John Lewis announces micro-location technology company Localz as the winner of JLAB

Micro-location technology company wins £100,000 investment from John Lewis’s first ever startup incubator

LONDON, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis today announces Localz, a startup business specialising in micro-location technology, as the winner of JLAB, the retailer’s first ever technology business incubator. After 12 weeks of shaping and honing its solution within JLAB, Localz impressed the judging panel and takes home £100,000 in investment as well as the chance to trial its solution with John Lewis.

Paul Coby, IT Director at John Lewis, said: ‘Innovation is at the heart of John Lewis and JLAB, our first tech incubator, has given us a new way to explore the technologies that will change how we all shop in the future. It’s been a hugely rewarding and educational experience, drawing on a diverse group of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, and we have a very worthy winner who we’re looking forward to working with in the months ahead. I do very much believe that this is what our Founder Spedan Lewis would be doing if he was around today.’

The initial entry period for JLAB saw hundreds of startups apply to take part, pitching their ideas for innovations that could shape the future of the retail experience. In May, Localz was picked as a finalist alongside four other impressive startup businesses: Musaic, SpaceDesigned, Tap2Connect and Viewsy. Over a 12-week period based in Level 39 at Canary Wharf, the five finalists developed their ideas with the assistance of mentors from John Lewis as well as high-profile entrepreneurial figures including Luke Johnson, Chairman of Risk Capital Partners, Sara Murray OBE, founder of and Buddi, and Bindi Karia, Vice President Entrepreneur banking at Silicon Valley Bank*. The final pitch day on 23 September 2014 saw Localz emerge as the overall winner.

Localz’s technology gives customers the opportunity to take advantage of some enhanced services using their smartphone based on their precise location. It’s all about choice, designed to make shopping easier for those who wish to use it. For example, it could automatically offer to trigger a customer’s Click & Collect order to be picked as they enter the shop to speed up the collection or help customers to navigate their way around one of our shops based on their online wish list.

Stuart Marks, partner in JLAB, said: ‘The quality of entries was exceptionally high and picking a winner proved to be a very difficult process. I am sure all the companies will go on to become very successful but there has to be a winner and in this case we felt that Localz has the potential to become a long term partner to John Lewis and to provide continuous innovation for their customers. We were fortunate to have an exceptional mentoring team who allowed all the companies to achieve their true potential during the time they were at JLAB.’

Tim Andrew, Commercial Director and Co-Founder of Localz, said: ‘JLAB has been an amazing experience for Localz from start to finish. The fact that my father was a Partner with John Lewis for over 30 years gave me a very personal reason to want to be a part of it, in order to try and help the company that supported me and my family when I was growing up.’

He continues: ‘The support and guidance that John Lewis provided throughout the incubation period helped us refine our offering for the European market. They also gave us access to successful entrepreneurs and mentors from diverse backgrounds and industries which allowed us to accelerate our development.’

Localz’s plans for the £100k investment focus on its new UK operations. The company will be further developing its technology in conjunction with John Lewis to support the new generation of mobile and micro-location experiences, and preparing to launch live trials in store. To support these goals, Localz is also looking to hire new talent to work in its London-based team.

JLAB was part of John Lewis’s 150 year celebrations. For more information, please visit

Notes to editors:
*The full list of external JLAB mentors is as follows:

  • Luke Johnson, Chairman of Risk Capital Partners
  • Sara Murray OBE, founder of
  • Graham Clempson, European Managing Partner at MidOcean Partners
  • Dr. Stephanie Hussels, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Full-Time MBA Director Designate at Cranfield University
  • George Berkowski, Chairman of MIT Enterprise Forum UK
  • Bindi Karia, Vice President, Origination and Entrepreneur Commercial Banking at Silicon Valley Bank.


John Lewis – John Lewis operates 42 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, ten John Lewis at home and a shop at Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as As part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership, all of John Lewis’s 30,000 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis – John Lewis, ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014’¹, ‘Best Overall Retailer’² and ‘Best Retailer 2014’³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. stocks over 250,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. ( John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2014
³ Which? Awards 2014

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Alliance Boots announces that China Securities Regulatory Commission approved the Group’s investment in Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Nottingham, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Alliance Boots announces that China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has approved the Group’s investment in Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company Limited. This approval, following the authorisation recently received from China Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), paves the way for the completion of the investment in the coming weeks. As a result of the investment, Alliance Boots will become the second largest shareholder in Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company Limited with Board and operational management representation.

