• Fox News reports that in the UK, "teenagers concerned about the environment are doing "milk pours." The new trend involves going into grocery stores, picking up cartons of cow-produced milk, and pouring out their contents, according to the animal rights group Animal Rebellion."
"'The dairy industry is incredibly environmentally destructive. The world’s top 5 meat and dairy corporations are now responsible for more GHG emissions than Exxon, Shell or BP,' the organization said in a tweet Saturday."
"'Animal farming is THE leading cause of the loss of our wildlife and natural ecosystems,' the group said in another tweet, which also called for the government to 'support farmers in an urgent transition to a plant based food system and allow the freed up land to be rewilded in order to restore wildlife populations'."
• The Los Angeles Times reports that "plant-based burger maker Beyond Meat is conducting further layoffs after a round of cuts made in August, according to people familiar with the matter.
"It wasn’t immediately clear how many workers were terminated. Beyond Meat asked employees to work from home Thursday and restricted access to documents, according to some of the people, who asked not to be named because they weren’t authorized to speak for the company. Management then set up individual calls to inform some workers that they were losing their jobs. Some cuts came in the research and development department."
The story notes that "the plant-based meat category as a whole has "cooled off. Retail sales of refrigerated meat alternatives fell almost 11% in the 12 months that ended Oct. 2 from the previous period, IRI data show. Beyond Meat-branded sausage substitutes fell 19% in the period, while the company’s plant-based patties dropped 27%. Its faux meatballs experienced growth, however, with sales rising 19%."
• Fox Business reports that Macy's has "started opening new Toys R Us locations in 451 stores ahead of the holiday season to capitalize on the most lucrative time of the year for retail, with a wide reopening on Oct. 15 … Each Toys R Us store will feature playful colored fixtures, hands-on demonstration tables for customers to interact with various toy assortments and a life-size "Geoffrey on a Bench" photo opportunity for families."
The move is seen as giving Toys R Us - a retail brand that "filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and closed all locations in 2018 as the brick-and-mortar locations suffered declining sales" - a new lease on life.
Macy's says it plans to have toy departments in all of its stores.