Banana Republic and Finnish fashion house Marimekko announce the Banana Republic Marimekko Collection 2014

Banana Republic Marimekko Collection Brings a Pop of Color to her Summer Wardrobe

New York, NY, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Banana Republic and Finnish fashion and design house Marimekko announce the Banana Republic Marimekko Collection – a limited-edition capsule that uniquely marries Banana Republic’s modern, American style with some of Marimekko’s most iconic textile designs – offering  a spirited collection of dresses, separates and accessories for women that will make her summer wardrobe “pop.” The women’s capsule collection launches exclusively at select Banana Republic locations worldwide and online beginning in late May 2014.

Marimekko first made headlines in the United States when Jacqueline Kennedy donned a number of the brand’s iconic printed dresses during the 1960 U.S. presidential campaign. Today, Marimekko’s vibrant designs still resonate with celebrity tastemakers and consumers alike.

The Marimekko brand has become world-renowned for an artistic approach to print-making. Marimekko’s team of artists juxtapose cheerful, fresh prints, creating whimsical patterns and textiles that are rich in variation, yet timeless in design.

“Marimekko’s unique design of pattern and color has always inspired me as a designer,” says Banana Republic Vice President of Women’s Design, Melloney Birkett. “With this summer capsule, we wanted to create a collection that marries Marimekko’s iconic prints with our signature silhouettes. We were inspired by Marimekko founder Armi Ratia’s motto of, ‘Stand out from the rest,’ and we designed a collection of must-have summer standouts.”

The near 25 piece apparel and accessories women’s collection blends some of the most signature items from both brands, including Banana Republic’s iconic Hampton pant in Marimekko’s heroic black and white polka dot print. Items range from an architecturally designed cotton tunic with a plunging neckline, to a billowing maxi dress, to a dramatic full skirt – offering a versatile summer capsule that marries culture with style.

The collection’s featured patterns, created by three of Marimekko’s storied designers, each tell a unique story through distinctive prints. From intriguing landscapes and folk-inspired art, to circular dots that dance in a single file, the prints splash the capsule with bright hues alongside classic black and white.

“At Marimekko, we are inspired by emotions. Life springs from opposing forces, and the desire to contradict emotions – happy with sad, energetic with relaxed – is what makes our prints so unique,” says Marimekko Creative Director, Minna Kemell-Kutvonen. “It was a delight to know Banana Republic finds our designs as striking as we do. Each of the iconic prints selected has a wonderful, joyful story – and with Banana Republic we are excited to continue to bring that joy to countless people around the world.”

Apparel includes petites and will range in price from $39.50 (tank top) – $140 (dress); accessories range from $39.50 (clutch) – $98 (shoes).

Join the conversation on Twitter with @BananaRepublic @MarimekkoGlobal

ABOUT BANANA REPUBLIC
Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering modern American style. Dedicated to helping customers achieve their best in life’s moments big and small, both personally and professionally, Banana Republic offers covetable clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear and fragrance at accessible prices. Founded in San Francisco, Banana Republic is located in over 700 company-operated and franchise retail locations worldwide. Customers also can shop online or at (888) BR-STYLE. For more information about Banana Republic, a division of Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), please visit bananarepublic.com

ABOUT MARIMEKKO
Marimekko is a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned for its original prints and colours. The company designs and manufactures high-quality interior decoration items ranging from furnishing fabrics to tableware as well as clothing, bags and other accessories. When Marimekko was founded in 1951, its unparalleled printed fabrics gave it a strong and unique identity. Marimekko products are sold in approximately 40 countries. In 2012, brand sales of Marimekko products worldwide amounted to approximately EUR 187 million and the company’s net sales were EUR 88 million. The number of Marimekko stores totaled 108 at the year end. The key markets are North America, Northern Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The Group employs around 500 people. The company’s share is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. www.marimekko.com

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Benefit Cosmetics opens its very first store in France

Paris, France, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — After the US, Asia and the UK, Benefit Cosmetics is out to conquer Paris! The Californian brand is opening its very first store in France in the vibrant Montorgueil quarter, right in the heart of the capital. Pink wallpaper, two-tone stripes, delightfully quaint, old-fashioned characters: all the cult codes are in place to let customers live the Benefit experience in Paris!

