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Food Delivery Services Offer Customers Incentives During Covid-19 Concerns, But What About Their Drivers?

Yesterday, Postmates announced that it would be slashing delivery fees in half for orders worth more than $10 between the hours of 10am-2pm, capitalizing on the recent wave of social isolation due to COVID-19. 

This comes only two days after the company made a dual announcement, stating that it planned to waive commission fees for restaurants, therefore allowing them to join and use the app for free, as well as pay for any COVID-19 medical expenses their drivers accrued. 

The two announcements serve as a microcosm of the juxtaposition delivery services currently lie in: with business surging due to the increased number of people staying home,  what’s the proper response to their workers, who lie at the frontline of exposure, and their struggling restaurant partners?

There appears to be no clear cut answer. 

Postmates took some of the first action in early March by introducing non-contact deliveries, allowing customers to choose a drop off location for their food. But, with most companies working from home, American cities beginning to shut down entirely, and most delivery services remaining tight-lipped about the issues, drivers felt left in the dust.

As lawmakers pressed companies like DoorDash and Uber to improve situations for their workers, food delivery services scrambled to distance themselves from the issue. DoorDash and InstaCart quickly announced paid sick leave for workers diagnosed with COVID-19, and Postmates took the aforementioned measures.

This still doesn’t leave drivers with much room to breath, though. If one is infected, money will be lost regardless, either in the form of time spent going to the doctors or time spent quarantined.

Grubhub took effort to help only restaurants, with a similar strategy to Postmates, by slashing their marketing fees. No word, however, was said about the affected Grubhub delivery drivers.

Though, certainly, these companies seem to be trying to help their associated restaurants and individuals, business is still going on as usual.

And we’ve seen, in multiple countries, what will happen if business goes on as usual, and what happens when it doesn’t.

Delivery services can’t come to terms with the scale of the virus, and the measures it’s going to take to prevent widespread infection. There’s too much money to be lost. And, with no one wanting to leave the house, and drivers relying on the wage they earn for sustenance, the money will continue to roll in.

As long as delivery companies are delivering, and drivers are still dependent on work, ordering delivery with timely promotions doesn’t offer much of an ethical issue. Though, the privilege of being able to put another human at-risk to allow oneself to self-isolate should be noted, and also warrant a hell of a tip.

But, if these companies are as serious as they say they are about preventing infection, that would mean halting business for a week or two, since their entire business plans revolve around sending drivers through different cities to interact with others. This, in turn, would probably harm already struggling restaurants, as well. 

It’s hard to see a right answer with how our gastronomic economy is set up. It’s an ecosystem that runs out of necessity, one that won’t stop turning until it’s forced to.

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Corona’s Owner Buys Stake In Marijuana Firm, Wants To Make Cannabis-Infused Drinks

Cannabis-infused drinks can be found at several craft bars in the United States already where marijuana is legal. However, Constellation Brands, the company that owns alcoholic businesses like Corona and Modelo, is looking to take those infusions to the next level.

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Constellation recently acquired a 9.9% minority stake in Canopy Growth, a $2 billion Canadian medical marijuana company. Through that new alliance, Constellation CEO Rob Sands aims to create cannabis-infused drinks, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“Canopy Growth has a seasoned leadership team that understands the legal, regulatory and economic landscape for an emerging market that is predicted to become a significant consumer category in the future,” Sands said in a statement. “Our company’s success is the result of our focus on identifying early stage consumer trends, and this is another step in that direction.”

By working directly with a marijuana firm the size of Canopy, Constellation has the ability to scale cannabis-infused drinks at a level never seen before. It’s even possible that, once marijuana is nationally legalized, we could find these products in stores in the USA.

For now, Constellation will focus on Canada as the market for its new product testing. Fortune reports that legalization there could happen as early as 2019, giving the alcoholic giant plenty of time to create some weed-centric spirits and beverages before then.

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Beer

You’ll Soon Be Making Beer At Home Thanks To Keurig And Anheuser Busch’s Collab

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Keurig’s been the king of instant coffee for a while now, but it sounds like they’re being a little more ambitious, teaming up with Anheuser-Busch InBev, meaning we might soon see them roll out instant alcohol makers.

According to CNN Money, the two companies are hoping to put together a machine that can instantly make beer, spirits, cocktails and mixers.

Just imagine making your own Budweiser, Corona, or even Shock Top, without having to run to 7-Eleven.

Unfortunately, while Keurig’s pretty much been the sensei of coffee makers, they haven’t popped off much with their other products. Their attempt at an instant soda maker didn’t exactly work out. They stopped making the “Kold” machines last June after only 10 months of production. Even then, in launching the “Kold” they were already behind the curve, as SodaStream ran with the concept years before them.

While the two work on their version of an in-home beer brewer, they’re behind yet again, as SodaStream made a similar product called a Beer Bar, in Europe.

