INDIANAPOLIS, June 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CKE Restaurants, Inc. announced today that its Carl's Jr.(R) and Hardee's(R) restaurant chains are converting to Omega-9 Canola Oil from Dow AgroSciences. This continues the important trend of food companies converting to zero trans fat canola oil. This "next generation" canola oil has the lowest saturated fat levels among the new trans fat alternatives and a high level of heart-healthy (omega-9) monounsaturated fat, allowing the CKE restaurants to eliminate trans fat and reduce saturated fat in their fried menu items. "We are very pleased to announce our conversion to zero trans fat, 100 percent canola cooking oil in our restaurants by January of next year," said Andrew F. Puzder, president and chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants, Inc. "We have evaluated many zero trans fat cooking oil alternatives and 100 percent canola cooking oil was the ideal oil option to satisfy both our health and taste criteria." The conversion will be completed by January 2008 in all franchised and company-operated Carl's, Jr. and Hardee's restaurants. "We're excited to be working with two iconic brands like Carl's Jr. and Hardee's. And now is a great time for them to convert," said David Dzisiak, commercial leader oils for Dow AgroSciences. "Due to the crop production cycle, it takes time to grow and produce the oil, so the time for operators to place their orders for future conversions is now, ensuring that we get the right amount of crop produced." In addition to its great taste, zero grams trans fat, and lowest amount of saturated fat, canola oil has received a qualified health claim from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, stating "limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1 1/2 tablespoons (19 grams) of canola oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in canola oil. To achieve this possible benefit, canola oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day." About CKE Restaurants, Inc. CKE Restaurants, Inc., through its subsidiaries, franchisees and licensees, operates some of the most popular U.S. regional brands in quick- service and fast-casual dining, including the Carl's Jr.(R), Hardee's(R), La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill(R) and Green Burrito(R) and Red Burrito(TM) restaurant brands. The CKE system includes more than 3,000 locations in 43 states and in 13 countries. CKE is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CKR" and is headquartered in Carpinteria, California. As of the fourth fiscal quarter ended Jan. 29, 2007, CKE Restaurants, Inc., through its subsidiaries, had a total of 3,105 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 43 states and in 13 countries, including 1,087 Carl's Jr. restaurants, 1,906 Hardee's restaurants. About Dow AgroSciences Dow AgroSciences LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is a top tier agricultural company providing innovative crop protection, pest and vegetation management, seed, and agricultural biotechnology solutions to serve the world's growing population. Global sales for Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, are $3.4 billion. Learn more at http://www.dowagro.com. (R) Carl's Jr. and Hardee's are trademarks of CKE Restaurants, Inc.
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