LS travel to debut Desigual stores in travel retail in Australia

With two stores set to open later this year, the travel retailer is poised to debut this dynamic fashion concept in travel retail in Australia.

Sydney, AUSTRALIA, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Opening in Sydney Airport’s Terminal 2 and Melbourne Airport’s new Terminal 4, the new stores will be the first standalone Desigual stores in Australia. The partnership is an exciting development for both LS travel retail Pacific and Desigual, as both companies look to expand their presence in luxury travel retail.

Firmly focused on female fashion, the Desigual stores will make a vibrant and welcome addition to each of the domestic Terminals. Known for their bright, forward-thinking product offer, their colourful multicultural spirit and eye-catching store designs, fans of the Spanish brand will welcome LS travel retail Pacific’s new partnership.

Speaking of the news, LS travel retail Pacific’s CEO Matthieu Mercier said, “We are enormously pleased to be bringing this dynamic fashion brand to the Australian travel retail market. Desigual is a vibrant addition to our portfolio of partner brands, and will certainly go a long way to seeing the “life is cool” spirit in Sydney and Melbourne when the new stores open later this year.”

Desigual’s Head of Travel Retail, Marco Gadola said of the new partnership, “Sydney and Melbourne are two vibrant, colourful cities – a perfect match for Desigual. We’re extremely excited to open our first two boutiques in Australia and see great potential in this region. Our partnership with LS travel retail continues to go from strength to strength as we work together to seek new opportunities in travel retail. We look forward to opening our doors to shoppers and bringing our unique proposition to Australian travel retail later this year.”

The Desigual stores will open in Sydney and Melbourne Airports in October.

Notes to the editor:

About LS travel retail
Operating in 29 countries throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific, LS travel retail, a division of Lagardère Services, is a world leader in Travel Retail. Lagardère Services operates more than 4,100 stores across the world, including a presence at over 150 airports and 700 stations. It runs the largest international network of duty free and luxury, travel essentials and foodservice stores.

Throughout Asia Pacific LS travel retail operates more than 250 outlets, partnering with over 16 airports in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and India.

About Desigual
Desigual is characterised by its different, optimistic and colourful designs. The company began operating in 1984. La Vida es Chula (Life is Cool) is Desigual’s slogan and way of looking at fashion and life. It’s an enthusiastic and positive message that truly nails its colours to the mast. The fashion brand has eight product categories: WOMAN, MAN, KIDS, ACCESSORIES, SHOES, LIVING, SPORT and BEAUTY and 17 distribution channels. It operates in 109 countries and has 526 of its own stores, 8,000 multi-brand stores and 2,800 corner concessions in department stores. Desigual’s global turnover reached €963.5 million in 2014 (+16.2% versus 2013). 

Contacts:
Matt Mercier
CEO, LS travel retail Pacific
Email: matt.mercier@lsaspac.com
Ph: +61 2 8218 1105

Janette Doolan
Corporate Communications Manager, LS travel retail Pacific
Email: janette.doolan@lsaspac.com
P: +61 2 8218 1142

The Stop & Shop Supermarket company removed from sale Bell & Evans GLUTEN FREE Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets due to potential Staphylococcal enterotoxin contamination

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by Murry’s, Inc., The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced it removed from sale Bell & Evans GLUTEN FREE Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets due to potential Staphylococcal enterotoxin contamination.

The following products are included in this recall:

  • Bell & Evans GLUTEN FREE Breaded Chicken Nuggets, 12 oz., UPC 738985277291 with a best by date of 03/25/16

Stop & Shop has received no reports of illnesses to date. Staphylococcal entertotoxins are fast acting, sometimes causing illness in as little as 30 minutes. Symptoms usually develop within one to six hours after eating contaminated food. The most common manifestations of Staphylococcal food poisoning are nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea. The illness is usually mild and most patients recover after one to three days.

Customers who have purchased these products should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Stop & Shop for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Murry’s Customer Service at 1-800-638-0215. In addition, customers may call Stop & Shop Customer Service at 1-800-767-7772 for more information. Customers can also visit the Stop & Shop website at www.stopandshop.com.

About Stop & Shop

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Contact:
Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
(914) 251-2834
arlene.putterman@stopandshop.com

Philip Tracey
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 774-4434
philip.tracey@stopandshop.com

The Stop & Shop Supermarket removed from sale select Oven Cravers frozen, raw stuffed and breaded chicken products due to potential Salmonella contamination

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by Aspen Foods, A Division of Koch Poultry Company, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced it removed from sale select Oven Cravers frozen, raw stuffed and breaded chicken products due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The following products are included in this recall:

  • Oven Cravers Chicken Parmesan, 10 oz., UPC 4542153140 with a best by date between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016 and an establishment number of “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection
  • Oven Cravers Chicken Cordon Bleu, 10 oz., UPC 4542141512 with a best by date between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016 and an establishment number of “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection
  • Oven Cravers Broccoli and Cheese Chicken, 10 oz., UPC 4542145512 with a best by date between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016 and an establishment number of “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection

Stop & Shop has received no reports of illnesses to date. Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

Customers who have purchased these products should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Stop & Shop for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Koch Foods at 844-277-6802. In addition, customers may call Stop & Shop Customer Service at 1-800-767-7772 for more information. Customers can also visit the Stop & Shop website at www.stopandshop.com.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

 

Contact:
Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
(914) 251-2834
arlene.putterman@stopandshop.com

Philip Tracey
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 774-4434
philip.tracey@stopandshop.com

Associated Food Stores brings back the classic taste of childhood with the launch of Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream

Associated Food Stores Launches Premium Ice Cream Brand

Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Food Stores is bringing back the classic taste of childhood with the launch of Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream. The premium desert, which was created through a partnership with Cache Valley, Utah based Casper’s, the parent company of Fat Boy, is available exclusively at Associated Food Stores.

Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream is made with the freshest ingredients including whole milk and all-natural sugar to provide a consistently smooth and rich treat. Each of the 18 different flavors, which include classics like Vanilla Bean and Mint Chocolate Chip as well as unique choices including Black Licorice, Raspberry Lemonade sherbet and Sprinkled Animal Cookie, are curated in small batches to ensure each is rich and creamy. Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream is comparable to other premium ice creams, and the 56 oz carton has an average retail price of $4.99, a dollar less than competitors like Tillamook.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream, exclusively available at independent retailers supplied by Associated Food Stores,” said Neal Berube, CEO of Associated Food Stores. “We love the rich, creamy, premium taste and are certain our guests will too.”

The new brand enters the frozen market just in time for National Ice Cream Day (July 19). Despite the recent stronger healthy lifestyles push, the ice cream industry continues to grow. Last year, ice cream sales totaled approximately $13.7 billion and according to Mintel Research the average American eats ice cream 28.5 times each year. The growth reflects ice cream’s position as a household staple as more families use it for celebrations, rewards or as a substitute treat for dining out.

“We are thrilled to partner with Associated Food Stores to bring the quality consumers have come to expect from Casper’s to Red Button Vintage Creamery,” said Keith Lawes, vice president of Casper’s. “It’s always great when two local companies can work together to create a quality product like Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream and we look forward to a long relationship.”

Shoppers can find Red Button Vintage Creamery at any Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Lin’s, Peterson’s, Lee’s MarketPlace, Stokes and other participating Associated Food Stores retailers. For more information about Red Button Vintage Ice Cream and to find a retailer near you, visit redbuttoncreamery.com

Media interested in hosting a Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream event for National Ice Cream Day should contact Sarah Pettit (scpettit@afstores.com 801-978-8948) for samples.

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Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to find a retailer near you, visit www.afstores.com.

Associated Food Stores brings back the classic taste of childhood with the launch of Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream

Associated Food Stores brings back the classic taste of childhood with the launch of Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream

Klépierre, Exane BNP Paribas semi annual statement of liquidity agreement

PARIS, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Under the liquidity agreement that Klépierre has contracted with Exane BNP Paribas, the following resources were listed in the liquidity account on June 30, 2015 (trading date):

  • 191,053 Klépierre securities
  • €4,388,647.42

As a reminder, on December 31, 2014 (trading date) the liquidity account contained the following resources:

  • 153,258 Klépierre securities
  • €5,860,833.82

A French corporation (Société Anonyme) governed by an Executive Board and a Supervisory Board With registered capital stock of €279,258,476

Registered principal office: 26, boulevard des Capucines – 75009

Paris Paris Trade and Company Registration Number: 780 152 914 RCS Paris

BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores donate over $3m to support the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Independence Program (IP)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Through a combination of customer and vendor donations and all profits earned at BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores on Saturday, July 4th, Southeastern Grocers announced today that it will donate $3,044,091.38 to support the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Independence Program (IP), which helps warriors live life fully, on their own terms.

