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Red Lobster® To Eliminate Plastic Straws By 2020

Orlando, Fla. (October 1, 2018)
 – Red Lobster announced today that it will begin offering plastic straws only upon request* starting in November and will begin to replace plastic straws with an eco-friendly alternative straw by the end of 2020. This commitment is expected to eliminate almost 150 million plastic straws per year from Red Lobster’s more than 700 restaurants and expands the company’s Seafood with Standards practices beyond sourcing traceable, sustainable and responsibly-sourced seafood to include efforts to support healthy oceans.

“We are proud to be the first large casual dining restaurant company to make a commitment to eliminate plastic straws from our restaurants,” said Kim Lopdrup, CEO, Red Lobster. “This is a meaningful step in our long-standing commitment to protect and preserve the world’s oceans and marine life. We hope our work helps raise awareness around the issue of plastic straws and encourages other businesses to make similar changes.”

Help keep our oceans clean

Red Lobster is currently sourcing and testing a variety of eco-friendly alternative straw products. The company plans to engage advocates for people with disabilities to help inform the selection of a new product.

“We have a diverse guest base, so it’s important that we identify a straw product that accounts for that and meets a broad variety of guest needs,” said Lopdrup.

Red Lobster has been committed to sustainability since opening in 1968. Today, as the largest seafood restaurant in the world, Red Lobster remains committed to creating and upholding seafood sourcing standards that ensure availability of seafood for generations. To learn more about Red Lobster’s Seafood with Standards commitments, including details about sourcing and sustainability practices, visit

*Straws only upon request applies to non-alcoholic beverages, including fountain beverages, teas, lemonades and waters.

About Red Lobster Seafood Co.
Red Lobster is the world's largest and most loved seafood restaurant company, headquartered in Orlando, Fla. With a proud heritage and an even brighter future, Red Lobster is focused on delivering the highest quality, freshly prepared seafood at a great value. To learn more about Red Lobster's sourcing standards and where the seafood we serve comes from, please visit With more than 55,000 employees in over 700 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, and a growing international footprint, Red Lobster is more committed than ever to be not just the biggest seafood restaurant, but the best. To learn more, please visit or find us on Facebook at Opens in a new Window  or Twitter at Opens in a new Window .

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