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Wegmans Food Market stores to host this school year’s “Eat Well Live Well 4th Grade Tours”



ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-9-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — This school year, select Wegmans Food Market stores will again host “Eat Well Live Well 4th Grade Tours.” This free field trip, offered by Wegmans for more than 20 years, teaches fourth-graders about foods that help them grow strong and healthy and where those foods come from. What they learn ties in with fourth-grade science, geography and math lessons in the classroom. To date, more than a quarter-million kids – averaging over 11,000 a year – have visited the produce, cheese, bakery, meat and seafood departments of the store to taste and learn more about eating healthy. Tours are available in stores in all six states where Wegmans markets are found: NY, PA, NJ, MD, VA, and MA.

REGISTRATION DETAILS: Tours are free for fourth-grade classes. They typically begin at 9 or 9:30 a.m. and run two hours. Tour availability is limited to select dates and stores, and sign up is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Teachers can schedule a tour by calling 1-800-Wegmans (1-800-934-6267) x4760 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation is not provided and three chaperones must assist the teacher in escorting children through the store.

“Our lesson plans align with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s My Plate nutrition guidelines for healthy eating, as well as Wegmans’ own ‘Eat Well Live Well’ principles,” said Trish Kazacos, RD, who oversees the curriculum that Wegmans’ nutritionists developed.

Each store department that kids visit has its own story to tell. Students are reminded of the importance of farmers and farmland to provide the food that’s on our plates and in our lunchboxes.

At the bakery, youngsters sample whole-grain bread as they learn that bread gets its start on farms that grow grains in the “bread basket” states. The grains go to mills to be ground into flour. Flour, liquid and yeast make bread – with the yeast producing bubbles of carbon dioxide to make the bread rise, so it’s not as flat as a pancake. Kids see how yeast dissolved in a bottle of water can actually create gas that inflates a balloon attached to the bottle – or they see a poster demonstrating the same thing.

In the produce department, Wegmans people typically talk about the importance of getting five cups a day of fruit or vegetables. That guideline works for most adults and older teens, but for younger children (like 4th graders) they learn to make a fist to see what the right-size serving would be for them, and their goal is to strive for five fists of fruits and vegetables every day. They also learn that eating whole fruits and vegetables most of the time is healthier than drinking juice. “It’s okay to drink some juice, but we say that juice should be only one serving of fruit or vegetables each day. The other servings should be whole or sliced fruits or vegetables – fresh, frozen, or canned — because they provide fiber, which the body also needs,” Kazacos says. Fruits and vegetables come in a rainbow of colors, each color providing a different combination of vitamins, minerals and natural compounds that build strong bodies. To encourage them to “eat a rainbow” every day and to try new foods, the produce team passes tasting samples of fruits or veggies that some kids may not have tried before – such as mangoes, snap peas , or pomegranate.

At the Cheese Shop, kids learn that three servings a day of dairy foods provide the protein, calcium and the A, B and D vitamins that build strong muscles and bones. They also learn that raw milk comes from cows, sheep, goats or even water buffalo. It’s then pasteurized and sold as milk or is turned into yogurt or cheese when enzymes or “good” bacteria have been added.

In the meat and seafood area, students learn about how much protein kids need each day, and see where that protein could come from as they view different cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and chicken, and see different kinds of shellfish and fin fish. They also learn about food safety, including keeping foods cold and cooking to the right temperature to kill germs.

The tours wrap up with a treasure hunt that helps kids recall what they’ve just learned. Teachers get a booklet with some of the posters used on the tour and other materials they can review in class. Kids are asked to bring a plastic bag to recycle at the store, and they leave with one of Wegmans’ reusable bags, which contain a loaf of whole grain bread, oatmeal, a fresh apple, and a box of raisins.


Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 84-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years.  In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information:
Jo Natale, Wegmans’ director of media relations, 585-429-3627
Evelyn Carter, consumer affairs manager (Syracuse media only), 315-546-1110
Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager (Buffalo media only), 716-685-8170

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Casper expands virtual food hall model with Franklin Junction’s Host Kitchen® technology



GHENT, 14-Mar-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Franklin Junction partners with Casper, a modern day food hall offering 100% virtual orders for takeout and delivery, to expand iconic American restaurant brands to Benelux and France. Franklin Junction founder, Rishi Nigam, and Casper founder, Matthias Laga, presented their expansion plans at the recent International Ghost Kitchen Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Franklin Junction has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2023 as they continue to deliver innovative technology solutions for restaurants in the US and now abroad. Leading the way with their proprietary Host Kitchen® model, Franklin Junction has grown into a full suite of solution services to empower restaurant success in the digital age. In 2022, Franklin Junction introduced its AI-powered digital food hall that allows consumers to order food and earn loyalty from multiple concepts in a single transaction and delivery.

“As industry leaders driving the growth of American restaurant brands in new markets, we have received a tremendous amount of interest to expand to the European market for a few years now,” shares Franklin Junction CEO Rishi Nigam. “After getting to know Matthias and the entire Casper team over the past year, we have full confidence that they are a trusted partner to expand globally with and we’re thrilled to bring iconic American fare to new diners across Europe.”

Casper launched in Ghent, Belgium and raised €5 million for their Series A in 2022 with the objective of creating a hybrid restaurant and food hall model where customers can walk-in to place orders for takeout or order through digital channels for delivery. In just a short time, Casper has expanded to over 10 locations in Belgium, the Netherlands, and France, with an expansion goal of 50 kitchens by 2024.

“We’re very excited to partner with Franklin Junction and begin by introducing Nathan’s Famous’ authentic New York flavors to our European customers in the coming weeks,” states Matthias Laga, Co-founder and CEO of Casper. “Franklin Junction uniquely understands restaurants, multi-concept food halls, and restaurant eCommerce and their proprietary processes are extremely virtuous for all stakeholders.”

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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coop & spree launches a retail, business, and sports podcast called coop convos



The Retailer will interview CEOs, influencers, and professional athletes on a weekly basis

New York, New York, USA, 2022-Dec-23 — /EPR Network/ — coop & spree, the New York City based contemporary retailer, has launched a podcast called coop convos, which is all things business, retail, sports and wellness. Coop convos is hosted by coop & spree CEO and founder, Brooke S. Richman, who will interview various business leaders, tastemakers, and influencers in their aforementioned industries. Since Richman is an avid New York Knicks Fan (the Spree in coop & spree comes from her childhood pup’s name which paid homage to former Knick, Latrell Sprewell), she’s even interviewed and secured some former NBA stars.

The Podcast is available on over 10 platforms, and the first episode will likely air February 1st, 202 depending on the rifting process. To date, Richman has secured over 35 prestigious guests and has already recorded episodes with Stephanie Gottlieb, founder of Stephanie Gottlieb Fine Jewelry, Dale Stabler, wellness entrepreneur and co-founder of Sweats + The City, co-founder of the Orro + Theheard apps, and Allan Houston, the 2x NBA All-Star for the New York Knicks, Olympic Gold Medalist, and founder of FISLL,

Notable confirmed guests include Emily Faith Strauss, founder and designer of EF Collection, Helen Hall-Leland, CEO of Blender Bombs and Hustle Smoothie Bar, Alexa Leigh Meyer Mufson, founder and designer of Alexa Leigh, and John Wallace, former NBA star, current investor, philanthropist and New York Knick radio host.

During the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Richman moved temporarily from her NYC apartment to her childhood home in Greenwich, CT, where she learned how to code and created her e-comm website, Since her Elizabeth Street store in NYC was closed due to the pandemic, she had all her vendors ship her orders to her CT home where she fulfilled them. When she wasn’t opening new merchandise or packaging her clients’ orders, she would use Instagram live as a way to engage with her coop & spree audience, since she no longer could interact with them in person. She decided to start interviewing different designers and influencers, many of whom she knew and many of whom she had never met, and she absolutely loved it. So did her audience. It turned into a weekly tradition and the rest, as they say, is history. Not only did these weekly IG TV “interviews” create much needed connection at a time of unprecedented isolation, but also, they provided Richman, and coop & spree, with a new way of engaging with both customers and vendors.

