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    ConAgra to Make Microwave Popcorn Free of Trans Fats

    Majority of other products to have zero grams trans fast by end of 2006.

    Starting in February, ConAgra Foods Inc.'s, Orville Redenbacher’s and ACT II microwave popcorn will be made with popcorn that is 100 percent whole grain and have zero grams of trans fat.

    Orville Redenbacher’s and ACT II together offer more than 120 different products and 30 flavor varieties, including new Organic Butter and Kettle Corn Mini-Bags in Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop! line. By February 2006, almost all of Orville Redenbacher’s and ACT II flavor varieties will be zero grams trans fat; the few remaining will be zero grams trans fat by the end of 2006.

    “Americans can turn to popcorn as one of their favorite smart snacks, with its great taste and whole-grain goodness,” said Pat Verduin, ConAgra Foods’ senior vice president, product quality and development. “Now with zero grams trans fat, Orville Redenbacher’s and ACT II microwave popcorn are smarter snacking choices than ever --convenient, fun to eat and packed full of whole-grain nutrition.”

    By the end of 2006 ConAgra Foods expects to eliminate or significantly reduce trans fat so that it will be at zero grams or minimized levels for the vast majority of its products.

    ConAgra Foods brands include Armour, Banquet, Blue Bonnet, Brown ‘N Serve, Butterball, Chef Boyardee, Cook’s, Crunch ‘n Munch, DAVID, Eckrich, Egg Beaters, Fleischmann’s, Gulden's, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt’s, Kid Cuisine, Knott’s Berry Farm, La Choy, Lamb Weston, Libby’s, Lightlife, Louis Kemp, Lunch Makers, MaMa Rosa’s, Manwich, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM, Parkay, Pemmican, Peter Pan, Slim Jim and others.

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