Whole Foods Market to become first food retailer to offer strawberries certified by the Fair Food Program

First retailer to introduce Fair Food Program certified strawberries

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will be the first food retailer to offer strawberries certified by the Fair Food Program, a partnership that brings together workers, consumers, growers and retailers in support of humane labor standards and fairer wages in U.S. agriculture.

Whole Foods Market began supporting the Fair Food Program in 2008, four years before any other supermarket joined the effort. By offering Fair Food strawberries, Whole Foods Market has agreed to pay an additional amount for each case of strawberries it purchases, with the additional money being passed on to farmworkers to supplement their income. The program also requires suppliers to sign a code of conduct, outlining specific social responsibility criteria; the code is then verified by a third-party.

“We advocate for and support sustainable, transparent, long-term labor and farmworker welfare solutions, both inside and outside the U.S.,” said Matt Rogers, senior global produce coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “The Fair Food Program is the leading worker welfare success story in the U.S. We are proud of our history with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and are excited to support their certification as they expand beyond tomatoes.”

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a worker-based human rights organization, initially launched the Fair Food Program with the goal of creating systemic changes for Florida tomato pickers who routinely faced harsh working conditions. Following the success of its tomato program, the CIW has expanded its efforts to include strawberries.

The first certified strawberries will come from Florida-based grower Sunripe Certified Brands, a key supplier to Whole Foods Market and a leading advocate of the Fair Food Program.

“As the first tomato grower to implement the Fair Food Program at all of our tomato operations, Sunripe Certified Brands is proud to be the first grower to extend the guarantee of a safe and fair workplace to the strawberry fields of Florida,” said Jon Esformes, CEO of Sunripe Certified Brands. “We’re honored and humbled to play a part in creating change for the most vulnerable of American workers, and strongly urge other growers to join this important movement.”

Whole Foods Market and Sunripe Certified Brands also announced they would be the first to use the new Fair Food Program label on both strawberry and tomato packages. The label was developed by the Fair Food Program to help shoppers identify produce that complies with the industry worker welfare program.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Whole Foods Market on the expansion of the Fair Food Program, and are particularly excited to debut the program label on certified products in its stores,” said Nely Rodriguez, education team member for the CIW.  “The label symbolizes Florida farmworkers’ tireless efforts to forge a more modern, more humane agricultural industry. We’re proud to share the image and our story with Whole Foods Market shoppers.”

The certified and labeled products from Sunripe Certified Brands are in limited supply and will be sold in Whole Foods Market stores primarily in the southeast as supply allows.


Matt Rogers

Global Produce Coordinator

Matt works on standards and sourcing for the Whole Foods Market produce team supporting policy and compliance on social, environmental and food safety issues.

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Lauren Bernath

Rite Aid Offers Customers Wide Variety of Easter and Spring Essentials

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid is making customers hoppy this season with its great deals and variety of Easter and spring essentials. Whether shopping for “somebunny” special or readying for spring, Rite Aid is prepared to offer customers a one-stop-shopping experience.

Assemble Your Easter Basket
Rite Aid’s shelves are stocked with an assortment of Easter basket essentials, including baskets in a variety of s and materials, such as woven and plush, and filler grass in tinsel and paper to match the colors of the season. For those looking for last minute gifts, pre-made Easter baskets with candy and plush are also available in character favorites such as Frozen, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Disney Princesses.

Fill the basket with loveable springtime plush such as ducks, bunnies and popular TY Beanie Boos. Don’t forget the Easter Sweets including a great selection of chocolate bunnies from Russell Stover, Dove or Whitman. Rite Aid also has a wide variety of rainbow jelly beans from brands such as Starburst, Jolly Rancher, Lifesavers, Jelly Belly and Sunrise. Or stick with the classics, pastel robin eggs, brightly colored marshmallow PEEPS and classic Cadbury Eggs.

Eggs for Everyone
Easter morning would not be complete without dyeing eggs and a competitive Easter egg hunt. Rite Aid has just what customers need with its wide variety of multi-color fillable or prefilled plastic eggs. Using an egg dye kit from PAAS, surprise the Easter Bunny with perfectly dyed bright colored, metallic, glittered or marble eggs.

Spring Ahead
It’s time to start decorating for spring and Rite Aid carries a wide assortment of décor perfect for the season. To tend the garden, Rite Aid has a wide selection of hoses, rakes, shovels, gloves, water wands and nozzles in bright and whimsical colors. For outdoor décor, customers will find novelty bird houses available in car, airplane, motorcycle and boat designs and assorted garden figures including gnomes and frogs, as well as painted glass bird baths and feeders. Welcome spring into the home with decorations including floral wreaths, artificial flower pot arrangements and window décor.

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

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Dollar General launches Spring Fast Way to Save™ digital coupon program

Launch of Spring Fast Way to Save™ Digital Coupon Offers, Wow! Wednesday Offers, Three-Day Sales, Instant Savings and Weekly Specials to Further Help Customers Stretch Their Budget

Goodlettsville, Tennessee, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Savings are springing up in every aisle next week at Dollar General!  From digital coupons and instant savings to weekly specials, Wow! Wednesday offers and a three-day sale, customers can save even more on items throughout the store between Sunday, March 27 and Saturday, April 2, 2016.

“Dollar General stores throughout the country will be springing into savings next week as we look to provide our customers with even more value for their dollar, complete with deeper discounts available through DG Digital Coupons ” said Jim Thorpe, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. “Customers are encouraged to sign up and apply savings to their account in order to take advantage of these seven days of savings.  We made the week particularly exciting with the addition of numerous private brand offerings through the Fast Way to Save™ digital coupon program, too.”

To enroll or upload coupons through Dollar General Digital Coupons, customers may login to their electronic DG Digital Coupon account either through Dollar General’s website at www.dollargeneral.com/coupons, through the DG mobile app for Android and iPhone smartphones or by texting “JOIN” to 34898.*

Exciting offers currently in effect include:

Fast Way to Save™ Digital Coupon Savings
Powered through the Dollar General Digital Coupon platform, the Fast Way to Save™ program provides customers dozens of exclusive savings only available as DG Digital Coupons. Now through April 16, 2016, customers may download Fast Way to Save™ special offers through the Dollar General Digital Coupon platform.  Offers include exclusive coupons on select Dollar General private brand items, which carry a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee, as well as Mountain Dew®, Pampers®, Downy®, Doritos® and more. All digital coupons may be redeemed only one time through April 16.

