USDA: Good Food Concepts recalls 12,566 pounds of beef, pork, and poultry products

WASHINGTON, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Good Food Concepts, a Colorado Springs, Colo. establishment, is recalling approximately 12,566 pounds of beef, pork, and poultry products that were produced without a fully implemented Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan. These products are also misbranded and contain sodium nitrite, which is not declared on the product label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The beef, pork, and poultry items were produced on various dates between October 16, 2014 and October 16, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT SMOKED BACON.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT BACON ENDS.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT SMOKED PIT HAM.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK SMOKE HAM BUTT PORTION BI.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK HAM BUTT PORTION BI.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK HAM STEAK.”
  • Various sized packages containing “PORK PEEPA’S HAM BNLS.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK SMOKE HAM DICED.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK SMOKE HAM GROUND 1#.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK SMOKED HAM SHANKS SLICED.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PEPPERONI SLICE.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT GENOA CLASSIC.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT BEEF PASTRAMI.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT BOLOGNA SLICE.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PEPPERONI.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT HAM STEAK COUNTRY STYLE.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT HAM DELI SLICED.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT CANADIAN BACON.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT BOLOGNA 1#.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK LIVERWURST WESTPHALIAN.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT TURKEY BREAST NATURAL SMOKED, SLICED.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT ROASTED DELI TURKEY.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT BRISTOL BEER BRATWURST.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT POLISH SAUSAGE PORK.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT SAUSAGE PORK BANGERS.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT ANDOUILLE.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT LINGUISA.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT GERMAN BRATWURST.”
  • Various sized packages “RANCH FOODS DIRECT KOLBASA RING.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT 8/1 HOT DOGS.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT SAUSAGE BEEF HOT DOG FOOT LONG 5/1.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT VEAL BRATS.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT CORNED BEEF BRISKET.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 27316” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Colorado and New Mexico.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during a food safety assessment at the establishment.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare 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 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

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Nikowa Neill, Administrative Support, at (719) 377-7514. Media with questions about the recall can contact Eryn Taylor, Marketing, at (720) 259-2488.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at 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:

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
Katherine Scheidt
(202) 720-9113


Jill Ramsey joins eBay as VP of Soft Goods, North America from

Jill has over 20 years of experience in merchandising, and growing online businesses.

San Jose, California, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jill Ramsey, an experienced ecommerce executive, is joining us as Vice President of Soft Goods, North America from  She will lead merchandising efforts for Fashion, Home & Garden, Collectibles & Art, and Lifestyle & Media.

Jill – who will report to Senior Vice President of North America Hal Lawton — was previously Vice President of Softlines Merchandising for’s Home & Apparel division, and brings experience that can help extend these critical verticals.

At Walmart, she oversaw divisions of merchants responsible for substantial parts of’s revenues. She also helped launch and evolve several parts of Walmart’s online business, including its gift registry, online pharmacy and tires ecommerce lines.

“We are thrilled Jill is joining the team with her deep expertise in merchandising and evolving commerce sites,” Hal said. “The timing of her arrival couldn’t be better as we prepare to enter the busy holiday retail season.”

Jill’s interests include home décor and mid-century design, and she is passionate about ecommerce. Her most recent purchase on eBay was a pair of designer shoes, and her most recent sale was another pair of shoes.

Jill has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business, and a BA in English from the University of Chicago.  She has two sons with her husband Dean Rader, a prize-winning poet and Professor of English at the University of San Francisco.


SOURCE: eBay Inc.



Jill Ramsey joins eBay as VP of Soft Goods, North America from

Jill Ramsey joins eBay as VP of Soft Goods, North America from

Coop lanciert ihre dritte Disney-Sammelaktion: ein Jahreskalender mit tollen Ideen für die Freizeit

Die neue Coop-Sammelaktion: Jahreskalender von Disney

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ab heute bricht in der Schweiz wieder das Sammelfieber aus, denn Coop lanciert ihre dritte Disney-Sammelaktion: ein Jahreskalender mit tollen Ideen für die Freizeit. Die farbenfrohe Agenda bietet pro Doppelseite eine Wochenübersicht inklusive einem zur Jahreszeit passenden Bastel-, Koch- oder Bewegungstipp sowie Vorlagen für Stundenplan, Geburtstagsliste und Freundschaftspinnwand. Jeder Monat kann mit Stickern aus einer von zwölf beliebten Disney-Geschichten bebildert werden. Der Disney-Jahreskalender von Coop motiviert die Kinder zu einer sinnvollen Freizeitgestaltung.

