The Cooking School @ Market Bistro will offer a selection of classes this September

Latham, N.Y., 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — The Cooking School @ Market Bistro will offer a selection of classes that range from simple cooking skills to more advanced recipes. Recipes consist of ethnic dishes, homemade classics and more. The registration fee for each class ranges from $25 to $55 per student.

Tuesday, September 1; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On: Feel the Burn
Heat up the night with these spicy dishes. Recipes include: spicy black bean soup with chipotle crema, chorizo beef sliders (en fuego!), pickled peppers and onions (escabeche), and chicken tenderloins with roasted poblano-avocado dressing. (Registration: $55 per student (wine and beer served))

Thursday, September 3; 12 to 1 pm
Lunch and Learn: Thai This at Home
Enjoy lunch while watching a demonstration of Thai cooking, with its emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge. Recipes include: green coconut curry mussels and chicken tikka masala. (Registration: $25 per student)

Friday, September 4; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On: Couples Night Out/Oh, the Pasta-bilities!
Indulge in a romantic kitchen rendezvous with your partner and explore the pasta-bilities. Recipes include: fettuccini bolognaise and penne with pumpkin alfredo sauce, served with salad and dessert. (Registration: $100 per couple (wine served))

Wednesday, September 9; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On: Nothin’ Says Lovin’ Like Something from the Oven!
Homemade desserts made from fresh fall ingredients are the perfect finish to a savory meal…or just a sweet treat. Recipes include: apple-pear cranberry crisp, drunken chocolate cherry bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce, and pumpkin spice cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting. Light fare served. (Registration: $55 per student (wine served))

Friday, September 11; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On: Wake Up Little Sushi
Add sushi chef to your skill set and create a Japanese feast. Recipes include: spicy inside-out tuna roll, traditional California roll, orange soy dipping sauce, shiitake edamame miso soup, and Asian cucumber slaw. (Registration: $55 per student (wine served))

Saturday, September 12; 5 to 8 pm
Hands On: The Art of Risotto
Appetizer, entrée, side, even dessert, Chef John will demystify this trendy Northern Italian rice dish. Recipes include: arancini (rice balls) stuffed with mozzarella and prosciutto, dirty risotto with sausage, wild mushrooms and peppers, and chocolate risotto pudding. (Registration: $55 per student (wine served))

Tuesday, September 15; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On: Knife Skills/Slice, Dice, Mince, and More
The most basic cooking begins with good knife handling. Participants will learn basic cuts, knife safety, as well as how to sharpen knives at home. Recipes include: harvest corn sweet potato chowder, grilled chicken with ratatouille, and fruit compote sundae. (Registration: $55 per student (wine served))

Friday, September 18; 12 to 1 pm
Lunch and Learn: A Taste of Italy
Enjoy a classic Italian meal as our chef demonstrates how you can recreate it at home. Recipes include: eggplant rollatini with garlic sautéed broccolini, and citrus-scented cannoli. (Registration: $25 per student)

Tuesday, September 22; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On: Cooking with Herbs
Chef John will provide fresh ideas for using the abundance of herbs still in the garden, as well as basic tips to enhance any dish. Recipes include: oregano-roasted eggplant and tomato focaccia, pierogies in sage brown butter cream sauce, dill poached salmon, and apricot basil tart. (Registration: $55 per student (wine served))

Wednesday, September 23; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On: Family Freezer Meals
With the return of fall and school back in full swing, schedules are crazy. Learn to create freezer-friendly meals that are ready when you are. Recipes include: chicken-brisket stew, twice baked potatoes, and lasagna rolls. (Registration: $55 per student (wine served))

Friday, September 25; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On: Girls Night Out/Cupcake Wars
Who makes the best tasting, best looking cupcakes? Turn simple into fabulous. Bring a friend and vie for bragging rights. Recipes include: vanilla, chocolate, and spice cupcakes and a variety of frostings and fillings. Light fare served. (Registration: $45 per student (wine served))

Saturday, September 26; 4 to 7 pm
Hands On: Farm to Table
Celebrate the flavors of the harvest and create a meal using all the farm-fresh goodness Market Bistro has to offer. Recipes include: beet carpaccio salad with fried goat cheese and candied walnuts, wild mushroom and herb frittata, butternut squash & root vegetable hash, and zucchini fritters with fire roasted pepper. (Registration: $55 per student (wine served))

Tuesday, September 29; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On: The Power of Cauliflower
In Mark Twain’s words, “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” Learn fun and innovative recipes using this versatile veggie. Recipes include: red and green pizza with cauliflower crust, cauliflower-goat cheese soufflé, and roasted cauliflower with Pappardelle pasta and brown mustard cream. (Registration: $55 per student (wine served))

Pre-registration for all classes is required. Register online at https://www.marketbistro.com/CookingSchool/Class/UpcomingClass or by visiting The Cooking School @ Market Bistro.

Located in the Latham Price Chopper (873 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110), the Cooking School @ Market Bistro is a state-of-the-art kitchen equipped with hands-on cooking stations where attendees can learn to cook or expand cooking expertise. Each station is fully stocked with appliances, knives, and cooking equipment designed to resemble a home kitchen. Both hands-on and demonstration cooking classes are offered, including classes for children. With a wide variety of themes, classes will be taught by a member of Price Chopper’s Cooking School Culinary Team, as well as guests such as local chefs, nutrition experts, and cookbook authors.

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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:
Maureen Murphy
518.379.1215
maureenmurphy@pricechopper.com

Funds managed by Sycamore Partners to acquire 100% of Belk, Inc. for approximately $3.0 billion

  • Belk Stockholders to Receive $68.00 per share in cash
  • Tim Belk to remain CEO
  • Company headquarters to stay in Charlotte, N.C.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — Belk, Inc., the nation’s largest family owned and operated fashion department store company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby investment funds managed byNew York-based private equity firm Sycamore Partners will acquire 100% of Belk in a transaction with an estimated enterprise value at closing of approximately $3.0 billion. Under the terms of the merger agreement, all Belk stockholders will receive $68.00per share in cash for each share of Belk common stock they own.

Tim Belk, chairman and chief executive officer of Belk, Inc., said, “We are delighted to have found a financial partner that sees what we see in Belk: a 127-year-old brand that remains relevant today with exceptional customer loyalty in small, medium and large cities throughout the South. We plan to grow Belk by executing our current strategic initiatives and undertaking new growth initiatives together with Sycamore. This transaction is an across-the-board win for our stakeholders.”

Stefan Kaluzny, Managing Director of Sycamore Partners, said, “We have great respect for Belk’s management team and associates, its deeply rooted brand, its footprint of stores and its growing online presence. Belk is exactly the kind of investment we look for: an outstanding brand with a proven success formula and the potential for further growth.”

Under the terms of the transaction, Tim Belk will remain CEO of Belk and the company will continue to be headquartered in Charlotte.

The merger agreement was unanimously approved by Belk’s board of directors. The merger is subject to certain customary conditions, including the receipt of regulatory and stockholder approval, and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of calendar 2015.

Certain Belk stockholders have agreed to vote shares owned or controlled by them representing, in the aggregate, a majority of the voting power of Belk’s shares, in favor of the transaction.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as financial advisor and King & Spalding LLP is acting as legal advisor to Belk. BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal advisor to Sycamore Partners.

Important Additional Information Regarding the Merger Will Be Filed With The SEC

In connection with the proposed merger, Belk, Inc. will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and furnish to its stockholders a proxy statement and other relevant documents. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, BELK, INC.’S STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED MERGER OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE IN THE PROXY STATEMENT BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER.

Investors will be able to obtain a free copy of the proxy statement, when available, and other relevant documents filed by Belk, Inc. with the SEC at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.  In addition, investors may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement, when available, and other relevant documents from Belk, Inc.’s website at www.belk.com or by directing a request to: Belk, Inc., 2801 West Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28217, ATTN: Investor Relations 704-357-1000.