Wow! Wednesday Offers
On select Wednesdays this spring, Dollar General will offer customers a special one-time-use opportunity to save on a specific product in stores.  Wow! offers are available for download onto customers’ Dollar General Digital Coupon account exclusively on that particular Wednesday, but may be redeemed through the following Friday.  This exclusive Digital Coupon offers are sure to wow customers!

Offers that go into effect on Sunday, March 27 include:

Three Day Sale
From March 31 to April 2, Dollar General is offering a special three-day sale with savings galore including:

  • Pepsi® or Mountain Dew® six-pack bottles (eight-pack bottles where available) in assorted varieties: 4 for $10
  • Wisk® Deep Clean Laundry Detergent (45.4 oz.): $2.95
  • DG Home™ trash bags in assorted counts and sizes (excludes mega and value packs): Buy one, get a second 50 percent off
  • Clover Valley® cereal in assorted varieties of 11.5 – 20 oz.: 2 for $3
  • Swiffer® Sweeper® refills wet cloth with Gain® 24 count: $6.50

Instant Savings

  • Save $5 instantly with a $15 or more purchase of brands including Scrubbing Bubbles®, Windex®, Pledge®, Glade®, Cottonelle® and Scott®.  Sale items with these brands include:
    • Scrubbing Bubbles® Aerosol 22 oz. or Foaming with Bleach Trigger or Multi Surface Disinfectant Spray 32 oz. or Windex® Cleaner 26 oz. in assorted varieties: $3 each
    • Cottonelle® bath tissue in 12 Big rolls in assorted varieties or Scott® paper towels in 6 Mega rolls: $4.95
    • Glade® candle 3.4 oz or Wax Melts 6 count or Plugins® scented oil refills in one count in assorted scents: $2.75 each
    • Pledge® Lemon clean furniture spray or multi surface antibacterial cleaner citrus scent in 9.7 oz: $4
  • Save $2 instantly with an $8 or more purchase on any Suave® products. Sale Suave® items include:
    • Suave® styling products in three to 11 oz, Shampoo or conditioner in 12-28 oz containers (excludes Keratin and Moroccan 28 oz products), Kids two in one shampoo plus conditioner in 22.5 oz or 18 oz body lotion in assorted varieties: $3 each
    • Suave® invisible solid deodorant TWIN PACK 2-2.6 oz each in assorted varieties: $2.75 each
    • Suave® body wash in 12-18 oz in assorted varieties: $2 each (18 oz BONUS size available while supplies last)

Weekly Specials

  • Save $5 on your next purchase when you spend $15 or more on brands including Gain®, Tide®, Era®, Dreft®, Febreeze®, Downy®, Cascade®, Dawn® or Charmin®. Sale items with these brands include:
    • Gain® liquid laundry detergent in 24-32 load/50oz or Powder 40 load sizes in assorted scents: $4.95
      • Save an additional $2 with DG Digital Coupons.
    • Febreeze® Small Spaces 1 count, Car 1 count, Wax Melts 6 count or Air Effects 9.7 oz in assorted scents (excludes Febreeze® Air Effects Heavy Duty): $2.95
      • Save an additional $3 will you buy two with DG Digital Coupons.
    • Dawn® ultra dish liquid 56 oz in assorted scents OR Cascade® Action Pacs Citrus 28 count, Clorox® Lemon 23 count, Complete® 22 count or Platinum 17 count: $5.95
      • Save an additional $1 with DG Digital Coupons.
    • Era® liquid laundry detergent 96 load/150 oz or Tide® 36-48 load/69-75 oz or Powder 47 load/66 oz: $8.95
    • Charmin® Basic® bath tissue 20 double rolls or Ultra Strong® eight Mega rolls: $8.95
  • Coca-Cola® Diet Coke® or Sprite® two liter products: Buy two, get one free. Must purchase three to get the discounted price. CA CRV or deposit where applicable.
  • Edy’s® Grand Ice Cream 48 oz or Tombstone® original pizza 12 inch in assorted varieties: $3
    • Save an additional $1 when you buy 2 Tombstone pizzas with DG Digital Coupons.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the DG Newsroom here or contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

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About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates 12,483 stores in 43 states as of January 29, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give announces three-day grand tasting event on June 17-19 at Blythefield Country Club

More than 40 local restaurants, breweries, local growers at Blythefield Country Club

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give announced today a three-day grand tasting event that Meijer will host in conjunction with the LPGA tournament week June 14-19. The inaugural Meijer LPGA Grand Taste will take place June 17-19 at Blythefield Country Club.  

“We are thrilled to be adding this experience to LPGA week showcasing some of the best food that West Michigan has to offer,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “The Meijer LPGA Grand Taste will feature local restaurants, breweries and Meijer partners, attracting not only golf fans to Blythefield Country Club, but creating a culinary experience the whole family can enjoy.”

This year, fans who purchase a ticket will receive access to an upgraded food and beverage experience taking place at Blythefield Country Club. Representing Meijer and West Michigan, more than 40 local restaurants, breweries, local growers and Meijer vendors will be on hand throughout the day.

The announcement is made with commitments from Terra, Founder’s Brewing Company, Martha’s Vineyard, Honey Creek Inn, Blue Dog Tavern, Six.One.Six at JW Marriott, Bell’s Brewery and more. Additional restaurant and brewery announcements will follow.

