Delhaize Group’s 2013 accomplishments underscored in its Sustainability Progress Report

Delhaize Group’s 2013 accomplishments underscore progress toward Company’s 2020 ambition – to be ”Supergood” sustainability leaders.

Brussels, Belgium, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ —Delhaize Group (NYSE Euronext Brussels: DELB – NYSE: DEG,) the international food retailer serving communities in nine countries, published its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report today online at http://sustainabilityreport.delhaizegroup.com.

The report details the company’s progress in addressing important dynamics of climate change, resource scarcity and consumer health needs within its industry for its local communities. The achievements bring Delhaize Group another step closer to its 2020 ambition, as defined in its “Supergood” Sustainability Strategy launched in 2012.

“Our 2020 ambition is to be sustainability leaders – to be “Supergood” – in all our markets, through full commitment to sustainable private brand products, waste reduction, healthier lifestyles, and employment of a diverse associate base,” said Frans Muller, President and CEO of Delhaize Group.

2013 achievement highlights:

  • Sustainable private brands: Delhaize Group made important strides in supporting sustainable agriculture and healthier eating. One example is Alfa Beta’s launch of its sustainable seafood initiative, ensuring that its fresh seafood will be 100% sustainably sourced. A second example is the fact that our percentage of Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-certified private brand suppliers rose to 82%.
  • Zero waste: Delhaize Group succeeded in reducing waste through innovations in its operations world-wide. For example, its Delhaize America banners reduced their waste sent to landfill by 19% and the average Group-wide recycling rate increased to 56%.
  • Everyday practices: Delhaize Group took responsibility for minimizing one of the industry’s largest contributors to climate change – refrigeration emissions. It installed state-of-the-art transcritical CO refrigeration systems in two stores (one in Belgium and one in the U.S.) to test how the Group can dramatically reduce its climate change impact from refrigeration. The company reduced emissions from refrigerants by 8% per square meter in 2013 alone.
  • Employment of a diverse associate base: Delhaize Group is being recognized for employing a diverse associate population that represents its surrounding communities. For example, the Human Rights Campaign recognized Delhaize America as one of the best places to work in the U.S.

“These are the kinds of examples that embody our values of integrity and determination, and our intention to do what is right,” said Delhaize Group President and CEO Frans Muller. “I am encouraged by the progress Delhaize Group made in 2013 in addressing the concerns that matter most to local customers and the communities we serve.”

This year, the report separates a short summary of overall Group results from distinct “bite-sized” chapters for each Operating Company. Read the full report online here: http://sustainabilityreport.delhaizegroup.com.

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch on Delhaize Group’s website www.delhaizegroup.com/. Delhaize Group also has a sustainability blog “Feed Tomorrow,” available at blog.delhaizegroup.com/.

Questions can be sent to sustainability@delhaizegroup.com

About Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in nine countries on three continents. At the end of the first quarter of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 520 stores. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €20.9 billion ($27.8 billion) in revenues and €179 million ($237 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2013, Delhaize Group employed approximately 160 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

Contacts

Charles Davis: +32 2 412 82 57+32 2 412 82 57chdavis@delhaizegroup.com

Fatima Martins: +32 2 412 87 85+32 2 412 87 85fmartins@delhaizegroup.com

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements that are included or incorporated by reference in this press release and other written and oral statements made from time to time by Delhaize Group and its representatives, other than statements of historical fact, which address activities, events and developments that Delhaize Group expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, without limitation, when the sale of Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid´s to Bi-Lo Holdings is expected to be completed; the financial flexibility that will result from the sale; the ultimate value of the transaction to Delhaize Group after working capital adjustments, expected costs savings, the closing, conversion and opening of stores, the expected effect of the portfolio optimization, anticipated revenue and net profit growth, anticipated free cash flow generation, strategic options, future strategies and the anticipated benefits of these strategies and (underlying) operating profit guidance, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified as statements that include phrases such as “guidance,” “outlook,” “projected,” “believe,” “target,” “predict,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “strategy,” “may,”“goal,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “foresee,” “likely,” “will,” “should” or other similar words or phrases. Although such statements are based on current information, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those projected depending upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, changes in the general economy or the markets of Delhaize Group in strategy, in consumer spending, in inflation or currency exchange rates or in legislation or regulation; competitive factors; adverse determination with respect to claims; inability to timely develop, remodel, integrate, open, convert or close stores; and supply or quality control problems with vendors. Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements are described in Delhaize Group’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings made by Delhaize Group with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which risk factors are incorporated herein by reference. Delhaize Group disclaims any obligation to update developments of these risk factors or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this release, including guidance with respect to underlying operating profit, SG&A, net finance costs, capital expenditures, store openings and free cash flow, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments

Tengelmann E-Stores GmbH succeeds with its GartenXXL.de on Intershop’s omni-channel commerce platform

  • An especially fast rollout and solid customer orientation quickly turn an online garden supply store into an award-winning model for success
  • On the heels of Plus.de, Intershop continues its partnership with Tengelmann E-Stores GmbH with its GartenXXL collaboration
  • Flexible Intershop solution allows for accessible design

Jena, Germany, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tengelmann E-Stores GmbH has been operating GartenXXL.de on Intershop’s omni-channel commerce platform since 2013, and so far has nothing but good to report on balance.

In 2012, under the umbrella of its “e-stores”, the company set up an e-commerce platform capable of handling multiple online shops at once. The complete IT landscape, logistics and product range form the common basis for all shops. The individual brands represent the pillars that build on this foundation, which saves both money and resources. The aim was to quickly launch competitive specialty shops on the market at low cost. For its shop software, the company relies on the standard Intershop technology. It has added several functions and interfaces in order to tailor the solution precisely to the individual design of GartenXXL, its first specialty shop. Taking its cue from the positive experiences with Plus.de, Tengelmann E-Stores GmbH is now expanding its successful work with Intershop in its GartenXXL venture.

Intershop meets complex technical requirements throughout

“When we designed the shop, we were able to draw on our e-commerce experience with Plus.de, which dates back more than 10 years,” reports CEO Bastian Siebers. “Even then, it went well beyond our expectations, which were high to begin with.” With a required time frame of just under 100 working days, the project was implemented in a very short space of time. The shop now has more than 20,000 items from well-known brand names like Gardena, Fiskars, Bosch and Kettler. Buying is easy thanks to a wide selection of payment options including all popular payment methods such as purchase on account up to an order value of EUR 2,500, credit card, PayPal, direct debit, cash in advance, and the SOFORT transfer service. Sophisticated logistics processes and longtime partnerships with shippers and exporters make order processing fast and efficient, ensuring that even fragile goods like potted plants arrive quickly and safely at the buyer’s address.

Customer orientation and a service mentality garner awards for the successful GartenXXL project

The broad range of services available from GartenXXL also helped the store off to a successful start in February 2013. While a toll-free advice hotline with product specialists from the purchasing team helps gardeners with advice, there is also an online magazine integrated directly into the shop with plenty of tips and helpful suggestions for designing the perfect yard or balcony garden. Services include an array of practical video guides – for example, on how to set up a recently purchased greenhouse – that provide answers to every possible customer question. Accessible website design also makes it possible for the visually impaired to shop on GartenXXL. Low shipping costs round off the service package: Any order of EUR 20 or above is shipped free of charge. Even logistics are green – most of the packages are shipped in a CO2-neutral manner with the GoGreen service from Deutsche Post.

The exceptional service quality pays dividends for the company. The online dealer enjoys very high conversion rates and transaction values, and in 2014 was recognized for its shop by the Internet World Business industry magazine, which ranked it second in the category of “Best Online Pure Player”.

“Across the board, Intershop meets our complex requirements for a high-performing e-commerce solution,” summarizes Jens Schürks, Head of Software Development at Tengelmann E-Stores GmbH. “The Intershop platform proved to be a welcome revenue driver in the wake of our heavy investment in brand marketing campaigns.”

