BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index August 2014: Overall shop prices reported deflation for the sixteenth consecutive month, decelerating to 1.6% in August from 1.9% in July

LONDON, 2014-9-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The deceleration in the overall SPI figure has broken the four month declining trend.

Food inflation remained at 0.3% in August – the lowest ever recorded.

Non-food reported deceleration in deflation of 2.9% in August from 3.3% in July.

Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium Director General, said: “Shop prices reported deflation of 1.6 per cent in August and marked sixteen consecutive months of falling shop prices for consumers. Clearly retailers are continuing to help drive down the overall inflation rate (Consumer Price Index).

“The summer months saw retailers provide plenty of attractive offers on fresh food goods which saw their lowest level of inflation this year, with vegetables, fish and also milk, cheese and eggs contributing to the downward pressure. Big-ticket goods that we tend to associate with the summer, gardening, electricals, DIY, furniture and floorcovering, helped to sustain low prices.

“What’s more, as the UK economy continues to pick up, the benefits of subdued cost increases – oil and commodity prices remained relatively flat over the first half of the year – incurred by retailers will be passed on to customers.

“While the Bank of England’s recent estimates suggest that retailers margins are still below pre-crisis levels, retailers will take heart from an outlook for costs that is broadly encouraging.

“Meanwhile the industry will keep building the solid foundations for growth in consumer spending.”

Mike Watkins, Head of Retailer and Business Insight, Nielsen, said: “Many non-food retailers will have looked to keep prices stable as end of season ranges sell through, and for supermarkets there was an opportunity to capitalise on the improved summer weather by keeping prices low, to tempt shoppers to spend a little more on food and drink. With the trading environment still challenging, all retailers will now be keen to keep prices as competitive as possible to encourage consumers back into store after the summer holidays.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

7-Eleven, Inc. celebrates 50 years of fresh-brewed on-the-go coffee with 50-cent coffee from Sept. 3 through Sept. 14

Brew News: 50 Years Ago 7‑Eleven Introduced On-the-Go Coffee to America, Retailer Now Celebrates Anniversary with 50-cent Coffee

Dallas, 2014-9-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc., the first national retailer to offer fresh-brewed coffee in to-go cups, celebrates 50 years of on-the-go coffee with 50-cent coffee from Sept. 3 through Sept. 14. During this time, a small-size coffee will cost just 50 cents at participating 7‑Eleven® stores. At the same time, the retailer will kick off an “Every 7th Cup Free” coffee-rewards program through its 7‑Eleven mobile app.

To participate in 7‑Eleven’s new coffee loyalty program, customers must download the app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play and register as a member. Texting “BREW” to 711711 will also send a link to download. Clicking the dollar icon at the top of the app’s home screen takes the member to the coupon page, where the member’s personal bar code and digital coffee punch card reside.

Every time a customer purchases any size cup of coffee, the cashier will scan the member’s bar code in the app, which will automatically punch the digital rewards card. Each purchase earns a punch that shows up as a star icon in the app. After receiving six punches, or stars, a coupon for a free medium coffee will appear in the app. The punch card process starts over once the free coffee coupon is redeemed.

“You’ve heard of a baker’s dozen, 13 for the price of 12,” said Nancy Smith, senior vice president of fresh foods and proprietary beverages. “Consider this a brewer’s half-dozen, seven cups of coffee for the price of six. Many of our coffee customers are regulars, so they could earn a free medium cup as often as once a week, or more if they come in more than once a day. This offer is actually more generous than a baker’s dozen — 14 cups for the price of 12. ”

Before 1964, U.S. coffee-drinkers enjoyed their java either at home or while seated at a restaurant. That’s when a new 7‑Eleven franchisee, looking for creative, everyday conveniences to offer his customers, began selling coffee by the cup in his Long Island store. The test proved wildly popular, and by the late 1960s, all U.S. 7‑Eleven stores were in the brew. Today, 7‑Eleven sells more than a million cups each day, and coffee in to-go cups, whether disposable or refillable, is an everyday sight, not just in the U.S., but also around the world.

“I’m not sure people realize that 7‑Eleven was the first company in the U.S. to sell coffee to go, or that today we rank fourth in fresh-brewed coffee sales in the U.S.,” Smith said. “Since we began offering fresh-brewed coffee 50 years ago, it has been one of our customers’ favorite items. So, we want to celebrate 50 years by saying ‘thank-you’ to our millions of 7‑Eleven coffee-lovers.”

Coffee, 7‑Eleven stores’ first venture into serve-yourself beverages, was an instant – make that fresh-brewed – success. Customers liked the opportunity to prepare their coffee the way they wanted it – choosing cup size, regular or decaffeinated coffee, and adding sweeteners and creamers to suit their tastes.

That still holds true today only with a lot more choices like flavored and single-origin coffees, hot chocolate and cappuccino drinks, flavored creamers, syrups and condiments. (7‑Eleven also was the first retailer to offer International Delight flavored creamers and Splenda sweetener in single-serve portions.)

All coffee blends are made from 100 percent Arabica beans and custom roasted for 7‑Eleven. Quality checks along the entire process of sourcing and roasting ensure a high-quality product. A typical store will serve several varieties all day long and can brew a fresh batch at a customer’s request any time of day.

“We provide all the ingredients to create your favorite coffee drink,” Smith said. “And unlike most purveyors of coffee beverages, a cup of 7‑Eleven coffee costs the same, regardless of how one chooses to customize their cup.”

While coffee consumption in the United States is second only to water, coffee consistently scores as the top-selling, self-serve beverage at 7‑Eleven stores. To spice things up, a favorite seasonal flavor is back for the fall. In September, 7‑Eleven stores will offer Pumpkin Spice Coffee, along with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, International Delight creamer and syrup.

“We know our customers love pumpkin spice, now they can have it as a flavored coffee or latte, add Pumpkin Spice creamer and syrup to their favorite 7‑Eleven coffee, or pour all four in one cup!” Smith said.

7‑Eleven will support the “Buy Six, Get Seventh Free” coffee rewards promotion with social media, paid digital media, plus television and radio advertising in select markets.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas,7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 10,300 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, more than 53,500 7‑Eleven stores operate in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail” and among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.Contact:

Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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7‑Eleven brings back its popular coffee flavor, Pumpkin Spice, in time for the company’s 50th anniversary of selling on-the-go coffee. The celebration includes 50 cents for a small cup, and buy six cups, get one free small size Sept. 3-14 through 7‑Eleven’s digital loyalty card available on its mobile app.

7‑Eleven brings back its popular coffee flavor, Pumpkin Spice, in time for the company’s 50th anniversary of selling on-the-go coffee. The celebration includes 50 cents for a small cup, and buy six cups, get one free small size Sept. 3-14 through 7‑Eleven’s digital loyalty card available on its mobile app.

As part of 7‑Eleven’s 50th anniversary of selling on-the-go coffee, customers can get every 7th cup of coffee free Sept. 3-14 through the retailer’s mobile app.

As part of 7‑Eleven’s 50th anniversary of selling on-the-go coffee, customers can get every 7th cup of coffee free Sept. 3-14 through the retailer’s mobile app.

Whole Kids Foundation kicks off back-to-school season with raising money to fund salad bars and gardens for schools and nutrition education classes for teachers

Whole Foods Market® invites shoppers to join efforts to support local schools across the U.S., Canada

AUSTIN, Texas, 2014-9-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Kids Foundation is kicking off back-to-school season with a goal of raising $3 million to fund salad bars and gardens for schools and nutrition education classes for teachers.

The effort is part of the foundation’s annual campaign aimed at raising awareness around the importance of childhood nutrition and helping schools provide healthier food choices for students. Throughout September, Whole Foods Market stores will host a variety of educational and interactive fundraising events and shoppers can also get involved by making a donation at store check-outs or online at wholekidsfoundation.org.

“Well-nourished kids miss fewer days of school and are better able to pay attention in class, improving academic performance, and as Whole Kids Foundation celebrates its third anniversary, we’re excited to see visible results from our work,” said Nona Evans, executive director of Whole Kids Foundation. “School salad bars are getting kids excited about school lunches and eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and school gardens are not only connecting kids to the roots of their food and how nutrition helps their bodies, they are increasing their curiosity around trying new foods.”

