NACS-commissioned alternative fuel vehicles tracking study: Consumers less likely to consider non-gasoline powered vehicle as gas prices continue to decline

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Consumers are much less likely to consider a non-gasoline powered vehicle as gas prices continue to decline, according to a new consumer survey examining preferences related to alternative vehicles.

Four in five consumers (80%) considering an alternative fuel vehicle say that the primary reason is to save money on fuel. However, as gas prices decline, so does interest in these alternative vehicles. Each 10-cent drop in gas prices corresponds to a 1% decrease in the percentage of consumers considering alternative vehicles: 78% would consider a non-gas powered vehicle if gas were $5 a gallon, compared to 68% if gas were $4 and 56% if gas were $3, according to an alternative fuel vehicles tracking study commissioned by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

Nearly three out of four consumers (72%) considering an alternative vehicle would consider a hybrid, followed by flex fuel vehicles (42%), all electric (34%), and hydrogen fuel cell and diesel fuel (22% each).

Consumer interest in alternative vehicles has fallen sharply since April 2014 when gas prices were 90 cents per gallon more than today. Consumer interest has particularly declined for all-electric vehicles, with 34% indicating interest, compared to 55% in April. Women are far less likely to consider an all-electric vehicle than men (27% vs. 40%), likely because of range-anxiety concerns.

Besides seeking out fuel savings, consumers identified a number of other factors that could incent them to purchase alternative-fuel vehicles: 51% of consumers would consider an alternative vehicle to protect the environment, 45% would to reduce American dependence on foreign oil, 42% would to reduce their carbon footprint and 41% would to increase their driving range.

While the survey results are not encouraging to the alternative fueling industry, there may be some opportunities to expand sales. Older consumers, those over age 50, are most likely to consider an alternative fuel vehicle as a means of reducing American dependence on foreign oil: 59% cited this reason, compared to 35% of those ages 18-34. Meanwhile, younger consumers are more interested in how the vehicles fit their lifestyle: 22% cited that reason, compared to only 8% of those over age 50.

NACS, which represents the convenience store industry that sells 80% of the gas sold in the country, conducts a monthly consumer sentiment survey to gauge how gas prices affect broader economic trends. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) survey was conducted by Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates LLC; 1,110 gas consumers were surveyed Nov. 5-7, 2014.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

AHOLD REPURCHASED 2,016,898 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR €28.86 MILLION BETWEEN DECEMBER 1 AND DECEMBER 5, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,016,898 Ahold common shares in the period from December 1, 2014 up to and including December 5, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of €14.3085 per share for a total consideration of €28.86 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by €1.5 billion to a total amount of €2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 151,992,549 common shares for a total consideration of €1,978.51 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

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Wegmans Food Markets comes up with the assortment of gluten-free treats now in the bakery departments of all Wegmans stores

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mmmm…fresh brownies, cookies, and cupcakes! Who doesn’t love them? But for those living gluten-free, they’re off limits — unless made without gluten ingredients like wheat flour. As those who’ve tried baking with gluten-free ingredients quickly discover, getting outstanding results isn’t exactly a piece of cake! Chefs at Wegmans Food Markets tweaked lots of recipes to come up with the assortment of gluten-free treats now in the bakery departments of all Wegmans stores.

“We’re very proud of the work that has gone into these new bakery items,” says Mike Gross, category merchant for bakery at Wegmans. “Customers have been telling us for some time how much it would mean to be able to pick up a delicious, gluten-free dessert when there’s no time to bake at home, and we believe these will get a big thumbs up for taste!”

All of the treats are baked and packaged in a dedicated, gluten-free facility to prevent any cross contact with gluten-containing foods or ingredients.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Decadently Rich Chocolate Brownies: Loaded with chocolate chunks and topped with a luscious chocolate buttercreme frosting.  They’re packaged in a shrink-wrapped box. (For an even more decadent taste, warm gently in the microwave).
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies: Just like the ones you remember, only gluten-free. Made with semi-sweet chocolate chips, brown sugar, a touch of honey, white rice flour, sweet rice flour and cornstarch. Each cookie is individually wrapped in cellophane.
  • Snickerdoodles: Same delicious vanilla flavor as Wegmans Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie baking mix. These are rolled in cinnamon-sugar for that wonderful old-fashioned Snickerdoodle taste, and each cookie is individually wrapped in cellophane.
  • Cupcakes: Moist, light, and indulgent! The four-pack contains two vanilla cupcakes topped with premium vanilla buttercreme frosting and two chocolate cupcakes, frosted with rich chocolate frosting – inspired by and very similar to Wegmans’ Ultimate Cupcakes. The package is shrink-wrapped.