Im Januar gibt der Disney-Jahreskalender zum Beispiel unter dem Motto «Cars» Tipps für einen Kinder-Cocktail zum Neujahrsfest, für eine selbstgebastelte Dreikönigskrone und für ein Slalomrennen mit Schlitten. Im Juli dreht sich alles um «Nemo» mit Ideen für einen originellen Flaschen-Fisch, für Spiele im Wasser sowie für ein selbstgemachtes Korallen-Glaces aus Kiwi und Orangensaft. Und auch im November gibt Micky Maus kindergerechte Freizeittipps: Adventskranzbasteln, tolle Familienspiele sowie Himbeerschnecken backen. Alle Rezepte sind von Betty Bossi kreiert und kinderleicht. Der Disney-Jahreskalender von Coop umfasst 120 Seiten und hat das Format A5.

Mit 160 Disney Sammelbildern
Vom 19. Oktober bis 5. Dezember 2015 können Coop-Kundinnen und -Kunden Stickers von zwölf bekannten Disney-Geschichten sammeln, um den Jahreskalender zu bebildern. Pro Einkaufsbetrag von 20 Franken erhalten die Kunden ein Päckchen mit 5 Sammelbildern. Alle Coop-Supermärkte, Coop City Warenhäuser und Coop Restaurants sowie Coop@home, Coop Pronto und Coop Bau+Hobby machen bei der Sammelaktion mit. Der Disney-Jahreskalender kostet 3.90 Franken und ein Päckchen mit 5 Sammelbildern ist für 50 Rappen ebenfalls bei Coop erhältlich.

Weitere Kinder-Aktivitäten
Im Rahmen der Sammelaktion können Kinder am 31. Oktober und 7. November 2015 in 66 Coop Restaurants kostenlos Micky- und Minnie-Lebkuchen verzieren. Im November finden an vier Samstagen in den Coop Restaurants Tauschbörsen zu dieser Sammelaktion statt. Mehr dazu unter

Bilder zum Download


Denise Stadler, Leiterin Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

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Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

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Tel. +41 61 336 71 39

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Tel. +41 61 336 71 87



Coop lanciert ihre dritte Disney-Sammelaktion: ein Jahreskalender mit tollen Ideen für die Freizeit

Coop lanciert ihre dritte Disney-Sammelaktion: ein Jahreskalender mit tollen Ideen für die Freizeit

Ireland: Competition and Consumer Protection Commission approved Topaz’s purchase of Esso Ireland’s fuels and convenience business in Ireland

Dublin, Ireland, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Emmet O’Neill, Chief Executive of Topaz Energy Limited (Topaz), has welcomed today’s decision by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) to approve the purchase of Esso Ireland’s fuels and convenience business in Ireland.

The deal will see the Esso businesses [Esso Ireland Ltd and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Ireland ROC Ltd and Esso Ireland Manufacturing Company Ltd] acquired by Topaz Investments Ltd. the parent company of Topaz Energy Limited.

Following the acquisition the Topaz network will extend to 425 service stations; 162 of which will be company owned.  The business will have a presence in every county on the island of Ireland.  Topaz also has market leading home heating and commercial and aviation fuel supply businesses.

Topaz Esso Total
Employee Numbers 1,600 400 2,000
Company Owned Service Stations 127 35 162
Dealer Owned Service Stations 203 60 263
Total 330 95 425

Following the transaction Topaz will have a turnover of approximately €3.5 billion and will employ approximately 2,000 staff.  The company will be one of the top 10 largest companies in Ireland.

Topaz Chief Executive, Emmet O’Neill, said the deal cemented the position of the company in the Irish market; “in just 10 years Topaz has successfully taken on and bought out the Irish retail businesses of three of the largest oil companies in the world (Shell, Statoil and now Esso) to create a truly significant and innovative Irish business and a major Irish employer.  This deal adds real substance to our operations here.  It will bring our employee numbers in Ireland to 2,000 and we believe there is real scope to develop this business further through innovations like our Re.Store convenience stores and our partnership with Rockets in the years ahead.“

The deal will close formally on December 1st.

Topaz Energy Group Limited,
Topaz House,
Beech Hill,
Dublin 4.

Topaz Head Office Tel: +353 (0)1 202 8888
Topaz Home Heat: Tel: 1850 250 650
Topaz Fax: +353 (0) 1 282 8320

SOURCE: Topaz Energy Group Limited

Starbucks® stores will open within REWE-operated hyper and supermarkets in prime city locations across Germany in 2016

GERMANY, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today REWE, a leading premium German retailer since 1927 and part of the Cologne-based REWE Group, and Starbucks Coffee Company announce a significant new partnership. The first phase will see Starbucks® stores open within REWE-operated hyper and supermarkets in prime city locations across Germany in 2016, bringing the best coffee and unique Starbucks experience to more customers on the go.

“We know Germany has always appreciated great coffee and is one of the world’s biggest coffee-consuming countries per capita,” said Kris Engskov, president, Starbucks Coffee Company EMEA. “This new partnership with REWE will help us deliver both quality and value for new customers, and ensure great coffee on the go is more convenient than ever. Both of our companies have a great retail business heritage and we share the same values in our commitment to customers and the communities we serve.”

“We are excited about the opportunity of this unique cooperation between our two strong brands,” said Lionel Souque, CEO REWE Markt GmbH. “REWE is able to bring premium Starbucks products to customers in a unique way, by opening stores inside our supermarkets, fitting perfectly with our commitment to offering more convenience to our customers.”

REWE is one of the largest premium retailers in Europe, with more than 3000 stores in Germany. Starbucks currently has 159 stores in Germany and over 2,200 across 35 countries in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. This partnership demonstrates Starbucks continued growth in grocery locations across Europe, delivering greater convenience for customers to enjoy their favorite beverage in a relaxing and welcoming store environment.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 22,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit Starbucks stores or online at

About REWE
With revenue of 16.9 billion euros (2014), more than 90,000 employees and well over 3,000 REWE stores, REWE Markt GmbH is a leading company in the German food retail sector. REWE stores are operated as branches or by independent REWE retailers.REWE is part of the cooperatively organized REWE Group, one of the leading trade and tourism companies in Germany and Europe. In 2014, the company generated a total of external revenue of more than 51 billion euros. Founded in 1927, REWE Group operates 15,000 stores with 330,000 employees in 12 European countries. In 2014, around 228,000 employees generated revenue totaling 37 billion euros in approximately 10,000 stores in Germany.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

The Starbucks Foundation donates $50,000 to American Red Cross to aid in South Carolina flooding relief efforts

SEATTLE, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to the devastation caused by historic flooding in South Carolina, The Starbucks Foundation will donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in relief efforts.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the individuals and families in South Carolina affected by this tragedy,” said Sharon Powell, Starbucks regional vice president. “We stand ready to support the people in the region during this difficult period.”

Starbucks is also working with the local FEMA chapter to provide information to those who need help as a result of the flood. Posters with details about applying for disaster assistance will appear in Starbucks stores in South Carolina and surrounding areas.

Customers and partners who wish to aid in the recovery may text “REDCROSS” to 90999* to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief or visit the American Red Cross website.

For more information on this news release, contact us.


The Starbucks Foundation donates $50,000 to American Red Cross to aid in South Carolina flooding relief efforts

Photo credit: FEMA/Bill Koplitz

John Lewis Retail Report: Britons are taking control of the omnichannel shopping environment

John Lewis Retail Report reveals the new age of the ultra-flexible, ultra-confident shopper

LONDON, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The third annual John Lewis Retail Report which launched today, confirms a new age of shopping which the confident, flexible ‘Master Shopper’ controls. The report identifies that Britons are taking control of the omnichannel shopping environment. They’re using a combination of many research, browsing, purchase and collection methods that ensure they get what they want, in the way that they want it – a new form of bespoke shopping.

Masterful shopping

This confident new ‘Master Shopper’ moves seamlessly between their phone, tablet or PC, store or call centre to zero in on their purchase. Evidence of this new phenomenon reveals the proportion of traffic to from mobiles increased to 60% and mobile revenue grew a significant 68% in the last twelve months. Also in this age of the ultra-personalised shopping journey, customers move between online and in-store shopping at their whim. Two thirds of our customers use both physical shops and online channels and the number who bought from both channels increased by 9%.

Shopping missions uncovered

The report is a comprehensive review of Britain’s shopping habits this year. It proves that today’s customer is more savvy and empowered than ever; with powerful research tools, extensive options and engaging experiences at their fingertips. Shoppers now combine channels to achieve their optimum shopping journey. It’s a new and dynamic form of shopping that mixes research methods, advice and shopping channels. ‘Master Shoppers’ should choose how to buy, what time of day or night to buy and how often they visit shops and websites.

‘2015 will become known as the year the master shopper came of age’, says John Lewis Managing Director, Andy Street. ‘Shoppers are now more enabled and more in control than ever. It’s an exciting time in retail history with John Lewis well-positioned to lead the revolution in providing the services the master shopper needs.’

The new art of master shopping

A trip to the shops remains a key part of the journey for the ‘Master Shopper’, particularly when it comes to touching, tasting and trying before they buy. While shops still serve a ‘need it, buy it’ purpose, they are increasingly linked to leisure time. An element of pleasure, inspiration and surprise has returned to the art of shopping.

Whilst shoppers are mapping out their purchasing journeys, products themselves attract different shopping behaviours. For instance, customers interact with John Lewis around four times enroute to a purchase for menswear. A shop visit makes up two of those interactions, indicating that when shopping for clothes, men want a no-nonsense trip where they can visit a shop, speak to a Partner and take their new suit home that day. At the other end of the scale, more considered purchases such as white goods, furniture and computers take on average seven or eight different interactions. Nearly 20% of customers buying a computer have more than 10 interactions during a buying journey.

Social shoppers

Social shopping has also seen a marked increase this year. Customers are using social channels for inspiration on what to buy, engaging with their friends and the John Lewis website to research and gather information which is fuelling significant growth in the retailer’s social platforms. Since last year, John Lewis’ Instagram channel has grown by 338%, with Pinterest and Twitter also growing by 68% each. However, Facebook still remains the most popular, with almost one million followers to date.

Street adds: ‘Our shops are changing to become more inspirational and multi-purpose than ever before. We’re helping facilitate our customers’ ability to shop anytime, and anywhere, and to make their user journey the most flexible it has ever been. Shopping today is less about ‘I need it now’ and more about ‘I need it flexibly, when I want’.’

The John Lewis Retail Report 2015 provides a unique insight into why and what we bought and how we bought it in the last twelve months. Other highlights that helped to shape the way we shopped include:

  • Black Friday – Black Friday saw the highest volume of sales in shops and online. Ladies premium handbags made 25% of their entire year’s takings on that day alone.
  • The Oscars – The prestigious award ceremony saw a rebellion against the black suit. Eddie Redmayne was among those famous faces shying away from black by sporting his best blue suit. Non-black suit sales were up 10% year-on-year following the event.
  • The General Election – sales of big ticket items took a dip in the run-up to the Elections as customers held off on significant purchases until they were certain of the results.
  • Princess Charlotte’s christening – the appearance of the royal pram at the christening sparked a 30% increase in traditional Silver Cross pram sales.
  • Jurassic World – The latest installment of the Jurassic film franchise saw sales of dinosaur toys increase by 50%.


Download a copy of The John Lewis Retail Report 2015 – How we Shop, Live & Look (PDF size 3.8MB).

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 45 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 11 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2015’ , ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2015’ and ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2015’1, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1 Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2015


For further information about John Lewis please contact:
Vikki Speed, Senior Communications Officer (Corporate & Brand)
Telephone: 020 7931 4921

LVMH: Nicholas Kirkwood celebrates 10 years of shoes creations with a special made-to-order collection

PARIS, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — 2005-2015 : Nicholas Kirkwood is celebrating 10 years of shoes creations with a special made-to-order collection. The collection once again features the pop culture that has inspired the designer’s graphic aesthetic.

In Spring  2005, a new designer with a resolutely innovative style burst onto the high-end women’s footwear scene: Nicholas Kirkwood.  To mark the brand’s tenth anniversary, the designer has created a collection of ten models, made exclusively to order. Nicholas Kirkwood once again challenges the traditional conventions surrounding luxury footwear by taking it into the playful, childlike world of video games, toys and films of the 1980s. With names like Game Over, Pac Man and The Arcade, the shoes evoke the pop culture that inspired the graphic signature of the House.

The “10” collection revisits iconic models from the past ten years and continues Nicholas Kirkwood’s characteristic mixing of high traditional craftsmanship with contemporary technical innovations. This culture of contrast gives Kirkwood collections their distinctive identity, with natural and rare materials found alongside new experimental materials. A feminine architecture is adapted to an audacious expression of forms, crafted in the brand’s Italian workshops.

This strikingly original anniversary collection is available on special order until December 1, 2015 at Nicholas Kirkwood stores in London, New York and Las Vegas, as well as through selected department stores.


LVMH: Nicholas Kirkwood celebrates 10 years of shoes creations with a special made-to-order collection

© Nicholas Kirkwood

Delhaize Group to announce its third quarter 2015 results on Thursday October 29, 2015

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group will announce its third quarter 2015 results (ended September 30, 2015) on Thursday October 29, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. CET. The press release will be available on Delhaize Group’s website ( immediately after its publication.

Frans Muller, CEO, and Pierre Bouchut, CFO, will discuss the third quarter 2015 results during an investor conference call that will start at 09:00 a.m. CET on October 29, 2015. To participate in the conference call, please call +44 (0)20 3427 1906 (U.K.), +1 212 444 0481 (U.S.) or +32 2 402 3092 (Belgium), with “Delhaize” as password.

The conference call will also be broadcast live over the internet on October 29, 2015 at 09:00 a.m. CET at An audio replay of this webcast will be available at the same website starting at 12:00 p.m. CET on October 29, 2015.

» Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. At the end of the second quarter of 2015, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 445 stores. In 2014, Delhaize Group recorded €21.4 billion ($28.4 billion) in revenues and €89 million ($118 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 150 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

» Contacts

Investor Relations: + 32 2 412 2151
Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669

Scottish Retail Consortium David Martin: The current system of business rates has become a tax on jobs and growth and undermines investment in property

LONDON, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following the announcement today that the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney MSP, is to provide powers for discretionary business rates relief to local authorities, as already announced and set out in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, David Martin, Head of Policy & External Affairs at the Scottish Retail Consortium said:

“The current system of business rates has become a tax on jobs and growth and undermines investment in property, especially in town centre and high streets. There is a strong and growing consensus across business and industry that the current system is out of date and no longer fit for purpose.

“The announcement today from the Deputy First Minister, whilst not new, is welcome acknowledgment of the need to keep costs down on retailers and other businesses.

“It is, however, a missed opportunity to arrest the cost pressures and structural deficiencies in the system which undermine existing businesses and holds back new investment. We need a more imaginative approach to reform in Scotland, one which leads to business rates flexing with economic conditions and a more sustainable overall reduction in the tax burden for ratepayers.”


Notes to Editors:

1. In August, the Scottish Retail Consortium launched the first in a series of papers ahead of the Holyrood 2016 Election setting out the key arguments for reform of business rates and proposed actions for each of the political parties. The publication can be accessed here

2. In February 2015, the SRC set out a comprehensive case for the fundamental reform of business rates. This can be accessed here

For further information please contact: David Martin, Head of Policy & External Affairs,

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900.

Heather Ryan appointed VP Human Resources Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) effective Nov. 1, 2015

Saskatoon, SK, CANADA, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chief Executive Officer Scott Banda is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Ryan as Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) Vice-President Human Resources, effective Nov. 1, 2015.

Heather has most recently served as the Director Human Resources Advisory Services at FCL, a position she has held since rejoining FCL in 2013. Heather started her career at FCL in 1996 as a Human Resources Training Officer and left as a Human Resources Officer in 2000. Heather has also worked with the Saskatchewan Research Council as Manager of Organizational Development and spent 10 years with POS Bio-Sciences, where she held various positions, including Vice-President Operations & Corporate Affairs, Director of Business Development & Human Resources and Human Resources Manager. She also has two years of work experience as a Human Resources Specialist with Corning Cable Systems.

Heather brings the necessary energy, competencies and commitment to lead FCL’s Human Resources into the future. In her new role as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Heather will contribute to the overall strategic direction of FCL, foster productive relationships within the business, co-operative and local communities and collaboratively lead initiatives and relationships within the Co-operative Retailing System. Heather will be providing strategic leadership and direction for all FCL’s operations and regions in the areas of Talent Acquisition, Talent Integration, Performance Management, Total Rewards, Succession Planning, Workforce Planning, Diversity and Inclusion, Organizational Learning, Employee Relations and Advisory Services.

Heather earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as her Certified Human Resources Professional designation. In 2006, Heather became sessional lecturer at the Edwards School of Business in the Organizational Development Department. She has also served as a board member with both the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan and FoodTech Canada. Heather and her husband Sean have two children: Jack and Rylee.

Please join Scott in welcoming Heather to her new role as Vice-President Human Resources.


Federated Co-operatives Limited

PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited



Heather Ryan appointed VP Human Resources Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) effective Nov. 1, 2015

Heather Ryan appointed VP Human Resources Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) effective Nov. 1, 2015

Wesfarmers released its online 2015 Sustainability Report; 40 case studies from across the Group

Wesfarmers today (19 October 2015) released its online 2015 Sustainability Report.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The report details the company’s performance against its 10 community and environmental impact principles in the areas of people, sourcing, community, environment and governance.

The report also addresses the sustainability performance of each of Wesfarmers’ businesses with more than 40 case studies from across the Group.

Performance highlights covered in the report include:
• Safety: reducing the total recordable injury frequency rate by 7.5 per cent
• Diversity: employing an additional 500 Indigenous Australians at Coles alone
• Ethical sourcing: continuing the rollout of the publication of our retail divisions’ supplier details
• Community contributions: increasing our combined direct and indirect community contributions to more than $100 million for the first time
• Climate change resilience: implementing shadow carbon pricing in our approach to capital allocation and decreasing the emissions intensity of our business by 37 per cent over the last five years.

This is the 18th year Wesfarmers has published a sustainability report and the second year the report has been published primarily online.

In his video introduction to the 2015 online report, Wesfarmers Managing Director Richard Goyder said good progress had been made but more remains to be done.

“One thing we have always recognised is that the communities in which we operate have to thrive and succeed and we have to operate in a sustainable way,” Mr Goyder said.

Last month, Wesfarmers was advised that it was selected among 11 out of 62 Food and Staples Retailing companies to be included in the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices.

The 2015 report can be viewed at

For further information:
Cathy Bolt
Media and External Affairs Manager
+61 8 9327 4423 or +61 417 813 804


World Food Day: X5 Retail Group partners with Rus Food Foundation

Moscow, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, has launched a partnership with the Rus Food Foundation, which provides food aid to vulnerable people across Russia. Ahead of World Food Day X5 has donated an initial consignment of goods worth approximately RUB 4 mln, with the Foundation taking delivery of 60 pallets for distribution among 2,000 families in Tver and Vyazma.

X5 plans to continue supporting families in need in collaboration with Rus Food, and will become the Foundation’s first partner to sell, collect and distribute food aid for low-income families through food drive campaigns at its retail chains.

Stephan DuCharme, CEO of X5, said: “We believe it is essential to help improve living standards across Russia in partnership with our customers, suppliers and dedicated foundations. Food banking is therefore going to be a priority direction for our corporate social responsibility efforts. I hope that this initiative will resonate in the hearts of our employees and customers, and help create a better life for Russian families in need.”

X5 first piloted the project in summer 2015, asking customers to donate RUB 100 or RUB 200 towards basic foodstuffs such as cereal grains, sugar, pasta, tinned meats, biscuits and cooking oil for families in need. X5 arranged collection and packaging with Rus Food managing distribution. In just one week, Karusel hypermarkets in Perm purchased 650 kg of food, which was donated to 60 families. X5 and Rus Food Foundation are planning a series of similar projects over the coming months at a number of X5 Group brand stores in cities across Russia.

“Organisations such as Rus Food engage people all over the world to collect food for low-income families as part of food drive campaigns,” said Yulia Nazarova, Acting President of Rus Food. “Our initiative with X5 has made a great contribution to achieving our key objective of establishing aid infrastructure for families in need across Russia. We hope that customers will support it, and we are truly delighted to have X5 as our first Russian infrastructure partner.”

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

As of 30 September 2015, X5 had 6,512 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 5,795 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 451 Perekrestok supermarkets, 84 Karusel hypermarkets and 182 convenience stores. The Company operates 34 DCs and 1,393 Companyowned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln). In H1 2015, revenue totaled RUB 382,608 mln (USD 6,666 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 27,518 mln (USD 479 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 7,942 mln (USD 138 mln).

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

Rus Food Foundation is a charity organisation that provides food and non-food aid to socially vulnerable population groups across Russia. The Foundation accepts goods donated by Russian FMCG producers as well as cash contributions from individuals to purchase food as part of People’s Lunch, an all-Russian campaign. The aid is distributed through social services, Russian Orthodox Church parishes and private non-profit organisations. Every month, the Foundation helps 30,000 low-income people from various Russian regions. The key partners of Rus Food Foundation are PepsiCo, Unilever, Procter&Gamble, Kellogg’s, Nutricia, Mondelez International, Shake-Shack, Cargill, Bonduelle, Billa, Nestle and Genesys.

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Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783

Anastasiya Kvon
IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 792-3511

Price Chopper hosted its 7th annual Family Mealtimes Matter campaign

Cornell Cooperative Extension/Eat Smart New York nutrition educators will be on-site at Price Choppers across upstate NY on Oct. 17

Schenectady, NY, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Chopper is hosting its seventh annual Family Mealtimes Matter campaign in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Eat Smart New York, and the Albany Times Union. This year’s campaign “Fueling an Active Family,” focuses on incorporating more fruits and vegetables in menu planning and encouraging families to be more active.

“Given our commitment to help people feed and care for their families, we strive to provide nutrition education and relay the benefits of a healthy lifestyle within the convenient context of our customers’ regular visits to Price Chopper and Market 32,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services. “Family Mealtimes Matter is a multifaceted platform that offers nutritious recipes and thoughtful insights and tips that encourage families to share mealtimes together and incorporate activity into their day.”

On Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Cornell Corporative Extension and Eat Smart New York nutrition educators will be offering easy family meal ideas, recipes, family meal facts and a coloring activity for kids at area Price Choppers including 444 Broadway, Menands; 1640 Eastern Pkwy, Schenectady; 1879 Altamont Ave, Schenectady; 79 Vanderburgh Place, Troy (Hudson Valley Plaza); 852 2nd Ave, Troy; 3045 Route 50, Saratoga Springs; 141 Sanford Farms Plaza, Amsterdam; and 358 North Main St., Gloversville.

Family Mealtimes Matter partner Times Union hosted a writing contest for children (grades 2 through 6). Entries were asked to complete a story, in 300 words or less, about who the Davises’ special dinner guest is in a ‘Who’s Coming to Dinner’ feature that first appeared in the publication on Sept. 23. Winners Zhamaije Monroe (grade 6, Giffen Elementary School, Albany), Olivia Penna, (grade 5, New Scotland Elementary School, Albany) and Molly Wladis (grade 3, Slingerlands Elementary School) each received a $25 gift card to Price Chopper and had their stories and photographs printed in the newspaper in the Oct. 15 edition.

New this year, families can visit to the Price Chopper or Capital Region Eat Smart New York Facebook pledges to the take the Family Mealtimes Matter pledge and follow the conversations online, using the hashtags #familymealtimesmatter, #familymealsmonth, and #raiseyourmitt.

Launched in 2008, Family Mealtimes Matter is an initiative encouraging families to enjoy more meals together. The program also seeks to inspire healthier habits: fostering strong, active, healthy families and individuals.

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

Mona Golub
Price Chopper
Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications

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Morrisons commits to supporting the employment of veterans

Bradford, England, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons has today (Thursday 15 October) signed the Corporate Covenant – a voluntary pledge which demonstrates the retailer’s concrete support for the armed forces community.

The Covenant sets out Morrisons commitment to supporting the employment of veterans and giving colleagues in the reserve forces the time they need to fulfil training duties – and where necessary deployment.Speaking ahead of the launch, Morrisons CEO David Potts said: “We owe a tremendous debt to members of the armed forces because of the enormous contribution they make to our country both during and after their service. Signing the Corporate Covenant shows our commitment to the armed forces and the support we offer to veterans, reservists and their families.”

Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, Mark Lancaster MP, said: “The pledges of support made today by Morrisons are very welcome and should serve as a reminder of the tremendous contribution our Armed Forces make to society. By employing veterans and supporting reserves, Morrisons are helping to ensure that anyone who serves their country receives a fair deal as a result of that service.”

The Corporate Covenant will be signed at Morrisons Tamworth (Upper Gungate) store by David Potts and Brigadier Mark van der Lande, Head of Reserves Forces and Cadets, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.

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PetSmart launched new, philanthropic and natural dog and cat food brand exclusively at more than 1,400 PetSmart stores and online at

For Every Bag of Food Purchased, PetSmart Charities™ Will Distribute Food to Animal Shelters; Expected to Serve 500,000 Meals in First Year Alone

PHOENIX, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pet lovers can now feed their own pets a wholesome meal and serve one up to a pet in need. PetSmart, Inc., announced today the launch of Good Natured™, a new, philanthropic and natural dog and cat food brand available exclusively at the more than 1,400 PetSmart stores and online at For every bag of food purchased, PetSmart will donate a meal to a pet in need through PetSmart Charities or PetSmart Charities Canada.

The dog food donations will benefit thousands of PetSmart’s shelter partners, freeing up the shelter’s precious funds for adoption and other life-saving programs. PetSmart expects donations from customer purchases of Good Natured products to reach 250,000 pounds of food – equivalent to 500,000 meals – in the first year of sales.

“At PetSmart, we know pet parents want the best for their pets. That’s why we are thrilled to launch this wholesome, quality food that is also affordable,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “Good Natured’s natural formulation is a great match for pet parents who want to serve up a healthy option to their own pet, while also providing a wholesome, nutritious meal to pets in need.”

Good Natured is a value-priced, natural, wholesome pet food. It features quality, real ingredients, with meat as the first ingredient, and is free from corn, wheat, soy, artificial preservatives, colors or flavorings to keep pets healthy and strong. Dry and wet food options are available for cats and dogs, and the largest package size is available for under $30.

The new brand is now available for purchase at PetSmart stores across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as online at

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,433 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day CampTM day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents –,,, and – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

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METRO GROUP posts like-for-like sales growth of 1.5% in financial year 2014/15

  • Like-for-like sales growth of 1.5% in financial year 2014/15
  • Growth drivers online retail and delivery remain successful
  • METRO Cash & Carry and Media Saturn report like-for-like sales growth in both financial year 2014/15 and Q4 2014/15
  • Acquisitions Classic Fine Foods and RTS strengthen sales lines
  • Sale of Galeria Kaufhof successfully completed; net cash inflow of €1.75 billion, above original forecast
  • METRO GROUP anticipates good Christmas business

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to preliminary figures, METRO GROUP increased its like-for-like sales by 1.5% in financial year 2014/15. This means that the Düsseldorf-based retail and wholesale company has achieved its full-year sales target. Reported sales of €59.2 billion fell 1.2% short of the previous year’s figure due to negative currency and portfolio effects. However, sales in local currencies increased by 0.5%. “Financial year 2014/15 was a turning point for METRO GROUP,” said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. “We managed to make our core business dynamic again and strengthened our balance sheet even further. We reached our full-year like-forlike sales target. We also confirm our guidance for EBIT before special items¹. Following the successful sale of Galeria Kaufhof, we also once again have the financial means to make further acquisitions to supplement and strengthen our sales lines, such as the recently acquired companies Classic Fine Foods and RTS.”

METRO GROUP’s like-for-like sales rose by 1.3% in Q4 2014/15. Both METRO Cash & Carry and Media-Saturn recorded increases in like-for-like sales in Q4 2014/15 and over financial year 2014/15 as a whole. Reported sales fell by 1.1% to €14.2 billion. However, this was due to currency and portfolio effects. Sales in local currencies increased by 1.9%.

METRO GROUP also significantly expanded its business in the strategic growth areas of online retail and delivery in Q4 2014/15 and, in doing so, reinforced its market position and customer relevance in many countries. METRO GROUP expects a positive Christmas business and has begun the current quarter with an optimistic outlook.

METRO GROUP has made further progress in optimising its portfolio: The most important event in Q4 was the completion of the sale of Galeria Kaufhof as announced on 30 September 2015. The value of the transaction stood at €2.825 billion, including various liabilities. METRO GROUP received the net cash payment of €1.75 billion, which was above the original forecast, in due time.

¹Adjusted for currency effects slightly above the €1,531 million achieved in financial year 2013/14, including typical levels of net income from real estate sales



H&M fans lined up for over 24 hours outside of the newly opened flagship store in Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M fans lined up for over 24 hours outside of the new flagship store, which opened in Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront today. Shortly after the doors opened at 10am more than 1,500 customers were in line. Radio personality Ryan O’Connor was on hand to count down the opening and to welcome the eager crowd of fashion fans into the two-level 4,700 square meter store.

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M was on the red carpet to cut the ribbon and to welcome the first eager shoppers along with H&M South Africa’s Country Manager Pär Darj and Store Managers Andries van den Berg and Peter Johannes. The first lucky person in line received a R2,500 gift card and the following 500 people received a R200 gift card. The first 3000 people in the store received a limited edition tote bag and gift celebrating the opening of the very first H&M store in South Africa.

“We have had an amazing response from our customers here in Cape Town and we look forward to bringing H&M’s concept of fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way to South Africa,” says Pär Darj, Country Manager.

Two nights before, at the VIP party, prominent figures in South Africa’s fashion and entertainment industry as well as members of the media were invited to preview and shop at H&M’s spectacular store while being treated to decadent displays of fashion and free flowing champagne. Some of the most notable guests included Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille, Bonnie Mbuli, Kurt and Dunay Darren and international supermodel Katryn Kruger.

Presenting a wide selection of latest trends and timeless classics for customers, H&M will offer women’s, men’s, and childrens apparel and accessories as well as H&M Home with new items in store daily. The store will be open daily from 9:00am – 9:00pm daily.

Following the opening of the first store in Cape Town, H&M will open the second store in Sandton City Mall in Johannesburg on 7 November 2015.

For more information and images please contact:

Amelia-May Woudstra
PR Manager, South Africa
Mob. +27 72 506 9590
Conrad Roselt
Showroom Manager, South Africa
Mob. +27 82 823 0811


H&M fans lined up for over 24 hours outside of the newly opened flagship store in Cape Town

H&M fans lined up for over 24 hours outside of the newly opened flagship store in Cape Town