Picadeli, a leading food tech company dedicated to driving traffic into retail and grocery through its ‘smart salad bar’ experience, today announced its continued expansion in the U.S. through the launch of its partnership with Schnuck Markets, Inc., a third and fourth generation, family-owned grocery retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives.
Salad Station – a fully customizable salad restaurant concept famous for serving farm-fresh gourmet ingredients – is looking to capitalize on the growth it experienced throughout the course of the pandemic.
Thanks to a partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the United Fresh Start Foundation, when students at six Michigan school districts return from winter break, they will see new salad bars in their school cafeterias.
Salad bars won’t return to retail operations any time soon, and when and if they do, they won’t look like they used to.
As successful as salad bars in were in schools, as a philanthropy and as a tool in raising produce consumption among school kids, they are out.
Dierbergs Markets in Missouri made the national news for its clever repurposing of its self-serve salad bars with little bottles of liquor, but it does bring up a dark spot in retail amid the COVID-19 crisis: the fate of salad bars in the long run.