Actress Cherylee Houston launched a Co-operative food store in Chorlton-cum-Hardy near Manchester

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Actress Cherylee Houston launched a Co-operative food store in Chorlton-cum-Hardy (near Manchester) on Friday, 29 May, which re-opened following an investment of more than £310,000 to transform the store and create a new shopping experience for the community.

The actress cut the ribbon and declared the new-look store at 349 Barlow Moor Road re-open following its major makeover.

Improvements in-store include a new bakery, and a focus on fresh, healthy foods, and essentials. It also includes an easy to use self-serve Costa coffee dispenser and, new refrigeration to enable the store to enhance its range of dairy and chilled produce.

The store will also extend its opening hours to 6am-10pm seven days a week.

In addition, a new role at the store, known as a Community Pioneer, will see a member of the food store team also working to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising initiatives to helping to understand and develop solutions to meet community needs.

Tina Williams, Manager of The Co-operative’s Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy store, said:

“We are thrilled to have made such a significant investment in our store. It has a great new-look and, it is an exciting time for the whole team – especially with Cherylee Houston kindly agreeing to re-launch the store for the community.

“We look forward to welcoming customers old and new into our new-look store. I am confident it will be an asset to the community, and provide the community with everything needed to pick-up delicious food conveniently and create inspirational and tasty meals at home.”

There will be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its re-launch, including a “Swipe & Win” promotion running until 9 June where customers simply need to present their Membership card at the checkout when they make a purchase in order to be in with a chance of winning.

For more information about “Swipe & Win” visit http://www.co-operative.coop/membership/points-and-offers-new/swipe-and-win-p8/

For further information:
Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

 

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Actress Cherylee Houston launched a Co-operative food store in Chorlton-cum-Hardy near Manchester

Actress Cherylee Houston launched a Co-operative food store in Chorlton-cum-Hardy near Manchester

Auchan is the most recommended banner on Internet according to Boston Consulting Group and Semiocast barometer of online recommendation

According to the Boston Consulting Group and Semiocast survey, Auchan is acclaimed for the quality of its private label products and its large promotional events (such as the Black Friday, the 25 Days …)

Croix Cedex, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Word-of-mouth has become an essential source of competitive advantage. Indeed, there is a clear correlation between word-of-mouth and the growth of the company’s revenue.

Today it takes place both in real life (family, friends…) and on the internet (forums, social networks…), where it is easier to measure. In May, the Boston Consulting Group, in partnership with Semiocast, issued its first barometer of online recommendation.

SRI (Social Recommendation Index) reflects the netsurfers’ propensity to recommend a particular brand over its competitors. It is calculated based on the volume of positive recommendations in Internet conversations, fixed relative to the volume of criticism and weighted by the global brand awareness.

51 retail banners, i.e all players in the sector, were analyzed through a little more than 2 million verbatims. A ranking largely won by Auchan, with an almost perfect score of 98/100, thanks to the quality of its private label products and the success of its major commercial operations.

Another proof of the quality and of the daily involvement of Auchan teams, genuine audacious retailers, to continiously improve the quality of life and the purchasing power of the greatest number of customers.

Contact

Groupe Auchan
40, avenue de Flandre – BP 139
59964 Croix Cedex – France

Whole Foods Market launches Criterion Collection wines to satisfy consumers’ thirst for wine knowledge

Criterion Collection offers benchmark examples of popular global varietals at great values

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — As American wine consumption continues to eclipse that in other countries, and as Millennials adopt wine faster than any other generation*, Whole Foods Market launches Criterion Collection wines to satisfy consumers’ thirst for wine knowledge. The series offers textbook examples of sought-after wine styles from around the globe, providing novices and pros alike a trusted reference point to develop palate and preference.

Throughout 2015, the retailer will introduce a total of eight wines, all priced affordably and selected by Whole Foods Market’s experts, including a Master Sommelier. Taking the guesswork out of a sometimes dizzying selection, these benchmark wines provide inexperienced wine shoppers with a point of reference for each style. Seasoned wine drinkers, particularly the growing number of people studying for wine certification exams and conducting blind tastings, can use this collection to train the nose and palate to identify these varieties.

