Here’s the Beef: the North American, fresh, never frozen, always square….Beef!

Here’s the Beef: the North American, fresh, never frozen, always square….Beef!

We love all of our products, but none is more important to Wendy’s than our hamburgers. We have a great team dedicated to sourcing the highest quality fresh never frozen North American beef for Wendy’s. We recently took another step in our long-time commitment to sourcing quality beef responsibly by joining the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Their goal is simple – to work together with lots of different stakeholders to sustain responsible beef production for years to come. One of our team members who lives and breathes quality beef every day is also one of our rising stars, Manager of Quality Assurance for Beef, Sarah Wells.  Sarah is one of the most upbeat and optimistic people you’ll ever meet. Fortunately, she loves to travel because we keep her on the road all the time. She’s an expert in meat science and animal care, and she taught at the collegiate level before joining Wendy’s two and a half years ago.

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Wendy’s Believes in Giving Back

Wendy’s Believes in Giving Back

Our founder Dave Thomas believed everyone has an obligation to put back into life more than what they take out.  With that in mind, Wendy’s was founded with the belief that a company should do more than just sell a product or service.  We believe in giving back to our local communities and continuing Dave’s legacy, which is why Give Something Back is one of our brand’s core values.

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The Church Brothers: Two guys who know their way around a field of lettuce

The Church Brothers: Two guys who know their way around a field of lettuce

We know our suppliers are some of the best in the industry.  So we’re never surprised, but we certainly are proud when they get kudos within their industry. Tom and Steve Church, founders of Church Brothers Farms, were recently awarded the Produce Marketers for All Seasons award during this year’s Fresh Summit.

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Celebrating Adoption: "BORN FROM THE HEART"

Celebrating Adoption: "BORN FROM THE HEART"

You ever have one of those moments in life, stuck at a traffic light, or sitting at your desk while listening to horrible elevator music because you're on hold with a service provider and suddenly you have a moment of shame creep in while thinking back on some small decision you regret having made in your life? Like that time when you were 13 and stole a lipstick from a local drug store only to be caught by your momma and forced to return it and face the humiliation of your actions? Or that time you kissed that drunk person in the back of the bar because you were lonely and had no better options, only to sober up the next day and realize you kissed a toad and please don't ever let your family find out because they'll never let you hear the end of it?

Well, now that y'all know I'm a reprobate, this post is NOT about those type of small moments. 

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Celebrating Adoption: "FROM FOSTER SISTER TO FAMILY FINDER"

Celebrating Adoption: "FROM FOSTER SISTER TO FAMILY FINDER"

Growing up, children in foster care were simply children with whom I shared a home. For 13 years my family was involved in the Vermont State Foster Care system. My mom and dad were foster parents to many children who would come into our home when they had nowhere else to go. We helped them with their self-esteem, identity development, grief and loss of their birth family and gave them a sense of belonging. 

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Celebrating Adoption: "THE REAL SUPERHEROS"

Celebrating Adoption: "THE REAL SUPERHEROS"

I have been a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter for more than four years and have come to crave the adrenaline rush of getting a new child on my caseload; to start learning about this child and the excitement of feeling like I may have just found the family for a child (I have been known to run down the hallway of my office a time or two in celebration). I catch myself at times needing to come back to reality. 

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Celebrating Adoption: "NEVER TOO OLD FOR A FAMILY"

Celebrating Adoption: "NEVER TOO OLD FOR A FAMILY"

Personal and professional experiences have taught us that you never outgrow the need for a family. At the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, we know that sentiment is especially true. Adult adoption, where a person is legally adopted after his or her eighteenth birthday, provides young adults aging out of the child welfare system the option to find their forever family long after emancipating from foster care.

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It’s a Big Deal – National Adoption Month

It’s a Big Deal – National Adoption Month

[...] Not only is November the month in which R. David Thomas founded Wendy’s, it’s also National Adoption Month. Are the two connected?  Maybe.  Dave founded Wendy’s on November 15, 1969.  In 1984, President Reagan made a proclamation to recognize November 19 – 25 as National Adoption Week.  President Clinton further expanded it to include the entire month of November in 1995.  Throughout these decades, Dave was instrumental in helping quicken-up the adoption process by cutting-out the red tape with the help of both of these Presidents and Congress. 

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Wendy’s wouldn’t be Wendy’s without franchising

Wendy’s wouldn’t be Wendy’s without franchising

By the end of this year, 95% of Wendy’s U.S. restaurants will be owned by more than 300 franchisees. But what does that mean? Well, it means we’re so much more than just a big Company.  It means we’re a big family. Each franchisee represents a family who wanted to share Dave Thomas’ dream.  The most rewarding part of my 21-year journey with the Wendy’s brand has been the chance to know and admire the families that make up our system.

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How a Frosty Saved My Sons’ Halloween

How a Frosty Saved My Sons’ Halloween

The Square Deal welcomes Wal Ozello, Manager of Culture and Communications. A seventeen-year Wendy's veteran, his deep passion for the brand radiates in everything he does. Wal is responsible for sharing Wendy's history, values and culture. His love of all things Wendy’s, especially Frosty treats, is very much a family affair. In this blog, Wal shares a personal story of how a Frosty helped make trick-or-treating safer for his kids.

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Wendy’s Franchise Convention Recap

Wendy’s Franchise Convention Recap

Each fall, Wendy's hosts a convention-style meeting for all of our U.S. and Canadian franchisees. Every other year we include our global franchise partners as well. These conventions involve lots of planning, a reasonable amount of stress (you try guessing what 1,500 people want to have for dinner), and time away from home and family. But the work is all worth it.

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When the easy answer isn’t the right one…

When the easy answer isn’t the right one…

When you have a job like mine, you get used to seeing your company’s name in the news a lot. Usually it’s good news. Sometimes it’s not. Right now Wendy’s is the target of a campaign led by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an activist group that represents tomato harvesters in the Immokalee region of Florida. Their signature program is called the Fair Food Program and for several years, they have pressured Wendy’s to sign the Fair Food Agreement and join their program.

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In the Wendy’s Kitchen, with Jenna and Eryn

In the Wendy’s Kitchen, with Jenna and Eryn

When Liliana and Bry asked us to write this blog, we found that we shared a similar passion for why we got into “Product Development” (aka creating the items that make it on Wendy’s menu) which is the desire to create healthier food for consumers without sacrificing flavor. Working at Wendy’s is a dream job for both of us as we have the opportunity to create Deliciously Different food with the highest quality ingredients.

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How Winning the Wendy's High School Heisman Changed My Life

How Winning the Wendy's High School Heisman Changed My Life

I've recently been exploring the concept of the power within a single idea, decision or just one moment. This force can be positive or negative, and often so strong that life can change in that instant it takes for a thought to pass through your mind. Perhaps it comes with just getting older: this appreciation for the infinite possibility and change that exists in one finite moment. Coming off of such a once in a lifetime experience as competing in the Olympics, I've also wanted to take the time to reflect back on all those little moments that added up and brought me to where I am today.

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We’re in Great Company with Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

We’re in Great Company with Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

[...] Since 1990, we have offered adoption benefits to employees. And since 2007, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has published an annual ranking of the most adoption-friendly workplaces in the country. In the first year of the list, we actually ranked 21st.  I wasn’t with Wendy’s at the time, but I can only imagine how that news went over. It’s pretty clear that anything less than #1 was not going to cut it for future years at Wendy’s! So since 2008, we’ve proudly topped the list of Most Adoption-Friendly Workplaces based on the benefits we provide to employees who build their families through adoption. [...]

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