Industry News | May 25, 2010

UFood Grill Signs with Hudson Group for New Locations

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UFood Restaurant Group, Inc. announced today that it has signed a Master License agreement with premier travel retailer Hudson Group (HG) Retail LLC for the expansion of its UFood Grill concept to 10 additional U,S. airports.

UFood Grill currently operates fast-casual restaurants in Boston’s Logan International Airport and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, two of the busiest airports in the world. The company recently entered into a franchise agreement for a location at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.

UFood specializes in cuisine that contains “better-for-you” versions of traditional fast-food favorites. Offerings include healthy, low-fat dishes made with natural and organic ingredients, fresh produce, whole grains, and light cheeses and dressings. All UFood menu items are baked, grilled, or steamed; nothing is fried. In addition, nutritional information for each food item is accessible and accurate.

Hudson Group expects this agreement to strengthen its position in the burgeoning "healthy eating" segment of the Food & Beverage market. "Our market surveys have shown that travelers are concerned about maintaining their diet regimens, even in the hurried airport environment," says Joe DiDomizio, president and CEO of Hudson Group. "UFoods’ niche – providing healthful and flavorful dining alternatives throughout the day – is a great example of Hudson’s ongoing service mission: being the traveler’s best friend. In this case, by offering them a wide selection of healthful, great tasting eating options and treats like their fat-free fruit Smuuthies and UBerry, a tartly delicious, non-fat soft-serve yogurt.”

George Naddaff, chairman and CEO of UFood Grill says, “We are proud of our company’s record of providing flavorful, healthful alternatives to diners. We are delighted to be associated with Hudson Group, a highly respected retailer that caters to travelers in airports and transportation terminals throughout North America. By signing this Master License for 10 airport locations, we are ensuring our future success in airports.