Lidl UK will adopt the Living Wage from 1st October 2015

LONDON, 2015-9-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lidl UK has announced that it will adopt the Living Wage from 1st October 2015, as part of the supermarket’s ongoing commitment to investing in its employees following a record year with sales reaching over £4billion.

The introduction is the first from a British Supermarket and will mean that all Lidl UK employees receive a minimum of £8.20 per hour across England, Scotland and Wales, and £9.35 per hour in London. This will be an average wage increase of £1,200 per year, with 53% of Lidl UK’s 17,000 workforce and all age brackets benefiting from the rise.

Ronny Gottschlich, Lidl UK CEO said: “At Lidl UK we are proud of our achievements, proud of our growth, and proud of our unwavering commitment to our customers and quality products, but most of all we are proud of our employees who make everything possible.

“We recognise that every employee forms an integral part of team Lidl, and each individual’s contribution is valued. It’s therefore only right that we show our commitment, in the same way that the team commit to the business and our customers each and every day, by ensuring a wage that supports the cost of living.

“As a result, Lidl employees will be amongst the best paid in the supermarket sector, and that’s something I feel incredibly proud about.”

The move follows the National Living Wage announcement made by the Chancellor in the 2015 Summer Budget and comes ahead of the Living Wage Foundation’s upcoming new rate announcement in November. Lidl UK will begin paying the rate that it expects the Living Wage Foundation to set in November 2015, a full month ahead of the official announcement, and has also pledged to match the new Living Wage rate should it be higher than predicted.

The Living Wage represents an £9m investment by Lidl UK into its employees, and is the latest example of the commitment that the business is making to them. The announcement follows Lidl achieving a record UK market share of 4.1% (as reported by Kantar Worldpanel last month) and being named as Grocer of the Year at the Grocer Gold Awards. Lidl UK was also listed as one of the top supermarkets for Customer Service by Which? In its September 2015 report on the Best and Worst Brands for Customer Service.

The supermarket’s continued growth follows a huge increase in customer numbers, with half of UK households shopping at Lidl in the last year and many now choosing it as the destination for their main shop, recognising the winning quality and value combination that is on offer.

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Lidl UK will adopt the Living Wage from 1st October 2015

Lidl UK will adopt the Living Wage from 1st October 2015

Market Force Information and Supermarket News recognize ALDI for customer satisfaction, products and growth in 2015

Supermarket News Editors and Market Force Information Survey Give ALDI Top Marks

Batavia, Ill., 2015-9-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the midst of a massive business expansion, ALDI was recently lauded in both a national consumer survey, conducted by Market Force Information, Inc., and leading industry news outlet Supermarket News.

Market Force Information, Inc., the world’s leading customer intelligence solutions company, again recognized ALDI as one of America’s top three favorite grocery stores, according to an independent survey of US consumers conducted in April 2015. ALDI was also named the Best Value among US grocery stores and ranked among the top five grocery stores in the categories of “Cashier Courtesy” and “Fast Checkouts.”

“The goal at ALDI is to supply our customers with high-quality products and an efficient, seamless shopping experience,” said Jason Hart, CEO, ALDI. “To be continually recognized by Market Force as one of the top three favorite grocery stores is exciting and a testament to our employees’ continuous efforts to make this recognition a reality.”

ALDI was also honored with the 2015 Supermarket News Retail Achievement Award, which recognized the company for its ongoing business expansion and evolution. ALDI was selected based on its success in expanding its range of on-trend products, based on its customers’ preferences, such as gluten-free, clean ingredients and expanding fresh and organic produce at market-leading prices. ALDI was also recognized for its five-year accelerated growth plan with a goal to open 650 new stores across the country and operate nearly 2,000 stores coast-to-coast. ALDI has invested more than $3 billion to pay for land, facilities and equipment. The expansion will also create more than 10,000 new jobs at ALDI stores, warehouses and division offices.

“We’ve been focused on evolving our business based on the needs of our customers and are thrilled they are seeing the positive changes in our stores,” said Hart. “It is an honor to be recognized for the growth and expansion of ALDI, which has been the forefront of our plans with our customers’ needs in mind.”

ALDI has been serving customers for nearly 40 years, letting smart shoppers save up to 50 percent* on the most commonly purchased grocery items, including a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, without the hassle of clipping coupons or buying in bulk. Smart shoppers know they can save time and money at ALDI without sacrificing quality. ALDI plans to serve more than 45 million customers per month by 2018.

About ALDI Inc. A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates more than 1,400 US stores in 32 states, primarily from Kansas to the East Coast. More than 30 million customers each month save up to 50 percent* on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells more than 1,300 of the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. ALDI was named the 2014 Retailer of the Year by Store Brands Magazine for its strong commitment to value and innovation-focused private brand product development. For more information about ALDI, visit www.aldi.us.

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* Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.

 

Contact: Theresa Renaldi
(312) 988-2138
trenaldi@webershandwick.com

The United Family® raised $10,210 for Lubbock students in need during the “Project SOS: Supply our Students” school supply drive

LUBBOCK, Texas, 2015-9-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The United Family® today announced that store guests raised $10,210 for Lubbock students in need during the annual “Project SOS: Supply our Students” school supply drive. From July 22 through Aug. 11, guests of United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos locations in the Lubbock area donated new school supplies in-store and provided monetary donations at checkout to ensure students will have the supplies necessary to focus on their education during the 2015-2016 school year.

“We are so grateful for our guests’ generosity, which will ensure those students in need have the essential items to learn and develop in the classroom,” said Shelby Crews, senior community relations manager for The United Family® . “This donation is a testament to our community coming together to make Lubbock a better place and help provide a bright future for all our children.”

Five school districts will benefit from the donation, including Cooper, Frenship, Lubbock, Roosevelt and Slaton. Each school will receive the supplies and directly issue them to families and children in need.

“The support of the community and the United Family will provide area school districts the ability to equip each of our students to take advantage of the critical lessons and education provided by our outstanding teachers,” said Dr. Berhl Robertson, Jr., superintendent for the Lubbock Independent School District. “We are excited to begin another great year, and our partnership with The United Family ensures everyone has the opportunity to succeed.”

About The United Family®
In its 99th year of operation, United Supermarkets, LLC – d.b.a. The United Family® – is a Texas-based grocery chain with stores in 36 communities in West Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth and New Mexico. A self-distributing company with headquarters in Lubbock and distribution centers in Lubbock and Roanoke, The United Family currently operates 66 stores under five unique banners: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Albertsons Market and United Express, along with ancillary operations R.C. Taylor Distributing, Praters and Llano Logistics. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Albertson’s LLC. For more information, please visit www.unitedtexas.com.

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Media Contacts:
Mary Myers
Communications Manager
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mmyers@unitedtexas.com

Kerri Fulks
PR Support
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kerri.fulks@hck2.com

PREIT completed the refinancings of Willow Grove Park and Springfield Mall

PHILADELPHIA, PA,  2015-9-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — PREIT (NYSE: PEI) has completed the refinancings of Willow Grove Park and Springfield Mall.  The loans total $202.5 million, at PREIT’s share, and carry a weighted average interest rate of 3.97%, generating proceeds of $38.1 million and future annual interest expense savings of approximately $2.5  million on the prior loan balances.  The Company will use proceeds to repay amounts outstanding under its 2013 Revolving Facility.

Terms of the transactions follow:

Prior Loan Terms New Loan Terms
Amount Amount Term
Property (in millions) Interest Rate (in millions) Interest Rate (in years)
Willow Grove
Park
$          133.5 5.65% $          170.0 3.88% 10
Springfield Mall 30.8 4.77% 32.5 4.45% 10
$          164.4 5.49% $          202.5 3.97%

“We are pleased to complete the refinancing of our remaining 2015 maturities at favorable terms,” said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT.  “We have reduced our interest rates, generated proceeds and extended our debt maturities, which improve our balance sheet and contribute to future earnings.”

Willow Grove Park is a dominant super-regional mall located in the suburbs of Philadelphia anchored byBloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Sears, JC Penney and Nordstrom Rack.  Primark will open one of its first US locations at the center in 2016.  One of PREIT’s Premier Malls, the property boasted sales PSF of $569 and non-anchor occupancy of 94.4% as of June 30, 2015.

Springfield Mall is a regional mall also located in the suburbs of Philadelphia anchored by Target and Macy’s and is owned in a joint venture. As of June 301, 2015, the property was generating sales of $402 PSF with non-anchor occupancy of 93.4%.

About Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust
PREIT is a real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and management of differentiated retail shopping malls designed to fit the dynamic communities they serve.  Founded in 1960 as Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, the Company owns and operates 28.2 million square feet of space in properties in 12 states in the eastern half of the United States with concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region and Greater Philadelphia.  PREIT is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol PEI.  Information about the Company can be found at preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

CONTACT:
AT THE COMPANY
Robert McCadden
EVP & CFO
(215) 875-0735

Heather Crowell
VP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 454-1241
crowellh@preit.com

Save Mart and Lucky Supermarkets donate $41,000 for the organization’s fire relief efforts in Northern California

Modesto, Calif., 2015-9-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — A nine-day campaign where shoppers at Save Mart and Lucky Supermarkets could donate to the American Red Cross at checkout stands netted more than $41,000 for the organization’s fire relief efforts in Northern California.

This is in addition to a new delivery of 2700 servings of tuna, fruit bowls, granola bars and other snacks to a warehouse in Calistoga for the Red Cross.

Our family-owned company has also helped other non-profits throughout the fire emergencies.

  • For the Butte Fire, our Save Mart store in Angel Camp gave pallets of bottled water and ice to Cal-Fire and meals to the Salvation Army to feed its evacuees. Our Save Mart store in Jackson donated food, supplies and a refrigerator to the Sutter Creek Church of Nazarene.
  • For the Valley Fire, our Lucky store in Ukiah continues to be a clothing and household drop-off site. And our FoodMaxx store in Yuba City and Lucky store in Napa donated cases of bottled water.
  • And for the Tassajara Fire, our Lucky store in Pacific Grove donated bottled water for firefighters and residents.

We are part of the communities affected by the fires and will continue to monitor donation requests.

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Based in the heart of the Central Valley, Save Mart Supermarkets is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that ‘fresh comes first’ for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs over 16,000 team members and operates 212 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky,
FoodMaxx, S-Mart Foods, and Maxx Value Foods. In addition to its retail operation, Save Mart owns and operates two distribution centers, Smart Refrigerated Transport, Yosemite Wholesale Warehouse, and is a voting partner in Super Store Industries (SSI)—which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop, Mid Valley Dairy in Fairfield, and Sunnyside
Farms ice cream plant in Turlock. For more information on the company visit www.SaveMart.com.

Contact: Nannette Miranda / 925.833.6136

Shopify launches the World’s Largest Entrepreneurial Competition in partnership with New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Winners will spend 5 days in a castle with Tony Robbins, Russell Simmons, Tim Ferriss, Daymond John and other famous entrepreneurs

NEW YORK, NY, 2015-9-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc., a leading cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform, today announced its sixth Build A Business Competition, the world’s largest entrepreneurial contest that challenges anyone with a great business idea to start a business and start selling. This year, Shopify is partnering with the New York Stock Exchange to give five entrepreneurs the experience of a lifetime by ringing The Opening Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange and then spending five days at Oheka Castle (The Great Gatsby mansion), along with some of the world’s most celebrated entrepreneurs.

“This year we’re going back to our roots and focusing on what Shopify is all about: entrepreneurship,” said Tobias Lütke, CEO, Shopify. “Shopify was built for entrepreneurs. We want to help anyone with a great idea turn it into a million dollar company in a really short time. It’s never been easier to start a business than it is today; we hope this competition is the kick in the pants that any aspiring entrepreneur needs to go get started.”

For its sixth year, Shopify is partnering with some of the world’s most respected business leaders, to help aspiring entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. This year’s mentors will join the winners of the competition during their five-day stay at the castle. The list of industry icons include:

  • Tony Robbins (Author, Philanthropist)
  • Russell Simmons (Media Mogul, Philanthropist)
  • Troy Carter (CEO of Atom Factory)
  • Daymond John (FUBU, Shark Tank)
  • Tobi Lütke (CEO and Founder of Shopify)
  • Tim Ferriss (The 4-Hour Workweek)
  • Marie Forleo (MarieTV)
  • Tom Farley (President of NYSE Group)
  • Mark Hoffman (President of CNBC)

“The NYSE recognizes that entrepreneurs are a driving force in the economy,” said Tom Farley, President of NYSE Group. “We look forward to one day welcoming the competition winners back to the NYSE as they continue on their path to success and take their companies public.”

The full list of mentors and special guests will announced throughout the competition.

To be eligible in the Build a Business Competition, participants have to start an entirely new business and sell their products using Shopify. At the end of the competition, the top five stores that sell the most over a two-month period will travel to New York City to ring The Opening Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange, be interviewed live by CNBC, then go to the Oheka Castle (The Great Gatsby mansion) for a five-day retreat full of mentorship, personal development, and professional growth.

