees, no matter their race, creed or gender,” said Andrea Carella, Brand Manager of Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt. “We hope that through the launch of our Common Cents Smoothie we will continue to raise awareness on a real problem, not only in our industry, but in our country, as 169 years is too long to wait to see change!”

*Offer available only on March 8, 2017 at participating locations, while supplies last.
*Limit one per customer.
*Cannot be combined with any other offer.

For more information, please visit www.greenleafsbananas.com.

About Villa Restaurant Group℠ (previously known as Villa Enterprises)
Villa Restaurant Group is a global multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor. Founded in 1964 by Michele (Michael) Scotto, a Naples, Italy native, Villa Restaurant Group, began as a small pizzeria next to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Today, Villa Restaurant Group is an international organization that recently celebrated its 52nd anniversary with nearly 400 restaurants in malls, airports, casinos and other high-traffic locations.

Villa’s QSR brands, including Villa Italian Kitchen, Green Leaf’s Beyond Great Salads, Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt, South Philly Cheesesteaks & Fries, Far East and other emerging brands, can be found across 42 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and five additional countries. Villa also operates full-service restaurants in New Jersey under the 40North Group brand including The Black Horse Tavern & Pub, The Office, Steelworks Buffet & Grill, Piattino and George & Martha’s. For more information, please visit www.villarestaurantgroup.com.

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