CBRE Group, Inc. named to the Military Times Best for Vets: Employers 2015 list; the only commercial real estate company on the list

Selection focuses on corporate culture and policy that caters to vets

Los Angeles, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) today announced it has been named to the Military Times Best for Vets: Employers 2015 list. CBRE is the only commercial real estate company on the list.

Military Times, the organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, focused on culture and policies that cater to military veterans when conducting and scoring the sixth annual Best for Vets: Employers survey, a highly respected analysis of a company’s efforts to connect with veterans and provide an environment for success.

CBRE’s veteran friendly practices include policies that support active duty and reservist employees; philanthropic activities that serve veterans; and a newly formed business resource group—CBRE Military—which aims to bridge the gap between military and civilian life in the corporate world for military-experienced employees.

“CBRE’s more than 1,000 military-experienced employees play a critical role in our success as an organization,” said Joe Hudson, Senior Vice President, Americas HR. “These employees are highly skilled and they embody our core values.  We’re honored to have been recognized for helping veterans build their careers with our company.”

For the full Best for Vets:  Employers 2015 rankings, go to: www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-employers2015.

The rankings are published in full in the April 20 issue of Best for Vets, a section of all four Military Times publications, and online at MilitaryTimes.com as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.

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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Mobile developers programmed apps for Wincor Nixdorf’s payment tablet Albert at Wincor Nixdorf Hackathon in Berlin as part of Apps World Germany

Tested and approved: mobile developers from all over the world convened in Berlin’s CityCube last week at Hackfest. They were there to program apps for Albert – Wincor Nixdorf’s multifunctional, interactive payment tablet – with the help of Wincor Nixdorf’s Aevi developer portal. The apps that were developed as part of the two-day programming competition demonstrate how innovation-friendly and yet entrepreneurial the programming community is. The developers were also treated to a special guest: Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak paid a visit to the event, inspected Wincor Nixdorf’s Albert and passed on a few tips.

Paderborn, Germany, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The hackathon took place as part of Apps World Germany. Developers had two days to develop an app or an app prototype using Wincor Nixdorf’s Aevi software development kit (SDK). At the end of the 48 hours, the developers presented a variety of innovative apps for Albert, from which the jury selected the following three:

First place was awarded to an app called PayVaccin – a POS software for the medical industry with which nursing-care services can be billed.

In second place, the ReMerchant app provides loyalty and payment functions, enables the identification of customers in shops, and allows merchants to track their shopping behavior there.

Third place went to Donator (update your karma) – an app that brings together charitable organizations and retailers to make collecting donations easier.

“As the leading event for developers, Apps World Germany provided the perfect platform for enhancing Albert’s “personality” with new apps from creative developers”, said Mark Birkner, General Manager of Cashless Payment Solutions at Wincor Nixdorf.

“I am impressed with the excellent ideas and apps that offer great benefits for the retail business,” said Mike Camerling, Product Director for Albert at Wincor Nixdorf. “At the same time, our developer portal proved itself in its first live test, and developers are now aware of the possibilities we offer them with the platform.”

Richard Kastelein, Founder of Hackfest: „I think Albert is amazing and I am really pleased that we had such a great hardware and software product at our Hackfest 2015 in Berlin.“

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Inditex donates EUR 1.2 million to humanitarian aid programmes in Nepal; to be channelled through Red Cross, Oxfam and Caritas

The donations will go to the Red Cross, Oxfam and Caritas, three of the organisations with the most professionals on the ground in Nepal

Arteixo, Spain, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex will donate 1.2 million euros to humanitarian aid programmes in Nepal after the dramatic earthquake that hit the country on Saturday. This aid is channelled through three of the leading international organisations working in the area, specifically Red Cross, Oxfam and Caritas.

Inditex contacted these organisations immediately following the tragedy to find out where its donation could have the most impact. To that end, Inditex will donate 500,000 euros to Red Cross to meet the organisation’s most pressing emergency needs in Nepal, where teams are now providing support to tens of thousands of the displaced and homeless. The Red Cross is focusing on providing basic supplies for survival, especially blankets and tents to shelter those who have lost their homes, as well as facilitate permanent and stable health care.

