The Drive Thru: Major retailers require masks and Goya becomes a White House favourite

Instagram/@realdonaldtrumpPresident Trump posted a photo with Goya products as people called for a boycott of the brand.

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Alright, onto the news. Here’s what you need to know:

Major retailers Like Walmart, Target and more now require masks

WalmartWalmart announced on Wednesday it would require shoppers to wear masks at stores.

This week, a slew of major retailers announced policies requiring shoppers to wear masks in their stores across the country.

Starbucks started the trend with its July 9 announcement, which only applies only to company-owned stores. Now, 13 chains including Walmart, Target, and CVS have implemented similar policies so far.

Check out our running list of stores requiring masks here.

While most Americans seem to approve the new policy,anti-mask sentiment is still strong. A new Service Employees International Union survey of about 4,000 McDonald’s workers found 44% said they had been verbally or physically assaulted after approaching customers who were not wearing masks. While the SEIU only surveyed a small proportion of the chain’s more than 800,000 workers in the US, the 44% of respondents represent more than 1,800 employees who say they have been assaulted on the job.

Walmart implemented its own mask policy after a Tuesday evening incident in which a Louisiana customer, apparently enraged with being told to wear a mask, hit a police officer with his car.

The Goya controversy explained

Instagram/@realdonaldtrumpPresident Trump posted a photo with Goya products as people called for a boycott of the brand.

If you were on social media at all this week, you might be wondering: What’s going on with Goya, the Hispanic food brand known for its canned beans?

Here’s a quick breakdown of what went down:


Despite all the hoopla and what appeared to be a sign pointing to a shortage of Goya products in one store, the brand is not in short supply of products. There’s just currently a shortage of beans in general, which has little to do with any “buy-cott.”

Innovation Station: What’s new in restaurants and retail?

Courtesy of White CastleWhite Castle has a new robot chef named Flippy.

Even a pandemic can’t stop chains from rolling out innovative new items, products, and machines. Here are the ones that made headlines this week:

Everything else you need to know:

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