Fair Development Fund combines Comic Relief’s expertise in awarding grants with Sainsbury’s experience and knowledge in farming and food to help producers in developing countries thrive

Fair Development Fund by Comic Relief and Sainsbury’s is a unique partnership that combines Comic Relief’s expertise in awarding grants with Sainsbury’s 145 years of experience and knowledge in farming and food to help producers in developing countries thrive.

LONDON, 2014-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — This means that farmers and workers have a better chance of building a sustainable income and brighter future for themselves, their families and their communities.

£4 million has been committed since it started in 2007. The funding provides long-term economic, environmental and social support to farmers and their communities within the Sainsbury’s supply chain.

Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury’s Brand said: “Fair Development Fund is a great way of bringing together Sainsbury’s and Comic Relief to create a partnership that benefits thousands of famers and their communities. What’s really unique about the partnership is the valuable time and expertise offered by Sainsbury’s.  This hands-on approach really improves the fund, and extends how the farmers benefit.”

“I’ve seen first-hand what a difference our investment in farmers and small producers around the world can have. The fund not only benefits the farmers, it extends out to their families and communities which is an important factor to making a sustainable difference in our supply chain, and having a positive impact in the areas we source from.”

Richard Graham, Head of International Grants, Comic Relief, said: “Fair Development Fund is unique as it brings together the expertise of Sainsbury’s and Comic Relief, which producers really value. The producers overseas get fantastic help and support from Sainsbury’s so they better understand the demands of the market. They get Comic Relief’s extensive knowledge of funding small and medium enterprises, together with long term funding.

As a result, the Fund really helps businesses to thrive and grow, deliver real benefit to poor producers and make sure their work is environmentally sustainable.”

Malawian cotton growers

Through the Fair Development Fund £250,000 has been committed to help 7,800 cotton farmers in Malawi work towards producing sustainable Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) cotton for our use over the next three years. The aim is that producer income will also increase by 35% over the three years through good agricultural, environmental, and social practices.

How we’ve helped:

Coffee Sustainability Project, Uganda

This joint initiative between coffee roaster Matthew Algie, ethical trading organisation Twin and the Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative will improve farming practices in Uganda for the benefit of local communities and develop top quality coffee for customers in Sainsbury’s cafes.

Tanzanian tea farmers

The Fair Development Fund has allocated £250,000 to a project in Tanzania involving 11,000 small scale tea famers. The main objectives are to rehabilitate a growing area and to provide training to the farmers on the latest good agricultural and environmental practices.

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Fair Development Fund combines Comic Relief's expertise in awarding grants with Sainsbury's experience and knowledge in farming and food to help producers in developing countries thrive

Fair Development Fund combines Comic Relief’s expertise in awarding grants with Sainsbury’s experience and knowledge in farming and food to help producers in developing countries thrive

 

Kesko to revise the Group’s divisional structure by integrating non-food part of K-citymarket chain into Kesko Food Ltd

Kesko will revise the Group’s divisional structure by integrating K-citymarket Oy, the non-food part of the K-citymarket chain currently part of the home and speciality goods division, into Kesko Food Ltd. Kesko’s food trade division will be changed to the grocery trade division. The currently separate divisions of the building and home improvement trade and the home and speciality goods trade will be combined into the home improvement and speciality goods trade division. Starting from 1 January 2015, Kesko Group’s reportable segments will be the grocery trade, the home improvement and speciality goods trade, and the car and machinery trade.

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The change in the divisional structure is aimed to provide a uniform customer experience and improve customer satisfaction in all of the divisions’ chain stores. The objective is to enable customers to have an easier multi-channel shopping experience at physical and online stores, as well as to increase competitiveness and improve profitability.

Kesko Food Ltd’s President Jorma Rauhala, 49, M.Sc. (Econ.), has been appointed Senior Vice President for the grocery trade division and Rautakesko Ltd’s President Terho Kalliokoski, 52, M.Sc. (Econ.), has been appointed Senior Vice President for the home improvement and speciality goods trade division. The appointments will take effect from 1 January 2015.