Each of the following Growing Healthy Kids supplier partners has pledged to donate $40,000 to support the foundation’s work: Annie’s, Applegate, Cascadian Farm, Lady Moon Farms, Lug Life, Organic Valley, Roots, Rudi’s Organic Bakery and Suja. During this year’s campaign, many of these brands in addition to others, including Health Warrior, Honest Kids, Horizon Organic, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and Vega will donate a portion of proceeds from product sales at Whole Foods Market stores to benefit Whole Kids Foundation programs.

recent study of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign in partnership with the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition found that salad bars increased students’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables, increased student participation in the school lunch program, reduced plate waste and are complemented by other health promotion activities in school.

Applications for the foundation’s Salad Bar Grant Program, created in partnership with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, are accepted year-round at wholekidsfoundation.org.

Recent studies have found that gardens play a key role in improving children’s knowledge, understanding and curiosity about whole foods. Having funded more than 2,000 gardens to date, schools can apply for a grant through the foundation’s School Garden Grant Program, which was created in partnership with FoodCorps, from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31 in the U.S. and from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30 in Canada.

Rooted in three simple principles – eat a rainbow of colors,  eat leafy greens first and eat as close to nature as possible – Whole Kids Foundation offers a variety of resources for parents and children to make healthier choices at home ranging from book club suggestions and “Better Bites” lessons to hands-on art projects and a free app, Awesome Eats™.

Since its inception in 2011, the foundation has invested $10,000,000 into its programs funding more than 3,400 salad bars and 2,110 school gardens, giving more than 3 million children access to healthier food. To learn more about Whole Kids Foundation and its programs, visit wholekidsfoundation.org.

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Whole Kids Foundation kicks off back-to-school season with raising money to fund salad bars and gardens for schools and nutrition education classes for teachers

Whole Kids Foundation kicks off back-to-school season with raising money to fund salad bars and gardens for schools and nutrition education classes for teachers

Meijer and Mondelēz to commemorate the grassroots campaign Kick In for Your Community on Sept. 4 with U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team player Sean Johnson

Plymouth, Mich., 2014-9-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer and Mondelēz will commemorate the targeted grassroots campaign Kick In for Your Community on Sept. 4 with U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team player Sean Johnson and a $100,000 donation to the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association and five other state associations including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Northern Ohio and Southern Ohio.

The donation will support programs such as Soccer Across America, which helps make youth soccer available to lower-income children in under-served communities, and TOPSoccer, which helps children with physical and other disabilities participate in the sport.

“Meijer was built on the fundamental philosophy of supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live,” said Cathy Cooper, senior director of community partnerships and giving for Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer. “We are pleased to partner with Mondelēz to ensure that youth across the Midwest have access to this fun sport.”

The Kick In for Your Community program ran from May 18 to June 25, and received tremendous support from many soccer enthusiasts. Representatives from Meijer will present a $100,000 donation to the six participating US Youth Soccer State Associations at the Cascade Meijer at 5531 28th Street S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49512 from 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 4.

During this special appearance, customers will have an opportunity to get pictures taken with Sean Johnson, as well as his autograph.

“Meijer’s targeted support of our recreation, TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America programs is unprecedented,” MSYSA Executive Director Tom Faro said. “Thanks to Meijer, we are now in a position to better support these very important programs.”

For more information on the Kick in For Your Community program, click here or visit http://www.meijer.com/content/content.jsp?pageName=nabisco.

About Michigan State Youth Soccer Association
The Michigan State Youth Soccer Association, Inc. (MSYSA) is a nonprofit organization that represents over 89,000+ youth soccer players, 12,000+ coaches, and 8,000+ referees throughout Michigan. MSYSA consists of a vast number of leagues that register players (boys and girls) from ages 4 through 19 throughout the state. MSYSA is a member of the United States Youth Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation. For more information on MSYSA, visit www.michiganyouthsoccer.org.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 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.

Contacts: MSYSA, 734-459-6220, stateoffice@michiganyouthsoccer.org; Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com

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Meijer pharmacists advise parents Back-to-School is best time for flu shots

Don’t wait for October when Back-to-School is best time for flu shots

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-9-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer pharmacists are playing myth busters and reminding parents why getting flu shots before kids go back to school is the perfect time to minimize the spread of seasonal influenza for families.

