Whole Foods Market to raise funds in support of Berkeley Unified School District’s Cooking and Gardening Program

Customers can participate via Facebook campaign and shopping during 5% Day

Emeryville, Calif., 2014-9-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of its new store opening at 10th and Gilman on Nov. 4, Whole Foods Market is making a commitment to helping raise healthy kids in Berkeley with fundraising efforts to support Berkeley Unified School District’s Cooking and Gardening Program (CGP).

From Sept.  4-17, the company will donate $1 to CGP for every new “Like” of the Whole Foods Market Gilman Facebook page.* Additionally, Whole Foods Market on Telegraph Ave. will host a 5% Community Support Day on Wednesday, Sept. 17, where five percent of the total store sales will benefit the program.

Since the 1980s the Gardening & Cooking Program has engaged students in hands-on instruction in campus gardens and kitchen classrooms.

“Through community relationships, our organization has been able to help fill funding gaps after losing our $1.9 million federally-funded grant in 2013. We see ourselves as not only a school district program, but as active participants in the community and look to collaborate with organizations in the community such as Whole Foods Market,” said Jezra Thompson, program supervisor for the Gardening & Cooking Program. “Partnering with organizations with aligned missions help create positive impact for our students and for our greater community.”

“This is an ongoing effort for Whole Foods Market in Berkeley; last year our store co-hosted a gala for the Cooking & Gardening Program and we realize it’s important to continue raising dollars and awareness,” said Lizzie Brimhall, Marketing & Community Outreach Team Leader for Whole Foods Market on Telegraph Avenue.  “We are genuinely committed to promoting the wellness of children in our community, and with the new store on Gilman we can compound our impact.”

One of Whole Foods Market’s core values is promoting the health of its stakeholders – including kids and families – through healthy eating education. The company also established the Whole Kids Foundation®, which is devoted to improving children’s nutrition and wellness with the goal of ending the childhood obesity epidemic. The foundation implements school garden grants, salad bars in schools, and online educational programs. For more information, visit wholekidsfoundation.org.

*up to $1,000

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Ninety Whole Foods Market’s cheesemongers passed the American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional™ (CCP) Exam

Grocer has the highest number of cheesemongers three years in a row

AUSTIN, Texas, 2014-9-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ninety Whole Foods Market’s cheesemongers sliced their way through the rigorous third-annual American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional™ (CCP) Exam and passed.

Of the 153 cheese professionals who passed the exam, 90 were from Whole Foods Market. This certification is the highest standard for cheese professionals, and Whole Foods Market now has 237 CCPs representing 58 percent of all professionals who claim the title.

“Whole Foods Market has provided incredible guidance and support through the CCP program.  Cathy Strange the global cheese buyer led us through six months of intensive study, and arranged trainings with esteemed industry professionals that really rounded out the learning experience,” said Rebecca Roppolo, specialty team leader for Whole Foods Market Vineyard in San Antonio, Texas. “Attending the American Cheese Society Conference was a fantastic chance to meet the key players in the cheese industry. I’m so happy to work for Whole Foods Market because opportunities like this encourage me to strive for excellence and put the company’s core values into action.”

The exam tests cheese knowledge, passion and skills of each cheese professional that passes the exam. Cheesemongers are tested on storage and handling, nutrition, distribution, raw materials, the ripening process, the making process, and categories and types of cheeses.

“The dedication and commitment our cheesemongers demonstrate has made Whole Foods Market a leader in providing shoppers not only with high-quality cheeses, but with top notch customer service,” said Strange. “I couldn’t be prouder of this new class of Certified Cheese Professionals for passing the exam and sharing their expertise and passion for cheese with Whole Foods Market and our customers.”

The new class of Whole Foods Market CCPs represents two countries, 25 states and 78 stores. Visit any store location on Tuesday, September 16 for the quarterly Cheese Nights event to meet cheesemongers and CCPs and sample cheeses great on the grill.

The third CCP exam was held on July 29, 2014 in Sacramento, California as part of the American Cheese Society conference. The exam is three hours long and cheesemongers must answer 150 multiple choice questions. The cheesemongers are required to renew their certification every three years by demonstrating continued professional knowledge and development in the cheese industry.

