Ice cream lovers can enjoy any scoop of ice cream for $1.31 as Baskin-Robbins rings in 2016 with its “Celebrate 31” promotion

  • Guests can enjoy any scoop of ice cream for $1.31 and Two-Scoop Sundaes for $3.31
  • on Thursday, December 31 at participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide

CANTON, Mass., 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is ringing in 2016 with its “Celebrate 31” promotion. On Thursday, December 31, ice cream lovers can enjoy any scoop of ice cream for $1.31 and Two-Scoop Sundaes for $3.31 at participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide.* To help celebrate the brand’s 70th birthday and its “31 flavors” heritage, Baskin-Robbins has offered sweet frozen treat deals on each 31st of the month throughout the year.

Guests can enjoy this special “Celebrate 31” deal on any of their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors, including classics like Pralines ‘n Cream, Very Berry Strawberry, Rocky Road, Mint Chocolate Chip and World Class® Chocolate. Additionally, Baskin-Robbins is featuring a range of seasonal ice cream flavors available at participating shops this holiday season, which include Egg Nog and Peppermint.

Additionally, Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of customizable ice cream cakes, including the new Polar Bear Dome Cake and Fudge Yule Log Roll Cake are the perfect way to celebrate the New Year.  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, and can be ordered in-store or online at, and are available for pick-up just 24 hours after ordering.

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* 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


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Ice cream lovers can enjoy any scoop of ice cream for $1.31 as Baskin-Robbins rings in 2016 with its “Celebrate 31” promotion
Ice cream lovers can enjoy any scoop of ice cream for $1.31 as Baskin-Robbins rings in 2016 with its “Celebrate 31” promotion

Dunkin’ Donuts introduces Fudge Croissant Donut and brings back Chicken Apple Sausage Sandwich to its menu as a sweet start to 2016

Chicken Apple Sausage Sandwich returns as delicious breakfast option for less than 400 calories, available any time of day

CANTON, MA, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts is readying for the New Year, today introducing a new item and a returning favorite to its menu as 2015 winds down. For a sweet start to ’16, Dunkin’ Donuts has unveiled the new Fudge Croissant Donut. This outrageously delicious donut is sure to be a favorite with chocolate lovers, combining the brand’s famous glazed croissant donut with a decadent fudge filling, topped with chocolate and white icing drizzle. The Fudge Croissant Donut is available for a limited time at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide beginning today.

For a unique breakfast sandwich option available any time of day, Dunkin’ Donuts is bringing back the Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich. A delicious on-the-go choice for less than 400 calories, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich features a juicy split chicken sausage seasoned with spices and real apple, egg, reduced fat cheddar cheese served on an oven-toasted English muffin. The Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich is available beginning today at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide for a limited time.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ espresso lineup features a sweet variety to give guests a boost all day, every day in 2016. Dunkin’ Donuts’ Caramel Macchiato is a handcrafted, layered espresso beverage made with steamed milk swirled with sweet caramel flavor, then topped with a double shot of Dunkin’ Donuts’ rich, freshly-brewed espresso. All Dunkin’ Donuts espresso beverages are made with espresso beans that are 100% Fair Trade Certified™ and selected from the finest, high-quality Arabica beans.

According to Jeff Miller, Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation for Dunkin’ Brands, “Our guests love that we are constantly offering new menu items and bringing back fan favorites as well, and we are committed to doing that throughout 2016. We think our guests will be especially excited by all we have in store for the start of the New Year. Our Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich was a popular choice for a unique new variety of our classic breakfast sandwich, and at less than 400 calories. The Caramel Macchiato combines our newest espresso beverage with the creamy, buttery taste of caramel for a new way for people to revive themselves any time during their busy day. And the Fudge Croissant Donut is an absolutely outrageously delicious way for guests to reward themselves with a well-deserved treat.”

Dunkin’ Donuts’ menu includes the perfect beverages to kick-off the New Year and gives guests the fresh start they are looking for. Dunkin’ Donuts offers two varieties of freshly prepared Fruit Smoothies, Strawberry Banana and Tropical Mango. At 260 calories or less for a 16 oz. serving, both smoothies are made with real fruit and creamy low-fat yogurt.

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About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,500 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit


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Dunkin’ Donuts introduces Fudge Croissant Donut and brings back Chicken Apple Sausage Sandwich to its menu as a sweet start to 2016

The Walt Disney Company: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” became the fastest film to cross the billion-dollar mark

GLENDALE, Calif., 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to set new box office records—yesterday it became the fastest film to cross the billion-dollar mark, doing so in just 12 days of global release. It’s the latest of many industry records set by the film, which has posted $540.1 million domestically in 10 days and $550.3 million internationally in 12 days (excluding the film’s final international market, China, where it will open January 9) for a worldwide total of $1,090.4 million.

