Culver's(R) Begins Offering Sliced Tomatoes; FDA Approves Its Growing Region

Wisconsin-based restaurant chain one of the first to begin serving again

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Culver's®, famous for its ButterBurgers® and fresh frozen custard, announced today that it has authorized all restaurants to begin offering sliced tomatoes in salads, ButterBurgers, sandwiches and other daily features effective upon delivery of fresh product from their distribution network.

"With the FDA clearing the growing region where we receive our tomatoes, we are delighted to bring the product back to our guests," said Phil Keiser, president of Culver's. "We originally made the decision to comply with the FDA directives because our guests' safety is our number one priority, although no illnesses had been reported at Culver's restaurants or with our supplier's product."

The FDA had advised all restaurants, grocery stores and other food service establishments to suspend the sales or offering of red round tomatoes, Roma tomatoes and red plum tomatoes until they could clear the growing regions where each establishment received their product.

Culver's continues to take pride in serving its guests delicious food served with warm hospitality. For more information, visit www.getculverized.com.

About Culver's

Culver's takes great pride in doing it right for its guests at 380 independently owned and operated restaurants in 17 states. The owner/operator concept has been a cornerstone of growth for Culver's since the first location opened in Sauk City, Wis., on July 18, 1984. Culver's invests deeply in partnerships and programs, including its VIP scholarship program, Culver's Cares™ charitable program and countless other franchise-driven local efforts. Culver's is the recipient of numerous recognitions, including the #1 burger chain in the country as voted by Restaurants & Institutions TM 2007 consumer choice in chains survey. For more information on Culver's locations, franchise opportunities, promotional programs, menu selections and other areas of interest, visit www.getculverized.com.

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All other trademarks belong to Culver Franchising System, Inc.

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