Albertsons Companies to purchase and rebrand four Idaho-based Paul’s Market stores

BOISE, ID, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase and rebrand four Idaho-based Paul’s Market stores. The following Paul’s Market stores will be rebranded as Albertsons.

  • 20 East Wyoming, Homedale
  • 700 East Avalon, Kuna
  • 10565 Lake Hazel, Boise
  • 132 East Lake, McCall

Separately, Paul’s Market also announced plans today to close its three stores in Caldwell, Mountain Home and Nampa. As a part of the transaction, Albertsons will acquire the properties.

“Over its many years operating retail food stores in the region, Paul’s Market has developed an outstanding reputation for quality, selection and service,” said Brad Street, Albertsons Intermountain Division President. “We are excited to have the chance to add experienced retail employees to our ranks, as well as the opportunity to build on that foundation and earn the trust of Paul’s Market loyal customer base.” Albertsons Intermountain Division operates 84 stores in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota and Nevada.

“From the day that our family opened the first Paul’s Market store in 1955, we have been a proud Treasure Valley grocer, and we know that the folks at Albertsons share our values and commitment to providing the best to our communities,” said Stan and Steve Zatica, Co-Owners of Paul’s Market. “We sincerely thank our communities for 60 years of shopping with us, and we look forward to watching how these stores evolve to serve their customers for the future.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. The parties anticipate and hope to close the deal for these stores sometime in April.

 

Albertsons PR Contact: Kathy Holland
kathy.holland@albertsons.com

Tractor Supply Company to deliver presentation at an investment community meeting on February 23, 2016

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced that the Company’s management team will deliver a presentation at an investment community meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time (9:15 a.m. Central Time) in Nashville, Tennessee.

The presentation will be simultaneously webcast at IR.TractorSupply.com.

Please allow extra time prior to the presentation to visit the site and download the streaming media software required to listen to the internet broadcast.

The webcast will be archived and available for one year.

About Tractor Supply Company
At December 26, 2015, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,488 stores in 49 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Anthony F. Crudele, Chief Financial Officer
Christine Skold, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

Investors: John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter
Media: Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
ICR
(203) 682-8200

www.TractorSupply.com

Source: Tractor Supply Company

CRS and GEOSYS International Inc. to bring latest digital agriculture and satellite imagery technologies to farmers

Saskatoon, Canada, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new partnership between the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) and GEOSYS International Inc. will bring the latest digital agriculture and satellite imagery technologies to farmers.

Co-op AG Team Agronomists at South Country Co-op will begin using GEOSYS’ Croptical™ monitoring application this spring. In the first year of the partnership, the application will be used to monitor the field health of a minimum of 120,000 acres in southern Alberta.

GEOSYS, founded 28 years ago and operating globally, is a pioneer in developing tools based on satellite imagery that improve agriculture business efficiency, including farming practices.

“At South Country Co-op, we’re proud to provide services that deliver more value to our farm members and customers,” said Mike Clement, General Manager of South Country Co-op. “Satellite imagery is a proven technology for improving agriculture. Our agronomists are knowledgeable, experienced and ready to help growers adopt this exciting technology.”

Keeping the finger on the pulse of every field

Croptical provides agronomists with a powerful tool as they build impactful farm strategies for growers.

The monitoring application uses daily satellite and weather-based data to produce detailed crop health readings with Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) technology. Field NDVI growth during the season reveals where there are opportunities to push or protect yields and where agronomists and growers should focus their attention and smart-scout.

“First and foremost, we are dedicated to agriculture. It is at the core of everything we do,” said Damien Lepoutre, President of GEOSYS. “Our team is committed to delivering value to the grower and empowering agricultural development through digital technology.”

Throughout the 2016 growing season, South Country Co-op will work with Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) to evaluate Croptical for potential introduction to other Co-op Agro Centres in Western Canada.

“The Co-op AG Team and the CRS are committed to innovation,” said Trish Meyers, Knowledge and Innovation Manager at FCL. “By partnering with world-renowned leaders in digital agriculture, we will deliver new services and value to our growers. The Co-op AG Team will build on its reputation in Western Canada as a source of local knowledge and expertise and work with growers to realize the full potential of new agricultural technology and data collection tools.”

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

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Training magazine names CarMax to its Training Top 125, ninth year in a row

Company Makes List Of Best Employee Development Programs For Ninth Consecutive Year

RICHMOND, Va., 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, has been named to Training magazine’s Training Top 125 for the ninth year. CarMax ranks No. 56 for 2016. Training Top 125 recognizes organizations for providing extraordinary employer-sponsored workforce training and development programs.

Training magazine, the leading business publication for learning and development professionals, annually selects 125 organizations that excel at employee development. These companies are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including the best leadership development, outstanding training initiatives and demonstrable results of training programs.

“Strong and relevant training programs are a vital key to our company’s success,” said Bill Nash, president of CarMax. “As the company grows, we continue to develop training programs to enhance our associates’ career opportunities.”

Associates at all levels receive individual development plans tailored to prepare them for success in their current role, as well as for future career development.

“We take an individualized approach in training and development to ensure that every associate is equipped to provide an exceptional customer experience and has the opportunity to be their best,” said Debbie Edwards, manager, talent management. “The content, technology, and pace of training we provide is based on the interests and abilities of each individual.”

CarMax offers a wide variety of training programs that take this specialized approach, focusing on the needs of the individual, from classroom instruction; self-paced e-learning; on-the-job learning, practice and demonstration; one-on-one mentoring and coaching; and virtual learning opportunities. On average, each CarMax store associate completes more than 60 hours of training per year.

In addition to this award, CarMax annually wins numerous national and local awards for being an employer of choice. CarMax is recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For®; 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity; and 20 Best Workplaces in Retail. CarMax is currently recruiting for more than 1500 positions nationwide and encourages interested candidates to visit jobs.carmax.com to apply today.

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the Fortune 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® for 11 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 156 superstores in 78 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2015, the company retailed 582,282 used cars and sold 376,186 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com

Media Contact
Jennifer Bartusiak, CarMax Public Relations, (804) 747-0422, ext. 4429, Jen_Bartusiak@carmax.com

CarMax celebrates opening of its store in Buford, Georgia with donation to North Gwinnett Cooperative, Inc.

Company Celebrates with Community Donations

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, officially opened its first store in Buford, Georgia, located at 3721 Buford Drive. The store is more than 15,000 square feet, occupies more than 7 acres and stocks more than 300 used vehicles.

In celebration of the Buford store opening, CarMax donated $5,000 to North Gwinnett Cooperative, Inc. Buford CarMax associates selected this nonprofit because of its commitment to providing food, clothing, utility and prescription medication assistance to area residents in need. More than 30 CarMax associates also recently volunteered at North Gwinnett Cooperative where they helped clean and organize the food pantry.

The CarMax Foundation also is providing a $10,000 grant to Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. This grant will fund The Next Step educational program which offers homeless youth in the shelter access to residential advisors and tutors to help with homework and support their education. This grant also came at the recommendation of Buford CarMax associates.

“Buford is CarMax’s sixth location in the Atlanta area since we first came to town in 1995,” said Karl Wagner, location general manager of the Buford CarMax. “Our customers know that the used car buying experience at CarMax is honest and transparent and that’s why we continue to lead the industry.”

CarMax was founded more than 20 years ago to fundamentally change the way car buying is done. We make the process more ethical, fair and transparent by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of CarMax Quality Certified vehicles. In addition, we stand behind our vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a 30-Day Limited Warranty. CarMax customers can shop for nearly every make and model at our stores or online at carmax.com, with prices clearly listed for each of our nearly 50,000 vehicles nationwide. CarMax also takes the hassle out of selling your car by offering fast, commitment free appraisals – we’ll buy your car, even if you don’t buy ours. Shopping at CarMax is truly the way car buying should be.

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for 11 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 157 superstores in 78 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2015, the company retailed 582,282 used cars and sold 376,186 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com

Media Contacts
Lindsey Duke, CarMax Public Relations pr@carmax.com

Twitter: @CarMax, Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

Dunkin’ Donuts continues European expansion and seeks franchisees for Belgium, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Norway and Turkey

CANTON, MA, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, one of the world’s leading coffee and baked goods chains, announced today that it has made significant strides in its European expansion efforts in 2015 with the opening of 55 net new restaurants with its franchisees across the region. With the new restaurants opened over the past year, Dunkin’ Donuts now has more than 220 locations across Europe.

Over the past year, the company has celebrated first restaurant openings in Denmark, Georgia, Iceland and Poland, marking the brand’s continued expansion into new European markets, while also opening additional locations in Austria, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.  Additionally, a master franchise agreement was signed in September to develop 30 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Switzerland.

We’ve been very pleased with our regional expansion efforts in 2015, bringing Dunkin’ Donuts’ high-quality foods and beverages to guests in several new European countries,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We’re also continuing to recruit qualified, well-capitalized multi-unit franchisee groups for Belgium, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Turkey, and see tremendous opportunity for future growth in these markets.”

Franchisee candidates looking to further develop the Dunkin’ Donuts brand in Europe must have deep retail or foodservice operations experience. Groups must also have strong financial backgrounds, knowledge of their local consumers and marketplace, a proven track record of success in the restaurant industry, and a desire to develop a minimum of 20-35 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in their market over the next several years. Specifics and fees will vary per country and are available upon request.

“We were very excited to bring Dunkin’ Donuts to Iceland and help grow the brand in Europe,” said Arni Petur Jonsson, CEO of DRANGASKER EHF, Dunkin’ Donuts master franchisee for Iceland. “With coffee culture being such an important part of life in Iceland and across Europe, we feel that Dunkin’ Donuts’ high-quality blends of coffee and welcoming, friendly restaurant environments are a great addition for the region. We look forward to serving more guests across the country as we open additional Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the years ahead.”

Dunkin’ Donuts currently has more than 11,700 restaurants in 43 countries around the world, including more than 220 locations across Europe in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Georgia, Iceland, Luxembourg, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout Europe feature the brand’s wide range of hot and iced coffees, lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, teas, Coolatta® frozen drinks, croissants, donuts and sandwiches, all served fast in friendly, convenient locations and at a great value. Regional menu items are also offered to cater to local tastes.

To apply for a franchise opportunity in Europe and for more information about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DDGlobalFranchising.com.

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,700 restaurants in 43 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Jenna Kantrowitz
Phone: 954-893-9150
Email: jkantrowitz@fish-consulting.com

CBRE marks tenth consecutive year of being named to The 2016 Global Outsourcing 100 by IAOP®

LOS ANGELES, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) today announced that the company has been named to The 2016 Global Outsourcing 100 by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® (IAOP®). This achievement marks the tenth consecutive year that CBRE has been named among the world’s elite outsourcing firms across all industries.

The 2016 Global Outsourcing 100 and The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors recognizes the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors. Judging is based on a rigorous scoring methodology that includes an independent review by a panel of IAOP customer members with extensive experience in selecting outsourcing service providers and advisors for their organizations.

CBRE offers an unrivaled suite of outsourcing services for occupiers, including advisory and transactions, enterprise facilities management, consulting, project management, property management, development, capital markets solutions, and more.

“IAOP’s continued recognition of CBRE as an elite global outsourcing company is a testament to our platform and our professionals, who provide exceptional real estate and facilities outsourcing services to our clients every day,” said Bill Concannon, CEO of Global Workplace Solutions for CBRE. “Our recent acquisition of Johnson Control’s Global Workplace Solutions business has further strengthened our already robust outsourcing capability and provides clients with greater advantages in virtually every corner of the world.”

“Choosing the right partners is more important than ever. Companies that outsource, not only in the traditional sense but also through the wide array of the ever-changing collaborative business models, are scrutinizing their providers very closely,” said Debi Hamill, IAOP CEO. “The GO100 is the definitive guide to help companies research and compare service providers with whom they are considering relationships.”

CBRE acquired the Global Workplace Solutions business from Johnson Controls Inc. in September 2015.

About IAOP
IAOP is the go-to association leading the way to improve outsourcing outcomes by bringing together customers, providers and advisors in a collaborative, knowledge-based environment that promotes professional development, recognition, certification and excellence. With over 120,000 members and affiliates worldwide, IAOP is not only on top of the latest trends but in front of them. Through its expansive global chapter network, premier training and certification programs, knowledge center, member community and more, IAOP helps members learn, grow and succeed. For more information and how you can become involved, visit www.IAOP.org.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Media contact

Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
email

SOURCE: CBRE

EuroCIS 2016: Wincor Nixdorf takes retail visitors to a virtual tour around a store

Wincor Nixdorf at EuroCIS 2016

Paderborn, GERMANY, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — At Wincor Nixdorf’s trade-fair stand, retail visitors can take a virtual tour around a store. Among other features, 3D visualization technology helps retailers assess how new IT systems and design changes fit into an existing store environment.

How might the new or modernized store look? Do the new POS system’s shape and color suit the overall design in the checkout zone? Which effects can be achieved by what design changes? How can visual efforts enhance the feel-good atmosphere and shopping experience for the customer? These and other questions can be answered with the help of virtual visualization technology. At EuroCIS, Wincor Nixdorf will simulate a tour through a model convenience store. Visitors at the stand need an iPhone, have to download the required Wincor Nixdorf app and will receive a pair of 3D glasses. Once equipped, they can start their virtual 360-degree tour of the store and quickly and simply obtain a detailed image of the new or redesigned store environment. Thanks to this solution, Wincor Nixdorf is showing how construction, design and technological concepts for stores can be visualized in advance, thus giving retailers an additional tool to ensure well-founded investment decisions.

This 3D visualization is part of Wincor Nixdorf’s extensive service portfolio that visitors can learn about at EuroCIS. Part of Wincor Nixdorf’s portfolio, Store Modernization helps the company’s retail customers with the construction and modernization of stores by providing advising services as well as by planning, organizing and monitoring construction work. In addition, the company offers end-to-end IT service solutions as part of its Store Life-Cycle Management product. Throughout a store’s life cycle, from opening to operation to restoration of its original condition, Wincor Nixdorf provides support by consulting, managing and rolling out projects and overseeing all service providers. These scalable services also comprise operating the store’s IT system and managing applications as well as ensuring smooth IT-based business processes.

Wincor Nixdorf will present its solutions for retail stores at EuroCIS 2016 (Düsseldorf Exhibition Center, February 23 through 25) at Stand C 26 in Hall 9. What’s more, various projects in practical use and Wincor Nixdorf’s omnichannel solutions will be introduced as part of the presentation program that accompanies the trade fair. Claude Gerber, Head of IT at Calida AG, will talk about his experiences with the SAP Order Management solution Wincor Nixdorf has installed at the global clothing group, for example. A presentation by s.Oliver about the omnichannel concepts the international fashion group has pursued together with Wincor Nixdorf is also planned. In addition, Sabine Grün, Head of Industry Marketing Retail at Wincor Nixdorf, will give a brief presentation titled “Explore the store with mobile solutions.”

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press

Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com
Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

The highly anticipated virtual reality system Oculus Rift now available for pre-order on BestBuy.com

Richfield, MN, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The buzz is no longer virtual: Oculus Rift, the highly anticipated virtual reality system, is available for pre-order today on BestBuy.com.

Virtual reality, or VR, is a new technology that allows users to immerse themselves in lifelike locations — like a packed concert or the depths of the ocean — using a headset that’s paired with a PC, smartphone or other device. The technology lets you live in your favorite video game or even virtually “hang out” with friends from the comfort of your own home. The possibilities are endless, and this is the year VR becomes more accessible to consumers.

Many gamers and tech types are super excited about the new devices. Many others have questions  about the new technology and its uses.

Best Buy Blue Shirt Sid Demesa is here to help.

Sid is a sales consultant at Best Buy in Los Angeles by day and a hardcore gamer by night. His passion for technology extends beyond his shifts at Best Buy, as he spends his free time listening to gaming podcasts and keeping up with the latest VR news. He took some time out of his busy day to answer a few questions about the new technology.

1.   What are you most excited about when it comes to VR?
It’s the evolution of the television, where you’re no longer confined to a fixed screen when viewing media, whether it’s a movie, your favorite TV show or a video game. By putting on a headset, VR allows you to experience it firsthand. I’m most excited about the impact it will have on video games and creative works, such as movies.

2.   Is it only for gamers?
No. It’s true that VR will create a deeper gaming experience because video games already are so interactive and PC gaming, specifically, intersects well with VR. But there are, and will be more, practical uses for the devices. Imagine training for surgery; touring a new house or cool city from afar; attending sporting events, or even seeing the president’s speech as though you were in the front row – all through VR. Those are just some of the uses, and we will see many more.

3.  How should customers prepare for virtual reality?
PC gaming systems play a big role in VR.  For most experiences, customers need a high-powered, compatible computer. (For example, to pre-order the Oculus Rift headset through Best Buy, you’ll need to choose one of seven Oculus-ready PCs to go with it.) Other systems, like the Samsung Gear, require a compatible Samsung smartphone.

4. What is the one thing people should know about VR?
People shouldn’t feel intimidated. This is the future. Virtual reality has the potential to change the way we consume our media.

5. Where can you find content, such as games and movies?
Because VR is still very new, content is constantly being developed.  Customers can download content for platforms like Samsung Gear and Oculus Rift from the Oculus Store.

Pre-order Oculus Rift on BestBuy.com now. It should be available later this spring.

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The highly anticipated virtual reality system Oculus Rift now available for pre-order on BestBuy.com

The highly anticipated virtual reality system Oculus Rift now available for pre-order on BestBuy.com

PetSmart becomes exclusive retailer to carry pet products featuring The Secret Life of Pets characters

  • PetSmart Receives Exclusive on Licensed Pet Collection
  • Marketing Partnership Involves “Store Takeover” and Innovative Multichannel Shopping Experience

PHOENIX and UNIVERSAL CITY, CA., 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart and NBCUniversal Brand Development Group today announced a strategic partnership with Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ The Secret Life of Pets. Under the agreement, PetSmart has become the exclusive retailer to carry a collection of pet products featuring the characters from the film.

Under the terms of the deal, an innovative multichannel shopping experience and compelling marketing partnership will be created that will entertain PetSmart’s pet parent customer base, engage new consumers and drive excitement for the film’s audience. The PetSmart campaign will launch timed to the release of The Secret Life of Pets, which arrives in theaters nationwide on July 8, 2016.

“What we instantly responded to is the fact that The Secret Life of Pets shows us the immensely entertaining lives that our pets lead when we’re not around,” said Eran Cohen, Chief Customer Experience Officer, PetSmart. “It’s an all-audience comedy that will be popular among our pet parents and their families – kids and adults alike. We’re excited to team with NBCUniversal Brand Development on the launch of this perfectly aligned pet-oriented movie.”

The Secret Life of Pets will have “store takeover” presence across PetSmart’s more than 1,400 stores throughout North America, petsmart.com and other digital platforms. The Secret Life of Pets campaign will include advertising that features custom-to-PetSmart animation and assets across television, print and digital, as well as social engagement programs.

“Our exclusive partnership with PetSmart is a critical component of our strategy to engage more directly with consumers whose pets are an enormous part of their families,” said Jamie Stevens, Executive Vice President, Global Retail Development, NBCUniversal Brand Development Group. “We are excited to collaborate with PetSmart to expand our reach and bring The Secret Life of Pets to life.”

The exclusive PetSmart product collection includes pet apparel such as the iconic Gidget ruffle-skirted dress and hoodies; slogan tees like “Every Dog Has His Day,” featuring Max and Duke; plush and rope squeaker toys featuring Norman and Snowball; and cat and dog beds featuring Gidget and Duke. Also featured is a curated collection of the Characters’ “Top PetSmart Picks” – a list of PetSmart favorites as picked by the main characters in the movie. Big Heart Pets, the company behind Milk-Bone® dog biscuits, will also offer an exclusive-to-PetSmart line of movie-themed pet treats.

About The Secret Life of Pets
For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.

About NBCUniversal Brand Development
The NBCUniversal Brand Development Group drives expansion of the company’s intellectual property across the corporation. With a focus on kids and family, the business unit has oversight of a dedicated Universal Kids & Family TV Productions business, Digital Products & Gaming, NBCUniversal Consumer Products, and Franchise Management. A key component to this division includes evolving titles into robust, multi-year sustainable brands with multiple consumer touchpoints, including Television, Digital, Video Games, Consumer Products and Live-Events, among others.

NBCUniversal Brand Development Group is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Illumination Entertainment
lllumination Entertainment, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event animated films. Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the hugely successful DESPICABLE ME franchise, which includes MINIONS, the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time as well as DESPICABLE ME 2, an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature of 2013. In all, Illumination’s films, which also include 2011’s HOP and 2012’s Dr. Seuss’ THE LORAX, have grossed more than $3 billion in worldwide box-office revenues and feature some of the world’s most renowned talent. Upcoming films include the highly anticipated July 2016 release of THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, starring Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and Kevin Hart in their animated feature debuts; SING, which arrives in theaters in December 2016, starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly; DESPICABLE ME 3, set for June 2017; and a newly-imagined version of Dr. Seuss’ THE GRINCH, set for November 2017. In addition, Minion Rush (800 million downloads) has become one of the world’s most popular apps, and Minion Mayhem attracts huge crowds at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,444 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of nearly 500,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart  

Contacts:

Danielle Bickelmann
Golin for PetSmart
972-341-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com
 

PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177

Sarah Rothman
Illumination Entertainment
646-254-6030
Sarah.Rothman@42West.Net

Evan Langweiler
Universal Pictures
818-777-9709
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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).

SOURCE: LVMH

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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 http://www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/minitend.htm.

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 Lowes.com, Lowes.ca and Lowes.com.mx. 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 Lowes.com.

SOURCE Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

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MIGROS RUFT BABYSOCKEN MIT AUFGENÄHTER RASSEL ZURÜCK

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.

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

Monika Weibel
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Mediensprecherin Migros
044 277 20 63
monika.weibel@mgb.ch

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MIGROS RUFT BABYSOCKEN MIT AUFGENÄHTER RASSEL ZURÜCK

MIGROS RUFT BABYSOCKEN MIT AUFGENÄHTER RASSEL ZURÜCK

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

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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 hm.com 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.

#HMLovesCoachella

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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 www.nacsonline.com/podcasts 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.”

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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 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.

SOURCE: NACS

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, Sonny.Pulley@wholefoods.com

Laura Cahill, Metro Marketing Field Team Leader, Laura.Cahill@wholefoods.com

Twitter:  @wfmsocal

Instagram:  @wfmbrea

Facebook: facebook.com/wfmorangecounty

EXPERTS:

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 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

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

Press/Financial Press

Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press

Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com
Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

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 www.harristeeter.com

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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Coop greift jetzt auch bei Syoss-Produkten zu Parallelimporten

Coop greift jetzt auch bei Syoss-Produkten zu Parallelimporten

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.

For more information on this news release, contact us

 

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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.

ENDS

 

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.

 

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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

GLOBAL MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Only press enquiries
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

All other enquiries
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

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.

GLOBAL MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Only press enquiries
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

All other enquiries
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

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.”

ABOUT L BRANDS:
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 www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com, www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

ABOUT VICTORIA’S SECRET:
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, www.VictoriasSecret.com 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
apreston@lb.com

Media Relations
Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-7072
communications@lb.com

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.

Deadlines:

  • 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: https://academy.geeksquad.com/proposal

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

SOURCE: Best Buy

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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

Harris Teeter hosts in-store donation card campaign as part of its participation in the “Million Meals Challenge”

Company and Universities Collect Donations and Raise Awareness for Hunger Relief

MATTHEWS, N.C., 2016-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter, in collaboration with the Big 4 ACC schools and the NC Association of Feeding America Foods Banks, is participating in the “Million Meals Challenge” – a banner initiative focused on generating yearlong support from Duke, NC State, UNC and Wake Forest students, fans, alumni and campus communities. As part of this challenge, the company is hosting an in-store donation card campaign from Feb. 15, 2016 through Feb. 29, 2016 in all N.C. and select S.C. stores.

Shoppers and associates will be asked to donate $1, $3, or $5 at checkout to support local food banks throughout North Carolina and help the NC Association of Feeding America Foods Banks with providing one-million meals to community members-in-need. Harris Teeter stores immediately surrounding the participating universities will also host an in-store food drive as part of the “Million Meals Challenge” programming.

“Harris Teeter recognizes hunger affects millions of Americans including hard-working adults, children, veterans and seniors,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “In an effort to aid in hunger relief, the Company is proud to offer its shoppers and associates a convenient way to help fight hunger through participation in the Million Meals Challenge. The contributions made through these efforts will allow our food bank partners to support the community members they serve.”

Each school will be reaching out individually to their respective student body, alumni and campus communities to help donate their time, money and/or food in support of the “The Million Meals Challenge”. Various on-campus events, as well as activities led by student groups, will be held to accept food donations and contribute to the overall initiative throughout the year.

For additional details about the campaign and to donate funds supporting one of the four universities, visit http://ncfoodbanks.org/million-meals-challenge/. Monetary donations are made online, and food donations can be made at one of the select Harris Teeter locations.

About North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks
The North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks is a strategic alliance of the six food banks and one food recovery organization in North Carolina who also belong to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief charity. The North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt charitable nonprofit organization.

SOURCE:  Harris Teeter, Inc.

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Harris Teeter hosts in-store donation card campaign as part of its participation in the “Million Meals Challenge”

FSIS: Canyon Creek Soup Co. recalls meatball soup products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection

WASHINGTON, 2016-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Canyon Creek Soup Co., an Edmonton, AB, Canada establishment, is recalling approximately 7,275 pounds of meatball soup products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists.

The soup kit containing broth with meatballs, rice noodles, sriracha packets, and hoisin packets were imported on Jan. 29, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label]

  • 291 Cases – containing ten 2.56 lb. plastic soup package kits labeled “Vietnamese inspired Pho Bo Vein” containing broth with meatballs, rice noodles, sriracha packets, and hoisin packets bearing package code 16AL20 or 16AL24.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 422” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail outlets in California.

The problem was discovered when a Customs and Border Protection official notified FSIS personnel that the items had been shipped without inspection.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Terry Alty at (780) 463-2991.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

 

Congressional and Public Affairs
Benjamin Bell
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

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FSIS: Canyon Creek Soup Co. recalls meatball soup products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection

FSIS: Canyon Creek Soup Co. recalls meatball soup products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection

Amazon orders four seasons of Original Kids Series Thunderbirds Are Go to debut on Prime Video in the US

Amazon orders four seasons of the new series, which is a reinvention of the 50-year-old classic Thunderbirds series; Rosamund Pike to star as Lady Penelope

SEATTLE, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has ordered four 13-episode seasons of new Amazon Original Kids Series Thunderbirds Are Go to debut on Prime Video in the US. Thunderbirds Are Go is a reinvention of the 50-year-old classic Thunderbirds, and features the world’s most famous family of heroes, International Rescue, and Rosamund Pike (The World’s End,Gone Girl) as Lady Penelope. The first season is scheduled to debut on Prime Video in the US later this year and will subsequently air on Prime Video in the UK, Germany and Austria, following a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Thunderbirds Are Go catapults the five brave Tracy brothers back onto television screens, where they’ll pilot their vehicles from the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of space, performing impossible rescues across the globe. Produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in collaboration with world-famous Weta Workshop, the series is made using a unique mixture of CGI animation and live-action model sets.Thunderbirds Are Go will deliver a new level of action-adventure animation for today’s audience while paying tribute to the legacy of model locations from the original series.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with ITV Studios Global Entertainment on a world-renowned property that kids and families today will embrace,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Our customers will enjoy the same action and adventure found on the classic series infused with a contemporary aesthetic and visually stunning world.”

“We are delighted to be working with Amazon to launch Thunderbirds Are Go in the US; their position as an innovative content provider and their passion for the show makes them the perfect partner,” added Dan Gopal, EVP EMEA Distribution and Global Digital Partners for ITV Studios Global Entertainment. “Our strategy is to give audiences the flexibility to watch our content any time, any place, and the launch ofThunderbirds Are Go on Amazon Prime Video means children and families across the US, as well as in the UK, Germany and Austria, will be able to watch the entire series whenever and wherever they want.”

Thunderbirds Are Go is executive produced by Estelle Hughes (Driver Dan’s Story Train), Giles Ridge (Pocoyo), Richard Taylor (The Lord of the Rings), and Andrew Smith (District 9), written by Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, Teen Titans), and directed by David Scott (LEGO Star Wars) and Theo Baynton (The Wotwots). It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The four-season order follows AmazonOriginal Kids Series Just Add Magic’s record-breaking premiere weekend as the most successful kids premiere weekend in terms of share of US Prime Video streams and hours.

Thunderbirds Are Go will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream. Thunderbirds Are Go will also be available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.

About Amazon Video
Amazon Video offers customers unlimited access to tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series, through Amazon Prime; monthly subscriptions to SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more; and hundreds of thousands of titles including new-release movies and current TV shows for rent or purchase.

The entire range of selection can be instantly accessed through the Amazon Video app on TVs, streaming media players, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online at Amazon.com/amazonvideo. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

Prime Video, included in Amazon Prime, enables Prime members to enjoy binge-worthy TV shows including Amazon Original Series airing now such as the multi-Golden Globe award-winning series from Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, Mozart in the Jungle, the multi-Golden Globe award-winning and Emmy award-winning series Transparent, the breakout hit The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, the hour-long drama Bosch, based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books, and the comedy created by and starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe, in addition to favorites like The Sopranos, True Blood and Girls, and popular primetime series including 24, Downton Abbey, Extant, Falling Skies, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Orphan Black, Teen Wolf, The Americans, and Under the Dome. Prime members also have access to a collection of kids shows now airing including Amazon Original Series Just Add Magic, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy award-winning Tumble Leaf, as well as popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, and Blue’s Clues. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/primevideo.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

About ITV Studios Global Entertainment
ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) is one of the world’s leading international TV distribution, home entertainment, publishing, merchandising and licensing businesses. ITVS GE distributes celebrated content across all genres from both its in-house production business, ITV Studios, and in collaboration with leading producers from around the world.

Part of ITV PLC, which includes the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, ITV Studios Global Entertainment has offices in London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Sydney.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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