Always Building a Better Burgerville
Orewashigonians, the arrival of December means celebration, reflection and the hope and anticipation of a new year! Before we launch 2022, we want to thank you for supporting us this year. There were so many challenges, and triumphs, yet we made it through together. Before the memories fade, get yourself a Cocoa Peppermint shake and time travel with us through the last year.
1. Localville: A Very Nice Place to Be
The year began with the launch of the Burgerville App + LocalVille rewards program. Let’s hear it for the Big Cheeses out there! And kudos to you Movers and Shakers and Small Frys! We know you love the rewards program and we’re excited to keep it going in the new year.
2. Burgerville = local sourcing = Seedlings
Right down to the source: plant and flower seeds! This year we launched the Seedlings program with the help of the Culinary Breeding Institute at Oregon State University (shout out to director Lane Selman!) We partnered with Empowered Flowers Farm in Canby to grow seeds for the seed packets in our kids’ meals. We love sharing the joys of growing food with children and families and teaching them about what it takes to care for the land.
3. Heat Dome x 2!
In June-July the Pacific Northwest endured an extreme heat wave. Researchers call this a 1000-year event with severe impacts on human, animal and plant life. For local berry farmers the loss will be felt for years to come, as some farmers estimate they had close to 100% crop loss. By having close relationships with our farmers and ranchers, Burgerville is navigating where and how to sustain future demand for ingredients.
4. Local Partnerships
The impacts of COVID on how goods reach the marketplace are being felt world-wide. For Burgerville, doubling down on local partnerships is making a difference. When disruptions hit our supply chain, we engaged local distributor HLC to make sure products we rely on to serve you could reach our restaurants.
5. 250,000 oz of Milkshakes!
Together, all of y’all drank over 3 million milkshakes? Whaaaat?! That’s amazing!
6. Like every industry, restaurants are feeling the pinch in the labor market. To solve this, Burgerville is revamping our hiring process to meet more employees where they are and remove obstacles.
7. Always Building A Better Burger.
This means having local grass-fed, grass-finished beef burgers (over 140,000 pounds!) in all restaurants. More grass fed, grass finished beef means more than just burgers, it is an investment in the regional economy, animal welfare, and soil health!
8. Always Building A Better Community.
Together, we helped raise nearly $20,000 that went directly to community programs and organizations including Operation Warm Heart (low-income energy assistance for Northwest residents), the Oregon Agricultural Trust, and the Washington Farmland Trust. Thank you!
9. Bacon, Bacon, Local Bacon!
After years of formulating, testing, and tasting we welcomed Olympia Provisions into Burgerville. The flavor is off the charts, and even better, we share the goal to have 100% of the hogs come from local farms and ranches!
10. 2021 Local Sourcing Goal Met!
Growing our supply of local grass-fed, grass-finished beef and bringing Olympia Provisions on board means that 80% of our ingredients now come from within 300 miles of Vancouver, Washington. This is up from 75% in 2020.
11. First In the Nation!
By reaching agreement with the Burgerville Workers Union, we’re poised to become the first fast food restaurant company in the US with a union contract.
12. Oregon’s Most Admired Company.
We are honored to be chosen by local CEOs as a 2021 Portland Business Journal’s “Most Admired Companies” award winner in the food and restaurant category. Thank you!