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Noodles & Company Becomes First Fast-Casual Restaurant to Introduce Cauliflower-infused Noodles Nationwide

Restaurant also removes fountain drinks from kids’ menu options to expand healthy dining options
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Posted at 8:26 AM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 08:27:05-04

LANSING, Mich. — Grand Rapids-based Pasta Per Trio, the Michigan franchisee of Noodles & Company (Noodles) (NASDAQ:NDLS), known for serving noodle and zoodle dishes from around the world, today announced a new noodle innovation that’s here to stay, Caulifloodles. The cauliflower-infused noodle will be a permanent addition to the Noodles menu and guests can substitute Caulifloodles into any dish on the menu at no additional cost.

Caulifloodles will be available beginning September 25 in two new limited-time-only seasonal dishes, the Cauliflower Rigatoni in Light Onion Cream Sauce and the Cauliflower Rigatoni Fresca with Shrimp.

  • Cauliflower Rigatoni in Light Onion Cream Sauce: Cauliflower-infused rigatoni in light onion cream sauce with roasted zucchini, mushrooms and spinach, finished with MontAmoré cheese and parsley
  • Cauliflower Rigatoni Fresca with Shrimp: Cauliflower-infused rigatoni sautéed with shrimp, balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil and roasted garlic, mixed with red onion, tomato and spinach, topped with Parmesan cheese

“Cauliflower is an excellent source of key vitamins and nutrients and is a great addition to any diet,” said Tom Shephard, Vice President of Pasta Per Trio. “With the expansion of our Zoodles and Other Noodles category, we’re able to offer even more healthy choices for everyone in the family, no matter their dietary needs.”

Also beginning September 25, Noodles & Company will remove fountain drinks as an option from the kid’s menu panel and replace them with selections including organic juices and milk to ensure healthy options are easy and accessible. Noodles & Company is committed to nourishing and inspiring every guest, including children, and the change will feature choices that are better for guests’ lifestyles.

“We want to encourage families to make healthy choices and enjoy delicious food,” continued Shepherd. “At Noodles, we don’t want our guests to have to compromise, which is why we’ve updated our kid’s beverage options to make the decision easy.”

Best of all, guests can also rack up points in the new NoodlesREWARDS platform. The new points-based system is available on the Noodles mobile app and website and will noodle lovers to earn special deals and freebies as they earn points. The new REWARDS program will make it even easier and faster for guests to earn free food.

Guests can enjoy Caulifloodles and the entire Noodles menu by visiting the Lansing area Noodles & Company locations on East Grand River and West Grand River in Okemos.

About Pasta Per Trio
Pasta Per Trio is the Michigan franchisee of Noodles & Company. Pasta Per Trio employs 550 people at 21 locations, including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Holland, Lansing and Metro Detroit. Founded in 2004 by a group of investors in Madison, Wisconsin, the first location in Michigan opened in July 2005. A large part of Pasta Per Trio’s success has been the philosophy of developing from within. The majority of restaurant and senior management staff have been promoted from other positions within the company.

About Noodles & Company
Since 1995, Noodles & Company has been serving noodles your way, with noodles and flavors that you know and love to new ones you're about to discover. From indulgent Wisconsin Mac & Cheese to better-for-you Zoodles and Other Noodles, the company serves a world of flavor in every bowl. Made up of more than 460 restaurants and 10,000 passionate team members, Noodles was named one of the Best Places to Work by the Denver Business Journal for its unique culture built on the value of "Loving Life," which begins by nourishing and inspiring every team member and guest who walks through the door. To learn more or find the location nearest you, visit www.noodles.com [noodles.com].

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