Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raised $750,000 donation to the retailer’s Simply Give program to help Midwest food pantries restock their shelves

Memorable week of golf raises funds for Meijer Simply Give program to restock Midwest food pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Representatives with the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft today deemed the second annual tournament a success with a $750,000 donation to the retailer’s Simply Give program, which advances its mission of helping Midwest food pantries restock their shelves and improve the quality of life within the region. American LPGA professional Lexi Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla. took home the trophy at the LPGA Tour event, which took place at Blythefield Country Club July 23-26, but the real winners are the families who will benefit from the donation.

“Thanks to the great weather and enthusiastic crowds, the second annual Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft was a complete success and will continue improving the quality of life in the Midwest,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “Everyone who has supported the tournament has helped make a difference because this week was about more than world-class golf. It was an opportunity for the entire community to come together to have fun while supporting a very important cause – feeding the hungry.”

While attendance figures are not yet available, representatives said the tournament continued to exceed expectations.

Meijer began its Simply Give program in November 2008 and has since generated more than $16 million for its food pantry partners. The contributions donated as a result of the Meijer LPGA Classic are due, in large part, to the generous Meijer customers who attended the tournament week events, and the sponsors who helped make the event a success.

The $750,000 donation will be divided among the retailer’s estimated 200 food pantry partners participating in the fallSimply Give campaign, which runs through Sept. 12.

“We receive about two-third of our funding for food purchases through the Meijer Simply Give program,” said Mark Tallis, of the Holt Community Food Bank. “We appreciate Meijer for having the Simply Give program because it gives us the ability to help our families with more food and keep them stable so that the children in our community are not going hungry.”

To participate in the Simply Give program, customers can purchase a $10 donation card at their local Meijer store, which will be converted into a Meijer food-only gift card and given to the food pantry selected by the store. Meijer will stretch every customer’s donation further during Double Match Days Sept. 3-5 in recognition of Hunger Action Month. That means for every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will contribute $20, resulting in a total $30 donation.

A crowd of enthusiastic fans lined the ropes at Blythefield Country Club July 23-26 to watch a competitive field of 144 world-class golfers play 72 holes of stroke play. Ultimately, Lexi Thompson claimed the title as the Meijer LPGA Classic champion, making this her fifth LPGA Tour victory. At age 12, she was the youngest golfer ever to qualify to play in the U.S. Women’s Open.

Thompson said it was important to start the tournament well.

“I knew I had to make birdies against everybody in the field basically with Lizette (Salas) and then Gerina (Piller) behind me, so I knew I had to make a lot of birdies out there and it’s always nice to start off with one,” Thompson said.

About Meijer Simply Give:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates more than 200 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. In 2014, Blythefield hosted the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org/.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.lpga.comwww.facebook.com/LPGA, www.twitter.com/lpgaand www.youtube.com/user/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events:
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com/.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raised $750,000 donation to the retailer’s Simply Give program to help Midwest food pantries restock their shelves

Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raised $750,000 donation to the retailer’s Simply Give program to help Midwest food pantries restock their shelves

Whole Foods Market Brewing Company launches its first draft beer at the Greater Houston area on Aug. 8 and statewide distribution in Texas on Sept. 18.

Nation’s first in-store brewery launching Post Oak Pale Ale in locations across Texas

Houston, 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market Brewing Company, the first craft brewery in a grocery store, will begin distribution of its first draft beer in two phases, starting with the Greater Houston area on Aug. 8, followed by the launch of statewide distribution in Texas on Sept. 18.  Both launches will be celebrated by special tapping events, including a tapping event in Austin on Sept. 18 at the Lamar Whole Foods Market, hosted by Dave Ohmer, brewmaster of Whole Foods Market Brewing Company.

Guests are invited to visit any Houston-area Whole Foods Market store on Saturday, Aug. 8, at noon and help tap the first keg of Whole Foods Market Brewing Company beer. All 10 Houston-area Whole Foods Market stores will tap kegs simultaneously.

The first beer for Houston distribution will be a Post Oak Pale Ale, a deep golden beer that starts off with an orange marmalade sweetness and rolls directly into tangerine, grapefruit, and tropical tones. The hoppy bitterness continues to build all the way through, finishing dry, and inviting you to take that next sip.

