EROSKI inaugura el segundo supermercado franquiciado en Jaén este mes

 

  • La cooperativa cuenta con nueve establecimientos franquiciados en la provincia, tres de ellos abiertos en 2015
  • La apertura supone la creación de cinco puestos de trabajo

Sabiote, España, 2015-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha inaugurado hoy un supermercado franquiciado con la enseña EROSKI/city en la calle Rafael Zabaleta, número 23, de Sabiote (Jaén). Se trata del segundo establecimiento franquiciado abierto en Jaén por la cooperativa en el mes de julio. La cooperativa cuenta con nueve establecimientos franquiciados en la provincia, cuatro de ellos inaugurados en 2015.

El supermercado dispone de un surtido de 3.500 productos de marcas de fabricantes líderes, marca propia y productores locales para garantizar la libertad de elección de los consumidores. Asimismo, cuenta con una amplia oferta de alimentos frescos, especialmente frutas y verduras locales de temporada, en sus 400 metros cuadrados. Las referencias saludables también ganan peso con un surtido más amplio. Las secciones de carnicería y charcutería ofrecen un trato personalizado y asesoramiento profesional a los clientes gracias a la venta asistida en mostrador. El supermercado dispone de horno propio, para garantizar la frescura de los productos de panadería elaborados diariamente.

Las ofertas y promociones se sucederán cada mes para favorecer el ahorro de los consumidores. Una apuesta por el ahorro que tiene su máximo exponente en EROSKI Club, el nuevo programa de relación de los Socios-Cliente con la marca, que ofrece descuentos hasta del 15% en más de 2.500 productos, así como promociones y ofertas exclusivas, además de todas las ventajas del programa Travel Club.

La apertura ha supuesto la creación de cinco puestos de trabajo. La plantilla ha recibido 250 horas de formación. “En un momento en el que el paro es el principal problema en nuestro entorno, la franquicia es una fórmula exitosa para la generación de empleo. Nuestra cultura cooperativa de autogestión encaja perfectamente con la filosofía de los emprendedores que apuestan por la creación de su propia empresa y buscan el respaldo de profesionales de amplia experiencia y una marca de confianza”, ha explicado Enrique Martínez, director de franquicias de EROSKI.

Productos locales

La política comercial de EROSKI es potenciar al máximo las economías locales para crear riqueza en el entorno contribuyendo al desarrollo agroalimentario y económico-social. En este sentido, la cooperativa comercializa cerca de 530 referencias de proveedores jienenses. Las compras de EROSKI en esta provincia fueron de 40,7 millones de euros el pasado año.

Los productos locales, y en especial todos los alimentos frescos de temporada, cuentan con un protagonismo preferencial en el modelo de tienda “contigo” que EROSKI está implantando en sus establecimientos.

Premio Andalucía Excelente 2014 a la Franquicia en Expansión

EROSKI ha recibido el premio Andalucía Excelente 2014 en la categoría de Franquicia en Expansión. El galardón, iniciativa de El Suplemento, reconoce su alto ritmo de expansión en esta comunidad autónoma, donde la cooperativa supera el medio centenar de franquicias.

Las ventas de la red de supermercados franquiciados de EROSKI aumentaron un 6% en 2014, periodo en el que se abrieron 58 nuevos supermercados en España, doce aperturas más que el año anterior. Estas aperturas generaron 316 puestos de trabajo y contaron con una inversión superior a los 18 millones de euros.

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EROSKI inaugura el segundo supermercado franquiciado en Jaén este mes

EROSKI inaugura el segundo supermercado franquiciado en Jaén este mes

EROSKI inaugura el primer supermercado en Navarra en 2015

 

  • La cooperativa cuenta con 125 establecimientos en la comunidad foral
  • Las compras de EROSKI en la comunidad foral superaron los 207 M€ en 2014

Cortes, España, 2015-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha inaugurado hoy un supermercado franquiciado con la enseña EROSKI/city en la calle San Miguel, número 15, de Cortes (Navarra). Se trata del primer establecimiento abierto en Navarra por la cooperativa en 2015.

