David Henkes, a Vice President at Technomic, has been with the firm since 1996. He works with leading suppliers, restaurants, distributors and trade associations to identify growth opportunities in today’s challenging marketplace. He also heads the Beverage Alcohol practice at Technomic. On Twitter, you can follow him @DavidHenkes.

Microcosm of Challenges in Casual Dining

There is a battle going on between Darden Restaurants and one of the private equity companies with an ownership stake in Darden regarding the make‐up of the current board of directors. As part of this battle, the private equity company, Starboard Value LLC, put out a pretty brutal 300-page assessment of the challenges faced by Olive Garden right now. […]