The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company kicks-off the New Year with the launch of its A+ School Rewards Fighting Hunger Challenge

Participating Schools to Host Food Drives for Local Food Banks, Pantries or Soup Kitchens and submit creative displays to win prizes

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA, 2015-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — To help provide hunger relief to those in need, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is kicking-off the New Year with the launch of its A+ School Rewards Fighting Hunger Challenge, a contest calling on participating schools to host food drives benefitting local food banks, pantries and soup kitchens, with prizes going to those creating the best displays utilizing the donated goods.

The Challenge runs from January 1, 2015 to February 13, 2015 and is open to ALL schools (public or private) in CT, NY, and NJ that are currently registered in the A+ School Rewards Program, which can be found at www.stopandshop.com/aplus.

“As part of Stop & Shop’s commitment to being a better neighbor in each of the communities we serve, the A+ School Rewards Fighting Hunger Challenge is an ideal way to support both local schools and feeding those in need,” said Arlene Putterman, Manager of Public and Community Relations, Stop & Shop New York Metro Division.

To participate in the Challenge, each school registered in the A+ School Rewards Program is asked to choose a local not-for-profit food bank, pantry or soup kitchen, conduct a food drive at their school and collect non-perishable goods. Each participating school builds a unique and creative Fighting Hunger Display using donated products and placed in a prominent area of the school. The food items will be donated to the designated food bank, pantry or soup kitchen at the conclusion of the Challenge.

Coordinators and/or Principals must submit a photograph of their Fighting Hunger Display, indicating the name of their designated recipient. Schools are divided into three brackets based on enrollment size, with the top two schools in each bracket winning $1,000 each. The winning Fighting Hunger Display photos will be placed on the Stop & Shop social media pages (www.facebook.com/stopandshop, https://twitter.com/StopandShop and https://www.pinterest.com/stopandshop/).

Online Entries must be submitted by February 13, 2015 at askaplus@cranecommunications.com. Mailed Entries must be postmarked by February 13, 2015 and received by February 19, 2015 and sent to:
A+ Fighting Hunger Challenge
c/o Crane Communications
111 Presidential Blvd, Ste. 252
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

For full Challenge rules visit www.stopandshop.com/aplus.

About Stop & Shop’s A+ School Rewards Program
The A+ School Rewards Program is a fundraising initiative that enables customers to help earn money for their local schools when they shop for groceries at Stop & Shop. There is no limit to what schools can do with their A+ School Rewards, including earning cash for technology, scholarships, school programs, field trips, playgrounds and other educational needs. A+ School Rewards are accrued with each purchase made using one’s Stop & Shop loyalty card from October 3, 2014 through March 19, 2015.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Contacts:
Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
(914) 251-2834
arlene.putterman@stopandshop.com

Annmarie Seldon
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 276-7756
aseldon@webershandwick.com

Harris Teeter donates $270,926.70 to schools this month through Together in Education (TIE)

Together in Education Program gives more than $21.5 Million since 1998

Matthews, NC, 2015-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter announced today that it is donating $270,926.70 to schools this month through Together in Education (TIE), Harris Teeter’s fundraising program for schools in its communities. Since 1998, TIE has donated more than $21.5 million to area schools.

Active participation by both TIE schools and loyal Harris Teeter customers is integral to the success of the Together in Education program. This is the first of three payouts the Company will make to schools during the current school year.  Four hundred and twenty four (424) schools will receive a check from Harris Teeter during this first payout, which reflects total dollars earned by participating schools between Aug. 1, 2014 and Nov. 30, 2014.

Top 10 Earning Schools, First Payout

 TIE School  Location  Number of Links  Money Earned
 Grimsley Senior High- Choral Program  Greensboro, NC 3559 $6,797.46
 Randolph Elementary School PTA  Arlington, VA 1282 $5,336.14
 Page High School  Greensboro, NC 2384  $4,475.45
 Hoffman-Boston Elementary School  Arlington, VA 554  $3,219.81
 Creighton’s Corner PTA  Ashburn, VA  358 $3,090.70
 Providence High School- PTSO Inc.  Charlotte, NC  934   $3,006.12
 Hopewell High School JRTOC  Huntersville, NC 1104   $2,804.67
 Greyfriars Classical Academy  Matthews, NC 1053  $2,576.58
 Sgt. Eugene Ashley High NJROTC  Wilmington, NC 1329  $2,460.50
 J. Michael Lunsford Middle School  Chantilly, VA  434  $2,353.25

* Funds earned Aug. 1, 2014 – Nov. 30, 2014

Harris Teeter continues to encourage active participation in its Together in Education program and is excited to watch TIE schools earn additional funds during the remaining school year.

It is not too late to link your VIC card to the school of your choice.  Harris Teeter customers can link their VIC cards at the checkout or harristeeter.com, to help schools earn funds through May 31, 2015.

For more information about Together in Education, please click here.

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NRF’s Jonathan Gold: The National Retail Federation welcomes the news that the ILWU and PMA have agreed to federal mediation

NRF Key Votes Bipartisan Bill that Restores the Traditional 40-Hour Workweek

WASHINGTON, 2015-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today expressed its strong support for H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act, a bill that would restore the traditional 40-hour workweek standard for health benefits under the Affordable Care Act. NRF sent a letter to each and every House office stating that all votes related to the bill would be considered “key votes” and factored into its annual legislative scorecard.

“Restoring the traditional 40-hour workweek would benefit employers and employees,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “It would return power to employers to establish and maintain health care benefit eligibility standards, protect full-time employees and benefit hourly employees with more hours, more income and greater opportunity to advance to full-time employment.”

The bipartisan bill was introduced earlier this week by Reps. Todd Young, R-In. and Dan Lipinski, D-Ill. along with their colleagues, Reps. Pete Olson, R-Texas., Mike Kelly, R-Pa. and Tim Walberg, R-Minn. The bill, which would repeal the ACA’s definition of a 30-hour workweek, is expected to come to the House floor for a vote during the inaugural week of the 114th Congress.

“The Save American Workers Act is a commonsense piece of legislation that will restore an established workforce precedent and protect business owners and their employees,” French said. “The Affordable Care Act is in serious need of revision and reform, and we urge Congress to further that process by approving this bipartisan piece of legislation to restore the traditional definition of a 40-hour workweek.”

A corresponding Senate bill, authored by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine. and Joe Donnelly, D-In., will likely will be introduced this week.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com

Stephen E. Schatz
202-626-8119
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

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The National Retail Federation comments on the news that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association agreed to federal mediation

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to Supervise ILWU-PMA Talks; Federal Mediation Long-Sought by NRF

WASHINGTON,  2015-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Vice President of Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold on the news that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association have agreed to federal mediation under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliations Service:

“The National Retail Federation welcomes the news that the ILWU and PMA have agreed to federal mediation to help settle their ongoing contract dispute.

“After months of heated rhetoric and increasing cargo congestion, this is the first positive news from the West Coast ports in some time.

“On behalf of the supply chain community, we sincerely hope the FMCS-supervised negotiations will progress quickly and that final agreement on a new labor contract will be reached relatively soon.

“While there are a number of outstanding and unresolved issues before the parties, we all share a commitment to the long-term viability and competitiveness of the West Coast ports.”

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com

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Stephen E. Schatz
202-626-8119
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

BRC-NIELSEN SHOP PRICE INDEX DECEMBER 2014: Overall shop prices reported deflation for the twentieth consecutive month

LONDON, 2015-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overall shop prices reported deflation for the twentieth consecutive month, decelerating to 1.7% in December, after reporting deflation of 1.9% in November.

Food reported annual inflation of 0.1% in December after reporting deflation of 0.2% in November.

On a 12 month average basis, the Shop Price Index reported deflation of 1.6%.

Non-food deflation slowed marginally to 2.8% in December from 2.9% in November.

BRC Director General, Helen Dickinson, said: “Prices in Britain’s shops have continued to tumble, this month by -1.7 per cent. This is the twentieth consecutive month that customers have been able to go to the shops, fill their baskets and pay less for their goods than the year before. This is an incredible run of good fortune for consumers and in the medium term at least looks set to continue. A number of key commodities in the retail supply chain (in particular, oil) have fallen dramatically recently and the impact of these falls will continue to make its way through to shop prices for some time to come.

