Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle now offers coffee from Eastern Congo

SEATTLE, 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the late 1970s, the Democratic Republic of Congo was one of Africa’s leading exporters of coffee. Subsequent decades of violence, poverty and disease claimed the lives of millions in the region and destroyed much of the country’s coffee market. In recent years, despite the odds, Congolese farmers have quietly produced some of the world’s greatest Arabica coffee beans.

Starbucks partnered with the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) to develop sustainable agricultural production and help restore Congo as a key source of high quality coffee. Founded by actor and director Ben Affleck, the ECI is a US-based advocacy and grant-making initiative focused on working with and  for the people of Eastern Congo to help rejuvenate their coffee industry.

Toward the end of 2014, Starbucks made its first purchase of coffee from farmers in Eastern Congo. After months of fine-tuning and experimentation, Starbucks is now offering an exclusive blend crafted only for the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle using this coffee from the Congo.

Every Coffee Tells a Story

Starbucks Reserve®  coffees are curated to tell the story of its origin. Serving only Starbucks Reserve®  coffees, Starbucks uses its Roastery as a platform to showcase some of the world’s rarest coffees, expanding the company’s small-lot sourcing program to pay homage to the rich, important history surrounding the specialty coffee industry.

Gravitas Blend No.1 is an alchemy of small-lot beans from Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia and East Congo. With deep and layered flavors of roasted plum, tamarind and milk chocolate, Gravitas weaves together three different origins, yet allows the flavors of each origin to shine on its own.

“Not only is Gravitas a testament to the skill of our master blenders,” said Craig Russell, executive vice president global coffee at Starbucks. “Gravitas speaks to the remarkable progress made through the Eastern Congo Initiative to put the coffee of East Congo back on the map, giving the region the recognition it deserves as a key source of high quality coffee.”

Starbucks Roastery blends build on the heritage and artistry of blending. Roasted fresh, served and scooped daily, Gravitas Blend No.1 will replace Pantheon – the Roastery’s first blend – and is available for a limited time.

“We are excited to bring Gravitas to our customers,” said Russell. “Gravitas speaks to our past, present and future as roasters in one extraordinary cup.”

Giving Back to Communities

As part of the Starbucks Reserve® commitment, the company collaborates with coffee growing communities. Starbucks works with farmers, producers and suppliers to give back to communities. From helping to build schools or working to improve the living conditions of farming families, it’s always been a core Starbucks value to help change lives for the better.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

 

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Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle now offers coffee from Eastern Congo

Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle now offers coffee from Eastern Congo

Retail Industry Leaders Association awarded $750,000 grant by Department of Energy to support its Retail Energy Management Program

Arlington , VA, 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of the Department of Energy’s ongoing efforts to increase energy efficiency in buildings across the country, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) was recently awarded a three-year $750,000 grant to support its Retail Energy Management Program. RILA was one of eight recipients of the DOE’s total $6 million investment.

RILA’s Retail Energy Management Program project with DOE aims to drive energy and carbon reduction in the retail sector by improving retail energy managers’ ability to secure financing for efficiency projects. This is a foundational step toward realizing the $3 billion in potential energy savings estimated to be available to the industry.

“Ensuring that retail energy managers have the resources they need to implement energy projects is a crucial step in the journey towards operational efficiency and bringing value to the business,” said Erin Hiatt, senior manager of sustainability & compliance at RILA. “Ultimately, the work under the grant will increase retailer energy savings through the adoption of improved energy financial management strategies.”

RILA’s project will generate at least six financial management implementation models to illustrate how retailers can establish dedicated energy efficiency budgets, improve project proposal processes, improve finance team awareness of energy project value, improve project piloting processes, establish energy innovation funds, and leverage external financing where necessary.

“We are thrilled that the Administration has made this commitment and are ready to act on the investment,” said Hiatt. “That the DOE saw value in our program to contribute to their long-term energy goals is an honor.”

