UFood Restaurant Group announced that it has begun construction on the second of three UFood Grill locations at the Aberdeen Proving Ground military base in Maryland. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) awarded a contract to UFood to build and operate three new UFood Grill units on the base in Aberdeen.
Last month, the White House and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs announced initiatives to provide healthier menus to 1,100 dining halls at military bases. The move will adjust the Pentagon's nutritional standards for the first time in 20 years, bringing a new focus on more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthier food choices to American military.
Ufood's new 1,120 square-foot express version of UFood Grill offers an array of fresh, healthier options, including breakfast paninis and burritos, fire-grilled burgers, signature sandwiches, paninis, and specialty salads. This location will also include a UBerry, offering self-serve fat-free frozen yogurt and toppings as well as fresh-fruit & yogurt smoothies.
"We are very excited to be building our second UFood and UBerry locations at Aberdeen. It's really an exciting tipping point for us as we grow into the military channel," said UFood CEO George Naddaff. "We're confident the busy, health-conscious men and women at Aberdeen will really appreciate our healthier, better-for-you options."
UFood Grill currently operates restaurants in a number of trade channels that include airports, hospitals, shopping centers, and urban storefronts. The company's airport locations are in Boston, Cleveland, and Dallas. In addition, two units are under construction at Salt Lake City International Airport, expected to open in late April 2012.
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