ICA Gruppen: HUI revised its Retail Sales Index (Detaljhandelsindex – DHI) for Q2 and Q3 of this year

Solna, Sweden, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — HUI has revised its Retail Sales Index (Detaljhandelsindex – DHI) for the second and third quarters of this year. The Retail Sales Index is used by ICA Gruppen to assess the performance of ICA stores compared to the market in general. The new figures show that sales in the Swedish ICA stores grew at a slower rate than the market in the second and third quarters of this year.

The change is due to the fact that HUI has revised its growth rate for the market. Growth in the grocery retail sector was higher than HUI had previously assessed. The market’s growth has been revised upwards from 1.7% to 3.0% for the second quarter and from 2.9% to 4.2% for the third quarter. ICA’s sales for these quarters have not been revised.

HUI’s revised figures for the market from April onwards affect the values for the market in the second and third quarters, and thus also the accumulated values for January to October. ICA had accumulated growth including VAT of 3.8% from January to October. HUI now assesses that the market grew by 3.9% over the same period.

For more information
ICA Gruppen press service, telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 12.30 CET on Monday 30 November 2015.


Black Friday: Eight sales per second at UK’s largest electrical retailer Currys PC World

  • UK’s largest electrical retailer reporting eight sales per second
  • 30 TVs per minute selling online

LONDON, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — With yesterday’s website traffic almost as high as Boxing Day last year, Currys PC World is today reporting its biggest ever start to Black Friday, with seven million visitors to the site this week already.

This morning alone, there has been a 1100% increase in hourly unique visitors and a 2900% increase on orders compared to the same time last week. Since the Black Friday deals went live online, the £30 off Apple iPads deal proved particularly popular, with the Dyson V6 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner (£239, down from £349.99) and the Samsung Ultra HD 4K 43 inch TV (£399, down from £549) also going down well with shoppers. In-store, the Lenovo G50 15.6 inch laptop (£249.99, was £349.99) the LG Smart Ultra HD 4K 55 inch TV (£699, was £1,199) and the Samsung Smart Ultra HD 4K 55 inch TV (£899, was £1299) are some of the current best-sellers.

With a 30% increase in deals and a 40% increase in stock, Currys PC World saw a record peak in mobile phone traffic of 58% as the deals went live at 6am. As stores across the country began to open and people made their way into work, traffic switched from mobile to in-store and desktops.

Black Tag deals are continuing throughout the weekend with up to £600 off large screen 4K TVs, wearable tech at half price and nutri-blenders at their lowest ever price.  Customers are taking advantage of the various multichannel options available, with 90% of customer journeys starting online and shoppers choosing to Click and Collect or take advantage of free home delivery.

Stuart Ramage, E-Commerce Director at Currys PC World, says: “Last year was one of our most successful trading days ever so we’ve spent the last year preparing for this year’s event. We’ve seen unprecedented demand online with a 53% increase in hourly web traffic and across the country we’ve seen customers queuing from before the stores open – everyone’s in good spirits and things are running smoothly.”

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For more information please contact dixonscarphone@mcsaatchi.com / 020 7544 3600

SOURCE: Dixons Carphone plc.



Black Friday: Eight sales per second at UK’s largest electrical retailer Currys PC World

Black Friday: Eight sales per second at UK’s largest electrical retailer Currys PC World

Bonmarché CEO Beth Butterwick won the Fashion Retailing Personality of the Year award

Bonmarché has won a coveted Drapers Award.

Wakefield, England, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now celebrating its 25th year, the results of the Drapers Awards 2015 were revealed on 26th November at the prestigious Old Billingsgate, London where the fashion industry elite came together for a night of recognition and celebration of the sector’s achievements.

Bonmarché CEO Beth Butterwick has won the Fashion Retailing Personality of the Year award and was praised by the Drapers’ expert judging panel.

With 19 targeted categories, the awards cover every aspect of the fashion industry, from Best Fashion Marketing Campaign to Best Store Design. This year saw the introduction of several brand new categories, including Best Innovation in Fashion Retail and Best Place to Work.

The Drapers Awards are the most admired and relevant awards in the fashion retail industry. The awards provide industry recognition and unrivalled networking opportunities.

Keely Stocker, editor, Drapers, said: “Since 1991 the best of the best in fashion retailing have been spotlighted at the Drapers Awards. The awards have evolved over the years but the essence of what they stand for remains the same – they celebrate the very best in fashion retailing. In the last 25 years, we’ve presented more than 400 awards since our early days when we were known as Drapers Record. It remains a real pleasure and honour for the Drapers team to identify, celebrate, reward and applaud the best of the brilliant work done by hundreds of fashion businesses across the UK and Ireland

For more information on the Drapers Awards 2015 go to https://awards.drapersonline.com/
EMAP media contact: Leila Widaa on 02030332893 or Leila.Widaa@emap.com

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Notes to Editors

About Drapers
The UK fashion sector is changing faster than ever before. New technology and innovation, coupled with increased consumer demands, now mean up-to-date information is essential to success in the thriving fashion sector.

The purpose of Drapers is to provide content that fashion businesses rely on to do their jobs better, delivering an edited-cut of relevant insight that answers the sector’s complex questions. It is the authoritative voice of the market, providing expert, honest & independent opinion every day. It is the place for the passionate people at the forefront of fashion to share ideas, network and learn from each other’s successes.

Drapers has been at the heart of the fashion industry since 1887, helping shaping next generation of fashion business and talent.

About EMAP
EMAP is a content, subscription & networking business. We connect influential people & organisations to a high-value network of decision-makers, data and ideas through our industry-leading portfolio of brands including Drapers, Retail Week, Health Service Journal, MEED and Architects’ Journal www.emap.com

SOURCE: Bonmarché

Cold Stone Creamery: Seasonal flavors are back and will be in stores November 27, 2015 through January 5, 2016

Peppermint, Chocolate and Gingerbread Create the Perfect Winter Treats

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at Cold Stone Creamery® (www.ColdStoneCreamery.com). Our seasonal flavors are back and will be in stores November 27, 2015 through January 5, 2016. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream and Gingerbread Ice Cream, Made Fresh in Every Store, will kick-off your holiday season with good cheer and delicious treats!

“We love to celebrate the seasons here at Cold Stone Creamery,” said Kate Unger, senior vice president of marketing for Cold Stone Creamery. “The holiday season is one of our most favorite times of the year as families gather and enjoy great traditional flavors. We’ve brought back some of our special flavors that customers are looking for from us every season, and that represent this special time of year when everyone comes together.”

The two Cold Stone Creamery Creations™ that are back this year are the Chocolate Peppermint Perfection™ and Gingerbread Caramel Delight™. The Chocolate Peppermint Perfection is a decadent Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream mixed with OREO® cookies, whipped topping and fudge to create the perfect holiday masterpiece. The Gingerbread Caramel Delight is made with Gingerbread Ice Cream, mixed with caramel, whipped topping and graham cracker pie crust for a delicious sweet and gingerspicy Creation™.

“We know how busy people are this time of year and we want to ease the stress of the holidays by making things simple.” said Unger. “We have something to offer for everyone from our delicious holiday cakes, gift cards, and ice cream to-go. And if the holidays have you running all over town, try one of our frappes for an afternoon pick me up. Cold Stone Creamery truly is the place to come to make your holiday season bright.”

Additionally, we invite you to impress your guests with our Holly Jolly Peppermint™ Cake! This cake is made with layers of moist red velvet cake and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream mixed with chocolate shavings, wrapped in rich fudge ganache. As always, our cakes are available in our stores, or can be ordered online at www.ColdStoneCakes.com.

And for a limited time only, just for the holiday season, guests can order a Peppermint Mocha Frappe. This winter treat is a creamy, iced coffee drink with peppermint fudge and garnished with whipped topping and candy cane grind – try it while it lasts!

Don’t forget to pick up a Cold Stone Creamery gift card – the perfect gift for friends, neighbors, teachers, and that special someone. Gift cards can be purchased at your local store location.

The Cold Stone Creamery Holiday Creations™, Holly Jolly Peppermint Cake, and Peppermint Mocha Frappe will be in stores from November 27, 2015 – January 5, 2016.

  • Promotional Creations™:
    • Chocolate Peppermint Perfection™ – Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream with Oreo® Cookies, Fudge and Whipped Topping.
    • Gingerbread Caramel Delight™ – Gingerbread Ice Cream, Caramel, Graham Cracker Pie Crust and Whipped Topping.
  • Promotional Cakes:
    • Holly Jolly Peppermint™ Cake – Layers of moist Red Velvet Cake and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream with Chocolate Shavings wrapped in rich Fudge Ganache.
  • Promotional Frappe:
    • Peppermint Mocha Frappe – Creamy, iced coffee drink with Peppermint Fudge, Whipped Topping and Candy Cane Grind

About Cold Stone Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery® delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience™ through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is a subsidiary of Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 17 quick-service restaurant brands. Cold Stone Creamery operates approximately 1,400 locations in over 26 countries.

About “Made Fresh”
In Cold Stone Creamery® locations across the world, our ice cream is hand-crafted in small batches – one flavor at a time. We start with the highest quality cream, sugar and flavorings to make our ice cream fresh in the back of each of our stores. This small-batch process ensures our customers receive the richest, creamiest, most delicious ice cream when they visit Cold Stone Creamery.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit www.ColdStoneCreamery.com.

For more information about Kahala Brands, visit www.KahalaBrands.com.

Jessica Benedick
Cold Stone Creamery
(480) 622-3349

SOURCE: Cold Stone Creamery

MANGO launches the MANGO app for Apple TV

The firm heads the list of brands which have adapted their content to the new platform

Barcelona, SPAIN, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The future of television is changing and MANGO is already part of it. The fashion firm launches the MANGO app for Apple TV. From today, users of this new platform will be able to access fashion proposals in large format via their television set.

The browsing experience not only allows access to campaign images, look books and fashion films of the different MANGO, MANGO Man, MANGO Kids and Violeta by MANGO lines, but also allows users to add a selection of their favourite garments to their shopping bag.

By using the Siri Remote control, with its redesigned and fully-adapted interface, users can enjoy a new experience via their television set. The application, available in 20 different languages, is fully compatible with the brand’s other apps and webpages.

As Apple announced with the launch of its devices, MANGO is joining this new era in the audio-visual revolution in smart television sets. The American multinational has designed a totally new device full of possibilities and perfectly adapted to the innovative spirit that MANGO has shown since it was founded.

Last June, the fashion firm launched its app for the Apple smart watch, just a few months after maintaining its commitment to technological innovation with the Scan & Shop feature for mobile devices (based on image recognition and augmented reality).

MANGO remains a pioneer in adapting to e-commerce in Spain, adapting its online selling to any device.  This has resulted in 50% of its total traffic being carried out via mobile devices and native apps. Last year, mobile devices accounted for over 30% of the company’s e-commerce turnover, and online selling now represents 9.1% of total turnover. Furthermore, in 2014 the firm launched its online store in 12 new countries, bringing the total number of countries in which online selling is now available to 76.

