Delhaize Group to announce its first quarter 2015 results on April 29, 2015

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2015-4-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group will announce its first quarter 2015 results (ended March 31, 2015) on Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. CET. The press release will be available on Delhaize Group’s website (www.delhaizegroup.com) immediately after its publication.

Frans Muller, CEO, and Pierre Bouchut, CFO, will discuss the first quarter 2015 results during an investor conference call that will start at 09:00 a.m. CET on April 29, 2015. To participate in the conference call, please call + 44 (0)20 3427 1901 (U.K.), + 1 646 254 3361 (U.S.) or +32 2 402 3092 (Belgium), with “Delhaize” as password.

The conference call will also be broadcast live over the internet on April 29, 2015 at 09:00 a.m. CET at www.delhaizegroup.com. An audio replay of this webcast will be available at the same website starting at 12:00 p.m. CET on April 29, 2015.

»  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 3 402 stores. In 2014, Delhaize Group recorded €21.4 billion ($28.4 billion) in revenues and €89 million ($118 million) net profit (Group share). At the end of 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 150 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

» Contacts

Investor Relations: + 32 2 412 2151
Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669

IKEA US and American Forests video teaches children how important forests and planting trees are to cleaning the air and cooling the globe

Through Partnership with American Forests, the ‘IKEA Plant A Tree Program’ has helped to reduce CO2 pollution with customer support

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-4-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA US and American Forests want children to know just how important forests and planting trees are to cleaning the air and cooling the globe. So in keeping with this goal, a video has been created by American Forests, in partnership with IKEA US, for children to simply explain how forests and trees benefit all life on the planet, including wildlife, and help to slow or mediate climate change. This video will be shown in all IKEA store’s Smaland playrooms, designated areas for children’s play and learning.

The seven minute video, narrated by a 9-year-old girl, Bailey, takes children on a fun and educational journey showing how forests are both a great place to explore and are critical to keeping our planet healthy. IKEA and American Forests believe that reaching out to children at an early age and educating them on the importance of forests and trees will help to create a better future for us all.

Since 1998, IKEA US, in partnership with American Forests, has been dedicated to improving the lives of many people through its national in-store ‘Plant A Tree’ program, a campaign that asks customers to donate $1 to plant one tree. These contributions, together with money donated by IKEA, have resulted in the raising of over $2.4 million dollars to plant 2.4 million trees across America.

For example, the he Plant A Tree program recently planted 74,000 trees in the McNally Fire restoration in California; 15,000 trees in Arizona for the Warm Fire Restoration project; and over 100,000 trees in the Lower Rio Grande in Texas.An example of an urban planting with larger trees was in Asbury Park, New Jersey, where 172 trees were planted to restore some of the damage from superstorm Sandy and make the city more resilient in major weather events.

Why ‘Plant a Tree’ program?
Trees and forests are a crucial part of the Earth’s ecosystem. Trees are green machines that clean our air and water by absorbing pollution, providing oxygen and stabilizing the soil. The trees donated to American Forests are planted throughout the US in ecosystem restoration projects.

“We are dedicated to helping our children grow up in a planet that keeps them sustained and healthy. Working with American Forests, we are pleased to show this children’s video in our Smaland play area so that at an early age kids can understand and engage in our deep commitment to climate change and our quality of life by keeping the environment clean and green. Each tree makes a difference and 2.4 million trees planted will help to reduce CO2 pollution, and help restore America’s forests,” said Lisa Davis, IKEA US Sustainability Manager.

“Both IKEA and American Forests care about the planet and care about kids,” said Scott Steen, American Forests President and CEO. “This project combines these two priorities, teaching young people in a fun way about the wonders of trees and forests. We really couldn’t ask for a better partner to help us get the word out.”