Participation in the Solicitation

Belk, Inc. and its directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees of Belk, Inc. may be deemed to be “participants” in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Belk, Inc. in connection with the proposed merger.  Information regarding the interests of the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of the stockholders of Belk, Inc. in connection with the proposed merger, which may be different than those of Belk, Inc.’s stockholders generally, will be set forth in the proxy statement and the other relevant documents to be filed with the SEC.  Stockholders can find information about Belk, Inc. and its directors and executive officers and their ownership of Belk, Inc.’s common stock in Belk, Inc.’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on April 14, 2015, and in its definitive proxy statement for its most recent annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 23, 2015, and in Forms 4 of directors and executive officers filed with the SEC.  Additional information regarding the interests of such individuals in the proposed merger will be included in the proxy statement relating to the merger when it is filed with the SEC.  These documents may be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and Belk, Inc.’s website at www.belk.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this press release, and other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of the Company, may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding future events and developments and our future performance, as well as our expectations, beliefs, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. You can identify these forward-looking statements through our use of words such as “may,” “will,” “intend,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “continue” or other similar words.  Examples of forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements about the price, terms and closing date of the proposed transaction, and statements regarding stockholder and regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of various other conditions to the closing merger contemplated by the merger agreement. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, expectations, or outcomes to differ materially from our historical experience as well as management’s present expectations or projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (i) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; (ii) the inability to complete the proposed merger due to the failure to obtain Belk, Inc. stockholder approval for the proposed merger or the failure to satisfy other conditions of the proposed merger within the proposed timeframe or at all; (iii) the failure to obtain the necessary financing arrangements as set forth in the debt and equity commitment letters delivered pursuant to the merger agreement, or the failure of the proposed merger to close for any other reason; (iv) risks related to disruption of management’s attention from Belk, Inc.’s ongoing business operations due to the transaction; (v) the outcome of any legal proceedings, regulatory proceedings or enforcement matters that may be instituted against Belk, Inc. and others relating to the merger agreement; (vi) the risk that the pendency of the proposed merger disrupts current plans and operations and the potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the pendency of the proposed merger; (vii) the effect of the announcement of the proposed merger on Belk, Inc.’s relationships with its customers, operating results and business generally; and (viii) the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to the proposed merger. Consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements. Additional factors that may cause results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements are set forth in Belk, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10—K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on April 14, 2015, under the heading “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” and in its subsequently filed reports with the SEC, including Forms 10-Q and 8-K.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements included in this news release, which speak only as of the date hereof. Belk, Inc. does not undertake to update any of these statements in light of new information or future events.

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with close to 300 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Its belk.com website offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $21.5 million to communities within Belk market areas.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and Belk Blog, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

About Sycamore Partners
Sycamore Partners is a private equity firm based in New York specializing in consumer and retail investments. The firm has more than $3.5 billion in capital under management. The firm’s strategy is to partner with management teams to improve the operating profitability and strategic value of their businesses. The firm’s investment portfolio currently includes Aeropostale, Coldwater Creek, EMP Merchandising, Hot Topic, the Kasper Group, Kurt Geiger, MGF Sourcing, Nine West Holdings, Pathlight Capital, Talbots and Torrid.

SOURCE Belk, Inc.

For further information: Jessica Graham, Belk, Inc., 704-426-8333, jessica_graham@belk.com

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Funds managed by Sycamore Partners to acquire 100% of Belk, Inc. for approximately $3.0 billion

Funds managed by Sycamore Partners to acquire 100% of Belk, Inc. for approximately $3.0 billion

IKEA’s Feeding the Future raised $351,605 in just one month to support Feeding America

Over $351,605 raised in just one month – enough to provide over 3 million meals

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA US thanks its customers for their generous contributions to the IKEA in-store program ‘Feeding the Future’, a campaign that supports Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. The campaign which ran June 1–30, 2015 to support local Feeding America food banks raised $351,605,* enough to buy over 3 million meals for children and their families in our local communities.

Each $1 donation from every IKEA healthy kids meal purchased in an IKEA restaurant during the ‘Feeding the Future’ campaign went to the ‘Feeding the Future’ program to support local Feeding America food banks. Additionally, IKEA customers were able to add $1 donations at all IKEA store registers at cash lanes, customer restaurants, IKEA Bistros and Swedish Food markets.

“We are quite pleased our US customers supported our ‘Feeding the Future’ program, in collaboration with Feeding America, and realized the value and importance of supporting our local community’s food banks. IKEA is committed to healthy eating and working along with Feeding America helps to not only support those in need, but gives our customers a opportunity to also get involved with their local food banks,” commented Gerd Diewald, IKEA US Food Manager.

*This number includes $307,634 from customer donations and $43,971 from healthy meals sold.

Feeding America Food Bank Network

The process of getting food to hungry Americans requires a dynamic infrastructure and sophisticated management. Feeding America secures donations from national food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers and growers – and from government agencies and other organizations. Feeding America then moves donated food and grocery product to member food banks.

The food banks in turn distribute food and grocery items through food pantries and meal programs that serve families, children, seniors and others at risk of hunger. Last year alone, the Feeding America network distributed more than 3 billion meals to people in need.

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks also supports programs that improve food security among the people served; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

Hunger Facts

  • In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a very real struggle. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.
  • Right now, millions of Americans are at risk of hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot always make ends meet and may be forced to go without food.
  • Research has shown that food insecurity and hunger are serious threats to children’s health, growth and development. The nation’s economic growth depends on the well-being of our children. As such, the existence of childhood hunger in the United States threatens future American prosperity.
  • In the United States, more than one out of five children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in 2013, 15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in this condition – unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.

Contact: Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US Corporate PR Director. Mona.Liss@IKEA.com

About IKEA
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 315 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit ttp://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

IKEA to host its Swedish Crayfish Party in the restaurants of participating IKEA U.S. stores on Friday, September 18

Tickets Available for $18.99 Adults / $4.99 Kids 12 & Under; Discounted Prices for IKEA FAMILY* Members

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA will be hosting its Swedish Crayfish Party – an all-you-can-eat Swedish crayfish buffet – in the restaurants of participating IKEA U.S. stores** on Friday, September 18. A Swedish tradition, the Crayfish Party dates back to the 1800’s when restrictions were placed on crayfish fishing season. August marked the beginning of crayfish season or the “crayfish premier.” To celebrate, families and friends would host late summer parties – congregating in paper hats and colorful crayfish-themed bibs – to enjoy good food and good company.

This season, IKEA is inviting everyone to join in the fun! Tickets are available at your local IKEA store for only $18.99 per person or $4.99 for kids 12 and under (IKEA FAMILY* members eat for $14.99 per person or $2.99 for kids 12 and under), for an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring crayfish, cucumber salad and more.

“Food – and all the activity around it – brings people together,” said Patricia Meumann, IKEA Food Manager. “In Sweden, the Crayfish Party or ‘kräftskiva’ is a loved and celebrated food tradition that brings friends and families together, and we are excited to share this piece of our culture with our customers.”

The IKEA Crayfish Party menu*** includes:

  • Crayfish
  • Tossed green salad
  • Cucumber salad
  • Hardboiled eggs with mayo and shrimp
  • Rhode Island salad with crayfish
  • Najad Salmon with Horseradish or Gravad Lax with Mustard Sauce
  • Crispbread
  • Crisprolls
  • Soft bread
  • Thin bread
  • Assorted Swedish cheeses
  • Meatballs with lingonberries
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Boiled dill new potatoes
  • Cookies and assorted desserts
  • Coffee, tea, fountain beverages

Seating is limited, so those who are interested are encouraged to purchase tickets early at their local IKEA store. To locate and contact the nearest IKEA store for more details – including local seating times – visit the “Store Locator” page on www.IKEA-USA.com and enter your city/state or zip code.

