LVMH sponsored the Cultures and Creation fashion show for the sixth year in a row

PARIS, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its partnership with the Paris suburbs of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil, LVMH sponsored the Cultures and Creation fashion show for the sixth year in a row on February 13. The event offers a fresh and positive perspective of challenged urban neighborhoods.

Initiated in 2005 by the city of Montfermeil, the Cultures and Creation fashion show reveals the diversity of creative talents in the local community. Each year the event draws an audience of around 700 people to see creations by 50 designers – both amateur and semi-professional – presented on the catwalk by 200 models. Prepared by Guerlain makeup artists, the models are first briefed during a master class with Princess Esther Kamatari, a former model and Guerlain ambassador, who gives them tips on how to walk the runway like a pro.

During the first part of the show, participants presented a look inspired by traditional dress in their native regions. Then, in the second half of the evening they showed original clothes inspired by this year’s theme “The future Tour Médicis cultural center, the heart of a new metropolis”. Designers in the “Young Talents” category were also challenged to create a “little black dress” inspired by the Guerlain’s Petite Robe Noire perfume.

This year’s show was again brimming with enthusiasm and creativity, resonating well beyond the host cities of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil. The jury of fashion and human resources professionals gave the Special Jury Prize to Claire Delahousse for her creation. The LVMH Young Talent prize went to Camille Boillet for her audacious and poetic interpretation of the little black dress. Like the 2015 winner Audiane Cojean, she will receive personal creative mentoring and present her work in the Green Showroom at Berlin Fashion Week. Audiane also joined Céline as part of her couture work/study course at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.

2016 Jury Members: Anne Gautier (LVMH Human Resources Development Director), Princess Esther Kamatari (Guerlain Ambassador), Danny Martin (Kenzo Production and Development Director), Ann-Caroline Prazan (Marketing Director, Guerlain Fragrances), Florence Rambaud (Director of the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence), Sylvie Zawadzki (Executive Secretary of the Fédération Française de la Couture).



Camille Boillet, 2016 LVMH Young Talent prize © service communication - ville de Montfermeil

Camille Boillet, 2016 LVMH Young Talent prize © service communication – ville de Montfermeil

Lowe’s recommends its shareholders reject the unsolicited offer made by the private Canadian investment company TRC Capital Corporation

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today announced that it has been notified of an unsolicited “mini-tender” offer datedFebruary 10, 2016, made by TRC Capital Corporation, a private Canadian investment company, to purchase up to 2,000,000 shares of Lowe’s common stock, less than one fourth of one percent of the outstanding shares. TRC Capital’s unsolicited “mini-tender” offer price of $61.25 per share is approximately 4.5 percent below the $64.15 per share closing price of Lowe’s common stock on February 9, 2016, the last trading day prior to the commencement of the offer. Lowe’s is not affiliated in any way with TRC Capital, the offer or the offer documentation.

Lowe’s recommends that shareholders reject this unsolicited offer, for the reasons described below.

TRC Capital has made many similar “mini-tender” offers for the shares of other companies. “Mini-tender” offers seek to purchase less than five percent of a company’s outstanding shares, thereby avoiding many disclosure and procedural rules of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) because the offers are below the SEC’s threshold for requiring such disclosure and procedural protections for investors.

The SEC has cautioned investors about “mini-tender” offers in an investor alert. The SEC noted that these offers “have been increasingly used to catch investors off guard” and that many investors who hear about “mini-tender” offers “surrender their securities without investigating the offer, assuming that the price offered includes the premium usually present in larger, traditional tender offers.”

To read more about the risks of “mini-tender” offers, please review the alert on the SEC’s website at

Shareholders should consult their financial advisors and should exercise caution with respect to TRC Capital’s offer. Shareholders who have already tendered should consider the advisability of withdrawing their shares as permitted under TRC Capital’s Offer to Purchase documents.

According to the offer documents, the offer is currently scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m.,New York City time, on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Lowe’s requests that a copy of this news release be included with all distributions of materials relating to TRC Capital’s mini-tender offer related to shares of Lowe’s common stock.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada andMexico through its stores and online at, and With fiscal year 2014 sales of $56.2 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,845 home improvement and hardware stores and 265,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit

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Zürich, Switzerland, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Die Migros ruft die bunt geringelten Babysocken mit einem aufgenähten Plüschköpfchen aus Sicherheitsgründen zurück. Da sich das Plüschelement leicht von der Socke lösen kann, besteht die Gefahr, dass die kleine integrierte Rassel verschluckt werden kann.

