Shopping Centers Today International

NOV 2015

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Snap Kitchen sources its ingredients for the most part locally, using organic and non-GMO fare, and then prepares grab-and-go meals, snacks and cold- pressed juices in-house daily. In keeping with its specialty, the chain supplies pro- teins from animals that have never been fed any growth hormones, antibiotics or animal byproducts. "For non-GMO items, we try to address the biggest of- fenders: tofu, soy sauce and edamame," rab-and-GO FOOd IS hardly new, but its popularity is growing as restaurants begin offering healthier fare. This was behind the creation of Snap Kitchen, which provides food that is designed to be healthy, tasty and easy to carry away in a hurry. as it happens, Snap Kitchen co-founder and president, Martin berson, was looking for healthy, gourmet-quality food for his wife, who is a type-1 diabetic. What he ultimately found was a niche — one that he, a former managing part- ner at houston-based benjy's, ap- parently had the entrepreneurial skills to fill. he opened the first two Snap Kitchen stores in aus- tin, Texas, in april 2010, only a week apart from each other. said bill McCarthy, Snap Kitchen's chief development officer. "and we focus on organic ingredients, especially for our pantry staples, like brown-rice flour, qui- noa, rice, lentils and seeds." Popular menu items may vary from city to city, but the top sellers include the bison Quinoa hash ($11 will buy a medium-sized dish), the Chicken & Green Chile Enchiladas featuring Pa- leo tortillas made in-house ($8), the Turkey Chili ($6.75 for a medium-sized bowl) and the Grass-Fed lamb lasa- gna ($10.50 for a medium-sized dish). "Our guests are professionals who are seriously time-crunched, but they care about health and wellness, and they care about food," McCarthy said. The convenience of grab-and-go means that more restaurant chains are adding packaged takeaway items, G Fresh and fast Snap Kitchen ServeS thoSe who want healthful food in a hurry By Misty Milioto r e t a i l i n G t o d a y 30 S C t / n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 5

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