A ticket to the Meijer LPGA Grand Taste is $25, and $5 for kids, ages 17 and under, with a ticketed adult. The upgraded ticket will include food and beverage samples from participating restaurants, breweries, and Meijer vendors. This ticket also includes general admission access to the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has raised more than $1.3 million for the Simply Give program.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to purchase tickets to the Meijer LPGA Grand Taste, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com

To view a video recapping the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com, and a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

About Meijer Simply Give:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014 Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.comwww.facebook.com/LPGAwww.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events:
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

Contact: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968


Meijer grand taste

Target Corporation announces two key hires for the its technology team

Retailer also hires Joel Crabb as Vice President of Architecture

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) announced today two key hires for the company’s technology team. Tom Kadlec will join Target as senior vice president of infrastructure and operations, leading efforts to modernize and enhance Target’s technology foundation. The company also announced the hiring of Joel Crabb as vice president of architecture, with responsibility for enterprise architecture, agile practices and Application Program Interfaces (APIs).

“Tom and Joel bring decades of technology and engineering experience to Target, along with proven track records of building and implementing cutting-edge technologies for retailers,” said Mike McNamara, Chief Information Officer, Target. “Adding leaders of this caliber will propel the progress we’re making to strengthen Target’s engineering muscle, enhance our foundational systems and bring new technology innovations to life for our guests.”

Kadlec has nearly 25 years of global technology experience in retail and finance, including 17 years spent in various leadership positions at Tesco PLC, where he most recently was group technology director for the UK-based grocer. Prior to that, Kadlec worked in the Czech Republic and Hungary for Tesco, and led the retailer’s operations and infrastructure team through major transformation and the retiring of many legacy applications. Kadlec comes to Target from Virtual Clarity, a cloud technologies implementation consultancy, where he worked on the transformation of a major UK bank. Kadlec has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Czech Technical University in Prague.

Crabb has more than 20 years of experience as a technology leader and engineer. He joined Target from Best Buy Co., where he worked for more than five years, most recently as chief architect and head of digital engineering. Prior to that, he held various technology leadership and engineering posts at companies in the Minneapolis area. Crabb has engineering degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Wisconsin, plus a master’s in business administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Media Contact: Eddie Baeb, Target Public Relations, (612) 761-9657
Target Media Hotline: (612) 696-3400

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,793 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

WWF and H&M announce global partnership

Today on World Water Day, conservation organization WWF and fashion retailer H&M are proud to announce a five year global partnership. The new agreement expands the successful partnership from 2013, focusing on water stewardship, to also include climate action and a strategic dialogue related to H&M’s and the fashion industry’s broader sustainability challenges. This marks one more step towards a truly sustainable fashion industry.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Together, we are taking a holistic and science-based approach that aims to break new ground within sustainability and fashion. After working closely together with H&M for the past three years, we know they are committed to being good stewards of shared resources, and eager to contribute to shifting the industry towards more sustainable models,” says Mariann Eriksson, Marketing Director at WWF.

H&M and WWF’s previous partnership focused on moving H&M towards best practice on water stewardship.  This work has led to improved water awareness among H&M staff and suppliers and has brought stakeholders from business, civil society and politics together to contribute to more sustainable water management in entire river basins in China and Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, a report was recently published*, analyzing the economic risk factors for the apparel industry and the crucial linkage to sustainable water use. In China, the partnership results include an Industrial Park project, where suppliers share resources and improve their water and chemical management. The new partnership includes taking the previous commitments in water to the next level while also expanding into new areas of climate and sustainability strategy.

“This partnership enables H&M to explore future possibilities and address two of our main sustainability challenges, climate and water, in a constructive way. Simultaneously we’re aiming to influence our industry to move in the same direction. The partnership will showcase to other companies that taking on sustainable business practices is fundamental for future business success”, says Pierre Börjesson, Sustainability Business Expert Climate & Water, H&M.

H&M and WWF will continue their work with water stewardship with increased focus on collective action with other companies, policy makers and civil society at chosen river basins in China. On climate, WWF and H&M will work to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in prioritized parts of H&M’s value chain by working with suppliers, customers and policy makers towards a low carbon future. The creation of a strategic dialogue aims to support H&M in the journey to be truly sustainable, moving towards circularity and leading change in the industry.

Efforts in the new partnership will be aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about the H&M and WWF partnership here.

*”Water Governance in Bangladesh, Challenges and opportunities around policy, institutional function and implementation for a sustainable water future”. Available here: panda.org/Bangladesh

For more information, please contact:
WWF Sweden, Mariann Eriksson, Marketing Director, +46 70 687 33 31, mariann.eriksson@wwf.se
WWF Erika Reje, Media Relations, +46 76 545 40 00, erika.reje@wwf.se

H&M Media Relations, +46 8 796 53 00, mediarelations@hm.com

About WWF
WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. Read more at panda.org.

About H&M
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. H&M’s business idea is to offer fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. In addition to H&M, the group includes the brands & Other Stories, Cheap Monday, COS, Monki and Weekday as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has more than 3,900 stores in 61 markets including franchise markets. In 2015, sales including VAT were SEK 210 billion and the number of employees is more than 148,000. For further information, visit hm.com.

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 launches 2016 Conscious Exclusive Collection available from April 7

The 2016 Conscious Exclusive Collection effortlessly merges a sense of history with modernity. Launched to coincide with the opening of the exhibition Fashion Forward – 300 years of Fashion at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, to which it pays homage, the collection conveys an idea of painterly and sophisticated elegance.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M design team has delved into the museum’s collections of archival fashions in order to pick up key pieces from the last three centuries of haute couture. The result is a contemporary and artistic collection that is soulful, progressive, conscious and truly unique. The collection will be available in approximately 180 stores worldwide and online from April 7.

“Working with innovative sustainable materials and ornate embellishment, the collection is a layering of references, shapes and textures topped off by intensely decorative accessories and deco-inspired bijoux,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

The fluid and easy silhouette revolves around languid dresses, arty kaftans and sculpted skirts. Prints add a dash of surprise, turning dresses into trompe l’oeil paintings or sculptures. A long ball gown with a deep neckline features a marble draping print; a liquid dress is adorned with a slice of Botticelli’s Three Graces. Short dresses and painter blouses ooze nonchalant sophistication, creating an electric and eclectic short-circuit between present and past.

“One of my favourite pieces from the collection is the mini asymmetric dress that was inspired by a painting by Gustave Moreau. I love the mix of a conscious, sustainable fabric and an old painting. It’s great to be able to have sustainable clothes that still look red carpet-ready,” says Julia Restoin Roitfeld, the face of the campaign.