We’ll have to see how the machine will look, but between the two mega companies, you have to think they’ll create something worth writing home about.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Corona Recalls Their Bottles After Tiny Bits Of Glass Found In Beer

Corona enthusiasts, put your beer down. Constellation Brands Beer Division has announced a voluntary recall of select packs of Corona Extra in the United States.

The Corona Extra 12-packs and 18-packs that come in glass bottles are being recalled due to small glass particles inside the beer. While this is a limited recall, consumers will want to keep an eye out for the impacted bottles.

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Still, the number of bottles affect fall in the one-tenth of one perfect of the Corona Extra clear bottles. That’s about 1 in every 5,000 bottles.

So just take a second and examine your bottle of Corona before going in for another sip.

A full list can be found here. There have been no reported injuries from the glass.

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Hit-Or-Miss

This Is What Coors And Budweiser Look Like As Craft Beers

There seems to be a lack of craft beer acceptance from major beer brands. Budweiser even went as far as attacking craft beers in its Super Bowl commercial. It’s like there’s a certain pride for the simplicity in some beers, but what if the biggest beer brands such as Budweiser and Corona took the craft route? Restaurant Choice busted out its Photoshop skills and re-imagined what some of these major beer brands would look like as crafts.

Check out the transformed beers below:
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Coors Light, er… Dark

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Budweiser

beer on the table

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Heineken

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Foster’s

Glass of beer on a sunset
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Corona

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h/t brobible

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These Beers Dominated Your Google Searches in 2014

Even though craft beer has been steadily on the rise for the past few years, most of the top 10 beers Americans Googled in 2014 were owned by two companies. Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors took the top nine spots with Sierra Nevada coming in 10th.

The increased availability of specialty drafts seems to have brought about a new interest in pretty basic beer brands, all of which are native to North America.

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Brewing conglomerate MillerCoors won Google searches this year with five of its products being some of the most searched beers this year. Keystone, the relatively smaller sub-brand that’s typically overshadowed by its light counterpart, was ranked above Miller, Blue Moon, Coors, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.*

SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing Company established the joint venture MillerCoors in 2007 to better compete against Anheuser-Busch and Sam Adams Brewing, the largest craft beer company in America.

According to Google’s data, MillerCoors seems to be successfully entering our hearts, minds and search histories. Last year’s most searched beers were predominantly under the Anheuser-Busch umbrella with mostly niche beers filling out the other spots.

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MillerCoors shouldn’t feel too comfortable though considering that Budweiser and Corona claimed the top spots. Bud Light and Modelo snuck in toward the bottom of the list.

The intrigue surrounding the Budweiser brand and Grupo Modelo beers was mostly likely fueled by FIFA World Cup sponsorship and the Corona recall this year.

Sierra Nevada

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As the only craft beer to (barely) make this list, the Chico, CA, based brewery is a solid representation of the gradual corporatization of local breweries. Trailing behind Sam Adams in the national market, Sierra Nevada challenges the notion that craft beer should be defined by quantity rather than quality.

Top 10 Googled Beers

*The Pabst Brewing Company is technically a standalone entity, but MillerCoors contract-brews Pabst Blue Ribbon.

 

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The Nation’s Favorite Beers by State [Infographic]

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Budlight reigns in Texas, while Portlandians are sipping Blue Moon and California beach babes are kicking back with Corona on the beach. This latest infographic by Blowish,  a company that sells hangover-relief tablets (a coincidence? I think not), surveyed the drinking habits of people from all 50 US states.

The boozy study included 5,249 drinkers over the ages of 21 and sheds scintillating insight on everything from the nation’s overall beer of choice to which professions are the most likely to be hungover on the jobs (waiters of America, I raise my glass to you).

Check out the findings in the infographic below:

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H/T Business Insider

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If Your Blog Were a Beer [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Each week, the average American has 4.2 drinks and reads 4.1 blogs, but are you filling your precious after-hours with boring, watered-down light beers or consciously engaging with the more substantial IPAs and Stouts?

It’s no secret the beer and blog markets are over-saturated these days, with every content and craft curator out there clamoring to generate enough hype to capture at least 30 seconds of their audiences’ (or customers’) dwindling attentions. But bear with us when we say this might actually be a good thing, since out of all the hundreds of millions of blogs and over 20,000 different kinds of beer out there, you can actually afford to be a little picky (and thank you, by the way, for choosing to waste your time with us).

Long story short, with a couple of slick metaphors and a nifty infographic, you can learn to tailor your blog reading and/or writing experience the way you choose your beers. (Hint: Coronas are the perfect mix of “makes you think” and “lets you relax,” but hoppy, punchy IPAs are where the fun really starts.)

Cheers!

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H/T + Picthx Visual.ly