Benefit fans will feel perfectly at home: everything the San Francisco brand is famous for will be there to enjoy at 56, rue Tiquetonne. The unique ambiance, of course, but also all Benefit’s iconic signature products, including “They’re Real” mascara, “The POREfessional” balm, and “Benetint” lip and cheek stain… Not to mention the essential brow bar! Indeed, the Paris store places a particular emphasis on the services that are part of Benefit’s successful formula, offering waxing, airbrush tans, false eyelash application, and make-up lessons between friends.

On Friday, January 24, at 10 am, the store will open its doors in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. This represents the latest stage in Benefit’s development strategy in Europe, following recent store openings in London, Dublin and Madrid at the end of 2013. Already sold in France in the Sephora network, as well as via the brand’s on-line store, Benefit Cosmetics now has a new showcase!

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Benefit Cosmetics opens its very first store in France

Benefit Cosmetics opens its very first store in France

Walmart to launch new $10 million fund for innovation in American manufacturing

Washington, D.C., US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Walmart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon joined 280 of the nation’s mayors in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting to announce a new fund for innovation in American manufacturing and a new supplier commitment to bring production of bikes and jobs to South Carolina.

The $10 million fund for innovation:
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will fund the five-year program and work in collaboration with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to launch it in March. The fund will provide grants to innovators in the manufacturing sector and seeks to create new processes, ideas, and jobs that support America’s growing manufacturing footprint.

“If we want to grow manufacturing and help rebuild America’s middle class, we need the brightest minds in our universities, in our think tanks, and in our towns to tackle obstacles to U.S. manufacturing,” said Simon. “The $10 million fund will identify and award leaders in manufacturing innovation and help us all work together to create opportunity.”

Last year Walmart announced that it will buy an additional $50 billion in American products. That’s $50 billion more than it does today 10 years from now. Walmart estimates that its $50 billion pledge, in the 10th year, will result in Walmart buying an additional $250 billion cumulatively over the next 10 years. This pledge is in an effort to grow U.S. manufacturing and encourage the creation of U.S. jobs.

The Boston Consulting Group predicts that this $250 billion investment will create one million jobs, when you include the jobs in manufacturing and related services.

Kent Bicycles:
Kent Bicycles announced it is moving production from overseas to Clarendon, S.C. According to Kent, when at full capacity in 2016, they will have added at least 175 jobs and will be assembling 500,000 bikes annually. The company, based in Parsippany, N.J., expects to start production in the fall of 2014.

“We look forward to bringing production to South Carolina,” said Arnold Kamler, owner of Kent Bicycles. “Our company moved all manufacturing overseas in 1990 because it was so much more cost effective. When Walmart made its commitment to U.S. manufacturing last year, it opened our eyes to restarting some manufacturing here. We attended Walmart’s August manufacturing summit and were able to focus our efforts quickly and make things happen with South Carolina.”

“Those that have already taken the risk to move or expand manufacturing in the U.S. tell us they are experiencing a first-mover advantage—a significant leg-up in terms of market-share and momentum,” added Simon. “Kent Bicycles is taking the opportunity to become one of those first-movers with its facility in South Carolina.”

“It’s exciting to see a leading manufacturer, like Kent Bicycles, choose South Carolina to manufacture bicycles, a mainstay of an American childhood. We celebrate the company’s decision to create at least 175 new jobs and produce a half a million bicycles annually in Clarendon County, and we are pleased that Walmart’s commitment to domestic manufacturing is accelerating real progress on the issue,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Walmart also announced that it will host its second U.S. manufacturing summit in Denver, Colo., in August 2014. One focus of this year’s summit will be connecting manufacturers in need of component parts to factories with excess capacity.