T. +34 938 602 222


MANGO launches the MANGO app for Apple TV

MANGO launches the MANGO app for Apple TV

Sheetz one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Retail

ALTOONA, Pa., 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz is honored to announce that after surveying more than 45,000 employees in the retail sector, Great Place to Work® and Fortune have recognized Sheetz as one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Retail. We consider this honor exceptionally notable because the recognition is based on our employees’ own assessments of the quality and inclusiveness of our workplace.

“It is our dream for our employees to tell us that they are happier clocking in than clocking out,” says Joe Sheetz. “Recognition like this proves that a company-wide effort to build and nurture a positive culture truly pays off.  We couldn’t have done it without the favorable opinion of our employees and the supportive work environment they create.”

Sheetz and the 19 other winning companies were selected based on evaluations by over 45,000 employees within the retail sector. Employees ranked their companies using Great Place to Work’s Trust Index© employee survey. Employees answered questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace, considering everything from the quality of the company’s pay and benefits, their opportunities for advancement, support for employees’ personal lives, and management ethics and day-to-day respect for staff. Survey results achieved a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of 5.7 percent or less. The total score for each company is based entirely upon employee feedback and the final ranking reflects the 20 companies with the highest total scores in their size categories.

“The companies on this list are leaders who offer retail employees well-rounded workplaces capable of attracting and developing top talent regardless of industry sector,” says Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work® United States. “Ranking on this list is a great indicator that these companies’ efforts to create great workplaces are resonating throughout their teams.”

The 20 Best Workplaces in Retail ranking is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work® and Fortune based upon employee survey feedback from published Great Place to Work® Reviews.

Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $6.9 billion in revenue and more than 16,000 employees. The company operates over 500 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminalsalong with Sheetz Bros. Coffeez®, a full-service espresso and smoothie bar where customers can order hand-made specialty coffee drinks including lattes, cappuccinos and mochas – hot, frozen or iced.  All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

SOURCE Sheetz, Inc.

For further information: Tarah Arnold, Phone: 814.941.5183, Email: tarnold@sheetz.com

Colruyt Group to switch to cooling installations that operate on natural propane; 90% fewer greenhouse gases

Halle, Belgium, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — New step in CO2 reduction plan: a 20% decrease in relative emissions by 2020

Colruyt Group is switching to cooling installations that operate on natural propane gas and that emit as much as 90% fewer greenhouse gases than the current ones. The group will eventually outfit all 360 Colruyt, OKay, and Bio-Planet stores in Belgium with these installations. This will decrease the retailer’s total greenhouse gas emissions in Belgium by 10%. “By choosing propane cooling, Colruyt Group is once again taking a big step in realising their own goals for the environment: a 20% decrease of the greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, as relative to 2009”, says project engineer Collin Bootsveld.

30 times less cooling agent
The retailer mainly made this decision because propane cooling systems have a low impact on the environment. During their entire existence, these systems emit 90% fewer greenhouse gases than the traditional installations that operate on the current synthetic cooling agent. Project engineer Collin Bootsveld: “We decided on a compact type of propane cooling that contains 30 times less cooling agent than traditional systems. Moreover, almost no propane is lost due to leakage. Should any propane escape after all, it will be thousand times less harmful to the atmosphere than a synthetic cooling agent.”

For all food stores
The new Bio-Planet store in Bergen will be the first to have this type of propane cooling system, that the group wants to install in all food stores. Bio-Planet Hasselt will follow in March 2016 and by mid 2016 all new Colruyt and OKay stores. From 2017 onwards, the old cooling installations in existing stores will be replaced when other renovations are taking place. The retailer hopes to have converted around 90 of their stores by 2020 in this manner. Once all the old installations using synthetic cooling agents have been removed, the group’s total greenhouse gas emissions in Belgium will have been decreased by 10%. “Moreover, the cooling system will also help us to further decrease the heating emissions”, says Bootsveld. “We will recover the heat produced by the system and use it to heat the stores. Then we will have to use fewer fossil fuels to do that.”

Colruyt Group has been working on decreasing the environmental impact of its cooling system for quite a while. For instance, the industrial cooling installations in the Belgian distribution centres have been operating on ammonia since 1999. This substance has no environmental impact. Bootsveld: “For our food stores, we were the first in Belgium to test propane cooling in 2013. And late last year we made the decision to switch to propane everywhere. Because of this, we are pioneers in the field and we have therefore invested in a test installation, so our cooling technicians can become familiar with propane cooling.”

With this initiative, Colruyt Group is years ahead of European legislation as well. According to a European regulation from earlier this year, no new cooling systems operating on the current synthetic cooling agent may be installed from 2020 onwards.

Visual material can be downloaded from:

Jan Derom
+32 (0)2 363 55 45
+32 (0)473 92 45 10

SOURCE: Colruyt Group


Colruyt Group to switch to cooling installations that operate on natural propane; 90% fewer greenhouse gases

Colruyt Group to switch to cooling installations that operate on natural propane; 90% fewer greenhouse gases

Colruyt opens expanded and restyled into a new-generation Colruyt store in Liedekerke, Belgium

Halle, Belgium, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 25 November the renovated Colruyt store in Liedekerke will open its doors after a few months of renovation work. The store has been expanded and restyled into a new-generation Colruyt store.

Store manager Arvid Luchtens: “Colruyt regularly renovates its stores to make them more efficient and to make shopping for customers more pleasant. For instance, at the fresh market we replaced the plastic flaps with an air curtain. When making renovations, we always aim at simplicity and the lowest costs, as our customers expect from us.”

Brand-new butcher’s department

During the work, the store was reorganised and the products were arranged more logically. “This allows customers to shop more easily”, says Arvid Luchtens. “And we also added one check-out point, for an even smoother service.”

For fresh quality meat, customers can visit the brand-new butcher’s department. Head butcher Dirk De Deyn: “Our customers have a nice overview of the range of meat, cold cuts and salads. And they can see the butchers at work in an open workshop. Customers can easily talk to them if they have questions or special orders.”

Collect&Go shops for the customer

Colruyt Liedekerke still has a Collect&Go pick-up point. Store manager Arvid Luchtens: “Collect&Go is the handy Colruyt service where we shop for our customers. They send us their shopping list via collectandgo.be using their PC or smartphone, and the Collect&Go team has their products ready at the pick-up point on the day and time of their choice. It’s a handy service, and they save time!”

Special open evening

From Wednesday 25 April, store manager Arvid Luchtens, head butcher Dirk De Deyn and their 66 employees will be on hand to welcome customers at the renovated Colruyt Liedekerke.

Arvid Luchtens: “The evening before, on Tuesday 24 November from 17 to 20, everyone is invited for a preview of the renovations. During this special open evening, customers will be offered snacks and a drink. Everyone is most welcome!”

Practical information:

Colruyt Liedekerke:

Kleemputtenstraat 65
1770 Liedekerke

Opening times:

Mon-Sat:  8.30 – 20
Fri:           8.30 – 21

Open house:

Tuesday 24 November from 17 to 20

Jan Derom
+32 (0)2 363 55 45
+32 (0)473 92 45 10


Colruyt opens expanded and restyled into a new-generation Colruyt store in Liedekerke, Belgium

Colruyt opens expanded and restyled into a new-generation Colruyt store in Liedekerke, Belgium

Colruyt opens newly renovated store in Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, Brussels

Halle, Belgium, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 25 November the renovated Colruyt Sint-Pieters-Woluwe will open its doors after months of renovation work. The store has been expanded and restyled into a new-generation Colruyt store.

Store manager Sebastien François: “Colruyt regularly renovates its stores to make them more efficient and to make shopping for customers more pleasant. For instance, at the fresh market we replaced the plastic flaps with an air curtain. When making renovations, we always aim at simplicity and the lowest costs, as our customers expect from us.”

Larger fresh market and new butcher’s department

The renovated store has a larger fresh market. “This means we can offer more fresh products”, says store manager Sebastien François. “And we have two extra check-out points.”

For fresh quality meat, customers can visit the brand-new butcher’s department. Head butcher David Leleux: “Our customers have a nice overview of the range of meat, cold cuts and salads. And they can see the butchers at work in an open workshop. Customers can easily talk to them if they have questions or special orders.”

Collect&Go shops for the customer

The Collect&Go pick-up point on the covered car park has also been expanded. Store manager Sebastien François: “Collect&Go is the handy Colruyt service where we shop for our customers. They send us their shopping list via collectandgo.be using their PC or smartphone, and the Collect&Go team has their products ready at the pick-up point on the day and time of their choice. It’s a handy service, and they save time!”

As from Wednesday 25 November, store manager Sebastien François, head butcher David Leleux and their 56 employees are on hand to welcome their customers at the revamped Colruyt Sint-Pieters-Woluwe.

Practical information:

Colruyt Sint-Pieters-Woluwe

René Declercqstraat 20
1150 Sint-Pieters-Woluwe

Opening times:

Mon-Sat:  8.30 – 20
Fri:           8.30 – 21


Jan Derom
+32 (0)2 363 55 45
+32 (0)473 92 45 10

SOURCE: Colruyt Group


Colruyt opens newly renovated store in Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, Brussels

Colruyt opens newly renovated store in Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, Brussels

Colruyt Group’s Spar opened first new generation supermarket in Kessel, Belgium

Halle, Belgium, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Thursday, October 29, the first new generation of Colruyt Group’s Spar supermarkets opened in Kessel. Spar wants to combine the joy of grocery shopping with the authenticity of a local supermarket. To this end, the Kessel store was completely renovated. Retail Partners Colruyt Group developed the new generation in consultation with the independent Spar entrepreneurs. After a thorough evaluation which will ask for help from employees and customers, the concept will be refined further.

Developed together with entrepreneurs

Retail Partners Colruyt group developed this new store concept in consultation with the independent entrepreneurs.”A year and a half ago, we put together a reflection team consisting of entrepreneurs and people from different departments: sales, marketing, purchasing, etc. This team set up a model store, aimed at the needs and tastes of the Spar customer in 2020”, says project leader Yves Dauwe. “This store’s concept is based on five pillars: duplicability, uniformity, modularity, involvement, and originality. First and foremost, this concept can be applied to all stores, not just in terms of size, but also realisation and cost. Certain elements will be present everywhere, ensuring the Spar stores are recognisable to the customer. In addition, each entrepreneur can adapt their supermarket to their speciality. We also involve everyone in this tale: all the internal employees, the entrepreneurs, their personnel, and the customers. Finally, each store strives to be original. We will further refine this concept on the basis of feedback.”

