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Joe Carbonara

Next-Level Leadership

Given that it's December, it's only natural to want to look ahead to the coming year (or even years) to get an idea of what our businesses might look like in the future. Only, that can be a fool's errand.


Juan Martinez

Redefining Service in an Evolving Industry

What is service? How is service evolving? Where is service going? These are important questions that foodservice operators across all industry segments need to ask to thrive in today’s market.


Jerry Stiegler

The Impact of Consumer Preferences on Foodservice Operations, Concepts to Change Formats and Prototypes

Mintel looks at four key trends that will shape the U.S. foodservice market in 2018. Foodservice operators hired heavily in November. Foodservice traffic finally picks up. Dave & Buster’s will downsize its restaurants. Papa Murphy’s tests delivery. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.


Lee Steps in as Interim CEO for Darden

Shareholders replace entire board.

The Darden Board of Directors named Gene Lee the company’s interim chief executive officer. Lee, who previously served as Darden’s president and chief operating officer, replaces Clarence Otis, who has stepped down from his role as CEO, effective immediately.

The news comes on the heels of Darden’s shareholders voting to replace the company’s entire board of directorswith those individuals nominated by hedge fund Starboard Value LP. The change took place even though Darden reported that Olive Garden comparable store sales were up slightly, gaining 0.8 percent in August and 0.6 percent in September.

Earlier this year,Darden sold its Red Lobsterconcept to Golden Gate Capital. At that time it was announced Otis would resign.

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