The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft to return to Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Mich. on June 13-19, 2016 and June 12-18, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft to return to Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Mich. on June 13-19, 2016 and June 12-18, 2017

Who: Meijer LPGA Classic fans, volunteers and community

What: The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will return to Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Mich. for the next two years. The tournaments will be held Father’s Day weekend on June 13-19, 2016 and June 12-18, 2017.

Proceeds from the tournaments and weeklong community events will continue to benefit the Meijer Simply Giveprogram. The inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raised more than $600,000 for the Simply Give program to feed those in need throughout the Midwest.

The second annual four-day tournament kicked off today and will run through July 26, featuring a full field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play.

Please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com for more information.

For additional details on the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, please contact the representatives per the information above.

Contacts: Lesley Baker,616-426-6225, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com or Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com

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The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft to return to Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Mich. on June 13-19, 2016 and June 12-18, 2017

The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft to return to Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Mich. on June 13-19, 2016 and June 12-18, 2017

The Women Grocers of America (WGA) announces the recipients of the 2015 Mary Macey Scholarship

Arlington, VA, 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Women Grocers of America (WGA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Mary Macey Scholarship: Lauren Eccleston, senior at Saint Joseph’s University; Lakin Kessler, sophomore at Bismarck State College; Vanessa Marrero, Wakefern Food Corporation; and April Rice, Associated Food Stores, Inc. 2015 recipients will receive a $1,500 scholarship to further their education and careers in the food retailing industry.

“The WGA Board of Directors was pleased to have received over 40 applications from a very impressive pool of candidates for this year’s Mary Macey Scholarship,” said Kathy Sweidel-Caton, president, WGA. “While there were a number of highly qualified candidates, the selected recipients stood out for their commitment and hard work in pursing a career in the independent supermarket industry. On behalf of all WGA members, congratulations to the four outstanding recipients and we offer best wishes for a productive and successive academic year.”

2015 Mary Macey Scholarship Recipients: 

Lauren Eccleston is a senior at Saint Joseph’s University where she is pursuing a degree in Food Marketing with a Communications minor. As President of her school’s Food Marketing Association, Lauren has had wonderful opportunities inside and outside the classroom. Lauren visited the NGA Show in 2015 and has shown remarkable interest in the grocery industry. Her internships with Clemens Food Group and the Kellogg Company have provided her with invaluable experience that she hopes to expand on as she enters the industry upon graduation.

Lakin Kessler is a sophomore at Bismarck State College, planning to major in Business Management and Nutrition. Growing up she spent a lot of time at the grocery store, helping her family who bought the store from her Grandparents. Pursuing a career in the grocery industry is an important personal goal, but also means she will be the third generation in her family in the grocery business.

Vanessa Marrero has been in the grocery industry for six years as an employee for Wakefern Food Corporation. She is currently a financial analyst, her fourth role within the company. Vanessa is a Rutgers Business School alumna where she received her bachelor’s degree in accounting. She is now pursing her MBA with an accounting concentration from Keller Graduate School. Vanessa Marrero resides in Central New Jersey.

April Rice has a passion for the independent retailer. She has 29 years of retail experience and has worked for Associated Food Stores of Salt Lake City, Utah for the past 12 years. Her current position is Director of Retail Sales.

Aligned with its mission to recruit and retain the next generation of successful individuals in the independent supermarket industry, with an emphasis on young women, WGA distributes Mary Macey Scholarship Awards yearly to promising college students pursuing careers in the independent grocery industry. The Mary Macey Scholarship was created to honor WGA’s first president, Mary Macey.

For more information, visit www.nationalgrocers.org/wga.

If you need additional information, please contact Laura Strange at 703-516-8808.

K-VA-T to acquire 29 BI-LO stores located in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Northwest Georgia from Southeastern Grocers

ABINGDON, Va. And JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. and Southeastern Grocers, LLC today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which K-VA-T will acquire 29 BI-LO stores located in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Northwest Georgia from Southeastern Grocers. K-VA-T intends to continue to operate all of these stores under the Food City banner and hire the vast majority of their store associates, retaining their years of service.

“We are extremely excited to have this opportunity to expand our operation into the Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia markets. We certainly look forward to welcoming the BI-LO associates to our Food City family and serving the region,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. “Our consumers can rest assured that we plan to complete the conversion process as quickly as possible, with the least interruption to the normal flow of business. It’s our intention to enhance the overall variety and selection and further develop the services and conveniences provided to our shoppers.”

“We are pleased to enter into this transaction with K-VA-T, which we believe is the right decision not only for Southeastern Grocers, but also for our stores and associates in Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia,” said Ian McLeod, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers. “This was not an easy decision for us, as we have the utmost respect for our associates who serve our customers in these stores so well. In the approach by K-VA-T, we believe we have identified a strong partner to ensure these 29 stores and our associates are positioned for continued success under another reputable regional brand. On behalf of the management team, I want to thank all of our hardworking BI-LO associates for their dedication and support over many years.”

