American military commissaries to celebrate their 148th anniversary on July 1

July 1 marks 148 years of military commissary benefit

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — American military commissaries, the “supermarkets to the military” across the globe, reach their 148th anniversary on July 1. On that day in 1867, Congress authorized the Army to begin selling, at cost, food items – called “commissary goods” to soldiers of all ranks. This landmark event began the modern era of retail food sales taking place on military installations.

Military commissaries today little resemble the warehouses that doubled as sales stores in 1867, but there are key similarities. For example, commissaries still sell food at cost to officers and enlisted alike, providing a savings benefit that promotes readiness and encourages retention in the armed services.

From stables and hangars to modern facilities

“Throughout history, commissaries transformed right alongside the military, evolving from a counter in a subsistence storehouses to former stables to old airplane hangars to vacant warehouses to the modern facilities you see today,” said Joseph H. Jeu, director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. “A constant amid this evolution has been delivering a benefit for service members and their families who’ve earned it.”

In addition to the savings military families receive on their commissary purchases, the benefit also provides an indirect support to patrons of nearly $250 million annually. This support is due in large part to the commissary’s relationship with industry partners – its vendors, suppliers and brokers – responsible for store support, military-only coupons, contributions to installations, promotions and giveaways, and scholarships for military children.

Modern-day benefit begins

The modern-day benefit began after the Civil War. Then, many soldiers were poorly served by sutlers, licensed vendors who often overcharged or provided poor-quality goods. After the war, Congress decided that enlisted men should receive the same shopping privileges officers had already enjoyed for four decades and extended the benefit to all ranks.

The first stock list, approved in 1868, consisted of 82 items, most of which were canned goods. This product selection was similar to the stock lists of contemporary civilian general stores. Eventually, the sales function moved from storehouses to separate buildings, first known as “commissary sales stores” and, later, to “sales commissaries.”

Civilian post traders, who had been permitted to sell anything commissaries did not carry, were abolished in 1893, and the modern exchange system took their place in 1895. To this day, the commissaries and exchanges are separate organizations, with different funding sources.

First overseas stores open

The first overseas commissaries opened in Cuba and the Philippines in 1898-99. After the Navy and Marine Corps opened their first commissary sales stores in 1910, personnel from any service could patronize any commissary run by the other armed services.

When the Air Force became a separate service in 1947, it inherited its commissaries from the Army. Each service ran its own stores, first at installation level and later through an agency.

Since 1879, commissaries have used various customer surcharges to help the stores pay for transport, spoilage or construction costs.

Congress establishes surcharge

From 1879-1882, a 10 percent charge was levied on all goods except tobacco. In the 1920s, the stores used a surcharge that varied by location. In 1952, Congress established what has become a permanent surcharge, initially at 3 percent, but in 1983 it was increased to 5 percent. The surcharge is primarily used to cover facility construction and renovation costs.

The list of eligible shoppers has expanded since 1867. Retired officers became eligible in 1879 and retired enlisted men in 1914. All spouses and family members were shopping by the 1930s, although some received the benefit earlier in many locations.

DeCA begins operations

In 1991, to improve efficiency and increase taxpayer savings, Congress and the Department of Defense created the Defense Commissary Agency by consolidating the military services’ separate retail grocery operations. Since then, customer savings have increased from 25 to an average of 30 percent.

Members of the National Guard and Reserve always had partial shopping privileges – essentially, during brief periods of active duty service; but in 2004, in recognition of their vital contributions to the nation’s defense, their increasing duties and extended deployments, National Guard and Reserve personnel were authorized full commissary benefits.

The number of items stocked by commissaries has also increased from the 82 sold in 1868 to the 22,500 items available in the commissary’s largest stores today. “With a legacy of 148 years behind us, we remain committed to providing a valuable commissary benefit to military members, retirees and their families that is cost effective and operationally efficient,” Jeu said. “Whether it’s the 19th century or the 21st century, we exist to serve our patrons.”

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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.

