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Zambrero celebrates 150 Restaurants worldwide

In just over 10 years, Zambrero has expanded from a solitary Canberra restaurant to one of the country’s fastest growing franchises and this week they celebrate the opening of their 150th quick service Mexican restaurant.

Following the opening of Zambrero Oxenford in South Queensland by a matter of hours, Zambrero Tamworth in New South Wales, marks this significant brand milestone. It will be followed in quick succession with another six restaurants in South Australia, Tasmania and News South Wales to open before the end of this year. Rapid growth is set to continue in 2017 with plans for further global expansion.

“We attribute this continual success to our innovative healthy Mexican cuisine, amazing brand culture, passion for customer service, and strong franchisee partnerships which complement Zambrero’s philosophy of serving good food that does good,” said Chief Executive Officer Karim Messih.

Zambrero was founded by Dr Sam Prince in 2005 at the age of 21 while he was studying medicine. His aim was to establish a successful business that also helped people in need. At the heart of its business model is the Plate 4 Plate initiative, which means for every burrito or bowl sold, Zambrero donates one meal to someone in need.

“I’m a thrilled to have to reached one hundred and fifty restaurants and am really proud of the Zambrero team. With the opening of every restaurant we take one more step on the road to end world hunger and to making my vision to donate one billion meals by 2025 a reality.” says Dr Sam Prince.

“For Zambrero, the future means ending world hunger and inviting the world to join us in our movement, either as a happy customer, a franchise partner or a future employee, as we continue to expand rapidly.” 

More than 11 million meals have been donated to date, supported by Zambrero’s international and Australian distribution partners, Stop Hunger Now and Foodbank.

Zambrero offers a unique combination of healthy, modern, fresh, and flavour packed menu items served in a contemporary quick service restaurant. As well as the original burrito, tacos and nachos offering, Zambrero has introduced both the Powerbowl and IQ range which offer even healthier options jammed packed with nutrients. Meats are sourced from quality producers and slow-cooked for up to 18 hours with carefully selected herbs, spices and chilli’s to extract maximum flavour and tenderness. Salads and salsas feature fresh vegetables and herbs, and guacamole is handmade.

It’s not just the number of restaurants which continues to expand, Zambrero is also consistently evolving the menu to cater for its diverse customer base and offer creative and modern approaches to Mexican cuisine that puts nutrition and quality ingredients first. A new superfood menu item is on the horizon which offers a tasty, gluten free meal that is highly nutritious and bursting with flavour.