Knowledge is power for customers looking for fast food options. By next month, a new FDA regulation will force all restaurants with twenty or more locations to publish the calorie information for their items in the menu or on the menu board. This new requirement will hopefully make consumers think twice before they choose the super, unhealthy item. This is just one way the FDA is trying to combat the obesity epidemic. It continues to grow in the United States with an estimated 38 percent of adults falling into the obese category in 2013-2014.
The landscape of drive-thru and convenience food restaurants is changing for the better. Consumers are more educated on calorie intake and the ingredients that go into the food that they consume. Fast-food chains like McDonald’s and Taco Bell are getting rid of high calorie, high-fat items and swapping them for more nutritious options. But these changes seem to have little impact on the restaurant’s poor reputations for offering foods that are unhealthy. McDonald’s, the largest fast-food chain worldwide, shuttered some 350 restaurants in the United States in 2015. They also saw a 30% decrease in profit in the same year.
So what’s replacing the old-school fast-food restaurants? Up and coming healthy food franchises like Clean Juice. Landon and Kat Eckles were looking to make a career change when they came up with the concept for Clean Juice. The original location opened its doors in Birkdale Village, a shopping center 20-miles North of Charlotte, NC, in the Summer of 2015. On the menu, you’ll find cold pressed organic juices, smoothies, acai bowl, and healthy bites to eat. They also offer single and multiple day juice cleanses as well.
The Eckles saw great success with their first location and have since opened three more corporate locations in North Carolina and started a mobile food truck too. It was their goal to share an organic and healthy lifestyle with the World and they’re one step closer now. Clean Juice began to offer franchises in the Summer of 2016. In just a few months, fifty franchises have been awarded in other states like Pennsylvania, Arizona, Louisiana, and Florida.
Soon people in eight different states will be able to enjoy their juice and acai bowl too with Clean Juice.