Materials include organic silk, hemp, recycled linen and Tencel® blends as well as new innovative materials such as beads and rhinestones made from recycled glass and Denimite − a material made out of recycled worn-out denim, which H&M is the first fashion company to use.

Also new for this season’s launch of Conscious Exclusive are three wedding dresses − a feast of lightness and embellishment materialised in dreamy, draped lines, for the bride wanting to be as beautifully dressed as she is conscious.

H&M will be the exclusive sponsor of the upcoming exhibition “Fashion Forward – 300 years of Fashion” at Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Pamela Golbin is the Chief Curator of the exhibition.

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 launches 2016 Conscious Exclusive Collection available from April 7

H&M launches 2016 Conscious Exclusive Collection available from April 7

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. declares quarterly cash dividend of twenty eight cents ($0.28) per share

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of twenty eight cents($0.28) per share, payable May 4, 2016, to shareholders of record as of April 20, 2016.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexicothrough its stores and online at Lowes.com, Lowes.ca and Lowes.com.mx. With fiscal year 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,855 home improvement and hardware stores and 270,000 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.


If you’re a journalist working on a story about Lowe’s:704-758-2917 PublicRelations@lowes.com

CBRE Group, Inc. extends maturity on its revolving credit facility to March 2021

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has extended the maturity on its revolving credit facility to March 2021 and increased its borrowing capacity under this facility by $200 million, to $2.8 billion. At year-end 2015, the company had no outstanding borrowings on its revolving credit facility, which currently has an interest rate of LIBOR+95 basis points and a facility fee of 20 basis points.

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.

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CBRE: Global real estate investors remain strongly expansionary in 2016

London, Los Angeles and Sydney are Top Regional Targets to Investors Office is Most Attractive Property Type Ahead of Retail, Multifamily

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Global real estate investors remain strongly expansionary in 2016, with more than US$1 trillion of planned expenditures anticipated to enter global real estate markets—6 percent higher than in 2015, according to the CBRE Global Investor Intentions Survey 2016.

The 2016 survey was conducted between January and early February, and captured negative sentiment arising from volatility in China’s stock market at the time. The survey asked investors how much capital (gross acquisitions) they would deploy in real estate purchases this year. The results reveal there is approximately US$1.16 trillion of capital targeting property investment in 2016—an increase of 3 percent from 2015 levels in local currency terms.

The majority of investors (82 percent) indicate that their buying activity will increase or remain the same compared to 2015. While these results are down slightly from the last two years—86 percent in 2015 and 93% in 2014—this is not indicative of widespread concern about the short- or medium-term performance of real estate as an asset class. More likely, it reflects some concerns about pricing, the direction of U.S. interest rates and current volatility in equities.

“Investors continue to find real estate appealing, chiefly due to the relatively higher returns and stability on offer. We believe that 2016 will be another active year for the global real estate investment market, with capital flows 6 percent higher than in 2015. There is more than US$1 trillion of capital targeting real estate in 2016 and this volume of expenditure will maintain support for global real estate prices,” said Chris Ludeman, Global President, Capital Markets, CBRE.

“Investment strategies are shifting amid concerns about the health of the global economy. Not surprisingly, 2016 looks likely to be a “risk-off” year, with investors reporting they are more focused on core assets and less likely to seek secondary, value-add and alternative opportunities,” added Mr. Ludeman.

North America is the most popular destination for investment (48 percent), ahead of Western Europe (28 percent). This is consistent with the relative sizes of the investable property markets in these locations. The results are similar to 2015, apart from an increase in interest in Central and Eastern European markets due to the pace of economic recovery in that region and relatively attractive pricing.

Investors continue to express a strong preference for gateway core cities. In EMEA, London topped the list of target cities, although is less popular than in previous years. If the major German cities are grouped together, they are slightly ahead of London. In the Americas, Los Angeles, New York and Dallas-Ft. Worth are the top three targets of preference. In Asia Pacific (APAC), Sydney and Tokyo are the most popular destinations—exchanging places since 2015. Notably, there are now two Australian cities among the top five: Sydney and Brisbane.

Interest in cross-border investment remains strong, with two out of five respondents stating that they are seeking opportunities outside their home region. This is especially true of APAC-based investors, particularly South Korean and Singaporean, who are more likely to invest outside their home region than their colleagues in the Americas and EMEA.

One of the most notable features of this year’s survey is a jump in demand for core assets and a decline in interest in good secondary and value-add properties. Twenty-one percent of survey respondents said their risk appetite for secondary assets is higher in 2016 compared to last year, down significantly from 37 percent. If this plays out, it is likely that the spread between prime and secondary yields will begin to widen, following several years of compression.

In terms of asset classes, office (30 percent) remains the most popular property type globally, though interest is down slightly compared to last year. There is a notable uptick in interest for retail (21 percent) and multifamily assets (20 percent) from 2015.

To request a copy of CBRE’s Global Investor Intentions Survey 2016 or to speak with a CBRE expert, please contact Aaron Richardson (212.984.7126 or aaron.richardson@cbre.com) or Ayana Miller (212.984.6506 or ayana.miller@cbre.com).

Survey methodology and composition of respondents
The “Global Investor Intentions Survey” was conducted among CBRE clients between January 11th and February 3rd, 2016. More than 1250 responses were received representing investors from across the globe. The responses came from a broad spectrum of investor types, with institutional investors, namely pension funds, insurance companies, fund or asset managers, sovereign wealth funds and banks, forming 50% of the sample. There is a small regional variation in the samples.

In EMEA, the number of fund and asset managers is higher than in Asia Pacific and the Americas, and private property companies are a lower proportion. Other than that, the regional samples are similar.

There was not a great deal of difference in response by type of investor organization, but where we do, that is pointed out in our commentary. The global results that we report are based on a weighted average of the regional results. The weights are based on the long-run share of global capital flows from each region as a percentage of the total: the Americas, at 50%, Asia Pacific, at 14%, and EMEA, at 36%. As mentioned above, the regional differences we highlight are relative to the weighted global average.

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.

