Kauai has been operating now for over 21 years, with the group structure now being under the multi brand food group, Real Foods (Pty) Ltd, with the mission to make healthy eating easy and accessible. At Kauai we are passionate about health and well-being, which means we bring to our customers real food that is, where possible, free of GMO’s and has no additives, preservatives, processing of any kind, artificial colorants and flavourants. We are aiming to inspire a ‘real food’ revolution in South Africa, where Kauai is the ‘better place’ to be. We make health and healthy eating accessible and exciting which is talking to the ever growing number of the South Africans who are becoming more and more aware of the benefits of healthy eating. Our current sales growth highlights this trend and we believe we are at the start of what will be a global change in the way people eat and are best placed in SA’s casual dining arena to benefit from this current and future aggressive growth. Our menu includes a variety of healthy breakfasts, super food smoothies, nutrient dense raw juices, signature wraps, salads, hot bowls and various meals as well as Barista brewed coffees and teas.
Please note that around 50% of the Kauai stores are owned by us, however our strategy is to grow via franchising. The corporate owned stores give us the firsthand experience of the effect of our decisions on the business model, and therefore assure franchisees that we are working hard on the overall system leading to better bottom line growth and not just sales growth.
About the franchise
Started by three Californian college friends, Kauai reached South African shores in 1996. The Kauai management team have developed, invested in and built a chain of over 150 stores, which includes our “In Motion” model at the Virgin Active health clubs. Kauai is proud to be South Africa’s number one healthy casual dining restaurant chain. In February 2015 Kauai was acquired by Real Foods (Pty) Ltd, a multi-brand food group with unmatched dedication to healthy, natural food, innovation, social responsibility and integrity.
Currently, we have four store concepts.
Kauai retail – this is our high street / mall model that you will typically see at your local shopping centre, and going forward will include the customize option as seen in stores like Rosebank, Kloof Street and Cresta shopping centres.
Kauai In Motion – Virgin Active health clubs. The first Kauai In Motion was opened in February 2003. This successful Kauai concept takes advantage of the healthy living facet of both Virgin Active and Kauai by tailor making a menu that is both functional for people at the gym balanced with the great tastes that Kauai has to offer. . These stores have been specifically developed for trading with the limited volumes available within the health club environment.
KOHU – This model is specifically for Virgin Active classic health clubs and incorporates a niche and service experience.
Kauai@school – In keeping with our drive to educate and create awareness of healthy eating, this model gives selected schools who have bought into the concept of healthy eating for their students, a canteen environment with a menu in line with our values.