In April, Whole Foods Market launched the first Criterion Collection wines with an Italian Pinot Grigio and an Argentinian Malbec, and will introduce a Spanish Rioja, Italian Chianti, Coonawarra (Australian) Cabernet Sauvignon and Chilean Carmenere in June, with additional releases coming in late June and September.

“We’re excited to see shoppers explore their own palates, starting with Criterion’s classic examples of a wine, and then discovering how other styles may differ and why,” said Devon Broglie, Master Sommelier and global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “This collection gives wine drinkers a reference point, allowing them to find the varietals, regions and styles they enjoy most, all guided by knowledgeable experts at Whole Foods Market.”

Working closely with top winemakers and experts across the world, the Whole Foods Market team first defined the distinctive characteristics of each wine from a particular region. The Criterion wines were developed to highlight those qualities and serve as a classic example of each style. The first five wines available are all under $20 a bottle:

Friuli Pinot Grigio DOC – Tempered by the Adriatic Sea, protected by the foothills of the Alps, and nurtured in the gravelly soil that gives the Friuli Grave its name, this Criterion exhibits the remarkably fresh character that defines Pinot Grigio.

Chianti Classico – Chianti is as old as winemaking itself, and Criterion’s Chianti Classico comes from the very roots of its Tuscan birthplace. Reflecting the legendary terrain that surrounds it, this Criterion finesses big ripe flavors and subtle floral bouquets to create a wine of profound beauty.

Rioja DOCa
From Spain’s most renowned wine region we selected its prized Tempranillo grape, then treated it with patience. After 20 months aging in oak, and two years in the bottle, this Criterion rewarded us with a dark fruit body, velvety mouth, and long, elegant aftertaste.

Mendoza Malbec
On the Andean benchlands of Mendoza’s Uco Valley, we found the Criterion for Argentinean Malbec, where high elevation and a long growing season concentrate generous flavors of berry, delicate aromas of warm spice, and a stunning deep purple hue.

Valle De Colchagua Carmenere
The southernmost region of Chile’s Colchagua Valley is famed for its rugged cowboys and full-bodied reds. Our Criterion Carménère captures this Andean spirit with a generous balance of black and red berries, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and a savory touch of dark chocolate.

Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
A marriage of rich terra rossa soil, pure underground water and a long, cool ripening season made Australia’s tiny Coonawarra region the birthplace of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Complex in character with an inky hue, this Criterion explores flavors of currant, eucalyptus and black plum.
* http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/blog-feature/numbers-wine-industry-consumer-trends-impacting-your-business

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Whole Foods Market launches Criterion Collection wines to satisfy consumers’ thirst for wine knowledge

Whole Foods Market launches Criterion Collection wines to satisfy consumers’ thirst for wine knowledge

7‑Eleven will waive the franchise fee on select U.S. 7‑Eleven® stores available for franchise between now and June 30

DALLAS, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Time is growing short to apply for 7‑Eleven, Inc.’s Zero Franchise Fee Initiative. Between now and June 30, 7‑Eleven, Inc. will waive the franchise fee on select U.S. 7‑Eleven® stores available for franchise, a savings of up to $80,000.

Approximately 250 eligible stores are located across the country, including greater Charlotte, N.C., where 7‑Eleven acquired a significant number of stores in 2012. Other areas where specific Zero Franchise Fee stores are available include Dallas/Fort Worth, Manhattan, Baltimore, Richmond, Va., Portland, Ore., Orlando and Jacksonville, Fla. These stores typically have lower sales volume compared to the national average.

Already, 67 stores have been franchised or are in the approval process. The franchising process can take anywhere from five to seven months.

“We have had great response from aspiring entrepreneurs who saw a chance to go into business for themselves without the upfront expense of the one-time franchise fee,” said Greg Franks, vice president of franchising systems. “The Zero Franchise Fee initiative offers the new owner a chance to build a strong customer base and business, while backed by our proprietary systems, processes and ongoing support.

“This limited-time offering presents a great opportunity for individuals to franchise their own business with a major franchise brand, but the clock is ticking,” Franks added.

