Asda’s latest Income Tracker reveals that Brits had an extra £18 a week to spend in June compared to a year ago

Asda’s latest Income Tracker reveals that Brits had an extra £18 a week to spend in June compared to a year ago, with the falling price of food, drink, clothing and outdoor living freeing up cash for some fun in the sun

  • The average UK household had £189 a week of discretionary income in June 2015, up by £18 a week on the same month in the previous year
  • The price of food and alcohol, which fell, 2.2% helped boost incomes
  • Summer fashion sales meant the cost of clothing and footwear fell by 0.4% between May and June
  • Most regions of the UK saw double digit increases in household discretionary income over the last 12 months

LEEDS, 2015-7-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The sun has shone pound signs this summer as Asda’s latest monthly Income Tracker reveals that Brits had an extra £18 a week in their pockets in June this year. Families across the UK now have £189 a week to spend on the things they want, rather than the items they need, which is over 10% higher than this time last year.

The traditional British picnic will be saving family’s dough this summer, as the price of food was found to be 0.2% cheaper than last month and 2.2% cheaper than the same time last year. The downward effect came from a range of items including bread, jam, chocolate and confectionery. But if you’d rather toast than bread, then drink to the news that alcoholic beverages also saw a 2.2% decline in price from June 2014!

And Brits won’t be hot under the collar this summer, as the price of clothing was 0.8% lower than the same time last year. Summer fashion sales also helped the price of clothing and footwear to fall by 0.4% between May and June.

Those Brits basking in the glory of Wimbledon can also share in the good news – the price of equipment for sport and open-air recreation was 2.8% cheaper in June this year. Serena supporters and Murray backers will surely cheer when they hear that games, toys and hobbies also saw a 3.5% price decrease compared to June 2014.

Taking a national view, it’s a positive story with most regions having seen double digit increases in household discretionary income over the last 12 months. These ranged from the £12 increase seen in Wales to the £22 increase recorded in London:

  • While London saw a more subdued rate of discretionary income growth, thanks in part to higher essential item inflation, households experienced the largest increase in pound terms with household discretionary income reaching £22 per week.
  • Households in the West Midlands and Scotland experienced an acceleration in the rate of gross income growth in the latest quarter. This was supported by falling rates of unemployment within these regions. Over the past year, the West Midlands has seen the rate of unemployment fall by 1.5%. Household spending power in Scotland is now growing at 10.1% year-on-year.
  • The North East experienced a 2% fall in unemployment over the past year.
  • Northern Ireland once again experienced the strongest year on year growth in discretionary income of all parts of the UK. Households across Northern Ireland have particularly benefitted from the falling cost of essential items, as household spending power rose by 17.4% in the year to Q2 2015.

Commenting on the findings, Chief Customer Officer at Asda, Barry Williams, said:

“This month’s tracker brings yet more good news for households across Britain – as the summer holidays approach and the days are getting brighter the pressure on family budgets will be lighter and giving them a chance to spend more money on the things they want to do, rather than need to do.

“It’s reassuring to see that Northern Ireland continues with its accelerated recovery and that the North East continues to benefit from a fall in unemployment.”

Sam Alderson, Economist, Cebr, said:

“The continued and widespread increases in family spending power are good news for the UK economy, particularly given the global economic uncertainty surrounding China and Greece. The increase in discretionary incomes over the last year appears to have supported a further pick up in retail spending in recent months. This looks likely to continue over the second half of the year and will provide a key driver of economic growth in the UK in 2015.”

Read the full report here.

IKEA completes the installation of solar panels atop its St. Louis store opening September 30, 2015

ST. LOUIS, MO, 2015-7-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced the installing of solar panels is complete atop its St. Louis store opening September 30, 2015. Once the other components are mounted, connected and operational, the project will be the largest rooftop solar installation in the State of Missouri. The store’s 259,000-square-foot solar array comprises a 1.28-MW system, built with 4,085 panels, and will produce approximately 1,780,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent to reducing 1,227 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 258 cars or providing electricity for 169 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html).

For the development, design and installation of IKEA St. Louis’ customized solar power system, IKEA selected Inovateus Solar LLC, an industry-leading solar power distributor and integrator specializing in large-scale solar installations.

“Installing the solar panels is another exciting and sustainable step in the progress towards opening the future IKEA St. Louis,” said John Achillea, store manager. “IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, and IKEA St. Louis can add to this goal with Missouri’s largest rooftop solar array.”

This array represents the 42nd solar project for IKEA in the U.S, contributing to the IKEA solar presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of 40 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally has allocated more than $2 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of also being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels across the world and owns approximately 157 wind turbines in Europe and Canada, with 104 more being built in the U.S.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can be a good business while doing good business and aims to minimize impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling of customers’ compact fluorescent bulbs, and by 2016 selling only L.E.D. bulbs. IKEA also has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 13 stores, with a roll-out planned for more locations.

Under construction on 21 acres along Interstate-64 at Vandeventer Avenue, the 380,000 square-foot future IKEA St. Louis, and 1,300 parking spaces, will open September 30, 2015 in the City’s Midtown Cortex Innovation Community. Until then, customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores: Chicago-area IKEA Bolingbrook and IKEA Schaumburg; the Kansas City-area store in Merriam, KS; or online at IKEA-USA.com.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 370 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 40 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Kesko plans to have its new main office building ‘K-kampus’ in Ruskeasuo, Helsinki by 2018

Kesko plans to have its new main office building, the so-called ‘K-kampus’, in Ruskeasuo, Helsinki by 2018. The new premises would accommodate the majority of Kesko Group’s functions in the Greater Helsinki area. The aim is also to open a new K-food store on the same property. The area at the crossing of Mannerheimintie and Hakamäentie streets in the Ruskeasuo district of Helsinki is excellent for the Kesko personnel, Kesko’s stakeholders and the planned K-food store’s customers alike in terms of both location and transport links.

HELSINKI, 2015-7-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko’s objective is to bring most of its functions in the Greater Helsinki area together under one roof by 2018. The aim is to have a new office complex built for use by Kesko in the so-called Manskun Rasti area to accommodate the functions of Kesko’s common operations, the grocery trade and the building and home improvement trade in the Greater Helsinki area. A new K-food store would also be opened in the building. The functions of Kesko’s car trade, agricultural and machinery trade, leisure trade, or those of the logistics company Keslog Ltd are not planned to be transferred to the premises.

– Bringing Kesko personnel together on a common K-kampus underpins our strategy of a more uniform Kesko and our objectives for efficient operations. It will enable us to make better use of skills and cooperate across the divisional boundaries, says President and CEO Mikko Helander.

Kesko has entered into a conditional cooperation agreement on the project with Skanska. The final execution of the project is conditional on the decisions of the authorities related to, among other things, land use planning and surrender of land, that are prepared by the Real Estate Department and the City Planning Department.

Kesko’s main office building, located in Katajanokka, Helsinki, was completed in 1939. It is planned to be converted mainly to residential and hotel use.

An image of K-kampus is available in Kesko’s material bank at http://aineistopankki.kesko.fi in the Current topics file.

Further information is available from Merja Haverinen, Vice President, Group Communications, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 105 322 764.

Kesko (www.kesko.fi) is one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. We are a retail specialist whose chains have about 2,000 stores in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers.

Skanska’s (www.skanska.fi) operations in Finland cover construction services, residential and commercial project development and public sector life cycle projects. Construction services include building construction, building services, and civil and environmental construction.

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METRO PROPERTIES divested majority shareholdings in 10 Real hypermarkets to Berlin-based Carlton Investment as part of a joint venture

  • Carlton Investment acquires 60% of real estate portfolio comprising 10 Real hypermarkets; METRO PROPERTIES retains shareholding of 40%
  • Locations for Real secured in the long term
  • Together with Real focus on sustainable development enhancing the appeal of the retail stores

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-7-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The real estate subsidiary of METRO GROUP, METRO PROPERTIES, has divested majority shareholdings in 10 Real hypermarkets to Berlin-based Carlton Investment as part of a joint venture. Carlton Investment is a joint enterprise between Hildesheim-based company group Lüder and Berlin-based Jan Wehle. METRO PROPERTIES retains an interest in the portfolio with a 40% shareholding. The objective pursued by the joint venture partners is to sustainably boost and enhance the attractiveness and footfall of the retail stores that are of strategic importance to Real through the gradual renovation and development of the properties.

The real estate properties are bundled in the so called “Socrates portfolio,” which METRO PROPERTIES had reacquired from the DELEK Group in 2014 to systematically optimise and strategically secure Real’s store portfolio. “When we addressed the projected resale more closely after reacquiring the properties, we soon realised just how much potential the individual stores offered for increasing attractiveness and value,” Jürgen Schwarze, CFO at METRO PROPERTIES, explains. “To achieve optimum leverage of this potential, apart from solid financing, an experienced project developer was also required who contributes the specialised competence and drive to reposition large-area retail real estate. We found the ideal partner for this in Carlton Investment.”

The Lüder group of companies is a project developer that operates across Germany. It specialises in the development of large-area retail and has already been active successfully in the market for 60 years. Recently, in collaboration with Jan Wehle, Lüder repositioned both the Planetencenter shopping centre in Garbsen as well as acquiring the EKZ Mainspitze shopping centre in Raunheim. Carlton General Managers Sebastian Lüder and Jan Wehle agree: “The investment in the joint venture offers us far more than a mere shareholding in a highly sought-after retail real estate portfolio. We look forward to implementing attractive project developments in collaboration with Real in order to raise the intrinsic value of the individual stores.”

Real CEO Didier Fleury also welcomed the transaction: “Alongside extensive investments by METRO GROUP in recent years in Real, this move will also contribute to the long-term consolidation of our store network and thus to securing Real’s future overall. We look forward to collaborating with Carlton Investment.”

Under the chosen transaction structure, the properties were transferred into a holding company, in which METRO PROPERTIES holds a 40% stake and Carlton Investment holds 60% through a property management company. Specifically, the Real hypermarkets that form a part of the transaction are Bremerhaven-Pferdebade, Castrop-Rauxel, Gross-Gerau, Darmstadt, Freiburg (Gundelfinger Strasse), Heidenau, Würzburg (Nürnberger Strasse), Wetzlar, Raunheim and Wiesbaden (Mainzer Strasse). All stores were secured for Real through long-term rental agreements.

METRO GROUP is one of the most important international trading companies. In the financial year 2013/14, it generated sales of about €63 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 30 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale –, Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

METRO PROPERTIES is METRO GROUP’s real estate company. The company combines comprehensive retail competence, highly developed real estate expertise and implementation capability. METRO PROPERTIES is a partner for investments as well as for the development and support of modern wholesale and retail stores. At both the national and international level, METRO PROPERTIES pursues active and value-enhancing property management. Investors, leasing partners and customers receive competent support at METRO GROUP’s stores worldwide. Apart from its headquarters in Germany, the company operates through locations in Poland, Russia and Turkey. In other countries, the company is represented by regional managements.

The real,- SB-Warenhaus GmbH is an enterprise of the METRO GROUP. real,- stands for diverse brand name products, a high competency for freshness as well as an attractive price-performance ratio. Under the umbrella of the real,- group, the company operates approximately 300 hypermarkets in Germany. Furthermore, it operates 2 drive-in stores in Germany and the real,- online shop. For the fiscal year 2013/14, the company achieved net sales of approx. €8.4 billion with about 38,000 employees. Additional information is available at www.real.info and www.metrogroup.de.

Starbucks offers its first single-origin coffee from Vietnam — Starbucks Reserve® Vietnam Da Lat

SEATTLE, 2015-7-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coffee came to Vietnam in the 1800s, brought by the French up to the mountains of Vietnam’s Lam Dong Province. The volcanic soil and cooling mists of the Central Highlands made it the ideal land for coffee. Its anchoring city, Da Lat was known as “The City of Eternal Spring,” with its temperate weather a welcome respite from the tropical weather of the bustling cities near the coast.

