When Hale and Hearty began in 1995, only soups were on the menu—all made from scratch daily in a more than a dozen varieties. Sandwiches and salads were added in 1998, and now the concept positions itself squarely in the healthy fast-casual space. Soup-and-sandwich combos are best-sellers during the high-traffic lunch daypart. Units reside mostly in busy urban areas with expansion limited to New York state until earlier this year, when a store opened in Boston.

2014 Systemwide Sales$27,700,000*
% Change in Sales11.7%
2014 U.S. Units33
% Change in Units13.8%
2014 Average Unit Volume$895,000*
% Change in AUV2.9%
Future 50 Year2015