Sainsbury’s study: British families bin more than 4.2million tonnes of food every with nutrient rich foods amongst the biggest binned foods

LONDON, 2015-6-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — British families are binning more than 4.2million tonnes of food every year – meaning masses of vital nutrients are going to waste rather than helping to improve the health of the nation.

  • British family diets could benefit from over 60 tonnes of additional vitamins and minerals annually by reducing food waste1
  • Nutrient rich potatoes, bread and milk amongst the biggest binned foods
  • Protein, found in milk, eggs and poultry is the most wasted food component

Annual food waste reports regularly reveal the quantity of food that is discarded each year, and the financial impact of this – most recently reported as £700 a year per family.2 However, new research today uncovers a further cost of this food waste – the 60 tonnes of vital vitamins and minerals that are binned annually.

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A new study by Sainsbury’s – to launch its waste campaign ‘…to the rescue’ – shows potatoes, bread and milk are among the UK’s most wasted foods with 1.65million tonnes being binned every year from these three foods alone; the equivalent weight of 130,000 double decker buses. Annually, 733,000 tonnes of potatoes are chucked equating to enough potassium to feed the population of Blackpool their recommended daily allowance for an entire week.

Protein, the most wasted food component is chucked away in its millions with 55 tonnes thrown in the bin every year. Commonly found in fruit and vegetables, fibre, is among the top binned nutrients with carrots being one of the most thrown away fibre providers. Every 80g portion of discarded carrots equates to 2.6g of fibre. Some 353 million litres of milk also goes down the drain annually, losing essential calcium, crucial for bone growth and child development.

Sainsbury’s wants to help customers to make small changes to their routine to make a big difference to their food waste footprint. As part of the ‘…to the rescue’ campaign, recipes and handy tips, such as storing potatoes in the cupboard rather than the fridge, have been created to help people reduce their food waste.

Annie Denny, Sainsbury’s nutritionist, comments: “We’re all guilty of throwing away lots of key nutrients that help our bones grow, fight against illness and maintain organ function – all vital to keeping us healthy. By making the most of our food, we can all go a long way to ensuring we’re not just saving money but also taking on board enough of those key nutrients to do their jobs.”

Paul Crewe, Head of Sustainability at Sainsbury’s, comments: “Throwing away food is often associated with wasting money, but our research published today as part of our ‘…to the rescue’ campaign shows there is also a wider health issue. Our easy tips and recipes have been created to assist with both reducing food waste and benefiting the health of UK families. None of Sainsbury’s food waste goes to landfill and any surplus food fit for human consumption is donated to charities.”3

Three handy tips to help reduce food waste:

To find out more about the ‘…to the rescue’ campaign visit www.homemadebyyou.co.uk and if you’re in need of some food-spiration visit Sainsbury’s food rescue app www.sainsburysfoodrescue.co.uk for more details.

Notes to Editors 

1The research was conducted by examining 20 of the most wasted food and drink items in Britain and establishing their nutritional benefits, using the official WRAP report June 2014 and Sainsbury’s internal research.

2Official WRAP data from Household food and drink waste report June 2014

3We’re very proud of the fact that Sainsbury’s is the only major UK supermarket to have a nationwide programme to take all leftover food from stores to charities around the UK. Food that can’t be sold in stores but is still fit to eat is given to Fareshare, and all surplus food from stores is either given to a local charity that can make use of it, such as FoodCycle which prepares fresh three course meals for communities, or turned into animal feed.

4This top tip is courtesy of the team at WRAP

Most discarded vitamins and nutrients (annually):

  1. Protein (55 million grams) – Found in meat and key to building and repairing tissue
  2. Fibre (8million grams) – Found in apples and key for the digestive system
  3. Potassium (3million grams)- Found in melon and key for working the heart, kidneys and other organs
  4. Calcium (1million grams)- Found in milk and key for building bones and teeth
  5. Phosphorus (600,000 grams)- Found in bread and key for helping the body create energy

Five of the top discarded foods and their nutritional benefits (by weight, annually):

  1. Potatoes (733,000 tonnes)- High in potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6
  2. Standard bread (473,000 tonnes)- High in calcium, phosphorous and iron
  3. Milk (360,000 tonnes)- High in potassium, protein and calcium
  4. Poultry (132,000 tonnes)- High in protein, fibre and Vitamin B6
  5. Fruit Juices and Smoothies (121,000 tonnes)

 

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Sainsbury’s study: British families bin more than 4.2million tonnes of food every with nutrient rich foods amongst the biggest binned foods

Sainsbury’s study: British families bin more than 4.2million tonnes of food every with nutrient rich foods amongst the biggest binned foods

Game-changing scheme: myWaitrose members can choose the products they’d like to save 20 per cent on

Berkshire, England, 2015-6-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a worldwide first, Waitrose will give its customers the power to pick which groceries they save money on every time they shop whether it’s in a branch or online.