“We’re working hard to expand our selection to include gluten-free breads and cakes, but we think all Wegmans brand products should be as good as or better than national brands. Until the breads and cakes meet all of our goals for quality, taste, nutrition, and affordability, we’ll keep tweaking them,” Gross says.

Meanwhile, Gross expects the new introductions to be an instant hit with customers – especially the ultra-chocolatey brownies. “All of the recipes are great, but brownies are simply amazing. Tasting is believing!”

How it all began
The first chapter in the story of Wegmans gluten-free baked items started a few years ago. “Customers looking for gluten-free versions of desserts like cookies, brownies and cakes told us how hard it was to find great-tasting, affordable treats for birthdays, family parties, and other celebrations. We wanted to help and got started by building a dedicated, gluten-free test kitchen near our corporate headquarters in Rochester,” Gross says.

One of Wegmans’ artisan bakers, Patty Fowler, and Wegmans Chef Christine Hellman, who oversees new product development for the grocery section of stores, worked for a year together to create Wegmans gluten-free baking mixes for cakes, brownies, and cookies. Customers gobbled them up, using the mixes to whip up oven-fresh, gluten-free goodies at home.

Next, Wegmans baked ready-to-eat versions of these treats for a pilot program at the Pittsford and East Avenue stores, just across town from the gluten-free test kitchen. “We used the same recipes for the ready-to-eat cookies and cupcakes that we used in the packaged baking mixes, so customers who’d fallen in love with the mixes could get the same great flavor and texture in the fresh-baked version.”

Wegmans gluten-free test kitchen couldn’t make enough goodies to supply all 85 stores, however, so the company looked for a baking partner. It chose Get Fresh Bakehouse in Fairfield, NJ, launched by a father of a daughter with Celiac disease, who needed to live gluten-free to stay healthy. “He wanted better products for his own daughter and others like her, and starting this company helped him achieve that goal,” says Gross. At Get Fresh Bakehouse, a pastry chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America oversees the production of the gourmet breads and sweets coming from the dedicated, gluten-free facility.

Eating gluten, a protein in wheat, barley and rye, can cause digestive disturbances for those with gluten sensitivity (about five percent of the population) and can trigger serious health complications in those with the autoimmune condition called Celiac disease (about one percent of the population). The only way to treat either condition is to avoid gluten. Interest in gluten-free versions of foods has risen dramatically over the last decade, as awareness of these two health conditions has grown.

Wegmans Nutritionist Trish Kazacos, RD, who has gluten sensitivity herself and who writes a blog on wegmans.com about living gluten-free, speaks about the place of sweets in a healthy diet. “An occasional treat can definitely be part of a balanced, healthy diet that includes plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, beans and lentils, low-fat dairy, and fish.”

Treats should be enjoyed on occasion, she says. “But there are two good reasons to like these new, gluten-free sweets: First, they’re so good that everybody can enjoy them – it saves prep time when everyone eats the same meal, and it creates a better shared experience. The other reason is that you won’t feel deprived when you enjoy one of these treats. You’ll feel like you’ve tasted something special.”

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information:  Jo Natale, director of media relations, 585-429-3627

Whole Foods Market opens its new 35,000 square-foot San Jose store at 777 The Alameda (at Stockton)

EMERYVILLE, Calif., 2014-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market opens its new 35,000 square-foot San Jose store today at 777 The Alameda (at Stockton). San Jose City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio and other community stakeholders join store and regional leaders to host a bread-breaking ceremony at 9:45 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Opening day programming also includes music by Mark Russo and the Classy Cats; vendors sampling local foods (Nona Lim, Greenlee’s Bakery, Redwood Hill Farm, Allegro Coffee Roasters and many more); and a live remote broadcast by Mix 106.5 (KEZR-FM, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).