Cooperation negotiations about changes planned in Kesko’s divisional structure

Cooperation negotiations about changes planned in Kesko’s home and speciality goods trade, building and home improvement trade and food trade were started on 7 October 2014 in Kesko’s home and speciality goods trade companies and building and home improvement trade companies in Finland and in Kesko Food Ltd, Kesko Corporation and K-Plus Oy. The negotiations were completed on 24 November 2014. A total of approximately 2,800 people were included in the negotiations and the combined reduction need in the companies was estimated at a maximum of 230 full-time equivalents. As a result of the negotiations, the total need for reductions in personnel was confirmed at 193 full-time equivalents. The reductions also include possible pension plans and terminations of fixed-term employments.

Kesko will today publish separate press releases about the operational objectives and a more detailed organisation of the grocery trade and the home improvement and speciality goods trade.

Kesko has announced the matter previously in a stock exchange release on 24 September 2014 and 7 October 2014.

The cooperation negotiations started in VV-Auto Group Oy and VV-Autotalot Oy on 23 September 2014 were completed on 12 November 2014. A total of approximately 700 people were included in the negotiations and initially, the reduction need was estimated at a maximum of 49 full-time equivalents. As a result of the negotiations, the need for reductions in personnel was confirmed at 34 full-time equivalents.

The presentations of Kesko’s present divisions are available at http://www.kesko.fi/fi/Kesko-yrityksena/Toimialat/ and the presentations of Jorma Rauhala and Terho Kalliokoski are available at http://www.kesko.fi/fi/Kesko-yrityksena/Hallinto-ja-johto/Konsernijohtoryhma/

Further information:
President and CEO Matti Halmesmäki, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 105 322 201
Executive Vice President Mikko Helander, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 105 322 301

Kesko Corporation

Merja Haverinen
Vice President, Group Communications

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www.kesko.fi

Starbucks partners with (RED)® to raise money and awareness for the fight against AIDS on World AIDS Day for the seventh year

SEATTLE, 2014-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the seventh year, Starbucks is partnering with (RED)® to raise money and awareness for the fight against AIDS on World AIDS Day, December 1. Starbucks donations will go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, to finance programs which deliver prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

On World AIDS Day 2014 (Monday, Dec. 1), Starbucks will make a 10 cent (U.S.) donation for handcrafted beverages sold in participating U.S. and Canada stores. For the first time this year, fellow (RED) partner Bank of America will match Starbucks 10 cent donation when My Starbucks Rewards® members purchase a handcrafted beverage with a registered Starbucks Card at a participating U.S. store.

Additionally, customers shopping online at Starbucks.com/Shop in the U.S. may donate to the Global Fund directly by adding a (RED) donation to their purchase. Online donations may be purchased in $5 increments.

Since launching the partnership with (RED)® in November 2008, Starbucks has generated more than $12 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. Starbucks continues to drive contributions to the Global Fund to support the goal of delivering an AIDS Free Generation. To learn more, please visit www.red.org and www.theglobalfund.org.

This fall several Starbucks partners (employees) spent five days in Rwanda visiting hospitals and facilities that are changing lives with Global Fund Dollars. The Starbucks Newsroom will share partners’ stories and photos on World AIDS Day.

About (RED)™
(RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands who contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund. To date, (RED) has generated more than $275 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 55 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.  (RED) is a division of The ONE Campaign. Learn more at www.red.org.

About the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Global Fund is a 21st-century organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. As a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund mobilizes and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 140 countries. By challenging barriers and embracing innovative approaches, partners are working together to end these epidemics.

About Starbucks Corporation
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

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Starbucks partners with (RED)® to raise money and awareness for the fight against AIDS on World AIDS Day for the seventh year

Starbucks partners with (RED)® to raise money and awareness for the fight against AIDS on World AIDS Day for the seventh year

Cheapest quality champagne Louis Delaunay now available at Tesco

Cheshunt, England, 2014-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — An award winning champagne has gone on sale for £8 across the UK – making it the cheapest quality fizz available on British high streets right now.

