SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A record of "Olympian" proportions was established today and crowds ate it up. Fresh Express, the creator of retail packaged salads, and Raley's, one of the nation's leading supermarket chains, today put together the ingredients to set a new world record and strike a blow for good nutrition by building a fresh Caesar Salad weighing in at nearly 3,000 pounds and using almost 16- hundred heads of romaine lettuce. The two companies teamed up together to set a Guinness Book of World Records and to raise awareness for National "5 A Day" Week by underscoring the importance of eating five servings of fruit, vegetables -- and salad -- every day for better health. The National "5 A Day" campaign is the oldest public/private partnership in the nation and the only initiative promoting all produce. Filling the specially built 430 cubic foot wooden bowl measuring 16 feet in diameter and four feet deep, the gargantuan salad used over 800 of cloves of elephant garlic, almost 900 wedges of cheese and 30 "croutons" the size of loaves of bread baked especially for the occasion in the Raley's bakery. In addition, finishing touches were added to the salad using one-of-a-kind salad tongs measuring over four feet in length. Following a ceremony that included the meticulous measurement required to stake their claim to the gold medal of salads, Fresh Express and Raley's treated delighted local crowds to tasty samples of the Fresh Express Caesar Salad with Light Dressing. In addition, the companies donated over 1,000 pounds of fresh salad to Food for Families, a community-based food bank with the mission to provide food for families in need. "We want to promote better health by urging Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables -- that's the goal of our National 5 A Day Week and our 'Olympian' sized salad," said "5 A Day" spokeswoman Sue Forrester. "We believe that the risks of chronic disease and cancer can be lowered with a healthier diet and exercise," she said. Fresh Express products range from traditional lettuces, to fancy greens, to full meal kits that include salad dressings and other condiments. Fresh Express delivers great-tasting ready-to-eat salads to consumers with unparalleled freshness and convenience. Fresh Express makes salads so consumers don't have to. Cosponsored by Raley's, the supermarkets recently rated the best in America after a nationwide survey of shoppers, by the nation's leading consumer magazine. One of our Raley's departments rated highest was fresh produce. We sell produce items with no detected pesticide residues, NutriClean Certified, and we offer a good selection of organic produce items, too. See for yourself why Raley's is rated the best supermarkets in America. Photos available electronically upon request.
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