CKE Restaurants Have an Appetite for Omega-9 Canola Oil

Restaurants Continue to Choose Canola-Based Oil as Their Zero Trans Fat


Jun 06, 2007, 01:00 ET from Dow AgroSciences

    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
     (R) Carl's Jr. and Hardee's are trademarks of CKE Restaurants, Inc.

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