In September 2012, Alliance Boots announced that it will acquire a 12% stake in Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company Limited, through a private placement, for a total consideration of approximately £56 million (RMB560 million). Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company Limited, listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, is the seventh largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in China with sales of around £2 billion (RMB20 billion) in 2013.

The Group first entered the Chinese market in 2008 through its joint venture Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals Corporation, which operates in complementary geographies and continues its successful development.


Notes to editors:

About Alliance Boots
Alliance Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. Working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists, we are committed to improving health in the local communities we serve and helping our customers and patients to look and feel their best. Our focus is on growing our two core business activities of: pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution, while increasingly developing and internationalising our product brands.

Alliance Boots has a presence in more than 27* countries and employs over 120,000* people. We have pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses in 11* countries and operate more than 4,600* health and beauty retail stores, of which more than 4,450* have a pharmacy, with a fast growing online presence. In addition, Alliance Boots has around 600* optical practices, of which around 180* operate on a franchise basis, and hearingcare services in around 430* locations. Our pharmaceutical wholesale businesses deliver over 4.5* billion units each year to more than 180,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* distribution centres in 20* countries.

In June 2012, Alliance Boots announced that it had entered into a strategic partnership with Walgreen Co. (Walgreens), the largest drugstore chain in the US. In August 2014, Alliance Boots and Walgreens communicated that they plan to merge in the first quarter of calendar 2015 to create the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise, which will be named Walgreens Boots Alliance.

* Figures are approximations as at 31 March 2014, with the addition of Farmacias Ahumada data at the date of its acquisition on 11 August 2014, and include associates and joint ventures.

For further information, please contact:

Media relations:

Yves Romestan/ Laura Vergani / Katie Johnson / Julie Longton , Alliance Boots: +44 (0)207 980 8585
Claire Scicluna, RLM Finsbury: +44 (0)207 251 3801

Investor relations:

Gerald Gradwell, Alliance Boots: +44 (0)207 980 8527 (UK)/+1 646 688 1336 (US)

Delhaize Group to join the European Buying Alliance Coopernic from January 2015

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group is pleased to announce that it will join Coopernic, the European Buying Alliance as from January 2015. Coopernic is currently formed around E. Leclerc and will be joined this October by Coop Italia.

The three companies have decided to share their expertise in the following three areas:
– Private Brand innovation and development.
– Commercial terms with international suppliers.
– Synergies in non-food procurement.

» Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. At the end of the second quarter of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 377 stores. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €20.9 billion ($27.8 billion) in revenues and €179 million ($237 million) in net profit (Group share). At June 30, 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 152 500 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website Questions can be sent to

» Contacts
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Statements that are included or incorporated by reference in this press release and other written and oral statements made from time to time by Delhaize Group and its representatives, other than statements of historical fact, which address activities, events and developments that Delhaize Group expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, without limitation, the financial flexibility or synergies. The ultimate value of savings from joint procurement and the anticipated benefits of these strategies, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified as statements that include phrases such as “guidance,” “outlook,” “projected,” “believe,” “target,” “predict,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “strategy,” “may,” “goal,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “foresee,” “likely,” “will,” “should” or other similar words or phrases. Although such statements are based on current information, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those projected depending upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, changes in the general economy or the markets of Delhaize Group, in strategy, in consumer spending, in inflation or currency exchange rates or in legislation or regulation; competitive factors; adverse determination with respect to claims; inability to timely develop, remodel, integrate, open, convert or close stores; and supply or quality control problems with vendors. Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements are described in Delhaize Group’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings made by Delhaize Group with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which risk factors are incorporated herein by reference. Delhaize Group disclaims any obligation to update developments of these risk factors or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments.


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,167,976 Ahold common shares in the period from September 22, 2014 up to and including September 26, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.9325 per share for a total consideration of € 28.04 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 138,017,067 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,793.28 million.

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


CBRE Group, Inc. announces the completion of its offering of $300 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.25% senior notes due 2025

Los Angeles, CA, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced the completion of its offering of $300 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.25% senior notes due 2025 (the “Notes”). The Notes have an interest rate of 5.25% per annum and were issued at a price equal to 100% of their face value. The Notes were issued by the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, CBRE Services, Inc., and are guaranteed on a full and unconditional basis by the Company and the subsidiaries that guarantee its senior secured credit facility.

The Company estimates that the net proceeds from the offering will be approximately $296.5 million, after deducting the underwriters’ discounts and estimated offering expenses. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Notes, together with cash on hand, to redeem CBRE Services, Inc.’s outstanding 6.625% Senior Notes due 2020.