To celebrate the opening and in honor of the concurrent holiday season, the store is hosting, “The Great Holiday Giveaway.” Each day from Dec. 11-24, the store will give away a gift valued between $100 and $200. Prizes range from a case of Dungeness crab to a basket of eco-friendly toys and a Hanukkah meal for four. Customer can visit thegreatholidaygiveaway.com daily from Dec. 11-24 to find out what each day’s prize is.

This is the second Whole Foods Market location in San Jose, and the 42nd in Northern California. The store brings an estimated 200 new jobs to San Jose. Prior to opening, Whole Foods Market San Jose hosted a “likes for donations” campaign on Facebook and raised more than $1,200 for the Friends of the San Jose Rose Garden.

In design, the store reflects the warehouse/industrial style of downtown San Jose. The brick and corrugated metal walls are an homage to the Falstaff Brewery, which used to operate near the site. Green building features include locally manufactured, reclaimed, recycled and low- to non-emitting materials used in construction; high-recycled content from nearby Fireclay Tile, and a Combined Heat & Power system that will allow the store to operate up to 90 percent off the public grid. Additionally, Whole Foods Market planted 38 new trees in the parking lot and plaza, upgraded street lights to energy-efficient fixtures, planted native grasses to support local habitat, and installed low-water plantings and drip irrigation to reduce water use.

Highlights of the new store include:

Mission Creek Brewing Company – Whole Foods Market’s first on-site brewery in California features 19 craft beers on tap; three taps are reserved for house brews and the majority of the remainder go to local brewers like Hermitage Brewing Company and Santa Clara Valley Brewing. There are also two taps for wine. Mission Creek’s Brew master is Guy Cameron, who formerly worked for Russian River Brewing Company. The Mission Creek tap room offers seating for 55 guests. This is the second on-site brewery for the company; the first opened at the Post Oak store in Houston last month.

Juice and Coffee Bar – On the ground floor of the brewery building, shoppers can stop by a juice and coffee bar that opens at 6 a.m. daily. Fresh squeezed juices and smoothies are available alongside a selection of grab-and-go breakfast items. Allegro Coffee Company offers signature coffee and espresso blends.

Berliners and Artisan Bakery – A company first for Whole Foods Market San Jose, the store’s bakery will offer custom “Berliners,” or hand-injected filled doughnuts. Customers can choose to have their fresh-fried doughnut filled with lemon curd, chocolate, caramel or other flavors; then dusted with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar and drizzled with chocolate or caramel. It is a decadent treat for San Jose’s foodie community. In addition, the bakery offers fresh bread, pastries, and gluten free and vegan treats.

Produce – The new “Responsibly Grown” produce rating system assesses growing practices that impact human health and the environment. The system labels fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers as “good,” “better,” or “best” to help shoppers make more informed choices; it also prohibits some of the most hazardous pesticides/neurotoxins still allowed in agriculture.

A wide selection of organic items, with pre-cut fruit and vegetables “made right here” in store as well as a variety of fresh squeezed juices. Customers can also choose bananas, mangoes, peppers, melons and pineapples with the Whole Trade seal, which indicates Whole Foods Market’s commitment to offering the highest quality fairly traded goods that ensure farm workers are treated ethically and fairly, and are produced using environmentally friendly growing practices.

Meat – Full-service butcher counter offering local meats and meat products including Panorama organic 100 percent grass-fed beef; Country Natural pasture-raised, grain finished beef from cattle that have never been in a feedlot; Diestel Ranch turkeys (Non-GMO Project Verified); Non-GMO-fed, organic chickens from Mary’s (Fresno); and whole-meat frozen chicken nuggets and wings from Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan recipient Hip Chick Farms (Sebastopol). Also available will be grab-and-go seasoned and marinated meats, and house-made sausages.

The store offers the best-tasting, freshest and highest-quality meat available that meets the company’s strict quality standards, which include that animals are raised on a vegetarian diet without being administered antibiotics or added growth hormones.* All beef, pork, chicken and turkey carried in the fresh and pre-packaged cases at all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. comes from farms that are rated according to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating program.

