Flu shots conveniently available at all Roundy’s pharmacies

CDC urges that it’s not too late to get vaccinated during peak flu season

MILWAUKEE, WI, 2014-12-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — As we are in the midst of the flu, and holiday, season, Roundy’s stores – Pick ‘n Save, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s – are conveniently making flu shots available at all pharmacies, with no appointment needed during all pharmacy operating hours.

All Roundy’s pharmacies have certified immunizers on staff and are available to administer the traditional flu vaccine and the HD vaccine for patients ages 65 and older. For added convenience, customers can simply stop by the pharmacy during their weekly grocery shopping, and pharmacists can administer the vaccinations in-store. Roundy’s flu shots are given at a regular price of $26.00, five dollars less than Walgreens.

Roundy’s flu shots will protect against A/California/7/2009(H1N1)pdm09-like virus, A/Texas/50/2012(H3N2)-like virus, and B/Massachusetts/d/2012-like virus. There will also be a Quadrivalent vaccine available that protects against the additional B virus B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

“We’re pleased that year after year more and more of our patients and customers take advantage of this advanced service that we offer,” said George Kowalski, RP, vice president Roundy’s Pharmacy. “We will be encouraging as many people as possible to protect themselves and their loved ones this year by getting their flu shot.”

The CDC recommends that all people aged 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine, as a yearly vaccination is the best way to protect against the flu. They also say that even though the holiday season has arrived, it is not too late to receive a flu vaccine. It takes two weeks for the antibodies to develop and provide protection. Flu season typically peaks in winter and can last a few months but virus activity is unpredictable year to year. However, immunity to the vaccination can be expected to last 6-8 months.

The vaccination is not a guarantee that the virus will not be contracted, but those that are vaccinated will experience a shorter duration of the illness and milder symptoms. Other flu prevention techniques include drinking plenty of water, washing hands frequently and thoroughly and getting an adequate amount of sleep each night.

For more information please visit the Pick ‘n Save, Copps, Metro Market or Mariano’s website for a list of pharmacies and their hours of operation.

About Roundy’s
Roundy’s is a leading grocer in the Midwest with nearly $4.0 billion in sales and more than 23,000 employees. Founded in Milwaukee in 1872, Roundy’s operates 148 retail grocery stores and 97 pharmacies under the Pick ’n Save, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s retail banners in Wisconsin and Illinois. Roundy’s is committed to helping the communities its stores serve through the Roundy’s Foundation. Chartered in 2003, the Roundy’s Foundation mission is to support organizations working to relieve hunger and helping families in crisis due to domestic abuse, neglect and other at-risk situations.

Contact:
James J. Hyland
Vice President of Investor Relations, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
james.hyland@roundys.com
414-231-5811

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RILA: Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership announces the next steps to strengthen the security of the payments system

Partnership Sends Letter To Congress Outlining Cybersecurity Information Sharing Legislation Principles

Arlington, VA, 2014-12-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, the Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership announced the next steps for the two industries to continue working together to strengthen the security of the payments system. Launched in February, the Partnership has succeeded in its goal to work collaboratively across the payments system to enhance security in order to protect customers and their data from cyber threats. Strong and productive relationships have been formed across the merchant and financial industries throughout the course of the Partnership’s work and both industries will continue to maintain these relationships.

“This Partnership has been invaluable in ensuring the entire payments system and key stakeholders are working together to combat cyber attacks,”said Sandy Kennedy, Co-Chair of the Partnership and President of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). “The threat posed by cyber criminals is increasingly sophisticated and is not unique to any one business, institution, industry or government. It is imperative that our two industries continue to learn from each other in this fight and work together in order to maintain the trust of our customers and collaboratively improve overall security.”

“Collaboration between our industries and with law enforcement will help protect consumers from cyber criminals,” said Co-Chair of the Partnership and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) Tim Pawlenty. “This Partnership has formed key links between our industries and we are hopeful these relationships will improve the entire payment system.”

The Partnership released eight next steps for ongoing​ collaboration by Partnership participants in key areas including threat information sharing, cyber risk mitigation, advanced card present & card not present security technology and cybersecurity legislation. One of the major steps is a joint effort between the two industries to urge Congress to pass cyber threat information sharing legislation.