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Die auf Kartellrecht spezialisierten Juristen der REWE Group haben den renommierten European Counsel Award gewonnen

Renommierter European Counsel Award geht nach Köln

Köln, Deutschland, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Im Rahmen einer feierlichen Gala erhielten Dr. Rainer Koll-Möllenhoff, Dr. Vanessa Farmand und Dr. Marcus Steinberg den Award am Donnerstag (17.3.) in London überreicht. Die Hausjuristen der REWE Group setzten sich in ihrer Kategorie „Competition“ gegen ein Wettbewerberfeld von rund 1.500 Teilnehmern durch. Insgesamt gab es für die zehn Award-Kategorien rund 4.500 Nominierungen. Als europäische Preisträger sind die Juristen der REWE Group, gemeinsam mit den Preisträgern aus Asien, Lateinamerika und USA, automatisch für die Verleihung des Global Counsel Awards nominiert, der am 9. Juni in New York vergeben wird. Der European Counsel Award wurde vom 1998 gegründeten Internationalen Law Office (ILO) mit Unterstützung der Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) zum neunten Mal vergeben.

„Ich freue mich, dass wir diesen hochkarätigen Preis gewonnen haben. Die Reise- und besonders die Lebensmittelbranche sind im Hinblick auf das Kartellrecht extrem überwacht und umkämpft. Umso herausfordernder ist es, Vorgänge wie die Übernahme des Schweizer Reiseanbieters Kuoni oder die deutliche Vertiefung der Zusammenarbeit von REWE mit ARAL binnen kürzester Zeit rechtskonform abzuwickeln, zumal das Team vergleichsweise klein ist“, bewertet Volker Dürschlag, Chefjurist der REWE Group, den Sieg.

Die genossenschaftliche REWE Group ist einer der führenden Handels- und Touristikkonzerne in Deutschland und Europa. Im Jahr 2014 erzielte das Unternehmen einen Gesamtaußenumsatz von über 51 Milliarden Euro. Die 1927 gegründete REWE Group ist mit ihren 330.000 Beschäftigten und 15.000 Märkten in 12 europäischen Ländern präsent. In Deutschland erwirtschafteten im Jahr 2014 rund 228.000 Mitarbeiter in rund 10.000 Märkten einen Umsatz von 37 Milliarden Euro.

Zu den Vertriebslinien zählen Super- und Verbrauchermärkte der Marken REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY und BILLA, der Discounter PENNY sowie die Baumärkte von toom Baumarkt und B1 Discount Baumarkt. Hinzu kommen die Bio-Supermärkte (TEMMA), innovative Convenience-Märkte (REWE To Go), das Gastrokonzept „Oh Angie!“ und E-Commerce-Aktivitäten REWE Lieferservice sowie Zooroyal und Weinfreunde. Zur Touristik gehören unter dem Dach der DER Touristik die Veranstalter ITS, Jahn Reisen und Travelix sowie Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen, ADAC Reisen, Kuoni, Helvetic Tours, Apollo und Exim Tours sowie die Geschäftsreisesparte FCM Travel Solutions und über 2.100 Reisebüros (u.a. DER Reisebüro, DERPART), die Hotelketten lti hotels, Club Calimera, Cooee und PrimaSol Hotels und der Direktveranstalter clevertours.com.


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Die auf Kartellrecht spezialisierten Juristen der REWE Group haben den renommierten European Counsel Award gewonnen

Die auf Kartellrecht spezialisierten Juristen der REWE Group haben den renommierten European Counsel Award gewonnen

Lagardère Travel Retail’s ACE Robot innovation at Aelia Duty Free at Auckland Airport recognized at The Moodies 2016

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lagardère Travel Retail in the Pacific has been recognised and praised for their ACE Robot innovation at Aelia Auckland Airport.

It was confirmed on the 10th of March, 2016 that Aelia Duty Free won the award “Best Use of Digital Media In-Store for ACE Robot- Highly Commended” at The Moodies 2016.

“The Moodies” are the only industry awards dedicated to digital, mobile and social media activities across airports overall, with a specific focus on airport retail and food & beverage.

The ACE (Automated Collection Experience) robot has enjoyed a great success since its implementation last December in 2015, and continues to be a standout feature of the Aelia Duty Free experience at Auckland Airport.

SOURCE: Lagardère Travel Retail


Lagardère Travel Retail's ACE Robot innovation at Aelia Duty Free at Auckland Airport recognized at The Moodies 2016

Lagardère Travel Retail’s ACE Robot innovation at Aelia Duty Free at Auckland Airport recognized at The Moodies 2016

Lagardère Travel Retail opens M.A.C Kiosk in Gold Coast Airport

Queensland, Australia, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lagardère Travel Retail have recently opened their latest store in Gold Coast Airport; a M.A.C Kiosk.

The new Gold Coast Airport M.A.C kiosk covers 25 square metres in a premium location capturing both domestic and international passengers. It boasts a contemporary design as well as an extensive product range that appeals to the Gold Coast Airport customer market.

M.A.C. is committed to the art of makeup, and offers a broad range of cosmetics, make up tools and foundations supported by M.A.C. dedicated makeup Artists.

Matthieu Mercier, CEO of Lagardère Travel Retail in the Pacific, believes that the new M.A.C Kiosk offers the Gold Coast Airport passenger mix just what they want. “We are thrilled about this positive development with our long term partners Gold Coast Airport”, he says. “We recognise the growing demand for M.A.C’s high-class makeup products and services within this market, and Gold Coast Airport have welcomed and supported us in delivering this innovative kiosk.”

Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer, Marion Charlton says of the development, “We are very excited to be extending the range of retail choice on offer for visitors of Gold Coast Airport. Passengers and visitors will now have the option to add a touch of glamour to their business trips or weekend getaways. We work closely alongside our retail partners to ensure consumers are exposed to brand diversity, so that we can provide a unique and exciting shopping experience” said Ms Charlton.

Gold Coast Airport is the second M.A.C. kiosk in the Pacific region operated by Lagardère Travel Retail. The first opened in Auckland International Airport in December 2015, and a third will open in Cairns Airport in the coming months. M.A.C. is also an anchor brand in AMUSE Beauty Studio stores in Sydney T2, T3 and Melbourne T4.