Seafood – An array of fresh and frozen selections and all the marinades, sauces, seasonings and herbs to complete a meal with seafood as the centerpiece. All of Whole Foods Market’s wild-caught seafood comes from fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or is rated green or yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program. Farm-raised seafood is sold under the “Responsibly Farmed” logo, which ensures farm operations have minimal impact on the ecosystem and do not use additives or antibiotics in feed.

Pizza Oven and Prepared Foods – State-of-the-art brick pizza oven with specialty pies made daily like the “Alpine Pig,” “Forest Fungi,” and “Pesto Potato.” Behind the pizza counter, customers will find Matthew Driscoll, an award-winning dough-thrower, pizza chef and member of the U.S. Pizza Team. Whole Foods Market’s store chefs make fresh dishes for the hot bar daily, including a selection of Paleo and health-focused entrees.

The store will also offer Whole Foods Market’s regular sandwich station, and an extensive salad bar featuring organic ingredients. Healthful and tasty lunch selections, including a variety of nutrient-rich items like quinoa, brown rice and kale, will also be available daily.

Whole Body – Whole Body offers Whole Foods Market’s signature lineup of natural and organic premium face, body and skin care products plus supplements, including immune support for the upcoming cold and flu season. In the lifestyle section, customers can find organic apparel and accessories from businesses committed to sustainability.

Grocery – Featuring Whole Foods Market’s mix of value and special occasion items. Customers can choose from hundreds of 365 Everyday Value™ products, locally made packaged goods, frozen meals, “Whole Paws” pet food products, and home and cleaning products bearing the Eco-Scale™ label indicating environmental impact. Plus more than 240 bulk products including grains, flours, nuts, spices and nut butters.

Specialty – Beer and Wine – A focus on local and craft beers, as well as a wide selection of California wines. In the cheese department, customers can order custom-cut cheeses, and sampling is encouraged. Cheeses come from local (Belfiore, Cowgirl Creamery) and global sources, and an on-staff Certified Cheese Professional guides customers through flavor profiles, building cheese plates and wine pairings. The olive bar includes a dozen olive choices plus a handful of antipasti. Specialty chocolates, nuts, jams and other novelties round out the department.

Store Tours – Shopping tours tailored to special diets, such as gluten-free living, and store tours for parents, as well as tours focused on how to shop on a budget, are available. Private tours can be arranged by request.

Whole Foods Market Community Giving Days – Whole Foods Market San Jose will kick off a “Week of Giving” from Dec. 15-19, and will have five (5) one-percent days that will benefit:

12/15: Christmas in the Park
12/16: Friends of the San Jose Rose Garden
12/17: Billy DeFrank Center
12/18: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
12/19: Children’s Discovery Museum

Store Dining and Wi-Fi – Free Wi-Fi throughout the store; community gathering and dining space in the brewery building, tap room and breezeway.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – High-efficiency NRG eVgo fast charging stations and standard charging stations available.

Holiday orders – Order holiday meals, including main courses (turkeys, field roast, brisket and more), prepared sides, appetizers and desserts, at shop.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Store Information
Whole Foods Market San Jose on The Alameda
777 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
Tel. 408-207-1127
Coffee/Juice Bar:  6 a.m.-10 p.m., Store 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Tap Room hours may extend to accommodate SAP Center events as needed.
Store Team Leader: Jeff Giardinelli
Marketing & Community Relations Liaison: Michelle Hohmeier
Website: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/sanjose
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wfmsanjose
Instagram: @wholefoodsmarketsanjose
Twitter: @wholefoodsnorca

*Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork and poultry.

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About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 75,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2014, the company had sales of more than $13 billion and currently has nearly 400 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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CBRE Group, Inc. acquired IVI International, Inc. and its related companies

Firm Specializes in Consulting, Due Diligence and Advisory Services to the Real Estate Industry

Los Angeles, 2014-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has acquired IVI International, Inc. (IVI) and its related companies. IVI is an industry leader in providing construction, property condition and environmental consulting, due diligence and advisory services to the real estate industry. The firm, based in White Plains, New York, has provided consulting services to lenders and equity investors on more than $50 billion of real estate projects throughout the U.S.

Founded in 1973, IVI has more than 200 employees in locations across the U.S. Led by Carl, Mario and Mark de Stefanis, Linda Bryson, and Robert Barone, IVI will complement and enhance the expertise of CBRE’s existing Valuation and Advisory Services team, including Assessment & Consulting professionals, in the Americas.