If you can’t make it to your local store to celebrate, consider hosting your own Swedish Crayfish Party with the following items (available at IKEA):

  • KRÄFTOR Frozen crayfish in brine ($18.99): Boiled crayfish in brine with spices. Defrost and serve cold with bread, cheese, various traditional smorgasbord dishes. (Click HERE for tips on how to peel a crayfish).
  • KRÄFTSKIVA FESTPAKET Crayfish party pack ($6.49): The most essential crayfish party accessories (for 4 people); crayfish hats, crayfish bibs, crayfish napkins, crayfish garland and songbooks.
  • KRÄFTSKIVA LYKTA Lantern for crayfish party ($2.99): A paper lantern with a moon motif for use when having a traditional Swedish crayfish party.

* IKEA FAMILY is a benefits program that offers membership perks including special product discounts, sneak previews, free coffee and tea in the IKEA Restaurant, and more. Consumers can sign up for the free program online or in-store.

** IKEA Carson will not host a Crayfish Party in 2015.

*** Menu is subject to change due to product availability.

About IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 360 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 40 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact: Kathy Boerner
kathy.boerner@ketchum.com

H&M to participate at the World Water Week in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — For H&M, responsible water use is essential. H&M will participate at the World Water Week in Stockholm this week about this year’s theme: Water for Development. How the role of water is highlighted in the new set of Sustainable Development Goals will be an important discussion during the week. 2015 is also target year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, where water undoubtedly plays a central role.

The World Economic Forum has ranked water scarcity as the biggest global risk. Operating in a water-intense industry, we have a responsibility to not only reduce water impacts across our value chain, but also help the communities along our value chain ensure that clean water is available to those who need it.

During World Water Week, H&M will take part in panel discussions during the seminar “Managing Business Water Risk through Collaboration”, together with CEO Water Mandate and our partner, conservation organisation WWF. Together with GAP, Levi’s and SIWI, we will also participate in a session titled “New Paradigm: Incentivizing Improvements in Low and Middle Income Countries”.

After a couple of years in partnership with WWF, we are well on our way to realizing the vision of becoming the fashion industry’s leading water steward. H&M’s water strategy is a game changer in the fashion industry. It marks an evolution in the corporate approach to water, according to WWF, as it takes the whole supply chain into account and goes far beyond the factory lines. H&M does this to protect the environment, minimize risks in our operations and to secure the availability of water.

To get an overview of what H&M means by water stewardship – check out this film.

Responsible water use is essential for H&M – about two thirds of the factories that make clothes for us using wet processes are located in areas experiencing water stress. If we want to have a successful business in the future, we need to properly manage practices in our value chain today. This is a reality for many industries. During World Water Week, we hope to inspire others to take a similar approach, and to be part of the solution.

To learn more about our efforts within water, go to hm.com/water.
For information about World Water Week, visit worldwaterweek.org.

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H&M to participate at the World Water Week in Stockholm

H&M to participate at the World Water Week in Stockholm

H&M to introduce 16 new denim styles made using recycled cotton from textiles collected in the Garment Collecting initiative in H&M stores

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — This September, H&M will introduce 16 new denim styles made using recycled cotton from textiles collected in the Garment Collecting initiative in H&M stores. The pieces for men, women and kids, are the latest steps toward H&M’s goal towards creating a closed loop for fashion, and will be available in all stores worldwide, as well as online.

“Creating a closed loop for textiles, in which unwanted clothes can be recycled into new ones, will not only minimize textile waste, but also significantly reduce the need for virgin resources as well as other impacts fashion has on our planet,“ says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M.

The new denim pieces, made from recycled cotton and organic cotton, include for women three styles of jeans, from skinny to distressed ‘girlfriend’ jeans, plus a denim jacket, flared dungarees and a denim jumpsuit. For men, there is a zip-up denim jacket, alongside two distressed slim leg styles, and a pair of joggers in coated denim. There are kids pieces too, including a zip-up hoodie with cute animal ears, along with stretch jeans sequined at the knee, or a street style hooded shirt, with distressed jeans.

H&M wants to create a closed loop for its textiles, in which the fabrics from unwanted clothes can be recycled into new ones. The aim is to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry, by limiting waste that goes to landfill and saving on natural resources used in the production of fabric.

Since 2013, H&M customers worldwide have been able to bring unwanted clothes from any brand into its stores as part of its Garment Collecting Initiative. So far, over 18,000 tonnes have been collected globally.

Right now, H&M is able to use 20% recycled cotton from collected clothes, and is investing in new technology to increase this share without losing quality. H&M has a target to increase the number of garments made with at least 20% recycled fabric by 300% compared to 2014.

GLOBAL MEDIA ENQUIRIES

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Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
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All other enquiries
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

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Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

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H&M to introduce 16 new denim styles made using recycled cotton from textiles collected in the Garment Collecting initiative in H&M stores

H&M to introduce 16 new denim styles made using recycled cotton from textiles collected in the Garment Collecting initiative in H&M stores

Myer introduces Hemingway Design for Royal Doulton

MELBOURNE, Australia, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — Working in line with Royal Doulton’s ethos to create design-led ceramics, the new HemingwayDesign collection offers contemporary accessories for decoration, as well as everyday use. Building on Wayne Hemingway’s roots in fashion, the family-run firm works across all design disciplines from housing and interiors, to graphics and product design. This exciting partnership sees the Hemingway family work directly with the talented Royal Doulton designers, bringing together years of experience to create a unique collection of products for the home.

THE DESIGNERS

WAYNE HEMINGWAY
Hemingway Design was founded by Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway in 1981 and focuses on affordable and social design, with a core philosophy of aiming to ‘improve things that matter in life’. Inspired by mid-century design HemingwayDesign is now a multifaceted agency led by two generations of the Hemingway family and a wider team of talented Designers

TILLY HEMINGWAY
Tilly, is the second child of Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway. It was inevitable that, after growing up in such a creative environment, Tilly would develop an eye for design. In her career so far Tilly has worked on a number of exciting projects including the reworking of a ‘tired’ large social housing development, the Museum of 51 exhibition at Royal Festival Hall and product design.

STORE AVAILABILITY

Available in Melbourne City, Sydney City, Chadstone, Perth City, Brisbane City, Pacific Fair, Adelaide City, Parramatta, Chatswood, Northland, Eastland, Southland, Doncaster, Highpoint, Morley, Garden City, Chermside, Indooroopilly, Carindale, Karrinyup, Macquarie, Penrith, Castle Hill, Knox City, Frankston, Cairns, Toowoomba, Brookside, Tea Tree Plaza, Belconnen, Geelong, Fountain Gate, Carousel, Mackay, Robina, Logan, North Lakes, Maroochydore, Townsville, Erina, Charlestown, Canberra City, Eastgarden, Albury.

Not available in: Werribee, Colonnades, Wagga, Dubbo, Orange, Launceston, Bendigo, Ballarat, Top Ryde, Bankstown, Wollongong, Hornsby, Liverpool, Shellharbour, Warringah, Joondalup, Marion, Mt Gravatt, Hobart City, Blacktown, Hurstville, Roselands, Miranda, Bondi.

Media contacts:

Melissa Templeton
National Public Relations Manager
+61 3 8667 6893
+61 (0) 438 101 987

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Myer introduces Hemingway Design for Royal Doulton

Myer introduces Hemingway Design for Royal Doulton

Éxito closes acquisition of 50% of GPA (Brazil) & 100% of Libertad in Argentina

Saint-Étienne, France, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — As a result of the new organization of the Casino group in Latin America, Éxito closed today the acquisition from Casino group of 50% the ordinary voting shares of its subsidiary GPA in Brazil, representing around 18.8% of the total capital of the company, and a 100% stake in Libertad (subsidiary of the Group in Argentina). The transaction was approved by the Shareholders’ general meeting and the Board of Directors of Éxito.