Market-like feeling and an emphasis on freshness

The fresh food aisles are the most important feature of the new generation of Spar stores and they create a market-like feeling. Due to the practical design consisting of high and low shelves, customers have a good view of the bakery, butcher and cheese sections. It also allows customers to always ask store employees for help. There are also several fruit and vegetable stations. Wine and beer are presented in such a way as to draw extra attention. Moreover, there is an event zone where Spar focuses on different themes: Sinterklaas, barbecue, Easter, etc. Customers can find inspiration on digital screens with recipes, dinner ideas, and product information. The registers look different as well. The conveyor belt is no more; employees will transfer the groceries directly from the shopping basket or trolley to the carrier bag. Contact with the customer is even more personalised, and the wait times at the register will be shorter.

Spar: fresh products, sharp prices, and good food

The Spar stores are pleasant local supermarket, operated by professional independent entrepreneurs who make their stores unique with their own emphases. They are located in the centre of villages or towns and distinguish themselves through fresh products, sharp prices, and a love of good food. The store sizes run from 300 to 1,200 m².

Retail Partners Colruyt Group

Retail Partners Colruyt Group unites all of Colruyt Group’s Belgian activities that involve independent entrepreneurs. There exists an intense collaboration with the 210 independent Spar entrepreneurs: supply, full support, and an exhaustive consultation model. Retail Partners supplies fresh products and groceries to 79 Alvo stores, and they also offer several services and basic advice such as product range and advertising policies. Finally, they organise supplies to 140 independent store owners, including 28 Mini Markets.

More information

Arlette Ghysels, marketing head Spar: 02 360 10 40.
Spar Kessel: Liersesteenweg 49 – 2560 Kessel.

Jan Derom
+32 (0)2 363 55 45
+32 (0)473 92 45 10

SOURCE: Colruyt Group


Colruyt Group’s Spar opened first new generation supermarket in Kessel, Belgium

Colruyt Group’s Spar opened first new generation supermarket in Kessel, Belgium

LuLu Group enters Malaysia with its first hypermarket set to open in February 2016 in Kuala Lumpur

ABU DHABI, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — LuLu Group is in the final stages of starting its operations in Malaysia with its first hypermarket set to open in February 2016 in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

Elaborating on the group’s expansion plans during an official luncheon hosted by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in honour of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, Yusuffali M.A., chairman and managing director of Lulu Group, said: “We plan to initially invest $300 million in rolling out 10 hypermarkets in the next two years and gradually expand to all parts of Malaysia. Today the whole world knows about Malaysia’s economic stability, investor-friendly approach, liberalised policies and world-class infrastructure and we are confident about our success here.”

LuLu, which currently operates 118 hypermarkets and shopping malls in the Middle East and India, offers world-class shopping experience, highest-quality products, competitive prices and excellent customer service. Global consultancy firm Deloitte ranked Lulu among the top 10 fastest-growing retailers in the world.

“Our hypermarkets encompass both supermarket and department store formats and we intend to bring a whole new world of shopping to the residents of Malaysia,” Yusuffali said.

Globally, the he said the group employs more than 35,000 people from different nationalities and new projects will provide 5,000 jobs to Malaysians. “To better equip Malaysians employed by us, we will train them in all our hypermarkets here and will also take them to our other outlets in the Middle East,” Yusuffali said.

During Razak’s visit to UAE last year, he had personally visited Lulu Hypermarket in Abu Dhabi and had shown much appreciation for store quality, product range and especially the various Malaysian products being sold there.

LuLu is also one of the biggest importers of Malaysian agricultural products and non-food products to the Middle East.

Agreements have already been finalised with prominent retail developers such as Greenhill Resources for Setia City Mall and KLIA Properties for their new project in Bangi, PNB Commerce Perling Mall in Johar Baru. Other hypermarkets will come up in Kalandhan Kotabaru, Shaa Aalam, Ippoh, Malaka, Penang and Kuala Tringanu.

The work on other hypermarkets has already started.

SOURCE: LuLu Hypermarket


LuLu Group enters Malaysia with its first hypermarket set to open in February 2016 in Kuala Lumpur

LuLu Group enters Malaysia with its first hypermarket set to open in February 2016 in Kuala Lumpur

SSP Group announces its financial results for year ended 30 September 2015

LONDON, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, announces its financial results for year ended 30 September 2015.


• Strong results with good progress on last year

• Operating profit1 of £97.4m: up 17.6% in constant currency, and 10.1% at actual exchange rates

• Like-for-like sales up 3.7%: driven by growth in air passenger travel and retailing initiatives

• Net gains 0.6%: strong performances in North America and the Rest of the World

• Revenue of £1,833m: up 4.3% on a constant currency basis; 0.3% at actual exchange rates

• Operating margin1 up 50 basis points to 5.3%: on-going roll out of strategic initiatives

• Brand and concept portfolio further strengthened

• Encouraging pipeline of new contracts

• Final dividend of 2.2 pence per share, bringing the full year dividend to 4.3 pence per share


Commenting on the results, Kate Swann, CEO of SSP Group, said:

“SSP has delivered strong results in 2015, with operating profit up over 17% and good like-for-like sales growth across all regions. We continue to focus on delivering our strategic objectives, driving sales growth in our existing portfolio and winning new contracts which are extending our international operations, whilst remaining committed to operating an efficient business.

“The new financial year has started in line with our expectations and whilst a degree of uncertainty always exists around passenger numbers in the short term, we continue to be well placed to benefit from the structural growth opportunities in our markets.”

For full details click here

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

Tesco Extra store in Wrexham, North Wales hires UK’s first ever Christmas Tree Lights Untangler, Anya Mugridge


Supermarket gives customers a helping hand with the most frustrating Christmas job

  • Anya Mugridge, originally from Nottingham and at university in Wrexham, has been hired as the UK’s first dedicated Christmas Tree Lights Untangler at Tesco Extra in Wrexham
  • Anya was hired for her ability to untangle three metres of Christmas lights in under a minute and a half and her contagious festive spirit
  • Residents in Wrexham, Wales, are the most frustrated in the country with their tangled lights

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — To help customers enjoy the festive season and relieve some of their Yuletide frustrations, Tesco has hired the UK’s first ever Christmas Tree Lights Untangler in the Tesco Extra store in Wrexham, North Wales. Anya, from Nottingham, showed off her untangling prowess during a rigorous interview process, which included untangling three metres of Christmas tree lights in under a minute and half.

The job role was created in response to research commissioned by Tesco, which revealed that untangling Christmas tree lights frustrated a whopping 89% of Wrexham residents with half of those surveyed so vexed that they would rather buy a new set of lights altogether to avoid the aggravation. Wrexham topped the poll of UK towns most frustrated with their tangled lights with Gloucester and Norwich coming in joint second place (59%).

Anya says, “Christmas is my favourite time of the year and at home it’s always me that gets to put up the lights, so I’ve definitely got the right experience for the job! Untangling Christmas tree lights can be frustrating but I find listening to music and having a cuppa gets me into the right frame of mind. I’m really looking forward to helping people with one of the more tricky jobs this Christmas!”

Paul Birkenhead, Store Manager at Tesco Extra Wrexham, says, “Anya was perfect for the job and truly passionate about Christmas, which was an essential requirement of the job. We’re looking to help our customers enjoy the festivities with a series of little, helpful initiatives and with one in six people spending 30 minutes or more trying to untangle Christmas lights each year, we hope that the new service will help relieve some of those festive frustrations locals in Wrexham experience.”

Across the UK, our frustrations with tangled Christmas tree lights seem to be getting the better of us as the study revealed a third of Brits (34%) are more likely to admit defeat and throw their tangled lights away and buy a new set instead. Conversely, people in Plymouth and Chelmsford seem to have more Christmas cheer and patience, with half of respondents (50%) making the effort to completely fix and untangle their lights themselves.

As a task known to be for those with unwavering patience, it’s no wonder untangling Christmas lights is revealed to be one of the most frustrating jobs for half (50%) of us during the festive season, followed by writing Christmas cards (30%) and doing the washing up (29%) on the big day itself.

The top five most frustrating jobs that turn us in to a ‘Scrooge’ at Christmas are:

  1. Untangling Christmas tree lights
  2. Writing Christmas cards
  3. Washing up
  4. Wrapping presents
  5. Doing the Christmas shop

Anya will be helping locals in the Wrexham Tesco Extra store Friday – Monday from 27th November to 20thDecember, showing that ‘Every Little Helps’, lending a hand to Tesco customers whilst they shop. The service will be free and will operate on a first come first serve basis.

For those unable to make it to Tesco Wrexham to see the new Christmas Tree Lights Untangler in action, Tesco has worked with Anya to create a ‘how-to’ video to help provide customers with a fuss free formula to untangle lights themselves.


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

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.



Tesco Extra store in Wrexham, North Wales hires UK’s first ever Christmas Tree Lights Untangler, Anya Mugridge

Tesco Extra store in Wrexham, North Wales hires UK’s first ever Christmas Tree Lights Untangler, Anya Mugridge

Carrefour joins French business climate pledge

39 major French companies take concrete action to combat climate change

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the lead-up to the Paris climate summit (COP 21), 39 major French companies, employing a total of 4.4 million people worldwide and generating sales of 1,200 billion euros, have made a firm commitment to combat climate change. By signing this climate pledge, they want to contribute to making COP 21 a success and to limiting the warming of the Earth to 2°C. They emphasize their driving role and leadership in the fight for a more sustainable world.

Active since many years, these companies are taking concrete steps to reduce their carbon footprint through:
− The use of active and passive energy efficiency solutions,
− The use of renewable energy, notably hydro, wind or solar energy,
− The systematic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of their products,
− The development of new low-carbon materials and solutions,
− The reduction of food waste and packaging,
− The adoption of long-term investment strategies actively promoting the energy transition.

From 2016 to 2020, the 39 companies plan to invest at least 45 billion euros in industrial projects and R&D devoted to renewable energy, energy efficiency and other low carbon technologies. Over the same period, they also intend to provide bank and bond financing of at least 80 billion euros for projects contributing to the fight against climate change.

In addition, they foresee low carbon investments of 15 billion euros in new nuclear capacities and investments of 30 billion euros in natural gas as energy transition solution, planned over the next five years.

SOURCE: Carrefour

Scottish Retail Consortium submits its recommendations to the Scottish Government on its tax and spending plans

LONDON, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The SRC has set out its recommendations to the Scottish Government on its tax and spending plans for the coming year. The submission outlines the current challenging trading conditions for Scottish retailers and proposes the creation of a Retail Industry Strategy as well as improvements to business rates. The document also outlines the industry’s views on the new Scottish Rate of Income tax, a mooted Scotland-wide deposit return scheme and other devolved taxes and levies.

