Kevin Johnson appointed as president and chief operating officer Starbucks Corporation

Starbucks board member and former technology executive to join Starbucks management team and lead global operations

SEATTLE, 2015-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced it has appointed Kevin Johnson as president and chief operating officer. Johnson has been a Starbucks board member since 2009, and will now take a central operating role effective March 1.

“As a member of our board of directors, Kevin has worked closely with me for the past six years as a sounding board and collaborator on many of the strategies we are now pursuing. Kevin’s deep management experience and technology background will help further propel Starbucks efforts in partner (employee) and customer-facing innovations as we accelerate our global growth agenda,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo. “I am honored that Kevin is joining Starbucks in this capacity, particularly at this important time for our company, and I am looking forward to working with him and our strongest management team in the company’s 44-year history.”

Johnson will report to Schultz and serve as a member of Starbucks senior leadership team, as well as continue on the Starbucks board of directors. He ceased membership on all Starbucks board committees prior to this appointment.

As president and chief operating officer, Johnson will lead the company’s global operating businesses across the Americas, EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa), and China/Asia Pacific, as well as Starbucks supply chain, information technology, and mobile and digital platforms. Reporting to Johnson will be Cliff Burrows, group president, U.S., Americas and Teavana; John Culver, group president, China /Asia Pacific, Channel Development  and Emerging Brands; as well as other senior leaders responsible for Starbucks supply chain, mobile and digital, and information technology organizations.

Earlier this month, Starbucks announced that Starbucks chief operating officer and 23-year partner Troy Alstead will take a sabbatical beginning March 1 to spend more time with his family. Over the next month, Alstead will work to immerse Johnson into his levels of responsibility as they work together to ensure a smooth transition.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Howard, Troy and Starbucks senior leadership team for many years, and I am delighted to extend that relationship even deeper to work closely with our partners in operations, supply chain, technology and mobile and digital teams to drive our aggressive growth plans,” said Johnson. “Over the past six years I have gotten to know the company well and I look forward to extending my 33 years of operating experience to help propel Starbucks to the next decade of growth and innovation. I am honored and humbled to join Starbucks, a company that I love, during this important time.”

Johnson will bring broad leadership capacity to Starbucks. He served as chief executive officer of Juniper Networks, Inc., from September 2008 through December 2013. Prior to that, Johnson served as the president of the Platforms Division at Microsoft Corporation and was a member of Microsoft’s senior leadership team and held a number of senior executive positions over the course of his 16 years at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1992, he worked for International Business Machine Corp.’s systems integration and consulting business. In 2008, Johnson was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) where he served through the end of 2013.

Johnson resides in Seattle and will be based at the Starbucks Support Center beginning March 1.

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About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabicacoffee. 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 at www.starbucks.com and www.news.starbucks.com.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

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Kevin Johnson appointed as president and chief operating officer Starbucks Corporation

Kevin Johnson appointed as president and chief operating officer Starbucks Corporation

Starbucks Corporation reports its financial results for its 13-week fiscal first quarter ended December 28, 2014

  • Strong Holiday Performance Drives 5% Global Comp Growth, Global Traffic Increases 2%
  • Revenues rise 13% to a record $4.8 billion; EPS of $1.30 includes a gain on the acquisition of Starbucks Japan
  • Record non-GAAP EPS jumps 16% to $0.80 excluding non-routine items
  • Dollars loaded on Starbucks Cards surge 17% year-over-year to a record $1.6 billion
  • Company reaffirms FY15 growth targets

SEATTLE, 2015-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) today reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal first quarter ended December 28, 2014. Q1 FY14 GAAP results include the impact of a litigation credit related to the Kraft arbitration; Q1 FY15 GAAP results include Starbucks Japan acquisition-related items. Non-GAAP results exclude these items. Please refer to the reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures at the end of this release.

