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Healthy Dining Featured in FastCasual.com article


Healthy Dining Featured in FastCasual.com article

4/26/2017
Healthy Dining was recently featured in a FastCasual.com article, “How the menu-labeling ruling will drive traffic to fast casual brands.”
 
Here’s an excerpt:
 
Jeff Jacobsen, COO of Costa Vida, who described his customers as "sophisticated and knowledgeable," agreed, saying that although Costa Vida has always been upfront with nutritional information, most other brands aren't. The ruling forces the rest of the competition to be more transparent, which will only help Costa Vida.
 
"Customers are putting a magnifying glass up to the nutrition in their food while demanding more transparency, especially as more and more of them adhere to a wide variety of dietary restrictions and preferences," Jacobsen said. "The industry needs to embrace the fact that it is time to lift the veil on our menus, so that we can create lasting, trusting and authentic relationships with our customers."
 
Making nutritional information easily available is nothing new at Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill. The California-based chain has been transparent with its ingredients since 2010, when the state issued a law similar to the federal requirements. 
 
"When we began the process to be compliant with California’s mandate, we invested approximately $20,000 to develop a comprehensive, user-friendly nutritional calculator on our website and various collateral materials with the same information," said COO David Goldstein, who expects the federal mandate to have zero effect on the chain's operations.
 
"For 25 years now, Sharky’s has been committed to sourcing the best ingredients that are the foundation of a variety of menu items that meet our guests’ different lifestyle choices. Because our menu is made-to-order, guests can order based on their dining preferences. Some may prefer to indulge while others may be concerned about nutritional content, and factors like calories, fat, gluten content and meat and dairy product content. 
 
Jacobsen said the same is true at Costa Vida, where average calorie counts are available for each menu item.
 
"We have also used Healthy Dining to create all nutritional information that we can use for a calculator, menu calorie counts and to provide a comprehensive list of each item and its nutritionals," he said. "Beyond wanting to meet compliance standards, Costa Vida also has a very comprehensive nutrition calculator on our website and loyalty app. The calculator can give the exact nutritional details for a meal at Costa Vida. Whether it is something straight off the menu or customized, our calculator can provide the data necessary for our health-conscious guests.
 
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