Ian McLeod, CEO and president of Southeastern Grocers, said, “I am deeply moved by the outpouring of support this program received from our associates, customers and even from individuals living outside of the communities we serve. This contribution to help support the Independence Program would not be possible without the generosity of our associates who gave their time to work in our stores on Independence Day and our customers and vendor partners who shopped with us and made extra contributions to the fund.”

Steve Nardizzi, WWP chief executive officer, said, “This alliance with Southeastern Grocers is crucial for Wounded Warrior Project to continue its lifelong mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The overwhelming success of the Independence Day promotion surpassed every expectation we had, and we are profoundly grateful to Southeastern Grocers and each and every shopper who came out in support of those wounded protecting the freedoms we all hold so dear. The generosity Southeastern Grocers demonstrated exemplifies what can be achieved when like-minded charities and corporations join forces.”

The donation funds were raised through contributions made in BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie stores during checkout, as well as on each organization’s dedicated website. Additionally, on Saturday, July 4th, every penny in profit earned at Southeastern Grocers’ nearly 790 stores was donated. One hundred percent of the funds raised will support WWP’s Independence Program, which provides personalized plans that target each warrior’s needs or interests, allowing them to live as independently as possible. These individualized plans are developed at no cost to the Warrior.

About Wounded Warrior Project

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

About the Independence Program
The Independence Program pairs a specialized case manager with each injured service member and his or her family to develop a personalized plan that targets the injured service member’s needs or interests. In many instances, for the cost of one month in an in-patient institutionalized brain injury rehabilitation program, the WWP Independence Program can provide a year’s worth of community-based support on a weekly basis to an individual wounded veteran.

About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the fifth-largest conventional supermarket chain in the U.S. and the second-largest conventional supermarket in the southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 72,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 790 grocery stores, 143 liquor stores and 527 in-store pharmacies throughout the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, please visit www.bi-lo.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

For SEG interviews or images, contact:
Julianne Roberts Joanne Fried
904-370-6029
media@segrocers.com

For WWP interviews or images, contact:
Joanne Fried
904-646-6860
jfried@woundedwarriorproject.org

British Land Chief Executive Chris Grigg on Q1 2015/16: We’ve had a good start to the year

LONDON, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chris Grigg, Chief Executive said: “We’ve had a good start to the year, making real progress against the priorities set out at our results in May in what are strong occupational and investment markets. In Retail, our operational metrics remain strong and we continue to recycle capital by selling selected mature assets and investing into our existing portfolio. In Offices, we’re pleased with the deals we’ve done at The Leadenhall Building and in the supply constrained City market we’re positive about our prospects on the remaining space. We handed over 5 Broadgate to UBS in June, progressed our development pipeline and continued to invest in our campuses through public realm enhancements and refurbishments. We’ve taken advantage of favourable market conditions to raise £350 million of convertible bonds at a zero coupon, continuing our strong track record in accessing funding on competitive terms from a range of sources.”

Strong occupational demand with lettings well ahead of ERV

  • 129,000 sq ft of Retail lettings/renewals; investment lettings/renewals 9.4% ahead of March 2015 ERV
  • Retail footfall +0.9%, continuing to outperform (+240bps vs market); retailer same store sales +3.3%
  • 132,000 sq ft of Office lettings/renewals; investment lettings/renewals 1.6% ahead of March 2015 ERV; a further 60,000 sq ft under offer 12.5% ahead of ERV
  • The Leadenhall Building now c.90% let/under-offer (from 84% at full year) with 107,000 sq ft of completed deals in the period and a further 52,000 sq ft under offer

