Federated Co-operatives Limited’s record 2014 revenue ranked it #43 on Financial Post Magazine’s rankings of the 500 largest companies in Canada

Saskatoon, Canada, 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited’s (FCL) record revenue in 2014 has placed it in the top 50 of the Financial Post Magazine’s rankings of the 500 largest companies in Canada for the third year in a row.

Based on 2014 financial results, FCL earned $10.8 billion in revenue, an increase of 15 per cent from 2013. This places it 43rd on the magazine’s rankings, up two spots from last year. FCL ranks 27th for its return on assets (9.9 per cent).

“Our success is based upon working together with our member retail co-ops,” said FCL CEO Scott Banda. “Through these relationships and forward-thinking strategies, we’re providing long-term sustainable value for our members.”

FCL experienced growth in all strategic business sectors – energy, food, home and building supplies, and agro. This growth was aided by the acquisition of operational assets from Viterra in late 2013 and Sobeys in February 2014, which were subsequently transferred to individual retail co-operatives.

In 2014, FCL completed major capital projects, such as the Carseland petroleum terminal near Calgary, which will contribute to the continued growth and efficiencies of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). FCL also continues to support CRS members during their renovation and new construction projects.

Over the past 10 years, FCL has provided patronage allocations worth $4.4 billion to its members. The money is reinvested by local co-ops into their operations to address the needs of 1.6 million active Co-op members and many other customers in 500 communities throughout Western Canada.

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The British Retail Consortium (BRC) published the 5th issue of its internationally recognised BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials

LONDON, 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has published the fifth issue of its internationally recognised BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials on 1 July 2015, and audits against Issue 5 will begin on 1 January 2016.

The Standard now provides a framework for all types of packaging manufacturers to assist them in the production of safe packaging materials and to manage product quality to meet customers’ requirements. Certification against the Standard is recognised by many brand owners, retailers, food service companies and manufacturers around the world when assessing the capabilities of their suppliers. In response to demand, the Standard has been translated into many languages to facilitate implementation by packaging materials companies across the world.

The Standard has been developed to specify the product safety, quality and operational criteria that must be in place within a packaging manufacturing organisation in order for it to fulfil its obligations with regard to legal compliance and protection of the consumer. The format is designed to allow a company’s premises, operational systems and procedures to be assessed against the requirements of the Standard by a competent third party – the certification body

What’s new in Issue 5?
The development of Issue 5 followed a wide consultation to understand stakeholders’ requirements. A review of emerging issues was also carried out in the packaging industry and the industries it supplies. The information has been developed and reviewed by a working group composed of stakeholders representing different sectors of the packaging materials manufacturing industry, retailers, brand owners, certification bodies and independent technical experts.

The focus for Issue 5 is:
• a move from ‘good practice’ to ‘best practice’
• the quality management systems process in printed packaging controls
• continuing to ensure consistency of the audit process
• providing a Standard that meets retailers’ and brand owners’ needs to reduce the audit burden
• better recognition of the diversity of the packaging industry and its customers’ demands
• encouraging greater transparency and traceability in the supply chain
• encouraging adoption of the Standard as a means of improving product safety at small sites and facilities where processes are still in development

The requirements of Issue 5 have evolved from those of previous issues. There continues to be an emphasis on management commitment, a hazard and risk analysis-based product safety programme and a supporting quality management system. The objective has been to direct the focus of the audit towards the implementation of good manufacturing practices within the production areas while recognising the diversity and breadth of the packaging industry, and the skills required to audit it.

Joanna Griffiths BRC Global Standards Technical Manager, said: “The development of Issue 5 has been based on the values of the previous issues while ensuring that the update reflects the latest best practices. The consultation with the users of the Standard set the main focus for the rewrite which was to reduce the need for multiple audits and encourage consistency of the audit process; we believe the working groups have achieved this aim.” The BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 5 will be available on BRC Participate, along with the Interpretation Guideline and additional supporting publications. Recently launched, BRC Participate offers immediate access to all documents relevant to a particular Standard, linking them clause by clause. Printed copies and PDF downloads are also available for purchase from the BRC Bookshop.

