7‑Eleven introduces limited-edition Slurpee straws based on four popular spirit animals

DALLAS,  2015-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starting today, a cool Slurpee® can soothe a beast of a thirst (no kitten!). 7‑Eleven, Inc. introduces limited-edition Slurpee straws with muzzles, snouts and beaks based on four popular spirit animals – the eagle, fox, wolf and cat. The straws retail for $1.49 at participating stores.

Accompanying the collectible straws are new novelty Slurpee cups reminiscent of vintage glass milk bottles. Suggested retail price for the refillable, plastic cup is $2.99 and that includes the first Slurpee fill. Both the initial refillable cup purchase and all refills count toward 7Rewards’ Buy 6-Get 7 free drink program available exclusively through the 7Eleven mobile app.

“This summer, we want our customers to join the fun and select their own spirit animal with our new Slurpee straws,” said Laura Gordon, vice president of marketing and brand innovation. “With four options, Slurpee fans can change it up every visit. We had a lot of fun with mustache straws last summer, and we think people will be just as wild over our animal straws and Slurpee cups.”

While spirit animal straws are a fun way to sip any Slurpee flavor, the current featured Slurpee flavor is exclusive to 7‑Eleven stores – Mtn Dew® Solar Flare™. The bright red-orange drink has the bold citrus flavor of Mountain Dew® with a blast of tropical punch. Mtn Dew Solar Flare was introduced last summer as an exclusive – and very popular – Big Gulp® flavor, and is making its debut in Slurpee-form this year.

Slurpee fans sporting their favorite animal straw are encouraged to take a summer selfie and tag it @7Eleven or @Slurpee on Instagram and Twitter and share on 7‑Eleven’s Facebook page.

For those wanting some help choosing a spirit animal, here are some guidelines:

Cat – Independent, curious, unpredictable, selective, most likely to taste all Slurpee flavors before filling cup

Wolf – Sharp, intelligent, instinctive, most likely to concoct their own Slurpee creation

Fox – Nocturnal, cunning, adaptable, aware, most likely to slurp at night

Eagle – Swift, powerful, focused, dominant, most likely to slurp too fast and get a brainfreeze™

7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 55,800 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Stephanie Shaw
7‑Eleven, Inc.


7‑Eleven introduces limited-edition Slurpee straws based on four popular spirit animals

7‑Eleven introduces limited-edition Slurpee straws based on four popular spirit animals

Morrisons: significant drop in the number of the whole chickens showing high levels of campylobacter

Bradford, England, 2015-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons has announced a significant drop in the number of its whole chickens showing high levels of campylobacter. Testing results since the start of 2015 (Jan – April) show a level of just 2.3 per cent compared to 11.3 per cent during the same period last year. The new figure is significantly lower than the Food Standard Agency’s (FSA) industry target of 10.0 per cent (7.0 per cent in store).

The supermarket has been undertaking its own testing for more than a year and the results of those tests have been shared with and verified by the FSA.

Morrisons said: “We take food safety extremely seriously and are committed to reducing any risk to customers. We have looked at what really helps reduce campylobacter and we have made some significant changes including bringing in a new supplier.

“The results of our reduction programme are extremely encouraging but we are not complacent. There is still work to do. We will continue to work closely with the FSA and our suppliers to reduce the presence of campylobacter even further.”

Steve Wearne, FSA Director of Policy said: “This is very welcome news from Morrisons and goes to show that campylobacter levels on chicken can be significantly reduced by targeted interventions across the production process. People can be rightly pleased because the simple fact is that the less campylobacter there is on chicken the fewer people will get ill. I’m also pleased that Morrisons have indicated they are in this for the long term and we at the FSA will of course continue to work closely with Morrisons to ensure the levels of campylobacter on chicken reduce further.”

