LOS ANGELES, Jan 8 (Reuters) – As chefs in California
hurried to stock their kitchens with newly legal foie gras,
animal rights activists on Thursday protested a federal judge’s
decision overturning the state’s two-year ban on sales of the
fatty liver of ducks and geese.
Chefs said they were scrambling to line up shipments from
outside California while activists picketed restaurants in Los
Angeles and San Francisco that planned to serve the French
delicacy prized for its creamy texture and rich taste.
(Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a controversial California law that banned the production and sale of foie gras, a culinary delicacy produced from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese that have been force-fed corn.
While some California chefs rushed to return foie gras to menus, animal rights activists said the state’s hard-fought foie gras battle was far from over.
By Lisa Baertlein and Ankush Sharma
(Reuters) – Greek yogurt maker Chobani, which is recovering from a product recall, on Monday said it will name a new chief executive to replace its founder and may appoint its acting president, a turnaround expert from private equity firm TPG which lent the company $750 million last year.
Chobani plans to name a new chief executive in the first half of 2015 and among the candidates to replace company founder Hamdi Ulukaya as CEO is interim president and chief operating officer Kevin Burns, a senior partner at Texas-based TPG with a reputation as a turnaround expert with experience in manufacturing.
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The National Labor
Relations Board (NLRB) is expected to rule soon on if, and how,
companies can be held responsible for labor violations carried
out by their contractors or franchisees – a move that could have
far-reaching implications for businesses.
If the five-member board decides to broaden the theory known
as “joint employer,” industry groups say it will harm businesses
and could potentially set in motion a number of legal battles.
LOS ANGELES, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Crippling cargo backups at
U.S. West Coast ports stretched into a third month amid industry
reports on Thursday of prolonged shipment delays for goods
ranging from yoga apparel and rice to NBA bobblehead
collectibles and frozen french fries.
The congestion crisis has been most pronounced at the twin
ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation’s two busiest
cargo hubs, where marine officials reported 11 ships anchored on
Thursday waiting for berths to open.
(Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in January will cut eight food items and reduce the number of so-called Extra Value Meals on its U.S. menus in a bid to speed up service and bolster sales, Mike Andres, the company’s U.S. president, said on Wednesday.
The world’s biggest fast-food chain, which hasn’t had a monthly gain in sales at established U.S. restaurants since October 2013, also will start shortening its food ingredient lists as consumers demand simpler, more natural food.
(Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp on Monday reported a steeper-than-expected drop in global sales at established restaurants in November, hurt by weakness in the United States and Asia, and warned that such results would “significantly pressure” margins in the current quarter.
November marked the sixth straight month of worldwide same-restaurant sales declines at McDonald’s, which is battling changing consumer tastes, tough U.S. competition, the after-effects of a supplier scandal in Asia and economic and political turmoil in Europe.
Dec 8 (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp on Monday reported
a steeper-than-expected drop in global sales at established
restaurants in November, hurt by weakness in the United States
and Asia, and warned that such results would “significantly
pressure” margins in the current quarter.
November marked the sixth straight month of worldwide
same-restaurant sales declines at McDonald’s, which is battling
changing consumer tastes, tough U.S. competition, the
after-effects of a supplier scandal in Asia and economic and
political turmoil in Europe.
SEATTLE (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz, who introduced Americans to espressos, Frappuccinos and pumpkin spice lattes, is not about to let a bunch of well-funded independent coffee sellers beat his global chain at the super premium game.
Speaking at preview events ahead of Friday’s public debut of the company’s 15,000-square-foot reserve coffee roastery and tasting room in Seattle, Schultz vowed to stay one step ahead of rivals, which include “third-wave” coffee chains such as Blue Bottle, Intelligentsia and Stumptown.
SEATTLE (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp, aiming to give cooling U.S. traffic a jolt, on Thursday announced it will add beer, wine, and evening snacks to thousands of domestic cafes, widen lunch offerings and roll out mobile ordering.
Such efforts are part of the world’s biggest coffee chain’s plan to broaden its appeal as a destination with consumers who are spending more time shopping online rather than in malls and Main Street stores.