Please find the document here

For press queries please contact David Lonsdale, Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, david.lonsdale@brc.org.uk 07801629088

SOURCE: British Retail Consortium

Foro para la Igualdad entre Hombres y Mujeres de Emakunde, Instituto Vasco de la Mujer: El 78% de la plantilla de EROSKI está formado por mujeres

  • EROSKI es la empresa de distribución con más mujeres en puestos de responsabilidad
  • La igualdad de género está presente en EROSKI desde sus estatutos fundacionales como cooperativa

ELORRIO, SPAIN, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI celebra hoy el encuentro ‘Un paseo por el tiempo’ en su sede social de Elorrio, en el marco del Foro para la Igualdad entre Hombres y Mujeres de Emakunde, Instituto Vasco de la Mujer. La jornada cuenta con la presencia de la directora de Emakunde, Izaskun Landaida; la presidenta del Consejo Rector de EROSKI Sociedad Cooperativa, Leire Muguerza; la Responsable de Igualdad de la Diputación Foral de Bizkaia, Cristina Sarduy; la alcaldesa de la localidad de Elorrio, Idoia Buruaga; la vocal del Observatorio para la Igualdad de EROSKI, Marta Carazo y la periodista Ainara Santamaria.

El Foro para la igualdad tiene como objetivo aglutinar, visibilizar y reforzar el trabajo que vienen realizando instituciones, colectivos y entidades a favor de la igualdad de mujeres y hombres y este año, en su duodécima edición, tiene como lema ‘La sociedad avanza en igualdad. Evitemos los pasos atrás’, un lema que remarca los avances de la sociedad en igualdad en las últimas décadas y al mismo tiempo, alerta sobre los peligros de dar pasos hacia atrás”, ha señalado la directora de Emakunde, Izaskun Landaida.

La igualdad de género está reflejada en nuestros estatutos fundacionales como cooperativa. El 78% de la plantilla de EROSKI está formado por mujeres y practicamos este principio en todas nuestras políticas, procesos y niveles de organización para garantizar la igualdad de oportunidades. Fruto de esta sostenida política de igualdad, somos la empresa de distribución española con más mujeres en puestos de responsabilidad, un 71%”, ha declarado la vocal del Observatorio para la Igualdad de EROSKI, Marta Carazo.

Empresa referente en políticas de Igualdad

En 2005 se crea el Observatorio para la Igualdad de EROSKI, que vela porque el principio de igualdad esté presente en toda la organización y ha posicionado a la cooperativa como empresa referente. Asimismo, el Observatorio ha sido desde su creación una herramienta útil para lograr numerosos avances en el campo de la igualdad:

  • Uso del lenguaje: la adaptación de los Estatutos Sociales y el Reglamento Interno a un lenguaje no discriminatorio, la adecuación de los soportes de comunicación corporativa a un lenguaje no sexista o la edición de un libro de estilo sobre la utilización de un lenguaje igualitario son algunos de los avances en este área.
  • Barreras físicas y salud: definición de los puestos de trabajo según criterios ergonómicos de protección a la población trabajadora femenina (limitación de la altura de recepción de palés y del peso medio de las cajas …) y creación de un protocolo de actuación para mujeres embarazadas y lactancia.
  • Barreras sociales (desarrollo profesional y personal): entre otras medidas, se han definido puestos de trabajo que pueden ser ocupados por mujeres y se asignan tradicionalmente a hombres y viceversa y se ha potenciado la participación de mujeres en los procesos de selección de puestos de responsabilidad.
  • Ayudas a la conciliación: flexibilidad horaria, desarrollo de jornadas continuas y adecuación de permisos (por nacimiento de nietos, excedencias…).

La cooperativa ha creado asimismo una comisión responsable del seguimiento y evaluación del Plan compuesta por seis Socios Trabajadores.

Foro para la Igualdad

El Foro para la Igualdad se celebra desde el 5 de octubre en diversas localidades vascas. Participan activamente en el foro 124 entidades de diferente signo (instituciones públicas, empresas privadas, fundaciones, sindicatos, asociaciones, etc) que han organizado este año 144 actividades como conferencias, talleres, mesas redondas, exposiciones, seminarios o tertulias.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642



Foro para la Igualdad entre Hombres y Mujeres de Emakunde, Instituto Vasco de la Mujer: El 78% de la plantilla de EROSKI está formado por mujeres

Foro para la Igualdad entre Hombres y Mujeres de Emakunde, Instituto Vasco de la Mujer: El 78% de la plantilla de EROSKI está formado por mujeres

Fundación EROSKI: ‘Estudio sobre Hábitos Alimentarios y Estado Nutricional de la Población Española’

  • Entre los factores determinantes del incremento de la obesidad se encuentran el bajo consumo de frutas, verduras y hortalizas
  • La prevalencia de obesidad es superior en hombres que en mujeres hasta los 65 años, donde se invierte la tendencia
  • Es el estudio científico más completo sobre hábitos alimentarios que se ha realizado a día de hoy en España
  • Los resultados revelan la necesidad de implementar programas de educación nutricional en el ámbito escolar, laboral y comunitario
  • El director científico del Estudio ENPE, el Dr. Javier Aranceta, ha presentado los datos que perfilan la radiografía del estado nutricional de la población española en el ‘V Encuentro de Salud’ que la Fundación EROSKI celebra en Bilbao

BILBAO, SPAIN, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — El V Encuentro de Salud, organizado por la Escuela de Alimentación de la Fundación EROSKI, que se celebra hoy en Bilbao, ha acogido la presentación de los resultados finales del ‘Estudio sobre Hábitos Alimentarios y Estado Nutricional de la Población Española’ (ENPE) ante más de 150 profesionales de la Nutrición y Medicina. Una investigación cuyo objetivo es conocer y evaluar los hábitos alimentarios y estado nutricional de la población española a través de una muestra representativa de 6.800 personas distribuidas por cada una de las Comunidades Autónomas. Se trata del “estudio científico más riguroso y completo tras la crisis económica sobre los hábitos de alimentación y el estado nutricional que permite evaluar los patrones de alimentación en España y planificar actuaciones sostenibles encaminadas a mejorar los hábitos alimentarios y estilos de vida”, ha recordado el Dr. Javier Aranceta, presidente del Comité Científico de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Comunitaria (SENC), profesor asociado de Nutrición Comunitaria en la Universidad de Navarra, vicepresidente de la Academia Española de Nutrición (AEN), y director científico de este estudio impulsado por la Fundación EROSKI.

En el V Encuentro de la Escuela de Alimentación de la Fundación EROSKI, se analizarán a lo largo del día de hoy los desafíos, oportunidades y perspectivas en la nutrición del mañana a través de la visión de expertos en el campo de la Salud, la Nutrición, la Gastronomía y el Medio Ambiente, entre otros. Tras su inauguración esta mañana, que ha contado con la participación la directora de Salud Pública y Adicciones del Gobierno Vasco, Miren Dorronsoro; el concejal coordinador de Alcaldía, Desarrollo Económico y Buen Gobierno del Ayuntamiento de Bilbao, Mikel Álvarez; y el presidente de EROSKI, Agustín Markaide; el Dr. Aranceta ha presentado los resultados de las encuestas realizadas a hombres y mujeres a partir de los tres años de edad y hasta más de 65 años entre mayo de 2014 y mayo de 2015.

Crece la prevalencia de la obesidad

La principal conclusión que reflejan los resultados es el incremento en la prevalencia de la obesidad en España.

Los valores más elevados se encuentran en la población infantil y juvenil y se describen en los intervalos de edad de 6 a 9 años y de 18 a 24 años, con un aumento del 9% de la tasa de obesidad desde 2000 hasta el 22,8%. La prevalencia actual de obesidad en la población adulta (edad entre 25 y 64 años) es de 19,8%, cuatro puntos superior a los datos de 2003. En cuanto a la población mayor de 65 años la cifra de prevalencia de obesidad es ligeramente superior a datos precedentes y se sitúa en el 36,4%.

En población infantil, juvenil y adulta la prevalencia de la obesidad es superior en hombres que en mujeres hasta los 65 años, a partir de dicha edad se invierte la tendencia.

Tasa de obesidad por Comunidades Autónomas

El análisis de la distribución geográfica de la obesidad revela tasas más elevadas en Asturias, Aragón y Andalucía, por este orden. Por el contrario, las comunidades autónomas con menor prevalencia de obesidad son Baleares, País Vasco y Cantabria.

El Estudio ENPE impulsado por la Escuela de Alimentación EROSKI pone en evidencia una vez más los principales factores determinantes del aumento de peso, que en el caso de la población infantil se asocian con mayor intensidad a las clases sociales modestas y grupos de población sedentaria que manifiestan bajo consumo en frutas, verduras y hortalizas.

Ante los datos recogidos el Dr. Aranceta ha valorado que “la conclusión que se puede extraer de estos resultados es que hoy más que nunca son necesarias acciones que permitan la implementación de programas de educación nutricional prioritariamente en el ámbito escolar, laboral y comunitario a partir de iniciativas que favorezcan el empoderamiento individual para el conjunto de la población”.

El director de la Fundación EROSKI, Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa, ha recordado que esta iniciativa “es un proyecto ambicioso que ratifica el compromiso de EROSKI con la salud. Además de una referencia para la comunidad científica y los profesionales de la salud, el estudio servirá, para orientar las actividades formativas para el consumidor que impulsamos desde la Escuela de Alimentación de la Fundación EROSKI”, ha añadido.

Estado de salud de la población española

Los problemas de salud más frecuentes según las respuestas recogidas en las encuestas son los relacionados con la tensión arterial y el colesterol. Estos problemas de salud están muy relacionados con la alimentación.

Es muy común que las personas que padecen un problema de salud modifiquen su patrón de alimentación como parte del tratamiento o bien en la prevención de problemas asociados. Así, más del 11% de las personas encuestadas afirman haber cambiado sus hábitos principalmente reduciendo su ingesta de sal, modificando el contenido de grasa de su dieta o limitando los alimentos ricos en azúcar.

Hábitos de consumo de alimentos

Según reflejan los resultados de las encuestas, la mayoría de la población realiza tres comidas principales: desayuno, comida y cena todos los días. Sin embargo, un 44% de la población encuestada nunca realiza la comida de media mañana y casi un 39% no merienda “a pesar de que los principales expertos en Nutrición recomiendan la ingesta de cinco comidas” ha recordado el Dr. Javier Aranceta. Además, un 1,2% jamás desayuna.

El director científico del Estudio ENPE ha recordado que “la duración de las comidas, la compañía y las actividades que se realizan mientras se come también influyen en los hábitos alimentarios” y ha revelado, en cuanto a la duración de las comidas, que más del 44% de las personas suele tardar menos de 10 minutos en desayunar, tiempo que se alarga ligeramente en fin de semana. En las comidas principales suele emplearse más tiempo, si bien más de un 20% tarda menos de 20 minutos, “tiempo escaso para estas comidas del día” ha puntualizado. Asimismo, más de 40% realizan el desayuno solos, durante el fin de semana suele haber mayor hábito de desayuno en familia. Tanto la comida como la cena se realizan más frecuentemente en familia, sobre todo los fines de semana.

Respecto a los hábitos en la mesa, los resultados del Estudio ENPE reflejan que la mayoría ve la televisión y conversa en las comidas principales. También existe el hábito, aunque en menor medida, de escuchar la radio durante el desayuno.

