Press Release

Darden Restaurants Selects EtQ Reliance Quality Management Systems

FARMINGDALE, NY (06-05-07): EtQ has announced the implementation of EtQ Reliance at Darden Restaurants, the worlds largest casual dining restaurant company. Darden Restaurant's portfolio consists of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones and Bahama Breeze.

Darden Restaurants selected EtQ Reliance to help manage their quality and compliance efforts across the enterprise. Using EtQ's robust set of integrated modules such as Corrective Action and Preventive Action (CAPA) and Auditing, Darden Restaurants will be able to automate their business process, collaborate within their divisions and their suppliers, and integrate the quality system to their existing production systems. With EtQ Reliance, Darden Restaurants is able to easily configure the system to rapidly implement an enterprise quality management system across the enterprise.

"Using EtQ's robust configuration utilities, Darden Restaurants was able to implement a QMS that matches the corporate look and feel, as well as link quality down the supply chain," say Morgan Palmer Chief Technology Officer of EtQ.

A key factor in Darden Restaurants decision to choose EtQ was the best-in-class integrated modules and enterprise application integration technologies to manage and measure quality processes. Through the use of EtQ Designer, EtQ's graphical administration tool, Darden Restaurants has the ability to create seamless applications that automates their processes, integrates with existing business systems and allows them to collaborate across the enterprise.

About Darden Restaurants

Darden Restaurants, Inc. is the world's largest casual dining restaurant company (based on market share, sales and number of company-owned and operated restaurants). We operate nearly 1,400 Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Smokey Bones Barbeque & Grill and Seasons 52 restaurants in North America, employing more than 150,000 people who serve 300 million meals annually. All of our restaurants are company-owned and Darden offers no franchise opportunities domestically.

About EtQ

EtQ is the leading Quality, EHS, Operational Risk and Compliance management software provider for identifying, mitigating and preventing high-risk events through integration, automation and collaboration. At the core of EtQ’s framework is a compliance management platform that enables organizations to implement best-in-class compliance processes configured to meet their existing processes, create new compliance processes and automate and control their compliance ecosystem. EtQ’s product lineup includes Reliance™ for enterprise organizations and Verse Solutions™ for mid-sized businesses. EtQ was founded in 1992 and has main offices located in the U.S. and Europe. To learn more about EtQ and its various product offerings, visit www.etq.com or blog.etq.com.

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