"We're on a path to create what we believe is a truly great company; a vibrant organization that consistently produces competitively strong financial results and is a special place to work for employees. Our vision is to be a company that positively affects meaningfully more guests, employees, communities and business partners – a company that matters even more than we do today."
Clarence Otis Jr.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Since opening our first Red Lobster restaurant in Lakeland, Fla., in 1968, Darden has grown to become the world’s largest full-service restaurant company. Today, 185,000 people are working together to make Darden a global leader in hospitality. Through subsidiaries, we own and operate over 2,000 restaurants and serve more than 400 million meals a year that create many lasting memories for our guests.
That last number reveals something telling about how we do business. In serving that many meals, we’ve come to know our guests extremely well. From them, we’ve realized what it takes to create an environment of natural hospitality and to build enduring brands. It’s why we’re able to make our guests feel so welcome, special and at ease.
Along the way, we’ve come to understand the restaurant business as well as anyone – if not better. We recognize that scale enables continued growth. Our scale allows us to have the best systems in the industry. We use them not simply to automate our restaurants for greater consistency, accuracy and efficiency, but to give our people time to make the human touch an even larger part of dining with us.
At Darden, strong values are just as important as business acumen and operational skills, and we have a solid track record of doing what’s right. Our employees give us 185,000 reasons to create a great place to work and to teach enduring life-skills. For our employees, doing what’s right means building talent and providing them opportunities to achieve their personal and professional dreams. It’s having the opportunity to do meaningful work at the highest level of quality. And outside the walls of our restaurants, it means serving our communities and doing our part to sustain the earth’s natural resources. Because at Darden, what you do matters.
Across every one of our unique brands and in every role, we’re creating a company that matters. We have ambitious plans and we’re confident that even better days lie ahead for Darden, not only as an industry leader but as a leader in business overall.