El supermercado dispone de 5.000 productos de marcas de fabricantes líderes, marca propia y productores locales para garantizar la libertad de elección de los consumidores. Asimismo, cuenta con una amplia oferta de alimentos frescos, especialmente frutas y verduras locales de temporada, en sus más de 340 metros cuadrados. Las referencias saludables también ganan peso con un surtido más amplio. Las secciones de carnicería, pescadería y charcutería ofrecen un trato personalizado y asesoramiento profesional a los clientes gracias a la venta asistida en mostrador. El supermercado dispone de horno propio, para garantizar la frescura de los productos de panadería elaborados diariamente.

Las ofertas y promociones se sucederán cada mes para favorecer el ahorro de los consumidores. Una apuesta por el ahorro que tiene su máximo exponente en EROSKI Club, el nuevo programa de relación de los Socios-Cliente con la marca, que ofrece descuentos hasta del 15% en más de 2.500 productos, así como promociones y ofertas exclusivas, además de todas las ventajas del programa Travel Club.

La apertura ha supuesto la creación de ocho puestos de trabajo. La plantilla ha recibido 300 horas de formación. “En un momento en el que el paro es el principal problema en nuestro entorno, la franquicia es una fórmula exitosa para la generación de empleo. Nuestra cultura cooperativa de autogestión encaja perfectamente con la filosofía de los emprendedores que apuestan por la creación de su propia empresa y buscan el respaldo de profesionales de amplia experiencia y una marca de confianza”, ha explicado Enrique Martínez, director de franquicias de EROSKI.

Productos locales

La política comercial de EROSKI es potenciar al máximo las economías locales para crear riqueza en el entorno contribuyendo al desarrollo agroalimentario y económico-social. En este sentido, la cooperativa comercializa más de 3.000 referencias de proveedores navarros. Las compras de EROSKI en la comunidad foral fueron superiores a los 207 millones de euros el pasado año. Los productos locales, y en especial todos los alimentos frescos de temporada, cuentan con un protagonismo preferencial en el modelo de tienda “contigo” que EROSKI está implantando en sus establecimientos.

EROSKI cuenta con 125 establecimientos en Navarra: 2 hipermercados, 82 supermercados, 3 gasolineras, 14 oficinas de viajes, 20 perfumerías If, 3 establecimientos de material deportivo Fórum Sport y 1 óptica.

Premio Nacional a la Mejor Franquicia de Comercio

EROSKI ha recibido el Premio Nacional a la Mejor Franquicia de Comercio en la última edición del Salón Internacional de Franquicias (SIF) celebrado en Valencia.

Con la apertura de este nuevo supermercado franquiciado en Cortes EROSKI afianza su plan de expansión a través del modelo de franquicia. “Avanzamos según lo definido en nuestro Plan Estratégico, gracias a un equipo muy especializado de personas volcadas en asesorar al franquiciado tanto en las fases de estudio y definición del proyecto y lanzamiento de las nuevas tiendas, como en el seguimiento de la actividad en los supermercados franquiciados ya consolidados”, concluye Martínez.

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EROSKI inaugura el primer supermercado en Navarra en 2015

EROSKI inaugura el primer supermercado en Navarra en 2015

 

Walgreens Boots Alliance acquires award-winning premium skincare range Liz Earle Beauty Co. Ltd

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance today announces that it has acquired Liz Earle Beauty Co. Ltd, owner of the Liz Earle skincare brand.

Liz Earle is an award-winning premium skincare range that uses naturally active ingredients and is recognized as one of the leading botanical brands in the UK.

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About Liz Earle
Liz Earle Beauty Co is an award-winning British beauty company committed to giving customers a range of simple yet effective products, together with exceptional levels of service and personalised honest advice. Created in 1995 and inspired by the gentle, healthy pace and rich botanical landscape of the Isle of Wight, Liz Earle naturally active products achieve radiantly healthy-looking skin for all skin types – even the most sensitive.