The 29 transferring stores are as follows:

Store No. Street City State Zip
5415 417 Blue Ridge St Ste D BLAIRSVILLE GA 30512
5430 502 G.I. Maddox Parkway CHATSWORTH GA 30705
5639 1287 Cleveland Hwy. DALTON GA 30720
5349 531 Battlefield Pkwy. FORT OGLETHORPE GA 30742
5352 311 North Main St. LAFAYETTE GA 30728
5406 319 Chickamauga Avenue ROSSVILLE GA 30741
5617 820 Mission Ridge Rd. ROSSVILLE GA 30741
5333 112 Crimson Drive TRENTON GA 30752
5301 7804 E. Brainerd Rd. CHATTANOOGA TN 37421
5305 1600 E. 23rd St. CHATTANOOGA TN 37403
5315 703 Signal Mountain Road CHATTANOOGA TN 37405
5326 3600 Hixson Pike CHATTANOOGA TN 37415
5335 6951 Lee Highway CHATTANOOGA TN 37421
5359 4011 Brainerd Rd. CHATTANOOGA TN 37411
5606 4510 Highway 58 CHATTANOOGA TN 37416
5714 3801 Tennessee Ave. CHATTANOOGA TN 37409
5343 2310 McGrady Drive CLEVELAND TN 37323
5412 255 Ocoee Crossing NW CLEVELAND TN 37312
5324 420 Market Street DAYTON TN 37321
5510 3715 Ringgold Rd. EAST RIDGE TN 37412
5614 6723 Ringgold Rd. EAST RIDGE TN 37412
5347 841 U.S. 411 North ETOWAH TN 37331
5715 8634 Highway 58 HARRISON TN 37341
5703 5604 Hixson Pike HIXSON TN 37343
5713 8530 Hixson Pike HIXSON TN 37343
5373 9213 Lee Highway OOLTEWAH TN 37363
5673 1667 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road OOLTEWAH TN 37363
5427 3901 Dayton Blvd RED BANK TN 37415
5538 10161 Old Dayton Pike SODDY DAISY TN 37379

 

Southeastern Grocers and K-VA-T anticipate that the transfer and handoff dates of the 29 BI-LO stores will begin August 30, 2015, with all stores fully transitioned by October 5, 2015, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

About K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. 

K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. is the corporate banner of a supermarket chain operating in three states under the Food City banner.  This privately held, family-owned company has grown over the years by expansion and acquisition.  With 15 units in Southeastern Kentucky, 27 units in Southwest Virginia and 62 units in East Tennessee, K-VA-T is an acronym of its trade area:  Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. The 104-store chain includes 93 Food City locations (with 79 pharmacies and 84 fuel/convenience stores), ten Super Dollar Discount Foods limited assortment stores and one wine & spirits store.  They also operate their own 1.2 million square-foot distribution center, located in Abingdon, VA.  For more information about K-VA-T Food Stores, please visit www.foodcity.com.

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.

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Contacts:

Food City
Tammy Baumgardner
276-623-5100, ext. 5734
baumgardnert@foodcity.com

Southeastern Grocers
Brian Wright
904-370-6104
BrianWright@segrocers.com

Sainsbury’s reduces the size and increased the recycled content of its single-use plastic carrier bags

LONDON, 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is committed to being the UK’s greenest grocer. In our 20×20 Sustainability Plan, we have committed that by 2020 we will make sure that our own packaging has been reduced by a half compared to 2005.

We have reduced the size and increased the recycled content of our single-use plastic carrier bags. All of our orange plastic carrier bags are now made of 50% recycled content and are 100% recyclable. We encourage customers to re-use their carrier bags by offering a Nectar point for each bag they reuse. We also offer a range of bags for life and have installed signs in our car parks to remind our customers to bring their reusable carrier bags with them. Our supermarkets have plastic film recycling bins so that customers can recycle carrier bags and other types of plastic such as bread bags. Our groceries online delivery drivers will also take bags back from our customers to recycle.

In Wales and Scotland, we no longer provide customers in supermarkets with free single use bags which would be subject to the carrier bag levy. We chose instead to focus on the promotion of bags for life in supermarkets, which are made of 100% recycled content and are 100% recyclable. This encourages our customers to re-use bags.

Wales – 2014/15 reporting year

Number of chargeable bags supplied Consideration received Charge received Net proceeds of the charge (minus VAT) Difference between charge and proceeds (VAT)
1,726,152 £86,308 £86,308 £71,923 £14,385 

Scotland – 2014/15 reporting year

Number of chargeable bags supplied Consideration received Charge received Net proceeds of the charge (minus VAT) Difference between charge and proceeds (VAT)
1,612,144 £80,607 £80,607 £67,172 £13,435

As part of our commitment to make a positive difference to our community, the net proceeds from the carrier bag levy are added to our Welsh and Scottish Community Grant funds. Charities and community groups in Wales and Scotland are able to apply for up to £500 per group to go towards an event, activity or initiative. Any money that is not awarded by the end of the year is donated to our Welsh and Scottish stores’ local charity partners.

 

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Sainsbury’s reduces the size and increased the recycled content of its single-use plastic carrier bags

Sainsbury’s reduces the size and increased the recycled content of its single-use plastic carrier bags

Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand launches new digital magazine service

LONDON, 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Reading magazines is something of a national pastime, which is why Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand has launched a new digital magazine service – giving customers access to a library of almost 1,000 titles online.

