Sustainability Practices

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Sometimes, we believe in just saying no. No artificial trans fats. No MSG.
No GMOs in our produce (except zucchini, and we’re working on that).

Fresh vegetables next to a gourmet burger from Red Robin.
High Quality Ingredients

Our standards for food quality and safety are among the highest in the restaurant industry. We handle and prepare all ingredients using strict safety and sanitation measurements, and we check our suppliers regularly to make sure they are meeting or exceeding them.

Beef: Fresh, never frozen, all-natural, domestic, USDA-inspected 100% beef — free of preservatives, artificial and added ingredients.

Poultry: No hormones. No steroids. 100% of our chicken comes from family-owned farms.

Pork: Humanely and domestically raised pork. All specialty bacons are made in house.

Fresh Produce: All salad greens are harvested from GMO-free family farms, and hand-selected upon delivery.

Dressings/Sauces: Most are freshly prepared in-house without artificial preservatives.

Soups: All made in house.

Steak Fries: Made from the highest-quality premium domestic potatoes, family-farmed and grown in especially rich soil.

Tortilla Chips: House made, freshly prepared to order, all-natural sea salt.

Guacamole: Made from Hass avocados, freshly squeezed lime juice and all-natural sea salt. No added preservatives.

Cod: Premium, ocean-caught, hand-cut and hand-battered in our restaurants, made to order.

Milk: All from local dairies.

Large windmill on a farm.
Sustainable Farming

Here are ways that some of our growers help maintain the sustainability and integrity of our supply chain:

Reduction in Carbon Emissions - Focusing on the use of fuel efficient truck fleets, upgrading farm equipment with the latest emission control technologies, and replacing diesel irrigation pups with electric units.

Recycling and Resource Replenishment - Using recycled, recyclable and reusable materials for produce packaging and shipping, as well as sourcing packaging from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified suppliers.

Integrated Pest Management - Using a variety of methods, including the use of beneficial insects to control pests, to minimize the use of pesticides.

Soil Treatment Programs - Maintaining rich, healthy soils through the use of compost and various other soil enhancements.

Water Management - Maximizing efficiency of water use and reuse, and reducing wastewater and runoff.

Environmental Stewardship - Harmonizing the demands for food safety with the desire to maintain the viability and health of natural habitats.

Happy cows grazing in an open field.
Animal Welfare

Raising farm animals humanely is the right thing to do and Red Robin is committed to making sure our suppliers meet or exceed the highest industry standards for humane farming. Red Robin began adding cage-free eggs to our supply chain for company-owned restaurants in 2009 and we continue to support supplier and food industry initiatives that promote the humane treatment of farm animals and expand the availability of humanely raised food for our guests.
 
As part of our animal welfare standards, Red Robin is committed to working with our suppliers and others in the food industry to, by 2024, align with broiler chicken welfare standards established by the Global Animal Partnership (GAP). These GAP standards include a transition to breeds that have improved welfare outcomes, reduction in maximum stocking density to provide more space for birds per GAP standards, improvements in growing environment for birds -- including litter, lighting and enrichment -- and processing that uses a humane, multi-step controlled-atmosphere system.
 
In addition the poultry provided by our suppliers is free from added hormones or steroids and our suppliers do not use antibiotics to promote farm animal growth.
 
We require our suppliers to participate in third-party audits to ensure the humane treatment of all animals in Red Robin's supply chain, as well as compliance with our animal welfare standards.