Wegmans hunger relief campaign donations during winter 2015 rose to $1,033,363, a 6% increase over the winter 2014

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the winter 2015 checkout scanning campaign at 26 Wegmans stores in Massachusetts, Buffalo and the Southern Tier of New York, and parts of Pennsylvania, hunger relief donations rose to $1,033,363, a 6% increase over the winter 2014 total. Check Out Hunger allows customers to donate $2 $3, $5 or any other amount at checkout with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank.

“Results like these show that our customers and employees recognize how food banks build healthier communities,” said Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans community relations manager. “We’re continually grateful for this support and generosity.”

The food banks that will receive donations are listed below with the amount raised, and in parentheses, the Wegmans stores that raised money for them:

Greater Boston Food Bank – $39,031 (Burlington and Chestnut Hill)
Worcester County Food Bank – $13,049 (Northborough)

New York
Food Bank of the Southern Tier – $235,310 (five stores in the Southern Tier region)
Food Bank of Western New York – $580,104 (11 stores in the Buffalo region)

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $43,079 (Harrisburg and Williamsport)
Food Bank of the State College Area – $29,235 (State College)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania – $78,467 (Erie Peach St. and Erie West)
The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank – $15,088 (Dickson City and Wilkes Barre)

The winter campaign ran at various dates from February to March. Timing of the annual checkout scanning campaigns varies by region. The remaining Wegmans stores in Maryland, New Jersey, the Greater Rochester region of New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Virginia run annual checkout campaigns during the fall season. Wegmans stores in the Greater Syracuse region of New York are in the midst of their spring campaign.

Hunger relief scanning campaigns raised a total of $2.7 million at Wegmans in 2014. Since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $26 million for hunger relief.

In addition to money raised for emergency food services in 2014, Wegmans also donated approximately 15 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas.


Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:

Jo Natale, vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627
Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager (Buffalo media only), 716-685-8170

JCPenney and Eva Longoria team up this spring to launch an exclusive new bedding collection

PLANO, TX, 2015-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — JCPenney and its newest brand partner, actress Eva Longoria, have teamed up this spring to launch an exclusive new bedding collection in over 100 JCPenney stores and on jcpenney.com starting today. Eva Longoria Home™ offers a line of comforter sets, decorative pillows and window treatments featuring an elegant mix of prints and finishes.

“Partnering with Eva Longoria is such a natural fit for JCPenney. She is known for her classic style and timeless beauty, and she has an approach to design that will resonate with our loyal customer base,” said Liz Sweney, chief merchant for JCPenney. “As we focus on our home growth strategy, our collaboration with Eva enables us to connect with even more families, highlighting the style, quality and value that is best found in the JCPenney home department.”

Eva Longoria Home features four distinct bedding sets influenced by the rich art and culture of Turkey, Morocco and Spain. The collection combines sophisticated patterns with chic colors to create a relaxing sanctuary in any bedroom. With sale prices ranging from $129.99 to $169.99, each bedding set includes a comforter, two shams and a bed skirt, while the coordinating decorative pillows are available from $34.99 to $39.99 each. Customers can complete their Eva Longoria Home bedroom with matching valances and drapes available on jcpenney.com.

“Each bedding ensemble offers a unique aesthetic inspired by Moroccan lattice, the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, the serene lavender fields in Spain and ornate Moorish tiles that give any room a touch of worldly elegance,” said Eva Longoria. “By drawing inspiration from these beautiful and exotic places, I can help others create a home that is stylish, yet casual and inviting. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with JCPenney on my first-ever home collection.”

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JCPenney Media Relations
972-431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

About JCPenney
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to fitting the diversity of America with unparalleled style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,060 stores and at jcpenney.com, customers will discover a broad assortment of national, private and exclusive brands to fit all shapes, sizes, colors and wallets. For more information, please visit jcpenney.com.

