Haggen partners with Food Lifeline and AgriBeef, Co. to support the Washington Beef Commission’s Beef Counts campaign

Washington State Beef Commission, Double R Ranch and Food Lifeline join with Haggen to provide nourishing beef meals to neighbors in need

Bellingham, Wash., 2015-3-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the fourth consecutive year, Haggen has partnered with Food Lifeline and AgriBeef, Co. to support the Washington Beef Commission’s Beef Counts campaign, a joint effort to provide nutritious Northwest beef to community members in need. Throughout the month of March, Haggen is giving customers three simple ways to help raise funds for Beef Counts:

  1. Buy Double R Ranch Beef at Haggen in March. For every pound of beef sold at Haggen this month, Washington’s Beef Community will make a donation—up to $10,000—to Food Lifeline. Haggen and Double R Ranch will match this donation with a goal of raising $20,000 to providing 40,000 servings of protein-packed beef to neighbors in need.
  2. Donate at the cash register. Customers can add a cash donation to their grocery bill during their regular shopping trip. There’s no limit to how much can be donated through this method, and every penny will go directly to Food Lifeline.
  3. Share photos tagged with #WABeefCounts. When people share an image of their Double R Ranch beef meal with the hashtag #WABeefCounts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, local farmers and ranchers will donate an additional $5 to Beef Counts, up to $2000.

“As a grocer, the issue of hunger is very close to our hearts here at Haggen,” said John Clougher, CEO Haggen Pacific Northwest. “We’re lucky to have access to some of the best beef in the world right here in Washington, and we’re resolved to help Food Lifeline achieve its goal of receiving high-quality protein for our neighbors in need.”

Washington State ranks 22nd in the nation in overall food insecurity, with one out of every six Washington households food insecure at some point during the year. Half of all food bank recipients are seniors and children in critical need of the protein and minerals found in beef to sustain a healthy, well-balanced diet. The USDA recommends that most people eat five to six ounces of high-quality protein per day, but less than 11 percent of food bank donations are protein-based.

“We felt very strongly that mobilizing Washington’s beef community behind this mission would make a real impact on the severe lack of high-quality protein available to families in need,” said Jay Theiler, executive director of marketing for AgriBeef, Co. “We are fortunate to have had a fantastic partner in Haggen all these years, a company committed to local sourcing and making a positive impact in the community they call home.”

The beef will be provided to Food Lifeline by Double R Ranch and AgriBeef, Co. Food Lifeline will then distribute this beef to its network of 276 local food banks, meal programs and shelters. Each family receiving the beef will also receive a brochure that details proper cooking methods, healthy recipes, nutrition facts, and safe beef handling and storage information.

“Thanks to the generosity of Haggen, its customers, and Washington ranchers and farmers, thousands of hungry people will get the high-quality protein they need via Food Lifeline’s 275-agency network of food banks, meal programs and shelters,” says Linda Nageotte, President and CEO of Food Lifeline. “Beef Counts is a critical program that helps us meet the growing needs of children, families, seniors and many others who face hunger every day in our community.”

About Haggen

Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. The company currently operates stores in Washington and Oregon, and is in the process of acquiring an additional 146 stores. With this acquisition, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on building local, sustainable food economies as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com.

About Double R Ranch

Double R Ranch Northwest Beef is a premium beef brand from AgriBeef Co., in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Located in the pristine Okanogan region of Washington State, the Double R Ranch is recognized for its high quality cattle genetics and for its commitment to animal well-being and environmental stewardship. The Double R Ranch’s preservation of its picturesque land and native wildlife, and the recycling of resources to create a model of sustainable beef production represent the “Heart and Soul” of the brand.

About Food Lifeline

Food Lifeline approaches hunger as a logistical problem that can be solved. Working with the food industry and its surpluses, we come up with creative solutions to stopping hunger, including redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste. We provide 88,000 meals a day to 276 local food assistance programs, and that, combined with our policy work, creates a sustainable approach to hunger. For more information about Beef Counts at Food Lifeline or to make a tax-deductible donation,  www.foodlifeline.org/beefcounts or call 206-545-6600.

About the Washington Beef Commission

The Washington State Beef Commission is the beef promotion, research and consumer education arm of the state’s beef industry.  It is funded entirely by the assessments of Washington’s over 9,000 family farmers and ranchers.  Visit www.wabeef.org for beef recipes and to learn more about Washington’s beef community.

