Americans love to eat out. The average American spends 48% of their food budget outside of the home. This includes eating at seafood franchises.
In 2019, Americans consumed a whopping 6.3 billion pounds of seafood. This makes the United States the second-largest global consumer of fish, behind only China.
Americans’ Love of Seafood and the Seafood Franchise
Worldwide, the most commonly consumed animal protein is fish. This puts the market value of the seafood industry at $253 billion in 2021. The seafood market is expected to reach $336 billion by 2025.
As for the US, the seafood market is worth $102 billion. In terms of seafood franchises, the largest is Red Lobster, which recorded $1.75 billion in annual sales in 2020.
The nearest contender to that is Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen, which reached $544 million in sales in 2020.
What’s America’s favorite seafood? Shrimp. Americans consume 4.6 pounds per capita, more than any other variety of seafood.
The Popularity of the Seafood Franchise
Americans love fresh seafood, and we’re always looking for the next big thing in terms of food and restaurant trends. For the longest time, sushi was the seafood franchise on the rise. Lately, however, poke (pronounced poh-KAY) bowls are capturing America’s attention.
Poke simply means “chunk” in Hawaiian, and typically refers to fresh, raw seafood. Poke bowls are packed with fresh, marinated seafood, and crisp, healthy vegetables, often served over rice, and flavored with umami-style sauces.
They’ve been dubbed “the next generation of sushi, but easier to eat.”
The poke movement is set to become the next big wave of the seafood franchise, so now couldn’t be a better time to invest in an Aloha Poke Co. seafood restaurant franchise.
Aloha Poke Co. is the Seafood Franchise of the Future
One of the greatest concerns of the fishing industry is the sustainability of fish populations and their environmental impact.
There are laws in place to prevent overfishing and fishing practices. They restrict the age, size, and seasonal timing of fish being caught in order to give fragile marine populations a chance to naturally reproduce in sustainable numbers.
Aloha Poke Co. takes our environmental stewardship seriously, especially in terms of the fishing industry. We work in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, which carefully assesses fisheries and fish farms to determine how their practices impact environmental sustainability.
Aloha Poke Co. is committed to only sourcing our fresh seafood from vendors with top ratings from Seafood Watch, or Best Aquaculture Practices certifications for our fish farm sources.
About the Aloha Poke Co. Seafood Franchise Opportunity
Aloha Poke Co. is also one of the most affordable seafood franchises available for investors today. The estimated investment range is between $140,900 and $388,270 , which includes a $35,000 franchise fee.
Aloha Poke Co. started with a location in a busy downtown Chicago food hall. Customers loved the portable meals that fit conveniently into their busy schedules. The menu was such a big hit, the Aloha Poke Co. seafood restaurant franchise opportunity was born.
Part of what makes the Aloha Poke Co. seafood franchise restaurant an attractive investment opportunity is its lower overhead.
This is possible for two reasons: a choice of restaurant size from compact (250 square feet) to full-size (2,000 square feet), and the fact that our kitchens are not laden with heavy industrial equipment.
Our menu allows our franchise owners to provide our customers with scrumptious, Instagram-beautiful poke bowls without requiring a lot of specialized kitchen appliances.
Other benefits include:
- Tried and tested on-trend fast-casual menu options that appeal to consumers across the US who are seeking healthy, tasty, and versatile foods on the go.
- Streamlined build-out model, in part due to not requiring industrial kitchen equipment like grills, ventilation, fryers, or ovens.
- Protected territories to establish a solid customer base for each Aloha Poke Co. franchise location.
- An established business concept that streamlines business growth and includes multiple revenue streams, including dine-in, carry-out, delivery, and catering.
- An identifiable brand that is becoming synonymous with healthy, quality, sustainable, and beautiful food.
Aloha Poke Co. Supports Our Seafood Franchises
When franchise owners begin the process of opening their seafood franchise, they’re given access to the Aloha Poke Co. franchising model that facilitates a smooth grand opening and easy operations every day thereafter.
This starts with our less complex build-out requirements for a simpler kitchen, which expands the opportunities in a wider variety of locations .
The smaller kitchen also means less up-front investment and lower overhead. Minimizing the up-front cost is a big perk of the Aloha Poke Co. seafood franchise model. This also means the return on investment often has a much quicker turnaround time.
The Aloha Poke Co. franchise model also includes industry-leading technology.
Our franchise owners have access to fully-tested technology platforms that allow them to run their back-office administrative tasks, such as data reporting, inventory tracking, scheduling, payroll, and accounting, from a tablet with cloud technology.
These platforms are also successful tools for POS systems. Running a seafood franchise has never been easier.
We’re looking for ambitious entrepreneurs who recognize a good opportunity when they see one. The poke bowl movement is only growing, and now is the time to get in on a fast-growth seafood franchise opportunity such as Aloha Poke Co.
Experienced restaurant professionals and multi-unit operators are particularly welcome. Contact us today for more information.