Notes to Editors:

About BRC Global Standards
BRC Global Standards are the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality standards programmes for food manufacture, packaging, storage, and distribution. BRC Global Standards are generated with the help of technical specialists, retailers, manufacturers and certification bodies from around the world, so everything is based on practicality, rigour and clarity.

The BRC Global Standards certification scheme offer comprehensive support to help new and established businesses to achieve and maintain their quality and safety aims.

For more information please visit www.brcglobalstandards.com

Media Contacts: BRC Press Office +44 (0)20 7854 8924 / +44 (0)7921 605544

Tribeca’s David Bouley will team with the staff of Next Door by Wegmans to create an innovative dinner at the Wegmans Orchard

Rochester, NY, 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tribeca restaurateur David Bouley will team with the staff of Next Door by Wegmans to create an innovative dinner at the Wegmans Orchard. The dinner will feature an insightful talk on “The Power of Food as Medicine” led by Dr. Mark Hyman, MD. Dr. Hyman is a nine-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, and the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center.

Guests will enjoy an hors d’oeuvre and sparkling wine reception and a four-course dinner. Live jazz will be provided by the David Detweiler Trio.

Dr. Hyman’s inspiration is a Thomas Edison quote: “The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” “We have reached that time when the doctors will be chefs and the chefs will be doctors,” says Hyman. “The work that David Bouley and I do is the same work. Providing nourishment, healing and using food as our medicine.”

What: The Chef & the Doctor Dinner
When: Thursday, July 23, 2015 – 5:30pm reception; 6:30pm dinner
Where: The Wegmans Orchard, 5060 County Road 16, Canandaigua, NY 14424
Price: $150pp, includes 4-course dinner with wine and a copy of Dr. Hyman’s book, The 10-day Detox Diet (This price includes tax and gratuity)
Dress Code: Summer casual
Tickets: Sold through “That’s T.H.E. Ticket” at all Wegmans service desks

The Chef & The Doctor dinner series was created in 2015. Science continues to reveal how food choices can influence our ability to live healthier, better lives. Pairing medical knowledge with chef talent creates an evening of new decision making and food experimentation. Delicious and nutritious can co-exist!

The Wegmans Organic Orchard is located one mile south of the Wegmans Organic Farm and had its first “on the way to organic” growing season in 2014. Spanning 168 acres, the orchard blooms with apples, table grapes, peaches, Asian pears, wheat, flowers, an assortment of vegetables, hay fields, and an apiary. Harvests from the orchard labeled “on the way to organic” are grown using organic practices in soil that is currently in transition, pending organic certification in summer 2016. Wegmans purchased the property in 2014; it was formerly the site of Miller’s Nurseries. An extension of Wegmans Organic Farm, the Orchard will help Wegmans learn the best methods for growing organic fruit in the northeast in order to share that information with its grower partners.

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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, has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for eighteen consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. Wegmans also has various restaurant concepts in its stores, including The Burger Bar, The Pub by Wegmans, and Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, as well as Next Door by Wegmans – a stand-alone restaurant in Rochester, NY. The enthusiastic staff of the Wegmans Restaurant Group embraces the “best of our market” to nourish and delight all those at the table.

Contact Information: Jeanne Colleluori, media relations coordinator – 585-720-5750

Meijer commits nearly $100 million to purchasing local produce

Expanded program includes more than 125 growers throughout the Midwest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Meijer continues to expand across the Midwest, its commitment to purchasing local produce has also grown to represent an annual economic impact of nearly $100 million.

“Meijer has a longstanding commitment to buying locally-grown produce when available as long as the quality meets our high standards,” said Jerry Suter, vice president of fresh merchandising for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “Not only is buying local produce the right thing to do, it’s what our customers want and deserve. We are currently one of the largest purchasers of local produce in the markets we serve.”

Meijer has purchased from local growers big and small since the company’s inception, but its effort to buy local has expanded significantly over the past decade as the retailer has grown into new markets and the focus on local became more important to customers.

Meijer works with more than 125 local growers – up 25 percent during the past two years alone – within its six-state footprint. By purchasing local, Meijer is able to cut fuel consumption, which is not only good for the environment, but also helps reduce transportation costs and keeps fresh produce prices down for customers.

“Buying local makes sense,” said Loren Buurma, who operates Buurma Farms in Willard, Ohio that sells green onions, radishes and greens to Meijer. “It supports the local economy through jobs and capital expenditures … and it diminishes the carbon footprint because of its proximity to market so highway miles and fuel consumption are kept to a minimum. I am very happy with the support that Meijer gives to the local farmers.”

Meijer began purchasing potatoes from Alsum Farms & Produce in Wisconsin before the retailer even opened stores in that state.

“With today’s shoppers seeking more information about how their food is grown and produced, Meijer is vital in bringing consumers and farmers together to share knowledge and build trust and confidence in our food supply while putting a face to the farmer,” President and CEO Larry Alsum said. “As shoppers look to provide healthy choices for their families, locally grown and produced products provide that value.”

The retailer’s relationship with E. Miedema & Sons, Inc., a fourth generation family farm in Byron Center, Mich., began nearly 80 years ago when Ralph Miedema delivered cabbage and squash to Hendrik Meijer at the Greenville store.

“Buying local is important to us because many of our friends and neighbors see our produce in our fields and wish to purchase it. They like to support us,” said Ralph’s grandson, Dave Miedema, who now operates the 1,500-acre farm with several family members. “Meijer is a great partner.”

In 2013, Meijer introduced its customers to fresh, vine-ripened Michigan-grown tomatoes year-round, thanks to Mastronardi Produce’s state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich. Earlier this year, that partnership expanded to now offer locally-grown sweet peppers in colder months.

As Meijer continues to grow across the Midwest with 11 new stores this year, it will continue to seek partnerships with local growers who meet its high standards.

To view a video highlighting the Meijer locally-grown program, please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=knNwO0YeuU4.

To view a video highlighting Buurma Farms, please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4gOYih4dWE; Alsum Farms & Produce, please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ngx91hgk5Q, and E. Miedema & Sons, Inc., please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCIjqNjZR6k.

High-res photos and b-roll are available upon request.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 219 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968

 

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Meijer commits nearly $100 million to purchasing local produce

Meijer commits nearly $100 million to purchasing local produce

Moody’s Investors Service upgraded X5 Retail Group’s credit rating to Ba3 from B1

Amsterdam, 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group (“X5” or “the Company”), a leading Russian food retailer, announced today that the rating agency Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) upgraded the Company’s credit rating (corporate family rating – CFR) to Ba3 from B1. The outlook on the rating is stable.

“The upgrade of X5’s ratings to Ba3 reflects the company’s improved financial ratios as a result of the reduction in adjusted debt following changes in Moody’s approach to capitalising operating leases, supported by a solid track record of healthy operating performance, prudent financial policy committed to organic growth, highly flexible capex, and limited foreign exchange risk.” – Moody’s noted in its report.

Note to Editors:

X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘Ba3’, 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

Whole Foods Market opens its second Union County store in Clark, New Jersey

Clark, NJ, 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is excited to announce the opening of its second Union County store in Clark, New Jersey on Friday, August 7th. The grocer’s fourteenth New Jersey store is situated in the center of the highly anticipated Clark Commons Shopping Center, located at 1255 Raritan Road. At 41,000 square feet, Whole Foods Market Clark will provide local residents with a vast and unparalleled selection of high quality natural and organic goods, in addition to a variety of unique dining options.

For additional information and announcements about Whole Foods Market Clark, please visit the store’s social media channels:

Facebook – Facebook.com/WholeFoodsMarketClark
Twitter – @WFMClarkNJ
Instagram – @WFMClarkNJ

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7‑Eleven to offer delivery to customers with San Francisco-based technology company Postmates

Retailer Teams with Postmates for On Demand Delivery in San Francisco

DALLAS, 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. takes its mantra of “what customers want, when and where they want it” a giant step further as it begins to offer delivery to customers with San Francisco-based technology company Postmates.

Select stores in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., now offer on-demand delivery through Postmates iOS, Android or web app. An assortment of 7‑Eleven’s products from hot foods and snacks to cold beverages and other convenience items is just a few taps away and will be delivered by Postmates to customers in an hour or less.

“7‑Eleven’s founder, Joe C. Thompson Jr., used to say 7‑Eleven’s mission was to ‘give customers what they want, when and where they want it’,” said Raja Doddala, 7‑Eleven’s vice president of innovation and omnichannel strategy. “Through the modern-day technology that Postmates provides, we can fulfill that promise in a way we haven’t done before.”

This is 7‑Eleven’s first official foray into delivery and fulfills a component of the company’s omnichannel strategy to provide time-pressed customers solutions to their everyday needs while transforming its outlets from convenience to convenient, neighborhood stores.

“Through our partnership with Postmates, 7‑Eleven’s reach extends beyond our physical stores,” Doddala said. “The program should work well for us because it appeals to our customers who are more on-the-go, connected 24/7 and prefer fast-paced, urban living.

“Plus, we have market concentration in these geographic areas, which makes shopping with us through Postmates even more convenient for the customer,” Doddala added.

“By partnering with 7‑Eleven, we will be able to provide both 7‑Eleven and Postmates customers access to groceries, fresh food and other goods across all markets that our companies are both operating in.” said Holger Luedorf, Postmates senior vice president. “In providing 7‑Eleven with a digital storefront and giving its team access to our fleet of more than 12,000 Postmates, we are making the experience even more convenient for our joint customers.”

Doddala expects to expand delivery later this year to other areas where there is a high density of 7‑Eleven stores – Austin, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

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.

Contact:

Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

April Conyers
Postmates
415-653-9076
april@postmates.com

 

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7‑Eleven teams with tech start-up Postmates to provide San Francisco Bay-area consumers with the ultimate convenience:  on-demand delivery. Service through the Postmates app starts July 1.

7‑Eleven teams with tech start-up Postmates to provide San Francisco Bay-area consumers with the ultimate convenience: on-demand delivery. Service through the Postmates app starts July 1.

Nintendo’s Dark Pit amiibo exclusively available at Best Buy starting July 31

SEATTLE, 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — To say Nintendo’s amiibo are popular would be quite the understatement.

The $12.99 interactive figures have captivated gamers and collectors alike, and everyone seems to have a favorite character.

Come July 31, the Dark Pit amiibo will be released, and he can only be found at your local Best Buy store. You can’t pre-order this exclusive amiibo.

Fans will recognize the character from Kid Icarus: Uprising as Pit’s mysterious black-clad doppelgänger.

Compatible with a variety of games – including Super Smash Brothers – just tap the Dark Pit amiibo figure to your Wii U GamePad to bring him to life and expand your game play.

Word to the wise: Get to your local Best Buy store early because there will be limited quantities as they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of one per customer. Also be on the lookout for offers on Nintendo products that day.

 

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Nintendo’s Dark Pit amiibo exclusively available at Best Buy starting July 31

Nintendo’s Dark Pit amiibo exclusively available at Best Buy starting July 31

CBRE Global Investors closed CBRE Strategic Partners U.S. Value 7, L.P., with equity commitments of more than $1.3 billion

LOS ANGELES, 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Global Investors today announced the final closing of CBRE Strategic Partners U.S. Value 7, L.P., with equity commitments of more than $1.3 billion from 26 institutional investors in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Strategic Partners U.S. Value 7, which is now closed to new investors, is expected to have total purchasing power of more than $3.3 billion, including leverage.  The fund has invested 75 percent of this amount, or $2.5 billion, in high-quality office, multifamily and hotel assets. Its office properties have executed leases on 760,000 square feet of space. The Strategic Partners U.S. program has raised $7.2 billion in equity in 10 funds in the past 15 years.

This fund is a continuation and evolution of CBRE Global Investors’ enhanced-return strategy in the U.S. The investment team is targeting value-added-level returns through investment in institutional-quality real estate at a discount to reproduction cost in U.S. markets that are expected to outperform the overall real estate market. Additionally the team is working to execute a market-leading value enhancement strategy that includes repositioning underperforming assets and improving occupancy levels through implementation of Strategic Partners’ signature tenant amenity programs, including 5-Star Worldwide for office buildings and Inspired Lifestyle for multi-family assets.

“We have a cycle-tested investment team that has already made substantial progress toward executing a disciplined and selective investment plan where we expect to be able to enhance value through our strong operations,” said Vance Maddocks, President of Strategic Partners U.S. “We thank our investors and their consultants for the confidence they have placed in us through their commitments to this fund.”

About CBRE Global Investors
CBRE Global Investors is a global real estate investment management firm with $87.1 billion in assets under management* as of March 31, 2015. The firm sponsors investment programs across the risk/return spectrum for investors worldwide.

CBRE Global Investors is an independently operated affiliate of CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG). It harnesses the research, investment sourcing and other resources of the world’s premier, full-service commercial real estate services and investment firm for the benefit of its investors. CBRE Group, Inc. has more than 52,000 employees in more than 370 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. For more information about CBRE Global Investors, please visit www.cbreglobalinvestors.com.

*Assets under management (AUM) refers to the fair market value of real estate-related assets with respect to which CBRE Global Investors provides, on a global basis, oversight, investment management services and other advice, and which generally consist of investments in real estate; equity in funds and joint ventures; securities portfolios; operating companies and real estate-related loans. This AUM is intended principally to reflect the extent of CBRE Global Investors’ presence in the global real estate market, and its calculation of AUM may differ from the calculations of other asset managers.​

For Further Information:

Pam Barnett
Director, Mktg & Comm
T +1 213 6834368
email

Chef Robert Irvine’s new company of nutritionally improved food products exclusively at Giant’s 168 stores throughout the mid-Atlantic region

The cost-effective partnership was commemorated with more than $25,000 in donations and sponsorships to USO-Metro as part of the companies’ shared philanthropic mission

Washington D.C., 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chef Robert Irvine and Giant Food of Landover, Md., announced today that the renowned Chef’s new company of nutritionally improved food products will initially be available exclusively at Giant’s 168 stores throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The announcement was made at the O Street Market Giant store in Washington D.C. today, where both Chef Irvine and Gordon Reid, president of Giant Food of Landover, Md. launched the partnership. The celebrated Chef joined Mr. Reid in presenting a $25,000 donation to USO-Metro, generated from Giant’s March Giving Campaign. As part of the ongoing commitment by both organizations to support our nation’s military and their families proceeds from product sales will be donated directly through Chef Irvine’s own 501c3 organization, the Robert Irvine Foundation. Additionally, Chef Irvine announced that his foundation would sponsor USO-Metro’s upcoming monthly Warrior and Family Center Chef Dinners.

“Building this company and launching these products is one of the most important projects of my career to-date. It allows me to finally share some of my favorite foods with a healthier approach. These foods are perfect for busy families across the country who strive to improve their diet, but lack the time or resources to do it on their own,” said Chef Irvine. “I’m also very excited to be launching the line with Giant Food, who share my appreciation for and dedication to the U.S. military. Our partnership is the perfect example of how smart and efficient business practices can be used to benefit a greater good.”

As part of the limited, exclusive partnership, Chef Irvine’s all-natural crab cakes, as well as his reduced fat and calorie cheesecakes will be available in the frozen food section of Giant Food stores in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, with plans to introduce additional products from the food line in the coming months.

“Giant is proud to partner with Chef Robert Irvine and offer, exclusively to our shoppers, an exciting product line of nutritious and delicious family favorites that are easy to prepare,” said Gordon Reid, president of Giant Food. “This partnership is a natural fit, as both our organizations prioritize quality and recognize the importance of assisting U.S. military members and their families. We’re looking forward to growing this fruitful relationship.”

Throughout its 79-year history, Giant Food has remained committed to providing the highest level of quality, value, and service to its customers. Partnering with Chef Irvine is another example of Giant’s dedication to offering customers new and exciting products at affordable prices. Giant’s commitment to being a better grocer also includes being a better neighbor in the communities it serves. Giant is proud to engage with its communities to alleviate hunger, enhance education programs and health and wellness initiatives, as well as support service members and their families through organizations like USO-Metro.

Chef Irvine started the company last year with the goal to recreate some of his most popular, quick-and-easy meals with full family appeal by using healthier ingredients and without compromising taste. To accomplish this, he committed to partnering with some of the industry’s leading culinary experts and nutritional research and development firms. And to take his commitment to quality and nutrition even one step further, Chef Irvine determined to hold every product to the same nutritional standards used by the Food Program administered by the U.S. Department of Defense. Additional products offered by the company include, ultra thin multigrain pizzas, oven-roasted wings with signature sauces, and the Chef’s top-rated FIT Crunch protein bars. These products, as well as other products currently in development will be available at Giant Food and eventually rolled out to other retail locations nationally. For more information on nutritional values on the full line of food products, please visit www.RoberIrvineFoods.com.

About Robert Irvine— With more than 25 years in the culinary profession, Chef Robert Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. As the host of one of the Food Network’s highest rated shows, Restaurant: Impossible, Irvine saves struggling restaurants across America by assessing and overhauling the restaurant’s weakest spots. Irvine was previously the host of Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America, has authored two cookbooks, Mission: Cook! and Impossible to Easy, and one healthy living book, Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well and Living Your Best Life. Irvine is currently on tour with his new, interactive live show Robert Irvine Live, and appears regularly as an expert guest on national morning and daytime talk shows. Irvine recently established the eponymously named non-profit organization, The Robert Irvine Foundation, in an effort to support military personnel and their families. For more information on Chef Robert Irvine, visit www.ChefIrvine.com.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 156 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit http://www.giantfood.com/

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Sanjay Singh appointed senior vice president to lead QVC newly formed Business Planning & Analysis (BP&A) group

WEST CHESTER, PA., 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, the global leader in video and ecommerce retail, today announced the appointment of Sanjay Singh as senior vice president to lead its newly formed Business Planning & Analysis (BP&A) group. Singh will be responsible for developing financial insights and driving integrated global business and financial planning across markets and functions to ensure QVC’s continued global growth and success. He will report to Ted Jastrzebski, chief financial officer and EVP of strategy for QVC.

“Sanjay has a demonstrated track record of leading financial strategy development and execution for several global retail and consumer product companies,” said Jastrzebski. “His breadth of international experience and financial expertise position him well to work cross-functionally at QVC to drive continued success across our global markets, while remaining focused on the customer.”

QVC’s BP&A group will leverage market information and global financial, business and operating metrics to create effective financial plans to strategically drive the business. In his role, Singh will fully integrate business and strategic financial planning to create a more aligned end-to-end approach that drives efficiencies and maximizes organizational synergy.

Prior to QVC, Singh served as senior vice president, finance, at Abercrombie & Fitch, where he was responsible for the company’s strategic planning, real estate finance, franchising and capital. Prior to that role, he worked at Procter & Gamble for 22 years, moving progressively within the organization and throughout the world in senior financial leadership positions, several years of which were in the beauty care division.

Singh will be based at QVC’s global headquarters in West Chester, Pa.

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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.

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