Healthy food franchise, SumoSalad, was announced the best food retailer of the year at the 2008 American Express Rewards for Excellence, presented by the National Retailers Association (NRA).

The award comes at the same time as reports that Australia has now surpassed America in having the most obese population in the world, so hopefully more people will now actually make the switch to healthier fast-food alternatives like SumoSalad.

This is the second year in a row that SumoSalad has won the Westfield Best Food Retailer of the Year award. Now in their 14th year, the awards are designed to recognise outstanding Australian retailers and to promote the pursuit of excellence in retailing through recognition and reward.

SumoSalad currently has over 60 outlets across Australia with several more in Dubai, London and soon New Zealand.

Last week they opened a new SumoSalad Black Label concept store in Doncaster, VIC (featuring a new evening dining option) and also recently appointed renowned culinary Olympic chef, Peter Wright, to assist with new menu developments for the brand.

The new SumoSalad Black Label store will feature a centralised Teppanyaki style hot plate and cooking area so customers can see food prepared fresh in front of their eyes, with sleek, marble stone bench tops and warm lighting as part of the new store design. In the evenings, a variety of grilled fish and tender meats with a choice of gourmet side salads or grilled vegetables will be offered as main courses in addition to regular SumoSalad menu items such as large gourmet salads, soups, wraps, organic coffee and more.

Three more SumoSalad Black Label stores are due to open in Sydney Airport, London and Dubai.