The project proposal was developed in partnership with The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), Deloitte, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), MIT, and Schneider Electric.​

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

Dunkin’ Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig Green Mountain announce that Dunkin’ K-Cup®* pods now available for sale at retailers nationwide

  • Dunkin’ Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig Green Mountain partner to bring Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods to retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada

CANTON, MA, ORRVILLE, OH, and WATERBURY, VT, 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., (NASDAQ: DNKN), The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR) today announced that Dunkin’ K-Cup®* pods are now available for sale at thousands of retailers nationwide for the first time. As part of an agreement between the three companies first announced in February, Smucker will distribute and market Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods exclusively to grocery chains, mass merchandisers, club stores, drug stores, dollar stores and home improvement stores. Keurig will distribute and market Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods exclusively to specialty stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s and Macy’s, as well as office supply retailers such as Staples and Office Depot beginning this summer.

Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods are also now available for sale online at OnlineStore.Smucker.com and Keurig.com, as well as DunkinDonuts.com. The Dunkin’ K-Cup® varieties available online and in grocery, mass merchandise, club, drug and other retailers nationwide include Original Blend, Decaf, Hazelnut, French Vanilla and Chocolate Glazed Donut.

A coupon for $1.50 off the purchase of any two packages of Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods or packaged coffee at grocery stores and other retailers nationwide will be available in select Sunday newspapers on June 14, 2015.

In February, Dunkin’ Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig signed agreements for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods at retailers nationwide in the U.S. and Canada, and online. Keurig remains the exclusive producer of Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods. The J.M. Smucker Company currently manufactures and distributes Dunkin’ Donuts® brand premium bagged coffee where groceries are sold, under license from Dunkin’ Donuts.

“Earlier this year we announced our new agreement with our two long-standing partners to offer new and existing customers throughout the U.S. and Canada more options for purchasing Dunkin’ K-Cup pods. Today, we mark a key moment in our brand’s history of coffee leadership as Dunkin’ K-Cup pods are now available at thousands of retail outlets nationwide and online,” said John Fassak, Vice President, Dunkin’ Brands New Business Development. “This is an exciting milestone for our company, and we very much look forward to continuing our partnership with The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig to bring our famous coffee to more customers, and meet growing consumer demand for single-serve, at home coffee.”

“This is exciting for the growth of both The J.M. Smucker Company and the entire coffee category,” said Steve Oakland, President, Coffee and Foodservice of The J.M. Smucker Company. “Our company has had a long and successful relationship with Dunkin’ Brands to bring the legendary taste of Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee to grocery stores all across the country. We are thrilled to further our partnership and expand the Smucker coffee portfolio by now bringing Dunkin’ K-Cup pods into retail channels, including wherever groceries are sold.”

“Our existing consumers and retail partners told us they wanted broader availability of Dunkin’ K-Cup pods and we are excited to expand the distribution for Keurig consumers who know and love Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature coffee,” said Dan Cignarella, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Keurig. “The expanded distribution of Dunkin’ Donuts pods also offers a unique opportunity to attract new consumers who have affinity for Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee but who haven’t yet tried the quality and convenience of single serve with a Keurig brewing system.”

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About Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 18,800 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2014,Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,300 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,500 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

About The J.M. Smucker Company
For more than 115 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America with annual net sales of approximately $8 billion. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit jmsmucker.com.

About Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
As a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages, Keurig Green Mountain (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning beverages, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. The company has inspired consumer passion for its products by revolutionizing beverage preparation at home and in the workplace. Keurig supports local and global communities by investing in sustainably-grown coffee and by its active involvement in a variety of social and environmental projects. By helping consumers drink for themselves, we believe we can brew a better world. For more information visit: www.KeurigGreenMountain.com. To purchase Keurig® products visit: www.Keurig.com or www.Keurig.ca.

 

*K-Cup® is a trademark of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., used with permission. K-Cup® pods are for use in Keurig® K-Cup® brewing systems, including Keurig® 2.0

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Toys“R”Us launches its fifth consecutive fundraising campaign to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation™, May 30 – July 31

Company Hosts Nationwide In-Store Fundraising and Social Media Awareness Program to Help Find a Cure for Pediatric Cancer

Wayne, NJ, 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced the launch of its fifth consecutive fundraising campaign to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation™(ALSF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Beginning this Saturday, May 30 through Friday, July 31, monetary donations will be collected at all Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com/AlexsLemonade. Throughout the eight-week program, Toys“R”Us will once again invite social media users to show support for the cause and for Alexandra “Alex” Scott, the inspiration behind ALSF whose motto was “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” by joining the conversation online using #Stir4ACure. To kick off the 2015 campaign, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has provided a $100,000 grant to ALSF. Since the partnership began in 2011, Toys“R”Us and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, along with donations from customers, together have provided more than $8.5 million to the organization.

