Starbucks unveils Holiday Coffee Gifts for The Traditionalist, The Party Planner and The Busy Bee, three types of Holiday Party Planners

SEATTLE, 2014-12-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks has a coffee for every holiday occasion, whether that’s entertaining at home or attending a party and needing a host or hostess gift.  It’s easy to match a Starbucks coffee with every personality on a gift list. Conveniently, all of these coffees can be found in grocery stores.

The Traditionalist

Starbucks best-selling whole bean and ground coffees have a new, festive look for the holiday season. They’re perfect for the person who prefers to brew coffee at home. The traditionalist would enjoy the Starbucks® Holiday Series featuring Veranda Blend®, House Blend and French Roast.

Starbucks® Holiday Blend is a seasonal favorite. This is a balanced blend of coffees from Latin America and Indonesia, with layers of sweet herbal and maple notes, offering medium body and mild acidity in each sip.

For the traditionalist looking for something new, Starbucks® Cinnamon Dolce ground coffee makes a great gift.  This Starbucks® blonde roast blend is enhanced with cinnamon and brown sugar notes for a mellow flavor and wonderful softness that embraces the warm spices of the season. To create a delicious holiday treat, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon powder.

The Party Planner

During the holidays 40% of shoppers are looking for a variety of coffees to serve to their guests.* Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Café Favorites® in Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread Latte are inspired by the delicious handcrafted holiday classics in Starbucks® stores.  These chilled beverages are made with Starbucks® espresso from 100 percent arabica beans, reduced fat milk, and a splash of holiday cheer.

Starbucks® K-Cup® Packs are ideal when entertaining guests whose coffee preferences vary, or when serving coffee pairings with a variety of dishes. Brewing coffee on the Keurig® Single Cup Brewing System offers ease and convenience, so the party hosts can enjoy their guests.

Enjoy Starbucks® Holiday Blend K-Cup® Packs paired with winter staples such as hearty stews and roasted meats. The new Starbucks® Holiday Blonde Roast K-Cup® Packs complement sweet treats such as pecan pie and warm almond cookies. Starbucks® Cinnamon Dolce K-Cup® Packs can be enjoyed with holiday desserts such as gingerbread.

Starbucks also offers a variety of velvety hot cocoa mixes that are prefect to warm up to this holiday season.  Enjoy festive flavors such as rich and gooey Starbucks® Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Mix, minty Starbucks® Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix, and decadent and creamy Starbucks® Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix.

The Busy Bee

For the busy bee who does everything “in an instant,” Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew is their coffee solution. Made with 100 percent arabica beans, and offering a full-bodied, flavorful cup in an instant – just tear open the packet, add water, stir and enjoy.

In addition to Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew Holiday Blend, Starbucks is also offering the new Starbucks VIA® Latte Peppermint Mocha. Rich and creamy, crisp and minty, ‘tis the season for creating a winter wonderland in an instant. Made from Starbucks coffee, premium cocoa, natural peppermint flavor and pure cane sugar, it’s specially designed to be made with hot water.

From Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites® to Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew to Starbucks® K-Cup® Packs, Starbucks offers a variety of premium coffee in all formats for family gatherings and holiday parties.

*Source: AMG SA/Starbucks Shopper Community – January 2013

Keurig, the cup and start design, Keurig, K-Cup®, and the Keurig brew trade dress are trademarks of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. , used with permission.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Starbucks unveils Holiday Coffee Gifts for The Traditionalist, The Party Planner and The Busy Bee, three types of Holiday Party Planners

Starbucks unveils Holiday Coffee Gifts for The Traditionalist, The Party Planner and The Busy Bee, three types of Holiday Party Planners

Take a quick trip around the world to learn how holiday flavors are experienced at Starbucks

SEATTLE, 2014-12-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Peppermint, eggnog, cranberry, gingerbread and chestnuts  – all classic holiday flavors that are enjoyed in Starbucks® beverages and treats. Take a quick trip around the world to learn how holiday flavors are experienced at Starbucks, whether it’s a mince pie in the United Kingdom, ginger cake in Peru or a panettone in Brazil.