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Toys“R”Us revealed its lineup of exclusive figures and playthings that will be available at the highly anticipated Comic Convention in San Diego next month

In Celebration of Highly Anticipated Con, Company Introduces “Collector Vector,” a New Destination Dedicated to Products for the Mature Collector Community, in All Stores Nationwide and Online at

Wayne, NJ, 2015-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Building on its tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for collectors of all ages, Toys“R”Us today revealed its lineup of exclusive figures and playthings that will be available at the highly anticipated Comic Convention in San Diego next month. Conventioneers and online shoppers will find must-have merchandise based on several fan-favorite entertainment brands, including BATMAN™, MY LITTLE PONY, POWER RANGERS™, Star Wars™, TRANSFORMERS and more at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) and online at from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12.*

In conjunction with Comic Convention, Toys“R”Us has introduced a new shop titled, “Collector Vector,” dedicated to collectible action figures, playsets and more for the mature collector community, available now in its stores nationwide and This specially designated destination features nearly 100 highly sought-after collectibles from industry leading manufacturers, including Bandai, Diamond Select™, Mezco Toyz, McFarlane Toys and NECA, among others, as well as items based on hit properties, such as BATMAN™, Godzilla, Sons of Anarchy, Predator, The Walking Dead and more. The company’s new digital “Collector Vector” hub, available online at, features hundreds of additional product options, including items customers can’t find anywhere else.

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“Just as pop culture fans have been eagerly awaiting the 2015 Comic Convention all year long, we have been working with our manufacturing partners to bring a lineup of exclusive products to this year’s show that our conventioneers will clamor for,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We are thrilled to share these collectibles, along with our new, easy-to-navigate, dedicated online and in-store shop, ‘Collector Vector,’ with our avid collector community who has long looked to Toys“R”Us as the destination for these unique items.”

Toys“R”Us Raises the Curtain on Its 2015 Comic Convention Exclusives

Toys“R”Us will provide convention goers the opportunity to be among the first to purchase exclusive merchandise, including BATMAN Classic TV Series Batgirl, Mortal Combat X Glow-in-the Dark Raiden, G.I. JOE DESERT DUEL, MY LITTLE PONY PRINCESS CELESTIA™ and TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Bluestreak, among others at the Comic Convention in San Diego from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12*. Select first-look items will become available in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide later this year.

Fans unable to journey to San Diego will also have the opportunity to purchase all of the same products online at beginning on Thursday, July 9. All merchandise is available while supplies last, so fans are encouraged to visit Entertainment Earth at booth #2343 or early to make purchases.

The following Toys“R”Us exclusives will be available at the Comic Convention and online at beginning Thursday, July 9:

BATMAN™ Classic TV Series Batgirl from Mattel®
Brave and beautiful in 6-inch scale, and rendered in actress Yvonne Craig’s likeness, this classic TV series Batgirl features dynamic, iconic colors, a two-sided soft goods cape and 16 points of articulation for ultimate playtime action and posing. Collectors can display her on the included base and choose between one of two retro cityscape backdrops. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at

BATMAN™ vs Harley Quinn from Schleich®
With this two-pack, supervillain Harley Quinn leads her own battle against the formidable and legendary BATMAN™. Complete with her signature black and red harlequin costume, this figure’s false smile hides a sneaky criminal, so BATMAN will need all of his high-flying skills to fight her. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at

G.I. JOE DESERT DUEL from Hasbro®
It’s a fast-firing, high-rolling G.I. JOE-Cobra battle with this DESERT DUEL pack. Complete with a Cobra Basilisk tank and an Elite Horseman figure to drive it, fans can load missiles in the elevating, rotating launcher, making the set’s Cobra Air Trooper figure a rolling nightmare for the G.I. JOE commandos. But with the included Philip “Chuckles” Provost figure, kids and collectors can fold out the camouflage canopy on the F.O.E. Striker 4-wheeler and take aim at enemies with the poseable cannon. And, if the pack’s Night Fox figure has to pursue enemies on foot, the cannon comes off the vehicle. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at

Mortal Kombat X Glow-in-the Dark Raiden from Mezco Toyz
As befits Raiden, the Elder God of Thunder, this 6-inch scale figure features 23 points of articulation, many with ball joints, allowing collectors to recreate all the moves and poses that have made Raiden part of Mortal Kombat gaming legend. Raiden comes complete in a displayable collector-friendly blister card, as well as with alternate lightning hands and a lightening ball. To ensure a game-accurate likeness, each figure is sculpted using the digital files from the game developers themselves. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at

Fans can join in on Ponymania with PINKIE PIE’S sister, MAUD ROCK PIE™. This detailed and beautiful pony comes complete with an outfit featuring all kinds of flowers, perfect for kids and collectors looking to have the best MY LITTLE PONY adventures. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.

Fun is on its way with this storybook pony pal who loves adventure. This DARING DO DAZZLE™ figure is an intrepid pony and she’ll bring the magic of friendship to all fans’ MY LITTLE PONY playtime. She’s got the outfit and hat for fun on safari, and fashionistas can style her hair with the included comb so she never looks less than fabulous. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.

PRINCESS CELESTIA™ is a kindhearted pony who spreads friendship wherever she goes. This talking figure’s incredible wings light up and move, and she wears the crown of a true princess. Fans can experience their own PRINCESS CELESTIA pony adventure for $20. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.

Star Wars™ The Black Series Jabba’s Rancor™ Pit from Hasbro®
Star Wars™ fans can re-create one of the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars Saga with this set from The Black Series. Jabba’s Rancor™ Pit includes highly articulated 3.75-inch figures, all of which are featured in the epicReturn of the Jedi scene where Jabba the Hut throws a Gamorrean Guard and Luke Skywalker into the Rancor Pit, while Princess Leia looks on in horror. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.

TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Bluestreak from Hasbro®
What’s the most unstoppable thing on the battlefield? The mouth of Bluestreak. He never stops talking and he’s not a fan of silence. He likes the Decepticons even less. If words were fireblasts, Bluestreak would have wiped out the Decepticons long ago. This highly detailed figure easily converts from robot mode to sports car mode for added play, and comes with a blaster that jumps out whenever he sets his sights on Decepticons. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.

POWER RANGERS™ Limited Black Edition Legacy Megazord from Bandai™
After 20 years of POWER RANGERS™ action and excitement, fans can return to the beginning with this original MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Megazord. This limited edition Legacy Megazord with premium diecast parts will be available to conventioneers and online shoppers in black and gold. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year.

To download high-res images of Toys“R”Us Convention Exclusives, as well as “Collector Vector” signage, please click here.

*All Toys“R”Us Comic Convention exclusive items are limited editions and will be available on a first-come, first served basis, while supplies last; No rain checks.

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, and, 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 Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at, and and on Twitter at and

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Leading international food retailers Delhaize Group and Royal Ahold N.V. announced that they have entered into an agreement to merge

  • Ahold and Delhaize announce this morning their intention to combine their businesses through a merger of equals
  • The merger will create a complementary base of more than 6,500 stores with 375,000 associates, characterized by trusted brands with strong local identities
  • The combination, Ahold Delhaize, will be able to serve over 50 million(1) customers per week in the United States and in Europe
  • Ahold Delhaize will accelerate innovation, bringing together both companies’ expertise to deliver increased value and choice for customers across its supermarket formats and online platforms
  • The combination will bring together banners offering associates even better places to work, built on similar values and heritage
  • Mats Jansson, Chairman of Delhaize Group, will become Chairman of Ahold Delhaize. Jan Hommen, Chairman of Royal Ahold, and Jacques de Vaucleroy, Delhaize Group Director, will become Vice Chairmen of Ahold Delhaize
  • Dick Boer, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Ahold, will become Chief Executive Officer. Frans Muller, Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Group, will become Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Integration Officer
  • The transaction will create significant value, with anticipated run-rate synergies of €500 million per year to be fully realized in the third year after completion
  • Both companies are highly cash generative which will allow Ahold Delhaize to invest in future growth and deliver attractive returns to shareholders
  • Ahold and Delhaize businesses reported aggregated net sales of €54.1 billion, adjusted EBITDA of €3.5 billion, net income from continued operations of €1.0 billion and free cash flow of €1.8 billion in 2014(1)
  • Ahold will terminate its ongoing share buyback program; €1 billion will be returned to Ahold shareholders via a capital return and a reverse stock split prior to completion of the transaction
  • At completion, Delhaize shareholders will receive 4.75 Ahold ordinary shares for each Delhaize ordinary share. Ahold shareholders will own c. 61% of the combined company’s equity and Delhaize shareholders will own c. 39% of the combined company’s equity
  • The transaction is expected to be completed mid-2016, following regulatory clearances, associated consultation procedures and shareholder approval
  • The Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Delhaize as well as Management and Supervisory Boards of Ahold unanimously support and recommend the transaction

