MIAMI (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Burger King Corp. (NYSE:BKC) was awarded the 2010 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award in the "Restaurant Chain" category by Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas Co.). The award recognized BKC as an industry leader for its innovation and commitment to develop energy-efficient kitchen equipment. BKC's revolutionary Duke Flexible Batch Broiler not only reduces energy costs but also supports the BK Positive Steps(R) corporate responsibility program.
"BKC is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work through our BK Positive Steps(R) corporate responsibility program," said John Reckert, senior vice president, global operations research and development for BKC. "Our new revolutionary broiler not only reduces operational and energy costs but it expands cooking flexibility and facilitates a broader menu selection for our restaurants."
Across Southern California 80 BURGER KING(R) restaurants installed energy-efficient Duke Flexible Batch Broilers which amounted to an estimated savings of $41,300 per year in natural gas costs. Additionally, gas consumption and related costs have been reduced by 52 percent compared to previous broilers, while the consumption and cost of electricity has been reduced by 90 percent. All BURGER KING(R) restaurants in North America have installed a new broiler and the broiler's rollout to international markets is expected to be completed over the course of 2012.
The BURGER KING(R) system operates more than 12,100 restaurants in all 50 states and in 74 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. Approximately 90 percent of BURGER KING(R) restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. In 2008, Fortune magazine ranked BKC among America's 1,000 largest corporations and in 2010, Standard & Poor's included shares of Burger King Holdings, Inc. in the S&P MidCap 400 index. BKC was recently recognized by Interbrand on its top 100 "Best Global Brands" list and Ad Week has named it one of the top three industry-changing advertisers within the last three decades.
Through its BK Positive Steps(R) corporate responsibility program, the BURGER KING(R) system is committed to being a socially responsible brand in all areas of its business - food, people, the environment and corporate governance. To learn more about the BK Positive Steps(R) corporate responsibility program and view the complete fiscal 2009 report.
Southern California Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.5 million consumers through 5.7 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. The gas company is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE). Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company.
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SOURCE: Burger King Corporation