Louis Delaunay champagne is being sold by Tesco from today for nearly a third less than its official list price of £25.99.

The fizz, which comes from the town of Dizy, in the Champagne region of France,  has strong floral aromas and an elegant citrus flavour.

This summer it won a bronze medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition – an event considered the Oscars for the wine and champagne industry.

Tesco champagne buyer Charlie Craven said: “This is a quality, award winning champagne and to find something this good for £8 on British high streets you’d have to go back at least 10 years.

“We’re delighted that we can bring this to our customers at such a fantastic price.”

Louis Delaunay champagne will be on sale for £8 until December 2.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645
We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

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Cheapest quality champagne Louis Delaunay now available at Tesco

Cheapest quality champagne Louis Delaunay now available at Tesco

Tesco refreshes store in Letnany shopping mall to reflect today’s customers’ needs in Prague

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, 2014-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The store, located in the busy Letnany shopping mall was opened in 1999 and was refreshed to reflect today’s needs of our customers in Prague. It now brings the very latest thinking on retail destination stores from around the world for our customers in the Czech Republic.

David Morris CEO Tesco Stores Czech Republic comments:

“Letnany brings together into one location for the first time many of the elements of our work to improve our larger stores for customers. I’m particularly excited by the fresh department and delighted to see so much learning from around the world reflected in store departments.

Letnany provides something for everyone: families can spend time together eating a meal or enjoying the kids’ play areas; shoppers looking for something special can enjoy artisan cakes from our patisserie, handmade flower bouquets from our florists, the best of affordable fashion in our F&F store, as well as informed advice from one of our technology experts. We also introduced our first Community Room in Central Europe.

Customers are changing the way they shop and our role is to adapt. I am proud to see Letnany at the forefront of this change and I’m grateful to all my colleagues from across Tesco who have been involved in bringing such an exciting world-class store to our customers in Prague”.

Commenting on the re-launched store, Ken Towle, Managing Director for Tesco in Europe said:

“Letnany is unique. But its importance extends beyond Prague. We’ve taken the best of Tesco from around the world and built on it. We will continue to focus on customers and respond to their changing shopping needs”.

Total floor space of the hypermarket has been reduced, freeing up space for new exciting tenants in one of Central Europe’s most successful malls such as a flagship Sports Direct.

In Europe we have been taking a department-by-department improvement approach allowing us to extend our latest thinking to a wider number of customers efficiently.

Key features of the new-look Letnany include;

  • A new look fresh food department allowing customers to engage with our food in a stimulating environment
  • A range of new service counters including our first ever in-store florist, Tesco’s first patisserie counter offering customers made to order cakes.
  • A brand new “Grab and Go” snacking area, including hot food and coffee stations.
  • A 1,600 sqm F&F department, with its own separate entrance from the mall, bringing the F&F store concept work pioneered in the UK to European customers for the first time.
  • Our latest thinking on General Merchandise in Home, Electricals, Toys and Baby departments
  • The first new inspirational, interactive and multi-sensory Toy department
  • First Community Room in Central Europe

Take a virtual visit to Letnany shopping mall for our microsite including images, videos and further background material here.

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For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

Tesco commissioned survey reveals that 32% of the British public generously donate food despite the chaos and excitement of the festive period

Cheshunt, England, 2014-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Despite the chaos and excitement of the festive period, almost a third (32%) of the British public have remembered vulnerable people in need by generously donating food to those in need across the country, according to a new survey published today.

The survey also reveals the generosity across the Britain, as the North West comes out on top as the most generous region (39%), ahead of Wales (38%), South East (37%) and Scotland (37%).

The survey goes on to show that more females (38%) have donated than their male counterparts (26%), while the youngest 18-24 age group is the most generous (38%)  when it comes to food donations in the lead up to Christmas.

Food poverty continues to be a serious issue across the UK despite the economic recovery, as figures published by the Trussell Trust last week showed the number of people helped by food banks in the first half of the 2014-15 financial year is 38% higher than numbers helped during the same period last year.