While the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer anticipates administering 30 percent more flu shots this season than last, Meijer Drug Store Vice President Nat Love says that one of the largest myths about flu shots could be keeping families from staying healthy at a time when viruses could be most prevalent.

“The best time to get a flu shot is not October, but actually before or soon after school starts,” Love said. “Once classes begin, kids can literally bring viruses into your home every day, and it becomes difficult to keep influenza from spreading throughout the whole family. There is no expiration date to receiving a flu shot, so the sooner you get your flu shot, the better chance you have of staying healthy.”

Seasonal influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory disease that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times, lead to hospitalization or death. Every flu season is different, and influenza effects vary from person to person, which is why Love says it is important to understand the facts. Click here for the top Meijer myth busters.

While H1N1 is still the most dominant strain this coming season, Love said walk-in services and new options for flu shots at retailers like Meijer are making it easier – and more appealing – for families to get vaccinated.  

Meijer operates 213 pharmacies in its supercenters throughout the Midwest, all of which administer the vaccine without an appointment during pharmacy hours and accept most major insurance plans. Depending on age, health status and state regulations, Meijer pharmacies offer a variety of vaccine options that include:

  • Fluvirin/Fluzone: Vaccines injected in the arm for $27.99
  • FluMist: Nasal spray by request for $32.99
  • Fluzone HD: For patients 65 and older that are typically covered by Medicare Part B for $56

Additionally, Meijer pharmacists are offering Fluzone Quadrivalent injections – the new vaccine that covers the four major strains of influenza – for patients, ages 5-49, for $32.99.

Getting a flu shot, as well as other immunizations offered at Meijer, may count as prescription credits in the new mPerks Pharmacy Rewards Program, which allows customers to earn savings on shopping and gas purchases. See program details for restrictions.

To start earning rewards, customers just go to http://mperks.meijer.com and sign up in the “rewards” section. Once customers sign up, they can preview and select coupons for their favorite national or Meijer brand products that are then stored in their personal mPerks account until redeemed or expired. The applicable coupons are then instantly redeemed when shoppers enter in their mobile phone number, which serves as the mPerks account number, at checkout.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 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, 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: Joe Hirschmugl, 761-791-3943, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com

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Meijer Pharmacy

JCPenney’s all-new Sports Fan Shop experience on JCPenney.com to be powered by sports eCommerce leader Fanatics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2014-9-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — JCPenney today announced the launch of an all-new Sports Fan Shop experience on JCPenney.com that will be powered by Fanatics, the largest online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise. Fanatics, which operates the e-commerce platform for hundreds of collegiate and professional sports teams, leagues and media sites, will provide fans with an enormous selection of team sports apparel and merchandise at JCPenney.com with over 300,000 licensed products spanning all the major sports leagues.

“Our partnership with Fanatics enables us to deliver even more quality team merchandise that our customers want during their favorite sports season. Whether it’s football in the fall or March Madness in the spring, JCPenney has the caps, shirts and collectible gear to make any sports enthusiast a true fanatic,” said John Tighe, senior vice president of men’s apparel for JCPenney.

The Sports Fan Shop on JCPenney.com features new product categories, state-of-the-art technology, seamless navigation and a quick checkout process. Shoppers will also benefit from a flexible return policy, which includes low-cost shipping options and satisfaction guarantees. Fanatics can also ensure quick delivery to fans around the world due to their multiple distribution outlets located across the country.

“Fanatics is proud to add JCPenney to our family of partners,” said Brian Swallow, SVP, Strategy and Business Development for Fanatics. “I am convinced that with our e-commerce expertise, leading technology platform, regional distribution infrastructure and unparalleled assortment of sports fan merchandise, Fanatics will be able to further enhance the shopping experience for JCPenney customers.”

Visit the new official site at SportsFanShop.JCPenney.com.

About Fanatics
Fanatics is the leading online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise and provides the ultimate shopping experience to sports fans. As a Top 50 Internet Retailer Company, Fanatics comprises the broadest online assortment, offering hundreds of thousands of officially licensed items via its Fanatics (www.fanatics.com) and FansEdge (www.fansedge.com) brands, as well as the largest selection of sports collectibles and memorabilia through Fanatics Authentic (www.fanaticsauthentic.com). In addition, the Company powers the e-commerce sites of all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, PGA, UFC), major media brands (NBC Sports, CBS Sports, FOX Sports) and over 150 collegiate and professional team properties.