Casino and Éxito agreed on shareholders’ agreements in order to organize the control of GPA. A summary of the contracts related to the transaction is available on the following link: http://www.groupe-casino.fr/en/press-releases/shareholders-agreements-for-segisor-wilkes-and-grupo-pao-de-acucar/

With the wealth of its brands and positions in Latin America, this new organization of the activities around Éxito, enables the Group to follow its strategy of growth and profitability at a rapid pace, strengthening its commercial presence in the region.

ANALYSTS AND INVESTORS CONTACTS
Régine GAGGIOLI – Tél: +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr
or
+33 (0)1 53 65 64 18
IR_Casino@groupe-casino.fr

GROUP EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
Aziza BOUSTER
Tél: +33 (0)1 53 65 24 78
Mob: +33 (0)6 08 54 28 75
abouster@groupe-casino.fr

Disclaimer

This press release was prepared solely for information purposes and should not be construed as a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell securities or related financial instruments. Similarly, it does not give and should not be treated as giving investment advice. It has no connection with the investment objectives, financial situation or specific needs of any recipient. No representation or warranty, either express or implicit, is provided in relation to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information contained herein. It should not be regarded by recipients as a substitute for exercise of their own judgment. All opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice.

This document contains certain forward-looking statements. This information is not historical data and should not be interpreted as guarantees of the future occurrence of such facts and data. These statements are based on data, assumptions and estimates that the Group believes are reasonable. The Group operates in a competitive and rapidly changing environment. It is therefore not in a position to predict all of the risks, uncertainties or other factors that may affect its business, their potential impact on its business, or the extent to which the occurrence of a risk or a combination of risks could have results that are significantly different from those included in any forward-looking statement. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Except as required by any applicable law, rules or regulations, the Group expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates of any forward‐looking statements contained in this press release to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any forward-looking statement contained in this press release is based.

 

CVS/pharmacy survey: 37 percent of U.S. adults missed a life event because they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms

Flu vaccinations now available every day at CVS/pharmacy® and MinuteClinic® nationwide, including evening and weekend hours, no appointment necessary

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — A new survey from CVS/pharmacy released today found that nearly two in five U.S. adults (37 percent) have missed a life event because they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms. The most commonly missed events include get-togethers with friends (17 percent), family gatherings (17 percent) and a work meeting or presentation (13 percent).

In the survey, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CVS/pharmacy in July 2015 among over 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18+, nearly three-fifths (58 percent) of Americans indicate that they get a flu vaccine every year or plan to get one this year, with commonly cited reasons being:

  • They believe it is the best way to prevent getting the flu (65 percent);
  • To protect their family from the flu virus (38 percent);
  • And, because they don’t want to miss important life events by having the flu (26 percent).

All CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide are now offering flu vaccinations.[1] The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone who is at least 6 months old get a flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available.

“No one wants to get sick with the flu, and getting sick is even worse when it causes us to miss an important life event such as a vacation, wedding, holiday gathering or a child’s big sporting event or recital,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS/pharmacy. “The simple fact is that getting an annual flu shot is the best protection available against catching or spreading the flu.”

“It is recommended to get a flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available because it takes a couple of weeks for it to build immunity in order to provide you with the best protection before flu season peaks,” said Nancy Gagliano, Senior Vice President, CVS Health and Chief Medical Officer, CVS/minuteclinic. “You should also get vaccinated every year because influenza strains may change year to year and the vaccines are updated annually.”

Among Americans who have ever received a flu shot, 38 percent indicated that convenience plays a major role in their decision about where to get the vaccination. More than 7,800 CVS/pharmacy stores and nearly 1,000 MinuteClinic locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores provide flu shots every day, including evenings and weekends, with no appointment needed.

In addition, customers will receive a 20 percent off CVS/pharmacy Shopping Pass when they get a flu shot at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic.[2] The Shopping Pass can be used with the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Rewards card to save 20 percent off non-pharmacy purchases up to $100.[3]

Getting the flu shot at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic is also very affordable. Thirty-six percent of Americans who have ever received a flu vaccine indicated that “where their insurance is accepted” is a determining factor for where they get the vaccine administered. The flu vaccine is a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act, fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B. CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic can directly bill many national and regional health plans that cover all or part of the cost of a flu shot.

Additional findings from the survey include:

  • Two-thirds (67 percent) of employed Americans would go to work even if they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms.
  • The life events Americans would be most upset about missing because they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms include missing a vacation getaway (63 percent), family gathering (56 percent), wedding (54 percent), graduation (47 percent) and birthday party (43 percent).
  • 92 percent of Americans say they would take actions to protect themselves from catching the flu — including regularly washing hands as often as possible (77 percent), drinking more water (58 percent), taking vitamins (55 percent), eating more nutritious food (50 percent), wiping down surface areas with sanitizing wipes (46 percent) and regularly using hand sanitizer (45 percent).
  • Just over three fourths of seniors (76 percent), ages 65 and up, get the flu vaccine every year and/or plan on getting the flu shot this year.

The high dose vaccine is available at CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations for those ages 65 and older. It contains four times the antigens as the regular flu vaccine and is intended to create a stronger immune response for seniors, who are at greater risk of developing severe flu-related illnesses. The quadrivalent flu vaccine is also available and offers protection against an additional influenza B virus than the standard seasonal flu vaccine.

In addition to flu shots, CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants are available to provide a number of other vaccinations, including pneumonia and pertussis (whooping cough), among others. Visit www.cvs.com/getvaccinated or www.minuteclinic.com/services/vaccination for more information on the vaccines offered. Certain immunizations have age and location restrictions.

Please visit CVS.com/flu for more information and additional resources. Consumers can also visit www.CVS.com or use the CVS/pharmacy Mobile smartphone app to locate a nearby store.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of CVS from July 17-21, 2015 among 2,024 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodologies, including weighting variables, please contact Stephanie Cunha at scunha@cvs.com or Matt Mendolera-Schamann at mendo@matternow.com.

About CVS/pharmacy
CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 7,800 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

About MinuteClinic
CVS/minuteclinic is the retail medical clinic of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with nearly 1,000 locations in 31 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has provided care through more than 25 million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive three consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.minuteclinic.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

For CVS/pharmacy

Stephanie Cunha
scunha@cvs.com
401.770.9354

OR

Matt Mendolera-Schamann, Matter Communications
mendo@matternow.com
978.518.4524

For MinuteClinic

Brent Burkhardt, TBC
bburkhardt@tbc.us
410.986.1303

1. Flu shots are available when immunizing pharmacist, MinuteClinic nurse practitioner or physician assistant is on duty, while supplies last.
2. Offer is not valid in the states of AR, NY, NY and HI. Shopping Pass is not available at MinuteClinic in the states of MA, PA and RI.
3. Normal ExtraCare purchase restrictions apply for 20% Off Shopping Pass.

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CVS pharmacy survey

CVS Health’s MinuteClinic will be enhancing accessibility for patients with visual, hearing and other disabilities

Woonsocket, RI, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — MinuteClinic, the walk-in medical clinic of CVS Health, today announced that it will be enhancing accessibility for patients with visual, hearing and other disabilities. The plan is designed to enhance MinuteClinic’s services and to remove barriers that may impede persons with disabilities from utilizing the clinics’ services.

“We are committed to providing the highest level of medical care and access to all, and are constantly looking at our delivery model to ensure that we’re meeting the needs of the communities that we serve,” said Andrew Sussman, M.D., President, MinuteClinic and Executive Vice President/Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health.

As part of its plan to enhance accessibility, MinuteClinic will, at the request of a patient, arrange for live sign language interpreters, and will take additional steps designed to ensure that persons with visual impairments receive treatment and other vital information in formats that are accessible to them. MinuteClinic will also assess the most effective method by which to obtain accurate weight measurements for persons with mobility impairments who rely upon the use of wheelchairs. Comprehensive training shall be provided to clinic staff to ensure their familiarity with the availability and proper use of any relevant equipment, aids and services.

Today’s announcement is the result of collaboration between MinuteClinic and patients with disabilities seeking care at MinuteClinic.

“Retail health clinics will have greater importance to the communities they serve as the shortage of primary care providers continues. MinuteClinic distinguishes itself from its competitors by its commitment to the inclusion of persons with disabilities,” said Andrés J. Gallegos, Esq., a disability rights advocate, who assisted CVS MinuteClinic in the development of its plan.

About MinuteClinic
CVS/minuteclinic is the retail medical clinic of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with nearly 1,000 locations in 31 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has provided care through more than 25 million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive three consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.minuteclinic.com.

Media Contacts:

Carolyn Castel
(401) 770-5717
CVS Health
carolyn.castel@cvshealth.com

Brent Burkhardt
(410) 986-1303
TBC (For MinuteClinic)
bburkhardt@tbc.us

Asda brings good news to unleaded drivers after a series of Diesel price drops

  • Asda’s new national price cap means drivers will pay no more than 109.7ppl on unleaded across its 272 filling stations.
  • Good news for unleaded drivers after series of diesel price cuts
  • Drop means Asda has cut 9ppl off the price of diesel and 5ppl off the price of unleaded in the last month
  • Asda continues to have the UK’s cheapest national price cap on fuel.

LEEDS, UK, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — Weekend relief for drivers today (Friday 21st August) as Asda announces a fuel price cut on unleaded bring the price down from 111.7ppl to 109.7ppl. The supermarket announces the drop on the back of a rewarding month for motorists and those filling up their tanks. Asda has lead the way on price cuts which have seen the price of fuel drop from 9ppl on diesel and 5ppl on unleaded in the last month.

Effective from today (Friday 21st August) Asda brings good news to unleaded drivers after a series of Diesel price drops. Asda’s new national price cap means that unlike other retailers who work on ‘average prices’ – drivers will pay no more than 109.7ppl on unleaded whilst diesel remains at a market leading national price cap of 106.7ppl.

Asda is the only retailer that has a national price cap on fuel at all 272 filling stations, ensuring every single one of our customers knows the maximum price they will pay at the pump regardless of where they live.

Andy Peake, Asda’s Senior Director for Petrol said: “We’re bringing some good news to unleaded motorists following a series of diesel price cuts. As we head towards the busiest bank holiday weekend of the year on our roads, this new drop means drivers across the country will pay no more than 109.7ppl for unleaded and diesel remains at a market leading 106.7ppl at our forecourts.”

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “This latest price cut from Asda, coming just two weeks after the last, will be met with cheer from drivers of the country’s 19 million petrol cars, who will have noticed that diesel drivers have been enjoying substantially lower prices for over a month now.

“With a falling oil price, the wholesale price of unleaded has been dropping too and it is welcome news that drivers of petrol vehicles will now be spending less when they fill up.

“This summer has been a much cheaper one for motorists than the last. The cost of filling up an average family petrol car is now around £8 less than it was last summer, and around £12 less for a diesel car. Fuel is a major expense for millions of families in the UK, and these latest cuts are certainly helping to ease that burden.”

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Ahold CEO Dick Boer: We grew sales, operating income and net income and delivered strong free cash flow in Q2 2015

Zaandam, The Netherlands, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today published its summary report for the second quarter and first half of 2015. Highlights of the second quarter are:

  • Sales of €8.7 billion, up 17.1% (up 3.1% at constant exchange rates)
  • Sales excluding gas up 4.8% at constant exchange rates
  • Underlying operating margin of 3.8%, down 0.1 percentage points
  • Strong free cash flow of €367 million, up €297 million
  • Sales in the Netherlands up 6.8%, due to a strong performance by Albert Heijn and the impact of growth initiatives, resulting in increased transactions and higher volumes
  • Sales in the United States excluding gas up 2.1%, reflecting an improved customer proposition
  • Consumer online sales up 22.8% (at constant exchange rates), driven by ongoing investments
  • Ahold and Delhaize announced their intention to merge on June 24, 2015, combining two highly complementary businesses

CEO Dick Boer said: “We had a strong quarter and are pleased with the financial performance across our business. We grew sales, operating income and net income and delivered strong free cash flow.

“In the Netherlands, Albert Heijn continued its strong sales momentum with more transactions and higher volumes, increasing its market share this quarter versus one year ago. Our market-leading Dutch online businesses Albert Heijn Online and bol.com achieved combined consumer sales growth of more than 30% and we continue to invest in future growth. In the United States, we continue to focus on improving our customer proposition and remain on track with the implementation of our program to provide better quality and value to our customers. For the fourth consecutive quarter, we grew volume market share in the United States and our margins were resilient, as a result of ongoing cost control. In the Czech Republic, we saw improved sales, primarily driven by our Albert supermarkets, with profitability temporarily affected by the SPAR acquisition, as per our previous guidance.

“Looking ahead, we remain confident in our outlook for the business and are on track to deliver a full-year performance in line with expectations. We are excited about the agreement with Delhaize, which brings together two highly complementary businesses to create a stronger, international food retailer for the benefit of our customers, associates and shareholders.”

Legal notices

No offer or solicitation
This communication is being made in connection with, amongst others, the proposed business combination transaction between Koninklijke Ahold N.V. also known as Royal Ahold (“Ahold”) and Delhaize Group (“Delhaize”). This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction in connection with the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and applicable Dutch, Belgian and other European regulations. This communication is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, in or into, directly or indirectly, any jurisdiction in which such release, publication or distribution would be unlawful.

Important additional information will be filed with the SEC
In connection with the proposed transaction, Ahold will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a registration statement on Form F-4 that will include a prospectus. The prospectus will be mailed to the holders of American Depositary Shares of Delhaize and holders of ordinary shares of Delhaize (other than holders of ordinary shares of Delhaize that are non-U.S. persons (as defined in the applicable rules of the SEC). INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AHOLD, DELHAIZE, THE TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Ahold and Delhaize through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed by Ahold with the SEC by contacting Ahold Investor Relations at investor.relations@ahold.com or by calling +31 88 659 5213, and will be able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed by Delhaize by contacting Investor Relations Delhaize Group at Investor@delhaizegroup.com or by calling +32 2 412 2151.

Forward-looking statements
This communication contains forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These statements or disclosures may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future trends, plans, events, results of operations or financial condition, or state other information relating to Ahold, based on current beliefs of management as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Forward-looking statements generally will be accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “intend,” “may,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s control. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the occurrence of any change, event or development that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; the ability to obtain the approval of the transaction by Ahold’s and Delhaize’s shareholders; the risk that the necessary regulatory approvals may not be obtained or may be obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; failure to satisfy other closing conditions with respect to the transaction on the proposed terms and time frame; the possibility that the transaction does not close when expected or at all; the risks that the new businesses will not be integrated successfully or promptly or that the combined company will not realize the expected benefits from the transaction; Ahold’s ability to successfully implement and complete its plans and strategies and to meet its targets; risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction; the benefits from Ahold’s plans and strategies being less than anticipated, risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction; the effect of the announcement or completion of the proposed transaction on the ability of Ahold to retain customers and retain and attract employees who are integral to the success of the business; maintain relationships with suppliers, and on their operating results and businesses generally; litigation relating to the transaction; the effect of general economic or political conditions; fluctuations in exchange rates or interest rates; increases or changes in competition; changes in Ahold’s liquidity needs; the actions of competitors and third parties business and IT continuity; collective bargaining; distinctiveness; competitive advantage and economic condition; information security; legislative and regulatory environment and litigation risks; product safety; pension plan funding; strategic projects; responsible retailing; insurance and unforeseen tax liabilities and other factors discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures.

Furthermore, this communication contains Ahold forward-looking statements as to continued focus on customer proposition and the implementation of Ahold’s program to provide better quality and value to its customers, outlook for the business, delivery of a full-year performance in line with expectations, acquisition by Stop & Shop New York Metro of A&P stores, investments in online business, , higher pension costs, margin dilution by the SPAR acquisition in the Czech Republic, financial and operational performance, cost savings and cost control, the effect of improvements in accounting standards on the consolidated financial statements of Ahold and the return of former C1000 stores by Ahold to Jumbo.

The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Investors and shareholders are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication. Ahold does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this communication to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by applicable laws.

Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold.”

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Chipotle Mexican Grill to hire 4,000 new employees on its first-ever National Career Day on September 9

Job interviews will take place at all U.S. restaurants; applicants are invited to register online for an interview

DENVER, CO, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced its first-ever National Career Day, taking place on Wednesday, September 9, with the goal of hiring 4,000 new employees. Management teams at each U.S. restaurant location will hold open interviews for up to 60 applicants between 8-11 a.m. Interested candidates are invited to register for an interview at the Chipotle location of their choice by visiting NationalCareerDay.com.

Chipotle currently employs more than 60,000 people, and entry-level crew positions can put employees on the path to developing rewarding careers. Over the last year, the company has promoted more than 10,000 people into management roles who started as hourly crew. Through National Career Day, interested applicants will have the opportunity to interview onsite with a manager and jumpstart their career with one of the nation’s fastest growing restaurant companies.

“We believe that our success is the direct result of our incredibly strong people culture, which is rooted in having teams of all top performers, and developing them to be the leaders we will need to accommodate our growth,” said Monty Moran, co-chief executive officer at Chipotle. “We are constantly looking for great people to join our team. Regardless of your background or experience, you can succeed at Chipotle if you have a passion for making the people around you better. Working here isn’t just a job, but a career where employees learn how to make others better, run a successful business, master culinary skills, and most importantly, lead teams of top performers. For people who embrace that culture, the opportunities are tremendous, and we hope job-seekers looking to further their career and join a dynamic team will come join us on National Career Day.”

With a company culture that values attitude over experience (no experience is required to apply or be hired), Chipotle bases its hiring on a specific set of 13 Characteristics that indicate an applicant’s potential for success within the company. These traits include being conscientious, respectful, hospitable, high energy, infectiously enthusiastic, happy, presentable, smart, polite, motivated, ambitious, curious and honest.

Unlike most companies in the traditional fast food and fast casual industries, Chipotle offers all employees significant career advancement opportunities, as well as compensation and benefits above industry standard. By developing career skills internally, more than 95 percent of the company’s restaurant managers are promoted from within. The highest performing managers have the additional opportunity to be promoted to Restaurateur, which offers benefits such as a company car and a six-figure salary. Chipotle also offers a highly competitive benefits package to all employees, including paid sick leave and vacation time for full and part time employees, along with tuition reimbursement and merit-based increases. A full look at the career path can be found on Chipotle’s Career site:http://careers.chipotle.com/career-path.

What’s more, employees at Chipotle feel a tremendous sense of pride and satisfaction in their work. A recent employee survey indicated that Chipotle employees feel supported by the company and express satisfaction and pride in their roles. According to the survey, employees consider company culture, food and other benefits, like paid time off and tuition reimbursement, to be among the biggest pros of their jobs. Furthermore, a resounding 90% said they were proud to work at the company, while a near-unanimous 97% said they believe they work in and enjoy an empowered culture where top performers are rewarded and provided with advancement opportunities.

For more information and to register for an interview, please visit www.NationalCareerDay.com.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast-food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality, raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that — where possible — are sustainably grown and raised responsibly with respect for the animals, the land and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than 1,850 restaurants, including 17 Chipotle restaurants outside the U.S. and 11 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor in an entity that owns and operates three Pizzeria Locale restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

Chris Arnold, 303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com

SOURCE: Chipotle

FamilyMart: Media Articles on postponing management integration with UNY Group Holdings Co., Ltd. not based on our official disclosure

TOKYO, Japan, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — Some articles were published in the media today reporting that the execution of basic agreement concerning management integration with UNY Group Holdings Co., Ltd. would be postponed to September 2015 or later. These articles are not based on our official disclosure.

As per the announcement in the press release “Notice Regarding Commencement of Discussions Concerning the Management Integration between FamilyMart., Ltd. and UNY Group Holdings Co. Ltd.”, dated on March 10, 2015, FamilyMart Co., Ltd. and UNY Group Holdings Co., Ltd. have been discussing management integration in the spirit of treating both companies as equals through the Integration Preparation Committee; however, no decision has been made which requires additional disclosure at this point in time.

We will disclose any decision in a timely manner that require timely disclosure when such decision is made.

This share exchange is made for the securities of a Japanese company. This share exchange is subject to disclosure requirements ofJapan that are different from those of the United States. Financial information included in this notice has been prepared in accordance with generally accepted Japanese accounting standards and may not be comparable to the financial statements of United States companies.

It may be difficult for you to enforce your rights and any claim you may have arising under the U.S. federal securities laws, since the issuer is located in a foreign country, and some or all of its officers are residents of a foreign country. You may not be able to sue a foreign company or its officers in a foreign court for violations of the U.S. securities laws. It may be difficult to compel a foreign company and its affiliates to subject themselves to a U.S. court’sjudgment.

You should be aware that the issuer may purchase securities otherwise than pursuant to the share exchange agreement, such as in open market or privately negotiated purchases.

This document has been translated from the Japanese-language original for reference purposes only. While this English translation is believed to be generally accurate, it is subject to, and qualified by, in its entirety, the Japanese-language original. Such Japanese-language original shall be the controlling document for all purposes.

Dr. Jochen Wiechen to succeed Jochen Moll as Member of Board of Management and Spokesman of Intershop Communications AG

Jena, Germany, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — Jochen Moll, Member and Spokesman of Intershop Communications AG’s (ISIN: DE000A0EPUH1) Board of Management, has resigned his position at his own request and with the consent of the Supervisory Board and will exit the company effective September 30, 2015. The responsibilities of the Board’s Spokesman will be assumed by Dr. Jochen Wiechen, the current Chief Technology Officer effective 1 September 2015.

Axel Köhler, Intershop’s current Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, will join the Board effective September 1, 2015 and take on the responsibility for Sales, Marketing, Communication and Professional Services.

Jochen Moll was appointed to the Board as Member and Spokesman on April 1, 2012, and has been responsible for Sales, Marketing, Communication , and Professional Services.  Since July 2015, he additionally has been heading Finance and Human Resources. The main focus of his work was on re-positioning Intershop as an international software and service vendor and on re-branding the company.

“My job at Intershop has been an exciting challenge. I am very pleased that the company has completed the most important steps of its reorganization in order to position itself as a successful international software vendor. The great confidence expressed by our customers, partners and shareholders was very important and encouraging during this transition phase. I am proud that we have always been able to justify this. Therefore, I would particularly like to thank the Intershop team and the Supervisory Board for their excellent support during this time, which has not always been easy. All the more we now can witness the initial success of Intershop’s re-positioning”, Jochen Moll stated.

Dr. Herbert May, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, thanks Jochen Moll for his contributions.

“Jochen Moll´s role in transforming Intershop was of decisive nature. Over the past years, he has succeeded in positioning Intershop internationally among the top vendors. Thanks to excellent benchmark results, we were able to increase our brand’s recognition in particular in the USA, one of the most important e-commerce markets. In addition, Jochen Moll has strengthened the company’s position in the promising Asia-Pacific market and internationally established and advanced the business with new customers and with partners”, Dr. Herbert May, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, said. “We very much regret his resignation and would like to express our gratitude to him for his major commitment in the past years. We see it as very positive that he will now assume responsibility at one of our large international customers. We wish Jochen Moll success and all the best for his entrepreneurial future.”

Dr. May feels confident that Intershop’s positive transformation will see continuity under the new Board of Management. He explains:

“Within the scope of his current responsibility, Dr. Wiechen has developed a clear product strategy, encouraged a clear customer focus of the development teams and introduced a new development approach that significantly improves efficiency and proximity to the market. Intershop will have an excellent new Spokesman of the Management Board in him, thanks to his considerable technical experience in large and medium-sized companies, his noticeable sales-oriented approach and his strategic thinking.”

With respect to the new Board Member Axel Köhler, Intershop can rely on a proven expert of both, industry and company making him a perfect fit to successfully complete the initialized process. Mr. Köhler has decades of experience in heading various sales organizations. In his previous role at Intershop he has focused on winning new customers and pushed ahead the cooperation with integration partners. To this end, he has developed a go-to-market strategy and has consistently put it into practice. “This year’s results prove the success. In his new role he will continue the same path with the team”, Dr. May is convinced.

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Bosch, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Intershop Public Relations

Heide Rausch
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
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Toys“R”Us raised $2.2 million for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to find cure for pediatric cancer

#Stir4ACure Initiative Heightened Awareness and Encouraged Customers to Join the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

Wayne, NJ, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced that through Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us® in-store and online customer donations, the company raised nearly $2.2 million during its fifth annual nationwide fundraising and awareness campaign benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation(ALSF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Throughout the program, Toys“R”Us encouraged social media users to show support for the cause and for Alexandra “Alex” Scott, the inspiration behind ALSF, by joining the conversation online using #Stir4ACure. Families across the U.S. joined the social media movement, sharing who or what they stir for.

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“Toys“R”Us has been a fantastic partner for the last five years and we are continuously amazed by the commitment their customers and employees demonstrate in carrying out Alex’s mission to find a cure for all kids with cancer,” said Liz Scott, Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and mother of Alex Scott. “We are so thankful to those who have helped ‘stir’ for a cure, whether it be through monetary contributions, hosting lemonade stands or raising awareness through social media. Each cup and act of kindness has enabled us to impact the lives of children and families fighting cancer in the U.S.”

Diagnosed just before her first birthday, Alex Scott began hosting lemonade stands at the age of four to help kids like her who were affected by pediatric cancer. Before she died in 2004, Alex raised $1 million through stands hosted in her name. Inspired by Alex’s determination, her parents, Liz and Jay Scott, established ALSF in 2005. Today, thousands of kids continue to host lemonade stands in Alex’s honor, “stirring” the most important ingredients of all into their lemonade – hope and support for the 263,000 new children affected by cancer worldwide each year. To date, Alex’s legacy has helped raise more than $100 million, showing that at any age, kids can make a lasting impression on their community and the world.

“Toys“R”Us is proud to continue Alex’s mission to help fight childhood cancer and to inspire families across the country to ‘Stir for a Cure’,” said Kathleen Waugh, Chairman, Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund. “Following this summer’s campaign, contributions from Toys“R”Us and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, along with donations from customers, have totaled more than $10.5 million since the inception of our partnership in 2011. We are incredibly proud of the support shown by our customers and employees, and of the funds generated to help ALSF find a cure.”

To jump-start the 2015 campaign, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., provided a $100,000 grant to ALSF.

To download high-resolution images related to the Toys“R”Us campaign benefitting ALSF, please visit:https://toysrus.sharefile.com/share#/download/sb4d7551e8ce41458

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us
The philanthropic mission of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations, furthering the company’s commitment to children of all abilities. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $100 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 475 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, U.S.
Samantha Xenis
(973) 617-5306 / (646) 366-8826
Samantha.Xenis@toysrus.com

Cheryl O’Brien
(973) 617-4380 / (646) 366-8825
Cheryl.OBrien@toysrus.com

Whole Foods Market ranked No. 30 in the Fortune’s ‘Change the World’ list

Company lauded for ‘setting a standard for grocery stores’ and for ‘continually pushing for change’

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — In its new ranking of 50 companies that “Change the World,” Fortune magazine recognizes Whole Foods Market for “doing well by doing good.” The company ranks No. 30 on the list, which will appear in the magazine’s Sept. 1 issue.

Fortune highlights Whole Foods Market’s position at the forefront of food consciousness, noting the company’s role in creating the market for natural, healthy food: “The Austin-based grocer prompted giants from Walmart to Kroger to up their organic game. Whole Foods continues to push for change through initiatives like its animal-welfare standards, its refusal to sell overfished seafood, and its requirement that all products it sells containing genetically modified ingredients be labeled as such by 2018.” Fortune also quotes New York University food studies, nutrition, and public health professor Marion Nestle as saying the company “set a standard for grocery stores.”

“It’s incredibly rewarding to be included on Fortune’s list because it represents the culmination of decades of passion and dedication our team members have invested in our mission,” said co-CEO Walter Robb. “Collectively, we believe it is our responsibility to co-create a world where everyone can flourish, and that much of our success to date stems from having a bigger idea that draws in and inspires our team members to further shape and express that idea–or higher purpose- in large and small ways every day.”

The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet,”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, team member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Whole Foods Market constantly evolves its higher purpose by tapping into the company’s heightened level of consciousness for the good of the business, society and the world as a whole.

“By focusing on our deeper purpose, we have inspired, engaged and energized all of our stakeholders to come together to awaken food consciousness while helping make the world a better place,” said John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO. “It is gratifying to be recognized for fulfilling our higher purpose—one that reaches far beyond simply being a food retailer.”

Fortune’s Sept. 1 “Change the World” issue also features an article entitled “John Mackey: a conscious capitalist.” Mackey is a co-author of “Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business,” a book that boldly defends the good of business and capitalism by presenting a way of thinking about the higher purpose of a business, its relationships with interconnected stakeholders and the impact it has on the world.

Whole Foods Market is No. 214 on the Fortune 500 list and has been on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 18 years. The company also ranked No. 18 on Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list in 2015, and Mackey appears on its “World’s Greatest Leaders” list this year as well.

Other accolades the company has received in 2015:

  • Greenpeace named Whole Foods Market the top retailer for seafood sustainability in the nonprofit’s annual ranking of U.S. supermarkets. Whole Foods Market has topped the seafood sustainability list for three consecutive years.
  • Compassion in World Farming recognized Whole Foods Market with a Good Sow Commendation and Global Good Egg Award for the company’s animal welfare efforts.
  • Reputation Institute ranked Whole Foods Market America’s third most reputable company in the retail industry and the third-strongest retail brand in America.
  • The Better World Shopping Guide awarded Whole Foods Market an “A-” rating in its latest edition.

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Associated Retail Operations to help make the dreams of Utah kids facing life-threatening illnesses come true

Macey’s, Fresh Market, Lin’s, Dan’s and Dick’s Market stores to help make wishes come true

SALT LAKE CITY, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — This year’s Star Icon fundraising campaign is in full swing and Associated Retail Operations (Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets) is aiming to help make the dreams of Utah kids facing life-threatening illnesses come true.

ARO stores will rally together to create a little “wish magic” as they raise funds by selling blue star icons for a $1 or more donation. Thanks to the dedication of each ARO store, their team members and considerate customers, the proceeds from each star icon donation will help grant the heartfelt wishes of Utah children.

“Fundraising for Make-A-Wish means so much to our store teams. There is a bit of competitive comradery that takes place— each store team tries to grant one more wish than the other, which is wonderful to see. Ultimately, we are thrilled to help make the wishes of local children come true, as we know that wishes provide needed joy and hope to wish families.,” said Sarah Pettit, Associated Retail Operations spokesperson.