ABOUT LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL: With 3,2 billion euros 100% managed sales in 2014 and a presence in 30 countries, 150 airports and 700 train stations in EMEA, North America and ASPAC, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering and leading travel retail player with global reach. Operating stores in travel essentials, duty free and luxury and foodservice, Lagardère Travel Retail offers a complete range of products and services to satisfy each and every traveller all along his journey. Beyond its three businesses expertise, as a multi-specialist assembler, Lagardère Travel Retail creates value-added opportunities in each location.

In Asia Pacific, Lagardère Travel Retail operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India.

Matthieu Mercier, CEO
+61 2 8218 1105 • m.mercier@lagardere-traspac.com www.lsaspac.com

Janette Doolan, Communications Manager
+61 2 8218 1142 • j.doolan@lagardere-traspac.com

It’s frozen food month at commissaries

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s no wonder commissaries are highlighting frozen foods during March, considering the variety, value and convenience of items from pizza, entrées and breakfast foods to lots of vegetables in between.

“Every March is frozen food month at commissaries, and while our stores go all out creating exciting frozen food section displays, customers win with great values,” said  sales director for the Defense Commissary Agency. “With other promotions throughout the store, including those with the annual college basketball championship tournament theme, March is a great time to shop your commissary.”

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in March to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • In keeping with frozen food month shoppers will find savings on international frozen food products by Jose Ole, Tai Pei, Ling Ling and other Ajinomoto Windsor brand foods. Also, Acosta is offering in-store coupons and price reductions in stores worldwide highlighted by their product displays from March 7 to 27.
  • ConAgra Foods will feature the “March Frozen Food Month Sale” from March 1 to 27 offering great price reductions, product demonstrations, and high value coupons from leading manufacturers. Look for their flyer in stores. Their website (conagracommissarydeal.com) has more information and features customer coupons.
  • Keebler’s annual Hollow Tree Cookies and Milk Promotion. Coupons will be available for free milk with the purchase of four Keebler cookies or Keebler Rite Bite packages. Cookie and milk product demonstrations will also be offered to all stores. Look for their creative mass tree display from March 28 to April 10. This promotion is available in the U.S. only.
  • Webco is featuring Ocean Spray’s “Chillin’ Dollar Day Sale” through March 5. Customers in stateside stores will also see mass displays and banners for another Ocean Spray promotion that runs March 1-15.
  • Sunkist soda and Mott’s participating brands are sponsoring their “Pop-A-Shot Giveaway Promotion” from March 1 to 5. Shoppers at participating commissaries worldwide can enter to win a Sunkist electronic “Pop-a-Shot” basketball game valued at $200.
  • ProCamp. Ten camps, 30-day dash, two ways to win! From March 28 through April 10, select commissaries worldwide will have a chance to win a ProCamp for their installation. Winning installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children in kindergarten through eighth grade. At these camps, participants will learn from and play with some of their favorite NFL players like Andre Roberts (Washington Redskins), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), and Steve Smith (Baltimore Ravens) among others. Installation consideration to qualify for a camp is based on their commissary’s sales of designated P&G and customer votes for their installation. Patrons will see mass displays in participating commissaries.
  • Unilever’s “Healthy Heroes” program runs March 1 to 5 featuring Hellmann’s Best, Lipton, Knorr, Breyers, Dove, Dove Men, AXE, Caress, Suave, St. Ives, Vaseline, Q-Tips, Tresemme, Clear and Nexxus products. Over 150,000 in-store coupon flyers and mass displays will be available in the stores. The coupons in these flyers are valued at about $7 and include more than $1 million in coupon offers, created exclusively for commissary shoppers. Unilever will also give away up to $70,000 in Commissary Gift Cards.
  • Kraft Foods is offering its Easter Essentials promotion from March 7 to 27 featuring 18 coupon offers across all Kraft brands. There will also be $50 Free Commissary Gift Card giveaways – six winners per store.
  • Through March 11, patrons worldwide who buy two packaged coffees from Folgers or Dunkin Donuts in one transaction and present their Commissary Rewards Card for scanning will be entered to win one of seven Apple iPad Air 2 devices. Full details available at here.
  • Through March 18, the J. M. Smucker Company is presenting its 11th “Serving Our Country’s Finest” event for February. A variety of Smucker fruit spreads, Hungry Jack breakfast items, Folgers coffee, Dunkin Donuts coffee and Jif peanut butter are participating in this in-store promotion. Smucker’s will donate $10,000 to Fisher House for the Scholarships for Military Children fund. Stores worldwide have details for in-store giveaways.

“Your commissary is chillin’ in March with super cool pricing in their frozen food section and slam dunk savings throughout the store for the annual college basketball tournament. Don’t miss these savings. It’s definitely worth the trip!” Russ said.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Kingfisher supports fight to stop illegal wood and products made with it from being sold on European markets

LONDON, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a long-term advocate of protecting the world’s forests, Kingfisher welcomes the news that the European Commission has recognised there is a problem preventing the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) from fulfilling its purpose.

The EUTR was introduced in 2013 to prevent illegal wood (and products made with illegal wood or paper) being put on the European market. Doing so lessens demand for illegal wood and makes sustainable forestry management more attractive, which protects our forests.

The problem is that the regulation isn’t currently doing what it was designed to do. This is because each European Member State has been interpreting the regulation differently and this inconsistency can lead to unfair market distortion.

That’s why Kingfisher and a number of like-minded retailers including IKEA, M&S and Carrefour are part of the Timber Retail Coalition (TRC). We have together engaged the European Commission to understand why the EUTR isn’t currently working and what needs to happen to enable it to do what it was intended to do – stop illegal wood and wood-derived products from being sold on European markets.

Whilst it is very welcome news that the Commission has listened to what we have said and it is an important milestone to be celebrated, there is now much more that needs to happen. We are recommending three things:

  1. Uniform enforcement of the EUTR across all Member States to harmonise implementation and remove distortion in the market.
  2. Sustainable forestry certification schemes (such as FSC) to be fully recognised within the EUTR. This has the added benefit of helping businesses understand the value of these certification schemes, which help to protect the world’s forests.
  3. An impact assessment into the scope of products included in the EUTR – once a more harmonised approach to enforcement has been achieved.

You might be asking why we care about deforestation and are so proactive with this agenda? Kingfisher is particularly interested because 40% of our products contain wood or paper. We have a restorative sustainability ambition, called Net Positive, in which we have a commitment to understand where all the wood and paper we use comes from and to ensure it is all sustainably sourced. We started that journey more than two decades ago and are proud that 96% of all the products we sell are now responsibly sourced. We won’t rest until all of it is. Right now our business is impacted particularly in Romania and we need the EUTR to be effective to help us address this.

Forests make a huge financial, social and environmental contribution to our planet and there is an intrinsic link between looking after our forests and reducing the global carbon emissions that are leading to climate change.

The TRC was instrumental in campaigning for the introduction of the EUTR back in 2013 and will continue to talk to the European Commission until the regulations reach their objective of halting the trade of illegally sourced timber in Europe.

For more information about how we are embedding sustainability into all we do at Kingfisher and our commitments visit www.kingfisher.com/netpositive

SOURCE: Kingfisher plc


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Wincor Nixdorf expands its software-related service business with the purchase of majority share in Belgian company Projective

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf is expanding its software-related service business with the purchase of a majority share in the Belgian company Projective, retroactive to January 1, 2016. Projective specializes in program and project management for the financial services sector and currently employs more than 100 consultants and project managers, most of whom have many years of experience. The company’s performance profile is oriented toward the management of complex IT-supported change and transformation projects for its customers. Over the last five years, Projective’s vendor-independent support approach and independent profile have enabled it to more than double its sales to around €20 million. The company is headquartered in Brussels and has offices in London and The Hague. Wincor Nixdorf is acquiring 51% of Projective’s shares with the goal of maintaining Projective’s independent development with its current management.

The acquisition of the Projective share is part of Wincor Nixdorf’s ongoing transformation program, which also includes the accelerated expansion of its software business and associated professional services activities. “With Projective’s expertise and independent consulting approach, Wincor Nixdorf will add yet another building block to the best possible design and implementation of IT solutions for its customers. This applies in particular to tailored omnichannel concepts that help banks and retail companies meet the challenges of digitalization,” explains Olaf Heyden, member of the Board of Directors of Wincor Nixdorf AG and responsible for the company’s business with software and IT services.

“A closer cooperation with Wincor Nixdorf opens up new growth perspectives for Projective. Through Wincor Nixdorf’s very good customer base, we will be able to expand our activities to include financial institutions in other countries,” explains Projective CEO Stefan Dierckx.

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

Taubman Centers, Inc. announces its first quarter 2016 earnings on May 2, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) will announce its first quarter 2016 earnings after the market closes on May 2, 2016. The company will host a conference call to discuss these results on May 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. EDT.

Stockholders and interested parties may listen to a live broadcast of the conference call by dialing 1-866-820-1712 or 1-973-638-3468 and using reservation code 9675579 or by accessing the call online at http://investors.taubman.com/investors/investor-events-and-presentations. An online replay will be available for approximately 90 days.

A telephone replay will be available until May 17, 2016 and can be accessed at 1-855-859-2056 using reservation code 9675579.

About Taubman
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 24 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing four properties in the U.S. and Asia totaling 4.1 million square feet. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks and uncertainties.You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Ryan Hurren, 248-258-7232
Director, Investor Relations


Maria Mainville, 248-258-7469
Director Strategic Communications

The Mall of San Juan marks 1st year anniversary

Inaugural Fashion Week featuring distinct brands and Puerto Rican designers set for March 31–April 3

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — When The Mall of San Juan first opened its doors on March 26, 2015, thousands of visitors explored a unique mix of shopping and dining options and marveled at the center’s innovative and locally-inspired architectural designs. One year later, the shopping center continues to welcome new retailers, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the market.

“It’s been an incredible year and The Mall of San Juan continues to impact the island in a positive way,” said José A. Ayala Bonilla, the center’s general manager. “We will continue to build on upon these milestones and enhance our already strong retail lineup throughout the year ahead.”

The Mall of San Juan has more than 80 stores and restaurants in its portfolio, and more than 10 tenants are scheduled to open this year. Among the retailers in the mall’s lineup, over 70 percent are new to the market, including:

  • The only Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue in the Caribbean.
  • Puerto Rico’s only Anthropologie, lululemon athletica, Pottery Barn, Tommy Bahama, Tory Burch and Williams-Sonoma.
  • Fine dining from American Cut Bar & Grill, as well as fast casual options that include Brio Tuscan Grille, Burger & Beer Joint, Il Nuovo Mercato and Kona Grill.Among the extraordinary retailers are several Puerto Rican designers who have debuted their unique collections at The Mall of San Juan.
  • Gustavo Arango launched his first ready-to-wear, signature collection of sportswear, suits, dresses and intricately tailored gowns at the mall in September 2015.
  • Alexandra Escudero, designer of Bienteveo en el Mar, transforms classic swimwear silhouettes into architectural pieces of art in her versatile collections for men and women.
  • Natalia Maldonado Alvarado, creator of Lulú by Natalia, is redefining the way jewelry is worn and the way it’s designed.
  • Luis Antonio joined the mall in March 2016 and his modern, cosmopolitan designs made their official debut at last year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

“Our brands differentiate the center in a compelling way and the merchandise featured in our diverse retail portfolio speaks to the uniqueness of the island,” said Marnie Marquina, marketing and sponsorship director, The Mall of San Juan. “Over the past year, the center has truly transformed to offer a sought after mix of contemporary fashion and designs inspired by the beauty of the island.”

In celebration of its one-year anniversary, The Mall of San Juan will host its first Fashion Week beginning on Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 3 in the center’s Grand Court. The event is open to the public and will showcase talented local, national and global designers (daily times vary).

For more information visit www.themallofsanjuan.com/events.

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

Tesco PLC announces that Lindsey Pownall will join the Board as additional independent Non-Executive Director from 1 April 2016

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco PLC is pleased to announce that Lindsey Pownall will join the Board as an additional independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 April 2016. From that date, Lindsey will also join the Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Lindsey Pownall was, until 31 December 2015, Chief Executive of Samworth Brothers, the leading UK supplier of premium quality chilled and ambient foods. Lindsey has significant experience in food, grocery and retail brand development, as well as a wealth of experience in supply leadership and strategic development.

John Allan, Chairman, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Lindsey as a Non-Executive Director. She brings a wealth of relevant experience, and complements the existing skills and experience on the Board. She will undoubtedly be a valuable addition to the Board.”

There are no additional matters that would require disclosure under LR 9.6.13 R (1) to (6) in respect of Lindsey Pownall.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701
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Tesco launches ‘guess what’s in the egg’ competition to raise money for Help for Heroes

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Easter, Tesco has launched a ‘guess what’s in the egg’ competition to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Tesco created an exclusive Help for Heroes chocolate Easter egg in 456 of its Superstores and Extra’s stores across the UK donating all 100% profits to the charity.

To celebrate the charitable egg, Tesco has designed a giant six foot replica which took centre stage in the foyer of its Sandhurst Extra store today.

Customers are be able to guess all week what they think is inside the egg and whoever guesses correctly will win an annual family pass to top Merlin attractions including Thorpe Park, LEGOLAND and Chessington World of Adventures.

To enter all customers need to do is fill in a form and pop it into the entry box located at the customer service desk in Sandhurst Extra before 10am on Thursday 24th March. There will be a £1 voluntary donation to enter with all money raised going directly to Help for Heroes.

The winning customer will then be announced on Thursday 24th March at the stores Easter themed fun day in aid of Help for Heroes.  The fun day will include the big reveal of what is inside the egg along with face painting, a magician and special performances from members of the Help for Heroes band.

Help for Heroes was founded in 2007 and provides direct, practical support for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen, women and Veterans and their families. The support ranges from grants to individuals to specialist support at one of Help for Heroes four Recovery Centres around the UK.

Becca Morris, wife of Veteran Steve Morris who served in the Royal Artillery and has been diagnosed with PTSD following two tours in Afghanistan, said:  “The support Help for Heroes has given Steve and the whole family is incredible. They have been a constant source of support and I don’t know where we’d be without them. The Easter egg is a great idea and we hope everyone buys one for the heroes in their own family.”

Robin Terrell, Chief Customer Officer at Tesco, said: “The work of Help for Heroes has touched many of our customers and colleagues. As part of our on-going commitment to the armed forces, we’re honoured to be working with Help for Heroes and will be donating 100% of the profits from the sale of this egg to support the fabulous care they provide.”

Sean Fellows, Store Manager at Sandhurst Extra, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Help for Heroes this Easter through our Help for Heroes chocolate egg and our ‘guess what’s in the egg’ competition. We hope our customers will really get behind the competition so we can raise as much money as possible for the charity.”

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701
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Tesco launches ‘guess what’s in the egg’ competition to raise money for Help for Heroes

Tesco launches ‘guess what’s in the egg’ competition to raise money for Help for Heroes

Waitrose launches its first ever customer magazine dedicated entirely to gardening

LONDON, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose aims to build on its growing share of the horticultural market by launching its first ever customer magazine dedicated entirely to gardening.

The 132 page magazine, called Waitrose Garden, is the first issue in a seasonal series, with issue two following later this year. The magazine will be available for free to all myWaitrose members.

Waitrose Garden has been designed to be both inspirational and practical. The main section of the magazine, on glossy paper, features five very different yet equally magnificent gardens. Each of these gardens is accompanied by a shopping spread for customers to recreate the look themselves, with recommendations from the Waitrose specialist online gardening shop, waitrosegarden.com.

The glossy section also includes a comprehensive guide for the avid garden explorer, featuring advice and recommendations from popular writers, editors and presenters. The new Spring issue sees Simon Calder explore the Essex countryside, Julia Bradbury invite readers on a walk through Epping Forest and Waitrose Good Food Guide Editor, Liz Carter, recommend the finest local South East eateries.

The second part of Waitrose Garden, in the centre of the magazine, is a smaller 24 page pull-out edited by the nation’s favourite gardener, Alan Titchmarsh. Alan’s Garden Know-How is the perfect practical guide for any green-fingered Waitrose customer, packed full of expert tips, advice and step-by-step projects to try at home.

Alan Titchmarsh says: ‘I’m thrilled to be a part of the new Waitrose Garden magazine and I can’t wait to share my gardening tips and tricks with Waitrose customers in my Garden Know-How section.’

Waitrose is now a market-leader in producing editorial content for customers across all channels. As well as the new gardening title, Waitrose also produces Waitrose Weekend, a free newspaper with a weekly circulation of nearly 400,000 readers; Waitrose Food, the supermarket’s popular monthly food magazine; and Waitrose TV, the brand’s online television portal, which has proved a powerful way of talking directly to customers in the digital age.

Rupert Thomas, Waitrose Marketing Director, says: ‘We know that gardening is the second most popular pastime for our customers after cooking, so this represents a real opportunity for our brand. Waitrose Garden is full of varied and captivating content, so whether the reader is new to gardening or a long-term enthusiast, we hope that it is a magazine they will enjoy.’

Waitrose has seen a 13% growth in outdoor plants in the past year, with perennials up 40%. Bedding plants, up 24%, have also driven growth in this area, with Geraniums being the top choice for Waitrose customers.

Notes to editors

  • The magazine is free to all myWaitrose members on presentation and scanning of their myWaitrose card, with a cover price of £1.20.
  • The magazine will be available in core branches, Little Waitrose shops and John Lewis Foodhalls (total of 329 branches), but will not be available in Welcome Break, Little Waitrose at Shell and Channel Island shops.
  • Waitrose Garden will continue to be displayed in these branches until it runs out, so we advise customers to pick up a copy whilst they can.

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food and Grocery Retailer2 awards- currently has 346 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 60 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialsit online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kithchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards

Source: John Lewis Partnership


Elli Share
Press Officer, Corporate
Telephone: 01344 825845
Email: elli.share@waitrose.co.uk