“Many factories aren’t operating at full capacity. By working together, we have an opportunity to repurpose or help add production to some of these communities,” said Simon. “This will help rebuild the American supply chain to support U.S. manufacturing and create more jobs.”

Walmart’s first summit in August 2013 brought together more than 1,500 attendees, including 500 suppliers, 34 states and government officials to discuss opportunities to create jobs, restore communities and drive economic growth.

Additional supplier information:

  • 72 percent of Walmart suppliers believe that manufacturing in the U.S. will be cost favorable within four years or less.
  • 40 different departments at Walmart are in active discussions with suppliers to manufacture here.

For additional information about Walmart’s commitment to U.S. manufacturing, visit: corporate.walmart.com/us-manufacturing.

About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our 11,096 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of approximately $466 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

 

Apple® announced iBooks® Textbooks and iTunes U® Course Manager are expanding worldwide

iBooks Textbooks & iTunes U Course Manager Now Available in Over 50 Countries

Cupertino, CA, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple® today announced iBooks® Textbooks and iTunes U® Course Manager are expanding into new markets across Asia, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere around the world. iBooks Textbooks bring Multi-Touch™ textbooks with dynamic, current and interactive content to teachers and students in 51 countries now including Brazil, Italy and Japan; and iTunes U Course Manager, available in 70 countries now including Russia, Thailand and Malaysia, allows educators to create and distribute courses for their own classrooms, or share them publicly, on the iTunes U app.

“The incredible content and tools available for iPad provide teachers with new ways to customize learning unlike ever before,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We can’t wait to see how teachers in even more countries will create their new lesson plans with interactive textbooks, apps and rich digital content.”

iBooks Textbooks offer iPad® users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, rotating 3D diagrams, flick-through photo galleries and tap-to-play videos. iBooks Textbooks don’t weigh down a backpack, can be updated as events unfold and don’t need to be returned. With nearly 25,000 educational titles created by independent publishers, teachers and leading education services companies, including new educational content from Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Hodder Education, iBooks Textbooks now cover 100 percent of US high school core curriculum and the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) core curriculum in the UK.

“Oxford University Press is using iBooks Author for Headway, Oxford’s all-time best-selling English language series, to create engaging iBooks Textbooks for iPad,” said Peter Marshall, Managing Director, ELT Division at Oxford University Press. “In releasing 13 new iBooks Textbooks, including ‘Headway Pre-Intermediate,’ the best-selling level in the series, we are enriching the language learning experience for students around the world.”

“We believe resources like iBooks Textbooks represent a monumental shift in learning because they engage multiple capacities of each individual student,” said Miguel Dominguez, Marketing Director of Imaxina Novas Tecnoloxias in Spain, an independent educational content developer and publisher of iBooks Textbooks, including “The Senses,” which incorporates interactive elements such as video and animated images of the human eye and ear to illustrate how the body works.

With iTunes U Course Manager educators can quickly and easily share their knowledge and resources directly with their class or to a global audience on iTunes U. This free iOS app gives millions of learners access to the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools, leading universities and prominent institutions. iTunes U Course manager also gives teachers the ability to integrate their own documents as part of course curriculum, as well as content from the Internet, hundreds of thousands of books on the iBooks Store, over 750,000 materials from existing iTunes U collections, or any of the more than one million iOS apps available on the revolutionary App Store℠.

“iPad is so much more than just a textbook or just a notepad for students—it’s a powerful educational tool, a study partner, a window into the past and a glimpse of the future,” said Sophie Post, fourth grade history teacher at UK’s Falkner House school. “Teaching history was once a static timeline of events. In leveraging the entire educational ecosystem of iPad, creating my own iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U courses, and pulling in apps like History: Maps of the World, studying history has suddenly become a creative, dynamic and truly transformative experience for my pupils.”