According to Franks, 7‑Eleven has added 80 more stores since the Zero Franchise Fee program started in mid-February. “We reviewed our store inventory and, based on candidate interest and initial demand, identified additional stores that we thought would be a good fit for the program,” he said.

Over the last four years 7‑Eleven has added more than 1,300 units in the U.S. Now that a 7‑Eleven customer base has been established at these locations, the company is looking to transition these stores from company to franchise operations.

The convenience retailer is offering these stores to prospective, qualified franchisees as well as existing 7‑Eleven franchisees who want to grow their retail business by adding stores. Prospective franchisees for these Zero Franchise Fee stores will undergo the standard 7‑Eleven franchise approval process.

Basic 7‑Eleven franchisee qualifications include being 21 years or older and a permanent U.S. resident, and having excellent credit and $50,000 in liquid assets. Prospective franchise owners will still be responsible for the costs of licensing, permits and the initial down-payment on inventory, totaling approximately $30,000.

Recognized by numerous business publications as among best franchise opportunities in the U.S. and most recently among the top 20 most valuable global brands, 7‑Eleven offers its franchise-owners the strength of its world-renowned brand and a turnkey operation. After extensive training, 7‑Eleven franchisees open their doors with a fully-equipped and stocked store with intuitive retail technology, merchandising and advertising support, high-quality national and private-brand products, and some of the world’s most recognizable brands like Slurpee® and Big Gulp® drinks.

Because the stores qualifying as Zero Franchise Fee opportunities are considered low volume, they may qualify for additional, limited-time financial support.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
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 56,000 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: #17 among most valuable global brands, #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.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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Wegmans Food Markets now hiring and training for part-time positions at its new Concordville location in Glen Mills

CONCORDVILLE, PA, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets is now hiring and training for part-time positions at its new Concordville location in Glen Mills, which is set to open Sunday, November 8. The 111,000 square-foot store is located at Brandywine Mills shopping center on Route 202 just south of Route 1.

There are 325 part-time openings available in a variety of departments, including everything from culinary and restaurant operations to customer service. Full-time hiring is ongoing for culinary and restaurant positions at The Pub, Wegmans’ casual family restaurant. In total, Wegmans Concordville will employ 525 people, 450 of whom will be new to the company and hired locally.

Applicants may apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 1-877-WEGMANS (934-6267) for more information. Interviews are conducted by appointment only and applications are neither available nor accepted at the construction site.

“Wegmans offers flexible scheduling and tremendous opportunities for career growth and development,” said Store Manager Todd Strassner Jr. “I know from my own experience because this was my first part-time job when I was in high school. I was a cashier and a Helping Hand in the parking lot, and later went to college with tuition assistance from Wegmans.”

The Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program is a point of pride for the company. Since the program began in 1984, more than 32,000 employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $100 million.

“We’re excited to create new employment opportunities for people who love to interact with customers,” said Strassner. “We teach the rest through in-depth product, service, and culinary training that begins soon after being hired.”

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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, Wegmans vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627

Liz Hunger joins The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) as Director for State Government Affairs

Arlington, VA, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced today that Liz Hunger has joined the association as Director for State Government Affairs. In this role, Hunger will manage RILA’s relationships with State Retail Association partners and facilitate communications with RILA member company executives with state government affairs as part of their portfolio.

Prior to joining RILA, Hunger served as the lead on state policy issues for the nation’s largest trade association in the electronic physical security industry, the Security Industry Association.

In previous roles, Hunger provided technical assistance on various USAID-funded global public health projects as a Program Advisor for Futures Group Global and served as a staffer in the U.S. Senate.

Hunger earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish Language from the University of Delaware.

“As we continue driving the retail industry’s public policy agenda on both the state and federal level, Liz will ensure our members’ are engaged and their interests well represented among stakeholders across the country,” said Joe Rinzel, RILA’s senior vice president for government affairs. “We are excited to welcome Liz to RILA and know that her talent and experience will provide added value to RILA members and the industry at-large.”

Hunger officially joins RILA today, June 1.

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

Walmart Foundation grants $800,000 to the NRF Foundation for analysis of the retail industry’s learning and development needs

WASHINGTON, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s $100 million commitment to industry workforce development, an $800,000 grant has been awarded to the NRF Foundation. Through this grant the NRF Foundation will work with employers to determine the competencies needed in the industry and the potential for a new industry-validated credentialing program to help store and distribution center employees advance their careers.

The capacity-building grant will enable the NRF Foundation to hire a new staff member who will undertake an analysis of the retail industry’s learning and development needs; fund three research projects; and create a community of leaders in retail learning and development from NRF member companies to provide input and insight on addressing industry workforce trends in the long term.

The NRF Foundation will bring together retailers from across the industry – including grocery stores, drugstores, specialty retailers, department stores and big-box retailers – to identify core competencies crucial to the success of front-line associates and determine how the industry can move forward to continue to develop its workforce. This work will also include the development of forward-thinking training programs to address how the industry and its workforce needs are changing and evaluate effective ways of training employees at scale.

“We are committed to building a program that will advance the careers of millions of current and potential retail workers,” said NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis. “Bringing the entire industry together for this important work will enable us to create a continuous pipeline of talent for retail’s future workforce, and we are grateful to the Walmart Foundation for funding the initial exploration of how businesses can come together to support the millions of people who work in retail.”

The NRF Foundation will use a portion of the grant to conduct extensive research in three key areas — industry challenges in the recruiting, development and retention of successful store and distribution teams; current hiring and training practices; and the anticipated skills needed for the retail workforce in stores and distribution centers in 2025.

“The NRF Foundation already has a deep understanding of the challenges facing today’s retail workforce. The Walmart Foundation’s grant will help identify new challenges facing hiring managers and the skills retail workers will need in the next 20 years,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of corporate affairs. “Through our work together we’ll be able to develop flexible training modules and clear job pathways that will ultimately increase the economic mobility of the retail workforce as a whole.”

The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

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Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

IKEA to sponsor an in-store program ‘Feeding the Future’ to support local Feeding America food banks

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA announced today that it is collaborating again with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to sponsor an in-store program ‘Feeding the Future’ that runs June 1 – 30 to support local Feeding America food banks.

The ‘Feeding the Future’ IKEA US program will donate $1 to local Feeding America food banks for every healthy kids meal purchased in any IKEA US restaurant. Additionally, IKEA customers can add $1 donations at all IKEA store registers at cash lanes, customer restaurants, IKEA Bistros and Swedish Food markets. Added donations will go to Feeding America and its network of food banks.* The three healthy kids meals in the ‘Feeding the Future’ program include:

  1. Organic penne pasta with organic marinara sauce
  2. Grilled chicken with carrot sticks, strawberries and string cheese
  3. Veggie meatballs with vegetables

(All healthy kids’ meals come with lingonberry, elderflower juice drink or a bottle of water.)

“There are 49 million people in America who struggle with hunger, including 12 million children. This is an issue that impacts every single county in the country” said Nancy Curby, vice president of corporate partnerships at Feeding America. “With IKEA’s commitment, our food banks will be able to better serve children and families who may not know where there next meal will come from.”

“Our ‘Feeding the Future’ program, in collaboration with Feeding America, is a way for IKEA US to support our local communities as well as Feeding America’s hunger programs. IKEA is committed to healthy eating and working along with Feeding America helps to support those in need, while also giving our customers the opportunity to support their local food banks,” commented Gerd Diewald, IKEA US Food Manager.

Feeding America Food Bank Network

The process of getting food to hungry Americans requires a dynamic infrastructure and sophisticated management. Feeding America secures donations from national food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers and growers – and from government agencies and other organizations. Feeding America then moves donated food and grocery product to member food banks.

The food banks in turn distribute food and grocery items through food pantries and meal programs that serve families, children, seniors and others at risk of hunger. Last year alone, the Feeding America network distributed more than 3 billion meals to people in need.

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks also supports programs that improve food security among the people served; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

Hunger Facts

  • In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a very real struggle. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.
  • Right now, millions of Americans are at risk of hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot always make ends meet and may be forced to go without food.
  • Research has shown that food insecurity and hunger are serious threats to children’s health, growth and development. The nation’s economic growth depends on the well-being of our children. As such, the existence of childhood hunger in the United States threatens future American prosperity.
  • In the United States, more than one out of five children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in 2013, 15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in this condition – unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.

*IKEA donation up to a maximum of $50,000 not including direct customer contributions.

Contact: Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US Corporate PR Director. Mona.Liss@IKEA.com

About IKEA
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 315 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit ttp://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

Donald T. Grimes joins Neiman Marcus Group as Executive VP, COO and Chief Financial Officer

DALLAS, Texas, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Karen Katz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC announced today that, effective June 15, 2015, Donald T. Grimes will be joining the company as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Grimes will succeed Jim Skinner, who will continue to be part of the company’s management team in the newly created role of Vice Chairman, Neiman Marcus Group.

Mr. Grimes, 52, joins Neiman Marcus Group from Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE:WWW) where he was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for the global branded footwear and apparel corporation. Prior to Wolverine, Mr. Grimes held leadership and executive level positions at Keystone Automotive Operations and Brown-Forman Corporation. He started his career with Coopers & Lybrand.

“Don is an excellent choice to serve as our new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, “ said Karen Katz, “ He brings impressive and extensive leadership experience in operations, strategy and corporate finance, including M&A and international. Along with his vast experience, keen intelligence and ability to produce results, Don brings a balance of pragmatism and creativity — essential qualities for transforming our business and envisioning its future. He will be a great addition and complement to an already accomplished NMG management team.”

Mr. Grimes will be responsible for finance, accounting, investor relations, tax, legal, distribution and fulfilment, and properties.

About Neiman Marcus Group: 
Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC is a luxury, multi-branded, omni-channel fashion retailer conducting integrated store and online operations under the Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, Horchow, CUSP, and mytheresa brand names. For more information, visit www.neimanmarcusgroup.com.

From time to time, the Company may make statements that predict or forecast future events or results, depend on future events for their accuracy or otherwise contain “forward-looking information.” These statements are made based on management’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events and are not guarantees of future performance.

The Company cautions readers that actual results may differ materially as a result of various factors, some of which are beyond its control, including but not limited to: political or economic conditions; terrorist activities in the United States and elsewhere; disruptions in business at the Company’s stores, distribution centers or offices; changes in consumer confidence resulting in a reduction of discretionary spending on goods; changes in demographic or retail environments; changes in consumer preferences or fashion trends; competitive responses to the Company’s marketing, merchandising and promotional efforts; changes in the Company’s relationships with key customers; delays in the receipt of merchandise; seasonality of the retail business; adverse weather conditions, particularly during peak selling seasons; delays in anticipated store openings or renovations; natural disasters; significant increases in paper, printing and postage costs; litigation that may have an adverse effect on the Company’s financial results or reputation; changes in the Company’s relationships with designers, vendors and other sources of merchandise; the Company’s success in enforcing its intellectual property rights; the effects of incurring a substantial amount of indebtedness under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities, senior notes and senior subordinated notes and of complying with the related covenants and conditions; the financial viability of the Company’s designers, vendors and other sources of merchandise; the design and implementation of new information systems or enhancement of existing systems; changes in foreign currency exchange rates or inflation rates; impact of funding requirements related to the Company’s noncontributory defined benefit pension plan; changes in the Company’s relationships with certain of key sales associates; changes in key management personnel; changes in the Company’s proprietary credit card arrangement that adversely impact its ability to provide consumer credit; or changes in government or regulatory requirements increasing the Company’s cost of operations.

These and other factors that may adversely effect the Company’s future performance or financial condition are contained in its Annual Report in Form 10-K and other reports filed with and available from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.

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Ginger Reeder
Vice-President, Corporate
Communications
Neiman Marcus Group
214.573.5822

Free 16-ounce Pineapple Berry Blue iced tea on National Iced Tea Day at Teavana®

During National Iced Tea Month, Customers are Invited to Learn About the Exquisite, Epicurean Loose Leaf Tea Blends That Create an Unparalleled Iced Tea Beverage at Teavana

Seattle, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate National Iced Tea Month, Teavana (NASDAQ: SBUX), a leader in high-quality loose leaf teas and beverages, is encouraging iced tea drinkers to reimagine and up-level their iced tea experience, with an invitation to come in to a participating Teavana® store for a free 16-ounce Pineapple Berry Blue  iced tea on National Iced Tea Day, June 10, while supplies last.