  •  Approximately 1,000 digital magazines available with a range of subscription options
  •  Sign up now to get a free download of the Sainsbury’s magazine
  •  Digital magazine app launched for iOS and Android devices

With just a few clicks you can download your favourite magazines to your tablet or smartphone and enjoy flicking through the glossy pages on your screen.

It has never been easier to catch up on Grazia’s fashion tips, stay up-to-date with technology trends from Stuff, or get your regular dose of The Week’s current affairs analysis – the new digital magazine collection has something for everyone.

Customers can sign up to 6 and 12 month subscription packages and a free copy of Sainsbury’s Magazine (21-28 July) will be awarded to early birds who register to the service during its first week, starting today. What’s more, Nectar customers can use the ‘one click’ instant buy option to purchase magazines directly using their Nectar points.

To coincide with the digital magazines launch, Sainsbury’s has also designed and developed apps for Android and iOS devices to make the experience of buying and reading magazines even easier.

Visit www.sainsburysentertainment.co.uk to discover the full range of titles on offer.

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Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand launches new digital magazine service

Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand launches new digital magazine service

Argos launches its new Autumn/Winter 2015 range

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer, Argos, has just launched its new Autumn/Winter 2015 range, with hundreds of new products available across toys, technology, homewares and furniture including top brands such as Habitat, Nespresso, Juicy Couture and Lacoste. The full Argos range of over 20,000 products can be found on www.argos.ie.

Smart shoppers can take advantage of over 800 market-leading WOW deals, which include a Canon SX410 20MP 40x Zoom Bridge Camera for €199.99 – saving €200, Sony MDR–10RC On-Ear Headphones for €74.99 – saving €74.99, VTech Toot Too Drivers Super RC Raceway Playset for €73.99 – saving over €70 and Hoover 20W Cordless Vacuum for €218.29 – saving €43.

Andy McClelland, Operations Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland said: “The new range offers an increased selection of fantastic new products, non-stop deals and even more exclusive brands that Irish customers can’t get anywhere else including Habitat, Chad Valley, Bush and Alba.

“We also have more must-have products from top brands including Lacoste and Ferrari. We continue to offer comprehensive ways for customers to shop with us, with thousands of products available to Check & Reserve on argos.ie – allowing Irish shoppers to take control and reserve their items for free pick up in any of our 40 stores that same day.”

AW15 range highlights:

TECHNOLOGY

3D OLED TVs and wearable technology are expected to capture the imagination of gadget geeks this year.  The LG Smart 3D OLED TV is the perfect present for sport and movie lovers. The four colour pixel technology provides excellent blur-free motion that will totally immerse viewers in the action.

Irish people’s obsession with wearable technology continues to go from strength-to-strength with several key models on the market. Key must-haves include the Jawbone Up 3 for fitness fanatics with its multi-sensor technology; the FitBit Charge HR for its heart rate monitoring for everyday use, and the Withings Activite Pop Blue for its stylish look and smartphone interaction.

Much-loved technology brands Bush and Alba, exclusively available at Argos, have been updated for 2015 to help people get the most out of everyday technology. The Bush Eluma 10” 32GB Tablet & Keyboard is tipped to be a best-seller as people turn to devices that can offer work and pleasure on the go, while bargain hunters will love the Alba 2.8” mobile phone and Alba 7” Tablet.

TOYS

Top toys for Christmas this year are dominated by the big and small screen.  From Sing-A-Long Elsa, star of the mega hit Frozen, to an interactive Tracy Island from the newly re-mastered Thunderbirds, and Tumbling Stuart toy inspired by blockbuster movie Minions.

Chad Valley’s DesignaFriend doll range, exclusive to Argos, is expected to prove popular with youngsters, offering fashion-led accessories for five different dolls – each with their own personality.  Watch out for the Chad Valley DesignaFriend Wardrobe Chest, which has four different doll outfits – an essential gift for any doll lover.

Other hot toys include the Chad Valley 3 Storey Summer Winter Doll’s House, which comes complete with ten pieces of wooden furniture and the Chad Valley Wooden Farm Set, which comes with 50 pieces including a barn, shed and lots of animals.

Must-have family board games for Christmas include Loupin Louie, packed with chicken-chasing fun, and Pie Face² – which adults will love just as much as the kids!

VIDEO GAMING

With no new consoles on the horizon just yet, the focus is all on game play this Christmas. Lego Dimensions is set to catch the imagination of gamers across all console formats as they get to bring their Lego characters to life on the screen. Star Wars Battlefront is also set to take off alongside the film release later this year, and Guitar Hero Live makes a return after a five year absence.

PHOTOGRAPHY

The world’s first 360 degree camera is being sold through Argos for the first time, called the Kodak SP360 Extreme Action Camera. It’s ideal for sight-seeing and capturing activities like mountain climbing or parachuting.

HOME

Homewares and furniture brand, Heart of House, available at Argos offers more than 1,600 stylish products to choose from, including upholstered armchairs to wood veneer bathroom furniture.  In time for Christmas, there will also be a new Heart of House range of luxury Christmas decorations².

Exclusive to Argos, the ColourMatch range offers more than 700 products available for all rooms in the house in a choice of 22 different shades across pastels, neutrals and brights, plus spots and stripes for pattern-lovers.

Habitat continues in its mission to make great design accessible to everyone with an edit of over 200 new and classic Habitat designed products available through Argos stores across Ireland and online.

TOP VALUE DEALS

Hitachi 48 Inch Full HD Freeview HD Smart TV 444/7470 Save €300 €499.99

HP 15.6” Intel Pentium 4GB 1TB Laptop 395/8647  Save €125 €424.99

Canon SX410 20MP 40x Zoom Bridge Camera 429/4623  Half Price €199.99

VTech Toot Toot Drivers Super RC Raceway Playset 418/9257  Half Price €73.99

Morphy Richards 50L Sensor Bin 392/2800  Half Price €76.49

Samsung Galaxy A3 Mobile Phone, White 365/7319  Save €40 €274.95

Garmin Vivofit Activity Tracker, Slate 390/9043  Save €7 €82.99

Take a look at the new AW15 collection from Argos at www.argos.ie.

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For more information, please contact Aoife Sweeney, PR Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland on aoife.sweeney@argos.co.uk or Alternatively, tweet us @ArgosIreland_PR

About Argos
Argos is Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer and provides a unique offer of choice and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from 40 stores in the Republic of Ireland and around 700 stores in the UK.

Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick and Dublin; there is now an Argos catalogue in approximately three quarters of all Irish homes.  Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,100 employees. In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 20,000 products online.

 

Starbucks and PepsiCo partner to bring Starbucks® ready-to-drink coffee and energy beverages to Latin America

New Agreement Signed to Bring Starbucks® Ready-To-Drink Coffee Beverages to First 10 Latin American Markets in 2016 

SEATTLE and PURCHASE, NY, 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) today announced they have entered into an agreement for the marketing, sale and distribution of Starbucks® ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee and energy beverages including Starbucks® Frappuccino® chilled coffee drinks, Starbucks Double Shot® Espresso and Cream, and Starbucks Refreshers® beverages in Latin America. The RTD coffee and energy beverage category in Latin America is an estimated US$4 billion business and is projected to grow by 22% over the next five years.*

The agreement leverages the respective strengths of Starbucks and PepsiCo to bring a carefully selected portfolio of Starbucks® RTD coffee and energy beverages to consumers in Latin America unlocking new market opportunities for each company. Starbucks will provide coffee expertise and PepsiCo will sell and distribute Starbucks® RTD coffee and energy beverages leveraging its expansive network and experience across the region. Together, both companies will continue to market, innovate and further develop the brand in Latin America.

In 2016, consumers in select markets in the Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay will see a portfolio of Starbucks® RTD coffee beverages. Over time, the companies plan to expand to other markets in Latin America.

“Our expansion throughout Latin America in 2016 enables us to deliver high-quality Starbucks coffee in a convenient ready-to-drink format to our customers where they live, work and play,” said Michael Conway, president, Global Channel Development at Starbucks. “PepsiCo’s sales expertise and distribution network makes them the ideal company to work with to unlock the Latin American ready-to-drink market and accelerate local demand for Starbucks.”

“The North American Coffee Partnership is arguably one of the most successful joint ventures in the beverage industry, and with this new agreement, we bring more than 20 years of partnership success to a region where coffee is part of the culture,” said Laxman Narasimhan, CEO of PepsiCo Latin America. “Together, our highly talented and passionate teams will expand upon the vision set decades ago to create a new blueprint for continued growth in Latin America.”

Starbucks relationship with PepsiCo began more than 20 years ago when the two companies formed the North American Coffee Partnership (NACP), a joint venture that built the RTD coffee category in the U.S. The NACP now has approximately 97 percent market share** in RTD coffee, and the RTD coffee category is one of the fastest growing liquid refreshment beverage categories in the U.S.

The NACP has grown to more than a $1.5 billion retail business***, in terms of annual retail sales as of June 14, 2015. What began with the launch of Starbucks Frappuccino® chilled coffee drinks, now includes a diverse portfolio of coffee and energy beverages: Starbucks® Frappuccino®, Starbucks Double Shot®, Iced Coffee, Iced Espresso Classics ,and Starbucks Refreshers®. Starbucks and PepsiCo will leverage the scale and innovation of the NACP for this new Latin American agreement.

Since launching its retail operations in Latin America in 2002, Starbucks retail presence has grown to more than 870 stores in 14 markets. Latin America is an important growing region for Starbucks coffee as it supplies more than half of the approximately 400 million pounds of high-quality arabica coffee that Starbucks purchases every year.

PepsiCo and its predecessors have been operating in Latin America for more than 100 years, and its beverages operations and franchises span across all countries within the region and in select markets throughout the Caribbean Islands.