Europe

Mince Pie (UK): A British Christmas tradition since the 17th century.  While mincemeat pies originally contained minced meat, the buttery pastry served at Starbucks is filled with rich dried fruit and a blend of festive spices including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove.

Honey and Almond Hot Chocolate: A brand new addition to this year’s Starbucks holiday beverages enjoyed by customers in the UK, France, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. The holiday treat is made by combining Starbucks® classic hot chocolate with almond syrup and then topped with chocolate whipped cream, honey and a mocha drizzle.

Latin America

Ponche Navideño or Christmas Punch Tea (Mexico): A traditional Mexican holiday beverage. A warm tea flavored with an infusion of fruit flavors, hibiscus tea and brown sugar.

Rosca de Reyes is traditionally enjoyed in Mexico as part of the great Dia de Reyes or “Day of Kings” on January 6. The ring-shaped baked treat is sweet, round Mexican bread decorated with sugar, cocoa and fig.

Panettone: A sweet bread loaf, is a Brazilian tradition enjoyed during the holiday season. The delicious bread comes in rich chocolate or caramel.

Floresta Negra Frappuccino: Made with ingredients found in the typical Brazilian dessert, the chilled Frappuccino® blended beverage variety is popular in Brazil during the holidays, which occur during the southern hemisphere’s summer. The Floresta Negra is also available as a hot beverage.

Ginger Cake: A sweet delicious ginger-infused cake covered with frosting topped with pieces of orange is available in Starbucks stores in Peru.

Asia Pacific

Christmas Cookie Latte: A new beverage this holiday season available across Starbucks Asia Pacific region with a special dough sauce and bits of Christmas cookie biscuits to celebrate the ritual of baking and sharing cookies with loved ones.

Velvet Whoopie Pie: Features delicious cream cheese frosting sandwiched in the middle of two small red velvet cakes and is available in Starbucks stores in Thailand.

Christmas Tree Danish (Singapore): A multi-layered buttery, pastry shaped like a festive Christmas tree dusted with icing sugar and adorned with cherries.

Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha (China): A colorful combination of signature Starbucks espresso, steamed milk, twirls of tangy cranberry sauce topped with whipped cream and cranberry sugar.

North America

Starbucks® Hello Dolly Bar: New for the holidays and only available in Canada, the Starbucks® Hello Dolly Bar is a delight with its layers of coconut, chocolate, shortbread and pecans, baked together into a scrumptious square.

Nanaimo Bar: Named after the Vancouver Island city of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Starbucks® Nanaimo Bar is a Canadian holiday exclusive featuring layers of chocolate graham cracker base with a smooth, custard buttercream flavored filling and topped with a layer of dark chocolate coating.

Starbucks® Chestnut Praline Latte (United States): A new holiday beverage, is a blend of fresh espresso and flavors of caramelized chestnuts with freshly steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs.

Holiday Turkey and Stuffing Panini (United States): A roasted turkey panini topped with an herbed cranberry stuffing and a spread of delicious turkey gravy served on a warm, toasted focaccia bread.

Cranberry Bliss® Bar (United States): This holiday classic is filled with dried cranberries and topped with a cream cheese frosting and a hint of orange zest.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Take a quick trip around the world to learn how holiday flavors are experienced at Starbucks

Take a quick trip around the world to learn how holiday flavors are experienced at Starbucks

Palm Springs Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy honors Desert AIDS Project with $1,000 donation for its re-opening

CALIFORNIA, 2014-12-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Blustery weather couldn’t keep customers and community members away from the afternoon ribbon cutting ceremony held in celebration of the newly renovated Palm Springs Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy on Dec. 3.

Surrounded by his department managers, Store Director Tim Hesting was elated to talk about his ‘new’ store, “It has been transformed and it’s beautiful!”  No doubt, Hesting has reason to celebrate. Hundreds of new items have now been added to the service deli, produce, meat, liquor and bakery departments – all in time for holiday party planning.