Post Oak Pale Ale is one of 38 beers produced by the Whole Foods Market Brewing Company, located inside the company’s Post Oak store in Houston. To date, more than 5,220 gallons of beer have been produced in Houston, and a Whole Foods Market store in San Jose, California, has opened the company’s second onsite brewery.

Beer enthusiasts will have another opportunity to meet Ohmer at the 2015 Texas Craft Brewers Festival on Sept. 19, where Whole Foods Market Brewing Company will be featured throughout the day as a presenting sponsor of the event.

To set up an interview with Ohmer, contact jeanette.webster@wholefoods.com or kate.neu@wholefoods.com. Get social with us on Facebook at Whole Foods Market Houston and Twitter at @WFMBrewing.

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Whole Foods Market Brewing Company launches its first draft beer at the Greater Houston area on Aug. 8 and statewide distribution in Texas on Sept. 18.

Whole Foods Market Brewing Company launches its first draft beer at the Greater Houston area on Aug. 8 and statewide distribution in Texas on Sept. 18.

Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group acquires 100 stores owned by the Soseddushka retail chain in Orenburg and the Orenburg region

Orenburg, Russia, 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces the acquisition of 100 stores owned by the Soseddushka retail chain in Orenburg and the Orenburg region. This will increase X5’s presence in the region almost threefold.

The total area of the stores acquired by X5 Retail Group is close to 63,000 sq m, and total retail space is 36,700 sq m. Of the 100 stores, 61 are located in Orenburg and the rest are in the Orenburg region. The majority of the stores (96) will be re-branded as part of the Pyaterochka retail chain, while the remaining ones will become Perekrestok supermarkets. X5 expects to complete integration of the new assets in November 2015.

The newly acquired facilities will be refurbished in line with the new Pyaterochka and Perekrestok concepts. The chains intend to expand the new stores’ fresh offering (fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy), thereby strengthening X5’s cooperation with local suppliers. In terms of pricing, Pyaterochka and Perekrestok target all social groups, frequently offering attractive promotions and seasonal discounts.

X5 entered the Orenburg and the Orenburg region market last year, opening its first Pyaterochka store in Orenburg in February 2014. Before this transaction, X5 had 54 Pyaterochka stores and one Karusel hypermarket in the region. The nearest distribution centres servicing X5 retail chains in the region are located in Samara. Under the terms of the transaction, the Group gains the right to use Soseddushka’s existing Orenburg distribution centre for supplying products to its stores.

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘Ba3’, S&P – ‘BB-’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

As of 30 June 2015, X5 had 5,971 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 5,273 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 438 Perekrestok supermarkets, 83 Karusel hypermarkets and 177 convenience stores. The Company operates 35 DCs and 1,364 Companyowned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln). In Q1 2015, revenue totaled RUB 182,725 mln (USD 2,938 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 13,129 mln (USD 211 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 4,110 mln (USD 66 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.05%, treasury shares – 0.01%, free float – 37.64%.

Forward looking statements:
This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward-looking statements”. These forwardlooking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not only relate to historical or current events. Forwardlooking statements often use words such as “anticipate”, “target”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “expected”, “plan”, “goal”, “believe”, or other words of similar meaning.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, a number of which are beyond X5 Retail Group N.V.’s control. As a result, actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set out in these forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of X5 Retail Group N.V. speak only as at the date of this announcement. Save as required by any applicable laws or regulations, X5 Retail Group N.V. undertakes no obligation publicly to release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this document that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

For further details please contact
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Anastasiya Kvon
IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 792-3511
e-mail: Anastasiya.Kvon@x5.ru

The Golub Corporation announces the appointment of Scott Grimmett as its new President and Chief Operating Officer

Schenectady, NY, 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Golub Corporation, parent company of Price Chopper Supermarkets, Market 32 and Market Bistro is pleased to announce that Scott Grimmett has been named President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) – the first non-Golub in the company’s history to hold the title.

Grimmett will continue to report to Jerry Golub, who will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company. Neil Golub remains Executive Chairman of the Board.

Grimmett joined Price Chopper as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2012, bringing with him 37 years of experience at Safeway, the last nine of which were spent serving as President of that chain’s 143-store Denver division.

“We knew that Scott had the skills to help propel our company forward in an increasingly competitive marketplace and challenging economy,” said Jerry Golub, CEO. “He is an innovative and strategic leader with a customer-centric focus and deep understanding of how to make the shopping experience a true differentiator. He has made a tremendous contribution to the evolution of our brand over the last three years.”