 

Download Starbucks and PepsiCo Infographic here

*Based on 2014 Euromonitor results

**Based on IRI data as of 52 weeks ending June 14, 2015 Total US MULOC

***Based on IRI data as of 52 weeks ending June 14, 2015 Total US MULOC

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 21,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks 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 our stores or online at Starbucks.com and news.starbucks.com.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2014, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

Starbucks Cautionary Statement
Certain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “feel,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would,” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These statements are based on information available to Starbucks as of the date hereof, and Starbucks actual results or performance could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business. These risks and uncertainties include: fluctuations in U.S. and international economies and currencies, our ability to preserve, grow and leverage our brands, potential negative effects of material breaches of our information technology systems if any were to occur, costs associated with, and the successful execution of, the company’s initiatives and plans, including bringing Starbucks® RTD portfolio to Latin America,  the acceptance of the company’s products by our customers, including our RTD products in Latin America, the impact of competition, coffee, dairy and other raw material prices and availability, the effect of legal proceedings, and other risks detailed in the company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section of Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2014.  The company assumes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

PepsiCo Cautionary Statement
Statements in this communication that are “forward-looking statements” are based on currently available information, operating plans and projections about future events and trends. Terminology such as “aim,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “drive,” “estimate,” “expect,” “expressed confidence,” “forecast,” “future,” “goals,” “guidance,” “intend,” “may,” “objectives,” “outlook,” “plan,” “position,” “potential,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “strategy,” “target,” “will” or similar statements or variations of such terms are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such terms. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted in such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: changes in demand for PepsiCo’s products, as a result of changes in consumer preferences or otherwise; changes in the legal and regulatory environment; imposition of new taxes, disagreements with tax authorities or additional tax liabilities; PepsiCo’s ability to compete effectively; PepsiCo’s ability to grow its business in developing and emerging markets or unstable political conditions, civil unrest or other developments and risks in the markets where PepsiCo’s products are made, manufactured, distributed or sold; unfavorable economic conditions in the countries in which PepsiCo operates; increased costs, disruption of supply or shortages of raw materials and other supplies; failure to realize anticipated benefits from PepsiCo’s productivity initiatives or global operating model; disruption of PepsiCo’s supply chain; product contamination or tampering or issues or concerns with respect to product quality, safety and integrity; damage to PepsiCo’s reputation or brand image; failure to successfully complete or integrate acquisitions and joint ventures into PepsiCo’s existing operations or to complete or manage divestitures or refranchisings; PepsiCo’s ability to hire or retain key employees or a highly skilled and diverse workforce; loss of any key customer or changes to the retail landscape; any downgrade or potential downgrade of PepsiCo’s credit ratings; the ability to protect information systems against or effectively respond to a cybersecurity incident or other disruption; PepsiCo’s ability to implement shared services or utilize information technology systems and networks effectively; fluctuations or other changes in exchange rates, including changes in currency exchange mechanisms or additional governmental actions in Venezuela; climate change, or legal, regulatory or market measures to address climate change; failure to successfully negotiate collective bargaining agreements or strikes or work stoppages; any infringement of or challenge to PepsiCo’s intellectual property rights; potential liabilities and costs from litigation or legal proceedings; and other factors that may adversely affect the price of PepsiCo’s common stock and financial performance.

For additional information on these and other factors that could cause PepsiCo’s actual results to materially differ from those set forth herein, please see PepsiCo’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. PepsiCo undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

 

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Starbucks and PepsiCo partner to bring Starbucks® ready-to-drink coffee and energy beverages to Latin America

Starbucks and PepsiCo partner to bring Starbucks® ready-to-drink coffee and energy beverages to Latin America

Starbucks brings back Mocha Coconut Frappuccino® blended beverage

SEATTLE, 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks is bringing back a customer favorite, the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino® blended beverage. It’ll available beginning today (July 23) in participating U.S and Canada Starbucks stores while supplies last.

Mocha Coconut Frappuccino® blended beverage is made with Starbucks signature Frappuccino® Roast coffee blended with mocha sauce, coconut syrup, milk, and ice, and then topped with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and toasted coconut flakes.

For those times when customers are unable to get to a Starbucks store for the handcrafted beverage, the new bottled Frappuccino® Mocha Coconut, which offers a rich chocolaty taste with the flavor of sweet coconut perfectly blended with cool creamy milk and Starbucks® coffee,  is available year-round where groceries are sold.

Barista Tips for Customizing Frappuccino Blended Beverages

1. Request nonfat milk, coconut milk or soy: Choose nonfat milk for a beverage that is lower in calories and fat. Don’t drink milk? Customize your beverage with soy milk.

2. Choose the “light” option, which is available with the Mocha Coconut: By choosing light, your beverage will have at least 33 percent fewer calories than the regular Frappuccino® blended beverages. You can choose the light option for these flavors: Coffee, Caramel, Mocha, Java Chip and Café Vanilla.

3. Select sugar-free syrup: Add a sugar-free syrup to any Frappuccino® blended beverage for great flavor without added calories or sugar. Starbucks offers sugar-free syrups in several flavors: Vanilla, Caramel, Hazelnut and Cinnamon Dolce. For the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino, customers can reduce sugar by requesting the Skinny Mocha syrup.

4. Ask for a little whipped cream or no whip: Starbucks baristas are happy to meet your request so you can still enjoy a touch of whipped cream on your Frappuccino® blended beverage.