This past weekend the film earned $149.2 million domestically to set the record for the biggest second weekend of all time, driving The Walt Disney Studios’ 2015 domestic box office over $2.1 billion dollars, the highest in its history and the first time the studio has reached the $2 billion threshold domestically. Through 10 days of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already the No. 2 movie of 2015 to date and the No. 5 movie of all time at the domestic box office. In addition, the film posted the biggest domestic and biggest December debut of all time ($247.9 million); biggest Thursday preview gross ($57 million); biggest Friday, opening, and single day ($119.1 million); biggest Sunday ($60.5 million), Monday ($40.1 million), Tuesday ($37.3 million), and Christmas Day ($49.3 million); highest per-theater average for a wide debut ($59,982); biggest IMAX debut ($30 million); and is the fastest film to reach $100M (1 day), $200M (2 days), $300M (5 days), $400M (8 days), and $500M (10 days).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to delight audiences around the globe where it has set several records including biggest worldwide debut ($529 million); biggest IMAX global debut ($48 million) and fastest film to cross $100M globally in IMAX; and biggest opening weekend in U.K. (4-day), Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland (3-day), Denmark (5-day), Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, New Zealand.

SOURCE: Disney


The Walt Disney Company: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" became the fastest film to cross the billion-dollar mark

The Walt Disney Company: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” became the fastest film to cross the billion-dollar mark

Amazon Prime celebrates milestone growth to its membership program

  • Prime experiences record-breaking holiday season – more than three million new members worldwide joined Prime during the third week of December alone
  • Prime members made The Man in the High Castle the most watched TV season on Prime Video this holiday by 4.5x and doubled their total viewing hours of Prime Video titles, compared to 2014
  • Biggest holiday ever for Amazon devices – up 2x over last year’s record-setting holiday
  • Over 200 million more items shipped for free with Prime this holiday season
  • Prime Now has busiest day ever on Christmas Eve – last order delivered at 11:59 p.m. to a customer in San Antonio, Texas

SEATTLE, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ —(NASDAQ: AMZN) — Amazon’s 21st holiday was a record-breaker for Amazon Prime, Amazon Original Series and Amazon devices. More than three million members worldwide joined Prime during the third week of December, bringing milestone growth to the membership program which offers unlimited Free Two-Day shipping, Free Same-Day Delivery, superfast free two-hour delivery via Prime Now in more than 20 metro areas, and unlimited access to tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series at no additional cost. Prime members made The Man in the High Castle the most watched TV season on Prime Video this holiday by 4.5x and doubled their total viewing hours of Prime Video titles, compared to 2014. This holiday was also the best ever for Amazon devices, doubling last year’s record-setting shopping season with millions of devices sold. Among Amazondevices, the all-new Fire tablet was the #1 best-selling, most gifted and most wished-for product across the millions of items available since its introduction 15 weeks ago.

“This was another great holiday season to be a Prime member, and we welcomed three million new members in the third week of December alone,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of “Over 200 million more items shipped for free with Prime this holiday, and members doubled their viewing hours of Prime Video compared to last year with the Amazon Original Series The Man in the High Castleleading the way as the most watched TV season ever on Prime Video. On behalf of Amazon employees around the world, we wish everyone happy holidays and the very best for the coming year.”

Holiday Fun Facts

Amazon Prime:

  • Record number of units shipped worldwide with Amazon Prime.
  • More than three million customers joined Prime in the third week of December.
  • Amazon Prime membership continues to grow, and there are tens of millions of members worldwide.
  • Record number of movies watched on Prime Video in 2015.
  • Prime members made The Man in the High Castle the most watched TV season on Prime Video by 4.5x.
  • This holiday, Prime members doubled their viewing hours of Prime Video titles, compared to 2014.
  • Prime members shopped more than 30,000 Lightning Deals on with Prime Early Access.
  • Christmas Eve was the biggest day ever for Prime Now deliveries.
  • Amazon devices including the all-new Fire tablet, Amazon Echo and Fire TV Stick made up three of the top five items ordered onChristmas Eve through Prime Now.
  • Some of the most popular Prime Now best sellers during the holidays were Simply Orange Juice, Bounty Paper Towels and Haribo Gold-Bears.
  • A record number of songs were streamed with Prime Music this holiday season—worldwide Prime Music plays set an all-time record increasing more than 350 percent compared to 2014.
  • Prime members shopping via mobile more than doubled this holiday in the US.
  • Members worldwide uploaded more than a billion photos for free with Prime Photos this holiday.
  • Kindle Paperwhite, Cards Against Humanity and Fitbit Charge were the most popular items ordered with Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery this holiday.


  • Amazon shipped to 185 countries this holiday.
  • The last Prime Now order delivered in-time for Christmas was delivered at 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve to a customer in San Antonio, Texas. The order included Blue Buffalo Dog Treats, an Gift Card, the all-new Fire tablet, Fruitables Dog Treats, LEGO Star Wars Death Star Final Duel Building Kit, Moleskine Classic Notebook and Stove Top Stuffing Mix.
  • The last Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery order from that was delivered in time for Christmas was ordered at 9:58 a.m. on December 24, 2015. The order included Bluetooth Headphones, and was delivered in Phoenix by 2:59 p.m. – the same day.

