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That’s translating into higher prices for orange juice — averaging $6.63 per gallon.
Consumers are drinking less, but still guzzle $3.2 billion worth of juice per year, says Jonna Parker of Nielsen research.
“It’s still a really, really big industry,” she says, but there's been a steady decline in sales over the last five years.
The size of orange juice containers is shrinking as well.
“Some of the brands out there have put the orange juice into the smaller, one-serving size” says LeAnna Himrod, who heads the Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association in Florida.
She says beverage companies are responding to busy consumers who not only want convenience, but also something that feels fresh and healthy.
Consumers like DC resident Rob Parker, who worries about the sugar in off-the-shelf orange juice.
“I used to go through probably half a gallon every few days," he says. "Now, I only get fresh-squeezed, and that’s maybe once or twice a month.”
Growers are trying to keep back the greening disease in order to lower prices, and hopefully, bring orange juice back to the breakfast table.
Chipotle recently extended paid sick leave, vacation and tuition reimbursement to its hourly workers.
Still, tens of thousands of employees at Chipotle Mexican Grills around the country are not happy with the Denver-based fast casual poster child over how they are paid. Earlier this month, a court in Los Angeles approved a $2 million settlement with over 38,000 plaintiffs for allegations of unpaid overtime, rest breaks and minimum wage. These Chipotle employees and others in more lawsuits across the country have joined a national workplace trend: filing class-action lawsuits against their employer claiming unfair pay.
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Britney Swa started working at a Chipotle in Centennial, Colorado in 2010 as a crew-member. Swa ran the cashier, grilled meat and served customers, at $14.50 an hour plus overtime at time-and-a-half. When she was promoted to apprentice manager a few months later she expected to get more managerial training, but she said the only difference was making the daily morning bank deposit.
“It takes you like 15 minutes,” she says.
On top of that, she was now averaging 55-60 hours a week, she says, and she was now an exempt employee and couldn’t claim overtime.
“If they needed coverage, you’d be the one to cover, or someone calls in sick or they can’t come in that day, you gotta cover.”
Swa is one of the tens of thousands of plaintiffs in settled and ongoing lawsuits from California to New York suing Chipotle for unpaid wages either because they allege they were misclassified as managers or because they worked off the clock, cleaning the store and attending mandatory meetings.
“Cases of this kind are happening with increasing frequency around the country and are not unique to Chipotle,” company spokesman Chris Arnold says.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, federal lawsuits like this one have more than doubled in the past decade.
“It’s very confusing to figure out how to follow this law,” Mountain States Employers Council attorney Lorrie Ray says.
The federal law was written during the Great Depression. Rules on when to pay overtime, for example, are complicated and there’s a lot of room for error, Ray says.
“Plaintiffs’ attorneys, the employees’ attorneys, became aware that this was sort of lucrative ground for them to cover,” she says. “They started insisting that employers pay their clients for mistakes they’d made under the law.”
There’s another reason, according to Denver University law professor Nantiya Ruan, who is also helping with the apprentice overtime lawsuit against Chipotle. The modern-day workplace is different.
“We expect workers to be on call and working a tremendous amount of hours in a way that we hadn’t been in the 60s and 70s,” she says.
Chipotle has now settled lawsuits with workers in Maryland, California and Florida. In the coming months, wage lawsuits against the company in Colorado, Minnesota and Texas are pending class action certification.
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That's the average price of a gallon of orange juice. The higher cost is being blamed on one of the smallest orange crops in years. But aside from a change in price, the orange juice industry is also experimenting with smaller packaging in response to consumers who want their dose of Vitamin C to go.
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