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to fitting the diversity of America with unparalleled style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,100 stores and at jcpenney.com, customers will discover a broad assortment of national, private and exclusive brands to fit all shapes, sizes, colors and wallets. For more information, please visit jcpenney.com.

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Exclusive edition of country music star Jason Aldean’s sixth studio album available at Target

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-9-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Multi-platinum country music star Jason Aldean just announced his upcoming sixth studio album, “Old Boots, New Dirt.” And the Target-exclusive edition will have three additional songs: “Fast Lanes,” “Too Much You For Me” and “Ain’t No Easy Way.”

The album, which hits stores Oct. 7, can be pre-ordered now at Target.com/MoreJasonAldean.

Aldean has sold more than 8 million records and has 13 No. 1 hits under his belt. “Old Boots, New Dirt.” is the follow-up to 2012’s “Night Train,” which went platinum. On July 22, Aldean released the album’s first single, “Burnin’ It Down,” which quickly reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

media contact

Jill Hornbacher
Target Public Relations
p: (612) 761-2072

Tara Moore
Rogers+Cowan for Target
p: (212) 878-5072

Evan Miller
p: (612) 761-6802

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Exclusive edition of country music star Jason Aldean's sixth studio album available at Target

Exclusive edition of country music star Jason Aldean’s sixth studio album available at Target

CBRE Group, Inc. recognized by U.S. Veterans Magazine as one of the 2014 Top Veteran-Friendly Companies in the U.S.

LOS ANGELES, 2014-9-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. has been recognized by U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM)as one of the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies in the  U.S. for  2014.

“Our veteran and reservist employees are some of our best employees,” said Jennifer Ashley, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, CBRE. “We are pleased to provide an organizational culture where these individuals can thrive, and look forward  to adding more veteran and reservists to our workforce.”

U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) examined hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for its “Best of the Best” evaluations.  USVM’s goal is to open up employment, business and supplier opportunities within the federal government and corporate America for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans, spouses and veteran business owners.  The annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. These studies are valuable resources for jobseekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups.

“Veterans are entrepreneurial, they assume high levels of trust, and they’re resilient,” says Mona Lisa Faris, president and publisher of the U.S. Veterans Magazine. “This magazine was created to support our troops, and we at USVM are proud to recognize other businesses that are also making veterans a priority.”

CBRE has also been recognized in 2014 for its veteran recruitment and retention efforts as a G.I. Jobs’ “Military Friendly Employer” and Civilianjobs.com’s “Most Valuable Employer for Military.”

About U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM)
At USVM, our goal is to open up immediate, lucrative employment, business and supplier opportunities for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans and veteran business owners within the federal government as well as corporate America. We link companies and government entities to qualified career and business candidates from the ranks of the nation’s veterans. We facilitate veterans’ transition from military to civilian life through the latest information on careers, employment and educational opportunities, and financial, benefits and business advice.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

For Further Information:

Robert Mcgrath
T +1 212 9848267
email
Karin Sweet – USVM
T 855.411.8786 ext. 27
email

The Co-operative Food topped its £100m of price cuts on Tuesday 2 September

MANCHESTER, UK, 2014-9-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bacon sandwich sales sizzle as consumers stock up on lower priced everyday essentials.

The Co-operative Food today (Tuesday 2 September) topped its £100m of price cuts, which have already seen sales of bacon butty ingredients sizzle, with another round of reductions including a drop in the cost of its own-brand tomato ketchup.

The move is part of its price investment commitment to lower prices on hundreds of everyday essential items, over a third of total lines sold by The Co-operative Food.

The business has seen a six percent rise in sales across categories featuring price cuts with Britain’s love of the bacon sandwich seeing rasher sales rise nine percent and The Co-operative Food’s own brand 75p farmhouse bread has almost trebled purchases.

Dubbed, “Fair & Square prices,” the campaign aims to provide quality food at lower prices in order to transform the community shopping experience for millions of Co-operative customers who have reacted positively to the price changes.

The permanent price reductions, which average five percent, are across a wide range of essential staple products typically seen in a Co-operative customer’s everyday basket. As well as ketchup, baked beans, tinned tomatoes, tea bags and coffee, including Fairtrade varieties and pasta sauces are among the products included*.