Successfully delivering developments and enhancing existing assets

  • Achieved practical completion at 5 Broadgate in June and handed over to UBS to start fit out
  • Progressing Broadgate vision; planning submitted at 1 Finsbury Avenue for 300,000 sq ft of office and retail space having recently received planning permission on 517,000 sq ft at 100 Liverpool Street
  • On-site with refurbishment of 72,000 sq ft of office space at 338 Euston Road, substantially pre-let to Facebook
  • Opening of 110,000 sq ft of leisure extensions at Broughton, Chester and Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh as well as 112,000 sq ft M&S anchored extension at Glasgow Fort; driving strong increases in footfall

Disciplined recycling of assets

  • £210 million acquisition of One Sheldon Square, increasing ownership at Paddington Central
  • 39 Victoria Street in the market and seeing strong investor demand (94,700 sq ft of recently refurbished and fully let office space)
  • Ongoing retail disposals including sale of Birstall Shopping Park, Leeds; c.£200 million under offer/on the market
  • Residential sales exchanged in the quarter total £12 million (BL share), with a further £27 million (BL share) reserved or under offer; units under offer 6.5% ahead of March 2015 valuation

Financial position remains strong

  • Raised £350 million of convertible bonds due 2020, at a zero coupon with flexible settlement options
  • Proportionally consolidated LTV at 36.5% based on March 2015 valuations (LTV of 33.7% pro-forma for 2012 convertible bond)
  • Weighted average interest rate reduced by 20bps to 3.6% (proportionally consolidated)
  • First quarter dividend confirmed at 7.091 pence, 2.5% ahead of prior year

Note 1 – Dividend
The first interim dividend payment for the quarter ended 30 June 2015 will be 7.09 pence per share, a 2.5% increase on the comparable period last year. The first interim dividend will be paid on 6 November 2015 to shareholders on the register at close of business on 2 October 2015. The current issued share capital (excluding Treasury shares) is 1,020,718,319 ordinary shares of 25p each. An announcement on the split between PID and non-PID income along with the availability of any scrip dividend alternative will be made no later than 4 business days before the ex-dividend date of 1 October 2015.

For Information Contact:
Investor Relations
Sally Jones, British Land 020 7467 2942
Media
Pip Wood, British Land 020 7467 2838
Gordon Simpson, Finsbury 020 7251 3801
Guy Lamming, Finsbury

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains certain “forward-looking” statements reflecting, among other things, current views on our markets, activities and prospects.  By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances that may or may not occur and which may be beyond British Land’s ability to control or predict (such as changing political, economic or market circumstances).  Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from any outcomes or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of British Land speak only as of the date they are made and no representation or warranty is given in relation to them, including as to their completeness or accuracy or the basis on which they were prepared.  Except to the extent required by law, British Land does not undertake to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect any changes in British Land’s expectations with regard thereto or any changes in information, events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Notes to Editors:

About British Land
We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed of £18.9 billion (of which British Land share is £13.6 billion), as valued at 31 March 2015. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long-term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to effectively finance these places.

UK Retail assets account for 55% of our portfolio. As the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space, our portfolio is well matched to the different ways people shop today. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising around 22 million sq ft of retail space across shopping parks, superstores, shopping centres, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 45% of our portfolio is focused on London.  We have an attractive mix of high quality buildings in well managed environments and a pipeline of development projects which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our Offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 6.7 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier city office campus (50% share).

Our size and substance demands a responsible approach to business. We believe leadership on issues such as sustainability helps drive our performance and is core to the delivery of our overall objective of driving shareholder value and creating Places People Prefer.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com

Sainsbury’s now stocks 100% British Red and Green chillies

Sainsbury’s is now stocking 100% British Red and Green chillies, with the season expected to last until at least September.

LONDON, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British chillies have been grown in various UK locations including Bedfordshire, Jersey and West Sussex with one of our growers being UK company Barfoot’s Cropping. The high sunshine levels and low rainfall in these areas make them ideal locations for the glasshouse growing. The farm work with Sainsbury’s to produce varietals such as Serenade, Fresno, Jalapeno and Breva, and also supplies the retailer with Scotch Bonnets (scoville heat 100,000 – 350,000), which are also all currently British in stores.