About Eva Longoria
Actress, director, producer and activist, Eva Longoria is founder of “The Eva Longoria Foundation,” co-founder of “Eva’s Heroes,” and is national spokesperson for “Padres Contra el Cancer.” The Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild Award-winning, and ALMA Award-winning actress returns to primetime TV this Fall, starring in and executive producing NBC’s “Telenovela,” and stars in the upcoming feature films REFUGIO, LOW RIDERS, and ANY DAY; Longoria recently guest starred in the Golden Globe Award winning FOX comedy series, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and is executive producer of Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,“ going into its third season. She is executive producer for the NCLR ALMA Awards, documentaries HARVEST, FOOD CHAINS, and OUR TIME as well as the ESPN documentary short series “Versus,” of which she directed the first short, “Go, Sebastian, Go!”. Named “Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter, Longoria was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Variety’s annual “Power of Women Luncheon.” A Brand Ambassador for L’Oréal Paris, Longoria owns BESO Hollywood, her own production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, two fragrances “EVA, by Eva Longoria” and “EVAmour,” and also has a New York Times bestselling cookbook EVA’s KITCHEN: COOKING WITH LOVE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.


JCPenney and Eva Longoria team up this spring to launch an exclusive new bedding collection

JCPenney and Eva Longoria team up this spring to launch an exclusive new bedding collection

Meijer partners with Scotts-MiracleGro to create Garden Marketplace inside 27 Meijer stores across the Midwest

Retailer is the first supercenter to work with the national brand for Garden Marketplace project

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer announced today that it is the first supercenter to partner with national lawn care and garden brand, Scotts-MiracleGro, to create a Garden Marketplace inside 27 Meijer stores across the Midwest as peak gardening season begins.

The Garden Marketplace is located inside the retailer’s seasonal department, and will feature a variety of Scotts-MiracleGro and Meijer brand products – grass seed, plant seed packets, soils, lawn food, and control products – to assist and inspire customers interested in gardening, and lawn care and maintenance.

“We know the average homeowner spends four hours a week caring for their lawn and garden, which is why the Garden Marketplace will focus on providing solutions for our customers’ outdoor needs,” said Bill Stechebar, divisional merchandise manager for garden/floral for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “This partnership gives us an opportunity to expand our already robust Garden Centers and become an outdoor destination.”

Meijer has long offered the popular Scotts-MiracleGro brand and believes the pilot project will enhance the shopping experience of its avid and novice gardening customers at the following 11 Meijer stores in Michigan:

  • Norton Shores
  • Knapp’s Corner
  • Howell
  • Scio Township
  • Washington Township
  • Battle Creek-Beckley Road
  • Portage-Shaver Road
  • Gaines Township
  • Standale
  • Lenox Township
  • Ionia

“Confusion is a major barrier to entry into the lawn and garden category for most consumers,” said Stephen Markert, vice president of channel sales at Scotts Miracle-Gro. “Planning a garden or taking care of your lawn doesn’t have to be complicated. This endeavor with Meijer allows us to cut through the confusion and reach a significant number of lawn and garden enthusiasts, in fact, early results from these 27 stores have been tremendous. We are excited to enhance their customer’s shopping experience and look forward to continuing a strong partnership.”

For example, last year Meijer sold enough:

  • Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables™  Seed Pods™ to give one to every attendee at a University of Michigan football game, including the marching bands, players, coaches and cheerleaders;
  • Scotts® Turf Builder® Halts® Crabgrass Preventer with Lawn Food to feed Tiger’s Comerica Park 1,678 times; and
  • Scotts® Turf Builder® Weed & Feed to feed Tiger’s Comerica Park 4,080 times.

For a complete listing of Meijer stores with a Garden Marketplace, please click here.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About ScottsMiracle-Gro:
With more than $2.8 billion in worldwide sales, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is the world’s largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care. The Company’s brands are the most recognized in the industry. In the U.S., the Company’s Scotts®, Miracle-Gro® and Ortho® brands are market-leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. In the U.S., we operate Scotts LawnService®, the second largest residential lawn care service business.  In Europe, the Company’s brands include Weedol®, Pathclear®, Evergreen®, Levington®, Miracle-Gro®, KB®, Fertiligène® and Substral®. For additional information, visit us at www.scotts.com.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-540-6108, christina.fecher@meijer.com


Meijer partners with Scotts-MiracleGro to create Garden Marketplace inside 27 Meijer stores across the Midwest

Meijer partners with Scotts-MiracleGro to create Garden Marketplace inside 27 Meijer stores across the Midwest

Whole Foods Market events to raise more than $4.6 million for global poverty alleviation as part of Whole Planet Foundation’s 2015 Prosperity Campaign

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — From concerts to craft fairs, shoppers took part in thousands of Whole Foods Market events to raise more than $4.6 million for global poverty alleviation. The events were all part of Whole Planet Foundation’s 2015 Prosperity Campaign to boost awareness and support for microlending projects worldwide.