According to the Tea Association of the USA, 85 percent of tea consumed in America is iced tea, and loose leaf iced tea is gaining in popularity. Teavana features some of the most unique and flavorful premium loose leaf teas using some of the finest full tea leaves along with ingredients like fruits, flowers and spices.

Reimagining the Tea Experience

Teavana loose leaf teas are made from some of the finest whole tea leaves and the epicurean blends combine the best of science and artistry to bring out bold and exotic flavors.

“High-quality, loose leaf tea allows our customers to truly experience the subtleties and the full flavor of our straight teas and epicurean blends,” said Naoko Tsunoda, tea authority and director of tea development at Teavana.  “Whether you’re new to tea or a tea enthusiast, that first sip of delicious, loose leaf iced tea immediately transforms the way one thinks about this refreshing beverage. The delicious, bold, exotic flavors are perfect for celebrating summer with family and friends.”

Free Iced Pineapple Berry Blue Tea on National Iced Tea Day

Tea lovers can visit participating Teavana stores all day on June 10 to receive a free 16-ounce Pineapple Berry Blue iced tea, no purchase required (one free Pineapple Berry Blue iced tea per customer, while supplies last). With juicy, vibrant berry flavors blended with sweet tangy pineapple, Pineapple Berry Blue is refreshing when served iced, perfect for those warm summer months.

“What I love about loose leaf iced tea is the different flavors that you can create. Sometimes I take two or three of our blends and steep them together to uncover a delicious and refreshing treat,” said Tsunoda. “Pineapple Berry Blue is a result of blending Pineapple Kona Pop and Blueberry Bliss Rooibos together.”

Inspired by the rich blueberry fruit, Blueberry Bliss uses a South African green rooibos base, as its natural citrus notes complement the sweet berry notes. Pineapple Kona Pop is an herbal blend, inspired by tropical Hawaii with its quality fruit and indigenous flowers.

Growing Popularity of Tea in the U.S.

“Tea is on the rise across America, with iced tea now the most consumed beverage at lunch time. In our Starbucks stores where Teavana tea is served; our tea sales rose 15 percent year-over-year mostly due to the popularity of our Teavana shaken iced tea,” said Annie Young-Scrivner, president, Teavana. “We have hundreds of iced tea options, and we welcome customers to join us at Starbucks or Teavana to experience some of the highest-quality and most delicious teas.”

100 Teavana Teas to Explore

“Our vibrant blends offer customers delicious refreshment and there is no better way to start the loose leaf tea journey than with one of our very own epicurean blends, like Pineapple Berry Blue,” continued Young-Scrivner. “Teavana stores offer 100 different teas for our customers to enjoy and explore.”

Iced Tea Happy Hour June 11-14

To continue the iced tea celebration, customers can visit participating Teavana stores June 11 – June 14 from 3-6pm local time for 50 percent off a 16-ounce iced tea beverage and learn how easy it is to make iced tea at home (one per customer, while supplies last). Whether enjoying a favorite tea or trying something new, customers are encouraged to share their iced tea discoveries on Twitter and Instagram using #TeavanaTime.

Bring the Loose Leaf Iced Tea Experience Home

Making homemade loose leaf iced tea is easy and delicious, and with Teavana products like the Modern Iced Teamaker, it’s simple to steep a large batch of iced tea, perfect for summer entertaining.

“When making iced tea, I recommend exploring and tasting different flavors that blend well together. Try blending fruity and fruity, fruity and floral, or even pure teas with fruity overtones using a rooibos, black or herbal tea, or a flavored or scented green tea, to serve over ice,” said Tsunoda.

Adds Tsunoda, “More than 30 percent of consumers drink iced tea at home, but only 10 percent are drinking loose leaf tea. Gone are the days of brewing iced tea from oversized tea bags or putting a jar in the sun. This is how people should be enjoying iced tea and we encourage customers to taste the difference for themselves.”

