Wegmans Food Markets recognized by EPA as an outstanding Safer Choice Retailer

Rochester, NY, 2015-6-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — On June 22, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Wegmans Food Markets as an outstanding Safer Choice Retailer. The award, presented in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, was accepted by Wegmans Category Merchant for cleaning products, Dave Tantillo, and Wegmans Sustainability Manager, Jason Wadsworth.

EPA developed the Partner of the Year Awards to recognize Safer Choice stakeholders who have furthered the safer chemistry and safer product goals of the Safer Choice Program. In 2014, Wegmans introduced a line of cleaning products made with safer ingredients.

To qualify for the Safer Choice (formerly “Design for the Environment”) label, a product must meet EPA’s Safer Choice Standard, which includes stringent human and environmental health criteria. When the Safer Choice label appears on a product, it means the EPA has evaluated each ingredient in the product for potential human health and environmental effects. Safer Choice works closely with companies to help them understand the chemistry of their products and to select safer alternatives to chemicals that pose potential health or environmental concerns.

“I’ve been managing the cleaning product categories for several years. If someone asked me, when I first started, if we could successfully launch a line of products that was safer for people and the environment, effective, and priced attractively, I would have told you it would be impossible,” says Tantillo. “But Safer Choice standards gave us direction. Combining that with our committed supplier, we had a formula for success. And our customers are the real winners.”

For more information about the Safer Choice Program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/saferchoice


Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 86-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 eighteen consecutive years. In 2015, Wegmans ranked #7 on the list. 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: Jeanne Colleluori, media relations coordinator, 585-720-5750

Rite Aid completes acquisition of Envision Pharmaceutical Services

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-6-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) has completed its previously announced acquisition of Envision Pharmaceutical Services (“EnvisionRx”) from leading global private investment firm TPG and other shareholders in a transaction valued at approximately $2 billion, including approximately $1.8 billion in cash and approximately 27.9 million Rite Aid shares.

“The completion of this acquisition is an important step in our strategy to expand Rite Aid’s retail healthcare platform and enhance our health and wellness offerings,” said Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley.  “EnvisionRx’s talented management team and valued associates are a tremendous addition to our Rite Aid family. The combination of EnvisionRx’s broad suite of PBM and pharmacy-related businesses with Rite Aid’s retail platform will provide our customers and patients with an integrated offering across retail, specialty and mail-order channels.”

EnvisionRx CEO Frank Sheehy added, “As part of Rite Aid, we are well positioned to deliver a truly integrated healthcare offering which will provide tremendous benefits to both plan sponsors and patients. Our work is already well underway and we look forward to accelerating our efforts now that the transaction is complete.”

Sharad Mansukani, a senior advisor to TPG and the former chairman of EnvisionRx, said, “TPG is proud to have partnered with EnvisionRx’s founders and excellent management team in building a business that is truly set apart from other PBMs. We are confident EnvisionRx will enjoy many years of success as part of Rite Aid.”

EnvisionRx will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid led by Frank Sheehy and current management. EnvisionRx’s headquarters will remain in Twinsburg, Ohio.
The transaction, which was announced in February 2015, is expected to be accretive to Rite Aid’s earnings per share in Rite Aid’s fiscal year 2017.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. served as financial advisor to Rite Aid and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP was the company’s legal advisor. J.P. Morgan served as exclusive financial advisor to EnvisionRx, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP acted as its M&A legal counsel and Baker & Hostetler LLP acted as its regulatory legal counsel.

About Rite Aid
Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

About EnvisionRx
Established in 2001, EnvisionRx is a national, full-service pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company with consolidated revenues in excess of $4 billion. The company provides both transparent and traditional PBM options through its EnvisionRx and MedTrak PBMs, respectively, as well as pharmacy-related services to clients across the nation. EnvisionRx also offers fully integrated mail-order and specialty pharmacy services through Orchard Pharmaceutical Services; access to the nation’s largest cash pay infertility discount drug program via Design Rx; an innovative claims adjudication software platform in Laker Software; and a national Medicare Part D prescription drug plan through Envision Insurance Company’s EnvisionRx Plus product offering. Information about EnvisionRx, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid Corporation, is available through the company’s website at envisionrx.com.