“Microcredit offers low-income individuals real, viable means for escaping the cycle of poverty, because it empowers them with the opportunity to take charge of their own life and financial future,” said Philip Sansone, president and executive director of Whole Planet Foundation. “With a loan of $200, a microcredit client can start or expand a home-based business, gain financial independence and carve a path for a better life for herself and her entire family.”

In addition to attending events, shoppers made donations from pocket change to full microcredit loan amounts at store checkouts and online. For the first time, online donors were able to view the overall impact of their generosity in specific geographic regions via Whole Planet Foundation’s Power of One tool. Donors could see how many people their contributions will impact over several decades as loans are repaid and re-loaned again and again in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Because Whole Foods Market covers 100 percent of the foundation’s operating costs, every penny of the $4.6 million raised will go directly to benefiting microentrepreneurs in countries where the company sources products.

To date, through $62 million in grants to microfinance partners worldwide, Whole Planet Foundation has funded 1 million microloans to individuals in 62 countries across four continents, serving a total of 5 million people.

For more information about the foundation or upcoming fundraising opportunities, visit wholeplanetfoundation.org.


Joy Stoddard

Executive Partnership Development and Internal Programs Director, Whole Planet Foundation

Joy joined Whole Foods Market in 2000 and Whole Planet Foundation in 2006. She develops strategic partnerships, fundraises for microcredit, and connects Whole Foods Market shoppers, suppliers and team members to Whole Planet Foundation.


Whole Foods Market events to raise more than $4.6 million for global poverty alleviation as part of Whole Planet Foundation’s 2015 Prosperity Campaign

Whole Foods Market events to raise more than $4.6 million for global poverty alleviation as part of Whole Planet Foundation’s 2015 Prosperity Campaign

Haahtela-rakennuttaminen Oy to implement Kesko construction project of the new commercial centre in Itäkeskus, Helsinki

Kesko has chosen Haahtela-rakennuttaminen Oy as its partner to implement the construction project of the new commercial centre in Itäkeskus, Helsinki.

HELSINKI, Finland, 2015-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the project, Haahtela will be responsible for the project management of building work, which includes planning control, purchases, management of contracted-out construction work, rental support functions and the duties of the main implementer.

– Choosing Haahtela as our partner was essentially based on our earlier good experiences of cooperation with them and the competent project personnel able to carry out demanding construction projects provided by Haahtela for the project, says Antti Palomäki, Kesko’s District Director for the Greater Helsinki Area.

For Kesko, another important factor was that project management service as the method of implementation allows changes to be made in the course of construction, which are typical of shopping centre projects, and that the partner has sophisticated project management practices and tools for handling them.

– We are confident that in cooperation with Haahtela, we will implement the construction project in a manner which generates added value also to the tenants at the shopping centre and subsequent business requirements, says Palomäki.

– It is great to have the opportunity to implement such a significant, visible and demanding construction project with Kesko. This site is a continuation of our projects serving the trading sector which we have carried out successfully applying the project management model, says Professor Yrjänä Haahtela, Managing Director of Haahtela-rakennuttaminen Oy.

Kesko will build a new and modern commercial centre on the site of the current K-citymarket in Itäkeskus. The centre and its services, to be built in phases, will have a special focus on food, enjoyable leisure time and encounters. After completion, the new centre will provide its customers with a superior shopping experience and enterprises with the most advanced environment in the country for multi-channel entrepreneurship.

The commercial centre to be built in eastern Helsinki has been designed by the architect firm Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Oy. The first phase of the commercial centre will be completed at the end of 2017. It will have a floor area of 26,000 square metres and the capital expenditure will be about €100 million. The employment impact of the first phase will be about 250 person-years during the next two years.

The second phase of the project is estimated to be completed in 2019 and it will accommodate, for example, a Finnkino cinema complex.

