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Darden announces system-wide sustainability goals

BY CSA STAFF

Orlando, Fla. Darden Restaurants announced it has committed to reducing energy and water usage by 15% by the year 2015 in each of its 1,800 restaurants across North America.

The company also announced that it has joined the Sustainability Consortium, an independent organization of diverse global participants working collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability.

“Darden is committed to sustainability,” said Ian Olson, director of sustainability for Darden. “Our business relies on a number of natural resources, and these goals are designed to help us be the best stewards of those resources that we can be. At the same time, our membership in the Sustainability Consortium will allow us to build on our efforts by combining our knowledge and insights with organizations in other fields, effectively multiplying our impact.”

Darden has set goals to reduce per-restaurant energy and water use by 15% by 2015 and, long term, to send zero waste to landfills. To date, the company has implemented water-saving measures estimated to cut usage by 700,000 gallons per year in each of its restaurants; installed energy-efficient lighting in all kitchens; and implemented fixed “Power Up” schedules to help reduce energy consumption.

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Sustaining branded sales with new message

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Procter & Gamble, has expanded its Future Friendly multi-brand initiative to help shoppers save water, waste and energy at home. The initiative is also likely to help the company win display space for featured brands at leading national retailers, especially those looking to demonstrate their own commitment to sustainability by rewarding leadership efforts on the part of trading partners.

P&G now is deploying a full media platform and consumers began seeing Future Friendly-labeled products on store shelves in early April. More than 15,000 retail locations will participate in the initial phase of the initiative.

Ken Clark of Lebhar-Friedman, parent company of RetailingToday.com, spoke with P&G executives Maurice Coffey and Duncan Love during a recent visit to New York City where the initiative was unveiled. Click here to view the video.

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PacSun names new retail SVP

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ANAHEIM, Calif. Paula Lentini has been hired as SVP retail, for Pacific Sunwear of California. In her new role, Lentini will lead all aspects of the company’s PacSun stores including store operations, real estate, construction and loss prevention.

“Paula is a proven field leader with a great track record having most recently transformed 2,000 T-Mobile stores into regaining their number one ranking in JD Power’s Retail Sales Satisfaction,” said Gary Schoenfeld, president and CEO. “With more than 20 years of apparel retail experience, she has a unique blend of customer engagement, merchandising, and organizational development strengths that will be a great addition to our team at PacSun.”

Prior to Pacific Sunwear, Lentini was VP retail sales and operations for T-Mobile USA and was responsible for leading their multi-billion dollar company-owned T-Mobile Stores and 15,000 associates. Prior to joining T-Mobile,she was a zone VP for several hundred stores for 7 years for Gap Inc. and Victoria’s Secret Stores.

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