Target Corporation entered into Settlement Agreement with MasterCard International relative to the data breach Target experienced during Q4 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-4-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced that it has entered into a Settlement Agreement with MasterCard International Incorporated relative to the data breach that Target experienced during the fourth quarter of 2013.

Under the agreement, alternative recovery offers will be made by MasterCard to eligible MasterCard issuers worldwide that issued MasterCard-branded payment cards claimed to have been affected by the data breach, and MasterCard will recommend that such eligible issuers accept their offers.

Target has agreed to fund up to $19 million pre-tax in alternative recovery payments, depending on the extent of eligible issuer acceptances.  The settlement is conditioned on issuers of at least 90% of the eligible MasterCard accounts accepting their alternative recovery offers, either directly or through their sponsoring issuers, by May 20, 2015.  The estimated costs of this settlement are already reflected in the data breach liabilities that Target established during fiscal 2013 and 2014.

Scott Kennedy, President, Financial & Retail Services at Target, stated “We are hopeful that Target’s agreement to pay up to $19 million to settle the claims of MasterCard and its issuers will result in a high level of issuer acceptance.  Target intends to continue to defend itself vigorously against any assessments made by MasterCard on behalf of MasterCard issuers that do not accept their offers.”

Assuming that all conditions to consummation of the settlement have been satisfied, accepting issuers will be paid by the end of the second quarter of 2015.  Each accepting eligible issuer will, on behalf of itself and any affiliated or sponsored issuer of such eligible issuer on whose behalf the eligible issuer accepts an offer, release and indemnify Target and its acquiring banks with respect to any claims that such eligible issuer and affiliated and sponsored issuers may have with respect to the data breach, including but not limited to any claims in the putative class actions relating to the data breach that are pending in federal court.

All eligible issuers will soon receive notification from MasterCard will full details of the Settlement Agreement and how to accept their alternative recovery offers before the offers expire.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,795 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

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Target Corporation names Anne Dament to the role of Senior Vice President, Merchandising

Dament joins retailer as Senior Vice President-Merchandising

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-4-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced the appointment of Anne Dament to the role of Senior Vice President, Merchandising. In this role, she will be responsible for leading the strategic repositioning of Target’s food business.

Dament brings more than 19 years of grocery and consumer packaged goods experience to the role. She started her career in food, as a buyer at SUPERVALU and then at Safeway where she held various category and sales management positions. Later she led Safeway’s Homecare and General Merchandising business operations, where she worked closely with a variety of consumer packaged goods partners and focused on the company’s global buying strategy. In her final role at Safeway, she served as Group Vice President, Perishable Strategy, where she introduced newness in assortments and merchandising, including meal solutions and grab-and-go options.

Dament’s background also includes positions at ConAgra Foods subsidiary Grist Mill Co. and Otis Spunkmeyer. She joins Target from PetSmart, where she most recently served as Vice President-Services.

Target leadership previously announced the company will reposition its approach to food over the next 12 to 18 months. Based on guest insights, focus areas will include making better-for-you options simple and attainable, providing meal solutions and offering unique selections for everyday occasions as well as entertaining.

“Our guests tell us they expect Target to inspire them with differentiated food offerings like we do in other areas. We have an opportunity to make food more reflective of our brand, elevate the shopping experience and make Target a food destination for our guests. Having previously worked alongside Anne, I know her industry expertise and proven ability to reinvigorate existing businesses make her the right leader to drive our reinvention,” said Target Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell.

“My very first job was in a local grocery store and I’ve had a passion for food ever since. Joining the team at Target gives me an opportunity to bring my professional experience and love of food to the organization as their transformation is just getting underway,” said Dament. “I’m excited to return home to Minnesota and work alongside great leaders for such an iconic brand.”

Target’s food reinvention will emphasize six key categories that resonate most with its guests: better-for-you snacks, coffee and tea, premium sauces and oils, specialty candy, wine and craft beer, and yogurt and granola. It will also expand the availability of natural, organic, locally grown and gluten-free choices to fit guests’ wellness-focused lifestyles. Work on the reinvention is underway, with the most significant changes slated to arrive in stores in 2016.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,795 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

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Morrisons predicts 64 per cent increase in sales of burgers, sausages, marinated chicken and kebabs this week as the nation fires up its BBQs

Bradford, England, 2015-4-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons is predicting sales of burgers, sausages, marinated chicken and kebabs to rise by 64 per cent this week as the nation fires up its BBQs.

