FOOD

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Olive Garden

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 Today, the Olive Garden family of 800+ restaurants is evolving the brand with our customers' favorites in mind. With reinvigorated dishes, a refreshed website, a restructured logo, and remodeling of select restaurants, we aim to make every guest experience feel more like modern Italy.  Keeping with modern-day Italian traditions, we're expanding our menu to provide more choices, variety and better-for-you options. Our food is prepared with fresh ingredients presented simply with a focus on flavor and quality that is uniquely Italian.  We also believe that life is better together and we know everyone is happiest when we're with family. Whether that's family by relation or by choice; traditional, blended or extended; neighbors, coworkers or teams; friends, groups or just "the gang." We love everyone like family. And, at Olive Garden this approach extends beyond our favorite dishes, promoting togetherness in everything we do. 

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McDonald's

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We are committed to using our scale for good: good for people, for our industry, and for the planet. From simplifying ingredients to being nutritionally mindful; from reducing our waste impact to advancing the industry on sustainable and humane sourcing; from being a good employer for millions to giving help to those most in need via RMHC.  McDonald’s is one of the world’s most universal, democratic brands. We welcome customers of every culture, age and background, and we proudly invest in all the people our success rests on – our crew, our suppliers and our community.  

While a global Brand, the vast majority of McDonald’s restaurants – more than 80% worldwide and nearly 90% in the U.S. – are owned and operated by approximately 5,000 independent, small- and mid-sized businessmen and women.

Franchisees often live in the communities they serve and are committed to making a positive impact locally – from providing good food, customer service and job opportunities, to supporting local charities and other ways of giving back.

 

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Kroger

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Food stores are our primary business and account for approximately 94% of total company sales. Our jewelry stores and manufacturing facilities contribute the remainder of total sales.  

  • We operate 2,765 grocery retail stores under a variety of banner names. Our formats include supermarkets, seamless digital shopping options, price-impact warehouse stores, and multi-department stores, which are similar to supercenters, but offer an expanded variety of national brand appeal and general merchandise. State by state facts can be seen here.
  • 263 fine jewelry stores under names like Fred Meyer Jewelers and Littman Jewelers. This is a high-margin business with good cash flow.
  • Kroger is the only major U.S. supermarket company to operate an economical three-tier distribution system.
  • Kroger also operates 38 food production or manufacturing facilities producing high quality private-label products that provide value for customers and enhanced margins for Kroger.
  • Kroger operates 1,532 supermarket fuel centers, which are a natural addition to our one-stop-shopping strategy.
  • Kroger’s 2,270 pharmacies, located in our combination food and drug stores, provide high quality services at everyday low prices.

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Sysco

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Sysco is the world’s global foodservice leader. Our robust international network supports customers in 90 different countries around the world.   The largest segment of our business, our broadline OpCos distributes a full line of food products and a wide variety of non-food products to both independent and chain restaurant customers and other "away-from-home" locations such as healthcare and educational facilities. Locally focused, our broadline OpCos are able to provide the hands-on customer service that sets us apart.  

As One Sysco, we ensure every customer everywhere has constant access to our vast selection of specialty foods and supplies. We meet the needs of customers looking for specialized and differentiated products through five groups of specialty companies:

  • Specialty Produce
  • Specialty Meat and Seafood
  • European Imports
  • Guest Supply
  • Supplies on the Fly

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Whole Foods

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In 1978, twenty-five-year-old college dropout John Mackey and twenty-one-year-old Renee Lawson (Hardy), borrowed $45,000 from family and friends to open the doors of a small natural foods store called SaferWay in Austin, Texas.   Two years later, John and Renee partnered with Craig Weller and Mark Skiles to merge SaferWay with their Clarksville Natural Grocery, resulting in the opening of the original Whole Foods Market on September 20, 1980. 

Who are we? Well, we seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun we bring to shopping for groceries, and you start to get a sense of what we’re all about.  Whole Foods Market was founded in Austin, Texas, when four local businesspeople decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format. Our founders were John Mackey and Renee Lawson Hardy, owners of Safer Way Natural Foods, and Craig Weller and Mark Skiles, owners of Clarksville Natural Grocery. The original Whole Foods Market opened in 1980 with a staff of only 19 people. It was an immediate success. At the time, there were less than half a dozen natural food supermarkets in the United States. We have grown by leaps and bounds since our first store opened.  

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Costco

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We are a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing our members the best possible prices on quality, brand-name merchandise. With hundreds of locations worldwide, Costco provides a wide selection of merchandise, plus the convenience of specialty departments and exclusive member services, all designed to make your shopping experience a pleasurable one.  The company's first location, opened in 1976 under the Price Club name, was in a converted airplane hangar on Morena Boulevard in San Diego. The company found it could achieve far greater buying power by serving small businesses and a select audience of non-business members. With that, the growth of the warehouse club industry was off and running. In 1983, the first Costco warehouse location opened in Seattle. Costco became the first company to grow from zero to $3 billion in sales in less than six years. When Costco and Price Club merged in 1993 to become PriceCostco, it had 206 locations generating $16 billion in annual sales.
Our operating philosophy has remained simple: Keep costs down and pass the savings on to our members. Our large membership base and tremendous buying power, combined with our never-ending quest for efficiency, result in the lowest possible prices for our members. Since resuming the Costco name in 1997, the company has grown worldwide. During the past fiscal year (ended September 3, 2017), total sales were $126.1 billion. 

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