The K-citymarket hypermarket operating on the site will serve customers throughout the construction project. At present, new parking spaces are being built for K-citymarket’s customers and changes necessitated by the construction work are being made in the current K-citymarket. The new building will mainly be located on the car park of the current K-citymarket.

Further information is available from:
Antti Palomäki, Director of Kesko’s Greater Helsinki District, tel. +358 50 656 17
Professor Yrjänä Haahtela, Managing Director of Haahtela-rakennuttaminen Oy, tel. +358 400 402 559

Illustrative drawings of the shopping centre may be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/1QmhiSd


Kesko (www.kesko.fi) is one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. We are a retail specialist whose chains have about 2,000 stores in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers.

Sainsbury’s teams up with one of the biggest names in motor sport Williams Advanced Engineering to give its store fridges a turbo boost

Sainsbury’s has teamed up with one of the biggest names in motor sport to give its store fridges a turbo boost.

LONDON, 2015-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thanks to the technology of Williams Advanced Engineering, Sainsbury’s fridge systems are being fitted with aerofoils – the same technology that helps to improve the performance of F1 cars on the road. These aerofoils have been designed and manufactured by Aerofoil Energy Ltd, and Williams’ Advanced Engineering has worked closely with them to use F1 aerodynamics technology to refine the design.

Aerofoils streamline the flow of air around an object – and help F1 cars to grip to the road. They’re now being fitted to Sainsbury’s fridges – and are already making radical changes to energy use.

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How does it work?

  • Cold air streams down from holes in the top of the fridge cabinet to keep products cold.
  • Some of this cold air is blown out of the front of the cabinet, into the store, instead of remaining inside. This wastes energy
  • The new aerofoils direct the cold air back into the fridge so less is wasted
  • Aerofoils similarly divert air over and around F1 cars to give them more downforce and allow them to corner faster
  • At night, additional draw down-blinds are used on the fridges to keep cold air in

Sainsbury’s Head of Refrigeration John Skelton said: “We’re proud to be giving our fridges a turbo boost with this fantastic aerodynamic technology. Aerofoils help the airflow around F1 cars and can improve their performance – and that’s exactly how they help the fridges in our stores, by keeping the cold air in. This F1-inspired innovation has already shown it can cut carbon produced by major refrigerators.”

Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering, added: “Williams Advanced Engineering’s mantra is to take the best of Formula One technology and knowhow and work with a range of industries to help improve their products and services. Much of our work focuses on improving energy efficiency and the collaboration with Aerofoil Energy is a perfect example of how Formula One innovations can have a tangible benefit to ordinary people and the environment. This technology has global potential and the savings in operational costs and emissions are extremely promising.”

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Sainsbury’s teams up with one of the biggest names in motor sport Williams Advanced Engineering to give its store fridges a turbo boost 2

Sainsbury’s teams up with one of the biggest names in motor sport Williams Advanced Engineering to give its store fridges a turbo boost

Sainsbury’s teams up with one of the biggest names in motor sport Williams Advanced Engineering to give its store fridges a turbo boost

Starbucks Corporation reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal second quarter and 26-week fiscal year to date ended March 29, 2015

  • Comp Store Sales Rise 7% Globally; 7% in the Americas and 12% in CAP; Global Traffic Up 3%
  • Net Revenues Rise 18% to a Q2 Record $4.6 Billion
  • GAAP Operating Income Up 21% to a Q2 Record $778 Million; Non-GAAP Operating Income Up 23% to $789 Million
  • Channel Development Revenues Up 16% and Operating Income Up 23%
  • Earnings Per Share Jump 18% to a Split-Adjusted Q2 Record $0.33 Per Share

SEATTLE, 2015-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) today reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal second quarter and 26-week fiscal year to date ended March 29, 2015. All per-share data has been adjusted for the stock split announced on March 18, 2015 and effected on April 9, 2015. Q2 FY15 GAAP results include Starbucks Japan acquisition-related items; non-GAAP results exclude these items. Please refer to the reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures at the end of this release.

