Wegmans supports the first exhibition designed for the learning needs of children 6 and under at the National Museum of American History

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-6-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open “Wegmans Wonderplace” Dec. 9 as the first exhibition on the National Mall designed for the learning needs of children 6 and under. Made possible by a $1.5 million gift and in-kind donations from Wegmans Food Markets, this space will allow curious kids to “cook” in a kitchen inspired by Julia Child’s; plant and harvest pretend vegetables and run the farm stand; find the owls hiding in a miniature replica of the Smithsonian’s Castle building; and captain a tugboat based on a model in the museum’s collection.

The museum named its early learning space “Wonderplace” for its mission to cultivate a sense of wonder and imagination. This 1,700-square-foot gallery will be part of the new Innovation Wing and will provide the youngest historians with age-appropriate activities over the next 20 years.

“We know that play is an integral part of sparking invention and innovation, and ‘Wegmans Wonderplace’ will ignite that innate curiosity in children and help guide them on a path to lifetime learning at the Smithsonian,” said John Gray, director of the museum.

Wegmans is also supporting the museum’s new demonstration kitchen in the Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza. Part of the museum’s Food History Project, the kitchen will host a diverse menu of programs and demonstrations that bring visitors together for relevant discussions that start with history and expand to the present and future of American food. Programming will begin July 3 with the launch of a weekly series of cooking demonstrations. Known as “Food Fridays,” these events will showcase a guest chef and a Smithsonian staff host as they make a dish, talk about the traditions in preparing and eating that dish, and explore a related theme in American food history.

Wegmans is stocking the kitchen pantry every week with fresh produce and will provide culinary experts for demonstrations once each month. On July 10, Wegmans’ Executive Chef Llewellyn Correia will showcase summer grilling with a spotlight on vegetables. The Wegmans “Food Friday” schedule is Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9 and Nov. 6. Special holiday-themed demonstrations will take place on the stage Dec. 9 to coincide with the grand opening celebration of “Wonderplace.”

“Wegmans’ mission is to help our customers live healthier, better lives, and that begins with children,” said Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman. “Having fun through play is the best way to inspire children to learn.” According to the company, the opening of ‘Wegmans Wonderplace’ at the end of this year will also help to usher in Wegmans’ 100th Anniversary in 2016.

“Wegmans Wonderplace” will feature six sections each with hands-on, play-based interdisciplinary activities. The sections include: the Farm, the Kitchen, the Port, the Construction Site, the Gallery and the Smithsonian Castle. Each area combines artifact displays with fun hands-on activities to engage young children and their families. Activities such as the 12 different kinds of blocks in the Construction Site will help promote creativity and advance motor skills.

More than 100 objects will be displayed around “Wonderplace” to stimulate early learners’ interest in museums and American history. These artifacts from the museum’s collections will be presented in fun ways to get families excited about what they are seeing. In the Castle section, children will get to look at objects from all angles as they climb around—and even under—them. In the Farm section, kids will “find the animals” among the weathervanes, milk bottles, farm toys and lunch boxes.

So that every age group can get the most out of “Wonderplace,” signs will guide parents and caregivers on how to help their children engage in the activities. The center will also contain family-friendly amenities to create a more comfortable environment for visitors. These amenities include family bathrooms with diaper-changing stations, parking areas for strollers and a quiet nook in the rear of the space where parents can feed and take care of infants.

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. For more information, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu. The museum is located on Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W. Admission is free.

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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:

Valeska Hilbig, Smithsonian (202) 633-3129
Jo Natale, Wegmans (585) 429-3627



Wegmans supports the first exhibition designed for the learning needs of children 6 and under at the National Museum of American History

Wegmans supports the first exhibition designed for the learning needs of children 6 and under at the National Museum of American History

Russian X5 Retail Group opens two distribution centres in the Voronezh Region

Voronezh, Russia, 2015-6-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, announced today the opening of two distribution centres (“DC”) in the Voronezh Region. The state-ofthe-art logistics facilities, Ramon and Chernozemye, are expected to strengthen ties between food producers and consumers from seven Black Earth Belt regions, helping to increase the volume of products from local suppliers.

The Ramon facility (39,500 sqm) will handle goods for Pyaterochka stores across the Voronezh, Tambov, Lipetsk, Belgorod, Kursk, Orel and Bryansk regions.

The Chernozemye Distribution Centre (11,500 sq m) will focus on servicing the Perekrestok and Karusel chains in the Voronezh, Tambov, Lipetsk, Belgorod and Kursk regions, as well as the Volgograd Region from next year

Voronezh Region Governor Alexey Gordeev, Х5 Retail Group Government Relations Director Stanislav Naumov and General Director of Pyaterochka retail chain Olga Naumova laid the groundwork for development of the two logistics facilities at a meeting before the opening ceremony. The meeting participants discussed how Russia’s leading agricultural region in terms of production output may benefit from the extensive development of the X5 logistics network. They also noted how the retail industry should seek to ensure advanced retail services for the local community.

