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Olive Garden Boldly Defends Breadstick Policy

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Olive Garden's parent company Darden has bravely come to the defense of the quasi-Italian chain's breadstick policy. Last week, investors/killjoys Starboard Value proclaimed in a 300-page treatise that Olive Garden was handing out too many breadsticks, amongst a slew of other complaints. Apparently company policy dictates that servers are only supposed to only bring "one breadstick per customer at a time, plus an extra for the table." However, they often bring out more than that which apparently leads to waste.

According to the Associated Press, Darden has fired back in a 24-page slideshow that its current breadstick policy conveys "Italian generosity," adding that "Olive Garden's salad and breadsticks have been an icon of brand equity since 1982." So, go a head and carbo-gorge, your breadsticks are safe for now.

· Oive Garden Defends Breadsticks [AP]
· All Olive Garden Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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