Noodles  Companys Peppery Pork Sandwich Winner for Best MenuLine Extension
Noodles & Company's Peppery Pork Sandwich — Winner for Best Menu/Line Extension

MenuMasters 2013: Noodles & Company

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Two years ago, when Noodles & Company was hunting for a new protein to help broaden its menu lineup, it made the decision to go with pork, a meat once considered less desirable than beef and less healthful than chicken or fish. But in recent years “the other white meat” had achieved a level of popularity with consumers that was not lost on the 314-unit fast-casual chain.

“Pork was a protein we knew had strong global appeal, and I have to admit, we like i

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