Coop convos has the same format as Richman’s IG lives, where Richman focuses on each guest’s career path and personal story, in a relaxed format, that seems less like an interview and more like two old friends catching up. While the Podcast’s main goal is to provide valuable and informative insights and resources to those specifically interested in entrepreneurship, retail, sports, and wellness, Richman promises it’s also filled with lighthearted banter and just the right number of laughs.



coop & spree, the brainchild of founder and CEO Brooke S. Richman, first opened in August 2014 in downtown New York City’s Nolita neighborhood as a multi-brand contemporary women’s apparel, accessory, and jewelry boutique. While it was solely brick-and-mortar by design when it opened, coop & spree had to pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic and is now a full-fledged omni-channel retailer with over 70 brands. It operates both a physical store in New York City’s NoHoc neighborhood, via appointment only, and has an e-commerce shopping site. In addition to selling women’s contemporary apparel, accessories, and jewelry, coop & spree has expanded its product offering to include an extensive assortment of children’s apparel and accessories, health and wellness products, paper goods, novelty items and more. coop & spree was just listed this month as a winner on the Inc. Magazine’s Best of Business 2022 list in the “Lean and Mean” category due to its unwavering commitment to philanthropy, specifically to NYC based non-profits which help underprivileged youths in NYC. It’s been featured in publications such as Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Times, US Weekly, Huffington Post, Business Insider and more.

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ContactPigeon expands in Cyprus and sponsors the 14th e-Commerce Conference



NICOSIA, Cyprus, 2022-Sep-28 — /EPR Network/ — ContactPigeon, one of the leading omnichannel customer engagement platforms for retailers in Europe and the USA, expands its operations in Cyprus. By building up a special team of professionals that will be based in the neighboring country, ContactPigeon will be providing its customer engagement services to its cross-industry clients that are operating there. With this expansion, the Greek startup aims to consolidate its reach to the thriving Cyprus market. 

Furthermore, ContactPigeon becomes an official sponsor for the 14th e-Commerce Conference that took place in Nicosia, Cyprus on the 20th of September 2022.

“After attending a very successful conference in Bulgaria, our Pigeons are kicking off autumn with some new adventures. Having several clients in the fast-developing market of Cyprus, we have first-hand knowledge about the impact of eCommerce in the neighboring country, but we have also seen the challenges that retailers face daily. Therefore, by investing in the development of the Cypriot market, we wish to effectively assist businesses that want to evolve and exceed from the competition. We are very excited about this new journey!,” said George Mirotsos, CEO and co-founder of ContactPigeon.

The E-Commerce Conference by IMH is a benchmark for the e-commerce industry in Cyprus. With industry experts as keynote speakers and leading businesses as sponsors and participants, the conference presents the upcoming, international trends in the e-commerce sector as well as case studies that provide attendees with valuable knowledge and insights. The 14th E-Commerce Conference is addressed to entrepreneurs, Commercial Managers, Marketing & Communication and advertising professionals, Digital Managers, and also those who are interested to start operating in the e-Commerce sector.

This year, the participants had the opportunity to meet with ContactPigeon members at its booth and learn about the company’s activities and the benefits of its omnichannel customer engagement platform.

About ContactPigeon

ContactPigeon empowers marketing leaders and business owners with the only omnichannel customer engagement platform built for retailers. The platform is designed to deliver perfectly timed and personalized messages for each customer, regardless of whether the point of contact is offline or online. The company has been awarded numerous industry awards and distinctions since 2015 and is also a member of the Pledge 1% corporate philanthropy movement. Its client base consists of hundreds of retailers in Europe and the USA such as Fujitsu, Tommy Hilfiger, GAP, and L’OREAL.


Anna Fotopoulou
Content Marketing Coordinator
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