Click here to tweet: Host an official @AlexsLemonade stand or visit any @Toysrus store to donate and help #Stir4ACure! Toysrus.com/AlexsLemonade

Diagnosed just before her first birthday, Alex Scott began hosting lemonade stands at only 4 years old with a mission to find a cure for pediatric cancer. Before she died at the age of 8 in 2004, Alex raised $1 million through stands hosted in her name. Her parents, Liz and Jay Scott, established ALSF in 2005 to continue her dream of finding a cure for all children battling cancer. Alex’s mission has evolved into a national movement, with thousands of kids continuing to host lemonade stands in her honor and “stirring” the most important ingredients of all into their lemonade – hope for the 263,000 new children affected by cancer worldwide each year. Through research projects, supporting families and encouraging kids to help other kids in need by hosting lemonade stands, the organization hopes to aid these children and their loved ones, and – ultimately – find a cure. To date, Alex’s legacy has helped raise more than $100 million.

“We are extremely thankful to Toys“R”Us for their commitment to ALSF and providing us the ability to fund pediatric cancer research projects over the last five years, which has made an enormous impact on the lives of children and families fighting cancer in the U.S.,” said Liz Scott, Alex’s mom and Co-Executive Director for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. “As we kick off another year of partnership together, we look forward to continuing Alex’s mission and giving people across the country an opportunity to help ‘Stir for a Cure.’”

“Since first partnering with ALSF in 2011, all of us at Toys“R”Us have been continually inspired by the mission that Alex set in motion, and how her story has motivated our customers, employees and local communities, to help raise more than $8.5 million for the organization,” said Kathleen Waugh, Chairman, Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund. “We are committed to the fight against pediatric cancer and determined to not only raise more funds that will be vital to ALSF in advancing its efforts, but also to inspire others to join the cause.”

Toys“R”Us Engages Kids and Families to #Stir4ACure

To commemorate this year’s partnership, Toys“R”Us will once again encourage its customers and local communities to show support for ALSF through the company’s #Stir4ACure initiative. Beginning today, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram users can share who or what they stir for – whether it’s a cure, a family member or all children fighting cancer – using #Stir4ACure.

Throughout the campaign, the Toys“R”Us Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages will highlight ALSF heroes, their own inspirational stories and personal connections to the cause. The company’s official social media channels will also provide ongoing fundraising updates and opportunities to get involved.

Toys“R”Us is also inviting customers to participate in an upcoming Twitter Party to learn more about ALSF. Those who follow @ToysRUs on Twitter can join the conversation on Tuesday, July 14 at 2pm EST, during a chat led by@AlexsLemonade, using the hashtag #Stir4ACure. Participants can ask questions, receive advice on hosting their own lemonade stand and more.

To download high-resolution images related to the Toys“R”Us campaign benefitting ALSF, please visit: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-sb4d7551e8ce41458

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.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $100 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 475 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

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Media Contacts:
Toys”R”Us, U.S.
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

Wegmans Food Markets to host “Fire Up the Grill” event on Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31, 2015

WHAT:Fire Up the Grill” at all Wegmans Food Markets. Tasting samples and fresh ideas for the grill at stations around the store.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31, 2015

WHERE: All Wegmans Food Markets

Rochester, NY, 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Calling all backyard grill chefs: Hots and hamburgers, steaks, and chicken are just the beginning of what you can do. If you’re ready to take your skill and grill to the next level, then drop by the “Fire Up the Grill” event at your nearest Wegmans Food Market. In addition to grilled dishes, there will be tasting samples of other foods that turn a summer cookout into something really special.

Highlights of what you’ll see and taste:

Wonder Water: The pure refreshment of water with a hint of flavor. No calories, nothing artificial, just smart hydration in eight natural flavors. Have a sip as you come into the store, and be sure to enter a drawing to win a bag of favorite grilling items.

