Two of Britain’s top high jump athletes treated the crowd to a unique training session in Birmingham’s Victoria Square ahead of Sainsbury’s Summer Series

BIRMINGHAM, UK, 2015-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Monday 11th May, Birmingham: Two of Britain’s top high jump athletes treated the passing crowd to a unique training session in Birmingham’s Victoria Square ahead of two major events taking place in the city as part of the Sainsbury’s Summer Series.

The city centre landmark was transformed into an athletics training facility, with spectators enjoying a lunchtime exhibition from Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz and British Universities champion David Smith.

The event was staged ahead of the world’s best athletes arriving in the city for the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix next month – 7th June. Birmingham will also host the Sainsbury’s British Championships in July – 3-5th July.

Robbie Grabarz, who trains and lives in Birmingham, said: “Birmingham has a long history of athletics and it was great to give the people of the city a unique insight into how we train. It was fantastic to see such enthusiasm from people in Victoria Square, and I’m sure people in the city will be looking forward to next month’s Sainsbury’s Grand Prix and the Sainsbury’s British Championships in July.”

David Smith, aged 23, also trains in Birmingham. He said he enjoyed the chance to take athletics to the people of the city.

David said: “It was really fun to hold an exhibition in Victoria Square and show the public what the high jump is all about. The city of Birmingham always gets behind our British athletes and I hope people will turn out in force again at the Alexander Stadium this summer.”

Darren Sinclair, Zone Managing Director for the Central Region at Sainsbury’s said:“As the event partner for British Athletics, we are once again looking forward to a great Summer Series, with two major events planned on our doorstep in Birmingham. The Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix is sure to be a fantastic event to kick off our outdoor event season, and the region will no doubt be showing their support for our home grown athletes.”

High jump stars takeover Birmingham City Centre from Fast Track Agency on Vimeo.

Tickets are on sale now for the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday 7th June and the Sainsbury’s British Championships on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July. For details, see: www.britishathletics.org.uk

Sainsbury’s is a proud partner of British Athletics. The partnership reflects Sainsbury’s wider commitment to inspiring healthy lifestyles for all, and complements grassroots campaigns such as Active Kids and the Sainsbury’s School Games. For more information see: www.sainsburys.co.uk

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Two of Britain’s top high jump athletes treated the crowd to a unique training session in Birmingham’s Victoria Square ahead of Sainsbury’s Summer Series

Two of Britain’s top high jump athletes treated the crowd to a unique training session in Birmingham’s Victoria Square ahead of Sainsbury’s Summer Series

Carrefour China opens two new hypermarkets

CHINA, 2015-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 30 April, Carrefour China opened two new hypermarkets.

The first store to be opened in the north-east of China. With a sales area of more than 7000 m², it has 22 checkouts and a car park with space for 750 cars. This hypermarket is located in a shopping centre of 25 stores.

The second store – “Hefei Mingbang Store” – has a sales area of 7761 m² and 22 check-outs, as well as a car park with space for 780 cars. It is located in a large shopping centre made up of 48 stores.

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Carrefour China opens two new hypermarkets

Carrefour China opens two new hypermarkets

QVC, Inc. launches the official voting period for the nationwide product search to discover the next big thing, The Search for a Better Tomorrow

QVC and Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ Celebrate the Spirit of Imagination and Innovation

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2015-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, Inc., the global leader in video and ecommerce retail, has launched the official voting period for The Search for a Better Tomorrow, a nationwide product search to discover the next big thing. In conjunction with the film release of Disney’s “Tomorrowland,” coming to theaters May 22, QVC invites customers to vote for their favorite new products online, now through May 15, and play a role in recognizing and celebrating the spirit of innovation and invention.

“For almost 30 years, discovery, entrepreneurship and storytelling have been at the heart of QVC. We are committed to uncovering the inventors and products that make our customers’ lives easier, and input from our customers has always been a part of this,” said Doug Rose, senior vice president of marketing and programming for QVC. “Just as Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ celebrates the next generation of innovators, The Search for a Better Tomorrow honors products, personalities and perspectives that embody imagination and originality.”

The Search for a Better Tomorrow product search is being conducted by the QVC Sprouts program, QVC’s ongoing crowd-sourced competition in search of the best up-and-coming products from inventors and entrepreneurs. In March, QVC collaborated with the United Inventors Association (UIA) to invite inventors to submit their product ideas for the next big thing. On May 5, 30 inventors were invited to pitch their products to a QVC selection panel at the Las Vegas Hardware Show. Of these 30 inventors, six were selected to have their products featured on The Search for a Better Tomorrow web page, where customers can vote for their favorites from now through May 15.