Although Vietnam today is one of the world’s top exporters of robusta coffee, its specialty-grade arabicacoffee has thrived in its mountains for more than 150 years. Now Starbucks is offering its first single-origin coffee from the country with Starbucks Reserve® Vietnam Da Lat.

“When we received a sample of this coffee, we were delighted at the quality,” said Leslie Wolford, senior coffee specialist for Starbucks. “Vietnam Da Lat has a bright refreshing acidity highlighting kola nut, toffee, and vanilla. It is excellent as espresso, brewed coffee, or even cold brew.”

Patricia Marques, a 13-year Starbucks partner based in Ho Chi Minh City, has served as general manager for Starbucks Vietnam since the company opened its first store in 2013.

“Vietnam has a very long and proud coffee history,” Marques said. “People here prefer a strong, thick coffee with full body. They enjoy coffee at a very slow pace, sitting outside and having conversation with others.”

Did you know?

The packaging for Starbucks Reserve® Vietnam Da Lat was inspired by the close proximity of the farms to the city of Da Lat. The city’s French Art Deco style architecture is reflected through bold, geometric shapes of the design. The gold texture represents the ever-present mist that sits amongst the city and its surrounding pine forests.

About Starbucks Reserve Coffee
Each Starbucks Reserve® coffee is sourced from small lots in coffee-growing regions in Latin America, Africa and Asia Pacific, and every coffee has a signature roast profile to bring out its unique flavors. These coffees are roasted with care, at the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle, to enhance their peak flavor expression. They are available in limited supply in select Starbucks® stores or through subscription.

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

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Starbucks offers its first single-origin coffee from Vietnam -- Starbucks Reserve® Vietnam Da Lat

Starbucks offers its first single-origin coffee from Vietnam — Starbucks Reserve® Vietnam Da Lat

Starbucks Coffee Company expands relationship with The New York Times Company; announces an elevated digital news experience for the Starbucks® mobile app

  • Agreement expands existing in-store relationship to 10M My Starbucks Rewards® loyalty members via The New York Times digital “daily briefing” and additional content
  • My Starbucks Rewards® members will be able to “Earn Stars Everywhere,” including through paid digital and print subscriptions to The New York Times

SEATTLE, 2015-7-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced an elevated digital news experience for the Starbucks® mobile app, the result of an expanded relationship with The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) which publishes one of the most widely-read and authoritative news publications in the world.  As part of the agreement, The New York Times top news of the day as well as a selection of other articles addressing key social, political and economic issues will be available for free via the Starbucks® mobile app for the 10 million My Starbucks Rewards® loyalty members. These customers will also have the opportunity to earn “Stars” through paid digital and print subscriptions to The New York Times.

“We see a future in which the Starbucks retail experience seamlessly extends to the mobile devices our millions of customers carry with them every day,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo of Starbucks. “Our relationship with The New York Times is the perfect example of bringing this vision to life.  We have proudly sold millions of copies of the paper in Starbucks stores for more than a decade, and are excited to bring this experience to the next level by enabling Starbucks loyal customers to take the best of The New York Times with them wherever they go, whenever they want it.”

Beginning in the first half of 2016, as part of this Starbucks digital news experience, the daily and weekend briefings from The New York Times will be delivered to My Starbucks Rewards® loyalty members through the Starbucks® mobile app as well as other relevant articles from The Times recommended by Starbucks.  Additional articles recommended by Starbucks will come from other media sources over time.

Mark Thompson, president and CEO of The New York Times Company said, “We have enjoyed a long and fruitful association with Starbucks and we’re delighted that this agreement will further extend our digital relationship. This is another in a series of arrangements we have made recently in order to ensure that The Times continue to expand the reach of our journalism to new and interesting pools of readers. We’re particularly happy that Starbucks has also put in place an appealing incentive to turn these readers into subscribers.”

Free digital access to 15 articles per day on NYTimes.com is already available in many U.S.-based Starbucks stores through the Starbucks Digital Network. The New York Times newspaper is also widely distributed in Starbucks stores across the country.

