Delhaize Group sets the threshold as from which a shareholding needs to be disclosed at 3%

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2015-3-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group discloses the information required under article 15, § 1 and 18, § 1 of the Law of May 2, 2007 regarding the disclosure of major shareholdings in listed companies following a capital increase resulting from the exercise of subscription rights by employees.

Information as of February 27, 2015 :

  • Total outstanding capital: € 51 542 952.50
  • Total number of outstanding ordinary shares: 103 085 905
  • Total number of outstanding subscription rights (each right entitles the holder to subscribe to one new ordinary share): 2 313 860

Pursuant to Delhaize Group’s Articles of Association, the threshold as from which a shareholding needs to be disclosed has been set at 3%.

Notifications of important shareholdings to be made according to the Law of May 2, 2007 or Delhaize Group’s Articles of Association should be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

» Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. At the end of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 468 stores. In 2014, Delhaize Group posted €21.4 billion ($28.4 billion) in revenues. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €179 million ($237 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximatively 152 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

» Contacts

Investor Relations: + 32 2 412 2151

Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669

Marks & Spencer completed the installation of UK’s largest single roof mounted solar panel array

LONDON, 2015-3-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has completed the installation of the UK’s largest single roof mounted solar panel array on its East Midlands distribution centre in Castle Donington.

With the final panel laid and the system fully commissioned, the solar PV array will span the site’s 900,000 sq ft roof and will generate over 5,000 MWh of electricity per year, the equivalent amount of energy to power 1,190 houses.

The 24,272 PV panel structure, which would cover 25 miles if the panels were laid end to end, will lower M&S’s carbon footprint by 48,000 tonnes over 20 years. The energy generated will provide nearly 25% of the energy required for the fully automated distribution centre, which is big enough to hold 11 football pitches.

The record-breaking PV array will help M&S maintain its commitment of sourcing 100% of its electricity for UK and Ireland buildings from renewable sources, with 50% sourced from small scale renewable sources by 2020.

Hugo Adams, Director of Property at M&S, said:

“The completion of this project is hugely exciting for everyone at M&S. It is the first significant step in a number of solar energy initiatives we are planning this year. The scale of the project demonstrates our ambitious goals and long term commitment to onsite renewable energy.”

Amber Rudd, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, said:
“There is massive potential to turn our large buildings into power stations – and this is a great example of how businesses can reap the benefits.

“More rooftop solar means more jobs – and will also help deliver the clean, reliable energy supplies that the country needs at the lowest possible cost to consumers.”

The project is the first of a number of onsite renewable initiatives set to be rolled out this year by M&S, and is another step on the retailer’s carbon reduction journey. Since the launch of Plan A in 2007, M&S has lowered its carbon emissions by 37% and is carbon neutral across its worldwide operations.

M&S has agreed a Power Purchase Agreement with leading infrastructure specialist Amber Infrastructure, which will be supplying and maintaining the 6.1MWp solar panel array, having now completed its installation. The agreement runs for 20 years, with commitment from M&S to purchase all the electricity generated by the solar panels.

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Notes

Marks & Spencer Engineering Manager Paul Millard will be delivering a seminar titled “Commercial rooftops – practical implementation case study” at Ecobuild on Wednesday the 4th March. The session will explore how solar can best be deployed on commercial rooftops.

About Plan A
Plan A is Marks & Spencer’s 100 commitment eco and ethical programme that tackles both today’s and tomorrow’s sustainable retail challenges. Launched in 2007, the plan has helped M&S send no waste to landfill, become carbon neutral and win 190 industry awards. Organised around four pillars – Inspiration, In Touch, Integrity and Innovation – it aims to make M&S the world’s most sustainable major retailer. To find out more please visit the Plan A website –http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/plan-a.

For further information on M&S, please contact:

Corporate Press Office
0208 718 1919

Amber Infrastructure
Amber Infrastructure Group (Amber) is a leading international infrastructure specialist, providing asset management and investment advisory services in respect of over £4 billion of assets in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America. Amber’s core business focuses on sourcing, developing, advising on, investing in and managing infrastructure assets within the utilities, PPP, transport, renewable energy and regeneration sectors. Amber provides investment advisory services to FTSE listed International Public Partnerships Limited as well as private investment funds, specialising in urban regeneration and energy efficiency, under the specialist brand Amber Green. Amber is headquartered in London with offices in Edinburgh, Munich, Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco.

