A lettuce production problem cost Olive Garden owner millions | CNN Business

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High lettuce costs are coming for Olive Garden’s never-ending salad.

Darden Restaurants, which owns the casual dining chain in addition to Longhorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and other restaurant chains, said that a spike in wholesale lettuce prices led to a big hit in the quarter ending November 27.

“It was, call it, $4 million to $5 million impact in the quarter,” Darden CFO Raj Vennam said during a Friday analyst call discussing financial results. “That’s meaningful.”

He pointed to “poor growing conditions and weather-related events” as reasons for the price

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