Brussels, Belgium and Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading international food retailers Delhaize Group (Delhaize) and Koninklijke Ahold N.V. (Ahold) today announced that they have entered into an agreement to merge. The combined company, which will be named Ahold Delhaize, will have a portfolio of strong, trusted local brands with more than 375,000 associates serving more than 50 million customers every week in the United States and Europe. The company will have enhanced scale across regions, market-leading retail offerings to serve customers’ changing needs, and a strong financial profile from which to fund innovation and investments in future growth. Ahold Delhaize will capitalize on the strong heritage and values of both companies, as well as complementary cultures, neighboring geographies, and the impact of combining successful sustainability programs.

Jan Hommen, Chairman of Ahold, and Mats Jansson, Chairman of Delhaize, said:“This is a true merger of equals, combining two highly complementary businesses to create a world-leading food retailer. The transaction delivers a compelling value proposition for our shareholders, a superior offering for our customers and attractive opportunities for our associates.”

Frans Muller, CEO of Delhaize, said: “We believe that the proposed merger of Ahold and Delhaize will create significant value for all our stakeholders. Supported by our talented and committed associates, Ahold Delhaize aims to increase relevance in its local communities by improving the value proposition for its customers through assortment innovation and merchandising, a better shopping experience both in stores and online, investments in value, and new store growth. We look forward to working closely with the Ahold team to implement a smooth integration process and realize the targeted synergies.”

Dick Boer, CEO of Ahold, said: “The proposed merger with Delhaize is an exciting opportunity to create an even stronger and more innovative retail leader for our customers, associates and shareholders worldwide. With extraordinary reach, diverse products and formats, and great people, we are bringing together two world-class organizations to deliver even more for the communities we serve. Our companies share common values, proud histories rooted in family entrepreneurship, and businesses that complement each other well. We look forward to working together to reach new levels of service and success.”

(1) These figures are an aggregation of the reported data of Ahold and Delhaize without any pro forma adjustments. They exclude joint ventures in Portugal and Indonesia.

Transaction website

Please visit for additional material on today’s announcement.

Investor conference call

A conference call will take place today at 09.00 CEST to discuss this morning’s announcement. If you wish to join, please dial one of the following numbers:
From Brussels: +32(0)2 404 0660
From the Netherlands: +31(0)20 716 8256
From the US: +1 212 444 0895 or +1 877 280 1254
From the UK: +44(0)20 3427 1904
Confirmation code: 1225825

The presentation slides will be available from the transaction website at The presentation slides may be downloaded before the start of the conference call from the website at

A recording of the conference call will also be available from today on the website at

Press conference

A press conference will also take place today at 12.00 CEST at the Business Faculty Brussels, St. Lendriksborre 6 Font Saint Landry, 1120 Brussels.

It will be simultaneously webcast on and available to view thereafter.

For more information

Delhaize Group
Investor relations contacts
Frederic van Daele
+32 2 412 2151

Aurélie Bultynck
+32 2 412 2151

Media contacts
Nicolas van Hoecke
+32 2 412 8669

Royal Ahold N.V.
Investor relations contacts
Henk Jan ten Brinke
+31 88 659 5213

Media contacts
Tim van der Zanden
+31 88 659 5134


To read the full press release, please click here

Gap Inc. applauded the bipartisan Senate vote to approve Trade Promotion Authority legislation

SAN FRANCISCO, 2015-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today applauded the bipartisan Senate vote to approve Trade Promotion Authority legislation. The measure approved will modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and help to build a robust trade agenda to bolster U.S. economic growth and competitiveness. The measure now goes to the President for his signature.

Gap Inc. also conveyed its strong support for Congressional renewal this week of trade preferences for Africa, Haiti, and the Generalized System of Preferences, as well as Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). Trade preference programs promote economic development and help to lift people out of poverty in the world’s poorest countries by providing duty-free entry for qualifying products, while TAA provides workers with the support and tools they need to compete in a 21st century global economy. The TAA and trade preferences legislation approved today by the Senate will require House approval before it can be signed into law.

“In approving the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation, Congress takes an important step forward to help ensure the future competitiveness of the U.S. economy. TPA will provide a crucial tool for U.S. negotiators who are seeking to secure the best possible deal for American workers and businesses when finalizing trade agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Importantly, TPA also establishing strong, enforceable labor protections, human rights, and environmental standards,” said Sonia Syngal, executive vice president of global supply chain and product operations for Gap Inc. “We applaud members of the Senate and House who demonstrated leadership by voting to approve TPA, and we urge the President to quickly sign the legislation into law.”

“TPP and trade preference programs for Africa and Haiti would help U.S. companies such as Gap Inc. compete globally by reducing tariffs for apparel. Our competitors based in Europe and Asia currently enjoy these duty-free benefits, so leveling the playing field would help save millions of dollars,” continued Syngal. “These savings can then be reinvested into our workforce and operations, or passed onto our customers.”

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2014 net sales were $16.4 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,300 company-operated stores, over 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit

Starbucks announced the 3 finalists in Frappuccino® Flav-Off poll online after more than 1.4 million votes

SEATTLE, 2015-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 1.4 million Starbucks customers have been voting for their favorite of six new flavors by giving green straws to their top choices in the Frappuccino® Flav-Off on Three blended beverages have emerged as the most popular in a green-straw poll online.

Drumroll please….

The favorites are: Caramel Cocoa Cluster; Cinnamon Roll; and Cupcake

Customers will now have a final opportunity to vote for their favorite Frappuccino by giving a straw to their top choice. The winning Frappuccino® Fan Flavor blended beverage will be announced July 3rd on Then, from July 3-6 customers will be able to purchase the winning Starbucks Frappuccino® Fan Flavor at a special price of $3 for a grande (16 oz.) size beverage from 2-5 p.m. local time.

While Carmel Cocoa Cluster is the favorite in Texas and Florida, voters in New York and Nevada preferred Cinnamon Roll, and Cupcake is tops in Montana and Oklahoma. Scroll down in this link to see trending flavors by state.


Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino Blended Coffee Beverage

A blend of toffee nut syrup, Frappuccino® Roast Coffee, milk and ice and topped with a layer of dark caramel sauce, finished with whipped cream and a drizzle of mocha sauce #TeamCCC


Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino Blended Coffee Beverage


A blend of cinnamon dolce syrup, white chocolate mocha sauce, vanilla bean, Frappuccino® Roast Coffee, milk and ice, finished with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon dolce topping #TeamCinnamonRoll


Cupcake Frappuccino Blended Crème Beverage


A blend of vanilla bean, hazelnut syrup, milk and ice, finished with whipped cream #TeamCupcake

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Starbucks announced the 3 finalists in Frappuccino® Flav-Off poll online after more than 1.4 million votes

Starbucks announced the 3 finalists in Frappuccino® Flav-Off poll online after more than 1.4 million votes

Evolution Fresh™ tapped some veggie-loving experts to help get more greens into your diet this summer

SEATTLE, 2015-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Looking for new ways to freshen up your green routine?

Evolution Fresh™ tapped some veggie-loving experts for some fun ways to get more greens into your diet this summer.

Evolution Fresh™ founder Jimmy Rosenberg, Starbucks nutritionist Kate Schenk, professional runnerLauren Fleshman, and Jeanine Donofrio of the blog “Love and Lemons” provide some top tips on how to stay green while beating the heat using summer favorite Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon.

1. Green Juice on a Stick 


Nothing beats cooling down in the summer sun with a refreshing ice-pop. Sneak some greens into your day with this simple three steps, three ingredients ice-pops made using cold-pressed Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon, an avocado and banana. Just blend, pour, freeze and enjoy.

“This is one of my favorite summer recipes,” said Kate. “My kids love popsicles, but I like to avoid the added sugar found in most frozen treats. These homemade greensicles are a win-win. They’re a delicious, fun way to get more greens in your diet, plus kids love making them.”

Kate’s Recipe


1 bottle of Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon

½ an avocado

½ a banana

Blend the ingredients together, pour into ice-pop molds, freeze until set and enjoy.

2. Green Snack Pairings

In the current culture of rushing from one destination or task to the next, the key to easy and health snacking is organization and planning.

“Include a fruit or vegetable at every snack,” said Kate. “A fantastic on-the-go option is a green juice and a handful of walnuts. The natural fat in walnuts helps your body absorb some of the nutrients found in fruit and vegetable juice, making it one of my favorite green juice snack pairings.”

Whether you’re sitting at your desk or in the car, this snack pairing is easy and portable. “It helps keep you feeling replenished and fueled until your next meal,” she said.

3.  Blend a Greener Smoothie 


Evolution Fresh Founder, Jimmy Rosenberg, started squeezing and selling fresh juice on the beaches in Santa Monica, California about 30 years ago. Jimmy is passionate about high quality juice and flavor that is closest to nature. He advocates for people trying to make healthy choices and inspires those on a wellness journey.

“I love to point people towards incorporating green juice into their daily lives, and tell them to pay close attention to how it makes them feel,” he said. “Whether it’s by grabbing a green juice to get more vegetables in your diet or taking a quiet moment in the day to take a few deep breaths and love yourself – be aware of what makes you feel the best.”

Remaining true to his roots, Jimmy starts his day with a green superfood smoothie to replenish his body for a fresh start to the day.

Jimmy’s Recipe


Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon

A Handful of Fresh Kale

1 serving of superfoods: (i.e. chia or hemp seeds)

½ cup of seasonal fresh fruit

Blend the ingredients together with ice until smooth, serve and enjoy.

4. Get your Greens On-the-Run


For pro-runner Lauren Fleshman, travelling is the worst for getting in greens. “I don’t like eating a bunch of fiber before race day, but I don’t want to miss out on the nutrients,” she said.

Her trick: find the nearest Starbucks store to her hotel. “I pop my debit card into my running shorts pocket, and plan my run to finish at a Starbucks store where I pick up an Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon.”

Lauren finds this a great way to enjoy the cold-pressed juice while walking through those last few city blocks back to the hotel while taking in the sights. Made from more than a pound of green vegetables, you’ll sip up the good nutrition without the risks of “fiber runner tummy.”

5. The Lighter & Greener Side of Pesto


Jeanine Donofrio, the voice behind the blog Love and Lemons, likes to add more green veggies to summer meals wherever she can.

“Barbecues are one of my favorite things about the summer season, and adding greens to any occasion is easier than we might think,” said Jeanine. “I love getting creative with my recipes and sauces, like my Sweet Green Lemony Pesto, to help jazz up every dish, from chicken, to fish, to pasta.”

When the weather is hot, we all naturally gravitate toward lighter dishes. By using a green juice in place of most of the olive oil, it makes this pesto an overall lighter version.

Jeanine’s Recipe


6 table spoons of pine nuts, toasted

1 garlic clove

2 large handfuls of basil or a combo of basil and mint

1 teaspoon of lemon zest

¼ teaspoon of Dijon mustard

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

¼ cup of Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon

11/2 tablespoons of olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a food processor, pulse together the pine nuts and garlic

Add the basil, lemon zest, Dijon mustard, red pepper flakes, a few generous pinches of salt, and a few grinds of pepper then pulse again until combined

With the food processor running, pour in the Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon juice and olive oil and blend until smooth but still herb-flecked

Taste and add more olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon zest to your liking

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Evolution Fresh™ tapped some veggie-loving experts to help get more greens into your diet this summer

Evolution Fresh™ tapped some veggie-loving experts to help get more greens into your diet this summer

Historic Seattle awarded Starbucks its Best Adaptive Reuse Award for 2015 for its outstanding achievement in bringing the building of the old Packard Showroom back to life

SEATTLE, 2015-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — In autumn of 2012, a “for lease” sign appeared in the window of art supply store that was going out of business.