The six products include:

  • Floor Register Glove Dryer – a non-electric dryer that uses your home’s existing heating system to dry your wet items from the inside out.
  • Micro Easy Grab – a simple solution to handling hot items in the microwave.
  • eTape 16 – a digital tape measure with two long-term memory inputs and a digital display.
  • The Seally Cap – a versatile kitchen utensil that allows you to reseal items like canned goods, glasses, canned beverages, fruits, veggies and more.
  • Tank Case Propane Storage Case and Cooler – helps prevent damage and hassle when transporting 20-lb propane tanks, and is also capable of being used as a cooler or outdoor stool.
  • UpCart – an innovative all-terrain, stair-climbing hand cart.

The inventors of the top three products, as determined by public vote, will appear live on QVC during The Search for a Better Tomorrow special, which airs May 22 at 8 p.m. EST to coincide with the film release date of Disney’s “Tomorrowland.” The inventor receiving the highest number of votes will have the chance to sell his or her product live on air during The Search for a Better Tomorrow special. The show will also include a behind-the-scenes look at the product search, clips of Disney’s “Tomorrowland” and QVC’s most successful products and personalities that exemplify creativity and innovation.

For all that Walt Disney imagined about the future — rapid mass transit, robotics, space travel — it’s hard to believe he died decades before many of his dreams would become realities of tomorrow. Walt Disney was granted U.S. patent 2,201,689 for his “art of animation” multi-plane camera on May 1, 1940. This camera was then used to make many stories come to life on the big screen – and it’s still being replicated by studios around the world today. This amazing fore-thinking and many more of Walt Disney’s visions were shared by Becky Cline, Director of Archives for the Walt Disney Company at the United Inventors Association of America Convention (National Hardware Show) on May 5, 2015. This presentation celebrated the spirit of imagination, innovation and inventors; encouraging them to always strive to discover and reach for their dreams, just as is shown in the upcoming release of Disney’s “Tomorrowland,” which opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

For almost 30 years, QVC has provided a platform that fosters the growth of entrepreneurs and small businesses. Through the QVC Sprouts program, QVC discovers and nurtures entrepreneurs and small businesses with unique, up-and-coming products. QVC Sprouts offers the opportunity for inventors to tell the stories behind their product to a highly engaged audience and educate them directly on how their product works. Since the program’s pilot launch in March 2012, QVC Sprouts has sold more than 70 new products online and on air.

For more information about The Search for a Better Tomorrow and to vote for the next big thing, please visitqvc.com/QVCSprouts.content.html.

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About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

About the Movie:
From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

PetSmart launches its third Pet Food Drive across 1,400 stores in North America to support local in-store adoption partners and pet food pantries

PHOENIX, 2015-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart has launched its third Pet Food Drive across 1,400 stores in North America to support local in-store adoption partners and pet food pantries. PetSmart’s Pet Food Drive will run through Sunday, May 17. During this time, customers and associates are encouraged to purchase pet food or basic care supplies in-store to donate to pets in need.

“This week’s Pet Food Drive is centered on giving back to the communities where we live and work,” said Gregg Scanlon, senior vice president of Store Operations and Services, PetSmart. “With a goal of 1 million total items donated, we’re encouraging our customers to visit a PetSmart store and donate an item this week to support local organizations in their community.”

PetSmart’s Pet Food Drive will primarily benefit in-store adoption partners and will provide an opportunity for customers and associates to help homeless pets.

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About PetSmart
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we believe pets make us better people. That’s why we create more moments for people to be inspired by pets. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,404 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store.  Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 400,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program,PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

Media Contacts:

Erin Gray, 623-516-3908, egray@ssg.petsmart.com

Rite Aid to rebuild its location at 300 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Baltimore which sustained significant damage during the protests last month

Seven Other Baltimore Locations Temporarily Closed Due to Damage Now Open  

Camp Hill, Pa., 2015-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation announced today that it will rebuild its location at 300 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Baltimore, which sustained significant damage during the protests last month. The company expects to open a temporary trailer at the location on May 18 to serve customers’ prescription needs while the store is rebuilt. The temporary location will also offer an assortment of over-the-counter medicines and everyday items including snacks and beverages. Demolition and clean up at the site is already underway and construction is expected to be completed by late summer.

“Rite Aid has long been a part of the Baltimore community and we know how much our customers rely on us for their health and wellness needs as well as every day needs,” said Bob Thompson, Rite Aid executive vice president of operations. “It’s important that our customers know we stand with them during this difficult time, and we are committed to rebuilding our store to serve their needs for many years to come. I know I speak for all Rite Aid associates, especially those in Baltimore, when I say we look forward to opening the doors at our rebuilt store and welcoming back our customers later this summer.”

Seven other Rite Aid locations in Baltimore that were closed due to damage reopened by May 7 and are serving customers. Rite Aid associates affected by the store closures were temporarily transferred to nearby Rite Aid locations.

Rite Aid has served the greater Baltimore area for more than 35 years. Currently, Rite Aid operates 30 stores in the city of Baltimore and an additional 70 locations in the surrounding area. The Company employs approximately 800 associates in its stores and regional office.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program to award college tuition assistance to 1,736 new recipients for the upcoming academic year

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets has announced that the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program will award college tuition assistance to 1,736 new recipients for the upcoming academic year. Wegmans expects to pay out approximately $4.9 million in tuition assistance to both new and returning scholarship recipients during the 2015/2016 school year.

Click here to view the list of this year’s scholarship recipients organized by area and store.

Since the program began in 1984, more than 32,000 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $100 million.

“It is so rewarding to see our employees achieve their goals, and in many cases, build a career at Wegmans,” says Wegmans President Colleen Wegman. ”This program has made a profound impact on our own company and on the communities we serve.”

All stores will celebrate the scholarship recipients and 2015 graduates on Saturday, May 16, when free slices of graduation cake will be served at a time selected by each individual store. See store for details.

Part-time employee scholarship recipients are eligible to receive up to $1,500 a year for four years (a maximum of $6,000), and full-time employees can receive up to $2,200 a year for four years (up to $8,800 total). No limit is placed on the number of scholarships awarded each year and no restrictions are made on a student’s course of study. Recipients may choose any area of study from an accredited college and enter any field they desire upon graduation. Many scholarship winners, however, have stayed with Wegmans after college, continuing career growth within the company.

To receive a scholarship, Wegmans employees must meet work-performance criteria. Eligibility is also based on a minimum number of work hours over a specified time period. Scholarship applications are evaluated by a team from Wegmans.

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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
Evelyn Carter, consumer affairs manager (Syracuse media only), 315-546-1110
Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager (Buffalo media only), 716-685-8170

Babies“R”Us® to continue its commitment to honor families of US armed forces by hosting baby showers for America’s military moms through 2016

Company Continues Support by Hosting Baby Showers for America’s Military Moms Through 2016

Wayne, NJ, 2015-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Babies“R”Us® today announced that it will continue its commitment to honor families of the United States armed forces through a collaboration with Operation Shower, an organization that hosts baby showers for military moms-to-be as they experience the journey of pregnancy while their spouses are deployed. Since the partnership’s inception, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., along with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has provided more than $500,000 to the organization through grant funding and in-kind donations.

Click here to tweet: Support America’s Military Families through @BabiesRUs Registry atwww.Babiesrus.com/OperationShower

“Since joining forces with Operation Shower in 2012, we have had the opportunity to bring joy to the lives of more than 500 American military families who are bravely serving our country,” said Kathleen Waugh, Chairman of the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund. “It is our honor to support military moms-to-be by celebrating such an exciting time in their lives and providing them with not only wonderful memories, but also countless baby essentials so they can feel comfortable and confident as they prepare to bring their little ones home. Most importantly, we are thrilled to help facilitate opportunities for these expectant parents to meet others going through a similar experience and strengthen their network of support while far from family and friends.”

Creating Unforgettable Memories for Military Moms-To-Be  

Since the partnership began, Babies“R”Us has showered expectant moms with thousands of donated must-have items for their newborns. In addition, the company has enlisted the support of celebrity hosts, including Heidi Klum, the Kardashian sisters and Holly Robinson Peete, among others, to help celebrate these deserving women. Over the next year, Babies“R”Us will co-host two grand-scale events with Operation Shower benefiting more than 150 families across the country from all branches of the military, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard. Military moms-to-be are invited to attend the shower with a loved one and experience all the joy associated with a traditional baby shower – from themed décor to receiving exciting prizes and presents. The women also receive a Babies“R”Us gift card, allowing them to shop for the baby items they still need, as well as resource materials that can help them welcome their new arrivals.

“We are extremely thankful to Babies“R”Us for their continued support and commitment to helping military families by hosting amazing baby showers and engaging their customers nationwide to contribute to the cause,” said LeAnn Morrissey, founder of Operation Shower. “As we embark on another year of partnership, we look forward to working together to continue our mission to make a difference in the lives of those who so valiantly serve our country by recognizing these deserving moms with an unforgettable experience.”