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services including online marketing. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 500 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, and Mexx run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Intershop Public Relations

Heide Rausch

Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
E-Mail

Immochan released its 2013 Annual and Sustainable Development Report

Croix, France, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Throught this document, you will find the 2013 key events of the firm, in terms of development, retail, innovation and sustainable development.

Owning more than 2.3 million sqm GLA in shopping centres, Immochan is one of the biggest commercial real estate compagny in Europe. The firm broadcasts its 2013 Annual and Sustainable Development Report, consolidating all the actions launched in the countries where it is present.

You will find the 2013 key events in terms of development (Bronowice, Epinay-sur-Seine), retail (retailer quality charter, promotional events), innovations (Creative Attitude, Perpignan) and the Sustainable Development policy (BREEAM certification, Immochan France foundation) of the firm.

Download the 2013 Annual and Sustainable Developement Report

AHOLD REPURCHASED 2,285,504 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 32.26 million BETWEEN MAY 19 AND 23, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,285,504 Ahold common shares in the period from May 19, 2014 up to and including May 23, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 14.1137 per share for a total consideration of € 32.26 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 105,061,322 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,356.51 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

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National Association of Convenience Stores welcomes Palak Patel as analyst-programmer

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Palak Patel has joined NACS as an analyst-programmer. Before coming to NACS, Patel interned at i3Solutions and worked at George Mason University.  She also tutored other students in Java programming and web development at Northern Virginia Community College.Patel earned a BS in Applied Information Technology from George Mason University with a concentration in database and programming.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Giant Eagle Inc.® opens its second Giant Eagle Express neighborhood grocery store in Indiana

New 24-hour neighborhood grocery store opens featuring fresh prepared foods, full-service deli and a broad selection of grocery items in a quick in-and-out setting.

INDIANA, Pa.,  2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pittsburgh-based multi-format food and fuel retailer Giant Eagle Inc.® is today opening the company’s second Giant Eagle Express, a new 14,000 square-foot neighborhood grocery store at 435 South 7th Street in Indiana.

Giant Eagle Express features a wide selection of fresh prepared foods like fresh-to-order old-fashioned subs, sandwich wraps, breakfast sandwiches, sushi made in-store daily, made-to-order pizzas, house-roasted rotisserie chicken, hearty pot pies, a salad bar, and a full-service deli with premium, fresh-sliced meats and cheeses.

The store also includes an in-store bakery, 150 varieties of domestic and imported beers, meat and seafood offerings, farm fresh produce, and a broad selection of the most commonly shopped for grocery items.

“Our new Indiana Giant Eagle Express features all of the fresh food offerings customers expect from Giant Eagle, in a contemporary, neighborhood grocery format,” said Vice President of Giant Eagle Express Dave Daniel. “Since the 2007 introduction of our first Giant Eagle Express in the Pittsburgh area, customers quickly came to appreciate the ability to get fresh and high quality meal solutions in a fast and friendly manner. We have continued to refine the concept in Pittsburgh, and are excited to bring our latest thinking to Indiana.”

Daniel said Giant Eagle Express customers will find:

The freshest foods

  • Restaurant quality offerings including old-fashioned subs, made-to-order pizza, sushi rolled fresh daily, rotisserie chicken, breakfast sandwiches and more
  • A salad bar and hot bar
  • Full-service deli with premium, fresh-sliced meats and cheeses
  • High quality meat and seafood items
  • A wide selection of farm fresh produce, fruits and vegetables
  • A bakery offering fresh-baked bagels in a variety of flavors, as well as donuts, muffins, cookies and bread

A World of Beverages

  • More than 20 varieties of fountain beverages including Pepsi and Coke products, as well as a variety of frozen drinks and f”real Milkshakes
  • Popular energy drinks and sports drinks like Monster, Red Bull and Gatorade
  • Bottled waters, flavored waters and tea
  • Custom coffee with a range of roasts from mild to strong, and a selection of cappuccinos, teas and hot chocolates
  • 150 varieties of domestic and imported beers to take home or enjoy in our café with a delicious meal