The company will also allocate another 500,000 euros to support the work Oxfam is doing to organise a shipment of supplies related to water supply, sanitation and shelter for the victims, material that is crucial for preventing the spread of disease in these early days after the disaster.

Inditex also contacted Caritas to find out what the organisation needed in Nepal and will donate an additional 200,000 euros to provide emergency first response through the distribution of basic necessities. The objective is to provide food and temporary shelter to the greatest possible number of people over the next few critical hours for limiting the extent of the tragedy.

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National Association of Convenience Stores survey: 6 in 10 American consumers say that convenience stores are offering healthier, nutritious products and serving sizes

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over one in three Americans (34%) say that they have purchased more snacks that are considered “healthy choices” over the past year, and they are increasingly turning to convenience stores for these healthy purchases, according to survey results released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

More than six in 10 American consumers (61%) say that convenience stores are offering healthier, nutritious products and serving sizes. This was the third consecutive year that a majority of Americans say that convenience stores are providing more better-for-you items.

Sales reflect growing consumer choice for food items in convenience stores. Nearly six in 10 consumers (59%) and seven in 10 of those age 18-34 (70%) say that convenience stores offer food that they feel comfortable eating. Foodservice sales at convenience stores increased 9.7% in 2014, according to NACS data.

In particular, consumers are purchasing more fresh and nutritious food in convenience stores. Overall, 44% of Americans say that convenience stores offer nutritious items, which is a strong increase from the 30% who felt that way in 2013. In addition, 43% say that convenience stores are a place to get fresh food items. Convenience stores sales of fresh fruits and vegetables (whole commodities like apples, bananas and oranges as well as fresh-cut/value-added produce like prepared salads, fruit cups and other packaged produce) increased 10.3% to $362 million in 2014, according to Nielsen data.

“Convenience stores are increasingly becoming food markets for time-starved consumers seeking snacks, meals and grocery items that are both fast and healthy,” said NACS Chairman Steve Loehr, vice president of operations at LaCrosse, WI-based convenience store chain Kwik Trip.

The NACS survey was conducted by Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates LLC; 1,103 consumers were surveyed April 7-9, 2015.

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.

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NRF’s 2015 Mother’s Day Spending Survey: Americans will spend an average of $172.63 on mom this year, up nearly $10 from $162.94 last year

WASHINGTON, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Families this year are ready to splurge on jewelry, flowers, gift cards, brunch, and apparel for dear old mom. According to NRF’s 2015 Mother’s Day Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, Americans will spend an average of $172.63 on mom this year, up nearly $10 from $162.94 last year and the highest amount in the survey’s 12-year history. Total spending is expected to reach $21.2 billion.*

“We’re encouraged by the positive shift we’ve seen in spending on discretionary and gift items from consumers so far this year, certainly boding well for retailers across all spectrums who are planning to promote Mother’s Day specials, including home improvement, jewelry, apparel and other specialty retailers as well as restaurants,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.

When it comes to gifts, the majority of consumers will pick up a greeting card for mom (80%), spending more than $786 million, and more than two-thirds (67.2%) of those celebrating will buy flowers, to the tune of $2.4 billion. Shoppers also plan on gifting apparel and clothing items (35.8%), spending more than $1.9 billion, up from $1.7 billion last year.Families will also surprise mom with a special brunch or activity ($3.8 billion), electronic items like a new smartphone or e-reader ($1.8 billion), personal services such as a spa day ($1.5 billion), housewares or gardening tools ($890 million) and books and CDs ($480 million).  Looking for a ‘wow’ from mom, 34.2 percent of Mother’s Day shoppers are planning to splurge on jewelry, spending a survey high of $4.3 billion for the special day, up from 31.7 percent and $3.6 billion last year.