The aging building on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, built nearly a century ago, was once a showroom for luxury automobiles and the crown jewel of the city’s auto row. The grand dealership, closed during the Depression, was home to an auto parts dealer during the 1940s-60s, and reverted back to a dealership again in the 1970s. By the 2000s it became a quirky retail space with a haphazard drywall partitions and layers of dated finishes.

Two years later, the 15,000 square-foot space reopened as the first Starbucks Reserve® Roastery & Tasting Room the site of the old Packard Showroom transformed to a one-of-a-kind tribute to coffee.Historic Seattle, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the city’s architectural legacy, awarded Starbucks its Best Adaptive Reuse Award for 2015 for its outstanding achievement in bringing the building back to life.

“People had ignored this space for a long time,” said Eugenia Woo, Director of Preservation Services for Historic Seattle. “Starbucks did a fantastic job of maintaining the original features of the building while updating it to make it something that shines.”

Starbucks maintained the original look of the exterior by restoring the ornate brick masonry exterior and its white terra cotta cladding – adding a nod to Starbucks heritage by replacing the blue mosaic tile inset into the arch above the entrance with a sculpted siren figure.” The showroom’s large window bays fill the space with light and connect customers to the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood outside. A more than 15-foot version of the Starbucks Reserve® logo stands high on the rooftop where the Packard neon once glowed.

Inside the Roastery, just nine blocks from the original Starbucks® store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, thousands of visitors each week now walk across the original terrazzo and concrete floor. Original heavy wood timbers soar to the 18-20-foot ceilings in the open floor plan that now houses coffee roasters, retail areas, a spacious café and a restaurant. Reclaimed materials, including wood from the decorative ceiling, mingle with the gleaming hand-hammered copper coffee silo.

“Now when you walk inside the Roastery, you can still see the patina of age and see how solidly it was built with heavy timbers,” Woo said. “But at the same time you can see how it’s updated with rich materials and wood, really embracing the original features and enhancing them.”

Starbucks corporate architect Tony Gale accepted the award from Historic Seattle on behalf of lead designer Liz Muller and team of more than 30 people that included architects, designers, engineers and specialists.

“Crowds come to the Roastery from all over the world,” Gale said. “To have the Roastery in a historic location – reminiscent of the original Pike Place store – really takes you emotionally to the next level.”

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Historic Seattle awarded Starbucks its Best Adaptive Reuse Award for 2015 for its outstanding achievement in bringing the building of the old Packard Showroom back to life

Historic Seattle awarded Starbucks its Best Adaptive Reuse Award for 2015 for its outstanding achievement in bringing the building of the old Packard Showroom back to life

Help for Heroes and Tesco to help raise thousands in support of Armed Forces Day

Cheshunt, England, 2015-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The UK’s best known charity for injured Veterans has joined forces with the UK’s biggest retailer and suppliers to encourage people around the UK to enjoy a great British tradition and have a breakfast fit for a hero for Armed Forces Day.

The Heroes Breakfast has been cooked up by Help for Heroes and Tesco to help raise thousands for injured and ill Servicemen, women and Veterans, as well as unite the country in support of Armed Forces Day on June 27th.

Tesco colleagues are also hosting a series of Heroes Breakfast events ahead of the day at Tesco stores in garrison towns around the country, to honour local troops.

To make it easy for people to prepare their Heroes Breakfast, Tesco, Help for Heroes, bacon and sausage makers Alf Turner, Eggs for Soldiers and baked beans makers Branstons have put together the ‘The Heroes Breakfast Pack’ – which includes all the vital ingredients for a full Heroes Breakfast.