Die bunten Babysocken in verschiedenen Grössen (Artikel-Nr. 8922.163) gibt es in den Farben Türkis, Pink und Grün mit den Plüschsujets Häschen, Frosch und einem Stern. Die aufgenähten Plüschelemente können leicht abgerissen werden, wodurch auch die kleine integrierte Rassel problemlos entfernbar wird. Diese Rassel ist ein verschluckbares Kleinteil; für das Baby besteht eine Erstickungsgefahr.

Die Migros bittet ihre Kunden, das Plüschelement auf den Socken aus Sicherheitsgründen zu entfernen. Selbstverständlich können die Babysocken, die erst  seit  Ende Januar  2016 im Verkauf sind, auch gegen Rückerstattung des Verkaufspreises von CHF 6.90 in die Migros-Filialen zurückgebracht werden.


Monika Weibel
Mediensprecherin Migros
044 277 20 63




Starbucks turns up the heat on its breakfast and lunch menu with two new sandwiches

SEATTLE, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks food team is turning up the heat on the company’s breakfast and lunch menu.

“We saw an opportunity to create sandwiches with bold flavors,” said Sita Kacker, Starbucks product development manager. “Chorizo is popular right now and spicy is on trend, so this guided our direction.”

The food team’s collaboration resulted in two sandwiches now available (February 16) in participating U.S. Starbucks® stores.

Spicy Chorizo, Monterey Jack & Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Spiced chorizo (sausage), Monterey Jack cheese and a fluffy egg with caramelized onions on potato bread.

When developing the breakfast sandwich, the food team envisioned the recreation of an all-American farmer’s breakfast. “We thought about what it might be like to live on a farm, wake up really early in the morning and have a hearty breakfast consisting of eggs, potatoes and sausage,” said Kacker. “We took all of these elements and put them together in a breakfast sandwich.”

The team sourced high-quality ingredients and created sandwiches that were spicy, but also well balanced. They tested different combinations of ingredients and flavors to ensure that they all worked well together. “The breakfast sandwich is presented on artisan potato bread made with whole roasted potatoes and potato flour that has a unique bite to it,” added Kacker. “It was the perfect way to incorporate the idea of potatoes at breakfast.”

Ancho-Chipotle Chicken Panini

Shredded chicken breast in ancho-chipotle sauce, fire-roasted poblano peppers, red onion, Gouda cheese and spicy cilantro pesto on a ciabatta roll.

Known for its bold Latin-inspired flavors and spices, the Ancho-Chipotle Chicken Panini was created using ingredients such as red poblano peppers, cilantro, and red onions, offering customers a flavorful experience. “The chicken is slow-cooked in spices and chili to infuse these flavors in the meat and make sure it stays tender and juicy,” said Jane Hernandez, Starbucks senior product developer. “Fire-roasted poblano peppers and onions provide a smoky flavor and subtle sweetness.”

Kacker and Hernandez, who are self-described “food geeks,” look forward to having Starbucks customers try the new sandwiches. “This is something we’ve worked on and dreamed about for over a year now,” said Kacker. “It will be exciting to see people ordering the sandwiches in our stores.”

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


Starbucks turns up the heat on its breakfast and lunch menu with two new sandwiches

Starbucks turns up the heat on its breakfast and lunch menu with two new sandwiches

#HMLovesCoachella: H&M creates co-branded collection with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Stockholm, Sweden, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M teams up once again with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, creating a co- branded collection for girls and guys under the claim #HMLovesCoachella. Catching the on- the-road vibe and aesthetic, H&M delivers a street-savvy collection infused with playfulness, ease and a sense of belonging. The collection will launch globally in-stores and online at on March 31st.

The H&M Loves Coachella collection features a line-up of iconic pieces and freewheeling playfulness. The overall look is about personal style, mixing, not matching, and conveying a message of ease and freedom.

For girls, the collection includes folksy blouses, beaded and fringed tops, allover print jumpsuits, denim cut-offs, and accessory essentials including floppy hats, sunglasses, and flat boots. Hemlines are short and embellishments provide a crafty tingle. For boys, it is all about printed T-shirts and mismatched shirts, bermudas, and denim shorts.

“Last year, H&M was the first brand to team up with Coachella to develop a clothing collection. The success was so rapid and so widespread, we decided to partner again to create an even richer offering this season. We love Coachella because we enjoy its democratic spirit and the bonding experience it creates. To us, Coachella is about using fashion and music to express energy and that is what is reflected in this collection,” says Ross Lydon, designer at H&M.

For the second year, H&M will have a pop-up shop on-site in the H&M tent where festival goers can buy the exclusive collection, take a break from the heat, and enjoy an interactive social experience.


