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The Daily Prep List: 02.11.20

Labor

Tartine management declines workers’ union demands

San Francisco Chronicle 2/10

Employees at San Francisco’s famed bakery Tartine sent a letter to management Thursday requesting management immediately recognize their right to join a union. On Monday, management finally responded: No. At least, not yet.

Judge stalls Uber, Postmates challenge to California job law

The San Diego Union Tribune 2/10

A federal judge on Monday refused to exempt ride-hailing company Uber and on-demand meal delivery service Postmates from a broad new California labor law while she considers their lawsuit.

Food Industry Policy

Don’t have a cow: California’s attempts to control vegan language are a waste of time

The Sacramento Bee 2/11

You won’t find any vegans on The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board. Most of us are verified meat-eaters and, though one of us is vegetarian, all of us regularly enjoy cheese, cream, butter and milk. But you don’t have to embrace a plant-based diet to see the ridiculousness of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s bullying attack on Miyoko’s Creamery.

Your Foam Coffee Cup Is Fighting for Its Life

The New York Times 2/10

The Dart Container Corporation, by some measures, is an American success story. The family-owned business was co-founded in Michigan by a World War II veteran with a triple major in mathematics, engineering and metallurgy, and it developed products that, in no small way, helped fuel the modern economy.

On the Side

Whataburger Names Janelle Sykes Chief Financial Officer

QSR Magazine 2/11

Whataburger appointed Janelle Sykes as its new Chief Financial Officer and SVP. A San Antonio native, Sykes is a seasoned executive who worked the last 30 years at Alamo City-based C.H. Guenther & Son, most recently as CFO.

Starbucks takes on airport expansion with new Paradies Lagardère and OTG partnerships following end of HMSHost exclusive agreement

Nation’s Restaurant News 2/10

The coffee chain wastes no time in announcing two new airport expansion partnerships with plans to open new store concepts in 2020.

Meet The Team Behind The Most Brilliant Burger Joints In Los Angeles

Forbes 2/10

Max and Frederick Guerrero grew up in the restaurant business — working for their father at The Oinkster in Eagle Rock, a crazy popular spot that bills itself as “slow fast food.”

The Effect of Coronavirus on American Chinese Restaurants, Explained

Eater 2/10

While the United States has only 12 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first reported in Wuhan, China, fallout from the epidemic has had a major impact in American Chinese restaurants and U.S. Chinatowns from New York to Seattle.

Expect Rock Bottom Wine Prices in 2020

Eater, San Francisco 2/10

Just a few years ago, vineyards in Northern California were hustling to scare up enough usable grapes to appease their winery clients.

Popeyes’ Sales: ‘Never Seen This Kind of Response’

QSR Magazine Feb. 2020

The fanfare around Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich is more than just buzz. According to parent company Restaurant Brands International’s (RBI) 2019 results, the new menu item was a massive sales boost for the brand—perhaps historically so.

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