Wendy’s is a leader in the development and execution of quality processes and initiatives that are focused intensely on a safe and wholesome food supply – from our suppliers’ farms to the customer's table.
The quality, performance and innovation of our suppliers have a direct impact on Wendy’s success. To maintain strong supplier relationships, Wendy’s and its franchisees are members of Quality Supply Chain Co-op, Inc. SM . This independent cooperative works with leading suppliers to provide Wendy’s restaurants with products and services that offer quality, consistency and value.
We take a leadership role in influencing positive behaviors from our suppliers. Among the initiatives we have with our suppliers are Quality Assurance visits to their plants to ensure the highest product quality and integrity. Suppliers undergo regular audits by both trained Wendy's Quality Assurance representatives and third-party experts.
In addition, we work with multiple trade associations and partners to support industry-wide efforts to advance food quality and safety standards.
Wendy's Supply Chain - A Commitment to Quality
Since we opened the first Wendy’s in 1969, we have been proud to source most of our food from American farmers and ranchers. It’s a partnership built on mutual respect with an unwavering commitment to quality. This is important, because “Quality is our Recipe.®”
Farming and running restaurants are both hard work. Our restaurants are successful because of our managers and crew members as well as workers on the farm, in the field and everywhere in between. Our goal is to provide our customers with quality and wholesome food, good value and “A Cut Above” experience every visit. With the support of our suppliers, we work to deliver that every day.
Wendy's Animal Welfare Program
At Wendy’s, we take our role as a responsible corporate citizen very seriously, which includes the humane treatment of animals.
Wendy’s does not own, raise, transport or process livestock. However, we believe it is our obligation to ensure that all of our suppliers exceed government regulations by meeting Wendy’s more exacting standards pertaining to the humane treatment of animals.
Wendy's Supplier Code of Conduct: Our Values in Action
Since our founding by Dave Thomas in 1969, we have always been committed to operating under a core set of values which begin and end with Quality. These values extend to the long-standing, collaborative relationships we have with our trusted suppliers. Our Supplier Code of Conduct embraces the best practices of our supply chain and outlines the specific expectations we have of this community.
The Code is centered around five areas that are important to our brand, our customers and our supply chain, including: food safety and food ingredients, farm animal health and well-being, human rights and labor practices, environmentally sustainable business practices and business ethics and integrity. This document is our public pledge that we and our suppliers make to uphold our values and way of doing business. Beyond outlining expectations, we also encourage and applaud continuous improvement by our suppliers in all aspects of our operations, and we look forward to sharing more of their best practices as well.
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