Taco Bell recognizes teens who have pursued their passions with the launch of #SeeMyPotential

This week Taco Bell elevates teens’ potential; kicks off national fundraiser to support brand’s ongoing commitment to youth education and pledge to hire 1.5 million youth through 2022

Irvine, Calif., 2015-8-13— /EPR Retail News/ — For more than 20 years, Taco Bell has paved the way for teens to graduate from high school and gain the confidence to reach their full potential. Now, Taco Bell, together with the Taco Bell Foundation, is recognizing teens who have pursued their passions with the launch of #SeeMyPotential. This campaign is aimed at raising awareness and advocacy for teens to ignite their passion and reach their full potential – beginning with a high school diploma.

“Today’s youth are the heart and soul of our brand and the communities in which we serve,” said Brian Niccol, chief executive officer, Taco Bell. “Nearly two million young people have had the opportunity to gain important skills by working at Taco Bell and countless others walk through our doors every day. Through investments in training, programming, scholarships and grants Taco Bell, our franchisees, our customers and the Taco Bell Foundation provide encouragement and support for this critical generation as they look to follow their dreams and become the leaders of tomorrow.”

As teens head back to the classroom, the Taco Bell Foundation with the support of Taco Bell franchisees, are building on the momentum of their successful #RecognizePotential campaign that ran during the 2015 graduation season, with the launch of #SeeMyPotential. This campaign highlights the fact that it takes a community to help teens stay on the path to graduation by giving Taco Bell fans, including teens and adults, a platform to share their successes and thank the mentors and friends who helped them on their journey. Everyone is encouraged to share their accomplishments on social media using the hashtag and to tag a supportive friend or mentor who has helped them see that potential through.

#SeeMyPotential is supported by creative visuals – developed with Taco Bell partner Deutsch L.A. – featured on Taco Bell’s social channels and in participating restaurants. The campaign will support the brand’s national fundraising efforts for the back to school season that will continue through August 24. Donations can be made through www.TacoBellFoundation.org or at one of 6,000 Taco Bell restaurants nationwide. The funds raised during these efforts will support training, programming, scholarships and grants that help to empower today’s youth and enable them to follow their dreams.

Youth Training and Education
Taco Bell was one of the first companies to join the newly-launched 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, which aims to engage at least 100,000 opportunity youth – 16- to 24-year olds who face systemic barriers to jobs and education – by the end of 2018 through apprenticeships, internships, training programs, and both part- and full-time jobs. Taco Bell will take part in an Opportunity Fair & Forum for Opportunity Youth in Chicago on August 13, where its local franchisees have committed to hiring 45 local youth on-the-spot. Between now and 2022, Taco Bell and its franchisees will hire roughly 1.5 million more local youth nationwide for restaurant-level positions.

As a company that gives many young Americans their very first job, and is engaging youth through the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Taco Bell proudly invests in developing leaders for the next generation through education, job and life skills. Taco Bell’s vision of seeing 100 percent of high school students’ graduate is supported by a number of programs for team and community members alike, including:

  • GED: Taco Bell funds company employee scholarships for team members to earn high school diploma equivalents.
  • Career Online High School Scholarship Program: Team members have the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate through Career Online High School – the ONLY online accredited school district.
  • Excelsior College Program: Team members have access to flexible online degree options at a 40 percent discount for a fully accredited associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degree; and programs where associates can earn nearly 50 percent of the credits needed to earn a college degree just by working at Taco Bell.
  • GraduateforMas.com: The Taco Bell Foundation connects teens with jobs through the careers page on GraduateforMas.com, which 10,000 teens accessed last year. Supported by a partnership with Get Schooled, the program has also inspired more than 355,000 students from across the country to make a commitment to stay in school and awarded $250,000 in scholarships to deserving teens this year alone.

For more information on #SeeMyPotential and the Taco Bell Foundation, visit TacoBellFoundation.Org. Campaign images, including an example #SeeMyPotential post and the National Fundraiser giving card, can be downloaded here.