For a complete list of Certified Cheese Professionals, visit cheesesociety.org/events-education/acs-certified-cheese-professionals/. To learn more about cheese at Whole Foods Market, visit wholefoodsmarket.com.

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Rite Aid Corporation announces sales results for August

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2014-9-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced sales results for August.

Monthly Sales
For the five weeks ended Aug. 30, 2014, same store sales increased 3.9 percent over the prior-year period. August front-end same store sales increased 1.1 percent. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 219 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 5.2 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.7 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the five-week period increased 3.7 percent to $2.515 billion compared to $2.425 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 69.3 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5 percent of pharmacy sales.

Quarterly Sales
Same store sales for the 13-week period ended Aug. 30, 2014 increased 4.1 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 1.1 percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 5.6 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.7 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 13 weeks ended Aug. 30, 2014 increased 3.7 percent with sales of $6.485 billion compared to $6.250 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 68.8 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5 percent of pharmacy sales.

Year-to-Date
Same store sales for the 26-week period ended Aug. 30, 2014 increased 3.6 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 0.6 percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 5.1 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.0 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 26 weeks ended Aug. 30, 2014 increased 3.2 percent with sales of $12.910 billion compared to $12.514 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 68.6 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5 percent of pharmacy sales.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains. On Aug. 30, 2014, the company operated 4,572 stores compared to 4,604 stores in the like period a year ago. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at http://www.riteaid.com. Note that all sales data in this release is preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision.

Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which you are encouraged to read. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Rite Aid expressly disclaims any current intention to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the distribution of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

Meijer to hire thousands of new team members for the upcoming fall and holiday selling seasons

Upcoming holiday season and more stores in 2015 prompts need for additional team members

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-9-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Midwestern retailer Meijer is preparing to hire thousands of  new team members for its stores as the growing company prepares for the fall and holiday selling seasons, announced Janet Emerson, executive vice president of operations for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer.

“Meijer is always looking for good people,” Emerson said. “Our continued growth provides a great opportunity to find new team members who will help deliver on the Meijer promise of providing exceptional customer service.”

Meijer stores are open 24 hours, and only close on Christmas Day. While staffing needs vary from store to store, positions are available at all Meijer stores. The retailer is planning to hire more than 10,000 new team members throughout the Midwest. Here’s a breakdown of the need:

  • Michigan: 4,800 team members
  • Indiana: 1,800 team members
  • Ohio: 1,700 team members
  • Illinois: 1,500 team members
  • Kentucky: 1,000 team members

Interested candidates are asked to complete an online application at http://jobs.meijer.com/. During the online application process, prospective team members can search for openings in their area and indicate their store preference. Candidates may also complete an online application at the employment kiosks located at the front of most Meijer stores. Local store management will then follow up with qualified candidates.

“While most of these opportunities are part time and seasonal, these jobs can provide a gateway to a full-time career at Meijer,” said Michael Rotelle, senior vice president of human resources. “As we continue to grow, we are frequently looking to fill our on-going part-time and full-time needs. These positions provide an opportunity for people to begin a retail career within a growing company.”

While traditional retail positions such as stockers and cashiers are needed, there are also opportunities in more specialized roles such as meat cutters and cake decorators. Many Meijer team members have begun in entry-level roles and grown into full-time and leadership positions.

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 to hire thousands of new team members for the upcoming fall and holiday selling seasons

Meijer to hire thousands of new team members for the upcoming fall and holiday selling seasons

 

Klépierre moves its headquarters to 26, Boulevard des Capucines, in Edouard VII Square Paris

PARIS, 2014-9-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Monday, September 8, 2014, Klépierre is moving its headquarters to 26, Boulevard des Capucines, in Edouard VII Square, in the heart of vibrant, retail Paris, between the Opéra Garnier and Place de la Madeleine.