J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, BofA Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Wells Fargo Securities, Scotiabank, RBS and Barclays acted as joint book-running managers for the offering of the Notes.

The Notes were offered pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement that the Company previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).  The offering of the Notes was made by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus, which may be obtained for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC’s website at  Alternatively, copies may be obtained from: J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, or by calling 1-866-803-9204.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the Notes, in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

CBRE Group, Inc. is a leading global commercial real estate services and investment firm based in Los Angeles.

“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the anticipated use of proceeds from the Notes. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed in CBRE Group, Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws, CBRE Group, Inc. expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any of them to reflect actual results, any changes in expectations or any change in events. If CBRE Group, Inc. does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. For additional information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, and risks to CBRE Group Inc.’s business in general, please refer to its SEC filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2014.

For Further Information:

James Groch
CFO & Glbl Director, Corp Dev
T +1 215 9217474
Steve Iaco
Director, Sr. Managing
T +1 212 9846535

Russia’s largest food retailer “Magnit” announces the opening of its 67th “Magnit Family” store

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest food retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT), is pleased to announce the opening of the 67th “Magnit Family” store.

Please be informed that on September 28, 2014 the Company has opened its 67th “Magnit Family” store located at 142/1, Profsoyuznaya street, Moscow, Central federal region. Assortment of the store consists of about 10,500 SKUs, out of which about 83% are food items. There are 13 cash desks installed in the sales area. The outlet is leased by the Company. The store is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 11 pm.

For further information, please contact:
Timothy Post Director, Investor Relations
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 17600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

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

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest food retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of June 30, 2014, Magnit operated 24 distribution centers and over 8,600 stores (7,614 convenience, 226 hypermarkets, and 778 drogeries) in approximately 2,000 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with the reviewed IFRS consolidated financial statements for 1H 2014, Magnit had revenues of $9,979 million USD and an EBITDA of $1,045 million USD. Magnit’s local shares are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MICEX: MGNT) and its GDRs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MGNT) and it has a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of BB. Measured by market capitalization, Magnit is one of the largest retailers in Europe.

Best Buy earns two sustainability awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and high CDP rating

WASHINGTON, DC, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Just a week after announcing it had achieved its 1 billion pounds e-cycling goal, Best Buy has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with two sustainability awards.

On Tuesday, the EPA honored Best Buy through the national 2014 Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge. The Challenge encourages equipment manufacturers and retailers to promote responsible electronics recycling.

Best Buy’s Gold Participant Award recognized the company as a “true leader” for the sheer amount of used electronics recycled, its work with third-party certified recyclers, and its promotion of the program to customers.

In addition, Best Buy received the Champion Award, a nod to how established the recycling program is, and the positive social and environmental impacts that have come from it.


NYSE Event Recognizes Best Buy’s CDP Rating

Just as EPA ceremonies convened in Washington, Best Buy was recognized on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by environmental nonprofit CDP as a climate change leader among S&P 500 companies. Best Buy received a score of 98 A-, demonstrating a high level of transparency and data quality in its disclosure of climate-related information.

The CDP report is generated at the request of more than 700 institutional investors who collectively manage $87 trillion in assets. These investors evaluate how companies address risks and opportunities associated with greenhouse gas emissions and natural resources. This is the third year that Best Buy has achieved a position in CDP’s S&P 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index.

Best Buy continues to focus on sustainable practices because it’s good for business, people and the planet. To learn more about the CDP and Best Buy’s participation, visit CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report 2014.


Pictured are Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste & Emergency Response; Scott Weislow, Senior Director of Environmental Services at Best Buy; and Tim Dunn, Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs at Best Buy.

Pictured are Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste & Emergency Response; Scott Weislow, Senior Director of Environmental Services at Best Buy; and Tim Dunn, Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs at Best Buy.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated declares $0.165 cash dividend per share on its Class A Common Stock and $0.15 per share on its Class B Common Stock

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.165 (sixteen and one-half cents) per share on all its Class A Common Stock and $0.15 (fifteen cents) per share on all its Class B Common Stock.  This is an annual rate of $0.66 and $0.60 per share, respectively.  Dividends on both the Class A and Class B Common Stock are payable October 23, 2014, to all shareholders of record on October 9, 2014.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 202 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website

Ingles Markets, Incorporated – Post Office Box 6676, Asheville, NC 28816 –

Wincor Nixdorf’s new TPCustomer360 software extends the omnichannel capabilities of the company’s customer interaction and loyalty program

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf’s new TPCustomer360 software extends the omnichannel capabilities of the company’s comprehensive retail software suite, the TP Application Suite, in the areas of customer interaction and loyalty programs. The solution allows for mass or personalized interaction between retailers and their customers across all sales channels, from in-store POS, kiosk and self-checkout systems to web, mobile and social media applications.