“Scott’s strategic vision has guided the creation of our new brand architecture, which serves as the foundation for our next generation of stores and our transformation to Market 32. And his leadership in implementing and communicating what defines our new brand is helping us to deliver the multi-faceted, progressive shopping experience that the customers of today and tomorrow are seeking,” said Neil Golub, Executive Chairman of the Board. “We are so pleased to value his contributions to our company by further recognizing the integral role that he plays.”

About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 135 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518-379-1480

Jon Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518-221-1186

7‑Eleven: SEI Fuels acquires the dealer fuel supply business of LavigneBaker Petroleum, LLC, in and around New Orleans, LA.

DALLAS, 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SEI Fuel Services, Inc. (SEI Fuels) is pleased to announce the purchase of the dealer fuel supply business of LavigneBaker Petroleum, LLC, in and around New Orleans, LA. The transaction closed July 16th.

SEI Fuels entered the wholesale fuel business in 2012 when it and its parent company, 7‑Eleven, Inc., acquired the assets of TETCO, INC. and its affiliates, which ran a Texas-based fuel distribution and convenience retailing business. Since 2012 SEI Fuels has purchased four other wholesale businesses and now sells more than 600 million gallons of fuel annually to open dealers. With this transaction SEI Fuels has entered the New Orleans area market as the largest Shell-branded distributor, supplying approximately 60 branded locations.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 56,200 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include:  #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact: 
Stephanie Shaw
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-5837
Stephanie.Shaw@7-11.com

A.S. Watson Group honored with the ECR Recognition Award in the Digital category

HONG KONG, 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the latest 14th Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) Asia Pacific Conference, A.S. Watson Group was honored with the ECR Recognition Award in the Digital category, in recognition of its outstanding achievements in digital and eCommerce. Organised by the ECR Asia Pacific Council, GS1/ ECR Hong Kong and co-organised by The Consumer Goods Forum, this prestigious award aims to recognise the outstanding performance of corporations for their expertise in digital excellence.

“We are glad to receive such an important recognition in the digital category, and it certainly Reinforce the importance of A.S. Watson’s strategy of building Customer 360, a multi-channel experience from physical stores to online touch points. We are determined to make digital an integral part of our businesses across the globe because this is what customers expect, and customer experience is always our priority.” said Malina Ngai, JP, Chief Operating Officer of A.S. Watson Group.

To maximise the reach to customers and to provide a seamless shopping experience, the Group has invested USD60 million since 2012 to build a single and much more powerful digital and CRM platform for its 24 markets worldwide. ASW also strives to integrate online and offline experiences by offering click-and-collect option for eCommerce shoppers, and the analytics models help the Group to capture and understand customer behaviours, in order to provide them with personalised services.

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ASW receives ECR Recognition Award (Digital category) in the ECR Asia Pacific Conference

ASW receives ECR Recognition Award (Digital category) in the ECR Asia Pacific Conference

Foodstuffs wins two top prizes at the annual Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Awards

Foodstuffs has triumphed at the annual Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Awards, once again winning the two top prizes for their category. 

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — PAK’nSAVE has won the competitive Most Trusted Supermarket honour, New World the highly commended runner up in that category and Pams won the Most Trusted Home Brand award.

The independent survey asked more than 1200 New Zealander’s what brands they trusted across a range of categories; including supermarkets and supermarket own brands.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says there is no higher praise than that of our customers. “There is a lot of competition in the supermarket industry and New Zealand shoppers want great quality food, a good range of products at the right price.”

“We remain committed to delivering the best deals we can to our customers and that’s why so many Kiwis continue to shop at PAK’nSAVE. This award is about our customers giving us the nod that we are still doing great work. We know we can’t be complacent, there’s always room to develop our offer and improve our customer’s shopping experience.”

Anderson adds, “PAK’nSAVE is all about giving our customers a great deal with consistently low prices. It’s not about the fancy features you might see in other stores – it’s a straightforward promise, but one we absolutely must deliver on, every time.”

“Since opening its doors in 1985, PAK’nSAVE has never stopped looking for ways to keep its costs down in order to pass those savings on to our customers, “says Anderson. “It’s fantastic that during our 30th birthday year our customers have recognised PAK’nSAVE as the country’s most trusted supermarket brand.”

Mr Anderson explains that winning the Most Trusted Home Brand is also a special honour.