Klépierre has chosen a remarkable location to accommodate its staff and receive clients and partners. In the French capital’s leading retail district, just a few steps from the famed Olympia concert hall and Théâtre Edouard VII, the Group’s new headquarters is optimally situated. Super-connected and equipped to meet the highest standards, this new office space, created and installed by the Quadrilatère agency, offers the idealshowcase for the expertise and energy of Klépierre, Europe’s leading shopping center property pure player.

ABOUT KLEPIERRE
A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. Its portfolio is valued at 14.0 billion euros on 30June2014 and essentially comprises large shopping centers in 13 countries of Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen &Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia`s number one shopping center owner and manager.

Klépierre`s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group (28.9%), world leader in the shopping center industry, and BNP Paribas (21.3%).

Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and is included in the SBF 80, the EPRA Euro Zone, and the GPR 250 indexes. Klépierre is also included in several ethical indexes – DJSI World and Europe, FTSE4Good, STOXX® Global ESG Leaders, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and Eurozone 120 – and is a member of both Ethibel Excellence and Ethibel Pioneer investment registers. Klépierre is also ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions mark the Group`s commitment to a voluntary sustainable development policy.

To learn more about Klépierre: www.klepierre.com

MEDIA CONTACTS
Influences Agency
Souad DJOUAHRA – 01 44 82 67 08 – s.djouahra@agence-infuences.fr
Marie-Ange PYRMÉE – 01 44 82 74 65 – ma.pyrmee@agence-influences.fr

Target Corp. to open two new TargetExpress stores in San Francisco’s Financial District and Berkeley, California

New TargetExpress Stores Customize Guest Experience

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-9-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) today announced plans to open two new TargetExpress stores in San Francisco’s Financial District and Berkeley, Calif., in March 2015. Target’s first TargetExpress store opened this year in Minneapolis, and the San Francisco-area stores will mark the first time Target is expanding this format outside the Minneapolis area.

The San Francisco store will be approximately 18,000 square feet and located at the southwest corner of Bush Street and Sansome Street, next to the Montgomery BART station, in the heart of the financial district. The Berkeley store will be approximately 12,000 square feet and located at the southeast corner of Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way, next to the Downtown Berkeley BART station, near the main entrance to the University of California, Berkeley.

“From listening to our guests at the two San Francisco CityTarget stores, we know the smaller format of TargetExpress will fit right into the busy San Francisco Bay Area lifestyle and enable us to cater to each community’s needs,” said Kamau Witherspoon, senior director, Store Operations, Target.

Target store teams have spent time understanding each local community to determine the right merchandise mix for each store, so both TargetExpress locations will be customized to fit the individual needs of the surrounding neighborhoods. For example, the Bush Street store will feature a large grab-and-go area with sandwiches, salads, breakfast items like yogurt and mid-day snacks for busy commuters on the go. The store will also include a Starbucks and select items from Target’s Made to Matter collection, which features products from San Francisco Bay Area companies like Annies, Yes To and Method.

The Berkeley store will offer a large selection of grocery items, including produce, dairy, frozen, snacks and beverages to serve the students, commuters and residents of Berkeley. Additionally, both new TargetExpress stores will be stocked with essentials in home, beauty and electronics, including a robust assortment of Target’s owned brands. The stores will also include Target’s popular pick-up-in-store service and a pharmacy.

Target opened the first TargetExpress in Minneapolis in July, and has announced plans to open one in the Highland Park area of St. Paul, Minn. in 2015. A third San Francisco Bay Area TargetExpress will also open in 2015, with a location to be announced in the coming months.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,925 stores – 1,795 in the United States and 130 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visitTarget.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

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Flu vaccines now available at all Target Pharmacy and Target Clinic locations nationwide

Offerings provide Target guests convenient and affordable flu vaccination options this season

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-9-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) announced today that flu vaccines are now available at all Target Pharmacy and Target Clinic locations nationwide. Target will offer guests Quadrivalent, Trivalent and High Dose. In addition, FluMist will be available later this month. All vaccines are also available in preservative-free options.