Today, the Partnership sent a letter to Congress outlining joint principles for legislation to enhance cybersecurity across both the merchant and financial industries. Both industries recognize better information sharing between and among industry and government is important in preventing cyber attacks. In the letter, the merchant and financial services communities expressed support for a set of principles for federal legislation that would increase the current level of voluntary cybersecurity information sharing, while recognizing key privacy concerns.

The Partnership brought together executives from the financial services and merchant industries, government and other stakeholders to work together on key public policy issues impacting the entire payment ecosystem. Since February, the Partnership’s 250 participating senior executives from financial services and merchant companies have met nearly 50 times, heard from over 45 experts and participated in numerous outreach events including the 2014 Merchant-Financial Services Cybersecurity Summit on Sept 10, and sought consensus on critical policy issues.

Participants in the Partnership include eight financial associations (American Bankers Association, Consumer Bankers Association, Electronic Transactions Association, Financial Services Forum, Financial Services Roundtable, Independent Community Bankers of America, The Clearing House, NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association) and eleven merchant associations (American Hotel and Lodging Association, Food Marketing Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, International Franchise Association, Merchant Advisory Group, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Grocers Association, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association), executives from financial institutions, card companies, and merchants​.

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Allie Brandenburger
Senior Director Communications
Phone: 703-600-2063
Email: allie.brandenburger@rila.org

IKEA plans to increase the solar array atop its Detroit-area store in Canton, MI

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2014-12-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced plans to increase the solar array atop its Detroit-area store that opened eight years ago in Canton, MI. In September, IKEA began work on a 44,000-square-foot expansion to the store, atop which new panels will be installed beginning Spring 2015, with a completion by Summer.

The 40,000-square-foot solar addition will consist of a 240.9-kW system built with 765 panels, and will produce 287,490 kWh more of electricity annually for the store. Including the existing system, IKEA Canton’s total 1,218.5-kW solar installation of 4,925 panels will generate 1,426,490 kWh of clean electricity yearly, the equivalent of reducing 984 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 207 cars or powering 135 homes (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html).

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to increase the amount of solar energy generated and used by this store,” said Matt Hunsicker, IKEA Canton store manager. “This is another example of the IKEA commitment to create a more sustainable life for communities where we operate.”

For the development, design and installation of this store’s enhanced solar power system, IKEA selected Inovateus Solar LLC, an industry-leading solar power distributor and integrator specializing in large-scale solar installations.

Expanding this array contributes to the IKEA solar presence of nearly 90% of its U.S. locations with a total generation goal of 40 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 157 wind turbines in Europe and Canada, with 104 more being built in the U.S. Other IKEA arrays have been expanded too.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, aims to minimize impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms. Operationally, IKEA eliminated plastic bags from the check-out process, phased-out the sale of incandescent bulbs, facilitates recycling of customers’ compact fluorescent bulbs, and by 2016 will sell only L.E.D. IKEA also has installed EV charging stations at 13 stores.

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, 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 46 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, @IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Gap Inc. reported that November 2014 net sales increased 6 percent compared with last year

SAN FRANCISCO, 2014-12-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported that November 2014 net sales increased 6 percent compared with last year. Net sales for the four-week period ended November 29, 2014 were $1.72 billion compared with net sales of $1.63 billion for the four-week period ended November 30, 2013.

“Old Navy delivered standout performance in November, with customers responding positively to the brand’s holiday assortment and marketing,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer, Gap Inc. “With much of the holiday season still ahead, we remain focused on strong execution across all of our brands.”

November Comparable Sales Results

Gap Inc.’s comparable sales for November 2014 were up 6 percent versus a 2 percent increase last year. Comparable sales by global brand for November 2014 were as follows:

  • Gap Global: negative 4 percent versus positive 2 percent last year
  • Banana Republic Global: positive 2 percent versus negative 1 percent last year
  • Old Navy Global: positive 18 percent versus positive 3 percent last year

Additional insight into Gap Inc.’s sales performance is available by calling 1-800-GAP-NEWS (1-800-427-6397). International callers may call 706-902-4949. The recording will be available at approximately 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on December 4, 2014 and available for replay until 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on December 12, 2014.

December Sales

The company will report December sales on January 8, 2015.