“This expanded relationship with The New York Times allows us to directly engage our most loyal customers with the latest and most relevant news of the day,” added Kevin Johnson, president and coo of Starbucks.  “Through these types of relationships, we are well on our journey to provide our most loyal customers with the opportunity to earn Stars everywhere and redeem them for food and beverages in Starbucks stores.”

My Starbucks Rewards® loyalty members will be able to “Earn Stars Everywhere,” through both Starbucks and non-Starbucks purchases.  Starbucks recently announced a multi-year deal with Spotify, which first introduced this new opportunity for Starbucks loyalty program members to earn Stars through purchases made with other companies. As part of today’s announcement, My Starbucks Rewards customers will also earn Stars by purchasing paid digital and print subscriptions to The New York Times. Customers will then have the ability to redeem those earned Stars for food and beverages at participating Starbucks® stores.

The agreement with The New York Times links more than 7,000 company-operated Starbucks stores in the U.S. with the 10 million My Starbucks Rewards® loyalty members in a new and highly relevant way. Furthering its plan to build one of the most robust digital ecosystems of any retailer in the world, Starbucks continues to find new ways and platforms to engage and stay connected with its customers.  Providing its most loyal customers with the most relevant news of the day from one of the most trusted news authorities, The New York Times, is one more way that Starbucks enriches its customer relationships with benefits that are meaningful and unique.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com. Learn more about us by visiting the Starbucks Newsroom: www.news.starbucks.com.

About The New York Times Company
The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information. The company includes The New York Times, International New York Times, NYTimes.com, INYT.com and related properties. It is known globally for excellence in its journalism, and innovation in its print and digital storytelling and its business model. Follow news about the company on Twitter at @NYTimesComm.

For more information on this news release, contact Jaime Riley.

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Starbucks Coffee Company expands relationship with The New York Times Company; announces an elevated digital news experience for the Starbucks® mobile app

Starbucks Coffee Company expands relationship with The New York Times Company; announces an elevated digital news experience for the Starbucks® mobile app

Tesco survey: Chinese stir fry is the most well-known dish Brits know how to cook from scratch

  • New study from Tesco reveals top 5 well-known recipes Brits can cook from scratch without the aid of a recipe, with quick and easy weekday favourite the stir fry coming out on top and Spaghetti Bolognese a close second
  • Study also reveals more than half of UK adults (54%) know how to cook just five or fewer dishes without resorting to looking up a recipe
  • As many as one in eight would not be confident cooking an omelette without consulting a recipe, while almost a third (31%) cook a new recipe just once a year or less frequently

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-7-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new survey commissioned by Tesco into Brits’ cooking habits has found the humble Chinese stir fry is the most well-known dish people know how to cook from scratch, with 81% of people knowing how to cook one without having to resort to a recipe book.

Spaghetti Bolognese came a close second with 80% knowing how to cook the Italian classic, while 77% of people can cook a traditional Sunday Roast Dinner unaided, bringing the British favourite home in third place.

The survey was commissioned to launch a new online cooking series, Let’s Cookalong, delivered by the Tesco eat Happy Project in partnership with the Children’s Food Trust. The research, conducted with 2,000 people around the country, looked into aspects of our kitchen habits from the recipes we do and don’t feel confident cooking from scratch to how we learn new recipes, what inspires us and how our children are learning to cook.

The research found more than half of UK adults (54%) have committed just five or fewer recipes to memory and a similar proportion (51%) say they roll these out on a weekly basis, if not more often.  As many as one in eight would not be confident cooking an omelette without consulting a recipe, while almost a third (31%) cook a new recipe just once a year or less frequently.

Let’s Cookalong will help boost the culinary knowledge of parents and children throughout the summer as new videos which are added to YouTube each week. Parents and their children will be able to follow a chef cook a variety of child-friendly recipes and meal ideas, starting with picnic-themed recipes  and moving on to Moroccan, Barbeque and Indian in the coming weeks.

 

Josh Hardie, Group CR Director at Tesco, speaking on behalf of the Eat Happy Project said:

“We know families around the country love to cook together, which is really important because children that grow up learning to cook and eat healthily go on to lead healthier lives.

 “Trying a new recipe can seem daunting but tasty, healthy meals needn’t be complicated or need lots of expensive ingredients – this is the inspiration behind our new Let’s Cookalong summer series and we want as many families as possible to take part this summer.”

 

Linda Cregan, CEO of the Children’s Food Trust said:

“If we want our children to take a greater interest in food and eat more healthily it is important to keep mealtimes varied.  This not only makes food more interesting to them but also varies the nutrients they eat, gives them a more diverse palate and helps them be braver with their food choices.”
The top five meals survey respondents said they were confident or very confident cooking without a recipe were:

  1. Stir Fry (81%)
  2. Spaghetti Bolognese (80%)
  3. Sunday roast (77%)
  4. Cottage/shepherd’s pie (74%)
  5. Beef casserole (68%)

The survey found many of these recipes were passed down from our mothers; half of all women (51%) learned the recipes they do know from their mum, while only one in 20 of us (5%) picked them up from our fathers.  This is a trend which looks likely to shift in the future with a third of dads polled (33%) saying they would like their children to learn how to cook from them. It seems that cooking together is becoming a family pastime as a quarter of parents (25%) with children aged between 6 – 10 say they cook together all the time while almost half (49%) do so occasionally.

The survey also revealed the real variety in cooking habits across the UK:

  • Almost a third of those from Edinburgh claim to have committed 10 or more recipes to memory, by far the highest proportion of any UK city
  • Liverpudlians proved to be the most experimental cooks with 8% saying they cook new recipes every week, higher than the national average of 5%
  • Belfast parents are the most diligent at cooking with their children, narrowly beating out Newcastle, with almost one in five saying they do so all the time
  • The cooks of Norwich appear to be the most frugal with the highest proportion citing trying to save money as a key inspiration for learning new recipes

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For more information, please contact: Hannah Stewart on hannah.stewart@tvcgroup.com or call 020 7380 8030 / 07931 775628

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

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ABOUT THE TESCO EAT HAPPY PROJECT

The Tesco Eat Happy Project is a long-term commitment to help 4 – 11 year olds have a healthier and happier relationship with food. Tesco believes that if children understand more about food and where it comes from, they can make better decisions about what they put on their plates when they grow up.

Tesco’s ambition is to give every primary school-aged child in the UK the opportunity to go on Farm to Fork Trails, Online Field Trips and Let’s Cook courses, to support their syllabus in learning about food and nutrition. All are free and open to every 4 – 11 year old in the country.

  • Farm to Fork Trails offer interactive, educational fun at over 770 Tesco stores and more than 170 Supplier Partner’s farms and factories. Children learn how to bake bread rolls, taste new foods or see how cows are milked. The trails are based across the country and Tesco contribute towards transport costs.
  • Online Field Trips broadcast live from farms and factories across the globe. Children use technology in the classroom to stand in a muddy field and discover where the food on their plates comes from, without needing to pull on their wellies. They can chat to real growers and producers using Google+ Hangouts.
  • Free, downloadable resources are developed with teachers and nutrition experts to be age-appropriate and linked to the national curriculum. They include lesson plans, recipes, videos and activities, and span all subjects so that teachers can add a healthy eating theme to any lesson.
  • Let’s Cook courses, run in partnership with the Children’s Food Trust, aim to give children the skills and passion to cook and eat healthily. Children take away an apron and healthy recipes to help them continue cooking at home.

The Tesco Eat Happy Project launched in March 2014 and has now seen over 890,000 children find out where their food comes from, as well as how to cook nutritious meals through participation in Farm to Fork Trails, Online Field Trips and Let’s Cook courses.

To understand more about The Tesco Eat Happy Project, please visit http://www.tesco.com/eathappyproject  or tweet us on @EatHappyProject

ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S FOOD TRUST
The Children’s Food Trust is a national charity on a mission to get every child eating better: at home, in childcare, at school and beyond. Follow us on Twitter@childfoodtrust and like us on Facebook. Registered charity number 1118995

 

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645
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Tesco’s Future Farmer Foundation again open to receive applications

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-7-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco’s Future Farmer Foundation is open once again to receive applications from enthusiastic young farmers who wish to make their mark on the industry.

