Spring Is Finally Here – and So Are McAlister’s Deli Pecanberry Salad and Flavored Beverages

Spring Is Finally Here - and So Are McAlister's Deli Pecanberry Salad and Flavored Beverages

Award-winning Fast Casual Concept Gives Guests Chance to Win $500 Worth of Gift Cards with a “Berry Stylish” photo contest

Spring Is Finally Here - and So Are McAlister's Deli Pecanberry Salad and Flavored BeveragesAlpharetta, GA  (RestaurantNews.comMcAlister’s Deli®, a leading fast casual chain, announced today the return of its popular Pecanberry Salad available for a limited time in its more than 340 restaurants nationwide. To celebrate the return of guests’ favorite seasonal menu items as well as the popular line- up of flavored beverages, McAlister’s has launched the “Berry Stylish” photo contest. Fans can put on their favorite spring outfit and snap a picture with McAlister’s Pecanberry Salad or a flavored beverage for a chance to win a $250 McAlister’s® gift card and a $250 Visa gift card to freshen up their spring style.*

“For many of our guests affected by the harsh winter weather this year, the return of our light and refreshing Pecanberry Salad and flavored beverages are a welcome sign that spring has finally arrived,” said McAlister’s Vice President of Global Marketing Donna Josephson. “And to make spring’s arrival a little sweeter, we are giving guests a chance to win some cash to freshen up their lunch routine and closet. We know our fans love sharing photos of themselves with friends and, of course, our Famous Sweet Tea, so this is a fun, lighthearted contest we’re sure they’ll enjoy!”

Available through Sept. 30, McAlister’s Pecanberry Salad features strawberries, blueberries, candied pecans and grilled chicken on a bed of mixed greens, served with Fat Free Raspberry-Pecan Vinaigrette Dressing. In addition, the popular line of made-for-you flavored beverages can be enjoyed year-round and include Wildberry Tea, Peach Tea, Strawberry Lemonade and Wildberry Lemonade. “Guests’ feedback about last summer’s expanded flavored teas and lemonades was so positive that we added them to our permanent menu,” added Josephson.

Now through April 26, fans can visit McAlister’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TeaFreaks or www.mcalistersdeli.com to enter once a day for a chance to be chosen as the “Outfit of the Day” and win a free Pecanberry Salad and handcrafted beverage. One lucky winner will be selected from all entries to receive the grand prize.*

Technomic® has recognized McAlister’s twice in its Consumers’ Choice Awards for Chain Restaurants — in 2015 as top fast casual chain for pleasant, friendly service and in 2014 as the top kid-friendly fast casual chain. Franchise Business Review named McAlister’s one of its “Best Franchise Opportunities for 2015” in its Franchisee Satisfaction Awards, as well as a “Top Franchise” in 2014 based on franchisee satisfaction. In 2014, Nation’s Restaurant News named McAlister’s a Top Limited-Service Restaurant in the Sandwich category in its Consumer Picks Survey. Also in 2014, QSR Magazine recognized the brand as one of the “Best Franchise Deals” and named McAlister’s to its QSR 50 list, ranking 13th for U.S. average sales per unit in 2013. FastCasual.com also recognized the brand on its “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list of 2014.

Spring Is Finally Here - and So Are McAlister's Deli Pecanberry Salad and Flavored Beverages

About McAlister’s

Founded in 1989, McAlister’s® Deli is a fast casual restaurant chain known for its sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea™. In addition to dine-in and take-out service, McAlister’s also offers catering with a selection of sandwich trays, box lunches, desserts, a hot spud bar and more. With numerous industry accolades, the McAlister’s brand has more than 340 restaurants in 24 states. The company is headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga. For more information, visit www.mcalistersdeli.com.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 16 or older. Void wherever prohibited by law, or where the registration or filing requirements of any state or local jurisdiction have not been complied with. Internet access required. Odds of winning will vary. Check www.mcalistersdeli.com for Official Rules. Sweepstakes starts at 9:00 AM ET on April 16, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on April 26, 2015. Sponsor: McAlister’s Corporation, 4501 North Point Parkway, Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA 30022.

Alexis Acosta
Fish Consulting