22 May These Food Companies are Struggling, but Still Taking Care of You
The travel and hospitality industries have been crushed by the economic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health concerns stopped people from taking planes and staying in hotels, and government mandates closed hundreds of thousands of restaurants and bars. Businesses large and small have been affected, which is why 2ndVote is showcasing success stories which are a light in the darkness.
A small business we recently discovered is Ace Endico. A wholesale food provision company, it lost 40 percent of its business weeks after the pandemic began and laid off 50 percent of its staff. However, tough times breed creativity, and Ace Endico was able to turn a wholesale food business model into direct-to-consumer food provisions through partnerships with Fresh Direct and Pea Pod. Their main store now has lines of customers. Revenue losses have been partially mitigated, and many of their staff have been rehired.
A set of different challenges has been faced by Wendy’s (3.00 – Neutral). Earlier this month, it was reported that 20 percent of Wendy’s restaurants were out of beef because of the chain’s reliance on fresh food instead of stored meat.
Wendy’s should be applauded for sticking to its customer-focused, fresh meat policy even during difficult times. 2ndVote Americans should also thank the company’s leaders for being neutral and for putting others first during the COVID-19 pandemic. In late April, the company offered free food to drive-thru consumers with no purchase required. It also gave pay increases to hourly staff and assistant managers, performance bonuses to managers during March, and free meals to staff.
Ace and Wendy’s are just two examples of companies that are providing good during tough times – because contrary to the woke Twitter mob, businesses can be a source of social good just by serving customers. Customers should come ahead of social justice – because being fed is more important than social media posts, and being employed does more good for whole families and neighborhoods than astroturf picketing.
This post is part of 2ndVote’s coverage of business charity during the COVID-19 public health, social, and economic crises. We are highlighting companies large and small which are doing their part to help their communities.