Transforming the Standard of Health

Empire Nutrition

3. Good Health and Well-Being

Overview

Empire Nutrition started on Long Island, New York, and now has seven locations throughout Long Island. Their aspiring goal is to offer a total experience in personalized health and sports nutrition. Domenic joined the company in 2021 as a regional manager and has helped them to promote their goal.

Empire Nutrition offers its customers a variety of healthy options including custom meal prep, smoothies, shakes, and snacks. They are trying to bring the convenience of health to their customers so that there is no longer a tradeoff between convenience and health.

This market is crowded with many stores such as GNS's or Vitamin Shoppe's but Empire Nutrition stands miles out from the competition. Empire Nutrition not only offers healthy options and vitamins that every GNC offers, but they also offer custom meal prep which can be delivered at home. These meals are meant to transform the lives of their customers by offering the perfect ratio of nutrients and proteins.

Authors

Rosario Corrao

Rosario Corrao

Celeste Daniel

Celeste Daniel

Nick Boffardi

Nick Boffardi

School

St. John's University

St. John's University

Professor

Charles Wankel

Charles Wankel

Innovation

Empire Nutrition, which was rebranded in 2018, has been offering its customers the highest quality of meals for years. The seven locations throughout Long Island, NY really help spread their message and promotion of health. Here in New York state, there is a severe obesity issue. As of 2019, the percentage of adults who are classified as overweight or obese is 63.2% This is a significant increase from 42% back in 1997.

The healthy meal options which are freshly prepared, along with the fresh smoothies and shakes offer a direct combat towards lowering this high obesity rate. The one problem that the meal prep industry sees is the fact that they are usually very expensive. Empire Nutrition offers the lowest pricing around for these pre-made meals. They are using their product and marketing to get their healthy meals in front of those who may not be able to afford typical meal prep programs.

Transforming the Standard of Health

Inspiration

The vision of Empire Nutrition was to offer everything needed for a consumer who wished to better his or her health. This lucrative business differs greatly from generic vitamin shops. Empire Nutrition offers customers everything from vitamins, supplements, protein shakes, and customizable meal preps.

You may ask, why is the obesity rate in New York so high? The answer is because of how convenient fast food is in New York. In a state where everything is so fast-paced, fast food locations thrive because they are easy for consumers. Empire Nutrition offers health meal prep which can be delivered weekly to their customers. This is directly attacking the ease at which unhealthy food is available, and making healthier convenient options more readily available.

A great quote from our interview with the regional manager is, " We don't get a do-over. We only get one body. You don't realize how blessed you are to be 'healthy' until it's too late to go back and fix it." This quote hit home for most New Yorkers now more than ever with the recent pandemic over the last two years. For many, physical health became a second thought and now they feel the consequences.

Overall impact

This innovation and business model has brought health to the forefront in the community. The areas on Long Island where there are Empire Nutrition stores have seen themselves transformed. From small changes in health like just picking up multivitamins, to complete dietary changes with the Empire Nutrition meals, change has happened and is continuing to happen.

Empire Nutrition makes its presence heard in the community by taking part in community events, and even weight loss competitions. The goal is a healthier world for all. Empire Nutrition has something for everyone no matter what age, race, or gender. Empire Nutrition sees progress happening and is not letting go.

Business benefit

This innovation benefits the business through the community it creates around its product. Customers become so brand loyal once they realize how many benefits Empire Nutrition offers them. The highly trained staff are constantly sharing their knowledge with the customers, which benefits them greatly. Every time a customer walks into an Empire Nutrition location, they leave with tips to help bring them an even healthier lifestyle.

This health innovation has led to an expansion of seven stores within the last three years, leading to over 40 jobs. The custom meals attract new customers and lead to higher revenues. The employees find their well-being increasing as well due to the fact that they are surrounded by health options.

Social and environmental benefit

The innovation of healthy meal prep options benefits those who are willing to take their health seriously. While yes, the businesses benefit the community as a whole when it comes to the promotion of health, it really comes down to the individual taking control. Once the individual wants to take control of their health, Empire Nutrition is right there to help; they tackle SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being.

The regional manager has felt the impact of this innovation and business since joining the team stating, "I love this. It's become a major part of my lifestyle as a whole. We are what we eat. The better we fuel ourselves the better performance we'll have. "

Society in our current setting has so much easy access to food that isn't necessarily good for our health. Our world is plagued with fast food which is a leading cause of obesity. Empire Nutrition is trying to fight that realm, by promoting to the world that there are healthier options that taste just as good, and are just as easy to get.

Interviews

Domenic Brocco, Regional Manager

Domenic Brocco, Regional Manager

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Empire Nutrition

Empire Nutrition

New York, NY, US

Business Website: https://empirenutritionli.com/

Year Founded: 2018

Number of Employees: 11 to 50

The business offers a variety of healthy options for its customers. It promotes health and well-being while offering very competitive pricing for custom meal preparation. This company is constantly involved in the community, pushing those to take a healthy route with their diet. They tackle SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being.