The grocer is predicting it will make and sell 1.7 million fresh British beef burgers, 2.6million sausages – equivalent to 250 tonnes of bangers.

And Morrisons’ bakery, Rathbones, will increase production and bake 1.6 million burger buns.

Sales of bagged salad have already increased by 45 per cent and salad potatoes by 25 per cent since the start of the warm spell. Sales of coleslaw have increased by 32 per cent with Morrisons selling 500,000 tubs last week.

Adam Moreton Morrisons Head of Demand Planning for Fresh Food said: “We’re expecting the nation to take advantage of the warm spell and head out into the garden. We are already seeing big rises in sales of traditional barbeque favourites.”

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More than 400 professionals from around the world will gather in Chicago for CBRE Group’s 15th annual Women’s Networking Forum “Growth to Greatness”

Los Angeles, CA, 2015-4-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 400 professionals from around the world will gather in Chicago next week for CBRE Group Inc.’s 15th annual Women’s Networking Forum. The 2015 conference, whose theme is “Growth to Greatness,” is expected to be one of the largest in the CBRE Women’s Network’s history and will feature presentations from the company’s executives and external business leaders, professional-development workshops, networking events, and a major community service project.

“This year marks a milestone anniversary for our group,” said Lisa Konieczka, an Executive Vice President in CBRE’s Chicago office and Chair of the company’s Women’s Network. “Fifteen years ago, 35 women met and formed CBRE’s Women’s Network. Today, our organization has grown to more than 2,200 members who are united in making CBRE the best place to work, not just for women, but for everyone.”

CBRE’s Women’s Network was formed in 2000 and has grown into a diverse group with members at all levels of the organization, representing the company’s three regions and each of its business lines. The network operates with an inclusive philosophy of “By Women, For Everyone.” Its main initiatives are guided by four program offerings: mentoring, professional development, personal enrichment and networking.

Bob Sulentic, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBRE Group, Inc., said, “CBRE’s networking groups give our diverse employees real advantages in the workplace by providing enriching programs and valuable networking opportunities that develop their leadership skills, and help them achieve personal and career success.”

In conjunction with the conference, 250 CBRE volunteers will join housing nonprofit Rebuilding Together to refurbish the General Robert E. Wood Boys & Girls Club in Chicago’s South Lawndale community. The General Wood Club is attended by 400 to 500 neighborhood children daily, offering them a wide array of educational, social and sports programming. The club is also home to the acclaimed Community Links High School, which has a 87 percent graduation rate and a better than 75 percent college placement success rate for its graduates.

To find out more about CBRE’s Women’s Network, visit www.cbre.com/women.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue). The Company has more than 52,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 370 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website atwww.cbre.com.

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CBRE Group acquired Environmental Systems, Inc., leading systems integrator and energy management services provider in the US

ESI Enhances CBRE’s Facilities and Energy Management Services

Los Angeles, 2015-4-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has acquired Environmental Systems, Inc. (ESI), a leading systems integrator and provider of energy management services in the United States.

ESI develops innovative solutions that enable commercial property occupiers and owners to efficiently manage their building systems and remotely monitor and analyze energy usage in real time to identify and achieve potential savings. ESI is providing analytics-driven managed services on over 180 million sq. ft. of facilities at over 2,800 sites throughout the U.S.

“ESI complements our existing suite of facilities-related outsourcing services. Our clients increasingly look to us to leverage new and existing controls — and the data that can be extracted from systems — and remote monitoring to drive greater energy efficiency,” said Bill Concannon​, chief executive officer, Global Corporate Services, CBRE. “This is a core strategy and growing capability for CBRE. ESI’s professionals will enhance our expertise and service offering in energy & sustainability management.”

Founded in 1986, ESI, based in Brookfield, Wisconsin, offers a wide range of technology, solutions and services in the areas of systems integration, building automation, energy management, advanced analytics, security systems, and support services. The company serves a wide range of facility types including office, retail, industrial, critical environments, health care and education.

The acquisition of ESI follows CBRE’s announcement of a definitive agreement to acquire the Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS) business of Johnson Controls, Inc., expected to close in the late third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2015. GWS is a market-leading provider of integrated facilities management solutions for major occupiers of commercial real estate. Both transactions underscore CBRE’s commitment to provide global, industry-leading facilities management solutions — including energy & sustainability products and services — for its clients.

“We value long-term relationships with our customers and work closely with them to reduce costs, improve efficiency and maximize their facility investment,” said Paul Oswald, president, ESI. “Joining CBRE’s high-quality, integrated Energy & Sustainability service offering will further our goal of providing superior solutions that meet the ever-evolving needs of our clients.”

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue).  The Company has more than 52,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 370 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
Certain of the statements in this release regarding the acquisition of Environmental Systems, Inc. (“ESI”) that do not concern purely historical data are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the ”safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the ability of the parties to successfully integrate ESI with CBRE’s existing operations, as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in CBRE’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws, CBRE expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any of them to reflect actual results, any changes in expectations or any change in events. If CBRE does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. For additional information concerning factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, and risks to CBRE’s business in general, please refer to CBRE’s SEC filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. Such filings are available publicly and may be obtained off the Company’s website at www.cbre.com or upon request from the CBRE Investor Relations Department at investorrelations@cbre.com.

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CBRE Group top performer under the new scoring system of The 2015 Global Outsourcing 100 by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals

Los Angeles, 2015-4-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) was a top performer under the new scoring system of The 2015 Global Outsourcing 100 by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® (IAOP®). CBRE has been named among the world’s best outsourcing firms across all industries for nine consecutive years.

CBRE’s overall score of 7.21 out of 8 was markedly above the overall average score (4.70). CBRE achieved “Full Star – Highest Rated” status in all four judging categories:

  • ​​Size & Growth
  • Delivery Excellence
  • Programs for Innovation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)​

The company also received strong marks for Presence, Customer Reference, Company Recognition, and Company Certification.

The 2015 Global Outsourcing 100 recognizes the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors. Judging is based on a rigorous scoring methodology that includes an independent review by a panel of IAOP customer members with extensive experience in selecting outsourcing service providers and advisors for their organizations.

CBRE was also recognized with honors on several sub lists of the Global Outsourcing 100 list, including Best Leaders in Overall Revenue, Best Leaders in Number of Employees, Best Leaders in Employee Growth, and Best Leaders in No. of Countries Worldwide.

“CBRE’s strong performance in the IAOP Global Outsourcing 100 reflects the reputation we have established for delivering high-quality, integrated real estate outsourcing solutions,” said Bill Concannon, CEO of Global Corporate Services for CBRE. “I would like to thank our professionals for the exceptional outcomes they have created—and will continue to create—for our clients.”

CBRE is the real estate industry’s premier provider of corporate and institutional services globally. CBRE offers an unrivaled suite of facility outsourcing services specific to advisory and transactions, facilities management, consulting services, project management, property management, development services, capital markets solutions, and more.

“Buyers understand there are hundreds of qualified service providers and advisors out there, but what they really need to understand now is what makes each exceptional,” said IAOP CEO, Debi Hamill. “The new Global Outsourcing 100 and World’s Best Advisors have done just that. We’re proud to recognize CBRE for being among the highest rated companies in delivery excellence, innovation, CSR and size and growth.”

CBRE expects to strengthen its occupier outsourcing practice with the acquisition of the Global WorkPlace Solutions​(GWS) business from Johnson Controls when the transaction closes later in 2015. GWS is a market-leading provider of Integrated Facilities Management solutions for major occupiers of commercial real estate and has significant operations around the world.  When the transaction is completed, CBRE and GWS will manage nearly 5 billion sq. ft. of real estate and corporate facilities globally, including 2.3 billion sq. ft. in the Americas, 1.2 billion sq. ft. in Europe, the Middle East & Africa and 1.4 billion sq. ft. in Asia Pacific.

About IAOP
​IAOP is the go-to association leading the way to improve outsourcing outcomes by bringing together customers, providers and advisors in a collaborative, knowledge-based environment that promotes professional development, recognition, certification and excellence. With over 120,000 members and affiliates worldwide, IAOP is not only on top of the latest trends but in front of them. Through its expansive global chapter network, premier training and certification programs, knowledge center, member community and more, IAOP helps members learn, grow and succeed. For more information and how you can become involved, visit www.IAOP.org.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue).  The Company has more than 52,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 370 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com​.​​​​​​​​​​​​

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BESTSELLER’s GIVE-A-DAY campaign donates €15,014,122 to charity around the world

THE FINAL GIVE-A-DAY DONATIONS HAVE BEEN COUNTED AND A STAGGERING €15,014,122 ARE BEING DONATED TO CHARITY AROUND THE WORLD.