“At Target, we know that prevention is key when it comes to keeping families healthy during the cold and flu season,” said Kevin Ronneberg, MD, medical director, Target. “We’re pleased to provide a variety of vaccine products to meet the needs of all our guests, including traditional shots as well as the nasal spray.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone older than 6 months of age be vaccinated against the flu. Influenza vaccination is important to the health and safety of everyone, but especially to those who are at high-risk of infection and developing serious complications from the flu. Vulnerable populations include children, pregnant women, and elderly individuals.

At Target, trained pharmacists and/or nurse practitioners administer flu vaccines, with no appointment necessary. Target guests can also pick up the products they need for the cold and flu season, such as antibacterial hand sanitizers, tissues, and chicken noodle soup.

Vaccines at Target are competitively priced, and Target pharmacies and clinics accept most insurance plans. In addition, flu vaccines are included in the Pharmacy Rewards program. Guests who enroll in Pharmacy Rewards and fill five eligible prescriptions at Target Pharmacy earn five percent off a day of Target shopping. Pharmacy Rewards savings can be added to the everyday five percent discount for REDcard holders. To find a Target Pharmacy or Target Clinic near you, visit target.com/pharmacy ortarget.com/clinic.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,925 stores – 1,795 in the United States and 130 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

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Flu vaccinations now available at all Giant Food in-store pharmacies

Through Unilever Partnership, Three Meals will be Donated to Feeding America for Every Flu Shot Administered by Giant

Landover, Md., 2014-9-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — To help prepare for the upcoming flu season, vaccinations are now available at all Giant Food in-store pharmacies. No appointment is needed and all vaccinations are administered by Giant Food’s trusted in-store pharmacists. Pharmacists are also available to provide onsite flu clinics at workplaces and businesses throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

“This flu season, we have taken steps to ensure our pharmacies are well stocked to handle flu-related prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for our customers,” said Gayle Shields, director of pharmacy operations, Giant Food. “We are pleased to offer convenient, efficient pharmacy services that benefit the community. In addition to protecting themselves and their families by getting vaccinated, customers can also support the fight against hunger through our Unilever partnership.”

For each flu shot administered by Giant Food pharmacists, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity. One dollar helps provide nine meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks. Between 8/29/2014 and 12/31/2014, $0.333 will be donated for every flu shot purchased up to $60,000. Unilever guarantees a minimum donation of $125,000 up to a maximum donation of $160,000 to Feeding America®. To find out more about how you can help some of the more than 49 million Americans who are currently food insecure, please visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

Standard flu shots are $35 with all other flu vaccinations available upon request, including the quad and high dose vaccines. Customers with a Giant Food prescription savings card will receive $10 off the regular price of a flu shot. Most major insurance plans along with Medicare are accepted. For more information, or to schedule an onsite flu clinic for your office, please call 877-439-1311.

To find the Giant Food pharmacy nearest you, please visit www.giantfood.com. If you are interested in signing up for a Giant Food prescription savings card, ask a pharmacist on your next visit.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 157 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Indonesia: PT. Matahari Putra Prima, Tbk opens its 33rd Foodmart located in Kuta Beachwalk, Bali

Tangerang, Indonesia, 2014-9-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT. Matahari Putra Prima, Tbk (“MPPA”) who operates Hypermart, Foodmart and Boston Health & Beauty, opened its 33rd Foodmart located in Kuta Beachwalk, Bali. The opening ceremony was attended by the MPPA Board of Directors, employees, supplier’s representatives and invited guests. The new Foodmart is a Foodmart Gourmet concept that has a shopping area of ±1,200m². Foodmart Gourmet Kuta Beachwalk is the second Foodmart in Bali after Foodmart Gourmet in Lippo Sunset Plaza.

MPPA Director of Foodmart Operations, Emi Nuel, said “The premium concept of Foodmart Gourmet is located in the center of Bali tourist attraction, Kuta. Similar with the Foodmart Gourmet in other cities, Foodmart Gourmet Kuta Beachwalk is prepared to target the middle toupper class consumers and tourists, by providing the best service and high quality assortment. Store Manager, Akhmad Sekhu and the entire staff, commented ready to welcome and serve the customers.

With the opening of the Foodmart Gourmet in Kuta Beachwalk, MPPA has opened 4 Foodmart Gourmet in 2014 and currently operates 33 Foodmart. About Matahari Food Business PT Matahari Putra Prima (MPPA) operates Hypermart, Foodmart and Boston Health & Beauty. Total 2013 Gross Sales amounted to Rp 12.6 Trillion (audited), a growth of 11.1% from 2012. Net Income 2013 amounted to Rp 445 Billion, which grew 85.8% from Rp 239 Billion in 2012. Hypermart has the widest store network among hypermarket operators in more than 60 cities ranging from Tanjung Balai (Medan) to Jayapura (Papua).

MPPA continues to receive both domestic and international acknowledgement with several awards such as:

2013 Retail Asia – Gold Award, 2011-2014 Superbrand Indonesia, 2013 Best of The Best 50 Performing Companies by Forbes Indonesia, Top Brand Awards, 2013 and 2014 Indonesia Most Admired Companies by Warta Ekonomi, 2013 Excellent Service Experience Award and 2013 Customer Satisfaction Award by Roy Morgan.

For further information please contact:
PT. Matahari Putra Prima, Tbk
www.hypermart.co.id

Danny Kojongian, Director- Communications and Public Relations
Email: danny.kojongian@hypermart.co.id

Fernando Repi, Head of Public Relations
Mobile : +6281511181187
Email : fernando.repi@hypermart.co.id

Foodstuffs: PAK’nSAVE supports CanTeen’s Annual Appeal by selling donation cards at the checkout

PAK’nSAVE is proud to be supporting CanTeen’s Annual Appeal which starts next week. (Monday 8 September – Sunday 21 September)

Whakatane, New Zealand,  2014-9-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — This year, PAK’nSAVE will be doing our part by selling donation cards at the checkout during CanTeen’s Annaul Appeal. There are three donation amounts available: $1, $3, and $5. The donation card selected by the customer will have its barcode swiped by the checkout operator, and the amount will be added to their grocery bill.

Steve Bayliss, Group General Manger Marketing for Foodstuffs New Zealand says that we wanted to make it as easy as possible for customers to give a little to a great cause.

“PAK’nSAVE is proud to assist in fundraising for CanTeen. PAK’nSAVE is enthusiastically behind supporting people in our community and if we can encourage our customers to give a little at the checkout, then together we will make a little go a long way,” he says.

CanTeen CEO David Pearce says it’s great to know PAK’nSAVE is dedicated to supporting our cause.

“CanTeen receives no government funding and relies solely on support from the community and generous partners such as PAK’nSAVE to allow us to continue to help young people living with cancer. We are fortunate to have passionate and enthusiastic partners who provide ongoing support that directly benefits young New Zealanders facing one of the biggest challenges of their lives.”

Volunteer collectors will also be on the streets and outside selected PAK’nSAVE stores on 19 and 20 September 2014.

CanTeen is the only New Zealand organisation dedicated to supporting young Kiwis aged 13 to 24 living with cancer either as a patient, sibling or bereaved sibling. CanTeen is a member driven organisation offering a national peer support network where members can share feelings, experiences and gain a little inspiration from other young people who have been there, done that.

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Grammy Award-Winning band Train to perform live at QVC on September 5 during the “Train: Q Sessions Live®” broadcast

The Grammy Award-Winning Band to Perform Live from the Multimedia Retailer

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2014-9-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Train, the San Francisco hitmakers behind three Grammy Awards, are performing live at QVC Friday, September 5 at 5PM (ET) during the “Train: Q Sessions Live®” broadcast. The hour-long broadcast will showcase songs from their new album, Bulletproof Picasso, as well as celebrated hits from past albums. Viewers will have the opportunity to order Train’s new album more than a week in advance of its release, and will also receive a bonus CD created especially for QVC.

“Train is acclaimed throughout the world for their potent and melodic repertoires,” said Ken O’Brien, senior vice president of merchandising at QVC. “We are thrilled to offer our viewers a front-row seat as Train showcases the fan favorites that have gained them fame, as well as the latest and greatest songs from their new album.”