British chillies are available from Sainsbury’s between May and November and are 100% UK grown on the following products from July:

Thomas Lapraik, from Barfoot’s says: “We’ve been working with Sainsbury’s for 8 years and are pleased to be able to offer customers 100% home-grown Red, Green & Scotch Bonnet chillies in stores. My favourite chilli is the Breva variety. It has a lovely shape with just the right amount of flavour kick that is user friendly in the kitchen”.

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Sainsbury’s now stocks 100% British Red and Green chillies

Sainsbury’s now stocks 100% British Red and Green chillies

Amazon: Customers ordered 34.4 million items across Prime-eligible countries breaking all Black Friday records with 398 items ordered per second

  • Amazon sold more units on Prime Day than Black Friday 2014, the biggest Black Friday ever
  • Worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014
  • More new members tried Prime worldwide than any single day in Amazon history
  • Sellers on Amazon that use the Fulfillment by Amazon service enjoyed record-breaking unit sales – growing nearly 300%
  • Customers ordered hundreds of thousands of Amazon devices – making it the largest device sales day ever worldwide

SEATTLE, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today announced it sold more units on Prime Day than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try Prime worldwide than any single day in Amazon history. Customers ordered 34.4 million items across Prime-eligible countries, breaking all Black Friday records with 398 items ordered per second. Prime Day was also a great savings day – members globally saved millions on deals. Customers ordered hundreds of thousands of Amazon devices – making it the largest device sales day ever worldwide.

“Thank you to the hundreds of thousands of new members who signed up on Prime Day, and our tens of millions of existing members for making our first ever Prime Day a huge success,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President, Amazon Prime. “Customers worldwide ordered an astonishing 398 items per second and saved millions on Prime Day deals. Worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014 – all in an event exclusively available to Prime members. Going into this, we weren’t sure whether Prime Day would be a one-time thing or if it would become an annual event. After yesterday’s results, we’ll definitely be doing this again.”

“Prime Day was a record-breaker globally – it surpassed all of our expectations,” said Alexandre Gagnon, Country Manager for Amazon.ca. “This week has been the busiest ever for Prime signups and we saw more members shopping on Amazon.ca on Prime Day than on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. We can’t wait to do it again next year.”

On Prime Day, the top 10 Canada Prime Day bestsellers were:

  • Huggies Diapers
  • Kindle
  • Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker
  • Linke Apple MFI Lightning USB Cable
  • Sennheiser RS170 digital Wireless Headphones with Dynamic Bass and Surround Sound
  • Breaking Bad Complete Series Limited Edition Barrel
  • Crucial Solid State Drive
  • Phillips Bodygroom Pro with 3D Pivoting Head shaver
  • Jackery Mini Premium Ultra-Compact Aluminum Portable Charger
  • Flashpoint – The Complete Series

Other customers’ favourite Amazon.ca Prime Day deals included a PlayStation 4 Bundle, RCA 46-inch LED Full HD TV and Bose SoundTrue Headphones, to name a few.

Prime Day was also the biggest day for sales internationally. Top sellers around the world, excluding Amazon devices, were:

  • Canada: Huggies Diapers
  • US: Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy
  • UK: Lenovo FLEX 10 10.1-inch Multimode Touchscreen Notebook
  • Spain:  SSD Drive
  • Japan: Green Smoothie mix
  • Italy: Logitech Keyboard
  • Germany: Croc Sandals
  • France: Monopoly Boardgame
  • Austria: Croc Sandals

Fun facts about Prime Day in Canada:

  • Amazon.ca sales on Prime Day increased by nearly 400% compared to the same day in 2014
  • On Prime Day, Amazon.ca Prime members purchased 410 times more Sennheiser headphones, and 132 times more Phillips Bodygroom Pro shavers versus the previous Wednesday
  • We sold enough photo storage hard drives that if all the photos they could store were placed end-to-end, they would equal more than 144,000 CN Towers
  • We sold enough Breaking Bad DVDs that it would take over 4 years to watch them back-to-back
  • We sold enough GoPro cameras to record over 650 hockey games from start to finish without needing to recharge
  • Members loved our 50% off all Huggies diapers deal. We sold enough Huggies to diaper every baby born this year in Canada
  • We sold enough watches to give one to every active player in the NHL, with plenty more to go around
  • We sold enough Instant Pot Pressure Cookers to make more than 55,000 servings of poutine gravy at the same time
  • Amazon.ca Prime members purchased enough Hoover Upright Vacuums to reach the highest point of Niagara Falls more than 6 times when stacked on top of each other
  • Amazon.ca Prime members purchased enough AeroGarden Indoor Gardens to make over 3,000 salads at the same time