Amazon Devices & Digital Media:

  • Biggest holiday ever for Amazon devices – up 2x over last year’s record-setting holiday.
  • Amazon devices were top-selling products across all of the items available on this holiday season – #1 was Fire, #3 was Fire TV Stick.
  • The all-new Fire tablet and Amazon Echo topped this year’s most wished-for and gifted items for customers.
  • The most popular movie watched on Prime Video this holiday season was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
  • The most popular movie watched on Prime Video on Christmas was Interstellar.
  • Amazon Originals have been nominated for nearly 40 awards in 2015 including five Golden Globe nominations, two Screen Actors Guild nominations and eight Critics’ Choice nominations—series nominated include Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Catastrophe, The Man in the High Castle, and more.
  • Amazon Studios released its first Original Movie Chi-Raq on December 4 to rave reviews. The film, from director Spike Lee, has gone on to be included in several end of the year “Best Film Lists” from LA Weekly, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Slant, New York magazine and Vulture.
  • Amazon Prime members can instantly watch and enjoy the latest Amazon Original Series including The Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks, Hand of God, and the second season of Transparent as well as the second seasons of Amazon Original Kids Series Tumble Leaf and Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street on hundreds of devices.
  • The most common request of Alexa over the holiday season was “play music”—the top three holiday songs requested of Alexa on Amazon Echo this holiday season were “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Winter Wonderland.”
  • Alexa helped set over four million timers this holiday season—ensuring holiday cookies were never burnt.
  • Customers enjoyed hearing Christmas jokes and holiday trivia from Alexa this season, and on Christmas Eve, the “Santa’s Helper” skill helped customers track Santa as he made his way around the world.
  • The top holiday related utterance requested via Alexa on Fire TV was “How many days until Christmas?” this holiday season.
  • The top holiday song requested via Alexa on Fire TV was “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” followed by “Jingle Bell Rock.”
  • Chinese restaurants were the most requested type of food on Christmas day via local search from Yelp on Amazon Echo.
  • The top streamed holiday movie available on Amazon Video on Fire TV was Christmas Classics Volume 1 (a collection of 8 Christmas classics such as Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman).
  • Popular FreeTime Unlimited holiday titles enjoyed by kids in 2015 were Dora Saves the Snow Princess (Dora the Explorer), Olaf’s Adventures – FreeTime Unlimited Edition and Timmy’s Christmas Surprise.
  • The hours that kids spent reading in Amazon FreeTime this holiday season was enough time to travel beyond our solar system on a space shuttle.
  • The books read by kids in Amazon FreeTime this holiday season would reach Mt. Everest’s peak more than 10 times if put in a straight line in their physical form.
  • Adele—25 was the biggest pre-sale digital album ever on Amazon Music.
  • Michael Bublé—Christmas was the most played holiday album on Prime Music this season.
  • The most popular holiday song streamed on Prime Music during the holidays was Perry Como—“(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays(1959 Version).
  • The most played holiday Prime Playlist was 50 Great Songs for Holiday Entertaining.
  • The most played holiday Prime Station was Holiday Classics.
  • Plays of holiday music on Prime Playlists and Stations increased by more than 300 percent compared to 2014.
  • This holiday season there have been millions of streams of Christmas in Tahoe—the first-ever holiday album from Train, available exclusively for streaming on Prime Music.
  • Amazon released its second annual collection of original holiday music with Indie for the Holidays, a playlist that features artists and bands including, YACHT, Rogue Wave, Langhorne Slim, Tuxedo, Ivan & Alyosha, The LeeVees & Matisyahu, A Silent Film and more, singing newly-written or recorded holiday songs exclusively streaming on Prime Music.
  • The most popular holiday song streamed on Prime Music on Christmas was “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” by Nat King Cole.
  • Worldwide on December 24, AutoRip added more than one million digital copies of The Beatles albums into customers’ Music Libraries for free, providing digital AutoRip copies of physical albums purchased from Amazon since 1998.
  • Amazon Underground customers spent enough time playing apps and games throughout the holiday season to watch the entirety of Christmas classic movies, Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation more than a million times.
  • The top book purchased on Kindle in 2015 was The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins.
  • The most gifted Kindle book during the holiday season was Rath’s Deception by Piers Platt.
  • The top book borrowed on Kindle through Kindle Unlimited in 2015 was No Ordinary Billionaire by J.S. Scott.
  • The most popular Kindle book purchased on Christmas day was The Snow Child: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Fiction Finalists)by Eowyn Ivey.

Customer Purchases:

