RILA VP government affairs Kelly Kolb: Agreement on a long-term transportation package is good news

Arlington, VA, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​​​A long-term transportation funding plan is welcome news, but retailers remained frustrated that stronger provisions to measure performance at America’s ports were not included in the final agreement.

“Agreement on a long-term transportation package is good news,” said Kelly Kolb, vice president for government affairs with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). “Retailers depend on our nation’s roads, bridges, and ports to connect with suppliers and our customers.”

“The establishment of goals for a national freight strategic plan is also important as it will allow retailers to participate in forecasting future freight volumes along with identifying best practices for improving efficiency and productivity across the nation’s supply chain,” added Kolb.

Retailers were disappointed that the deal did not include stronger provisions to address congestion issues at our nation’s ports. Retailers had hoped the deal would include language from the Senate-passed version of the bill that would have given government and supply chain stakeholders consistent and objective means to measure performance at America’s ports. Instead, a watered-down version of the provision was adopted in the final deal, making it less likely that the congestion issues that have plagued America’s largest ports in recent years will change anytime soon.

“Congestion at our nation’s ports continues to be a huge concern for retailers, and unfortunately, the transportation deal did not go far enough in addressing what is a growing problem for businesses dependent on a global supply chain,” said Kolb. “Sound roads and bridges are important, but our nation’s ports are equally vital as the gateway for retail goods, raw materials, and billions of customers around the world.”

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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Jason Brewer
Senior Vice President, Communications & Advocacy
Phone: 703-600-2050
Email: jason.brewer@rila.org

SOURCE: Retail Industry Leaders Association

X5 Retail Group, Rus Food Foundation to provide food aid to those in need across Russia

Moscow, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, and the Rus Food Foundation have launched Basket of Kindness, a nationwide initiative to provide food aid to those in need across Russia. Rus Food Foundation is the Russian arm of the Global FoodBanking Network.

The Basket of Kindness organisers have set up infrastructure for customers to buy and donate food for in-store food drives, an approach used by retailers around the world to help the undernourished. X5 and Rus Food Foundation today launched two-week Basket of Kindness food drives at five Perekrestok stores in Moscow. On December 3, Basket of Kindness will also kick off in five stores in St. Petersburg.

Customers at participating stores can buy long shelf-life foods, as well as ready-made food packs worth up to RUB 200 that include cereal grains, sugar, pasta, tea, tinned meats, biscuits and vegetable oil. Rus Food Foundation volunteers will collect food donations in-store, and the Baskets of Kindness will then be distributed to multi-child families and people in need. In addition to building project infrastructure, X5 Retail Group will make significant food donations in addition to those collected from customers.

Today, Ivan Zubtsov, First Deputy Director at the Moscow City Department of Trade and Services, Andrey Besshtanko, Deputy Director at the Moscow City Department of Labour and Social Protection, visited one of the participating Perekrestok stores in Moscow. The visitors were among the first participants in the food drive,donating bags of food to families in need, and stressing the importance of the iniative for Moscow residents.

“We hope that a simple and convenient food aid scheme like Basket of Kindness will be well received by Moscow and St. Petersburg residents wishing to provide food aid to those in need,” said Elena Konnova, Corporate Communication Director at X5 Retail Group.

X5 is the first retail partner of the Rus Food Foundation to sell, collect and assemble readymade food packs for distributiong to low-income families using the Food Drive approach. The nationwide roll-out was preceded by a pilot in Perm’s Karusel hypermarket. In just 11 days, the campaign yielded over 650 kg of food, which was given to 200 families. The initiative is currently being rolled out in Tyumen as well.

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

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

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln). In 9M 2015, revenue totaled RUB 578,701 mln (USD 9,763 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 41,780 mln (USD 705 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 12,084 mln (USD 204 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.05%, treasury shares – 0.02%, free float – 37.64%.

For further details please contact
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Pacha Soap receives funding from Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program

Newest Recipient of Whole Foods Market® Local Producer Loan Program Grows Business

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pacha Soap is the newest independent local business to receive funding from Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program. With the new funds, Hastings-based Pacha Soap will develop their sustainable liquid hand soap product line, Pump it Up, to include additional premium-quality personal care products. These new products will support Pacha Soap’s global efforts to provide soap and clean water to those in need.

“Pacha Soap shares one of Whole Foods Market’s Core Values, serving and supporting our local and global communities, with their commitment to creating a quality product that also gives clean water access and economic opportunities to those in developing countries,” says Julie Blubaugh, Local Forager, Whole Foods Market Midwest region. “Pacha Soap first began selling their soaps at our Omaha location in 2014. Our customers loved their product so much; they expanded into other Whole Foods Market locations throughout the Midwest and across the country. We are thrilled to continue to support them through our Local Producer Loan Program and help them grow their business and through that, their humanitarian campaigns.”

The Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan Program allows small, local, independent producers an opportunity to expand their business with a small, low interest loan. In 2006, Whole Foods Market set aside $10 million for the Local Producer Loan Program to help Whole Foods Market suppliers and independent local farmers and food artisans with low-interest loans for capital expenditures and has since increased the amount available to up to $25 million. The program minimizes fees, interest rates and provides an alternative to traditional lending paths. Loans generally range from $10,000 to $100,000 with a 5 percent interest rate. Funds are typically used for expansion and capital expenditures such as buying more animals, investing in new equipment and infrastructure, or expanding crops.

Loan Producer Loan Program recipients have a unique partnership with Whole Foods Market. Teams work with local producers to share their products with Whole Foods Market customers, help them support the local communities where the businesses are based and reinforce the value of environmental sustainability.

“The Local Producer Loan Program is another way we can help independent local businesses develop and grow,” says Blubaugh.

Handcrafted with premium plant oils and essential oils, Pacha Soaps meet Whole Foods Market’s Quality Standards for body care products and do not contain sulfates, parabens, fillers, silicones, or phthalates. With the success of their bar soaps, Pacha Soap expanded their business to include bulk bath soaps and their new, exclusive to Whole Foods Market, liquid soap line. Like many Whole Foods Market supplier’s, Pacha Soap’s co-founder Andrew Vrbas, wanted his new business to not only offer artisan products made from natural ingredients, he also wanted to help those in developing countries.

“We sought to develop sustainable practices that we could use in our soap making here in Hastings and also be applied to impoverished communities to help them grow and thrive,” says Vrbas. “When you purchase Pacha Soap products made here in Nebraska, we pay it forward to communities around the world through our ‘Pump It Up’ and ‘Raise the Bar’ campaigns.”

Launched in 2014, Pacha Soap’s “Pump It Up” campaign provides 100 gallons of water for those in water-scarce communities for every 11 ounce bottle of liquid hand soap purchased. Through their partnership with Water4, a public charity dedicated to providing clean water to impoverished areas, Pacha Soap trains and employs local workers in the water-scarce areas to drill low-cost wells in their communities, providing clean water to the area.

Pacha Soap’s “Raise the Bar” campaign uses a “buy-one, give-one” model to provide a bar of soap to schoolchildren in Burundi, Africa for every bar purchased in the United States. Instead of shipping the handcrafted bars, Pacha Soap has partnered with Imagine Burundi Terimbere, a foundation that trains local men and women business in commerce practices, to establish a soap shop in Burundi, Africa to make and distribute the give-away bars. This shop provides careers for 10 men and women to make soap bars for over 30,000 area children each month. The soap makers earn fair wages and are able to provide for their families while supporting their community.

For more information on Pacha Soaps and their humanitarian efforts, visit PachaSoap.com

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

Retail veteran Eric Claus named new Chief Executive Officer of Save-A-Lot

Claus brings over 30 years of retail experience, including hard discount and grocery, as well significant CEO experience to the Company’s Save-A-Lot business

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today announced that retail veteran Eric Claushas been named the new Chief Executive Officer of Save-A-Lot, the Company’s hard-discount grocery segment. Claus, 59, joins the Company after spending the past two-plus years as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Apple Stores Inc., a chain of value retail stores, in Canada. Claus is expected to start in his role with Save-A-Lot on or before January 4, 2016.

SUPERVALU also announced that, effective with the start of Claus’ employment with the Company, Ritchie Casteel will serve as President of Save-A-Lot, reporting to Claus, and will continue to oversee day-to-day store operations while working closely with Claus on Save-A-Lot’s market development, store growth plans and preparation for the possible spin-off of Save-A-Lot.

Claus has spent more than 30 years in the retail industry with career stops in both the United States and Canada, where he has gained deep experience in both hard discount and grocery retail. He has served as Chief Executive Officer for Co-Op Atlantic, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), first in the Canadian division and then overseeing the U.S. operations from 2005-2009, and as an advisor to private equity firms on the retail and consumable goods industry. Since July 2013, he has served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Apple Stores Inc., where he restructured and transformed the now 155-store value-oriented clothing, general merchandise and food chain.

“I’m very pleased that Eric is joining our SUPERVALU team to serve as CEO of Save-A-Lot,” said SUPERVALU President and Chief Executive Officer Sam Duncan. “He has a great background in food retailing, and is a smart and charismatic leader. His strengths in and experience with the hard discount format as well as his history leading retail companies will be important as we look to finish our fiscal year strong and as we continue to position Save-A-Lot for the future.”

Jerry Storch, the Company’s Non-Executive Chairman of the Board said, “Eric brings tremendous experience to Save-A-Lot. The SUPERVALU Board of Directors is looking forward to Eric adding his strategic and long-term planning capabilities to the Company and working together on our continued exploration of a potential separation of Save-A-Lot.”

Duncan continued, “I’m also very grateful and appreciative for all the work and positive results that Ritchie has delivered in his leadership role at Save-A-Lot. When I came to SUPERVALU, Ritchie was one of my first appointments and he has done a phenomenal job these past two and one-half years. He is a tremendous leader and operator and it reflects in the performance we’ve experienced in our corporate stores and in the confidence he’s helped restore with our licensees. I look forward to Ritchie working closely with Eric to drive sales and growth at Save-A-Lot.”

Save-A-Lot is headquartered in St. Louis, MO and has approximately 9,300 employees nationwide supporting its 1,342 stores, of which 901 are operated by licensee owners (store counts as of September 12, 2015). The business also operates 17 distribution centers across the country to support its existing stores and future store growth.

SUPERVALU announced in July 2015 that it was exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business, and that as part of that process it had begun preparations to allow for a possible spin-off of Save-A-Lot into a stand-alone public company. SUPERVALU is continuing preparations to separate Save-A-Lot, although at this time there can be no assurances that a separation or spin-off of Save-A-Lot will occur, or that any other changes in the Company’s overall operations will happen.

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion.SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,395 stores composed of 1,854 independent stores serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,342 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 901 are operated by licensee owners; and 199 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of September 12, 2015). Headquartered in Minnesota,SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS RELEVANT TO FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF “SAFE HARBOR” PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995.

Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, particularly those pertaining to SUPERVALU’s expectations, guidance, or future operating results, and other statements identified by words such as “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “intends” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including uncertainties as to the start date of Mr. Claus and as to the terms, timing or structure of any separation transaction and whether one will be consummated at all, the impact of any separation transaction on the businesses of SUPERVALU and the Save-A-Lot business on a standalone basis if the separation were to be completed, whether the operational and strategic benefits of a separation can be achieved and whether the costs and expenses of the separation can be controlled within expectations. Other factors include competition, ability to execute initiatives, substantial indebtedness, labor relations issues, escalating costs of providing employee benefits, relationships with Albertson’s LLC, New Albertson’s, Inc. and Haggen, intrusions to and disruption of information technology systems, impact of economic conditions, governmental regulation, food and drug safety issues, legal proceedings, severe weather, natural disasters and adverse climate changes, disruption to supply chain and distribution network, changes in military business, adequacy of insurance, volatility in fuel and energy costs, asset impairment charges, fluctuations in our common stock price and other risk factors relating to our business or industry as detailed from time to time in SUPERVALU’s reports filed with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Unless legally required, SUPERVALU undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC.
Investor Contact:
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com
or
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Rite Aid offers discounts on select trivalent flu shots in support of National Influenza Vaccination Week

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention States Flu Activity is Typically Highest Between December and February

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — From now through December 12, Rite Aid will offer discounts on select trivalent flu shots in support of National Influenza Vaccination Week. Flucelvax, a cell based vaccine, will be available for $32.99, and the standard trivalent flu shot for $26.99, a discount of $5.* Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists at Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide are ready to vaccinate those who have not received their annual flu shot, subject to state regulations. Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B and are available during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visitwww.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu vaccination coverage from previous years has shown that influenza vaccination activity declines quickly after November,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “National Influenza Week is a great time to reinforce the importance of receiving your flu shot and to encourage our customers who haven’t done so already to visit their local Rite Aid and conveniently get vaccinated against the flu, as it is the best way to protect yourself and others from this potentially serious illness.”

Created by the CDC in 2005, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. Flu symptoms include cough, sore throat, fever, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue and running nose. Additional information about the upcoming flu season can be found at www.cdc.gov.

Rite Aid’s Vaccine Central, an assessment tool where visitors can complete a personal immunization evaluation, is an additional resource for people to further review immunization recommendations. By visiting Vaccine Central, customers can also, track their personal immunization history, and find other educational resources on immunizations. Rite Aid pharmacists are available to administer vaccinations for 12 other diseases, such as pertussis (whooping cough), shingles and pneumonia, subject to state regulations. To learn more about Vaccine Central, visit www.riteaid.com/vaccinecentral.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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*Vaccines available while supplies last. Age restrictions apply in some states. See pharmacist for details. Discount applies to Flucelvax and standard trivalent flu shot only thru 12/12/15.

Contact:

Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Eight new shopping and dining options will debut at The Mall of San Juan before the end of 2015

Eight new stores and restaurants debuting by year end

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Mall of San Juan today announced eight new shopping and dining options will debut before the end of 2015 — seven of which are exclusive to the market. More than 20 additional stores and restaurants are scheduled to open in 2016.

“We’re bringing a taste of New York, Tuscany and Florence to the island with the addition of three new dining experiences,” said Marnie Marquina, marketing and sponsorship director, The Mall of San Juan. “These restaurants are unique to Puerto Rico and join several new stores that will offer distinctive holiday fashions and gifts for the entire family.”

The five new stores and three restaurants expected to open by yearend at The Mall of San Juan include:

*Unique-to-market offerings

Since the center’s grand opening on March 26, 2015, more than 80 stores and restaurants have opened at The Mall of San Juan, with at least half sharing the distinction of being exclusive to San Juan.

For a complete list of stores and restaurants, visit www.themallofsanjuan.com/shopping.

About The Mall of San Juan
The Mall of San Juan is a world-class shopping, dining and entertainment destination featuring many distinct, unique to market retailers, including the first Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom in the Caribbean. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. It is located at the south end of the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, five minutes from the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. For more information visit www.themallofsanjuan.com.

CONTACT:
Nelly Cruz
Nelly Cruz & Associates
787-691-3210
nellycruzpr@yahoo.com

Best Buy adds new live-chat feature within its mobile app

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Need help choosing between two TVs? Wondering whether the latest smartwatch is compatible with your smartphone? Want to check the status of a recent order?

Now you can get help on all of that and more with BlueAssist, a new live-chat feature within the Best Buy mobile app. With the simple touch of a button or shake of the phone (while the app is running), you can get expert service right in the palm of your hand.

“Previously, if you had a question or needed advice while browsing our mobile app, you were left with two options: call or email.  That’s too much effort for our customers and not always convenient,” said Pedram Afshar, vice president of customer experience for Best Buy. “The whole idea behind BlueAssist is to be their helping hand, digitally, without ever having to switch channels.”

All BlueAssist chats are prioritized to receive a response within seconds. You can also choose to call Best Buy, request a call back or send an email.

You can access BlueAssist at any point while shopping in the app, whether you’re on the home page, reviewing your cart or checking out. Plus, you can use it whether you’re in a Best Buy store, at home or on the go.

“BlueAssist is the first of many features we will bring to life to connect digital and physical experiences to create a truly seamless experience for our customers,” said Bala Subramanian, senior vice president and chief technology officer for Best Buy.

The enhanced Best Buy app also makes it easier than ever to research and purchase Holiday gifts from a mobile device.

Download the mobile app on the Best Buy website, by texting APP to 332211 or searching “Best Buy” in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

SOURCE: Best Buy

Best Buy adds new live-chat feature within its mobile app

Best Buy adds new live-chat feature within its mobile app

PetSmart: Instagram-famous pets Milla the Cat and Tonkey Bear made their top 10 picks for this holiday season

Milla the Cat and Tonkey Bear the Dog Make Their Gift Wish Lists from PetSmart

PHOENIX, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Instagram-famous pets Milla the Cat and Tonkey Bear, a Shar Pei dog, want to ensure all pets know what to put on their wish lists this holiday season. With PetSmart’s endlessly fun and festive holiday collection, it wasn’t easy, but these two popular pets made their top 10 picks to help pet parents and pets know the must-haves this holiday season.

“The holidays are about family and Milla is never left out of the family Christmas photo or from the holiday shopping list,” said Dustin Cabatuan of Encino, Calif., pet parent to Milla the Cat, who boasts nearly 300,000 Instagram followers. “She has such a unique personality, and we love being able to find the perfect gifts at PetSmart to match that uniqueness.”

The same holds true for Tonkey Bear, who has over 350,000 Instagram followers.

“This is Tonkey Bear’s first Christmas, and we are excited to include her in all the family activities and traditions. For us, this holiday season will be extra special,” said Tonkey Bear’s pet parent, Christine Park of Edmonton, Alberta.

Tonkey Bear’s Top 10 Gifting List:

1. PJs – the classic holiday gift. Tonkey can get in on the Christmas morning pajama fun with Martha Stewart Pets® Santa Claus Holiday Pajamas.
2. Peeps for Christmas! For something soft and cuddly, just like Tonkey, PetSmart has a Large Peep® Dog Toy featured in classic holiday colors of red and green. This candy-inspired plush squeaker toy is fun for any pet.
3. Dog Holiday Stockings. Four-legged family members will have their own spot above the mantle this year with this festive pet stocking. The stocking stuffer options are endless, including dog biscuits like Bocce’s Bakery Lumps of Coal, perfect for pets with a penchant for mischief.
4. Plaid for our Pets. Top Paw®’s Plaid and Velvet Bow Harness is a perfect way for pets to join the plaid trend, the season’s hottest look.
5. Holiday Bark Beer Toys. While Tonkey can’t imbibe in holiday cheer, she can still enjoy some spirited fun from Grreat Choice® with fun squeaker toys shaped like beer bottles. This also makes a unique hostess gift for any beer-loving pet parent.
6. Sweaters for the Season. Tonkey can join Milla at the ugly sweater party of the season with Top Paw’s uber-explicit “My Ugly X-Mas Sweater” or this classic Reindeer Sweater from Martha Stewart Pets.
7. Classic Christmas Cut-Outs. Cookie decorating fun isn’t just for humans anymore with festive frosted options from Grreat Choice that include messages like “Merry Woofmas,” “Santa Paws” and more.
8. Gifts that Give. Tonkey wants all dogs (and cats) to find loving homes, and the Luv-A-PetTM line featuring Chance, Lucky, XL Pound PuppiesTM, holiday apparel and plush throws is a great way to support this important cause. Ten percent of proceeds from the sales of all Luv-A-Pet products will go to PetSmart Charities in the U.S. and PetSmart Charities of Canada to help pets in need.
9. Winter Coats. A hooded winter parka is the gift that keeps on giving all winter long. The faux fur trim gives this outerwear on-trend style.
10. Holiday Bowls. Change out that food bowl in the corner for a festive option like the Martha Stewart Pets Snowman Bowl.

 

Milla the Cat’s Top 10 Gifting List:

1. A Cool Bed. Cats will enjoy a cool-yet-comfortable sleeping upgrade with the Martha Stewart Pets Igloo-shaped bed with candy cane accents. Cat nap anybody?
2. Festive Holiday Costumes. Milla can join in the holiday fun and become Santa’s little helper with the Santa Claus Cat Suit and Santa Cat Hat.
3. Cat Hats. While Milla considers the Christmas tree to be full of endless cat toys, now she can also BE a tree with this adorable cat hat.
4. Cat Collars. Felines can dress to impress just like their human counterparts with this dapper Holiday Neck Tie Cat Collar featuring Martha’s whimsical take on the season.
5. Mice Cat Toys. There’s nothing better than shiny, festive mice to bat around on Christmas morning.
6. Tunnels of Fun. Milla loves to play hide and seek and run through theWhisker City® Holiday Tunnel Cat Toy, perfect for fun-loving activity.
7. Ugly Sweaters! Milla can stay warm and cozy while partaking in the ugly sweater party fun with the “Meowy Christmas” or “My Ugly X-Mas Sweater” cat sweaters.
8. Holiday Accessory. Milla constantly entertains her family, and now she can dress the part of a Cat Jester with this perfect holiday accessory.
9. Holiday Treats. Cats can get in on the holiday treat action, too, with theWhiskas® Temptations® Snacky Snowman. This gift will offer lots of activity with play-meets-treat time for any cat.
10. Holiday Scratch Posts. These cat essentials double as festive home décor with stocking and present-shaped cat scratchers.

Not wanting to leave the small pets out of the fun, PetSmart also has great holiday items for guinea pigs and other small pets such as the Bah Humbug hat, plaid antler headbands, ugly sweater and costumes including a Christmas tree and elf. Even our finned friends can get in on the holiday action with festive fish tank ornaments, including a Christmas tree, gingerbread house, Merry Christmas sign and more.

About PetSmart
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,433 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.comPetFoodDirect.comPet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

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Contacts:

Danielle Bickelmann
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972-341-2503
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Alibaba Group appointments: Terry von Bibra to lead Germany and Sébastien Badault to lead France for Alibaba Group

Terry von Bibra to lead Germany and Sébastien Badault to lead France for Alibaba Group 

Paris and Munich, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) today announced the appointment of Terry von Bibra as managing director of Alibaba Group Germany and Sébastien Badault as managing director of Alibaba Group France, effective immediately.

The appointment of these two senior business leaders is another important milestone in Alibaba Group’s expansion in the European markets, a critical part of the company’s globalization strategy to serve as a “gateway to China” for international brands and businesses of all sizes. As a part of this international expansion and in order to better serve existing and future partners in Europe, the company will be opening country offices in Munich, Germany and Paris, France.

The Germany and France offices will assist current partners and local brands, retailers and government partners who want to access the large and growing Chinese consumer class looking for high-quality international products and services. A “one-stop shop” for local business that will encompass the entire scope of Alibaba Group’s ecosystem, Alibaba’s France and Germany country offices will help identify the most suitable local products for the Chinese market, help merchants sell on Alibaba’s platforms, assist with outbound and inbound logistics, and facilitate online payments for Chinese consumers and offline payments for Chinese tourists.

“In Europe, our top priority is to engage with existing local partners and help European brands, retailers, small businesses and government partners understand the opportunities China offers and how Alibaba can help them access this market,” said Michael Evans, president of Alibaba Group. “We have hired strong leaders in Germany, France, Italy and the U.K. to connect the needs of local brands and merchants with the capabilities of our ecosystem. Both Terry and Sébastien have proven track records in successfully building teams and business capabilities for major international companies and we are thrilled to have them on board.”

Terry von Bibra brings a wealth of experience in the global omnichannel and e-commerce retail sector to this new role. Prior to joining Alibaba, he was Chief Retail Officer Omnichannel for German department store chain Karstadt. He previously played a pivotal role in establishing Amazon in Europe where he led online marketing and business development. Terry has also held multiple roles within Yahoo!, including Managing Director of Yahoo! Germany, Vice President of Central Europe and Vice President Marketplaces for Yahoo! EMEA.

Sébastien Badault has been running French operations for international online and e-commerce brands for the past 15 years. As one of the first employees for both Amazon France and Google France, Sébastien drove sales and marketing teams to build local market share and enhance the online ecosystems for each organization. Most recently, he was responsible for the development of Google’s strategic customers in Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa as Global Account Director. Prior to joining Google, Sébastien held the role of European Business Development Manager for Amazon.

Both Sébastien and Terry report directly to Michael Evans.

For background on Alibaba’s business model, strategy, and products and services, please visit Alibaba Defined.

About Alibaba Group
Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company is the largest online and mobile commerce company in the world in terms of gross merchandise volume. Founded in 1999, the company provides the fundamental technology infrastructure and marketing reach to help businesses leverage the power of the Internet to establish an online presence and conduct commerce with hundreds of millions of consumers and other businesses.

Alibaba Group’s major businesses include:

  • Taobao Marketplace (www.taobao.com), China’s largest online shopping destination
  • Tmall.com (www.tmall.com), China’s largest third-party platform for brands and retailers
  • Juhuasuan (www.juhuasuan.com), China’s most popular online group buying marketplace
  • Alitrip (www.alitrip.com), a leading online travel booking platform
  • AliExpress (www.aliexpress.com), a global online marketplace for consumers to buy directly from China
  • Alibaba.com (www.alibaba.com), China’s largest global online wholesale platform for small businesses
  • 1688.com (www.1688.com), a leading online wholesale marketplace in China
  • AliCloud (www.alicloud.com), a provider of cloud computing services to businesses and entrepreneurs

Media Contacts

Molly Morgan
Alibaba Group
+44 (0)20 7516 0683
mollymorgan@eu.alibaba-inc.com

Robert H. Christie
Alibaba Group
+1 917 860 9410
bob.christie@alibaba-inc.com

SOURCE: Alibaba Group Holding Limited

Baskin-Robbins unveils its festive lineup of ice cream cakes for the holiday season

New Polar Bear Cake and Fudge Yule Log Roll Cake are perfect for holiday gatherings

CANTON, Mass., 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins is helping to spread holiday cheer this season with a festive lineup of ice cream cakes and its cool new Flavor of the Month, OREO® Cool Mint Chocolate. Featuring chocolate ice cream filled with Mint Creme OREO® cookie pieces and a dark peppermint fudge ribbon, OREO® Cool Mint Chocolate can be enjoyed in a cup, cone, milkshake, Cappuccino Blast® or as a Brownie Sundae with hot fudge topping, whipped cream, chopped almonds and a cherry on top.

Also available now at participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide are Baskin-Robbins’ new Polar Bear Dome Cake and new Fudge Yule Log Roll Cake, which are delicious additions to any holiday gathering this season. The Polar Bear Cake has a white icing coat and OREO® cookies for ears, chocolate eyes and nose and is accessorized with a winter scarf. Baskin-Robbins’ snow-covered Fudge Yule Log Roll Cake is topped with white frosting and edible glitter. Both ice cream cakes can be customized with a guest’s favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor, can be ordered in-store or online at http://www.baskinrobbins.com/onlineordering, and are available for pick-up within 24 hours of ordering.

“We know the holiday season is a special time of the year for our guests, so we’re always excited to share with them our lineup of seasonal frozen treats and ice cream cakes that can be enjoyed with family and friends,” said Jeff Miller, Dunkin’ Brands’ Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation. “Mint and chocolate are beloved flavors during the winter season, so we’re excited to ring in the holidays with our new December Flavor of the Month, OREO ® Cool Mint Chocolate, as well as our festive ice cream cakes that celebrate the spirit of the season.”

In addition, Baskin-Robbins will continue the holiday cheer with its final Celebrate 31 promotion of the year on Thursday, December 31. As part of the brand’s ongoing “Celebrate 31” promotion, guests can celebrate New Year’s Eve with all regular and kids scoops for just $1.31 and two-scoop sundaes for $3.31.*

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

OREO is a registered trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license.

* Offer valid on December 31st. Participation may vary. Sundae offer does not include Banana Royale, Banana Split, Brownie Sundae or Layered Sundaes. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 36th annual Franchise 500(r) ranking in 2014, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

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Baskin-Robbins unveils its festive lineup of ice cream cakes for the holiday season

Baskin-Robbins unveils its festive lineup of ice cream cakes for the holiday season

The Bon-Ton Stores to host Santa Fest in all of its 252 Bon-Ton department stores on Saturday, Dec 5

Parents Can Take Photos of Their Children With Santa From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

MILWAUKEE, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT), which operates Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, has announced it will host Santa Fest in all of its 252 Bon-Ton department stores onSaturday, December 5 for Santa Fest, a one day shopping event where children can get their photos taken with Santa*, enter for a chance to win prizes including $25 gift cards and one giant three-foot tall teddy bear. Everyone can enjoy free Ghirardelli candy giveaways, candy canes and Keurig brewed hot chocolate while participating in fun activities.

Each store will transform their kids department into a festive, holiday celebration from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During this time, Santa will be available for photos and children can participate in activities including make your own ornament, holiday coloring sheets and decorating a holiday postcard. Parents can save 30 percent on their entire children’s purchases throughout the entire day and choose from a great selection of holiday dresswear, gifts and unique toys.

“We are so excited to celebrate the holiday season with our shoppers and their families by hosting Santa Fest in all of our department stores,” said Kathryn Bufano, President and CEO, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. What a wonderful way to spread cheer and make shopping for those special people on your list even more enjoyable.”

Contact your local Bon-Ton store for more information on Santa Fest. Click here to find the store nearest you.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 270 stores, which includes ten furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.

For store locations and information visit www.bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.

* Customers are encouraged to bring their own cameras or smart phone to take photos with Santa.

CONTACT: Christine Hojnacki, Vice President Public Relations 414.347.5329, cell 262.378.9354 Christine.Hojnacki@bonton.com Nicole Koremenos, Senior PR Coordinator 414.347.1152 ext. 3278 Nicole.koremenos@bonton.com

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

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Findel plc: General Meeting Requisitioned by Sports Direct International (SDI); Update Regarding Irrevocable Undertakings

Cheshire, England, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Findel plc, the UK Home Shopping and Education businesses, announces that it has received an irrevocable undertaking from River & Mercantile Asset Management LLP to vote against the resolution proposed by Sports Direct International to appoint Mr Gardener to the Findel board of directors (as set out in the Circular to Shareholders published by Findel on 27 November 2015).  The undertaking is in respect of 4,941,767 shares representing approximately 5.72% of Findel’s issued ordinary share capital, which, taken together with the irrevocable undertakings previously received from Tosca Asset Management and from Schroders (as set out in the Circular to Shareholders), amount to 37,966,947 shares (approximately 43.92 % of Findel’s issued ordinary share capital) in respect of which there are irrevocable commitments in place to vote against the proposed resolution.

A full copy of the circular to shareholders is posted on the company’s website at www.findel.co.uk

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Enquiries

 

Findel plc                                                          0161 303 3465
David Sugden, Executive Chairman 

Tulchan Communications                                 020 7353 4200
Stephen Malthouse
Will Smith

Notes to Editors

The Findel Group contains market leading businesses in the UK home shopping and education supplies markets. It is primarily a retailer and distributor, handling and supplying specialist products manufactured by third parties. 

The group’s continuing activities are focused in two main operating segments, together with a small overseas sourcing operation: 

·      Express Gifts – one of the largest direct mail order businesses in the UK; and

·      Findel Education – the largest listed independent supplier of resources and equipment (excluding information technology and publishing) to schools in the UK.

This information is provided by RNS
The company news service from the London Stock Exchange

New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi to Keynote New York National Deal Making Conference

New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi to Keynote #NYnDM, which is marking its return Dec. 7 and 8 at the Jacob K. Javits Center.

NEW YORK, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is gearing up for the annual New York National Deal Making Conference, which will be held Dec. 7 and 8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Thriving on the positive momentum of the retail real estate industry, this year’s conference is shaping up to be the biggest and best to date.

The 2015 program features new programming and distinguished speakers including New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi as the keynote. Girardi is a baseball legend famous for guiding the New York Yankees to five playoffs and one World Series Championship. Girardi will deliver the keynote address at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7.

“With shopping center sales equaling 15% of U.S. GDP and the industry directly employing 1 out of every 11 Americans, it is an engine of our nation’s economy. Industry occupancy rates currently approximate 94%, illustrating its healthy condition,” said ICSC President and CEO Tom McGee. “With expected attendance of nearly 10,000 people, this conference, which serves as a medium to secure deals and foster relationships, speaks to continued optimism for that strength. This is good news given the integral role the industry plays in the social, economic and civic vibrancy of our communities across America.”

The two-day New York National Deal Making Conference will open with a preview networking event on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the ICSC Foundation “Bigger Better Party” in Times Square. The event will give attendees the opportunity to convene before the deals get going.

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with owners, developers, brokers and premier retailers at the brand new Retailer Row on Tuesday. Participating retailers include Target, Starbucks, Century 21, Juice Press and Walgreens among others. Attendees are also invited to take advantage of the Pavilions: Finance, Global
and the newly added P3, which promotes public-private partnerships and features neighborhoods and communities with development opportunities.

Unable to attend? Need a break from all the deals? Tune into ICSC LIVE! Filmed directly on the show floor, the C-Suite interview series will be available in real time across ICSC’s social channels and conference website. Produced in a late-night show format, attendees can experience the show as the studio audience while ICSC Spokesman Jesse Tron sits down with the industry’s most powerful players to discuss the current and future state of the industry, trends and more.

ICSC has a penchant for picking buzzworthy speakers – the 2014 keynote was Donald Trump. Also of note, last year’s program marked its first appearance at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which resulted in an impressive 25% growth in attendance with more than 400 exhibiting companies and 9,600 attendees. ICSC forecasts even better results for the 2015 conference.

Join the conversation on Twitter – follow @ICSC and use #NYnDM.

Register here today! Registration fees are $635 for members and $835 for non-members. Press registration is complimentary. Contact Noelle Malone in ICSC’s media relations department to obtain press credentials.

About ICSC
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials. The shopping center industry is essential to economic development and opportunity. They are a significant job creator, driver of GDP, and critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the generation of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. These taxes fund important municipal services like firefighters, police officers, school services, and infrastructure like roadways and parks. Shopping centers aren’t only fiscal engines however; they are integral to the social fabric of their communities by providing a central place to congregate with friends and family, discuss community matters, and participate in and encourage philanthropic endeavors. For more information about ICSC visit www.icsc.org and for the latest news from ICSC and the industry go to www.thecenterofshopping.com.

SOURCE: International Council of Shopping Centers

 

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New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi to Keynote New York National Deal Making Conference

New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi to Keynote New York National Deal Making Conference

Staples, Inc. to implement a proxy access procedure for stockholder director nominations

FRAMINGHAM, Mass, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) announced today that the Company’s Board of Directors has amended and restated the Company’s by-laws to implement a proxy access procedure for stockholder director nominations.

“Our decision to adopt proxy access reinforces the Board’s commitment to enhancing our governance standards to align with evolving best practices,” said Vijay Vishwanath, Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Proxy access provides an opportunity for shareholders to nominate director candidates in Staples’ proxy statement. The by-law amendment allows for a stockholder, or group of up to 25 stockholders, to include in Staples’ proxy materials director nominees constituting up to two individuals or 20% of the board, whichever is greater, provided that the nominating stockholder(s) own a number of shares representing 3 percent or more of the total voting power of the Company’s outstanding shares of capital stock entitled to vote in the election of directors continuously for at least three years. The proxy access procedure will be first available to stockholders in connection with Staples’ 2016 annual meeting of stockholders.

For further information please see Staples’ amended and restated by-laws posted on the corporate governance section of Staples’ website.

About Staples
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Media Contact:
Kirk Saville, 508-253-8530
Investor Contact:
Chris Powers, 508-253-4632

Staples, Inc. to pay quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per common stock share

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend onStaples, Inc. common stock of $0.12 per share. The dividend is payable on January 14, 2016, to shareholders of record on December 23, 2015.

About Staples
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and break room supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Media Contact:
Kirk Saville, 508-253-8530
or
Investor Contact:
Chris Powers, 508-253-4632

King Kullen annual James A. Cullen Memorial Golf Outing raised $100,000 for Little Flower Children and Family Services

Bethpage, NY, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — King Kullen’s 33rd annual James A. Cullen Memorial Golf Outing has raised $100,000 for Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York.  The not-for-profit organization finds adoptive and foster homes for children on Long Island and in New York City.

“To pay tribute to our father, James A. Cullen, and to support Little Flower’s foster care and adoption services, my brothers and I started the golf outing over three decades ago,” explained King Kullen Co-President Brian C. Cullen.  “Since then, King Kullen has raised well over $3 million for Little Flower.  We are extremely proud of this accomplishment that benefits so many children and families.  It is an honor to support Little Flower Children and Family Services in their important mission.”

Little Flower Executive Director Corinne Hammons observed, “Because of the leadership support of King Kullen and its close circle of family and friends, we have been able to care for children of all ages at our residences and place children in homes with caring parents.  The golf outing remains a great success that directly benefits the children of Little Flower.”

Members of the Cullen family are personally involved in Little Flower and have actively supported many programs, including the construction of eight cottages that provide a residential setting for more than 100 children and teenagers at Little Flower’s Wading River, New York, location.

A non-sectarian, nonprofit organization, Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York provides residential and foster boarding home care, as well as adoption services.  Little Flower has its main campus in Wading River, NY, executive offices in Brooklyn Heights, and additional locations in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and Jamaica, Queens.   Little Flower also operates the only residential special-act public school district in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, which offers academic services for children with special educational needs.

Contest Winners

October 2015

There is almost always a contest going on at King Kullen. Congratulations to these lucky winners:

  • Barbara Milano from Massapequa Park won a $5,000 Travel Voucher

King Kullen regularly offers contests and promotions; visit our friendly bookkeepers at the Customer Service counter of your local King Kullen and ask if any contests are going on. We also post information about contests on our Facebook page.

SOURCE: King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc.

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King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc., recently presented a check for $100,000 to Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York, an organization that finds adoptive and foster homes for children on Long Island and in New York City. Since 1983, King Kullen has raised over $3 million for Little Flower through the James A. Cullen Memorial Golf Outing. Standing before a portrait of James A. Cullen at King Kullen’s Bethpage headquarters are King Kullen Co-President Brian C. Cullen (far right) and his brother, James A. Cullen Memorial Fund Director Thomas K. Cullen. Joining the Cullens are (from left to right) Little Flower Executive Director Corrine Hammons; King Kullen Executive Corporate Assistant Sally Murray; and Little Flower Director of Development Maureen Fox.

King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc., recently presented a check for $100,000 to Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York, an organization that finds adoptive and foster homes for children on Long Island and in New York City. Since 1983, King Kullen has raised over $3 million for Little Flower through the James A. Cullen Memorial Golf Outing. Standing before a portrait of James A. Cullen at King Kullen’s Bethpage headquarters are King Kullen Co-President Brian C. Cullen (far right) and his brother, James A. Cullen Memorial Fund Director Thomas K. Cullen. Joining the Cullens are (from left to right) Little Flower Executive Director Corrine Hammons; King Kullen Executive Corporate Assistant Sally Murray; and Little Flower Director of Development Maureen Fox.

Save Mart, Lucky and FoodMaxx donate 60,000 pairs of socks for the cold weather

Modesto, CA, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the spirit of the global celebration of giving, Save Mart, Lucky and FoodMaxx are donating 60,000 pairs of socks tomorrow to several organizations that help the communities our stores serve. “HomeFirst is so grateful to Lucky for the donation of 12,000 socks for our homeless clients,” said Claire Wagner of HomeFirst Services in Silicon Valley. “We have never had such a large donation of clothing before, and socks are an essential item. Keeping feet warm and dry is a difficult challenge when you’re homeless, and many people don’t realize what a health hazard it is to have feet that are cold, wet and dirty. In the middle of a very cold spell that necessitated us opening up our shelters early to house more people, this couldn’t have come at a better time.“

The following organizations will each be receiving 2,000 6-packs of socks (12,000 pairs). Photo and/or video opportunities of the deliveries are available according to the following schedule:

  • Dec 1 Modesto Gospel Mission
    8:00 am 1400 Yosemite Blvd, Modesto
  • Dec 1 Bay Area Rescue Mission
    11:00 am 123 MacDonald Avenue, Richmond
  • Dec 1 HomeFirst Services of Santa Clara County
    12:30 pm 507 Valley Way, Milpitas
  • Dec 7* Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission
    12 noon 2115 Timber Way, Reno
  • Dec 8* Poverello House
    12 noon 412 F Street, Fresno

*Due to distance & schedule conflicts, all deliveries cannot take place on Giving Tuesday.

For more information, please call Nannette Miranda 925.833.6136

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Based in the heart of the Central Valley, Save Mart Supermarkets is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that ‘fresh comes first’ for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs over 16,000 team members and operates 211 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, FoodMaxx, S-Mart Foods, and Maxx Value Foods. In addition to its retail operation, Save Mart owns and operates two distribution centers — Smart Refrigerated Transport, Yosemite Wholesale Warehouse — and is a voting partner in Super Store Industries (SSI), which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop, Mid Valley Dairy in Fairfield, and Sunnyside Farms ice cream plant in Turlock. For more information on the company visit: www.SaveMart.com.

SOURCE: FoodMaxx Supermarkets

The Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. Foundation to donate $10,000 to Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley

Modesto, CA, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. Foundation, the giving arm of Lucky Supermarkets’ parent company, is proud to announce a $10,000 grant to Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley. The popular, award-winning non-profit provides a hands-on learning center in which young children explore culture and the arts in a setting designed especially for small hands and bodies and growing minds. Habitot will use this donation to give free admission to hundreds of low-income and homeless families next year, giving them access to fun, special activities and supportive parenting classes.

What: Check presentation

When: Tuesday, December 1st

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Where: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley

C.A.R.E.S. stands for Community, Art, Recreation, Education and Sports and aims to improve the communities our stores serve by supporting these areas. The Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. Foundation donated more than a quarter million dollars in 2015 to various organizations throughout California and Northern Nevada with the same vision. For more information, please visit: www.SaveMart.com, under the Community tab.

If you have questions, please call Nannette Miranda at 925.833.6136.

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Based in the heart of the Central Valley, Save Mart Supermarkets is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that ‘fresh comes first’ for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs over 16,000 team members and operates 211 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, FoodMaxx, S-Mart Foods, and Maxx Value Foods. In addition to its retail operation, Save Mart owns and operates two distribution centers — Smart Refrigerated Transport, Yosemite Wholesale Warehouse — and is a voting partner in Super Store Industries (SSI), which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop, Mid Valley Dairy in Fairfield, and Sunnyside Farms ice cream plant in Turlock. For more information about the company, please visit: www.SaveMart.com.

SOURCE: FoodMaxx Supermarkets

BJ’s Restaurants to present at Wedbush Securities 2015 California Dreamin’ Conference at Loews Hotel in Santa Monica

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(Nasdaq:BJRI) will be presenting at the Wedbush Securities 2015 California Dreamin’ Conferenceat the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica, California. The Company’s presentation is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:10 a.m. PT (2:10 p.m. ET) on December 9, 2015 and will be broadcast live over the Internet. Interested parties may listen to the presentation at the Company’s website located at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com. The presentation can be accessed by clicking on the “Investors” link from the Company’s home page followed by the “Presentation” link. An archive of the webcast will be available following the live presentation.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 171 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s restaurant and brewery locations and independent third party craft brewers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 22 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California,Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, NewYork, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. VisitBJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at bjri@jcir.com.

SOURCE: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

Nordstrom opens new Nordstrom Rack at Winter Park Square in Winter Park, Fl

SEATTLE, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today plans to open Nordstrom Rack at Winter Park Square in Winter Park, Florida. The approximately 25,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in spring 2017. The property is owned by UP Development, LLC.

The newly constructed center will be anchored by Nordstrom Rack and Whole Foods Market. The center is located near Interstate 4, at the intersection of Lee Road and North Orlando Avenue.

“We look forward to offering customers in the greater Orlando area a second Nordstrom Racklocation that we hope will provide a more convenient shopping experience for those on the north side of the city,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “Customers can expect more great brands at great prices when the doors open at our new Winter Park Squarestore.”

The new store will be the second in the Orlando area, joining Nordstrom Rack at Millenia Crossing which opened in 2009. Nordstrom, which also operates nine full-line stores in Florida, began serving customers here in 2000 at Town Center in Boca Raton.

“We are pleased to welcome Nordstrom Rack as a premier tenant to our urban retail lineup atWinter Park Square,” said Scott Fish, UP Development principal. “As a leading national brand for fashion, we expect Nordstrom Rack will become a prime destination for Winter Park andNorth Orlando shoppers.”

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30- to 70-percent off regular prices. The Rack carries merchandise from Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com, as well as specially purchased items from many of the top brands sold at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 323 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 194 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

About Winter Park Square
Serving one of Central Florida’s most affluent trade areas, UP Development’s retail center is designed as the new northern gateway to Winter Park’s shopping district. Located just offInterstate 4 on 11 acres at the crossroads of Lee Road and North Orlando Avenue, Winter Park Square will feature national anchor tenants Whole Foods Market, 40,000 square feet, andNordstrom Rack, 25,000 square feet, with additional in-line retail space and parcels available. Phase one of Winter Park Square is scheduled to open in 2016.

About UP Development
UP Development, LLC, a premier retail developer with more than 25 years of experience focused primarily in urban communities in the Southeast, has successfully designed, permitted and developed centers anchored by national retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Whole Foods Market, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, Meijer, Kroger, Publix, Macy’s and Toys “R” Us/Babies “R” Us. Expanding into high growth markets nationwide, UP Development projects also include apartments, mixed-use centers, entertainment and sports venues, as well as hotels working with hospitality leader Starwood Hotels & Resorts. UP Development is based in Franklin, Tennessee, with development offices in Orlando. For more information, go to www.updevelopment.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Dan Evans
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-3036
Dan.Evans@nordstrom.com

Gail Rayos
Wragg & Casas Strategic Communications
(407) 744-2169
grayos@wraggcasas.com

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

Nordstrom to open a Nordstrom Rack at Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, Ill.

SEATTLE, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois. The approximately 28,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in fall 2016. The property is owned by Macerich.

Nordstrom Rack will be joining Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Last Call by Neiman Marcus,Saks Off 5th and Forever 21, along with more than 130 designer outlets. The center is located northwest of downtown Chicago and less than two miles from O’Hare International Airport.

“We’ve been serving customers in the greater Chicago area for more than 20 years,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “With its proximity to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the airport, and many hotels, Fashion Outlets offers an opportunity to provide Rosemont area residents and visitors alike a more convenient way to shop Nordstrom Rack.”

This will be the 11th Nordstrom Rack in the Chicagoland area. The company also operates four Nordstrom stores: Michigan Avenue, Old Orchard, Oakbrook Center and Woodfield Shopping Center.

“Nordstrom Rack is a true leader in the industry and we are pleased to add this top brand to our already outstanding retail roster at Fashion Outlets of Chicago,” said Ed Coppola, President, Macerich. “With the groundbreaking Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Macerich succeeded in elevating the outlet shopping experience by delivering designer brands combined with upscale amenities, all in a close-in and convenient location. We continue to enhance the experience and add value to this irreplaceable trophy property.”

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30 to 70 percent off regular prices. The Rack carries merchandise from Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com, as well as specially purchased items from many of the top brands sold at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 323 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 194 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

About Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Macerich’s Fashion Outlets of Chicago is an award-winning 530,000 square-foot, two-level indoor shopping center that is home to more than 130 designer outlets, an impressive contemporary art collection and high-end amenities. The one-of-a-kind, upscale outlet property that redefines and elevates the outlet shopping experience is conveniently located minutes from O’Hare International Airport and Chicagoland’s major highways at 5220 Fashion Outlets Way in Rosemont. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.fashionoutletsofchicago.com.

About Macerich
Macerich (NYSE:MAC), 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. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago, and the New York to Washington, DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Dan Evans
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-3036
Dan.Evans@nordstrom.com

Tina McCuddin
Macerich
(424) 229-3540
tina.mccuddin@macerich.com

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer Topaz claimed six awards at Shelflife C-Store Awards

DUBLIN, Ireland, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz and several of its leading dealer businesses emerged as the big winners at the Shelflife C-Store Awards which were held in Dublin recently.

The country’s largest fuel and convenience retailer claimed six award overall, including the Forecourt of the Year Award for current Topaz Brand Ambassador Tobin’s of Letterkenny in Co. Donegal.

Re.Store, Topaz’s exciting new retail food and coffee offering won the award for ‘Best New Convenience Store Format’ while Obama Plaza, the Topaz forecourt in Moneygall won the ‘Community Initiative Award’ after raising over €35K for the children’s national ambulance service.

It has been a fantastic year for the multi award winning Tobin’s Topaz/Spar in Letterkenny and the company which now employs 37 people, followed up its Forecourt win at these awards by being crowned National Convenience Store of the Year.

Talty’s of Lissycasey in Co, Clare scooped the Best Convenience Store over 4,000 sq feet award while McDermott’s  service station in Patrickswell Co. Limerick won the Best Convenience Store under 1,500 sq ft category.

Topaz Network Director Jonathan Diver, said everyone with the company was thrilled with the success that its dealers had achieved.

“The standard of the competition was extremely high and that’s why we were delighted to receive so many nominations and win so many awards. Whether it’s our exciting Re.Store concept, the excellent service our dealers provide, or the quality of our products and services, Topaz always aims to enhance the customer experience.” Our Dealers are family run businesses, and I’m delighted to see some of those families get the much the recognition they deserve as they invest so much time and effort into making their businesses the best they can be”

“I have to give a special mention to Eddie and Annette Tobin, who have had a truly memorable year winning so many awards, including the overall National Q Mark Award for Hygiene and Food Safety  across all businesses  They have been truly magnificent Topaz Brand Ambassadors and we wish them continued success” Diver concluded.

Topaz Energy Group Limited,
Topaz House,
Beech Hill,
Clonskeagh,
Dublin 4.
Topaz Head Office Tel: +353 (0)1 202 8888
Topaz Home Heat: Tel: 1850 250 650
Topaz Fax: +353 (0) 1 282 8320

SOURCE: Topaz Energy Group Limited

 

 

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Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer Topaz claimed six awards at Shelflife C-Store Awards

Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer Topaz claimed six awards at Shelflife C-Store Awards

Equity One, Inc. to hold an Investor Day on December 9, 2015 in New York City

New York, NY, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY), an owner, developer, and operator of shopping centers, announced today that it will hold an Investor Day on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time in New York City. David Lukes, Chief Executive Officer, and members of executive management will present. Presentations, including a question and answer session, will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

Stockholders, analysts and other interested parties can access the live audio webcast of the presentation, in a listenonly mode, on Equity One’s web site at www.equityone.com under Investors, or by clicking the following link, Equity One, Inc. 2015 Investor Day. The presentation slides will be posted on the day of the event to the investor relations page of www.equityone.com.

A replay of the presentation will also be available via webcast at www.equityone.com under Investors.

ABOUT EQUITY ONE, INC.
As of September 30, 2015, our portfolio comprised 124 properties, including 99 retail properties and five non-retail properties totaling approximately 12.5 million square feet of gross leasable area, or GLA, 14 development or redevelopment properties with approximately 2.9 million square feet of GLA, and six land parcels. As of September 30, 2015, our retail occupancy excluding developments and redevelopments was 95.6% and included national, regional and local tenants. Additionally, we had joint venture interests in seven retail properties and two office buildings totaling approximately 1.6 million square feet of GLA. To be included in the company’s e-mail distributions for press releases and other company notices, please click here or send contact details to Investor Relations at investorrelations@equityone.com.

For additional information:
Matthew Ostrower
EVP and Chief Financial Officer
Equity One, Inc.
410 Park Avenue, Suite 1220
New York, NY 10022
212-796-1760

SOURCE: EQUITY ONE, INC.

Starbucks: Only 12 percent of the world’s coffee was sold as sustainable coffee in the market

SEATTLE, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Conservation International, in partnership with Starbucks and other industry leaders, announced a call to action to make coffee the first sustainably sourced agricultural product in the world.

Today’s launch of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, at the U.N. climate negotiations in Paris, comes as ministers gather to write a new climate agreement and as momentum builds for businesses to take direct action to combat climate change.

Currently nearly half of the world’s coffee is being produced according to a sustainability standard, a figure that does not yet account for a number of recent significant investments made by the sector to support farmers in their transition to more sustainable practices. Yet only 12 percent was sold as sustainable coffee in the market.

“We need a common definition of sustainability for the coffee sector,” said Peter Seligmann, chairman and ceo of Conservation International (CI). “This will require commitments by roasters to support increased demand for sustainability. It will also require improved measurement of how far the sector has come in the sustainability journey and just how far we have to go.”

Ensuring Farmer and Family Livelihoods for Generations to Come

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge will convene industry and conservation partners to develop a common framework for sustainability in the coffee sector.

“The longevity of the coffee industry is directly linked to the social, economic and environmental conditions of coffee communities around the world, and at Starbucks we are committed to sourcing all of our coffee in the most ethical way possible that is good for the planet,”  said Craig Russell, executive vice president, Starbucks Global Coffee. “We are proud to be a part of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, a call to action for the industry focused on creating meaningful and lasting solutions to ensure farmer and family livelihoods for generations to come.”

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge comes at a time when nearly every major coffee producing region of the world is feeling the impacts of climate change. As demand increases – with consumers drinking 600 billion cups of coffee every year – warming temperatures, drought and changing weather patterns are impacting coffee production.

In addition to stimulating economic development across the industry, the effort will benefit the lives of 25 million coffee producers, the majority of whom are small-scale farmers. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge will also provide environmental benefits, including the conservation of vital forests that help fight climate change by storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and protection of freshwater resources.

CI kicks off the challenge with Starbucks and these key partners: Specialty Coffee Association of America; IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative; 4C Association; Allegro Coffee Company; Ceres; Committee on Sustainability Assessment; Counter Culture Coffee; ECOM Agroindustrial Corp. Ltd.; Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade; Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries; Keurig Green Mountain Inc.; Lutheran World Relief; Pelican Rouge Coffee Roasters B.V.; S&D Coffee & Tea; Solidaridad; and SustainAbility.

What Others are Saying about the Sustainable Coffee Challenge

“USAID is a strong supporter of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge and related efforts aimed at enhancing both environmental stewardship and the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers in developing countries. Under the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative, USAID partners with local governments, NGOs, researchers and private companies to support coffee farmers in a dozen countries around the world. Efforts like this to better define, measure and expand the market for sustainable coffee are most welcome.”Kathryn Garcia – chief of the Private Sector Engagement Division of USAID’s Bureau for Food Security

“For all the progress made in the coffee sector of the past two decades, there is much work to be done. For all the great efforts of the standards setters, NGOs and farmers themselves, sustainability in the coffee sector will ultimately depend upon the commitment of the industry itself to drive and demand better practices. This initiative will help drive demand for sustainable coffee and in so doing can accelerate progress to an agricultural product that benefits the entire supply chain. This will be to the benefit of consumers and the entire industry, including the millions of farmers whose livelihoods depend upon coffee.”Rob Cameron – executive director SustainAbility

“Sustainable agriculture is a critical component of solving the climate challenge, and to get it right we must simultaneously raise agricultural productivity, cut greenhouse gas emissions, increase climate resilience and respect the human rights of farm workers. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge offers great promise and could serve as a prototype for solving pressing sustainability challenges throughout our global agricultural system.” Mindy Lubber – president of the nonprofit sustainability advocacy organization, Ceres

“Root Capital has been working on improving farmer’s livelihoods for over 15 years. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge is an effort that goes hand to hand with our mission of delivering social, environmental and financial returns.” Willy Foote – Founder and CEO Root Capital

“The Bank is constantly exploring innovative ways of partnering with key stakeholders focused on improving the living conditions and resilience of smallholders across Latin America and the Caribbean. Demand-driven efforts such as the Sustainable Coffee Challenge can certainly complement our own efforts that will be implemented through the Sustainable Agriculture, Food and the Environment (SAFE) Platform.”Alejandro Escobar – lead agribusiness specialist, Multilateral Investment Fund, InterAmerican Development Bank

We commend an industry-wide effort to seek ways to make coffee sustainable. And just as we have farmers at the heart of Fairtrade America’s decision making, we urge stakeholders to have them at the heart of this initiative. For us, sustainability means building a better future for farmers, their families and their communities.  Hans Theyer – executive director, Fairtrade America

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Starbucks: Only 12 percent of the world’s coffee was sold as sustainable coffee in the market

Starbucks: Only 12 percent of the world’s coffee was sold as sustainable coffee in the market

Starbucks barista Ryan Wibawa took top honors in the first ever Indonesian Brewers Cup Championship finals

JAKARTA, Indonesia, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — For Starbucks barista Ryan Wibawa, mastering coffee artistry was the key to becoming a champion.

“I’ve worked really hard to hone my craft,” he said. “I’m now seeing the results of my hard work.”

Wibawa took top honors in the first ever Indonesian Brewers Cup Championship finals held in central Jakarta. The competition, which occurred in stages over four months and wrapped up in November, featured 79 competitors from Bali, Jakarta and Semarang. Participants were judged on their coffee-brewing expertise, presentation skills and customer service. As the first place winner, Wibawa will represent Indonesia at the World Brewers Cup Championship in Dublin, Ireland next year.

“This experience has given me another level of confidence to share my skills and knowledge about coffee,” said Wibawa. “I’m honored to represent Starbucks Indonesia at the World Championships in February.”

Wibawa was first exposed to coffee when he joined Starbucks two years ago. He learned quickly and developed an enthusiasm for all things coffee. In 2014, he was selected as his district’s coffee master and earlier this year he won Starbucks Indonesia’s Barista Championships. He will also represent Indonesia at the China and Asia Pacific (CAP) region’s Starbucks Barista Championships in Hong Kong in February 2016.

Ryan works at Indonesia’s first Starbucks Reserve store in Jakarta, where he delights customers with his coffee craft. He has also shared his expertise by training other Starbucks partners at Indonesia’s third Starbucks Reserve location in Bandung, which opened earlier this year.

“I am proud to be a Starbucks partner,” said Wibawa. “At Starbucks, I can do what I love and what I’m passionate about, which is coffee.”

To prepare for the Indonesian Brewers Cup Championship, Wibawa practiced twice per month with Mirza Luqman, Starbucks Indonesia’s learning and development manager.

“Ryan was very eager and committed to learning everything about coffee,” said Luqman. “I couldn’t be happier for him.”

“I can’t believe I will compete in the world championships,” added Wibawa. “I am so happy and proud to represent Starbucks and my country.”

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Starbucks barista Ryan Wibawa took top honors in the first ever Indonesian Brewers Cup Championship finals

Starbucks barista Ryan Wibawa took top honors in the first ever Indonesian Brewers Cup Championship finals

Tesco wins over 70 medals at the International Wine Challenge

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has amassed over 70 medals at ‘The Oscars’ of the wine industry- the International Wine Challenge.  Wines costing as little as £4, received accolades from a panel of independent drinks experts from around the world, who blind taste the wines to ensure fairness and impartiality.

An impressive 93 per cent of the retailer’s wines that were awarded gongs were from its own label wine range. Meaning customers will be able to pick up a critically acclaimed wine for Christmas with the finest* Sancerre and the finest* Dessert Semillon both receiving the highest accolade- a Gold Medal. Tesco also received 9 Silver, 22 Bronze and 41 Commended medals.

James Davis, Tesco’s Master of Wine said: “We’ve been working hard to help customers find fantastic tasting, great quality wine at truly affordable prices. With wines like the Tesco Vineyards Côtes du Rhône and Vineyards Chile Merlot, which are available from as little as £4 receiving a nod, we are proving that exceptional awarding winning wines don’t have to be at massive prices.”

For the last three years, Tesco has been named ‘Own Label Range of the Year’ by the International Wine Challenge. This is the first set of the 2016 medal results for the annual IWC wine awards, the second release will be announced in May. Other wines to receive an award include Silver medals for the £13 Pol Aimé Brut Champagne the Tesco Orvieto Classico 2014 (£5.25) and a bronze medal for the best-selling Wairau Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (£6.50).

See full list of award winners here

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.

SOURCE: Tesco

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Tesco wins over 70 medals at the International Wine Challenge

Tesco wins over 70 medals at the International Wine Challenge