As a relatively new entrant to the healthy eating scene, Soul Origin offers a wide range of healthy breakfast and lunch options, made fresh daily in-store. The brand saw tremendous success with its “Eat Mindfully” slogan, allowing it to grow to more than fifty locations in Australia. Soul Origin was also named as the QSR Media’s Multi-Site Restaurant of the Year for 2016, cementing its place among Australia's best QSR brands.
When Guzman y Gomez opened its first restaurant in 2006, it set out with the intention of sharing Mexican culture, food, and sense of community with the world. Nowadays, the brand is aiming to be a leader with regards to animal welfare with its campaign “Fix Fast Food”, imploring other fast food chains to serve food made with only the best farming practices. It makes our list for its commitment to that mission.
Zambrero fashions itself as the Mexican chain with a mission. With its Plate 4 Plate humanitarian initiative, which donates a meal to charity with every burrito or bowl purchased in-store, the brand has donated more than 11 million meals to the less fortunate all over the world. Zambrero’s ultimate goal to end world hunger with its partners Stop Hunger Now and Foodbank Australia puts it among the leaders of the QSR industry.
Gelato Messina prides itself with using ingredients in their most natural form, making everything from scratch without colourings, flavourings, preservatives or pastes. The brand found popularity, and makes our list, by holding creativity as a premium, offering unique and never-before-seen desserts to its guests. Its ‘The Creative Department’ restaurant even offers a menu that is designed to be “an experimental, immersive, intriguing, indulgent and at times confronting” seven-course dining experience.
With a focus on organically grown “Real Food”, Oliver’s serves a menu made unique with natural untainted foods, rich in nutrients. The brand's successful efforts to offer a healthy alternative to fast food in gas stations and freeways with its healthy breakfast, lunch, and takeaway options deserve recognition, making it one of the best healthy eating brands out there.
This stalwart has been around since 1951 and is the largest bakery chain in the U.K. with over 1700 outlets. Famed for its affordable fare, and top selling sausage rolls, the chain doesn’t rest on its laurels, and works hard to develop its product range to reflect changing appetites while using social media very effectively to interact with its customers and mega fans.
Although a newcomer to the U.K. QSR scene, this chain has big ambitions. Founded by a michelin starred chef, what sets this newbie apart is the customisation it offers to patrons. Inspired by the better burger trend, customers get to choose their type of bun, meat and cheese before being able to select from huge range of toppings and sauces. All meats are red tractor labelled, and vegetarians are catered for too. In a saturated burger market, this chain stands out.
Having started life in the US, where it has proved wildly popular, Made on Demand (MOD) Pizza arrived in the UK this year, backed by heavy hitter Sir Charles Dunstone. Carrying on the customisation trend, patrons are able to make their own pizzas starting with their choice of bases, followed by a choice of 34 toppings. The chain are hoping to prove equally popular in the UK, with plans for up to 20 outlets to be opened within the next year.
The first QSR to bring American style baking to the UK, like Magnolia Bakery in New York, Hummingbird has a loyal and devoted following. With 6 stores clustered around London, they are largely responsible for the re-surgent popularity of cupcakes, and American bakes in the capital and beyond.
Founded in 1998, Benugo makes the list because of their ingenuity. Beginning life with one outlet in London’s trendy Clerkenwell, they have been nimble in their approach to expansion, seeking out opportunities to expand via concessions in department stores, winning contracts to provide catering in museums and parks, whilst still expanding their high street footprint. Now approximately 60 outlets strong, they provide a model for QSRs keen to look outside the box for expansion opportunities.
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