Prime Day was also a success for sellers on Amazon that use the Fulfillment by Amazon service – they enjoyed the biggest day ever with record-breaking unit sales growing nearly 300% worldwide. These sellers included local retailers and businesses of all sizes. Two of the top 10 most popular deals on Amazon.ca on Prime Day were from sellers Memory House and Jackery. Some feedback from Amazon.ca sellers include:

  • “Every one of our deals was 100% sold! The FBA service has been great and on #PrimeDay was huge for our business. Holiday sales volume in July. What a day!” – Mike Mitchell, COO for MMP Living
  • “Prime Day sales were off the charts. Prime Day is a perfect example of how Amazon is continuously developing new ways to delight its customers.” – York Wu, CEO of Jackery
  • “People jumped on #PrimeDay … nearly all our deals 100% claimed.” – Bernie Thompson, CEO for Plugable Technologies
  • “All of our Prime Deals sold out, most within the first hour. I can see Prime Day being the new Summer Shopping Holiday.” – Howard Greenspan, President of SCS Direct
  • “This first Prime Day was a GREAT day for us. We sold more than 1,700 products. All of our FBA inventory is gone. I wish we stocked more. You guys ROCK! Wow.” – Kevin Ma, Manager of Distribution, NCIX
  • “Thank you to Amazon for the opportunity to participate in Prime Day. Our customers really thank you! We saw a 6x increase of our regular summer daily sales and the event definitely lived up to being bigger than Black Friday. Let’s do it again next year. – Deepak Jain, Managing Director, ShopTronics

More to Prime
For Canada, a Prime membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, discounted One-Day Shipping for as low as $3.99/item, Same-Day Delivery in Toronto and Vancouver for a flat fee of $6.99 per-order and unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos. For more information, visit amazon.ca/primeday.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Amazon Echo are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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Tesco: British berry growers starting to reap the rewards of new variety of blackberry called Driscoll’s Victoria

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — They’ve always been seen as the poor relation to strawberries, blueberries and raspberries – but that’s all set to change for the humble blackberry.

 

 

This summer British berry growers are starting to reap the rewards of a new variety of blackberry called Driscoll’s Victoria which they believe will be a game changer for the UK berry industry.

Not only are Driscoll’s Victoria far sweeter than traditional UK blackberries but they, on average, also nearly twice the size.

And their impact is already been felt on British high streets with Tesco this summer becoming the first supermarket to sell blackberries as a snacking food.

Tesco’s move to sell these sweeter, giant blackberries in snack packs, which began in early June is already bringing the following results:

  • Blackberries – demand up nearly 60 per cent in last 4 weeks
  • Raspberries – demand up 25 per cent in last 4 weeks
  • Blueberries – demand up 10 per cent in last 4 weeks
  • Strawberries – demand up 10 per cent in last 4 weeks

Tesco soft fruit buying manager Simon Mandelbaum said: “Traditionally blackberries have never been as popular as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries and that’s because they have not been as sweet.

 “They’ve always been popular in cooking, especially as ingredients for jam, pies and crumbles but lesser so as a treat to be enjoyed on their own.

“However, that’s not the case in America where blackberries are far more popular than in the UK and the varieties are far sweeter.

“The early results speak for themselves and we think these sweeter, giant blackberries could totally revolutionise the UK berry industry and see the fruit eventually become as popular as blueberries have become in the last 10 years – and maybe, one day, even strawberries.”

Driscoll’s Victoria is one of several relatively new blackberry varieties including Karaka Black and Black Magic which have been developed as a result of advances in breeding. An increasing number of UK growers have been planting them over the last few years.

The taste is consistently sweet and has been developed with a reduction in the acidity of the berry which allows the natural sugars in the fruit to dominate.

The arrival of the sweeter blackberry varieties helped boost total UK production last year to more than 1500 tonnes – up by nearly 20 per cent on the previous year. But experts predict that, weather permitting, this year’s yield could be as high as 2000 tonnes.