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Deborah Pleva
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Haggen partners with Food Lifeline and AgriBeef, Co. to support the Washington Beef Commission’s Beef Counts campaign

Haggen partners with Food Lifeline and AgriBeef, Co. to support the Washington Beef Commission’s Beef Counts campaign

BRC Director General Helen Dickinson comments on the announcement that the Government will examine the structure of the current business rates system

LONDON, 2015-3-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commenting on today’s announcement that the Government will examine the structure of the current business rates system Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium Director General, said:

“We very much welcome this further announcement of a complete review of the business rates system. This is, after all, a system that acts as a major drag on our economy while punishing our local high street.

“We supported the government’s decision back in December to take a proper look at the inequities of this system and today’s announcement from the Chief Secretary of a ‘radical’ review is great news for all of us who want a fairer, more efficient and sustainable system.

“From the breadth of the questions that the review is to address it’s clear that the government intend to take a broad and open-minded approach to finding solutions. That will meet with strong support in the business community.

“To guarantee that this review is a success it’s absolutely crucial that the government seeks authoritative and independent analysis as it progresses, with solutions based on the objective consideration of supporting evidence.

“Taking this approach will guarantee that the government’s own assessments are robust and that the necessary sweeping reforms deliver a fairer and sustainable system, one that ensures that the tax more closely reflects the wider economic conditions and allows businesses to remain competitive.

“With cross-party political support for a fundamental review of business rates I’m confident that we can bring about badly needed change, and in doing so securing the investment, jobs and growth that have been held back by the burden of this pernicious tax.

“We look forward to working closely with government and the review process as it progresses.”

John Rogers, Sainsbury’s Chief Financial Officer and Chair of the BRC industry-wide group looking at the issue of business rates, said:

“This review is very encouraging, and we welcome the possibility of much needed reform of business rates, and the reporting deadline of next year’s Budget. The fundamental questions announced by the government today are the right ones, and open up the possibility of creating a rates system fit for the twenty first century. We need to have a system that is fair, adaptable, and competitive across all sectors and businesses. Reducing the business tax burden, sharing it equitably across all industries and flexing it according to sales performance and economic conditions would encourage businesses to support economic growth, invest in high streets and create more jobs.”


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Ahold repurchased 753,700 Ahold common shares in the period from March 9, 2015 up to and including March 13, 2015

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-3-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 753,700 Ahold common shares in the period from March 9, 2015 up to and including March 13, 2015.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of €18.0311 per share for a total consideration of €13.59 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €500 million share buyback program announced on February 26, 2015.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 753,700 common shares for a total consideration of €13.59 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.


The H&M Group reports 15% sales increase including VAT in local currencies in February 2015 vs last year’s same month

The H&M Group’s sales including VAT increased by 15 percent in local currencies in February 2015 compared to the same month the previous year.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-3-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the first quarter, i.e. 1 December 2014 to 28 February 2015, sales increased by 15 percent including VAT in local currencies compared to the corresponding quarter last year. Sales in the first quarter converted into SEK increased by 25 percent and amounted to SEK 46,791 m (37,524) including VAT. Sales excluding VAT amounted to SEK 40,276 m (32,143).

The total number of stores amounted to 3,551 on 28 February 2015 versus 3,192 on 28 February 2014.

Percentage sales development for the month of March will be published in a press release on 15 April 2015 at 08.00 (CET).

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO

Contact: Nils Vinge, Head of IR, +46 8 796 5250.

The information in this press release is that which H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) is required to disclose under Sweden’s Securities Market Act. It was released for publication at 08.00 (CET) on 16 March 2015.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. In addition to H&M, the Group includes the brands COS, Monki, Weekday, Cheap Monday, & Other Stories as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has more than 3,500 stores in 55 countries. In 2014, sales including VAT amounted to more than SEK 176,6 billion and the number of employees was more than 132,000.
For further information, visit hm.com.


Only press enquiries

Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

All other enquiries

H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

H&M’s new Conscious Exclusive collection shows what can be done with more sustainable materials to create pieces of great individual style

H&M’s new Conscious Exclusive collection shows what can be done with more sustainable materials, using fabrics such as hemp, organic linen and organic leather to create pieces of great individual style. The collection, worn exclusively by actress and humanitarian Olivia Wilde in the campaign, will be available in around 200 H&M stores worldwide on April 16, as well as online.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-3-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — This year’s Conscious Exclusive takes inspiration from around the planet, with a focus on the versatility of the dress. An organic linen and silk sleeveless gown with a glamorous shape is printed hand-drawn images of birds. A black cocktail dress is made from Tencel and recycled wool, with an African influence in its embellished rows of recycled sequins. Meanwhile a sleeveless cocktail dress has a print inspired by Japanese ink, and is made from organic hemp, organic silk and organic cotton.