Q2 Fiscal 2015 Highlights:

• Global comparable store sales increased 7%, with a 3% increase in traffic

  •  Americas comp sales increased 7%, with a 2% increase in traffic
  •  CAP comp sales increased 12%, driven by a 10% increase in traffic
  •  EMEA comp sales increased 2%, driven by a 2% increase in traffic

• Consolidated net revenues increased 18% to $4.6 billion

• Channel Development revenues grew 16% to $428.0 million

• Consolidated operating income of $777.5 million, up 21% over Q2 of FY14

Non-GAAP operating income of $789.4 million, up 23% over Q2 of FY14

• Consolidated operating margin of 17.0% increased 40 basis points over Q2 of FY14

Non-GAAP operating margin of 17.3% increased 70 basis points over Q2 of FY14

• GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.33, up 18% over Q2 of FY14

• The company opened 210 net new stores in Q2, including its 5,000th store in China/Asia Pacific, bringing total stores worldwide to 22,088

• Year over year comp store transactions increased over 10 million in the U.S., over 14 million globally

• The company added a record 1.3 million new My Starbucks Rewards members in Q2 – bringing total active membership to 10.3 million – and realized a Q2 record $1.1 billion in Starbucks Card loads

View detailed financial data here

“Starbucks record financial and operating performance in Q2 was driven by our people all around the world yet woven together by one common thread – industry leading partner (employee) facing and customer facing innovation,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman and ceo.  “Innovation is the force that will continue to drive our business and enable us to expand and increase revenues and profits – always through the lens of humanity – long into the future.”

“Starbucks Q2 represented another quarter of strong revenue growth and record operating and financial performance all around the world, and despite significant foreign exchange headwinds” said Scott Maw, Starbucks cfo. “As we enter the second half of 2015 – and look to the future – we are ideally positioned to continue benefiting from the investments we are making in our people, in innovation and in our stores – and to continue delivering world class returns to our shareholders.”

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 us.

METRO GROUP to adjust the goodwill resulting from companies acquired 17 years ago as part of sustainable repositioning of the hypermarket chain Real

  • Around €450 million impairment of goodwill from the takeover of Allkauf and Kriegbaum stores in 1998
  • No effect on Group guidance before special items
  • Major investments into stores and services intended

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of a sustainable repositioning of the hypermarket chain Real, METRO GROUP will adjust the goodwill resulting from companies acquired 17 years ago. With this move, METRO GROUP creates a solid balance sheet foundation and more room to manoeuvre for the already successfully initiated repositioning of Real. Building on the success of the repositioning to date, METRO GROUP intends to invest extensively into the modernisation of Real’s stores and customer services in the next few years.

“During the past three years we have already significantly invested into the modernisation and realignment of Real and observe very positive developments at those hypermarkets that have already been converted to the new concept, especially in terms of sales”, said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG and also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Real SB-Warenhaus GmbH. “Based on the positive insights that we have gained from the modernisation process so far, we will continue investing into the concept conversion of our stores. However, our earnings are already strongly affected by distortions in the German pay scale structure and increased investments into competitiveness. Against this backdrop and to maintain the leeway required to this effect, we have now impaired this goodwill and thereby taken out the pressure from the balance sheet. As we are targeting a sustainable repositioning of Real, we intend to continue investing into the Real business model also in the coming years.”

“Specifically, METRO AG is recognizing goodwill adjustments in the amount of some €450 million in its consolidated balance sheet”, explains Mark Frese, Chief Financial Officer of METRO AG. This book value resulted mostly from METRO GROUP’s takeover of the Allkauf hypermarket chain as well as of the stores from the retail group Kriegbaum and their merger with Real in 1998. “This impairment of goodwill represents a non-cash special item”, said Frese. METRO GROUP therefore continues to expect EBIT before special items adjusted for currency effects to rise slightly above the €1,727 million achieved in financial year 2013/14.

Real has invested heavily into various measures for more customer centricity, including in particular, into the store infrastructure, merchandise presentation and freshness assortments, own brands as well as into the multi-channel appearance during the past 18 months. As many as 82 of the total of more than 300 Real hypermarkets have already been modernised and report gratifying growth in sales and customer frequency.

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. In the financial year 2013/14 it generated sales of around €63 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 30 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale – Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

BRC Global Standards publishes the second edition of its annual report titled Food Safety – A Global View

LONDON, 2015-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC Global Standards, the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality Standards for the manufacture of safe, legal and quality products, today announced it has published the second edition of its annual report titled Food Safety – A Global View.