Over the past five years, the Build a Business Competition has helped create nearly 90,000 new businesses that have sold almost half a billion dollars worth of products. Past winners including DODOcase, GoldieBlox, Coffee Joulies, Bolder Band, MVMT Watches, among many others, have successfully created multi-million dollar companies.

The Build a Business Competition runs from October 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, with special announcements and resources provided to contestants along the way.

For more details on the Build a Business Competition, including how to sign up, visit www.shopify.com/build.

About Shopify
Shopify is a leading cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media such as Pinterest and Facebook, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. The platform also provides a merchant with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, using enterprise-level technology made available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers over 175,000 businesses in approximately 150 countries, including: Tesla Motors, Budweiser, Wikipedia, LA Lakers, the New York Stock Exchange, GoldieBlox, and many more.

Starbucks UK: Home Sweet Loan programme to help pay rental deposits for Starbucks partners (employees)

  • Home Sweet Loan programme, with support from Generation Rent and Shelter, will help pay rental deposits for Starbucks partners (employees)
  • Extends National Living Wage to all partners regardless of age

SEATTLE, 2015-9-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks UK is announcing two new initiatives as part of its on-going commitment to help partners, particularly those aged under-25, tackle the cost of living.

The Home Sweet Loan programme, developed by Shelter as the Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme, means that Starbucks will provide an interest-free loan to help partners pay rental deposits when they’re moving into a new home. The first-of-its-kind programme is being launched by a private company in the UK, following the example of government departments and the Co-operative.

Starbucks has also announced plans to extend the National Living Wage to all partners, including those aged under the age of 25. This commitment to the National Living Wage recommendations will increase its basic pay to £7.20 per hour in April 2016 for all employees, including apprentices and more than 4,500 members of staff who are under 25. Going beyond the Government’s recommendations, Starbucks will also pay a London Premium for partners working in the capital.

“We are really proud to be the first private company to implement Shelter’s innovative Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme,” said Kris Engskov, president of Starbucks EMEA. “We know the cost of living is a key concern for many, with the average rental deposit in England now is £1,226.*  And with over half of our partners being under 25 years old, that rent affordability especially is an issue that affects them.  These initiatives are two of the ways we are able to support the great people that work with us.”

“There are now 11 million private renters in England, and as housing costs keep rising, more and more people are struggling to scrape together the deposit needed to rent a home,” said Campbell Robb, Shelter chief executive. “After successfully launching the programme with our own staff in 2013, it’s great to see that Starbucks is following suit and helping their staff to move into a home without worrying about how they’ll cover the cost. This will no doubt encourage other UK employers to follow their example and give renters the helping hand they need.”

“We applaud Starbucks for taking leadership on helping their employees raise a tenancy deposit and encourage other businesses to do the same,” said Betsy Dillner, director of Generation Rent. “It is increasingly difficult for workers in retail and other industries to access housing when rents are so high. But we can’t rely on the goodwill of employers alone; we hope to see much more action from the government to increase the supply of low-cost homes.”

The initiatives were announced in an update to Starbucks Partners which included the extension of theStarbucks Apprenticeship Programme as well as the retention of the Bean Stock employee share ownership programme.

* My Deposits (Q4, 2014) Tenants enjoy quarterly deposit drop

About Starbucks Home Sweet Loan Rental Deposit
The programme is available to Starbucks partners working in company-owned stores who have been with the business for over a year and would like to apply for a loan to help pay their rental deposit when moving into a home. Starbucks will loan a maximum amount of one month’s wages, paid within four weeks of application, to be repaid over twelve months.

About the National Living Wage
Starbucks is committed to supporting the National Living Wage recommendations by increasing the basic salary to £7.20 per hour. Barista pay will move to £7.20 per hour from April and supervisor pay will move to £8.72 per hour (The current base pay for a  Barista is £6.77 and Supervisor is £8.20). The average hourly rate will be £7.98 per hour. Starbucks will pay a premium to those partners working in London, where costs of living are much higher than in other parts of the country. With over 50% of Starbucks staff under the age of 25, the company is ensuring the increase in salary applies to all employees and will not use lower rates for younger partners or apprentices. Over 4,500 partners in company-owned stores will be impacted by the change. Starbucks is supportive of the government’s longer term ambition of getting £9 per hour.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

Former U.S. Senate majority leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott part of spirited discussion with more than 300 partners at Starbucks headquarters in Seattle

SEATTLE, 2015-9-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the same day that Pope Francis challenged Congress to renew a “spirit of cooperation” in Washington, D.C., two former U.S. Senate majority leaders in the other Washington called for more civic engagement to end political polarization.