Х5 Retail Group invited over 20 major suppliers from the Voronezh Region to attend the opening ceremony, as the launch of the new logistics facilities offers them significant opportunities to develop cooperation with the Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel chains, while also materially reducing logistics costs and boosting supplies to X5 stores.

The centralisation of the supply chain will also help to increase the share of local suppliers in the product mix offered by X5 stores in the Voronezh Region. Whereas this share is currently above 25% of total retail turnover, the bulk of products sold by X5 retail chain stores are of Russian origin and come from a variety of regions.

The Voronezh Region now hosts 67 Pyaterochka stores, three Perekrestok supermarkets and two Karusel hypermarkets. These employ over 1,250 local residents, with the opening of the two X5 distribution centres creating an additional 950 jobs. On top of that, X5 is planning to open 25 new Pyaterochka stores in the region in 2015, meaning the chain’s total headcount in the Voronezh Region will increase to more than 2,500 employees.

In 2013, X5 started implementing a logistics separation strategy with a view to splitting product flows for convenience stores from the flows for supermarkets and hypermarkets. Single format DCs are instrumental in maximising product traffic centralisation, streamlining deliveries and in-store product ranges. The logistics separation across X5’s retail chains is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘B1’, S&P – ‘BB-’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

As of 31 March 2015, X5 had 5,639 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 4,958 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 405 Perekrestok supermarkets, 83 Karusel hypermarkets and 193 convenience stores. The Company operates 33 DCs and 1,407 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.04%, treasury shares – 0.04%, free float – 37.63%.

For further details please contact
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Anastasiya Kvon
IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 792-3511
e-mail: Anastasiya.Kvon@x5.ru

Auchan hypermarkets in China mobilized to relieve to their customers the key information on the traceability of the on-shelf products on the occasion of National Food Safety Week

CHINA, 2015-6-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last June, 19th was the launch of the National Food Safety Week : a key event aiming at promoting the policies and actions carried out in China.

On this occasion, all the Auchan hypermarkets were mobilized to relieve to their customers the key information and sensitization defined by the public authorities. Large boards, broadcasting of movies and leafleting livened our stores throughout the week. Some of them also presented all the projects operated by Auchan to guarantee quality and transparency on the traceability of the on-shelf products.

With an ISO 9,001 certified buying group, 400 audited suppliers, 7,000 licence controls and 2,300 pesticides analyzed every year, Auchan China wants to propose a trustful offer.

To achieve this ambition, a unique system of traceability in the Chinese retail sector has been set up, and in particular since 2013 for the marketed pieces of beef, pork or sheep. On every punnet, an identifier sends back to very complete information on the place and dates of breeding, slaughter, cut and packaging, available on the banner’s website. Since 2014, the same information can also be obtained via QR codes for the customers equipped with smartphones and were widened to the chicken as well as to 9 fruits and vegetables in the stores of Shanghai.


Auchan hypermarkets in China mobilized to relieve to their customers the key information on the traceability of the on-shelf products on the occasion of National Food Safety Week

Auchan hypermarkets in China mobilized to relieve to their customers the key information on the traceability of the on-shelf products on the occasion of National Food Safety Week

7‑Eleven® adds two premium lines 7-Select GO!Yum™ and 7-Select GO!Smart™ to its 7-Select™ brand

DALLAS, 2015-6-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — When 7‑Eleven® entered the private-brand game, they set the bar high for their 7-Select™ brand … and have now raised it, with two premium lines, 7-SelectGO!Yum™ and 7-Select GO!Smart™ inspired by customer feedback. The company has embarked on a store-wide effort to ensure the quality of its 7-Select line exceeds that of national brands.  The new line extensions, 7-Select GO!Yum and 7-Select GO!Smart satisfy consumer requests for variety in both indulgent and better-for-you products.  The variety in these two premium lines brings on-trend flavors and premium ingredients to a line-up of foods that are only available at 7‑Eleven stores.

“We set out to surpass customer expectations with products exclusively available at 7‑Eleven stores. We are confident that we are exceeding the quality standards of leading national brands with our 7-Select brand,” said Sean Thompson, 7‑Eleven senior director of private brands. “7-Select GO!Yum introduces an indulgent assortment of savory and sweet snacks, with a level of quality more likely found at a specialty store than in a convenience store. Each product is made with premium ingredients curated for imaginative taste combinations and an out-of-the-ordinary sensory experience.”

Carefully selected premium ingredients are the key in both new lines, and the more decadent or exotic, the better. Consumers are looking for, and expecting, better quality food and new taste experiences. 7‑Eleven aims to give them what they want. For example, the 7-Select GO!Yum premium ice cream line features seven rich flavors including Banana Cream Pie,Double Cookie Dough, Fudge Marshmallow, Oh Thank Heaven for Chocolate™, Sea Salt Caramel Truffle, Toasted S’mores and Vanilla Bean.