Squash Boats: Grilled zucchini filled with hummus and topped with feta cheese, pesto and roasted tomatoes. Featured in the summer issue of Wegmans Menu magazine, pick up a recipe card to make them at home. Find them in Produce.

Salmon Burger: Sample this great alternative to beef with salmon’s Omega-3 health benefits. In Seafood.

Bourbon-Marinated Chicken Breast: Made with Wegmans’ new smoky, sweet Food You Feel Good About Bourbon BBQ sauce. In the Meat department.

Artisan Cheeses: Award-winning cheeses made near Wegmans stores, plus decadent cheeses ripened in the Wegmans Cheese Caves. Try the cave-ripened Cremeux de Bourgogne, the Old Chatham Camembert, or the Vermont Creamery Duets. In the Cheese department.

Roasted Veggie Oshi-Zushi: All-veggie sushi combinations that are pressed, not rolled. They combine traditional Japanese with American flavors! At the Sushi counter.

Grilled Zucchini with Garlic Cheese Butter: See how a bit of finishing butter transforms a simple vegetable dish like grilled zucchini into something that will ravish your taste buds! In the Dairy department.

Summer Corn & Bean Salad: A super-simple, toss-together salad featured in Wegmans Menu magazine. In the Frozen Foods department.

Lemon Cheesecake and Celebration Cake: Perfect light bites of lemony sweetness to top off a great summer meal. In the Bakery.

Broccoli, Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Naan Pizza: You can pop these ready-to-go Naan pizzas on the grill and they’re ready in 8-10 minutes. In the Pizza department.

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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

The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft expands its menu of free interactive and on-site activities to engage young golf fans

Junior golfers invited to participate in free weeklong activities

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft seeks to engage young golf fans by expanding its menu of free interactive and on-site activities.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft is working diligently to engage families throughout the community,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “By offering a variety of youth programs, we feel that we are able to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for parents and youth alike.”

The Meijer LPGA Junior Clinic presented by Johnson & Johnson will take place at 1 p.m. July 22-24 at Boulder Creek Golf Course, 5750 Brewer Ave. NE, in Belmont, Mich. Youth, ages 17 years and under, are invited to participate in the free, two-hour clinics that will feature group instruction, activities, and games by LPGA professionals and local golf pros.

That age group will also receive free admission to the tournament, held July 23-26 at Blythefield Country Club with a ticketed adult.

Once at the tournament, youth will have access to the Meijer LPGA Kids Center presented by Dove when it’s open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22-26. The tent, located between holes 11 and 16, will features arts and crafts, golf activities, and LPGA player autograph sessions throughout the week.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities– will benefit the Simply Giveprogram. The inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raised $600,000 for the Simply Give program to feed those in need.

The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will host a full field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition July 21-26 at Blythefield Country Club.

Reserve a spot for the Meijer LPGA Junior Clinic by registering online at meijerLPGAclassic.com.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

To view a video recapping the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

To view a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video

About Meijer Simply Give:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates more than 200 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. In 2014, Blythefield hosted the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org/.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.lpga.com, www.facebook.com/LPGA, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/user/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events:
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two ChampionsTour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com/.

Contact: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Best Buy’s five-year-long drive to reduce its carbon footprint recognized at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) White House ceremonies

SEATTLE, 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy’s five-year-long drive to reduce its carbon footprint by at least 20 percent by 2020 was recognized as an unparalleled retailer achievement at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) White House ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night.

The reduction is part of the company’s effort to address climate change.

Thanks to a combination of an industry-leading energy management system, store lighting retrofit and improved fleet and distribution practices, Best Buy was commended for exceeding its goal and reducing emissions by 26 percent since 2010.  The award was given at this week’s DOE Better Buildings Challenge Summit.

“We know that our customers and employees care about the environment, and they care about companies that do too,” said Laura Bishop, vice president of Public Affairs who oversees the company’s corporate responsibility and sustainability team.  “Our commitment to carbon reduction is part of a larger effort that focuses on everything we can do as a company, along with all we can do to help our customers live more sustainably by managing their own energy use.”