About Taco Bell Foundation
Taco Bell Foundation, Inc. is a not for profit 501(c) (3) public benefit corporation committed to inspiring and enabling America’s teens to stay on the path to graduation and reach their full potential through its programs, partnerships and direct financial assistance. Every year, the Foundation serves more than 1 million teens in more than 180 communities across the country and awards more than 300 grants and scholarships focused on education and career preparedness. Since 1992, the Foundation has awarded more than $75 million in support of more than 1,000 teen-serving organizations in the U.S. through customer, franchisee, employee and vendor-partner donations. For more information visit tacobellfoundation.org.

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet inspired Cantina Power Menu and lower calorie Fresco Menu. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed the Beat® music program and nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell Foundation. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organization have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 36 million customers every week.

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Komodo Dragon chilli peppers arrives at Tesco stores

Hot chilli pepper lovers – take a deep breath, grab some milk and prepare for meltdown – the Komodo Dragon has arrived.

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-8-13— /EPR Retail News/ — That’s the name of Britain’s hottest ever commercially grown chilli pepper sold on a supermarket shelf which is set to send heat levels rocketing in kitchens across the UK from this week.

Grown in Bedfordshire, the Komodo Dragon measures up to an excruciating 1.4 million Scoville units.*

To give some idea of that potency, the lively jalapeno pepper which is used in many pizza toppings measures a paltry 3,500 Scovilles while the very hot Scotch Bonnet is rated as up to 350,000 Scovilles.

And tomorrow, Wednesday August 12 – shoppers will be able to sample the Komodo Dragon’s incredible potency themselves when it goes on sale exclusively at 500 Tesco stores.

Tesco chilli pepper buyer Eleanor Mansell said: “In recent years we’ve had the fearsome Dorset Naga, the searing Bhut Jolokia and the mouth-numbing Trinidad Scorpion.

“But they all pale in comparison to the UK’s latest commercially grown chilli pepper – the mighty Komodo Dragon which puts the others in the shade.

“The Komodo Dragon is also unusual because it has a delayed reaction that lulls you into a sense of false security.

“At first you can taste a wonderful hot fruitiness but then after about 10 seconds the full might of this little demon hits you and your whole mouth is aglow.

“This is definitely a chilli pepper for connoisseurs and for those who are experienced in eating really, superhot food.”

The Komodo Dragon was grown by the UK’s largest producer of chillis, Salvatore Genovese whose seven acre farm is based in Blunham, Bedfordshire.

Salvatore only started growing chilli peppers 15 years ago after he took over his parents’ cucumber business.

Since then chilli peppers have become so popular that Salvatore now grows about one million, or 15 tonnes, each week just to satisfy UK demand.

Salvatore said: “Chilli peppers have really grown in popularity over the last 10 years and feature strongly in a lot of the UK’s favourite dishes – from curries, Thai and Chinese food, Mexican cuisine as well as pizzas.

“But it’s the really hot ones that gain the most interest and so each year I try and grow one hotter than the last. I have chilli heads, as they’re known, contacting me from all over the world asking for samples.

“The Komodo Dragon should be livening up meal times over the coming months. I’d seriously advise anyone not experienced in eating really hot chilli peppers to have some milk or yoghurt ready as a standby to douse the flames!”

Tesco, which has the widest range of chilli peppers sold in British supermarkets, has varieties for beginners such as red, green, serenade and fresno; those for seasoned users such as finger, birds eye and of course those for hardcore fans such as Scotch Bonnet.


Komodo Dragon chilli peppers, which will be available until November, will be sold in 15g packets and will cost £1 per packet.

Stores stocking the chilli pepper can be seen here.


Note to editors:

The level of heat in a chilli pepper is measured in Scoville units.

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.


Komodo Dragon chilli peppers arrives at Tesco stores

Komodo Dragon chilli peppers arrives at Tesco stores

Sainsbury’s provides nationwide access to its Tu clothing with the launch of tuclothing.sainsburys.co.uk

LONDON, 2015-8-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is today launching its Tu clothing website http://tuclothing.sainsburys.co.uk, providing nationwide access to the collection. For the first time, customers across the whole of the UK will be able to buy the Tu clothing range from the comfort of their own homes.

  • New Tu online website launches today
  • Clothing range available for delivery across the UK
  • 93 per cent of customers within 10 minute drive of a Click and Collect store

A selection of Tu clothing is already available in over 400 Sainsbury’s stores, though customers previously only had access to the full Tu clothing range if they lived near one of the 160 stores carrying the full collection. The new online store, which includes womenswear, menswear and childrenswear, means that a much wider range of items is now available for next day delivery, standard delivery and click and collect. 710 stores will offer click and collect, including 112 convenience stores.

Tu clothing sales grew to £800m earlier this year and Sainsbury’s is currently the UK’s seventh largest clothing retailer by volume and 10th largest by value*. Sainsbury’s already brings Tu customers new collections every six weeks and is focused on being a destination for ‘high street style at supermarket prices.’

The retailer has launched 19 successful collections with Gok Wan, increasing market share and driving double digit sales growth. Sainsbury’s sells a pair of Gok for Tu jeans every minute in stores and a pair of knickers every three seconds. Sainsbury’s launches fresh Tu collections every six weeks, with new stock in stores every week and new trends landing within 8 weeks of them appearing on the catwalk. Customers are also shopping Tu’s childrenswear ranges more frequently than ever before and Tu is the fifth largest childrenswear retailer by volume and seventh by value**.  Tu is third in the UK for children’s Halloween dress up***.

Sainsbury’s Director of Online, Robbie Feather, said: ‘We are focused on providing excellent quality and value, with a talented in-house Tu design team. This launch is in line with our mission to give customers access to our products and services whenever and wherever they want and will significantly increase the reach of our already successful Tu brand. Customers have increasingly been looking to buy Tu online, and we have seen a really positive reaction to the new site from the selection of postcodes that have had access to it over the past few months. We’re already seeing particularly strong online sales of dresses and childrenswear and look forward to customers’ reaction to the new site.’

Notes to Editors

  • The Tu website will be live from Thursday 13th August.
  • * Kantar Worldpanel Data 24w/e to 5th July 2015
  • Sainsbury’s is currently the UK’s seventh largest clothing retailer by volume and 10th largest by value.
  • ** Kantar Worldpanel Data 24w/e to 5th July 2015
  • Tu is the 5th largest childrenswear retailer by volume and 7th largest childrenswear retailer by value.
  • *** Kantar Worldpanel Data 52w/e to 26th October 2014
  • Tu was the 3rd largest retailer of ‘fancy dress items’ during last Halloween, accounting for 11.4% spend and 11.2% of volumes.
  • Sainsbury’s marked Tu’s 10th birthday in September 2014 with its largest ever fashion collection.
  • 3.8 million customers were selected from the Nectar database to take part in a Tu Online trial in which they could purchase product using an access code to an exclusive version of the Tu Online site.



Sainsbury's provides nationwide access to its Tu clothing with the launch of tuclothing.sainsburys.co.uk

Sainsbury’s provides nationwide access to its Tu clothing with the launch of tuclothing.sainsburys.co.uk

Rite Aid Corporation announces that seasonal flu shots are now available at all Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide

  • Rite Aid Pharmacists Ready to Help Patients Protect Themselves Against the Flu
  • Rite Aid’s Workplace Flu Shot Clinic and Voucher Programs Return

Camp Hill, PA, 2015-8-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) announced today that seasonal flu shots are now available at all Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide. Customers can visit any of Rite Aid’s nearly 4,600 pharmacies to receive a flu shot from a certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacist, subject to state regulations. Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B and are available during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

“While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, outbreaks can happen as early as October, which is why it is so important to get vaccinated as early as possible,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “Rite Aid encourages people to get a flu shot sooner rather than later, as it is the very best way to protect themselves and their loved ones from getting the flu.”

Rite Aid carries the standard trivalent flu vaccine, which offers protection against three strains of the flu: the influenza A H3N2 virus, the influenza B virus and the influenza A H1N1. Additionally, a quadrivalent flu vaccine that offers protection against an additional influenza B virus will also be available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccination as soon as it is available, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.

All Rite Aid pharmacies currently have supplies of trivalent and quadrivalent flu vaccines; a high-dose flu shot, approved for people 65 and older, will be available in all stores later this week. Upon request, Rite Aid pharmacists can administer an intradermal flu shot, which uses a smaller needle that is injected into the skin instead of the muscle, approved for people 18-64 years of age.

While the CDC recommends flu shots for everyone over six months, certain groups of people are at greater risk for complications from the flu. These groups include: diabetics, pregnant women, adults over 65, children under 5, those with asthma and other chronic lung diseases, those with kidney and liver disorders, heart disease patients and those with compromised immune systems.

Rite Aid – Readily Available Resource for Employers Looking to Shield Workforce Against the Flu

In an effort to help employers avoid what the CDC estimates to be a $10.4 billion in direct costs for flu-related hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults, Rite Aid will once again have a team dedicated to planning and implementing onsite workplace flu clinics, staffed by certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacists. Rite Aid is also able to offer employers a voucher program, in which employees would receive a flu shot voucher to use at any Rite Aid pharmacy. For more information, employers can visit www.shieldmyworkforce.com  or call 1-800-622-2106.

Flu season provides an opportunity for people to review additional immunization needs. Rite Aid pharmacists are available to administer vaccinations for 12 other diseases, including pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps and rubella, meningitis, shingles and pneumonia, subject to state regulations.  By visiting Rite Aid’s Vaccine Central, at www.riteaid.com/vaccinecentral, customers can complete an immunization evaluation, track their personal immunization history, and find other educational resources on immunizations.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.



Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Rite Aid stores nationwide will begin accepting mobile payments, including Apple Pay™ and Google Wallet™, starting August 15

CAMP HILL, PA, 2015-8-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today that all of the Company’s nearly 4,600 stores nationwide will begin accepting mobile payments, including Apple Pay™ and Google Wallet, starting Saturday, August 15. The Company will also accept Google’s forthcoming Android Pay TM.  Additionally, all Rite Aid stores will also accept tap and pay credit and debit cards.  

“Increasingly, consumers are actively seeking out and incorporating mobile technology into many facets of their life, including their shopping and purchasing decisions,” said Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation. “By accepting mobile payments, we’re able to offer

Rite Aid customers an easy and convenient checkout process, which we know is important to them. Investing in mobile technologies is just one piece of Rite Aid’s evolving digital strategy and we will continue to explore, test and implement innovative technologies that will help us to better serve our valued customers.” 

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.





Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718, Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Kaylee Hudson of Macey’s Spanish Fork won the 2015 title of Utah’s Best Bagger at Utah Food Industry Association’s Annual Best Bagger Competition

Salt Lake City, UT, 2015-8-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Kaylee Hudson from Macey’s Spanish Fork has won the 2015 title of Utah’s Best Bagger at Utah Food Industry Association’s Annual Best Bagger Competition.

Hudson, a seventeen year-old senior at Spanish Fork High School will receive $500 and the opportunity to represent Utah at the National Grocers Association’s best bagger competition on March 1, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I’ve spent months practicing for the bag off, each day spending several hours perfecting my time and technique,” Hudson said.

Each year the Utah Food Industry Association hosts the competition for Utah’s Best Bagger. During the competition, baggers are judged and receive points in four areas: speed, proper bag building technique, distribution of weight between bags, style, attitude and appearance.

“I am thrilled to represent Macey’s and the great state of Utah at the national bagging championship. I am going to do my very best to make our state proud.” Hudson said.

The winner of the national bagging competition, sponsored by Pepsi Co. will win “bagging” rights and a $10,000 award.

Associated Retail Operations is a group of corporate stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The corporate stores operate under five different banners: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets. Learn more about Associated Retail Operations by visiting their websites: maceys.com,freshmarketstores.com, dansfoods.com, linsmarketplace.com, dicksmarket.com. Associated Food Stores can be found at afstores.com.


Kaylee Hudson of Macey’s Spanish Fork won the 2015 title of Utah’s Best Bagger at Utah Food Industry Association’s Annual Best Bagger Competition

Kaylee Hudson of Macey’s Spanish Fork won the 2015 title of Utah’s Best Bagger at Utah Food Industry Association’s Annual Best Bagger Competition

The newly expanded and renovated portions of Dolphin Mall to open on September 15

New innovative parking deck, valet services and restaurants to open in Miami-Dade County’s largest outlet and retail value shopping center

MIAMI, 2015-8-13— /EPR Retail News/ — The newly expanded and renovated portions of Dolphin Mall will open to shoppers on Tuesday, September 15, after 18 months of construction. The mall’s new features include a state-of-the-art parking deck, as well as a new valet area that will greet those looking to dine at the five new restaurants slated for the center, including BRIO Tuscan Grille and Miami-Dade’s first Kona Grill opening that day.

“Dolphin Mall is about to become more distinctive as we celebrate the grand opening of our new restaurant plaza,” said the mall’s general manager Pete Marrero. “This project underscores our commitment to providing customers with a truly convenient and enjoyable shopping and dining experience.”

In addition to BRIO Tuscan Grille and Kona Grill, the center’s 32,000 square feet of new restaurant space will welcome Miami-Dade’s first Cabo Flats Cantina & Tequila Bar in November. Burger & Beer Joint is projected to open later this year and a fifth restaurant will debut in 2016.

The new high-tech parking deck with approximately 1,300 spaces features a unique system that guides customers to the best spot to park. Shoppers can also locate their vehicle by using convenient onsite kiosks and a smartphone application currently in development will be coming in the future.

Rounding out the renovations are updates to the outdoor Ramblas Plaza, including new furniture, planters, ornamental shading and LED lighting to enhance the beauty of the surrounding grounds.

With these additions completed, Dolphin Mall will offer more than 45 diverse dining options, over 240 retail destinations and distinct entertainment options, including Dave & Buster’s, Strike Miami, CinéBistro and Cobb Dolphin 19 Cinemas.

About Dolphin Mall
Dolphin Mall is Miami-Dade County’s largest outlet and retail value shopping center blending the hottest concepts in theme entertainment and dining with an unparalleled offering of more than 240 value-oriented stores. Located just five miles west of Miami International Airport, shoppers can easily access the mall by taking Exit 27 off the Florida Turnpike. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with extended hours in the Ramblas entertainment area. Preview the stores, the styles and the savings atwww.shopdolphinmall.com and www.facebook.com/DolphinMall.

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Self-Checkout Kassen: BILLA setzt auf komfortable Alternative zum Bezahlen am Fließband

Ab Mitte August können BILLA Kunden in je einer Filiale in Wien und Graz zusätzlich zum bestehenden Kassensystem auch Self-Checkout Kassen nutzen. Damit möchte BILLA seinen Kunden einen zusätzlichen Service und die Möglichkeit der individuellen Geschwindigkeit an der Kassa bieten.

Wiener Neudorf, Austria, 2015-8-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Mit den Self-Checkout Kassen individualisiert BILLA das Einkaufserlebnis seiner Kunden weiter, denn ab jetzt können Kunden selbst entscheiden wie sie ihre Bezahlung abwickeln möchten – wie gewohnt am Fließband oder aber in Eigenregie. „Wir wollen unseren Kunden mit den neuen Selbstbedienungskassen einen zusätzlichen Service bieten“, erläutert BILLA Vorstandssprecher Volker Hornsteiner. Die regulären Kassen der Filialen in der Singerstraße in 1010 Wien und der Stiftingtalstraße 3-7/LKH in Graz bleiben dabei alle samt bestehen. Die Self-Checkout Kassen werden nämlich zusätzlich zu den konventionellen Kassen installiert.

Neuartiges Einkaufserlebnis für alle Kunden
„Der große Vorteil an den Self-Checkout Kassen ist, dass sich all unsere Kunden an der Kassa so viel Zeit nehmen können, wie sie selbst möchten“, so Hornsteiner weiter. Vielbeschäftigte können in wenigen Schritten ihre Produkte flott einscannen. Gleichzeitig erlauben die Selbstbedienungskassen – etwa unseren älteren Kunden – sich für den Lebensmitteleinkauf so viel Zeit zu nehmen, wie sie möchten und unterliegen damit nicht der Geschwindigkeit des Fließbandes der konventionellen Kassen. Insgesamt werden den Kunden der zwei Testfilialen neun Self-Checkout Kassen – fünf in Wien und vier in Graz – zur Verfügung stehen.