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise in the world.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

The company employs over 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries; it is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe. Including its equity method investments, Walgreens Boots Alliance is the global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,200* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

Its portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics and Soap & Glory. More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As at 31 May 2015 including equity method investments
** For 12 months ended 31 May 2015 including equity method investments

Huge variety of licensed Star Wars merchandise available at walmart on September 4

Bentonville, Ark., 2015-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Walmart is counting down to ‘Force Friday’ on September 4, where customers, fans and collectors from across the galaxy can come to Walmart to be among the first to get their hands on an all new assortment of Star Wars merchandise. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on September 4, our customers will find a huge variety of licensed Star Wars products all across our store.

“Jedi Knights, rebels and stormtroopers attending San Diego International Comic Con this week can stop by the Topps booth (Booth #2913) and get a first look at a new Star Wars collectible initiative that is only available at Walmart. Additionally, Walmart fans can log on to Walmart.com right now to pre-order the video games Star Wars Battlefront and Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars.

“We plan to host midnight events at its stores across the country on September 4 and our customers are going to be amazed at the astronomical amount of Star Wars merchandise available, including items that they’ll only be able to find on our shelves and at Walmart.com.

“As excitement builds as we get closer to September 4, we’ll have more details to share about our store events. And we’re not stopping after September 4; fans can count on the Force to be strong at Walmart through the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.”

–       Andy Barron, executive vice president of General Merchandise at Walmart U.S.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.    

Walmart launches new digital library with educational content to further support the advancement of future women leaders at Walmart and women worldwide

Library launches with educational footage from Walmart’s inaugural Global Women’s Forum featuring Academy Award Winner Geena Davis and PepsiCo’s Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi

Bentonville, Ark., 2015-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart today launched a new digital library, with videos from its inaugural Global Women’s Forum, to further support the advancement of future women leaders at Walmart and women worldwide. Part of Walmart’s President’s Global Council of Women Leaders’ Global Women’s Development Series, the Forum held on April 21 was a half day event broadcast in ten countries, while an additional eight countries held their own event that focused on educating Walmart associates about important issues affecting women in the workplace. Forum speakers included Academy Award winning actor Geena Davis, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi, and BBC World News anchor and author, Katty Kay.

The digital library of content contains footage from the Forum, which includes keynote speeches and panel discussions on three development topics: confidence, mentoring and work/life integration. The library provides rich content that may be shared and used by professionals all over the world for professional development and discussion.

“Over half of our associates are women, and as the world’s largest retailer, we know that providing development opportunities for our female associates and making this information available to women around the world can have a ripple effect on the global workforce,” said Michelle Gloeckler, executive vice president of Consumables and Health and Wellness, U.S. Manufacturing lead and chair of the President’s Global Council of Women Leaders. “It is our hope that this inaugural Global Women’s Forum will serve as a catalyst in our work to develop the future female leaders of Walmart.”

“I could not be more thrilled to be a part of Walmart’s Global Women’s forum and to see a company like Walmart working to provide opportunities for its associates to thrive and share those opportunities globally,” said Geena Davis. “By working together across multiple industries, we can empower women worldwide with the resources and mentorship they need to build meaningful careers.”

The Global Women’s Forum and the library of content are part of a larger Global Women’s Development Series which seeks to champion opportunities for women to grow and thrive across the globe, provide accessibility and a platform to support women and showcase female talent across Walmart. In March, the Global Women’s Development Series hosted an International Women’s Day celebration at the Walmart home office.

“All around the world, women are breaking new barriers and making tremendous contributions to both business and society,” said Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. “The work Walmart is doing to invest in and empower women is critically important, and PepsiCo is proud to contribute to the continuing discussion on this topic. We are deeply committed to fostering diversity and inclusion across our workforce and we look forward to continuing our work with Walmart on this shared priority.”

Walmart is also working in other ways to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, advocate for workforce opportunities within the entire retail sector and champion women through its Women’s Economic Empowerment initiative. A critical part of this work is supporting the advancement of women at Walmart, particularly as women make up more than half (57%) of Walmart associates and Walmart has twice the rate of female corporate officers (32%) as the Fortune 500.

Through its Women Economic Empowerment Program, Walmart has made a commitment to source $20 billion from women owned businesses in the U.S, and double its sourcing from women owned businesses internationally.  Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed to train 1 million women all over the world in retail, factories and farming.

