Commissaries to serve as collection points for the Feds Feed Families campaign, Jun 1 – Aug 31

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-6-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissaries are serving as collection points for the Feds Feed Families campaign, which began June 1 and ends Aug. 31 at participating stateside military installations.

During this campaign, participating installations help collect items most needed by food pantries and then donate them to area food banks.

“This marks our sixth consecutive year participating in this campaign, and what could be better than helping provide food for those in need around us,” said Randy Eller, DeCA’s deputy director of logistics.

Last year, DeCA collected almost 1 million pounds of food donated at commissaries and given to area food banks. That represented 30 percent of the Defense Department’s total Feds Feed Families donation. Many stores featured donation packages provided by commissary vendors for patrons to purchase and donate on the spot.

“2014 was a great campaign year for us,” Eller said. “Our customers should be really proud – a large number of people were helped.”

Since the campaign’s inception in 2009, over 24 million pounds of food have been donated.

Once the items have been collected, installation officials will work with their commissary to deliver the items to their local food bank.

The most-needed items for donations include:

  • Canned vegetables – low sodium, no salt
  • Canned fruits – in light syrup or its own juices
  • Canned proteins – tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter and beans
  • Soups – beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey or rice
  • Condiments – tomato-based sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing or oils
  • Snacks – individually packed snacks, crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola and cereal bars, pretzels and sandwich crackers
  • Multigrain cereal
  • 100 percent juice – all sizes, including juice boxes
  • Grains – brown and white rice, oatmeal, bulgar, quinoa, couscous, pasta, and macaroni and cheese
  • Paper products and household items – paper towels, napkins and cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene items – diapers, deodorants (men and women), feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste and shampoo

“We want to make a difference in the communities surrounding our stores,” Eller said. “And our patrons and employees help us do that.”

This year, no goals have been set, but DOD is urging participants to do their best to top their past donations.

For more information on this campaign, go to the United States Department of Agriculture website’s Feds Feed Families page.

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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

CBRE Group unveils new online magazine on trends, influences and ideas shaping the world told through the lens of the built environment

Commentary on trends, influences and ideas shaping the world, told through the lens of the built environment

Los Angeles, 2015-6-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today unveiled Blueprint, an online magazine dedicated to telling timely and insightful stories about the transformational role real estate plays in the world.

Blueprint is an opportunity to share the impact of real estate with the broad business community and across our industry, by leveraging the deep institutional knowledge and intellectual capital that lives inside CBRE,” said Mike Lafitte, CBRE’s chief operating officer. “We’ve been the market leader in our industry for years. With Blueprint, we have a unique platform for telling our stories in today’s digital landscape—stories that go beyond the day-to-day nature of our client relationships.”

Blueprint will feature thought-provoking content informed by urbanists, academics and leading thinkers, as well as CBRE global leaders, all unified by ideas that examine the built environment’s potential impact on business, cities and people.

The magazine will rely on interactive infographics, photo essays and videos to bring a wide array of subjects to life, including:

  • Looks at some of the world’s most iconic buildings, spaces and structures;
  • Tours of emerging and established neighborhoods across the globe;
  • Exploration of forward-thinking trends in workplace environments; and
  • Trends and issues in commercial real estate and their impact on everyday life.

Blueprint will also provide an additional platform for delivering CBRE’s industry-leading research insights.

“In the digital economy, the way brands communicate and connect has evolved. Our toolkit has expanded to include specialized web sites, apps and social platforms,” said Paul Suchman, CBRE’s chief marketing officer. “The content and focus of Blueprint allow us to tell stories directly through a best-in-class experience, intended to drive deeper interactions and value exchanges with all of our stakeholders.”

Blueprint can be accessed at blueprint.cbre.com.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue).  The Company has more than 52,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 370 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.​

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US Foods unveils winning Scoop product line-up that will freshen up menus across the country this summer

Focus on Healthy with 11 Nourish Items; Share the Innovation with #ScoopTalk

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-6-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Summer is finally here, and US Foods is unveiling a winning Scoop product line-up that will freshen up menus across the country. From Chef’s Line All Natural Mediterranean Style Mini Beef and Lamb Patties and Patuxent Farms Premium Hardwood Smoked Chicken Wings to Cross Valley Farms Superfood Salad and Roseli Kale Pesto, the Summer Scoop features bold tastes and healthier fare that are sure to get diners talking.

“Creating fresh and original products is a point of pride at US Foods, and we’re kicking it up a notch this summer,” said Pietro Satriano, chief merchandising officer, US Foods. “Our latest edition of Scoop showcases more than 20 new items that represent bold flavors, healthy options and versatile food that will excite operators and diners alike.”

This Summer Scoop features 11 new items that have US Foods’ Nourish designation. This new program highlights products that are healthy, nutritious and reflect diners’ appetite for healthier dishes without sacrificing taste.  The Nourish line includes items like Cross Valley Farms Superfood Salad made with a colorful blend of rainbow kale, shaved Brussels sprouts, Napa and red cabbage and radicchio, Hilltop Hearth Ancient Grainwich that offers four grams of fiber and less carbs than the traditional sandwich bread and the creamy Glenview Farms Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese that boasts double the protein and half the fat of regular cream cheese. Quinoa consumption grew 50 percent in 2014 and with the Chef’s Line Precooked Brown Rice and Quinoa Blend, operators have an effortless way to add this gluten-free, high in protein, low in sodium dish to menus.

