Coming up: Darden’s Pat Hynes describes buying strategies

In his debut post, Pat Hynes, Senior Director at Darden Restaurants, explains why you have to put your best foot forward and be thinking way beyond produce as a side dish to become a Darden supplier. He shares what drove the veggie medley off the menu and what’s behind produce’s increasing prominence across Darden’s brands. While you might expect this to be the case at Seasons 52, you might not realize the powerful role fresh fruits and vegetables increasingly play on all of Darden’s menus. 

This means Pat has his sights set on the Produce Expo to find new flavors and produce innovations that will impress customers and keep Darden in lead. You’ll learn details of what it takes to be a Darden supplier and what this buyer expects from exhibitors. It’s a reminder that it’s not all about a big-name buyer; world-class suppliers are equally critical to success. Stay tuned!

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