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About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,462 stores under 71 banners in 28 countries and e- commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 sales of nearly $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

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Carrefour launches two tinned tuna products fished using the pole and line technique; honouring its commitment to promoting responsible fishing

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2015-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour has just announced the launch of two tinned tuna products fished using the pole and line technique which will be going on sale in its Carrefour and Carrefour Market stores. This fishing technique is more selective and prevents unwanted species from being caught, thus helping to preserve biodiversity. With these new products, Carrefour is honouring its commitment to promoting responsible fishing techniques.

Pole and line fishing – a technique that is less harmful to biodiversity
Carrefour is very much a forerunner when it comes to responsible fishing and is honouring the commitments it has made, implementing new measures to safeguard marine biodiversity. As of May 2015, its Carrefour and Carrefour Market stores have been selling two skipjack and yellowfin tuna products, both fished using the pole and line technique.

Pole and line fishing is a means of preventing unwanted species from being caught, such as dolphins, sharks, turtles and young tuna.

The aim of this initiative is to provide customers with a more responsible fish offering and to provide a solution to two problems associated with marine fishing:
–    fishing tuna that have not yet had the time to reproduce
–    non-selective fishing which can result in unwanted species being caught as well.

A strong and long-term commitment on the part of Carrefour to promote responsible fishing
Preserving the planet’s natural resources and safeguarding its biodiversity are key aspects of Carrefour’s sustainable development policy. As such, Carrefour is the first French retailer to have implemented a responsible fishing policy. Aware of the need to preserve fish stocks and the ocean floor, Carrefour introduced a range of responsible and sustainable fish products back in 2007.

Carrefour, working alongside its stakeholders, has developed a procurement policy for tinned tuna. Carrefour assesses its supply lines based on:
–    the states of different species in the various fishing zones,
–    the fishing technique used,
–    traceability is checked from the boat right up to the tin

Within the framework of its Sustainable Fishing policy, Carrefour has also stopped selling species of deepwater fish that are under threat (blue ling, emperor, roundnose grenadier and black scabbard, as well as the siki shark, cusk and hake). At the same time, Carrefour is doubling its MSC-certified listings (a certification introduced by the WWF), increasing them from 22 to 50 by the end of 2014.

“An initiative that is moving things in the right direction: sustainable fishing involves more selective techniques that have less of an impact on fish habitats and the species. It also involves fishing stocks that are in good health, maintaining high levels of governance over fishing activities and factoring in the social aspect of fishing. We can assess the sustainability of a fish farm by looking at all of these criteria together”, says Joséphine Labat, head of the sustainable fishing project at WWF France.

To find out more about Carrefour’s responsible fishing policy, visit the For Me, For Everyone! section of the Carrefour.fr website.

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Carrefour launches two tinned tuna products fished using the pole and line technique; honouring its commitment to promoting responsible fishing

Carrefour launches two tinned tuna products fished using the pole and line technique; honouring its commitment to promoting responsible fishing

Tesco customers donated more than 3.6 million meals during the sixth Neighbourhood Food Collection this summer

  • Over 3.6 million meals donated during recent Neighbourhood Food Collection in partnership with FareShare and The Trussell Trust
  • Significant rise in number of donations from in-store permanent collection points from January to July 2015
  • More than 27.5 million meals have been provided to people in need since Neighbourhood Food Collection began

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco customers have donated an incredible 3.6 million meals during the sixth Neighbourhood Food Collection this summer. The figure is an increase of 13% compared to last summer’s collection.

The food will be redistributed to people in need via charity partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust, with Tesco adding an extra 30% to all customer donations.

There has also been a significant increase in the amount of food customers are donating day in day out at in-store permanent collection points. Over 2.1 million meals worth of food were donated at permanent collection points in 507 Tesco stores in the first six months of 2015, almost as much as the whole of 2014 combined.

The total of meals donated to people in need since The Neighbourhood Food Collection began in December 2012 is now at 27.5 million. This includes food donated at in-store permanent collection points, local collections, Tesco’s 30% top-up, plus surplus food from Tesco’s dotcom distribution centres. The total figure for 2015 alone is over 6 million.

