United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) announced today that Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe has become the first national franchise to achieve REAL Certification, the emerging national standard for foodservice nutrition and sustainability. With 40 locations across 11 states, Taziki’s is also now the largest chain restaurant to complete the certification process.
Taziki's Mediterranean Café, a fast-casual Greek food-inspired chain headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama announced at its annual Franchisee Conference that it has plans to have 50 locations open or under development by the end of 2014.
“Taziki’s has had 17 years of solid growth; in that time we have learned what works for our locations,” says Keith Richards, founder and CDO of Taziki’s. “We have the tools and team in place to offer our franchisors support as they begin their journey to bring Mediterranean flavor to new communities.”
Taziki's Mediterranean Café, a fast-casual Greek food-inspired chain launched in 1998 and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is slated to open at least 20 additional restaurants in 2014.
“Our company saw enormous growth last year,” says Jim Keet, managing partner and CEO of Taziki’s. “We started franchising, which has provided Taziki’s the opportunity to build a larger presence throughout the United States.”
Sustainable practices are all the rage across the restaurant industry these days.
The expansive show floors at the National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show in May confirmed that the momentum behind these initiatives isn’t waning. From tableware and takeout containers to faucets, lighting, and cleaning products, green was the word. That also extends to the proteins most quick-service and fast-casual restaurants use as their menuboard centerpieces.