Top on the list of improvements includes an expanded assortment of hot foods in the Service Deli.  Whether it’s to pick up a Dietz and Watson ‘Grab and Go’ sandwich or premium meats or even a selection of olives from the mini olive bar, guests won’t be able to resist adding one more item. Plus, eight additional feet have been added to the salad bar, making room for new specialty offerings like Blue Cheese Wedge, Rainbow Kale salad and more toppings.

The new individually packaged fresh cut fruits and vegetables give the produce department a burst of color and make it easy for customers to pull together easy meal ideas.  And guests looking to change how they eat will find a mix of organically grown favorites like Tuscan Kale, red beets and Romaine lettuce.

For those prepared to host holiday gatherings, they’ll discover plenty of  prepared meal options to choose from including custom cuts of choice beef, chicken, kabobs and Santa Monica Seafood all available in the butcher block.

The store’s Liquor Department has also been upgraded with a new Borgen cooler that maintains premium wines chilled to a perfect ambient temperature. Dozens of new premium champagnes, spirits and craft beers have also been included.

Not to be left out, the bakery department team has added a new freezer case filed with an assortment of confections in all shapes and sizes.  Plus, the new cake case features currently trending pre-made and high end celebration cakes.

Internal upgrades include a new Customer Service Center and lobby area with new associate-staffed Express Lanes.

As part of the festivities, Hesting and his team pledged a $1,000 do nation to the Desert AIDS Project.

The Palm Springs Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy store is open to serve the community Monday through Sunday, from 6 a.m. to midnight.  Pharmacy hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Palm Springs Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy honors Desert AIDS Project with $1,000 donation for its re-opening

Palm Springs Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy honors Desert AIDS Project with $1,000 donation for its re-opening

Rancho Mirage ABS first Southern California store to feature in-store juice bar

CALIFORNIA, 2014-12-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just in time for the holidays, the Rancho Mirage Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy is sporting a new look and store associates were rolling out the red carpet for all at their Dec 3 ribbon cutting ceremony. And even though it was early in the morning, few could resist all of the ‘good eats’ on hand to sample – from salmon to homemade guacamole and chips,fresh juice,  Kale salad and much more.

New Salad, Soup Bar & Juice Bars

“I’m proud to say that we’ve added hundreds of new items in all of our fresh departments,” emphasized Store Director Pete Rodriguez.  “But we’re really excited about the new in-store salad, soup and juice bars.”

No doubt, hungry customers are discovering a large selection of leafy greens, tomatoes and other assorted veggies and toppings in the new salad bar. And adding a cup or bowl of hot Clam Chowder or Chicken Soup from the new soup bar is converting this quick ‘grab and go’ item into a hearty meal, especially now during the winter months.

Rancho Mirage is the first Southern California Albertsons to debut a juice bar. Also located near the service deli, it offers a variety of freshly squeezed citrus and organic juices, as well as spa waters.

Guests planning to host holiday gatherings are finding plenty of meal options to choose from including custom cuts of choice beef, chicken, kabobs and Santa Monica Seafood all available in the butcher block. This store also now carries Rocky’s Anti-Biotic Free (ABF) air chilled chicken.

Not to be left out, the bakery department team has added an assortment of all occasion cakes including Fondant, whip cream, character, signature and classic cakes.  Another addition is the popular ‘Tres Leches’ cake.

As part of the festivities, Rodriguez and his team pledged a $1,000 donation to the Joslyn Senior Citizen Center.

The Rancho Mirage Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy store is open to serve the community Monday through Sunday, from 6 a.m. to midnight.  Pharmacy hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Rancho Mirage ABS first Southern California store to feature in-store juice bar

Rancho Mirage ABS first Southern California store to feature in-store juice bar

Two MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics open inside CVS/pharmacy stores in Reno and Sparks Northern Nevada

  • MinuteClinic Walk-in Medical Clinics Open in Northern Nevada
  • First Locations Inside Select CVS/pharmacy stores in Reno and Sparks

Woonsocket, R.I., 2014-12-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics opened today inside CVS/pharmacy stores in Reno and Sparks. They join eight MinuteClinic locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Las Vegas area in Southern Nevada.  MinuteClinic is the largest and fastest growing provider of walk-in medical clinics in the United States with more than 950 clinics in 31 states and the District of Columbia.