En relación con el hábito de cocinar, se ha identificado una tendencia a no hacerlo habitualmente en casi el 28% de las personas encuestadas, con los porcentajes más altos en las comunidades del norte (Cantabria, La Rioja, Galicia y el País Vasco).

Fuentes de información sobre alimentación y nutrición

El médico es el profesional al que se recurre con más frecuencia para plantear cuestiones y dudas sobre temas relacionados con alimentación y nutrición, tal y como reconoce más del 37% de la población encuestada. Los siguientes profesionales por orden de consulta son enfermería, dietistas, familiares y amigos. Entre los medios de comunicación destaca internet como fuente de información habitual para el 15% de las personas encuestadas. Las revistas son fuente de información habitual para el 9,4%, si bien el 26% las consultan de forma ocasional. La televisión también es un importante punto de referencia para el 10,4%.

Los aspectos de salud sobre los que se consulta con más frecuencia son la alimentación para problemas de salud, la alimentación de los niños y las dietas de adelgazamiento, por este orden. En cuanto al etiquetado nutricional de alimentos y bebidas más del 19% revela leerlo casi siempre. Lo más habitual es revisar la fecha de caducidad (72,6%), mientras que es menos frecuente consultar la información gráfica sobre el semáforo nutricional o aporte nutricional por ración.

Analizados los conocimientos que tiene la población encuestada sobre las recomendaciones a seguir para una alimentación saludable, los datos del estudio ENPE revelan que las frecuencias de consumo de pescado recomendadas son bien conocidas entre la población (más del 84%), a diferencia de las recomendaciones diarias de fruta y verdura (ambas 25%) o el aporte de la ración principal del día (28,5%). Estos resultados, en opinión del director científico del estudio, “suponen un reflejo de la necesidad de insistir en la comunicación de las recomendaciones de frecuencia de consumo de los diferentes alimentos a toda la población, para reforzar sus conocimientos sobre la adecuada distribución de los alimentos en una dieta variada y equilibrada”.

Preferencias y aversiones

Los alimentos más habituales en el desayuno son la leche, el café y el pan, más del 50% de la población los incluye en su dieta. A media mañana la fruta, el bocadillo y el agua son los más usuales. En la merienda, los alimentos más frecuentes son la fruta, la leche, el bocadillo y el café. En cuanto a los hábitos de consumo de la comida, en torno al 80% de la población afirma ingerir un primer y segundo plato caliente acompañados de agua como bebida; más del 50% también consume frecuentemente durante la comida, fruta, pan y un primer plato frío.

El Estudio ENPE impulsado por la Escuela de Alimentación de la Fundación EROSKI ha analizado también las preferencias y aversiones alimentarias de la población. Tanto para las mujeres como para los hombres, las judías verdes son la verdura preferida, en contraposición con las borrajas y las berzas que son por las que menos optan. Un patrón de gustos que se repite también por franjas de edad. Entre las hortalizas el tomate es la preferida para hombres y la lechuga para las mujeres. En el extremo opuesto, la rúcula y los rabanitos son los menos preferidos por hombres y mujeres, respectivamente. El tomate es también la hortaliza preferida para la población infantil de entre 3-8 años, para el resto de grupos de población por edad la hortaliza estrella es la lechuga. En el grupo de frutas, tanto por sexos como por grupos de población según edad, la manzana es la elegida en primer lugar frente al albaricoque, la que menos se prefiere. Igual ocurre en la familia de las legumbres, en la que las lentejas son las preferidas de la población frente a la soja en último lugar de preferencias.

La ternera y el pollo son las carnes que más gustan a hombres y mujeres, respectivamente. El cabrito se encuentra en el extremo opuesto. Según grupos de población por edad, el alimento estrella de esta familia es el pollo. La merluza es el pescado favorito para todos los segmentos de población, tanto por sexo como por edades. Entre los menos preferidos, el verdel y el chicharro.

De los lácteos el queso es el alimento estrella entre la población adulta, mientras que en la población infantil y juvenil dicho puesto lo ocupa la leche entera. En el grupo de los cereales el arroz blanco es el favorito para toda la población. En el lado de los menos preferidos aparecen el arroz integral en la población hasta los 18 años, y el pan de molde entre los adultos a partir de 19 años.

El agua es la bebida sin alcohol que más gusta; mientras que la población hasta los 64 años de edad prefiere el agua embotellada, el grupo a partir de 65 años opta por el agua del grifo. La cerveza y el vino son las bebidas alcohólicas estrella, siendo preferida la primera por los hombres y la segunda por las mujeres.

Sobre el Estudio de la Población Española sobre Hábitos Alimentarios y Estado Nutricional impulsado por la Escuela de Alimentación de la Fundación EROSKI

  • Total de individuos del estudio: muestra aleatoria de 6.800
  • 400 individuos de cada una de las Comunidades Autónomas.
  • 12 meses de estudio (entre mayo de 2014 y mayo de 2015) a lo largo de las distintas estaciones del año.
  • 4 grupos de edades: de 3-8 años, de 9-18 años, 19-64 años y mayores de 65 años.
  • Recogida de datos por entrevista individual repetida en relación a hábitos alimentarios, historia dietética, enfermedades padecidas, consumo de medicamentos, tipificación del grado de actividad física, temas de seguridad alimentaria, etiquetado y conocimientos en material de alimentación y nutrición, entre otros.
  • El estudio plantea una fase inicial de conocimiento de la situación relacionada con los hábitos alimentarios, estilos de vida de la población y sus factores determinantes con el objetivo de establecer acciones futuras de la Escuela de Alimentación de Fundación EROSKI con criterios objetivos y sostenibles basados en la evidencia científica.


European chain for fast repair services Mister Minit to outsource main part of its IT-infrastructure to Interoute

Outsourcing to Interoute’s secure network and colocation data centre reduces costs and saves time for Mister Minit in-house IT team

Brussels, BELGIUM, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Minit Group, a European leader in the field of fast repair services including shoes, watches and smartphones, has chosen to house the main part of its IT-infrastructure in Interoute’s state-of-the-art colocation data centre in a hybrid IT setup. Interoute, owner operator of one of Europe’s largest networks and a global cloud services platform, connects all of the Minit Group branches with each other and the Interoute colocation facility in Ghent, Belgium, across its highly secure MPLS network.

Mister Minit has Belgian roots, is active in thirteen countries and employs more than 2,100 employees, working in 1,100 different stores. The corporate headquarters of the Minit Group in England, France, Switzerland, Poland, Germany and Belgium are interconnected to each other and with the colocation data centre in Ghent by Interoute’s MPLS network. All of these branches work with business critical applications, such as applications for processing orders and financial reports, which require a reliable connection to the central IT infrastructure.

The company used to rely on its own data centre in its Belgian headquarters. However, the use of a single datacentre offered too few options for creating disaster recovery connections. Minit Group therefore decided to start its transition to the cloud and opted for colocation from Interoute, which allows the company’s existing IT networks and infrastructure to connect directly to the global Interoute cloud services platform and draw on these resources as and when needed.

Philippe Barbry, ICT Director at the Minit Group, said, “By partnering with Interoute, our IT department can work more efficiently. The focus of our IT-administrations team shifts to supporting and further developing the business in our shops and online. We can now streamline applications on an international level, and successfully host them in Interoute’s data centre.”

Jan Dezutter, Country Manager Belux at Interoute, said, “The reasons Mister Minit chose Interoute are in line with current wider enterprise trends, where business and IT are increasingly integrated. By supporting Mister Minit with ​​connectivity, colocation and access to cloud services, we are helping the in-house IT team to focus on developing applications to directly support their business.”


About Mister Minit
Mister Minit, founded in 1957, has today become an international player that is active in 13 European countries. Mister Minit employs 2,100 people and has 1,100 stores in the Benelux, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia and the growing Eastern European market. Services offered include shoe and watch repair, key duplication, personalisation services (engraving and printing) and smart phone repair services. In addition, Mister Minit offers a comprehensive range of products under its own brand name.

About Interoute
Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe’s largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centres, 14 virtual data centres and 31 colocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises and many of the world’s leading service providers, as well as governments and universities. Interoute’s Unified ICT strategy provides solutions for enterprises seeking connectivity and a scalable, secure advanced platform on which they can build their voice, videocomputing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout Europe and USA, Interoute also owns and operates 24 connected city networks within Europe’s major business centres. www.interoute.com

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European chain for fast repair services Mister Minit to outsource main part of its IT-infrastructure to Interoute

European chain for fast repair services Mister Minit to outsource main part of its IT-infrastructure to Interoute

Walmart’s CMO Steve Bratspies on 2015 Black Friday: Tens of millions of customers visited our digital and physical aisles

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Statement attributable to Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S.

“Thanksgiving was an exciting day. It all started at midnight when we kicked off our Black Friday deals online. All day Thursday, Walmart stores bustled with shoppers coming to pick up last minute Thanksgiving meal fixings – pies, canned vegetables and sweet potatoes were among the top items.

“Then, at 6:00 p.m., we turned on the Black Friday magic in stores. Customers were excited about the return of ‘one big Black Friday event.’ It was simple and easy to shop, and customers took advantage of offers across channels.

“We’ve said this Black Friday would be the most integrated between Walmart stores and Walmart.com – and we delivered. Tens of millions of customers visited our digital and physical aisles to pick up video games and systems, televisions, movies and toys, many of the top items sold both on Walmart.com and in stores. And, they prepped beforehand – more than 25 million customers accessed store maps and the circular through our online and mobile tools for Black Friday.

“We’ve planned this event for more than a year. Our stores were organized, well-prepared and safe, and I couldn’t be prouder of how our associates served our customers. Our registers were lit up and queue lines went smoothly. To say thank you, we are giving hourly associates who worked in stores on Thanksgiving an additional 15 percent discount on a shopping trip this holiday season.

“And it’s not over. We’re ready to help our customers get their trees and lights ready for Christmas. Our Cyber Monday events kick off on Sunday night, with the deals available beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The excitement will keep going after that, as well. Our customers can trust us for low prices and rollbacks on gifts and their everyday essentials not just on one day, but for the entire season.”

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,504 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com andhttp://www.samsclub.com.

Media and Journalists

Email Media Relations
Call 1-800-331-0085 from 8am to 5.30pm Central, Monday-Friday

International Journalists dial 1-800-123-1234

SOURCE: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


Walmart’s CMO Steve Bratspies on 2015 Black Friday: Tens of millions of customers visited our digital and physical aisles

Walmart’s CMO Steve Bratspies on 2015 Black Friday: Tens of millions of customers visited our digital and physical aisles

Argos announced amazing deals across more than 350 products on Black Friday

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Argos is launching amazing deals across more than 350 products on Black Friday tomorrow including TVs, computers, tablets, white goods, floor care and more.

Deals will be available to customers online at argos.co.uk from 01:00am on Black Friday (Friday 27 November 2015).

The deals join a host of other great offers already available through Argos’ 12 day Black Friday event, such as up to half price on thousands of toys and an extra 25% off any indoor furniture over £150.¹

Customers can also access deals in stores and to help manage customer demand tomorrow on Black Friday, Argos is opening 688 of its stores at 6am, with some trading until 10pm. Customers can access individual store opening times at argos.co.uk.


Product number Product Was price Now price Saving
4245933 Tassimo T20 Coffee Machine £99.99 £29.99 £70
3072499 Fire 7” Tablet £49.99 £34.99 £15
4551328 LG 49” Full HD LED TV £549 £329 £220
4532842 PS4 with ‘Uncharted’ 500Gb bundle £299.99 £249.99 £50
4604842 XBOX ONE 500GB Console with Ori and Rare Replay £229.99
4824141 PS4 Graded £199.99
iPad Air 1 Wi-Fi 16GB Space Grey / Silver £319 £249 £70
HP WOW Laptop Pentium 4GB 1TB (x4 colours) plus £50 worth accessories £399.99 £269.99 £130
2457747 Toshiba Celeron 4GB 1TB Laptop £279.99 £199.99 £80
3684117 TomTom Start 25 5” Full EU Sat Nav £99.99 £79.99 £20
4440381 Babyliss Curl Secret £119.99 £79.99 £40
3929315 Amazon Fire TV Stick £35 £24.99 £10
iPad Mini 2 16GB – Space Grey / Silver £239 £199 £40
Indesit WXD1252W 7kg 1200 Spin Washing Machine – White £199.99 £159.99 £40




Interim prices may have applied to some lines.  Check argos.co.uk full for details.

All deals are available in stores and online. Customers wanting their bargains in a hurry can take advantage of Argos’ new UK-wide Fast Track same-day home delivery service, offering a choice of time slots for just £3.95. Slots will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis on Black Friday and once availability is full, customers will be offered slots on subsequent days. For more information, please visit argos.co.uk.

¹ Voucher code applies


See Argos.co.uk for full terms and conditions.

Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 50,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 121m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 900 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2015.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 840 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2015, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

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


SOURCE: Home Retail Group



Homebase unveils 4 day Black Friday deals (Friday 27 – Monday 30 November)

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Homebase has some amazing deals this Black Friday across a wide range of home and garden products.

All deals will be available in store and online at homebase.co.uk until Monday 30 November, while stocks last.

4 day deals (Friday 27 – Monday 30 November)

  • 25% off all Christmas decorations
  • 25% off all poinsettias and Christmas house plants
  • 25% off all real Christmas trees
  • 25% off Christmas tree stands
  • 25% off all furniture (excluding Habitat and garden furniture)
  • 25% off all lighting (excluding Habitat)
  • 25% off all Silent Night beds, duvets, pillows, mattresses and protectors



Notes to Editors:
For more information, please contact the Homebase Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@homebase.co.uk

About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer with around 58 million transactions a year, selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden. It has 271 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2015, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 17,000 people across the business.

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

SOURCE: Home Retail Group

SONIC® opens its first Rhode Island drive-in location

America’s Drive-In Enters 45th State with Smithfield Area Location

SMITHFIELD, R.I., 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC, America’s Drive-In®, is celebrating the opening of its first Rhode Island drive-in location on Monday, October 26, 2015. Whether it’s to delight in experiencing SONIC for the first time, or to merely enjoy the delicious Real Ice Cream Shakes and Premium Beef Hot Dogs, the Rhode Island community is invited to celebrate and dive into a new flavor experience with SONIC.

The new Smithfield SONIC is conveniently located at 393 Putnam Pike by Route 44. The drive-in will be open from 7 a.m. until midnight seven days a week.

“We are thrilled to be the first franchisees to bring the SONIC experience to Rhode Island,” said Bob Bowen, franchisee of the new drive-in. “The drive-in will feature an indoor dining room to accommodate up to 70 guests, a double drive-thru and a drive-in area with 12 parking stalls for cars to pull in, offering our fans many ways to enjoy SONIC.”

The location already has eager customers arriving hoping to get their first taste of SONIC’s signature menu offerings. Once open, SONIC guests have the privilege of enjoying their breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites all day. SONIC’s customizable options and various made-to-order combinations make it the perfect place to satisfy all cravings.

Rhode Island is the 45th state for the expanding brand, with the Smithfield location being the first to open in the state. Plans to bring two additional drive-ins to Rhode Island are in motion as well, with both drive-ins expected to open in the next few years. The swiftly growing brand plans to open an additional 50 to 60 new franchise locations across the nation within the next year.

“Our expansion into our 45th state proves that SONIC has grown far beyond the regional player it once was; this opening is not only a milestone but also a stepping stone toward our goal of having a SONIC Drive-In convenient to all guests in the U.S.,” said Drew Ritger, senior vice president of development at SONIC. “SONIC is expanding rapidly through franchise partnerships like this one in Rhode Island, and we are constantly looking for new entrepreneurs interested in becoming a part of a different kind of restaurant concept.”

There are still many opportunities for SONIC to expand through strategic franchise partnerships like this one in New England including Rhode Island,Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. SONIC offers franchisees flexibility with multiple drive-in formats, including the indoor dining offering especially suited to colder climates. Individuals interested in pursuing a SONIC franchise are encouraged to visit sonicfranchises.com for more information on qualifications and brand support.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In
SONIC, America’s Drive-In, is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local businessmen and women. Over the past 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


SONIC Drive-In
Madison LaRoche, 512-542-2842

Source: SONIC Drive-In

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Asda announced exclusive three-day (Friday 27th November) fuel price drop of four pence per litre

  • Drivers filling up at any of Asda’s 273 filling stations across the country will only pay 99.7ppl on unleaded and 103.7 ppl on diesel across the weekend
  • 4ppl price cut takes unleaded below £1 – the first time since summer 2009
  • Announcement follows Asda’s commitment to invest £26m in savings throughout the festive period

LEEDS, England, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following the news that the Chancellor held off a price increase on fuel duty, Asda has today (Friday 27th November) announced that it will give its customers a seasonal boost on top of the freeze by investing in an exclusive three-day price drop, knocking 4 pence per litre off fuel, meaning unleaded prices drop below the £1 mark to 99.7 pence per litre.

Asda President & CEO Andy Clarke had urged the Chancellor to continue with the freeze in the March Budget following feedback from Asda Mums that an increase would put pressure on household finances. So the confirmation this week that a freeze would remain in place was welcome news.

In the latest Mumdex report, Asda mums have made it clear what the Government needs to focus on by issuing a call to action to the Chancellor ahead of the Autumn Statement to prioritise several key areas including, imposing a limit on energy and utility prices and increasing the personal tax allowance, along with a continued freeze on fuel duty.

Asda’s announcement today will be an additional boost for customers in the run-up to the festive season, meaning there’s more left over to spend on the things that matter at this time of year. Effective from Friday 27th November until Sunday 29th November, motorists will benefit from cheaper fuel prices throughout the weekend as unleaded falls to a new record eight year low. Asda will revert back on Monday to a market leading price of 103.7p on unleaded and 106.7 ppl on diesel.

Asda President and CEO, Andy Clarke said: “The Chancellor’s freeze on fuel duty is what our customers were hoping for. We’re adding a further boost by investing in a three day fuel price drop meaning drivers can now benefit from fuel as low as 99.7ppl in the crucial run-up to the festive period. We’d urge the chancellor to continue with a freeze on fuel duty in the March Budget to help maintain discretionary income levels for families.”

The latest Asda Income Tracker shows that vehicle fuel inflation has dropped -14.1% compared with this time last year in fact at Asda the price has dropped 20p across the same period.


Macerich opens new, 12-screen ArcLight Cinemas on the third level of the iconic Santa Monica Place

First New Movie Theater to Open in Santa Monica in More than 20 Years

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macerich (NYSE: MAC) today announced the successful opening of a new, 12-screen ArcLight Cinemas on the third level of the iconic Santa Monica Place. This theater is the first new cinema complex to open anywhere in Santa Monica in more than 20 years.

ArcLight is the latest high-profile new name to join Macerich’s award-winning retail property in 2015: Other new retailers open this year at Santa Monica Place include Uniqlo, Sole Society, Karen Millen, Aesop, The Cheesecake Factory and Starbucks.

“This is a very exciting time for Santa Monica Place and for the City of Santa Monica as a whole,” said Randy Brant, Executive Vice President, Real Estate, Macerich. “The new state-of-the-art ArcLight Cinemas is going to be a tremendous draw for this film-loving community, which has waited a long time for a new, state-of-the-art complex. Next year is poised to deliver another game-changer for Santa Monica when the expanded Expo Rail Line opens just a couple blocks from our property, enabling people to travel from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica in 46 minutes.” Ultimately projected ridership is expected to exceed 64,000 riders per day.

ArcLight Cinemas opened its premier movie-going experience at the upscale Santa Monica Place Nov. 21, offering high-end amenities including reserved seating, black-box auditorium, commercial-free movies, gourmet cuisine and more. Located steps away from the Pacific Ocean inDowntown Santa Monica, the unique, all-outdoor Santa Monica Place is home to Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co.,Burberry, Emporio Armani, Tory Burch, DVF, Hugo Boss, Nike and dozens of other exciting specialty stores and an inspired collection of food and restaurant experiences.

“With bike share expo and ArcLight Cinemas, the downtown Santa Monica movie experience has been transformed,” said Mayor Kevin McKeown. “We are now the regional destination for movie goers.”

Santa Monica Place’s exceptional total trade area includes more than 1.4 million people, with average annual household incomes in the primary trade area of more than $104,000, and more than 15,000 highly affluent households with annual incomes greater than $500,000. More than 7.3 million annual visitors to Santa Monica and a robust daytime population of more than 132,000 round out the enviable demographics for this irreplaceable trophy property.

About Macerich
Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 55 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 50 regional shopping centers. Macerichspecializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in thePacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, D.C. corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website: www.macerich.com

SOURCE Macerich

Karen Maurer, Macerich, 602-708-6311, Website: http://www.macerich.com

Inditex Group’s Pull&Bear opens its new flagship store in Madrid’s Salamanca neighbourhood

MADRID, SPAIN, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — With over 1,000 square metres of retail space, the point of sale is the biggest among more than 920 owned by the brand worldwide.

Inditex Group’s young fashion brand Pull&Bear presents a revamped image with the opening of its new flagship store in Madrid’s Salamanca neighbourhood, the city’s most prestigious and popular shopping district. The new space is the largest retail space of the brand’s more than 920 worldwide stores.

The new store is located at 14 Calle Hermosilla, just steps from Calle Serrano, and boasts over 1,000 square metres of retail space, thus becoming the brand’s largest store to date. The ground floor features a large space devoted entirely to the women’s collections. A set of stairs leads to the lower floor, where shoppers can find the men’s collections displayed around a cosy central lounge.