The survey of 2,030 people, by YouGov*, commissioned by Tesco, comes as the latest Neighbourhood Food Collection is launched, where customers are encouraged to donate food to those in need at Tesco stores right across the country.  This is the fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection since 2012.

Food donations to the Neighbourhood Food Collection benefit a range of people across the country, with donations going to either FareShare, a food redistribution charity, or food banks charity The Trussell Trust. Tesco provides a 30% top up to the charities based on the collective weight of donated goods.

To date, the campaign has collected 15.3million meals for people in need since 2012, and the target this year is to provide more than 20million meals. The 15.3 million meals includes the 30% top-up, permanent & local collections, plus surplus food provisions. Neighbourhood Food Collection relies on and is bolstered by volunteers.

Tesco is calling for customers to go instore to donate food to designated food collection points. Follow @Tesco for the latest news and use #everycanhelps to find out more about the initiative. Tesco will also be raising money for the FareShare and the Trussell Trust through the sale of special Christmas  hats and cards this year.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said: “Sadly food poverty affects a large number of people across the UK and we are now providing food to 32% more charities than we did six months ago. From homeless hostels to breakfast clubs, women’s refuges to luncheon clubs for older people, these frontline organisations need food more than ever, so we’re thrilled to partner with Tesco on the Neighbourhood Food Collection again this year. This campaign enables us all to help in a simple practical way, as every item of food donated will make a difference to vulnerable people in our community”

David McAuley, Trussell Trust Chief Executive, said: “In just six months Trussell Trust foodbanks have given 3 days’ food to almost 500,000 people, including over 175,000 children. Redundancy, illness, benefit problems and family breakdown are some of the reasons why people go hungry. Increasingly, people on low-incomes are living on a financial knife edge where even a small crisis can lead families to face hunger. As winter begins to bite, many will be forced to make tough choices between eating and heating, and thousands will struggle to put any food on the table on Christmas Day. Foodbanks are gearing up to meet the growing need over the festive season and we’re excited to team up with Tesco once again to work on Neighbourhood Food Collection for a fifth time. Over 90 percent of food given out by foodbanks is donated by the public, so we’re reliant on people’s generosity. It’s incredible to see over a third of the UK now supporting their local food charity, and we’d urge people to keep giving.”

 Greg Sage, Community Director at Tesco, said: “It’s encouraging that people still think food poverty is a serious issue that needs to be tackled, and  so many have donated to food banks as a result. This our fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection, and it’s hugely important  that we dig deep and do what we can to help people who are in need this Christmas.

“This year we want to break records and provide more meals for people in need than ever before. Our customers can donate food at Tesco stores right across the UK all this week and weekend.”

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

X5 Retail Group launched Х5000, its pre-New Year project organized around the opening of X5’s 5,000th store

Moscow, 2014-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V., (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announced today the launch of Х5000 (the “Project”), the Company’s pre-New Year project organized around the opening of X5’s 5,000th store. The Project will mark this symbolic milestone with a number of ceremonial store openings across Russia. The Project also has a special focus on the Urals in line with X5’s strategic development plans for the region, which are supported by signed cooperation agreements with the governments of the Tyumen, Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk Regions.

X5’s supermarket chain, “Perekrestok”, will have the honor of opening the Company’s 5,000th store in the city of Chelyabinsk on 28 November. The new Perekrestok supermarket will have a sales area of 1,745 square meters and an assortment of approximately 13,000 products, including own-production of prepared dishes and bakery items. This will be the first supermarket opened in the Urals under the new Perekrestok concept, “Choose the Best”, which the chain introduced this summer. It will also be Perekrestok’s second supermarket in the city of Chelyabinsk and the fourth in the Chelyabinsk Region.

