H&M Conscious Foundation and Global Citizens around the world call on World Leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-10-1— /EPR Retail News/ — During the festivities around the third annual Global Citizen Festival H&M Conscious Foundation Ambassador Alek Wek and Global Manager Helena Thybell entered the stage to make a commitment, and to state an example of organizations taking action against extreme poverty. The Foundation committed to giving 250,000 children in the world’s poorest countries access to clean water and toilets in school, through a partnership with WaterAid.

The commitment was announced on stage during the third annual Global Citizen Festival on September 27th, in front of 60,000 people on the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York. The event brought together celebrity hosts including Hugh Jackman and Jessica Alba, artists like Jay Z, No Doubt and Carrie Underwood, and World Leaders like Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

During the Festival super model and H&M Conscious Foundation Ambassador Alek Wek entered the stage together with the Foundation’s Global Manager Helena Thybell, both dressed in H&M.  While on stage, Wek explained, “When schools don’t have toilets girls drop out as their periods start. Also, as children are vulnerable to diseases, they often get too sick to attend.”

“That’s why H&M Conscious Foundation will join forces with Global Citizens around the world to call on World Leaders to drive change and ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene are made a priority in the roadmap to end extreme poverty by 2030”, she announced.

Global Manager Helena Thybell continued: “To match our words with action, the H&M Conscious Foundation is donating $ 9.3 million USD to WaterAid, to transform lives by delivering water, sanitation and hygiene in schools. 250 000 students will directly benefit from this three year program.”

The H&M Conscious Foundation also took the lead in inviting other companies to join in; and as a result of that we got to see P&G and Unilever delivering commitments connected to water and sanitation during the festival.

H&M US also served as the official retail partner of the Festival, providing organic cotton ”Concsious” t-shirts for the IMPACK (Global Citizen Action Pack), which give Global Citizens the opportunity to take action through the purchase of this pack. All profits from IMPACK sales support organizations such as UNICEF, leading the fight against extreme poverty.

Furthermore, H&M will sell their Conscious Denim collection at the Global Citizen Festival Pop-Up Shop at the Free & The Brave at the Paramount Hotel through October 22. A portion of proceeds from the sales will be donated to The Global Poverty Project, the host organization of the Festival. H&M will also have a recycling bin at the pop-up shop where customers can drop off a bag of gently used clothing and receive a coupon for 15% off their next purchase at H&M.

More about the Global Program
In schools without facilities teachers don’t want to teach, girls miss school as their periods start and children get too sick to attend. Tragically around 500,000 die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. The lack of essential services can have a negative impact on health, learning and development as well as wider issues including gender equality and economic growth.

By joining forces with WaterAid in a global flagship program, and contributing with a funding of 9,3 million USD (180 million SEK) the H&M Conscious Foundation will provide 250 000 students, in the world’s poorest countries, clean water and sanitation over the upcoming three years.

As part of this program, WaterAid will also advocate and influence decision makers and practitioners in order to make sure that the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene education is politically prioritized, and financially resourced.

H&M Conscious Foundation is a non-profit non-profit global foundation initiated by H&M. The mission of the Foundation is to contribute to positive long-term change for people and communities, beyond the value chain, complementing H&M’s sustainability work. Thanks to the Stefan Persson family’s substantial donation of 105 million USD (700 million SEK) since 2013, it is possible for the H&M Conscious Foundation to make real impact for people and communities within the focus areas Education, Clean Water and Strengthening Women.

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Please note the contact details above are only for media representatives. For other enquiries contact H&M’s switchboard on +46 8 796 55 00.

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H&M Conscious Foundation and Global Citizens around the world call on World Leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030

H&M Conscious Foundation and Global Citizens around the world call on World Leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030

Eddy Anemian collection to be available at selected H&M stores, as well as online, from October 23

H&M Design Award 2014 winner Eddy Anemian has created a highly developed capsule collection, translating his painstaking techniques of cut and construction. To create this special collection, Eddy has worked closely with the H&M design team to capture the elegant mood and precision of his winning designs. The pieces will be available at selected H&M stores, as well as online, from October 23.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-10-1— /EPR Retail News/ — “I had such a good experience creating the collection with H&M. They really respected the idea of the collection, translating my couture cutting and sewing techniques. It was like seeing my clothes made real,” says Eddy Anemian.

