Gallery: 2019 Midas: Top 10
Date: May 10, 2019
La Guerra de Maduro 2013 por Rodulfo Gonzalez
La falta de papel promovida por la Corporación Editorial Alfredo Maneiro indujo la censura en algunos periódicos. Igualmente muchos periódicos del interior del país y de Caracas, para poder superar la escasez de insumos, se vieron obligados a reducir sus páginas o pasar de diarios a semanarios. Aumentaron los casos de persecución judicial de opiniones o informaciones o la prohibición expresa de hacerlo, lo cual, según expresó el Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, indicó un patrón restrictivo del ejercicio del derecho a la libertad de expresión. 2013 fue un año de recalentamiento de clima político luego que en el primer trimestre fue anunciado el fallecimiento de Hugo Chávez en una fecha que en absoluto coincide con la confiada por Diosdado Cabello el 28 de diciembre de 2012 a la entonces partidaria del régimen y fiscal general de la República, Luisa Ortega Díaz.
Investigación publicada por el Periodista Rodulfo González, para dejar en evidencia a la Maquinaria Propagandística del Regimen del Dictador Nicolás Maduro en Venezuela.
Date: May 10, 2019
Hallie Meyer, the daughter of New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer, is prepping to open an Italian coffee and ice cream parlor in Gramercy this summer.
The new scoop shop will be called Caffè Panna, translating to “coffee” and “cream,” and will focus on just that. It’ll be a 25- to 30-seat space with a separate coffee bar and ice cream counter, serving Rome-inspired blends from Joe Coffee Co., daily affogato sundaes, and 10 flavors of ice cream. The ice cream itself is Hallie’s creation — she has her own ice cream brand called Tripla Panna — and the flavors will focus largely on fruits and nuts.
Five of the flavors will change on a daily basis, based on the fresh ingredients she finds at the nearby Union Square Greenmarket, she says. All the ice cream will be churned on site daily, a nod to the way gelato is made fresh in Rome. A preview of the cafe at the Hester Street Fair this month featured two affogato sundaes: one flavored with graham brittle and salted caramel and another with chocolate, pistachio, and sour cherry swirls.
Caffè Panna is slated to open later this summer at 77 Irving Place, on 19th Street. It’s a venture separate from her father’s Union Square Hospitality Group, she says, though her father is one of her advisors and it’s down the street from Union Square Cafe. Danny is not an investor in the ice cream parlor.
Previously, Hallie co-founded Umi Kitchen, a Danny-backed app that launched in 2016, delivering meals made by home cooks in NYC, though the company has since closed. In between then and now, she spent a year working with schools in the Bronx as a member of City Year New York, where she and students would make ice cream in an after school cooking program.
She first stating selling her ice cream about a year ago from a South Bronx pop-up in collaboration with empanada maker Empanology. She says she began building a following there, and spent the following summer in Rome working at a local gelateria. She wants to make Caffè Panna like the casual coffee and ice cream bars of Italy — where diners pop in for espresso in the morning, a scoop of mid-day gelato, and in the evening for a drink.
Eventually, she plans to add a small pastry selection as well as a wine program.
77 Irving Place, New York, NY
Date: May 10, 2019
Free cups of coffee, fast store openings, and technology will help Luckin Coffee burn a great deal of investor money, but it won’t turn the Chinese start-up into another Starbucks.
Since its inception two years ago, Luckin Coffee seems to have a clear mission: to beat Starbucks, both in store count and in cups of coffee sold to customers.
To beat Starbucks in store counts, Luckin has been opening stores at a feverish pace– one store every 15 hours, according to Statista.com.
That’s how Luckin Coffee reached 2000 by January 2019, and is expected to reach 4500 by the end of the year, beating Starbucks which is expected to have 4,121 stores.
To beat Starbucks in coffee cups count, Luckin has been using technology to streamline its operations and analyze consumer preferences. Also, it has been giving a lot of cups of coffee away.