Time-Saving Convenience

  • A wide selection of grocery items in an easy-to-shop format, including frozen food, dairy, pasta and sauces, snacks and beverages
  • Health & beauty items and baby products, with convenient pharmacy prescription delivery available at the nearby Giant Eagle supermarket on Ben Franklin Road
  • A touch screen kiosk permitting customers the ability to custom-order numerous items including fresh pizzas, breakfast sandwiches, old-fashioned subs, salads, wraps and soups
  • Dual Citizens Bank surcharge free ATM kiosks
  • Free, unlimited WiFi in the café area with seating for more than 100 inside and an additional 25 outside, and a DVD rental kiosk
  • Fresh floral bouquets

Great Customer Values

  • The Giant Eagle fuelperks! rewards program, offering customers who meet purchase requirements a 10-cent discount on each gallon of gas purchased at GetGo locations for every $50 spent with the Giant Eagle Advantage Card®
  • The Giant Eagle Gift Card Gallery, allowing customers to purchase gift cards from more than 150 retailers, using them like cash for everyday necessities or gifts, all while earning fuelperks!

“The Indiana Giant Eagle Express offers the best in fresh foods, fill-in grocery needs and convenience-oriented services,” said Daniel. “We believe it fits the need right here in the center of town, with the nearby university and area residents.”

The new store will employ approximately 75 Team Members and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The store’s grand opening celebration begins on Thursday, May 24 at 9 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a $1,000 donation to the Indiana County Action Program.

About Giant Eagle
Giant Eagle Inc., is one of the nation’s largest food retailers and distributors with approximately $9.3 billion in annual sales, which would make the company the 27th largest privately held company on Forbes magazine’s largest private corporations list. Giant Eagle is also a recent recipient of Grocery Headquarters’ Retailer of the Year Award and the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year Award. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle, Inc. has grown to be the number one supermarket retailer in the region with 231 supermarkets in addition to 172 fuel and convenience stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.

Russian retailer Magnit opens its 51st Magnit Family store

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest food retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT), is pleased to announce the opening of the 51st “Magnit Family” store.

Please be informed that today the Company has opened its 51st “Magnit Family” store located at 39, 30 Letiya Pobedy Boulevard, Volgograd, Southern federal district. Assortment of the store consists of about 5,900 SKUs, out of which about 80% are food items. There are 13 cash desks installed in the sales area. The out let is owned by the Company. The hypermarket is open 7 days a week from 9.30 am to 10 pm.

For further information, please contact:

Timothy Post
Director, Investor Relations
Email:  post@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 17600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Dina Svishcheva
Deputy Director, Investor Relations
Email: Chistyak@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 15101
Mobile: +7-961-511-0202
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest food retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of March 31, 2014, Magnit operated 23 distribution centers and over 8,200 stores (7,341 convenience, 215 hypermarkets, and 700 cosmetics) in more than 1,905 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with the audited IFRS consolidated financial statements for 2013, Magnit had revenues of $18,202 million USD and an EBITDA of $2,032 million USD.

Magnit’s local shares are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MICEX: MGNT) and its GDRs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MGNT) and it has a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of BB. Measured by market capitalization, Magnit is one of the largest retailers in Europe.

Hy-Vee’s seafood sustainability efforts ranked fifth among the country’s top 26 retailers according to Greenpeace USA report

Hy-Vee’s Seafood Procurement Policy and Responsible Choice program lauded as ‘remarkable’ and efforts debut as fifth best in U.S.

WEST DES MOINES, IA, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the world of seafood sustainability, Hy-Vee has quickly become a big fish in a big pond. In the Carting Away the Oceans: 2014 Rankings of Seafood Sustainability in U.S. Supermarkets report released last week by Greenpeace USA, Hy-Vee’s seafood sustainability efforts are ranked fifth among the country’s top 26 retailers. The report evaluates major U.S. retailers for the sustainability of their seafood in four key areas: policy, initiatives, labeling and transparency, and Red List inventory.