During the collection, customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, cereals and tinned fruit and vegetables. Volunteers from The Trussell Trust, FareShare, BT and the British Red Cross joined Tesco colleagues in store to collect donations from generous customers.

The food collected will benefit people living in food poverty, many of whom are parents struggling with food costs due to lack of free school meals over the long summer holiday. Over 800,000 families have to pay for childcare costs, with this averaging out at £64 a week.  More than a quarter of families also rely on the help of grandparents or other extended family just to ensure that their children have sufficient food during the holidays. *

Food poverty continues to be a serious issue across the UK as figures published by The Trussell Trust this winter showed the number of people helped by foodbanks in the first half of the 2014-15 financial year is 38% higher than numbers helped during the same period last year.

Rebecca Shelley, Group Communications Director for Tesco, said: “The response from our customers, colleagues and volunteers has been incredible and it’s thanks to them that our sixth Neighbourhood Food Collection has gone so well. It’s inspiring that our customers are so generous and give so much to help people in food poverty.”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said: “Yet again we have been blown away by everyone’s generosity. We are very grateful to Tesco and their colleagues for hosting the event, our amazing volunteers and partner organisations across the country who selflessly gave up their time to help collect food donations to the great British public who responded so generously to the call for action.  The food will now be redistributed to over 1,923 charities and community projects supported by FareShare, including play schemes supporting children and families over the holidays. The donations from this Neighbourhood Food Collection will make a huge difference to these organisations’ ability to not only serve nutritious meals for people in need but also to provide additional support to help people back on their feet. Thank you!”

David McAuley, Trussell Trust Chief Executive, said: “We are truly grateful for the amazing effort by Tesco store staff, customers, volunteers and foodbanks in this year’s summer Neighbourhood Food Collection. The donations will make a huge difference to foodbanks’ ability to not only provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food to people in need but also additional support to tackle the root causes of poverty. It is timely given the additional pressure on families of providing lunch time meals and child care during the summer school holiday months.

“I would like to say a special thank you to everyone at Tesco who help make this event such a success. Since the Neighbourhood Food Collection inception in the summer of 2012 Tesco customers have donated over 27 million meals to help feed people in crisis.”

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*Statistics from ‘Family Spending, 2014 Edition’ from ONS

For media enquiries on the Trussell Trust and information on case studies, please contact Andy May or Emma Thorogood on andy.may@trusselltrust.org or emma.thorogood@trusselltrust.org or call 020 3137 3699.

For media enquiries on FareShare and information on case studies, please contact Susie Haywood onsusie.haywood@fareshare.org.ukor call 020 7394 2460.

Notes to editors

About the Neighbourhood Food Collection:

  • Tesco works with its food collection partners, foodbank charity the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare, to launch the Neighbourhood Food Collection.
  •  From 2-4 July 2015 Tesco customers were encouraged to donate at Tesco food collection points.
  • Collections began in Express stores on 22 June.
  • The donations to the Neighbourhood Food Collection go to either FareShare or The Trussell Trust – benefitting families and individuals across the UK.
  • Tesco provides 30% top up to the charities based on the total weight of the food donated.
  • To date, the campaign has collected 21.5 million meals for people in need since it launched in 2012.
  • Top-up based on estimated value of food calculated by The Trussell Trust (England & Wales No. 1110522 & Scotland No.SC044246) or FareShare (No.1100051). The total meals figure includes the 30% top-up, permanent and local collections, plus surplus food provisions from January 2014 to July 2015. Details atwww.tesco.com/foodcollection

About The Trussell Trust:

  • Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy or bereavement to welfare problems or receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust’s 400 strong network of foodbanks provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
  • In 2014-15 foodbanks provided emergency food to   104,084,604 people nationwide. Of those helped, almost 400,000 were children.
  • Everyone who comes to a Trussell Trust foodbank is referred by a frontline professional like CAB, housing associations and children’s centres. Over 30,000 professionals refer to foodbanks in the UK.
  • Over 90% of food given out is donated by the public and over 30,000 people volunteer at Trussell Trust foodbanks across the UK.
  • Trussell Trust foodbanks do much more than food, they provide a listening ear and help resolve the underlying cause of the crisis. The Trussell Trust is currently piloting having financial advisers in foodbanks, in partnership with Martin Lewis.
  • The top up is redistributed by the Trussell Trust to participating foodbanks  and then used by them to: develop additional beneficiary support services e.g. counselling and housing advice, provide volunteering/training opportunities, help cover running costs, set up social enterprises and purchase food.
  • www.trusselltrust.org

About FareShare:

  • 3.9 million tonnes of food is wasted every year by the food and drink industry. We estimate 10% of this is surplus and fit for consumption, enough food for 800 million meals. We currently handle approximately 2% of the surplus food available in the UK.
  • FareShare ensures that good food is put to good use rather than wasted.
  • Over 1,900 charities and community projects benefit from FareShare food. These include breakfast clubs, women’s refuges and luncheon clubs for older people. These charities save on average £13,000 a year, which can be reinvested into other support services to help people back on their feet.
  • 149,000 people benefit from FareShare food every week.
  • In the last year, the food redistributed by FareShare contributed towards more than 15.3 million meals.
  • We also provide training and education around the essential life skills of food preparation and nutrition, and as well as warehouse employability training.
  • www.fareshare.org.uk

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645
We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

Bumper crop of English apricots set to soar six fold enough to supply Tesco for the whole of the summer

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — England’s fledgling apricot production is set to soar six fold with a bumper crop this summer, thanks to near perfect growing conditions.

The first English apricots of the season went on sale on Monday and growers are reporting great quality fruit.

And early estimates are that English growers will produce approximately 200 tonnes – enough to supply Tesco for the whole of the summer.

It’s a massive increase on the 30 tonnes that were grown in England last year when the first English apricot crop became available.

And it is likely to encourage other stone fruit growers who until now have been hesitant to invest in apricot production.

The arrival of the English variety should be heralded as good news by British shoppers who in the last year bought 33 per cent more apricots than the previous year, according to latest data from retail analysts Kantar.

Tesco stone fruit buyer Henry Maulik said: “Thanks to the great weather the quality of English apricots this summer is very good. The apricots we’ve tested this week are juicy and rich but firm with a nice blush.

“Last year was the first time that growers produced a sufficient quantity of English apricots and the feedback from shoppers on the quality was fantastic.

“We’re very proud of the quality of these English apricots and believe that one day they could even be as renowned as British strawberries, cherries, apples and pears.”

Until a few years ago it was very hard to grow apricots on a commercial basis in the UK because of the climate and careful breeding has made this possible.

Tesco’s English apricots are produced by one of the UK’s largest stone fruit growers, Nigel Bardsley, whose farm is based near Staplehurst, in Kent.

Tesco started working on the project with Nigel five years ago with a view to launching major scale English apricot production.

Nigel, a Tesco supplier for more than 25 years, enlisted a team of experts comprising breeders, agronomists and growers to create a production plan which culminated in the planting of eight hectares of orange fleshed, French type apricots.

After visiting French growers a few years ago Nigel planted 5000 apricot trees across eight hectares of land and the first commercial quantities were produced last year.

Nigel said: “We’ve had near perfect growing conditions so far this year with a cold winter to help let the trees rest; a mild spring to allow for good pollination and a warm, dry summer so far to boost growth. This combined with a unique large day/night temperature differentiation, has led to fantastic red blushed and incredibly sweet apricots.

“Last year was the first time that we had a commercial quantity and I produced around 15 tonnes.

This year weather permitting we anticipate producing up to 120 tonnes which means that the English apricot industry is well and truly on its way.”

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645
We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

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Bumper crop of English apricots set to soar six fold enough to supply Tesco for the whole of the summer

Bumper crop of English apricots set to soar six fold enough to supply Tesco for the whole of the summer

Starbucks China president Belinda Wong recognized for her leadership on a new 2015 ranking of Forbes top 100 women in business in China

SEATTLE, 2015-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks China president Belinda Wong is recognized for her leadership on a new 2015 ranking of Forbes top 100 women in business in China.

Wong is 41 on the list which includes Sun Yafang, the chairperson of board of HUAWEI Technologies CO. LTD as the top of the list. Dong Mingzhu, the chairperson of GREE and Wang Fengying, the General Manager of Great Wall Motor Company Limited are listed as the second and third.

Starbucks has been in China for 16 years with more than 25,000 partners (employees) including thousands of certified coffee masters who demonstrate exceptional coffee knowledge and skills. In the last three years, Starbucks has more than tripled the store count in China and this year one store will open every 18 hours.

“We’re trying to build a different kind of company in China and are mindful of how we grow while maintaining the heart and soul of what Starbucks stands for,” Wong, said in a previous interview with the Starbucks Newsroom. “Growth has to be built on the foundational values of Starbucks.”

Those values include taking care of partners, exceeding the expectations of customers and being relevant in the communities Starbucks serves. Relevance in some China locations involves adding some locations that are larger than most stores to accommodate large groups of customers for business or social gatherings.

Starbucks has also factored in family dynamics and expectations in China, where success can be judged by the title on one’s business card. Family forums have been held for parents of store partners to hear managers discuss gratifying career paths at Starbucks.

Wong, who was the third Starbucks partner hired in Hong Kong 15 years ago, often shares her career story with baristas and their families.

“I’m a very tenacious person. In 15 years I went from a functional role to becoming the president of Starbucks China and I tell partners ‘If I can do it, you can do it too,’” she said.  “I am just one of many who are creating a history for Starbucks in China,” said Wong. “We learn together, and I learn so much from my store partners.”

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

 

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Starbucks China president Belinda Wong recognized for her leadership on a new 2015 ranking of Forbes top 100 women in business in China

Starbucks China president Belinda Wong recognized for her leadership on a new 2015 ranking of Forbes top 100 women in business in China

Nordstrom Rack at Woodmore Towne Center in Glenarden, Md. to open in spring 2017

SEATTLE, 2015-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today plans to open Nordstrom Rack at Woodmore Towne Center in Glenarden, Md. The approximately 30,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in spring 2017. The property is owned by Petrie Richardson Ventures, in a joint venture with Prudential Real Estate Investors.

Nordstrom Rack is a part of phase two of the project joining existing anchors Wegmans and Costco. Other retailers include Best Buy, Old Navy, JCPenney and several restaurants. Woodmore Towne Center is conveniently located just off the Capital Beltway (I-495) at Route 202 in Glenarden.

“We are excited to add a new Nordstrom Rack at Woodmore Towne Center that will offer new and existing customers in Prince George’s County a more convenient location to shop,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “We want the Rack to be their destination for great brands at great prices.”

The new store will be the fifth Nordstrom Rack in Maryland. Nordstrom also operates four full-line stores, and began serving Maryland customers in 1991 with its store at Montgomery Mall inBethesda.

“We are extremely excited to have the Nordstrom brand joining our lineup of fantastic retailers at Woodmore. The folks at the Rack have been great to work with to keep us on schedule for Phase Two of the project. This is the first Nordstrom Rack in Prince George’s County and their addition to Woodmore rounds out our merchandising mix. We could not be happier to have them,” said Walter H. Petrie, Chairman of Petrie Richardson Ventures.

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30 to 70 percent off regular prices. The Rack carries merchandise from Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com, as well as specially purchased items from many of the top brands sold at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 304 stores in 38 states and Canada. Customers are served at 118 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada; 178 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also ownsTrunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

About Woodmore Towne Centre
Woodmore Towne Centre, is mixed-use project on the Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County, Maryland comprised of 750,000 square feet of retail, with office, hotel and residential components.

About Petrie Richardson Ventures
Petrie Richardson Ventures (PRV), owner of Woodmore Towne Center, along with Partner Prudential Real Estate Investors, is an Annapolis, Maryland based retail development firm operating in the mid-Atlantic with a portfolio of ground-up, redevelopment, and enclosed mall retail assets in various phases of development throughout the region.

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Jessica Canfield
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-4250
Jessica.Canfield@nordstrom.com

Terry L. Richardson
Petrie Richardson Ventures
(410) 573-3800
tr@PetrieRichardson.com