These are costly strategies. But money isn’t the problem these days. Pretty soon, Luckin will launch a US IPO, which will give a boost to the company’s chest of funds for further store openings.
But beating Starbucks takes more than store openings, technology, and free cups of coffee. It takes an understanding of Starbucks’ business model and strategy.
Starbucks rode the baby boomer trend in the 1990s, the growing ranks of mid-age professionals that raised the need for a “third place,” an “affordable luxury” away from work and home, where people could share and enjoy a cup of coffee with friends and colleagues. The franchise chain has inserted itself into the American urban landscape more swiftly and craftily than any retail company in history, and has radically changed the way Western companies market themselves to consumers — with a three-fold strategy:
Meanwhile, equity analysts are already concerned with Luckin’s valuation. John Zolidis is one of them. “We had a chance to go through the company’s F-1 filing (equivalent of an S-1), says Zolidis. “If we are doing the math right, the company is seeking a $3.5-$3.9B valuation with last year’s revenues of only $125M and a full-year EBIT loss of $238M,” he said. “We get that LK has super-fast unit growth and it using promos to drive trial, get downloads for its app, and sign-ups for the loyalty program.”
That would certainly help the company burn a great deal of cash, but it won’t make it profitable. “Our initial conclusion is that it will difficult for this company to turn the current operating model into a profitable and cash generating business,” adds Zolidis. And while it won’t help it compete against Starbucks, “in the near-term LK will still be a thorn in the side for Starbucks (SBUX).”
Still, Luckin could bring Starbucks in a place doesn’t want to be: price competition.
And that’s a nightmare scenario for Starbucks and its stockholders accustomed to high profit margins, as was discussed in a previous piece here.
Date: May 10, 2019
A cafe in Idaho is going vegan after its manager watched just 15 minutes of the 2018 documentary “Dominion.”
The High Note Cafe in downtown Boise is updating its menu to exclude all animal products after its general manager Maria watched “Dominion,” a documentary directed by Chris Delforce that uses hidden cameras to expose the dark reality of animal agriculture. It includes a host of high profile names as narrators including Joaquin Phoenix, Kat Von D, Sadie Sink, and Sia.
“Whatever meat products we have now will be the last sold unless I find a better way,” Maria wrote on the High Note Facebook page. “I will make the High Note Cafe into a completely vegan establishment in the coming weeks.”
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She explained that the change will not impact the quality of food available. She wrote, “I do promise to still serve excellent food that everyone can enjoy. If it works out, great, if it doesn’t and costs me my livelihood, then so be it. I can no longer go forward knowing that I have supported great suffering and inexcusable practices by the meat/egg/dairy industry.”
She added, “I’m terrified, but I know I’m doing the right thing, and the right thing isn’t always lucrative or safe. “
The cafe will serve unprocessed food made with local produce
The announcement attracted a great deal of support, with commenters praising the company for taking steps toward better animal welfare and environmental impact. A week after posting the status, Maria commented saying she was “overwhelmed beyond words.”
“Thank you all so much. I haven’t slept, I have four kids, and I’m so emotional right now with all of the positive feedback,” she said. “I will ask that everyone be patient and understanding with me, and I will keep you all updated as much as possible.”
The new menu will feature whole, unprocessed foods made with spray-free locally grown produce. “The menu will be a bit all over the place until we find our groove,” she said, adding it will include plant-based meat, vegan dairy, curries, “amazing” sandwiches, soups, and salads. “We know how to cook and we will be doing it with our hearts,” she noted.
The move to vegan business could prove profitable for High Note. When Finnish burger shop Bun2Bun ditched meat and went vegan, putting the plant-based Beyond Burger center-plate, sales “skyrocketed right away,” growing 400 percent from the first day.
15 Minutes of ‘Dominion’ Was All It Took to Turn This Cafe Vegan
High Note Cafe in Idaho is going vegan after its manager watched “Dominion,” a documentary that exposes the reality of animal agriculture.