Over the past couple of years, all-natural ingredients and fast-casual dining have been two of the top food industry trends, and Rush Bowls finds itself perfectly situated at the crossroads of both booming industries.

Since 2004, Rush Bowls has served a rapidly growing market of consumers demanding healthier, great-tasting, all-natural food on the go. With award-winning recipes, a low-cost startup plan, and guidance from a team of executives who have launched and operated hundreds of restaurants, Rush Bowls has recently begun awarding franchise opportunities to select entrepreneurs.

Company plans call for opening three to five additional corporate stores and as many as 25 franchise locations across the country in the next few years.

“With sales of healthy and all-natural food anticipated to reach $1 trillion by 2017, this is a massive market that continues to grow rapidly,” says Andrew Pudalov, Rush Bowls founder. “We never get tired of seeing people smile upon their first bite of a Rush Bowl and look forward to introducing even more consumers to this easy and delicious way to keep health in their everyday lives.”  

Pudalov spent 15 years working his way up the ranks of New York’s financial sector. During that time, the lack of healthy eating options, particularly for kids, was always in the back of his mind. He eventually moved to Boulder, Colorado, to pursue a new career path that was more in line with his personal values and ambitions and launched Rush Bowls in 2004.

Over the past 12 years, Rush Bowls has cultivated a loyal following with its meals crafted from all-natural fruit, topped with granola and honey, and blended with protein, vitamins, and other nutritious ingredients. The Bowls are also available in vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy free options, and anything can be custom made to cater to any dietary needs.

In 2011, Rush Bowls also started wholesaling frozen products. Customers include various Whole Foods stores throughout several regions of the country, as well as Amazon.

“Our focus has always been to create an environment where people can eat healthy, eat well, and truly enjoy the unadulterated and organic elements of earth,” Pudalov says. “Customers prefer Rush Bowls primarily because it’s a positive meal choice, but also because it’s an easier option when on the go.”

In late 2015, after years of fielding hundreds of inquiries about franchise opportunities, Pudalov partnered with restaurateur Buddy Brown, one of the nation’s most successful franchise operators who owns nearly 300 restaurants. Together, they launched the Rush Bowls franchise opportunity and are currently looking to partner with individuals who possess a solid background in restaurant management and are passionate about healthy, fast dining.

Including a franchise fee of $39,000, the estimated initial investment range to open a Rush Bowls franchise is between $192,000 and $351,000 for a single unit. Rush Bowls also offers discounted three-unit, five-unit, and 10-unit franchise fees to select candidates.

“Rush Bowls has unlimited growth potential as we can operate in almost all types of locations where Millennials or young professionals exist,” Brown says. “From colleges and universities to sports arenas, airports, and malls, we are poised to grow everywhere. In smaller footprints, Rush Bowls is a perfect complement to businesses such as gyms, coffee houses, and health food stores.”

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