University at Albany Moves toward Healthy Options for Student Dining with the Newly Opened UFood Grill.

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Returning from an extended weekend, UAlbany students encountered UFood Grill open and ready to serve, replacing the Wendy’s brand previously occupying the space. The UFood Grill brand features unique, popular products such as; Grilled Panini-sandwiches, UBowls, Steak Tips, Smuuthies and healthy side dishes such as salads or steamed broccoli. The usual suspects, burgers and fries, have a new twist highlighting the healthier and tastier choices like, Chipotle Turkey Burger or Bison Burger and Unfries.

Sodexo and UAlbany made the joint decision to partner with UFood Grill after listening to student needs for healthier options. Gloria Chabot – Director of Retail Dining for Sodexo, said in a statement, “The students spoke and we listened - they were very clear communicating the desire for great service, great taste, healthy options and cook-to-order as a must for the retail brand selections. “ “UFood Grill is a great addition to our overall retail portfolio on campus. We are pleased to have a grill brand that is healthier than the typical chain offerings, but without any loss in flavor. UFood Grill also provides menu selections that are very different from what you would find in a typical hamburger restaurant,” stated Executive Director Stephen Pearse, University Auxiliary Services at Albany.

Students and Faculty alike have been responsive in their support of the UFood Grill brand. Alexa Sheryll – UAlbany student, commented “The Chicken Pesto Panini is the best item on campus. Another thing I liked was the choice of steamed broccoli instead of fries, they were fantastic and it was a great healthy substitute.”

Sodexo continues to improve their healthy options with UFood Grill. Donna Duffy – Campus Dietitian said, “UFood Grill offers the UAlbany community nutritious foods cooked in a way that helps to preserve the nutrients in them – no frying here! UFood also has an extensive vegetarian option menu as well as a number of gluten free foods to choose from. It’s all about choices and UFood gives our students and faculty plenty of healthy food options to choose from.”

The rumor on campus is that even the executive staff enjoys the “Great Dane” smuuthie, exclusively created for UAlbany, by UFood Grill. If you see one of these executives with a purple smuuthie in hand – just smile and act naturally.

About UFood Restaurant Group

Good nutrition is more than just a concept at UFood Grill. It is an art, a science and a responsibility. We’re driven by our need to deliver smart, great tasting food choices - served fast and fresh. UFood Grill is a thriving concept with many unique opportunities. In addition to traditional locations we continue to grow into airports, hospitals, health clubs and most recently, United States military bases. Originally created in 1999 as KnowFat Lowfat Gourmet Café® (located in Watertown, Massachusetts), the brand went through several years of concept optimization and improvements. In 2004, UFood Grill was born.

UFood Grill is where delicious meets nutritious, because we offer better-for-you food, fast. We know what you want…healthy comfort food, ready when you are. And that’s what you’ll find at UFood Grill. It’s food you know and love, cooked in a healthier way. Burgers, fries, sirloin tips, wraps, salads and paninis. All baked, steamed, or grilled, but never, ever fried. We use natural and organic ingredients whenever possible as well as whole grains, light cheeses and dressings. It’s good to know our produce is fresh, our steak tips are grass-fed, and our burgers are 100% USDA lean. And it’s great to know you can choose from a wide variety of menu items that include vegetarian, reduced sodium and fat, gluten free, low calorie and low carb options.

UFood Restaurant Group
John Nappier, 617-787-6000
Senior Vice President


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