Real Ingredients

Real Food, High Quality Ingredients

Real Food, High Quality Ingredients

Affordable meals should also include real, high-quality ingredients that are freshly prepared. That’s why our brands are working to remove ingredients from artificial sources from our food menus.

Burger King has been flame grilling since 1954, and continues to make substantial changes to its menu to embrace and promote real food, which will increasingly become part of our core marketing approach for guests. In the US, 90% of the Burger King permanent food menu is now free of colors, flavors, and preservatives from artificial sources, and we are striving to achieve 100% by the end of 2021. We’ve also made similar ingredient changes to the Whopper across more than 10 other countries so far, and over 90% of the permanent food menu in 17 European markets as of January 2021.

We are also working to improve the ingredients in the food we serve to our guests around the world. Burger King has launched the Whopper sandwich without colours, flavours, or preservatives from artificial sources in all Burger King US restaurants and several markets internationally, with plans to expand further globally. The Whopper sandwich is always prepared to order, just for you. Because we care about freshness, every day we slice our tomatoes in-restaurant. Every single day in every restaurant.

At Tim Hortons, we’re committed to brewing fresh coffee every 20 minutes. This year, Tim Hortons Canada introduced freshly cracked eggs across the country as of February 2021. In 2020, we removed artificial colours, flavours, and preservatives from the English Muffin and Biscuit and will extend this across the permanent food menu in 2021.

At Popeyes restaurants around the world, our chicken is marinated for at least twelve hours in bold and flavorful Louisiana seasonings, freshly breaded, then hand-battered and fried with a crispy, shatter crunch texture. Popeyes iconic chicken sandwich is handcrafted using just four simple ingredients: crispy buttermilk chicken marinated in bold Louisiana seasonings, premium mayonnaise, barrel cured pickles and a buttered and toasted brioche bun. At Popeyes, we’re starting by removing colours, flavours, and preservatives from artificial sources from our core chicken menu items in the US by 2022, and have updated our recipes in two other countries.


Ingredient Policies

Going beyond standard regulatory compliance, our brands are in the process of expanding their ingredient and nutrition policies with specific requirements of mandatory compliancy for suppliers of those brands. In addition to these brand specific ingredient and nutrition policies, Restaurant Brands International follows these global requirements:

Partially Hydrogenated Fats

All Burger King, Tim Hortons, and Popeyes products must be free of partially hydrogenated oils. Globally, cooking oil and ingredients must be designated as trans-fat free or containing zero trans-fat, as applicable per local or national legislation.

Additives

As part of our commitment to safe ingredients, our product specifications require that all approved plastic toys and promotional drink wear not contain bisphenol A ("BPAs"), and prohibit the use of perfluorooctanoic acid ("PFOAs") within our approved paper and packaging products.

popeyes chicken meal
Fernando Machado

At RBI we believe that real food tastes better. Real food that is sourced and prepared responsibly is food that guests can feel good about eating. We’re committed to doing the right thing by continuously improving the quality of our ingredients and improving our environment.

Fernando Machado

Chief Marketing Officer, Burger King

Elmis Medina

In recent years our guests’ expectations about ingredients have changed, and as one of the world’s largest and fastest growing food companies we’re in a unique position to respond. We’re committed to helping guests feel good about our food by removing all artificial ingredients from our products.

Elmis Medina

Global Head of Innovation & Sustainability, Burger King