“Eddy’s winning collection was breathtaking. Everyone at H&M has enjoyed working with Eddy to bring his exceptional work to a wider audience,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Head of Design, New Development H&M.

For his winning collection, inspired by Tilda Swinton’s character in the movie “I Am Love” and the French painter Ingres, Eddy cut floral upholstery fabric into strips, then reconstructed them to create both structure and abstract pattern. This technique has been recreated for Eddy’s collection with H&M, such as in a blue floral jacket with strips that spread out from the neckline, then curve inward over the hips.

A long yellow floral skirt is constructed from vertical strips, while a white skirt is made from horizontal raw-edged ruffles to give the impression of the patterns found in marble. Alongside pieces such as a white jumpsuit with floral sleeves, there’s a black heavy twill top, and a white pair of high-waist pants to provide contrast.

Eddy has just completed his final year at La Cambre, and is now hoping to gain more experience within the fashion industry, before hoping to one day launch a label under his own name. He is the latest winner of the H&M Design Award, an annual prize launched in 2012 to support and encourage young fashion graduates at the very beginning of their careers. To find out more about the award, please visit www.designaward.hm.com

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Eddy Anemian collection to be available at selected H&M stores, as well as online, from October 23

Eddy Anemian collection to be available at selected H&M stores, as well as online, from October 23

IKEA began demolition of 30,145-square-foot building adjacent to its Detroit-area store in Canton, MI to make room for its planned expansion

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2014-10-1— /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today began significant demolition of a 30,145-square-foot building adjacent to its Detroit-area store in Canton, MI. Razing of the vacant retail building will make room for the Swedish retailer’s planned expansion of the IKEA Canton store approved by Canton Township earlier this year. As a result of this project, IKEA Canton, which opened June 2006 at 311,000 square feet in size, will grow nearly 44,000 SF to the new size of approximately 355,000 SF with the project’s completion by Summer 2015.

IKEA selected Lansing-based Clark Construction Company to serve as construction manager for the building’s demolition and store’s expansion. One of the largest such companies in Michigan, Clark managed the construction of IKEA Canton eight years ago, as well as the Cincinnati-area IKEA store in West Chester, Ohio more than six years ago.

The current Canton project includes expanding the Self-Serve Furniture Area(where shoppers collect flat-packed furniture to take home on the same day), rearranging customer service functions to the newly built part of the store and enlarging the home delivery area. This extension will blend seamlessly into the existing structure so the store can preserve the unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. During construction and build-up of this extension, the full product selection will remain available onsite.

“We are very excited about demolition starting today and advancing the expansion of IKEA Canton,” said Matt Hunsicker, IKEA Canton store manager. “The store’s success created the need to extend the store’s Self-Serve Furniture Area so it can hold more products and improve our customer shopping experience. We appreciate the Township’s continuing support of IKEA, and our customer’s patience as we begin this project.”

For less than a year, IKEA Canton will undergo phased implementation of a reconfigured Self-Serve Furniture Area, a larger ‘As-Is’ section, as well as larger and shifted customer service areas such as Furniture Pick-Up and an expanded Home Delivery area. The Exit Bistro and Swedish Food Market, however, will stay in their current locations. Ultimately, the entire warehouse area of the store will increase from 75,294 SF to 113,294 SF.

Located on approximately 30 acres along Ford Road off I-275 at Haggerty Road, the 311,000-square-foot IKEA Canton opened in June 2006. In addition to 10,000 exclusively designed items, the store presents 52 different room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 350-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a Children’s IKEA area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. Also, IKEA installed Michigan’s largest solar array atop the roof of the store in 2012.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 360 IKEA stores in 45 countries, including 40 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA orIKEAUSA on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Maxima Eesti owned by MAXIMA GRUPE starts construction of new logistics centre in Harjumma County in Estonia

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2014-10-1— /EPR Retail News/ — Maxima Eesti owned by MAXIMA GRUPE started the construction of a new logistics centre in Harjumma County in Estonia. The total area of the centre, the warehouse and the office will be about 45 thousand square meters and will cost over LTL 100 million. About 350 vacancies will be offered after the construction  is complete in the end of  2015.  On Friday the time capsule was buried at the construction site by Manager of Maxima Eesti Vaidotas Pacesa, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Urve Palo and representatives of Rae municipality and the building company.

