200 million kgs of fats eliminated
Governments, businesses and individuals have been increasingly focused on how to minimize trans and saturated fats in the Canadian diet.
May 21, 2009 – Calgary –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, too."
"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. www.cgnad.com.
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 www.dowagro.com/ca