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Food Quality

At Wendy’s, high-quality food, produced responsibly and delivered transparently, is our promise to every customer. And we prioritize offering choices that suit the wants and needs of our customers while continuing to live up to our food vision, Fast Food Done Right.

Fast Food Done Right

Without specifics, “quality” is just another word that sounds good but has no real meaning. So, we decided to write those specifics down for everyone to see. Wendy's is Fast Food Done Right: your go-to for real, fresh, craveable, forward-leaning food that doesn't cost a fortune. These five pillars guide our menu innovation and the way our team members, restaurant operators and suppliers all show up to work each day.

 

Behind the Scenes

Get an inside look at the way the Wendy’s culinary team, led by John Li, decides what makes the cut when it comes to our menu, and how we continue to innovate and look toward the future of Wendy’s food.

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Our Food Vision Pillars
Wendy's Classic Bacon, Egg & Cheese sandwich
REAL

We make real food for real people – food we’re proud to enjoy with our own family and friends. 

Wendy's crew member slicing fresh tomatoes
FRESH

We start with fresh, high-quality ingredients and prepare them fresh to order.

Wendy's Pretzel Pub sandwich
CRAVEABLE

Our chefs combine familiar flavors with fresh twists to make food that's "gotta-have-it-now" delicious.

Wendy's salad
FORWARD-LEANING

We track and apply food trends at the right time in the right way.

Nuggets dipped in sauce
DOESN’T COST A FORTUNE

We build in value where it matters, so you can count on food you love at a price you feel good about.

Nutrition and Allergens

It’s part of our brand promise to let our customers know exactly what’s in our food and how we bring these menu items to our customers, which is why we make it a priority to be transparent when it comes to listing ingredients, allergens and nutritional information.

Wendy's salad and ingredients

 

Menu & Ingredient Spotlights

Read on for a deeper look at the story behind these quality ingredients only found at Wendy’s:

Wendy's Dave's Double
Fresh Beef
Fresh Beef

Wendy’s is proud to serve fresh, never frozen, North American fed-beef in restaurants in the contiguous U.S., Alaska and Canada. We only source beef with high quality grades, such as Prime or Choice, and we always cook your hamburgers fresh to order. To ensure the beef we supply is raised responsibly, we’ve been working with industry experts, including the Wendy’s Animal Welfare Council, to launch the Wendy’s Animal Care Standards Program.

All White Meat Chicken
All-White-Meat Chicken
All-White-Meat Chicken

We’re not chicken when it comes to quality. In 2017, Wendy’s invested nearly $30 million to begin sourcing chicken from smaller, younger birds. We found that smaller chickens = tastier, more tender and juicy chicken on salads and sandwiches. Through the Wendy’s Animal Care Standards Program, we will continue to drive advancements in animal care.

Signature Lettuce Blend
Signature Lettuce Blend
Signature Lettuce Blend

We were the first quick-service restaurant to offer a salad bar way back in 1979 – and turned that into a full line of salads in 1992. We prepare our salads fresh every day in every restaurant, and we start with our signature blend of lettuce made with romaine and spring mix. 

Vine-Ripened, Greenhouse-Grown Tomatoes
Vine-Ripened, Greenhouse-Grown Tomatoes
Vine-Ripened, Greenhouse-Grown Tomatoes

We hand-slice tomatoes for our sandwiches right in the restaurant, every day. But we want our tomatoes to sing with flavor. That’s why in 2019, Wendy’s North American tomato supply moved to vine-ripened tomatoes from greenhouse farms. Any way you slice them, these tomatoes are a step above.

Applewood Smoked Bacon
Applewood Smoked Bacon
Applewood Smoked Bacon

At Wendy’s, we exclusively serve center cut, Naturally Smoked Applewood bacon, made from fresh pork bellies and cooked daily in our restaurants. We also work closely with the pork industry and our progressive suppliers to ensure responsible sourcing through the Wendy’s Animal Care Standards Program and the requirement that all Wendy’s suppliers receive Pork Quality Assurance® Plus certification or the equivalent.

Fun fact: One of our original bacon suppliers sent representatives to personally deliver the first eight cases of bacon directly to Dave Thomas at a Wendy’s in downtown Columbus. They cooked it with Dave and tested it on a hamburger in 1982. And that was the year the bacon cheeseburger hit our menu.

Seasonal Berries
Seasonal Berries
Seasonal Berries

We work hard to deliver on our commitment to serve fresh ingredients. For our seasonal summer salads, we partnered with farmers years in advance to plant and grow the precise berries we wanted to pack a fresh, flavorful punch. When you’re as dedicated to flavor as we are, failure is not an option. 