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Press Contacts:
Andy Bowman
Apple
abowman@apple.com
(408) 783-0619

Trudy Muller
Apple
tmuller@apple.com
(408) 862-7426

Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, iBooks, iTunes U, Multi-Touch, iPad and App Store are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Meijer announced its customers generously donated more than $510,000 during the holiday Simply Give campaign

Retailer’s hunger relief campaign generated more than $1.2 million for local food pantries

Grand Rapids, MI, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer customers generously donated more than $510,000 during the holiday Simply Givecampaign, helping food pantries throughout the Midwest restock their shelves. That commitment to supporting hungry families, combined with a donation from Meijer, raised the holiday campaign total to more than $1.2 million, making it the most successful campaign since Simply Give began in November 2008.

“We cannot thank our customers, team members and pantry partners enough for continuing to rise to the challenge and help us feed hungry families in the communities we serve,” Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “It’s truly inspiring to see this level of engagement, especially as we celebrated Simply Give’s five-year milestone this holiday season.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their missions of feeding hungry families.

Thanks to the holiday campaign that ended earlier this month, the Simply Give program has generated nearly $8 million for those partners to distribute to hungry families. And, more importantly, those meals stay local, said Janet Emerson, executive vice president of retail operations for Meijer.

“We know how important it is to our customers that their generous donations remain in their local communities,” Emerson said. “That’s why each of our stores partner with a local food pantry during the Simply Give campaigns.”

During the Simply Give program, which runs three times a year, customers are encouraged to purchase $10 Meijer Food Pantry Donation Cards that are then converted into Meijer food-only gift cards and given to the food pantry selected by the store.

“Hunger is a problem that continues to increase in all of our communities,” Doug Meijer said. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work toward ensuring no one has to live without food.”

To view a video highlighting Meijer’s hunger relief efforts, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/simply-give-at-meijer.

To view an infographic on the 5-year milestone of the Simply Give program, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/Media/Default/Media%20Tools/13-MJR-100_SimplyGiveInfo_HR.pdf.

About Meijer Philanthropy
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Meijer’s Style Team shares what to look for in the denim category this winter and spring

The Most Versatile Piece in a Closet

Grand Rapids, MI, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — No age limit or season restrictions – that’s denim. What piece in a wardrobe can be worn for work, play or party? Denim. What makes the cut each time a closet is changed over? Denim. The most versatile pieces in a closet are of the well-liked and always fashionable denim.

Jeans are by far the most popular denim item. While the core material remains the same, design, detailing and fabric finishes keep jeans updated and fresh.

Meijer’s Style Team shares what to look for in the denim category this winter and spring:

  • New curvy fit offers a bit more room in the hip and thigh areas
  • Waistlines are moving up a bit with more mid-rise styles
  • Compressed stitching, embroidery, studs and bling add detailing to pockets
  • Blue remains dominant, but darker shades are most appropriate for a dressier, cleaner look
  • Destruction detailing and lighter washes are important for the Junior customer
  • Comfort is key with women’s stretch denim
  • Pair with crop tops and T-shirts for play; blazers and vests for work; and sweaters and blouses for parties
  • Not just long jeans: There will be plenty of Capri length, shorts of Bermuda, mid-thigh and shorter styles, vests, and jackets
  • Belting adds additional interest to all styles

Meijer offers a large selection of fashionable denim pieces for every member of the family at affordable prices. For additional advice on in-trend fashions and other ideas from the Meijer Style Team, please visit www.MeijerStyle.com.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. For more information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:  Chris Morrisroe, 248-666-3897, cmorrisroe@comcast.net

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Meijer now with free Wi-Fi access in all its stores

Meijer mPerks subscription reaches two-million customers, free Wi-Fi in stores enhances digital coupon program

Grand Rapids, MI, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Digital coupon use is at an all-time high with more than 2 million Meijer shoppers now subscribed to the free mPerks program, and Meijer has made significant investments to make digital savings easier for its customers.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer now has free Wi-Fi capability in all its stores, making it easier for customers to access their mPerks accounts and the Meijer mobile app, freeing up their smartphone data plans for other uses.

“Our customers are relying on digital tools more than ever as they shop, which is why we’re constantly providing them with resources to enhance their shopping experience,” said Michael Ross, vice president of customer marketing and emerging technology. “And, now with free Wi-Fi in our stores, we’re offering an additional cost savings because our customers no longer have to use their data plans while shopping.”

The retailer’s open Wi-Fi network gives its savvy, deal-seeking mPerks subscribers the opportunity to easily review and clip digital coupons while in the store.

Growth in the retailer’s mPerks digital coupon program has been steep, surpassing 2 million subscribers last month – just one year after hitting the 1 million subscriber milestone. In December alone, the program generated more than 129,000 new members, nearly 31 million clipped offers, and $12.6 million in savings issued to customers. The program has a redemption rate up to four times higher than the national average.

The retailer attributes the program’s success to a variety of recent enhancements, including a new mPerks website; personalized, baby and pharmacy rewards; and offers bundled by theme that have created new ways for the customer to save.

The Wi-Fi investment also helps the nearly 650,000 Meijer mobile app users to conveniently manage their entire shopping trip. The Meijer app is available as a free download for iPhone and Android smartphones through Apple Inc.’s App Store and the Android Market, and has many popular features, including:

  • View and clip digital coupons with the mPerks program
  • Create and check off items on a shopping list
  • Browse sale items and save to shopping list
  • Earn total purchase savings from Personalized, Pharmacy and Baby Reward programs
  • Receive maps to a nearby Meijer store
  • Search and find products on a store map

“We’re pleased that so many of our customers are taking advantage of the time- and money-saving resources we have in place,” Ross said. “We’re dedicated to finding solutions to enhance their shopping experience.”

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:    Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Meijer now with free Wi-Fi access in all its stores

Meijer now with free Wi-Fi access in all its stores

H&M now number 64 on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index

H&M is ranked number 64 on the Global 100 annual list of the most sustainable companies in the world.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yesterday the 2014 iteration of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (Global 100) index was released. H&M is included in the list for the fifth consecutive year and climbed to rank 64 overall (up from 73 in 2013). H&M is the highest ranking retailing company and together with Adidas (8) the only fashion company representing the list.

The Global 100 Methodology

Qualifying Global 100 companies are scored on a list of twelve quantitative key performance indicators that range from energy and water use, to employee compensation and corporate tax strategy.

Because the indicators are quantitative and clearly-defined, the results of the Global 100 are objective and replicable. The Global 100 follows a rules-based construction methodology and is more similar to a financial index than many other sustainability indices.

Read more about the Global 100 index

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David Beckham stars in new campaign for the spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear at H&M

David Beckham will star in a new campaign to launch the spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear at H&M. Shot by director Nicolas Winding Refn, known for his movies Drive and Only God Forgives, the campaign will debut during the US Super Bowl on February 2nd 2014.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the action-packed plot, David is locked out of a photo shoot on a rooftop in just his underwear, with no way down.  He has to go to any length to get to safety, performing all his own stunts in the process. David has filmed two alternative versions, which will be put to a vote on hm.com to find the people’s favourite, voting starts January 27th.

“It was so exciting to work with one of my favourite directors, Nicolas Winding Refn, on my new campaign for H&M. Nicolas pushed me hard to create an action-packed film, which shows off this season’s new heritage-inspired bodywear at its best,” says David Beckham.

“I loved working with David for his new campaign. He is a natural in front of the camera, and was fearless when performing his own stunts. The campaign is funny, smart and spectacular, and shows the many different sides of David’s personality,” says Nicolas Winding Refn.

The campaign features pieces from the Spring David Beckham Bodywear collection, which sees a fresh take on heritage. Stripes of varying width are introduced on long-sleeve Henleys, vests and trunks, as well as varsity style lettering on the back of long-sleeve raglan tops. Also debuting will be David Beckham Bodywear pieces for kids. A mini-me collection for boys with Henley’s, vests, trunks, long johns and pyjama shorts. The collections will be available in selected H&M stores and online from January 30.

These new pieces join the core David Beckham Bodywear collection, which has already become a staple in the wardrobes of men worldwide since its launch in February 2012.

GLOBAL MEDIA INQURIES

Only for media representatives
Press phone number +46 8 796 53 00
mediarelations@hm.com

Please note this number is only for media representatives. For other enquiries contact H&M’s switchboard on +46 8 796 55 00.

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David Beckham stars in new campaign for the spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear at H&M

David Beckham stars in new campaign for the spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear at H&M

Stop & Shop announced it recalls Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Singles due to undeclared allergen

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by Kraft Foods, Stop & Shop announced it removed from sale Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Singles Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac due to an undeclared allergen, soy, on the ingredient label. This product is safe to consume for individuals who do not suffer from a soy allergy.

The following product is included in this recall:

  • Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Singles Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac, 9 oz., UPC2100004329 with sell by dates of March 2, 2014 – October 23, 2014

Stop & Shop has received no reports of illnesses to date. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Symptoms of food allergies typically appear from within a few minutes to two hours after a person has eaten the food to which he or she is allergic. Allergic reactions can include: hives; flushed skin or rash; tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth; face, tongue, or lip swelling; vomiting and/or diarrhea; abdominal cramps; coughing or wheezing; dizziness and/or lightheadedness; swelling of the throat and vocal cords; difficulty breathing; loss of consciousness.

Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Stop & Shop for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Kraft Foods at 800-396-5512. In addition customers may call Stop & Shop Customer Service at 1-800-767-7772 for more information. Customers can also visit the Stop & Shop website at www.stopandshop.com.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 60,000 associates and operates 398 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 54 of its existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Contact:

Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
914-251-2834
arlene.putterman@stopandshop.com

Lindsay Hawley
Stop & Shop New England Division
617-276-7756
lhawley@webershandwick.com

 

Giant Food of Landover, MD recalls Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Singles Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac

Landover, MD, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by Kraft Foods, Giant Food of Landover, Md. announced it removed from sale Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Singles Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac due to an undeclared allergen, soy, on the ingredient label. This product is safe to consume for individuals who do not suffer from a soy allergy.

The following product is included in this recall:

  • Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Singles Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac, 9 oz., UPC2100004329 with sell by dates of March 2, 2014 – October 23, 2014

Giant has received no reports of illnesses to date. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Symptoms of food allergies typically appear from within a few minutes to two hours after a person has eaten the food to which he or she is allergic. Allergic reactions can include: hives; flushed skin or rash; tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth; face, tongue, or lip swelling; vomiting and/or diarrhea; abdominal cramps; coughing or wheezing; dizziness and/or lightheadedness; swelling of the throat and vocal cords; difficulty breathing; loss of consciousness.

Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Giant for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Kraft Foods at 800-396-5512. In addition customers may call Giant Customer Service at 1-888-469-4426 for more information. Customers can also visit the Giant Food website at www.GiantFood.com.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 156 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com.

Contact:

Jamie Miller
Giant Food of Landover, MD
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Koninklijke Ahold N.V.’s shareholders approved the company’s proposal to return €1 billion to shareholders

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold’s shareholders today approved the company’s proposal to return € 1 billion to shareholders by way of a capital repayment and reverse stock split.

Shareholders voted at an Extraordinary General Meeting held at Ahold’s headquarters in Zaandam, The Netherlands. The meeting was attended by 65 shareholders, representing approximately 657 million votes.

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Cautionary notice

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