Darden Restaurants Inc., which buys about $2.5 billion in food each year from 2,000 suppliers in 35 different countries for its seven casual-dining concepts, realizes that with great purchasing power comes great responsibility. The owner and operator of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, The Capital Grille, LongHorn Steakhouse, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s has created a multifaceted sustainability initiative that has resulted in the company using 17 percent less water and 8 ...

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