Denny's Next Chain to Announce Trans Fat Elimination

Date: DEC 12th, 2006

Topic: Franchise News

Denny's one of North America’s largest family restaurant chains, announced an aggressive plan for eliminating trans fat from its menu items today. The plan includes changing its frying oil as well as the margarine products used in food prep in restaurants, and working with food manufacturers. Based on final testing that is now underway, the company anticipates rolling out a non-trans fat alternative fry shortening system wide in its more than 1,500 restaurants as early as the first half of 2007.

'As the nation's largest family restaurant company, we are unwavering in our commitment to doing what is right for our millions of guests. We have been working diligently to address the important issue of trans fat in the foods we serve,' said Peter Gibbons, Denny's VP of Product Development. 'In just the past six months, we have made significant progress on the elimination of trans fats in our fry shortening while maintaining the flavor and texture of the foods prepared in our kitchens.'

Gibbons mentioned the company's goal is to eliminate trans fat from the entire array of products served in Denny's restaurants. Once the fry shortening and margarine products used in menu preparation have been changed over, Denny's plans to complete work currently underway with its suppliers to adjust processing and ingredients to further eliminate trans fats.

'Our comprehensive approach to eliminate trans fats from products -- wherever they may be introduced in the supply chain -- is another demonstration of Denny's commitment to our guests,' Gibbons said.

Gibbons noted that Denny's is among the first to extend the elimination of trans fats to include margarine products. He said the company is currently in the initial phase of testing on reformulated trans-fat free margarines, and is planning to begin the second phase of alternative margarine product testing in 2007.