Each piece in the collection is special, whether it’s the bomber jacket made from a Tencel jacquard that’s like the reverse of a jaquard, with threads left purposefully loose, or the organic silk tuxedo blazer that’s slashed to the elbow to create a dramatic effect.

The use of more sustainable materials is varied and comprehensive, from the recycled beads on a flapper dress, to the organic leather used for a minimalist leather jacket and the stack-heeled sandals.

“I love the Conscious Exclusive collection at H&M, both for the look, and also for its ethics. This is how all fashion should be: great style that’s naturally more sustainable,” says Olivia Wilde.

“I love the global influences to this Conscious Exclusive collection and the beauty of the hand-drawn prints, made by one of our talented in house designers. And Olivia Wilde is the perfect choice for this collection, sharing with H&M a commitment to a more sustainable future,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Adviser H&M.


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Please note the contact details above are only for media representatives. For other enquiries contact H&M’s switchboard on +46 8 796 55 00.


H&M’s new Conscious Exclusive collection shows what can be done with more sustainable materials to create pieces of great individual style

H&M’s new Conscious Exclusive collection shows what can be done with more sustainable materials to create pieces of great individual style


Associated Food Stores appointed Malinda Boothe CP-FS as Director of Food Safety

Malinda Boothe Joins Wholesaler to Evolve Food Safety

Salt Lake City, UT, 2015-3-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Food Stores is taking major strides in the food safety movement. The grocery wholesaler, headquartered in Salt Lake, recently hired Malinda Boothe CP-FS, to fill the position of Director of Food Safety. Boothe will be responsible for developing and implementing a dynamic food safety and compliance program for Associated Food Stores’ more than 400 independent retailers, ensuring each one remains compliant with government food safety regulations.

“I am excited to be part of the team and want to make AFS the industry leader in food safety,” Boothe said. “Many changes are occurring within the food safety environment and my primary goal is to ensure our retail members are extremely progressive in protecting their customers and teams.”

Boothe previously served as the director of compliance for A&Z Produce in Salt Lake City and held several management positions in loss prevention and food safety at Supervalu stores throughout the Intermountain West. These experiences prepared her to assume the director of food safety position at AFS.

“We are excited to welcome Malinda to the AFS team and know she will do great things with the food safety program,” said Bob King, VP of member retail operations and government affairs. “We are positive our retailers will find her expertise and knowledge incredibly valuable.”

Media Contact
Rachael Wabel

Klépierre acquires 70 000 sq.m. shopping center located in Madrid, Pleniliunio

PARIS, 2015-3-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Klépierre signed an agreement to acquire 100% of Plenilunio from an entity 100% indirectly owned by the Orion European Real Estate Fund III C.V., a real estate fund sponsored by Orion Capital Managers. Pleniliunio is a leading 70 000 sq.m. shopping center located in Madrid. With a large and updated fashion offer, high quality architecture and a prime location, Plenilunio is one of the major shopping center in the region around Madrid where Klépierre already owns two of the most prominent shopping malls: La Gavia (Southeast Madrid) and Principe Pio (Madrid center). This acquisition complements Klépierre’s existing retail platform in Spain and enhances its Spanish portfolio profile. This investment is consistent with the strategy to focus investments on leading retail assets in the most growing regions of Continental Europe.

Plenilunio has established itself as the dominant urban retail destination for the eastern part of Madrid.

Opened in 2006 and strategically located 11 km east of the city center of Madrid – Europe’s third largest city – Plenilunio welcomes 10.5 million visitors annually. This shopping destination addresses retail demand of a large and affluent catchment area of 1.5 million inhabitants within a 15-minute drive. At the crossroads of busy motorways – one going to Barcelona and the other coming from the Madrid Barajas International airport -, it enjoys very good visibility from Madrid’s major ring roads. In addition, there are several bus routes connecting Plenilunio to Madrid’s city center and its surrounding residential districts. Population within its catchment area is dense and growing, with 14 000 new residential housing units being built. The purchasing power within the area is 30% above the Spanish national average, with 33% of households in the highest income bracket.

