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February 23, 2010 08:00 ET

Quiznos Helps Customers Eat Green

New Packaging Propels Quiznos "Eat Toasty, Be Green" Campaign to Reduce Quick Service Restaurant's Impact on the Environment

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - February 23, 2010) -

NEWS FACTS

  • Today Quiznos launched its "Eat Toasty, Be Green" campaign by introducing several types of more environmentally responsible packaging -- helping to minimize its impact on the environment by attempting to reduce the eco-footprint of its packaging.
  • Quiznos stores now feature several new types of packaging, including:
    • 100 percent compostable wax-coated paper cups
    • Pulp salad bowls made from renewable sugarcane 
    • Plastic lids made of 30 percent post-consumer-recycled PET bottles
    • Napkins made from 100 percent recycled material and fibers (90 percent post-consumer)
    • Catering lunch boxes made of 100 percent recycled paperboard (35 percent post-consumer)
  • Quiznos is also helping its team members embrace its green shift by starting to migrate them to uniform items made 100 percent from recycled soda pop bottles. Each hat saves approximately six bottles from reaching a landfill and each apron saves approximately 25 bottles.
  • By making its packaging more environmentally responsible, Quiznos is taking steps to lessen the impact each of its thousands of independently owned and operated U.S. stores has on the eco-health of the nation at no additional cost to Franchise Owners.
    • Recent reports show that 32 percent of the entire domestic waste stream consists of containers and packaging, with 300 pounds of fast food packaging waste generated each year for each person in the U.S. (The 2008 Fast Food Packaging Report)
    • The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Industry Forecast for 2008 states that 62 percent of consumers say they are likely to choose a restaurant based on how environmentally friendly it is. This report outlines economic, consumer and menu trends for the coming calendar year. The 2009 Industry Forecast repeated the trend: "Restaurateurs will also continue to show increasing leadership in becoming 'greener' in 2009 -- by taking action such as reducing energy and water use-in step with patrons' interest in environmental issues."
  • Quiznos is addressing the influx of fast food waste head on by using materials containing significant amounts of recycled content to create packaging and by reducing the amount of materials used in our packaging.

PRE-APPROVED QUOTES:

  • "Quiznos is extremely proud to be a leader of the QSR environmental responsibility movement. We are among the first national QSRs to introduce more environmentally responsible packaging in an effort to lessen our impact on the environment, and hope our efforts will encourage other businesses to take steps to reduce their eco-footprint." - Rick Schaden, Quiznos CEO
  • "While packaging changes are a small step in the grand scheme of going green, we know that using packaging that is made in part from recycled materials or that is compostable is a great way to start. It's a change we're passionate about making." - Rick Schaden, Quiznos CEO

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ABOUT QUIZNOS
For nearly 30 years, Quiznos has had a laser focus on providing consumers with the best soups, salads, cookies, and subs to satiate any appetite. Using premium-quality ingredients, Quiznos offers creative, chef-inspired recipes for sandwiches, soups and salads at its more than 4,000 restaurants in North America.

In 2009, Quiznos garnered one of the top 10 new product introductions from the Most Memorable New Product Launch Survey. Also in 2009, QSR Magazine ranked Quiznos No. 19 overall in its Top 50 Chains in system-wide sales. In October 2007, Quiznos was recognized for leading the QSR industry in wait-time performance by the Mystery Shopping Providers Association's (MSPA) 2007 Wait Time Study. In May 2007, Zagat's consumer surveys listed Quiznos in the top five for Top Food, Top Facilities, Top Service and Top Overall, ahead of its direct competitors.

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