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Restaurant Chains Serving More Lower-Calorie Choices Do Better Financially

"This report shows that companies can serve both their interest in healthy profits and their customers' interest in healthier eating," said James S. Marks, MD, senior vice president and director of the Health Group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the report. "We need more companies to make this shift, and now they have even more reasons to do so."

The report used companies' annual reports and data from market research firms to assess same-store sales, total store sales, total food and beverage servings, and customer traffic. It used those figures to assess overall performance as it related to sales of lower-calorie items. Same-store sales is a measurement that tracks the sales revenues of stores that have been open for at least one year. Total servings refers to the number of times a specific menu item was ordered.

This report follows one from 2011, also authored by Cardello, that examined the business impact of selling better-for-you foods and beverages among consumer packaged goods companies such as PepsiCo, General Mills, Nestle, Kraft, Coca-Cola, and Campbell Soup. That report found that companies with higher-than-average sales coming from better-for-you products showed superior sales, operating profits, and company reputations.

"The bottom line is that it's good business to sell more lower-calorie and better-for-you products," said Cardello. "This holds true for major food and beverage companies and for restaurants."

About Hudson InstituteHudson Institute is a nonpartisan policy research organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis. The mission of its Obesity Solutions Initiative ( www.obesity-solutions.org) is to bring about practical, market-oriented solutions to the world's overweight and obesity epidemic. Founded in 1961, Hudson celebrates a more than half-century tradition of forging new ideas to promote security, prosperity, and freedom . www.hudson.org

About the Robert Wood Johnson FoundationThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. In 2007, the Foundation committed $500 million toward its goal of reversing the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. This is the largest commitment any foundation has made to the issue. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. Follow the Foundation on Twitter ( www.rwjf.org/twitter) or Facebook ( www.rwjf.org/facebook).

For more information, contact: Christine Clayton media@rwjf.org609-627-5937

James Bologna jbologna@hudson.org202-974-6456

SOURCE Hudson Institute

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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