Many people know that a gift card could go a long way: Two in five (44.2%) will give mom a gift card, spending more than $2.2 billion.“Mother’s Day is extremely unique and personal for millions of consumers, and families this year will look for different ways to enjoy their time with mom,” said Prosper’s Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow. “While some will splurge, others will search high and low for the perfect, practical gift, knowing that she likes any gift that comes from the heart.”Most shoppers will head to department stores (33.4%), while others will shop at specialty stores (28.2%) or discount stores (24.8%). With shoppers ready to get out of the house after a long winter, fewer shoppers will be shopping online this year (25% vs. 29% last year.)The survey shows that 18- to 24-year-olds who own smartphones and tablets are most likely to use these devices to research products and compare prices for gifts (46%), and are most likely to use their tablets to purchase a gift (30.2%) – but this age group won’t necessarily be the biggest spenders compared to other age groups: 25- to 34-year-olds plan to spend the most on mom, at an average of $244.32; 18- to 24-year-olds will spend an average of $214.81.The majority of shoppers plan to buy for their mother or stepmother (62.5%), while 23.2 percent will shop for their wife, 9.8 percent will shop for their daughter, 8.9 percent will shop for their sister and 7.4 percent plan to splurge on their grandmother.

About the survey
The NRF 2015 Mother’s Day Consumer Spending Survey was designed to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to the Mother’s Day holiday. The survey was conducted for NRF by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The poll of 6,285 consumers was conducted April 1-9, 2015. The consumer poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.3 percentage points.Prosper Insights & Analytics delivers executives timely, consumer-centric insights from multiple sources. As a comprehensive resource of information, Prosper represents the voice of the consumer and provides knowledge to marketers regarding consumer views on the economy, personal finance, retail, lifestyle, media and domestic and world issues.www.ProsperDiscovery.com

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

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NRF’s 2015 Mother’s Day Spending Survey: Americans will spend an average of $172.63 on mom this year, up nearly $10 from $162.94 last year

NRF’s 2015 Mother’s Day Spending Survey: Americans will spend an average of $172.63 on mom this year, up nearly $10 from $162.94 last year

J Sainsbury plc welcomes David Keens on its Board as a non-executive director from 29 April 2015

LONDON, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — J Sainsbury plc today announces that David Keens will join the Board as a non-executive director from 29 April 2015. This follows the previously announced retirement of Gary Hughes who will step down at the company’s AGM on 8 July 2015.

David was the Group Finance Director of Next plc from 1991 to March 2015 and played a significant part in the success of Next in that period.  He will join the Audit Committee on 29 April and become its Chairman on 8 July 2015.

Commenting on the appointment David Tyler, Sainsbury’s Chairman, said: “First, I would like to thank Gary very much for everything he has done for Sainsbury’s over the last ten years.  He has been a highly effective Chairman of the Audit Committee and has made a very valuable contribution to the Board.

We are delighted to welcome David Keens as a non-executive director. His deep retail experience and his knowledge of fast-moving consumer business are particularly relevant at a time when we are growing our own successful non-food ranges. This, together with his considerable skills in finance, makes him an ideal addition to our Board.”

Notes to editors

The Board of J Sainsbury plc is chaired by David Tyler. Executive directors are Mike Coupe, chief executive and John Rogers, chief financial officer. Non-executive directors are Matt Brittin, Mary Harris, Gary Hughes, John McAdam, Jean Tomlin and Susan Rice.

For corporate press enquiries please contact press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 020 7695 7295.

If you’re calling out of office hours, please call 020 7695 7295 and you will be redirected to the duty press officer. If your call is not redirected immediately, please call 08145 6033763 or email press_office@sainsburys.co.uk.

METRO GROUP expands commitment to the start-up sector; takes a share in the American online professional networking site Culinary Agents

  • A strategic partnership with the start-up Culinary Agents
  • Market niche for the recruitment of qualified personnel to restaurants, hotels and caterers
  • Online job network expanding into France and Italy

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP is expanding its commitment to the start-up sector, taking a share in the American online professional networking site Culinary Agents. The young company has specialised itself in job matching, networking, and mentoring for food service and hotel professionals and, in cooperation with METRO Cash & Carry, will offer its services for the first time this year in France and Italy. As a shareholder in the start-up, METRO GROUP will support its continuing expansion in the US, as well as growth into Europe and Asia.