Opportunity to Support America’s Military Families through Babies“R”Us Registry

Babies“R”Us continues to host a dedicated landing page at Babiesrus.com/OperationShower, where visitors can learn how they can support this program and ensure military moms-to-be receive basic essentials for their newborns. The company will also continue to utilize its best-in-class registry to generate awareness and donations for this organization. Those who register online at Babiesrus.com can add an Operation Shower donation of $1 or more to their new or existing registry, enabling their friends and family to make a contribution to Operation Shower just as they would purchase a gift from the registry.

Babies“R”Us customers, as well as local businesses and organizations, can donate products to these moms by purchasing items from the Operation Shower baby registry. To date, hundreds of products have been donated to support military families. All items purchased off the organization’s official Babies“R”Us Registry are shipped directly to Operation Shower and used as gifts for expectant moms at upcoming shower events.

Babies“R”Us will drive awareness of the partnership through a multi-faceted marketing program, inclusive of social media and more, to encourage customers to contribute to the Babies“R”Us campaign benefiting Operation Shower.

Please click on the following link to download high-res images:
https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-saa042d8683c4d6f8

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us

The philanthropic mission of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations, furthering the company’s commitment to children of all abilities. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners. Babies“R”Us® today announced that it will continue its commitment to honor families of the United States armed forces through a collaboration with Operation Shower, an organization that hosts baby showers for military moms-to-be as they experience the journey of pregnancy while their spouses are deployed. Since the partnership’s inception, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., along with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has provided more than $500,000 to the organization through grant funding and in-kind donations.

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Media Contacts:
Samantha Xenis
973-617-5306/646-366-8826
Samantha.Xenis@toysrus.com

Cheryl O’Brien
973-617-4380/646-366-8825
Cheryl.Obrien@toysrus.com

NACS survey reveals 85% of consumers say that gas prices affect their feelings about the economy

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nearly nine in 10 consumers (85%) say that gas prices affect their feelings about the economy, according to survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).  Gas prices have risen roughly 50 cents per gallon since February.

One in 10 consumers (10%) say that they will drive less over the next 30 days, a time when driving traditionally increases with the unofficial start of the summer drive season.

On average, consumers say they would reduce how much they drive if gas prices rise another $1.02, to $3.61 per gallon.  The $1.02 gap between current prices and the price at which consumers would change their behavior is the lowest recorded this year.

Consumers say that they have noticed rising gas prices. Seven in ten (70%) say gas prices today are higher than they were 30 days ago, which is nearly double the proportion that said so last month (38%). Similarly, seven in ten (72%) consumers expect gas prices to continue to rise over the next 30 days, a significant change compared to April (49%).

Nationwide, economic optimism fell from 52% to 48%. Gas prices had an even bigger impact on optimism in western states such as California where gas prices are averaging up to $1 per gallon more than the national average. Optimism in the West fell from 58% to 47% over the past month and trailed national optimism for the first time since August 2014. And consumers in the West do not expect the situation to get better soon: Nearly four in five (79%) consumers there expect prices to increase this month.

The best indicator of consumer optimism is miles per dollar, which measures consumers’ self-reported fuel efficiency and gas prices. Miles per dollar fell 10% to 8.83, the lowest level in 2015. Miles per dollar has tracked consumer optimism for six of the past seven months.

“While optimism over the economy declined, it is still significantly higher than this time last year when it was only 41%. And because the spring switchover to summer-blend fuel is nearly complete, many analysts suggest that prices will soon moderate,” said Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives. “Fuels retailers are certainly optimistic: 86% of our members say that they are optimistic about their business in the second quarter.

NACS, which represents the convenience store industry that sells 80% of the gas sold in the country, conducts the monthly consumer sentiment survey to gauge how gas prices affect broader economic trends. The NACS survey was conducted by Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates LLC; 1,105 gas consumers were surveyed May 5-7, 2015. Summary results are available at www.nacsonline.com/gasprices.

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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.

IKEA launches its second global Life at Home Report

New York is One of Eight Cities Included in New Survey of Consumer Habits in and Around the Kitchen

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 2015-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA is launching today its second global Life at Home Report, aimed to improve life at home through a better understanding of people’s everyday routines and views on food, including how they grow, store, cook, eat and socialize over it. This year’s findings, which focus on moments in and around the kitchen, are based on existing IKEA research and a new consumer study of more than 8,000 respondents from around the world.