CONTACT:
Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US Corporate PR Director, Mona.Liss@IKEA.com, 610.834.0180, ext. 5852
Lea Sloan, Vice President, Communications, American Forests
202-370-4509 | 202-330-3253 (cell) lsloan@americanforests.org

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 315 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About American Forests
American Forests’ mission is to restore threatened forest ecosystems and inspire people to value and protect urban and wildland forests. Since 1990, American Forests has completed work on more than 1000 projects throughout the U.S. and in 45 countries. As the oldest national conservation organization in the U.S., American Forests celebrates its 140th anniversary this year and is on track to plant its 50 millionth tree. Learn more at www.americanforests.org.

H&M welcomes Belgian customers to its newly launched Shop Online

We are proud to announce that we successfully welcomed our Belgian customers to a new and extended online experience on April 21st.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2015-4-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M’s Shop Online will offer the same collections online as in-store giving customers access to a wide range of clothing and accessories including ladies, men’s, teens and a full children’s line. There will also be exclusive “online-only” items available all year-round.

The Shop Online launch will also include H&M Home. H&M Home brings fashion and fun to interiors with a seasonal selection of products for every room in your home.

Besides great fashion collections for the entire family, H&M Home will let our customers access the trendiest decorative items for their home with a very good quality and always for the very good H&M prices. Online shopping at hm.com completes the H&M experience.

For more information:

Marianne Nerinckx, PR Manager
Email.: Marianne.Nerinckx@hm.com

Starbucks: Evolution Fresh™ unveils new artfully crafted bottles and labels

SEATTLE, 2015-4-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Evolution Fresh™ unveils new artfully crafted bottles and labels, adding brightness to Starbucks® stores and grocery retailer cold-cases nationwide.

Working for nearly a year, Fumi James, manager of creative design, and designer, Mia Gerbino, collaborated with engineers, brand managers and manufacturing experts to realize a new vision for Evolution Fresh packaging. Their challenge was to create a bottle unique enough to stand out on shelves, and artful enough to articulate the brand’s commitment to quality and culinary spirit. Most importantly, the design had to be simple so it would showcase the vibrantcold-pressed, High-Pressure Processed (HPP) juice inside.

“Our muse for the new bottle design was a classic juice glass that you’d find in your own kitchen cabinet,” Gerbino explained.

The juice glass design was intended to evoke the fresh culinary experience of juicing at home married with the sleek convenience of a bottle consumers grab from a grocery aisle or find in a Starbucks refrigerated case. “We were looking at the bottle very holistically, not just the bottle form, but also the label, and the juice itself,” said Gerbino. “Concepting is my favorite part, because it allows us to dream big, to come up with an ideal vision before the parameters of the project come into play.” Gerbino and James proposed some design concepts that pushed the boundaries of what they knew was possible.

“We are not doing our job as designers if we don’t try to break out of the parameters we are given and show what could be,” James said.

Ultimately they landed on four final concepts that each had unique qualities. After reaching consensus with the Evolution Fresh marketing team, numerous engineers and partners (employees) at the juicery (Evolution Fresh’s state-of-the-art facility located in Rancho Cucamonga, California), they landed on a bottle concept that worked with existing machinery yet remained true to the brand’s lively personality.

These new bottles are made from a recyclable, BPA-free material that reiterates the look of a juice glass and creates a jewel-like effect. The design showcases the vivid colors of the Evolution Fresh juices and doesn’t overshadow the beauty of the watercolor label, which is now larger, more colorful, and more “celebratory” of the premium cold-pressed juice inside.

Each label is designed to communicate the experience of the juice – from specific ingredients and their flavor notes, to texture and the savory, sweet or spicy flavors and how they combine into a distinctive juice blend. Designing the labels was also a labor of love, starting with a lengthy juice tasting where partners debated the nuances of flavor, texture and ingredients to begin the work of naming, describing and artistically representing the juice.

“One thing to keep in mind when you have a really good product like this is the challenge to make it look different from other products, so even though it can be really tempting to be literal and feature pictures of the ingredients that are in the juice, everybody else does that,” James said. “Articulating the flavor in an artful [watercolor] form is another factor that differentiates us on the shelf.”