About TPG
TPG is a leading global private investment firm founded in 1992 with over $74 billion of assets under management and offices in San Francisco, Fort Worth, Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. TPG has extensive experience with global public and private investments executed through leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, spinouts, growth investments, joint ventures and restructurings. The firm has a well-known history of healthcare investing and its well-known investments include Adare Pharmaceuticals, Aptalis, EnvisionRx, Fenwal, Healthscope, IASIS Healthcare, Immucor, IMS Health, Par Pharmaceutical, Quintiles Transnational and Surgical Care Affiliates, among others. For more information visit www.tpg.com.

Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which you are encouraged to read. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Rite Aid expressly disclaims any current intention to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the distribution of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.


Contact Information
Rite Aid Media Contact:
Susan Henderson

Rite Aid Investor Contact:
Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867

TPG Media Contact:
Luke Barrett




Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

CBRE / Maastricht Uni study: significant gap between large and small office buildings in achieving sustainability certification

62% of large buildings qualify as green, compared to less than 5% of small buildings San Francisco closing in on Minneapolis in green market rankings

Los Angeles, 2015-6-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Owners of small buildings have an opportunity to differentiate themselves by implementing energy-efficient practices, due to a significant gap between large and small office buildings in achieving sustainability certification, according to a new study by CBRE Group, Inc. and Maastricht University.

The 2015 Green Building Adoption Index, a joint project of CBRE and Maastricht, found that 62.1 percent of office buildings in the U.S. greater than 500,000 square feet are considered “green” (holding either an EPA ENERGY STAR label, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) full-building LEED certification or both). In contrast, only 4.5 percent of all U.S. office buildings less than 100,000 square feet qualified as green.

“Our 2015 study confirmed that green building adoption has been primarily a big building, first-tier city phenomenon,” said David Pogue, CBRE’s global director of corporate responsibility. “It would appear that many smaller buildings in the majority of large markets still have an opportunity to be ‘best in class’ among their peer set by achieving these certifications.”

Minneapolis led the city ranking for the second consecutive year, with 70.4 percent of all office space currently qualified as green, down from 77.0 percent in 2014. San Francisco, again in second place, significantly closed the gap and now boasts a 70.0 percent green market, up from 67.2 percent in 2014. Chicago, at 63.4 percent, was third, while Atlanta (57.8 percent) and Houston (52.9 percent) swapped positions at fourth and fifth. The top 10 cities on the 2014 list all retained a place on the 2015 list.

The overall results of the study show that the uptake of green building practices in the 30 largest U.S. cities continues to be significant, but that the growth is slowing. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2014, 13.1 percent of the commercial building stock had an ENERGY STAR label, LEED certification, or both, compared to 13.8 percent at the end of 2013. Measured by size, the amount of certified commercial space also decreased from 39.3 percent in 2013 to 38.7 percent at the end of 2014.

“This decrease does not imply that buildings are starting to perform worse than before. Rather, it reflects the fact that only a certain fraction of the building stock can obtain a green or energy-efficiency certification,” said Dr. Nils Kok, associate professor in Finance and Real Estate, Maastricht University (NL). “Additionally, it appears that some of the buildings that were previously certified did not renew their certification in 2014. This does not necessarily mean that the energy use of these buildings has changed, but that some owners and managers choose not to spend the time or expense to reapply for certification every year.”

Executed in close collaboration with the USGBC and CBRE Research, this is the second release of the annual Green Building Adoption Index. Based on a rigorous methodology, the Index shows the growth of ENERGY STAR- and LEED-certified space for the 30 largest U.S. office markets, both in aggregate and in individual markets, over the previous 10 years.

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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​​.

For Further Information

Christy Ingle
T +1 949 7258591

Corey Mirman
T +1 212 9846542

Klépierre announced conditional agreement with Wereldhave on the disposal of a portfolio of 9 shopping centers located in the Netherlands for EUR 770m

PARIS, 2015-6-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Klépierre today announced it has reached a conditional agreement with Wereldhave on the disposal of a portfolio of nine shopping centers1 located in the Netherlands for a total consideration of 770 million euros,2 a level that is consistent with appraised values. The portfolio includes convenience and district shopping centers mostly located in cities outside of Randstad, representing a total of approximately 236,000 sq.m and an estimated annual net rental income contribution of 44 million euros3 on a group share basis.

The transaction is not subject to any financing conditions and is expected to close at the end of the third quarter of 2015, subject to customary conditions precedent, including anti-trust clearance, and completion of Klépierre and Wereldhave works council consultation processes.

Laurent Morel, Chairman of Klépierre’s Executive Board, commented: “This transaction is a clear delivery on Klépierre’s asset rotation strategy post-merger with Corio and demonstrates the liquidity and value of our portfolio. It immediately refocuses Klépierre’s Dutch portfolio on two of the most dynamic cities in the Netherlands, Rotterdam and Utrecht, which will become more attractive with the ambitious re-development of Hoog Catharijne. The disposal of this portfolio releases additional financial capacity to fund future growth in our preferred regions of Continental Europe, through the development of our quality pipeline, and selective opportunistic acquisitions of prime shopping destinations.”

Following the transaction, Klépierre’s Dutch portfolio, refocused on cities in the affluent Randstad region, will represent a total value of 1 billion euros (as of December 31, 2014). This divestment is expected to result in net cash proceeds to Klépierre of 695 million euros (group share), which would first be mostly used to reimburse outstanding debt.

Assuming it is completed as planned, the divestment is expected to have a limited impact on the net current cash flow for 2015. Accordingly, Klépierre maintains its net current cash flow per share guidance for fiscal year 2015.

1 Amersfoort (Emiclaer), Arnhem (Presikhaaf), Dordrecht (Sterrenburg), Heerhugowaard (Middenwaard), Nieuwegein (Cityplaza, including extension), Rijswijk (In den Bogaard), Tilburg (Centre), Zoetermeer (Oosterheem) and Zwolle (Stadshagen).
2 Total share, including transfer duties but excluding potentially applicable VAT. Consideration is 730 million euros excluding transfer duties.
3 Based on the 2014 full year annual net rental income contribution of these assets

Klépierre’s legal advisor in connection with the transaction described in this announcement is De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. Its portfolio is valued at 21 billion euros on December 31, 2014. It comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries of Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen & Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager.

Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group (20.3%), world leader in the shopping center industry, APG (13.5%) and BNP Paribas (6.6%). Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext Paris and Euronext Amsterdam and is included in the CAC Next20 and CAC Large 60 indexes, the SBF 80, the EPRA Euro Zone, and the GPR 250 indexes. Klépierre is also included in several ethical indexes – DJSI World and Europe, FTSE4Good, STOXX® Global ESG Leaders, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and Eurozone 120 – and is a member of both Ethibel Excellence and Ethibel Pioneer investment registers. Klépierre is also ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions mark the Group’s commitment to a voluntary sustainable development policy. For more information, visit our website: www.klepierre.com


Vanessa FRICANO – + 33 1 40 67 52 24 – vanessa.fricano@klepierre.com

Julien ROUCH – +33 1 40 67 53 08 – julien.rouch@klepierre.com


Aurélia de LAPEYROUSE – + 33 1 53 96 83 83 – adelapeyrouse@brunswickgroup.com

Nathalie BAUDON – + 33 1 53 96 83 83 – nbaudon@brunswickgroup.com


This press release is available on Klépierre’s website: www.klepierre.com




GERMANY, 2015-6-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lars Pedersen handed over the check at a formal event at SOS Kinderdorf where he also gave a speech. Among others he talked about how he delivered the good news to the organisation:

“I clearly remember the day I had to call SOS Kinderdorf to let them know the final results of GIVE-A-DAY. It was a very special moment for me, and I told Mr. Wölfle, Head of sponsor activities at SOS Kinderdorf, that what I was about to recite was not a phone number… 1-4-7-5-4-2-0… it was the final donation from BESTSELLER to SOS Kinderdorf – 1,475,420 Euro,” Lars said and continued:

“I’m very proud of the efforts of every single store and every single BESTSELLER colleague on GIVE-A-DAY. They all worked hard to generate the highest possible turnover to donate for charity.”

At SOS Kinderdorf they are, needless to say, very happy with the donation and impressed with the result:

”I’m really impressed with the commitment of the employees and customers of BESTSELLER who were able to raise this amazing amount for charity in one day,” says Prof. Dr. Johannes Münder Chairman of the Board at SOS Kinderdorf.

Building an embassy for children
SOS Kinderdorf Deutschland (SOS Children’s Villages) is an independent, non-governmental international development organisation which has been working to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children since 1949.

The organisation will use the donation to build an embassy for children that will function as an education and congress centre for children as well as place to advocate for children’s rights and equal opportunities.

Monday, Lars Pedersen learned more about the plans of building the embassy for children as well as the general work of SOS Kinderdorf:

“I’m pleased with the organisation’s innovative idea, not only to give young people a home, but also to help them in their daily routines. Here, I really sense the motivation of the young people, their optimism and their belief in the future,” Lars Pedersen said in his speech.

The global GIVE-A-DAY donation on 10 April amounted to 15 million Euro of which 50% was donated to local charities in 39 countries. The other 50% was donated to global charities. The German donation to SOS Kinderdorf is the biggest local GIVE-A-DAY donation.

Read more about SOS Kinderdorf here

Read more about GIVE-A-DAY here







Brande, Denmark, 2015-6-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — International Sales Manager at JACK & JONES, Dennis Birk Jørgensen, says: “To gain foothold on the Australian market is an extremely good opportunity for BESTSELLER. The Australian consumers are moving in the right direction when it comes to fashion awareness, and with JACK & JONES’ price policy and platform, we can give the market a new international dimension and something the Australian consumers haven’t seen before. Our goal is to be the most inexpensive of the coolest brands.”

The products for the shop-in-shops are created in close cooperation with Myer, who is deeply involved in design process with JACK & JONES and the express team. JACK & JONES plans to introduce the Australian customers to several of their lines. This means several different shop-in-shop solutions.

Myer currently has 67 department stores in Australia, and JACK & JONES plans to open 54 shop-in-shops during a 4 week period in 40 department stores across the country. The grand opening takes place in Melbourne on 17 August.

Corporate Communication
Phone: +45 99 42 16 62
E-mail: communications@bestseller.com




ONLY in collaboration with Zalando to launch comprehensive shoe collection this August


Brande, Denmark, 2015-6-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — As of August 2015, ONLY launches a comprehensive shoe collection including a variety of sporty, trendy, denim and party looks. This is reflected in the collection that contains boots, sneakers, heels, lace shoes and slippers in both leather look and real leather.

Collaboration with Zalando
The collection is established in close collaboration with Zalando presenting a range of 20 styles in different colours at an expected price level ranging from EUR 39.95 – 119.95. For future seasons the collection will be extended with more categories inspired by the latest trends.

ONLY shoes are launched in selected ONLY stores, at ONLY.com and at Zalando.com. Initially, the focus will be on the German market, with the objective to establish commercial partnerships with shoe retailers and expand within the existing distribution network. To ensure an efficient distribution, ONLY’s digital B2B sales platform will play a key role.

In the commercial co-development ONLY and Zalando are leveraging market insights, product know-how and design skills to provide a competitive ‘value for money’ offering.

“We are delighted to contribute with Zalando’s online fashion and product insight to this cooperation with our close brand partner ONLY. Together we will create a unique collection with a focus on feminine strength, self-confidence and latest trends,” says Claudia Reth, VP Fashion Director Zalando.

Senior Manager, New Business Development at ONLY Michael Fynboe adds: “We believe that moving towards closer partnerships and digital advancement will drive our business forward. Shoes will be the first category to prove this new way of operating. This will change how we work, putting more emphasis on product development and partnership commitment.”

More information:
Michael Fynboe, Senior Manager, New Business Development, ONLY
Phone: +45 25514306



ONLY in collaboration with Zalando to launch comprehensive shoe collection this August

ONLY in collaboration with Zalando to launch comprehensive shoe collection this August

Die Rewe-Zentral-Aktiengesellschaft und die Rewe Zentralfinanz eG neue Aufsichtsratsmitglieder gewählt

Erich Stockhausen neuer Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender

COLOGNE, Germany, 2015-6-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Rewe-Zentral-Aktiengesellschaft und die Rewe Zentralfinanz eG haben heute, Montag, 22. Juni 2015, bei ihrer 43. Ordentlichen Hauptversammlung bzw. ihrer 84. Ordentlichen Generalversammlung in Warnemünde neue Aufsichtsratsmitglieder gewählt.

Otmar Hornbach, Aufsichtsratsmitglied der Rewe-Zentral AG war im vergangenen Jahr verstorben. Die Aufsichtsratsmitglieder Gudrun Glock sowie der Vorsitzende des Aufsichtsrats Heinz-Bert Zander legten ihre Aufsichtsratsmandate aus Altersgründen nieder. Aufsichtsratsmitglied Frank Morgenstern hatte sein Aufsichtsratsmandate zum 31. Mai 2015 niedergelegt.

