Jeff Miller appointed as Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation of Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.

CANTON, MA, 2014-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced Jeff Miller as the company’s new Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation. In this role, Miller will head the 22-person culinary team assembled by Dunkin’ Brands to create new and unique food and beverages, leading the charge to distinguish both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins for their wide variety of menu choices that can be enjoyed all throughout the day.

A highly-skilled chef who has spent more than 11 years with Dunkin’ Brands, Miller has been responsible for the company’s strategic menu and product development, helping to build an innovation pipeline team that develops and tests new menu items, platforms and line extensions. He has led teams that have created many of the brands’ most innovative sweet and savory food and beverages, including iced coffee inspired by Baskin-Robbins ice cream, Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich, Brownie Batter Donut, Egg White Flatbread Sandwich, Big N’ Toasted Breakfast Sandwich, Smokehouse Sausage Breakfast Sandwich, a full line of Bakery Sandwiches, and the new Grilled Chicken Flatbread Sandwich, to name a few.

In addition to his background in R&D and logistics, Miller also has experience in procurement and supply chain for both Dunkin’ Donuts and Sid Wainer & Sons, and has managed restaurants. A native of Buffalo, New York, Miller graduated summa cum laude from Johnson and Wales University with a B.S. in Culinary Arts.

According to John Costello, Dunkin’ Brands’ President, Global Marketing and Innovation, “For more than a decade, Jeff Miller has been a leader within Dunkin’ Brands’ culinary team, conceiving and creating products that are enjoyed by millions of people every day. His incredible passion and excitement for seeking new menu options, combined with his experience and understanding of the quick service restaurant industry, makes Jeff the ideal person to direct our culinary innovation as our brands continue to grow, and we serve more and more guests around the world.”

“I am thrilled and honored to lead the Dunkin’ Brands’ world-class culinary team during such an exciting time in the company’s history,” said Jeff Miller. “Now more than ever, consumers are seeking more variety from quick service restaurant brands. I’m proud that people recognize Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins for a commitment to explore new menu choices, and give our guests the chance to try new things while also being able to count on their favorite food and beverages in a fast and friendly experience. As we bring our brands to new markets within the United States and across the globe, we have a unique opportunity to introduce millions of new people to how we are raising the bar on what is possible in a quick meal or treat on-the-go.”

For more information about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. For more information about Baskin-Robbins, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Michelle King
michelle.king@dunkinbrands.com
About Dunkin’ Brands
With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2013, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and 7,300 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. announces new appointments and executive promotions within its Global Marketing, Innovation and Operations teams

CANTON, MA, 2014-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced several new appointments and executive promotions within its Global Marketing, Innovation and Operations teams. These changes, announced officially by John Costello, President, Global Marketing and Innovation, and Bill Mitchell, President, Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada, and Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins China, Japan and Korea, are as follows:

  • Roxanne Bensason has been promoted to Vice President, International Field Marketing, supporting Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Ms. Bensason has been with Dunkin’ Brands since 2002. Prior to her role in International Marketing, she held two other roles supporting Dunkin’ Donuts as the Senior Director of Beverages and Field Marketing Director for the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic regions. Ms. Bensason will report directly to John Costello.
  • Sara Larcombe has been promoted to Senior Director, International Field Marketing, supporting China, Japan and Korea. Since joining Dunkin’ Brands in 2001, Ms. Larcombe has held several roles within the Baskin-Robbins team, and recently served in Japan supporting Dunkin’ Brands’ Joint Venture partners. Ms. Larcombe will report directly to John Costello.
  • George McAllan has been appointed International Managing Director for Dunkin’ Donuts China. In this role, he will work to introduce new licensees into China and develop the brand in new markets. Mr. McAllan has worked for Dunkin’ Brands for the past 18 years in a variety of roles supporting both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins’ operations. Mr. McAllan will report directly to Bill Mitchell.
  • Paul Reynish has been appointed Vice President, Operations, supporting Dunkin’ Brands’ Joint Venture partnerships in Japan and Korea. Mr. Reynish has been with Dunkin’ Brands for more than three years, serving as Chief Marketing Officer for International. Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, he served in a variety of international leadership positions with both Subway and Burger King. Mr. Reynish will report directly to Bill Mitchell.

“Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins both have a tremendous growth opportunity in new and existing markets worldwide. Roxanne Bensason, Sara Larcombe, George McAllan and Paul Reynish all bring unique experience and expertise to help us continue our unsurpassed commitment to operational excellence and driving franchisee profitability, which are the keys to our growth and success across the globe. I congratulate all four on their well-deserved new roles and responsibilities,” said Nigel Travis, Dunkin’ Brands Chairman and CEO.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Michelle King
michelle.king@dunkinbrands.com

About Dunkin’ Brands
With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2013, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and 7,300 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

Meijer sponsors the pharmacy technician adult career training program at the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is sponsoring the pharmacy technician adult career training program at the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology in an effort to recruit well-trained graduates for placement in its pharmacies throughout West Michigan.

The investment also strengthens the retailer’s commitment to continued education and partnership with WMCAT that offers fully-funded training in growing fields to under and unemployed adults, said Karen Mankowski, vice president of pharmacy operations for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer.