The retailer launched the Future Farmer Foundation in 2014 to help bright, talented, determined young people make a confident start in the world of agriculture; whether they are looking to take over the family farm, embark on a new farming venture, or have an ambition to enter the industry for the first time.

This intake, the third for the foundation, will build on some of the fantastic successes that have already been achieved in the previous years.  Around 100 young people have already benefited from the programme, which aims to develop the business and personal skills of the participants and teach them about the importance of an effective supply chain for a modern sustainable farm business.

Lisa Buckley-Hoyle, Tesco’s Category Director for Sourcing and Agriculture said: ‘Our Future Farmer Foundation is about encouraging people to make their own start in the world of agriculture.  We have been delighted with huge drive and enthusiasm we have seen so far with the intake in previous years and we are confident that this year will be even better.

‘At Tesco, we recognise the many challenges young people face in this industry. As British Agriculture’s biggest customer, it is important to us that we help create opportunities for the next generation of farmers.’

Training is delivered by experts in their respective fields from across agriculture and  is supported by leading food and farming businesses including ABP, Adams Foods, Anglia Free Range Eggs, Arla, Bayer Crop Science, Branston, Cranswick Country Foods, Muller-Wiseman, Noble Foods, St Merryn Foods and Thanet Earth.

By providing participants with the opportunity to be exposed to all parts of the industry and supply chain, the Future Farmer Foundation has already helped to create a new generation of customer focused entrepreneurs in a fast moving and global industry. Future Farmers will also have the opportunity to apply for a Tesco International Scholarship, worth up to £5500. Recent recipients of the awards are Beth Bennett, a manager of a free range egg company and Joe Towers, a dairy farmer. They were singled out for drawing on current industry challenges to improve productivity and improve welfare standards.

Beth, whose proposal looked at how to reduce aggressive behaviour in flocks of laying hens to minimise production losses, commented on the scheme: ‘The programme helped me gain confidence and a clear understanding of the supply chain in various agricultural sectors, as well as imparting the essential business and financial skills required to run a farm. It was brilliant opportunity to meet with so many like-minded people from all over the country, who are passionate about being a part of an innovative and sustainable agricultural industry.

Whilst Joe, who will be researching how the use of Big Data can benefit better forecasting in the dairy supply chain, said: ‘One of the most valuable aspects of the programme has been developing both my personal and professional network and I am privileged to have got to know so many talented people passionate about British agriculture.  Gaining insight into how British agriculture’s biggest customer operates, as well as their suppliers, has given me an edge in adapting my business to a changing world. ‘

 

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Notes to editors

  • The programme, funded by Tesco, is project managed by Promar International.
  • There is no requirement for the Future Farmers to work with the retailer in the future.

Who can apply?

  • All enthusiastic ambitious young farmers who are:
  • Aged 20-35 years old on 1st October
  • Not in full time education
  • From any farming sector
  • Living anywhere in the UK
  • New entrants, existing farmers or farm employees
  • Willing to commit approximately 2 days per month (on average) to participate in the programme

Why you should apply

  • Meet like-minded young farmers who share many of the same challenges as you do
  • Learn new skills and knowledge to apply within your business plans
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the supply chain
  • Build a network of contacts from across the industry
  • Gain the confidence to influence and make decisions, plan and execute your ideas
  • For more information on Tesco’s Future Farmer’s Foundation and how to apply, go to http://www.tescofuturefarmerfoundation.com
  • The closing date to submit application is the 15th August 2015

 

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.

Carrefour steps up its efforts to make the start of the autumn term simpler and less expensive

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2015-7-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour is focusing on getting ready for September with innovative services (like its new Click List platform), useful tips and an extended selection of items at affordable prices. The retailer is stepping up its efforts to make the start of the autumn term simpler and less expensive.

NEW SERVICES TO HELP YOU PLAN AHEAD AND MAKE SHOPPING FOR THE START OF TERM EASIER
For September 2015, Carrefour is launching:
> Starting in July, “My Click List”:
A collaborative site that people can use to share lists of school supplies that their children’s primary and secondary schools have sent. This saves time for other parents who can access them freely. For each list shared, Carrefour is offering a 10% discount at one of its drive stores until 30 September. Customers can then purchase their school supplies online from among 400 essential items. The order is handled by one of the 87 participating drive stores and then all customers have to do is come and pick up their shopping!
> All through the year, the “Satchel Guarantee”
Carrefour is guaranteeing all of the school satchels that are in its catalogue from 1 July to 1 August 2015 for the whole year.
Guaranteeing peace of mind all year long!
> And for customers who have a PASS card:
They get free school insurance whenever they spend €50 or more on non-food products. Carrefour is also offering 60% off subscriptions to the Maxicours online tuition service, as well as a number of easy payment options.

THE “LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEE” EXTENDED TO INCLUDE 200 NATIONAL-BRAND PRODUCTS
For the fourth year in a row, the lowest price guarantee has been extended to include 200 national-brand products. And Carrefour is also going to be selling 2500 national-brand, licensed and own-brand products – everything from school satchels and school organisers to pens. For example, Carrefour has created 3 new own-brand collections: the “Modern Princesses” and the “Rebels”, as well as a special range for older children.

DISCOUNTS FOR LARGE FAMILIES
And to help larger families throughout the school year1, Carrefour is offering 10% off in the stationary department for every €20 purchase of back-to-school items at its hypermarkets between 29 June and 13 September 2015.

Migros Sélection überrascht Zürcherinnen und Zürcher

ZURICH, Switzerland, 2015-7-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Am 22. Juli macht Migros Sélection den Alltag der Zürcher Tram-Fahrgäste zu etwas Besonderem und überrascht sie in einem 13er-Tram mit einer Gratis-Degustation von ausgewählten Sélection Produkten.

Sélection Tram: Für alle, die wissen wollen, was gut ist

Das Sélection Tram wird am kommenden Mittwoch ab 7 Uhr bis 19 Uhr zwischen Albisgüetli und Frankental verkehren. Einsteigemöglichkeiten bestehen an jeder Haltestelle der Linie 13. Zu erkennen ist es am typischen weissen und goldigen Sélection-Look. Das Degustationsangebot ist zudem auf den Fenstern abgebildet. Zürcher Fahrgäste können jederzeit einsteigen und unterwegs nach Lust und Laune zehn verschiedene Produkte probieren, welche passend zur Tageszeit offeriert werden. Die Palette reicht von Konfi- und Honigbrötchen zum Frühstück, über Apérogebäck und Häppchen mit Brie de Meaux bis hin zum Mango Lassi und Schokoladenkuchen.

Sélection Produkte bieten mit ihren feinen Aromen und Nuancen kulinarischen Genuss während des ganzen Jahres – egal ob bei einem schönen Abendessen oder beim täglichen Familienfrühstück. Gleichzeitig regen die Produkte dazu an, Neues in der Küche auszuprobieren und sich von unerwarteten Kombination inspirieren zu lassen. Sei es die Kombination von roten Linsen und Hibiskus-Malve-Sirup, von Irish Beef und Zimt oder von Kürbiskernöl mit Vanilleglace Crème d’Or: Sélection garantiert unerwartete Genussmomente.

Mehr Informationen zu den Sélection Produkten und weitere Inspiration finden Sie unter http://selection.migros.ch.

Über Migros Sélection
Ob im Alltag oder zu speziellen Gelegenheiten: Jedes der sorgfältig ausgewählten Produkte von Sélection bietet ein einzigartiges Genusserlebnis. Für alle, die wissen, was gut ist.

Für weitere Informationen:

Mediensprecherin Migros

Monika Weibel
Tel.044 277 20 63

monika.weibel@mgb.ch

Kontakt für Kunden

M-Infoline
Montag bis Freitag 08.00 – 18.00 Uhr
Samstag: 08.30 – 16.30 Uhr
Limmatstrasse 152
CH-8031 Zürich
Tel.0800 84 08 48

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Migros Sélection überrascht Zürcherinnen und Zürcher

Migros Sélection überrascht Zürcherinnen und Zürcher