“The Nourish line proves that healthy doesn’t have to compromise on taste,” Satriano said.  “US Foods specifically developed these Nourish products to solve the daily challenge so many restaurateurs and foodservice operators face in offering delicious, affordable, healthy food that is more than just low-sodium or gluten-free.”

One of the top five seafood menu growth items in 2014 is sole and it is a must-have on menus this summer. Harbor Banks Flour Dusted Alaskan Sole is hand-cut, impeccably seasoned and goes perfectly with a side of spuds, such as Cross Valley Farms’ dense and creamy Rooster Potatoes or Monarch’s salty Smashed Potato Skin. Chefs and restaurateurs can learn more about the innovation process that US Foods used to create this bigger, tastier potato skin at usfoods.com/smashedpotato.

Shrimp is another seafood favorite joining the seasonal lineup. Harbor Banks Spicy Toss N’ Serve Shrimp is an easy-to-prep dish that wraps the crustacean in crunchy, sweet heat. Pair it with Rykoff Sexton White Stone Ground Grits to give it a down-home, Southern flare.

Mouthwatering meat dishes are a summertime staple and US Foods has created versatile, protein-rich options with exotic flavors. Chef’s Line All Natural Mediterranean Style Mini Beef and Lamb Patties deliver savory spice in just two-ounce bites, while the beer-kissed Patuxent Farms Premium Beer Battered Chicken Breast Chunks can shine in any recipe. US Foods is first to offer operators the Patuxent Farms Premium Hardwood Smoked Chicken Wings. These fully cooked wings feature a subtle smoked flavor. For diners looking to turn up the heat, toss these crispy wings in Monarch Carolina Reaper Wing Sauce, made with the hottest chili on record in the Guinness Book.  US Foods is the first and only foodservice company to feature this fiery flavor.

Diners who want to indulge in something sweet will love the Hilltop Hearth Premium Pull-Apart Cinnamon Roll with five centers. This decadent treat satisfies taste buds with real cream cheese and spicy Korintje cinnamon and makes it easy for all operators to get in on this latest trend. Devonshire Premium Croissant Donut is another summer indulgence that can be served sweet or savory.  With endless options to spark creativity, US Foods developed the Croissant Donut Book to accompany the Summer Scoop. This book features quirky, creative and fun-filled creations and even suggested names so operators can easily add these dishes to menus.

To celebrate these new products, US Foods is inviting its customers to share their Scoop-based concepts and successes by posting pictures to social media using the #ScoopTalk hashtag. Restaurateurs can then visit usfoods.com/ScoopTalk to see other chefs’ creations.

“There are so many ways to use this season’s Scoop products to freshen up menus and I can’t wait to see what #ScoopTalk reveals,” said Satriano.  “We might even find the inspiration for our next Scoop item.”

To see the full summer Scoop edition and learn more about the product offerings from US Foods, visitwww.usfoods.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

Foodservice operators interested in learning more about Scoop can also request a product demonstration at:http://www.usfoods.com/content/www/home/food/scoop/scoop-demonstration-request-form.html.

About US Foods
As one of America’s great food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is Keeping Kitchens Cooking™ and making life easier for customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. With approximately $22 billion in annual revenue, the company offers more than 350,000 products, including high-quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef’s Line®, a time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, and Rykoff Sexton®, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Contact

Lisa Lecas, Manager
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com

Toys“R”Us completes its new distribution center in Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry, France

State-of-the-Art Distribution Center Combines Three Previous Fulfillment Facilities, Plus New Headquarters for Toys“R”Us, France, into All-Encompassing Support Complex

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-6-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced the completion of its new distribution center in Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry, France to support the company’s rapidly expanding e-commerce business throughout the country and in select sections of Europe. The 51,000-square-meter (550,000-square-foot) facility will service retail distribution to the country’s 48 store locations and e-commerce operations throughout France, as well as expedite online order fulfillment to customers in Belgium, Luxembourg and Monaco. Located approximately 47 kilometers (29 miles) south of Paris, the logistics campus became operationally functional in late May, and the adjacent headquarters for Toys“R”Us, France is scheduled to open on June 22. The Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus, inclusive of the fulfillment center and headquarters office, will employ approximately 350 full- and part-time employees at the peak of the holiday season.

“Integrating our three previous fulfillment centers in France into one central logistics hub creates greater operational efficiencies for our business, while allowing us to better serve our customers through our growing omnichannel capabilities in Europe,” said Antonio Urcelay, CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “The Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus provides us with a single point of distribution from which to ensure the hottest toys and baby products are always available for consumers, whenever, wherever and however they choose to shop with us.”

Chosen for its strategic location near Paris, the Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus features more than 20 receiving areas, nearly 60 shipping docks and services up to 80 trucks per day. The building contains a technologically advanced and environmentally friendly automated conveyor system, significantly increasing overall service and storage capacity. As a result of these enhancements, inbound and outbound transport from the facility will be greatly streamlined. Customers throughout France will benefit from the augmented rapidity, product availability and overall quality of product preparation, whether shopping in-store or online.

Developed by IDI Gazeley (Brookfield Logistics Properties), one of the world’s leading investors and developers of logistics warehouses and distribution parks, the Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus also features office space that will serve as the company’s headquarters for France. In addition, the facility has built in additional storage space for potential future expansion.

To download high-resolution images of the Saint-Fargeau Logistics Campus, please visit: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-sd82b1da35674ba98.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 866 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 730 international stores and over 240 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites includingToysrus.com, Babiesrus.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 66,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook atFacebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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Media Contact:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Linda Connors
973-617-4398
Linda.Connors@toysrus.com