Robert Pascall is one of the UK’s biggest berry growers, running the 420 acre Clock House Farm, Coxheath, near Maidstone, Kent.

He says the arrival of the Driscoll’s Victoria and other sweeter varieties has encouraged him to plant more blackberry bushes with production rocketing from 30 tonnes in 2012 to 180 tonnes in 2014. This year, with good weather, his annual tonnage will soar yet again.

Robert Pascall said: “Finding a larger, sweeter blackberry variety that can be eaten on its own as a dessert or as a snack has long been the Holy Grail for UK berry growers.

“We’ve been trialling various sweeter varieties for a few years now but none have produced as consistent a taste or size as the Driscoll’s Victoria which is already proving to be a game changer for growers like myself and also on the high street.

“The move by Tesco to sell blackberries in snacking packs and widen their appeal will no doubt encourage growers to invest in further production and establish the fruit as a rival to other top selling berries.”

Other sweet varieties now available in UK supermarkets include Karaka Black, and Black Magic which are all grown in the UK.

 

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Note to editors:

Tesco’s new 100g blackberry snack packs cost £1 each.

 

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Tesco wines declared ‘Own Label Range’ of the year at the 2015 International Wine Challenge (IWC) Awards Ceremony

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last night (16 July, 2015), Tesco wines were declared ‘Own Label Range’ of the year, at the 2015 International Wine Challenge (IWC) Awards Ceremony. Held at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel, the annual award ceremony, considered by many as ‘The Oscars’ of the wine industry, was attended by almost 1,000 members of the wine trade.

The title was awarded to Tesco in recognition of the recent medal success of own-label wines in the International Wine Challenge, where an impressive 98% of the wines entered on behalf of Tesco were awarded a medal.

Category Buying Manager and Master of Wine James Davis commented: “This is really fantastic news. We’re proud to have been presented with this award for the fourth time in five years and delighted the IWC judges agree that Tesco offers customers the best range of own label wines.

“Our own label wines are an integral part of the Tesco range and we work closely with our suppliers to ensure we offer great quality products at affordable prices – it’s proved to be a winning combination with our customers.”

The Tesco wine team also picked up trophies for Great Value Champion Sparkling Wine for the finest* Grand Cru Champagne, and Great Value Champion Sweet Wine for the finest* Dessert Semillon.

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:  “These Great Value Awards demonstrate that savvy shoppers are able to pick up fantastic wines with very competitive prices. These wines punch well above its weight in terms of quality and they are all delicious wines. These wines have been blind tasted by some of the best wine judges in the world, so consumers can buy these award winners with confidence. Impress your friends and family without denting your bank balance.”

Tesco Product Development Managers Charlotte Lemoine and Graham Nash were at the awards ceremony to collect the trophies.

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Starbucks Plans to Open Stores in Diverse, Under-represented Neighborhoods in 15 U.S. Cities

  • Starbucks Plans to Open Stores in Diverse, Under-represented Neighborhoods in 15 U.S. Cities, Will Work with Local Minority and Women-Owned Suppliers, Nonprofits and Civic Leaders to Create New Opportunities for Economic Development and Community Engagement
  • First Stores to Open in Chicago, Ferguson, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and Queens, New York
  • Starbucks Multiplies Impact Beyond Stores with $1.5 Million in Starbucks Foundation Opportunity for Youth Grants in 15 U.S. Cities to Support Youth Training and Hiring Programs with Proven Results

SEATTLE, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the heels of the launch of the private-sector led 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to increase hiring of America’s opportunity youth, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced two key strategic initiatives to support economic development and social change in diverse, urban communities by helping young people connect with meaningful employment and pathways to success.

Starbucks to Open Stores in Diverse, Urban Communities 

Starbucks today announced it will open stores in 15 diverse, low to medium income urban communities across the U.S., with at least five stores expected to open in 2016. These stores will be a key strategy in achieving the company’s previously stated goal of hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth – young people between the ages of 16-24 who face systemic barriers to meaningful jobs and education – and the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative’s collective goal of hiring 100,000 Opportunity Youth by 2018.