“I’m happy with the bottle,” said Gerbino, “I’m excited to see it on shelf and I’m really proud of the work we all did. It was a true collaboration. A friend from California, which is closer to the juicery, actually sent me a photo of the bottles as seen in the grocery store, and it made my day! Very rewarding to see all of our hard work come to life.”

Functional and inspired, this new packaging sets Evolution Fresh apart on shelf in both the original 15.2 fluid ounce bottles as well as a new line of cold-pressed juices hitting grocery stores nationwide for the first time this spring. The new line includes five new juice flavors: Green Devotion, Emerald Greens, Garden Grove, Berry Beet, Mango Green and one current favorite, Essential Vegetable, all debuting in an 11 fluid oz. version of the new bottle.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

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Starbucks: Evolution Fresh™ unveils new artfully crafted bottles and labels

Starbucks: Evolution Fresh™ unveils new artfully crafted bottles and labels

Starbucks: Evolution Fresh announces new suite of fruit and vegetable juices in 11 fl. oz. bottles

New Line of 11 fl. oz. Juices and Smoothies Extends Presence in the $1.6 Billion Super-Premium Juice Category

SEATTLE, 2015-4-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Evolution Fresh, the market leader in cold-pressed, High Pressure Processed (HPP) juice, today announced a new suite of fruit and vegetable juices in 11 fl. oz. bottles. Available nationwide on grocery shelves this spring, this line includes five new cold-pressed juice blends and one current favorite, adding even more variety to Evolution Fresh’s portfolio of 42 cold-pressed juices available in original 15.2 fl. oz. and multi-serve bottles.

Super-premium cold-pressed juice continues to grow at a much faster rate than the $1.6 billion super-premium juice category as a whole(1) and greatly outpaces the growth of super-premium pasteurized juice by 130 percent(2). The new 11 fl. oz. line is an approachable size for those wanting to try cold-pressed juice for the first time or consumers seeking a nourishing beverage to pair with their lunch or afternoon snack.

“We know people are looking for ways to add more fruits and vegetables to their diets,” said Jeff Hansberry, president, Evolution Fresh. “As the demand for cold-pressed juice continues to grow, we’re launching our new line of fruit and vegetable juice blends and smoothies as an easy way to experience the taste and nutrition of Evolution Fresh cold-pressed juices. The new sizes provide an easy way to boost the nutrients in a meal or a snack and add more fruits and vegetables into a daily diet.”

Evolution Fresh spent two years developing this new line of 11 fl. oz. cold-pressed juices, designed to deliciously deliver more than one cup towards the combined daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables without added sweeteners, artificial flavors or colors. Each variety is crafted from a unique recipe, and the full line-up of six differentiated flavors introduces cold-pressed juice to a broader audience.

Two New Green Juices and Essential Vegetable in a New Format

Adding to the already extensive portfolio of green juices and offering a current favorite, Essential Vegetable, in a new size, the 11 fl. oz. cold-pressed juices provide nutrition with great taste.

Green Devotion™: A smooth medley of greens – celery, cucumber, spinach, romaine lettuce and kale – finished with lemon and parsley. Each bottle contains 160 percent of the daily value of vitamin K and contains only 8 grams of naturally occurring sugar.

Emerald Greens™: A refreshing blend of cucumber and crisp apple combined with leafy greens – spinach, romaine lettuce and kale – and a squeeze of lime and lemon. Each bottle provides 120 percent of the daily value for vitamin K with only 14 grams of naturally occurring sugar per bottle.

Essential Vegetable: This existing Evolution Fresh favorite is a savory-sweet blend of hearty carrots, crisp apples, green vegetables, earthy beets and a hint of zesty ginger, which is now available in the new 11 fl. oz. bottles. Excellent source of vitamin A.

