Cadbury stocks up on chocolate

LONDON — Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union next year, but it still hasn’t reached a deal on how exactly this could happen. If it leaves Europe without a deal, some experts have warned that there may be chaos at the borders and a shortage of key goods.

On Tuesday, the owner of the beloved confectionary brand Cadbury announced that the company has a plan to deal with the threat of this dreaded “no-deal” Brexit: a chocolate stockpile.

Hugh Weber, the president of Mondelez Europe, told the Times of London newspaper that while they hope British Prime Minister Theresa May can reach an agreement to allow the free flow of goods with Europe, they had a contingency plan in case no deal is reached before the March 29 deadline.

The company was “preparing for a hard Brexit and, from a buffering perspective for Mondelez, we are stocking higher levels of ingredients and finished products, although you can only do so much because of the shelf life of our products,” Weber was quoted as saying.

Facebook gets into streaming

Amazon burst on the scene with “Transparent.” Netflix made its mark with “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.” Hulu had its “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Facebook thinks it’s time it had a few programming friends of its own.

The Silicon Valley giant is set to unveil its first high-end series, “Sorry for Your Loss,” premiering it at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday. And it turns out the show — about a young woman coping with the sudden death of her husband — is at once highly traditional yet very particular to the platform.

“In some ways this comes in a long line of shows and movies about loss,” said Kit Steinkellner, the creator of the series, which will stream on Facebook Watch, Facebook’s streaming platform.

Subway’s $5 foot-long is gone

It was March 2008, and America was about to belly-flop into the Great Recession.

And as a financially terrified nation began rummaging the for spare change, Subway launched the $5 foot-long special.

Fast-forward to today: The $5 foot-long as the world knows it is no more.

In an interview with USA Today, Subway CEO Trevor Haynes revealed that the company will no longer require franchisees to run the special. In recent years, the promotion had become a contentious point among store owners, some of whom felt the deal did not help their profitability. Moving ahead, owners will be able to decide on their own whether they want to use the offer, according to the paper.

— From wire reports

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