“This significant run of deflation isn’t all bad news for retailers. The Producers Price Index (which tracks the cost of raw materials to producers) is deflationary so retail business have seen significant decreases in their own input costs. However, fierce competition – the hallmark of the UK retail industry – has seen these savings passed on directly to consumers. It’s a win-win scenario that many are predicting will continue long into 2015.”

Mike Watkins, Head of Retailer and Business Insight, Nielsen, said: “The high levels of discounting across most retail channels in 2014 will have given a boost to sales and the year ended with shop price inflation close to record lows in December, so it’s the consumer who has been the winner all round.

‘’With little external pressure to move prices upwards and an uncertain level of consumer demand, retailers will be cautious about price increases so we can expect a continuation of deflation for at least the first part of 2015”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP.
020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

 

Sainsbury’s Q3 total retail sales down 2.5 per cent (inc fuel); 29.5 million customer transactions in the 7 days before Christmas

LONDON, 2015-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Good sales performance in a tough market.

  • Total Retail sales for third quarter down 0.4 per cent (excl fuel), down 2.5 per cent (inc fuel)
  • Like-for-like Retail sales for third quarter down 1.7 per cent (excl fuel), down 3.9 per cent (inc fuel)
  • Over 29.5 million customer transactions in the seven days before Christmas
  • Over 1,000 product prices reduced since we announced our £150 million price investment

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive, said: “Sainsbury’s has provided a great Christmas for our customers. Food price deflation and falling fuel prices have enabled our customers to treat themselves over the festive period.

“Customers traded up over Christmas as sales of our Taste the Difference range grew by five per cent year-on-year. As an example, sales of our Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco grew by over 30 per cent. We also sold over 57 million mince pies and over 550,000 turkeys, up eight per cent year-on-year.

“Our colleagues continue to provide excellent in-store service, and again did a fantastic job of serving our customers during the busiest time of the year. A record-breaking week before Christmas saw over 29.5 million customer transactions. We continued to help our customersLive Well for Less with the redemption of £124 million worth of Nectar points during the quarter supported by our popular Christmas Double-Up campaign.

“The trend of more frequent and local shopping continues and we saw growth of over 16 per cent in our convenience business in the quarter. As well as over six million convenience customer transactions in the week before Christmas, we also saw our largest ever day for convenience sales on 24th December, taking over £8 million. For our groceries online business, this Christmas was our biggest to date. In the three days to 23rd December, our online team delivered more than 110,000 orders.

“Our clothing and general merchandise businesses traded strongly over the quarter, in particular our clothing business was up nearly ten per cent year-on-year. We sold more than twice the number of Christmas jumpers compared to last year and our ‘snowman’ jumper,designed by one of our colleagues, was our best-seller by volume.

“We opened 25 new convenience stores and refurbished a further seven in the quarter. We also opened four new supermarkets, one extension and one replacement store, and refurbished seven supermarkets.

“In November, we announced our plans to invest £150 million in the prices of some of our most popular products. This week we are lowering prices on over 700 of these, including reductions in our Meat, Fish and Poultry categories. For example, the regular price of our 260g boneless cod fillets has dropped from £4.00 to £3.30 and the regular price of a Sainsbury’s 1.35kg British whole chicken has fallen from £4.50 to £3.50. This now means we have reduced the prices of over 1,000 products since we made our announcement.

“The outlook for the remainder of the financial year is set to remain challenging, with food price deflation likely to continue. Our performance in the third quarter showed an improving trend quarter-on-quarter. However, given the uncertainty in the trading environment, food price deflation and the price reductions we announced this week, we currently expect our fourth quarter like-for-like to be similar to that of our first half. Our prices versus our supermarket peers have never been better and alongside our differentiated quality and service offer, we are confident we will help our customers Live Well for Less throughout 2015.”

Notes to editors

1. All sales figures contained in this trading statement are stated including VAT and in accordance with IFRIC 13

2. Like-for-like sales include the impact of extensions as follows

Q1 Q2 H1 Q3
Sales growth including fuel (%)
Total (0.3)% (2.3)% (1.4)% (2.5)%
Like-for-like (2.4)% (4.1)% (3.4)% (3.9)%
Sales growth excluding fuel (%)
Total 1.0% (0.8)% 0.0% (0.4)%
Like-for-like (1.1)% (2.8)% (2.1)% (1.7)%
Included in like-for-like sales (%)
Net contribution from extensions 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%

3. Store investment programme 2014/15:

Q1 Q2 H1 Q3
Supermarkets
New 2 2 4
Replacements 1 1 1
Extensions 1 3 4 1
Refurbishments 3 2 5 7
Closures (1) (1) (1)
Convenience
New 27 23 50 25
Closures (1) (1) (1)
Refurbishments 12 10 22 7

At the end of the quarter, we had 598 supermarkets and 684 convenience stores.

4. Certain statements made in this announcement are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any expected future events or results referred to in these forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by applicable law, regulation or accounting standard, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

5. Sainsbury’s also released today its Third Quarter Corporate Responsibility update

6. A conference call will take place at 8:30am. To listen to the audio webcast we recommend that you register in advance. A transcript of the conference call will be made available later today.

7. Sainsbury’s will announce its Fourth Quarter Trading Statement on Tuesday 17 March 2015.

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Sainsbury’s Q3 total retail sales down 2.5 per cent (inc fuel); 29.5 million customer transactions in the 7 days before Christmas

Sainsbury’s Q3 total retail sales down 2.5 per cent (inc fuel); 29.5 million customer transactions in the 7 days before Christmas

Sainsbury’s Q3 CSR update: Continued progress against our 20×20 Sustainability Plan across all five values

LONDON, 2015-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s Q3 CSR update: Continued progress against our 20×20 Sustainability Plan across all five values

  • Celebrated 20 years of partnership with The Royal British Legion and ran our biggest ever campaign in support of the Poppy Appeal
  • Reformulated our own-brand lemonade and cola to save 1,310 tonnes of sugar annually from our customers’ baskets equating to 5.2 billion calories
  • First major supermarket to launch Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified cod on our in-store café menu
  • Launched seasonal customer recycling programmes, including Poppy and Pumpkin recycling
  • The commemorative chocolate bar featured in our ‘Christmas is for Sharing’ TV advert, raised an additional £500,000 for The Royal British Legion

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive, said: “This quarter we celebrated our 20th year of partnership with The Royal British Legion by staging our biggest ever campaign in support of the annual Poppy Appeal. We welcomed Legion volunteers into our stores across the country, donated all profits from our poppy-inspired merchandise, and invited our customers to round up their bill at checkout to donate the difference. For the first time we ran a TV advert to tell our customers about the different ways they could support the Poppy Appeal at Sainsbury’s.

“Our partnership with the Legion continued into Christmas, as we unveiled our “Christmas is for Sharing” TV advert and a commemorative chocolate bar. We were delighted with the response from our customers, who helped us to raise an additional £500,000 from sales of the bar to support the Legion’s work.

“This quarter also saw an exciting addition to another one of our long-term campaigns – Active Kids – as we announced the appointment of Liverpool striker, Daniel Sturridge as our new ambassador. Alongside Paralympians Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, Daniel will support our work to encourage young people to enjoy healthy lifestyles and get into sport.

“All of these are examples of our long-term commitment to causes that are important to our customers and demonstrate how our values make us different.”

Other hightlights from the quarter include

1. Best for food and health

  • Reformulation: We have reformulated our own-brand High Juice squash range to reduce the sugar content, which will remove 946 tonnes of sugar per year. In our own-brand carbonated drinks we have removed a further 1,310 tonnes of sugar per year from our lemonade and cola. Combined these two initiatives remove 8.9 billion calories per year from our customers’ baskets
  • Colleague health: In 2014 we trialled and then established a ‘Health MOT’; an innovative health check that gives our colleagues a personalised health score taking into account health metrics such as Body Mass Index, blood pressure, body fat and hydration levels. In 2014, 84,000 colleagues were offered the opportunity to participate as part of the full store and depot roll out
  • Lighter alcohol: In October we relaunched our Taste the Difference Conegliano Proseccowith the alcohol by volume (ABV) reduced from 11 per cent to 10.5 per cent, which will remove over 1 million units per annum from our customers’ baskets
  • Allergens: As part of our commitment to raising awareness of the needs of customers with allergies and intolerances, we continued our sponsorship of the Allergy Show in Liverpool in October. Attracting 24 per cent more visitors than the previous year, we supported a Cook Zone where we sampled bespoke freefrom recipes to inspire our customers with allergies to Live Well For Less

2. Sourcing with integrity

  • Research and Development: Projects ranging from hen welfare to fruit packaging have been awarded support and expertise to collect and process data. The collection of data will help build more efficient, resilient and secure agriculture supply chains and provide us all with insights and information to help develop successful products, services and innovative farming practices
  • Technical Management Academy: We carried out our first pilot training course on Agency Labour and Prevention of Worker Exploitation. The two-day certified programme was delivered by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and focused on assisting our suppliers in tackling hidden labour exploitation. It was attended by 12 delegates from across the supply base including meat, fish and fresh produce suppliers
  • Farmer and Grower Groups: Our annual farming conference in December brought together over 650 farmers from our Agricultural Development Groups to share knowledge and inspire innovation, where we announced our investment in the future of British farming through our new scholars programme
  • Sustainable seafood: We are the first major supermarket to launch Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified cod on our in-store café menu. As the leading retailer for sustainable seafood, this adds to our range of 150 products that carry the MSC logo and have been sourced from sustainable fisheries

3. Respect for our environment

  • Energy efficiency: Our award winning work to reduce our stores energy consumptioncontinues with 70,000 Light Emitting Diodes (LED) installed to date, saving 40 million kilowatt-hours, equivalent to the annual energy usage of over 4,300 homes. As the clocks went back, our LED promotion for customers provided great value bulbs to help to reduce customers’ energy usage in the home
  • Seasonal recycling: We continued our work to help our customers recycle more, including a pumpkin recycling trial at 10 stores, allowing customers to send their pumpkins to anaerobic digestion following Halloween. Our poppy recycling programme, now in its second year, saw commemorative poppies returned to store to be reused. Finally, in conjunction with 10 water companies we distributed 130,000 fat traps in advance of Christmas, designed to help customers dispose of left over cooking fat without pouring it down the drain

4. Making a positive difference to our community

  • The Royal British Legion: We celebrated 20 years of partnership with The Royal British Legion and ran our biggest ever campaign of support for the Poppy Appeal. Our Christmas advert this year was made in partnership with the Legion and featured a commemorative chocolate bar, which we sold in-store with all profits going to the charity. We made one million bars of chocolate, raising £500,000 for the Legion
  • Active childhoods: England and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was announced as our new ambassador to support campaigns including Active Kids, alongside Paralympians Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock. Daniel is already proving to be a great role model for young people, through his commitment to sport and his passion for healthy eating
  • Christmas charity engagement: Our stores welcomed their Local Charity partners into store for some festive fundraising, as well as inviting local groups to take part in a weekend of carol singing on 13 and 14 December
  • Food donation: We worked with our supplier, Faccenda, to donate nearly 10,000 turkeys to FareShare in time for Christmas. In partnership with our fresh produce suppliers we also expect to grow our fruit and vegetable donations to 400 tonnes next year, as we continue to help FareShare tackle food poverty in the UK

5. A great place to work

  • Seasonal jobs: We employed over 10,700 temporary colleagues over the Christmas and New Year period to help serve our customers at the busiest time of year, giving many people valuable experience and a stepping stone into the workplace
  • Carers rights: We celebrated another year sponsoring Carers Rights Day and a group of our Diversity Champions attended a reception at the House of Commons to mark the achievements of Carers UK
  • Serving our stores and customers: Over 2,200 of our store support centre colleagues based in offices in London, Manchester, Coventry and Edinburgh pledged over 3,800 days ofsupport in stores over Christmas. This helped us deliver the best possible service to our customers at this busy time of year as well as providing a connection to our stores for our office colleagues
  • Long service: 415 colleagues celebrated their 25 years’ service milestone and 576 colleagues reached 20 years’ service between October and December 2014. This brings the total number of our colleagues to have reached 20 years’ service to over 15,700

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Sainsbury’s Q3 CSR update: Continued progress against our 20x20 Sustainability Plan across all five values

Sainsbury’s Q3 CSR update: Continued progress against our 20×20 Sustainability Plan across all five values

Sainsbury’s announced over 1,000 price cuts on some of its most popular products

LONDON, 2015-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has today announced over 1,000 price cuts on some of its most popular products – including British essentials for a Sunday lunch or a full English breakfast.