‘The business logic and business development in Estonia during the last years became the result of the decision to build a new logistics centre. Until now the part of the storage services in Estonia were bought from local companies and the remaining goods were delivered from Lithuania and Latvia. The new  logistics center will lead to more efficient business development and a faster goods delivery to Maxima stores in Estonia, thus ensuring even greater freshness and quality of the products,’  said MAXIMA GRUPE General Director Neringa Janavičiute.

The new logistics center will be located next to Tallinn bypass road. The location is very convenient for both:  goods delivery by the partners and goods distribution to the stores across the country. ‘We are very pleased that the government, local authorities and business co-operate in the project of this scale developing the surrounding infrastructure and totally reconstructing Tallinn bypass road,’ said Maxima Eesti Managing Director Vaidotas Pacesa. According to him, the company will invest more than LTL 1.7 million in the infrastructure of Rae municipality next to the future logistics center. Maxima also supports local social projects.

The new logistics center will become a central warehouse complex in the country, which will serve all Maxima stores in Estonia. The center will consist of dry and frozen food warehouses, including 13 platforms for acceptance of goods, which will be able to serve about 300 trucks a day. Modern solutions will be implemented in the object:  a special warehouse management system and a temperature controlled goods storage. This will be one of the largest logistics centers built in the country at the same time.

The new logistics center was designed by Nord Projekt As, the general contractor of the project is AS Ehitusfirma Rand  ja Tuulberg, author supervision is performed by As Telora-E. Currently there are 71 Maxima stores operating in Estonia and their number is going to be increased up to 73 by the end of the current year.

Retail companies operating in Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Bulgaria controlled by MAXIMA GRUPE use their own and leased logistics centers. The warehouse area in Lithuania is over 100 thousand square meters, in Latvia – over than 60 thousand square meters. After this logistics project is implemented in Estonia, the warehouse area of the company in this country will increase to 45 thousand square meters.

MAXIMA GRUPE is a holding company set up in 2007, managing retail companies in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Bulgaria. In all the countries MAXIMA GRUPE operates 511 stores: Maxima X, Maxima XX, Maxima XXX, Aldik, T-Market. Lithuania operates 228 stores, Latvia – 145, Estonia – 71, Bulgaria – 42, Poland – 25.  In 2013 the turnover of consolidated MAXIMA GRUPE was LTL 8.699 billion excluding VAT.

Co-op launches Drink Pink campaign this October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Saskatchewan, Canada, 2014-10-1— /EPR Retail News/ — When her high school classmates were worrying about exams and driver training, Chelsea Laprairie was finding a lump on her breast after turning 16. Chelsea’s compelling story of facing breast cancer is featured in Co-op’s Drink Pink campaign this October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Through Drink Pink, retail Co-ops across Western Canada and Van Houtte® donate 10 cents to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) for every cup of Van Houtte® coffee sold in October at local retail Co-op convenience stores and grocery store delis. Co-op also donates a portion of proceeds from special merchandise offers available annually through the Drink Pink promotion.

In partnership with Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc. and local retail Co-ops, Drink Pink sales raised $111,000 last year and have raised $457,000 since 2010. In October 2013, Co-op donated an additional $500,000 to the CBCF, the first installment of the $1.5 million that the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), comprised of local Co-ops across Western Canada and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), pledged to the CBCF over the next three years.

“We’re not only raising funds for breast cancer research through Drink Pink coffee and merchandise sales, we’re helping build awareness through an online campaign that shares a young woman’s story to highlight the need for screening and ongoing research,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy, FCL. “And thanks to the tremendous support of retail Co-ops, their members and customers, we are able to enhance the Drink Pink campaign with an additional $1.5 million over three years.”

Laprairie is well-suited as an advocate since she experienced and survived breast cancer at an age when most don’t consider it as a possibility. During her video interview, she was asked what she would say to another young woman faced with the same scenario.

“As weird as you may think it is, you have to [go for a screening]. There’s no harm in getting it checked out,” said Laprairie, who is now cancer-free and attending university. Co-op customers, members and western Canadians can see Chelsea share her full story on a video interview at www.drinkpink.coop.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Prairies/NWT Region is raising its cup of Van Houtte® coffee in support of this fifth annual Drink Pink Campaign with Co-op. Monique Levesque-Pharoah, Senior Development Officer with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Prairies/NWT Region said, “Co-op has become one of our most impactful partners in helping us create a future without breast cancer and their support allows us to continue funding research that makes a difference and saves lives.”

