Dallas-based Snappy Salads has a story familiar to many in the fast-casual realm: An executive was looking for a certain type of food and couldn't find it, so he started his own concept. In this case, however, that executive was Chris Dahlander, a former marketing director for Brinker International who wanted to provide more nutritious meals for people on the go. The result was a salad chain that has continued to grow steadily. System sales last year rose more than 23%, even though the chain added just one location.

2018 Systemwide Sales ($000,000)$21*
YOY Sales Change23.3%
2018 U.S. Units18
YOY Unit Change5.9%
2018 Average Unit Volume ($000)$1,240*
Future 50 Year2019

*Technomic estimate

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