Wendy’s opens new restaurant in Guatemala City, Guatemala its 500th international location

DUBLIN, Ohio, 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) announced the grand opening of its 500th international restaurant location in Guatemala City, Guatemala by franchise organization Alimentos Corporativos Coralsa.

Alimentos Corporativos Coralsa joined the Wendy’s® system in 2015 and currently operates a total of 13 restaurants in Guatemala, employing more than 400 Wendy’s team members.

“In the past year we’ve grown our international portfolio by more than 60 net new restaurants,” said Todd Penegor, President and CEO of The Wendy’s Company. “This is a great achievement that we attribute to the strength of our brand and partnerships with exceptional and dedicated franchisees who are committed to developing Wendy’s abroad.”

The opening of the 500th international restaurant in Guatemala in late December follows recent openings of new international Wendy’s locations in Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia, to name a few.

“We have an outstanding group of international franchise partners who play an essential role in the growth and success of our brand, and we are dedicated to helping them build strong, profitable restaurant businesses,” said Bob Wright, EVP, Chief Operations Officer & International of The Wendy’s Company. “At Wendy’s, our goal is to Delight Every Customer in every restaurant around the world. It’s this shared commitment that has resulted in the successful growth of our international business.”

About The Wendy’s Company
The Wendy’s Company is the world’s third-largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy’s system includes approximately 6,500 franchise and Company-operated restaurants in the United States and 30 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

Note: International restaurants within the Wendy’s system are those located outside the U.S. and Canada, and include restaurants in the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

SOURCE The Wendy’s Company

Heidi Schauer, Director, Corporate Communications, heidi.schauer@wendys.com, Tel: 614.764.3368

Wendy’s High School Heisman® Scholarship recipients announced

Wendy’s High School Heisman® Scholarship recipients announced


NEW YORK, 2017-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The most prestigious award in high school athletics has named Soleil Gaylord, a Mountain Runner from Colorado, and Jackson Destine, a Wrestler from Florida, as National Winners of Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Scholarship. Chosen from high school seniors at more than 30,000 schools around the country, Soleil and Jackson will take home a $10,000 college scholarship.

“The outstanding commitment, perseverance and compassion Soleil and Jackson possess is remarkable,” said Todd Penegor, President and CEO of The Wendy’s Company. “We’re honored to welcome these two students into the Wendy’s family and are so proud of all their achievements.”

Female Winner
Soleil Gaylord, Telluride High School
Telluride, CO

Surmounting any obstacle, she faces is a way of life for Soleil Gaylord. At 6’1″, her height presents challenges when it comes to running, but she has made “Tall Is Strong” her mantra. Soleil has won five state track and field titles, two state cross country titles, competed in the World Mountain Running Championships three times, became a World Champion snowshoe runner, and was named a Colorado Sportswoman of the year. She has also overcome selective mutism, and today she speaks out loud and clear in many capacities. Soleil is Student Body President, an Ambassador for American Trail Running, hosts her own radio show and regularly presents to her town government about a native species garden that she designed and maintains for the community.

Male Winner
Jackson Destine, Atlantic High School
Delray Beach, FL

Jackson Destine is proof that life’s circumstances do not define a person; grit and determination do. Despite a challenging upbringing, Jackson finds ways to pursue a bright future. When a lack of discretionary income threatened his ability to keep playing sports, Jackson started his own candy business to raise money for the athletic fees. He has set fifteen school records in three sports while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and working twenty hours a week to help his grandmother with bills. Jackson also composes original raps with a powerful message: All teens have choices, even if they are growing up in tough environments. He wrote his school’s official song and a song for Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Math Nation program, and he has performed both in front of the school board and local media.

Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have honored more than 650,000 of the nation’s most esteemed student-athletes since the two partnered in 1994. Year after year, they celebrate those students who exemplify the common set of values they share, wherein going above and beyond is the norm. Wendy’s Heisman aims to profile the stories of these outstanding students as a way to inspire the tomorrow’s senior class. Overall, one hundred students will receive a total of $150,000 in scholarships, with National Finalist each receiving $5,000 and the National Winners receiving $10,000.

The other eight Wendy’s High School Heisman National Finalists are:

Name Gender High School City State
Audrey Ernst Female St. Charles North High School St. Charles Illinois
Karsten Householder Male Chaparral High School Scottsdale Arizona
Wells Johnstone Female Madison Academic Magnet High School Jackson Tennessee
Ian McGrory Male Queen Anne’s County High School Centreville Maryland
Natalie MacEwan Female El Camino Real Charter High School Woodland Hills California
Brendan Siefker Male Ottoville High School Ottoville Ohio
Laura Murphy Female East Greenwich High School East Greenwich Rhode Island
Brandon Staple Male Longmont High School Longmont Colorado

For more information about the 2017 Wendy’s High School Heisman and the National Winners and National Finalist, as well as to view photos, please visit www.WendysHeisman.com.

About Wendy’s High School Heisman

Wendy’s High School Heisman was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994.  Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history.  While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would follow in his footsteps and expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.

Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and received his General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy’s High School Heisman program.

Twenty-three years later, Wendy’s High School Heisman has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy’s values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.

Wendy’s High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®.

About Wendy’s

The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world’s third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy’s system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 30 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

The Wendy’s name and design and the Wendy’s High School Heisman and design are trademarks of Quality Is Our Recipe, LLC.  The Heisman Memorial Trophy, Heisman name and Heisman Trophy figure are registered trademarks of the Heisman Trophy Trust, used with permission.

Bry Roth

SOURCE: The Wendy’s Company


Wendy’s Chief People Officer Scott Weisberg to leave the Company; Coley O’Brien to succeed

Scott Weisberg Expected to be Succeeded by Coley O’Brien After Effective Transition of Duties

DUBLIN, Ohio, 2017-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) announced today (Oct. 6, 2017) that Chief People Officer Scott Weisberg intends to leave the Company once he completes an effective transition process over the next several months. After a successful tenure with Wendy’s® that started in 2012, Weisberg is expected to transition his responsibilities in the first quarter of 2018 to Coley O’Brien, currently Vice President of Human Resources. Subject to final Board approval, O’Brien is expected to succeed Weisberg in the Chief People Officer role and join the senior leadership team reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Penegor. O’Brien joined the Company in 2007 as National Director of Operations Training, and has been successively promoted through Operations and Human Resources leadership roles over the past 10 years.

“Scott Weisberg has been an architect of the growth and success of our organization over the last five years,” said Penegor. “He was one of the first people hired by former CEO Emil Brolick as the Company embarked on the brand transformation that has resulted in multiple years of same restaurant sales growth, a highly relevant consumer-facing brand, and an employee and franchise community that is stronger and more engaged than ever. We are grateful for Scott’s many contributions to that success, particularly the development of more sophisticated people capabilities and processes that have been critical to our growth.”

“At the same time, I am highly confident in our succession plans and will be pleased to welcome Coley O’Brien to my leadership team next year. Coley has played an integral role in key initiatives such as System Optimization with the successful transfer of talent and organizational capability as the Company refranchised the majority of its restaurants. His leadership of our field operations training organization has transformed and modernized our learning systems, delivering customized programs for the 250,000 Wendy’s crew members, managers and multi-unit operators who bring the Wendy’s vision to life every day for customers in more than 6,500 restaurants.”

The Company expects that Weisberg will remain with the Company through March of 2018. Pending final Board approval, the Company expects that O’Brien will assume the Chief People Officer duties in early 2018, ensuring a smooth transition of responsibilities through the year-end 2017 reporting period.

About The Wendy’s Company 
The Wendy’s Company is the world’s third-largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy’s system includes approximately 6,500 franchise and Company-operated restaurants in the United States and 30 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

Investor Contact:
Peter Koumas
Director – Investor Relations
(614) 764-8478

Media Contact:
Heidi Schauer
Director – Corporate Communications
(614) 764-3368

SOURCE: The Wendy’s Company

Additional U.S. and Canada Suppliers Included in Expanded Supplier Code of Conduct of The Wendy’s Company

Code Expanded to Additional Suppliers in the United States and Canada, and Highlights Social Responsibility Requirements for Conducting Business within the Wendy’s Family

DUBLIN, Ohio, 2017-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Wendy’s Company today (March 1, 2017 ) announced the expansion of its Supplier Code of Conduct which now includes all U.S. and Canadian contracts managed by Quality Supply Chain Cooperative (QSCC) and suppliers that provide a significant stream of goods or services to The Wendy’s Company on an annual basis. The Code also includes new requirements for certain suppliers of whole, fresh produce, and identifies future aspirations to encourage continuous improvement in a meaningful way.

“Since its founding in 1969 by Dave Thomas, Wendy’s® has operated under a core set of values and is proud of long-standing, collaborative relationships with some of the food industry’s leading suppliers,” said Todd Penegor, President & CEO of The Wendy’s Company. “We expect all of our suppliers to comply with the law and use best practices in all aspects of their operations, and to conduct business in a way that is consistent with the values of Wendy’s and our franchisees. Further, it’s important to us to reaffirm our past commitments and aspire to even greater accomplishments in the areas of environmental and social responsibility.”

The Code focuses on topics important to the Wendy’s brand and its customers, including:

  • Food Safety and Food Ingredients
  • Farm Animal Health and Well-Being
  • Human Rights and Labor Practices
  • Environmentally Sustainable Business Practices
  • Business Ethics and Integrity

The Company will now add approximately 100 additional suppliers to be covered by the Code, including all U.S. and Canadian contracts managed by QSCC, and suppliers that provide a significant stream of goods or services to The Wendy’s Company on an annual basis.

The Code will also require third party reviews related to the human rights and labor practices of certain produce suppliers. The decision to add third party reviews was due in part to the nature of agricultural work, its workforce, and an evaluation of various risk factors.

The Code’s provisions apply to all suppliers. However certain sections may be inapplicable to certain suppliers. For example, Food Safety and Food Ingredients is relevant only to those suppliers that provide food, paper or packaging services to Wendy’s, and Farm Animal Health and Well-Being is relevant only to meat and protein suppliers that are included within the scope of the Wendy’s animal welfare program.

“At Wendy’s, we are committed to setting clear goals in the areas of social responsibility and communicating our progress against these goals,” said Liliana Esposito, Chief Communications Officer for The Wendy’s Company. “We will continue to promote and encourage our suppliers and partners to employ responsible business practices and work to bring greater transparency so that consumers can continue to trust Wendy’s and the values upon which this company was built.”

Wendy’s has been a leader and innovator in the quick-service restaurant industry across the corporate social responsibility spectrum. In the past few years the Company has reported progress on the following items:

  • RAISES THE BAR ON CHICKEN QUALITY. In February 2017, Wendy’s announced a $30 million investment in chicken quality. This includes partnering with its suppliers to use 20 percent smaller birds—surpassing the standards of other restaurant brands. The changes will be implemented across the entire U.S. supply of Wendy’s premium chicken breasts through the second quarter of 2017 and all suppliers are already raising birds to the new specification.
  • STRENGTHENS ANTIBIOTICS POLICY. Building on a multi-year effort to encourage the responsible use of antibiotics in its supply chain, Wendy’s made a commitment to remove antibiotics important to human medicine from its chicken supply by the end of 2017, while remaining committed to the necessary treatment of sick animals. The Company is on target to announce specific additional commitments related to antibiotics for pork and beef in 2017.
  • JOINS THE U.S. ROUNDTABLE FOR SUSTAINABLE BEEF. With a commitment to serve only fresh, never frozen,* 100 percent North American beef, Wendy’s has long partnered with innovators and leaders throughout the beef industry to advance responsible practices in animal production, health and welfare. In December 2016, Wendy’s joined the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef to continue to serve as a thought leader with an active voice in discussions about the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the U.S. beef industry.
  • LAUNCHES THE SQUARE DEAL™ BLOG. In March 2016, Wendy’s created a space dedicated to giving customers The Square Deal – Wendy’s views on food, quality, animal welfare, foster care adoption, and doing their best to make Dave proud. Several posts a month are included on the blog with an opportunity for the public to share feedback and suggest future topics of discussion.
  • FURTHERS PROGRESS ON CAGE-FREE EGG COMMITMENT. In January 2016, Wendy’s announced plans to switch to a 100 percent cage-free housing environment for eggs by 2020 and is currently evaluating other evolving best practices for poultry housing.
  • EMERGES AS ENERGY CONSERVATION CHAMPION. Wendy’s joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge in December 2015, setting a public goal to improve energy efficiency by reducing the amount of energy use per transaction in Company owned and operated restaurants by 20 percent by 2025. By the end of 2015, Wendy’s reduced its energy use by 6 percent against a 2012 baseline. Wendy’s also became the first restaurant company to encourage individual franchisees to join the Better Buildings Challenge. To date, 15 franchisees representing more than 1,000 Wendy’s restaurants are part of the Challenge. The Company also created the Wendy’s Energy Challenge from the DOE’s model to track and celebrate energy conservation of franchisees outside of the U.S.
  • ISSUES INITIAL REPORTING ON PALM OIL USAGE. In August 2015, Wendy’s became a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and in 2016 reported its domestic Palm Oil use to the RSPO and the World Wildlife Fund. The Company has set a goal to use only certified sustainable palm oil in its North American food products by 2022. The Company is on track to announce their plan by the end of 2017 for sourcing certified sustainable palm oil in international operations.

Wendy’s Supplier Code of Conduct is accessible under the Responsibility tab in Supply Chain Practices section of its website.

“We recognize the important role that continuous improvement plays in advancing our supply chain,” said Esposito. “The relationship between Wendy’s and our Suppliers is a journey based on mutual trust and transparency, and we strongly support and celebrate the work of our suppliers who find improvements in their policies, practices and processes.”

Wendy’s established its Supplier Code of Conduct in 2015 to aggregate and outline key priorities, and encourage supplier responsibility across critical areas of the supply chain. The Code — developed with input from Wendy’s supplier community and through benchmarking with industry experts and Non-Governmental Organizations — took effect in 2016 and initially applied only to U.S. suppliers of food, paper and packaging. With the recent enhancements outlined earlier, the Code now represents the vast majority of The Wendy’s Company and QSCC managed annual spending. Wendy’s has been committed to reviewing its Code of Conduct regularly and will ask suppliers to reaffirm their acknowledgement of the Code annually.

*Fresh beef available in the contiguous U.S., Canada, and Alaska

About The Wendy’s Company
The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world’s third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy’s system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 30 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

Heidi Schauer
Director – Corporate Communications
(614) 764-3368

Bry Roth
Manager – Brand Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility
(614) 764-3138

SOURCE: The Wendy’s Company