Interview: Talking to Darden Restaurants on Sustainable Seafood


darden-brandsDarden restaurants is parent company to Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Capital Grille and other up-market chain restaurants. As a result, they serve over 1 million meals a day across North America – that’s a lot of food and a large potential resource footprint. We’ve heard from Brandon Tidwell, Darden’s Manager of Sustainability, from time to time as a guest poster on 3p and I finally had a chance to sit down with him and chat.

Darden has already almost met recent goals to reduce water and energy use by 15 percent by 2015. I talked to Brandon a bit about what comes next. Secondly, we talked a bit about seafood. As one of the world’s largest buyers of seafood, Darden has the opportunity to have tremendous impact on the seafood supply chain.

Hear what Brandon had to say in the video below…

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.