Andrew Mann, Customer Director said:

“The reduction in the price of bacon coupled with our own brand 75p farmhouse bread has proved a winner and now the cut in the cost of tomato ketchup  completes the picture for lovers of the bacon butty.“We are introducing permanent price reductions on hundreds of key product lines as we respond to the needs of local people. Providing them with high quality food, whether that’s pre-packed or fresh food, if it’s for a snack or the family evening meal, we can meet the requirements of their busy lives through a truly convenient shopping experience. This next step in our ‘Fair and Square prices’ campaign re-enforces this commitment.”

TV advertising campaign together with other promotional activity will be implemented to support The Co-operative Food’s 2,800 stores nationwide.
Price reduction examples:

PRODUCT WAS NOW
The Co-operative Tomato Ketchup 715g £1.79 £1.39
The Co-operative Good Life Golden Vegetable Cup-a-soup 58g 85p 59p
The Co-operative Simply Value Spaghetti 395g 30p 22p
The Co-operative Peeled Plum Tomatoes 400g 59p 45p
The Co-operative Chopped Tomatoes 230g 45p 39p
The Co-operative Real Mayonnaise Squeezy 500ml £2.40 £1.29
The Co-operative Antibacterial Washing Up Liquid Lime 450ml £1.00 89p
PG Tips 80 bags £3.09 £2.89
The Co-operative Fairtrade 99 Teabags 160 pack £2.75 £2.39
Dolmio Extra Basil Bolognese Sauce 500g £2.39 £1.99
The Co-operative Truly Irresistable Fairtrade Italian Blend Coffee Beans 227g £2.99 £2.69
The Co-operative Fairtrade Roast and Ground Coffee Decaffeinated 227g £2.99 £2.79

New Zealand: Foodstuffs began rolling out its new sustainable Seafood Boxes to its PAK’nSAVE and New World stores across the North Island

North Island, New Zealand, 2014-9-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Ltd today announced it has begun rolling out its new sustainable Seafood Boxes to its PAK’nSAVE and New World stores across the North Island. Over the last three years the Seafood Team has been working hard to develop a more environmentally friendly solution to the challenge of transporting seafood from market to store.

Up until now, boxes made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) were used due to their light weight and good insulating properties. However, EPS is not readily recyclable in New Zealand and therefore where stores were not able to offer the boxes to customers or staff for re-use, they were left with squeezing them into the rubbish skip and sending them to landfill.

In an effort to find a more sustainable, cost effective alternative, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd partnered with its fish processor Sanford Ltd and Charta Packaging Ltd, a company with branches in Auckland and Wellington that supplies some of New Zealand’s leading brands across the food, meat, fish, dairy, and wine industries.

“Trials involving various prototype boxes revealed the insulated cardboard alternatives delivering exactly, the required performance in terms of keeping the product at the required temperature from market to store,” says Baden Ngan Kee, General Manager Merchandise, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd.

Pat Roe, Account Manager, Charta Packaging Ltd says, “The boxes we supply are 100% recyclable for stores. Additionally, the corrugated middle section of the cardboard comprises 100% recycled material, reducing the environmental footprint further. To ensure the product is completely sustainable, we ensure the new papers on the inside and outside of the cardboard sandwich are sourced from certified sustainably managed forests.”

“Even the adhesive used to bond the outer and inner layers of paper to the corrugated core is made from natural starch extracted from tapioca and as only water-based inks and coating are used this means every box part that can be is recyclable,” confirms Roe.

Ngan Kee says, “That the boxes are another step towards Foodstuffs delivering on its public commitment to move its packaging to be 100% recyclable for both its customers and stores.”

“The new packaging demonstrated a really positive environmental step forward for Foodstuffs Seafood Division, as the new boxes can be recycled via stores cardboard cages or balers meaning a massive reduction in the amount of EPS going to landfill,” continued Ngan Kee.

“To add some perspective the North Island business uses several thousand  polybins every week across its PAK’nSAVE and New World brands. We estimate the business could avoid sending approximately 2,250 cubic metres of EPS to landfill every year,” says Ngan Kee.  “Which if spread out would cover eight and a half rugby pitches, a reduced environmental impact which we are really proud to be achieving.”

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