The well-established and comprehensive retail offer features the best international fashion retailers.

With a 99.3% financial occupancy rate as of December 2014, Plenilunio delivers strong growth, with retailer sales up by 15% in 2014 compared to the previous year. It brings together a large and updated fashion offer as well as a top supermarket within a space of high architectural quality.1 The shopping mall extends over 70.000 sq.m. GLA on 3 levels, with a comprehensive retail offer of 230 shops:

  • In May 2014, Primark extended its floor area to 6 700 sq.m. becoming the largest Primark store in Spain.
  • Inditex’s main brands have all opened stores: Zara, Pull&Bear, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius and Zara Home
  • Other main anchors include Mercadona – one of their best units trading in Spain -, H&M, Mango, Desigual, C&A, Cortefiel, Mediamarkt, Sfera, Yelmo cinema.

Klepierre is best positioned to capture additional like for like net rental growth from this wellperforming asset.

This acquisition enhances Klépierre’s exposure in Spain, with more than 80% of the portfolio value coming from five leading shopping centers – the three aforementioned in Madrid Meridiano (Tenerife) and Mare Magnum (Barcelona) – confirming the Group’s position as a key partner for retailers entering or expanding in the country. Following this transaction, Klépierre gains significant scale in this attractive region: the Group’s portfolio value2 in Spain will total 1.4 billion euros.

Plenilunio will add approximately 21 million euros of annual gross income3 to Klépierre. The Group has identified a number of leasing and property management actions that will further increase Plenilunio’s cashflows generation and accelerate its differentiation.

The price is based on a gross asset value of 375 million euros. With a liquidity position of 2.7 billion euros at year-end 2014, Klépierre plans to finance this investment via its own funds but may also consider mortgage financing for a limited part. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of March 2015 under the SOCIMI regime.

The vendor is an entity 100% indirectly owned by the Orion European Real Estate Fund III C.V, a fund sponsored by Orion Capital Managers. Its advisor for this transaction was Cushman and Wakefield.

A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. Its portfolio is valued at 21 billion euros on 31 December 2014, including on a proforma basis, the acquisition of Corio in January 2015, and essentially comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries of Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen & Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager.

Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group, world leader in the shopping center industry, BNP Paribas and APG.

Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and Euronext Amsterdam and is included in the CAC Next20 and CAC Large 60 indexes (effective March 20, 2015 after market close), the SBF 80, the EPRA Euro Zone, and the GPR 250 indexes. Klépierre is also included in several ethical indexes – DJSI World and Europe, FTSE4Good, STOXX® Global ESG Leaders, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and Eurozone 120 – and is a member of both Ethibel Excellence and Ethibel Pioneer investment registers. Klépierre is also ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions mark the Group’s commitment to a voluntary sustainable development policy.

For more information, visit our website: www.klepierre.com.


April 14, 2015 General meeting of shareholders
April 21, 2015 Final dividend payment : 0.69 euro per share4
April 29, 2015 2015 1st quarter revenues (press release after market close)


Vanessa FRICANO – + 33 1 40 67 52 24 – vanessa.fricano@klepierre.com
Julien ROUCH – +33 1 40 67 53 08 – julien.rouch@klepierre.com


Aurélia de LAPEYROUSE – + 33 1 53 96 83 83 – adelapeyrouse@brunswickgroup.com
Nathalie BAUDON – + 33 1 53 96 83 83 – nbaudon@brunswickgroup.com


This press release is available on Klépierre’s website: www.klepierre.com

¹Plenilunio won the ICSC World’s Best Shopping Center award in 2007.
²Values on a total share basis, including duties, as of December 31, 2014
³Based on 2014 year-end figures
4Submitted to a vote at the April 14, 2015 general meeting of shareholders.


Starbucks partner at discussion about race in America: The current state of racism in our country is almost like humidity at times. You can’t see it, but you feel it

It began with one voice

SEATTLE, 2015-3-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — As racially-charged tragedies unfolded in communities across the country, the chairman and ceo of Starbucks didn’t remain a silent bystander. Howard Schultz voiced his concerns with partners (employees) in the company’s Seattle headquarters and started a discussion about race in America.