“Our goal is to provide the best service to our Meijer pharmacy customers, which truly starts with having the right people in those roles,” Mankowski said. “The need for pharmacy technicians is growing tremendously, and our partnership with WMCAT will enable us to bolster our pharmacy staff so they can build patient relationships to better manage their health care needs.”

Although the retailer began its sponsorship of the technician program in the 2013-14 school year, Mankowski said, the retailer has hired several WMCAT graduates over the past few years due to the quality of training they’ve received. The latest group of WMCAT students will graduate today, including Kena Lee, who participated in an externship at Meijer as part of her training.

“I thought Meijer was amazing. Every experience was a learning experience and I never felt like I was just there,” Lee said. “I like the (retail) business, because you always having something to do and I have the feeling that I’m helping someone at the same time.”

Employment of pharmacy technicians, who help licensed pharmacists formulate and dispense prescription medication, is slated to increase 20 percent by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“We are so grateful to Meijer for their sponsorship of our pharmacy technician program,” WMCAT Executive Director Kim Dabbs said. “It is a testament to their commitment to our local workforce. WMCAT looks forward to working with Meijer to build a culture of opportunity for under and unemployed adults.”

Chanae Gilbert always saw herself in the health care field, but the opportunity to pursue that dream never presented itself until she heard about WMCAT from a friend. The Grand Rapids mother of two gave it a shot, and found an environment she could thrive in – something she’s done at the Standale Meijer for four years.

“I was sick and tired of waiting tables,” Gilbert said. “I wanted more. I wanted security and I love helping people. We work hand in hand with their doctors to make sure people get their medications.”

As the Meijer pharmacy business continues to grow, the retailer is always on the lookout for reliable team members to fill pharmacy technician positions. Meijer anticipates the need for the positions to continue because the population of patients is growing older and relying on more prescriptions, Mankowski said. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act may increase the number of patients seeking care. A Meijer pharmacy team member also serves on WMCAT’s advisory committee to ensure the program curriculum has a strong retail component, and to better prepare those graduates for job placement with the retailer.

About the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology
The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology provides a culture of opportunity for people to make social and economic change in their lives and community. WMCAT works toward this mission through two programs: Adult Career Training that empowers under and unemployed adults through holistic, intensive training in medical technology fields, comprehensive wrap around services, and career support through placement and follow up; and Teen Arts + Tech After School Program, where high school students work in teams to explore a driving question of their choice using arts and technology as a basis for inquiry, critical thinking and practical application.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 210 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. For additional information on Meijer, 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, 616-540-6108, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Meijer sponsors the pharmacy technician adult career training program at the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology

Meijer sponsors the pharmacy technician adult career training program at the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology

Morrisons.com now taking online food orders in North London

Bradford, England, 2014-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons is now taking online food orders in North London via Morrisons.com.

The website now features delivery slots for postcodes across the capital from Ealing to Essex. Deliveries will begin on 9th July 2014.

On the move into London, Simon Thompson, managing director for online food at Morrisons said: “We’re aware that we’re up against other more established services and the competition is fierce. However, our online distribution model is different to the other major supermarkets, and is already delivering an industry-leading service to customers.”

Morrisons online proposition combines the supermarket’s affordable fresh food – much of it made in its own manufacturing facilities – with Ocado’s leading end-to-end technology, logistics and distribution operations.

Heading into the capital, the supermarket will look to maintain its industry-leading 95 per cent success rate for delivering on-time.

Delivery slots across the area will be made available from just £1.00 and, as part of Morrisons ‘Great Service Everyday’ approach, London customers can expect one hour time slots and the opportunity to check the freshness of the products before accepting them.

Residents can visit www.morrisons.com to determine whether their home is located within the serviced area.

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SM Investments Corporation cited for major awards by Alpha Southeast Asia magazine in its 4th Annual Southeast Asia Institutional Investor Corporate Awards

Pasay City, Philippines, 2014-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — International magazine Alpha Southeast Asia has cited leading Philippine conglomerate SM Investments Corporation (SM) for major awards in its 4th Annual Southeast Asia Institutional Investor Corporate Awards.

SM’s Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Jose T. Sio was cited as the Best CFO in the Philippines while SM has topped the poll as the company with the Most Organised Investor Relations and Best Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility. SM was also cited as among the companies with the Best Senior Management IR Support and Strongest Adherence to Corporate Governance.

Sio has won Best CFO in the Philippines for the fourth time in a row. He is a Director, EVP, and CFO of SM. Known for setting benchmarks in financial reporting in the Philippines, Sio is also a Director of China Banking Corporation, Belle Corporation and Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation, among other companies within the SM group.  Sio is a certified public accountant with a master’s degree in Business Administration from New York University. He was formerly a senior partner at Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co.

The poll is based on tallied votes among 477 investors, pension funds, hedge funds, equity and fixed income brokers and analysts with investment interests in the Southeast Asia region.

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For further information, please contact:
Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. 857-0117

Mr. Jose T. Sio

Mr. Jose T. Sio