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Papa John’s Drops the Apostrophe in Hopes That People Will Forget About Its Disgraced Founder

Plus, Amazon hopes to open 3,000 of its cashier-less convenience stores by 2021, and more food news

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  • Papa John’s has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, ousting its founder and former chief executive officer for a number of racist comments and allegations of sexual misconduct, only to see “Papa” John Schnatter come back and try to regain control. With sales plummeting, Papa John’s wants customers to forget about all that, so it has introduced a new marketing campaign and, now, a new logo. The pizza chain may be dropping its apostrophe and could henceforth be known as “Papa Johns,” reports Ad Age. With the update, PJ’s — er, PJs — is obviously implying it is no longer Schnatter’s company, but it could be perceived that there are now multiple Papa Johns, which might be even more disturbing.
  • The United States Army has updated its menu of Meals, Ready to Eat with Sicilian pizza, according to the New York Times. The hope is that improved MREs will boost morale among the troops.
  • Ready for some plastic-straw news? The Las Vegas-based Caesars hotels and resorts are removing the environmentally unfriendly beverage accessories from their dining programs, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  • Halloumi, the thick, rubbery cheese that hails from Cypress, has become a national food of sorts in the United Kingdom. Bloomberg investigates how this happened.
  • We Fed an Island, the book chronicling hero chef José Andrés’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico following the devastating Hurricane Maria, is now available for purchase.
  • Amazon hopes to open 3,000 of its cashier-less convenience stores by 2021, reports Bloomberg. There are currently three Amazon Go stores operating in the company’s hometown of Seattle and another up and running in Chicago.
  • The Mirror has snagged Meghan Markle’s foreword for the forthcoming Together cookbook. “Together is more than a cookbook,” Markle writes. “This is a tale of friendship, and a story of togetherness. It is a homage to the power of cooking as a community, and the recipes that allow us to connect, share and look forward.”
  • More and more San Francisco restaurants are offering employees paid family leave and other benefits, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “That’s a growing trend for us to see, and I think it’s wonderful, being a mother myself,” Shelley Lindgren, owner of A16 in Oakland and San Francisco, tells the Chronicle. “It didn’t seem like it was always like that in restaurants.”
  • A church congregation in Birmingham, Alabama, recently shocked a pizza-delivery driver with a $900 tip on a $20 order. “We had this notion that we’ll just collect some funds and have a guy deliver some pizza, and we just wanna bless him with whatever the Lord gave,” CrossBridge Church of Christ senior minister Garry Brantley tells the local ABC affiliate.
  • The damage caused by Hurricane Florence is not yet fully known, but livestock in North Carolina took a major hit. The state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says roughly 5,500 pigs and 3.4 million chickens and turkeys have died, per Quartz.
  • Finally, when Academy Awards director Glenn Weiss won an Emmy Monday night, he proposed to his girlfriend during his acceptance speech. If he hadn’t won, Weiss tells In Style he probably would have proposed after the show at In-N-Out Burger.

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