“We are thrilled to have such wonderful partners in this impactful program. We look forward to continuing to raise awareness, as well as contribute to raising funds for this worthy cause,” said François De L’Étoile, Vice-President of Van Houtte Coffee Services Canada. “The success of the Drink Pink coffee program has been remarkable. Together, we are truly making a difference!”

Co-ops across Western Canada are also supporting breast cancer research, fundraising and awareness through the CIBC Run for the Cure. The CRS is a regional run sponsor this year, donating bananas, oranges and granola bars for over 30,000 participants at 10 race locations on Oct. 5.

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Chelsea Laprairie is a young breast cancer survivor. Learn more about her story and Co-op's Drink Pink campaign at www.drinkpink.coop.

Chelsea Laprairie is a young breast cancer survivor. Learn more about her story and Co-op’s Drink Pink campaign at www.drinkpink.coop.

Overwaitea Food Group announces organizational changes to his senior leadership team

Langley, BC, 2014-10-1— /EPR Retail News/ — Overwaitea Food Group President Darrell Jones is pleased to announce the following organizational changes to his senior leadership team. With recent and anticipated continued growth, the Company has looked to optimize its structure to operate a growing organization and better align business processes in support of its overall strategic plan.

Jamie Nelson has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Retail Operations.

In his new capacity, Jamie will hold responsibility for all operational deliverables for the Overwaitea Food Group, with operating General Managers and Regional Directors reporting to him as they do today. In addition, Jamie will take on overall management responsibility for Retail Support Services, OFG’s best practices group and Information Technology, led by Gayle Corah, OFG’s newly appointment Vice President of Information Technology.

With over 34 years of experience, Jamie is widely respected both within the Company and in the industry for his collaborative and results-driven approach. With his unique combination of experience as a successful operator and a strategic merchandiser, Jamie carries with him a wide range of experience as a Store Manager, Regional Director and Senior Business Leader in both the merchandising and operations sides of the business and has been recognized as both a Store Leader of the Year and Business Leader of the Year.

Together, Jamie’s team will work to deliver OFG’s Always Customer First mission, and with it the best possible experience for our customers, every day.
Blendle (Scotty) Scott has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Business Development.

With over 40 years’ experience in a variety of Senior Leadership roles, Scotty is well known throughout the industry for his ability to drive business results through innovation and strategic partnerships.

In this expanded capacity, Scotty will, in addition to his present responsibilities, assume overall management responsibility for development and implementation of all aspects of OFG’s go-to-market customer business strategy, including final accountability for store design and layout, as well as overall management responsibility for Supply Chain and Ecommerce, which will continue to be led by OFG’s newly appointed Vice President, Supply Chain and Ecommerce, Wayne Currie.
In addition, Mike Olson, will assume the role of Vice President, Fresh Merchandising, as part of this group. Mike’s unique background in Fresh merchandising, combined with his passion for innovation and strong understanding of how new programs best translate into a retail operating environment, make him a natural fit for this role. With this, Mike will be responsible for leading all aspects of OFG’s Fresh Merchandising areas, including new program development, innovation and OFG’s developing Restaurant business, along with the Ethnic Development portfolio and OFG’s specialty banner Urban Fare.

With this change, Ken Clark, formerly OFG’s General Manager of Fresh, will be taking on a new challenge for OFG as General Manager of Corporate Brands, reporting to Blendle alongside Brenda Kirk, General Manager, Centre of Store; and Ralph Lai, General Manager, Drug Store.

Brian Heppell, formerly OFG’s General Manager of Corporate Brands, will be taking on new responsibilities as OFG’s General Manager of Ecommerce, reporting to Wayne Currie.

Dan Howe, OFG’s Vice President of Marketing, Communications and More Rewards, will, reporting to Darrell Jones, continue to work in close partnership with the merchandising group on all Shopper Marketing initiatives.

 

About the Overwaitea Food Group
The Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) is the largest Western-based Canadian food store chain, serving more than 80 communities in BC and Alberta. The company has been in operation for nearly a century, with its first store originally located in New Westminster, BC. OFG currently operates than 145 stores under the Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods, Cooper’s Foods, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods and Bulkley Valley Wholesale banners.

With the support of more than 15,000 team members, OFG proudly provides customers with great local value in unique and innovative ways; delivering world-class products, services, and an exceptional in-store experience, customized to suit the needs of each community they serve.

 

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The National Grocers Association announces its pavilion partners for the 2015 NGA Show on February 8 – 11 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

Arlington, VA, 2014-10-1— /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced its pavilion partners for the 2015 NGA Show, held February 8 – 11, at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Produce Marketing Association (PMA), the North American Meat Association (NAMA), the Global Market Development Center (GMDC), the Center for Advancing Retail Technology (CART), and for the first time, the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) and the Brewers Association will be featured as 2015 NGA Show Pavilion Partners.

“In conjunction with our pavilion partners, we are pleased to offer attendees with an increased opportunity to explore a diverse set of exhibitors, and to research and learn about products and services in all segments of the grocery industry on The NGA Show floor,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “Additionally, we are excited to bring a new, vibrant opportunity for Show attendees to engage and network alongside industry peers with the addition of an NGA Show reception, held on the EXPO floor and hosted by the exhibitors, on Monday, February 9 from 4 – 5 p.m.”

The 2015 NGA Show Expo floor will feature over 300 exhibitors, offering trading partners the opportunity to network and build relationships from every section of the grocery business.

The NGA Show is the only industry show designed exclusively to provide independent grocers with opportunities to learn marketplace trends, industry best practices, and gain a new business prospective to grow and expand their businesses through top-rated educational workshops and hands-on sessions. To learn more about the 2015 NGA Show, visit www.theNGAshow.com. For more information on how to register for The NGA Show, visit www.theNGAShow.com/register.

If you need additional information, please contact Laura Strange at 703-516-8808.

ICSC President and CEO Michael P. Kercheval announced plans to retire in January 2016

ICSC President and CEO Michael P. Kercheval has announced he will retire in 2016.

New York,  2014-10-1— /EPR Retail News/ — Kercheval, who will be 60 upon his planned retirement in January 2016, has headed ICSC for 13 years, a period that has seen the organization expand dramatically from about 40,000 in 2001 to some 67,000 currently. ICSC has also grown internationally, forging links with associations across the world; it now has members in 109 countries, and there is an ICSC event occurring somewhere on just about every day of the year.

Kercheval joined ICSC in 2000 and succeeded John T. Riordan as president and CEO in May 2001. He is only the third chief executive in the organization’s 57-year history. Before that, he worked for 20 years in real estate investment banking, most recently as a senior executive with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments.

“While 2016 might seem like a long way away, I want to be certain that there is a smooth transition of leadership and that the process takes into consideration all of the opportunities that a change in leadership can create,” Kercheval said in an announcement to the Board of Trustees, past trustees and ICSC staff. “On a quick personal note, with the last of my children now out of the house and a desire to allocate more of my time to some of my other interests, I had long ago set a goal to retire relatively early and to turn over the reins of this great association to the next generation of leaders.”

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ICSC President and CEO Michael P. Kercheval announced plans to retire in January 2016

ICSC President and CEO Michael P. Kercheval announced plans to retire in January 2016

7-Eleven® becomes the first retailer to offer Tony Horton Kitchen Foods

7‑Eleven® Powers Up its Fresh Foods Menu as First Retailer to Offer Tony Horton Kitchen Foods

Los Angeles, 2014-10-1— /EPR Retail News/ — Tony Horton, the master behind the best-selling fitness program, Beachbody™ P90X®, is a man on the go. So when 7‑Eleven, Inc. approached him about co-developing a line of nutritionally balanced foods and cold-pressed juices for its on-the-go customers, he was all for it.

A lineup of sandwiches, salads, wraps and cold-pressed juices sold under the Tony Horton Kitchen (THK) brand makes its debut this week in 104 select 7‑Eleven® stores in the Los Angeles area, Horton’s home base and training ground. Previously, Tony Horton Kitchen foods have only been available through direct home delivery.

“Tony Horton is one of the biggest names in the world of health and fitness,” said Raja Doddala,7‑Eleven’s senior director of Innovation. “His passion for reaching people and improving their quality of life inspired us at 7‑Eleven to offer our guests fresh, upscale selections. Tony has been super to work with as we developed healthy, great-tasting, on-the-go choices. Besides, the Tony Horton Kitchen brand instantly signals that these will fit into a healthy lifestyle.”