Geschulte Mitarbeiter unterstützen beim Self-Checkout
„Mit dem neuen Kassasystem wachsen auch die Anforderungen an unsere Mitarbeiter. Deshalb bieten wir ihnen – auf freiwilliger Basis – eine zweitägige Schulung. Im Zuge dessen werden sie optimal auf Fragen und Bedürfnisse der Kunden vorbereitet und zum Servicepersonal für die Selbstbedienungskassen geschult“ erklärt Hornsteiner. Damit wird ein kompetenter Umgang mit Kundenwünschen sichergestellt. Zu jedem Zeitpunkt wird mindestens ein BILLA Mitarbeiter direkt im Bereich der Self-Checkout Kassen zu finden sein, um die Kunden zu unterstützen und etwaige Fragen zu beantworten.

Zahlungsvielfalt und Vorteile bleiben erhalten
An den Self-Checkout Kassen werden dieselben Zahlungsmodalitäten wie an den regulären Kassen angeboten. So können die Kunden neben Barzahlung auch unkompliziert mit Kredit- oder Bankomatkarte bezahlen. Auch die exklusiven BILLA Vorteilsclub Vergünstigungen, wie beispielsweise der Rabattsammler, lassen sich an den neuen Kassen mit Hilfe der BILLA Mitarbeiter rasch einlösen. So können unsere Kunden an den Selbstbedienungskassen denselben umfangreichen Service genießen, den sie auch an üblichen Kassen gewohnt waren.

Bildtext zum übermittelten Bildmaterial:
Bild (1): Beginn der Zahlungsabwicklung an der Self-Checkout Kassa Bild (2): Einscannen der Ware an der Self-Checkout Kassa
Bild (3): Einpacken der Ware an der Self-Checkout Kassa
Bild (4): Einscannen der BILLA Vorteils-Club Karte
Bild (5): Auswahl der Zahlungsmodalität
Bild (6): Barzahlung an der Self-Checkout Kassa

Credits: BILLA AG/ Dusek, Abdruck zu PR-Zwecken honorarfrei.

BILLA und Österreich verbindet seit mehr als 60 Jahren eine einzigartige Erfolgsgeschichte: Als Pionier im heimischen Lebensmittelhandel sorgt BILLA dafür, dass in ganz Österreich täglich Lebensmittel und Produkte zu einem fairen Preis verfügbar sind. BILLA deckt damit als Nahversorger mit Hausverstand die ganze Range an Produkten ab: Das Angebot reicht von einer breiten Palette an Markenartikeln bis zu den erfolgreichen Eigenmarken, darunter die Ja! Natürlich Bio-Produkte, qualitativ hochwertige Produkte der BILLA Eigenmarke, bis hin zur Diskontlinie clever®. BILLA arbeitet ständig am Produktsortiment und Serviceangebot, um so den Bedürfnissen der Menschen in Österreich gerecht zu werden und diesen tagtäglich ein kulinarisches Erlebnis zu bieten.

BILLA gehört zur REWE International AG und ist Teil von einem der größten Lebensmittelhändler Europas. Nachhaltigkeit hat BILLA in seiner Unternehmensstrategie umfassend verankert: Heute sind rund 350 der mehr als 1.000 BILLA-Filialen in Österreich energieeffizient. Weitere zentrale Themen der BILLA-Unternehmensstrategie sind Gesundheit und die Förderung von verstärktem Ernährungsbewusstsein der Österreicherinnen und Österreicher. Der Verantwortung gegenüber seinen treuen Kunden, rund 18.400 Mitarbeitern und langjährigen Partnern wird BILLA auf vielfache Art und Weise gerecht.

»Wer nicht von gestern sein will, beschäftigt sich mit morgen«, sagt der Hausverstand

Mehr Infos unter: www.billa.at oder www.billashop.at Besuchen Sie uns auch auf Facebook unter https://www.facebook.com/billa.at

Rückfragehinweis: Team Media Relations REWE International AG, Industriezentrum NÖ-Süd, Straße 3, Objekt 16, A-2355 Wiener Neudorf Tel.: +43 2236 600 5265, E-Mail: mediarelations@rewe-group.at

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago teams up with PetSmart® to ensure the continuation of the hospital’s canine therapy program

Donation Will Fund Hospital Program for Next Five Years, Ensuring Crucial Dog Therapy Access for Patients and Families

CHICAGO, 2015-8-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is teaming up with PetSmart® to ensure the continuation of the hospital’s canine therapy program that provides patients with access to canine comfort teams during their hospital stay. PetSmart has committed more than a quarter of a million dollars over five years through its PetSmart Paws for Hope program in support of Lurie Children’s, which provides canine therapy to 1,000 patients and their families each year.

