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

Without question, raising farm animals humanely is the right thing to do. As part of our animal welfare policy, Red Robin began adding cage-free eggs to our supply chain for company-owned restaurants in 2009. We require our suppliers to comply with industry standards and regulations related to humane treatment of farm animals, and to participate in third-party audits to ensure their compliance.