The retailer is using an annual £150m price investment to cut regular prices on over 1,000 of the most popular items in customers’ baskets – the things customers really buy each week.

Customers will see over 700 new regular prices in supermarkets this week in addition to over 200 put in place following a first round of cuts in November. These are in addition to the thousands of promotions that the supermarket runs each week.

And because it’s Sainsbury’s, responsibly sourced products such as Scottish salmon and British bacon and lamb are among the products that will go down in price.

Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe said: “We are investing £150 million per year for the next three years in some of our customers’ most popular purchases, with a total of 1,000 prices cut since we announced this investment in November. This will come as welcome news to customers who might be feeling the pinch after Christmas.

“These lower everyday prices are a part of our ongoing commitment to offering our customers great quality products at great prices.”

Notes to editors

Further price cuts in details (PDF download)

Full English price cuts* Old New
JS White Sandwich Loaf 800g £1.30 £1.00
JS 8 British pork sausages 454g £1.40 £1.10
JS 12 smoked and unsmoked bacon rashers 2 X 225g £4.00 £3.50
JS salted and unsalted butter 250g £1.10 £0.95
JS Semi-skimmed UHT milk 1L £0.90 £0.70
JS Tomato Ketchup 460g £1.10 £1.00
JS Orange Juice smooth 1L £1.10 £1.00

* Eggs price drop October 2014

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Sainsbury’s announced over 1,000 price cuts on some of its most popular products

Sainsbury’s announced over 1,000 price cuts on some of its most popular products

Starbucks introduced new core espresso offering with the launch of the Flat White handcrafted espresso beverage

SEATTLE, 2015-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks today introduced a new core espresso offering with the launch of the Flat White handcrafted espresso beverage, available at participating Starbucks® stores in the US and Canada.

The Starbucks® Flat White is an espresso beverage made with two ristretto shots, combined with a thin layer of velvety steamed whole milk and finished with a latte art dot.  A ristretto shot delivers a sweeter, more intense coffee flavor.  Starbucks baristas perfectly steam milk into creamy micro-foam and carefully free pour to allow the espresso to rise to the top of the beverage for a bold coffee flavor with a sweeter finish. The Starbucks® Flat White joins the core menu line-up of espresso beverages like Caffé Americano, Caffé Latte, Cappuccino, Doppio Espresso and Espresso Macchiato.

“Every Starbucks espresso beverage starts with sourcing the finest coffees from around the world, and by extending our offerings to include Flat White we are showcasing these quality ingredients in a full-flavored coffee beverage,” said Craig Russell, executive vice president, Global Coffee.  “The craftsmanship that goes into each cup is highlighted in an exceptional way, and we are excited to share this experience with our customers.”

Since originating in Australia in the 1980s, the Flat White became a coffeehouse staple in the UK and is now a budding favorite among coffee aficionados in the United States and Canada. Starbucks customers in Australia have enjoyed the beverage in stores since 2009, and those in the UK since 2010.

“The growing sophistication of coffee drinkers around the world and in the United States makes the Flat White a perfect beverage for coffee lovers,” said Christine Barone, vice president, Espresso and Brewed Coffee. “As a global company, we have the opportunity to find inspiration from our cafes around the world and bring products to our customers that offer ways to further explore coffee like this handcrafted beverage.”

Customers may also enjoy Starbucks espresso beverages alongside the new Flat White, including:

Caffé Americano: Espresso with hot water poured over the top releasing a wonderfully rich cup of flavor

Caffe Latte: Rich, full-bodied espresso in steamed milk, lightly topped with foam

Cappuccino: Espresso with steamed milk, topped with a deep layer of foam.

Doppio Espresso: Two shots of rich, full-bodied espresso

Espresso Macchiato: Rich, full-bodied espresso “marked” with a dollop of steamed milk

Starbucks® Flat White Fact Sheet

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 21,000 stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online atwww.starbucks.com and www.news.starbucks.com.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

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Starbucks introduced new core espresso offering with the launch of the Flat White handcrafted espresso beverage

Starbucks introduced new core espresso offering with the launch of the Flat White handcrafted espresso beverage