No sector or business has been left untouched by the pandemic. But with so many of us looking and planning towards the future, it’s important to have the right information about the state of the health food sector in 2021.
Franchise businesses are famous for their resilience, survival rates and ongoing profitability. But in what has become a clearly challenging and adverse culture for many businesses, what are the comeback prospects for healthy food franchises? What is the future looking like and has 2021 seen the recovery that we all hoped for?
These are all questions facing many franchise owners, so in this article, we’re going to cover all the bases for what the future of franchising looks like in the healthy food sector.
Healthy food franchises in 2021
Food businesses entered the year in a state of lockdown, meaning that the only real source of revenue for lots of franchisees were the takeaways and subscriptions packages being sold to customers. In the months that have followed though, a sense of normality has returned to the high street.
For some popular high street chains, food delivery platforms have been a vital source of income. And, even with restrictions lifted, these platforms aren’t going anywhere. Having learned how best to deal with the pandemic, restaurant and food shop owners are looking to combine this new expertise with the changing future of the food business. To this end, we can all expect flexible and digital services to continue into the future.
Third-party food apps have been the savior for many restaurants. The reality is that the pandemic hasn’t killed the food industry. It’s simply gone digital.
- Also becoming a permanent feature of food shops are:
- Diverse dietary options
- Mobile and van-based franchises
- Subscription boxes and deliveries
- Sustainably and locally-sourced foods
The outlook for healthy food franchises
Food franchises are looking to the future. And, as it seems, so is the British public. According to some polls, as many as 80% of people are looking to choose healthier dietary options [Sustain]. Around a third of people are already cooking healthier meals [Food Standard Agency] so it’s clear that Brits are looking to eat healthier in the post-pandemic environment.
What does this mean for healthy eating franchises? Unlike many other sectors of the economy, healthy food businesses know that there is a big uptake in healthy eating, so whether your franchise is offering healthy dine-in options, delivery only or subscription services, there’s every reason to be optimistic that the future will be bright.
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Advantages of running a healthy food franchise
All this means that healthy food franchises are on the lookout for ambitious and innovative franchisees to take their businesses forward again. If you have some of the following skills, you could be the perfect healthy food franchisee:
- Ambition to grow your business
- Determination to push through challenges
- A commitment to continuous development
- Willingness to engage with your franchisor and franchisee network
- A good leader
- Capable of organising a team
And, if you’re capable of doing all of the above, you can look forward to enjoying all the advantages of running your own food franchise:
- Dedicated training and support packages
- The chance to be your own boss
- Having a trusted and favoured brand name and reputation
- Having a pre-existing customer base
- Specialist tutors and mentors to help you along the way
- Plenty of room for diversification
Starting your own business is never easy, but as a franchisee, you will have all the support you need to help make your business a success.
Franchising opportunities in the healthy food sector
With this in mind, there are excellent and affordable franchising opportunities in healthy food. So if you’re looking for a good place to start your franchising adventure, here are some pointers.
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1. Camile Thai
Camile Thai Kitchen is a healthy and sustainable restaurant brand operating in the home delivery category. Using some of the latest tech and foodie trends to deliver savoury and delicious food to its many customers, Camile Thai is an ambitious and fast-growing franchise. Expanding over the last few months while many of its competitors have struggled, this franchise brings plenty of job satisfaction and security, as well as some exciting profits.
For a minimum investment of £100,000, you’ll be entitled to all the training and support you need to make a successful start.
2. My Local Farm Box
This truly unique franchise is loved by foodies all over the country. Established in 2020, My Local Farm Box offers fresh, local, seasonal produce in a weekly, fortnightly or monthly subscription box. Produce is bought direct from local, sustainable ethical producers and sourced, packed and delivered by local foodie experts.
With sustainability at the very heart of this franchise, you’ll only need to make a total investment of £7,300 to start your own subscription-based business.
3. The Acai Spot
The Acai Spot is a well-loved and very popular food franchise, offering a diverse array of healthy snacks and coffee. From acai mixes and bowls to salads, sandwiches, buns and soft drinks, this franchise brings some of the world’s healthiest, most diverse foods to excited customers.
You’ll need to make a minimum investment of £135,000, and in return, you’ll receive an extensive training programme at the company’s headquarters, before gaining plenty of hands-on, practical experience in your new premises.
Start your own healthy food franchise today
Starting a business is never easy, but with a franchisor helping you along the way, you can look forward to running your own business with all the support you need. If healthy food isn’t for you though, there are still lots of other options you could consider if you’re looking elsewhere. On the UK franchise directory, you can see a complete list of available franchises who are looking out for new candidates.
Lily Sweeney, Point Franchise ©