The opening ceremonies will be attended by Stephan DuCharme, X5 Retail Group CEO, and Perekrestok’s General Director, Vladimir Sorokin. The opening of X5’s 5,000th store will be accompanied by a number of ceremonial openings at the Company’s other formats as part of the Project. On 27 November, Perekrestok plans to open the chain’s 400th supermarket in Southern Moscow while on the same day Pyaterochka will open the format’s 500th store in the city of Dobryanka in the Perm Territory. The Project will also include the re-opening of two refurbished Karusel hypermarkets in the city of Ekaterinburg on 29 November, which will be followed by the opening of a new hypermarket in Mitishchi, the 500th Moscow Pyaterochka and the 200th Tatarstan Pyaterochka, all in December.

The planned openings of new and refurbished Pyaterochkas, Perekrestoks, Karusels and Express stores will be a true celebration not only for X5, but for millions of customers as well.

Stephan DuCharme, X5 Retail Group CEO, commented:

“X5 remains focused on the strategic expansion of its multi-format offering and providing quality food products at fair prices to as many customers as possible. We will continue to expand our presence in the regions, to create new job opportunities for local residents, to increase cooperation with local suppliers and continue to develop our social and charitable programs.

5,000 stores – this is a new stage in the development of X5.”

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Moody’s – “B2”, S&P – “B+”) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of economy class stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand, Express convenience stores under various brands and the online retail channel under the E5.RU brand.

At 30 September 2014, X5 had 5,005 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 4,342 Pyaterochka economy-class stores, 389 Perekrestok supermarkets, 81 Karusel hypermarkets and 193 Express stores. The Company operates 31 DCs and 1,528 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2013, revenue totaled RUB 534,560 mln, EBITDA reached RUB 38,350 mln, and net income amounted to RUB 10,984 mln. In 9M 2014, revenue totaled RUB 452,285 mln, EBITDA reached RUB 32,365 mln, and net income amounted to RUR 9,869 mln.

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.03%, treasury shares – 0.04%, free float – 37.64%.

Contacts:
Gregory Madick
Executive IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Gregory.Madick@x5.ru

Meijer unveiled tips to lower the risk from foodborne illness during the holiday meal

Meijer offers tips for food safety during the holidays

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Everyone loves the holiday meal, but according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six people get sick each year nationwide from foodborne illness. By following a few simple tips this Thanksgiving, you can prevent the holiday meal from biting you back.

“Unfortunately, many people put themselves and their guests at risk for foodborne illness during the holiday meal simply because they aren’t aware of the dangers,” said Tina Miller, healthy living advisor for Meijer. “We can still enjoy our family traditions of preparing and serving a big holiday meal, but with a better understanding of the risks, we can keep everyone safe from having a food hangover.”

Some of the easiest food safety tips include:

Thaw that Turkey Properly
One of the biggest mistakes people make is letting a frozen turkey thaw at room temperature. A frozen turkey should be thawed in the refrigerator, and be sure to plan for 1 day of thawing time for every 4-5 pounds of turkey. It’s OK to thaw a frozen turkey in the sink, but only in cold water that is replaced every 30 minutes.

Don’t let food sit out
Everyone loves to get seconds and thirds, but after a couple of hours at room temperature you may have created a bacteria buffet. Don’t let food sit out for more than 2 hours; get it into the refrigerator.

Keep foods at safe temperatures
Keep perishable food in the refrigerator until ready to prepare or serve and make sure hot foods are served at safe temperatures. This means 165 degrees for both turkey and the stuffing in the bird. Mashed potatoes and other sides should be no less than 140 degrees.

Don’t keep leftovers around too long
Everyone loves to eat them, but after too long it’s a bad idea. Gravy, stuffing and sides with turkey juices should be eaten or frozen within 24 hours. For other items, including sides and casseroles, 72 hours is the max.

Don’t leave leftover food out for grazing – bacteria grow rapidly at room temperature and can make your leftovers unsafe for eating the next day.  Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of serving.

Avoid cross contamination
Don’t allow raw meat juices to come into contact with cooked food or other foods that are to be served raw. It’s best to keep utensils separate, and always make sure everyone washes their hands.

“The holidays are a time of laughter and good cheer, but food safety is no laughing matter,” Miller said.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan atwww.facebook.com/meijer.

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Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com