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

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Starbucks brings back Mocha Coconut Frappuccino® blended beverage

Starbucks brings back Mocha Coconut Frappuccino® blended beverage

Starbucks, Lyft announce new, multi-year deal

My Starbucks Rewards® Extended to Lyft Drivers, Awarded Immediate Gold Level Status Drivers and Riders to Be Rewarded, Incentivized with Stars

SEATTLE, 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX) and Lyft, one of the nation’s leading transportation network companies, today announced a new, multi-year deal that will increase value for current customers, attract new customers, reward Lyft drivers and explore a transportation benefit for Starbucks partners (employees). All Lyft drivers will have the option of becoming My Starbucks Rewards® (MSR) loyalty program gold level members, and both Lyft drivers and riders will have the opportunity to earn MSR loyalty Stars redeemable for food and beverages at participating Starbucks® stores.  The alliance builds on what is fast becoming the retail sector’s robust digital loyalty ecosystem enabling both Starbucks and Lyft to engage with partners, Lyft drivers and both companies’ customers in new and meaningful ways.

“With Lyft’s presence in 65 cities across the U.S., where we also have Starbucks serving the same communities, we knew this collaboration would benefit our partners, Lyft’s drivers as well as our mutual customers who are already coming to Starbucks and using Lyft services,” said Adam Brotman, chief digital officer, Starbucks. “This is a great win win.  Our digital loyalty ecosystem can help strengthen Lyft’s ability to attract and retain customers, while at the same time accelerating the incrementality of redemption of rewards.”

Additionally, Lyft drivers will be able to receive Starbucks eGifts cards from customers using the Lyft app and looking to thank their driver in a more personal way.

“There are two things most of us do every morning: get a cup of coffee and commute to work.  Together with Starbucks, we can make both a friendlier, more enjoyable experience,” said John Zimmer, co-founder and president of Lyft.  “Lyft and Starbucks share a lot of the same customers and importantly we share a commitment to doing right by our customers and our people. In the days, months and years ahead, we will launch exciting programs for loyal community members, and new products that will change the way we move around our cities.”

Reliable transportation to and from work can be an obstacle for some Starbucks partners where public transportation doesn’t match their work schedules. Later this year, Starbucks and Lyft will explore the possibility of bringing a convenient and cost effective transportation benefit to Starbucks partners in one test market to understand partners’ interest and determine its long-term viability.

Furthering its vision to provide the most robust digital ecosystem of any retailer in the world, Starbucks continues to find new ways and platforms to engage and stay connected with its customers.  Lyft is one of several new partnerships enabling My Starbucks Rewards® loyalty members the chance to earn Stars through both Starbucks® and non-Starbucks® purchases.

In addition to the new collaboration with Lyft, Starbucks recently announced deals with Spotify and The New York Times, introducing this new opportunity for Starbucks loyalty program members to earn Stars through purchases made with other companies. Customers will then have the ability to redeem those earned Stars for food and beverages at participating Starbucks® stores.

About My Starbucks Rewards™
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to bringing a unique Starbucks Experience to every customer. First introduced in 2009, the My Starbucks Rewards™ program provides loyal customers with appreciated benefits such as the opportunity to earn Stars for paying with a registered Starbucks Card at Starbucks stores or through the Starbucks mobile app. Today’s 10 million My Starbucks Rewards loyalty members can then redeem those Stars for food and beverages at participating Starbucks® stores.

The My Starbucks Rewards™ program is expanding to bring Starbucks digital technologies and loyalty to scale and to further differentiate the company from other retailers. Starbucks is now offering a broader mobile, digital and loyalty platform that will extend to purchases and experiences outside of the four walls of the Starbucks store.  A new relationship with Spotify first introduced access for My Starbucks Rewards customers to earn Stars through purchases made at others businesses beyond Starbucks, an opportunity now extended to include The New York Times and Lyft. Through unrivaled convenience and access to a growing digital ecosystem of popular customer experiences, Starbucks is creating a unique loyalty ecosystem through extraordinary relationships with other complementary businesses. Learn more by visiting the Starbucks Newsroom: www.news.starbucks.com.

About Lyft
Lyft is a mobile app that seamlessly connects passengers in need of a ride with nearby drivers. Simply download the app for iPhone or Android, then request a ride with the tap of a button. A friendly driver will pick you up at your location within minutes. All payment is handled through the app using your saved credit card. Safety is a top priority for Lyft, and we’ve implemented strict safety criteria to protect the community. Lyft launched in June 2012 and is now in more than 65 cities across the country.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

 

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Starbucks, Lyft announce new, multi-year deal

Starbucks, Lyft announce new, multi-year deal

Walmart opens new fulfillment center in Bethlehem, Pa. to support its rapidly growing e-commerce business

New State-of-the-Art Center Brings Nearly 400 New Full-Time Jobs to Bethlehem; Enhances Retailer’s Ability to Deliver Online Orders Faster and at Lower Cost

BETHLEHEM, Pa., 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart today held a sneak preview event at its new fulfillment center in Bethlehem, Pa. The facility, one of two Walmart centers in the Lehigh Valley dedicated to filling online orders, is part of a next-generation network to support the company’s rapidly growing e-commerce business.

