Two hundred million kilograms of bad fats eliminated from North American diet

    Omega-9 Canola and Sunflower Oils drive better restaurant menu options

    CALGARY, May 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Governments, businesses and individuals
have been increasingly focused on how to minimize trans and saturated fats in
the Canadian diet. Over the past three years, as the demand for alternatives
intensified, new Omega-9 Oils have helped the food industry achieve a
reduction of more than two hundred million kilograms of trans and saturated
fats in the North American diet.
    Since the North American market introduction in 2006, Omega-9 Canola and
Sunflower Oils, developed by Dow AgroSciences, have replaced more than 150
million kilograms of trans fat, and almost 60 million kilograms of saturated
fat, both of which have been shown to increase the risk of coronary heart
disease and other chronic health problems.
    "Both trans and saturated fats increase the risk for a variety of heart
conditions," said Dr. Peter Jones, Director of the Richardson Centre for
Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, University of Manitoba. "Monounsaturated
fat, on the other hand, has been shown to improve heart health. We encourage
all foodservice to look for cooking oils that are not only zero trans fat, but
also low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat. And consumers
should ask their favorite restaurants if they are using these healthier oils,
    "The foodservice industry has embraced the health concerns of its
customers and is aware of how important this issue is to them. It's exciting
to have reached such a milestone so quickly, working with restaurant owners
and operators who use Omega-9 Oils for the health of their customers, without
sacrificing the taste of fried items," said David Dzisiak, Commercial Leader,
Oils Business Unit for Dow AgroSciences. "And because there has been so much
demand for Omega-9 Oils, we have plans to ramp-up annual oil production to
1.13 billion kilograms by 2012."
    As foodservice operators learn about the benefits of using Omega-9 Oils
in their kitchens, more and more are converting to it. Those restaurants and
chains include Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Boston Pizza, Jack Astor's, Canyon
Creek, Alice Fazooli's, ABC Restaurants, and Stampede Park, home of the famed
Calgary Stampede.
    "We converted to Omega-9 Canola Oil across our thousands of operations in
North America for the health of our customers," said Deanne Brandstetter, Vice
President, Nutrition and Wellness, Compass Group North America. "Doing so
allowed us to not only eliminate trans fat, but also lower the amount of
saturated fat in fried items."
    Omega-9 Canola and Sunflower Oils are made from naturally bred NEXERA(TM)
canola and sunflower seeds, grown and produced in Canada, and developed by Dow
AgroSciences. These Omega-9 Oils are the "next generation" in cooking oils due
to their unique benefits of superior health, taste and performance. The oils
have provided a significant solution in both Canada and the United States in
the elimination of trans fats in restaurants, while contributing to more
profit per acre for Canadian farmers. Capacity to provide more than 454
million kilograms of Omega-9 Oils enables the immediate conversion by
foodservice and food processing companies to a zero trans fat alternative.

    About Compass Group North America

    Based in Charlotte N.C., Compass Group North America is the leading
foodservice and support services company with more than $9 billion in revenues
in 2008. With 388,000 associates worldwide, its parent company, UK-based
Compass Group PLC had revenues of 11 billion (pounds sterling) in the year to
September 30, 2008.

    About Dow AgroSciences

    Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. provides solutions in weed, insect and
disease management and plant genetics for Canadian growers, ranchers,
foresters and industrial vegetation managers. With 135 employees throughout
Canada, Dow AgroSciences is headquartered in Calgary with a regional office in
Saskatoon. For more information on Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. and their
products, visit
    Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow
AgroSciences LLC, a global company based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dow
AgroSciences LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company of
Midland, Michigan.

    (TM)NEXERA is a trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC

For further information:

For further information: Robyn Heine, (317) 337-4807,;
Emily Polak, (613) 688-6667,

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