Beginning in 2010, Best Buy sought to address its carbon footprint throughout its complex network of retail locations, distribution and data centers, and transportation infrastructure.  These efforts included:

  • Installing energy management systems at “big box” stores to centrally control temperature and lighting by synchronizing all systems.
  • Retrofitting more than 840 stores with lower-wattage fluorescent ceiling fixtures, reducing lighting energy usage by nearly half and brightening the interiors.
  • Upgrading thousands of Geek Squad cars and trucks to more efficient models and strategically routing to reduce gas consumption.
  • Requiring EPA SmartWay® certification for all transportation partners, and optimizing store shipments and the transfer of recycled products to partner facilities, led to further reductions.

The broader Best Buy sustainability program extends beyond reducing the company’s own carbon footprint to consumer solutions, such as energy-efficient products. More than 1 billion pounds of electronics and appliances have been recycled through convenient services such as trade-in and free recycling. Named an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2014 and 2015, Best Buy helped customers realize $70 million in utility bill savings* and prevented 900 million pounds of carbon emissions with ENERGY STAR certified products sold in 2014 alone.  Best Buy also was appointed to the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index from 2012 through 2014, and to the Carbon Performance Leadership Index in 2012 and 2013.

Best Buy’s innovative approaches to energy efficiency, as well as its achievements, are profiled in the Better Buildings Solution Center at www.energy.gov/betterbuildingssolution center.

For more information about the Best Buy sustainability program visit https://corporate.bestbuy.com/sustainability

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Best Buy’s five-year-long drive to reduce its carbon footprint recognized at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) White House ceremonies

Best Buy’s five-year-long drive to reduce its carbon footprint recognized at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) White House ceremonies

New Zealand: New World helps fund a modern nerve monitor for patients at Starship Children’s Hospital

New World has helped fund a leading-edge nerve monitor, which will improve surgical outcomes for patients at Starship Children’s Hospital.

NEW ZEALAND, 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starship Children’s Hospital received $51,000 of funding with help from the New Zealand-owned and operated supermarket for the NIM – NEURO 3.0 nerve monitor which enables Starship surgeons to perform surgery more accurately and safely, preventing long-term nerve damage and paralysis.

Starship surgeon Mr Michel Neeff performed an operation to fit seven-year-old patient James Marquardt with a cochlear implant in April, using the nerve monitor to ensure that he did not damage any facial nerves in the process.

“It’s very important to know where the facial nerves are and stop when you get too close because if you go on to injure one of the facial nerves then the patient might end up with a weak looking face.  We are very grateful to New World for funding this equipment and we now have the ability to use it on a lot of children,” says Mr Neeff.

James was diagnosed with Hunter Syndrome at four years of age and is believed to be one of only two children in New Zealand with the disease, which affects the body’s ability to break down sugar molecules, causing impaired organ and nerve function.

The family relocated from Christchurch to Auckland in 2013 to be closer to Starship as James will need further treatment in the coming years.

James’ mother Fiona Marquardt says, “James recently had the appointment to switch on the cochlear implant.  It was a good day in our journey with Hunter Syndrome, as we took another step forward in helping James have a normal life living with this disease. James has already had a bone marrow transplant and enzyme replacement therapy. This was the next thing on the list and we hope it will help him communicate better at school. For James he’s just excited to be able to hear his friends.”

New World became a Five Star Partner of the Starship Foundation in 2014 and its support has already made a big impact on Starship’s young patients and their families. As well as contributing to the funding of new equipment New World has funded the Hunger Provocation Programme trial which has successfully weaned three children off tube feeding and a Sonosite Ultrasound used for administering anaesthetic in paediatric patients.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director of Foodstuffs New Zealand, says he is thrilled to already see some tangible outcomes from the supermarkets partnership with the Starship Foundations.

“As a proud Kiwi business we are committed to being a positive active participant in the communities in which we operate and we are pleased that our sponsorship is able to make a real difference to so many New Zealand families.”

Chief Executive of the Starship Foundation, Brad Clark, says, “The support New World provides for our vulnerable Starship patients and their families is crucial to ensuring the best possible experience and outcomes.  We want to acknowledge and thank New World for their passionate support of our national children’s hospital.  We simply could not do what we do, without them”.

Indonesia: MPPA reopens newly remodeled 3 Hypermart stores in Jakarta and Surabaya to the latest Generation 7 concept

Lippo Village, Tangerang, 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT. Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA), a multi-format modern retailer in Indonesia, which operates Hypermart, Foodmart and Boston Health & Beauty, has successfully remodeled 3 of its existing Hypermart stores to the latest Generation 7 (G7) concept. The Hypermart Pejaten Mall in South Jakarta was reopened on May, 16 2015, while the Hypermart Cibubur Junction in Jakarta and Hypermart Supermall Pakuwon in Surabaya were successfully reopened on May, 23 2015.

These stores were temporarily closed about 2-3 months and undergone extensive remodeling to adapt the G7 concept by featuring a new color scheme and better signage design, which resembles the first modern, unparalled hypermarket approach in Indonesia since the last decade.

Hypermart G7 uses LED lighting and environmentally friendly cooling on fresh products to save the electricity costs. To offer a better shopping experience and comfort, these outlets provide a layout of products by category, such as RTE (Ready to Eat), Bakery, Beauty and Health, Meat and Seafood, Home Electronics, Cooking, Home Living, Home Lifestyle, Household, with related products placed close to a variety of similar products in the stores. Hypermart G7 also places products with a modern look at competitive prices to bring the ultimate shopping experience for the Indonesian consumers.

MPPA’s Corporate Secretary, Director of Public Relations and Communications, Danny Kojongian stated, “In line with the Company’s renovation plan this year, we are delighted that 3 Hypermart outlets were successfully re-modeled to the newest G7 concept. In the second half this year the Company will be more aggressive with its store openings and renovations across Indonesia to deliver the best value to our stakeholders.”

About PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA)
PT Matahari Putra Prima (MPPA) operates Hypermart, Foodmart and Boston Health & Beauty. Total 2014 Sales amounted to Rp 13,59 Trillion (audited), a growth of 14.1% from 2013. Net Income 2014 amounted to Rp 554,0 Billion, which grew 24.5% from Rp 444,9 Billion in 2013. Hypermart has the widest store network among hypermarket operators in more than 60 cities ranging from Tanjung Balai (Medan) to Jayapura (Papua).

MPPA continues to receive both domestic and international acknowledgement with several awards such as: 2014 Customer Satisfaction by Roy Morgan, 2014 Excellence Experience by Bisnis Indonesia & Carre CCSL, 2014 Top 500 Bronze Award by Retail Asia, 2014 Charta Peduli Indonesia by Dompet Dhuafa, 2014 Superbrand Indonesia by Superbrand, 2014 Best Senior Management IR Support & Most Improved Investor Relations by Alpha Southeast Asia, 2014 Most Admired Companies by Fortune Indonesia, and 2014 Most Admired Company by Warta Ekonomi.

For further information, please contact :
PT. Matahari Putra Prima, Tbk

Danny Kojongian,
Director Communications and Public Relations
Email: danny.kojongian@hypermart.co.id

Phoa Marchea Trenggono,
Investor Relations & Communications Officer
Email: marchea.phoa@mppa.co.in

Website: http://ir.hypermart.co.id

Hector Granado named new DeCA East Area director effective May 31

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hector Granado is the new DeCA East Area director, taking the reins of DeCA’s top area in terms of sales effective May 31.

“With his wealth of experience and personal accomplishments both in the field and at headquarters, Hector brings a level of expertise and leadership qualities that will ensure the continued success of the East Area,” said Keith Hagenbuch, executive director of DeCA’s Store Operations Group.

Granado fills the vacancy created when Herb Winchester took over as DeCA’s Zone 1 manager earlier this month. As East Area director, Granado has oversight of 49 commissaries divided into six zones in 14 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The area’s annual sales exceed $1.4 billion.

Granado recently returned to DeCA Headquarters to be a category manager in the Sales and Policy Group’s sales division. He had spent two and a half years as DeCA’s Zone 6 manager, overseeing the operations and business processes of 10 commissaries in central Texas with combined annual sales exceeding $215 million.

Previous headquarters assignments include chief of DeCA store operations, chief of management and administration for DeCA store operations and chief of standardization and chief of workforce of the future. His career is highlighted by more than 18 years of store director experience at commissaries at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; Vogelweh, Germany, and Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.

An Air Force veteran, Granado had held assignments in the Air Force Commissary Service during his military service, and began his civilian career in 1987 as a management intern with the AFCOMS.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil