UFood tackles sodium reduction in breaded chicken

by Bryan Salvage
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BOSTON, Mass. – UFood Restaurant Group Inc has reduced sodium by 20 percent in all of its breaded chicken menu items. These menu items include the Crispy Chicken Chopped Cobb Salad, Chicken Parmigiana Wrap and the kids' Oven Crisped Chicken Fingers Meal. All of UFood's breaded chicken items are baked, not fried.

Restaurant companies have been exploring ways to reduce the sodium content in food for more than a decade. However, a Technomic study indicates many restaurant prepared meals actually have more sodium today than before.

"As a restaurant company that is committed to nutrition, sodium is one of many things that we focus on," said George Naddaff, UFood CEO. "Our new, breaded chicken products offer consumers great taste and reduced sodium levels, both of which are important to our brand. We will continue to innovate and update our menu items as we develop new products that deliver on both our nutrition and flavor requirements."

The National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI) is a public-private partnership developed to guide salt reductions in 62 categories of packaged food and 25 categories of restaurant food. The NSRI reports the United Kingdom has reduced sodium levels by 40 percent or more in some products. Canada, Australia, Finland, France, Ireland, and New Zealand have also launched initiatives to help reduce the salt in food.

"UFood fully supports NSRI's vision and initiative," Naddaff said. "Sodium reduction is just one of UFood's many initiatives to bring consumers food that is great tasting and nutritionally sound. These two principles combined with our proactive attitude in creating healthier convenient food choices for consumers are factors that have allowed us to expand into channels like hospitals and military bases.”

UFood is featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com, a site dedicated to listing healthy menu options on-the-go, which provides information on UFood's menu, nutritional details and locations. UFood also supports HealthCorps, a proactive health movement co-founded by heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife, Lisa, which is fighting obesity by getting American students and communities across the country to take charge of their health.

Boston-based UFood Restaurant Group Inc. is a franchisor and operator of fast-casual food service restaurants. UFood Grill offers a healthy lifestyle alternative to consumers in the fast-casual restaurant space and is positioned to become a leading player in the "better-for-you" quick-serve restaurant category. The company is led by George Naddaff, who founded Boston Market and led the franchising of several companies including Sylvan Learning Center and VR Business Brokers.
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