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2013 net sales were $16.1 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,200 company-operated stores, over 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

Meijer distributed English and Spanish versions of Simply Cook to its food bank and pantry partners across the Midwest

Retailer’s cook book features recipes with ingredients frequently found on food pantry shelves

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-12-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Responding to a need expressed by its food pantry partners for nutrition education resources, Meijer developed a cook book that features food safety and meal planning tips, as well as basic recipes using ingredients frequently found in food pantries.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer distributed English and Spanish versions of Simply Cook to its food bank and pantry partners across the Midwest.

“As the challenge of fighting hunger continues in all of the communities we serve, it’s more important than ever to come together to help our neighbors make ends meet,” said Janet Emerson, executive vice president of retail operations. “Through the years, our Simply Give and food rescue programs have helped fill a void. We are pleased to continue our commitment to hunger relief through the Simply Cook book.”

Emerson said discussions for the book initially stemmed from a conversation with one of the retailer’s food banks regarding its philosophy to never turn away donations of quality food. However, some types of food are obscure – like kale, for example, which is a leafy green vegetable that is rich with nutrients – and require a bit more education on cooking preparation.

Representatives with Meijer, including its team of Healthy Living Advisors and registered dietitians, worked with its food bank and pantry partners to help fill a void. The result is Simply Cook, a 48-page resource that shares:

  • Nutrition education: How to read food labels, and how to fill your plate well using the MyPlate federal guideline.
  • Meal planning tips and solutions: Use a calendar, make a list, and use leftovers in different recipes on another night. The book also includes a two-week meal planner.
  • Food myths: Reveals the truth about the top most common food myths, including it’s too costly to eat healthy.
  • Kitchen basics: Basic and affordable cooking tools like a food thermometer and a pan, as well as pantry staples like rice, pasta, and canned or dried beans.
  • Food safety and storage tips: Fight food spoilage from bacteria and foodborne illnesses with proper food storage.
  • Quick and easy recipes: Basic, healthy recipes using ingredients frequently found on food pantry shelves, including potatoes, tuna, beans, and canned vegetables and chicken. Recipes for breakfast, lunch, snack time and dinner. The book also includes a month of quick, easy dinner menus, and how to transform leftovers into a new meal.
  • Shopping lists: Compiles the ingredients used in the monthly dinner menu.

“We believe it’s incredibly important to provide families with nutritious food, but we also wanted to educate them on how to prepare those foods into healthy meals once they get home,” Meijer Healthy Living Advisor and Registered Dietitian Shari Steinbach said.

Laura Castle said Simply Cook will be a great addition to the nutrition education she and the volunteers at the North End Community Food Pantry in Grand Rapids provide to their clients.

“I am pleased to provide the Simply Cook book to our clients so they can make quick and easy nutritious meals utilizing food that we provide to them through our food pantry,” Castle said. “It is chock full of great recipes and guidelines on nutrition, meal planning, food safety and kitchen basics. Thank you, Meijer.”

About Meijer Philanthropy
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Meijer distributed English and Spanish versions of Simply Cook to its food bank and pantry partners across the Midwest

Meijer distributed English and Spanish versions of Simply Cook to its food bank and pantry partners across the Midwest

CBRE Group, Inc. forms Occupier Advisory and Transaction Services for occupier clients across the Americas

Los Angeles, 2014-12-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. today announced the formation of Occupier Advisory and Transaction Services to significantly enhance the delivery of transaction related services for occupier clients across the Americas.

Occupier Advisory and Transaction Services marshals the talents, resources, and expertise of CBRE’s Brokerage, Transaction Management, Advisory and Portfolio Services into a single, integrated services platform and offering to serve occupier clients.

“CBRE is known for the strategic advice and high value execution we deliver to Fortune 500 occupier clients,” said Whitley Collins, who has been named Americas President of Occupier Advisory and Transaction Services. “With our new, integrated platform, we are harnessing all our knowledge and expertise and making it equally available to a much broader group of occupier clients.”

Adds Darcy Mackay, who has been named Chief Operating Officer of Occupier Advisory and Transaction Services, “Our unified approach will enable us to produce consistently exceptional outcomes for all of our occupier clients throughout the Americas region.”