Brande, Denmark, 2015-4-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — “The total amount exceeds all expectations, and we can’t wait to get the money out working for the children, we are here to support,” says Steen M. Andersen, general secretary of UNICEF Denmark, handling the global UNICEF donation to fight malaria in Angola, Kenya and DR Congo.

Save the Children International and their Danish branch Red Barnet receives the donation for both the national Danish project “Room for Everyone” and the international project ensuring better condition for children at Chinese boarding schools.

“This is an extraordinary large donation for Save the Children. The money from GIVE-A-DAY will go to projects that have desperately needed funds. It allows us to help the poorest children in Denmark and China in many new ways. A big thank you to BESTSELLER, and everyone who went shopping last Friday,” says Mimi Jakobsen, General Secretary of Red Barnet and Save the Children board member.

Thanks to the donation from BESTSELLER, GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) can also contribute greatly to combatting malnutrition in India.

“The donation gives us an amazing opportunity to create a healthier future for thousands of children in India, where almost half the children suffer from chronic malnutrition,” says Charlotte Pedersen, Senior Advisor in Gain.

Committed colleagues
“GIVE-A-DAY is about giving something back to the communities, where we have built our success, and to help people in need. We are really proud of the results we have generated and we have witnessed an enormous commitment from our colleagues and the customers that made it all possible,” says BESTSELLER Corporate Communication Director Mogens Werge.

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Read more and see the list of country-specific charity organisations at bestseller.com/giveaday and check out all the pictures with the official hashtag #bestsellergiveaday capturing GIVE-A-DAY worldwide

About the global donations
BESTSELLER and Save the Children will support the Dream School project that will ensure proper school attendance and a chance for a better future for tens of thousands of children in rural China.

Together with UNICEF, BESTSELLER will support a project to significantly reduce the child mortality caused by malaria in Angola, Kenya and The Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an international organisation driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. In India, 48% of children under the age of five are suffering from chronic malnutrition. The goal is to improve nutrient intake amongst hundreds of thousands of children and mothers in India by bringing together groups of women and training them to run their own businesses producing nutritious foods.

In addition to these projects, the BESTSELLER FUND will also team up with M-Kopa Solar in a project called ‘Light Up Villages in East Africa‘, which will provide more than 150,000 people in rural villages with the benefits from solar power lightning systems.

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BESTSELLER's GIVE-A-DAY campaign donates €15,014,122 to charity around the world

BESTSELLER’s GIVE-A-DAY campaign donates €15,014,122 to charity around the world

LS travel retail North America opens its first Food & Beverage location in Vancouver International Airport (YVR): a Java U coffee shop in Terminal B Domestic

VANCOUVER, 2015-4-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — LS travel retail North America is pleased to announce the opening of its first Food & Beverage location in Vancouver International Airport (YVR): a Java U coffee shop in Terminal B Domestic. This is LS travel retail’s third Java U location, and the first one in YVR.

Like the city of Montreal that inspired it, the Java U brand smoothly blends the best of North American energy and a unique European style to deliver a fast, convenient and high quality coffee and food offering. Started in 1996 at Concordia University, the concept now boasts about 20 locations, including two in Montreal Trudeau airport, operated by LS.

Known for its creativity, the Java U menu includes classic breakfast items, sandwiches, wraps, paninis and salads that are all reinterpreted with exotic flavor combinations, including orange zests, pesto, hummus, and many more. The result is a hip, sophisticated experience delivered with friendly wit and originality. The beverage menu offers espressos, cappuccinos, Americanos, lattes and Java U’s specials, such as the “exotique” and the chai latte. The new YVR location will include a curated selection of Java U’s best-sellers, all delivered with LS’ impeccable customer service.

“We are thrilled to be opening our third Java U location, and to be offering their delicious menu to the West Coast travelers”, said Vadim Motlik, Chief Development Officer at LS travel retail North America. “We would like to thank Java U for a strong, continued partnership, as well as the YVR team for giving us the opportunity to open our first food location in their world-class, award-winning airport”.

