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The Grass is Always Greener

When customers stroll into Raj Pannu’s Subway store in LaPlace, Louisiana, they’re excited to find the lights react to motion sensors. They love the chairs and tables made from refurbished material, and they’re even impressed by the water-saving toilets.

A Subway franchisee for 18 years, Pannu ensured her sixth store was certified green by the U.S. Green Building Council. She crunched the numbers before going for the LEED certification, and her efforts paid off: She now saves $300–$400 in electricity and $70–$80 in water each month.

Chop't Receives Investment from Morehead Capital

Chop’t Creative Salad Company, the creator and leader of the premium salad segment, announced a recapitalization and capital investment by Morehead Capital, a premier  restaurant-focused investment firm.

The investment, made from Morehead Opportunity Fund, will facilitate Chop’t’s expansion throughout the mid-Atlantic and to new geographic regions. Specific terms of the transaction are undisclosed.

Chop't Plans to Donate $100,000 in 2013

Chop’t is making a New Year’s Resolution to give back in a bigger way. Starting in January 2013, Chop’t Creative Salad Company is enriching its commitment to food and wellness related causes with a goal to donate $100,000 in the 2013 calendar year through its “Chop’t Gives” initiatives.

To support the effort, Chop’t will offer a variety of special Seasonal and Super Seasonal Salads inspired by hyper-local produce, seasonal flavors, and regional cuisines from around the world. A $1 donation from the sale of each salad will benefit Chop’t Gives charity partners.

Chop't to Intro Pink Goddess Salad to Fight Cancer

During the month of October, Chop’t Creative Salad Company is “dressing in pink” and offering a limited-edition SuperSeasonal “Pink Goddess Salad” to benefit cancer care and prevention through a partnership with The Pink Pony Fund of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation.

The super salad architects will donate $1 from the sale of each Pink Goddess Salad ($10.49–$10.99) and Pink Goddess Salad Sandwich in all Chop’t locations in Greater New York and Washington, D.C. to The Pink Pony Fund.

The Push for Humane

With more consumers interested in knowing where their food comes from, a growing number of quick-service companies are either pressuring their suppliers to improve the humane treatment of animals or switching food suppliers altogether. Cage-free eggs, gestation crate–free pigs, and free-range chickens are showing up on more quick-service menus throughout the country.

Quick-service operators who are making the supply changes believe they are on the cutting edge of a growing movement as consumers with increasing access to food education care more about the origins of their meals.

Chop’t Sends Harlem Students to White House Garden

Harlem fifth-graders will visit the White House Garden and perhaps meet Michelle Obama in June, thanks to the efforts of Chop’t Creative Salad Company. It’s a mission that began by transforming a crack den into a community garden.

Tony Hillary, founder of Harlem Grown community garden, claimed the drug-laden patch of land across from the Lynn Gross Discovery School (PS 175) and recast it as a lush garden. He teaches the students of PS 175 about nature, health, and how to grow vegetables.

Resolution Makers Flock to Chop't in 2011's First Week

Chop’t, a fast-casual salad concept, experienced a 20 percent spike in lunch sales the first week of January. The company sees a similar sales boost after other holidays, including Thanksgiving and on Mondays, when weekend indulgence turns to waistline repentance.

Chop’t is the perfect New Year’s Resolution Diet destination, say Tony Shure and Colin McCabe, cofounders of Chop’t Creative Salad Company.

Chop't Teams with NYC School to Fight Childhood Obesity

In an effort to participate in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign against the rising childhood obesity epidemic, New York City–based fast casual Chop’t Creative Salad Company announced that it is partnering with a nonprofit that brings healthier food alternatives to New York City public schools.

Colin McCabe, cofounder of Chop’t, says that through the partnership with Wellness in the Schools (WITS), the fast-casual chain is helping to improve nutrition at the P.S. 65 Mother Hale Academy school in the Bronx.