Founded in 1968, Red Lobster is one of the world s largest, casual dining seafood restaurant companies with more than 680 locations in the United States and Canada. With a work force of over 63,000 employees, the company is one of the largest overnight shippers of fresh fish in the restaurant industry. It serves nearly 2.8 million guests every week and has annual sales of approximately $2.58 billion. Its restaurants serve a selection of seafood items, including Maine lobster, jumbo shrimp and steamed crab legs. The company s restaurants additionally offer a variety of soups, salads, desserts, appetizers, and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Red Lobster has received the Gold Award from the Restaurant & Institutions magazine. In addition, its restaurants issue gift cards of several denominations for birthdays, anniversaries and special events.