Für die Rewe-Zentral AG wurden einstimmig als neue Aufsichtsratsmitglieder als Vertreter der Aktionäre gewählt:
– Peter Hornbach, Geschäftsführer der Wasgau Food Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, als Nachfolger von Otmar Hornbach für den Rest von dessen Amtszeit;
– Michael Fricke, Kaufmann und Vorstandsmitglied der Rewe Handels eG, Hungen, als Nachfolger für Gudrun Glock für Rest von deren Amtszeit,
– Heinz-Werner Satter, Geschäftsführer der Schwälbchen Frischdienst GmbH und Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender der FÜR SIE Handelsgenossenschaft eG, als Nachfolger für Frank Morgenstern für den Rest von dessen Amtszeit;
– Andreas Schmidt, Vorstandsmitglied der Rewe Dortmund Großhandel eG als Nachfolger von Heinz-Bert Zander für den Rest von dessen Amtszeit.

Für die Rewe-Zentralfinanz eG wählte die ordentliche Generalversammlung als Nachfolger von Gudrun Glock sowie von Frank Morgenstern und Heinz-Bert Zander ebenfalls einstimmig Michel Fricke, Heinz-Werner Satter und Andreas Schmidt als Anteilseignervertreter. Otmar Hornbach war nicht Mitglied des Aufsichtsrates der Rewe-Zentralfinanz eG.

In den heutigen ordentlichen Aufsichtsratssitzungen der Rewe-Zentralfinanz eG und der Rewe-Zentral AG wurde zudem Erich Stockhausen, Kaufmann in Erkrath und Vorstandsmitglied der Rewe West eG, als Nachfolger von Heinz-Bert Zander zum neuen Aufsichtsrats-Vorsitzenden gewählt.

Heinz-Bert Zander, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Rewe Dortmund Großhandel eG, hatte die Funktion des Rewe Group-Aufsichtsratsvorsitzenden seit 2007 inne.

Die genossenschaftliche REWE Group ist einer der führenden Handels- und Touristikkonzerne in Deutschland und Europa. Im Jahr 2014 erzielte das Unternehmen einen Gesamtaußenumsatz von über 51 Milliarden Euro. Die 1927 gegründete REWE Group ist mit ihren 330.000 Beschäftigten und 15.000 Märkten in 12 europäischen Ländern präsent. In Deutschland erwirtschafteten im Jahr 2014 rund 228.000 Mitarbeiter in rund 10.000 Märkten einen Umsatz von 37 Milliarden Euro.

Zu den Vertriebslinien zählen Super- und Verbrauchermärkte der Marken REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY und BILLA, der Discounter PENNY sowie die Baumärkte von toom Baumarkt und B1 Discount Baumarkt. Hinzu kommen die Bio-Supermärkte (TEMMA), innovative Convenience-Märkte (REWE To Go), das Gastrokonzept „Oh Angie!“ und E-Commerce-Aktivitäten REWE Lieferservice sowie Zooroyal und Weinfreunde. Zur Touristik gehören unter dem Dach der DER Touristik die Veranstalter ITS, Jahn Reisen und Travelix sowie Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen und ADAC Reisen sowie die Geschäftsreisesparte FCm Travel Solutions und über 2.100 Reisebüros (u.a. DER Reisebüro, DERPART), die Hotelketten lti hotels, Club Calimera und PrimaSol Hotels und der Direktveranstalter clevertours.com.

REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

ICCO en Albert Heijn: Met avocado’s krijgen kleine Afrikaanse boeren toegang tot wereldmarkt

Oostzaan, The Netherlands, 2015-6-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Door de samenwerking tussen ontwikkelingsorganisatie ICCO en Albert Heijn krijgen kleinschalige avocado-boeren in Zuid-Afrika toegang tot de internationale markt en een beter inkomen. Minister Ploumen voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking nam vanochtend een doos met avocado’s van de eerste oogst in ontvangst: “Opnieuw een mooi voorbeeld van hoe handel en ontwikkelingssamenwerking elkaar kunnen versterken. De boeren kunnen hun producten structureel verkopen en de winkel kan voorzien in de almaar toenemende vraag naar avocado’s.”