This store opening reinforces Pull&Bear’s commercial presence in Madrid, the city where the brand first started in 1991. The brand now runs 29 points of sale in the Madrid region, 15 of which are located in the city.

New image

The new image Pull&Bear presents in this flagship store is an evolution of the brand’s California concept and conserves some of its characteristic features, like the iconic surfer van and large LED display panels. The store’s new image features more powerful lighting, a lighter colour palette and simpler décor that turn the collections into the main focus.

Traditional Mediterranean textures like exposed brick, thermal clay and concrete blocks set in a pyramid design were brought in to add warmth to the space. The displays for the collections feature finishes pine, both natural and stained, and cork.

The space also features pillars with backlit fabric that enhances the feeling of openness, white marble floor tiles with black and yellow details, and parquet floors that combine different types of wood.

Following the perimeter of the roof, a metal framework with mirrors and fluorescent lighting complete the game, so that indirect light brings clarity and warmth, while direct spotlights focus attention on the store’s most important item: the garments.

For any press request please contact with:
Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex
Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA
Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544

SOURCE: Inditex Group


Inditex Group's Pull&Bear opens its new flagship store in Madrid's Salamanca neighbourhood

Inditex Group’s Pull&Bear opens its new flagship store in Madrid’s Salamanca neighbourhood

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Delaware in Wilmington confirmed the sale of 47 Haggen stores

Bellingham, Wash, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Haggen today announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Delaware in Wilmington confirmed the sale of 47 stores.  Completion of these transactions remains subject to certain conditions.
The Court approved separate purchase agreements for the following stores:

Albertson’s LLC AZ Lake Havasu – McCulloch Blvd Lake Havasu
Albertson’s LLC AZ Tucson – East Broadway Blvd Tucson
Albertson’s LLC AZ Tucson – N. Silverbell Road Tucson
Smart & Final Stores LLC CA Laguna Niguel – Crown Valley Pkw Laguna Niguel
Tustin Safe LLC CA Tustin – 17th St Tustin
Albertson’s LLC CA Tujunga – Foothill Blvd Tujunga
Smart & Final LLC CA Diamond Bar – S. Diamond Bar Blvd Diamond Bar
Albertson’s LLC CA Saugus – Bouquet Canyon Rd Saugus
Smart & Final LLC CA Burbank – W. Verdugo Ave Burbank
Sprouts Farmers Market CA Los Angeles – Venice Blvd Los Angeles
Regency Centers L.P. CA Woodland Hills – Mulholland Dr Woodland Hills
Albertson’s LLC CA Bakersfield – Panama Lane Bakersfield
Albertson’s LLC CA Bakersfield – E. Stockdale Hwy Bakersfield
Albertson’s LLC CA Rancho Cucamonga – Foothill Blvd Rancho Cucamonga
Donahue Schriber Realty Grp CA Camarillo – Las Posas Camarillo
Sprouts Farmers Market CA Simi Valley – Cochran Simi Valley
Stater Bros. Markets CA Simi Valley – E. Los Angeles Ave Simi Valley
Albertson’s LLC CA Lompoc – N. ‘H’ St Lompoc
Albertson’s LLC CA Goleta – S. Turnpike Rd Goleta
Sprouts Farmers Market CA Goleta – N. Fairview Ave Goleta
Tawa, Inc. CA Chula Vista – Telegraph Canyon Rd Chula Vista
Smart & Final Stores LLC CA San Diego – University Ave San Diego
Albertson’s LLC CA El Cajon– Broadway St El Cajon
Albertson’s LLC CA La Mesa – Lake Murray Blvd La Mesa
Albertson’s LLC    CA Rancho Bernardo-Rancho Bernardo Rd Rancho Bernardo
Albertson’s LLC CA San Diego – Highland Village Pl San Diego
Tawa, Inc. CA San Diego – Balboa Ave San Diego
Good Food Holdings CA San Diego – W. Washington St                  San Diego
Albertson’s LLC NV Henderson – Bicentennial Pkwy Henderson
Albertson’s LLC NV Henderson – College Dr Henderson
Albertson’s LLC NV Henderson – N. Boulder Hwy Henderson
Sprouts Farmer’s Market NV Las Vegas – W. Lake Mead Blvd Las Vegas
Tawa, Inc. OR Beaverton – S.W. Hall Beaverton
Albertson’s LLC OR Baker City – Campbell St Baker City
Albertson’s LLC OR Springfield – Main St Springfield
Albertson’s LLC OR Ashland – Siskiyou Blvd Ashland
Albertson’s LLC WA Burien – First Ave. S Burien
Alberton’s LLC WA Renton – SE Petrovitsky Rd Renton
Albertson’s LLC WA Everett – Evergreen Wy Everett
Albertson’s LLC WA Renton – NE 4th Ave. Renton
Albertson’s LLC WA Shoreline – Aurora Ave. N Shoreline
Albertson’s LLC WA Port Orchard – Bethel Rd. S.E. Port Orchard
Yoke’s Foods, Inc. WA Liberty Lake – N. Liberty Lake Rd Liberty Lake
Albertson’s LLC WA Spanaway/Tacoma –Pacific Ave. S Spanaway/Tacoma
Albertson’s LLC WA Gig Harbor – Point Fosdick Dr. NW Gig Harbor
Albertson’s LLC WA Puyallup – Canyon Rd. East Puyallup
Albertson’s LLC WA Milton – Milton Way Milton

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP and Young, Conway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP serve as legal counsel, Sagent Advisors as real estate advisors, and Alvarez & Marsal as restructuring advisors to Haggen, Inc.
SOURCE: Haggen, Inc.

Canada: Downtown Langley B.C. Save-On-Foods opens local wine section

The downtown Langley location is the fourth Save-On-Foods to carry a selection of B.C. VQA wines

Langley, B.C., 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Save-On-Foods location in downtown Langley opened its B.C. VQA wine selection today.

The store is the Langley-based chain’s fourth location to carry wine-in-aisles since the province amended its liquor laws in early 2014, allowing grocery stores to apply for a licence to carry wine that’s made in B.C.

The store carries more than 900 varieties of wine that is 100 per cent British Columbian from more than 150 wineries in the province.

A certified sommelier will work in-store as the wine expert, helping customers decide which made-in-B.C. product is right for them.

“We’re so excited to offer our customers the convenience of picking up a bottle of high-quality wine made right here in our province to pair with the dinner they’ll make using fresh ingredients from our store,” said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones. “Talk about one-stop shopping!”


Save-On-Foods is committed to Going the Extra Mile for customers in every community served, every day. Known for its unique approach in customizing each store to best suit the needs of the neighbourhood and sourcing local products wherever possible, the company has been innovating and putting customers first for over 100 years.

For more information, contact: Media Relations
604-888-2079, extension 2200

SUORCE: Save-On-Foods


Intershop released new version of its omni-channel solution Intershop Commerce Suite

  • Intershop Commerce Management 7.6, part of the Commerce Suite, addresses the growing similarities between the buying behavior of B2C and B2B customers
  • New features provide more agility and flexibility for an exceptionally dynamic retail world
  • Optimized back-end functions for increased efficiency and reliability

Jena, Germany, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today Intershop presents Intershop Commerce Management 7.6, the latest version of the centerpiece of the Intershop Commerce Suite, the leading omni-channel solution. The successor of Intershop 7 is now available in two editions: the Intershop Commerce Management Edition B2C 7.6 for shop solutions aimed at retail customers; and the B2X 7.6 Edition with additional features for business customers. B2X 7.6 addresses the increasing similarities between the expectations and buying behavior of B2C and B2B customers, combining the best of both worlds. Furthermore, the extension of the Intershop Synaptic Commerce API allows for more freedom in the efficient implementation of innovative business processes. In addition to the Intershop Commerce Management 7.6, the new Intershop Order Management and Intershop Commerce Insight complement the Intershop Commerce Suite.

Faster and more flexible

In dynamic markets, companies that transform new ideas into functioning business models and secure their market share early on have a clear competitive advantage. Intershop’s Synaptic Commerce API gives retailers maximum flexibility by integrating third-party solutions so that these can be used as additional components of a retail ecosystem focused on enhancing individual competitive advantage. With Intershop Commerce Management 7.6, the payment API was revised as part of the Synaptic Commerce Concept. With this new standardized interface for the flexible and cost-effective integration of new payment service providers, payment methods can be easily rolled out and individually configured on all touchpoints. Synaptic Commerce thereby makes it easy to change service providers according to the needs of the individual retailer.

Another new feature is the Blue Print Store. Based on responsive design principles, this greatly simplifies the setting up of modern web shops that are optimized for all types of devices. As a result, web shops are faster and more economical to implement – a competitive advantage when entering new markets. The close interplay between responsive design and the use of rich snippets for search engine optimization enables better visibility in search results and ensures increasing numbers of shop visitors.

New B2B functions

The Intershop Commerce Management B2X 7.6 Edition also stands out thanks to a range of optimized features for business customers. The feature for contract management allows key account managers to provide their customers with sales-based individual framework agreements and price lists. The new quick navigation in the back office speeds up access to current status information, making it easier to actively manage customer relationships and generate follow-up orders.

During the ordering process, the customer is shown individual prices in real time and orders are automatically assigned to contracts. Using the cost center and budget management tool in the account management area, sales departments of all sizes can display their sales structures independently and efficiently. If several buyers are purchasing on the account of one major customer, all of their orders can be viewed and managed in the “My Account” area. With the integrated order approval feature, managers can always keep a close eye on budgets.

More stable and efficient back end

In addition, the overall performance of the platform has been optimized in order to better manage exceptional peak loads. Thanks to the support of Java 8, yet another significant improvement in performance has been achieved. This has led to considerably shorter loading times for users, while retailers require fewer hardware resources. Furthermore, Intershop Commerce Management 7.6 can operate in an OpenStack-based cloud environment so that retailers are not dependent on conventional hosting or even their own infrastructure. Thanks to the introduction of an automated continuous delivery process for software updates, migration has been simplified and project efforts for customers and partners have been reduced.

Jochen Wiechen, CEO of Intershop, sums up: “The newest version of our leading omni-channel commerce solution brings together the best of the B2C and B2B worlds. The new functions focus on critical success factors in today’s dynamic retail world: Speed and flexibility have become the key factors for a continuously developing and complex ecosystem. Our enormously adaptable Synaptic Commerce approach helps retailers to break down this complexity and allows them to incorporate new technologies as required without becoming dependent on third-party providers. This strengthens their long-term competitive edge.”

