Christina Aguilera bought customers coffee at Starbucks Rockefeller Center Concourse in New York

New York, NY, 2015-2-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — An ordinary Monday turned to “instant pandemonium” when pop star Christina Aguilera walked into a New York Starbucks and bought customers coffee for an hour.

“Christina came in with a big group of people around 4:30 in the afternoon. She told one of our baristas she wanted to buy coffee for everyone for the next hour,” said Alexis Warren, store manager of Starbucks Rockefeller Center Concourse location. “Instant pandemonium is the best way I can describe it.”

Warren said Aguilera handed the barista several hundred dollars in cash and was surrounded by about 30 people within a few minutes who recognized who she was.

The singer, songwriter is also a judge on The Voice, which returns with a new season of contestants next week. Although Starbucks is a sponsor of the NBC TV show, Aguilera said her offer of “free coffee” was not related to any promotion, she just wanted to surprise people.

Warren, who’s been a Starbucks partner (employee) for 10 years, said the gift of “Coffee on me for the next hour! Head to 30 Rock!” – as Aguilera tweeted – made for a “really fun, high energy afternoon” for customers and partners.

Incidentally, Aguilera didn’t order anything from the store, but she did leave behind an autographed Starbucks cup with a lipstick kiss.

Starbucks partners pictured in the photo above  (clockwise from bottom left) Kaity, Kershawn, Alexis, Joseph, Valerie, and Carla. Not pictured are Sophiya, Natasha, Johnathan, and Khadim. 

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

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Christina Aguilera bought customers coffee at Starbucks Rockefeller Center Concourse in New York

Christina Aguilera bought customers coffee at Starbucks Rockefeller Center Concourse in New York

Next Door by Wegmans and Amore Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar by Wegmans will host “East Meets West Dinner” with three celebrity chefs

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-2-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Next Door by Wegmans and Amore Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar by Wegmans are honored to welcome three celebrity chefs to their kitchens for specialty dinners.

March 4thNext Door by Wegmans will host an “East Meets West Dinner” with Japanese Chef Mikami-San. This monthly dinner, a culinary adventure with ever-changing fresh, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients sells out quickly. Dinner is $65/person for all six courses; wine pairings available for an additional $29. Call 585-249-4575 to secure your spot for this spectacular evening.

March 11thAmore Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar will celebrate the “Taste of Tuscany” with Chef and Restaurateur Cesare Casella. Chef Cesare will spend the evening cooking in the kitchen and roaming the floor to visit with guests. While menu items (such as Tartara di Tonno, Roasted Skirt Steak, and Rigatoni All’Amatriciana) may be ordered a la arte, the full five-course dinner is $49/per person. Wine pairings available for an additional $29pp. Dinner will be served between 4-9pm (Tuscany menu only) and reservations can be made throughout the evening by calling 585-452-8780.

Sold Out! March 2nd – NYC Chef and owner of Tribeca (currently named #2 Best Food in NYC by Zagat), David Bouley, will join forces with Wegmans Chef Chris Brandt and Chef Zach Dick in the Test Kitchen at Next Door by Wegmans. The three chefs will collaborate to create an evening that celebrates the vegan diet – one that focuses on foods from the earth including great grains, a variety of veggies, and fabulous fruits! “Love Your Veggies

The Test Kitchen at Next Door by Wegmans, 3220 Monroe Avenue
Amore Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar by Wegmans, 1750 East Avenue

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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:  Jeanne Colleluori, Communications & Media Specialist, 585-720-5750

Whole Foods Market and American Homestead Natural Pork launch Non-GMO Project Verified™ fresh pork program at Whole Foods Market stores in Oregon and Washington

Austin, TX, 2015-2-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market has teamed up with longtime supplier partner American Homestead Natural Pork to launch the first large-scale Non-GMO Project Verified™ fresh pork program at Whole Foods Market stores in Oregon and Washington.

The new program, which includes a full lineup of fresh pork cuts in store meat cases, will offer a variety of choices for shoppers who are looking to avoid meat from animals fed genetically modified organisms (GMOs)*. All offerings also meet Whole Foods Market’s strict animal welfare standards.

This achievement marks a significant point in Whole Foods Market’s progress toward providing GMO transparency for the products it sells, and is a step forward in meeting the needs of shoppers who are increasingly requesting organic and non-GMO alternatives.

“Our customers tell us they want more non-GMO choices, and we’re listening,” said Joe Rogoff, president of Whole Foods Market’s Pacific Northwest Region. “The path to earning non-GMO verification isn’t an easy one. We’re grateful to American Homestead Natural Pork for taking on the challenge of helping us reach this key milestone, and for sharing our commitment to transparency and uncompromised standards.”

Meat itself cannot be tested to determine if it is from animals fed GMOs, which makes achieving verification for meat even more complex than for plant-based products. In order to earn verification, suppliers must only feed their animals non-GMO-verified feed, and are subject to regular, ongoing testing. To earn its verification, American Homestead Natural Pork worked with local farmers and feed mill partners to grow, test, segregate, blend and locally distribute non-GMO-verified feed to its farmer partners who are producing pork for Whole Foods Market.

“We are very appreciative of our farmer partners, and of Whole Foods Market for their commitment in achieving this goal,” said Dee McLaughlin, CEO of American Homestead Natural Pork. “We believe in this program and how it fits within our philosophy of breed, tradition, and care. It is an exciting step forward for us.”

Whole Foods Market now carries more than 25,000 certified organic products** and 8,500 non-GMO Project Verified products in its stores companywide, making Whole Foods Market a top destination for shoppers who are looking to avoid GMOs. In March 2013, Whole Foods Market became the first national grocer to set a deadline for full GMO transparency. By 2018, all food sold in Whole Foods Market’s U.S. and Canadian stores must have full GMO transparency.

Whole Foods Market currently has eight stores and one mobile grocery location in Oregon and seven stores in Washington.

* Raised and fed a diet in compliance with Non-GMO Project standards for the avoidance of genetically engineered ingredients.
**The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in organic food.

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Whole Foods Market and American Homestead Natural Pork launch Non-GMO Project Verified™ fresh pork program at Whole Foods Market stores in Oregon and Washington

Whole Foods Market and American Homestead Natural Pork launch Non-GMO Project Verified™ fresh pork program at Whole Foods Market stores in Oregon and Washington

 

Morrisons cuts the regular price of more than 130 shopping basket staples by 22%

Bradford, England, 2015-2-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons has announced that from today it is cutting the regular price of more than 130 shopping basket staples by an average of 22 per cent. These are items that most customers put in their baskets most regularly.

The price of essentials such as bread, milk, butter, eggs, coffee, sugar, fruit juice and pasta will be reduced.

The price cuts, led by Morrisons, are an important contributor, to the falling rate of inflation highlighted by the Bank of England last week.  Governor Mark Carney said that the UK might experience deflation in the spring.

This round of cuts will be across both big-brand and own-brand products including:

Item Old price New price Saving %
Warburton White Medium Loaf, 800g £1.45 £1.00 31%
Morrisons Milk, 4 pints £1.39 £1.00 28%
Morrisons Savers Butter, 250g £0.99 £0.91 8%
M Medium Free Range Eggs, 6 pack £1.39 £0.99 29%
Nescafe Original Coffee, 300g £7.45 £5.79 22%
Silverspoon Granulated Sugar, 2kg £1.55 £1.20 23%
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, 500g £1.45 £1.09 25%
M Orange Juice, 1 litre £1.00 £0.69 31%
M Spaghetti, 500g £0.95 £0.59 38%

Morrisons Group Marketing and Customer Director Nick Collard said: “These are ongoing lower price cuts, not promotions.  The price cuts we have now made across products that customers buy week in, week out, are making a real difference to the cost of the weekly family shop.”