Morrisons has made the following changes:

  • A review of its whole bird business based on campylobacter reduction performance resulting in a new supplier being brought in
  • The development of a set of standards on chicken slaughter and preparation. Suppliers are regularly checked to ensure they meet that standard
  • The introduction of clearer consumer messaging on packaging for the handling and preparation of chickens, including a strong ‘Do not wash’ instruction
  • The introduction of roast in the bag whole chickens
  • One chicken supplier has introduced a scheme that incentivises farmers if their flocks are free from campylobacter
  • Investigating the use of new technologies with suppliers including rapid chilling and ultrasound

Morrisons is also represented on the board of ACT (Acting on Campylobacter Together), a collaboration across the industry designed to share initiatives and developments in tackling campylobacter.


CBL announces the opening of the redevelopment at CoolSprings Galleria in Nashville (Franklin), TN

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2015-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) today announced the opening of the redevelopment at CoolSprings Galleria in Nashville (Franklin), TN. Designed to significantly enhance the offerings at the shopping center, the redevelopment of the former Sears location includes adding a mix of new fashion stores and fine dining options as well as a new mall entrance to improve mall circulation.

Retailers now open as part of the redevelopment include, exclusive to the market stores, American Girl, H&M and A’Gaci. These new stores join Belk Men’s & Kid’s store, which opened in March, and The Cheesecake Factory, which opened in November 2014. Additional planned openings this year include fine dining restaurants Connors Steak & Seafood and Kona Grill (spring 2016) and King’s, a boutique bowling and entertainment venue. All are exclusive to the Nashville market. Additionally, ULTA and newly renovated Belk’s Women’s & Home store will open in the fall.

In late summer, CoolSprings Galleria will also welcome Zumiez, Tilly’s and Windsor Fashions as they open new stores on the interior of the mall. Sephora recently opened in May.

“The redevelopment of the former Sears location at CoolSprings Galleria takes one of the region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destinations to even greater heights,” said Michael Lebovitz, executive vice president – development and administration. “From the market’s first American Girl, Kona Grill and Connors Steak & Seafood to in-demand stores such as ULTA, A’Gaci and H&M, customers can continue to expect the best at CoolSprings Galleria.”

Businesses interested in obtaining leasing information about CoolSprings Galleria should contact Laura Farren, Sr. Leasing Manager, by telephone at 423.490.8620 or by email: Laura.Farren@cblproperties.com.

About CoolSprings Galleria
CoolSprings Galleria is a more than 1.1 million square-foot super-regional shopping destination featuring more than 150 stores including Ann Taylor, American Girl, Brighton Collectibles, The Cheesecake Factory, J.Crew, H&M, Pottery Barn, Pandora, The Apple Store, The Art of Shaving, White House | Black Market, Williams-Sonoma and many more. CoolSprings Galleria is anchored by Belk, Dillard’s, JCPenney, and Macy’s and is conveniently located off I-65 at exits 68 and 69, just fifteen miles south of Nashville. For additional information, find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CoolSpringsGalleria, or visit www.CoolSpringsGalleria.com

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 148 properties, including 89 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 30 states and total 83.6 million square feet including 6.5 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL has regional offices in Boston (Waltham), MA, Dallas (Irving), TX, and St. Louis, MO. Additional information can be found at cblproperties.com.

CBL contact: Dan Summerlin, Director of Corporate Relations, 423.490.8315, dan.summerlin@cblproperties.com
CoolSprings Galleria contact: Dana Katterjohn, Marketing Director, 615.771.2050 x230, dana.katterjohn@cblproperties.com

Whole Foods Market offers zero-interest loans to neighboring businesses damaged in Austin’s Memorial Day 2015 flood

Company allocates $1 million for emergency loans to neighboring Austin establishments

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is offering zero-interest loans to neighboring businesses damaged in Austin’s Memorial Day 2015 flood. The company is allocating $1 million for loans, which will be available to businesses in the Shoal Creek flood zone.

Additionally, all Austin Whole Foods Markets are collecting donations at the registers; funds will go to the American Red Cross of Central Texas.

“Whole Foods Market understands the tragedy of floods. And we also understand the power and positive impact of love in business,” said John Mackey, the company’s co-founder and co-CEO. “We ONLY survived in 1981 because of the outpouring of love and support from local businesses, customers, neighbors, supplier partners and dedicated team members. Now, 34 years and 419 stores later, we are able to return the favor to Austin and pay it forward to help the current generation of local businesses hurt by recent flooding.”

On Memorial Day 1981, floodwaters ravaged Whole Foods Market’s original store, damaging equipment and wiping out inventory. The store had no insurance, savings or warehoused inventory. Customers and neighbors joined staff members to clean up and repair the damage, and creditors, vendors and investors provided breathing room for Whole Foods Market to reopen 28 days later.

Businesses in need can apply for a zero-interest loan via Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program by emailing LPLP@wholefoods.com with the following information:
•             Name and address of business
•             Organizational document – articles of incorporation
•             Loan request amount
•             What it will be used for


Whole Foods Market after the 1981 Memorial Day flood in Austin

Whole Foods Market after the 1981 Memorial Day flood in Austin

Whole Planet Foundation now with 1 million microloans funded worldwide

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Planet Foundation has now funded 1 million microloans worldwide, empowering impoverished individuals in 65 countries to start or expand a home-based business.

Launched in 2005 by Whole Foods Market, Whole Planet Foundation alleviates poverty in communities where the grocer sources products. Less than a decade later, the foundation has granted more than $64 million to microfinance partners across four continents, serving a total of more than 5 million people.

“With no collateral, credit history or a contract required, microloans offer many people something they’ve never had before – a chance to take their future into their own hands and gain financial independence,” said Philip Sansone, president and executive director for Whole Planet Foundation. “That impact extends far beyond the individuals receiving loans. It improves the quality of life for their family and most important, it can break the cycle of poverty for future generations.”

Microloans have helped low-income entrepreneurs, mostly women, start or expand a variety of businesses, including artisan goods, prepared foods and food carts, small shareholder agriculture, livestock, at-home bakeries and flower stands. For more information about Whole Planet Foundation, or to make a donation, visit www.wholeplanetfoundation.org.


The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program donates $1.3 million to Folds of Honor to provide educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled veterans

Donation Will Help Folds of Honor Provide Educational Scholarships to Children of Fallen and Disabled Veterans 

Camp Hill, Pa., 2015-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program will donate $1.3 million to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization based in Owasso, Okla., dedicated to providing educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled veterans. The donation was announced in Owasso over Memorial Day weekend during Folds of Honor’s annual Patriot Cup Invitational, a golf tournament and gala celebrating our nation’s heroes and raising funds for Folds of Honor.

“It is truly an honor for The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program to join forces with an outstanding organization such as Folds of Honor,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president and chief operating officer who also serves as president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The Foundation’s donation to Folds of Honor not only brings the mission of The Rite Aid Foundation to life, but most importantly, it will also help the organization continue to make a lasting difference in the lives of children whose parents have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.”

Folds of Honor was founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard who served three tours of duty in Iraq. Since its inception, Folds of Honor has raised more than $70 million and awarded nearly 8,000 scholarships to the family members of fallen or disabled veterans.

“With support from partners like The Rite Aid Foundation, our organization is able to honor the sacrifice of our service men and women by ensuring that no child or family is left behind when they lose a parent while serving our country,” said Major Dan Rooney. “We are proud and humbled to be welcomed into the Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents’ family and look forward to working with Rite Aid, its associates and customers to help those we serve achieve their educational goals.”

KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s wellness+ with Plenti program can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 300 nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children.

In addition to the donation, Folds of Honor is also able to receive round-up donations from Rite Aid customers through the KidCents program. To learn how to designate your change to Folds of Honor, visit www.kidcents.com.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded nearly $20 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $65 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) 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.

Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled in combat while serving in the United States armed forces. For more information, visit www.foldsofhonor.org.



Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Produce for Kids® campaign with Meijer launches May 31 and will raise funds to bring the nutrition education program Jump with Jill to schools

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, 2015-5-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The healthy eating-focused Produce for Kids® campaign with Meijer launches May 31 and will raise funds to bring the nutrition education program, Jump with Jill, to local schools in the Meijer area. The Produce for Kids campaign offers Meijer shoppers in-store and online meal solutions, recipes and tips for families looking to embrace healthier eating habits.

The Meijer and Produce for Kids campaign, which will run through June 27, is supported by 11 participating fresh fruit and vegetable companies. Meijer grocery shoppers are encouraged to support these brands by eating more nutritious fruits and vegetables. Shoppers can also sample simple, healthy Produce for Kids recipes at select stores on June 13.

“At Meijer, our mission is not only to provide our customers with a fresh and healthy experience every time they enter our stores, but to also create strong local communities through school programs like Jump with Jill,” said Shari Steinbach, registered dietitian and Meijer healthy living manager. “We are proud to partner with Produce for Kids on an effort that encourages our shoppers to introduce fresh fruits and vegetables to their families.”

In-store displays and signage, featuring characters from the popular family movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, will be displayed in Meijer produce departments and will list all participating companies. The signage will direct shoppers to www.produceforkids.com, which features more than 200 registered dietitian-approved and family-tested recipes, meal planning tools, grocery store specific campaign details, and healthy tips from real parents. Additionally, shoppers will be encouraged to share their own healthy recipes and ideas during the campaign using the hashtag #produceforkids.

“We are proud of our partnership with Meijer to educate families about the benefits of eating nutritious produce as part of a healthy lifestyle,” said John Shuman, president of Produce for Kids. “We are extremely proud of the $5 million we have raised thus far to support local children’s charities, and we are excited to partner with Jump with Jill this year to further teach nutrition to kids in a fun and engaging way.”

Through partnerships with Produce for Kids, Meijer and select fruit and vegetable companies have raised more than $1 million to benefit children’s charities.  Produce for Kids and Meijer raised more than $60,000 during its fall campaign, which allowed the Jump with Jill program to take place in 27 schools in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

A familiar initiative to families in the Midwest, Jump with Jill is armed with catchy songs, upbeat dance moves, and a hip wardrobe to engage kids on the subject of health and leave them empowered to eat better.

Meijer offers a diverse selection of fruits and vegetables to make it easier for families to live out what they learned from Jump with Jill in the produce department of their local grocery store.

Suppliers participating in the Meijer and Produce for Kids campaign include: Bolthouse® Farms – Carrots & Premium Juices; Dole Food Company; Earthbound Farm® – Organic Packaged Greens; Grower Direct® California Cherries; HMC Farms & SunWest Fruit Company – California Peaches, Plums, & Nectarines; Marzetti® Company – Marzetti® Refrigerated Salad Dressings; Mastronardi Produce – SUNSET® Tomatoes on the Vine; NatureSweet® Cherubs® Heavenly Salad Tomatoes & NatureSweet® SunBursts™ Sweet Golden Snacking Tomatoes; Potandon Produce – Green Giant™ Fresh Klondike Rose® & Red Potatoes; Shuman Produce – RealSweet® Vidalia® Onions; and Well-Pict Berries® Strawberries.

For more information about the Meijer and Produce for Kids campaign, visit www.produceforkids.com.


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About Produce for Kids®:
Produce for Kids® is a philanthropically based organization that brings the produce industry together to educate consumers about healthy eating with fresh produce and raises funds for local children’s non-profit organizations. Since its creation in 2002 by Shuman Produce Inc., Produce for Kids has raised more than $5 million to benefit kids. To learn more about Produce for Kids and healthy eating, visit www.produceforkids.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 207 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 electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Jump with Jill:
The world’s only rock & roll nutrition show Jump with Jill uses music and dance to celebrate healthy habits by transforming nutrition education into a live concert. Created by a Registered Dietitian and professional musician, the show uses singable anthems guaranteed to get students moving and learning about healthy habits. Find this press release and high resolution images at www.jumpwithjill.com/meijer-press.

Contact: Amanda Keefer, 407-697-1779, amanda@produceforkids.com

Produce for Kids® campaign with Meijer launches May 31 and will raise funds to bring the nutrition education program Jump with Jill to schools

Produce for Kids® campaign with Meijer launches May 31 and will raise funds to bring the nutrition education program Jump with Jill to schools