Starbucks Hires Finance Chief From Hyatt

Starbucks Corp. has named Patrick Grismer its next chief financial officer, luring him away from the same position at Hyatt Hotels Corp.

Mr. Grismer will take over as CFO at Seattle-based Starbucks on Nov. 30, when the company’s current finance chief, Scott Maw, retires.

Mr. Grismer was appointed to the CFO position at Hyatt in March 2016,…

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Another Pret a Manger customer dies from allergic reaction after food label issue

British sandwich and salad chain Pret a Manger says a second customer has died after eating food from its cafe that contained an allergen not revealed on the label.

The company, whose restaurants are also prominent in major U.S. cities, on Sunday said an investigation was underway after a customer died in December 2017 after eating a “super-veg rainbow flatbread” that contained a yogurt that was supposed to be dairy-free but that contained dairy protein.

Pret a Manger blamed a supplier of its dairy-free yogurt, Coyo, citing its own product testing and that by two independent authorities. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) was informed and all Coyo products were recalled nationwide.

Coyo has denied that its product was the cause of the fatal allergic reaction. In a statement posted to its Twitter feed Sunday, the company said “the claims made by Pret are unfounded. The dairy-free product we provided to Pret in December 2017 at the time of this tragedy, is not linked to the product we recalled in February 2018.”

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Pret said in a statement that “their deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of our customer in this terrible case and we will look to help them in any way we can.” The company said it was taking legal action against Coyo.

The chain had promised to improve its labeling following criticism at an inquest into the death of 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died in 2016 after buying an olive tapenade and artichoke baguette from a branch of Pret a Manger at London’s Heathrow Airport. The baguette contained traces of sesame, not included on the label. Ednan-Laperous suffered anaphylactic shock after eating the sandwich.

Her parents, who are campaigning for stronger allergen warnings, said Sunday they were “incredibly saddened to learn of someone else losing their life from allergens in their food,” according to the Associated Press.

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