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JACK IN THE BOX DIVERTS MORE THAN A MILLION POUNDS OF MATERIALS FROM THE WASTE STREAM

           JACK IN THE BOX DIVERTS MORE THAN A MILLION POUNDS
                   OF MATERIALS FROM THE WASTE STREAM
    SAN DIEGO, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- JACK IN THE BOX, the nation's fifth largest hamburger fast food chain, announced today that in the past year, it has diverted more than a million pounds of packaging and other materials from the waste stream.
    A division of Foodmaker Inc. (NYSE: FM), JACK IN THE BOX began an active environmental program two years ago.  Darren Blass, the chain's manager of environmental affairs, comments, "As Earth Month begins, we've taken a look at the past year and the progress we've made.  Among other achievements, JACK IN THE BOX has:
    -- switched from a polystyrene clamshell to a foil wrap for the Breakfast Jack sandwich;
    -- switched from 30 percent recycled to 100 percent recycled napkins, which in the next year alone will result in a savings of over 4 million pounds of virgin material;
    -- reduced the weight of disposable knives and forks, diverting 58,400 pounds per year in materials;
    -- replaced the Kid's Meal box with a recycled bag, using 80,000 pounds less paper per year.  The new Kid's Meal bags often carry an environmental message to children;
    -- removed excessive foam and cardboard packaging used in incoming boxes of food and supply shipments, diverting 176,411 pounds of waste;
    -- started recycling cardboard at several restaurants and distribution
centers, reducing trash at those locations by one fourth to one third.   The program is being adopted by additional restaurants each month;
    -- continued to sell used shortening to a third party broker who converts it into a feed supplement for livestock."
    Blass adds, "We certainly don't have all the answers, but, as you can see, we are working daily to improve our environmental position."
    JACK IN THE BOX operates and franchises 1,100 restaurants in 15 states.  As a policy, the chain refuses to buy beef from rain forest countries, hoping to discourage any more rain forests from being destroyed for cattle grazing purposes.
    -0-                       3/24/92
    /CONTACT:  Jan McLane Rieger of Foodmaker, 619-571-2248/
    (FM) CO:  JACK IN THE BOX; Foodmaker Inc. ST:  California IN:  FOD SU: SM -- NYEFNS7 -- 0842 03/24/92 06:57 EST
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