Wendy’s Canada has announced plans to source 100 per cent of its lettuce for salads and sandwiches from one Canadian greenhouse, Whole Leaf, based at Coaldale, Alta.
“The move to greenhouse-grown lettuce is part of our ongoing commitment to offer Canadians the highest quality, best-tasting ingredients,” says Lisa Deletroz, senior director of marketing for Wendy’s Canada. “We know that greenhouse farms grow produce that hits the mark for freshness and delicious flavour every time. What’s more, this transition will enable Wendy’s to further support Canadian producers and the Canadian economy, while offering supply predictability and consistency,” adds Deletroz.
Whole Leaf is the grower of Inspired Leaves brand lettuce, and will provide fresh lettuce to all 384 Wendy’s locations across Canada. The greenhouse facility in southern Alberta has technology that captures and reduces water consumption by over 90 per cent compared to field-grown lettuce.
The facility also has the capability to capture waste heat and carbon dioxide at the same time, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and allowing it to be completely self-sufficient in terms of electricity and heating.
All lettuce produced by Whole Leaf is grown in Canadian-sourced peat, without the use of pesticides. “We are proud to partner with Wendy’s Canada on its initiative to supply zero-pesticide lettuce,” says Rindi Bristol, senior director of sales with Whole Leaf.