Mr. Collins, who previously served as Occupier Brokerage Leader for the Americas, will have overall responsibility for Occupier Advisory and Transaction Services. Ms. Mackay, who previously served as Global Head of Transaction Management and Portfolio Services, will be responsible for the delivery of CBRE’s full suite of advisory and transaction services for its occupier clients and professionals. She will also continue to lead the Global Advisory & Transactions platform that serves CBRE’s largest occupier clients through its Global Corporate Services business.

“Whitley and Darcy are outstanding leaders with over 50 years of combined experienced in serving occupiers, and we are very pleased to have them leading this combined services platform.” said Jack Durburg, Global President of Transaction Services, CBRE.

Based in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Collins serves on CBRE’s Americas Executive Committee and Americas Operations Management Board. In 2003, he received CBRE’s William H. McCarthy Award, the company’s highest honor, which signifies a commitment to integrity, teamwork and professional excellence. He serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles and Stillpoint Resources, a non-profit organization that provides counseling, especially to children in need. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

Based in San Francisco, California, Ms. Mackay has nearly 20 years of experience in corporate and commercial real estate and has been with CBRE for 15 years. She is a member of CoreNet Global and Commercial Real Estate Women. She serves on CBRE’s Americas Operations Management Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Harvard University, where she was a John Harvard and Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Scholar. She also earned her Master of Public Policy degree, with an emphasis in real estate and land use economics, from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

For Further Information:

Robert Mcgrath
Director, Sr
T +1 212 9848267
email

Corey Mirman
Specialist, Sr Communication
T +1 212 9846542
email

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. announces that Black Friday weekend sales and traffic increased over last year

Amid Reports of Negative National Sales, CBL’s Shopping Centers Continue to Attract Shoppers

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2014-12-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL), announced today that Black Friday weekend sales and traffic increased over last year. In addition to traditional retailers seeing an uptick in sales, photo sales and visits with Santa Claus are up over last year as well. National retail organizations and news outlets are predicting this positive trend to be maintained for sales nationwide as retailers continue to offer in-store discounts throughout the holiday season.

“The positive sales reports for the Black Friday Weekend from the CBL portfolio are encouraging,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president and chief executive officer of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. “CBL Malls across the country are creating an inviting holiday experience. Shoppers will enjoy the exciting promotions and festive events that keep our centers as their favored destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.”

While fantastic sales and significant seasonal discounts entice shoppers to visit malls during the holidays, it’s the festive holiday shopping experience that sets traditional shopping centers apart from their online competitors. From glistening lights, winter greenery, red bows and colorful swags, the look and feel of Christmas abounds. CBL Centers nationwide are filled with holiday sights, sounds and festive décor and of course, Santa is available for photos through Christmas Eve.

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 148 properties, including 89 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 30 states and total 84.2 million square feet including 6.5 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL has regional offices in Boston (Waltham), MA, Dallas (Irving), TX, and St. Louis, MO. Additional information can be found at cblproperties.com.

CBL contact: Dan Summerlin, Director of Corporate Relations, 423.490.8315, dan_summerlin@cblproperties.com

The Co-operative food store in Wrexham re-opens following a £340,000 transformation

MANCHESTER, UK, 2014-12-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — There are improvements in-store at The Co-operative food store in Wrexham which re-opens today (Thursday, 4 December) following a £340,000 investment to transform the shopping experience for the community.

The Co-operative Group is taking a leading role in championing the bid to transform the high street in Wrexham, which was named as one of four Welsh towns to receive support under the Business in the Community (BiTC) Healthy High Streets campaign, and the major makeover of its Lord Street store has seen an enhanced in-store bakery, and a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

In addition, the in-store environment and customer experience has been improved with new flooring, check-outs, and new refrigeration to enhance its dairy, meat and chilled produce – including Wrexham Lager. The store will also include an ATM, and a self-service Costa coffee dispenser will also be installed.

The store is also pioneering a new role known as a Community Pioneer where a member of the food store team, will also work to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising initiatives to helping to understand and develop solutions to meet local community needs.

Wrexham’s Nightingale House Hospice, whose representatives helped the store team to cut the ribbon and declare the new-look store open, will be the store’s first fundraising focus following its re-launch.