According to the report, “Hy-Vee’s remarkable entrance can be credited to the seafood team’s internal drive and proactive approach to seafood sustainability, coupled with corporate-level endorsement and confidence in its category staff.”

“We were surprised at how well Hy-Vee performed, by essentially rocketing to fifth place, which is a particularly impressive showing for a new entrant to the evaluations,” said James Mitchell, Greenpeace senior seafood campaigner.

Hy-Vee has made it a priority to focus on and improve how it provides a diverse selection of seafood to its customers. As a result of that process, the company has updated its Seafood Procurement Policy for both wild caught and farmed seafood and rolled out a Responsible Choice program to educate consumers. Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice program and its comprehensive Procurement Policy were developed in partnership with FishWise – a non-profit organization focused on supporting sustainability through environmentally responsible business practices.

Through these new efforts, Hy-Vee has committed to sell responsibly sourced fresh and frozen seafood that is either rated Green or Yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, certified to an environmental standard equivalent to these ratings, or is sourced from credible, time-bound improvement processes by the end of 2015. In addition, Hy-Vee has been a strong supporter of both the Ross Sea Pledge and the Bering Sea Canyons initiative, and has committed to not selling genetically engineered seafood.

“We’re extremely pleased and honored with this recognition. It represents both a commitment from our stores as well as from Hy-Vee customers who have demonstrated that they want seafood that is responsibly harvested and minimizes damage to the environment,” said Hy-Vee’s Nate Stewart, Vice President of Perishables. “Through our new efforts, we are providing our customers high quality seafood in accordance with the most stringent environmental standards in the food industry. We look forward to continually improving our offerings in the future.”

For more information on Hy-Vee’s seafood sustainability efforts, please visitwww.hy-vee.com/company/sustainability/responsible-choice-seafood. To access the full report, please visitwww.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/oceans/seafood.

ABOUT HY-VEE, INC
With 237 retail stores across eight Midwestern states and sales of more than $8 billion, Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Kesko rewards pupils who have promoted peace, tolerance and positive atmosphere in their schools with Fair Play scholarships

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko grants a €50 Fair Play scholarship for distribution to one pupil in every comprehensive school grade nine class in Finland. The scholarship is a reward to pupils who have promoted peace, tolerance and a positive atmosphere in their schools and encouraged others in school work with their exemplary behaviour.

– We want the scholarships to spur and encourage youths and teachers to draw young people’s attention to the power of our own example in building peace for schoolwork and a positive working atmosphere. The grade nine pupils’ end of school year ceremony is a turning point in the lives of many young people. I hope every youth has positive experiences of the joy of learning and going to school, says Kesko’s President and CEO Matti Halmesmäki.

The recipients of Kesko Fair Play scholarships are selected jointly by headmasters and class teachers. The total amount of the scholarships is more than €150,000.

– This is a significant investment from Kesko and shows how much Kesko appreciates school work and the upbringing of young people. Education is the foundation of the welfare society, but even though this is well known, other matters are often prioritised before education and the young get left behind. Kesko takes a concrete stand for the value of education and good manners, says Katriina Käkönen, vice-headmaster of Mäntynummen yhtenäiskoulu in Lohja.

The Kesko Fair Play scholarship is granted as a voucher accepted at Intersport, Budget Sport, Kookenkä, Anttila, Asko, Sotka, K-rauta, Rautia, K-citymarket and other K-Group stores.

The Kesko Fair Play scholarship is part of Kesko’s long-term responsibility work. Kesko and K-stores also take part in the Finnish Youth Guarantee initiative with the aim to employ 1,000 unemployed young people by the end of 2014. Kesko and K-stores want to do their share in preventing the social exclusion of young people.

Further information:
Matti Mettälä, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Stakeholder Relations, tel. +358 105 322 200

Kesko (www.kesko.fi) is one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. We are a retail specialist whose chains have about 2,000 stores in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers. http://corporateresponsibility2013.kesko.fi/