Each year, BRC Global Standards collects vast amounts of data and information during food safety audits. In 2014, the BRC conducted audits in 120 countries covering over 17,000 food sites.

This year, we have adopted a slightly different approach to the analysis, categorising the data by food group rather than by country. The report sets out key findings and analysis from the 2014 audits. It provides a global view of food safety information and performance data, covering all the 18 categories in the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.

Suppliers and retailers will now be able to benchmark sector performance on a global scale, accessing richer information on the specific trends and performance levels within their particular food and drink categories

BRC Global Standards publish a series of Standards that cover Food Safety, Packaging and Packaging Materials, Storage and Distribution, Agents and Brokers, and Consumer Products, covering the full supply chain. The Standards guarantee the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufactures fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers who use the Standards as part of their brand protection processes.

Mark Proctor, CEO BRC Global Standards said: “At the heart of the programme is a commitment to sharing best practice to help improve food safety, and with this data and analysis available we are providing a consistent global picture of manufacturing performance, as well as unprecedented depth of insight for the industry.”

Food Safety – A Global View 2015 is available to download from the Knowledge Centre of the BRC Global Standards website.

Notes to Editors:

About the British Retail Consortium (BRC)
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is the UK’s leading retail trade association. It represents the full range of retailers, large and small, multiples and independents, food and non-food, online and store based.

About the BRC’s Global Standards
BRC Global Standards are the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality Standards’ Programs for food manufacture, packaging, storage and distribution. BRC Global Standards are generated with the help of technical specialists, retailers, manufacturers and certification bodies from around the world, so everything is based on practicality, rigour and clarity

The BRC Global Standards certification scheme offer comprehensive support to help new and established businesses to achieve and maintain their quality and safety aims.

For more information please visit the BRC Global Standards website.

Media Contacts: BRC Press Office +44 (0)20 7854 8924 / +44 (0)7921 605544


NACS publishes new Site Approval Toolkit to share strategies for retailers seeking zoning approvals

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — NACS has published a new Site Approval Toolkit to share strategies for retailers seeking zoning approvals.

The 32-page NACS Site Approval Toolkit is designed to help convenience retailers — whether a one-store operator or chain looking to grow store count or modernize a site’s operations — better understand the planning process and address community concerns. It is the latest deliverable from the NACS reFresh initiative that addresses ongoing industry perceptions by providing convenience retailers with tools to evolve their in-store offer and elevate their image in their community.

The NACS Site Approval Toolkit describes typical participants in the planning process and general “nuts and bolts” that comprise the framework of local planning. Each stage of the process is examined and broad strategies and ideas are provided to consider in the development of a site approval plan.

“Increasingly, NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) concerns raised in zoning approval hearings have made the zoning approval process increasingly complex and difficult to navigate for retailers looking to remodel existing locations or add new locations. While each approval process is admittedly unique, the Site Approval Toolkit will help retailers navigate the process in a more streamlined manner,” said NACS Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Jeff Lenard.

The primer is the fifth deliverable that is part of the NACS reFresh initiative that addresses ongoing industry perceptions by providing convenience retailers with tools to evolve their in-store offer and elevate their image in their communities.

Last month, NACS released the “NACS Public Relations Toolkit,” which includes overviews, tips and examples of how to create and refine a public relations program; “How Convenience Stores Work and Their Contributions to Communities,” a primer defining 10 key areas of the convenience store business; and “Building the Business Case for Produce Sales at Convenience Stores,” the first primer co-published by NACS and United Fresh to help grow produce sales in convenience stores. In late 2014, NACS also posted more than 100 Ideas 2 Go videosegments that showcase exceptional convenience retailing. More than 50 additional videos has since been posted, with 150 videos now available online

“The NACS reFresh initiative provides valuable insights about the contributions convenience stores are delivering to the communities they serve. We will continue to publish toolkits and share ideas to grow sales, seek out thoughtful partnerships with like-minded groups and develop new research that can help define our industry’s value to the communities that we serve,” said Lenard.

More information on the refresh initiative is at www.nacsonline.com/refresh.


Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.