Containing a collection of 12 songs, Bulletproof Picasso is Train’s seventh studio album. Borrowing the album name from their second track, the title also serves as a statement about the band’s long-running career, which has spanned 20 years. Among other new tracks, the album features Train’s debut single “Angel in Blue Jeans.” QVC shoppers will receive a special bonus CD, Train: Live in San Francisco, which contains five of Train’s greatest hits from throughout the years including”Drops of Jupiter” and “Calling All Angels.”

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our new album through QVC and are excited to have the opportunity to showcase our music live to viewers across the U.S.,” said Pat Monahan, lead singer of Train.

Best known for their memorable hits such as Grammy-Award winning songs “Drops of Jupiter” and “Hey, Soul Sister” and chart-topping singles “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels,” Train has captivated audiences with their riveting, roots-based pop. The acclaimed group has sold more than 10 million albums and 30 million tracks worldwide, while also earning recognition through dozens of awards and nominations including three Grammy Awards and two Billboard Music Awards.

QVC will also be offering two wines, the Bulletproof Picasso Six-Bottle Sauvignon Blanc and the Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. 12-Bottle Sampler Pack, from Train’s San Francisco Wine Co., which was launched in 2011. The wine and the two-CD set containing Bulletproof Picasso and Train: Live from San Francisco will be available, while supplies last, beginning September 5 through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.

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About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: LINTA, LINTB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and a joint venture in China. West Chester, Pa.-based QVC has shipped more than a billion packages in its 27-year history and the company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

Defense Commissary Agency reminds patrons on how to “Be Food Safe” at home during National Food Safety Education Month

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-9-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food safety is a group hug, when you consider everyone who has a role in protecting consumers from foodborne illnesses.

For the Defense Commissary Agency, that process begins where the food originates and continues all the way to the store shelf. However, during September, National Food Safety Education Month, DeCA is reminding its patrons that they also play a significant role to “Be Food Safe” at home.

“From the store to their kitchen table, our patrons should ‘Be Food Safe’ against potential harmful bacteria,” said Army Col. Michael A. Buley, DeCA’s director of public health and safety.

Every day a network of military and civilian food safety specialists are engaged in a multitiered inspection process designed to safeguard commissary products from any potential security and sanitation problems. That entire process can be undone if commissary patrons don’t pay attention to the basic principles of “Be Food Safe,” said Richard Stith, DeCA’s lead consumer safety officer.

“Food safety isn’t just about cooking temperatures,” Stith said. “It’s the entire process from ‘Farm to Fork,’ which includes how you as a consumer treat your food once purchased until it’s served at the table.

“If you have several stops to make while you’re out shopping – like the exchange, the gas station and the medical clinic – do that before you hit the commissary to decrease the risks of temperature abusing your food, which increases the probability of dangerous microbial growth that can turn into a foodborne illness,” he added. “Once you purchase your perishable items, remember to keep cold items cold and hot foods hot.”

The “Be Food Safe” message of clean, separate, cook and chill is the foundation of a patron’s food safety defense at home, Stith said. The Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food Safety Inspection Service recommend the following safe handling techniques:

Clean

  • Wash hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat, poultry or seafood.
  • Wash utensils, cutting boards, dishes and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item and before you go on to prepare the next item.
  • Food contact surfaces may be sanitized with a freshly made solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water.

Separate

  • Separate raw meat, poultry, and seafood from other foods in your grocery shopping cart and in your refrigerator.
  • If possible, use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat, poultry and seafood.
  • Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry or seafood.

Cook

  • Cook poultry to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F as measured with a food thermometer.

Chill

  • Chill food promptly and properly. Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared foods and leftovers within two hours (or one hour if temperatures are above 90°F).

“Prevention of foodborne illnesses never stops,” Buley said. “It’s a collective effort from start to finish. Our patrons have a crucial role in safeguarding their health once they leave the commissary and take their groceries home.”

For more food safety information, visit Food Safety. You can see a list of websites on the latest health and safety reports and information from other agencies by choosing Health/Food Safety in the Links section .

To find the latest food safety alerts and product recalls affecting military commissaries, visit Food & Product Recalls.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil