Starbucks: This first-of-its-kind Teavana® store in Seattle elevates the tea experience for tea lovers

SEATTLE, 2014-12-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — About 2,000 white tea leaf shapes gently rustle as customers walk by. The translucent leaves were hand sewn to light fixtures inside a Teavana store to create vibrant, airy chandeliers which help define the unique space.

This first-of-its-kind Teavana® store at Pacific Place in Seattle elevates the tea experience for those who already appreciate premium tea, and welcomes people who aren’t familiar with full leaf teas. Teavana’s inspired, inviting design will also serve as a canvas for future stores.

“We have imagined the tea experience through our spectacular Pacific Place store,” said Annie Young-Scrivner, president, Teavana. “It is truly a tribute to handcrafted tea beverages, tea education and offers customers unique merchandise for at-home use, gifting and entertainment. We love welcoming customers in to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience and become familiar with our collections of more than 100 different blends of full leaf tea. The feedback has been extremely positive.  We look to expand elements of this format to stores across the country over time.”

Jason Adams, a teaologist who’s been with Teavana for five years, describes Teavana in Pacific Place as a “modern uplift” of the company’s mall stores. For example, the color palate for Teavana’s “Wall of Tea”  is more subtle than customers are accustomed to, yet still honors the company’s heritage. Chic blue tones represent oolong teas, copper for Rooibos and gold for herbal teas.

In addition to premium full leaf teas, the store features elegantly designed tea merchandise and accessories showcased in collections appealing to Teavana loyalists and new customers alike.

The most prominent change is a tea bar at the store’s entrance, where tea beverages are handcrafted for customers and samples are offered to shoppers as they stroll toward the attractive space.

“This is a blend of black tea and rich spiced ginger and apple,” said store manager Shane Losey as he handed a cup of Teavana® Gingerbread Tea to a woman browsing for a holiday gift for her sister.

Losey grew up in a family of tea drinkers and said he enjoys talking with someone who might be trying super premium full leaf tea for the first time.

“Education, not only about our brand, but about tea is the best part of my work,” he said. “Now I’m fortunate to be able to do that in a stunning new store.”

Founded in 1997, Teavana joined the Starbucks family two years ago. Earlier this year, Teavana branded beverages – including Teavana® Shaken Iced Tea and Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea – became available in Starbucks® stores. In addition to six Tea Bars, Teavana has 366 retail stores in North America. By comparison, Starbucks had approximately 400 stores in 1994 and now has more than 21,000 stores in 66 countries.

“Tea has been a part of Starbucks since the very beginning, with the original logo reading, Coffee Tea and Spices,” Young-Scrivner added. “Teavana is in its infancy, and the $109 billion tea market is ripe for reinvention and innovation. We are well positioned to take advantage of that growth, reimaging the tea experience in the U.S. and over time around the globe.”

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

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Starbucks: This first-of-its-kind Teavana® store in Seattle elevates the tea experience for tea lovers

Starbucks: This first-of-its-kind Teavana® store in Seattle elevates the tea experience for tea lovers

Inspired by a runaway reindeer Sainsbury’s to divert bags of its leftover festive food to help feed herds of the animals across the UK

LONDON, 2014-12-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — A runaway reindeer has inspired Sainsbury’s to divert bags of its leftover festive food to help feed herds of the animals across the UK, helping to prepare them for their busiest season.

When a rare albino reindeer called Tinsel went missing from Freizeland Farm near Nuneaton shortly after arriving, colleagues at the nearby Sainsbury’s store wanted to help the new arrivals settle in by deer-livering a feast of their favourite foods.

Some other stores located close to reindeer farms were quick to follow suit and now a stag-gering number of crates of carrots, cauliflower and cabbage that are not suitable for humans but make perfect animal feed, are being donated to reindeer farms as part of Sainsburys’ scheme to re-distribute surplus food rather than going to waste.

Paul Wain, Sainsbury’s Fosse Park store manager, said: “We always ensure food that can’t be sold in store is used in the most efficient way as part of our commitment to sending no food waste to landfill. Wherever possible, we donate food still fit for consumption to charity, or use it as animal feed or for aerobic digestion.

“When Tinsel went missing the team rallied around to come up with ways to help, and we all agreed that giving him and his friend Holly a taste of our produce to help them settle into their new home would be great. We’re really pleased that other stores have also decided to make donations to reindeer across the country, before the Dancers and Dashers delight thousands of children, excited about an imminent visit from Father Christmas and his helpers.”

Nigel Ryley, Christmas Tree Farmer at Friezeland Farm, said: “We never expected our reindeer arrivals to make quite such a public entrance, but now Tinsel is back home and settling in well, it is fantastic that Sainsbury’s is offering to help give them a taste of their favourite foods with their hampers of veg. The small bottle of whisky thrown in to calm our nerves after the runaway ordeal is equally appreciated!”

Other farms that will receive a donation of surplus food include:

  • Blithbury Reindeer Lodge in Staffordshire
  • The Reindeer Centre in Kent
  • Cheshire Reindeer Lodge in Ellesmere Port
  • Riggmoor Reindeer & Co in North Yorkshire
  • Riverways Farm in Berkshire
  • Swansea Winter Wonderland

Sainsbury’s is committed to supporting food donation partners throughout the year and currently more than 300 of our stores have local food donation partnerships in place to donate fresh food still fit for consumption.

Friezeland Farm is open Monday – Friday, 09:00am – 5:00pm. There’s a chance for families to visit the Winter Wonderland Experience, as well as buy the perfect Christmas tree.

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Inspired by a runaway reindeer Sainsbury’s to divert bags of its leftover festive food to help feed herds of the animals across the UK

Inspired by a runaway reindeer Sainsbury’s to divert bags of its leftover festive food to help feed herds of the animals across the UK

Sainsbury’s enjoys 30% increase in online food orders for the week leading up to Christmas – its biggest online Christmas ever

LONDON, 2014-12-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s will enjoy its biggest online Christmas ever this year, with around 30% more food orders taken for the week leading up to Christmas than for a normal week.

The online team are now preparing to make more than 100,000 deliveries in the three days to the 23rd December – the last delivery date before Christmas. The company has taken on more drivers to meet the increased demand and in total over 15,000 colleagues will pick, pack and deliver customer orders in more stores than ever before.

Online shopping is a fast-growing area of Sainsbury’s business and the company’s investment in the pricing of online deliveries has helped to drive the increase in the number of orders. As well as introducing a £1 delivery slot, Sainsbury’s is the only one of the big 4 supermarkets to offer delivery absolutely free after 2pm, Monday through Thursday on orders over £100. The retailer has also reduced the price of its online Delivery Passes. For a one-off payment, Delivery Pass holders can book a one hour delivery slot up to 7 days per week** on a minimum order of just £40. Around 70,000 online customers have taken advantage of this great value deal.

For customers who prefer to pick up their Christmas order from a store, this is the first year they have been able to place their order online through a bespoke Christmas ordering website. The new website is fully optimised to work from a mobile phone and around 40% of orders have already been placed using the site.

Robbie Feather, Sainsbury’s online director, said:

“Our online business is firmly established and growing well. We’ve listened to what our customers have told us, and over the past year we’ve updated our website, improved the recipe and ideas section and lowered delivery costs – all this helps our customers save precious time and money as they shop. Click & Collect gives people added choice, enabling them to shop with us wherever and whenever they want. This will be our busiest online Christmas ever, and we’re geared up to give people the quality, service and customer experience they expect from Sainsbury’s.”

Another first this year is that Sainsbury’s online customers can buy more than just their festive food at www.sainsburys.co.uk. They can now also dress their table and their home with the full range of Sainsbury’s tableware, decorations, crackers and much more, all available on one website.

Notes to Editors

  • For further information, please contact the Sainsbury’s press office on press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or 020 7695 7295
  • *Deliveries  7 days a week from 8am – 11pm (last deliveries on Saturdays and Sundays at 10pm)
  • **Anytime Delivery Pass holders can receive deliveries seven days per week; Midweek Pass holders can receive deliveries on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Customers can place their special Christmas food orders by picking up a leaflet in store or ordering through the new website: http://christmasfood.sainsburys.co.uk. Orders are taken up to 15th December with collection from a participating store on 22nd, 23rd or 24thDecember
  • Sainsbury’s offers Click & Collect for groceries from seven London Underground station car parks – a service that is becoming increasingly popular

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Sainsbury’s enjoys 30% increase in online food orders for the week leading up to Christmas - its biggest online Christmas ever

Sainsbury’s enjoys 30% increase in online food orders for the week leading up to Christmas – its biggest online Christmas ever

Wegmans Food Markets introduces two French cheeses in its Wegmans Cheese Caves

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-12-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Looking for something that’ll be the talk of your next party? Then check out two French cheeses making their holiday season debut at select Wegmans Food Markets: the Bourbon-washed Pie d’Angloys and the Cremeux de Bourgogne. These one-of-a-kind finds have been ripened to the peak of perfection in Wegmans Cheese Caves for a flavor and texture that can’t be matched on this side of the Atlantic.

The Wegmans Cheese Caves opened earlier this year, and are a high-tech version of Europe’s famed cheese caves. Now Wegmans can replicate the ideal climate conditions and labor-intensive rituals of turning, brushing, and washing premium cheeses that Europeans have used for generations to bring out the richest layers of flavor and a gorgeous texture.

Eric Meredith, cheese affineur at Wegmans, and his team tweaked the recipe for the Bourbon-Washed Pie d’Angloys for about three months, adjusting the concentration of the bourbon in the wash, the cave climate, and the ripening time. “This incredible cheese from Burgundy is air-shipped to us at 19 days old. Then we wash it with bourbon for three weeks as it’s ripening in our caves to create a luxuriously buttery texture and a slightly sweet caramel-vanilla flavor that lingers on your tongue. It’s got the sweetness of bourbon without the burn!”

Of the Cremeux de Bourgogne, Meredith says, “We’ve been working closely with a family of cheese makers in Burgundy to perfect the recipe for this one. We finish its ripening in our special Brie Room in the caves and assess when it’s ripe and ready to be enjoyed.” Compared to Brie, the Cremeux de Bourgogne is softer, suppler and more velvety, with a more pronounced flavor and a buttery taste that lingers on the tongue. Serving suggestion: Slice off the top rind and serve its soft, buttery interior like a fondue.

Building a cheese tray at your next party . ..
The new Holiday 2014 issue of Wegmans Menu Magazine shows how to build your own holiday cheese tray, with a grid giving several different examples of four types of cheese – soft-ripened like the Cremeux de Bourgogne, hard like Gouda, washed-rind like the Bourbon-washed Pie d’Angloys, and blue, like Blue Stilton. Take one example from each column, and your tray will be an easy step to a distinctive, elegant offering.

A few accompaniments can make the tray even more festive: Sweetened dried cherries for tangy sweetness, Marcona almonds for a salty crunch, or glazed walnuts for a sweet crunch.

“The Marcona almonds go very well with soft-ripened cheeses, and the dried fruits are a wonderful accompaniment for the Bourbon-washed Pie d’Angloys,” says Cathy Gaffney, director of specialty cheese and deli at Wegmans. “They add color to your tray and act as palate cleansers between bites of the different cheeses.”

The first stop for do-it-yourselfers is the store’s Cheese Shop. “Our people love engaging with customers around cheese. They’ve all trained through our Cheese University, an intensive, 20-week course of study, so they’re prepared for questions and ready with suggestions,” Gaffney says. “They really want the Cheese Shop to be a place where cheese lovers feel at home.” Wegmans shoppers can try cave-ripened cheeses every Saturday during December by visiting the Cheese Shop for tasting times.