Despite raw emotion around racial unrest from Ferguson, Missouri to New York City to Oakland, “we at Starbucks should be willing to talk about these issues in America,” Schultz said. “Not to point fingers or to place blame, and not because we have answers, but because staying silent is not who we are.”

Partners were not silent. For more than an hour, at an all-hands meeting at the Starbucks Support Center, partners representing various ages, races and ethnicities passed a microphone and shared personal stories.

“The current state of racism in our country is almost like humidity at times. You can’t see it, but you feel it,” said one partner.

Thousands more voices continue the conversation

Over the past three months, more than 2,000 Starbucks partners have discussed racial issues at open forums in Oakland, Los Angeles, St. Louis, New York and Chicago.

In the midst of a conversation with partners in St. Louis, a soft spoken young man shared that he was proud to have reached the age of 20.

“The magnitude of that statement might have been lost on many in the room, but for me, it brought to light a deeply troubling situation. For some young people in our country, just staying alive is their biggest and most important accomplishment,” said Kelly Sheppard, a Starbucks 15-year partner who attended two of the forums. “How could that be in 21st century America with all of the promise and opportunity our nation provides?”

In each forum, partners demonstrated vulnerability and courage as they shared personal stories. It was clear to those who attended, the gatherings highlighted the mission and values of Starbucks, and the partners’ desire to do more.

Starbucks customers are invited to join the discussion

Baristas in cities where the forums were held said they wanted to do something tangible to encourage greater understanding, empathy and compassion toward one another. Given their willingness to discuss race relations, many partners wanted to begin conversations with their customers too. Partners in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Oakland and Los Angeles have voluntarily begun writing “Race Together” on Starbucks cups. Partners in all Starbucks stores in the U.S. will join them today. Partners in Starbucks® stores may also engage customers in conversation through Race Together stickers available in select stores, and a special USA Today newspaper section arriving in stores later this week.

In addition, full-page ads in The New York Times and USA Today support the Race Together initiative, which will be further outlined during Starbucks 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Seattle on Wednesday.

Race Together is not a solution, Schultz acknowledged, “but it is an opportunity to begin to re-examine how we can create a more empathetic and inclusive society – one conversation at a time.”

Watch the video message Howard Schultz shared with Starbucks partners throughout the U.S. last week

New York Times full-page advertisement from Sunday, March 15, 2015



USA Today full-page advertisement from Monday, March 16, 2015



Join the conversation on social media through the hashtag #racetogether. Starbucks partners and customers can also share their experiences by emailing the Starbucks Newsroom.

For more information on this news release, contact us.


Starbucks partner at discussion about race in America: The current state of racism in our country is almost like humidity at times. You can’t see it, but you feel it

Starbucks partner at discussion about race in America: The current state of racism in our country is almost like humidity at times. You can’t see it, but you feel it

Carrefour partners with the Nicolas Hulot Foundation as part of its “My Positive Impact” campaign to tackle climate change

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2015-3-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —  For 2015 – a year all about climate – Carrefour is joining forces with the Nicolas Hulot Foundation as part of its “My Positive Impact” campaign, supporting innovative solutions developed by SMEs, local authorities and associations for tackling climate change.

Carrefour is actively contributing to the fight against climate change by implementing a number of initiatives designed to tackle waste (energy, transport, food and packaging) and to protect biodiversity (agro-ecology, sustainable fishing, beekeeping and protecting the forests). Carrefour is also working alongside a number of SMEs on developing the technologies of the future.

Through its My Positive Impact campaign, Carrefour is doing its bit to unveil the solutions of the future and to fight climate change
The way Carrefour – France’s leading retail group – sees it, solutions to fight climate change can only be developed collectively. And this is why Carrefour has entered into a partnership with the Nicolas Hulot Foundation as part of an initiative to promote solutions among our suppliers and customers. Carrefour will therefore be asking its customers, employees and partners to vote for the most effective climate change-tackling solutions which will result in companies transforming themselves. The retailer is also arranging a number of major events in its stores.

Energy savings of more than 20% in its stores in France
Since 2004, Carrefour has reduced its energy consumption by 37% in its hypermarkets and by 20% in its supermarkets in France.  The retailer is continuing with its drive to deploy eco-efficient solutions in its stores, such as using LED lighting, putting doors on its refrigerated cabinets and using natural fluids in its refrigeration units. This is consistent with Carrefour’s aim of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in its French stores by 40% between 2009 and 2020 and of reducing its average energy consumption by 30% between 2004 and 2020.