Darden Restaurants

Darden Restaurants operates a mix of fine dining and casual restaurants across the USA. With more than 1,500 restaurants and over 150,000 employees, Darden is among the largest restaurant companies in the world. Its most well-known restaurants include Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse. The company was founded in 1938 by Bill Darden, who opened his first restaurant in Waycross, Georgia, and previously owned by General Mills until being spun off as Darden Restaurants in 1995.

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Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
USD 8,510,400,000
Major subsidiaries
Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille
Consumer brands

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