Shan Rogers, Manager of The Co-operative food store in Lord Street, Wrexham, said: “We are thrilled to have made such a significant investment in Wrexham, and we are delighted to have a fantastic new food store with which to serve the community – it is an exciting time for the whole team.

“The Co-operative is a community retailer, and we are committed to playing an active role in local life, embracing the area’s community spirit. The store will be a hub for the local community, and customers will be able to find out what is going on locally, and learn about how The Co-operative can benefit local groups.

“With the combination of our redefined store, innovations in our own-brand ‘Loved by us’ range, and The Co-operative’s commitment to lowering prices on hundreds of everyday essentials under its ‘Fair and square’ prices banner, I am confident we will provide the community with everything needed to pick-up delicious food conveniently and create inspirational and tasty meals at home.”

Isobel Garner, Town Centre Manager, said: “The Co-operative has been an active participant in Wrexham for many years, and the work on the Healthy High Streets campaign is already proving to be a rewarding experience. The newly refurbished Co-operative food store in Lord Street demonstrates its confidence in the town centre, and I look forward to continuing our fruitful relationship in the future.”

There will be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its re-opening. Plus, until 9 December, customers, presentingtheir membership card at the checkout will be entered into a daily draw – known as “Swipe & Win” – with the chance of winning a host of prizes.

For more information about Swipe & Win call in to the store, or visit http://www.co-operative.coop/membership/points-and-offers-new/swipe-and-win/

 

Notes to Editors:

The Co-operative Group, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of “championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities”. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion.

For further information please contact:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Group Press Office
Tel: 07702 505551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

The Co-operative Food makes £1.5billion three year commitment to support and celebrate British food

MANCHESTER, UK, 2014-12-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Food today (Friday 5 December 2014) made an unequivocal £1.5billion three year commitment to support and celebrate British food.

The commitment comes as new consumer research shows that:

  • 90% of shoppers want supermarkets to sell more food from British farms
  • 81 percent of farmers believe retailers should support UK farming by only selling British meat and poultry.

In response, the convenience retailer has pledged to source British products over and above alternatives for its “own brand” meat, poultry, produce and dairy products and at the same time it will adopt a totally transparent approach to its marketing of UK food and will report back annually on its progress.

This means that all “own-brand” meat, with the specific exception of New Zealand lamb and Danish bacon, sold in Co-operative Food stores will be British as will be in its chilled ready meals and pies, sandwiches*, eggs and milk.

Launching its new UK sourcing report, entitled Born and Bred, The Co-operative Food re-enforced its commitment to its farming groups, which were launched last year, in order to back British farmers and agriculture. The farming groups enable the retailer to cement relationships with producers, deliver a continued investment in quality and provide shoppers with a more consistent and transparent supply chain.

Steve Murrells, The Co-operative Food’s Retail Chief Executive, said:

“At the heart of our pledge is a commitment to be open and honest about where the food we sell comes from and to ensure that is it marketed and promoted in a fair and transparent way.“Trust in retailers has been dented in recent years and we hope our openness about where we source our meat, poultry and produce will encourage more retailers to follow suit.“Shoppers want to know about the origin of their products and if supermarkets import meat for use in products it is important that, as well as being identified on product labelling, in-store marketing should not seek to unwittingly mislead. Backing British must mean more than just rolling out the bunting.”

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said:

“This new commitment is a fantastic vote of confidence for the UK food and drink industry. We know British consumers value products from this country which have a world-renowned reputation for their high quality and traceability.“These figures show shoppers want to buy more British – we’re supporting this by improving country of origin labelling which will be mandatory for lamb, pork, poultry and goat meat from April next year.“I would encourage all supermarkets to carefully consider the labelling on their products so their customers know exactly where their food comes from.”

Research for the report shows that almost three out of four (73 per cent) of consumers have more confidence in British sourced food and a massive 86 per cent feel that food is more traceable when produced on British farms. More than eight out of ten (84 per cent) say that buying British sourced food is important to them with one in three saying it is very important. The study also shows that almost half of consumers (47 per cent) see the origin of food as the second most important label information after the use or sell by date (66 per cent).