Horton worked directly with 7‑Eleven’s Innovation Team, which spent more than a year creating, testing, tasting and refining the recipes for each exclusive item. The goal was to create foods that were nutritious and delicious … and available at very affordable prices. A 16-ounce bottle of THK cold-pressed juice costs $4.99 at participating stores, and prices range from $4.75 to $6.50 for food items that are found in 7‑Eleven stores’ refrigerated, fresh-foods case.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Tony Horton Kitchen and the 7‑Eleven Innovation Team came together to create wholesome, delicious, affordable choices,” Horton said. “These salads, sandwiches, wraps and juices are for customers who are looking for healthier options on the go. I truly believe that this joint venture between THK and 7‑Eleven can be a tipping point to improve America’s health.

“My programs like P90X and now P90 are making it easier for folks to get fit,” Horton added. “These healthy THK options at 7‑Eleven stores will fulfill the other crucial piece of the equation, which is healthy food and juices. Exercise is fitness, and nutritious food IS health!”

THK-branded sandwiches, salads and wraps are made with all-natural ingredients by Fresh Grill of Santa Ana, the FDA- and USDA-certified commissary that prepares other fresh foods for Southern California 7‑Eleven stores, and delivered daily to the participating 7‑Eleven stores in this test. With an average calorie count of 360, they include:

Sandwiches

  • Grilled Chicken with Blueberry Mustard on whole grain sub
  • Stacked Roasted Turkey Breast on whole grain flat bun
  • Salads
  • Spicy Quinoa Salad with Chimichurri Dressing
  • Curried Chicken Salad with Pomegranate Raita Dressing

Wraps

  • Golden Roasted Turkey Breast Wrap with Chipotle Black Bean Hummus
  • Spicy Black Bean Hummus & Vegetables Wrap

Cold-pressed Juices (They do not have special names; the bottle’s front label lists the top four ingredients.)

  • Apple, celery, beet, ginger, parsley, spinach, lemon
  • Apple, coconut water, lime, mint
  • Celery, apple, cucumber, spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, lime, lemon, wheat grass, clover sprouts
  • Carrot, apple, celery, lemon, beet, spinach, lime, parsley, ginger

Cold-pressed, or high-pressure pasteurized (HPP), juices use pressure rather than heat to make the fresh-squeezed juices shelf-stable, then are sealed to preserve freshness and flavor.

“We’ve heard Tony say, ‘exercise is fitness, food is health,’” said Kelly Buckley, 7‑Eleven’s vice president of fresh food and beverage innovation and manufacturing. “We want to provide healthy, convenient food and beverage options, whether that means a high-protein wrap, a cold-pressed juice or a high-fiber fresh salad. The addition of these nutritionally balanced products gives our guests better and more varied choices. By teaming with Tony Horton Kitchen, we want people to think of 7‑Eleven for healthy options when they are on the go.”

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, there are some 53,500 7‑Eleven stores 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
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7-Eleven® becomes the first retailer to offer Tony Horton Kitchen Foods

7-Eleven® becomes the first retailer to offer Tony Horton Kitchen Foods

Toys“R”Us® set to “capture” gamers’ imaginations across the globe with the highly anticipated launch of Skylanders Trap Team™

Soon-to-Be Trap Masters Can Capture and Play as Villains for the First Time Ever and Collect All-New Figures, Including the Legendary Series of Toys Available Only at Toys“R”Us; Toys“R”Us, U.S. Stores to Open Early on Sunday, October 5 for Fans Excited to be Among the First to Play the New Game*

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-10-1— /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® stores worldwide and Toysrus.com are set to “capture” gamers’ imaginations across the globe with the highly anticipated launch of Skylanders Trap Team™, the latest extension in Activision Publishing, Inc.’s acclaimed Skylanders® franchise launching this Sunday, October 5. Named as one of the“Fabulous 15” on the company’s 2014 Holiday Hot Toy List, this new video game reverses the magic of the Toys-To-Life™ play pattern by introducing an innovation that, for the first time ever, lets players take a digital character and bring it to life in the physical world. For the fourth consecutive year, Toys“R”Us will be the only place fans will find the limited edition Legendary Series of Skylanders toys, including alternative versions of new Trap Team characters and packs, such as Legendary Jawbreaker, Legendary Déjà Vu and Legendary Nightmare Express Adventure Pack, all of which feature enhanced in-game powers.

“Since Activision launched its genre-defining Skylanders franchise, it has continued to deliver new titles that expand the Skylanders universe, providing excitement and rich, imaginative play to a very passionate group of fans. WithSkylanders Trap Team, now reversing the magic of Toys-to-Life, Activision is once again disrupting the video game aisle in a truly engaging way,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “A consistent top-seller at Toys“R”Us the last four years, the Skylanders brand is among the most successful kids’ franchises we’ve seen, and we are thrilled to build on our incredible, global retail collaboration with Activision, bringing an immersive Skylanders Trap Team experience to customers around the world.”

Skylanders Trap Team allows gamers to seek out and defeat the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, then pull them out of the game and bring them to life right in their living rooms. Portal Masters take on the role of Trap Master, placing the magical Trap on a device called the Traptanium Portal™ to capture and hear the villain speaking to them. Fans can then play as both heroes and villains in an all-new adventure and build the ultimate Trap Team with more than 60 Skylanders to collect and over 40 villains to capture. Skylanders Trap Team will be available on Nintendo Wii™, Wii U™, 3DS™,  Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, as well as a variety of iPad®, Kindle Fire and Android™ tablets.

Just in time for the holiday season, Toys“R”Us will have the largest selection of Skylanders characters available, including figures from Skylanders SWAP Force™, Skylanders Giants™ and Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure®, all of which are also compatible with Skylanders Trap Team.

“Skylanders is a franchise that is built on magical innovation, and our commitment is to try to deliver that with each and every new game. Skylanders Trap Team certainly carries on that tradition,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “Just as we continue to up our game, Toys“R”Us is doing the exact same thing. The company has been huge supporters of Skylanders from day one, and that continues this year with the best retail execution we’ve seen yet. Toys“R”Us is again helping us bring the magic of Skylanders to life.”

Toys“R”Us Times Square to Unleash a World of Trap-tastic Fun with Special Launch Activities

On Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, the Toys“R”Us international flagship store in New York City will celebrate the launch of Skylanders Trap Team with one-of-a-kind in-store experiences. Customers who visit Toys“R”Us Times Square from 11am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday will be among the first to play the new game at dedicated kiosks throughout the store and receive complimentary giveaways, while supplies last. Fans will also have the opportunity to be digitally teleported into a Skylanders Trap Team ‘Most Wanted’ photo alongside the most notorious villains in Skylands, including Kaos and Chompy Mage. Street Teams in Times Square will distribute informational cards throughout the weekend to build excitement and awareness of the upcoming launch.

Toys“R”Us Stores Nationwide Celebrate the Game’s Arrival with Early Opening, Exclusive Toys, Special Deals and Extra Rewards for Loyalty Members

Portal Masters can be among the first to experience the Skylanders Trap Team game and exclusive figures on Sunday, October 5, when Toys“R”Us stores in the United States will open one hour early, at 8am.* Select locations will also open from 12:01 – 1am on Sunday morning to accommodate avid fans eager to master the art of trapping before anyone else. To view the full list of stores opening at midnight, shoppers can visit Toysrus.com/MidnightSkylanders. And, to get kids and families even more excited for the game’s debut, Kaos will be taking over the Toys“R”Us Twitter channel (@Toysrus) on Saturday, October 4 from 11 – 11:50pm ET. With his unique brand of humor, this infamous evil villain will interact with fans and build anticipation for the midnight release.

With the Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack finally in hand, those customers who participated in the Toys“R”Us exclusive Skylanders Trap Team Legendary Treasure Pre-Order Program will receive their complimentary Skylanderstoy or accessory. They will also be able to enter to win one of the additional Ultimate Legendary prizes, including a $1,000 Toys“R”Us shopping spree, a life-sized MEGA Bloks® Skylander or the ultimate Skylanders bedroom makeover. For more details on how to enter, fans can visit Toysrus.com/LegendaryTreasure.