To enjoy loose leaf iced tea at home, first double the amount of loose leaf tea used in a regular brew. If a sweet tea is preferred, add Perfectea® rock sugar to the brewer first and then add hot water, giving a little stir until dissolved. Then add the loose leaf tea and steep for the allotted period of time.  By adding the rock sugar first our beautiful crystallized rock sugar will dissolve evenly and elevate the natural sweetness of our blends.

“Our Perfectea rock sugar is my sweetener of choice,” said Tsunoda. “Made of Belgian beets, this sweetener elevates and maintains the integrity of the multi-layered flavor profile we designed for iced teas.”

After the hot tea is brewed, immediately pour tea into a glass or pitcher filled with ice, as the sudden cooling keeps the flavor and scent of the tea intact.

“Once you see how easy it is to brew loose leaf iced tea, there are fun ways to add your own signature elements to your beverage,” said Tsunoda.

Tsunoda recommends trying the following to elevate the iced tea experience:

Flavor Cubes: Be the hostess with the mostess and impress guests by freezing flavor cubes from the iced tea blend in the ice cubes. Instead of using water to make iced cubes, use another iced tea beverage for a layered visual dynamic and flavor profile.

Getting Fizzy with It: Make a sparkling tea for the ultimate summer refreshment. Simply brew double-strength tea with sweetener to taste; let it cool and then add sparkling water.

Iced Tea-tini: Turn a favorite iced tea into a cocktail by chilling the double-strength brewed tea sweetened to taste, then mixing it with a favorite spirit. Serve over ice or in a martini glass with garnish.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com and through the Starbucks Newsroom.

About Teavana
Teavana offers new tea enthusiasts and tea connoisseurs alike its “Heaven of Tea” retail experience where passionate and knowledgeable “Teaologists” engage and educate them about the ritual and enjoyment of tea. The company, which was founded in 1997 and joined the Starbucks family of brands in 2012, has a mission to be the most recognized and respected brand in the tea industry by expanding the culture of tea across the world. Visit www.teavana.com.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

 

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Free 16-ounce Pineapple Berry Blue iced tea on National Iced Tea Day at Teavana®

Free 16-ounce Pineapple Berry Blue iced tea on National Iced Tea Day at Teavana®

Carrefour debuts new “Gourmet” Carrefour Market on Corso Europa in Naples

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — From 21 May 2015 onwards, you can go shopping at any time of the day and night, seven days a week.  It’s the debut, under the banner of typical products and flavours of Neapolitan cuisine, of the new “Gourmet” Carrefour Market on Corso Europa.

To celebrate the opening of the store, several events have been organised: a cookery demonstration with a top Italian chef as well as an event with a comedy duo well known in the country

The completely restructured sales outlet (which employs 75 people including 18 new recruits brought in specially after the conversion to Gourmet) marks a turning point to a new supermarket format: in an environment where no detail has been overlooked, going shopping represents a new and innovative buying experience.

Taste, special care and convenience come together in a selection of Italian excellence in all the food sectors to satisfy  even the most passionate food lovers, combining this vocation for “taste” with the practicality, comfort and convenience of a neighbourhood supermarket. Seasonal fruits in the fruit and vegetable section, zero km products, only fresh fish on the slab, traditional Italian specialities at the butcher’s, warm bread all day long, over 400 types of meat and cheese products, a rich wine cellar and a special selection on the shelves in the food sectors, complete the range of branded and Carrefour products. Gastronomy, with Carrefour’s own products, is combined with typical products from the region and national dishes.

Many services are provided by the Gourmet Market to make shopping simpler and more convenient:
From parking to photographic development, home delivery and the INDABOX parcel delivery. In the new supermarket you can make postal payments, buy flowers, scratchcards and telephone top-ups and use meal tickets.

The Gourmet sales outlet gives the nod to food lovers so opening a Market with these feature, in this city, is natural for Carrefour, since Naples is synonymous with good food and a good table. That’s why in this store Carrefour will pay special attention to traditional gastronomic and wine products from the region, with the aim of also developing wherever possible the productive capacity of the territory.

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