Marks & Spencer updates on the growth plans for its China business

LONDON, 2015-3-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer has today provided an update on the growth plans for its China business. In line with prior announcements Marks & Spencer has today confirmed that:

  • Marks & Spencer has a firm intent to enter key cities such as Beijing and Guangzhou from 2015/16.
  • It will continue to invest in its existing flagship store portfolio with the complete modernisation of its flagship store on West Nanjing Road in Shanghai during the autumn.
  • As announced in April 2014, Marks & Spencer has reviewed the shape of its existing store portfolio to ensure its best aligned with its strategic growth plans. As a result, Marks & Spencer has taken the decision to close five of its supporting stores in the greater Shanghai region by August 2015. It has also reviewed its head office resource structure in line with growth plans.
  • Continuing its ‘bricks & clicks’ strategy, Marks & Spencer is leveraging E-commerce to strengthen brand awareness and reach across the country. Following the popularity of its online stores on China’s leading websites, which during the last quarter saw its sales on TMall.com increase by 200% on last year, Marks & Spencer launched a new dedicated kidswear store on TMall.com and a new clothing store on JD.com in January.
  • For the long term M&S is in the process of evaluating potential partners as first set out at its International Investor Seminar in April 2014.

HONG KONG & MACAU

  • In line with its International strategy to focus on its flagship stores, Marks & Spencer will invest in modernising its stores in Hong Kong during 2015/16.
  • Marks & Spencer will expand its Food store portfolio at convenient travel and city locations in Hong Kong during 2015/16. Since its update last year, Marks & Spencer has opened three Food standalone stores in Hong Kong during 2014/15, which have seen sales per square foot in line with its best performing Food stores in the UK.
  • Marks & Spencer will also grow its presence in Macau with the opening of a new 1,000 square metre store at The Venetian Mall in November 2015.

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, Marks & Spencer’s Executive Director, Marketing & International, said: “Last year, we reaffirmed our commitment to our Greater Chinese business and set out clear strategic plans. Today we can share more details of our continued investment across our priority markets of China, Hong Kong and Macau. This includes the modernisation of our flagship stores, entering new key cities, growing our Hong Kong Food store portfolio and expanding our reach across China through new sites on TMall.com and JD.com.”

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For further information, please contact:

Tiffany Hu
Ketchum Shanghai
Telephone: +86 21 63532288 x 131
Email: tiffany.hu@ketchum.com

Emma Johnson
M&S International Corporate PR
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8718 1980
Email: emma.johnson@marksandspencer.com

Corporate Press Office
Telephone: +44 (0)208 718 1919
Out of Hours: +44 (0)208 718 2000

Notes to Editors

Further details on today’s update:

Marks & Spencer China

  • Marks & Spencer’s first store opened in China in 2008.
  • M&S Changzhou Wanda Plaza, Changzhou and M&S Wuxi Jiangyin Wanda Plaza, Wuxi, will close on 9 March 2015. M&S Jiangqiao Wanda Plaza, Jiading, M&S Wenzhou, and M&S Changzhou InJoy City, Changzhou will close between March and August 2015. Employees of these stores and the supporting head office functions will be fully supported during this process.
  • Marks & Spencer launched its online flagship store on TMall.com in January 2013 offering clothing and food products. This was followed by the launch of its wine E-shop on JD.com in May 2014. In January, Marks & Spencer launched its new dedicated kidswear store on TMall.com offering over 300 quality, stylish kidswear lines and for the first time offer over 600 clothing products on JD.com.

Marks & Spencer Hong Kong & Macau 

  • Marks & Spencer opened its first Hong Kong store at the Ocean Centre shopping mall in May 1988 and now has 18 wholly-owned stores in Hong Kong. M&S opened its first Marks & Spencer Food store in Hong Kong at Wanchai in 2010 and currently has four standalone Food stores.
  • Marks & Spencer opened its first store in Macau at the Cotai Strip Resorts Macao in August 2014.

About Marks & Spencer: 

  • Marks & Spencer is one of the UK’s leading retailers. M&S sells high quality, great value clothing and home products as well as outstanding quality food.
  • Established in 1884, Marks & Spencer currently has over 840 UK stores and over 480 international stores across 59 territories in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
  • For more information please visitwww.marksandspencer.com/corporate

Lilly Pulitzer printed murfee scarf available exclusively at Belk, Inc.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2015-3-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belk, Inc. announced today the company’s latest collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer, offering an exclusive print murfee scarf. Lilly Pulitzer’s design team created this exclusive print to celebrate the two brands’ longtime and successful partnership.

The Lilly team captured Belk’s modern, Southern style in the print which features mason jars, palmetto trees, sunshine and “Lilly loves Belk” among other details in the design. The scarf will be sold for $118 at participating Belk locations, and can be found in-store at the end of February.