Tom Daschle and Trent Lott were part of a spirited discussion with more than 300 partners (employees) at the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle this morning.

Despite ideological differences, Daschle and Lott are advocates for bipartisan solutions for the nation’s issues.  And they believe that ultimately it’s up to the American people to “demand greater statesmanship and legislative achievement” from political leaders in Washington, D.C.

“There’s no way this country can live in perpetuity as a democracy unless we as citizens care enough to remain engaged and vote,” said Daschle, a member of the Democratic Party from South Dakota who served in office from 1987 through 2005.

“Everyone has a voice and a key component of making a difference is using that voice by engaging in discussions like this one and then voting,” added Lott, a Republican from Mississippi who was in office from 1989 to 2007.

A ‘Cycle of Dysfunction’ in Politics

Many of the Starbucks partners in the standing-room-only crowd wanted to know what they can personally do to help the country get past partisan gridlock on a national level.

Political polarization is deeply embedded in the United States and has intensified the past two decades, according to Pew Research. With the 2016 presidential election season underway, the Bipartisan Policy Center and others are trying to engage and educate citizens.

Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a non-profit organization that brings Democrats and Republicans together to tackle difficult issues facing the country. Former Senator Trent Lott serves as a BPC senior fellow.

The former senators cite low voter turnout as a fundamental, yet fixable problem that adds to the “cycle of dysfunction” in politics. Voter turnout for the 2014 general midterm election was the lowest it’s been in any election cycle since World War II. About 38 percent of the voting-eligible population participated, continuing a steady decline in midterm voter participation that has spanned several decades. Daschle noted primary election voting rates in cities and states across the country are “usually dismal.”

Starbucks Leadership in Civic Engagement

Both Daschle and Lott see opportunity with companies, like Starbucks, that show leadership in civic engagement and with young people who are finding avenues to get involved and informed through social media.

The former senators will continue the discussion started at Starbucks, when they speak later today on “A Bipartisan Blueprint for Civility and Democracy” at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Daschle and Lott are also set to publish a book as the election year begins, in January of 2016, titled “Crisis Point: Why We Must – and How We Can – Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America.”

Distinguished visitors frequently visit the Starbucks headquarters, including more than two dozen national, state and local elected leaders as well as international dignitaries over the past year. In the months ahead, partners will hear from more political leaders and candidates, both at the company headquarters and in stores across the country. Next month partners will meet the youngest current governor in the U.S. and the first woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley.

“As Starbucks continues to define the role and responsibility of a public company, we believe we can use our scale for good by encouraging voter participation and civic engagement ” said John Kelly, Starbucks senior vice president of Global Responsibility and Public Policy.

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

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Former U.S. Senate majority leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott part of spirited discussion with more than 300 partners at Starbucks headquarters in Seattle

Former U.S. Senate majority leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott part of spirited discussion with more than 300 partners at Starbucks headquarters in Seattle

Greencore, USA Inc. North Kingston, Rhode Island voluntarily recalls Evolution Fresh Nonfat Greek Yogurt due to the potential for Undeclared Almonds

SEATTLE, 2015-9-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Greencore, USA – Rhode Island, Issues Allergy Alert due to the potential for Undeclared Almonds in Evolution Fresh Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Strawberry and Granola Parfaits Sold in 266 Locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine

Greencore, USA Inc. North Kingston, Rhode Island, is voluntarily recalling approximately 379 pounds (997 individual parfaits) of Evolution Fresh Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Strawberry and Granola parfaits because the product may contain undeclared almonds. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The Evolution Fresh Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Strawberry and Granola products were produced on September 21 and distributed to approximately 266 Starbucks retail stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine. No other regions are affected. To date, the company has not received reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products, and all affected product has been removed from stores.

The following product is subject to recall:

6.1oz. Evolution Fresh Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Strawberry and Granola,(UPC: 7 6211107474 4, ‘enjoy by 9/24’)

This isolated issue affects only this date code of product. No other codes or products are affected

The problem was discovered when product checks discovered that the granola in some individual Evolution Fresh Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Strawberry and Granola contained almonds. Greencore has determined the cause and has worked to eliminate the issue. Greencore, USA, Inc. takes food safety and the protection of customers and consumers very seriously. It has robust traceability systems and took immediate action, working with our customer, on being informed of the potential problem.

Customers who have purchased the affected product and have not yet consumed it may return the products to the Starbucks store in which they were purchased for a full refund.

For further questions regarding this recall, please contact the following representatives:

Media Inquires for Greencore USA: 978-716-2530

Starbucks customer Inquiries: 800-782-7282

For more information on this news release, contact us.

Carrefour CSR Director Bertrand Swiderski presented at Ethos 360° conference in Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO, Brazil, 2015-9-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bertrand Swiderski, Group CSR Director,  gave a presentation at the Ethos 360° conference,  the largest conference on sustainable development in Latin America, about Carrefour’s sustainable development policies, notably our actions to fight climate change in stores and transportation.

He spoke extensively of Carrefour’s commitments to cut CO2 emissions by 40% in 2025 compared with their 2010 levels, as well as efforts to make stores “energy-independent” and educe wastage. He also focused on the fact that all efforts must be collective, using the example of how Carrefour woks with suppliers to protect biodiversity and devop traceability of products through actions like the Rainforest Alliance on beef meat certification.

In Brazil, more than 60% of the energy used in Carrefour stores comes from alternative energy sources, such as wind power, biomass and small hydroelectric power plants. It has also adopted a number of simple measures such as using low-energy LED light bulbs for store lighting and replacing refrigeration units by closed-door models. These measures alone have reduced CO2 emissions per square meter of sales area by more than 25% over the last year. And as far as logistics is concerned, improving the delivery process has reduced the number of journeys made, preventing 300 tons of CO2 from being emitted in 2014.

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Carrefour CSR Director Bertrand Swiderski presented at Ethos 360° conference in Sao Paulo

Carrefour CSR Director Bertrand Swiderski presented at Ethos 360° conference in Sao Paulo

Britain’s biggest fuel retailer Tesco cuts unleaded by up to 2p per litre

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-9-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Britain’s biggest fuel retailer has cut the cost of unleaded petrol by up to 2p per litre at all of its petrol filling stations.

The change will come into effect from 1pm this afternoon. Tesco’s network of 500 petrol filling stations is the largest of all UK supermarkets and the drop means millions of motorists across the country will benefit.

Peter Cattell, Fuel Director for Tesco said: “We know that the cost of fuel matters to our customers. This reduction of up to 2p per litre on unleaded petrol, at all our 500 petrol filing stations, will mean millions of customers save money by shopping at Tesco”.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

Homebase among the first businesses to sign up national road safety initiative “Project Pictogram”

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-9-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading home and garden retailer Homebase (part of Home Retail Group) is among the first businesses to sign up to ‘Project Pictogram’, a national road safety initiative aimed at raising awareness about the four main causes of road traffic collisions and fatalities.

The simple safety ‘Pictograms’ are designed in a recognisable road sign style and will now be displayed on the Homebase fleet.

Fleet back doors provide the perfect place to deliver these key road safety messages, which encourage drivers to be aware of their speed, distractions (such as mobile phones and drinking coffee at the wheel), alcohol or drug impairment and wearing a seat belt.

‘Pictogram’ sticker-sets cost just £2.75 to produce and last the life-time of the vehicle, providing invaluable daily reminders of these easy to change, but potentially lifesaving driver habits.

Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, who are also supporting the initiative with stickers across their fleet, are  hosting the ‘Project Pictogram’ web-page where full guidelines and artwork files can be downloaded free of charge: www.hantsfire.gov.uk/project-pictogram .

Dave Clements, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service explained: “The Primary Authority scheme aims to provide businesses with cost effective risk-reduction solutions. ‘Project Pictogram’ is clearly designed to deliver business profit protection on the roads, as well as the clear human cost benefits for a brand’s customers.”

The Service is encouraging other business, local authorities, driving schools, colleges, sports clubs and community groups to also sign up to the scheme.

Home Retail Group’s Health & Safety Manager, Andy Leigh said: “This is a great low cost initiative that provides a simple reminder of road safety rules that help to keep traffic flowing.”

‘Project Pictogram’ is endorsed by the UK’s major road safety professionals; Road Safety GB, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), and is also a finalist in the Brake Fleet Road Safety Awards 2015 for Innovation.

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Note to Editors:

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0845 120 4365 / media.relations@homebase.co.uk

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About Homebase

Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer with around 58 million transactions a year, selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden. It has 279 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2015, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 17,000 people across the business.

Homebase is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.