“Java-U Cafes & Java-U Food Services Inc. are honored to be part of this successful partnership and growth in the Food & Beverage Category”, said Michael Geminari, CEO/General Manager at Java-U Food Services. “Working with LS and their team of professionals has been a great experience as well as a rewarding one. We are very excited in continuing this positive momentum with them”.

With 19.3 million passengers, Vancouver International Airport is Canada’s second busiest airport. LS travel retail already operates nine retail locations in YVR, in both the domestic and international terminals.

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Defense Commissary Agency updates on its environmental goals

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-4-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Green purchasing, food bank donations and recycling highlight a long list of things the Defense Commissary Agency is doing to reach “net zero waste” and other environmental goals.

The agency has long focused on the reduction of waste, recycling materials, conservation of resources and becoming more energy-efficient overall, said Randy Eller, deputy director of DeCA’s logistics directorate. Today, even more is being done to conserve resources. Commissary customers also have many ways to go green. Commissaries stock green products and offer reusable shopping bags for purchase. Customers can choose from different designs, and there are thermal bags as well. Stores also recycle plastic shopping bags for patrons.

The list of green products sold in commissaries include compact fluorescent lamps, green cleaning products and high-efficiency laundry cleaning products. Also available are waste-reduction products such as paper towels and bathroom tissue without cardboard tubes, so there is nothing to throw away after the last towel is used. The stores also carry organically grown fruits and vegetables.

“We want to give our patrons every opportunity to choose the products they want,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. “If living green and reducing their carbon foot print is how they choose to live we have the products for them. Shopping in the commissary for these products can help them save while they buy green.”

As for the stores, 121 commissaries donate to 99 food banks around the country approved by the Department of Defense as eligible to receive commissary food donations, which helps reduce the amount of organic food waste the stores handle. They can donate all food that is edible but not sellable, according to Robin Armhold, DeCA’s environmental engineer.

“We would like each commissary to have two food banks that they can contribute to,” said Armhold, noting that it not only keeps large amounts of food waste out of area landfills, but it also allows the commissary to help the local community.

“Every day around the world, millions of tons of food waste are simply bagged up and dumped in trash bins destined for the landfill,” she said. “In the U.S. alone, over 40 percent of landfill content is food waste.”

One of DeCA’s goals is to achieve “net zero waste” across the agency. Net zero waste is a “whole systems approach” that changes the way materials flow through an organization, ideally resulting in no waste. DeCA is striving to reduce at least 90 percent of its waste, said Armhold.

“In fiscal 2014, DeCA received almost $4 million in proceeds from items that were recycled,” said Armhold. “The money went to the surcharge fund, which helps to renovate older stores and build new commissaries.”

Over 64,000 tons of cardboard, 1,537 tons of plastic, 837 tons of fats and bones, and 99 tons of kitchen grease have been recycled. Over 5,000 tons of organic waste has been composted, and the stores have donated over 870 tons of food through the food bank program, she said. Stores also recycle plastic that items are shrink-wrapped in.

“Our patrons can feel good about the fact that their commissary is helping others while saving taxpayer dollars,” Armhold said.

Food banks interested in receiving food from commissaries should contact their local store for information on how to apply.

Note: For photos related to this news release, please visit our Flickr page. For a video, please go to YouTube.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

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Janine Schwendinger of Hy-Vee Barlow Plaza store in Rochester, Minnesota named best cake designer in the finals of Hy-Vee’s 2015 Cake Designer Challenge

Janine Schwendinger placed first out of 18 designers in the finals of the companywide competition

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-4-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Eighteen of Hy-Vee’s most creative cake designers from across the Midwest competed Saturday for a shot at being named Hy-Vee’s best cake designer in the finals of Hy-Vee’s 2015 Cake Designer Challenge.

Janine Schwendinger, cake designer at the Hy-Vee Barlow Plaza store in Rochester, Minnesota, rose to the top of the competition, taking home first place and the Designers’ Choice Award. Linda Schneider of Ankeny No. 1 Hy-Vee in Ankeny, Iowa, placed second and Amy Murtha of Belton Hy-Vee in Belton, Missouri, placed third.