The game-changing scheme called ‘Pick Your Own Offers’ puts customers in the driving seat. From today, customers who are members of myWaitrose can choose the products they’d like to save 20 per cent on.

Customers will be able to select ten items from a list of nearly a thousand, from everyday or frequently bought items to special treats. Customers will still be able to benefit from the other offers available including the on-going myWaitrose benefits.

Pick Your Own Offers will be on top of Waitrose Brand Price Match, which will continue to match Tesco on branded products.*

Mark Price, Managing Director, Waitrose, said: ‘This is a ground-breaking move giving customers the power to choose the offers they want. We know from the success of myWaitrose that customers like straightforward deals they can trust that are relevant to them. ‘Pick Your Own Offers’ goes one step further by putting them in control.

Different forms of personalised marketing have been around since the 1990s, but we’re introducing mass customisation in grocery. Customers can choose what’s valuable to them when they shop for groceries. We really are giving power to the consumer.’

How does ‘Pick Your Own Offers’ work?

  • Customers can sign up to Waitrose.com or log on to their Waitrose.com account and choose ten products for a 20 per cent discount and make their initial selection online
  • Once confirmed, the customer’s selection then remains fixed for a set period. First selections will remain in place until the end of summer
  • Each time the customer buys their selected products in store or online, the 20% discount will be automatically applied
  • For this to happen, the customer’s myWaitrose card must be swiped in store, and linked to their Waitrose.comaccount online
  • Customers who sign up for the scheme by July 7 2015 will receive £6 off a £60 shop.

The list of nearly 1,000 products has been selected from the most popular items Waitrose customers usually put in their shopping baskets and will offer a combination of branded and own brand groceries.

The ‘Pick Your Own Offers’ promotion is part of the range of benefits Waitrose offers through the myWaitrose scheme which now has over 5 million members, with 70% of Waitrose sales made using a myWaitrose card. Waitrose has also lowered the price on over 1600 own label lines and increased promotional participation and depth of promotions offered – both of which are ahead of the market average.**

Further information is available to download:

 

Notes to Editors
* For terms and conditions for Brand Price Match seewww.waitrose.com/home/groceries/waitrose_brand_pricematch/terms_and_conditions.html

**Kantar Worldpanel Total Grocery, 12 week ending 26 May 2015

Waitrose – the Nation’s Favourite Supermarket¹ and winner of the Best Supermarket² and Best Food and Grocery Retailer³ awards – currently has 339 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 60 convenience branches, and another 29 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 50 countries worldwide and has seven shops in the Middle East. (www.waitrose.com)

¹ Conlumino Awards, 2014
² Good Housekeeping Best Supermarket 2014, Which? Best Supermarket 2014
³ Verdict Best Food and Grocery Retailer 2014

Enquiries
For further information please contact:

Hannah Chance,
Communications Manager, Corporate, Waitrose
Telephone: 01344 826804
Mobile:  07525 273 147
Email: hannah.chance@waitrose.co.uk

Starbucks successfully delivered an up-leveled food experience with the roll-out of La Boulange products in its US and Canada stores

SEATTLE, 2015-6-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food is a key element of Starbucks growth strategy to create new occasions to visit stores, and the company has seen tremendous response to these efforts since the acquisition of La Boulange. In the most recent quarter, (Q2 FY15) food delivered growth of 16 percent year-over-year and contributed two points to the comp growth with every daypart, platform and region contributing to the increase. Sales of Starbucks new breakfast sandwiches have contributed a noteworthy 35 percent year-over-year growth in the breakfast platform. And, the company’s lunch platform delivered double-digit year-over-year gains. Starbucks has successfully delivered an up-leveled food experience with the roll-out of La Boulange products in its U.S. and Canada stores, which have been well received by customers.

As Starbucks stays steadfast in its commitment to achieve long-term growth targets enterprise-wide, it is with careful consideration the company shares the difficult decision to close all 23 La Boulange retail (bakery cafés) locations, as well as the two manufacturing facilities that serve those locations, by the end of September 2015. As a standard course of business, Starbucks continually evaluates all components of its business to confirm they are aligned with key priorities and strategies for growth, which includes the continued analysis of the store portfolio. Based on our ongoing evaluations, Starbucks has determined La Boulange stores are not sustainable for the company’s long-term growth. The La Boulange brand will continue to play a significant role in the future of Starbucks food in stores, and the company looks forward to serving delicious La Boulange food at its Starbucks retail locations in San Francisco and across the U.S. and Canada. The Evolution Fresh retail location in San Francisco will also close.

