A news summary focused on 10 big employers; updated 8:14 a.m.
PAPA JOHN’S: Police in south England are investigating a string of recent attacks where hooded youths are pelting motorbike-riding Papa John’s delivery men with eggs, causing at least one serious crash that sent a driver to the hospital with a bruised shoulder and black eye. The latest incident in south England came after the same driver was attacked with 10 eggs several weeks ago in Cheltenham an hour west of Oxford.
“Even I have had eggs thrown at me,” the store manager there said. “It’s very dangerous, you do not know what is going to happen next. My staff say it is not safe out there” (Gloucestershire Live).
Back in the United States, Panera Bread claims the former top IT executive who left to work for Papa John’s this month wiped his work computer of critical trade secrets, a statement a federal judge said justified a temporary restraining order barring the executive from joining the Louisville pizza giant. In a lawsuit filed in its St. Louis hometown, the bakery chain says the executive, Michael Nettles, will use the secrets to compete for business from young consumers drawn to the latest ordering technology. Nettles’ LinkedIn profile says he was Panera’s vice president for enterprise architecture and IT strategy (Courier-Journal).
Meanwhile, in the Detroit area, the pizza chain was advertising yesterday for delivery people with a “keen sense of direction with the ability to read a map or use GPS” (Craigslist).
PIZZA HUT was also advertising for drivers — “awesome people,” in fact — to make $12-$15 an hour delivering pies in Cincinnati (Craigslist, too).
TACO BELL: Singer Fergie is still a huge fan of super-spicy Taco Bell food, turning a meal into what a British newspaper today called “absolutely carnage,” citing an interview in NME magazine. The 41-year-old megastar behind the recent hit “M.I.L.F.$” told NME: “It’s a binge meal for me, so I don’t do it all the time. But when I do, I go hard.” She added: “I’m like, primal.”
The singer-songwriter pledged undying love to the fast-Mexican chain six years ago in her smash hit single “Glamorous,” singing: “I still go to Taco Bell/Drive through, raw as hell/I don’t care, I’m still real/no matter how many records I sell” (Sunday World). Watch her (NSFW!) M.I.L.F.$ video:
BROWN-FORMAN: Jack Daniel’s superfans can now buy an entire barrel hand-selected by master distiller Jeff Arnett, all for just $10,000. Or for the up-close and personal experience, connoisseurs can visit the iconic Tennessee whiskey distillery in Lynchburg, and choose the barrel themselves with help from a “Barrel Concierge.” Only whiskey from the top of the warehouse is set aside for the series, because it’s exposed to the greatest temperatures, creating the most whiskey flavor and color. It’s then bottled at 94 proof.
Buyers also get a custom barrel head, framed barrel certificate, special decanter and glassware, and a plaque with their name in the Barrel Recognition Room of past purchasers and new buyers, part of the tour nearly 400,000 people take every year (Maxim).
AMAZON: Do-it-yourself chains Home Depot and Lowe’s have built a “retail oasis” mostly walled off from the reach of online giant Amazon, one of the Louisville area’s biggest employers. That will be driven home next week as the two report second-quarter earnings forecast to e the envy of other merchants from Kohl’s to Macy’s, Target and Walmart (Wall Street Journal). Amazon employs 6,000 workers at distribution centers in Jeffersonville and Shepardsville; more about its local operations.