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Starbucks donates $2 million to Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation benefitting educational opportunities for youth from Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea sales



SEATTLE, 2014-10-9— /EPR Retail News/ — Since the April launch of Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea, Starbucks has donated nearly $2 million to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation benefitting educational opportunities for youth in communities across the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Every person who purchases Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea is making a difference through the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which in turn provides further funding to Girls Inc., National CARES Mentoring Movement, Pathways to College and U.S. Dream Academy.

As part of its commitment to provide lifelong opportunities for young people, Starbucks will continue to make a donation to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation for each Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea product sold in Starbucks® and Teavana® stores in the U.S. and Canada. These contributions  support powerful mentorship, educational and engagement programs for youth through several nonprofit organizations.

Finding her Talent for Science – Girls Inc.

Andrea’s family struggled financially and at one point moved in with family members. One of the organizations receiving support from the Oprah Leadership Academy Foundation, Girls Inc.,  gave Andrea and her sisters opportunities to participate in a range of activities in science, sports, theater and college preparation classes.

When Andrea was five years old, she started attending Girls Inc. in Carpinteria, California after school where she found her passion for science through an animal care program. A year later she started conducting science experiments at Girls Inc., which she credits for providing her the academic foundation needed to excel in the advanced science and math classes in high school.

“Girls Inc. helped me in so many ways,” Andrea said. “I developed self-confidence and Girls Inc. provided me a safe, positive environment so I could focus on school instead of everything going on at home.”

Now 19 years old, she is attending Harvard University, studying to become a pediatric doctor.

Mentoring – when done well – can play a pivotal role in helping young people succeed in life. Research shows that mentoring relationships help reduce the incidence of delinquency, substance abuse and academic failure. According to a recent study, The Mentoring Effective: Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring, there are 9 million at-risk young people who will reach adulthood without connecting with a mentor.

Learning to “dream big” – U.S. Dream Academy

Stephon Littles and his niece Dahmierah Baker were in elementary school when their fathers were incarcerated in unrelated incidents. Both children felt alone and were unsure of their futures. They didn’t have supportive adults around to help guide them during a painful time in their young lives. Then they found U.S. Dream Academy, one of the beneficiary nonprofit organizations.

“My mother was a single parent while my father was incarcerated. Coming to the Dream Academy helped me cope with my secret pain. I was also challenged academically and learned how to dream big from my mentors,” said Stephon.

“Times were not easy when my dad was incarcerated,” said Dahmierah, now 19. “The U.S. Dream Academy taught me how to cope with my emotions. It made me realize that I am loved no matter what and that there are people who care and who will always there to help me,” she said.

Dahmierah is a sophomore in a Philadelphia community college pursuing a degree in nursing.

According to the U.S. Dream Academy, there are approximately 10 million children in the United States who have been impacted by incarceration of a family member.  Without intervention, some studies suggest that these children are six times more likely than their peers to be incarcerated. However, having a supportive adult outside of the family can have a mitigating effect.

Everyone Can Make a Difference in A Young Person’s Life

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, Girls Inc., U.S. Dream Academy, National CARES Mentoring Movement and Pathways to College depend on fundraising efforts and alliances such as the collaboration between Starbucks and Oprah Winfrey.

Starbucks is making a donation from each purchase of Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea products. Here are a few examples on how Starbucks support helps:

$5 will provide supplies for one mentoring session with the National CARES Mentoring Movement.

$100 will provide healthy snacks for 200 children for a day of programs and mentoring at U.S. Dream Academy, or 15 hours of academic, recreation and support after school.

$50 provides supplies for one group-mentoring session for middle school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

“It’s amazing to see how our customers and our partners have embraced the Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea and the opportunity to give back to the community in an impactful way,” said Annie Young-Scrivner, president, Teavana®. “The fact that we’ve been able to donate nearly $2 million to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Foundation in just six months is remarkable, and we will continue to drive donations through the sale of Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea. Each and every one of us can make a difference and this alliance makes it easy to enjoy a delicious Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea and feel good about supporting youth through these incredible nonprofit organizations.”

Customers may enjoy Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea in a variety of ways. Each purchase supports the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation to help benefit youth education. For each purchase, Starbucks will donate the following:

Handcrafted Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea Latte: $0.25 from every beverage sold at participating Starbucks® stores in the U.S. and Canada and Teavana® Tea Bars in the U.S.

Brewed Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea: $0.25 from every hot or iced brewed tea sold at participating Teavana® stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Teavana® Oprah Chai Loose-Leaf Tea:  $1 for each 2 oz. package of loose-leaf tea sold at Starbucks retail and Teavana® stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Teavana®  Oprah Chai Tea Gift Set and Tins:

Starbucks will make a $1 donation for each small gift set purchased. The small gift set includes 2 oz. tea plus a double wall glass tumbler and stainless steel filter and is available at participating Starbucks® stores in the U.S.

$4 for each large gift set which includes 8 oz. tea with two cups and a tea pot and is available at participating Teavana® stores in the U.S. and Canada.

$1 for each Teavana® Oprah Chai storage tin sold at participating Teavana® stores in the U.S. and Canada.

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Starbucks donates $2 million to Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation benefitting educational opportunities for youth from Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea sales

Starbucks donates $2 million to Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation benefitting educational opportunities for youth from Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea sales


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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Philippine rum maker Tanduay partners with distributor to expand into Austria



Andreas Osler, Weisshaus Managing Director, together with the Weisshaus team welcome Tanduay in their product line. Tanduay, a heritage brand produced in the Philippines, is the world’s top-selling rum.

VIENNA, 2023-Jan-10 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Philippine brand Tanduay has partnered with Weisshaus, a leading distributor of international spirits, to bring the brand to Austria– making it the first Asian rum brand to enter the country.

Andreas Osler, Weisshaus Managing Director, said they see Tanduay’s enormous potential in their market.

“In our experience, rum connoisseurs in Austria generally like to experiment and are constantly on the lookout for new rums. Asian rums, in particular, are currently very popular, as they are also seen as an expression of the Asian way of life and nightlife, which is very trendy in this country,” he shared.

Rum is the second most popular among spirits in Austria and is consumed more frequently than whisky.

“Rum is enjoyed both at home and in bars and restaurants,” Osler said.

Tanduay President and COO Lucio Tan III shared that the brand’s entry into more European countries is an exciting new chapter in its 168-year-old history.

“It is a great time for Tanduay as we bring our Philippine-made rums to more countries that have a rich spirits culture. With Weisshaus as our partner, we believe that we will reach more customers in Austria,” he said.

Great Potential as a Sipping Rum, Perfect for Cocktails

Osler shared that the Tanduay Double Rum, one of the brand’s most-awarded products, impressed their team the most. They were surprised that no sugar was added during its production.

“It can become a serious competitor for leading rum brands in the premium rum segment in Austria. We see great potential in this rum to position it as a pure sipping rum,” he said.

The Tanduay Asian Rum Gold, Tanduay Asian Rum Silver, and Especia Spiced Rum, meanwhile, are perfect for mixing with trendy cocktails.

“They have what it takes to capture significant market shares from leading rum brands,” Osler pointed out.

Capturing the Austrian Rum Market

Osler shared that for Tanduay to gain a foothold in the Austrian rum market, they need to let consumers know the brand through “liquid to lips.”

To achieve this, Weishauss will bring Tanduay to trade fairs where they could give samples or hold tasting events and master classes.

“Among other things, we plan to offer Tanduay tasting samples in our shop. Due to the excellent quality of Tanduay rums, we assume that the initial spark for Tanduay’s success will have been given after this introductory phase,” he said.

Growing Global Presence

With its entry into Austria, Tanduay is steadily bringing its products to more European countries. In the past two years, it has already entered the markets of Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom.

Tanduay is also available in 11 U.S. states and the territory of Guam, the United Arab Emirates, China, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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FlowerAura Started Raksha Bandhan Prep Early, Says “Wants To Go Beyond Expectations”



Gururgram, Haryana, India, 2022-Jul-01 — /EPR Network/ — Even though the occasion of Raksha Bandhan is more than three months away, the Indian gifting giant, FlowerAura, has started its preparations with an official announcement right away.

The gifting brand makes Raksha Bandhan shopping easy for the customers as it serves gifts, return gifts, different types of rakhis, sweets, designer rakhi thalis, and combos through its online portal. There are brothers and sisters who don’t get to meet each other in person on the special festive occasion, and that’s when FlowerAura makes things easy for them. Not just one can buy Floweraura rakhi but can also choose from the plethora of rakhi varieties which are hard to find in the market elsewhere. From exploring rakhis and gifts to sending them to the preferred address, everything is taken care of by FlowerAura’s team.

Early preparations are a part of the business strategy that aims to go beyond the expectations of the customers. All the Raksha Bandhan products get delivered through prompt delivery services. “The team is getting connected with local artisans around the nation to get the new and unique rakhi designs and, in return, to help local artisans grow. A lot of focus from the early preparations is laid upon the deliveries and to expand the limit of delivery as many orders around the occasion.”, as per the official announcement.

FlowerAura is also adding more foreign countries where the deliveries can be made of Raksha Bandhan. Ordering rakhi gifts for brother gets easier being miles apart through online gifting options.

In a media conversation, Mr Himanshu Chawal, CEO of FA Gifts Pvt Ltd, said, “We are getting ready early this year as we want to go beyond expectations and want to go above the business numbers of all the previous years. Keeping customer satisfaction on top and making it possible to express emotions perfectly are the key-driven elements.”


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