The clinics are located at the CVS/pharmacy store at 1695 Robb Dr. in Northwest Reno and 680 N. McCarran Blvd. in Sparks. Two additional clinics in Northern Nevada are expected to open in 2015.

MinuteClinic is open seven days a week with no appointment necessary. Most major health insurance is accepted. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted at each clinic and on www.minuteclinic.com. The cost for most services starts at $79.

“The first MinuteClinic location in Nevada opened at a CVS/pharmacy store on the Las Vegas Strip in 2007 and since then thousands of residents and visitors have taken advantage of the increased access to high-quality, convenient and affordable medical care that is offered,” said Andrew Sussman, M.D., president, MinuteClinic and senior vice president/associate chief medical officer, CVS Health. “The demand for MinuteClinic services will grow in Nevada due in part to the shortage of primary care physicians, the aging Baby Boomer population and the influx of newly insured patients through the Affordable Care Act.”

MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions, skin conditions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and Hepatitis A & B are available at most locations. Walk-in camp, sports and college physicals are available daily.

In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services designed to help patients identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health, including screenings and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

MinuteClinic practitioners use a software program that at the conclusion of each visit generates educational material and a prescription (when clinically appropriate) for the patient, as well as a diagnostic record that can be sent via electronic health record, fax or mail to a primary care provider with patient permission.

Sussman says MinuteClinic is committed to helping patients find a medical home and believes it can play a complementary role in working with primary care providers.

“About 50 percent of visits occur on evenings, weekends and holidays when patients may not be able to get an appointment with their primary care provider,” Sussman said. “And about half of the patients seen at MinuteClinic do not have a personal physician.”

Patients who visit MinuteClinic without a primary care provider are provided a list of physicians in the area who are accepting new patients.

The MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics in Northern Nevada operate from

8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

About MinuteClinic
CVS/minuteclinic is the retail medical clinic of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with 939 locations in 31 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has provided care through more than 23 million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive three consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.MinuteClinic.com.

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Standard & Poor’s Rating Services raised CBRE’s corporate rating to Investment Grade (BBB-), with a positive outlook

Los Angeles, CA, 2014-12-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that Standard & Poor’s Rating Services (S&P) has raised CBRE’s corporate rating to Investment Grade (BBB-), with a positive outlook.

This is the second time in six months that S&P has raised its rating of CBRE.  S&P took its latest action under its revised methodology for evaluating non-bank financial services companies.  In its most recent analysis (June 2014) of CBRE, S&P cited more conservative financial management and an increase in contractual revenue as reasons for its improved credit profile.

CBRE has recently undertaken several financing activities to strengthen its balance sheet and provide increased financial flexibility. Since early last year, CBRE has issued approximately $1.2 billion of senior notes, at 10-year or longer terms and at interest rates of 5.25% or lower.  This includes $125 million of additional 5.25% senior notes due 2025 issued earlier today at 101.5% of their face value.

Proceeds from CBRE’s prior notes issuances were used to redeem shorter-maturity notes and to prepay floating-rate debt. Proceeds from today’s notes issuance are intended to be used to prepay floating-rate term loans.

CBRE also announced in late November that it is in discussions with its existing credit-facility lenders to increase its revolving credit facility to up to $2.5 billion ($149.2 million balance at 9/30/14) and refinance its existing Tranche A term loan ($443.7 million balance at 9/30/14) with a new $500 million Tranche A term loan.

“The S&P upgrade is a milestone for CBRE,” said Jim Groch, CBRE’s chief financial officer and global director of corporate development. “We continue to thoughtfully manage our balance sheet while investing in our people and platform. Combining the industry’s top entrepreneurial talent with contractual client relationships and integrated services allows us to create value for our clients and extend our competitive advantage in the market.”

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 Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the anticipated use of proceeds from the issuance of its additional 5.25% senior notes due in 2025. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed in CBRE Group, Inc.’s filings with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws, CBRE Group, Inc. 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 Group, Inc. 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 risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, and risks to CBRE Group, Inc.’s business in general, please refer to its 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 quarterly period ended September 30, 2014.

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