The new 1.2 million sq. ft. facility in the Majestic Bethlehem Center, which features state-of-the-art automation and warehousing systems, created nearly 400 full-time jobs in the Lehigh Valley. Roughly 200 additional jobs were created at the second Walmart fulfillment center in the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII. Walmart’s combined centers are expected to generate nearly 1,000 new jobs over the next few years.

“We are grateful to the Lehigh Valley for welcoming us with open arms, and we’re proud of the role we’ve played in strengthening this community with the jobs and community support we’re bringing to the area,” said Mike McGraw, general manager of the Bethlehem fulfillment center.

“This project will give workers new opportunities while helping to grow the economy throughout the entire Lehigh Valley,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “New business expansion like this shows why it is such an exciting time to live and work in the growing and vibrant Lehigh Valley community.”

Supporting the Lehigh Valley Community
“I welcome Walmart to the City of Bethlehem and Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII,” said Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez. “I applaud Walmart for its commitment to creating sustainable jobs and strengthening this community.”

The grand-opening celebration featured donations to local organizations, including a $31,000 check to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley as part of Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign. Through this initiative, more than $400,000 will be distributed to food banks throughout Pennsylvania this summer.

As part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Pennsylvania donated approximately 12.9 million pounds of food, or the equivalent of 10.8 million meals, in fiscal year 2014.

Gov. Wolf and his family have been personally involved in the fight against hunger locally and across Pennsylvania. The governor has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Pennsylvania food banks, and he and his family routinely volunteer time to help out and serve food at local pantries.

New Centers Provide Faster Deliveries at Lower Cost
This new facility is part of a network — Walmart distribution centers, existing e-commerce facilities, 4,500 Walmart stores and a world-class transportation fleet — that ships packages faster and more efficiently, while offering customers more choices for how they want to receive their online orders.

“This Bethlehem facility is part of a dense, multi-faceted network that combines new buildings, existing fulfillment assets, and our portfolio of stores to create thousands of points of distribution,” said Neil Ashe, chief executive officer, Walmart Global eCommerce. “All of these elements working together enhance our ability to get more products to customers faster, at a lower cost, and provide more choices for shoppers.”

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 65 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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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. acquires the outstanding shares in Yihaodian; taking full ownership of its fast-growing e-commerce business in China

SHANGHAI, CHINA,  2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced it has acquired the outstanding shares in Yihaodian, taking full ownership of its fast-growing e-commerce business in China.  Wang Lu, president and CEO of Walmart Global eCommerce in Asia, will lead Yihaodian as part of his overall executive responsibilities.

With full ownership of Yihaodian, Walmart plans to invest in both accelerating e-commerce and creating a seamless experience for customers across online, mobile and stores.  Walmart, which previously held approximately 51 percent of Yihaodian, acquired the remaining shares from Ping An of China, a financial services group, and the co-founders, former Chairman Gang Yu and former CEO Junling Liu. The two co-founders announced earlier this month that they are leaving Yihaodian, and will continue to serve as Chairman Emeritus and Strategic Executive Advisor respectively to ensure a smooth transition and contribute to the future success of Yihaodian.  Walmart’s planned investments are included in the company’s previously announced e-commerce budget.

“Yihaodian has excelled as one of China’s top e-commerce businesses.  We’re excited about the team at Yihaodian and their strong local e-commerce experience,” said Neil Ashe, president and CEO of Walmart Global eCommerce.  “This local experience, combined with Walmart’s global sourcing and our strong local retail presence and supply chain will allow us to deliver low prices on the products customers need in new and exciting ways.  Our investment in Yihaodian is part of our long-term commitment to grow in China, and we look forward to continuing to play a positive role in the development of the e-commerce industry.

“We thank Gang and Junling for their entrepreneurship and innovation, and for creating a world-class foundation and team to lead Yihaodian going forward.”

Yihaodian will continue operating under its existing name and will maintain its focus on having strong local leadership with a clear understanding of the needs of online consumers in China.

Wang Lu brings extensive experience in the digital space in China, with a strong understanding of how consumers shop on the web and through mobile.  Prior to joining Walmart Global eCommerce, Wang Lu was responsible for managing CBS Interactive in China, including the IT group, Auto group, Women & Fashion group and Lifestyle group.  Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and head of China at CNET Networks, the interactive content company, where he led the development of market leading web properties including ZOL, X-Car and OnlyLady.  He earlier managed the China business for Ziff-Davis Media. Wang Lu has a master’s degree/Executive MBA from Peking University, and a bachelor’s degree from Beijing Union University.

Yihaodian and Ping An of China will maintain a commercial relationship that includes joint marketing efforts.

As the founding shareholder of Yihaodian, Ping An of China has made significant contributions to Yihaodian’s early development. Ping An of China said that after taking into account the Group’s overall Internet finance strategy, it has decided to transfer the entire stake it holds in Yihaodian to Walmart. Ping An will continue its partnership with Walmart and Yihaodian to seek cooperation opportunities for a strong alliance in various areas in the future.