“IVI has a 40-plus-year record of providing insight and analysis that helps investors, lenders and occupiers manage risk,” said Thomas B. McDonnell, president, Americas Valuation & Advisory Services, CBRE. “Adding IVI’s accomplished team to our existing capabilities provides a highly sought after service that we can now offer our investor, developer and lender clients throughout the country.”

IVI has consulted on major real estate projects including the Wynn Las Vegas, LA Live! in Los Angeles, and the Time Warner Center, One57, the Empire State Building, Hudson Yards and the Chrysler Building in New York City. IVI’s services include construction risk management, property condition reports, Phase I & Phase II environmental site assessment, cost segregation, construction cost auditing, and telecom site compliance services.

“Joining CBRE is a big win for both our clients and employees.  CBRE affords us a significantly broader platform – both geographically and across an array of services – to serve our clients, and our people will have enhanced career development opportunities as we integrate with CBRE’s professionals across the country and around the world,” said Mark de Stefanis, Director of Business Operations of IVI.

“We help our clients identify the ‘unknown’ in potential construction projects, and investments and CBRE’s global platform will bolster that effort,” added Robert Barone, President of IVI.

IVI professionals have been long-time industry thought leaders. More information regarding IVI can be found atwww.ivi-intl.com.

CBRE’s Valuation & Advisory Services provides appraisal, consulting, environmental and property condition consulting services to a broad base of local, regional and global clients. It has a professional staff of more than 1,700 appraisers, engineers, architects and environmental scientists in more than 300 major metro areas globally. CBRE was recently named the leading global valuation services provider in the 2014 Euromoney real estate awards for the third year in a row.

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.

“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
Certain of the statements in this release regarding the acquisition of IVI International, Inc. (IVI) that do not concern purely historical data are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the ”safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the ability of the parties to successfully integrate IVI with CBRE’s existing operations in the Americas and globally, as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in CBRE’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws, CBRE expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any of them to reflect actual results, any changes in expectations or any change in events. If CBRE does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. For additional information concerning factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, and risks to CBRE’s business in general, please refer to CBRE’s SEC filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. Such filings are available publicly and may be obtained off the Company’s website at www.cbre.com or upon request from the CBRE Investor Relations Department at investorrelations@cbre.com.

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A Love Food Hate Waste campaign carried out at The Co-operative’s Porthcawl food store receives support from the Welsh Government

MANCHESTER, UK, 2014-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Love Food Hate Waste campaign has received support from the Welsh Government in a bid to help families to reduce food waste and save money.

A two month pilot programme, carried out at The Co-operative’s Porthcawl food store, saw over 500 customers pledging to make changes to the way they use and store food – which could save families up to £700 each year.

Shoppers were given Love Food Hate Waste “Fresher for Longer” hints and tips to show how small changes in home food storage could help to cut the seven million tonnes of food and drink thrown away by UK households each year – more than half of which could have been eaten.

Love Food Hate Waste is now undertaking further detailed research into consumer awareness, behaviours and attitudes to food waste and food packaging – the findings are expected to be revealed in late spring 2015.

Carl Sargeant, Minister for Natural Resources at the Welsh Government, said:

“The message is clear; keeping food fresher for longer saves money and helps to reduce waste.  There are environmental and financial benefits to making the most of the food that we buy, and cutting unnecessary waste, in the run up to Christmas.”

Emma Marsh, Head of Love Food Hate Waste said:

“We are delighted that The Co-operative Food agreed to support this pilot. Packaging and storage are key factors in helping us all to reduce the £12.5 billion worth of good food that goes to waste in UK homes every year. It is great to see the shoppers in Porthcawl embrace this idea and share their pledges with us. We want everyone to be able to reduce food waste, help the environment and save money and this campaign has done just that!”
Ian Ayling, Community Director, The Co-operative Food, said:

“As a community-based food retailer we are pleased to have played our part in the success of this pilot programme. The campaign, which is designed to raise awareness on how even small changes in behaviour around packaging and storage could keep food fresher for longer has received some really positive feedback. We hope it will help customers to not only save money, but also to play their part in reducing the impact that their food waste has on the environment.”