Tip: Names of specialty cheeses can sometimes be a bit daunting. When in doubt, Gaffney recommends using a smart phone to take a picture of the label or scan the barcode using the Wegmans app to add it to a shopping list. Then, on future visits to the Cheese Shop, the information can be recalled quickly on the device.

If you’re doing your own tray, says Gaffney, the first thing to remember is this: “Don’t be nervous. You can put anything together that you like, and it’ll work.”

And what if you’re running short on time? No worries – Wegmans can help with that, too. The beautiful and ready-to-serve Holiday Cheese Quartet tray combines the two latest Cheese Cave releases with a buttery Organic Fourme d’Ambert and a firm, nutty Organic Gouda. Pick it up at the Cheese Shop at select Wegmans stores, take it home, unwrap it and be prepared for compliments from your guests!

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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

NACS Consumer Fuels Survey: More consumers think that gas prices will be lower in the next 30 days rather than higher

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-12-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The recent decline in fuel prices has resonated with consumers, 80% of whom report that gas prices are lower than they were 30 days ago and, for the first time in two years, more consumers think that gas prices will be lower in the next 30 days (30%) rather than higher (27%), according to the latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey.

The lower prices have not had an appreciable effect on consumers’ feelings about the economy in general, however. Consistent with the prior three months, 47% of consumers are “somewhat” or “very” optimistic about the eco​nomy. Meanwhile, 77% of consumers said that gas prices are having a “great” or “some” impact on their feelings about the economy, which is the lowest percentage recorded in two years. Gas prices continue to have a greater impact on those 18-34 years of age, 88% of whom said that prices affected their feelings about the economy.

Consumers report that the average price of regular gasoline where they live is $2.70, which is 95 cents per gallon lower than the average consumer-reported price in July and marks the fourth consecutive month in which the reported price has decreased.

Lower prices also affected consumers expected expenditures in the upcoming month, with 24% saying that they will spend more than they did last month, up from 21% in November and 15% in October. Consistent with the degree to which gas prices affect their feelings about the economy, consumers ages 18–34 seem buoyed by the lower fuel price, with one-third expecting to spend more in the upcoming month.

Lower fuel prices could have a negative effect on the short-term prospects for alternative fuel vehicles and other fuel-saving measures often employed by consumers. For the first time in a year, the gas price at which consumers would try to reduce how much they drive was more than $1.00 higher than the price they are paying now and the price at which they would seek an alternative to driving neared $2.00 above current prices. This indicates that consumers are less prone to consider alternative methods of travel due to lower fuel prices.

NACS, which represents the convenience store industry that sells 80% of the gas sold in the country, conducts the 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 Dec. 9-11, 2014. Summary results are at www.nacsonline.com/gasprices.

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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.

Banana Republic to give additional perks for last-minute shoppers during its The Procrastinators Event on December 17 – 22

The Procrastinators Event offers shoppers free taxi rides, free shipping, extra helping hands, same-day delivery and more

San Francisco, 2014-12-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just in time for the final holiday shopping rush, Banana Republic is announcing The Procrastinators Event for those who’ve been putting off their holiday shopping until now. From December 17 – 22, the brand will be offering additional perks to those who might need a little extra help getting everything done in time.

“Everyone is busy during the holidays, so we’re here to help treat our customers to perks that make their shopping experience a pleasure,” said Chris Nicklo, VP of Marketing at Banana Republic. “Everyone deserves a hand during the holidays and we know what it’s like to shop down to the wire for the loved ones on our list.”

The Procrastinators Event unites TaskRabbit, Curb, Deliv and SHYP to provide Banana Republic customers with this holiday season’s most innovative and generous suite of helpful services, including:

  • Extra Help: Customers who shop at all U.S. stores will receive a $30 credit fromTASKRABBIT to help with any last-minute to-dos – holiday party cleaning help, peppermint hot chocolate runs, hanging Christmas tree lights, picking up your office’s Secret Santa gift, etc.*
  • Free Rides: Shoppers can avoid congested parking lots and lugging shopping bags on public transportation by catching a free ride (up to $20) with CURB to or from Banana Republic stores across the U.S.**
  • Free Same-Day Delivery: Customers who shop on bananarepublic.com and reserve their must-have items through Reserve In Store will receive an email from which they can choose to have those items shipped that same day for free throughDELIV.  This service is available in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Houston and Seattle.
  • Free Shipping and Gift Wrap: Shoppers in San Francisco, New York and Miami will be given a $25 credit at the register that can be used to ship their gifts through SHYP. Customers who visit the Banana Republic Grant Ave store in San Francisco, Soho store in New York and Aventura Mall in Miami, can immediately hand over their gifts to Shyp ambassadors to be gift wrapped with Brit+Co designed wrapping paper and shipped off to loved ones anywhere in the world.***

For more information about The Procrastinators Event, visit www.bananarepublic.com/lastminute

About Banana Republic
Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering modern American style. Dedicated to helping customers achieve their best in life’s moments big and small, both personally and professionally, Banana Republic offers covetable clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear and fragrance at accessible prices. Founded in San Francisco, Banana Republic is located in over 700 company-operated and franchise retail locations worldwide.

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Tesco cuts the cost of petrol giving millions of motorists across the country save more on the cost of fuel in the run up to Christmas

Cheshunt, England, 2014-12-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Britain’s biggest petrol retailer has cut the cost of petrol by 2p per litre and the cost of diesel by 1p per litre at all of its petrol stations. The changes will come into effect Thursday morning.

Tesco’s network of 500 filling stations is the largest of all UK supermarkets and the drop means millions of motorists across the country can save even more on the cost of fuel in the run up to Christmas.

The cut is in addition to savings customers can make through Fuel Save, which can be worth up to 20p off a litre. The more customers shop with Tesco, the more money they can save on fuel. Customers have until New Year’s Eve to use their fuel saving from November.

Peter Cattell, Fuel Director for Tesco said:

“We’re dropping the cost of petrol by 2p and diesel by 1p at all of our 500 filling stations. That’s on top of the 6p per litre average saving on petrol that Clubcard customers are currently getting thanks to our Fuel Save scheme. That means Clubcard customers visiting friends and family this Christmas can get the lowest price for petrol and diesel in the UK.”

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

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IKEA plans for a possible store in the City of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2014-12-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today proposed plans for a possible store in the City of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee that could increase the Swedish retailer’s presence in the Southeastern United States as its first store in the state. The potential store could open as early as Fall 2016 and is contingent upon receiving all governmental approvals. Memphis-area customers currently can shop at the closest IKEA stores in: Atlanta, GA and Frisco, TX; or online at IKEA-USA.com. Also, a St. Louis IKEA store is under construction and expected to open next Fall, 2015.

Proposed for a location in the Wolfchase corridor, 15 miles east of downtown Memphis, the 269,000-square-foot possible IKEA store and more than 1,000 parking spaces could be built on 35 acres along the southwestern side of Interstate-40 near Germantown Parkway exit. Potential store plans would reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also would evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We are excited at the possibility of growing our southeastern U.S. presence with a potential Memphis store,” said IKEA U.S. CFO Rob Olson. “This proposed location in such a vibrant retail corridor could provide our already 37,000 Memphis-area customers their own store and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to other consumers throughout western Tennessee, northeastern Arkansas, Northwestern Mississippi, and beyond.”

The proposed IKEA Memphis would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features would include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that could be created duringthe construction phase, approximately 225 co-workers could join the IKEA family as a result of opening the potential store. An IKEA Memphis store also could provide significant annual sales tax revenue for local governments and schools.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can be a good business while doing good business and aims to minimize impacts on the environment. 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. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and by 2016 selling only LED bulbs. IKEA U.S. has solar arrays atop 90% of its locations, has announced plans to purchase 49 wind turbines in Illinois, and has rolled-out EV charging stations at 13 stores.

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 has been ranked in FORTUNE’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, Working Mother magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100.” 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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