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#HMLovesCoachella: H&M creates co-branded collection with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

#HMLovesCoachella: H&M creates co-branded collection with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

NACS debuts its new podcast series “Convenience Matters”

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — NACS debuted its new podcast series, “Convenience Matters,” that discusses topics related to the convenience store industry. The first three podcasts in the series “Convenience Matters,” can be downloaded at and iTunes. The podcasts also will soon be available on Google Play.

The first episode (“New Cars and New Fuels”) focuses on the new vehicles and technologies that will shape the future automotive landscape with a report from the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Program co-hosts Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives, and John Eichberger, executive director of the Fuels Institute, spoke to the Fuels Institute’s Donovan Woods about trends seen at the auto show.

The second episode (“Making the Healthy Choice the Convenient Choice”) features the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Amaris Bradley, who discusses the convenience retailing industry’s opportunities and successes related to selling healthy options.

In the third episode (“Is Hydrogen the Next Big Fuel?”), Bob Wimmer from Toyota Motor North America and Joe Gagliano from the California Fuel Cell Partnership discuss some of the high-level initiatives that are seeking to make hydrogen-fueled vehicles a reality.

A new episode will be released every Monday, focusing on topics related to convenience stores.

“Whether it’s for food, fuel drinks or snacks, about half of the U.S. population is at a convenience store every day. We’ll talk about what we see at stores — and what the future may hold – as long as it’s convenient,” said Lenard. “We are very pleased by the strong attention that the podcasts have already received and encourage listeners to send us suggestions for future topics.”


Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS ( is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $483 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.


For media interviews/comments contact Jeff Lenard.

Whole Foods Market to open its first North Orange County location on Feb. 17

NOOC Bar, hot ramen, ‘boozy’ gelato, poke, cake decorating and ‘upstairs mezzanine’ among store’s highlights

BREA, Calif., 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will open its first North Orange County location at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Village at La Floresta, 3301 Imperial Highway at Valencia Ave.

With its mix of innovative offerings and its mid-century design, the expansive 38,000-square-foot retail destination will bring a culinary wonderland for shopping, dining and entertaining to North Orange County. The store will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“We heard from locals that they wanted a bar with wine and local craft beer, grab-and-go food options, kid-friendly spaces and interesting culinary experiences,” said Patrick Bradley, president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific Region. “From the self-serve pizza station, to the bar-restaurant with local brews, to the upstairs mezzanine area for tastings and Kids’ Club events, we’re thrilled to bring North Orange County a unique shopping experience that was designed to address the community’s needs and wishes.”

Featuring a juice and smoothie bar, fresh poke, expanded vegan options in all departments, a coffee bar (with local Bodhi Leaf cold brew on tap), more than 1,000 hand-picked wines and bar-restaurant NOOC (an acronym for North Orange County, and a cozy place to sit), Whole Foods Market Brea offers an array of options for health enthusiasts, devoted foodies and shoppers with families looking for convenience and products without artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives.

For example, the prepared foods department features hot ramen and mazemen, which is a dry, or soup-less, ramen topped with options like spicy albacore, salmon or fresh vegetables. In the produce aisle, shoppers will find a variety of cold-pressed juices, including blends such as “Kale Yeah,” featuring Harmless Harvest coconut water, pineapple, celery and kale. In the meat department, butchers will cut steaks to order; pork butts and beef briskets are smoked for 14 hours the night before, plus whole and heirloom chicken will be served every day. The in-house bakery offers custom cake decorating and has indulgences for every diet, such as locally sourced Rocq macarons and aHāna gluten-free-mousse cups.

With a seasonal menu and more than 120 indoor and outdoor seats, daily specials, 24 taps of local crafted beer and a brunch menu, the family-friendly NOOC offers North Orange County a new happy hour spot, or a place to grab an affordable lunch while picking up groceries. The menu includes an assortment of small plates, salads, flatbreads and entrees with many vegan and vegetarian options and a kids’ menu. For dessert, shoppers can indulge in locally made “boozy” gelato and Rocq Vanilla Crème Brulee.  NOOC features a wide selection of wines by the glass and local brews such as Valiant Brewing from Orange, Bootleggers from Fullerton, The Bruery from Placentia, Noble Ale Works from Anaheim, Cismontane from Rancho Santa Margarita, Bottle Logic from Anaheim, and Barley Forge Brewing from Costa Mesa.

Whole Foods Market Brea also features an upstairs mezzanine, which has two rooms. A community kitchen and a lounge space can be rented for events and will be used to host tastings, pairings and community events. These spaces will host events almost every day, from a three-course dinner with beer pairings, to sushi making classes, to Kids’ Club events like sugar cookie decorating on Feb. 28.  Visit the store’s events page for the full schedule of events.