The pack costs £5 and it will be available at selected Tesco stores across the UK from Monday 22nd June until Tuesday 30th June. £1 from the sale of  each pack will go to providing vital support for serving and former soldiers who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses.

Robin Terrell, Chief Customer Officer for Tesco said:

“Everyone loves a British breakfast, and we want as many people as possible to get involved and have a Heroes Breakfast in honour of our troops.

“We are proud of our long association with the Armed Forces and we are one of the biggest employers of both reservists and former Servicemen and women.

“Supporting this Help for Heroes  campaign is our way of getting right behind Armed Forces Day – we’re hoping to raise thousands for Help for Heroes, all to be spent on vitally important support for our injured Service personnel and veterans.”

Tesco is one of the biggest employers of former Servicemen and women, with thousands of Veterans on the supermarket’s books. The retailer is also one of the biggest employers of reservists and has a record as a forces-friendly organisation – Tesco founder Jack Cohen set up his first market stall with his demob money after coming home from active service during the First World War.

Since 2005, Tesco has also raised nearly £30 million for Armed Forces charities including Help for Heroes.

Bryn Parry, CEO and Co-Founder, Help for Heroes said:

“Everyone loves a great British breakfast and we hope everyone will turn their breakfast into a Heroes Breakfast to show their support for our Armed Forces. The needs of those who’ve suffered as a result of their Service are growing year on year and we’d like to say thanks to a great British business for backing the tens of thousands of men and women we support every year.”

Paul Turner from Alf Turner and Sons Ltd said:

“The Heroes Breakfast is a great opportunity for everyone to celebrate the amazing job done by  our armed forces by getting together with family and friends and having the very British Full English Breakfast whilst raising much needed funds to support the wounded.”

In November last year Tesco became the first supermarket to sign the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Corporate Covenant and pledge a wide range of improved support for current and former Servicemen and women. This includes seeking out Veterans who have left the Armed Forces for employment with Tesco and supporting spouses and partners of serving personnel to get jobs at Tesco stores.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

Sweeter variety of Lincolnshire grown cabbage to be trialled by Tesco

Cheshunt, England, 2015-6-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Getting kids to eat their greens at dinner time has never been an easy job – as many long suffering parents will know.

But now that task should be a little easier as a sweeter variety of homegrown cabbage – a vegetable that is packed with nutrients – is to be trialled by Tesco.

The new variety, known as Sweet Summer Cabbage, is grown in Lincolnshire and has been naturally developed to re-generate interest in the vegetable.

It has a light, sweeter and fresher taste than other cabbage varieties and as the name implies is aimed at people who love making their own  salads and coleslaws.

Tesco vegetable buyer Luke Shutler explains: “In recent years many greens have not only shed their ‘difficult’ image but have been re-appraised as superfoods because of their great nutritional value.

“Broccoli was the first about 10 years ago but more recently, thanks to foodie culture and a greater awareness of what we eat, we have seen other greens such as spinach and even sprouts become more popular.

“Unfortunately that has not happened with cabbage, yet, and we think that demand is being held back because of a poor image that goes back to memories of school dinners and cabbage that was boiled to within an inch of its life.

“We have worked with TJ Clements, one of the UK’s biggest brassica producers, to come up with this sweet green variety that we believe will not only be a hit with children but with adults too.

“Regular varieties of cabbage have a slightly peppery, almost bitter flavour but the sweetness of the Summer Sweet can be tasted as soon as you take your first bite.

“We are trialling it this summer and if demand is strong then we will have more next year.”

Recent UK market stats for all retailers (Kantar, March 2015) reveal that demand for cabbage has fallen by 6 per cent in the last two years.

Cabbage sales in Britain were at their highest in the 1950s when the vegetable was a seen as a relatively inexpensive way of eating nutritious food.

But as Britain became more prosperous, the ‘meat and two veg diet’ began falling by the wayside and, with the introduction and influences of other cuisines and fast food culture, over the years there has been  has been a  downturn in the demand for cabbage.

Summer Sweet Cabbage costs £1 per 500g pack and will be available in 250 stores.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

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