  • Nearly 70 percent of customers shopped using a mobile device this holiday.
  • On Cyber Monday, Amazon customers worldwide ordered more than 33 electronics per second from a mobile device.
  • customers shopping on the mobile app more than doubled this holiday.
  • The total number of hours customers spent reading The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir in 2015 on Kindle is equivalent to more than 1,000 trips to Mars on the Curiosity rover.
  • Handmade at Amazon sold enough rings this holiday season to give 13 to every contestant who has been on ABC’s The Bachelor.
  • The heaviest item purchased on Amazon Business this holiday season, a BendPak Super-Duty automotive lift, weighs as much as the average beluga whale.
  • customers purchased enough Rope King Twine this holiday season to tie a string from Seattle to Los Angeles.
  • customers purchased enough Rubbermaid 42-Piece Storage Containers this holiday season to pack leftovers for the entire Los Angeles County area.
  • customers purchased enough GREENIES pet treats this holiday season to give each of Santa’s reindeer 20 per second on Christmas Day.
  • customers purchased enough Cat Dancer 301 Cat Charmer Interactive Cat Toys this holiday season to give 92 to each of the participants from all 21 seasons of Dancing with the Stars.
  • customers purchased enough flashlights this holiday season to satisfactorily light eight collegiate football fields in accordance with NCAA standards.
  • customers purchased enough Command Hooks this holiday season to hang a stocking for every person in Orlando, Florida.
  • customers purchased enough LEGOs this holiday season to build life-sized replicas of every person attending a sold-out Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field.
  • customers purchased enough Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kits this holiday season to wrap around the Daytona International Speedway more than 10 times.
  • customers purchased enough Jenga sets this holiday season to reach the top of the Empire State Building more than 70 times.
  • sold enough HotHands Hand Warmers this holiday season for more than eight million hours of hand warming.
  • If every Just Dance 2016 video game purchased by customers this holiday season was played to completion by one person, he or she would be dancing until 2081.
  • Customers across 10 countries took advantage of Amazon’s first global Black Friday Deal of the Day, and purchased enough Sennheiser headphones to give a pair to every person at a sold-out Rolling Stones concert in 2015.
  • This holiday season, customers purchased more than enough 50-inch TVs to span the average width of the Grand Canyon.
  • customers purchased enough storage drives this holiday season to download and watch the first two seasons ofTransparent more than eight million times.
  • customers purchased enough Jurassic World DVDs this holiday season to equal the height of more than 2,700 Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  • On Cyber Monday alone, customers purchased one Adele CD every three seconds.
  • customers purchased enough women’s boots this holiday season that, if stacked on top of each other, they would be high enough to reach the orbit of the International Space Station.
  • customers purchased enough running shoes this holiday season to give every participant of the New York, Chicago, and Boston marathon three pairs of shoes – one for each race.
  • customers purchased a watch every three seconds this holiday season.
  • Laid out end-to-end, the number of jeans customers purchased this holiday season would cover the driving distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
  • Customers shopping at have generated tens of millions of dollars for their favorite charities since the program was launched.
  • So far, over 100,000 organizations have received donations from AmazonSmile. One of those charities, Pencils of Promise, used AmazonSmile donations to build a school in Ghana for preschool and primary aged students.

Holiday Best Sellers ( only):