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
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

H&M in cooperation with ILO and Swedish Development Agency open first ever Centre of Excellence for the Bangladesh Apparel Industries in Dhaka, Bangladesh

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2014-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — In November 2013, H&M introduced a roadmap based on our vision that a fair living wage covering workers and their families basic needs should be paid by all our commercial goods suppliers. As part of the roadmap H&M will support textile workers at our supplier factories to have access to education, skill development and ensuring they are employed at a level matching their skills. They should also be able to bargain collectively through elected representatives.

Collaboration is the key to achieve a positive change. Many different stakeholders need to work together in order to find long lasting improvements. That is why H&M in cooperation with ILO and Swedish Development Agency (SIDA) is introducing a first ever Centre of Excellence for the Bangladesh Apparel Industries (CEBAI )in Dhaka, Bangladesh. On December 7, H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh officially opened the Centre of Excellence during a ceremony held at the Dhaka Apparel Summit in Dhaka.

The project is technically and financially supported by H&M and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and ILO is the implementing partner. With this project H&M want to learn and better understand how certified training can increase wages establish a replicable model and if successful scale it up.

This three – year project aims to provide training that will raise the workers’ level of education, provide them with skills required for development of the industry and increase their employability. In addition to training workers, the project will also train supervisors and managers on occupational safety and health, disability inclusion, workers’ rights and responsibilities. The project will deliver training and certification for instructors, industry trainers and assessors and briefings for managers and executives of enterprises. Consistent with employment trends of the RMG sector, most beneficiaries will be women and there is a five per cent target to include people with disabilities. The Centre of Excellence is located in Ashulia, a ready-made garment (RMG) cluster area close to Dhaka.

Visit ILO for more information.

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Tesco releases its trading update

Cheshunt, England, 2014-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — In recent weeks we have implemented new policies and procedures which will govern our commercial income activities and taken actions to invest in and improve our customer offer.

In our interim results on 23 October we highlighted that full year profitability would be impacted by actions we may choose to take and that the commercial income overstatement would affect second half results as we revisited our plans with the new management team

Our new Commercial approach will underpin stronger long-term relationships with our suppliers, benefiting customers, whilst at the same time ensuring that revenue recognition is transparent and appropriate.  We have retrained our entire team and begun the cascade with our suppliers.

In addition, we have invested further in service, with more than 6,000 new colleagues in store, increased product availability on key lines and invested in price – all aimed at enhancing our customer offer.  The early feedback from customers is encouraging.

On the 8th January we will share more detail about the measures we plan to take to improve the competitiveness of the UK customer offer and to strengthen the balance sheet.  On the basis of the changes and investments made to date we now anticipate group trading profit for the financial year ending February 2015 will not exceed £1.4billion.

Dave Lewis, CEO said:

“Tesco is focused, and will continue to focus, on doing the right thing for customers.  This means running our business in a way that everything we do creates sustainable value.  Whilst the steps we are taking to achieve this are impacting short-term profitability, they are essential to restoring the health of our business.  We will not engage in short term actions that compromise in any way our offer for customers.

We still have much to do but are making good progress in developing our plans to improve the long-term positioning of the Group and I will share more of that on the 8th January.  Our priorities remain restoring competitiveness in the UK, protecting and strengthening the balance sheet and rebuilding trust and transparency.  For now, all the Tesco team is focused on delivering the best Christmas for customers.”

 

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Delhaize Group issues disclosure of the aquisition of treasury shares

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2014-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group discloses the information with respect to the acquisition of treasury shares required under the article 207 of the Royal Decree of January 30, 2001 implementing the Belgian Companies Code.

Delhaize Group acquired the following number of shares in an off-exchange transaction pursuant to a share buy-back program with a credit institution for the purchase of Delhaize Group shares in order to satisfy exercises of stock options granted to the management:

Purchase date Number of shares purchased Unit purchase price

(EUR)

December 1, 2014 26 345 49.25
December 1, 2014 5 500 50.03

More information on the company’s share buyback program can be found on the website www.delhaizegroup.com.

» Delhaize Group
 Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. At the end of the third quarter of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 386 stores. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €20.9 billion ($27.8 billion) in revenues and €179 million ($237 million) in net profit (Group share). At June 30, 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 152 500 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

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