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Friday Franchising News - August 19

Friday Franchising News - August 19

As our society becomes more conscientious of how we treat our bodies through diet and exercise,  franchises are working to accommodate this increasing consumer shift towards healthier lifestyles. As a result, franchises with an emphasis on wholesome living are on the rise. Traditionally fast-food chains are recognizing this gap and are seeking to demonstrate they want to fill this need for nourishing products that satisfy and promote good health. This Friday Franchising News takes a look at some of this week’s healthy highlights!

Domino’s Launches Salads to Satisfy Everyone on Pizza Night

Domino’s is seeking to dominate dinner (and beyond) with presenting options for everyone on pizza night. The prolific pizza franchise is uniting pizza and salad on the same table with nationwide salad delivery. The prepackaged salads are now available in three varieties: Classic Garden, Chicken Caesar and the new Chicken Apple Pecan. Domino's has teamed up with fresh foods innovator Ready Pac Foods, so that stores nationwide can deliver a delicious salad option to customers looking to keep everyone happy, making Domino's the largest national pizza chain to deliver salads.

Kona Ice Puts Fruit First for America’s Schools

Kona Ice, the nation’s tropical mobile shaved ice franchise is premiering a new line of FruitFirst flavors. This marks the franchise’s commitment to surpass standards set by the USDA’s Smart Snack initiative for school nutrition. This feat is a tasty and timely accomplishment for the neighborhood schools that Kona Ice supports through fundraising. In less than a decade, Kona Ice has raised more than $15 million for schools. FruitFirst provides students with a 24 calorie snack that meets all nutrient standards. It is gluten, fat, dairy and allergen free and features a fruit base, fortified with Vitamins C and D, and is sweetened with all-natural Stevia.

Subway Reveals New Logo

The international “Eat Fresh” sandwich franchise has unveiled a new look for the brand. The updated logo and symbol are part a reinvigorating brand initiative. The rounded logo is now green and yellow sans italics. It can be seen in new ads airing and marks Subway’s mission to reinforce a commitment to staying fresh and forward thinking. The company also has a new symbol, with a green and yellow “S” featuring the chain’s iconic arrows. The effort follows Subway’s menu improvements earlier this year and its creation of a Subway digital department. The new logo and symbol will roll out to Subway restaurants and communications in early 2017.

Panera Bread Makes Kids Meal Promise

The healthy soup and sandwich franchise has made a Kids Meal Promise it doesn’t plan to break. This decree will remove artificial ingredients from its kid menu and goes into effect next month (Sept 7). The Kids Meal Promise is focused on offering kid-friendly, additive-free choices that refrains from kid-centric marketing centering on toys and games. It also discourages sugary drink consumption by offering water first, with milk and juice as secondary options. This accompanies Panera’s goal to rid its full menu of artificial ingredients by the end of the year.

Jamba Juice Introduces “Power Up” Solution

The lifestyle juicing franchise has announced a new line of Protein Smoothies. The smoothies are made with real fruit and come packed with at least 28g of protein to refuel and regain energy. Available flavors include: Cookies and Cream Protein, Chocolate Protein and Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate Protein. Jamba seeks to take advantage of the need for convenient pre- or post-workout snacks or simply a mid-day “pick-me-up.” High protein diets help curb carb highs and lows, accelerate calories burn, fuel fat burning while preserving lean muscle and promoting muscle repair and growth.

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