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 300 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence.  Its belk.com website offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ended Feb. 1, 2014, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $20.9 million to communities within Belk market areas.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and Belk Blog, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

Contact: Jessica Graham, vice president, communications and community relations, 704-426-8333, Jessica_graham@belk.com

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Lilly Pulitzer printed murfee scarf available exclusively at Belk, Inc.

Lilly Pulitzer printed murfee scarf available exclusively at Belk, Inc.

Kevin Johnson named Starbucks president and COO with focus on Starbucks information technology, mobile and digital platforms

SEATTLE, 2015-3-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Long before Kevin Johnson was named Starbucks president and chief operating officer, and a decade before being appointed to the company’s board of directors, he was a Starbucks customer.

“Like everyone else, I started walking into my local Starbucks for coffee and became a part of what millions of people now consider to be their daily ritual,” said Johnson. “What I noticed then, and what I continue to appreciate now, is the authentic and thoughtful ways partners (employees) create a great experience for customers and bring the brand to life.”

With partners and customers in mind, today Johnson begins his new role with Starbucks. In January, Starbucks announcedJohnson would join the company’s senior leadership team following Troy Alstead’s decision to take a sabbatical after 23-years with Starbucks.

As Starbucks president and coo, Johnson will manage all operational functions including the global businesses of Starbucks in the Americas, EMEA and China/Asia Pacific. He will also oversee Starbucks global supply chain which works with more than 21,000 stores in 66 countries worldwide. From coffee to cups to chairs and more, the global supply team manages more than 85,000 outbound deliveries per week to Starbucks retail stores, distribution channels and outlets.

Johnson will draw on his decades of experience in the tech industry to direct Starbucks information technology, and mobile and digital platforms.  He’s a longtime tech leader having served as CEO of Juniper Networks and as a Microsoft executive. At Microsoft, he led worldwide sales, marketing and services which gave him key insights in running a large customer-facing global operation. Johnson said he has a “great deal of passion for innovation and the role technology plays in improving lives.”

“The digital revolution has put mobile devices in the hands of consumers and cloud computing enables new types of services. The businesses that utilize technology to enhance their customers’ experiences are going to be the big winners in the years to come. I’d definitely put Starbucks in that category,” Johnson said.

He has helped guide Starbucks digital strategy since joining the company’s board of directors in 2009 – the same year the company introduced its My Starbucks Rewards loyalty program which now has more than nine million members. The most recent innovation for customers, the launch of Mobile Order & Pay, will expand and the company will debut mobile delivery via the Starbucks app later this year.

“The opportunity for me to be a part of Starbucks, which is clearly a leader in the digital space, is both very exciting and humbling,” he said.

Johnson’s commitment to digital innovation extends to nonprofit businesses. He was a founding board member of NPower, an organization that provides other nonprofits with access to technology and the skills needed to fulfill their social missions. That includes helping young adults and veterans through free tech and professional skills training. Johnson is also involved with Catalyst, a leading nonprofit that focuses on expanding opportunities for women in business. And he supports Youth Eastside Services, one of the largest providers of youth and family counseling assistance in the Seattle area.

Family is at the “center of my world,” said Johnson, who grew up with his brother and sister in a small town in New Mexico. Johnson’s father was a theoretical physicist; his mother a pediatric nurse.

“I hope that I’ve taken on the best of my parents’ characteristics – the analytical, logical thoughtful nature of my father and the compassionate and caring characteristics of my mother,” he added. Kevin and June Johnson have two sons, ages 27 and 30, and one grandchild.

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, Starbucks 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 our stores or online at Starbucks.com and news.starbucks.com

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

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Kevin Johnson appointed as president and chief operating officer Starbucks Corporation

Kevin Johnson named Starbucks president and COO with focus on Starbucks information technology, mobile and digital platforms

National Council of Chain Restaurants Director Rob Green comments on the introduction of the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act

WASHINGTON, 2015-3-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Council of Chain Restaurants today issued the following statement from Executive Director Rob Green on the introduction of the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act, sponsored by Senators Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Jeff Flake R-Ariz., which would repeal the federal Renewable Fuel Standard corn ethanol mandate:

“We applaud Senator Toomey and Senator Feinstein for introducing this important bipartisan legislation to repeal the RFS corn ethanol mandate. This measure recognizes that the Renewable Fuel Standard is broken and that Congress should act before the mandate does even more damage to the U.S. economy.

“Small business restaurant owners in all segments of the chain restaurant industry, including quick-service, fast casual and table service restaurants strongly support legislative efforts to repeal the unnecessary ethanol mandate. The mandate has created a chain reaction causing volatility and spikes in food costs which hurt restaurant owners, suppliers, and their customers.

