Of late, U.S. eateries are serving a healthy menu, to cater to
consumer preference for fresh, organic, nutritious and
low-calorie food. Rising health concerns and increasing awareness
about obesity and related diseases have led to the shift in
consumer's preference toward healthy and "good for you"
Glendale, CA-based restaurateur
) is also following the same trend. Recently, the company's
subsidiary Applebee's refreshed its kids menu options to provide
more nutritional products. In this regard, Applebee's has added
26 healthy food items including entrees, sides, beverages and
meals for children.
Currently, 650 options are available in Applebee's' kids menu.
Ten of Applebee's' meal options conform to the National
Restaurant Association's ("NRA") Kids LiveWell nutrition
Applebee's has already tested these items in all of its
restaurants which resulted in a significant drop in the ordering
of french fries. Therefore, the introduction of these low-calorie
food items is expected to gain huge popularity, going
Applebee's is consistently trying to expand its platter of
low-calorie foods. Since 2008, the company has been providing
Unbelievably Great Tasting & Under 550 Calories foods.
Per the NRA, the restaurateurs are now focusing more on
providing healthy foods to children. We believe these new items
will encourage kids to have healthier foods rather than processed
The world's No. 2 hamburger chain,
Burger King Worldwide
), is also trying to expand its platter of low-calorie foods. In
this regard, in late Sep 2013, the restaurateur introduced a new
crinkle-cut french fry, Satisfries, which contain 20% less
calories than the regular kind.
DineEquity holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Investors interested
in the restaurant industry may consider stocks like
Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.
The Cheesecake Factory Inc.
). While Fiesta Restaurant sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy),
The Cheesecake Factory has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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