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The Italian chain is known for its pizzas and brick-oven specialties

Consumer Trends

Getting social

Communal tables and shareable small plates may have spawned the social dining trend, but today’s customers want more. Gen Y—aka the Millennials—are leading the charge. And they spend a lot more of their disposable income on dining out than other generations.

Italian heavyweight Olive Garden increased sales by 3%, helping to drive the menu category's 1.9% sales growth, to $8.5 billion.

The Italian chain is apparently looking for a buyer.

The celebrated chef wants to spend more time in the kitchen, cooking up new concepts. So he brought in a professional chain manager.

Tuscan-style Italian fare and brick-oven specialties in a relaxed setting

The company has a potential buyer in a deal valued at $20 million.

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