• Lufthansa Reduces Load Time With Face Screening
    After a successful trial in Los Angeles, Lufthansa is planning to expand its biometric boarding pass program to airports nationwide. Instead of checking boarding passes, the airline uses specialized cameras to snap images of passengers’ faces. They’re uploaded to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which checks them against its database within a few seconds. During the trial, Lufthansa reports it was able to board 350 passengers onto an Airbus A380 in about 20 minutes.
  • War On Straws Gains Momentum
    A growing cadre of bartenders, liquor companies, celebrities and environmentalists argue too many of the plastic drinking devices end up in the ocean. “We see straws as a ‘gateway plastic’ in understanding the pollution problem,” said actor Adrian Grenier in a news release championing the cause. The makers of Absolut vodka and Tanqueray gin have announced plans to ban plastic straws and stirrers from their events.
  • Has Online Grocery Delivery Reached Tipping Point?
    Walmart's announcement that it's expanding its grocery delivery service to more than 100 metro areas with the potential to serve more than 40% of U.S. homes is just the latest blast in this front-door food war. Grocery delivery is a $4.5 billion industry — a small sliver of the $680 billion for grocery overall, according to Pentallect. That figure is expected to jump 12.5% each year and reach $9 billion out of $735 billion in 2022.
  • Mattel Creates A Barbie For Fashion Icon Iris Apfel
    Mattel is paying homage to fashion icon Iris Apfel with her own Barbie doll. The 96 year old is being commemorated in conjunction with the release of her new interior design book, Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon. The doll features Apfel's signature round black glasses and silver bob and wears a Gucci outfit and loads of accessories. The dolls will be available in the fall and will be marketed through the Home Shopping Network.  
  • Chipotle CEO Brings On Fellow Ex-Taco Bell Exec For CMO Role
    Chris Brandt, who helmed marketing at Taco Bell as well as other chains such as Outback Steakhouse, will take over as Chipotle's chief marketing officer on April 2. He was brought on board by new Chief Executive Officer Brian Niccol, who himself came from the Mexican-themed fast-food chain.
  • Krispy Kreme Plans Reese's Peanut Butter Egg Donut
    Krispy Kreme is hoping that it can cut in on Easter candy phenomenon with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg doughnut. The holiday-themed doughnut will be decorated with blue and yellow stripes on a brown background to make it look like an Easter egg. It will be unglazed, topped with chocolate icing and nuts and filled with a peanut butter. It will be available through Easter, April 1.
  • Kroger To Stop Selling Some Gun Publications
    Kroger Co., the largest supermarket chain in the U.S., is pulling "a few assault-rifle themed periodicals" from its supermarkets, but will continue to carry some gun magazines, according to spokeswoman Kristal Howard. The move comes a few weeks after the grocer joined Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods in tightening gun restrictions in the aftermath of the deadly school shooting last month in Parkland, Fla.
  • Yelp, Grubhub Partnership Includes 80,000 Food Purveyors
    Yelp’s partnership with Grubhub allows diners to make mobile and online orders from 80,000 restaurants found on Grubhub in 1,600 U.S. cities including chains like P.F. Chang’s, Yard House, Buffalo Wild Wings and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. The offering is now available through Yelp’s mobile app. It will be available on desktop and mobile web orders in the coming weeks, Yelp said.
  • Alcohol Industry Funds Study On Benefits Of Drinking
    Scientists and National Institute of Health officials waged a concerted campaign to obtain funding from the alcohol industry for research that may enshrine alcohol as a part of a healthy diet. The 10-year government trial is now underway, and Anheuser Busch InBev, Heineken and other alcohol companies are picking up most of the tab, through donations to a private foundation that raises money for the NIH.
  • McDonald's Pledges To Cut Greenhouse Gases
    The world's largest burger chain said it expects the changes to prevent 165 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere by 2030, equal to taking 32 million cars off the road for a year. Altogether, McDonald's expects to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 40% by 2030 from 2015 levels.
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