Fruit & Vegetable Smoothies

These fruit-forward juice blend smoothies pack vibrant fruit flavors, are made from powerhouse ingredients and include vegetable juice in each bottle.

Green Grove: This leafy green smoothie combines citrusy orange, mango, crisp apple and pineapple with cucumber, spinach, romaine lettuce and kale. Good source of vitamins A and C.

Berry Beet: This vibrant red hue blend combines apple, mangos and berries – strawberry, blueberry and raspberry – with hydrating coconut water, beet, black raspberry and cherry.

Mango Green: This tropical fruit smoothie blends the juice and purees of mango, orange, apple, cucumber, acerola cherries and coconut water, enlivened with a vegetable juice blend from spinach, romaine lettuce and kale. Good source of potassium and an excellent source of vitamins A and C.

The new varieties are available for a suggested retail price of $3.99 to $4.79 at grocery stores nationwide.

Green Juice 101

Evolution Fresh created several of the new juices for people looking to start a green juice habit.

Jimmy Rosenberg, founder of Evolution Fresh, started squeezing and selling fresh juice on the beaches of Santa Monica, California about 30 years ago. People embarking on a wellness effort often ask Jimmy for tips. He suggests starting with small, simple changes that feel good, are easily repeatable and lead to further wellness exploration.

“We have seen more and more people embrace vegetable juices, particularly green juice. But some can find green juice intimidating, or hard to adjust to at first. The vibrant green flavors in the juice may be too much for the beginner taste palate – and that’s okay.”

Jimmy suggests looking for a “starter” green juice like new Emerald Greens, which uses the coolness of cucumber and a hint of sweetness from apple to round out the flavors of leafy greens (romaine, spinach and kale), or the new Green Grove, which is a fruit and vegetable juice blend.

A Fresh New Look with Redesigned Packaging and Labels

This spring, Evolution Fresh bottles received a fresh new look through redesigned packaging and labels for both the new 11 fl. oz. and original 15.2 fl. oz. cold-pressed juices. The new packaging features a unique custom-designed clear, recyclable, PET bottle and vibrant redesigned labels that make it easy to see the goodness inside.

Inspired by the shape of a classic juice glass, the new bottle creates a jewel-like effect that showcases the vivid colors of Evolution Fresh™ juices. In addition, the new clear bottle allows consumers to see every drop of juice, including the natural separation that may occur in cold-pressed, High Pressure Processed juice. As long time fans of the brand know, Evolution Fresh instructs: shake away separation and drink up invigoration.

(1) 130.5% increase in sales of super-premium cold-pressed juice, versus YA 52 weeks ending 3.29.15. 6.7% increase in sales increase in sales of super-premium pasteurized juice, versus YA 52 Source: IRI Dollar Sales, FDM, 52 weeks ending 3.29.15.

(2) Super premium cold-pressed and flash-pasteurized juice sales equivalent to $844.6 million, up 9.3% from YA Source: IRI Dollar Sales, FDM, 52 weeks ending 3.29.15. Based on definition of Super Premium as follows: Refrigerated fruit and vegetable juice with no added sugar or preservatives and minimal processing.

About Evolution Fresh, Inc.
Evolution Fresh offers cold-pressed juices and foods that provide high-quality, wholesome, and delicious nutrition to consumers. Evolution Fresh takes a different approach to crafting its cold-pressed juice – it takes pressed and squeezed vegetables and fruits, bottles the juice cold and uses High Pressure Processing (HPP) to help protect flavors and nutrients. Evolution Fresh offers an extensive portfolio of bottled juices, available nationally in premium grocery stores, natural food stores, Starbucks® retail stores, and in the four company-operated Evolution Fresh™ retail locations.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

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Starbucks: Evolution Fresh announces new suite of fruit and vegetable juices in 11 fl. oz. bottles

Starbucks: Evolution Fresh announces new suite of fruit and vegetable juices in 11 fl. oz. bottles