Walmart Canada promotes the use of reusable bags with the aim to reduce plastic waste

  • Goal is to eliminate plastic film from municipal land-fill
  • New five-cent fee to be implemented to discourage single-use bags
  • Reusable bags to be offered at a discount

Mississauga, ON, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today announced that beginning Feb. 9, 2016, it will stop providing free plastic bags to customers in an effort to promote the use of reusable bags and ultimately eliminate plastic film from land-fill.

The initiative is the latest waste-elimination priority in Walmart’s ongoing commitment to achieve zero waste.  Walmart Canada’s 12 waste programs — including cardboard, organics, metal and others —has resulted in the diversion of  72% of Walmart Canada’s waste from municipal land-fill sites.  

Customers will be encouraged to use reusable bags, which will be sold at a discounted rate of 25 cents. Walmart will continue to offer plastic bags at a fee of five cents per bag to those customers who request them.

“We recognize we are asking our customers to change their shopping practices, but we strongly believe that removing plastic film from our waste stream is imperative to reaching our goal of zero waste and will encourage our customers to broaden their already existing waste-reduction efforts,” said Lee Tappenden, chief operations officer at Walmart Canada. “We know from our experience in other international markets that an incentive in the form of a fee to encourage customers to adopt reusable bags reduces single-use plastic bags by more than 50%. Similar programs here in Canada have reported comparable successes.”

In addition to offering reusable bags and implementing a plastic bag fee, Walmart will be improving its in-store recycling and collection programs. The company is working with suppliers to find new ways of removing plastic from its packaging processes. Partial proceeds from the five cent fee will be used to support plastic film recycling initiatives.

The distribution of plastic bags has been identified as a key environmental concern and has been called out by municipalities as a large contributor to land-fill waste. In addition, at the 2016 World Economic Forum it was estimated that plastic will outweigh fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 if efforts to reduce the use of plastic are not put in place.

“Recent internal research has identified that our customers feel we use too many plastic bags and that the reduction and elimination of plastic bags are the responsibility of both consumers and retailers,” said Tappenden. “While we recognize our ultimate goal of eliminating plastic film from our operations altogether won’t happen overnight, we believe our customers are open to supporting this goal by switching to reusable bags.”

The elimination of free, single-use plastic bags will roll out progressively across Walmart stores in Canada over the following months, beginning on Feb. 9 in British Columbia.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 397 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 450,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

Contact:

Alex Roberton, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Walmart Canada
alex.roberton@walmart.com
514 210 7514

 

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Walmart Canada promotes the use of reusable bags with the aim to reduce plastic waste

Walmart Canada promotes the use of reusable bags with the aim to reduce plastic waste

Walmart Canada to open 15 supercentres in January 2016

  • Three supercentres to open today, 12 more on January 28
  • Grand opening of 300th supercentre on January 21; 400th Walmart store to open on January 28
  • The 15 supercentre projects represent an investment of more than $100 million and have generated approximately 700 new store jobs and 1450 construction and trade jobs


Mississauga, ON, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada will grand open 15 supercentres this month, completing its expansion plan for the company’s current fiscal year, ending January 31, 2016. In addition to the 29 supercentre projects announced on February 22, 2015, an additional 13 supercentres were announced on May 8, 2015, of which five will grand open next week. These grand openings bring Walmart Canada’s total store count to 400 stores, including 312 supercentres and 88 discount stores.

“We’re thrilled to open our 400th location in Canada this month, as well as our 300th supercentre,” said Preyash Thakrar, senior vice president, strategy and real estate. “These supercentres will provide even more Canadian communities with affordable access to quality fresh groceries and one-stop shopping, while also saving them money.”

January 21 Supercentre Grand Openings

Quebec: Beauport (300th supercentre), Rimouski

Manitoba: Winkler

January 28 Supercentre Grand Openings

Ontario: Ottawa

Quebec: Candiac; Saint Romuald; Quebec City (400th store)

Manitoba: Winnipeg

Saskatchewan: Moose Jaw

Alberta: Brooks, Drayton Valley; Edson, Stettler

British Columbia: Maple Ridge, Trail

One-stop shopping

Walmart Supercentres offer up to 120,000 products, including a full complement of groceries –fresh produce, bakery goods, deli, meat and dairy products and organic selection as well as apparel, home decor and electronics. They also offer specialty services including pharmacies, garden centres and medical clinics.

“Walmart’s supercentres provide unparalleled access to a one-stop shopping experience,” added Thakrar. “Our supercentres deliver low prices everyday on the thousands of items Canadians want, especially quality, affordable fresh food for their families.”

Community giving

Walmart supports families in need and has one of the strongest community giving programs in Canada. To celebrate the grand openings, the stores will make donation to local organizations and will build on these donations throughout the year.

Grand opening party

Grand opening festivities are planned for each official opening. Each store will host a party the following weekend. Customers can enjoy face-painting, live music, and samples.

About Walmart Canada

With a growing chain of 397 stores, Walmart serves more than 1.2 million customers each day. Its online store, walmart.ca, is visited by over 450,000 Canadians daily. Walmart Canada’s community giving program is focused on helping Canadian families in need. Since 1994, Walmart has donated and raised more than $230 million to Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations. Additional company information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at http://www.twitter.com/@walmartcanada.

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For further information please contact:
Alex Roberton, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Alex.roberton@walmart.com
514 210 7514

 

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Walmart Canada to open 15 supercentres in January 2016

Walmart Canada to open 15 supercentres in January 2016

SpartanNash provides safe drinking water to its neighbors in Flint, Michigan

  • Water Drive Taking Place at all Michigan Corporate-owned Stores and Headquarters
  • Corporation and Teamsters Join Forces to donate 2 semi-truck loads

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, and ending Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, customers at all 91 Michigan D&W, Family Fare, VG’s, ValuLand and Forest Hills Foods stores and Fuel Centers will have the opportunity to make a cash register donation of $2.99 toward a 24-pack case of Spartan® brand bottled water.SpartanNash associates also pitching in and donating at the company’s Michigan headquarters.

Byron Center, MI, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — SpartanNash will apply 100 percent of the proceeds toward the water donations and deliver the water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (located at 2300 Lapeer Rd., Flint, MI). The Food Bank will distribute the water to Flint residents with the help of their community partners.

“We have been working since last fall to help our neighbors in Flint,” said Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, SpartanNash. “Michiganders take pride in their state and watch out for each other. We have had customers and associates asking us how they can help and send water with our donations. With the scan, we make it easy and even do the heavy lifting – we also deliver as needed to facilitate distribution for our community partners.”

SpartanNash and Teamsters join forces to deliver two semi-truck loads

Teamsters Local 406 based out of SpartanNash’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, distribution center donated one truckload (20 pallets) of Spartan® brand water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan earlier this week, and SpartanNash matched their donation – for a total of 3,360 cases or 80,640 bottles of water. The Teamsters delivered the two truckloads of water to the Food Bank on January 20.

In the fall of 2015, SpartanNash’s VG’s store in Caro, Michigan, donated 168 cases (2 pallets, or 4,000 bottles) of water to Flint Community Schools. All VG’s stores partnered with Flint Community Schools by holding a water drive in stores. All the water donations were given to Flint Community Schools. A total of 207 cases of water were donated by the community and were delivered on November 12, 2015.

About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the leading food distributor serving U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, in terms of revenue. The Company’s core businesses include distributing food to military commissaries and exchanges and independent and corporate-owned retail stores located in 46 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 163 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, and SunMart. SpartanNash’s Michigan-based corporate stores include D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare Supermarkets, Forest Hills Foods, VG’s, and ValuLand banners.

SOURCE: SpartanNash Company

SpartanNash
Meredith Gremel, 616-878-2830
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications

Tierwohl ist für Coop keine Nebensache

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — 1. Platz für Coop beim Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare

Unter 90 international führenden Unternehmen im Lebensmittelbereich hat es Coop als einzige Anbieterin aus der Schweiz auf den ersten Platz geschafft. Und dies bereits zum dritten Mal in Folge. Der sogenannte Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) hat Coop insbesondere für ihre klare Strategie in Sachen Tierwohl und die Umsetzung entsprechender Massnahmen gelobt. Dazu gehören unter anderem die Naturafarm-Tierhaltungsprogramme und die Bestrebungen, sich auch im Ausland für gleich hohe Tierwohlstandards wie in der Schweiz einzusetzen.

Für ihr Engagement für das Tierwohl wurden Marks & Spencer, Noble Foods, Waitrose und Coop vom BBFAW unter 90 internationalen Anbietern im Lebensmittelbereich (Detailhändler, Restaurants und Verarbeiter) als Spitzenreiter ausgezeichnet. «Die Auszeichnung bestärkt uns in unserem Vorhaben, unser Engagement für noch höhere Tierwohlstandards gleich überzeugt fortzuführen», so Philipp Wyss, Leiter Marketing/Beschaffung von Coop.

30 Tierwohlprojekte
Coop setzt sich nicht nur im Inland für vorbildliche Tierwohlanforderungen ein, etwa im Rahmen von Naturafarm und Naturaplan. Coop hat sich auch zum Ziel gesetzt, dass Nutztiere aus ausländischen Lieferbetrieben unter vergleichbaren Bedingungen gehalten werden wie in der Schweiz. Derzeit engagiert sich die Detailhändlerin in der Schweiz und im Ausland in über 30 Tierwohlprojekten. «Dazu gehören Projekte wie Baltic Beef, ein Programm für die Mutterkuhhaltung im Baltikum oder das Zweinutzungshuhn zur Vermeidung der Tötung von männlichen Küken in der Eierproduktion», äussert sich Philipp Wyss zum Tierwohlengagement von Coop.

Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW)
Der BBFAW wurde von den internationalen Tierschutzorganisationen «Compassion in World Farming» und «The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)» in Auftrag gegeben und finanziert. Er bewertet das Tierwohlengagement von Unternehmen nach den vier Kategorien «Innovationskraft», «betriebliche Umsetzung», «Leistungsberichterstattung» und «unternehmerisches Bekenntnis zum Tierwohl». Bereits in den letzten drei Jahren landete Coop in der Spitzengruppe.

Weitere Informationen unter www.coop.ch/tierwohl.

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Kontaktpersonen

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

Ramón Gander, Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Urs Meier, Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 39

 

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Tierwohl ist für Coop keine Nebensache

Tierwohl ist für Coop keine Nebensache

Evolution Fresh declares January 26 as the first-ever National Green Juice Day

Evolution Fresh Teams up with Postmates to Help Customers “Turn it Around” with Free Cold-Pressed ‘Green Juice Breaks’ on January 26

SEATTLE, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Americans face a turning point in their New Year’s goals toward the end of January when 53 percent of resolution-setters admit they have broken their resolutions and that staying fit and healthy is a top resolution.[1] In an effort to encourage customers to “turn it around” and add more joy and wellness to their life, Evolution Fresh has declared January 26 as the first-ever National Green Juice Day, as recognized on the National Day Calendar.

To celebrate, Evolution Fresh is teaming up with leading on-demand delivery service Postmates to deliver free “Green Juice Breaks” – a three-pack of 15.2 fluid ounce cold-pressed, high pressure processed Sweet Greens and Lemon juices – to customers in 15 select cities across the country. Sweet Greens and Lemon is a cold-pressed, high-pressure processed green juice that is made from more than a pound of vegetables per 15.2 fl. oz bottle.

“By celebrating the first-ever National Green Juice Day on January 26, we hope to inspire people to keep their wellness resolutions in the New Year,” said Jeff Hansberry, president, Evolution Fresh.  “Evolution Fresh’s greenest green juices are made from more than a pound of vegetables per 15.2 fl. oz bottle and drinking a green juice is an easy way to add something good to your daily life.”

Free “Green Juice Breaks” are available on January 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time in each selected city while supplies last.  To order, customers can visit www.greenjuiceday.com or use the Postmates App for iOS and Android, tap on the “Evolution Fresh Free Juice” store and get one juice for themselves and two to share with friends. After all, Americans say having friends to keep them accountable is one of the top five factors for a successful resolution. The offer is limited to one three-pack of juices per customer and is not available at Starbucks retail stores.  Participating cities include Atlanta, Chicago, East Bay/Oakland, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. as well as Orange County.  Another way to participate in National Green Juice Day is to visit www.EvolutionFresh.com and download a coupon for $1 off the purchase of any Evolution Fresh juice, available in grocery retailers nationwide or by making green juice at home.

Turn It Around 

Sometimes doing a little can mean a lot. From drinking a green juice to taking a daily walk, Evolution Fresh is encouraging and rewarding people who turn it around with small, positive changes in 2016 through the Turn It Around sweepstakes. Now through March 14, people can visit http://www.evolutionfresh.com/turn-it-around-sweeps/ and learn how to share their health and wellness activities on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win a year’s supply[2] of Evolution Fresh green juice and other health and wellness inspired prize packs.

Evolution Fresh also recommends turning around the juice bottle to examine the ingredient list and look for a vegetable juice as the first ingredient.  Sweet Greens and Lemon is one of six green juices in Evolution Fresh’s portfolio which includes Emerald Greens, Essential Greens® with Lime, Green Devotion, Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger, Sweet Greens and Lemon, Smooth Greens and Kale and these Evolution Fresh™ juices contain 10 grams of sugar or less per 8-fluid ounce serving.

Evolution Fresh™ juices are cold-pressed using high-pressure processing (HPP) to help protect nutrients and flavor. Evolution Fresh offers a wide variety of high-quality, delicious and nutritious, cold-pressed juices available in Starbucks® stores and grocery retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods Market – making on-the-go nutrition more accessible for customers.

Sassy Sweet Green Smoothie Recipe

Want to turn your green juice into a complete breakfast? Add fresh fruit for energizing carbs, coconut oil for healthy fat, and frosty frozen lima beans for plant-based protein. This filling and fiber-rich combo takes just minutes to whip together, but will leave you feeling full, satisfied, and energized all morning.

Ingredients:

1/2 bottle Sweet Greens and Lemon
1/2 cup frozen lima beans
1 whole peeled kiwi
1/2 cup banana slices
1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil

Add all ingredients to blender and whip until smooth

[1] Evolution Fresh survey conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,001 American adults age 18+ using email invitation and online survey.  December 2015

[2] A year’s supply of Evolution Fresh Green Juice, fulfilled as an assortment of twenty (20) bottles delivered monthly for twelve (12) months.  Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $1,700.

About the Survey

The Evolution Fresh Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,001 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+ between December 17 and December 23, 2015, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons represented by the sample.

Abbreviated Sweepstakes Rules

No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.  Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) 18 years and older. Void where prohibited.  Sweepstakes ends 3/14/16. For Official Rules, alternate method of entry, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, click here. Sponsor: Starbucks Corporation, 2401 Utah Ave. S, Seattle, WA, 98134.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

 

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Evolution Fresh declares January 26 as the first-ever National Green Juice Day

Evolution Fresh declares January 26 as the first-ever National Green Juice Day

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC again receives full specialty pharmacy accreditation from URAC

Accreditation Provides an External Validation of Excellence in Specialty Pharmacy Management

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today announced a renewed designation that further validates the quality of care delivered to patients with complex conditions through its centralized specialty pharmacy services. Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC once again receives full specialty pharmacy accreditation from URAC, an independent health care accrediting organization that assesses quality standards for the health care industry. Based on industry quality benchmarks, URAC reviewed and certified Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy centralized services based on clinical credentials, operating processes and patient management results, among other core standards.

“At Walgreens, everything begins with quality of care and having the external validation through URAC is an extraordinary achievement that underscores our commitment to helping patients lead healthier lives,” said Mike Ellis, Walgreens corporate vice president, specialty pharmacy.

Care for Patients Managing Complex Conditions

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy helps to empower patients with complex conditions to access their specialty and traditional medications, navigate the complexities of their treatment and care options and receive comprehensive support when and where they need it most.

Walgreens specially-trained pharmacists and clinical support professionals have helped patients from diagnosis to improved health through medication adherence programs customized to their unique health needs.

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy provides patient care for a variety of conditions including cancer, cystic fibrosis, HIV, hepatitis C, infertility and transplant. Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy has a network of support for patients that include retail pharmacies, condition-specific specialized pharmacies, health system pharmacies and centralized patient support services.

For more information, visit www.walgreens.com/specialtypharmacy.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

About URAC
For 25 years, URAC has been the independent leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, education, and measurement. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs that reflect the latest changes in health care and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability. URAC’s evidence-based measures and standards are developed through inclusive engagement with a broad range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of health care.

Contact(s)

Walgreens
Mailee Garcia, 847-315-2143
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

AmRest Holdings SE to open Starbucks stores in Slovakia in 2016

First store will be opened in 2016 in Bratislava

Wroclaw, Poland, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — AmRest Holdings SE („AmRest”) (WSE: EAT), the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe, announces its plan to open Starbucks stores in Slovakia in 2016.

Adam Mularuk, Starbucks President at AmRest, said: “We are very excited to bring the unique Starbucks experience to Slovakian customers. We see a big potential in the market and are proud to become a part of the country’s rich coffee culture through our passion for 100% Arabica coffee and world class customer service delivered by dedicated baristas.”

AmRest plans to open its first store in Bratislava, the city with a long coffee-loving history. Entry into the Slovakian market is a perfect fit to the strategy of AmRest – a sole operator of Starbucks stores in the Central European (CE) region. Starbucks brand has been part of AmRest’s portfolio since 2008, when the first coffee shop was opened in Prague. Currently, the Company operates 100 Starbucks stores in 5 countries – Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Adding another CE market will leverage AmRest’s vast expertise in operating the coffee business.

AmRest is a fast growing global restaurant operator present in 12 countries, with a diversified portfolio of both franchised brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Burger King) and unique proprietary chains such as La Tagliatella, Blue Frog and Kabb. The lion’s share of its business is concentrated in Central Europe and Spain.

For any further information please contact:
Dorota Surowiec
IR Specialist
+48 71 386 1235
dorota.surowiec@amrest.eu

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. to host live webcast of its annual meeting of stockholders on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq:WBA) will provide a live webcast of its annual meeting of stockholders beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. The meeting will be held at Park Hyatt New York, 153 W. 57th St., New York.

The meeting’s webcast will be available through the Walgreens Boots Alliance investor relations website at: http://investor.walgreensbootsalliance.com. A replay of the meeting will be archived on the website for 12 months after the event.

In addition to the business meeting, Executive Chairman Jim Skinner and Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Pessina will make brief presentations. They also will answer questions from stockholders in attendance after the formal meeting concludes. The webcast, including the business meeting, presentations and question and answer session, is expected to last for approximately one hour.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq:WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

The company employs more than 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries; it is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe. Including its equity method investments, Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

Its portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory. More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As at 31 August 2015 including equity method investments
** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 including equity method investments

(WBA-GEN)

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release and related stockholder meeting and webcast that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 31 August 2015, which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

SOURCE: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Contact(s)

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
Media Relations
USA / Michael Polzin, +1 847-315-2935
International / Laura Vergani, +44 (0)207 980 8585
Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli, +1 847 315 2922

The Fondation Louis Vuitton debuts new program that showcases China’s contemporary art scene, the “Bentu” exhibition

PARIS, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Fondation Louis Vuitton is showcasing China’s contemporary art scene with a new program that debuts on Wednesday, January 27 with the “Bentu” exhibition. This first exhibition devoted to contemporary Chinese art in France in the past 10 years is joined by a new hang of works from the Foundation Collection.

Exhibition “Bentu, Chinese artists at a time of turbulence and transformation”

“Bentu” , which means “native soil” in Chinese, is a concept that informs the work by the guest artists, representing an attempt to reconcile the “global” with a “local”, personal identity. In the context of Chinese art, “Bentu” expresses the uniqueness of the artists and their desire to affirm their distinctive individuality amidst a mass of uniformity.

Twelve artists from different generations have been brought together for the exhibition, including  Liu Wei, Xu Qu and Hao Liang. Through their sculptures, paintings and videos they propose their personal takes on the current state of the economy and ecology in a society in transformation, employing a vast palette of techniques and media, from local craftsmanship to cutting-edge technologies.

Organized in collaboration with the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art of Beijing (UCCA), the exhibition runs until May 2, 2016.

Selected Chinese works from the Foundation Collection

In conjunction with the Bentu exhibition, a new hang of works from the Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection will also feature Chinese art, presenting 11 contemporary artists. They include Tree by Ai Weiwei (whose new work is currently being shown at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche), a pop art sculpture of a goddess from the Buddhist pantheon by Xu Zhen, and animated videos by Cao Fei. The hang shows how the artists are inspired by both the Chinese myths that they reinterpret, and the contemporary social realities of their country, which they reflect and question through their work.

The new hang from the Collection is on display at the Fondation Louis Vuitton until September 5th.

SOURCE: LVMH

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Currency Wars © Xu Qu

Currency Wars © Xu Qu

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announces the appointment of Mr. Claude Tessier as its Chief Financial Officer

Laval, Québec, Canada, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“CoucheTard”) (TSX: ATD.A/ATD.B) announces today the appointment of Mr. Claude Tessier as its Chief Financial Officer, with effect from January 28, 2016. Mr. Tessier is a retail industry veteran and joins us from Canadian grocer Sobeys Inc., where he was President of the IGA Operations Business Unit.

“I am excited to join the Couche-Tard family. Couche-Tard is one of the true success stories of Québec,” says Mr. Tessier. “In addition to overseeing the financial, reporting and investor relations functions in Couche-Tard, I look forward to joining President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Hannasch in evaluating opportunities for further expansion under the new, global Circle K brand,” Mr. Tessier continues. “I am thrilled at this opportunity to play a part in CoucheTard’s continuing strategic growth and in reaching its goal to become the world’s preferred destination for convenience and fuel.”

Brian Hannasch, Couche-Tard’s President and Chief Executive Officer, says, “Claude has deep experience in large retail businesses and understands the reality of lean, multi-site environments – including service station operations. He has a proven track record as the Head of Finance of a large, complex business and has experience with financing, acquisitions and capital markets in publicly traded companies. Claude is the ideal candidate to help Couche-Tard continue its strong growth and to continue adding shareholder value with us.” Mr. Hannasch adds, “Claude’s extensive and relevant experience, combined with his solid leadership skills, will be an excellent addition to our already strong team.”

Claude Tessier joins Couche-Tard from Sobeys, where he has been President of the IGA Operations Business Unit since 2012. He joined IGA in 2003 as Vice President, Finance & Strategic Planning for Sobeys Québec. Prior to his position with IGA, Mr. Tessier gained more than 15 years’ as senior financial leadership experience with Fly Furniture, Provigo and Costco, including in CFO and Vice President roles. He has also held management positions in Mallette International and PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand).

Contacts

Investor Relations:
Sylvain Aubry, Senior Director, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary
Tel: 450-662-6632, ext. 4619
sylvain.aubry@couche-tard.com

Media Relations:
Karen Romer, Director, Global Communications
Tel: (514) 603-4505 or 011 47 950 74 950
karen.romer@couche-tard.com

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries, with a significant presence in Poland.

As of October 11, 2015, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 8,006 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,579 stores offering road transportation fuel. Its North American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 States and four in Canada covering all ten provinces. About 80,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), Poland, the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Russia. As at October 11, 2015, it comprised 2,217 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated service stations which offer road transportation fuel only. The Corporation also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel and chemicals. CoucheTard operates key fuel terminals and fuel depots in six European countries. Including employees at Statoil branded franchise stations, about 19,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe.

In addition, about 4,700 stores are operated by independent operators under the Circle K banner in 14 other countries or regions worldwide (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam) which brings to more than 14,900 the number of sites in Couche-Tard’s network.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements set forth in this press release, which describes Couche-Tard’s objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation. Positive or negative verbs such as ”believe”, “could”, “should”, “intend”, “expect”, ”estimate”, “assume” and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. Couche-Tard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Major factors that may lead to a material difference between Couche-Tard’s actual results and the projections or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include the effects of the integration of acquired businesses and the ability to achieve projected synergies, fluctuations in margins on motor fuel sales, competition in the convenience store and retail motor fuel industries, exchange rate variations, and such other risks as described in detail from time to time in the reports filed by Couche-Tard with securities authorities in Canada and the United States. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this release is based on information available as of the date of the release.

RILA elects nine top retail executives to its Board of Directors

AutoZone CEO Elected Board Chairman

Arlington, VA, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced today that nine top retail executives have been elected to the association’s Board of Directors. In addition, Bill Rhodes, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of AutoZone, Inc., was elected Board Chairman. The election took place during the Board’s semi-annual meeting, held Sunday in Naples, Florida.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as RILA’s chairman and to continue to work with this exceptional group of retail leaders,” said Rhodes. “RILA is a valued partner on which America’s largest and most sophisticated retailers rely to help address the most pressing issues we face.”

Rhodes succeeds Richard Dreiling, chairman of Dollar General Corporation, who was elected to a two year term in 2014.

In addition, nine top executives were elected to the board, including the Chief Executive Officers of JCPenney, Foot Locker, PetSmart, The Home Depot, Michaels, and Dollar General.

In addition, two current board members, Alan Hoskins, Chief Executive Officer, Energizer Holdings, Inc. and Walter Robb, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Whole Foods Market, Inc., were re-elected to two-year terms.

“RILA relies heavily on the leadership and support of our Board of Directors. Their insight into the challenges facing the retail industry is invaluable,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy.

The 2016 RILA Board of Directors:

  • Bill Rhodes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, AutoZone, Inc. (Chairman)
  • Brian Cornell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Target Corporation (Vice Chairman)
  • James Myers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Petco Holdings, Inc. (2nd Vice Chairman)
  • Eric Wiseman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, VF Corporation (Treasurer)
  • Robert Niblock, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (Secretary)
  • Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, ULTA Beauty (At-large)
  • Alexander Gourlay, President, Walgreen Co., Walgreens Boot Alliance (At-large)
  • Hubert Joly, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Best Buy Co., Inc. (At-large)
  • James Dinkins, Chief Retail Sales Officer, The Coca-Cola Company *
  • Marvin Ellison, Chief Executive Officer, J.C. Penney Company, Inc.*
  • Alan Hoskins, Chief Executive Officer, Energizer Holdings, Inc.
  • Joe Jensen, Vice President and General Manager, Retail Solutions Division, Intel Corporation*
  • Richard Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Foot Locker, Inc.*
  • Stephen Laughlin, Vice President and Global Industry Leader, Retail, IBM Corporation*
  • Michael Massey, President and Chief Executive Officer, PetSmart, Inc.*
  • Craig Menear, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, The Home Depot, Inc.*
  • Thomas Millner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cabela’s Inc.
  • Michael Polk, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newell Rubbermaid
  • Walter Robb, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Whole Foods Market, Inc.
  • Carl (Chuck) Rubin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Michaels Companies, Inc.*
  • Gregory Sandfort, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tractor Supply Company
  • Todd Tillemans, President, Customer Development, Unilever
  • Todd Vasos, Chief Executive Officer, Dollar General Corporation*
  • Sandra Kennedy, President, Retail Industry Leaders Association

*Denotes Newly Elected Member

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.

SOURCE: Retail Industry Leaders Association

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Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

Olive Garden introduces catering delivery in the U.S. and Canada

ORLANDO, Fla., 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Olive Garden is adding catering delivery to the menu at all restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. Guests can now have their favorite Italian meals and breadsticks delivered for family gatherings, office parties and more.

Designed to make organizing special events easier, catering delivery from Olive Garden allows hosts to spend more time with their guests and less time preparing the menu. Olive Garden Delivery Specialists are available to assist with menu planning and will deliver food right to the door. To further assist with guests’ events, Olive Garden’s catering menu has Catering Meal Combinations, featuring bundles of Olive Garden favorites with variety for every taste at an affordable value.

“Our Olive Garden team members are always striving to make any occasion effortless for our guests so they can focus on quality time with their family and friends,” said Dan Kiernan, executive vice president of operations for Olive Garden. “Our guests have long been utilizing our To Go experience for their large-party dining needs, so we’re excited to offer another convenient option with delivery.”

Catering delivery is available for minimum orders of $125 with a 15 percent delivery fee for orders up to $500 and a 5 percent delivery fee for every dollar thereafter. Each delivery order comes with grated cheese, serving and eating utensils, table covers, plates, napkins and Olive Garden’s signature mints. Chafing dishes, racks and fuel are available for purchase to complete the experience.

To place a catering delivery order, contact your local Olive Garden . For more information about delivery and to find your nearest restaurant, visit OliveGarden.com/Catering-Delivered.

In addition to catering delivery, Olive Garden is introducing new menu items today:

  • Grilled Chicken and Grilled Vegetables Piadinas- A rich, buttery piadina filled with cheeses, fresh spinach and your choice of grilled chicken or vegetables. With roots that go back centuries, this popular Italian street fare is now part of Olive Garden’s Create Your Own Lunch Combination menu.
  • Create Your Own Tour of Italy -Guests can customize their own version of Olive Garden’s Tour of Italy , featuring the guest’s choice of three tastes on one plate.
  • Tuscan Sirloin- Grilled 11-ounce sirloin topped with garlic-herb butter and whole roasted garlic. Served with garlic-Parmesan mashed potatoes.
  • Mozzarella Fritti- An appetizer featuring golden-fried mozzarella cheese, topped with an Alfredo drizzle and served with marinara sauce.

 

ABOUT OLIVE GARDEN
Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.8 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate over$6.8 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment,Olive Garden restaurants have donated more than 34 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit www.olivegarden.com. Connect with us on Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OliveGarden.

Contacts:

Marla Saret
Marla.Saret@edelman.com
312-233-1320

Jessica Dinon
Jdinon@olivegarden.com
407-245-4336

SOURCE Olive Garden

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Olive Garden introduces catering delivery in the U.S. and Canada

Olive Garden introduces catering delivery in the U.S. and Canada

Wegmans Princeton donates a tractor trailer full of nutritious food to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Ewing

TRENTON, NJ, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Thursday, January 21, Wegmans Princeton delivered a tractor trailer full of nutritious food to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Ewing. The donation included 20 pallets of canned soups, vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal and juice, totaling 17,507 pounds.

When the truck arrived at the Food Bank, Wegmans Princeton Store Manager Paul Jordan was on hand along with a team of Wegmans employees to put together bags of food to distribute to hungry people in the area.

“We know that food banks build healthier communities. It’s a privilege to be able to deliver this truckload of food that will serve the needs of our neighbors in Trenton,” said Jordan. “One of our values is to make a difference in every community we serve, and this partnership is a way we’re putting that value into action.”

Mercer Street Friends Food Bank channels over 2.5 million pounds of food into Mercer County pantries, soup kitchens and meal sites annually. The food bank also provides meal packs, including weekend meal packs to more than 500 schoolchildren, delivers fresh produce to seniors and runs a summer feeding program for low-income children.

“The food donation from Wegmans is critical and so appreciated,” says Sabine Mehnert, Director of Mercer Street Friends Food Bank. “As with many industries, food banking is cyclical. We receive many food donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but we don’t receive much in the winter months. The demand for food does not diminish in the winter months, though.”

Wegmans is a longtime supporter of hunger relief, here in Mercer County and throughout the region. In addition to food donations and employee volunteering, Wegmans promotes and collects monetary donations for the food bank through Check Out Hunger each fall.

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Mercer Street Friends
Founded in 1958 by Quakers, Mercer Street Friends responds to the needs of the community to build alliances that will have the most meaningful impact in addressing issues of poverty. We provide a range of integrated services that build community, nurture self-worth and independence, and offer resources for children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and its lasting effects.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 88-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:

Cynthia Vandenberg, Mercer Street Friends advancement associate, 609-656-5209
Valerie Fox, Wegmans media relations coordinator, 585-720-5713

X5 Retail Group N.V. announces preliminary consolidated Q4 and FY net retail sales and operational results ended 31 December 2015

FY 2015 Highlights

  • X5 delivered total net retail sales growth of 27.3% year-on-year (y-o-y), the Company’s fastest pace of growth since 2011.
  • Net retail sales growth of RUB 172.2 bln was the highest in X5’s history.
  • Net retail sales growth was driven by a 13.7% increase in like-for-like (LFL) sales and a 13.6% sales growth contribution from a 29.6% rise in selling space.
  • LFL sales growth (y-o-y) improved across all three of the Company’s major formats.
  • LFL traffic growth accelerated to 2.3% in 2015, up from 0.6% in 2014.
  • The Company added a record 1,537 new stores in 2015, vs. 939 stores in 2014.
  • Net additional selling space of 760.9 th. sq. m., driven primarily by organic expansion, was the largest annual opening programme delivered by X5.
  • X5’s proximity store chain Pyaterochka added 668.4 th. sq. m. of net selling space, a record for any Russian food retail brand in a single year.

Q4 2015 Highlights

  • Total net retail sales growth remained strong at 26.3% y-o-y, while decelerating slightly vs. Q3 2015 due to slowing food price inflation and a higher comparative base, especially vs December 2014.
  • Pyaterochka was the main driver of growth in Q4 2015: Net retail sales rose by 32.8% y-o-y, driven by 12.6% growth in like-for-like (LFL) sales and a 20.2% contribution to sales growth from a 38.1% increase in selling space.
  • In Q4 2015, the Company demonstrated strong LFL traffic growth of 2.3% y-o-y, compared to a decline of 0.4% in Q4 2014 and growth of 1.6% in Q3 2015.
  • X5 added 508 net new stores in Q4 2015, contributing to additional net selling space of 253.5 th. sq. m. in the quarter.

Amsterdam, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces its preliminary consolidated net retail sales and operational results for the fourth quarter (Q4) and full year (FY) ended 31 December 2015(1) .

Chairman of the Supervisory Board Stephan DuCharme said: “Despite a challenging economic environment in Russia, we delivered a strong set of numbers in 2015 and grew faster than the Russian food retail market average. We are especially proud of our 29.6% year-on-year rise in selling space: the Company added 760.9 th. sq. m. during 2015, 80% of which was attributable to organic growth. This is a truly impressive feat not only in terms of year-on-year expansion, but also measured by the absolute volume of space added.

“Growth in selling space, combined with continued adjustments to our value proposition for customers, particularly in the current environment, helped to make 2015 our best year since 2011 in terms of retail sales growth, and our best ever year for organic growth: 2015 net retail sales increased by 27.3% year-on-year, with like-for-like sales up to 13.7%.”

Chief Executive Officer Igor Shekhterman added: “Looking forward to 2016, we feel that we have the right strategy and the right team in place to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. We delivered excellent performance in a challenging 2015, and I am confident we will continue to achieve strong growth based on creating value for our customers as we build the best modern retail offering in Russia.”

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 31 December 2015, X5 had 7,020 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 6,265 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 478 Perekrestok supermarkets, 90 Karusel hypermarkets and 187 convenience stores. The Company operates 35 DCs and 1,561 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 – 0.06%, treasury shares – 0.02%, free float – 37.64%.

Forward looking statements:
This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forwardlooking statements”. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not only relate to historical or current events. Forward-looking statements often use words such as “anticipate”, “target”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “expected”, “plan”, “goal”, “believe”, or other words of similar meaning.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, a number of which are beyond X5 Retail Group N.V.’s control. As a result, actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set out in these forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of X5 Retail Group N.V. speak only as at the date of this announcement. Save as required by any applicable laws or regulations, X5 Retail Group N.V. undertakes no obligation publicly to release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this document that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

FULL PRESS RELEASE

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

Dollar General Corporation names Michael M. Calbert as non-executive chairman of the Board effective January 30, 2016

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) today announced that Rick Dreiling will step down as a member and the chairman of the board of directors of Dollar General effective January 29, 2016 and it has named Michael M. “Mike” Calbert as non-executive chairman effective January 30, 2016. Calbert has been a member of the board of directors of Dollar General for over eight years. He served as chairman of the board of Dollar General from July 2007 to December 2008 and has been lead director since March 2014. Dreiling’s resignation from the board of directors coincides with his previously announced retirement as senior advisor.

“On behalf of the board of directors, we thank Rick for his leadership and wish him the best in retirement. Looking ahead, I am excited to continue to work with Dollar General, its chief executive officer Todd Vasos and his highly experienced senior leadership team,” said Calbert. “I believe Dollar General is well-positioned for future growth and to capitalize on opportunities to create long-term shareholder value.”

Calbert has nearly 30 years of retail experience. He joined KKR & Co. L.P. (“KKR”) in January 2000 and led the Retail industry team within KKR’s Private Equity platform prior to his retirement in January 2014. Calbert joined Randall’s Food Markets beginning in 1994 and served as the Chief Financial Officer from 1997 until it was sold in September 1999. Calbert also previously worked as a certified public accountant and consultant, where his primary focus was the retail and consumer industry. Calbert formerly served on the board of directors for Academy, Ltd., Pets at Home Group Plc., Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation, Toys“R”Us, Inc. and US Foods, Inc.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates 12,396 stores in 43 states as of October 30, 2015. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

Contact(s):

Dollar General Corporation
Investor Contacts:
Mary Winn Pilkington, 615-855-5536
or
Matt Hancock, 615-855-4811
or
Media Contacts:
Dan MacDonald, 615-855-5209
or
Crystal Ghassemi, 615-855-5210

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates 12,396 stores in 43 states as of October 30, 2015. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

SOURCE: Dollar General Corporation

Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina participates in the NACS In Store program

COLFAX, IA, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina today announced that she will participate in the NACS In Store program, in which she will have the opportunity to work behind the counter of a convenience store, interact with members of the local community and have conversations with community members about issues important to them.

The special event, hosted in partnership with NACS, will be held on January 26, 2016, at the Kum & Go located at 1200 N. Walnut Street in Colfax, Iowa from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

“Convenience stores are the anchor of communities across the country, and they are also where community conversations take place,” said Henry Armour, NACS president and CEO.  “More than half of the country visits a convenience store on a daily basis, whether to buy fuel, use the ATM, wash their cars or quickly buy snacks, drinks or meals. The NACS In Store program gives elected officials a perfect opportunity to experience how these stores serve the public in their home districts.”

More than 30 NACS In Store events have been completed with members of Congress to experience firsthand the community experience that takes place at their local convenience stores. This event marks the second presidential candidate event of 2016; NACS held an In Store event with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on January 8. Both Democrats and Republicans have received invitations to participate in these events.

“We believe our elected officials will emerge with an even more intimate understanding not only of convenience stores’ challenges but also of their many contributions across the economic, social and cultural spectrum,” Armour said.  “And over time, convenience store owners and the customers and communities they serve should benefit from policies that spur further growth, prosperity and innovation in the sector.”

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

SOURCE: NACS

For media interviews/comments contact Jeff Lenard.

Sobeys Inc. announces the departure of its Quebec business unit president Claude Tessier

STELLARTON, NS, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sobeys Inc. today announced that Claude Tessier, President of the company’s Quebec business unit has left the organization to pursue another opportunity.

Simon Gagné, Chief Human Resources Officer, Sobeys Inc., will, in addition to his current responsibilities, oversee the Quebec business unit on an interim basis as the company undertakes a thorough search for Mr. Tessier’s replacement.

Mr. Gagné has a deep understanding of the Quebec business having served for 15 years as a member of the Quebec leadership team before being appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer for Sobeys Inc. in 2012.

“Our leadership team in Quebec, which manages the IGA retail chain as well as other banners throughout the province, will remain focused on advancing the Joy of Eating Better movement and in serving the needs of our customers each and every day,” said Marc Poulin, President & CEO, Sobeys Inc.

About Sobeys Inc. Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 108 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises approximately 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 350 retail fuel locations. Sobeys, its franchisees and affiliates employ more than 125,000 people. The company’s purpose is to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

For more information, please contact:
Andrew Walker
Senior Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs
Sobeys Inc.
(905) 238-7124 ext. 6711

Marie-Noëlle Cano
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Sobeys Quebec
(514) 324-1010 ext.5200

DICK’S Sporting Goods to open its relocated store at Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville, AL on February 13

PITTSBURGH, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S. based full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening its relocated store on Saturday, February 13 at Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville, AL (6890-A Governor’s Drive West).

DICK’S two-day Grand Re-Opening celebration will run through Sunday, February 14. The store will open at 9:00 a.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. Sunday.

The store was originally located in Huntsville at Westside Center. Enhancements to the new location will include expanded Brand Shops, a Women’s Studio Apparel Department, a Soccer Shop, Lacrosse Shop and Baseball Shop. Customers can also experience an improved footwear deck, expanded assortment and enhanced service to meet their needs.

Other enhancements such as wider aisles and clearly identifiable destinations for the brands shops will greatly improve customers’ ability to navigate the store and provide an improved checkout experience.

“We continue to strive to bring the highest quality products and services to the communities that we are part of,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “The opening of our newest DICK’S Sporting Goods in Huntsville will enable us to serve athletes, sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts in the community at an even higher level.”

On Saturday, the first 100 people in line will receive a free Reebok Play Dry® T-Shirt. Sunday giveaways include a free DICK’S Stadium Bag for the first 100 people in line. Adults who are in line at 8:45 a.m. Saturday and 9:45 a.m. on Sunday will also get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.*

LIKE DICK’S Sporting Goods on Facebook at facebook.com/dickssportinggoods to learn about more local activations, special events and brand activations.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase does not improve chance of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Limit one t-shirt, stadium bag and/or Gift Locker combination per person/day/drawing. Must be 18+ for Gift Locker promotions. See store for details and odds of winning.

 

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of October 31, 2015, the Company operated 645 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at DICKS.com.

SOURCE: DICK’S Sporting Goods

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods – press@dcsg.com

Hy-Vee SVP and Chief Marketing Officer Donna Tweeten named the 2016 Marketer of the Year by Supermarket News

The food distribution industry magazine recognizes Donna Tweeten as 2016’s top marketer.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. is proud to announce that Hy-Vee Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Donna Tweeten has been named the 2016 Marketer of the Year by Supermarket News, a leading food distribution industry trade publication.

The annual award recognizes a marketing executive who demonstrates innovation and success throughout the grocery industry. The winner is selected by Supermarket News editors after a careful review of recent reporting and through consultation with industry experts.

“Donna Tweeten is an excellent choice for Marketer of the Year,” said David Orgel, executive director, content, for Supermarket News. “She understands how to communicate Hy-Vee’s brand and core messages to an increasingly diverse customer base, including the emerging millennial generation. Her focus on new media and multiple media platforms helps Hy-Vee to remain a leader across its market areas.”

The trade publication praised Tweeten’s role as an industry leader in versatility, adaptability and innovation. Her work promoting Hy-Vee’s brand promise of “a helpful smile in every aisle” while also allowing each of the company’s 240 stores across eight states to act autonomously are highlighted in the January issue of Supermarket News. At Hy-Vee, Tweeten oversees all marketing and communications aspects of the company, including advertising, brand image, social media, sports marketing and public relations.

Hy-Vee Chairman, CEO and President Randy Edeker said Tweeten’s honor is well-deserved.

“Donna brings a fresh perspective and different slant to old ideas. She has a great insight into our business, and she understands how to reach our customers,” Edeker said. “Donna is a tremendous asset to our company, and I personally appreciate her input and counsel. We are extremely proud to see Donna’s hard work be recognized.”

Tweeten spent the bulk of her professional life in the ad agency business, working for such firms as Davis Harrison Dion and Anderson Communications, both in Chicago. In 1990, Tweeten returned to Des Moines and joined The Meyocks Group; she served as president and chief creative officer when Hy-Vee owned the brand marketing firm in 2002. In 2006, she was hired by Hy-Vee, Inc. as assistant vice president of communications and became assistant vice president of marketing in 2009. In 2011, Tweeten was promoted to vice president of brand image and then vice president of marketing/communications two years later. She took on her current role as senior vice president and chief marketing officer in 2014.

Tweeten will be recognized at the Food Marketing Institute’s Midwinter Executive Conference this Tuesday in Miami Beach, Florida, as part of the award.

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