Biz New Orleans - January 2021

Report: Restaurant Sales Dropped by $240 Billion in 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Restaurant Association has released its 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report, which measures the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the restaurant industry and examines the current state of key pillars including technology and…

New Orleans Set 'Shepherd' Debuts on Amazon Prime

NEW ORLEANS - Locally produced TV pilot Shepherd, which won awards at the Independent Television Festival in Manchester, Vt. in 2017, has now re-emerged as a four-part limited web series available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Directed by former…

Shutterstock to Purchase N.O.-Based Turbosquid

NEW YORK - Shutterstock Inc. - an online global marketplace for images - announced it will acquire New Orleans-based technology company TurboSquid Inc. in a deal worth $75 million. Founded in 2000, TurboSquid is a leading source for stock 3D…

US Consumer Confidence Rebounds in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence rose in January as Americans became more optimistic about the future. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index increased to 89.3, a rebound from December when it dipped to 87.1. The…

State Report Questions Louisiana's Air Quality Enforcement

BATON ROUGE – Though Louisiana’s air quality has improved in recent years, state regulators should be doing more to ensure companies are complying with air quality rules, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor says. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality agreed with…

Juanita Hill-Kennedy Joins Volunteers of America

NEW ORLEANS - Juanita Hill-Kennedy recently joined the staff of Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana as the director of human resources. Since 1896, VOA's ministry of service has "supported and empowered America's most vulnerable people, touching the mind, body and…

Abita Introduces Libre Rum & Cola

ABITA SPRINGS, La. – Abita Brewing Company has introduced Libre Rum & Cola, a ready-to-drink cocktail available in four-packs of 12-ounce cans. “Consumers are looking for convenience without having to sacrifice quality. We started development with the goal of crafting…

Arroyo Joins Biden Administration

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleanian Vicki Arroyo will join the Biden administration as associate administrator of policy for the Environmental Protection Agency. A graduate of New Orleans Public Schools, she holds an undergraduate degree from Emory University in biology, a…

Schools Host Career Fair

NEW ORLEANS - The career centers at University of New Orleans, Dillard University, Loyola University New Orleans, Southern University at New Orleans, and Xavier University of Louisiana have announced their joint 2021 NOLA Virtual Career Expo.  This virtual event will…