Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor has spoken at the company’s Q2 earnings call in response to the possibility of offering plantbased meat alternatives to the Wendy’s menu. “Our culinary team continues to look at various options,” said Penegor, adding that it “is probably something we need to look at, and will look at, into the future.”
The CEO mentioned the now discontinued vegan beanburger which did not perform as well as expected, saying that the sales were too location-specific and lacking in consistency. This was Wendy’s only vegan meal choice in its history thus far and was only available for two years before being discontinued in 2017.
In response to this he hinted that a future vegan alternative would have to be something interesting and more unique to the chain, that the company is “taking a hard look at what the options would be for us at the restaurant,” and that he wants to “do it the Wendy’s way. Something that is unique to Wendy’s.”