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Icing has kept East Coast fishermen from harvesting at their usual levels.

The 100 or so chain executives attending Chicago researcher Technomic’s 2015 Consumer Insights and Planning Program this January learned how the perplexing consumer is evolving under such influences as a tepid economy and rapid-fire technical advances. Some revelations had pens scratching across notepads in a frenzy, including these.

New research shows which brands restaurant-goers favor in five categories.

Technomic has announced the winners of its 2015 Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Awards, which are based on consumer assessments delivered through the research and consulting firm’s ongoing Consumer Brand Metrics study.

Olive Garden is suspending its renovation program, a key part of the brand’s turnaround plan, to gauge the return on investment over a longer timeframe, parent company Darden Restaurants told investors yesterday.

A layer of field management and several key execs are gone, along with such travel privileges as use of corporate planes.

The company issued a very public thanks to Olive Garden fans who have spoken out in defense of the chain and its parent in the struggle with Starboard over matters like salted pasta water and breadstick portion sizes. Some of those allies, Darden says, have tagged themselves on Twitter as #TeamBreadsticks.

Darden Restaurants moves decidedly up market with Seasons 52, a stylish grill and wine bar.

Darden Restaurants moves decidedly upmarket with Seasons 52, a stylish grill and wine bar. Fresh, seasonal ingredients and healthful preparations form the menu, which boasts that no item exceeds 475 calories.

Fresh, local ingredients prepared with an eye toward health and presentation set this full-service concept apart.