With its stake in the online job network Culinary Agents, METRO Cash & Carry will offer its most important customer group of hotel, restaurant and catering professionals (HoReCa) an additional service for their everyday success in business. With more than 40,000 registered users in the United States, Culinary Agents has already shown that it occupies a market niche in the food, beverage and hospitality industry. Together with METRO Cash & Carry, the global leader in self-service wholesale, Culinary Agents will kick off its own job networks in Italy and France this year. “The services offered by Culinary Agents greatly enrich our professional customers’ business. With Culinary Agents, we can facilitate their search for qualified personnel, which presents a serious problem for many entrepreneurs – especially in the hospitality industry,” said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG and CEO of METRO Cash & Carry. “We are happy to have found an especially promising partner in Culinary Agents and will closely accompany the start-up in its growth. Our commitment once again shows that we understand and support our customers as independent businesses.”

“METRO is showing itself to be a true thought leader by working with Culinary Agents to expand our reach to its customers, employees, and overall HoReCa community,” said Alice Cheng, founder of Culinary Agents. “Our mission is to help people across the restaurant, hotel, catering and overall hospitality sectors with talent sourcing, job matching, and professional networking. METRO sees the value of providing the much needed assistance in these areas, which have historically been major pain points for the industries we serve. This partnership will enable us to build a global network to help talent and businesses across the HoReCa space.”

The continual search for qualified and reliable employees is a significant issue for many food service and hotel professionals worldwide. Around 80 per cent of self-employed German food service and hotel managers find it increasingly difficult to find good staff – a serious hurdle for their independence, as the METRO Start-Up Study 2014 showed. The European market presents a similar picture. Culinary Agents, which Cheng founded in 2012, offers technology based solutions focused on job matching, career development and mentorship in the HoReCa industry.

Culinary Agents’ technology and services are a cost-effective way to source all levels of positions for various types of hospitality businesses. Unlike other job sites, which are often static, Culinary Agents has an automatic matching process, which tees up opportunities to talent and talent to businesses, along with tools to support applicant matching, messaging, and management.

The partnership with METRO Cash & Carry will also enable Culinary Agents to grow in Europe and Asia. This year, new Culinary Agents networks in France and Italy will create a starting point for this growth. METRO Cash & Carry is intensively supporting market entry in both countries. In order to foster growth over the long term, METRO GROUP, together with the two investors RRE Ventures and Female Founders Fund, will be partners in the start-up.

 

METRO GROUP is one of the most important international trading companies. In the financial year 2013/14, it generated sales of about €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.

Culinary Agents is changing the hotel, restaurant and catering industry (HoReCa), through its development of a professional networking and job matching website for current and aspiring HoReCa professionals. With more than 40,000 users in 30+ cities across the U.S., Culinary Agents supports all types of food service establishments, catering businesses, specialty retail stores, and hotels, as well as schools and non-profit organizations in the HoReCa industry. The strength of Culinary Agents’ platform is in its technology and reach. Through its website, Culinary Agents provides businesses with an efficient, cost effective way to source HoReCa talent for jobs of all levels, while enabling job seekers to represent themselves professionally, pinpoint appropriate job opportunities, and find resources to help fuel their careers. For more information, please visit www.culinaryagents.com.

METRO and Techstars officially launched the new Techstars METRO Accelerator; applications until 3 August 2015

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO and Techstars have officially launched the new Techstars METRO Accelerator: Starting immediately, the two partners are seeking start-up teams who support the digitisation of the gastronomy, hotel, catering and food industries with their technological applications. From now until 3 August 2015, interested teams of founders from around the world can apply online at www.techstarsmetro.com. Starting in October, experienced mentors will support 10 selected start-ups over a period of three months to develop their innovative ideas further.

“Start-ups worldwide are developing digital and technological innovations that could be ground-breaking for our customers in the gastronomy sector,” said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG and CEO of METRO Cash & Carry. “At METRO, we would like to find and support the most creative and innovative among them. By helping founders to develop their ideas, we help our customers to become even more successful using these new services and technologies.” From now until 3 August 2015, interested start-ups from around the world can therefore submit their application for the start-up program on the English-language website www.techstarsmetro.com. The teams have to complete an extensive questionnaire and have the option to upload a video. The entire application process will take place in English. The program will be officially kicked off on 12 October 2015. The teams will present their ideas to international investors, leading sector representatives and the public on a designated Demo Day in January.

