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Chipotle says there’s no link to ‘Supergirl’ actor’s illness

“Supergirl” actor Jeremy Jordan says he almost died after eating at a Chipotle, but the company insists there is no connection between his illness and its food.
“Supergirl” actor Jeremy Jordan says he almost died after eating at a Chipotle, but the company insists there is no connection between his illness and its food.(Scott Olson/Getty Images)


Chipotle says its food did not make ‘Supergirl’ actor sick

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said there’s no connection between the company and an illness suffered by “Supergirl” actor Jeremy Jordan, who blamed the burrito chain for making him severely sick. “There is not a link and there are no other reports of illness at the restaurant,” Quinn Kelsey, a spokeswoman for the Denver-based company, said in an e-mail. The incident threatens to renew concerns about food safety at Chipotle, which has struggled to bounce back from an E. coli crisis in 2015 that sickened customers. Jordan said last week that he was hospitalized after eating at the chain. The actor, who plays Winn Schott on “Supergirl,” posted an Instagram story on Thursday from his hospital bed, saying that “the food did not agree with me and I almost died,” according to People. The shares fell as much as 4.4 percent in early trading on Monday, extending a rout this year. But they began to recover after Chipotle’s latest remarks, which suggest that the company doesn’t see itself as the cause. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


Acquia hires tech veteran as CEO

Acquia, a Boston startup that helps clients manage their websites and interact with their customers, has hired tech industry veteran Michael Sullivan as its chief executive. Sullivan, who was previously a senior vice president at Hewlett Packard and its subsidiary software company Micro Focus, replaces Tom Erickson, who announced in May that he would leave the company. As part of the leadership change, Acquia cofounder and chief technology officer Dries Buytaert will also be elevated to chairman of the company. Acquia, which said it has about 800 employees, has raised more than $170 million in venture capital since it was founded a decade ago. The company has long specialized in content management systems, which help users control what appears on their websites. In recent months it has been branching out into other tools that help clients interact with their customers. Acquia lists among its customers the City of Boston, MillerCoors, Xerox, and Steward Health Care. — ANDY ROSEN



Prices at the pump continue to climb

Gas prices in Massachusetts are up 6 cents this week. AAA Northeast’s weekly survey released Monday found that the average price of self-serve, regular is $2.53 per gallon. That’s 3 cents below the national average of $2.56. The state price has risen 41 cents since this time last year, when it was averaging $2.12 per gallon. AAA found a 42-cent range in prices for self-serve, regular, from a low of $2.37 to a high of $2.79 per gallon. — ASSOCIATED PRESS



Missouri AG launches probe into Google’s handling of customer data

Missouri’s attorney general said Monday that he has launched an investigation into whether Google has mishandled private customer data and manipulated its search results to favor its own products and stifle competitors. The probe comes after European regulators investigated significant aspects of Google’s business and as Washington is taking a harder look into the influence of dominant tech companies in American society. Attorney General Josh Hawley said that the investigation will focus on three issues: the scope of Google’s data collection, whether it has abused its market position as a dominant search engine, and whether the company has unfairly used content produced by competitors, like Yelp, in its own search results. The state has issued Google a subpoena seeking information about its business practices. Hawley, who recently announced his candidacy for the US Senate, said that the investigation was prompted in part by the recent fine levied against Google by European antitrust regulators for favoring its own search results, and concerns that Google was engaging in similar behavior in the United States. Hawley said that his preliminary investigation suggests that Google may not be accurately disclosing how much data it collects about customers and that people don’t have a meaningful choice to opt out of Google’s data collection. — WASHINGTON POST



Former marketing chief for Anheuser-Busch moves from beer to pot

“This bud’s for you” has taken on a whole new meaning for Chris Burggraeve. The former chief marketing officer for Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the brewer of Budweiser beer, is moving from barley and hops to cannabis as the alcohol industry casts its sights on the burgeoning market for state-sanctioned marijuana. Burggraeve, 52, has made two investments in the space. Most recently, he joined the advisory board of GreenRush Group. The San Francisco-based startup, which says it aims to be the Amazon of weed, closed its $3.6 million Series A fund-raising round last week. Burggraeve, a native of Belgium with a master’s degree in economics, also cofounded Toast, which makes dosed, prerolled joints. The former beer executive is one of many entrepreneurs and investors increasingly flocking to the cannabis industry from the traditional business world. Big Beer took its first step last month when Constellation Brands Inc., which sells Corona in the United States, announced its investment in Canopy Growth Corp., a Canadian seller of medicinal-marijuana products. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


Lyft expands into Canada

Lyft announced Monday that it planned to begin operating in Toronto, its first international location, in time for the holiday season. The company, which has benefited from several scandals at Uber, is trying to raise the stakes in its rivalry with its much larger competitor. Lyft has begun exploring an initial public offering in 2018 and raised $1 billion in financing last month, getting support from Alphabet’s venture investment arm, CapitalG, along the way. Lyft said it would start its service in Toronto next month. Lyft has high hopes for the Toronto market. John Zimmer, the company’s president and cofounder, told the Toronto Star that he expected the Canadian city to eventually become one of Lyft’s five largest markets. In an effort to entice drivers, Lyft is offering a 25 percent bonus for the first 3,000 drivers who are approved and who complete 20 rides a week during the company’s first three months of operation in Toronto. — NEW YORK TIMES



Ralph Lauren lets you create your own crew neck

Ralph Lauren is offering create-it-yourself crew necks as customization gains popularity with shoppers. Starting Thursday, customers online and at a Manhattan store can choose what they want. The sweater will be knit to order and arrive at their homes within two weeks. The sweaters cost $198, a price the company says is about the same as a regular crew neck. Last year, Ralph Lauren opened a custom shop at its London flagship store, where customers can embroider and add patches to Polo shirts, hats, and blazers. The company also says it had success with customizable T-shirts for men, women, and children at the Polo Ralph Lauren Shops at the US Open. Chief innovation officer David Lauren said the company hopes to have custom shops at all its stores. — ASSOCIATED PRESS



Russian gun maker goes private

One of Russia’s most recognizable brands, the gun maker Kalashnikov Kontsern, is undergoing a corporate shake-up. The company will be sold, according to official statements and Russian media reports, effectively privatizing it and reportedly leaving a single investor, Alexey Krivoruchko, with a controlling stake. The sale is the latest transformation for the company, which for 70 years has been making Kalashnikov-pattern rifles, popularly known as AK-47s and used by militaries and militant groups worldwide.. — NEW YORK TIMES