Starbucks will open the first of these stores in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago’s south side; the West Florissant neighborhood in Ferguson, Missouri; the Jamaica neighborhood in Queens, New York; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and will remodel its store at 7th & Camelback in Phoenix, Arizona. Each of these locations will have an onsite training space where young people can learn valuable customer service and retail skills, based on the same world-class training Starbucks partners (employees) receive. Starbucks will also partner with local youth services organizations and government to leverage existing programs that help connect young people with internships, apprenticeships and jobs in the community and foster the type of dialogue and engagement needed for continued social change.

“We have a long history of developing stores in diverse neighborhoods and we hope to do even more – together with the community – to bring great jobs, engage young people, and drive economic opportunity for all,” said Blair Taylor, chief community officer for Starbucks and chair of the Starbucks Foundation. “We want to be part of the solution in these communities and help create a sustainable future for those who may be looking for a second chance.”

Starbucks will hire on average 20 to 25 partners (employees) per store from the local community, providing a new pathway to opportunity through training and development, meaningful career options and industry-leading benefits that include the chance to get an online, tuition-free bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.

Starbucks also plans to collaborate with local women and minority owned contractors and businesses in the design and development of these stores, and work with women and minority owned suppliers to bring locally-made food products to the stores.

“There’s a quiet, much-needed movement underway to rebuild Ferguson” said Michael McMillan, chief executive officer for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, which recently broke ground on a new jobs and education center for youth in Ferguson. “Starbucks is stepping up and investing in our community in a way that will open up exciting opportunities for all. We hope more businesses will appreciate this city’s resilience and join us in turning what was a tragedy into a triumph.”

“We want to decrease the number of young men and women in Phoenix who are not connected to meaningful educational or career paths,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “I applaud Starbucks for helping low-income, diverse communities address this problem. These new Starbucks stores will help engage our young people with exciting new training opportunities and help support our city’s minority-owned and operated suppliers.”

“In making this commitment to open in Englewood, Starbucks, like Whole Foods, sees the opportunity and revitalization occurring in one of Chicago’s oldest neighborhoods. This is further proof that when the public and private sectors come together to invest in communities, we can create new jobs and economic resources that will spur economic growth into the future,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“A new generation of young people – especially in low-income communities – are at risk for never, ever having a job,” said Congressman Bobby L. Rush of the 1st District of Illinois. “These young people are often neglected, especially those who are no longer in school or unable to find jobs, and are not being trained to be productive citizens in the workplace. We look forward to welcoming Starbucks to our Englewood community and share in their ongoing commitment to the training, employment and education of our nation’s youth.”

To determine which communities are a good fit for this store concept, Starbucks looks at all the available data on the socio-economic health of America’s cities to understand which communities have the biggest opportunity gaps, which have the biggest need for business investment and leadership, and where there is local movement underway to build a better future for its residents. The company plans to accelerate the development of these stores over the next three years with the goal of opening in at least 10 additional cities by 2018.  Starbucks will monitor the success of the stores for continued adoption to embed with our store development strategies.

Starbucks Foundation Announces $1.5 Million in Opportunity for Youth Grants in 15 U.S. Cities

Today, the Starbucks Foundation also announced it has awarded $1.5 million in Opportunity for Youth grants to 72 nonprofit organizations in 15 U.S. cities for fiscal year 2016. These grants, ranging from $5,000 to $75,000, build on the foundation’s long history of investing in proven, as well as innovative, programs that equip young people ages 16-24 with the skills and training required for the changing global economy. Starbucks partners (employees) engage and volunteer with the organizations to help young people become job-ready and develop skills to continue on the pathway of opportunity. Since launching in 1997, the Starbucks Foundation has grown to support communities around the globe. In 2014, the foundation gave $13.1 million in 2014, making 144 grants to nonprofit organizations, including $3.37 million to organizations supporting opportunity youth around the world.

“The Starbucks Foundation is dedicated to empowering our nation’s young people to seek out the right path forward through development and training, public service and volunteering, educational opportunities as job readiness,” said Taylor. “We are thrilled to be able to award $1.5 million to these well-deserving non-profits who will help multiply impact beyond our stores and make a meaningful impact to these young future leaders.”

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Starbucks Plans to Open Stores in Diverse, Under-represented Neighborhoods in 15 U.S. Cities

Starbucks Plans to Open Stores in Diverse, Under-represented Neighborhoods in 15 U.S. Cities