Achieving a 360-degree view of consumers has become an essential requirement for successful cross-channel marketing strategies in today’s increasingly omnichannel retail environment. With TPCustomer360, retailers not only have access to all personal and purchase-related information, but also know when and how their customers interact with all touch points in the shopping experience. This comprehensive view of shoppers encompasses personal information updated via mobile applications, social network interactions, e-commerce website browsing as well as in-store purchasing history.

“TPCustomer360 is unique in the market, as it offers an all-in-one approach to managing and executing all kinds of interactions with customers,” said Nicolas Pelletier, Head of Product Line Retail Software at Wincor Nixdorf. “These interactions could otherwise be reached only by integrating various applications point to point, resulting in increased complexity.”

Relevant rewards are and have always been a powerful incentive to boost sales. And TPCustomer 360 gives retailers the full view they need of customer interactions on all channels to create sales-driving reward programs. Targeting the needs of customers based on their shopping preferences for products and channels alike is a true one-to-one marketing capability. By communicating with customers in their preferred way, retailers can raise the visibility of their campaigns and drive sales.

TPCustomer 360 also helps retailers determine when they need to make changes to their reward programs. The solution offers them rich, granular reporting tools to continually refresh and optimize their reward programs – and drive up footfall, purchasing frequency, basket sizes and more.
The new Wincor Nixdorf TPCustomer360 uses software technology developed by its French partner, Maxxing. “The added value for any retailer is generated by the uniqueness of the 4D consumer concept developed by Maxxing. The 4D consumer approach drives revenue by direct interaction between consumer apps, e-commerce, stores and retailers’ organizations to manage and control sales,” says Jose Derycke, Chairman of Maxxing.

Although TPCustomer360 is independent from the POS software or the e-commerce platform used by the retailer, it is natively integrated into Wincor Nixdorf’s retail platform, 5.5. In addition to customer loyalty, provides seamless connectivity for omnichannel management, and all touchpoints to support customers’ journeys. The retail platform is part of Wincor Nixdorf’s comprehensive, modular TP Application Suite, which addresses the entire range of checkout processes required especially by large, international retailers.

About Maxxing
Maxxing is an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) specializing in Loyalty and CRM solutions for food, non-food and specialty retailers around the world.Maxxing is a unique, modular and high-performance solution that cover all business needs and put the customer at the centre of the information system. The solution provides marketers with a range of tools to efficiently promote sales and manage the customer relationship and loyalty strategy.

Thanks to the powerful segmentation, targeting and micro-targeting features included in the tool, leveraging the customer data included in Maxxing’s behavioural database (DB) as a way to improve 4D consumer insights has never been so easy. The retailer is then able to refine marketing campaigns and interact with the consumer by delivering the right message to the right touch point at the right moment. And as a result of rewarding the consumer through all touch points and sales channels, loyalty is improved.


Wincor Nixdorf ranked tenth in the IDC Financial Insights 2014 FinTech Ratings

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf, the world’s leading provider of comprehensive IT solutions in banking and retail, announced today it has been ranked tenth in the IDC Financial Insights 2014 FinTech Ratings. The ranking is an annual Fortune 500-style international listing of the top technology companies that drive more than one-third of their revenue from the financial services industry.

“Wincor Nixdorf is proud to have achieved this ranking because it evidences the success of our innovative, service-oriented approach in providing hardware and software solutions to help our clients in the banking industry meet today’s technological challenges,” said Javier López-Bartolomé, Senior Vice President, Region Americas, and Wincor Nixdorf USA President and CEO.

Wincor Nixdorf attributes its top-ten ranking to a number of factors, including the comprehensiveness of its portfolio, which includes hardware, software and professional services for banks and ATM fleet owners. The company has seen its business with retail banks grow steadily, thanks in large part to its wide range of products and services designed to help customers capitalize on the transformation currently underway in the banking industry.

“Appearing on the IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings, a global measure of success in the financial services technology industry, represents a position of strength and influence in the market,” said Jerry Silva, Director of Global Banking Research for IDC Financial Insights. “We congratulate this year’s Top 100 FinTech companies and the Top 25 Enterprise companies for demonstrating their success in the industry and commitment to their customers.”

Foodstuffs North Island Limited lodged resource consent application for PAK’nSAVE at Tamatea replacement

North Island, New Zealand, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Limited is pleased to announce that it has lodged a resource consent application for a replacement PAK’nSAVE at Tamatea, located in the heart of the Tamatea community on the roundabout of Durham and Leicester Avenues.

“This revised scheme for a replacement PAK’nSAVE at Tamatea will bring a lighter, brighter and better PAK’nSAVE shopping experience for our customers,” says Foodstuffs North Island Limited General Manager Property Development, Angela Bull.  “We have taken the opportunity to tweak the design of the store to introduce plenty of natural light, wider aisles and a more spacious retail environment, plus plenty of car parking.  The modern, new look store means that we can provide an improved offer, while still ensuring our policy of delivering New Zealand’s lowest grocery prices which our customers expect from PAK’nSAVE. Additional retail stores are also proposed, so that Tamatea shopping centre remains the hub of the community.”

Subject to receiving resource consent, it is anticipated that work will start in mid-2015. The current store will be open while the new store is constructed alongside, and customers will be able to watch and follow the progress as the new store takes shape.  There will be plenty of car parking and the PAK’nSAVE staff will make sure customers can do all their shopping in a safe and convenient environment.

Roger Davis, Andrew Graney and Darren Turley, the owner operators of PAK’nSAVE Tamatea, are thrilled about the new store.  “The new store is an exciting new opportunity for us and a great investment for the community. We are really looking forward to modernising our store and providing our customers with a bigger and brighter shopping experience; with wide aisles, lots of great fresh food and grocery products, and all the personal service our customers enjoy.”


Foodstuffs North Island Limited lodged resource consent application for PAK’nSAVE at Tamatea replacement

Foodstuffs North Island Limited lodged resource consent application for PAK’nSAVE at Tamatea replacement

New Zealand wines took more medals than ever before at the New World Wine Awards 2014 with Shiraz/Syrah category as a stand-out performer

Waiheke, New Zealand, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — The highest number of medals ever was awarded at the New World Wine Awards 2014, following a record number of entries. Among the full range of varietals entered, the Shiraz/Syrah category was a stand-out performer with the highest number of medals awarded among the red wine varietals and the second-highest number of medals overall, second only to Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Shiraz/Syrah class, New Zealand wines took more medals than ever before, with a record-breaking three Gold medals for wines from Hawke’s Bay including the Ngatarawa Stables Reserve Syrah 2013, which was voted by the judges as best overall in the Shiraz/Syrah category.

“The New World Wine Awards Shiraz/Syrah category medals are usually dominated by Australian wines, but we were pleasantly surprised to see some incredibly strong New Zealand entries come through this year,” says Jim Harré, Chair of the judging panel.

“The quality of wines entered overall was outstanding. I think this reflects the wine industry’s growing recognition of the credibility and value of the New World Wine Awards, which are judged using the same internationally recognised 20-point system as all other major wine shows but are focused on wines that retail for $25 or less and have more than 6,000 bottles available for sale,” says Mr Harré.

Of the 1,165 wines entered, the judging panel awarded 63 Gold, 160 Silver and 454 Bronze medals – 677 medals overall. Of these, three New Zealand wines took the top honours in the final ‘taste-off’ to determine the Champion Red, White and Sparkling Wines:

  • Champion Red – Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir 2013
  • Champion White – The King’s Bastard Chardonnay 2013
  • Champion Bubbles – Lindauer Rosé NV

The Champion Red, Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir 2013, was one of eight New Zealand Pinot Noir wines that won gold medals, up from five last year. The judging panel was impressed by the quality of this wine, particularly given the price point.

This year, the independent panel of 13 expert wine judges included guest international judge, Sam Harrop, who was voted the “10th most influential wine consultant in the world” by Drinks Business in 2013 and is one of only 312 wine experts globally to hold the prestigious Masters of Wine qualification.

“The New World Wine Awards are judged up to the same standard as other leading wine shows I have been involved with around the world, and the quality of the entries exceeded my expectations given the focus on affordable and widely available wines,” says Sam Harrop.

All medal-winning wines are distributed and promoted in New World’s 138 supermarkets nationwide. Food and wine matches, video clips of the judging process, recipes and full competition results are available on the New World Wine Awards 2014 website. The top 50 selection of Gold medal-winning wines will be showcased in the New World Wine Awards booklet available online and in stores from 29 September.