Our kitchens’ ovens and fryers are put to good use daily, so we use the best ingredients from responsible sources
Globally, Wendy’s is not a large user of palm oil, but we recognize the importance of the issue and are committed to using responsible and sustainable sources for the palm oil we do use. In the U.S. and Canada, palm oil is an ingredient in a few products like cookies and oatmeal bars. In some other countries in Latin America and Asia, restaurants use palm oil as a cooking oil and as an ingredient in certain products.
Wendy’s joined the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2015 and report our progress annually through the RSPO’s Annual Communication of Progress. We also share our progress through the World Wildlife Fund Buyers Scorecard.
The palm oil sourced for Wendy’s U.S. and Canadian restaurants, as well as certain international markets like New Zealand, Indonesia and the Philippines, contributes to the production of sustainable palm oil. Wendy’s encourages physical segregation in our supply chain where possible (Mass Balance) and we purchase RSPO credits to offset our impact.
Wendy’s distribution and operations systems are already low in food waste, but we always strive to do better. As part of that effort, our Company-operated and franchised restaurants in the U.S. work with DAR PRO to convert used cooking oil to renewable diesel fuel. Renewable diesel is a clean, efficient low carbon fuel that emits up to 85% less greenhouse gas compared to petroleum diesel.
- In 2020, Wendy’s in the U.S. converted more than 24 million pounds of used cooking oil into 2.8 million gallons of renewable diesel—that amount of fuel is equivalent to 128 trips to the moon and back.
- In 2020, Wendy’s Canada converted a little more than 2 million pounds of used cooking oil into renewable diesel.