Disney Parks’ Plant-Based Burgers; Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones Reunite: Thursday’s First Things First

Plus, the Trump Campaign sues The New York Times

Amy Poehler holds a Rapunzel doll while narrating a fairy tale
Amy Poehler narrates more empowered versions of fairy tales in Pure Leaf's new campaign, "No Is Beautiful."
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Impossible Foods Crowned Disney’s ‘Preferred Plant-Based Burger’

Disney is the latest brand to make an Impossible decision—the decision to partner with Impossible Foods, that is. The Impossible Burger as well as other Impossible products will be available in several dishes across Disney’s theme parks in Florida and California, as well as its cruise line.

After the food tech startup’s hormone- and animal-free flagship product’s relationship with Burger King ended up a hit, Impossible has managed to nab partnerships with such brands as White Castle, Little Caesar’s and Taco Dumbo. Meanwhile, competitor Beyond’s plant-based meat products have appeared on menus at restaurant chains including Dunkin’, Bareburger, KFC and McDonald’s.

Read more: The Disney partnership is a big win for Impossible, with the burgers debuting during Food & Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure.

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Demand for Hand Sanitizer and Disinfecting Wipes Goes Viral Amid Coronavirus Scare

As news of the coronavirus continues to dominate headlines, impacting markets and conferences alike, new numbers show consumer demand for hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes has surged. In terms of sheer dollar amount, U.S. online sales of liquid hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes increased 202% from Jan. 2019 to Jan. 2020. Last month, consumers spent more money purchasing the two aforementioned products online than any month in at least the past two years.

Read more: Search data reveals more about public interest in the products, both in the U.S .and worldwide.

YouTube Shows Reality of Child Incarceration With VR

YouTube is using virtual and augmented reality to advocate for prison reform. The Google-owned video-sharing platform partnered with Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY)—a nonprofit that works to end extreme sentencing for youth in America—to launch Project Witness, which uses technology to show the realities of child incarceration. The seven-minute film uses 360-degree VR technology to place viewers inside a prison environment, with settings including a transport vehicle and solitary confinement cell.

  • Related: Google isn’t just stepping up its YouTube projects—it also announced plans to invest $10 billion in new data centers and offices across 11 states in 2020.

Trump Re-Election Campaign Sues The New York Times Over Op-Ed

The re-election campaign for President Donald Trump is suing The New York Times over an opinion piece that ran in March last year, titled The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo. The piece, written by Max Frankel, previously executive editor of the Times from 1986 to 1994, focused on the reported dealings between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia. The complaint, filed in New York, claimed the op-ed made “false and defamatory statements.”

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Ad of the Day: Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones Reunite to Remake Fairy Tales for Pure Leaf Tea

In these reimagined fairy tales, the princess refuses to hop onto a towering stack of mattresses to prove her royal lineage, Rapunzel gives herself a pixie makeover and Gretel logs a 40,000-step day by avoiding a creepy candy shack. The reworked stories, told by actress-comedian Amy Poehler in a digital content series from PepsiCo’s Pure Leaf, show what would’ve happened if these fictional characters had dug in their heels in various classic scenarios.

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