“Pams was the first home brand in the country. It first graced the iconic Four Square shelves in 1937 supplying baking and custard powder, the range has now swelled to more than 2500 different products and is now in demand across our supermarket shelves.”

“As a proud New Zealand owned and operated company we really appreciate our customers taking the time to vote for us and give us direct feedback that we are meeting their needs. We are striving to make good, wholesome and tasty products for everyday use and this award is high praise that we are well on the road to achieving that goal.”

PAK’nSAVE and New World continue to develop our stores across the country, upgrading, refurbishing and building brand new supermarkets which feature a range of environmental initiatives and innovation from energy efficient lighting to low emission refrigeration systems.

Store owner-operators of PAK’nSAVE’s and New World’s all over the country are sponsoring a multitude of local community schools, sporting teams and businesses.

Pams also supports a national nutrition-education initiative, Food For Thought, designed for primary school teachers to teach Kiwi kids to make healthier food and lifestyle choices.

Last year, Pams started introducing the Health Star Rating System on its packaging to enable shoppers to make informed nutritional decisions about the types of products they are consuming.

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Most Trusted Supermarket Brand 2015

Most Trusted Supermarket Brand 2015

Philippines: SM Prime Holdings poised to ride the wave of growth in the BPO sector with the expansion of EcomCenters in the Mall of Asia Complex

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings is poised to ride the wave of growth in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector with the expansion of EcomCenters in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

The EcomCenter complex consists of OneEcom, TwoEcom and the FiveEcomCenter which was launched last May 2015.

“The Philippines remains one of the top BPO destinations in the world which has underpinned the growth in office demand. Our offices in the EcomCenters at the MOA Complex continue to offer world class facilities, further enhanced by their proximity to major business districts, retail establishments, transport lines and major ports,” David Rafael, Senior Vice President for SM Prime Commercial Properties said.

Industry analysts said that the BPO industry is projected to earn US$25 billion in revenues and employ 1.3 million and 3.2 million people directly and indirectly by 2016, equivalent to around eight percent of the Philippine economy.

Data from real estate consultancy KMC Research & Consultancy indicated that office take-up in the MOA Complex area increased by 11.8% in 2014 from last year. Prime rents rose by 8.5% to PHP602.60 per square meter per month while vacancy rates are likely to remain low at 2%.

In 2015, new supply will come from FiveEcomCenter which is already 80% pre-leased. With an investment of almost PHP3 billion, the new FiveEcom will have a gross floor area (GFA) of 141,706 sqm and an estimated gross leasable area (GLA) of 83,000 sqm.

BPOs can look forward to large floor plates of up to 7,500 sqm. At the same time, selected floors will cater to smaller office space requirements.

The air-conditioning system has been designed in the variable refrigerant volume (VRV) format in order to provide tenants with greater flexibility to match their operations, spelling cost savings for them. It will also feature basement parking, a pioneering feature among buildings in the Mall of Asia Complex.

Designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica, FiveEcom’s innovative architecture is characterized by cantilevered rectilinear designs. Like TwoE-com, it will offer mixed-use areas on its open-air fourth floor podium that will provide nearby Manila Bay views.

A ground floor arcade will house accessible retail shops and daily conveniences of building occupants. As with the previous two buildings as well, it will be interconnected to One and TwoE-com through covered bridgeways, offering convenience to future tenants. It is served by round-the-clock security, utilities, and power. In fact, FiveEcom is also equipped with enough generator sets to provide for 72 hours of continuous emergency back-up power.

Aside from FiveEcom, SM Prime Commercial Properties will soon develop ThreeEcomCenter which will feature a semi-circular twin tower structure and FourEcomCenter with a prism-like design. It is set to receive Gold LEED Certification, making ThreeE-com Center the first LEED Certified building in MOA Complex.

Apart from their strategic locations, EcomCenters also offer operational efficiencies due to their large floor plates. The fiber optic loop system within the MOA Complex provides BPO tenants telco redundancy not only in terms of distribution but also in terms of source.

The EcomCenters are also structurally reinforced in certain areas to accommodate tenants’ data centers. Another major advantage of locating in the EcomCenters is the available parking space which consist of designated areas in the buildings and the entire MOA complex. The buildings also showcase unique designs that make them a prestigious office address.

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For further information, please contact:
April Misa
Senior Manager –Office Leasing
SM Prime – Commercial Properties Group
april.misa@smprime.com
Mobile: 0917 557 8197
Direct Line: 858 0353

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Philippines: SM Prime Holdings poised to ride the wave of growth in the BPO sector with the expansion of EcomCenters in the Mall of Asia Complex

The FiveEcomCenter at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City

Washington Nationals and Harris Teeter host food drive now through Aug. 10, 2015 to support its local food bank partners

Donate Non-Perishable Foods at Participating Harris Teeter Stores to help Local Food Banks

Matthews, N.C., 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — In partnership with the Washington Nationals, local Harris Teeter stores are hosting a food drive now through Aug. 10, 2015 to support its local food bank partners.

In May, Harris Teeter donated $225,000 to its various food bank partners and is hosting this food drive to help raise additional awareness to the problems of hunger and food insecurity.

Donations made at Harris Teeter locations will benefit Capital Area Food Bank and Loudoun Interfaith Relief; beneficiaries are displayed the collection bins in each store.

In addition to donating food at local Harris Teeter stores, Nationals fans may bring non-perishable food items to Nationals Park on Aug. 8 and 9 when the team faces the Colorado Rockies.

Volunteers will collect donations outside the Center Field Gate from the time gates open through the fourth inning. Donations made at Nationals Park will benefit Capital Area Food Bank.

Fans who donate three non-perishable food items at the ballpark will receive two tickets to a future game, while supplies last. Additionally, the first 500 fans to donate Harris Teeter Brands canned goods on Aug. 8 and the first 500 fans to donate Harris Teeter Brands canned goods on Aug. 9 will also receive $5 worth of NatsBucks.

Please join our team and the Nationals in the fight against hunger.

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Washington Nationals and Harris Teeter host food drive now through Aug. 10, 2015 to support its local food bank partners

Washington Nationals and Harris Teeter host food drive now through Aug. 10, 2015 to support its local food bank partners

Commissary kicks off the “Back to School” sales event this August

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Your commissary is kicking off the “Back to School” sales event in August by focusing on healthy family breakfasts, fresh-packed school lunches and after-school snacks that children can prepare themselves. You’ll find lots of healthy products in all categories that fit right into a school day.

“Promoting lean protein, high fiber cereals, low-fat dairy products, and fresh fruit can offer our military families great ideas for a healthy, well-rounded breakfast,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s sales director. “Also packing a healthy lunch includes the same categories listed above with some refrigerated, ready-made lunches that make it convenient for the parent who is preparing the school lunches.

“Our produce section is also offering new snack cups that include dairy, protein and fresh fruit for after-school snacks that kids can serve themselves,” she added.

Certain commissaries are also scheduling local farmers’ markets in August. Patrons should check with their local produce manager to see if they have scheduled anything in their area.

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in August to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Always check what’s on the “end of the aisle” for themed items with extra-low pricing. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers should check with their store manager to verify when they will be offering the following sales events:

  • Commissary Customer Appreciation Sales. Beginning mid-August through Sept. 30, commissaries will be offering their popular case lot sale events for stores in the continental United States as well as Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. These sales will provide shoppers super deals on bulk items including cereals, breakfast bars, chips, beverages, and paper goods. Commissaries will also offer great deals on seasonal produce and provide high-value coupons for products inside the store. At some locations, the exchanges may also participate with their own sidewalk sales that include back to school products such as school supplies, shoes and apparel.
  • General Mills will host the Box Tops for Education program worldwide from July 23 to Aug. 19. Please look for in-store displays. Participants can sign up for coupons on General Mills products.
  • Kellogg’s Fuel Up For School sales event takes place July 23 – Aug. 19, and offers chances to win (stateside only) $100 VISA gift cards, Monster headphones, free music downloads, $4 off Crayola school supplies and other high-value coupon offers. Kellogg’s will also donate $.05 per box for every Kellogg’s or Keebler item purchased Aug. 1-31 up to $50,000. See in-store displays for details.
  • Kraft is offering the Backpack of Savings promotion from Aug. 6 to Sept. 6. This promotion is an in-store opportunity for patrons at stateside stores to win a backpack filled with $65 of back-to-school essentials. In-store displays and coupons will be available.

“Waking up just 30 minutes earlier each day allows schoolchildren the opportunity to sit down and enjoy the most important meal of the day – breakfast,” Russ said. “Your commissary has it all for your children’s ‘Back to School’ nutritional needs.”

Note: For photos related to this news release, please see our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil