USDA: Aspen Foods recalls 561,000 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products

Class I Recall
Health Risk: High

EDITOR’S NOTE: This release is being reissued to expand the July 15, 2015 recall to include additional products. After further analysis, Aspen Foods chose to recall products in an effort to prevent additional illness. Details of this release were also updated to reflect a change in poundage and distribution area.

WASHINGTON, 2015-10-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Aspen Foods, a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 561,000 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products that appear to be ready-to-eat (RTE)  and may be contaminated withSalmonella Enteritidis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen, raw, stuffed, and breaded chicken items that appear to be ready-to-eat (RTE) were produced between August 25, 2015 and September 17, 2015 with “best if used by” dates of August 23, 2016 to December 15, 2016. To view a full list of products recalled as part of this expansion that are Not-Ready-To-Eat, please click here. To view a full list of products recalled as part of this expansion that are part of a variety pack, please click here.The brands associated with this recall expansion include: [View Labels]

  • Acclaim
  • Antioch Farms
  • Buckley Farms
  • Centrella Signature
  • Chestnut Farms
  • Family Favorites
  • Home Dining Selections
  • Kirkwood
  • Koch Foods
  • Market Day
  • Oven Cravers
  • Rose
  • Rosebud Farm
  • Roundy’s
  • Safeway Kitchens
  • Schwan’s
  • Shaner’s
  • Spartan
  • Sysco

Following the original recall on July 15, 2015, FSIS conducted intensified sampling at this establishment to ensure that the hazard responsible for the initial contamination had been controlled by Aspen Foods. Results from FSIS sampling revealed positive results that matched the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis to Aspen Foods products. With this and additional information, Aspen Foods chose to recall additional products in an effort to prevent additional illness. The scope of this recall expansion now includes all products associated with contaminated source material.

On July 15, 2015, Aspen Foods recalled approximately 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed, and breaded chicken items that appear to be ready-to-eat (RTE) were produced between April 15, 2015 and July 10, 2015 with “best if used by” dates between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016. To view a full list of recalled products, please click here | Download XLS.  The brands associated with this recall are the same as those listed above.

The product subject to recall bears the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection. This product was shipped to retail stores and food service locations nationwide.

FSIS was notified of a cluster of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses on June 23, 2015. Working in conjunction with Minnesota State Departments of Health and Agriculture, FSIS determined that there is a link between the frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products that appear to be ready-to-eat (RTE) from Aspen Foods and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiological evidence and traceback investigations, five case-patients have been identified in Minnesota with illness onset dates ranging from May 9, 2015 to July 22, 2015. FSIS continues to work with the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this investigation.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the organism. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Although the product subject to recall may appear to be cooked, this product is in fact uncooked (raw) and should be handled carefully to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen. Particular attention needs to be paid to safely prepare and cook these raw poultry products to a temperature of 165° F checking at the center, the thickest part and the surface of the product.

This frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken product was labeled with instructions identifying that the product was raw and included cooking instructions for preparation. Some case-patients reported following the cooking instructions on the label and using a food thermometer to confirm that the recommended temperature was achieved. Therefore, FSIS advises all consumers to treat this product like a raw chicken product. Hands and any surfaces, including surfaces that may have breading dislodged from the product, should be cleaned after contact with this raw product. Also, keep raw poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use one cutting board for raw poultry and a separate one for fresh produce and cooked foods.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions can contact the company directly at (844) 277-6802. Media with questions can contact Gene Grabowski, Media Representative, at (202) 270-6560.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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PRODUCTS

Prod Code # Description
3048 6OZ.PRINCESS CORDON BLEU
3436 4OZ.BRDED.CORDON BLEU    36PK.
4563 6OZ.PRIN.C/B DICD.HM.CKNG.INST
5865 5OZ.PRIN.B/C   2/14PK. DISPLAY
5866 ROUNDY`S BUFFALO  STYLE  5OZ
5867 5OZ.PRIN.KIEV  2/14PK. DISPLAY
5869 5OZ.PRIN.C/B   2/14PK. DISPLAY
5871 5OZ.PRIN PRMSN  2/14PK. DISPLAY
8680 5OZ.PRIN.C/B   2/14PK. DISPLAY
8681 5OZ.PRIN.KIEV   2/14PK. DISPLAY
8682 5OZ.PRIN.B&C  2/14PK. DISPLAY
10436 4OZ.”ACCLAIM” BRDED.KIEV 36PK.
10524 5OZ.”ACCLAIM” BRDED.KIEV 24PK.
10724 7OZ.”ACCLAIM” BRDED.KIEV 24PK.
13436 4OZ.”ACCLAIM” BRDED.C/B  36PK.
13524 5OZ.”ACCLAIM” BRDED.C/B  24PK.
13724 7OZ.”ACCLAIM” BRDED.C/B  24PK.
14000 FAMILY FAVORITES 5 OZ KIEV
14015 FAMILY FAVORITES 5 OZ C/B
17436 4OZ.”ACCLAIM” BRDED.B/C  36PK.
17724 7OZ.”ACCLAIM” BRDED.B/C  24PK.
20026 5OZ.KIRKWOOD CORDON BLEU 24
20096 5OZ.KIRKWOOD BROC&CHEESE 24
21445 5OZ.PRIN.B/C   2/14PK. DISPLAY
21446 5OZ.PRIN.C/B DICED HAM 2/14PK.
21447 5OZ.PRIN.KIEV  2/14PK. DISPLAY
34250 5OZ.PRIN. C/B   2/14PK.
34251 5OZ.PRIN. B&C   2/14PK.
40512 5OZ.KIEV BRDED.OVEN CRAVER
41512 5OZ.C/B BRDED.OVEN CRAVER
41524 5OZ.C/B BRDED.OVEN CRAVERS
45512 5OZ.B/C BRDED.OVEN CRAVER
45524 5OZ.B/C BRDED.OVEN CRAVERS
46624 5OZ. PARMESAN BRDED. OVEN
53120 5OZ.C/B BRD.OVEN CRAVERS
53122 5OZ. BROC/CHS BRD.OVEN
53130 5OZ.C/B BRD.OVEN CRAVERS
53132 5OZ. BROC/CHS BRD.OVEN
53134 5OZ.KIEV BRD.OVEN CRAVERS
53136 5OZ. PARMESAN BRD.OVEN
53138 BREADED OVEN CRAVER KIEV  5OZ
53140 5OZ PARM BREADED OVEN
53152 KOCH BUFFALO STYLE OVEN
56233 5OZ.CORDON BLEU   4PK.12BX.MS.
56234 SCHWAN`S KIEV  5OZ
99082 5OZ.PRINCESS CORDON BLEU 28
99083 5OZ.PRINCESS B&C 28 PK.
101512 5OZ.PRINCESS KIEV      2/14PK.
102510 36/5oz CHICKEN C/B KOCH LABEL
102512 5OZ.PRIN.CORDON BLEU   2/14PK.
103510 36/5OZ CHICKEN WITH BROCCOLI &
103512 5OZ.PRIN.BROC&CHEESE   2/14PK.
104512 CENTRELLA 5OZ CHICKEN PARM
115500 5OZ.PRINCESS CORDON BLEU
115508 5OZ.  PRINCESS CORDON BLEU
115604 6OZ.PRINCESS CORDON BLEU
115619 6OZ.PRINCESS CORDON BLEU
115650 6OZ.PRINCESS CORDON BLEU
115726 7OZ.PRIN.CORDON BLEU
210509 5OZ.PRIN.KIEV  2/14PK. DISPLAY
210701 7OZ.PRINCESS KIEV N.B.   18PK.
215508 5OZ.PRIN.C/B DICED HAM 2/14PK.
215700 7OZ.PRINCESS CORDON BLEU
215702 7OZ.PRIN.CORDON BLEU N.B.18PK.
215715 7OZ.PRINCESS CORDON BLEU
215720 7OZ.PRIN.C/B DICED HAM   24PK.
255509 5OZ.PRIN.B/C   2/14PK. DISPLAY
255700 7OZ.PRIN.BROC&CHEESE
264509 5OZ CHICKEN W/PLANTAIN
451671 6OZ.PRIN.CORDON BLEU   2/12PK.
594658 CHICKEN BRST ALA KIEV, SYSCO
594666 CHICKEN BRST ALA KIEV, SYSCO
594672 CHICKEN BRST ALA KIEV, SYSCO
594680 CHICKEN BRST W/BROC&CHS BRD,
594700 CHICKEN BRST CORDON BLEU
594710 CHICKEN BRST CORDON BLEU,
594724 CHICKEN BRST CORDON BLEU,
607004 6OZ.PRINCESS KIEV        24PK.

 

PREPARING PRODUCT FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
www.fsis.usda.gov

Wash hands with soap water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Also, wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Clean spills immediately.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use one cutting board for raw meat, poultry and egg products and a separate one for fresh produce and cooked foods.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that meat has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria.

The only way to be sure the meat or poultry is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

  • Beef, Pork, Lamb, &Veal (steaks, roasts, chops): 145°F with a three minute rest time
  • Ground meat: 160°F
  • Whole poultry, poultry breasts, & ground poultry: 165°F
  • Fish: 145°F

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90º F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Congressional and Public Affairs
Gabrielle N. Johnston
(202) 720-9113

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issues food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted due to Hurricane Joaquin

WASHINGTON, 2015-10-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted due to Hurricane Joaquin.

On Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service announced Hurricane Joaquin as a Category 4 hurricane in Central and Northwest Bahamas. The Hurricane is expected to move into the United States during the next couple of days. Some strengthening during the next day or so is forecast, with some fluctuations in intensity possible on Friday. The storm’s impact will become clearer as the week progresses.

A hurricane watch for the East coast of the U.S. could be required as early as tonight and into the weekend. Residents along the East Coast should pay close attention to the forecast now through this weekend. Be aware that flooding from heavy rain, damaging winds, and tidal flooding will be possible. These types of weather forecasts present the possibility of power outages that could compromise the safety of stored food. Significant flood is also possible from this and other weather systems that will be impacting the East Coast though next week. Flooding is possible from South Carolina through Massachusetts, including North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

FSIS recommends that consumers take the following steps to reduce food waste and the risk of foodborne illness during severe weather events.

Steps to follow in advance of losing power:

  • Keep appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer to ensure temperatures remain food safe during a power outage. Safe temperatures are 40°F or lower in the refrigerator, 0°F or lower in the freezer.
  • Freeze water in one-quart plastic storage bags or small containers prior to a storm. These containers are small enough to fit around the food in the refrigerator and freezer to help keep food cold. Remember, water expands when it freezes so don’t overfill the containers.
  • Freeze refrigerated items, such as leftovers, milk and fresh meat and poultry that you may not need immediately—this helps keep them at a safe temperature longer.
  • Know where you can get dry ice or block ice.
  • Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerator food cold if the power will be out for more than four hours.
  • Group foods together in the freezer—this ‘igloo’ effect helps the food stay cold longer.
  • Keep a few days’ worth of ready-to-eat foods that do not require cooking or cooling.

Steps to follow if the power goes out:

  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if the door is kept closed. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half-full).
  • Place meat and poultry to one side of the freezer or on a tray to prevent cross contamination of thawing juices.
  • Use dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible during an extended power outage. Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep a fully-stocked 18-cubic-feet freezer cold for two days.

Steps to follow after a weather emergency:

  • Check the temperature inside of your refrigerator and freezer. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40°F for two hours or more.
  • Check each item separately. Throw out any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture or feels warm to the touch.
  • Check frozen food for ice crystals. The food in your freezer that partially or completely thawed may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is 40°F or below.
  • Never taste a food to decide if it’s safe.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

Food Safety After a Flood

  • Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water – this would include raw fruits and vegetables, cartons of milk or eggs.
  • Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Food containers that are not waterproof include those packaged in plastic wrap or cardboard, or those with screw‐caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps. Flood waters can enter into any of these containers and contaminate the food inside. Also, discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
  • Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling, leakage, punctures, holes, fractures, extensive deep rusting, or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel‐type can opener.

The FoodSafety.gov, has compiled a list of what foods should be discarded if a refrigerator has been held at a temperature above 40 °F for more than two hours:

Refrigerated perishable foods that should be discarded:

  • Raw or leftover cooked meat, poultry, fish, or seafood; soy meat substitutes
  • Thawing meat or poultry
  • Salads: Meat, tuna, shrimp, chicken, or egg salad
  • Gravy, stuffing, broth
  • Lunchmeats, hot dogs, bacon, sausage, dried beef
  • Pizza – with any topping
  • Canned hams labeled “Keep Refrigerated”
  • Canned meats and fish, opened
  • Casseroles, soups, stews
  • Soft Cheeses: blue/bleu, Roquefort, Brie, Camembert, cottage, cream, Edam, Monterey
  • Jack, ricotta, mozzarella, Muenster, Neufchatel, queso blanco, queso fresco
  • Shredded Cheeses
  • Low-fat Cheeses
  • Milk, cream, sour cream, buttermilk, evaporated milk, yogurt, eggnog, soy milk
  • Baby formula, opened
  • Fresh eggs, hard-cooked in shell, egg dishes, egg products
  • Custards and puddings, quiche
  • Fresh fruits, cut
  • Opened mayonnaise, tartar sauce, horseradish (discard if above 10°C for over 8 hours)
  • Fish sauces, oyster sauce
  • Opened creamy-based dressings
  • Spaghetti sauce, opened jar
  • Refrigerator biscuits, rolls, cookie dough
  • Cooked pasta, rice, potatoes
  • Pasta salads with mayonnaise or vinaigrette
  • Fresh pasta
  • Cheesecake
  • Pastries, cream filled
  • Pies – custard, cheese filled, or chiffon; quiche
  • Vegetables: Greens, pre-cut, pre-washed, packaged
  • Vegetables, cooked; tofu
  • Vegetable juice, opened
  • Baked potatoes
  • Commercial garlic in oil
  • Potato salad
  • Casseroles, soups, stews

FSIS will provide relevant food safety information as the storm progresses from its Twitter feed @USDAFoodSafety and on Facebook at Facebook.com/FoodSafety.gov.

FSIS’ YouTube video “Food Safety During Power Outages” has instructions for keeping frozen and refrigerated food safe. The publication “A Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes” can be downloaded and printed for reference during a power outage. FSIS also has an infographic covering what to do before, during and after a power outage.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at www.AskKaren.gov  or m.AskKaren.gov on a smartphone. The mobile Ask Karen can also be downloaded from the iTunes and Google Play app stores. Consumers can e-mail, chat with a live representative or call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline directly from the app. To use these features from Mobile Ask Karen, simply choose “Contact Us” from the menu. The live chat option and the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854), are available on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET in English and Spanish.

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HBS Global Properties acquires 41 GALERIA Kaufhof properties from Simon Property Group Inc. for €2.6 billion

Portfolio totals 83 properties with an Asset Value of $4.8 billion(1)

NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES & COLOGNE, Germany, 2015-10-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — HBS Global Properties, the real estate joint venture between Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC”) (TSX: HBC) and Simon Property Group Inc. (“Simon”) (NYSE: SPG), is pleased to announce the acquisition of 41 GALERIA Kaufhof properties (the “Acquisition”) in a transaction valued at €2.6 billion (US$3.0 billion)(1)(2). Unless otherwise indicated, all amounts are expressed in US dollars.

With the Acquisition, HBS Global Properties now owns an international property portfolio of 83 marquee retail locations across the United States and Germany, including flagship department stores in Berlin, Beverly Hills, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, the greater New York area, as well as properties in other metropolitan and suburban centers. These properties generate annual cash rents of $274 million(1), valuing the portfolio at approximately $4.8 billion based on a blended cap rate of 5.75%.

“With the close of the Acquisition, HBS Global Properties is taking an important step forward in its next chapter of growth,” stated Richard Baker, Chairman, of HBS Global Properties. “This joint venture will benefit from a strong foundation of HBC properties, now including GALERIA Kaufhof, whose tremendous value has been recognized by our best-in-class partner.”

“In HBC, we have found a unique partner with a proven track record of creating value from retail properties, as well as a strong portfolio of banners that serve as attractive tenants for a range of retail opportunities,” said David Simon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Simon. “As the Acquisition demonstrates, we continue to leverage our combined expertise to significantly expand and diversify the joint venture assets and increase its value for the benefit of investors.”

HBS Global Properties has established a dedicated management team to focus on overseeing the properties and growing the portfolio, with support from HBC and Simon. This team is headed by Lee Neibart, who has more than 40 years of real estate experience. Lee will lead an executive team comprised of Patrick Walmsley, Chief Investment Officer – USA, and Lutz Rupprecht, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director – Germany, with the support of additional team members in both Los Angeles and Cologne.

“In a relatively short period of time, we have built a fantastic portfolio of properties,” said Lee Neibart, Chief Executive Officer of HBS Global Properties, “I am excited to work with our team in North America and Europe to continue to grow our portfolio through accretive acquisitions.”

In addition to pursuing attractive credit tenant, net-leased and multi-tenanted retail buildings in the United States and Europe, HBS Global Properties will have a mandate to explore similar international opportunities. The entity is structured to facilitate an IPO or other monetization of the joint venture at a future date.

(1)    Assumes a EURUSD exchange rate of 1.13
(2)    Represents value of properties after all transactions are completed, including the post-closing acquisition of certain real estate properties and the minority interest, expected to occur within 6 months.

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Andrew Blecher
Phone: (212) 391 3179
Email: andrew.blecher@hbc.com

 

Overstock.com celebrates its shopping website’s 16th birthday with its largest annual Overstocktober event

Biggest Overstocktober Event in Company History

SALT LAKE CITY, 2015-10-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is celebrating the shopping website’s 16th birthday with its largest annual Overstocktober event, being held Oct. 1 through Oct. 16.

The online retailer has pumped up its traditional birthday sales event to mark the birthday milestone, with savings of 16 percent on its most popular categories, including furniture, jewelry, garden and patio, bedding and bath, and home décor. There are also a number of specially selected $16 deals, along with a Daily Deals section with deeply discounted products across a number of categories.

“Without the support of our loyal customers, we wouldn’t have made it past our first birthday,” said Overstock.com President Stormy Simon. “To be still standing on our 16th birthday, able to share our celebration with everyone, shows that whether it’s 1999 or 2015, savvy online shoppers are finding quality and value they can trust at Overstock.”

Throughout Overstocktober, customers will have a chance to win prizes through Daily Dig, an onsite product scavenger hunt. A clue will be posted every day hinting at a product or category that is being featured as that day’s Daily Dig. Once a customer solves the riddle and clicks on the product, he or she will see a Daily Dig icon appear on the product page. Selecting that icon allows him or her to enter to win a separate prize for that day, and every entrant is automatically in the running for the grand prize of $1,000, awarded at the conclusion Overstocktober. Official rules, terms and conditions can be found on the Daily Dig page.

In addition to free shipping, special offers and first look at new deals, Club O Gold members will receive increased loyalty rewards of 16 percent on qualifying purchases. Annual Club O Gold memberships are currently on sale for $16, normally $19.95. Anyone who wishes can subscribe to email and join Club O Silver for free and receive rewards of 2 percent on every purchase.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. Worldstock.com is dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world whereas Main Street Revolution supports small businesses across the U.S. by providing them a national customer base. Overstock has additional community-focused initiatives such as a Farmers Market and pet adoptions. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name O.co.  Overstock (http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co) regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock Fair Trade, Worldstock, and OVillage are registered trademarks. O.biz, Club O Dollars, and OGlobal are trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. The Overstock.com, Club O, and Worldstock Fair Trade logos are also registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact. Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on August 7, 2015, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact: Mark Delcorps, Overstock.com, Inc. +1 (801) 947-3564 pr@overstock.com Investor Contact: Mark Harden, Overstock.com, Inc. +1 (801) 947-5409 mharden@overstock.com

SOURCE: Overstock.com, Inc.

Yum! Brands adopts the community of Jinotega, Nicaragua, as part of the Company’s new Feed the World Ambassador Program

Louisville, KY, 2015-10-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) announced it has adopted the community of Jinotega, Nicaragua, as part of the Company’s new Feed the World Ambassador Program. The new employee leadership program is part of the Company’s global World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and donations for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

The Feed the World Ambassador Program is a way for Yum! employees to fight global hunger and make a lasting impact in a community in need. Each year, a team of selected Yum! Ambassadors have the unique opportunity to travel to an adopted community and evaluate infrastructure improvements the Company can support. The Ambassadors work with WFP to determine improvement projects and costs and then launch fundraising efforts to support the specific community projects.

“We’re a company with a Huge Heart and it’s our privilege and responsibility to Feed the World by making a difference in global hunger,” said Greg Creed, Chief Executive Officer, Yum! Brands. “Witnessing WFP’s life-saving efforts in developing countries like Nicaragua is humbling. I’m hopeful our new employee campaign will give those less fortunate a hand up and create long-term change in communities around the world.”

Creed and a team of Yum! Ambassadors recently traveled to Jinotega, Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Creed and the Yum! Ambassadors met with local leaders and WFP to identify how the Company could help several communities and schools in the Jinotega region. They also spoke with teachers and parents and prepared and served meals to children at local schools. The Yum! team is raising funds this year to help communities in the region build pre-school classrooms and bathrooms; upgrade their school cafeterias, storage and cooking facilities; provide essential classroom items such as student desks, white boards and supplies; and install sustainable irrigation systems and school gardens, among other things.

“Yum! Brands brings so much to our fight against hunger,” said Jay Aldous, Director of Private Sector Partnerships, WFP. “What is so inspiring is the commitment Yum! employees have in working toward a world with zero hunger. The Feed the World Ambassador Program is yet another example of this genuine desire to make an impact and change lives.”

The new employee leadership program builds on the Company’s legacy of supporting hunger relief initiatives. Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort is the world’s largest private sector hunger relief initiative, spanning more than 125 countries, over 41,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants and 1.5 million associates. Since it began in 2007, the effort has raised more than $600 million in cash and food donations for WFP and other hunger relief organizations and provided 2.4 billion nutritious meals for those in need.

Yum! also addresses hunger in the U.S. through its Harvest program. Since 1992, the Company’s brands have contributed more than 176 million pounds of food to over 3,000 nonprofit organizations for those at risk of hunger in the U.S. Since its launch over two decades ago, Yum! Harvest has become the largest prepared-food donation program in the world. The Company continues to expand the program globally.

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 41,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #228 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion in 2014 and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. The Company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opens over five new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in international retail development.

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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Nordstrom, Inc. opens doors to its new store at Ridgedale, its second full-line store in the Twin Cities

New store marks the company’s second Twin Cities location

SEATTLE, 2015-10-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc.opened the doors to its new store at Ridgedale today, its second full-line store in the Twin Cities. The two-level, 140,000 square-foot store features the latest interior and exterior design concepts, a full-service restaurant and bar, and an enhanced beauty experience. The first Nordstrom store in the Twin Cities opened at Mall of America in 1992.

“We have really enjoyed serving customers at our Mall of America store for more than 20 years, and we’re looking forward to offering a more convenient option for customers living in the Minnetonka area,” said Stephanie Johnson, Nordstrom Ridgedale store manager. “We’re really proud of the new store and are excited to start serving customers here today.”

The store offers customers five shoe departments, expansive cosmetics and accessories areas, and a comprehensive offering of popular brand names for women, men and children. Customers can expect to find shoes and handbags from popular brands including Kate Spade,Rebecca Minkoff and Michael Michael Kors. The women’s apparel offering will feature fashion from designers like Alice & Olivia, Tory Burch, DVF and Elizabeth & James. Customers will find brands like NARS, Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, Gucci, Jo Malone and more in the beauty department.

Nordstrom Ridgedale offers a number of services to enhance the shopping experience. These amenities include curbside pickup, an in-store alterations and tailor shop, certified bra and prosthesis fitters, complimentary gift boxes and Personal Stylists – a complimentary wardrobe and shopping service. The store has two food offerings: Ruscello, a Mediterranean and Italian inspired full-service restaurant and bar; and the Ebar, which offers customers handcrafted coffee drinks and grab-and-go food options.

Opening day kicked off at 8 a.m. with Nordstrom hosting a Beauty Bash just outside the store’s first floor mall entrance. Customers enjoyed an opportunity to get the inside scoop on new products and trends from the top names in beauty – and learn the latest tips and tricks from our team of beauty experts. In what has become a Nordstrom tradition, more than 350 employees welcomed the first customers through the door at 10 a.m.

Earlier in the week, Nordstrom underwrote and held a sold-out opening gala with more than 2,000 guests that raised more than $200,000 for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesotaand PACER Center.

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Emily Sterken
Nordstrom, Inc.
703.201.0032
emily.sterken@nordstrom.com

ABOUT NORDSTROM
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 316 stores in 38 states and Canada. Customers are served at 120 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada; 188 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also ownsTrunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

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The K-ruoka launches mobile App that offers personal benefits and store special offers

HELSINKI, FINLAND, 2015-10-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The K-ruoka mobile application offers personal benefits and store specific special offers, a smart shopping list that recommends products frequently bought by the customer, as well as nearly 6,000 recipes with instructions. The app can be downloaded from App Store starting from today.

Special attention has been paid to the ease of use and visual aspects of the app.

– We want to make everyday life easier for customers. The new K-ruoka mobile app offers smart tools for that purpose, says Sales Director Mika Kakko of Kesko’s grocery trade division.

The shopping list can be shared between several devices within a K-Plussa card household and the list is updated in real time.

– The app also offers new ideas and inspiration for cooking. The recipe search function includes special diets and the app also suggests the most popular, easy and affordable, topical recipes using seasonal ingredients, says Kakko.

Food shopping for the week is planned on Monday

We asked K-food stores’ customers when they planned the meals for the week. The most popular day was Monday with 38 per cent of the votes. The second most popular day was Friday, getting 28 per cent of the votes.

– Previously, K-food store customers received the special offers from their local store by e-mail at the beginning of the week. Now we also offer a mobile app with their personal benefits and the store’s other special offers handily displayed and added to the shopping list, says Kakko.

Customer oriented development continues

Kesko’s partner in designing and implementing the K-ruoka mobile app has been Futurice, a builder of digital services.

At every stage of the development, customer wishes have been taken into account; in the summer, for example, an inquiry on the matter was conducted among K-Plussa customers. The user experience and user friendliness of the app will also be actively developed further in tandem with customers.

– Applying Futurice’s design expertise and agile operating methods with Kesko in this high profile project is a fine example of how a major retail chain known to Finnish people and an agile partner can work together and learn from each other at the same time, says Futurice Business Director Riku Valtasola.

The iOS version of the app is released today. The Windows Phone and Android versions will be released during the autumn.

When do you plan your food shopping for the week?

on Monday (38%)
on Tuesday (7%)
on Wednesday (13%)
on Thursday (25%)
on Friday (28%)
on Saturday (11%)
on Sunday (22%)
I don’t plan my food shopping (23%)

The inquiry was conducted among K-food store customers in connection with an electronic customer letter and 6,000 customers answered it. They were given a choice of no more than three days. The inquiry was conducted in September 2015.

Further information:
Sales Director Mika Kakko, Kesko, grocery trade, tel. +358 105 346 620
Business Director Riku Valtasola, Futurice, tel. +358 40 531 8943

K-food retailers, with whom Kesko grocery trade applies the chain business model, are responsible for customer satisfaction at more than 900 K-food stores. K-food store chains are K-citymarket, K-supermarket, K-market and K-extra. K-food stores are the most responsible in the world in their sector. Their strengths also include superior fresh food departments, professional service, the widest selections, Finnish products and Pirkka. K-food stores offer both high quality and favourable prices. K – for shopping to be fun.

Futurice is a fast growing Finnish company that creates both consumer and business services on all technical platforms. Its largest customers include international operators, media houses, device manufacturers and retail companies. Futurice has offices in Berlin, London, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tampere.

10 Episode Adaptation of Suburra Film will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017

  • 10 Episode Adaptation of Suburra Film First On Netflix Worldwide In 2017
  • Suburra Feature To Debut On Netflix In North and Latin America Same Day As Theatrical PremiereOct 05, 2015

ROME and BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., 2015-10-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Suburra, a dark, gripping ten episode organised crime series set on the Roman coast will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017.

The first Italian production from Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV Network, will be created by Cattleya, the independent film and television producer behind successful TV productions including Gomorrah the series and Romanzo Criminale, in collaboration with RAI, the Italian public service broadcaster. Suburra is a captivating story that involves politics, the Vatican, the mafia, corruption, money laundering, drugs and prostitution.

Following the success of Gomorrah and Romanzo Criminale, the saga of Suburra starts with a feature film slated to be in theatres throughout Italy on Oct. 14. Netflix will debut the film, directed by Stefano Sollima, the same day in the Americas with Italy following in May 2016.

The film, produced by Cattleya with Rai Cinema, tells the story of a grueling battle over a seaside town outside of Rome which is to be developed into a gambling paradise. The story involves a corrupt member of Parliament, Filippo Malgradi (Pierfrancesco Favino), Number 8 (Alessandro Borghi), the head of a powerful family that runs the territory, and Sebastiano (Elio Germano), a young event organizer, as well as corrupt religious leaders and rival Mafiosi, including the “Samurai” (Claudio Amendola) who represents the most feared faction of Roman organized crime, all revealing an endemic system of corruption and rampant illegality on an international scale.

“Being on Netflix means a lot to me,” said film director Sollima. “Not only will my film be part of a selection of high-quality feature films and groundbreaking TV series of which I am a huge fan, but it will also have the opportunity to reach a wide international public. I am proud and excited that on Oct. 14th, Suburra will be seen in the Americas, simultaneously with its release in Italian theaters”.

Cattleya has already begun development of the series, production is planned to start in the second half of 2016. Following the example of Gomorrah, which had theatrical success worldwide with the subsequent series airing around the globe, the series of Suburra will premiere on Netflix everywhere Netflix is available. RAI will air the series after the debut on Netflix in Italy.

“Netflix has revolutionized how we watch television and what we watch. To partner with them is an extraordinary opportunity for Cattleya to engage audiences around the world and to contribute to further developing the medium,” said Cattleya founder Riccardo Tozzi.

“RAI is proud to partner with Netflix, the Internet TV leader, for the production of the Suburra TV series” said RAI’s Director General Antonio Campo Dall’Orto.‎ “This collaboration demonstrates our new strategic direction to innovate and compete in Italy and abroad. Television is transforming, we need to stay on the forefront and redefine our role. The Suburra series testifies to the strength of the growing Italian production industry, from cinema to fiction, and its ability to be a player at the highest international level.”

“Suburra is an enthralling story that will appeal to Netflix members in Italy and worldwide,” said Erik Barmack, vice president at Netflix. “We are thrilled to partner with RAI and Cattleya and to be working with some of the best storytellers in Italy to deliver not only their film but also a series that will be among the best of television.”

Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini, authors of the Suburra book, added: “Our novel is a journey into the black heart of Rome, uncovering and bringing to light many of the current scandals, well in advance of their making headlines in the international press, from the New York Times to the BBC to the Guardian. Now, thanks to Stefano Sollima’s feature, to Netflix and to Cattleya we are happy to know that our investigation will reach an even larger global audience.”

Suburra is part of the rapidly expanding Netflix Original programming effort that brings high quality, exclusive programming from around the world to its members everywhere.

About Netflix
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 65 million members in over 50 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Media contact
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The Northern Ireland Retail Consortium launches its policy agenda for the forthcoming Assembly elections

LONDON, 2015-10-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC) has launched its policy agenda for the forthcoming Assembly elections and beyond.

The 8-page document highlights the contribution that retail makes to Northern Ireland communities, the supply chain and the economy. It also sets out the changes that are needed to ensure the growth and continued success of the industry which is the region’s largest private sector employer.

The document covers 8 key areas where the NIRC believes vital and integral changes are required to protect and support the industry.

Speaking at the launch Aodhán Connolly, Director of the NIRC, said “The reason this is simply not a manifesto – as others may be launching in the coming months – but rather a policy agenda is simple. This is not a wish list. This is what we truly believe is essential so that retailers continue to make a substantial economic and social contribution to Northern Ireland through the taxes they pay, the jobs they create, by keeping down costs for households and through the routes they open up to markets elsewhere in the UK and overseas for local producers and manufacturers.”

“We hope that each of the political parties will look at this blue print for the retail industry and take on board our recommendations in advance of the forthcoming elections”

The chief recommendation within the document is the need for a fundamental reform of the business tax system in Northern Ireland. As Mr Connolly explained “Business rates are one of the biggest disincentives to retailers to invest or grow here. In short the current system is not fit for purpose. If there is not a fundamental reform of business rates before 2017, Northern Ireland could end up levying the highest business rates not only in the UK but in Western Europe. All political parties must commit to reform this outdated tax.”

Other areas covered in the detailed policy paper include the need for Northern Ireland to have a retail strategy which sets out how the NI Executive will support and nurture the growth and success of the industry. The industry also wants to see retail named a priority industry, clarity on the devolution of corporation tax and the mooted NI-wide deposit return scheme for drinks containers rejected. Specific themes and recommendations include:

– High Streets and the need for a clear vision for the rejuvenation of our town and city centres also play a key role in the document

– Any refreshed public health policy needs to recognise the need to engage all relevant stakeholders, be evidence based and assessed to ensure it delivers its intended outcomes
– Environmental policy needs to be more stable and robust with smart regulation that would enable a much wider understanding of the benefits of energy efficiency within the retail industry and would leverage much higher levels of investment
– On planning the next Northern Ireland Government should work with local authorities to encourage them to plan for success, working with neighbouring authorities to ensure a strategic approach to development
– Investment is needed in education so that the number of people with high-level technology, data analytics and digital services skills meet the needs of rapidly expanding online businesses. Education reform should focus on vocational training, better careers advice and employability skills. All too often retail jobs are simply dismissed as low-skilled and dead-end. In fact, the opposite is true. The industry offers real opportunities to learn skills and progress in a wide variety of roles
– On retail crime the NIRC is calling on the Police Service of Northern Ireland and Department of Justice to have a dedicated business crime strategy, one that is fully resourced and that recognises that retail crime is not a victimless crime
Mr Connolly concluded: “Our industry is very proud of its investment and the part it plays in communities across Northern Ireland. Over 70,000 people work in almost 10,000 stores in communities right across Northern Ireland. This does not take into account the thousands of jobs that are created and sustained through the retail supply chain.

“This year alone our members will buy over £1.2 billion of Northern Ireland agri-food produce, around a quarter of Northern Ireland’s total output.

“What we are asking for in this document is support from the political parties in Northern Ireland and the next Executive to allow the retail industry to continue to invest in Northern Ireland PLC and to allow it to play a strong part in the NI economic recovery.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:
1. Please find attached the NIRC Policy Agenda
2. Please find attached a photograph of Aodhán Connolly, Director of the NIRC, outside Stormont with the NIRC Policy Agenda

For further details and media enquiries please contact Aodhán Connolly 07880039744 aodhan.connolly@brc.org.uk

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

Whole Foods Market Midwest to host Missouri Supplier Summit to educate prospective new suppliers

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-10-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Missouri Supplier Summit Invites Local Farmers, Food Artisans and Body Care Producers to Meet with Buyers for Future Store

Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods grocer, is looking for new local, Missouri-based products for its newest store in St. Louis’ Central West End neighborhood, opening spring 2016. The Missouri Supplier Summit, hosted by Whole Foods Market Midwest, educates prospective new suppliers around the company’s Quality Standards and process for becoming a supplier.

“We love supporting local farmers, food artisans and producers who share our passion for quality products made from pure, simple ingredients,” says Whole Foods Market Midwest Local Forager, Stefanie Garcia. “The Missouri Supplier Summit is a great opportunity to meet with potential suppliers and find the unique flavors that make Missouri special.”

For a business to be considered local and attend this summit, the products should be grown, manufactured and packaged in the state of Missouri. During the summit, interested suppliers will learn about Whole Foods Market’s Quality Standards and supplier process, and then meet individual with buyers to discuss their products in more detail.

The Missouri Supplier Summit takes place Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Maryville University Auditorium, 650 Maryville University Dr., St. Louis. Advanced registration is required for those interested. To secure a spot, send the participants’ name, company name, brief product description, and contact email and phone number to MW.Local.Supplier.Submissions@WholeFoods.com by Friday, Oct. 16.

Currently, anywhere from 10-30 percent of the products on Whole Foods Market shelves come from local producers. Several suppliers, such as St. Louis-based Billy Goat Chips, have grown from a single store to other stores in the region.

Since 1980, Whole Foods Market has led the grocery industry with its Quality Standards. These high standards for quality and transparency offers shoppers access to delicious, pure foods; minimally-processed body care products and environmentally-friendly cleaning products.

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Meijer announces the appointment of Rick Keyes as its new president

26-Year Meijer Veteran Takes Reigns of Grand Rapids-Based Retailer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-10-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer announced today the appointment of Rick Keyes as president of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. Keyes, who joined the company 26 years ago as a pharmacist in Columbus, Ohio, takes the reigns of the multi-state Midwestern retailer after this week’s announcement that J.K. Symancyk is leaving the company to join a Texas-based retailer.

“We are pleased to introduce Rick as our new president,” said Hank Meijer, co-chairman and co-chief executive officer. “Rick’s proven leadership has been an inspiration to our team. He has grown up with Meijer, excelling in positions in both pharmacy and store operations, and, most recently, building industry-leading supply chain and manufacturing operations.”

Keyes, 46, had been executive vice president of supply chain and manufacturing since 2006. In that capacity he oversaw the retailer’s expansion into manufacturing with the acquisition of one dairy and construction of another, and pioneered initiatives ranging from the launch of a near-zero emission truck fleet to significant investments in lean distribution technologies.

“I am truly humbled and honored to accept the role as president of Meijer,” Keyes said. “I joined this company as a front-line team member more than 25 years ago, and Meijer has provided me the opportunity to learn, grow and develop experiences across a variety of disciplines. I’m very much looking forward to working with our team members at all levels to ensure Meijer continues to grow and thrive.”

While Keyes’ imprint on the increased sophistication of Meijer supply chain and manufacturing operations is dramatic, he is also known as a strong advocate for team members, including a passion for increasing employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Since 2012, Keyes has led an initiative at several Meijer distribution facilities to create job opportunities for persons with various levels of disability, partnering with several local non-profit agencies.

“A company can only be great if its team members feel valued and engaged, regardless of their role or level,” Keyes said. “Together with a strong senior leadership team, I’m looking forward to charting a course for our company where everyone can feel ownership for our success, while delivering the excellent customer service Meijer is known for.”

Keyes will be the 7th president in the company’s 81-year history. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio and a graduate of Ohio Northern University’s College of Pharmacy.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 222 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Frank J. Guglielmi, 616-791-3814, frank.guglielmi@meijer.com

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Meijer announces the appointment of Rick Keyes as its new president

Meijer announces the appointment of Rick Keyes as its new president