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Darden Announces Improvements to Animal Welfare Policy

Darden Restaurants, Inc. today announced an animal welfare policy that encourages higher welfare outcomes for farm animals in its supply chain. As part of the policy, Darden intends to form an external Animal Welfare Advisory Council that the Company will leverage to continually ensure its animal welfare program is based on best available science and industry-wide practices, including developments in outcomes measurement and reporting.

Olive Garden is Changing—But Only Because it Can

Darden flagship Olive Garden hasn’t lacked for consistency. With same-store sales growth of 3.5 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, revealed December 18, the classic 858-unit chain has reeled off 17 consecutive periods of positive gains.

Olive Garden Doesn't Need Delivery to Dominate the Industry

Darden might be the king of simplification, but CEO Gene Lee cautioned against boxing Olive Garden’s sales surge into a single corner. Since the casual leader’s former chief executive, Clarence Otis, announced July 2014 he would step down by year’s end, Darden’s shares have lifted more than 240 percent, which is skyscrapers above the industry standard.

Surging Darden Plans to Add 40–50 Restaurants in 2019

Darden’s strong close to fiscal 2018 soared its stock more than 15 percent Thursday to $107.06, its highest point since March 2009. Don’t expect that momentum to slow anytime soon. In fact, Darden said during a June 21 conference call that it plans to open 45–50 new restaurants in 2019—a pretty rare growth boom in today’s casual-dining arena.

Darden to Scale Back Olive Garden Promotions, Including Buy One, Take One Deal

Darden’s total sales lifted 13.3 percent to $2.13 billion in the third quarter, offering another positive chapter in what’s been a robust fiscal 2018 to date. But the report also arrived with Olive Garden news that will dismay some customers, and could have an adverse traffic effect in Q4 for the company, at least in the short term.

3 Reasons Darden is Crushing the Competition

Darden Brands reported its Q4 2017 earnings Tuesday and, yet again, the company’s premier restaurants are outperforming the casual dining segment.Olive Garden posted a 4.4 percent same-store sales increase—its 11th consecutive quarter of growth—while LongHorn Steakhouse reported its 17th consecutive quarter of same-stores sales growth and an increase of 3.

Olive Garden's 'Never-Ending' Promotion Takes the Next Step

Olive Garden is introducing the next phase in “never ending” with its new Never Ending Classics promotion. Available in restaurants now, the new limited-time offer gives guests unlimited servings of their most loved Olive Garden menu items, starting at $11.

Olive Garden Adds Chicken Alfredo to Never Ending Pasta Bowl

Olive Garden's most popular promotion—Never Ending Pasta Bowl—returns with the first-time addition of the restaurant's best-selling entrée, Chicken Alfredo. From now until November 20, the promotion will offer pasta lovers unlimited servings of their favorite pasta combinations, homemade soup or salad and freshly baked breadsticks, starting at just $9.

Olive Garden Facing Investor Pressure to Eliminate Antibiotics

Darden Restaurants, the nation’s largest restaurant company and owner of Olive Garden, is facing pressure from investors Thursday at its annual shareholder meeting to eliminate the routine use of antibiotics in its supply chain, a practice that can fuel the spread of drug resistant bacteria.

Olive Garden's Pasta Passes Sell Out in 1 Second

Olive Garden’s 21,000 Pasta Passes went on sale Thursday afternoon and sold out in one second.This is the third year in a row Olive Garden has sold Never Ending Pasta Passes for its fan-favorite Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion.

Olive Garden to Sell 21,000 Never Ending Pasta Passes

More pasta lovers than ever before have the chance to snag a coveted Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass on September 15. To celebrate the 21st anniversary of its fan-favorite promotion—Never Ending Pasta Bowl—Olive Garden is selling up to 21,000 passes for one hour this year.

The Harris Poll Names Olive Garden Top Italian Dining Restaurant

Subway is the 2016 Sandwich Shop Brand of the Year, securing the title for the sixth consecutive year, according to The Harris Poll 2016 EquiTrend Study. The 28th annual study reveals the strongest brands in nearly 100 categories across the media, travel, financial, automotive, entertainment, retail, restaurants, and household industries, based on consumer response.