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-- -- -- today smiled as his big idea as a revolution foods is teasing what American kids eat at school -- the company -- one million meals a week served nearly 1000 schools across the country.
And you won't find any high fructose corn syrup or trans fats in these meals.
Joining us now co-founder and CEO Christian at Richmond.
Chris and I -- story because you actually wrote this business plan in 2005 when you're grad school I can't even -- kids.
That's exactly right.
And what I.
So my co-founder cures and Toby and I were inspired to start revolution foods provide access to -- healthy delicious food for all students.
And so you go into these schools.
You create these fabulous meals.
How do you get them this healthy food I mean you know typically help people doesn't have much of the shelf life how do you get -- the food -- fast enough.
Well we actually operate out of seven culinary centers across the country as you said we're serving a million meals a week.
We are daily receiving fresh ingredients in the back door and our culinary center ER.
Prepping the food cooking the food -- assembling it and delivering it.
Get -- schools then do you you know.
Bringing them -- in the kids get to try them what's the pets.
Well it's actually really interesting we do all of those things -- students certainly as a -- meals typically.
Our profits and partnerships starts out with students trying our meals.
We are very focused on -- feedback when we're designing our meals and that's what's allowed us to have.
Success with partners like -- ciskei unified.
Who we just started with where the programs actually driven up.
-- participation or the number of students taking the meals everyday by double digit numbers so healthy food is physically more money how how -- -- that because schools are on tight budgets these days.
Well affordability is key and it's important to recognize that all of our meals are reimbursable and compliance so that really speaks to that mission of accessed.
Making sure that all students can.
Access the platform -- so.
We've really used our scale -- and designed our process our supply chain our entire offering.
To make sure that affordability is at the -- because it is so important to our schools so what do kids think I mean you know franchise in these meals.
Well we've had a lot of luck with great participation and I I really credit that to a couple things one is.
Our kid validated approach where we are out sampling and testing.
And focus grouping with students and secondly is getting the best ingredients and to those meals so that you have great.
Foundation and building blocks to really ensure.
Healthy minds -- body.
Chip says some of the it's not far off you know I mean I'm at my kids -- -- every day US -- pita chips.
You out I don't give them tips but instead -- a bag of chips it's these pita chips piece of fruit and -- it's not it's it's very small changes.
How are you going to take this.
Across the country that's got to be the plan right.
That's the plan -- -- growing we are currently serving 25 cities.
Com and growing every day we actually had about a 50% growth rate in the past year and we expect another large growth -- this year and it's really based on the demand for.
Raising the bar for -- higher quality solution for our kids and -- weekend.
Keep it on kid friendly and affordable then we feel like great growth as a had a bus -- really just -- that the government's been pushing this and yet.
-- the private sector is actually get it done that Chris enrichment of revolution foods thanks to taken -- time.
Very healthy and take that stuff.
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