Popcorn is one of the fastest-growing snack categories as consumers view it as a healthier way to snack. 7‑Eleven has answered that trend with gourmet popcorn in both 7-Select GO!Yum and 7-Select GO!Smart varieties. Preservative-free 7-Select GO!Yum flavors includeSriracha, Jalapeno Cheddar, Bacon Ranch and Cinnamon Sugar.  The particular type of popping corn used keeps the seasoning on the kernels and the glaze on the kettle corn to deliver a light texture in every bite. Unlike many premium national-brand popcorns, all 7-Select varieties are made with non-GMO corn and are air-popped in a nut-free facility.

7-Select GO!Smart was developed for those looking for better-for-you options while on the go and includes great-tasting snacks like gourmet light popcorn, sprouted tortilla chips in exotic flavors, and nutrient-dense yogurt bars.

7-Select GO!Smart products are designed with nutritional balance as a priority. Many are gluten-free, GMO-free and use organic sweeteners like agave and brown rice syrups, which have a lower glycemic index. All have prominent nutritional information to help consumers make the best choice for them.

Gourmet popcorn is now available in 7-Select GO!Smart All Natural, Light Popcorn made withExtra Virgin Olive Oil and Pink Himalayan Salt for just 37 calories a cup. For those looking for something a bit more adventurous, 7-Select just introduced GO!Smart sprouted tortilla chips in exotic flavors like Sweet Chili, Sriracha and Sweet Potato. Not only do they taste great, but some studies suggest that sprouted grains may improve absorption of nutrients and be more easily digested.

Other 7-Select GO!Smart choices include yogurt-drizzled fruit and nut bars, in Pistachio and Mixed Berries and Cranberry Cashew varieties.  These products were launched last year and are now a favorite of customers, selling among the top-sellers within nutrition bars.

“Customers have told us that they find it difficult to find good food while on-the-go that can help them find the best nutritional balance,” said Laura Gordon, vice president brand innovation.  “Their needs change by day, sometimes by hour, and we are committed to bringing them a range of great tasting options that will leave them fully satisfied while on the go. 7‑Eleven continues to innovate in the better-for-you arena including snacking and meal options leveraging customer feedback.”

“When we develop an item we start with a clear benchmark – sometimes this is a top-selling national brand and sometimes it is a premium brand or restaurant brand standards.  We don’t launch the item until we are confident we have exceeded the quality of our benchmark.  This way we position our franchisees with products that will create loyalty with their customers and drive repeat visits,” says Thompson.

Today, the 7-Select private brand product lineup includes approximately 350 items cutting across all categories. Another 100 are expected to roll out before the end of the year.

“Our private brands set 7‑Eleven apart from the competition,” Thompson said. “This may be the largest pipeline of innovation in 7‑Eleven history. My goal is to build a best-in-class selection. Creating, and then meeting, quality expectations is what increases brand loyalty.”

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 56,200 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Stephanie Shaw
7‑Eleven, Inc.



7‑Eleven® adds two premium lines 7-Select GO!Yum™ and 7-Select GO!Smart™ to its 7-Select™ brand

7‑Eleven® adds two premium lines 7-Select GO!Yum™ and 7-Select GO!Smart™ to its 7-Select™ brand

New Zealand: Foodstuffs North Island consolidates a number of its wholesale Cash’n Carry stores

Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-6-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Ltd has today confirmed that as part of an extensive review of its wholesale business and following consultation with affected staff, it is consolidating a number of its wholesale Cash’n Carry stores – resulting in the closure over the next couple of months of Toops Napier, Toops New Plymouth, Gilmours Panmure, Gilmours Henderson and Gilmours Rotorua.

Doug Cochrane, General Manager Retail, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd says, “We need to meet the evolving needs of our customers and to do this we need to have a network of well located, large format stores, offering a consistent customer experience and product range across the North Island. Unfortunately, these five wholesale stores due to their size or location were not suitable to be turned into the large format stores customers will require for the future.”

The store closures will affect a total of 128 full and part time employees.

“The decision to close these stores was not taken lightly,” says Cochrane. “We are absolutely committed to helping our staff during this tough time and providing all the support we can. With the support of the local community and our wider co-operative, we will be working hard to find our people job opportunities within the Foodstuffs network of stores, in particularly in the 60 businesses across the regions these stores are located in.  We have identified over 100 job opportunities currently available within the Foodstuffs network and we are confident that many more job opportunities will be found in the coming days.”

“We recognise that financially this decision will have an impact on staff so a ‘Care Programme’ has been developed so we can provide all affected staff with financial and other support at the conclusion of their contracts.  Our staff have great skills and we are confident they will be an asset to anyone who takes them on. Concentrating on facilitating this process is a top priority for us right now and we have enlisted the support of external HR advisors to provide staff with CV writing and interview skills.”

“The teams at all these stores do a great job and our decision to close the stores is absolutely no reflection on them,” says Cochrane. “We have been proudly servicing the wholesale market for many years, and we remain totally committed to delivering the best possible offer we can to our wholesale customers.  These changes are a direct reflection of us listening to our customers’ needs and our desire to provide the right offer to meet their long-term business requirements.”

Cochrane adds that while the decision to close the stores is a difficult one, he believes it is the best decision for customers.  “We will be investing in our seven remaining stores in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North and Wellington so that our wholesale business will provide a better store offer and help our customers run their businesses more effectively.”

Customers will continue to get great service throughout this period of change and service delivery customers of the affected stores will still be able to shop via the Service Delivery offering and have their products delivered direct to their premises.


Country superstar Jennifer Nettles teams up with American West Jewelry to debut a collection on QVC Sunday, July 5

American West Jewelry Featuring Jennifer Nettles Launching on QVC

WEST CHESTER, Pa.,  2015-6-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Country superstar, Jennifer Nettles is teaming up with American West Jewelry to debut a collection on QVC Sunday, July 5 at 6 PM (ET). The line will feature stunning looks that combine sterling silver, brass, leather and suede with vibrant gemstones. Viewers can tune in to hear from Nettles herself, who will not only be presenting the collection but also sharing her personal inspirations for the design of the pieces.

“We are thrilled for the debut of this unique collaboration featuring American West Jewelry and Jennifer Nettles,” said Ken O’Brien, senior vice president of merchandising at QVC. “Jennifer is such a powerful voice in the entertainment world and we are looking forward to offering both country music fans and jewelry lovers alike the chance to experience the collection.”

The Grammy®, CMA and ACM award-winning singer and songwriter infuses her personal style throughout the line. The eclectic and bohemian-chic pieces include necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings which range in price from approximately $50 to $349.

“I love reaching people through my music, but I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to share my passion for jewelry with the QVC audience,” commented Nettles. “I enjoy accessorizing my own wardrobe on a daily basis and I cannot wait for people to experience all of the fun this line has to offer.”

A selection of the American West Jewelry Featuring Jennifer Nettles collection is currently available online at www.qvc.com/JenniferNettles.content.html. The full debut assortment is scheduled to be available beginning July 5, while supplies last, through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.

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About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

About American West Jewelry
American West Jewelry is owned by Relios, an Albuquerque based design and production studio. American West Jewelry captures the beauty and spirited lifestyle of the American west in bold, eclectic, sterling silver, brass, leather and genuine gemstones. Founded in 1975, Relios is committed to quality design and craftsmanship in America.

The Defense Commissary Agency: 700 students of military families to receive scholarship this year thanks to 2015 Scholarships for Military Children program

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-6-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seven hundred students of military families will each receive a $2,000 scholarship this year thanks to the 2015 Scholarships for Military Children program.

The scholarship, created in 2001, recognizes the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and celebrates the commissary’s role in enhancing military quality of life.

“The scholarship program helps improve educational opportunities for military children,” said Marye Carr, Defense Commissary Agency liaison for the program. “And, at DeCA we are proud to be a small part of honoring the best and the brightest young students in our military communities.”

No government funds are used to support the program. DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers – and the general public donate money to fund the program, and every dollar donated goes directly to funding the scholarships.

“I’ve always been amazed and impressed with the intelligence, the creativity and the dedication, the pursuit of scholastic excellence shown by these students,” said Michael J. Dowling, DeCA deputy director and COO.

“Our stores host awards ceremonies for scholarship recipients,” Dowling added, “and we all recognize the support of the many folks – our industry partners and the Fisher House Foundation – for making the scholarship possible.” The scholarship program is administered by Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to service members and their families.

“The competition among applicants was keen,” said Fisher House Foundation Vice President Jim Weiskopf. “Those who were selected had excellent grades, had leadership positions in school extracurricular activities and were active volunteers in their communities. Some had full-time or part-time work experience. All wrote thoughtful, well-researched essays.”

Four thousand applications were submitted for this year’s scholarships. The number of scholarship awards each year is based on funds available, but the program awards at least $2,000 at each military commissary. If there are no eligible applicants from a given commissary, the funds designated for that commissary are awarded as an additional scholarship at a different store.

Planning for next year’s program is underway, and an announcement of open dates to apply is usually made in the fall. “For the coming year’s scholarship program, we will remind students the program is open with banners at commissary entrances,” said Carr.

Applications will be available in commissaries worldwide and online at www.militaryscholar.org. To apply for a scholarship, a student must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 – or 23, if already enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, reservist, guardsman, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree.

Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current military ID card.

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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