  • Amazon Business: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD; Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 with Keyboard and Mouse; Sharpie Permanent Markers – Fine Point, Black, 12 Pack
  • Amazon Video: Inside Out; Trainwreck; Jurassic World
  • Amazon Launchpad: Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit; Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid; Pivotal Living Band
  • Automotive: Hopkins 532 Mallory 26″ Snow Brush with Foam Grip; Accutire MS-4021B Digital Tire Pressure Gauge; Stanley J5C09 1000 Peak Amp Jump Starter with Built-in Compressor
  • Baby: Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy; Nuby Icybite Hard/Soft Teething Keys; Fisher-Price Rattle and Rock Maracas Musical Toy
  • Books: Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids; Adult Coloring Books: A Coloring Book for Adults Featuring Mandalas and Henna Inspired Flowers, Animals, and Paisley Patterns; Humans of New York: Stories
  • Business, Industrial & Scientific Supplies: Georgia-Pacific Signature 2-Ply Premium Multifold Paper Towel; Rope King ST-300 Sisal Twine – 300 Feet; Dixon Valve TTB75 PTFE Industrial Sealant Tape
  • Camera: Fujifilm INSTAX Mini Instant Film Twin Pack – White; GoPro HERO4 SILVER; AmazonBasics Head Strap Camera Mount forGoPro
  • Furniture: Frenchi Furniture Black Metal Coat Rack – 12 Hooks; AmazonBasics Mid-Back Office Chair; Signature Sleep Contour 8″Twin Mattress
  • Grocery: KIND Nuts & Spices, Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, 1.4 Ounce, 12 Count; San Francisco Bay OneCup, French Roast, 80 Single Serve Coffees; smartwater, 6-Count, 1 Liter Bottle
  • Headphone: Panasonic RPHJE120K In-Ear Headphone – Black; Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphone – Black; Sennheiser HD 598 Special Edition Over-Ear Headphones – Black
  • Home Audio: Jensen JTA-230 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with Built-in Speakers; Yamaha RX-V677 7.2-channel Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver with AirPlay; SONOS PLAY:1 2-Room Streaming Music Starter Set Bundle – Black
  • Home Improvement: Roommates Star Wars Classic Peel And Stick Wall Decals; WBM 1002 Hand Carved Himalayan Natural Crystal L O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Cream – 3.4-Ounce
  • Home: BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16-Volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vacuum; Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer, FH50150; Darice 80-Piece Deluxe Art Set
  • Kids’ Fashion & Accessories: Gerber Baby Girls’ Three-Piece Set with Bodysuit, Cap, and Pant; Northside Frosty Snow Boot (Toddler); Timex Kids’ T89022 “Time Teacher” Floral Elastic Strap Watch
  • Kindle Books: The Crossing by Michael Connelly; Pretend You’re Mine: A Small Town Love Story by Lucy Score; Rogue Lawyer byJohn Grisham
  • Kitchen: Rubbermaid 42-Piece Storage Container; Instant Pot 7-1 Multi-Cooker; Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener
  • Luxury Beauty: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, Intense Black; L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, 5.2-Ounce; Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, 1 Fluid Ounce
  • Men’s Fashion & Accessories: Levi’s Men’s 505 Regular Fit Jean; Clarks Men’s Bushacre 2 Desert Boots; Timex Men’s T499059J Expedition Field Chronograph Watch
  • Movies: Inside Out (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack + Digital Copy); Minions (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD); Star Wars Trilogy Episodes IV-VI (Blu-ray + DVD)
  • Music (CDs & vinyl): Adele 25; Pentatonix That’s Christmas to Me; Frozen (Soundtrack)
  • Outdoors: Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle; Razor A Kick Scooter; Intex Airbeds
  • Patio, Lawn & Garden: Bounty Hunter Gold Digger Metal Detector; Weber 6492 Original Instant-Read Thermometer; Original BEAR PAWS Pulled Pork Shredder Claws
  • PC: Toshiba C55 Laptop; Dell E2414Hr 24-Inch LED-Lit Monitor; SanDisk Ultra 32GB UHS-I/Class 10 Micro SDHC Memory Card With Adapter
  • Pets: KONG Cozie Marvin the Moose – Medium Dog Toy, Brown; KONG Air Dog Squeakair Birthday Balls Dog Toy – Medium (3 Balls); GREENIES PILL POCKETS Treats for Dogs Chicken Flavor – 15.8-Ounce, 60 Count
  • Prime Video (movies): The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1; Ex Machina; Dark Places
  • Prime Video (TV seasons): Amazon Original Series The Man in the High Castle; Amazon Original Series Transparent (Season 2); Amazon Original Series, Shaun the Sheep—The Farmer’s Llamas
  • Prime Music (songs): Adele—“Hello”; Walk the Moon—“Shut up and Dance”; Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars—“Uptown Funk”
  • Prime Now: Bounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels – White, 8 Giant Rolls; Aquafina Water – 16.9 Ounce, 24 Count; Haribo Gold-Bears, 5 Ounce
  • Sports: Spalding NBA Street Basketball; Wilson F1415 NFL MVP Football (Official Size); Level Terrain FlipBelt Waist Pouch
  • Tablets: Fire; Fire Kids Edition; Fire HD 6
  • Tools: DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit; MagnoGrip 311-090 Magnetic Wristband; Howard Leight Impact Sport OD Electric Earmuff
  • Toys & Games: Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit; Nerf N-Strike Elite: Strongarm Blaster; Jenga Classic Game
  • TV: Samsung UN32J5205 32-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV; Samsung UN40J5200 40-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV; TCL 32S3700 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV
  • Video Games: Call of Duty: Black Ops III; Fallout 4; Star Wars Battlefront
  • Women’s Fashion & Accessories: Columbia Women’s Benton Springs Full-Zip Fleece Jacket; BOBS from Skechers Women’s Keepsakes Delight Slipper; Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Cross-Body Bag

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Fundación EROSKI: 512 centros escolares se han inscrito al programa “Programa Educativo en Alimentación y Hábitos de Vida Saludables”

  • 512 centros escolares se han inscrito al programa, un 67% más que en el primer trimestre 2014-2015
  • El programa, que incluye visitas a productores agroalimentarios, ha ofrecido cerca de 600 talleres este trimestre, un 20% más con respecto al mismo periodo del pasado año
  • El programa amplía este curso los materiales disponibles en formato audiovisual para facilitar el acceso al mismo y hacerlo más atractivo y útil a los menores

ELORRIO (BIZKAIA), España, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cerca de 40.000 escolares de entre 6 y 12 años  han participado en España en el Programa Educativo en Alimentación y Hábitos de Vida Saludables (PEAHS) de la Escuela de Alimentación de la Fundación EROSKI durante este primer trimestre del curso escolar. El programa duplica así el número de participantes con respecto al mismo periodo del pasado año. Desde el comienzo de este curso, 512 centros educativos de todas las comunidades autónomas se han inscrito en el programa, un 67% más que en el primer trimestre escolar 2014-2015.

Esta nueva edición ofrece tanto a alumnos como a profesores de Educación Primaria nuevos contenidos, más actividades y talleres prácticos. Asimismo, el PEAHS amplía este curso los materiales disponibles en formato audiovisual para facilitar el acceso al mismo y hacerlo más atractivo y útil a los menores. El programa ha sido configurado por un Comité Científico formado por profesionales de diferentes disciplinas: medicina y pediatría, nutrición y dietética, psicopedagogía y pedagogía.

Desde la Fundación EROSKI, conscientes del crecimiento de la tasa de obesidad infantil, pusimos en marcha este programa en 2012 con el objetivo de promover la alimentación y los hábitos de vida saludables entre los escolares.Año tras año el programa crece y mejora sus contenidos a partir de las valoraciones y aportaciones realizadas por los docentes que ya lo han impartido”, señala Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa, director de la Fundación EROSKI. En el curso 2014-2015 se triplicó prácticamente el número de participantes, con más de 70.000 escolares inscritos de 900 colegios de toda España.

Nuevos contenidos junto a la Fundación Española del Corazón

Con un formato basado en sesiones teóricas en el aula escolar y talleres prácticos, el Programa Educativo en centros escolares incluye esta edición nuevos contenidos con el objetivo de contribuir a una mejor formación de los alumnos en alimentación sana y hábitos de vida saludables. De esta manera, se incluye una nueva sesión – ‘Come y cuida tu corazón’-, desarrollada en colaboración con la Fundación Española del Corazón (FEC). “Nos parece importante transmitir a los estudiantes desde edades tempranas la incidencia que tiene sobre nuestra salud mantener una correcta alimentación”, afirma Alejandro Martinez Berriochoa. El contenido de las sesiones estará disponible también en vídeo este año.

En las clases prácticas los alumnos ejercitan lo aprendido en las sesiones teóricas. En este primer trimestre de curso el programa ha ofrecido cerca de 600 talleres, un 20% más con respecto al mismo periodo del pasado año “Los estudiantes visitan alguno de nuestros supermercados e hipermercados, donde hacen la compra para elaborar un menú saludable. En la última edición cerrada (2014-2015) se desarrollaron más de 1.200 talleres en 180 establecimientos”, indica el director de la Fundación EROSKI.

El curso incluye además, el taller ‘Los productos de mi Tierra’, que permite que los menores conozcan de primera mano en las instalaciones de productores agroalimentarios el origen de los alimentos de su región y comprueben la importancia que tiene la producción local. Este nuevo taller de productores agroalimentarios está disponible en formato audiovisual en la nueva edición del programa educativo en la web

Los colegios interesados en participar en el PEAHS durante el curso 2015-2016 pueden inscribirse a través de o en el teléfono de atención 94 6072841.

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


Fundación EROSKI: 512 centros escolares se han inscrito al programa "Programa Educativo en Alimentación y Hábitos de Vida Saludables"

Fundación EROSKI: 512 centros escolares se han inscrito al programa “Programa Educativo en Alimentación y Hábitos de Vida Saludables”

British spending power slows ahead of 2016 – Asda’s latest Income Tracker

LEEDS, England, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Families set for a festive hangover despite double digit increase in disposable income for 13th consecutive month.

  • Average UK household had £193 of discretionary income last month, up by £14 a week compared to November 2014
  • Despite 13th month of double digit increases in disposable income, rate of growth slowed – from an average of £17 a week enjoyed throughout the rest of the year
  • 2015 review shows spend on big-ticket items up in the first three quarters of 2015, with spending on vehicles increasing 11.5% compared to 2014
  • Family fun remained a focus with spending on recreational and cultural activities rising 8.3% ahead of the festive period

With the nation ready to pop its cork on New Year’s Eve, Asda’s latest Income Tracker shows families will have something to celebrate – discretionary income reached £193 in November, up by £14 (7.7%) on the same time last year. This marks the 13th consecutive month of double digit increases.

However, as Santa steers Rudolph back to the North Pole it’s not just reindeers being reined in – Asda’s Income Tracker shows November’s £14 extra spending boost fell short of the £17 average we’ve seen during the rest of 2015, thanks to just a slight increase in inflation that is expected to continue into the New Year.

Still, the extra boost to wallets powered spending throughout 2015. Between January and September consumers spent a massive £861bn – up from £835bn for the first three quarters of 2014. But with Brits spending less on stocking their cupboards, many instead treated themselves to big-ticket items – particularly in the first half of 2015. The number of people who bought new wheels increased significantly with spend on car purchases up 11.5% compared to the first three quarters of 2014. Splashing cash on jewellery and watches also proved popular, increasing 9.1% on the same period last year.

It was out with the old around the home; with a 6.6% increase in spend on furniture since 2014. While gardens also benefitted from the seeds of recovery, with an 8.7% year on year rise in spending on gardens, plants and flowers in the first three quarters of the year.

However, shoppers didn’t limit their spending to material goods. As the festive season comes to a close, a review of Asda’s Income Tracker shows that Brits devoted more of their budget to dining out at restaurants and cafes with loved ones in 2015, up 2.1% compared to the same period of 2014.

Buoyed further by the steep fall in vehicle fuel costs, down 12.9% compared with a year ago – other recreational and cultural activities also enjoyed a boost of 8.3% in the first three quarters of 2015, with recent pantomime and party outings likely to contribute to strong growth over the year as a whole.

Asda President and CEO, Andy Clarke, said: “The good news for customers is that pressure on household budgets has clearly eased in the run up to Christmas as a direct consequence of decreases in the cost of food, fuel and energy prices. There are also indications that customer spending has shifted this Christmas with households spending less on food and drink in 2015 compared to last year and instead families are using their increased spending power on leisure and festive fun which is understandable after a period of financial uncertainty.”