“At PetSmart, we know the healing power of pets, and we have seen firsthand the positive impact they have on people, especially kids,” said Michael Massey, president and chief executive officer for PetSmart. “Canine therapy offers a healthy diversion from the usual hospital routine and an opportunity for pet social interaction, which we know are important components of the healing process. We’re proud to partner with Lurie Children’s on this life-changing program.”

Support from PetSmart will allow Lurie Children’s to continue its canine therapy program for the next five years. Through bedside interactions and visits around the hospital, the program now reaches more than 1,000 patients, siblings and parents at Lurie Children’s each year.

“We are so grateful for this new collaboration with PetSmart,” said Francia Harrington, president and chief development officer of Lurie Children’s Foundation. “More patients and families will experience the joy that comes from a special dog and handler team visit – a comforting distraction during a hospital stay. Known to brighten every hospital room they walk into, our therapy dogs deliver immense emotional and physical benefits to our children.”

This is the ninth PetSmart Paws for Hope partnership of its kind where PetSmart provides funding support to hospital pet therapy programs. Existing partnerships are in place at Phoenix Children’s Hospital; Orlando Health; Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego; SickKids Hospital Toronto; St. Louis Children’s Hospital; Children’s Health Dallas; Hospital Español Auxilio Mutuo in Puerto Rico; and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

In 2012, PetSmart teamed up with Phoenix Children’s Hospital to sponsor its first animal-assisted therapy program. This initial effort was such a success that PetSmart expanded the program to hospitals throughout North America with the 2014 launch of its formalized give-back program, PetSmart Paws for Hope. The program creates or funds existing pet therapy teams in hospitals, allowing for more daily visits by therapy animal teams for patients and their families.

About Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is a state-of-the-art hospital located in downtown Chicago on the campus of its academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals in U.S. News & World Report.The hospital relies on philanthropic support to care for more than 174,000 children each year. Learn more at luriechildrens.org.

About PetSmart
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Commissary reintroduces cooked poultry products in South Korea by Labor Day

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-8-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary shoppers in South Korea will begin to see cooked poultry products back on shelves by Labor Day.

On July 13, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a revision to Korea’s embargo to allow heat-treated poultry and poultry products from the U.S. Learning the news, the Defense Commissary Agency quickly placed orders with its U.S. suppliers to restock the shelves of commissaries in South Korea with cooked poultry products.

“Frozen dinners, pot pies, nuggets, lunch meats, franks, Lunchables and other popular cooked poultry products will begin to arrive by early September,” said Wayne Walk, DeCA’s zone manager in Korea. “With school starting back up, this is great timing for parents packing lunches and for anyone looking for easy-to-prepare meals.”

South Korea’s embargo had restricted the entry of all poultry products into the country since last December when the U.S. announced the presence of avian influenza in live poultry flocks in Oregon and California, followed by additional outbreaks in other U.S. states.

Uncooked poultry from the U.S. is still restricted by the embargo, but DeCA has alternate sources for uncooked poultry to replace many of the items it previously received from U.S. suppliers.

“We offer fresh, uncooked chicken and eggs from Korea,” said Walk. “We have whole chickens, chicken breasts, boneless thighs and drumsticks. These products are not frozen and are ready to take home and cook immediately.”

Commissaries also began offering chicken from Australia this month.

“Shoppers will find Steggles of Australia chicken in the freezer section in tray packs,” said Walk. “Steggles is supplying our commissaries here in Korea with chicken products that have historically been popular with our shoppers – skinless, boneless breasts and thighs; tenderloins; wings and drumsticks.”

“We’re working continuously to provide our customers with the very best service and product assortment,” said Walk. “The embargo has been an opportunity for DeCA to work a little harder to ensure military members and their families stationed in Korea have the products they need when they use their commissary benefit.”

The USDA advises consumers to always follow proper handling and cooking processes when working with poultry. Food safety and avian influenza information can be found in the USDA Food Safety and Avian Influenza Questions and Answers, April 2015.

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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.

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