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Wendy introduces 100 per cent greenhouse grown-lettuce

Wendy’s Canada has announced it will be using 100 per cent greenhouse-grown lettuce on its menu moving forward.
Wendy’s Canada has announced it will be using 100 per cent greenhouse-grown lettuce on its menu moving forward.

Wendy’s is expanding its greenhouse-grown fresh produce portfolio by introducing 100 per cent Canadian greenhouse-grown lettuce in its salads and sandwiches.

Like the greenhouse-grown tomatoes launched in 2018, Wendy’s will be the first national brand in the Canadian quick service restaurant (QSR) industry to serve greenhouse-grown lettuce in all 384 of its restaurants across the country. All lettuce served will be grown in Canadian-sourced peat with zero pesticides.

“The move to greenhouse-grown lettuce is part of our ongoing commitment to offer Canadians the highest quality, best-tasting ingredients,” said Wendy’s Canada senior director of marketing Lisa Deletroz. “We know greenhouse farms grow produce that hits the mark for freshness and delicious flavour every time. What is more, this transition will enable Wendy’s to further support Canadian producers and the Canadian economy, while offering supply predictability and consistency.”

Whole Leaf, the grower of Inspired Leaves, will provide the greenhouse-grown lettuce to all Wendy’s locations in Canada.

Located in Coaldale, Alta., its greenhouse technology allows Whole Leaf to capture and reduce its water consumption by more than 90 per cent compared to field grown lettuce. Whole Leaf also has an on-site process that captures waste heat and CO2 at the same time, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and allowing it to be completely self-sufficient for electricity and heating.

The Wendy’s Canada core salad line-up includes the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad, Grilled Caesar Salad, and Taco Salad. Wendy’s hamburger and chicken sandwiches will also be served with greenhouse-grown lettuce.

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