All partners (employees) who work in these locations are being treated with the utmost care – receiving personalized transition materials and having in-person conversations with their managers to explain this decision. Where possible, Starbucks will help partners find new positions at Starbucks stores in the area. In addition, retail partners from La Boulange and Evolution Fresh will be offered incentives to continue employment with the company through their store closure.

Partnering with Pascal Rigo, founder and creative force behind La Boulange, to bring his passion for developing authentic, homemade specialties made with simple, high quality ingredients to customers on a broad scale through Starbucks has resulted in a reinvented and elevated food portfolio, delivering the best possible customer experience at Starbucks. Now that the roll-out of La Boulange products within Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada is complete, Pascal will move on from Starbucks to continue his passion for food in San Francisco while dedicating more time and resources toward his nonprofit ventures in an effort to supply quality food to schools with underprivileged children and bring innovative after-school clinics to help children with learning disabilities.

Starbucks goals to grow its food business and deliver an incremental $2 billion in the next five years in the U.S. are unchanged. Starbucks will continue to deepen its commitment to customers’ food experience in stores, ensuring it surpasses their expectations, just as the company has done with coffee and beverages.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 21,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks 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 our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

The 12-year joint initiative between Starbucks Canada and PCRS on track to graduate 100 disconnected and disadvantaged B.C. youth this year

VANCOUVER, B.C., 2015-6-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week 10 B.C. youth have taken the next step in their journey toward building better futures as they successfully graduated from the Baristas training program. The 12-year joint initiative between Starbucks Canada and Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) is on track to graduate 100 disconnected and disadvantaged B.C. youth this year.  Since its inception in 2003, the Baristas training program has successfully graduated 500 vulnerable B.C. youth, helping them build life skills and gain work experience so they can successfully find meaningful employment or go back to school to further their education.

Starbucks has always set out to deliver business success with a social conscience and has made important investments for Opportunity Youth – young people aged 16-24 who are not in school nor employed. In 2014, Starbucks Canada invested $840,000 to promote the training and development of disconnected young people in Surrey, Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary.  Earlier this year, Starbucks committed to hire 10 percent of Toronto partners (approximately 150) from struggling communities across the city.   And in May, Starbucks kicked off a series of Youth Open Forums across the country with young Canadians 18-24 to understand what they need to help achieve their goals. Starbucks Vancouver Youth Open Forum will be held Thursday, June 18.

“An overwhelming number of young people in Canada are not in school and not employed. In British Columbia alone, the youth unemployment rate is nearly double the national average*.  We believe every business has a responsibility to create opportunities to help Canadian youth succeed in today’s economy,” said Caroline Ternes, regional vice president, Starbucks Canada.

“We are celebrating 500 graduates from the Baristas program with PCRS, but importantly, we are celebrating 500 young people who had the courage to start a new path to build better futures.”

The nine-week Baristas training program is a key component of the PCRS Youth Employment service, which initially received core funding from the Federal Skills Link Initiative and more recently, the BC BladeRunners program and Starbucks Canada. The program, held eight times per year with 10-12 youth at a time, combines five weeks of  life skills and job training with four weeks of in-store Starbucks work experience. In Starbucks stores, young people learn teamwork, customer service, food and workplace health and safety in addition to Starbucks® beverage preparation.

“PCRS is proud of the many successful young people who have trusted in this program to help them get started in life,” said Ingrid Kastens, Executive Director, Pacific Community Resources Society. “PCRS is grateful for everyone who has contributed in so many various ways to the success of the program but especially to the many kindhearted Starbucks store managers who provide invaluable guidance, experience and opportunity to the youth in their stores. Youth unemployment is a national crisis and marginalized young people face further barriers to employment.  Starbucks has been a rock star among youth-friendly employers and we’re proud of our work together.”

Meet the graduates

Fiona Kehler was one of the first successful graduates of the Baristas training program in 2004. Kehler was 18 when she enrolled in the first year of the Baristas program.  Often struggling academically and skipping classes, Kehler found she did not have the credits necessary to graduate high school.  With only babysitting and a bit of farm work experience, she struggled to find a job.  With encouragement from her boyfriend, she applied for the Baristas program.

“When I found out I had been accepted, I was so excited. I made a decision that day that I would make a real change in my life,” Kehler said. “I committed to doing my very best in the classroom. I wanted so badly to succeed not only in the classroom, but I wanted to prove to my new Starbucks manager that I was not only able, but that I could be really good at my job. I did it. I proved to them that I was right for the job, and I was hired.”

