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Breakout Session / Tuesday / October 15, 2024 / 1:30 PM

From Waste to Wealth: Turning Food Waste into Restaurant Revenue

Food waste is a major cost burden and environmental concern for restaurants, but in this interactive session, industry leaders will share proven strategies for reducing food waste without sacrificing profitability. Attendees will learn about data-driven solutions, creative menu planning, packaging innovation, food rescue partnerships and strategies for educating and motivating staff on food waste reduction practices.


Darden Coors | CEO | Salad Collective
Darden Coors is the Head of Lettuce (CEO) of Salad Collective, LLC, LLC, a Golden, CO-based fast casual restaurant group comprised of three health-conscious brands, MAD Greens, Snappy Salads, and Tokyo Joe’s and a total of 61 locations. Coors joined the company in December 2013 when the Coors family enterprises purchased a majority stake in MAD Greens which had 12 restaurants. She led the concepts’ rapid growth and market expansion, its merger with Snappy Salads in 2019, and its acquisition of Tokyo Joe’s in 2022. In addition, Coors serves in various leadership roles with other family enterprises. Prior to Salad Collective, Coors held a variety of in-house legal counsel positions with public and privately held Coors-family enterprises, including ACX Technologies, Inc., Graphic Packaging International, and CoorsTek, Inc. in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Ottawa, Canada.
Jesse Deshield | Sr. Director of Franchise Operations & Innovations | Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe