Chick-fil-A Debuts One of America’s Most Nutritious
Chain Sets Standard for Industry by Featuring More Nutritious Entrée Option for Children
According to the Let’s Move initiative, one in three American
children is considered overweight or obese. Children also consume 31 percent more
calories and 56 percent more fat than their peers did 40 years ago. Starting today,
Chick-fil-A® is taking another step in continuing to address the issue of childhood
obesity by debuting one of the nation’s most nutritious kid’s meals.
In recent months, many fast food chains have updated their side options in an attempt
to offer healthier children’s menu items. Chick-fil-A instead is concentrating on
making the entrée healthier by adding Grilled Chicken Nuggets as an alternative
for children. The move marks the first time a national fast food chain has offered
a grilled entrée as part of a children’s menu.
The chain also is enhancing its side choices, adding Buddy Fruits® Pure Blended
Fruit To Go applesauce as a complement to the Fruit Cup option Chick-fil-A added
to its menu in 2004. And, the chain is changing its children’s beverage line to
only feature one percent milk, 100 percent apple juice, its signature freshly squeezed
lemonade, and water as drink choices.
Chick-fil-A's Grilled Nuggets, paired with the Fruit Cup and one-percent milk, is
one of the most nutritious children’s meal combinations offered among any major
fast food chain. The meal has only 210 calories and 3 grams of fat – reflecting
an 86 percent cut in fat grams and a 56 percent calorie reduction compared with
its previous offerings.
“According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control, Americans frequently
choose convenience over nutrition. This has created a greater likelihood of our
children becoming overweight or obese. The reality is that we live in an on-the-go
world where parents have limited healthy meal options for their kids on the way
to and from recreational activities, school or other events,” said Woody Faulk,
Chick-fil-A’s vice president of brand strategy and design, who oversees Chick-fil-A’s
menu. “Our new Kid’s Meal reflects our commitment to helping parents strike a balance
between nutrition, convenience and price. We want parents to know that they do have
a choice at Chick-fil-A.”
Following is more information on Chick-fil-A’s new Kid’s Meal offerings:
- Introduction of Grilled Nuggets: These gluten-free
Grilled Nuggets are made from a boneless, skinless breast of chicken tumbled in
a salt and pepper spice blend and then grilled to perfection. The four count is
only 80 calories and 1 gram of fat, while the six count contains 110 calories and
1.5 grams of fat.
- Addition of Buddy Fruits® Pure Blended
Fruit To Go: Apple Cinnamon: Each squeezable fruit pouch is gluten free,
all natural and contains 100 percent pure fruit. It is 60 calories, 0 grams of fat
and equals one serving of fruit.
- Improved beverage options: Kid’s Meal beverage
offerings will be changed to only feature one percent milk, 100 percent apple juice,
Chick-fil-A’s freshly squeezed lemonade (30 percent DV vitamin C), and water as
According to Chick-fil-A’s full-time dietitian Jodie Worrell, these new menu additions
come as part of Chick-fil-A’s broader initiative to offer healthier menu options
to customers. Initiative highlights include the addition of the Fruit Cup in 2004
and moving to a complete menu (including all condiments) with zero trans fats in
2008. Chick-fil-A also is actively working to reduce sodium across its menu, including
a 40 percent sodium reduction in its Chargrilled Chicken filet, 25 percent less
sodium in breads and removing 10 percent of sodium in dressings and sauces.
“While we are excited about the moves we have made on the Kid’s Meal menu, we also
are extremely proud of the progress we have made with our overall menu,” Worrell
added. “Removing trans fats, adding more nutritious salads and reducing sodium are
examples of some of the steps we have taken in recent years to further our commitment
to customers of offering a well-balanced menu of choices. Our work is not complete
though. We are constantly looking for a better way to offer our customers healthier
Kid’s Meal Commitment Extends Beyond the Food
Chick-fil-A’s commitment to families extends beyond offing more nutritious menu
options. The chain also uses its “Growing Kid’s Inside and Out®” Kid’s Meal program
as an opportunity to nourish young minds through the premiums included as part of
the meal. Rather than offering a toy promoting the latest movie or television series,
Chick-fil-A complements its quality children’s menu offerings with meaningful and
fun tools that encourage interaction between children and their families. Examples
include Little Gold Books, VeggieTales CDs, Discovery Kid’s activities and books
adapted from the Martha Speaks PBS series.
About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is the nation's second-largest quick-service chicken
restaurant chain (based on sales), with more than 1,600 restaurants in 39 states
and Washington D.C. In 2010, Chick-fil-A produced record sales of $3.5 billion –
an 11.37 percent overall increase and a 5.92 percent same-store sales gain that
helped extend the chain's streak of consecutive sales gains to 43 years.
In September 2011, Chick-fil-A was named Top Large Chain by Zagat's National Fast
Food Survey of 6,000 customers. Consumer Reports named
the chain the nation's top chicken chain in its August 2011 Quick Service Restaurant
survey of 36,000 readers.