Kehler was a Starbucks barista for two years after graduating and returned to Starbucks in 2010. Today, she remains a dedicated Starbucks partner, working as the assistant manager of Starbucks Tribeca café in south Surrey. She is aiming to become a store manager in the near future.

For 19-year-old Kalib Swaby, the celebration at PCRS represents more than the completion of the Baristas program.  Swaby, who struggled to find the confidence to even apply for jobs before enrolling in the program, has been hired as a Starbucks barista.  His experience has given him the confidence to dream big. He plans to go back to school and hopes to become a paramedic to help people “when they need it most.”

“Before joining the Baristas program, I felt like a bird in a nest, watching everyone take flight while I sat back because I didn’t have the confidence or courage to leave the nest,” Swaby said. “Being in this program taught me how to fly.”

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 atStarbucks.ca and the Starbucks Newsroom.

About Pacific Resources Community Society
Pacific Community Resources Society is an award winning, accredited, not-for-profit society serving Lower Mainland communities since 1984. The agency provides alternate education, employment, addiction counselling and prevention services, housing support, and cultural enrichment for children, youth, adults and families. Pacific Community Resources is committed to community-based research, advocacy, and community development to identify service gaps and strategies to address social problems such as poverty, child abuse, mental health, substance abuse, violence and homelessness.

*Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey May 2015

For more information on this news release, contact Carly Suppa, Starbucks Canada.

 

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The 12-year joint initiative between Starbucks Canada and PCRS on track to graduate 100 disconnected and disadvantaged B.C. youth this year

The 12-year joint initiative between Starbucks Canada and PCRS on track to graduate 100 disconnected and disadvantaged B.C. youth this year

Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay expands to stores in 21 more states in the southern and central United States

SEATTLE, 2015-6-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay, which began as a pilot in Portland in December 2014 and launched in the Pacific Northwest in March 2015, is expanding to stores in 21 more states in the southern and central United States today. Store managers say it helps partners provide customers one more way to connect with Starbucks, and the easy-to-use feature has proven convenient for customers eager to save time throughout their day.

Starbucks store manager Jesse Wenkoff-White first heard about Starbucks new mobile ordering feature when the company launched a test in Portland, Oregon last December. The new feature would allow customers to place an order from their mobile device – skip the line at the register – and pick up their order directly from their barista.

“When I first heard about Mobile Order & Pay in Portland, I was a bit wary,” he said. “It seemed like a lot of technology.”

A few weeks later, when Wenkoff-White’s district manager took him through the training for the Pacific Northwest rollout, he realized how valuable this could be for his customers and busy store in the heart of downtown Seattle’s commercial center. His location, on the ground floor of a 23-story office tower, was frequented by busy, tech-savvy customers who often visited the store two or three times a day.

“It’s fun to have a conversation with customers and teach them how to mobile order,” he said. “We can have fairly long lines in the morning and it’s such an awesome option for customers looking to run in and out if they’re running late. I’ve had so many people tell me how convenient and easy it is. Our customers that use it absolutely love it.”

Once Mobile Order & Pay launched in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest, he said the process felt seamless for both customers and baristas. The store’s baristas have even began using it as well.

Wenkoff-White has also noticed that customers quickly started building Mobile Order & Pay into their daily routines to save time. Some were using the app to place orders each morning as they got off the bus, others as they were running out to grab a late lunch, or from their desks as they’re about to take an afternoon coffee break.

Twenty-five miles east of downtown Seattle, Kaylene Schaefer manages a store in the residential community of Snoqualmie Ridge, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

“When we first starting practicing with Mobile Order & Pay before the rollout, we were all pretty cautious,” said Schaefer. “But once we got used to it, it was great. By the time we got our first mobile order ticket on launch day, our team was so excited.”

In her store, it’s not just commuters taking advantage of mobile ordering. “We see a lot parents with young children order ahead with Mobile Order & Pay, which makes it easier to manage the kids without standing in line,” she said. “We also see nearby businesses use the app for their large food and beverage orders for meetings.”

Even though the technology behind Mobile Order & Pay may be cutting edge, it still supports what has been foundational to the Starbucks experience – the personal interaction between partners and their customers.

“One of the things that has been so important about Mobile Order & Pay is the connection when we hand off that beverage to our customer,” said Wenkoff-White. “We still get to make it personal.”

About Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay

Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay is available on the Starbucks® app for iPhone at more than 4,000 Starbucks stores across the Pacific Northwest, southern and central United States. Starbucks plans to expand the program to the Android platform and all U.S. company-operated stores in 2015. For a complete list of stores, see the Mobile Order & Pay fact sheet.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

 

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Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay expands to stores in 21 more states in the southern and central United States

Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay expands to stores in 21 more states in the southern and central United States