“The RFS ethanol mandate is a failed government experiment and must be repealed now.”

A PricewaterhouseCoopers study commissioned by NCCR concluded that the corn ethanol mandate costs the typical chain restaurant $18,000 in increased food and commodity costs.

The National Council of Chain Restaurants is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include the country’s most-respected quick-service and table-service chains. NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade group.

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Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Ahold reports Q4 sales of EUR 8.1 billion, up 7.9%; FY 2014 results announced

  • Q4 sales of €8.1 billion, up 7.9% driven by currency and improved sales trends (up 2.6% at constant exchange rates)
  • Underlying operating margin of 3.7%; excluding the impact of the SPAR acquisition, stable versus prior two quarters at 3.9%
  • Simplicity program 2012-2014 achieved €865 million; new target for 2015 of €350 million
  • Strong free cash flow in Q4 resulted in full-year free cash flow of €1,055 million
  • Dividend increased by 2.1% to €0.48 per share
  • New €500 million share buyback program over the next 12 months

Zaandam, The Netherlands, 2015-3-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today published its summary report for the fourth quarter and full year 2014.

CEO Dick Boer said: “In the fourth quarter, we reported a strong sales performance, reflecting a positive currency impact as well as improvements in underlying sales trends, both in the United States and in the Netherlands. Our underlying operating margin was stable versus the previous two quarters, adjusted for the SPAR acquisition. Free cash flow generation during the quarter was strong, with €613 million compared to €485 million last year.

“The actions we took this year across our businesses to improve our customer proposition and to provide better value to our customers resulted in an improving sales performance over the course of the year. Operating income of €1,250 million was slightly higher than last year. Underlying operating margin of 3.9% was impacted by investments in our customer proposition in the United States, strong sales growth from our online business in the Netherlands and our acquisition of the SPAR stores in the Czech Republic. We completed our 2012-2014 Simplicity program and achieved €865 million in cost and efficiency improvements, exceeding our target of €600 million.

“We continued to generate strong free cash flow, amounting to €1,055 million for the year. In May, we executed our €1 billion capital repayment and reverse stock split and by December we completed our €2 billion share buyback program. Today, we are announcing a new €500 million share buyback program over the next 12 months. Following our strong free cash flow, the Board has proposed a 2.1% increase in our dividend to €0.48, reflecting a payout of 51%.”

Cautionary notice

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements as to dividend and payout ratio, share buyback, competition in the markets in which Ahold operates, the integration of SPAR, customer proposition, costs savings and efficiency improvements, investments, pension costs and cash contributions, free cash flow, capital expenditures, interest expense, effective tax rate, debt repayment, returning cash to shareholders, liquidity, capital structure, leverage ratio, agreements with Albert Heijn franchisees, conversion of stores to the Albert Heijn banner, synergies from the combination of operations, Ahold’s ability to expand its geographic area , Albert Heijn franchise litigation and GRO shares. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forwardlooking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as the effect of general economic or political conditions, fluctuations in exchange rates or interest rates, increases or changes in competition, Ahold’s ability to implement and successfully complete its plans and strategies, the benefits from and resources generated by Ahold’s plans and strategies being less than or different from those anticipated, changes in Ahold’s liquidity needs, the actions of competitors and third parties and other factors discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Ahold does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by applicable laws. Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of
“Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold.”

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US Foods introduces nearly two dozen new products in its latest Scoop product line-up

Innovative Burgers, BBQ and Bacon Set to Sweep Menus Across the Country

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-3-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Spring, US Foods is taking some of the most beloved and distinctly American recipes to the next level with the introduction of its latest Scoop product line-up. From the Chef’s Line® Belly Burger and Cross Valley Farms® Superfood Slaw to Patuxent Farms® Pepper Encrusted Bacon and the three authentic, regional BBQ sauces from Chef’s Line®, the Spring Scoop features innovative items that capture the nation’s tastiest flavors.

“The nearly two dozen new products in this lineup will give operators everything they need to spice up their menus with new takes on the tried and true American favorites diners love,” said Pietro Satriano, chief merchandising officer, US Foods. “With warmer weather on the horizon, the time is just right for the burgers, barbecue and other Spring Scoop items to take their place on menus across the country.”

The classic burger remains one of America’s most popular comfort foods. US Foods is giving the beloved burger a bit of a makeover with the debut of three new burgers. Chef’s Line Belly Burger combines the smoky flavors of pork belly with the richness of beef, while the All Natural Umami Turkey Patty is like none other in the market. The Harvest Value® Savory Burger is made with one-third mushrooms and packs savory goodness at 40 percent less fat. Combine these with Chef’s Line Natural Fry, the first natural and minimally processed fry on the market, for the ultimate American meal.