De laatste jaren stijgt de consumentenvraag naar avocado’s enorm. Marit van Egmond, directeur Vers van Albert Heijn: “Vorig jaar steeg de verkoop van deze gezonde vrucht bij Albert Heijn met zo’n 30 procent. We nemen onze avocado’s af van zeer professionele bedrijven, omdat die aan onze eisen op het gebied van kwaliteit, voedselveiligheid en duurzaamheid kunnen voldoen. Door onze ondersteuning van kleinschalige boeren zitten hun producten en processen nu ook op die norm. Zo vergroten we de beschikbaarheid van avocado’s voor onze klanten. En vanuit de Albert Heijn Foundation, die de aanpak financieel ondersteunde, vinden we het ook belangrijk om kleinschalige boeren een kans te bieden op de internationale markt.”

Dankzij het grote lokale netwerk van ontwikkelingsorganisatie ICCO kwam Albert Heijn in contact met kleinschalige boeren die wonen in de hoog gelegen noordelijke teeltgebieden van Zuid-Afrika. Door ondersteuning in de teelt hebben zij toegang gekregen tot de internationale markt. Gé Happe, strategisch inkoper van Albert Heijn: “Albert Heijn gaf een aantal enthousiaste jonge medewerkers de kans om naar Zuid-Afrika af te reizen en met deze boeren in gesprek te gaan. Vervolgens kwamen zij met een plan van aanpak. Dankzij de kennis van ICCO en FairMatch Support, die wereldwijd werken aan duurzame handelsketens, werden de plannen verder uitgewerkt en gerealiseerd. De boeren hebben zich georganiseerd in een coöperatie en er is hard gewerkt aan kwaliteitsverbetering. Zo kunnen zij nu hun afzet vergroten.”

Albert Heijn en ICCO wonnen in 2013 samen een award bij de Partnership Verkiezing, waarvan het Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken de initiator is, voor deze vernieuwende manier van werken. Zij werken al langer samen in de Albert Heijn Foundation. Naast economische ontwikkeling vindt de Albert Heijn Foundation het belangrijk om de lokale situatie van Afrikaanse boeren en hun medewerkers te verbeteren, door te investeren in onderwijs, gezondheidszorg en huisvesting.

Stap-voor-stap een duurzamer assortiment
De samenwerking in Zuid-Afrika begint op kleine schaal, met twintig boeren. Dit jaar levert dat 100.000 avocado’s op die bij de Albert Heijn supermarkten te koop zijn. Het is de bedoeling dat het volume de komende jaren flink zal toenemen.


Foto: Raymond Rutting Op de foto staan van links naar rechts: Wim Hart, Raad van Bestuur ICCO, minister Ploumen en Marit van Egmond, directeur Vers van Albert Heijn.

Foto: Raymond Rutting
Op de foto staan van links naar rechts: Wim Hart, Raad van Bestuur ICCO, minister Ploumen en Marit van Egmond, directeur Vers van Albert Heijn.

Harris Teeter launches in-store donation card campaign called Support Charleston to benefit families who lost loved ones in the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting

Company Pledges to Match Minimum $30,000 of Shoppers’ Donations

Matthews, N.C., 2015-6-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Harris Teeter announced it will launch an in-store donation card campaign called Support Charleston to benefit families who lost loved ones in the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting which occurred June 17, 2015. Harris Teeter will also match in-store donations up to at least $30,000.

Shoppers in the Charleston area will be given the opportunity to donate $1, $3 or $5 at checkout in support of the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund and Lowcountry Ministries – Reverend Pinckney Fund.

One-hundred percent of proceeds from the in-store campaign, as well as Harris Teeter’s additional donation, will be divided evenly between the two organizations which will provide direct financial support to the victims’ families as well as various community projects and local initiatives dedicated to serving Mother Emanuel AME Church, vulnerable populations and youth projects.

“This is a devastating incident, and we are heartbroken for the families of the victims; the church members; the entire Charleston community,” said Danna Robinson, Harris Teeter’s communication manager. “Harris Teeter’s commitment to the Charleston community runs deep, and in an effort to support this vibrant community during this difficult time, our area family of stores is proud to offer shoppers an opportunity to support their neighbors. Our valued associates will invite shoppers to make a $1, $3, or $5 donation at checkout, and our company will match – at minimum – $30,000 of the funds raised.”

The donation card campaign will run through July 24, 2015. Shoppers in Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Johns Island and Isle of Palms, S.C. will be invited to participate at checkout.

For questions about Harris Teeter’s giving programs, please visit harristeeter.com.


Harris Teeter launches in-store donation card campaign called Support Charleston to benefit families who lost loved ones in the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting

Harris Teeter launches in-store donation card campaign called Support Charleston to benefit families who lost loved ones in the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting