What are you having for lunch today? Unless it's a sandwich you made yourself, you'd better hope the restaurant employee who prepared it wasn't ill. As Chipotle's recent norovirus disaster revealed, restaurant workers coming to work sick is a huge problem: In fact, Buzzfeed News reports, "Food workers are the source of about 70% of norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food." And while Chipotle may now offer employees paid sick days, most restaurants definitely don't.
In other, less stomach-turning news today: Starbucks's CEO has some feelings about our 2016 presidential candidates; Amazon has expanded restaurant delivery to another city; and believe it or not, people really love Burger King chicken fries.
— Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz has some feelings on our nation's future leaders: Speaking to employees last week, he declared the whole thing "almost a circus of yelling bombastic attacks, of a lack of respect, of a lack of dignity." While he didn't name any names, it's pretty clear who he meant. (Donald Trump may want to go ahead with that Starbucks boycott he threatened.) Meanwhile, Schulz's company is being boycotted by French feminists who are pissed off that a Starbucks store in Saudi Arabia temporarily banned women from the premises.
— Amazon is continuing its quest to dominate delivery of everything under the sun: Jeff Bezos's retail e-commerce megalith has just expanded its Prime Now restaurant delivery service to San Diego. This is the seventh market for said service, which launched just six months ago and promises food delivery in an hour or less; other cities already being served are Chicago, Seattle, LA, Baltimore, Austin, and Portland, Oregon. Amazon says the current average delivery time is just under 40 minutes; participating restaurants must pay Amazon hefty fees, however, to the tune of 27.5 percent.
— Speaking of Starbucks, some customers might be shocked by exactly how much sugar they're actually consuming: A UK-based nonprofit group called Action on Sugar had numerous chain coffee drinks analyzed for nutrition and found that they contained up to 25 teaspoons of sugar. The worst offender was a UK-only Starbucks drink of hot spiced grape juice with chai and mulled fruits; a venti white chocolate mocha with whipped cream contained 18 teaspoons of sugar.
— Meanwhile in Canada, Starbucks fans can get their sugar and caffeine fix quicker than ever: Today saw the opening of a Starbucks express store at Toronto's bustling Union Station, which sees 250,000 commuters pass through daily. The store features an abbreviated menu and no seating; instead of customers waiting in line to place their order at a register, an employee will greet them when they enter the store and electronically transmit their order to a barista.
— Do not underestimate America's love of grotesque fast food offerings: Sales are on the rise at Burger King, with the company reporting better-than-expected quarterly profits. Sales at established stores jumped nearly 4 percent in the last quarter, thanks to new chicken fries flavors, that weird black bun Halloween burger, and new value menu deals. Can the chain's new hot dogs keep the momentum going?