The Square Deal

The Square Deal

Ever wonder why a Wendy’s® hamburger is square? Our founder Dave Thomas started Wendy’s in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio with a simple idea. Great food, served hot and fresh, by nice people. And the square thing? That came from his childhood role model, Grandma Minnie, who told him to Never Cut Corners. Dave didn’t have the easiest childhood. He was adopted as a baby and then his adoptive mother died when he was very young. His father remarried three times and often struggled to find a job so the family moved around frequently. Dave found solace and community in restaurants – he recalled being eight years old when he first dreamed of starting a restaurant where “everyone would love my food.” Today, we remain committed to his ideals like Quality is our Recipe® (and we still don’t cut corners), and Do the Right Thing. With his childhood as our example, our signature cause is foster care adoption and finding homes for the hundreds of thousands of children who are waiting in foster care to find their forever families. Interested in hearing more? We’ll use this space to give you The Square Deal™ – our views on food, quality, culture, children’s issues and doing our best to make Dave proud.

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How Do We Feel About Antibiotics? For People And Animals…It’s Complicated
There’s a lot of talk today about antibiotic use in human and animal medicine – and for good reason. Antibiotics are one of the most effective classes of drugs for treating infections in people and animals, and countless lives have been saved by antibiotic progress. However, over the last several years the public health community has raised an alarm about antibiotic overuse, a problem that can...
Aug 3, 2016 11:35 AM ET
Supporting the Work of Foster Care Adoption Through Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters
Editor's Note: Mary Schell is Senior Vice President of Government and External Relations for The Wendy’s Company.  In her first guest blog for The Square Deal, she writes about her experience at the annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® Recruiter Summit held in Columbus, Ohio last week.  Mary is a strong advocate for foster care adoption as she’s been a board member of the Dave Thomas Foundation...
May 13, 2016 8:50 AM ET
Wendy's and Energy Management
Editor's Note: Please welcome Abigail Pringle to The Square Deal.  Abigail has been a dynamic, driving force of the Wendy’s® business since 2002. As Chief Development Officer serving on the Wendy’s senior leadership team, Abigail is responsible for Design, Construction, Real Estate Planning, Site Selection, Portfolio Management and Franchise Development/Services. She leads the brand’s...
May 4, 2016 11:20 AM ET
A Learning Journey – Wendy’s and Palm Oil
Managing a supply chain for more than 6,500 restaurants globally is no easy task, but it’s a skill we’ve honed as our brand has grown over the last four decades. Some parts of that task are harder than others. And interestingly, sometimes the most challenging links in our supply chain are the smallest. Palm oil is a perfect example, and tackling this important environmental issue has been and...
Apr 26, 2016 10:10 AM ET
Happy National Student-Athlete Day
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Apr 6, 2016 1:15 PM ET