Gap Inc. is investing to support its stated ambition of driving half of all sales through the web by 2023. The clothing chain expects to break ground in April on a new 850,000-square-foot Texas distribution center. The location will leverage a new fleet of Kindred robots helping to process 1 million units daily at full capacity. Gap reworked the timeline for the project …
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. pleaded guilty to charges that it participated in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chicken products, according to WattPoultry.com
. A plea agreement was reached in the U.S. District Court in Denver, in which Pilgrim’s admitted to participating in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition. The company must pay nearly $108 million in criminal fines. In January, the company reached a deal to pay $75 million to its buyers to settle claims that it conspired with other poultry producers to fix chicken prices and rig bids.
A Chicago federal judge has rejected a bid by Society Insurance to toss lawsuits filed by businesses hit hard by the pandemic, a departure from recent rulings in other courts that sided with insurance companies. The ruling gives hope to dozens of restaurants, bars and other businesses whose claims for business interruption insurance were denied by the company after COVID-19 and government-mandated shutdowns forced them to close or severely curtail operations.
Legendary golfer Tiger Woods sustained serious injuries to both legs after a one-car vehicle crash near Los Angeles. The 15-time major champion golfer, whose current sponsors include Monster Energy and Upper Deck, had to be pulled out through the windshield, and his agent said he was undergoing leg surgery. “Woods was in Los Angeles over the weekend as the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, where he presented the trophy Sunday,” per The Associated Press. “He was to spend Monday and Tuesday filming with Discovery-owned GOLFTV, with whom he has an endorsement contract.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that movie theaters throughout the state – including in New York City – can reopen starting March 5. “Most of the theaters outside the city had already started to reopen after an October order allowed them to do so with limited capacity and COVID-19 safety measures,” per USA Today. “Cuomo has pushed to start easing COVID-19 restrictions on businesses this year in hopes of jumpstarting an economy hit by a drop in sales tax revenue.”
The Cherokee Nation is once again asking Jeep to change the name of its Cherokee and Grand Cherokee vehicles. Jeep has used the monikers for more than 45 years. Jeep said in a statement, "Our vehicle names have been carefully chosen and nurtured over the years to honor and celebrate Native American people for their nobility, prowess, and pride. We are, more than ever, committed to a respectful and open dialogue with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr.”
With amusement parks across the country shuttered for the better part of a year, one Six Flags location might be wiling to be the test case for the rest of the country. The company says it plans to reopen its theme park and water parks in Illinois this spring, with a reservation system, on-site temperature checks and mask requirements. Six Flags Great America plans to open April 24, with water parks Hurricane Harbor Chicago and Hurricane Harbor Rockford returning on May 29. The company is hiring 4,000 seasonal workers in Illinois, said spokeswoman Sandra Daniels.
Nearly four years after a study showed that chemicals believed to cause health problems in children and reproductive issues in adults were found in mass-market macaroni and cheese packets, General Mills’ Annie’s Homegrown brand says it will purge them from its macaroni and cheese. “Annie’s, known by its cute bunny logo, disclosed its move in a statement on its website,” per The New York Times. Health advocates applauded General Mills for taking this step with Annie’s, one of its signature brands.
"Change.org, a website started by two Stanford University students that calls itself 'the world’s largest social change platform,' has become a hotbed of agitation for food companies to bring back items they dropped during the pandemic" like McDonald's all-day breakfasts, according to The Wall Street Journal. The trend during a food- and comfort-obsessed time has "put some companies in a pickle. Those that discontinued less-popular or complicated items to simplify operations during the pandemic said they were able to cut down on supplies and the time it takes to train staff."
Almost a year into the pandemic, restaurant-goers have learned to live and adapt to their new conditions. But cleanliness and safety continue to be at the forefront of their concerns, and for the most part restaurants are succeeding in meeting those expectations, according to recent data from Black Box Guest Intelligence. “Instead of restaurants showing fatigue due to the length of the pandemic and safety practices slipping up, guests continue to be increasingly satisfied with what they see once they decide to dine out or order food for off-premise consumption,” per Nation’s Restaurant News.