Q1 Fiscal 2015 Highlights:

• Consolidated net revenues increased 13% to $4.8 billion

• Global comparable store sales increased 5%, with a 2% increase in traffic

Americas comp sales increased 5%, with a 2% increase in traffic

EMEA comp sales increased 4%, driven by a 3% increase in traffic

CAP comp sales increased 8%, driven entirely by increased traffic

• Consolidated operating income reached a record $915.5 million

Non-GAAP operating income of $934.8 million grew 18% over Q1 FY14 non-GAAP operating income

• Consolidated operating margin of 19.1%

Non-GAAP operating margin of 19.5% increased 80 basis points over Q1 FY14 non-GAAP operating margin

• GAAP earnings per share of $1.30

Non-GAAP EPS of $0.80 per share grew 16% over Q1 FY14 non-GAAP EPS

• Comparable store customer transactions increased by nearly 9 million in the U.S., nearly 12 million globally, year-over-year

• The company opened 512 net new stores in Q1, including its first Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room

• Dollars loaded on Starbucks Cards surged to a record $1.6 billion in the quarter, up 17% over prior year Q1

• 1 in 7 Americans received a Starbucks Gift Card in Q1, up from 1 in 8 in Q1 of fiscal 2014

• The company added 896,000 new My Starbucks Rewards members in December and now has over 9 million members

“Starbucks record Q1 fiscal 2015 financial and operating performance was exceptional by every metric and standard,” said Howard Schultz, chairman, president and ceo. “Our reimagined in-store holiday experience that included a vastly expanded assortment of Starbucks Cards, new holiday food, beverage and merchandise offerings and the opportunity to win ‘Starbucks for Life’ resonated powerfully with our customers and drove both increased traffic and tremendous excitement in our stores and around the Starbucks brand,” Schultz added.

“Starbucks results in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 were very strong, with notable growth across the globe,” said Scott Maw, Starbucks cfo. “All segments contributed to our record results in the quarter, with improved traffic growth in the US, record profitability in EMEA and 8% comps in CAP. Our continued ability to drive growth through innovation, operational excellence and our unique customer connection, along with our sharp focus on financial discipline, give us confidence in reaffirming our growth targets for fiscal 2015.”

View detailed financial data here

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 at www.starbucks.com and www.news.starbucks.com.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. President Stephen D. Lebovitz nominated for ICSC Chairmanship

New York, 2015-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) announced today that Stephen D. Lebovitz, president and CEO of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., has been selected by ICSC’s Board of Trustees nominating committee to serve as the association’s chairman for the 2015–2016 term.  If, as expected, Lebovitz is elected at ICSC’s annual meeting of members in May during RECon, he will succeed Robert F. Welanetz, global retail real estate advisor for Blackstone Real Estate Partners, and become the association’s 56th chairman.

Lebovitz, along with his father Charles who served as CEO until 2010, and two brothers — Alan, the firm’s senior vice president for asset management; and Michael, who is executive vice president for development and administration — have overseen the dramatic growth of CBL since it went public in 1993. Today the firm boasts a $10 billion market capitalization and some $4 billion in equity value, about 80 malls or large open-air centers, and an additional 50 smaller community, power and open-air centers.

“Under Stephen’s skillful leadership, we have watched CBL grow and prosper, even during some very challenging economic times,” said Michael P. Kercheval, ICSC’s president and CEO. “ICSC has similarly benefited from his insights and extraordinary energy. I can’t think of anyone more suited to leading our organization in the coming year.”

Even before Lebovitz joined CBL, he cultivated an early enthusiasm for the industry, working summer jobs during his years at Stanford University at such companies as JMB Realty Corp., Trammel Crow Co., and — between college and Harvard Business School — Goldman Sachs. “I had this magnetic attraction to real estate,” he said, noting that he has also taught college courses on the subject.

Lebovitz has been active in ICSC since the very beginning of his career. Shortly after graduating from Harvard Business School and setting up CBL’s Northeast office, in Boston, he was invited by past ICSC Chairman Stephen Karp, now chairman of New England Development, to get involved in ICSC and become the organization’s state director for Massachusetts. He was subsequently named ICSC’s Eastern divisional vice president and has also served as an ICSC state operations chairman, an ICSC trustee and on the Executive Committee. Lebovitz has also been an active ICSC faculty member. “ICSC really has been the facilitator for so many relationships that I’ve been able to develop over the years in the business,” Lebovitz said. “By volunteering, by working, that’s how you get to know people.”

ICSC should also do all it can to toot the industry’s horn when it comes to shopping centers’ contribution to society, Lebovitz says. “There are so many positives that shopping centers add to the economy, to communities, to individuals,” he said. “I just think we need to do all we can to get that story out there.”

“Stephen’s vast industry expertise, coupled with his extensive ICSC volunteer experience, makes him uniquely qualified to lead this organization, given the many changes the industry and the association are facing in today’s dynamic retail environment,” said Drew Alexander, president and CEO of Weingarten Realty Investors and chairman of ICSC’s Nominating Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Lebovitz, 54, does not spend all his spare time in malls though, and his philanthropic activities are many. He is a trustee of Milton (Mass.) Academy. He is a former director, campaign chairman and committee chairman for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and received that organization’s Edwin Sidman Leadership Award in 2014. He is also a former member of the Trust Board of Boston Children’s Hospital.

An avid cyclist, Lebovitz won a silver medal and a bronze medal competing in the international Maccabiah Games last year. In addition, he has completed the annual Pan-Mass Challenge fundraiser for cancer research these past 15 years and the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race these past eight years. Lebovitz lives with his wife, Lisa, in Weston, Mass., and they have four children.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 68,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

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CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. President Stephen D. Lebovitz nominated for ICSC Chairmanship

Argos to launch an exclusive UK fashion range with Cherokee

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading digital retailer Argos has announced that it will be launching an exclusive UK fashion range with Cherokee, offering a range of clothing, accessories and footwear for the Autumn / Winter 2015 season.

Customers will be able to choose from a range of high quality, stylish and affordable designs available in stores and online this summer, with new lines added throughout the course of the season.

The Cherokee at Argos range will be supported by a fully integrated marketing campaign, including in-store point-of-sale and social and digital media, which supports the‘Feels Good’essence of the Cherokee brand.

David Robinson, Argos’ Chief Operating Officer, said: “Part of our transformation strategy is to broaden our product ranges and bring on board more great brands which our customers know and want. Cherokee is already a well-established clothing brand with UK shoppers and we are pleased to be able to offer our customers convenient, nationwide access to a range of new, quality Cherokee products later this year.”

Henry Stupp, Cherokee Global Brand’s CEO said: “We are looking forward to the continued globalisation of the Cherokee brand through our new partnership with Argos. The UK market, in particular, enjoys extremely high awareness and consumer satisfaction with Cherokee branded products.

“We believe the collaboration with Argos through online, catalogue and in-store will provide a great home, with a successful, growth-oriented partner that is able to fully realise the potential of the Cherokee brand in a region where demand exists for high-quality, Cherokee fashion at affordable prices.”

Cherokee will join a growing list of highly respected fashion brands for children and adults available at Argos, including Puma, Firetrap and Baby Converse, as well as other category brands new to Argos including Bose, Habitat, Dualit and KitchenAid.

The Cherokee range will only be available to buy at Argos. It will launch this summer on argos.co.uk, the Argos apps and in stores across the UK.

 

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Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk.

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About Cherokee Global Brands:
Cherokee Global Brands is a global marketer and manager of a portfolio of Fashion and Lifestyle brands including Cherokee®, Carole Little®, Tony Hawk® Signature Apparel and Hawk Brands®, Liz Lange® and Sideout®, in multiple consumer product categories and sectors around the world. The Company has license agreements with premier retailers and manufacturers covering over 50 countries and 7,000 retail doors plus online business around the world including: Target Stores (U.S. and Canada), Kohl’s (U.S.), RT-Mart (Peoples Republic of China), Pick ‘n Pay (South Africa), Falabella (Chile, Peru and Colombia), Arvind Mills (India and certain Middle Eastern countries), Shufersal LTD. (Israel), Comercial Mexicana (Mexico), Eroski (Spain), Nishimatsuya (Japan), Magnit (Russia), Landmark Group’s Max Stores (certain Middle East and North Africa countries), and the TJX Companies (U.S., Canada and Europe).

About Argos:
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 50,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 123m customer transactions a year through its stores and 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014. Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 756 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2014, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

 

Baltimore, Columbus, Orlando, Phoenix and Sacramento mayors partner with Starbucks to create new opportunities for young adults

SEATTLE, 2015-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The manager of a Baltimore Starbucks struggled to find the right candidates for barista and shift manager jobs in her Southside Marketplace store.

“It can be hard to find someone who has that right mix of experience and passion,” said Erica Wertlieb. “I’m looking for candidates who are motivated, professional and eager to serve their customers and their communities. It’s a lot tougher than you might think.”

Managers at other companies in Baltimore have noticed similar hiring challenges, even though the city has over 15,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who neither in school nor employed. These young men and women often referred to as “opportunity youth” because with the right skills and training, they represent a huge, untapped opportunity for an infusion of productivity and creativity in the workforce. Across the U.S. the opportunity youth population is approaching 7 million.

Finding ways to engage these young people in education or employment is part of an initiative Starbucks launched and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) called Solutions City℠. Over the course of one year, mayors in Baltimore, Columbus, Orlando, Phoenix and Sacramento meet with community leaders and residents at their local Starbucks® store to identify solutions to the challenges facing young people, including disconnected youth and veterans.

“Solutions City is about bringing stakeholders to the table, with their mayor, to have open, honest discussions over coffee, much like the conversations we’re already seeing in our stores each day,” said Blair Taylor, Starbucks chief community officer. “Since launching these town hall meetings last June, we’ve heard from hundreds of community leaders and young people about the need to change how employers and communities view opportunity youth. In many ways, our nation’s future rests upon our collective ability to connect these young men and women to jobs and opportunities that will help unlock their full potential.”

One such young person is Kendra, a Starbucks partner (employee), who recently completed a summer jobs program in Baltimore through YouthWorks. The city program connects unemployed 16-24 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds with five- to six-week work experiences in local businesses, nonprofits, and city and state government agencies.

“YouthWorks heard I was looking to fill some open positions and called to eagerly tell me about Kendra,” recalled Wertlieb. “I had previously heard our mayor speak about this program at the first Solutions City town hall at my store, and knew I had to give it a shot. I interviewed Kendra over the phone and then again in person and was completely blown away. Frankly, I’d never had an interview go more smoothly.”

“I remember feeling completely at ease when I met Erica,” said Kendra who applied to be a Starbucks barista. “She asked some pretty tough questions, but I felt prepared to answer them. I don’t think I would have felt as confident if I hadn’t had the summer training with YouthWorks. The biggest challenge for young people like me is simply getting that first interview.”

Wertlieb hired Kendra, and said she was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly Kendra assimilated with the team at her store.

“She came in with a big smile on her first day and quickly proved she had what it takes to be a partner at our company. She truly opened up my eyes to the importance of building a team that represents our community,” said Wertlieb. “Each partner brings a different perspective to the table.”

Kendra now takes online business classes, while working at Starbucks, and would like to develop her own cosmetics line someday.

“Success stories like this show the lasting effect that a productive summer job can have on a young person,” said City of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “These types of opportunities are such a great way to introduce young people to the workplace and help employers see the full potential these candidates can bring to their teams.”

The USCM Winter Meeting is being held from January 20-23. On Friday, Starbucks Blair Taylor will share insights and updates on several Solutions City projects:

In Sacramento, Mayor Kevin Johnson is building a coalition of employers and employment agencies to commit to hiring more than 100 (and counting) young people and veterans and ensure there are receiving the skills training they need to excel in the workplace.

In Columbus, Mayor Michael Coleman has brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to solve youth unemployment in the city. Partnerships like those between Starbucks, SK Foods (a Starbucks food supplier), and LeadersUp, which connects employers with skilled opportunity youth, are already proving to be a viable model for other employers in the community.

In Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is leveraging the city’s Hire One Youth and YouthWorks initiatives to bring together local employers and workforce training programs to find synergies as they work towards a common goal.

In Phoenix, Mayor Greg Stanton is bringing local leaders together with the city’s education system and nonprofits to begin discussion opportunities for a re-engagement center that will serve disconnected young people in the community.

In Orlando, Starbucks will work with Mayor Buddy Dyer to kick off a series of town halls beginning February 2015 aimed at supporting STEM after-school programs for young people in the community.

“As a company, we are deeply concerned about the growing number of disconnected or disengaged young people in our country,” said Taylor. “We fundamentally believe we need to work with our country’s mayors and other community leaders to come together and help create pathways to opportunity in education and employment.”

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

Baltimore, Columbus, Orlando, Phoenix and Sacramento mayors partner with Starbucks to create new opportunities for young adults

Baltimore, Columbus, Orlando, Phoenix and Sacramento mayors partner with Starbucks to create new opportunities for young adults

Tesco launched new interactive platform to boost collaboration, innovation and sustainability across its suppliers

Cheshunt, England, 2015-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has launched a new interactive platform to boost collaboration, innovation and sustainability across its suppliers.  The Tesco Supplier Network will help over 5000 members from across the world share the opportunities and challenges of delivering high quality, affordable and sustainable products to Tesco’s customers.  Members will be able to connect directly with Tesco teams, learn more about Tesco and learn from each other on issues such as energy, food waste or innovation.

Jason Tarry, Head of Commercial at Tesco said:

“This new community of Tesco teams, suppliers and producers from around the world gives us the opportunity to improve communication, share ideas and continually improve the products that our customers enjoy.  The Network will play an integral part in our partnerships with suppliers to deliver for our customers.”

Notes to editors:

  • The Tesco funded site brings together two pre-existing communities; the Tesco Producer Network, which served fresh food producers, and the Tesco Knowledge Hub, which was open to branded manufacturing and processing suppliers.
  • The network can be accessed here: www.tescosuppliernetwork.com
  • Please click here to view a video about the network: http://youtu.be/ArK4s2Ctp5U
For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645
We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

Kesko rose to the fifth place in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list

Helsinki, Finland, 2015-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko is the best food and staples retailer and rose to the fifth place in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list. Kesko is the only Finnish company included in the list every year since it was established in 2005.

For the Global 100 list, companies were assessed on 12 sustainability indicators in the areas of economic, social and environmental responsibility.

“Recent public discussion about grocery trade in Finland has focused on one issue only, the price of food, overshadowing many other important issues, such as trading sector operators’ sustainable actions. We are proud that Kesko’s long-term and determined sustainability work brings results and is appreciated worldwide,” says Kesko’s President and CEO Mikko Helander.

“The great rise in the Global 100 list can, for example, be attributed to the environmental indicators: the K-Group’s energy consumption has decreased by over 7% from the previous comparative year and emissions have dropped by over 5,000 tonnes of CO2e. Significant energy savings are achieved by energy-efficient solutions in retail stores, such as energy-efficient buildings, lids and doors on refrigeration equipment, recovery of condensation heat, refrigeration equipment that uses carbon dioxide, adjustable and directional lighting, and efficient transportation,” Helander continues.

Kesko has long worked to take care of the products’ high quality and the responsibility of the entire supply chain. Kesko has its own research unit which monitors the safety and quality of the groceries and home and speciality goods sold by K-food stores, K-citymarkets, and Anttila and Kodin1 department stores.

Over the course of 2014, Kesko’s and K-stores’ responsibility work has been made more visible to customers.

“We support Finnish work and local producers by participating in the Blue and White Footprint campaign. Improvements in online stores, click&collect services and other multi-channel services have made our customers’ everyday lives easier. Nearly 1,800 young people have been employed by K-stores and Kesko thanks to the Youth Guarantee in the K-Group programme,” says Matti Kalervo, Kesko’s Vice President for Corporate Responsibility.

The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list for 2015 was announced at the meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos on 22 January. The list is prepared by the Canadian Corporate Knights Inc. and based on a global assessment of around 4,600 listed companies.
The Global 100 list for 2015 has been published at www.global100.org

Further information available from Vice President Matti Kalervo, Corporate Responsibility, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 50 306 4081.

Kesko’s rankings in sustainability indices:
http://www.kesko.fi/en/Investors/Share-information/Equity-indices/Sustainability-indices/

Kesko ( http://www.kesko.fi/en/ ) is a retail specialist whose stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers. Kesko has about 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids crowned two schools the winners of the nationwide Active Kids Superstar Cooks competition

LONDON, 2015-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week, Sainsbury’s Active Kids, in partnership with Diversity star Ashley Banjo and the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), crowned two schools the winners of the nationwide Active Kids Superstar Cooks competition.

Launched at the start of the school year, in September 2014, as part of Sainsbury’s Active Kids programme, the competition challenged school children to create the ultimate healthy recipe designed to be enjoyed by Ashley Banjo and the Diversity team.

Three pupils aged 9-11 from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, and two 14 year-olds from Abbey Manor College, beat off stiff competition and hundreds of other recipes from all over the country to win in the Primary and Secondary school categories. Children were praised by the judging panel for their original and creative recipes, including the seasonal inspiration behind St Patrick’s Bonfire Night Bangers n’ Beans, and Abbey Manor College’s flatbread making skills in its Marinated Lamb on Seeded Flatbread with Ratatouille and Caramelised Onion Hummus. Both winning schools will be rewarded £10,000 of new kitchen kit for their school, as well as an exclusive dance class with Ashley Banjo.

Sixteen budding chefs from six schools were invited to the final in London on Tuesday 20thJanuary and asked to turn up the heat in the kitchen, cooking their dish from scratch for the judges to taste. Ashley Banjo was joined on the panel including Sainsbury’s Head of Active Kids, Tara Hewitt, and BNF nutritionist, Emma Schneider.

Ashley Banjo, Diversity star and Active Kids Superstar Cooks judge, concluded: “The creativity and range of recipes we saw at the final was outstanding. It’s really exciting to see kids take an interest in understanding the benefits of good food and eating well, as well as learning cookery skills that will set them up for life. What I and the other Diversity guys eat makes a big difference to how we perform and I think it’s great to develop an understanding of good nutrition from an early age.”

Teresa Lynch, Teaching Assistant at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School commented:“The entire school is delighted to have won in the Primary category of the Superstar Cooks competition – it’s a fantastic achievement and we’re all really proud. The new kit will support us in getting kids in the kitchen and will help us to teach practical cooking skills at an early age for years to come.”

Tara Hewitt, Head of Active Kids at Sainsbury’s, said: “It was brilliant to see so many young people getting excited about cooking and eating well. Every school presented delicious dishes and showed an impressive range of food knowledge and cooking skills. This competition highlighted exactly why we are so passionate about our Active Kids programme. By working directly with schools, we are helping children develop the skills that will help them enjoy good food and be active throughout their lives.”

Winners’ details

  • Primary category: St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Corsham, Wiltshire, wowed judges with its Bonfire Night Bangers’ n’ Beans dish. Pupils’ names and ages are as follows: Joseph Rudland, aged 11, Lilli Gibbings, aged 10, and Aisling Massaccessi, aged 9.
  • Secondary category: Abbey Manor College in Lewisham, London, secured the Secondary category winner’s spot with Marinated Lamb on Seeded Flatbread with Ratatouille and Caramelised Onion Hummus. Pupils’ names and ages are as follows: Kevin Bongo-Bompeti and Kweku Bangura, both aged 14

The new 2015 Active Kids voucher collection launches on 28th January until 5th May. Vouchers can collected at all Sainsbury’s stores, petrol stations and when ordering groceries online.  Active Kids vouchers can be redeemed for a range of cookery and sporting equipment. For more information, visit www.Sainsburys.co.uk/ActiveKids

In September 2014, practical cookery became compulsory for children up to Year 9 in primary and secondary schools. Sainsbury’s Active Kids Superstar Cooks was launched to coincide with the introduction of the new compulsory cooking and nutrition aspects of the National Curriculum in England. Supported by free curriculum-linked lesson plans and recipe ideas, the competition aimed to help to get children aged five to 16 cooking in the kitchen.

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Abbey Manor College pictured with Ashley Banjo

Abbey Manor College pictured with Ashley Banjo