As an added bonus for the company’s most loyal customers, Rewards“R”Us loyalty members can enjoy special deals on Skylanders software, figures and accessories when they shop from 8am to 10am, and at select stores from 12:01am to 1:00am, on Sunday, October 5. Toys“R”Us recently launched its new Rewards“R”Us loyalty program to offer the more than 18 million existing Rewards“R”Us members, plus those who sign up in-store or online at Toysrus.com/myrewards, an opportunity to bank points for future purchases, enjoy an extended validity period when redeeming their rewards and receive exclusive savings and offers more than ever before. Loyalty members who are also “R”Us credit cardholders earn double Rewards points on any in-store or online “R”Us purchase they make with their card. “R”Us credit cardholders can also take part in 10%** off Thursdays at any “R”Us location. Plus, MasterCard cardholders can also earn points on items purchased at stores other than Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us.

Whenever their gaming world is in danger, fans can turn to the limited edition Legendary Series of toys to help defend Skylands against any evil peril. Providing a differentiated shopping experience for Skylanders enthusiasts nationwide, the following magical golden toys can only be found at Toys“R”Us:

Legendary Jawbreaker Trap Master from Activision Publishing, Inc.

This Toys“R”Us exclusive Legendary version of the new Jawbreaker Trap Master character still wields two large Traptanium™ fists, but with an even more packed punch. Hailing from a race of robots who operated machines powering the fabled Skylanders Train, Jawbreaker once led an ordered existence full of rules and regulations. But, after an army of Gear Trolls tried to take over the Skylander Train for their own evil use, Jawbreaker quickly used his massive fists to pummel the trolls into retreat. Thanks to his quick action and ability to think for himself, Jawbreaker was made part of the Trap Team, where kids can use his Traptanium powered fists to deliver mighty blows to evil. No batteries required. Ages 6 years and up.

Legendary Nightmare Express Adventure Pack from Activision Publishing, Inc.

For Portal Masters looking to add to their assortment of Skylanders Trap Team figurines and expand their gameplay experience, this Toys“R”Us exclusive Adventure Pack includes Legendary Blades and two magical objects, Piggy Bank and Hand of Fate, each of which help unlock a new level in the game. Blades came from a long line of dragons who guarded the dungeon of Scalos Castle, where the Golden Fear Serpent slumbered for a century. To protect his land, Blades made a deal with Golden Fear stay in the castle’s dungeon for eternity, even though he dreamed of becoming a knight and was terrified of the serpent. But, since the only way to defeat Golden Fear was to confront fear itself, the serpent vanished and Blades saved the kingdom. News of this bravery found its way to Master Eon, who made Blades a Skylander and gave him the honor of prestigious Legendary Navy and Gold Armor. No batteries required. Ages 6 years and up.

Legendary Déjà Vu Character from Activision Publishing, Inc.

Echoing the abilities of the original Magic Element Skylander Déjà Vu, this Toys“R”Us exclusive Legendary version has been immortalized as golden statue and guardian to stand watch and defend Skylands against any evil that threatens it. Déjà Vu once created a machine that would make the perfect three-minute egg in half the time, which was also wanted by a dastardly group of slugs determined to acquire super speed. Rather than lose her work to evil, Déjà Vu jumped into action and set the clock’s hands to 13, causing a time overload and blast that gave her an amazing control over time. She is now known for her incredible time-shifting powers to turn back the clock on evil, as well as for her catchphrase, “Did That Just Happen?”  No batteries required. Ages 6 to 11 years. This item will become available later this fall.

To download images of exclusive Skylanders Trap Team merchandise, please click here.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 877 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 710 international stores and over 195 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites includingToysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

© 2014 Activision Publishing, Inc., SKYLANDERS, SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM, SKYLANDERS SPYRO’S ADVENTURE,  SKYLANDERS GIANTS, SKYLANDERS SWAP FORCE, TRAPTANIUM, TRAPTANIUM PORTAL, TOYS TO LIFE, and ACTIVISION are trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc.

Opening the game box and using the software constitutes acceptance of the Software License Agreement available at http://support.activision.com/license.

*Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open at 8am on Sunday, August 5, except for stores in Paramus, NJ, which will be closed, select stores in North Dakota and Puerto Rico, which have varying store open times due to local ordinances. A list of stores that will be open from 12:01 – 1am on Sunday, October 5 can be found online at Toysrus.com/MidnightSkylanders. Toys“R”Us Express and Outlet locations generally follow the hours of their respective shopping centers. All store hours can be found online at Toysrus.com/StoreLocator.
**Offer valid in-store only. Get 10% off your single receipt in-store purchase of in-stock merchandise on Thursdays. Some exclusions apply, see website for details.

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