Wendy's Breakfast Sandwich
Eggs
Eggs

We only use fresh-cracked, Grade-A eggs on our breakfast sandwiches. None of that folded, frozen stuff. And we require our suppliers to uphold strong animal welfare practices and be third-party certified. We’ll continue to work closely with our suppliers and industry experts as part of our responsible sourcing goal and through the Wendy’s Animal Care Standards Program. 

Chocolate Frosty
Frosty®
Frosty®

One of the five original products on the Wendy’s menu in 1969, the Frosty is a one-of-a-kind sweet treat. Made with real milk and cream, this cool, creamy, dessert is thick enough to use a spoon and perfect when enjoyed on the end of a French fry. Dairy is also included as part of our responsible sourcing goal and through the Wendy’s Animal Care Standards Program.

Wendy's Dave's Double
Fresh Beef
Fresh Beef

Wendy’s is proud to serve fresh, never frozen, North American fed-beef in restaurants in the contiguous U.S., Alaska and Canada. We only source beef with high quality grades, such as Prime or Choice, and we always cook your hamburgers fresh to order. To ensure the beef we supply is raised responsibly, we’ve been working with industry experts, including the Wendy’s Animal Welfare Council, to launch the Wendy’s Animal Care Standards Program.

All White Meat Chicken
All-White-Meat Chicken
All-White-Meat Chicken

We’re not chicken when it comes to quality. In 2017, Wendy’s invested nearly $30 million to begin sourcing chicken from smaller, younger birds. We found that smaller chickens = tastier, more tender and juicy chicken on salads and sandwiches. Through the Wendy’s Animal Care Standards Program, we will continue to drive advancements in animal care.

Signature Lettuce Blend
Signature Lettuce Blend
Signature Lettuce Blend

We were the first quick-service restaurant to offer a salad bar way back in 1979 – and turned that into a full line of salads in 1992. We prepare our salads fresh every day in every restaurant, and we start with our signature blend of lettuce made with romaine and spring mix. 

Vine-Ripened, Greenhouse-Grown Tomatoes
Vine-Ripened, Greenhouse-Grown Tomatoes
Vine-Ripened, Greenhouse-Grown Tomatoes

We hand-slice tomatoes for our sandwiches right in the restaurant, every day. But we want our tomatoes to sing with flavor. That’s why in 2019, Wendy’s North American tomato supply moved to vine-ripened tomatoes from greenhouse farms. Any way you slice them, these tomatoes are a step above.

Applewood Smoked Bacon
Applewood Smoked Bacon
Applewood Smoked Bacon

At Wendy’s, we exclusively serve center cut, Naturally Smoked Applewood bacon, made from fresh pork bellies and cooked daily in our restaurants. We also work closely with the pork industry and our progressive suppliers to ensure responsible sourcing through the Wendy’s Animal Care Standards Program and the requirement that all Wendy’s suppliers receive Pork Quality Assurance® Plus certification or the equivalent.

Fun fact: One of our original bacon suppliers sent representatives to personally deliver the first eight cases of bacon directly to Dave Thomas at a Wendy’s in downtown Columbus. They cooked it with Dave and tested it on a hamburger in 1982. And that was the year the bacon cheeseburger hit our menu.

Seasonal Berries
Seasonal Berries
Seasonal Berries

We work hard to deliver on our commitment to serve fresh ingredients. For our seasonal summer salads, we partnered with farmers years in advance to plant and grow the precise berries we wanted to pack a fresh, flavorful punch. When you’re as dedicated to flavor as we are, failure is not an option. 

Wendy's Breakfast Sandwich
Eggs
Eggs

We only use fresh-cracked, Grade-A eggs on our breakfast sandwiches. None of that folded, frozen stuff. And we require our suppliers to uphold strong animal welfare practices and be third-party certified. We’ll continue to work closely with our suppliers and industry experts as part of our responsible sourcing goal and through the Wendy’s Animal Care Standards Program. 

Chocolate Frosty
Frosty®
Frosty®

One of the five original products on the Wendy’s menu in 1969, the Frosty is a one-of-a-kind sweet treat. Made with real milk and cream, this cool, creamy, dessert is thick enough to use a spoon and perfect when enjoyed on the end of a French fry. Dairy is also included as part of our responsible sourcing goal and through the Wendy’s Animal Care Standards Program.