“This has been a goal of mine for years, so I’m very happy to have won. It really validates what I do every day and my abilities,” Schwendinger said. “Winning the Designers’ Choice Award meant a lot to me because it shows that my peers respect what I do, and that means the world to me. One of the best parts of coming to the finals is getting the chance to meet up with my fellow designers. It’s really a reunion for us as much as it is a competition.”

The designers had four hours to decorate a three-tiered wedding cake and a specialty cake of their choosing in front of spectators at Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines. The top three finishers of the final competition earned $1,700, $750 and $500, respectively. Additionally, Schwendinger took home $500 for the peer-voted Designers’ Choice Award.

The entrants were scored on the cakes’ technical appearance, icing appearance and level of difficulty. Designers were judged by a panel of experts, including celebrity guest judge Joshua John Russell from the television shows “Food Network Challenge” and “Last Cake Standing.”

Russell, an accomplished and well-known pastry chef and cake designer, said he was excited to help judge at the finals and to see the designers’ creations.

“The unique thing about Hy-Vee is their cake designers have the flexibility to use their creativity to try innovative ideas and design new creations. The designers at Hy-Vee are incredibly talented, and it was great to see them in action,” Russell said. “Congratulations to all the award winners and all the competitors for designing some extraordinary cakes.”

Throughout February, more than 190 designers competed in six regional semifinal events throughout Hy-Vee’s eight-state territory in the 2015 Cake Designer Challenge. The top three designers at each semifinal competition advanced to the finals.

“The Hy-Vee Cake Designer Challenge Finals was a great opportunity to highlight the top 18 designers in our company and show the public the outstanding quality and truly unique creations offered in Hy-Vee stores,” said Ray Doughan, assistant vice president of bakery operations at Hy-Vee. “Hy-Vee has more than 400 talented cake artists across the region who help create one-of-a-kind cakes and special memories for customers each day. Congratulations to all of the award winners and participants — all of whom we are proud to call part of our team.”

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

SHELLS BELLES KIDZ DEBUTS THEIR SUMMER 2015 PEACOCK COLLECTION

West Chester, PA, 2015-4-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shells Belles Kidz (SBKidz) is pleased to announce the release of their 2015 summer dresses: the Peacock Collection for girls. SBKidz is an online retail children clothing company that has found its niche by using exotic African ankara inspired bold and vibrant prints on luxuriant silk, chiffon and organza fabrics to tailor eccentric and eye-catchy dresses for girls (2 to 8 years old) with an occasion and preppy appeal. The custom vibrant African ankara-inspired print and elegant girly designs is inspired by the beauty, boldness and confidence of the peacock bird.

We are thrilled to be introducing these 5 elegant and beautiful dresses to our 2015 summer collection”, said Shells Naija, Founder and Designer for Shells Belles Kidz. “In the past year since we launched, we’ve had a lot of moms asking for more unique, eclectic and special occasion dresses for their little ones, and we listened. The vibrant hot pink and green dresses in this collection are intricately and tastefully designed with that ‘poof poof’ skirt appeal every little girl likes to twirl and strut in. Statement organza bows and rose buds are used as accents to embellish and give the dresses a soft and perfect finish. “The inspiration and interpretation of the peacock collection is to create a line that is unique, different, and channels the vibrancy, beauty, pride and confidence the peacock bird exudes”, says owner and designer, Shells Naija. (View the summer Peacock 2015 look book http://cld.bz/9WHQoje)

Beyond the obvious pomp and style on the outside, Shells Naija a mother to two little girls aged 6 and 8 years, envisioned with this collection a range of beautiful dresses that will channel that inner girl power and energy for little girls to draw the confidence to magnify the many colorful layers within them, to expose and express themselves boldly by strutting and spreading their inner feathers freely and proudly. An attribute she desires and hopes for her little girls and girls all over the world.

The mission at SBKidz since its June 2014 opening is to launch and elevate the vibrant African Ankara print into the main fashion discourse in the U.S. through the childrens’ apparel industry. SBKidz is sharing one new perspective- that girls can be in very fashionable and luxuriant clothing that are child appropriate, comfortable, unique (vivid & never-seen-before African ankara inspired prints) and still be affordable; dresses averaging $USD 59.99 – $USD 69.99, and skirts averaging $USD 39.99 – $USD 49.99.

Contact-Details:

Shells Belles Kidz
201 Winston Lane
West Chester, PA 19382.
Phone: 215-847-6412
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