Rita's Italian Ice has appointed New Jersey-based Sigma Group as its agency of record. Sigma Group has been contracted to provide strategic planning, branding, creative and promotional development, as well as media planning and buying services for the brand. Terms of the agreement and budget were not disclosed.

"We look forward to having Sigma Group as our partner to help us accelerate the growth of the Rita's brand and the success of our franchisees," said Mike Lorelli, executive chairman, Rita's Italian Ice. "We value their strategy, deep insights, exceptional creative and leading edge media planning. They were passionate about competing for and winning the Rita's business."

Sigma Group will partner with Rita's public relations agency of record, Duke Marketing, to develop fully integrated promotions such as Rita's 30th anniversary, which will take place in 2014.

"Sigma is so proud to have been chosen as agency partner by Rita's," said Shannon Morris, president, Sigma Group. "Rita's is a wonderful family brand that has amazing corporate values and a great vision for business growth. We're really excited to tell the Rita's brand story in new and unexpected ways to make Rita's a standout choice for consumers."

"We are excited about the momentum we have built for Rita's with our public relations efforts the past two years," added Linda Duke, CEO, Duke Marketing. "And we look forward to working with Sigma Group to make Rita's 30th Anniversary remarkable next year."

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