WAWA, Pa. – Joining other recent efforts by convenience retailers to enact quality and humane standards for chicken, Wawa has introduced antibiotic-free chicken to foodservice programs in all of its convenience stores. This change is part of Wawa’s food-quality commitment for the year, which includes a pledge of continuous improvement and an ongoing review of all products, ingredients and supplier partnerships.
The addition of poultry raised without antibiotics will impact more than 23 items, including Wawa’s Express Case salads containing chicken or turkey, poultry-based ingredients used to make hoagies and sandwiches, and its Sizzli Breakfast Sandwiches containing turkey. The transition of all items containing poultry has been completed, with the exception of soups, which will be fully converted in 2018.
“We are excited to announce this first step in our promise to deliver enhanced quality products to customers across the Wawa chain,” said Mike Sherlock, Wawa’s chief fresh-food and beverage officer. “At Wawa, we are always looking for ways to provide continuous improvement for our customers, rooted in the spirit of our core values, mainly do things right and do the right thing for our customers, communities and our planet. Upgrading our products to ‘Poultry Raised Without Antibiotics’ is just one part of this larger picture commitment. We look forward to announcing additional food quality enhancements throughout the year.”
With the introduction of this new classification, a special stamp has been applied to the Wawa ordering screen to highlight the transition to “Poultry Raised Without Antibiotics.”
Wawa has established an ongoing commitment to improving food and product quality with a fully integrated program aimed at vendors and suppliers. To implement the program, Wawa’s independent advisory council includes experts in food and animal safety, food technology and health and wellness. Wawa’s food-safety program includes a focus on animal welfare that the company says requires suppliers to meet key standards of ethical and responsible food sourcing.
Wawa, based in Wawa, Pa., has more than 750 c-stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida.