Two girls are petitioning McDonald’s and Burger King to scrap plastic toys in kids’ meals

(CNN)When children open their kids’ meals from McDonald’s or Burger King, they’re probably looking forward to one thing the most: the plastic toy inside. The evolution of the Happy Meal “We know our young guests really enjoy their King Jr. meals, and we are working on the development of more sustainable packaging and alternative toy solutions,” Burger King said in a statement. The company has pledged to have a more sustainable toy solution in place by next year. McDonald’s said …

Donald Trump threatens new tariffs on $4bn of EU products

Whisky, cheese and olives among items that could be hit in row over aircraft subsidies Donald Trump has threatened fresh tariffs on $4bn (3,2bn) of European products including cheese, scotch whisky and olives, ratcheting up pressure on the EU in a US representatives office released a list of 89 additional items including olives, Italian and Dutch cheese, Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey, pasta, coffee and ham that could face tariffs. These join products worth $21bn that were announced as potential targets …

‘Pokemon,’ ‘Gears of War’ and other nostalgic video games are a multi-billion-dollar business

New York (CNN Business)“Pokmon,” “Final Fantasy,” and “Gears of War” are about as different as video games can be, but what they share in common is surprising: They’re more than a decade old and still producing new, exceedingly popular games. Nintendo is cashing in once more. At E3, it teased “Pokémon Sword” and “Pokémon Shield,” two role-playing games coming later this year. “A new ‘Pokémon’ game is all but a guaranteed mega-seller for Nintendo,” Felix Richter, senior editor at statistics …

Meal kits, Kombucha and snacks for delivery: Convenience stores are getting a makeover

New York (CNN Business)America’s convenience stores are trying to shake off their reputation as gas stations with hot dogs on rollers and Slurpees inside. Traditional players are responding to consumer trends and competition. Shoppers who visit convenience stores tend to be younger and more diverse than the overall population. Nearly a third of Millennials shop at convenience stores at least once a week, according to Kantar data. And younger, time-strapped customers are demanding healthier foods, analysts say. Dollar General (DG) …