NFU President Meurig Raymond welcoming the report said:

“It highlights the importance of British produce to consumers. Almost nine out of 10 people feel that food is more traceable when sourced from UK farms and this further reinforces the growing role British produce plays in major retailers delivering a product that consumers want and trust.“It is reassuring to see a major retailer clearly setting out its commitments to UK produce in a transparent and reviewable fashion, in particular via an open and clear report on their commitments to British agriculture through the publication of an annual report.“The Born and Bred Report will allow consumers and farmers to monitor The Co-operative’s performance against its sourcing commitments on an annual basis.  This is of paramount importance to help instil confidence in consumers and producers alike in how The Co-operative operates continuously. “We look forward to working with The Co-operative in helping them further their support to British agriculture.”

Channel 4 presenter and farmer, Jimmy Doherty, said:

“Farming is the cornerstone of society as it powers the wider economy with food and jobs. Openness and honesty in food sourcing has never been so important and it is essential in helping to educate people about where our food comes from and to enable people to support UK farmers by ‘buying British.’ The Co-op’s move to commit to invest in home-produced meat, poultry and produce is a step in the right direction as it celebrates British agriculture and invests in its future. Farmers are unsung heroes and the Co-op’s pledges serve as an example to other retailers to be open and accountable about their sourcing polices.”

The Co-operative Food’s pledges:

  • Invest a minimum of £1.5bn to source ‘own brand’ British meat, produce and dairy products from the UK
  • Commit to openness and transparency by highlighting sourcing in our sustainability report and to producing a detailed report on our progress each year
  • Market British products honestly, clearly identifying British products on packaging and in store
  • Develop relationships with our produce grower base and provide greater availability of seasonal produce.
  • The Co-operative will extend its Farming Groups
  • It will provide only 100% fresh British beef, chicken, ham, pork, sausages, duck and turkey and support British lamb when in season
  • It will offer only 100% British milk
  • Only use British meat in all chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches

Notes to editors:

*With the exception of continental varieties in ready meals and sandwiches eg Chorizo.

The Co-operative Group, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion For more information about The Co-operative Food go to www.co-operativefood.co.uk

 

For further information please contact:
Craig Noonan
PR Business Lead – Retail
The Co-operative Group
Tel: 0161 767 4284 / 07702 505439

Kingfisher’s Net Positive report wins award for excellence in sustainability reporting at the Building Public Trust Awards

LONDON, 2014-12-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Building Public Trust Awards, now in their 12th year are run by PWC who appoint an independent panel of judges to review every FTSE100 sustainability report.  Kingfisher’s was voted the best.

The judges commented on

  • how they could see that sustainability impacts and touches Kingfisher business model and how that was reflected in the business strategy.
  • The long-term view on the company’s direction which they’d like to see more of that from other businesses
  • Kingfisher’s advanced understanding around closed loop and eco product innovation
  • The Advisory Council and the Net Positive conversations the company has been holding with external stakeholders received a special mention, showing that  Kingfisher is taking sustainability seriously.

 

Richard Gillies, Group Sustainabiity Director said: “We’re delighted to have won this award.   At Kingfisher we help millions of people to improve their homes, creating better homes and better lives for themselves.   We’re driving sustainability into the heart of our business at Kingfisher to show it isn’t a trade-off between commercial success and doing the right thing.  It is more that our continued commercial success is dependent on us doing the right thing. We’ve spent two years working to breathe life into some pretty ambitious sustainability commitments.  We’ve had some success and we’ve had some set-backs and it’s that journey we’ve really tried to lay out in our reported material.  We know there’s still much more we can do to better tell our story, like better integrate Net Positive into our financial annual report which we have aspirations to do this year, but this award is genuinely great recognition for our reporting work to date and is very much appreciated.”

Download Net Positive Report 2013/14 PDF 4.84Mb

About Net Positive
In 2012, Kingfisher launched Net Positive, which it sees as a commitment to work towards making a positive contribution to people and the planet, while growing a stronger and more successful business.  The Group publishes an annual report which sets out its Net Positive approach and reflects the work going on throughout its operating companies to help Kingfisher deliver against its ambitious sustainability commitments.

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Kingfisher's Net Positive report wins award for excellence in sustainability reporting at the Building Public Trust Awards

Kingfisher’s Net Positive report wins award for excellence in sustainability reporting at the Building Public Trust Awards