Monday, August 23, 2010

Enjoying SaladWorks: Autumn Harvest Salad

My favorite salad at SaladWorks is Autumn Harvest Salad. The ingredients are simple: turkey, craisins, corn, carrots and sunflower seeds, served on a bed of lettuce mix topped with crispy apple chips, and the blended taste is crunchy and delicious. The sweetness from the craisins, combined with corn and sunflower seeds make it so that it is OK to have this salad with or without dressing. For the most part, I ask for dressing on the side, because it is entirely unnecessary to have the ingredients drenched in dressing.

Nutrition Facts - Autumn Harvest Salad
Servings Size 1 Salad
Servings Per Container 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 300.50

Total Fat 11.60g
Saturated Fat 1.50g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 18.80mg
Sodium 231.60mg
Total Carbohydrate 39.70g
Dietary Fiber 15.20g
Sugars 22.10g
Protein 13.00g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
 Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Yes, everyone knows that eating a salad is healthy but paying $8.29 for something that can be easily made at home seems a bit overkill. Yet, SaladWorks, as a company, has flourished.

Saladworks was founded in 1986 by John Scardapane, the company’s current CEO. The first Saladworks opened in the Cherry Hill Mall in Southern New Jersey, the success of which inspired the opening of 12 additional restaurant locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in subsequent years.

Saladworks saw significant growth after it began franchising in 2001, and by 2007 it had 88 locations in eight states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Florida, and Illinois. Today, the franchise operates 100 restaurant locations in 11 states and has announced plans to expand into new US markets in 2010.
I'm always interested in learning more about a company's business model and understanding why one company is more successful than another. Here, Saladworks' unique business model takes advantage of American's desire to lead healthy lifestyles by eating wholesome and nutritious meals by creating signature salads that would allow Americans to eat healthier.

I think if I were to ever open a franchise, I would want my own SaladWorks!

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