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Wendy’s Used Cooking Oil Fries Up Cleaner Diesel

Wendy’s recently released Corporate Responsibility Report cites its partnership with DAR PRO Solutions, a Darling Ingredients brand, behind the ability to produce 2.8 million gallons of cleaner-burning renewable diesel from 24 million pounds of used cooking oil. This renewable diesel reduces up to 85 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions than traditional petroleum diesel.

DAR PRO Solutions partners with Wendy’s to safely store and collect used cooking oil from the company-operated and franchised restaurants in the United States and Canada. This co-product of Wendy’s french fry and chicken nugget production is processed by a DAR PRO Solutions operation.

It then gets transported to Darling’s Diamond Green Diesel plant in Norco, LA where it is converted into cleaner-burning renewable diesel. This biofuel is usable as a drop-in blend for the transportation sector, adding to Wendy’s and Darling’s mission to convert food production co-product into valuable products.


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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.