Walmart launches the Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign

Online Voting Campaign Set to Distribute $1.5 Million in Grants to Help 75 Food Pantries Meet Demands for Hunger Relief Across the Country

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2014-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, on Giving Tuesday, Walmart launches the Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign, a nationwide effort calling on the public to help food pantries across the country win funds for facility makeovers this holiday season. The campaign will donate $1.5 million in grants to 75 food pantries, which will be used to purchase new equipment and renovate their facilities. As part of the campaign, Walmart is teaming up with DIY expert, licensed electrician and contractor, and TV host, James Young and calling on the public to support their local food pantries by voting online at www.walmart.com/holidaymakeover.

The campaign launches during a critical time when food pantries across the country are facing high rates of hunger and preparing for their busiest time of year. According to the most recent USDA report, more than 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, experienced food insecurity in 2013[i]. Providing meals to families is a multi-step process that requires food pantries to not only have food on hand, but be well-equipped to safely store, prepare, serve and transport food to enable families to put fresh and healthy meals on their tables.

“Food pantries play a vital role in providing healthy meals to their communities. As they face great demand this winter, we’re working to make a positive impact by ensuring that they have the infrastructure to safely prepare and store food so more families can have access to healthier meals,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart Sustainability. “We could not think of a better time than Giving Tuesday to kick off our campaign and give everyone in America the chance to help their local food pantry win an extra special gift this holiday season with just the click of a button.”

From now until Dec. 12, the public can visit www.walmart.com/holidaymakeover to cast one vote per day to help a participating food pantry. The 75 winning food pantries with the most votes at the end of the voting period will each receive a $20,000 grant. These grants will be used for important makeovers that may include the purchase of new kitchen and storage equipment, furniture, paint and other supplies that are needed to support food pantry operations and, in turn, the families they serve. One food pantry also will be selected by James Young to receive an in-person design consultation to help maximize their grant and make facility updates.

“The thing I love most about my job is helping people make positive life changes by improving their kitchen, which is the heart of any home,” said James Young. “Walmart’s Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign gives everyone the chance to support their local food pantries so they can make important updates to their own kitchens and facilities. With new equipment, storage systems and new furniture, the food pantries will be able to streamline their processes and help get needed food into the hands of more families.”

The Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign is another step towards Walmart’s goal to provide access to affordable, nutritious, sustainably-grown food. As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart recently announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving the affordability of food by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. This commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those in need in the U.S. over the next five years.

To vote and learn more about the campaign visit www.walmart.com/holidaymakeover.

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About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better — anytime and anywhere — in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,156 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

[i] United States Department of Agriculture. (2014). Household Food Security in the United States in 2013. Retrieved from http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1565415/err173.pdf

7‑Eleven, Inc. opened its newest El Cajon store

Retailer Donating $711 at Ribbon-cutting to San Diego Music Foundation for Taylor Guitars in Local Schools

EL CAJON, CALIF., 2014-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest El Cajon store Wednesday, Dec. 3, that includes free coffee, donuts … and guitars for local schools. The store is located at 500 N. Second St., south of Interstate Highway 8.

As part of the event, 7‑Eleven® Market Manager Sebastian Turcu will cut the ceremonial ribbon before presenting a $711 check to Mark Laturno, development coordinator for theSan Diego Music Foundation. The donation, equivalent to the cost of three Taylor guitars,will ultimately benefit area El Cajon Schools through the foundation’s “Guitars for Schools” program.

San Diego East County Chamber General Manager Eric Lund will participate in the ribbon-cutting, and other local VIPs have been invited to attend.

Open to the public, the event begins at 8 a.m., with the ribbon-cutting and check presentation at 8:15. Free doughnuts, coffee and other hot beverages will be served.

“While 7‑Eleven is an international company, our locations are neighborhood stores,” Turcu said. “Learning what’s important to the community and finding ways to support those efforts is one way we like to stay involved. Our contribution to purchase guitars for schools through the San Diego Music Foundation and Taylor Guitars reflects our commitment to El Cajon, particularly its youngest residents.”

The Second Street 7‑Eleven location is the 19th in El Cajon. At more than 2,900 square feet, the spacious store offers old favorites like fresh-brewed coffee, Slurpee® frozen carbonated beverages and Big Gulp® fountain drinks, and new favorites like delivered-fresh-daily sandwiches and baked goods, salads, fresh fruit, hot pizza and chicken wings. The store also carries an extensive selection of value-priced, private-label snack, candy, grocery and non-foods items under the 7-Select™ brand.

The new store is available to franchise, and entrepreneurs interested in one of the top franchise opportunities in the U.S. can find out more at www.franchise.7‑Eleven.com.

