Associated Food Stores cut trans fat, lower saturated fat from fried items

    350 Store Delis Convert to Nutra-Clear NT(TM) from Bunge Oils

    INDIANAPOLIS and SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - Associated Food Stores,
operator of groceries throughout eight Mountain West and Western states,
announced today that it has converted all 350 of its grocery delis to
Nutra-Clear NT(TM) cooking oil from Bunge Oils. This new zero trans fat canola
oil has the lowest saturated fat levels among the new trans fat alternatives,
a high level of heart-healthy (omega-9) monounsaturated fat, and actually
allows these delis to reduce the bad fats in fried items.
    "We are excited that Nutra-Clear NT(TM) gives us the opportunity to help
get trans fat out of local diets, while also reducing saturated fat," said
Barry Holinski, Director of Bakery/Service Deli, Associated Food Stores.
"Because many of the zero trans fat oils on the market actually raise
saturated fat levels, it was important for us to find an oil that does not
exchange one unhealthy fat for another." Items prepared in the zero trans fat
oil include fried chicken, burritos, corn dogs, and potato logs.
    "Our customers have come to love the taste of the foods that the delis at
Associated Food Stores serve, so it was very important that we maintain those,
while also working to make our foods healthier," said Barry Holinski, Director
of Bakery/Service Deli, Associated Food Stores. "And though making this change
was really the best thing to do for our customers, it has also been good for
our business. We're actually saving money by taking advantage of the extended
fry-life this oil offers."
    Nutra-Clear NT(TM), a "next generation" Omega-9 Canola Oil, is made from
naturally bred NEXERA(TM) canola seeds developed by Dow AgroSciences. These
Omega-9 Oils are the "next generation" in cooking oils due to their package of
superior taste, health and performance. Capacity to provide more than one
billion pounds of Omega-9 Canola Oil enables the immediate conversion by
foodservice and food processing companies to a zero trans fat alternative.
    "And now is a great time for Associated Food Stores 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 being great tasting, having zero trans fat, and being
lowest in saturated fat, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a
health claim for canola oil, saying "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."
    For growers interested in getting on board with this growing opportunity,
please contact your local Dow AgroSciences representative.

    About Associated Food Stores

    Just like the more than 500 independent stores we represent, Associated
Food Stores cares about our community. As a corporation, our goal is to set an
example for the independent grocers we serve. All too often we find they are
the ones setting the example for us. They are an integral part of very close
communities who care about their friends and neighbors. Additional information
is available at

    About Bunge North America

    Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited
(NYSE:   BG), is a vertically integrated food and feed ingredient company,
supplying raw and processed agricultural commodities and specialized food
ingredients to a wide range of customers in the livestock, poultry, food
processor, foodservice and bakery industries. With headquarters in St. Louis,
Missouri, Bunge North America and its subsidiaries operate grain elevators,
oilseed processing plants, edible oil refineries and packaging facilities, and
corn dry mills in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

    About Dow AgroSciences

    Dow AgroSciences LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A., is a
top-tier agricultural company, providing innovative crop protection, seeds,
and biotechnology solutions to serve the world's growing population. A wholly
owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, global sales for Dow
AgroSciences are $3.4 billion. Learn more at

    (TM)Nutra-Clear NT is a trademark of Bunge North America
    (TM)NEXERA is a trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC

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For further information: Stan Audette, PH: (403) 735-8861,

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