“Techstars is so excited to partner with METRO on this accelerator,” said David Cohen, Founder and Managing Partner, Techstars. “The hospitality and food tech space has been under-represented and given METRO’s significant resources, combined with Techstars’ proven methodology, we’re confident that we can bring a new standard of innovation to this vertical.”

Over a period of three months from October, the Techstars METRO Accelerator will foster 10 selected start-ups in Berlin. In order to provide them with optimum support, METRO will make available to the founders the combined specialist knowledge of its experts from procurement, distribution, marketing, strategy, finance, legal and communication. As one of the most renowned start-up networks worldwide, Techstars will contribute its internationally proven development program and a network comprising more than 3,000 mentors, investors and experienced members of the start-up community. Digital agency R/GA, another partner supporting the program, will offer the teams exclusive multi-channel access to brand strategy and creative services as well as access to its global client and partner networks. In addition, the founders will be supported financially for the duration of the program.

The program organisers are looking for international technology start-ups in all phases of their growth. There is no age limit for applicants. Ultimately, the innovative business ideas should aim to provide added value for the gastronomy, hotel and catering sectors. These could be solutions for all business areas – multichannel, food delivery and new applications to promote customer loyalty are just as conceivable as entirely new digital products or special services.

Participation in the Techstars METRO Accelerator offers start-ups a host of new opportunities: METRO / MAKRO Cash & Carry is a leading international cash & carry wholesale company which operates in 26 countries. The access to METRO’s customers and the retail and wholesale company’s 5,500 sales representatives offers the start-ups enormous potential. METRO’s customers will profit in their turn from the technological innovations from the Techstars METRO Accelerator and use the potential for their own business.

Further information is available at www.techstarsmetro.com and on Twitter at @MG_innovate.

 

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.

Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to build their business. With 18 mentorship-driven accelerator programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey. Techstars provides access to over 5,000 founders, mentors investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars makes entrepreneurship more accessible by providing access to capital, guidance, marketing, business development, customer acquisition, and recruitment.

R/GA, the company for the Connected Age, develops products, services and communications to grow our clients’ brands and businesses. Founded in 1977, the agency has been a pioneer at the intersection of technology, design and marketing with work spanning web, mobile, and social communications, retail and e-commerce, product innovation, brand development and business consulting. R/GA has more than 1,400 employees globally with offices across the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific and is part of The Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE:IPG), one of the world’s largest advertising and marketing services organizations. R/GA is a member of the GAN (gan.co), a network of the world’s most respected accelerators and organizations in support of the startup ecosystem. For more information on R/GA, please visit www.rga.com, www.rgaaccelerator.com, @rgaventures, and @rgaaccelerator.

Starbucks introduces new lunch option – Chicken Artichoke Panini on ancient grain flatbread

SEATTLE, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers are looking for wholesome, delicious and convenient choices to meet the demands of their busy, on-the-go lifestyles which is why Starbucks is excited to introduce a new lunch option – a Chicken Artichoke Panini on ancient grain flatbread.

The new Panini layers grilled chicken breast, tender roasted artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomato pesto and provolone cheese on flatbread, delivering mouth-watering flavors inspired by cuisine from the South Mediterranean.

The new Chicken Artichoke Panini, available at participating U.S. company-operated and licensed Starbucks® stores nationwide on April 28th,  is an addition to the following warm sandwiches and Panini’s available in participating Starbucks stores:  Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella Panini;  Turkey Pesto Panini; Ham and Swiss Panini; Turkey Rustico Panini; Chicken Santa Fe Panini and Old-Fashioned Grilled Cheese.

Find a Fact Sheet on Starbucks Panini options here.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

 

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Starbucks introduces new lunch option - Chicken Artichoke Panini on ancient grain flatbread

Starbucks introduces new lunch option – Chicken Artichoke Panini on ancient grain flatbread

Starbucks announces the return of Frappuccino Happy Hour from May 1st through 10th

SEATTLE, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Summer must be near because Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour returns May 1st through 10th.

Customers who visit participating Starbucks® stores from 3-5 p.m. local time for Frappuccino® Happy Hour may enjoy half-priced Frappuccino® blended beverages, any flavor and any size. My Starbucks Rewards™ members may enjoy an extended Frappuccino® Happy Hour until 6 p.m. when paying with a registered Starbucks Card.

Featured Beverages 

New S’mores Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

Inspired by the nostalgic summer experience of roasting s’mores, this layered Frappuccino® starts with marshmallow-infused whipped cream and milk chocolate sauce, adds a creamy blend of graham, coffee, milk and ice, and is finished off with whipped cream and a graham cracker crumble.

Starbucks Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

This returning summer favorite is inspired by Starbucks customers’ love for caramel. This is a blend of caramel syrup with Frappuccino® roast coffee, milk and ice, then topped with a layer of dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, caramel drizzle and crunchy caramel sugar topping.

There are more than 36,000 ways to customize a Frappuccino® blended beverage at Starbucks. Select from a variety of milk or soy and choose any combination of syrups or toppings to create a beverage that is uniquely yours.

Barista Tips for Customizing Frappuccino Blended Beverages

Request nonfat milk, coconut milk or soy: Choose nonfat milk for a beverage that is lower in calories and fat. Don’t drink milk? Ask your barista to customize your beverage with soy milk.

Choose the “light” option: By choosing light, your beverage will have at least 33 percent fewer calories than the regular Frappuccino® blended beverages. You can choose the light option for these flavors: Coffee, Caramel, Mocha, Java Chip and Café Vanilla.

Select a sugar-free syrup: Add a sugar-free syrup to any Frappuccino® blended beverage for great flavor without added calories or sugar. Starbucks offers sugar-free syrups in several flavors: Vanilla, Caramel, Hazelnut and Cinnamon Dolce.

Ask for light or less whip or no whip: Starbucks baristas are happy to meet your request so you can still enjoy a touch of whipped cream on your Frappuccino® blended beverage.

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Starbucks announces the return of Frappuccino Happy Hour from May 1st through 10th

Starbucks announces the return of Frappuccino Happy Hour from May 1st through 10th

Tesco: dunnhumby opened way to work with other North American retailers and FMCG clients following a restructuring of its relationship with The Kroger Co

Cheshunt, England, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — dunnhumby, the leading customer science company, has opened the way to work with other North American retailers and FMCG clients following a restructuring of its relationship with The Kroger Co (“Kroger”).

dunnhumby and Kroger will replace the existing exclusive joint venture with more flexible long-term license and service agreements.

North America represents a highly attractive market and significant opportunity for dunnhumby to market its customer science and data-driven insight and media products to retailers, consumer brands and media partners.

Under the new agreements, dunnhumby’s proven insight products and data expertise will now be deployed to capture the substantial, previously unavailable potential the North American market represents. dunnhumby will be free to work with new retail and FMCG clients and to develop its existing strong platform of client relationships in the US and globally.

dunnhumby is wholly owned by Tesco Plc.

Simon Hay, CEO of dunnhumby, said:

“We are excited to bring our insights and capabilities to more of the North American market.  The wider US market is a fantastic opportunity for dunnhumby to help more retailers and brands undertake a similar journey using data-driven insights and media to delight their customers and earn their loyalty.”

Notes for editors

dunnhumby and Kroger have operated an exclusive joint venture in the United States since 2003 in which dunnhumby provides customer science and insight products to Kroger. This relationship has been an important part of Kroger’s strategy to use innovative data science to drive growth across the business through a single focus on the customer and a personalised experience.

dunnhumby has offices in 29 countries and analyses customer data in 75 countries. Its proprietary software and analytics process the shopping transactions of 770 million customers, representing over $500 billion in retail sales in over 26,000 stores and 40 countries globally. 15,000 retail and consumer packaged goods professionals worldwide use dunnhumby products to provide valuable customer insights and solutions.

dunnhumby is wholly owned by Tesco Plc. Tesco announced a review of the strategic options for dunnhumby on 8 January 2015.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

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