Sam Alderson, Economist, CEBR, said: “While growth in spending power has slowed to its lowest level in the past 12 months, the boost is still considerable – particularly given that spending power has risen on an annual basis for over two years. Buoyed by these increases, households have increased spending over the past year – particularly on big ticket items such as jewellery and household appliances.”

You can read the full report here.



Whole Foods Market refused to consider New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)’s initial demands of $1.5 million

NEW YORK, NY, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market worked closely with the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) over the last several months to reach an agreement that is in the best interest of the people of the City of New York and our stakeholders.

Unfortunately the DCA has misrepresented this agreement. WFM has had in place preexisting pricing and weights/measures programs including a third party auditing and training program and a 100 percent pricing accuracy guarantee that gives customers a full refund on any item inadvertently mispriced. These are pre-existing programs that go above and beyond the DCA’s requirements. Furthermore, the DCA’s allegations of violations on weighted/measured items were limited to New York City, and as our joint agreement states, there was no evidence of systematic or intentional misconduct by anyone in the Northeast region or the rest of the company.

While WFM refused to consider the DCA’s initial demands of $1.5 million, we agreed to $500,000 in order to put this issue behind us so that we can continue to focus our attention on providing our New York City customers with the highest level of quality and service.


SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

Ingles Markets to pay quarterly cash dividend on both the Class A and Class B Common Stock

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.165 (sixteen and one-half cents) per share on all its Class A Common Stock and $0.15 (fifteen cents) per share on all its Class B Common Stock. This is an annual rate of $0.66 and $0.60 per share, respectively. Dividends on both the Class A and Class B Common Stock are payable January 21, 2016, to all shareholders of record on January 7, 2016.

About Ingles Markets, Incorporated
Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 201 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website

Ingles Markets, Incorporated – Post Office Box 6676, Asheville, NC 28816 –

SOURCE: Ingles Markets Inc.

Al Meera with Hamad Medical Corporation held a successful blood donation campaign as part of its corporate social responsibility program

QATAR, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al Meera, in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation’s Blood Donor Unit, organized a successful blood donation campaign at the company headquarters earlier this month.

The drive is in line with Al Meera’s commitment to Qatar’s communities as part of its corporate social responsibility program, helping to ensure a secure blood supply in Qatar’s hospitals. The success came by the company’s tradition of working with like-minded Qatari organizations such as Hamad Medical Corporation, who are committed as fervently to the same cause.

The campaign saw a very positive response from Al Meera staff who were more than happy to participate in a humanitarian cause that aids patients in need in their journey to recovery.

“The blood donation drive is testament to our commitment to Qatar’s communities and individuals. We are delighted at the altruism and overwhelming response from our staff who were more than eager to help and donate,” said Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Al Meera’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer. “At Al Meera, we believe that such initiatives raise public awareness on the importance of donating blood, not only because it may save lives, but on the health benefits to the donors themselves.”

In addition, Al Qahtani invited all members of the community and leading corporations to support Hamad Medical Corporation in its blood drives as this adheres to the spirit of the 2030 Qatar National Vision.

The blood drive is part of Al Meera continuous support of health initiatives in Qatar that saw two recent campaigns run by the company:  ‘Action on Diabetes’ during the holy month of Ramadan that was held in several Al Meera branches in partnership with the Supreme Council of Health, and a cancer awareness campaign in collaboration with the Qatar Cancer Society at the Rumeillah hospital.

SOURCE: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company


Al Meera with Hamad Medical Corporation held a successful blood donation campaign as part of its corporate social responsibility program

Al Meera with Hamad Medical Corporation held a successful blood donation campaign as part of its corporate social responsibility program

Stater Bros. Markets names Pete Van Helden President and Chief Executive Officer

San Bernardino, CA, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jack H. Brown, Executive Chairman of the Board  of Stater Bros. Markets, announced today that Pete Van Helden has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Stater Bros. Markets effective January 4, 2016.

Brown has served Stater Bros. for the past 36 years as Chief Executive Officer and will become the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stater Bros. Markets. Van Helden will continue to report to Brown.

Van Helden is a 38-year veteran of the Supermarket Industry and has served Stater Bros. as President and Chief Operating Officer since 2013.

Prior to joining Stater Bros., Van Helden was Executive Vice President Retail Operations for Supervalu.   He began his career in the Supermarket Industry in 1977 working as a Courtesy Clerk for Rosauers in Libby, Montana.  In 1978, he relocated to Bozeman, Montana where he joined Albertsons as a Clerk.  During his 38-years in the Supermarket Industry, Pete has held a variety of leadership positions.

Pete holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix.  He also serves as Vice President of Stater Bros. Charities.

“Pete is well-respected and will do an outstanding job as President and Chief Executive Officer,” stated Brown.

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 168 Supermarkets, and there are over 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information, log onto


SOURCE: Stater Bros. Markets


President & Chief Executive Officer

President & Chief Executive Officer

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. to present at the 18th Annual ICR Conference at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida on January 13, 2016

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(Nasdaq:BJRI) will be presenting at the 18th Annual ICR Conference at the Grande Lakes Resort inOrlando, Florida. The Company’s presentation is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET on January 13, 2016 and will be broadcast live over the Internet.   Interested parties may listen to the presentation at the Company’s website located at 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, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia andWashington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at

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

SOURCE: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

Carrefour opens new shopping center in Jaworzno, Poland

Jaworzno, Poland, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first shopping center in the city of Jaworzno, in southern Poland has recently opened offering over 100 shops and a Carrefour hypermarket of 4,000 sqm. The store employs more than 90 people.

The shopping cneter has also has 6 cinema screens, a gym, a bowling alley, a discotheque and numerous restaurants.

SOURCE: Carrefour


Carrefour opens new shopping center in Jaworzno, Poland

Carrefour opens new shopping center in Jaworzno, Poland

Asda reveals UK’s buying habits in 2015

  • Weather affected the nation’s buying habits across all seasons
  • Home was where the heart was in Spring
  • Celebrating was top of the agenda influenced by sport, seasonal events and the Royal family

LEEDS, England, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the year draws to a close, leading supermarket Asda looks back at what drove the nation’s shopping habits in 2015. Online sales continued to grow with receiving over 12,000 transactions per day and over 10% of customers shopped via mobile or tablet. Convenience shopping was key whilst the weather steered choices.

Fiona Lambert, Vice President of Brand Development and Design, Asda, recaps the events that fuelled retail in 2015.

Spring – Home is where the heart is
While spring was on the horizon, Valentine’s Day celebrators chose affordable luxury for their special meal. Deals on steak, wine and desserts for two, saw a huge increase in sales as home romance was favoured over restaurant prices.

As spring skipped into gear, it was all about domestic re-invention. Sales of bedding and accessories grew as people looked for a quick way to spruce their home interiors without breaking the bank; contributing to George Home outperforming the homeware market by +4.8% in its first year. Meanwhile, when it came to the garden, warm weather created an almost 10% rise YoY rise in spending on gardens, plants and flowers.

Summer of celebration
The sun had its hat on – some of the time. Unpredictable weather drove customers to the supermarkets at the weekends with Saturday being the busiest trading day. Sales of BBQs increased by +140% YoY and charcoal by +200% YoY, while garden furniture was up +180% YoY, solar lights +120% YoY and paddling pools +250% YoY.

Brits showed that their love for festivals still runs strong. Channeling the 70s vibe, George’s tassel waistcoat beat sales predictions by 44%, and crochet dresses, blouses and vintage style kimonos were key performers. The changeable weather left festival-goers taking no chances, Pac A Mac sales beat expectations by 32%.

Autumn –Sport and spookiness
October saw England swiftly leave the Rugby World Cup, but the success of the other home nations kept the UK’s spirits buoyant. This celebratory mood saw a surge in sales of party products, including; pizza, wine, beer, and snacks. Prosecco was the unexpected hero of the Rugby World Cup with sales up 20%.

While Halloween was bigger than ever in the UK, with an estimated spend of £250 million and a sales increase of 12% YoY. Asda prepared by stocking 259% more costumes than last year and introducing new spooky foods such as bumpkins, ‘putrid’ purple chilies and green swede. Halloween costumes for pets were also introduced – having spotted an opportunity the previous Christmas when Asda sold in excess of 120,000 dog jumpers.

Winter heat
Despite December being the mildest in 70 years, festive jumpers were still high on the agenda. The Christmas jumper phenomenon continues to grow; sales were up 1,105% since 2012, and sales of Asda’s pet costumes spiked by 45% YoY – driven by ‘pet parents’ ensuring their ‘babies’ looked the part for the festivities.

Christmas celebrations were high on everyone’s agenda with two million bottles of fizz being sold in December alone and three bottles of Prosecco being popped for every bottle of Champagne.

Commenting on the year’s retail trends, Fiona Lambert, Vice President of Own Brand Development and Design, Asda said. “We’ve needed to remain flexible this year to meet the demands of the weather and what our customers needed season to season. It’s been about reacting in the right way to maximise convenience for them across food, home and clothing.

“Our teams are working round the clock to ensure innovation and trends are being discovered and new products are landing on shelf each season. The unpredictability of this year has meant a tough ride for most retailers but we’ve got everything in place to make sure our customers can find what they need in store and online year round, come rain or shine.”


Morrisons to donate £100,000 to support families affected by the floods in the north of England and Scotland

Bradford, England, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons is to give £100,000 to groups helping families affected by the floods in the north of England and Scotland.

The move comes as another storm is expected to hit western parts of the UK tonight.

The funds are being given to flood appeals in Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Scotland and Cumbria to spend on clean-up costs, emergency repairs and emergency supplies of clothing and food and drink.

David Potts, Morrisons Chief Executive, said: “We have seen the terrible impact that the floods have had on communities that we serve and we want to do our bit to help.

“This money will help to start the clean-up process which will be a huge challenge over the coming days and weeks.”

Morrisons has already given food and other emergency supplies to crisis centres and store colleagues have also been supporting the clean-up, running collections and operating donating stations. Store cafés have also been used to provide free meals for displaced families.

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