The store will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, following a bread-breaking ceremony with team members, Brea’s mayor, city officials and the community. Shoppers will receive free samples and giveaways; the first 300 shoppers will receive reusable shopping bags (while supplies last). From 10 a.m. to noon, kids of all ages can enjoy bag decorating with vegetable stamps made of potatoes, wood blocks and corks. There will be food and beverage demos, a DJ and a photo booth.

Expansive and classic, with colors inspired by Wayne Thiebaud paintings that evoke a mid-century small town nostalgia, the store was designed with a nod to the decade that Brea more than doubled in size, 1950 to 1960.

Warm wood paneling and dark hot-rolled steel surfaces contrast with clean white architectural planes, and vintage colors like yellow on the food bars, baby blue wall tile and red glass panels accent the space.

Additional amenities include free Wi-Fi available to shoppers in seating areas throughout the store, an expanded kid-friendly section in the grocery department and a Kids’ Club that will host events and activities for area families with young children. Shoppers who buy a case of any product in the store will receive 10 percent off.

As the company does in every neighborhood in which it opens, Whole Foods Market Brea partners with like-minded organizations to foster and support the community;MaxLove Project will receive 5 percent of the store’s net sales on Feb. 25.

Opening week highlights include local wine sampling by Hearst Ranch, and food demonstrations by Beyond Meat, and by Mary’s Organic Chicken.

Store Highlights

Prepared Foods: Whole Foods Market chefs work in the in-house kitchen, creating handmade pizza, whole or by the slice (including stout-crust pizza!), made-to-order sushi, in-house chips, custom-made sandwiches and meals-on-the-go. The department includes a rotating hot bar with 16 wells, an all-organic salad bar, daily breakfast, global cuisine (BBQ, Asian, Indian and more) made on site. Catering is available for office and home entertaining needs. The store’s charcuterie items and deli meats are free of added synthetic nitrates and nitrites. Locally sourced ingredients include Mary’s Chicken from Sanger, California, and salad greens from Kenter Canyon. Prepared foods items meet the same standards as all products sold in the store.

Coffee, Juice and Smoothie Bar: A beautifully designed coffee bar with an Italian-crafted espresso machine and cold brew coffee on tap offers custom espresso drinks and coffee made with organic, fair trade and Whole Trade Guarantee™ coffee beans and features local Bodhi Leaf blend on cold brew. The smoothie and juice bar offers made-to-order smoothies with choice of toppings, juices and “boost-ups” like pressed ginger, turmeric and wheatgrass.

Produce: The produce department includes an extensive selection of organic fruits and vegetables from local Southern California growers such as Kenter Canyon and Orange County-based Manessero Farms, local organic micro-greens from Kowalke Family Sprouts, and orchids from Formosa Orchids. Seasonal culinary selections include varietal and exotic items from around the world. Plus, cut fruit, vegetables, veggie pasta noodles, salsas and guacamole are made in-store daily.

In-Store Bakery: The bakery department offers custom in-house cake decorating and an elegantly designed cake case filled with in-house and local items such as Rocq macarons and aHāna gluten-free-mousse cups.  It also features Whole Foods Market’s Non-GMO Project-verified cookies and seven varieties and artisan, hand-kneaded, hand-shaped, scratch bread that begins with a living 20-year-old starter made with unbleached flour and without artificial preservatives or hydrogenated fats. Bread is made fresh daily by in-store bakers.

Seafood: The seafood department carries made-to-order poke and hand-sliced smoked salmon daily, sustainably sourced fresh fillets, steaks, local and seasonal seafood. Seafood is cut in-house daily and is delivered six days a week. Offering fresh whole fish (cleaned at no charge), a grill-ready assortment of seafood burgers, crab cakes and marinated options, value-priced, vacuum-packed fish and shellfish, and a variety of seafood salads and ceviches made fresh daily. Whole Foods Market has full knowledge and traceability of all fresh seafood it sells and strives to source local options that meet the company’s strict quality standards.

Meat: Butchers can provide any cut and size of the highest quality meats from animals raised without the use of antibiotics and added hormones. All beef, chicken and pork are step-rated, using Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare rating system, and adhere to Whole Foods Market’s stringent quality standards. The store features full lines of 100 percent grass-fed organic beef and organic chicken and a selection of seasoned and marinated meats made in-house. Smokehouse offerings include smoked-in-house meat sandwiches and bowls.

Whole Body: The Whole Body department boasts a large “active living” selection of protein powders, supplements and clothing. All supplements sold at Whole Foods Market are free of artificial colors, flavors and hydrogenated oils; and products with the “Premium Body Care” seal meet the strictest standards for quality sourcing, environmental impact, results and safety.

Specialty (beer, wine, cheese): The store’s specialty department features a hand-picked wine collection of more than 1,000 wines, with eco-friendly and biodynamic wines, starting at $2.49 per bottle. More than 100 bottles are less than $10, and the department offers a varied selection of hard-to-find, special-occasion wines and grower champagnes The department also features 32 feet of chilled beer with an assortment of local craft beers, domestic favorites and unique imports. A comprehensive selection of raw, grass-fed, farmstead and artisanal cheeses can be cut to order and sampled at any time.

Grocery: Shoppers can choose from hundreds of 365 Everyday Value™ products, locally made packaged goods, frozen meals, Whole Paws pet food products, and home and cleaning products bearing the Eco-Scale label, indicating environmental impact. The frozen section includes 46 doors of goodies from entrees to ice cream, pizzas and more. The bulk section offers dozens of grains, flours, nuts, spices, candies available by the pound, and grind-your-own peanut butter.

For details on all upcoming events and activities, click here, or follow the store on Facebook or @wfmbrea on Instagram.

Store Contact Information

Sonny Pulley, Store Team Leader,

Laura Cahill, Metro Marketing Field Team Leader,

Twitter:  @wfmsocal

Instagram:  @wfmbrea



Patrick Bradley
President – Southern Pacific Region

His passion for food, innovation, creativity and retail excellence have contributed to the on-going success of Whole Foods Market.

Sobeys Inc. announces the appointment of Yves Laverdière as President of it’s Quebec business unit

STELLARTON, NS, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Sobeys Inc. today announced the appointment of Yves Laverdière as President of the company’s Quebec business unit.

Mr. Laverdière served for a 19 years as a senior leader within the Quebec business unit, most recently as the Senior Vice President, Merchandising, for the IGA banner.

“Yves is a well respected, experienced food executive who understands all aspects of our business in Quebec,” said Marc Poulin, President & CEO, Sobeys Inc. “He is well positioned to continue advancing our Joy of Eating Better strategy and executing our plan to serve the needs of our customers throughout the province. His expertise and insight will also prove of great value for our company as a whole.”

Mr. Laverdière will report to Mr. Poulin and serve as a member of the Sobeys Inc. Leadership Committee. His appointment is effective immediately.

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

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

Deutsche Post and Postbank workstations to be equipped with new IT systems by Wincor Nixdorf

Major contract from Deutsche Post AG

Paderborn, GERMANY, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Deutsche Post AG has awarded a contract to Wincor Nixdorf as the general contractor to equip all workstations of Deutsche Post and Postbank with new IT systems. The installation will begin in April 2016 and is scheduled to be completed by April 2017. The solution package also includes a five-year service agreement.

During the project, up to 500 systems will be replaced at the branches’ workstations. In addition to PCs, the contract includes peripheral devices like printers, monitors and scanners.

Deutsche Post AG, a member of the Deutsche Post DHL group, operates one of Europe’s largest computer-supported branch networks to sell both its own products and complex products offered by other companies.

Wincor Nixdorf won the contract largely because of Deutsche Post AG’s good experience with the company’s branch systems and the overall solution package. A key aspect of this package was the costs for the entire product lifecycle and the increased process optimization offered by the new IT systems.

By gaining this major contract, Wincor Nixdorf has once again successfully applied its strategy of using its core expertise in global branch banking and retailing to gain new business in the postal industry.

Wincor Nixdorf and Deutsche Post AG have been partners for many years. In 2008, for instance, the company installed IT systems at all of its branch workstations and provided the service for them.

Press Contact

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Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200

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Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211

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Phone: +49 5251 693 5203

Harris Teeter reinforces its commitment to education with donation of $5,000 each to 10 local schools

Date:          Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time:          10 a.m.
Location:    Barcroft Plaza Harris Teeter
6351 Columbia Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

Live shots are welcomed!

Falls Church, VA, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter Store Director Jennifer Munoz will present 10 local schools each with a $5,000 check to reinforce the company’s commitment to education.

The schools receiving this donation are:

Columbia Elementary Annandale, Va.
Glasgow Middle School Alexandria, Va.
Queens of the Apostles Alexandria, Va.
Barrett Elementary School Arlington, Va.
Kenmore Middle School Arlington, Va.
Randolph Elementary School Arlington, Va.
Tuckahoe Elementary School Arlington, Va.
Washington-Lee High School Arlington, Va.
Belvedere Elementary School Falls Church, Va.
J.E.B Stuart High School Falls Church, Va.

This donation is made possible partially by the Virginia Lottery and is in addition to the dollars a school receives from Harris Teeter through its active participation in the company’s Together in Education program. Together in Education is the company’s fund raising program to benefit schools (public or private- preschool through 12th grade) throughout its local communities.

The Virginia Lottery provides incentive payments to retailers who sell winning tickets in scratch-off games. Harris Teeter has chosen to donate its incentive awards back to local schools.  This most recent $50,000 incentive award comes from a winning ticket which was sold at the Barcroft Plaza store in January.

“Harris Teeter is proud to reinforce its commitment to education by donating its incentive payment to these schools,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter.

“We are always excited by this opportunity as it allows us to continue to show our commitment to the community and schools by donating the money back to one of our Together in Education partners,” added Robinson.

To learn more about Harris Teeter’s Together in Education program, please visit

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.

Coop greift jetzt auch bei Syoss-Produkten zu Parallelimporten

Für gerechtere Konsumentenpreise in der Schweiz

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coop ergreift weitere Massnahmen gegen die ungerechtfertigten Preisunterschiede zum benachbarten Ausland. Ab sofort sind bei Coop alle Shampoos und Spülungen der Marke Syoss 20 % günstiger. Die Verhandlungen mit dem Lieferanten Schwarzkopf Henkel ergaben für Coop nicht das gewünschte Ergebnis. Darum hat sich die Basler Detailhändlerin entschieden, Syoss-Artikel ab sofort parallel zu importieren und die dadurch erzielten tieferen Preise 1:1 an die Kunden weiterzugeben. Erst letzte Woche senkte Coop die Preise bei Nivea- und Elsève-Produkten.

Coop reduziert die teils massiven Preisabstände zum benachbarten Ausland kontinuierlich. So haben die Verhandlungen mit Schwarzkopf Henkel, dem Lieferanten der Haarpflegeprodukte der Marke Syoss, für Coop nicht das gewünschte Resultat gebracht. Deshalb hat sich die Basler Detailhändlerin nun entschieden, Syoss-Artikel ab sofort parallel zu importieren: Alle Shampoos und Spülungen der Marke Syoss werden 20 % günstiger.

Über 200 Millionen in Konsumentenpreise investiert
Der Kampf für gerechtere Konsumentenpreise zeigt auch im Langzeitvergleich Wirkung: Im vergangenen Jahr ist bei Coop bei über 16’000 Produkten der Preis nachhaltig gesenkt worden. Letzte Woche wurden Nivea- und Elsève-Artikel erneut reduziert.

Konsequente Verhandlungen mit Lieferanten
Philipp Wyss, Leiter Marketing / Beschaffung bei Coop, setzt sich weiter gegen Preisunterschiede zum benachbarten Ausland ein: «Wir setzen alles daran, damit unsere Kunden in der Schweiz zu korrekten und vorteilhaften Preisen einkaufen können.» Coop wird auch weiterhin erzielte Preisvorteile uneingeschränkt in Form von tieferen Verkaufspreisen weitergeben und, falls unumgänglich, Auslistungen vornehmen oder Produkte parallel importieren.

Folgende Produkte werden bei Coop ab Montag, 15. Februar 2016, günstiger

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Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

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Coop greift jetzt auch bei Syoss-Produkten zu Parallelimporten

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Starbucks brings two beverages inspired by the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room to stores

SEATTLE, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the first time, Starbucks is bringing two beverages inspired by the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room to stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Beginning February 16, Smoked Butterscotch Latte and Teavana® Citrus Green Tea Latte will be available in participating Starbucks® stores for a limited time.

When the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room opened its doors in Seattle in December 2014, it was designed as a fully immersive, sensory experience. In the time since the Roastery opened, it has offered customers new ways to explore the art, science and craft of coffee and tea. Customers can try Teavana® teas by the pot and small-lot Starbucks Reserve® coffees using a variety of brewing methods, including Siphon and Chemex.

“The Roastery is experiential,” said Amy Dilger, whose team leads beverage innovation for the Roastery. “People come from all over the world, and they are eager to try something new.”

Smoked Butterscotch Latte

Starbucks new Smoked Butterscotch Latte combines espresso with steamed milk and smoked butterscotch sauce, finished with a sprinkling of smoky butterscotch topping, perfectly crafted to give Starbucks customers new and sophisticated flavors, inspired by the Roastery.

“The smoky flavor balances the subtle sweetness of the butterscotch,” said Christal Canzler, whose team develops new handcrafted espresso beverages for Starbucks. “It acts as a savory ingredient that enhances the coffee.”

Teavana Citrus Green Tea Latte

Teavana Citrus Green Tea Latte is made with shade-grown, micro-ground full leaf green tea and steamed milk, sweetened with citrus mint syrup, and finished with lemon essence topping.

Emily Fazio, whose team develops Teavana handcrafted tea beverages for Starbucks, created the Matcha Basil Mint Latte the Roastery offered last autumn, which inspired the new Teavana Citrus Green Tea Latte.

“Starbucks Green Tea Latte has been a popular beverage in Starbucks stores ever since we introduced it nine years ago,” said Fazio. “We took flavor cues from the green tea and paired it with ingredients like mint, lemon and basil to make it a refreshing and restorative experience.”

Both new beverages are available hot, iced and as Starbucks Frappuccino® Blended Beverages.

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Starbucks brings two beverages inspired by the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room to stores

Starbucks brings two beverages inspired by the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room to stores

Tesco extends financial support for British dairy farmers

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the wintry weather continues to take hold, Tesco has today announced it will extend its industry leading support for British dairy farmers.

Six months ago, Tesco announced it would provide additional financial provision for farmers who produce milk that goes into its own label cheddar cheese products. The winter supplement payment was initially intended to conclude at the end of February, but given the inclement weather and challenges faced by First Milk farmers during these uncertain times in the dairy market, Tesco is pleased to announce the payment will now be extended to support the farmers through to spring.

Through the work of the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) and its collaborative partnerships with dairy farmers, Tesco  recognises how challenging the winter months can be – particularly for non-TSDG producers -and has made this investment to give them further additional financial assistance until 17th April 2016 to help them cover their production costs.

Commercial Director for Fresh Foods and Commodities Matt Simister said:

‘Helping to create a sustainable dairy industry is integral to how we partner with British Agriculture. Tesco has a long history of supporting dairy farmers and is proud of the sourcing relationships we have with them.

‘We recognise that it is a particularly challenging and uncertain time in the global dairy market, which is why over the past six months, we have provided additional financial support to help our First Milk farmers.

‘With the effects of the winter still being felt across the country, we are delighted to announce we have extended the supplement.’

Mike Gallacher, First Milk’s CEO said:

‘First Milk would like to thank Tesco again for their support with the Winter Supplement and welcome the news that this will be extended for a further six week period. Consumers clearly want their retailers to pay sustainable prices for British dairy products – in both cheese and milk – and Tesco, under Dave Lewis, have taken a leadership position. They deserve a great deal of credit for continuing to support British farmers who supply the milk that makes Tesco’s cheese.’

Dairy farmers from across the UK will also receive a further boost, with the move to one hundred per cent British milk for all Tesco own label standard yoghurts from the 1 March. This will see Tesco increase the amount of British milk in its standard range yoghurts from two-thirds and will help increase the demand for milk from farms across the whole country.



1.       The winter supplement payment was due to cease on the 28th February 2016, but will now be extended until 17th April 2016.

2.       Tesco has supported First Milk farmers supplying their Haverfordwest Creamery through this period by paying First Milk the base TSDG price for the milk that goes into their cheese. This price will continue to be 29.58ppl and will be reflected in the cheese price that Tesco pays to the processor.

3.       First Milk will distribute this additional income across its farmers, and will be able to provide an audit to demonstrate that farmers have received this additional payment.

4.       From March 2016, all Tesco own label standard tier yoghurt will be made with milk sourced from Britain with the exception of those with protected origins – including authentic Greek Yoghurt and French Fromage Frais.


For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01707 918 701

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



Tesco extends financial support for British dairy farmers

Tesco extends financial support for British dairy farmers

The H&M group’s sales increased by 7 percent in January 2016 compared to the same month last year

Stockholm, Sweden, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M group’s sales including VAT increased by 7 percent in local currencies in January 2016 compared to the same month last year. In January there was a negative calendar effect of approximately 2 percentage points because the month had one more Sunday than in January 2015.

The total number of stores amounted to 3,958 on 31 January 2016 compared to 3,541 on 31 January 2015.

Percentage sales development for the month of February and the total sales in SEK for the first quarter (December-February) will be published in a separate press release at 08.00 (CET) on 15 March 2016.

The Three-Month Report, covering the period 1 December 2015 to 29 February 2016, will be published at 08.00 (CET) on 6 April 2016.

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO

Only press enquiries
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00

All other enquiries
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00

Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

H&M and its suppliers commit to not buying cotton from Turkmenistan or Syria

Since December 2015, H&M has a ban on cotton from Turkmenistan and Syria. All suppliers working with H&M have signed a commitment requiring that they don’t buy cotton from Turkmenistan or Syria.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The suppliers that do not sign the commitment will not be allowed to work with H&M. H&M has an equivalent ban on cotton from Uzbekistan since 2013.

The reason for this ban is that H&M under no circumstances accepts underage workers and/or forced labor being used anywhere in our value chain, including in cotton cultivation. Unfortunately this is sometimes the case in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and H&M does therefore not accept conventional cotton from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan or Syria in our products.

By 2020 at the latest, our goal is that all the cotton we use in our products will come from sustainable sources – organic, recycled or from the Better Cotton initiative – and will therefore be fully traceable.

Only press enquiries
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00

All other enquiries
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00

Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

L Brands: Victoria’s Secret CEO Sharen Jester Turney resigns; Leslie H. Wexner to succeed

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) today announced that Victoria’s Secret CEOSharen Jester Turney has made the decision to resign.  Turney has been with the company for nearly 16 years, joining as President and CEO of Victoria’s Secret Direct in 2000 and assuming responsibility for the brand as CEO in 2006.  Leslie H. Wexner, Chairman and CEO of L Brands, will assume leadership of Victoria’s Secret.  Turney will continue to serve as an advisor to the business.

“We are very grateful to Sharen for her leadership and all that she has accomplished; Victoria’s Secret sales have increased more than 70 percent to $7.7 billion and profit has increased substantially during her nine years as CEO. While she will be missed, we support her in her choice and wish her well,” said Wexner.  “We have strong confidence in the strength of the brand and our growth opportunities, and I look forward to taking on a more active role and working with the talented leadership team at Victoria’s Secret.”

Turney stated, “After 16 years and a record fourth quarter at Victoria’s Secret, I have decided to prioritize my family and my personal life and consider what’s next for me professionally. My years with Victoria’s Secret have been the most exciting and rewarding years of my career. I leave the Victoria’s Secret business well-positioned for the next chapter of growth … a strong brand with great momentum.  I take great satisfaction and pride in what our team has accomplished, including tremendous growth and the development of a world-class team.”

L Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company.  The company operates 3,005 company-owned specialty stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and its brands are sold in more than 700 additional noncompany-owned locations worldwide.  The company’s products are also available online at,, and

Victoria’s Secret is the leading specialty retailer of lingerie and beauty products with modern fashion-inspired collections and prestige fragrances, celebrated Supermodels and world-famous runway shows. A business of L Brands (NYSE:LB), its more than 1,000 Victoria’s Secret Lingerie and Beauty stores, and the catalogue allow customers to shop the brand anywhere and any time.

For further information, please contact:

L Brands
Investor Relations
Amie Preston
(614) 415-6704

Media Relations
Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-7072

L Brands Inc

Best Buy in search for organizations who want to give youth opportunities to develop tech skills

Richfield, MN, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy is looking for nonprofits and other organizations who want to partner in giving youth the opportunities to develop tech skills that will inspire future education and career choices.

Groups are invited to submit an application to host a Geek Squad Academy camp this summer.

Now in its 10th season, Geek Squad Academy from Best Buy partners with local organizations to expose students ages 10-18 to the latest technology in a fun, interactive setting. But this isn’t your average camp. When attending a Geek Squad Academy, students become “Junior Agents” and get hands-on experience with some of the newest and coolest technology.

Organizations interested in applying to be a hosting partner must meet all of the requirements below.

  • Be able to recruit a minimum of 100 students and maximum of 200 students.
  • Provide six classroom spaces that can each accommodate 25 students, a large gathering space such as gymnasium or auditorium, and a cafeteria or eating area.
  • Ensure the facility is available for three consecutive days (preference given to locations that can accommodate a camp Tuesday through Thursday of a given week).
  • Recruit a minimum of five volunteers from the organization who will be responsible for managing student behavior and facilitating smooth class-to-class transitions.
  • Agree to all required contracts.


  • Applications are due on Feb. 28, 2016.
  • Notification of camp acceptance will be delivered March 21, 2016.
  • Contracts for the event should be fully executed by May 13, 2016.

Be prepared to complete the online application in one sitting. The website does not have “save” functionality, so the details entered will disappear if the full application is not completed and submitted.

Application Link:

For more information, check out the Geek Squad Academy website.

SOURCE: Best Buy


Best Buy in search for organizations who want to give youth opportunities to develop tech skills

Best Buy in search for organizations who want to give youth opportunities to develop tech skills