Today, 80 percent of consumers indicate they care about food sustainability. Harbor Banks® Beer Battered Alaskan Cod is sustainably caught and then breaded in a golden-crisp batter infused with the refreshing flavors of Alaskan Brewing Co.’s Alaskan White Ale.

Also joining the spring lineup is one of America’s bona fide favorites – bacon. Patuxent Farms Pepper Encrusted Bacon delivers the perfect blend of bold, beautiful and versatile that will delight the taste buds of any bacon lover.

US Foods is gearing up to celebrate dining outdoors with mouthwatering, American-style BBQ that is sure to be a hit at restaurants across the country. Chef’s Line is introducing a new series of regional BBQ sauces, offering something for any BBQ fan’s palette. The line features the Yippee Ki Yay Texas Style BBQ Sauce, which combines smoky and peppery flavors with spicy undertones; along with the thick and sweet Meemaw’s Molasses Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce; and the rich and tangy Sassy Swine Carolina Style BBQ Sauce. These sauces are perfectly paired with the tender and meaty goodness of Patuxent Farms Premium Pulled Pork or Chef’s Line All Natural Pork Country Style Ribs.

No American-inspired line would be complete without America’s ultimate lunchtime favorite – the sandwich. Premium Wheat Beer and Sweet Corn Hoagie Rolls from Hilltop Hearth® give a twist to the traditional hoagie and put the spotlight back on the bread. Load them up with All Natural Fire Smoked Ham, Creamy Chicken Salad or Loaded Baked Potato Salad from Metro Deli®.

“Our new Scoop products deliver hints of flavor from different regions all over the country, offering a little something for everyone,” said Satriano.

For a sweet end to meals, diners can indulge in Chef’s Line Coffee Ice Cream. Serve alone or pair with Chocolate Cola or Strawberry Rhubarb Muffin Minis also from Chef’s Line.

To see the full spring edition and learn more about the product offerings from US Foods, visit www.usfoods.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

Foodservice operators interested in learning more about Scoop can also request a product demonstration at:http://www.usfoods.com/content/www/home/food/scoop/scoop-demonstration-request-form.html

About US Foods
As one of America’s great food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is Keeping Kitchens Cooking™ and making life easier for customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. With approximately $22 billion in annual revenue, the company offers more than 350,000 products, including high-quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef’s Line®, a time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, and Rykoff Sexton®, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Contact

Lisa Lecas, Manager
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com

MAXIMA GRUPĖ owned MAXIMA Eesti becomes the first retail chain in Estonia to open a store online

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2015-3-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — MAXIMA Eesti owned by MAXIMA GRUPĖ became the first retail chain in Estonia to open a store online. Residents of Tallinn and its surroundings are now able to buy more than 6000 different types of everyday food and drinks, vegetables, fruits, perishable and frozen products.

MAXIMA was also the first to offer online shopping possibilities to residents of other Baltic States – in Lithuania online shop was launched in 2011, in Latvia – in 2012.

“We carefully observe customers’ needs and try to use our best experience in other countries where our companies operate. The project of online shopping is one of the examples, when the project, created in Lithuania, was moved to Latvia and, finally, developed in Estonia”, – says General Director of MAXIMA GRUPĖ Neringa Janavičiūtė.

The new E-MAXIMA in Estonia is available since the beginning of February. The most demanded its products turn to be water, diapers and milk products. Prices online are the same as in MAXIMA shopping centers. Besides to this, customers can also use the same discounts as in the stores.

The first E-MAXIMA store was opened in Vilnius, Lithuania, in February 2011. Last March, it was replaced by the new online shop BARBORA, set up by the shareholders, according to a bilateral strategic partnership with MAXIMA LT. Meanwhile, E-MAXIMA was launched in March 2012 in Riga, Latvia. It is currently the only grocery store on the Internet in this country.

MAXIMA GRUPĖ is a holding company, established in 2007, that controls retail stores in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, and Bulgaria. It operates 519 stores MAXIMA X, MAXIMA XX, MAXIMA XXX, ALDIK and T-MARKET: 228 of them are located in Lithuania, 147 in Latvia, 73 in Estonia, 44 in Bulgaria and 27 in Poland.

Additional information:
Giedrius Juozapavičius,
Head of Corporate Affairs
MAXIMA GRUPĖ, UAB
Tel.: +370 659 15118
Email:  giedrius.juozapavicius@maximagrupe.eu
www.maximagrupe.eu