“We encourage local residents to come by and see what we’ve got cooking, and brewing, at our newest 7‑Eleven store in El Cajon,” Turcu said. “It’s a fresh, new store full of lots of fresh, new items to help make life easier and more enjoyable.”

7‑Eleven’s smartphone app posts mobile coupons, notifies users of local specials and allows them to earn free coffee through a digital punch-card program. It can be downloaded in the iPhone app store and Google Play.

The San Diego Music Foundation was created to make music performance accessible to San Diego County children and youth by providing them with guitars, to express themselves creatively. Guitars for Schools is a program developed by the foundation and Taylor Guitars, to introduce the guitar to music curricula in San Diego County schools. The guitar’s familiarity and popularity among young people make it an excellent tool for getting them interested in music and the performing arts.

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 10,400 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 54,400 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; #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #6 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2014, 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.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among 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
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

The NGA Show EXPO Floor marks its earliest sell-out date in the history of the trade show

Arlington, VA, 2014-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) announced that The NGA Show EXPO Floor sold out today, marking it as the earliest sell-out date in the history of the trade show. The NGA Show, held February 8-11, 2015 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, will feature over 300 exhibitors on its EXPO floor.

“The quality and wide diversity of the exhibitors on the EXPO floor this year, including our pavilion partners, adds even more value for our attendees,” said Peter J. Larkin, president & CEO, NGA. “As independent retail and wholesale supermarket operators focus on growing their businesses and being on the forefront of the latest trends and technology, NGA is excited provide a measurable return on investment for Show attendees.”

The EXPO floor is one part of The NGA Show experience, which also features over 30 educational sessions and special events. The NGA Show is the only trade show exclusively designed as the place “where independents gather” with industry peers and manufacturers and suppliers to address industry issues and build longstanding relationships that improve their bottom line. For more information or to register for the NGA Show, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

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

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Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation gives $295,000 to 29 nonprofits to address hunger alleviation and education issues

CHARLESTON, S.C., 2014-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — During this season of giving, the Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation is giving $295,000 to benefit 29 nonprofits throughout the region in collaboration with its BI-LO stores. This is in addition to the more than $471,000 and 2,030,944 pounds of food BI-LO is working to reinvest in the local community by the end of 2014 through the contributions of its customers, business partners, associates and company dollars.

“The Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation is thankful for the immense support and contributions of our business partners who enable us to provide these funds to local organizations who share our mission to alleviate hunger in our communities,” said Mary Kellmanson, foundation president and chief marketing officer of Bi-Lo Holdings. “We look forward to growing our relationships with these organizations throughout the coming year.”

Grants were awarded to charitable organizations with missions to address hunger alleviation and hunger-related health and education issues. The foundation reviewed applications from several hundred nonprofit groups and conducted in-depth reviews of their services and reach within each community.

Over the last several weeks, representatives from Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation and its BI-LO stores have presented checks to the organizations that have been chosen to receive this year’s grants.

The Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation grant recipient organizations in BI-LO’s Charleston region are:

  • America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA
  • Charleston Jewish Family Services
  • Child Enrichment
  • Children’s Hospital of Georgia
  • Christ Community Health Services Augusta
  • Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach
  • One Eighty Place Crisis Ministries
  • East Cooper Community Outreach
  • East Cooper Meals on Wheels
  • Family Connection of Columbia County
  • Golden Harvest Food Bank
  • Humanities Foundation
  • James Island Outreach
  • Junior League of Charleston
  • Kiwanis Club of Beaufort
  • Lowcountry Food Bank
  • McLeod Foundation
  • Meals on Wheels of Summerville
  • Meals on Wheels of Bluffton-Hilton Head
  • MUSC Children’s Hospital
  • North Strand Helping Hand
  • Summerhill Community Resource Center
  • The Family Y of Greater Augusta
  • The Salvation Army of Augusta
  • Toombs County United Charities
  • University Health Care Foundation
  • Vital Aging of Williamsburg County

The Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports many of the charitable-giving efforts of Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie supermarkets.

About Bi-Lo Holdings
Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC, parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the fifth-largest conventional supermarket chain in the U.S. and the second-largest conventional supermarket in the southeast based on store count.1 The company employs more than 72,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 804 grocery stores and 531 in-store pharmacies throughout the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, please visit www.bi-lo.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

Forward-Looking Statements for Bi-Lo Holdings

This press release includes forward-looking statements about future events, which involve risks and uncertainties. Generally, the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “project,” “will,” “could,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “likely,” “goal,” “target,” “objective,” “outlook,” “seek” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature.

Forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations, based on currently available information, and are not guarantees of performance. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, these expectations could prove inaccurate as such statements involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our ability to control or predict. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties, or other risks or uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial, materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated or projected.  For these reasons, we caution you against relying on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Except as may be required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which they are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Dunkin’ Donuts continues to expand its on-campus presence with the opening of 10 new restaurants at 9 universities throughout the country

CANTON, Mass.,  2014-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, continues to expand its on-campus presence with the opening 10 new restaurants at 9 universities throughout the country. With these openings, the company now has over 65 campus locations.

The list of colleges that opened a new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in 2014 include:

  • Northwestern University
  • University of Alabama Huntsville
  • Wayne State University
  • Boston University (second campus location)
  • James Madison University (two new locations this year)
  • Shippensburg University
  • Edison State College
  • Bowling Green University (second campus location)
  • New Jersey City University

Dunkin’ Donuts offers a variety of restaurant models to suit almost any university, including full retail shops and kiosks that are perfect for campus centers, student unions, dining commons, and other high-traffic locations at or near the school.

“We are proud that so many universities around the country are turning to Dunkin’, and campuses such as Bowling Green, Boston University and James Madison University have even opened multiple locations to serve more students, faculty and visitors,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “This niche continues to be an important area of growth for the brand, and we’re now offering more aggressive financial terms for campuses to consider as we continue to recruit qualified operators around the country.”

Dunkin’ Donuts has been strategically expanding in contiguous markets across the country with a long-term goal of having more than 17,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the United States alone, and this expansion includes alternative points of distribution. Dunkin’ Donuts currently has over 600 non-traditional locations, including college campuses, mass transit stations, travel centers, supermarkets, entertainment centers and military bases.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for eight years running. The company has more than 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Leading Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group’s Legal Department recognized as the best legal department in the retail category of the annual International Best Legal Department Awards

Moscow, 2014-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V., (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announced today that the Company’s Legal Department was recognized as the best legal department in the retail category of the annual International Best Legal Department Awards (the “Awards”). Also, X5’s corporate counsel, Vlada Yavorskaya, received the Best Lawyer award in the retail category.

This year there were 100 lawyers from the largest Russian and international companies, including; MTS, MegaFon, Volvo, Sberbank CIB, European Media Group, Pharmstandard, Alfa Capital, Renaissance Capital, Rosseti, Norilsk Nickel, Gazprom Neft, etc., vying for 18 industry-specific “legal Oscars”. The retail category of the Awards included eight leading food and non-food retailers: X5, Auchan, OBI Russia, Miele CIS, Selgros Cash&Carry, Media-Markt-Saturn, Globus, and Vostochnaya Technica).

This is the third time that X5 has participated in the Awards, previously the Company also won first place in the retail category in 2007 and 2008.

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%.

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

Target Corporation and Google launch mobile game experience Bullseye’s Playground

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced it is partnering with Google on the latest Art, Copy & Code project – an interactive, in-store mobile experience designed to delight Target guests of all ages this holiday season. Bullseye’s Playground is a mobile game experience that features Target’s bull terrier mascot Bullseye and other characters. In select Target stores, guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Bullseye’s Playground using Google’s new Project Tango Development Tablet that will transform the store into a 3D winter playground.

“Target and Google are creating a new kind of holiday magic with Bullseye’s Playground,” said Alan Wizemann, vice president of product, Target.com and Mobile. “With this partnership, we’re using cutting-edge mobile technology to elevate the in-store holiday experience to provide Target guests a glimpse into the future of retail – where mobile brings together virtual experiences and physical stores.”

“Google’s Art, Copy & Code partnerships explore how creativity and technology can work hand in hand to build brands,” said Ben Malbon, Google’s Director of Creative Partnerships. “For each project, we partner with an iconic brand that pushes the boundaries of digital experiences. Consumers are embracing mobile devices as an essential tool and we wanted to work with Target to show how mobile offers a way to make the in-store experience both fun and memorable.”

Bullseye’s Playground Mobile Game Experience

Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 2, Target guests can use their mobile devices to access Bullseye’s Playground both in and out of stores. Guests can visit Target.com/Play on their mobile device to play six interactive games, including sledding, ice fishing, snowball fights and more. In-store signage will prompt guests to play and discover special codes throughout the store to unlock characters and new game levels. For every game played with Bullseye’s Playground, Target will donate $1 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – up to $1 million.

Project Tango Development Tablet Experiences

In select Target stores, guests can be among the first to try out Google’s Project Tango Development Tablets to transform the store into a 3D winter playground. Guests will use the tablet screen to step into a winter wonderland that changes as they move around the store. Within the experience, guests will interact with characters like Bullseye and Zoomer Dino while they discover virtual activities like taking part in a snowball fight or playing a xylophone made out of icicles.

Project Tango Development Tablets will be available for guests at the following Target locations:

  • Dec. 4-7, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Sunnyvale Target, 298 W. McKinley Ave. Sunnyvale, CA
    • Chicago Near North Target, 2656 N. Elston Ave. Chicago, IL
  • Dec. 11-14, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Dallas Cityplace Market Target, 2417 N. Haskell Ave. Dallas, TX
    • Roseville Target, 1515 County Road B W Roseville, MN

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,934 stores – 1,801 in the United States and 133 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow@TargetNews on Twitter.

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Target Corporation and Google launch mobile game experience Bullseye’s Playground

Target Corporation and Google launch mobile game experience Bullseye’s Playground

Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman teams up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich

Charlotte, N.C., 2014-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Norman to Sign Autographs, Sample Signature Sub Sandwich, Introduce Fans to Must-Have Meal for Lunch

Date:         Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Time:        1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Where:     Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter
6701 Morrison Boulevard
Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Interviews are available.  Live shots are welcomed!

Tuesday, Dec. 9, Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman will team up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich.

Norman’s sandwich “The Lockdown” is a must-try for Harris Teeter shoppers. For only $3.99, fans can satisfy their appetite with the “The Lockdown” which features Virginia ham, pepperoni and grilled chicken topped with yellow American cheese, Swiss cheese and light honey mustard on a white sub roll. Shoppers can make it a lunch pack for only $4.99. The lunch pack includes the “The Lockdown” sandwich and a choice of one Chocolate Chunk, Macadamia Nut, Oatmeal Raisin or Cranberry Nut Cookie.

The “The Lockdown” will be available in the Fresh Foods Market Sandwich Shop in all Charlotte-area Harris Teeter stores. Tuesday only, however, Norman will make an appearance at the Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter to personally introduce shoppers and fans to his Signature Sub Sandwich.  He will also be signing autographs.

Harris Teeter’s Fresh Foods Market offers made-to-order sandwiches and wraps daily and is proud to introduce “The Lockdown” as Harris Teeter’s final Panther Signature Sub Sandwich of the 2014 season.

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Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman teams up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich

Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman teams up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich

Giant Food gets ready for this holiday season with entertaining and food-related gift ideas at all of its stores

Grocer Invites You to Save Time and Money This Holiday Season

Landover, MD, 2014-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food is helping customers save both time and money this holiday season with entertaining and food-related gift ideas at all of its stores. From holiday roasts to ready-made party trays for time-crunched customers, Giant is your one-stop shop for any festive occasion with one-of-a-kind products at affordable prices.

This month, Giant is featuring a wide breadth of holiday roasts including ham, pork, lamb and beef, to cater to any budget and taste. New this year, Giant is offering Boneless NY Strip roasts and savory preparation ideas both in-store and online at Giant’s Recipe Center. For customers unsure of the best way to carve a roast, Giant also put together a video tutorial available here http://youtu.be/HkiI-FsYyUc.

Giant is also helping shoppers create memorable holiday meals with its exclusive Simply Enjoy brand. This collection of gourmet food items is back this season with even more new products that are all foodie-approved and made with the finest ingredients! Giant works with specialty suppliers of hand- crafted items to bring customers a unique selection not typically found in traditional supermarkets. Featured holiday Simply Enjoy products include frozen appetizers and desserts, deli pastas, seafood sauces, dipping oils, sorbetto/gelato, chocolates, hummus, crackers, sparkling sodas and more. Customers can also pick up a free Simply Enjoy Memorable Menu Ideas booklet at any Giant store for recipes, entertaining ideas featuring the Simply Enjoy products, and valuable coupons.

For customers who may need an extra hand, Giant makes party preparation easy with a selection of great entertaining party trays, fully prepared dinners, desserts and more, all available to order. Visit www.giantfood.com and click the ‘Entertaining Orders’ link under the ‘Shopping’ header to start your order or stop into any Giant to order at the deli, bakery, seafood, or meat departments.

Giant’s recently launched Recipe Center can be found at http://giantfood.com/recipes-and-meals and includes more than 2,500 every day and special occasion recipes. Fresh content is added weekly and all recipes utilize sale items and Giant’s Own Brand products. How-to videos and nutrition information are also available. Once registered and logged-in to Giant’s Recipe Center, customers are invited to browse recipes and create their own meal plans.

Make sure to add a trip to your local Giant to your holiday to-do list—we will be waiting for you with bells on!

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

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