• Monsanto Ordered To Pay $2B In Roundup Cancer Case
    A jury ordered Monsanto to pay a combined $2.055 billion to a couple claiming that weed killer Roundup Ready caused their cancers. The verdict is the third such courtroom loss for Monsanto in California since August, but a San Francisco law professor said it's likely a trial judge or appellate court will significantly reduce the punitive damage award, according to the Chicago Tribune.
  • Chick-fil-A Considers Vegan Menu Items
    Hoping to compete with Burger King, Chipotle and others offering meat substitutes, Chick-fil-A is in the early stages of conducting research and development for vegan and vegetarian menu items. "We think it is certainly beyond just no meat on salads or no meat in a wrap. It might be some kind of alternative protein on a sandwich," Amanda Norris, the executive director of Chick-fil-A's menu, told Business Insider, adding that the company has been studying vegan menu items and meat substitutes for a few years.
  • IHOP Mother's Day Tweet About In-Utero Pancakes Fails
    ldquo;If you have pancakes in your tum tum, does that make you a pancake mum mum?” IHOP posted Sunday morning on Twitter. “Happy Mother’s Day to ALL the moms out there!” The tweet included a photoshopped sonogram showing a stack of pancakes. The tweet, which had nearly 7,000 likes and more than 1,200 shares as of Monday afternoon, was trending on Twitter for most of Sunday, but reaction was largely negative.
  • NRA Chief Bills Ad Agency For Expenses
    National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre billed Ackerman McQueen, the group’s ad agency, $39,000 for one day of shopping at a Beverly Hills clothing boutique, $18,300 for a car and driver in Europe and had the agency cover $13,800 in rent for a summer intern, according to documents, posted anonymously on the internet. NRA attorney William A. Brewer III said the majority of expenses charged to the ad firm were for “donor outreach, fundraising and stakeholder engagement” and were being reviewed by the board, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • Corporations Including General Motors Helped Remake Kitchens
    The “Miracle Kitchen,” an exhibit at the American National Exhibition in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park, was a joint venture between Whirlpool and RCA. "The kitchen had been designed to intimidate Soviet visitors, and to engender in them a feeling of being have-nots, even as their government maintained an edge in the early years of the Space Race," according to Curbed. “Design for Dreaming,” a 1956 industrial short film, was created to promote Frigidaire’s “Kitchen of Tomorrow” at Motorama. During this era, Frigidaire was owned by General Motors. The automaker incorporated kitchen displays at its annual auto show, which was first staged ...
  • Chobani Assists Students With Lunch Program Debt
    Chobani is paying off $47,650 of the $77,000 lunch debit of low-income students in Warwick, Rhode Island. The school system caused an uproar earlier this week when it announced that any students who had unpaid balances on their lunch accounts would receive a sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwich until their balance was paid, according to CNN. Chobani is also donating cups and yogurt to the community.
  • L'Oreal Uneils Color&Co, Subscription D2C Service
    L’Oréal is launching Color&Co, a subscription D2C service that provides women with a hair color mixed just for them for at-home use. "Supported by on-demand colorist consultation and expert advice, each of the brand’s personalized formulas are mixed specifically for each individual client," according to Drug Store News.
  • McDonald's Launches Vegan Burger In Germany
    McDonald's is now selling a vegan burger, the Big Vegan TS, in Germany, "one of its five leading international markets," according to CNN.com. Still, 'it's not clear whether McDonald's will bring a vegan burger to the United States," though it has been adding other meatless options to its menu. And other "major fast-food chains and food makers are paying attention to the trend" for plant-based proteins "designed to look and taste like meat and to appeal to meat eaters as well as vegans and vegetarians."
  • Rent The Runway Opens Largest Store Yet, In S.F.
    Rent the Runway opened its West Coast flagship in San Francisco, its fifth and largest location, with "added perks such as stylists, a coffee cart, an event and networking space, a beauty bar and desk space for co-working," reports Chain Store Age.
  • Pharma Companies Will Be Required To Disclose Prices In TV Ads
    "The Trump administration for the first time will require pharmaceutical companies to include the price of prescription drugs in television advertisements if the cost exceeds $35 per month," according to the New York Times. "The move has been pushed by patient advocacy groups, which have complained that televised drug ads... steer patients to high-priced medications or drugs they do not need." Still, "the proposal could be challenged by the drug industry."
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