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

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

Intershop Public Relations
Heide Rausch

Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

SOURCE: Intershop Communications AG

Toys“R”Us® kicks off Cyber Week with eight days of incredible savings at Toysrus.com

With Thousands of Deals throughout the Week, a $19 Free Shipping Minimum and More, Gift-Givers Can Check Off Their Holiday Shopping Lists with Ease at Toysrus.com

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced it will kick off Cyber Week with eight days of incredible savings at Toysrus.com, including weeklong offers and hot daily deals on the season’s most sought-after brands starting Saturday, November 28 through Saturday, December 5. In addition, the company will launch its earliest ever start to Cyber Monday with the first round of deals available online at 8am ET on Sunday, November 29.

To stay up-to-date on all the latest Cyber Week offers as they happen, be sure to bookmark or favorite the Toys“R”Us Today’s Deals store found at www.Toysrus.com/Deals.

“When Black Friday ends, Cyber Week begins with eight days of significant savings on Toysrus.com,” said Paul Winslow, Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, e-Commerce Merchandising, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “Online shoppers seeking the best values will find a broad assortment of the hottest toys in-stock, as well as the flexibility to pick up their purchases in a local store or take advantage of one of the lowest free shipping offers on the market.”

Cyber Monday Kicks Off Sunday Morning
With an event so big it needs two full days, bargain hunters will find Cyber Monday specials starting at 8am ET on Sunday, November 29 – more than 12 hours earlier than last year. The deals will continue throughout the day with new offers commencing on Monday morning.

Below are featured deals available online only at Toysrus.com from Sunday, November 29 through Monday, November 30, while supplies last (no rain checks):

  • 50% OFF EXCLUSIVE Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway Gold Mine Mountain Set – Was $159.99; Now $79.99
  • BOGO FREE WWE Battle Pack Series 2-packs
  • 40% OFF each on FurReal Friends® Pom Panda™ or Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup™

Following are select offers available online only at Toysrus.com on Cyber Monday, November 30, while supplies last (no rain checks):

  • SAVE $150 ON EXCLUSIVE Tonka® 12-volt Dump Truck Ride-On – Was $349.99; Now $199.99
  • SAVE UP TO $150 on select Meccanoid robotics items
  • HOT PRICE on Star Wars™ Legendary Jedi Master Yoda, plus SAVE $30 on select Star Wars Interactive figures
  • SAVE $50 on ALL Xbox One™ game systems – Was $349.99; Now $299.99
  • ONLY $95 EXCLUSIVE Barbie® Malibu Dream House ­– Was $134.99
  • 50% OFF ALL Playmation Starter Packs – Was $119.99; Now $59.99
  • 50% OFF EXCLUSIVE You & Me So Many Babies – Was $19.99; Now $9.99

Super Cyber Week Sale Online – and in Stores, Too!
Toysrus.com will launch its Cyber Week sale on Saturday, November 28, providing online access to weekly savings one day earlier than in-store.

The cyber sales continue with new online-only deals offered daily, including a “big gifts” sale on Wednesday, December 2, featuring deep discounts on 16 product categories, including play kitchens, powered ride-ons, bikes, swing sets, dollhouses and more (while supplies last, no rain checks). Keep checking the Toys“R”Us Today’s Deal store at Toysrus.com/Deals for more Cyber Week savings!

Following are highlights of deals available online starting Saturday, November 28 and in-store on Sunday, November 29, and continuing through Saturday, December 5, while supplies last (no rain checks):

  • SAVE $50 on Wii U™ Mario Kart 8™ Deluxe Set – Was $299.99; Now $249.99
  • SAVE $30 each on Fisher-Price® Grow-With-Me Cook & Care Kitchen or Hello Kitty Kitchen Cafe – Was $79.99; Now $49.99
  • SAVE $20 on The Good Dinosaur Interactive Ultimate Arlo & Spot – Was $59.99; Now $39.99, plus 20% OFF ALLother The Good Dinosaur items
  • SAVE $10 on ANY Skylanders, LEGO Dimensions, amiibo & Disney Infinity figures and video game accessories purchase of $35 or more (excludes starter packs; can combine brands to reach requirement)
  • 40% OFF select LEGO Duplo construction sets
  • 40% OFF Barbie Rainbow Hair Dolls – Was $19.99; Now $11.99
  • 25% OFF ALL Schwinn bikes
  • 20% OFF ALL NERF® Zombie Strike blasters and accessories and ALL NERF Rebelle
  • ONLY $10 each for Shopkins™ Shoppin’ Cart or Vending Machine Storage Tin

Convenient Services and Expertise from THE Toy Authority Online
With enhanced omnichannel and mobile offerings, one of the lowest free shipping offers available and expert advice easily accessible with the touch of a screen or a click of a mouse, gift-givers can shop confidently on Toysrus.com while checking off everything on their loved ones’ wish lists.

  • Free Shipping: It’s easy to get shipping free with an online purchase of just $19 or more every day. Visit Toysrus.com/FreeShipping to learn more.
  • Gift Finder: Online shoppers can use the company’s Gift Finder to help pick out the perfect plaything for their little one by narrowing their search by a child’s age and interests, among other options. Check out Toysrus.com/GiftFinder to get started.
  • Free Store Pickup: Customers can avoid shipping costs by choosing “Free Store Pickup” on eligible items and collecting their purchases at a local store in an hour or less. Find out more at Toysrus.com/Pickup.
  • Mobile Shopping: While on-the-go, gift-givers can use their smartphones to shop the recently upgraded Toys“R”Us mobile-optimized website – now faster and easier to use, just in time to score holiday savings.

For company news and updates throughout the season, please visit “R” Holiday Press Room.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 863 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 745 international stores and more than 250 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys at FAO.com. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 66,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus, Twitter.com/Babiesrus and Twitter.com/FAOSchwarz.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Alyssa Peera

SOURCE: Toys“R”Us, Inc.


Qatar Duty Free opens its latest store and café, In-Q by Qatar Museum in Hamad International Airport

  • In-Q Gift Shop and Café by Qatar Museums Offers Insights into Qatari Culture, Art and Lifestyle to Passengers at Hamad International Airport
  • Qatar Duty Free Expands its Award Winning Retail Range with Creative Shop and Café Concept

DOHA, Qatar, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Qatar Duty Free has opened its latest store and café, In-Q by Qatar Museums (QM), giving passengers in Hamad International Airport a travel retail experience that is exclusive to the Middle East and offers an insight into the diverse arts and culture of Qatar.

By visiting the In-Q Gift Shop in Qatar Duty Free, customers who have enjoyed a visit to Qatar’s world-class museums whilst in Doha, can now choose from a wide selection of souvenirs, replicas, books, jewellery and apparel to take home as gifts and mementos, while those passengers transiting through Hamad International Airport will have the opportunity to learn about Qatar, its culture and museums.

Passengers looking to sample Qatari hospitality can experience a range of bold culinary delights at the In-Q Café, including breakfast options, light meals and snacks, all inspired by international and regional cuisine. Popular menu items include the mouth-watering salmon bagel, shanklish, or healthy salad or begin their journey with delicious baked goods, including a pineapple saffron roll, together with a special iced tea or soda and fresh coffee.

Keith Hunter, Senior Vice President, Qatar Duty Free, said: “The opening of the In-Q Gift Shop has been eagerly anticipated by Qatar Duty Free as an additional opportunity to share Qatari culture and heritage with our customers through a range of creative and inspiring products. Qatar Museums’ presence within Qatar Duty Free also enables passengers in Hamad International Airport to experience Qatar’s cultural landscape. The In-Q Café provides further variety to our extensive food and beverage offering, presenting the opportunity for customers to relax in intimate and inspired surroundings after perusing the QM collection.”

Phil Lawrie, Chief Commercial Officer at Qatar Museums, said: “Qatar Museums is delighted to extend the In-Q brand, which debuted in Harrods in London, to the world-class and prestigious environs of Hamad International Airport. The In-Q Café will provide travellers with a high-class café offering from a menu that draws from international and Arabic favourites, enjoyed in a contemporary, stylish setting inspired by Qatari design and heritage patterns. The In-Q Gift Shop meanwhile allows the traveller to discover a wide range of quality gifts and souvenirs inspired by Qatar Museums’ extensive, world-class collections, exhibitions, public art and heritage sites.”

The combined 444 square metre store and café, designed by Patricia Urquiola, is situated in the main atrium of the airport’s departures concourse. The unified areas are characterised by hexagonal texture flooring, a three dimensional ceiling and mix of copper varnished metal, old grey oak, back-painted glass and Rosa Portogallo marble. Geometric furniture completes the modern vibe set by precious coffee-tables produced in corian material, paired with comfortable enveloping armchairs, padded benches and chairs leading towards the airport’s public areas, which aim to provide passengers with a fresh, abstract space in the heart of Hamad International Airport.

For Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/albums/72157660574963688

Notes to Editors:

About Qatar Duty Free:
Qatar Duty Free (QDF) operates out of Hamad International Airport (HIA) in addition to an outlet at Doha Port. The innovative, award-winning duty free operator has enjoyed consistent double-digit growth year-on-year and is now the second largest duty free operator in the Middle East. In April 2015, QDF won the Global Travel Retailer of the Year category at the DFNI Global Awards, for the third year in a row.

At Hamad International Airport, Qatar Duty Free offers 40,000 m2 of combined retail, food and beverage facilities, establishing the retailer as a premier shopping and dining destination. With more than 70 retail outlets offering an unprecedented selection of designer labels, fashion, electronics, gourmet foods and much more, Qatar Duty Free at Hamad International Airport caters to all passengers’ tastes. In addition, more than 30 cafes and restaurants offer a sumptuous selection of global and local cuisine.
For more information and full terms and conditions, please visit www.qatardutyfree.com.qa

About Qatar Museums:
Qatar Museums connects the museums, cultural institutions and heritage sites in Qatar and creates the conditions for them to thrive and flourish. It centralises resources and provides a comprehensive organisation for the development of museums and cultural projects, with a long-term ambition of creating a strong and sustainable cultural infrastructure for Qatar. Under the patronage of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and led by its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, QM is consolidating Qatar’s efforts to become a vibrant centre for the arts, culture and education, in the Middle East and beyond.

Since its foundation in 2005, QM has overseen the development of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, and the Al Zubarah World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. The QM also manages the QM Gallery at Katara Cultural Village, the ALRIWAQ DOHA Exhibition Space and the Fire Station: Artists in Residence. Future projects include the launch of the highly anticipated National Museum of Qatar and the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.
QM is committed to instigating Qatar’s future generation of arts, heritage and museum professionals. At its core is a commitment to nurturing artistic talent, creating opportunities and developing the skills to service Qatar’s emerging art economy. By means of a multi-faceted program and public art initiatives, QM seeks to push the boundaries of the traditional museum model, and create cultural experiences that spill out onto the streets and seek to involve a wide audience. Through a strong emphasis on originating art and culture from within and fostering a spirit of national participation, QM is helping Qatar find its own distinctive voice in today’s global cultural debates.

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 40222072, Fax: +974 40225350
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com

SOURCE: Qatar Airways


The In-Q Café menu is inspired by international and regional cuisine

The In-Q Café menu is inspired by international and regional cuisine