The Darden family of restaurants features some of the most recognizable and successful brands in full-service dining: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, and Yard House. Since opening the first Red Lobster in 1968, Darden has grown to become the world’s largest full-service restaurant company. Through subsidiaries, it owns and operates more than 2,000 restaurants, employ 185,000 people and serve more than 400 million meals a year.
People and Planet are familiar terms for many companies. As it has increased the understanding of sustainability at Darden, it has come to see that there are a host of sustainability challenges – and opportunities – ingrained into what Darden put on the Plate. This includes its long-time focus on food safety, seafood stewardship and animal welfare. It also includes its heightened attention to the nutritional content of the meals, as well as the early steps the firm is taking to better understand the environmental “footprint” of the foods Darden serves.