The survey was conducted in eight major cities: Berlin, London, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Stockholm. The results reveal some surprising global similarities and differences in how people interact with food. For example:

  • The Anytime, Anywhere Dinner: The kitchen has become a place for any and every home activity. Meals have broken free from their traditional domain and migrated to other places, like the sofa, bed, floor or desk. In fact, 36% of all surveyed never eat in kitchen or dining room during weekdays, with Berlin residents topping the survey at 54%.
  • Inner Child Influence: Our food preferences from childhood seem to stay with us. A third of those who remember themselves as being picky admit to dismissing foods they never actually tried. And yet as many as six in ten of these very same people wished they would try more new types of foods.
  • The Language of Sharing: 52% think it’s annoying when people use their mobile devices when eating together. One third of people would actually prefer it if no one was allowed to use social media when eating together. On the other hand, one in four young people (18-29) living alone think that social media makes it less lonely to eat alone.
  • What You See is What You Eat: People around the world are more concerned about how their kitchen looks than about the contents of their cupboards and fridges. Shanghaians (62%) are the most relaxed about how their kitchens appear to others, whereas one in five Parisians feel uncomfortable or even ashamed of having friends in their kitchen.

“It’s in the everyday moments at home and even in the everyday frustrations that we find our inspiration; it’s the base of our innovation and product development,” says Mikael Ydholm, Research Manager, IKEA of Sweden. “Through this report we get an understanding of how people live at home – what views, emotions and actions are connected to food and activities around it and we are curious of what expressions this takes in life at home and in the society.”

For the second year, IKEA has developed an interactive part of the Life at Home Report called the “Data Mixing Board”, designed to help users mix and compare data and break down the results in different cities and different segments. As the U.S. city included in the survey, the results showed some interesting insights specifically about New Yorkers:

Top Chefs

  • New Yorkers are naturals when it comes to cooking. 81% of New Yorkers say they enjoy cooking and feel confident in the kitchen, and 46% say they cook at home every day.
  • Despite their culinary skills, 37% of New Yorkers say they buy take out more than once a week, which is the highest of the eight cities surveyed.

Getting Greener

  • Overall, New Yorkers are conscious of the environment, with 65% claiming that they recycle regularly.
  • While New Yorkers are going green, their thumbs have stayed decidedly brown: only 27% of New Yorkers own or grow plants, the lowest of any city surveyed.
  • To avoid doubling up on supplies, urbanites should check their cupboards before making last-minute runs to the grocery store: 27% of New Yorkers feel bad about the amount of food they throw away each week due to excessive food purchases.

Eating Social

  • Food selfie, anyone? 24% of New Yorkers say they’ve posted pictures of food on their social media accounts.
  • 41% of New Yorkers (60% for young New Yorkers ages 18-29) use their phones when they’re eating alone. But phones can get in the way of truly connecting when you’re in a group: 76% of New Yorkers have called or texted when eating with others.

To further explore the IKEA Life at Home Report and the data mixing board, go tohttp://lifeathome.ikea.com/food . For a video about the report with key findings and interviews, please see http://youtu.be/6uhYoKxuKsc.

Methodology
The data included in the report consists of existing IKEA consumer research, other published studies, interviews with various specialists and experts, as well as a new survey conducted in eight major cities around the world. The survey was collected through online panels in Berlin, London, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Stockholm. All in all, 8,527 answers were collected among people from 18 to 60 years of age. The survey was carried out in cooperation with Swedish business intelligence agency United Minds, and has been complemented with reputable published studies and findings from external research sources.

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. here are currently more than 360 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 40 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Press Contact: Kathy Boerner
646-935-3914
kathy.boerner@ketchum.com

Tesco scooped 132 medals for its own-label wine at the International Wine Challenge

Cheshunt, England, 2015-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco scooped over 100 medals for its own-label wine at the International Wine Challenge.

Overall the retailer picked up a remarkable 132 gongs including 5 Gold, 21 Silver and 45 Bronze medals. An impressive, 98 per cent of the wines Tesco entered into the awards received a medal.

Jason Tarry, Chief Product Officer at Tesco said, “We are delighted that our wines have proven to be amongst the best in the world. With 98 per cent of the wines we entered into the competition receiving a medal, it’s testament to our belief that offering customers great quality wine at affordable prices is truly a winning combination.”

Amongst the 132 medals, Tesco wines were awarded:

5 Gold Medals:

  • Tesco finest* Amontillado
  • Tesco finest* Vintage Grand Cru Champagne
  • Tesco finest* Dessert Semillon
  • Tesco finest* Chablis
  • Tesco finest* Sancerre

21 Silver Medals

45 Bronze Medals

61 Commended Medals

Tesco range and Value wines were also winners.

Sparkling

  • Bella Cucina Prosecco- Silver Medal
  • Tesco Cava Brut- Bronze Medal

Simply Range

  • Simply Garnacha- Bronze Medal
  • Simply Garnacha Rosé- Bronze Medal
  • Simply Soave Classico-Bronze Medal

 

See the full list of the award winning wines.

 

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

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