About Yihaodian
Yihaodian was founded in July 2008 with an aim to establish an online supermarket that provides customers with a rich selection of quality products and an excellent customer experience, in order to make their daily lives easier.  Yihaodian currently offers more than 8,000,000 products, covering 14 product lines including Food & Beverage, Imported Food, Nutrition & Health Care, Personal Care, Mother & Baby Care, Home Goods, Consumer Electronics, Clothing and Gift Cards.

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, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,508 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $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.

Walmart expands its assortment of baby products and services

Company announces significant expansion in assortment of baby products and services

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — After listening to parents across the country, Walmart today announced it has significantly expanded its assortment of baby products and services. The retailer also shared its commitment to lead the baby industry in three key areas: product safety, national brands at low prices,and baby-clock shopping – a term the retailer has coined to describe the moment parents find it most convenient to shop, whether it’s in a store after that well-needed nap or in the still of the night on their mobile device.

To illustrate its commitment, Walmart is making the following announcements:

Product Safety

  • Retailer enlists Evenflo to bring to market a first-of-its-kind car seat with a technology aimed at the prevention of vehicular heat stroke.

The Evenflo Advanced SensorSafe™ Embrace infant car seat uses a wireless receiver that plugs into a car’s On Board Diagnostic (OBD) port and syncs with the chest clip that goes around the baby. If the car is turned off and the chest clip is still buckled, a series of tones will play to alert the driver. The Evenflo SensorSafe™ car seat is the only alert system crash tested by the manufacturer and will retail exclusively at Walmart for $149.88.
National Brands at Low Prices

  • Walmart has added hundreds of products from approximately 20 national brands to its physical and digital shelves. New brands available include:

Britax, Plum, Ella’s, Baby Bjorn, Tommee Tippee, Urbini, Bananafish, Lamaze, Medela, Breathable Baby, Halo Sleep sack, Dapple,  babyhome, Phil&teds, Maxi-Cosi, Pinwheel, Lolly & Me, Baby Mod, Vulli, JJ Cole

  • Pampers’ newest diaper – Premium Care – now available in stores and online.

Premium Care is Pampers’ best diaper and includes features moms love about Swaddlers, such as the wetness indicator, but are also hypoallergenic and made up of a more breathable material to let air circulate to the baby’s skin.
Baby-Clock Shopping

  • To ensure Walmart is delivering the shopping experience millennial parents are looking for, the retailer commits to providing the best “baby-clock” shopping experience by removing the barriers between digital and physical shopping.
  • Customers can see for themselves how Walmart is providing “baby-clock” shopping with its new and improved baby registry.

Parents-to-be can now create and manage a baby registry with the Walmart mobile app. Items can be added by selecting products on Walmart.com or scanning a products barcode in a store. Registries will be updated automatically when friends and family scan their receipts with the Walmart mobile app after checkout.
The following statement can be attributed to Diana Marshall, vice president of baby for Walmart U.S.:
“At Walmart saving our customers money is our number one priority, but one of the biggest honors we have is helping them take care of their greatest gifts. We know having a baby is an exciting time for new parents. It’s also challenging, expensive and exhausting. We know because we’re parents too.”

“Parents are busy and will always choose convenience over complexity. That’s why we will continue to remove barriers between our more than 4,500 stores and Walmart.com so parents can shop when and where they want.”

“From organic baby food to a car seat that helps protect children from being forgotten in a car, Walmart is doing everything it can to provide access to the safe, premium products parents’ trust at the absolute best price.”

For more information, please see Diana Marshall’s blog post on Walmart TODAY.
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Walmart expands its assortment of baby products and services

Walmart expands its assortment of baby products and services

SSP to operate new M&S Simply Food at Newcastle Central Station

LONDON, 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new M&S Simply Food has opened today at Newcastle Central Station. The new outlet is operated by concession partner SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide.

Conveniently located on the main concourse, the new 1,230sq. ft. store is the latest to begin trading, following the opening of the largest M&S station store at London Waterloo in June.

Marks & Spencer Simply Food franchise stores bring M&S’s exceptional quality and innovative food products to convenient travel locations. The new store at Newcastle Central will stock an extensive range of food and drink lines including products for customers on-the-go and for travellers looking to pick up food essentials on their way home.

Bob Johnson, national retail operations director of SSP UK, said: “We’re continuously aiming to increase the choices available to rail travellers, and the M&S Simply Food concept has already proved highly popular at other railway stations and airports across the UK. This is the latest in a number of M&S Simply Food stores under SSP’s management, and we are delighted to be continuing our long-standing relationship with the brand. I’m certain the arrival of the new M&S Simply Food store at Newcastle Central will be welcomed by both travellers and those who live and work locally.”

Tim Hedley-Jones, Virgin Trains East Coast major projects director said: “We’re really excited to welcome M&S to Newcastle Central Station. The new store will offer even more choice for our customers when arriving and departing from our newly refurbished station – one of the busiest in the country.”

Richard Austin, Head of Simply Food Programme at M&S, said “As part of our 250 Simply Food store opening programme, sites located in transport areas are a key part of this strategy. We are pleased to open our latest station store in Newcastle.”

The store will operate 7am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday and 8am to 10pm on Sunday.

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