“Over the past five years, Associated Retail Operations has been instrumental in helping raise funds to grant the wishes of our Utah kids”, says Jared Perry, Make-A-Wish Utah’s CEO. “The dedication and excitement of their team members and guests translates into a true community wide effort to bring hope, strength and joy into the lives of many. We are energized by their enthusiasm for sharing the power of a wish and are excited to be partnering with them again this year.”

The annual Star Icon Campaign is Make-A-Wish Utah’s largest external fundraising event. Over the last five years, ARO stores have raised more than $343,000 and have helped grant the wishes of approximately 68 Utah kids.

This year’s campaign will run from August 17, to September 5, 2015.

About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Located at its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, MAWU offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information about MAWU, visit http://www.utah.wish.org

About Associated Retail Operations
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.

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Media Contacts:

Sarah Pettit– Communication Manager
scpettit@afstores.com | (801) 978-8948 | (801) 916-1070

Kelly Wolfe – Communication Manager
kwolfe@utah.wish.org | (801) 305-1935 | (201) 233-4645

Costa Rica und Panama: REWE Group investiert rund 1 Million Euro für eine nachhaltigere Bananenproduktion

Bananenfonds finanziert ökologische und soziale Projekte in Costa Rica und Panama

Köln, Germany, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — Die REWE Group setzt sich für eine Verbesserung der Bananenproduktion und der ökologischen und sozialen Rahmenbedingungen in Süd- und Zentralamerika ein. Über den 2014 ins Leben gerufenen REWE Group-Bananenfonds wird das Unternehmen bis Ende 2016 lokale Projekte in Costa Rica und Panama mit über 1 Million Euro unterstützt haben.

Lokale Organisationen können sich mit ihren Projektideen im Rahmen von Ausschreibungen bewerben, die von der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit/International Service (GIZ-IS) GmbH koordiniert und überwacht werden. Die Projektanträge werden anhand der abgestimmten Auswahlkriterien ausgewertet und einem Beirat aus Vertretern von Chiquita, Dole, der Caritas und der REWE Group zur Prüfung und Bewilligung vorgelegt. Umgesetzte Maßnahmen werden von der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ-IS) GmbH vor Ort kontrolliert.

Bereits seit 2007 engagiert sich die REWE Group für eine nachhaltigere Produktion von Bananen und finanziert lokale Projekte in den Produktionsländern. Um darüber hinaus in den Anbauregionen weitere Maßnahmen im sozialen und ökologischen Bereich zu unterstützen, hat die REWE Group den „Bananenfonds“ gegründet. Allein in diesem Jahr stellt das Unternehmen dem Fonds 600.000 Euro zur Verfügung, die im Rahmen einer Aktion in allen REWE- und PENNY-Märkten Mitte Juli zustande kamen und vom Unternehmen aufgerundet wurde. Das Versprechen der REWE Group war, für jedes verkaufte Kilo Bananen 10 Cent in den Bananenfonds einzuzahlen. Damit werden im Jahr 2016 Projekte in Costa Rica und Panama unterstützt, um den Anbau von Bananen nachhaltiger zu gestalten: In Changuinola, Panama, werden beispielsweise 30 Hektar ehemaliges Weideland in einem Naturschutzgebiet wieder aufgeforstet und so Lücken im Wald geschlossen. Pflanzen können ungehindert wachsen und bedrohten Tieren Lebensraum bieten. Ein Gesundheits- und Ernährungszentrum in Teobroma, Panama, soll sich vor allem um die Erstbetreuung unterernährter Kinder und ihrer Mütter kümmern. Gleichzeitig setzt es vorbeugend an und wird die Menschen vor Ort künftig über gesunde Ernährung aufklären. In Gavilán, Costa Rica, ist der Aufbau eines Trinkwasserleitungssystems geplant. Bisher holen die Einwohner ihr Wasser aus Brunnen, die keine Trinkwasserqualität haben. Ein Rohrsystem soll den Zugang zu weiter entfernten, sauberen Quellen ermöglichen.

Der Einsatz moderner medizinischer Geräte und eine verbesserte Infrastruktur sollen in der Gemeinde Waldeck in Costa Rica dafür sorgen, dass die Bevölkerung vor Ort besser medizinisch versorgt werden kann.

Weitere Informationen zur nachhaltigeren Sortimentsgestaltung der REWE Group finden sich auf der Unternehmens-Homepage: http://www.rewe-group.com/de/nachhaltigkeit/gruene-produkte.

Die genossenschaftliche REWE Group ist einer der führenden Handels- und Touristikkonzerne in Deutschland und Europa. Im Jahr 2014 erzielte das Unternehmen einen Gesamtaußenumsatz von über 51 Milliarden Euro. Die 1927 gegründete REWE Group ist mit ihren 330.000 Beschäftigten und 15.000 Märkten in 12 europäischen Ländern präsent. In Deutschland erwirtschafteten im Jahr 2014 rund 228.000 Mitarbeiter in rund 10.000 Märkten einen Umsatz von 37 Milliarden Euro. Zu den Vertriebslinien zählen Super- und Verbrauchermärkte der Marken REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY und BILLA, der Discounter PENNY sowie die Baumärkte von toom Baumarkt und B1 Discount Baumarkt. Hinzu kommen die Bio-Supermärkte (TEMMA), innovative Convenience-Märkte (REWE To Go), das Gastrokonzept „Oh Angie!“ und ECommerce-Aktivitäten REWE Lieferservice sowie Zooroyal und Weinfreunde. Zur Touristik gehören unter dem Dach der DER Touristik die Veranstalter ITS, Jahn Reisen und Travelix sowie Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen und ADAC Reisen sowie die Geschäftsreisesparte FCm Travel Solutions und über 2.100 Reisebüros (u.a. DER Reisebüro, DERPART), die Hotelketten lti hotels, Club Calimera und PrimaSol Hotels und der Direktveranstalter clevertours.com.

Ansprechpartner:
Marco Sandner
REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel.: +49 221 149 1050
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

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Costa Rica und Panama: REWE Group investiert rund 1 Million Euro für eine nachhaltigere Bananenproduktion

Costa Rica und Panama: REWE Group investiert rund 1 Million Euro für eine nachhaltigere Bananenproduktion

The Defense Commissary Agency names its best stateside and overseas stores for 2014

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — The Defense Commissary Agency announced the selection of its best stateside and overseas stores for 2014.

DeCA’s selections for the Best Commissary awards acknowledge the agency’s leading stores based on exceptional service and dedication in delivering the commissary benefit. The awards recognize the best of the best in commissary operations, said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu.

“Our commissaries worldwide deliver the commissary benefit every day, and these awards highlight the best examples of supporting our service members and their families,” Jeu said. “It’s important to note that a Best Commissary award speaks to superior teamwork – a collaboration of excellence involving our employees, industry members (vendors, suppliers, and brokers) and military stakeholders.”

To win, a store has to exceed DeCA’s normal criteria for customer service, accountability, safety, operations and sales.

The awards are named in honor of American statesmen who championed quality-of-life issues for the military community.

Winning commissaries by category are:

  • Bill Nichols Award for the Best Large Commissary in the United States
    • First Place: Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
    • Second Place: Fort Huachuca, Arizona
  • Richard M. Paget Award for the Best Small Commissary in the United States
    • First Place: Fort Hunter Liggett, California
    • Second Place: Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Dan Daniel Award for the Best Large Commissary Overseas
    • First Place: Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany
    • Second Place: U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza, Italy
  • L. Mendel Rivers Award for the Best Small Commissary Overseas
    • First Place: Izmir Air Station, Turkey
    • Second Place: U.S. Army Garrison Camp Humphreys, South Korea
  • Director’s Award for the Best Superstore
    • First Place: McGuire Commissary at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.
    • Second Place: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Note: For photos related to this news release, please visit 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