IKEA to celebrate traditional annual Swedish Easter Smörgåsbord on April 11

Conshohocken, PA, 2014-3-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the Life Improvement Store, invites consumers to join in celebrating the spring and the Easter holiday with an annual Swedish Easter Smörgåsbord known as Påskbord.

The traditional, all-you can eat buffet will be hosted in all IKEA Restaurants onFriday, April 11. Guests can enjoy an endless meal of classic Swedish food offerings such as Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, smoked salmon, Swedish ham, and much more. The cost of the buffet is $9.99 per person or $2.49 for kids 12 and under for IKEA FAMILY* members ($12.99 per person/$4.99 for kids 12 and under for non-IKEA FAMILY attendees).

Because of long, cold winters in Sweden, Easter comes as a welcome sign of spring. Swedish homes are decorated with feathered birch twigs, chickens and decorated eggs. As part of the celebration, children dress up in costumes, paint eggs and play games. The festivities culminate with a big smörgåsbord spread of traditional Swedish favorites.

The IKEA Påskbord menu** includes:

First Course
Assorted Herring
Hard-boiled Eggs with Shrimp
Hard-boiled Eggs with Sillrom or Tångkorn

Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
Gravad Lax with Mustard Sauce
Marinated Salmon with Mustard Sauce
Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Sauce
Poached Salmon

Second Course
Assorted Swedish Cheeses
Tossed Salad
Cucumber Salad
Red Beet Salad

Breads: Crispbread, Crisprolls, Softbread and Thinbread

Third Course
Swedish Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes or Boiled Potatoes with Dill
Jansson’s Temptation
Swedish Ham

Desserts & Beverages
Assorted Swedish Desserts and Cookies
Fountain Beverages and Hot Beverages

Space is limited, so purchase your tickets early. Contact your Local IKEA Store for more details and to purchase tickets.

*IKEA FAMILY is a benefits program that offers membership perks including special product discounts, sneak previews, free coffee and tea in the IKEA Restaurant, and more. Consumers can sign up for the free program online or in-store.
**Menu is subject to change due to product availability.

About IKEA
IKEA strives to be ‘The Life Improvement Store,’ and since its 1943 founding in Sweden, has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 350 IKEA stores in 44 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings company, incorporates sustainable efforts into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, go to www.IKEA-USA.com.

H&M to release its Conscious Actions Sustainability Report for 2013 on April 10

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-3-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thursday, April 10, H&M releases its Conscious Actions Sustainability Report for 2013.

Helena Helmersson, Head of Sustainability, presents the most important progress and challenges. The presentation will be followed by an open Q&A session. The press conference will be live streamed.
Date and time:             Thursday, April 10, at 10:00 AM CET

Location:                       H&M, Mäster Samuelsgatan 49, floor 3

Link to the live stream: http://new.livestream.com/hennesandmauritz/SustainabilityReport2013

The press conference, held in English, is only open to journalists and analysts. Please note that all hours are CET.

Interview requests:

Andrea Roos
Phone: +46 8 796 89 37

Please notify participation to:

Emelie Demsell
Phone +46 8 517 627 75

H&M comments on the Clean Clothes Campaign’s report “Tailored Wages”

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-3-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M was the first company to launch a roadmap for fair living wage in 2013, and we are in the forefront when it comes to how we address and work with the wage issue in our supply chain.

In the Clean Clothes Campaign’s (CCC) report “Tailored Wages” they have surveyed 50 of Europe’s leading clothing companies work on wages.

We are glad to see that H&M is one of the good examples in the report. We already today address nine of the ten steps which CCC thinks companies should to ensure a living wage. The main criticism against us is why we don´t adhere to the living wage benchmark recommended by the CCC. When reading the results of the report, it is important to remember that the report is the opinion of one campaign organization. Please see below for our comment.

The heart of our roadmap

The textile workers own perception of what a fair living wage is serves as our definition of a living wage. This approach is the heart of our fair living wage roadmap, introduced last year. For us, their voices are most important to listen to.

We believe that it is an outdated view that foreign companies should determine what a living wage is in for example Bangladesh. It is the textile workers own perception of what a fair living wage is that serves as our definition of a living wage. It is also important that the wages should be set by negotiation between the different parties of the labour market. Several knowledgeable voices such as Swedish trade union IF Metall, global unions and wage experts at International Labour Organization (ILO), are supporting the path we have chosen.

“We agree that wages should be set by negotiation. The road is long to go but the work we are doing together with H&M when it comes to developing social dialogue and industrial relations in for example Cambodia, is a step in the right direction,” says Mats Svensson, International Secretary at Swedish union IF Metall.

According to the ILO there is no universal benchmark on how to calculate a living wage, instead they raise the importance of promoting freedom of association and collective bargaining which are necessary for workers and employers to negotiate improvements in wages and conditions of work.

Strengthen the workers voices

Our role and responsibility is to help create a working environment in the factories where a skilled workforce have their wages reviewed annually and negotiated either on factory and/or sectorial and government level, involving freely elected trade union or worker representatives. Through our roadmap for a fair living wage we work to strengthen the textile workers’ own voices and industrial labor relations is therefore a big focus for us.

Right now we are testing how to best achieve a fair living wage in three model factories, one in Cambodia and two in Bangladesh. Here the wage should be set through fair negotiations where workers’ voices are heard, and also reflect the knowledge and experience of the worker. We will continuously measure the workers own perception of receiving a wage covering their basic needs as well as the actual wage development in monetary terms. The first evaluations will be ready during autumn 2014, and we will scale up the parts of the roadmap shown to be successful.

To learn more about our roadmap for a fair living wage, visit: www.hm.com/fairlivingwage


Only for media representatives
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.comPlease note the contact details above are only for media representatives. For other enquiries contact H&M’s switchboard on +46 8 796 55 00.

Ingles Markets Inc’s Board of Directors announced quarterly cash dividend on its Class A and B Common Stock

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2014-3-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.165 (sixteen and one-half cents) per share on all its Class A Common Stock and $0.15 (fifteen cents) per share on all its Class B Common Stock.  This is an annual rate of $0.66 and $0.60 per share, respectively.  Dividends on both the Class A and Class B Common Stock are payable April 24, 2014, to all shareholders of record on April 10, 2014.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 203 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website www.ingles-markets.com.

Ron Freeman
Chief Financial Officer
(828) 669-2941 (Ext. 223)

British Retail Consortium agrees with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report

London, 2014-3-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report makes clear that the effects of climate change are already occurring right across the world. We agree with the report’s authors that climate-change adaption is not an “exotic agenda” that has never been tried. While significant climate changes are forecast to start in the period 2020-2030, UK retailers are already reviewing the potential effects of climate change on their direct operations, and crucially, their supply chains; and are taking action now to ensure their security.

In January we launched an update of our ambitious and challenging environmental initiative A Better Retailing Climate which highlights how retailers are building business resilient to severe weather. From developing integrated flood risk management strategies to designing buildings that reduce their reliance on polluting cooling systems, the UK retail sector is innovative, forward thinking and a true global leader in climate adaptation.

Retailers also understand that climate mitigation is absolutely essential. That is why signatories to the initiative have pledged to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2020, putting the industry on course to meet the 80 per cent overall target set by the UK Climate Change Bill.

But individual actions may have limited business benefits unless there are robust national plans in place. Retailers will continue to work closely with government, suppliers and their customers to make sure that they are doing their bit to reduce carbon emissions and ensure the UK is climate ready.

Helen Dickinson
Director General