Harris Teeter donates $549,488 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

  • Company Thanks Generous Associates and Shoppers for their Support

Matthews, N.C., 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (April 22, 2016), Harris Teeter is donating $549,488 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to help MDA continue its mission of finding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, including ALS and other related life-threatening diseases. The donation was made possible thanks to generous contributions from valued Harris Teeter associates and shoppers.

Harris Teeter hosted the “Be Their Strength” donation card campaign in March, during which time Harris Teeter associates and shoppers were invited to make a $1, $3 and $5 donation to MDA at checkout. MDA representatives visited stores throughout the campaign, sharing information about MDA and capturing images of Harris Teeter associates and customers ‘being the strength’ for the organization.

“Through these donations, Harris Teeter associates and shoppers continue to show us how important MDA is to them,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter.  “We are proud to strengthen our commitment in the fight against neuromuscular disease with this donation.”

The money raised during Harris Teeter’s donation card campaign will help MDA provide comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy, and education for individuals and families affected by these diseases.  This includes MDA Summer Camps for children ages 6-17, MDA-funded clinics, local support groups and educational seminars, and assistance with equipment repairs.

“Thanks to the generosity of Harris Teeter associates and shoppers, we can help MDA invest in lifesaving research and support programs for these individuals so they can live the life they’ve always imagined and experience the world without any limits,” said MDA Divisional Director Leanne Greco. “Every dollar makes a difference and we are so thankful for these contributions.”

Shoppers who would like more information about MDA can visit www.mda.org

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.

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Harris Teeter donates $549,488 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

Harris Teeter donates $549,488 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

Klépierre: NYX to open store in e Nový Smíchov shopping center in Czech Republic

  • Klépierre has just signed a lease with NYX, a makeup retailer acquired by L’Oréal in 2015. The first store, located in the Nový Smíchov shopping center in Czech Republic, will open in May.

Paris, 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — A European specialist in shopping centers, Klépierre supports the growth of the best brands and retailers, as most recently illustrated with NYX. The trendy and connected makeup brand which, buoyed by its success, is now opening shops via the Klépierre shopping center platform in order to deploy across Europe and conquer new territories while getting closer to its customers.

The first NYX stores in Czech Republic will open the doors to its 65sq.m. GLA store next month at Novy Smíchov. “NYX is creating a buzz and is a young brand with fast growth ambitions. Klépierre offers unique locations that will allow it to develop quickly and in the right places. With its feminine and dynamic clientele, the Nový Smíchov center is a promising location for this first cooperation. Other stores are planned, including one at Campania, north of Naples, covering 88 sq.m. in early May.” said Jean-Marc Jestin, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Klépierre Executive Board.

These signings are part of the ambitious and active retail mix strategy implemented by the Group to attract the best brands and identify new high potential retail brands. With centers in areas of high population growth, Klépierre offers retailers the resources needed to accelerate European development.

NYX – professional quality at affordable prices Appreciated for its affordable prices and its 1,500 professional quality products, NYX Professional Makeup has already established itself in the United States as a key player in the cosmetics segment. With more than 6.5 million followers on Instagram, the brand has built its success in the very promising connected consumer market. Today, NYX Professional Makeup intends to deploy its palettes and colors in new geographies and attract “beauty junkies” across Europe. NYX Professional Makeup was elected in 2015 Brand of the Year at the Women’s Wear Daily Beauty Inc. Awards.*

1 st location in Central Europe, in the Nový Smíchov center in Prague With its 169 stores located in the heart of the city and its 20 million annual visitors, Nový Smíchov is the leading center of the Czech capital and the most popular with people of Prague. The remarkable results in 2015 and the recent renovation naturally enhance the center’s appeal and attract new retailers.

* This honor (2015 Brand of the Year at the Women’s Wear Daily Beauty Inc. Awards), awarded on December 10 in New York City by WWD, an American monthly fashion magazine, recognizes NYX in the mass market category for its consistent success on social media and its expansion into traditional distribution channels.

ABOUT KLEPIERRE
A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. Its portfolio is valued at 22.1 billion euros on December 31, 2015. It comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries of Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen & Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager. Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group (20.3%), world leader in the shopping center industry and APG (13.1%), a Netherlands-based pension fund firm. Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and Euronext Amsterdam included the CAC 40, EPRA Euro Zone and the GPR 250 indexes. Klépierre is also included in several ethical indexes – DJSI World and Europe, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and World 120, Euronext Low Carbon 100 Europe – and is also ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions mark the Group’s commitment to a voluntary sustainable development policy. For more information, visit our website: www.klepierre.com

MEDIA CONTACTS:

L’Agence Marie-Antoinette Delphine Sacleux – Julie Haget – 01 55 04 86 40 – klepierre@marie-antoinette.fr

Alnatura Bio-Supermärkte eröffnet in Oerlikon

  • Oerlikon – Das Filialnetz der Alnatura Bio-Supermärkte wächst: Am 28. April 2016 eröffnet in Oerlikon der siebte und grösste Standort der Deutschschweiz. Zur Eröffnung locken Aktionen und Attraktionen.

Zürich, Switzerland, 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hier kommt nur Bio in die Tüte: Im Alnatura Bio-Supermarkt findet sich mit 5000 Produkten alles für den täglichen Bedarf. Ob knackiges Gemüse aus der Region, Babybrei oder Dinkelkekse – am neuen Standort in Oerlikon, wenige Gehminuten vom Bahnhof entfernt, kann man bequem den gesamten Wocheneinkauf erledigen. Auch Naturkosmetik und Hygieneartikel stehen im Angebot. Für die schnelle Verpflegung lädt eine Theke mit Sandwiches, Salaten und Snacks ein, während gleich nebenan die Brotkreationen des Stadtzürcher Betriebs „Vier Linden“ den Duft von ofenfrischem Gebäck verströmen.

Neu im Angebot: Babykleidung und Tierfutter in Bioqualität

Im 514 Quadratmeter grossen Supermarkt kommen kleine und grosse Biofans voll auf ihre Kosten. Neu auch die ganz Kleinen, denn in Oerlikon gibt es erstmals Babykleider in Bioqualität. Die flauschigen Strampler bestehen aus biologisch angebauter Baumwolle und sind entsprechend nicht nur süss, sondern auch nachhaltig. Eine zusätzliche Neuheit, die weitere Familienangehörige freut, ist Biofutter für Katzen und Hunde. Doch ist das Angebot für Stubentiger und Co. tatsächlich ein Mehrwert? „Das glaube ich“, sagt Filialleiterin Valdete Koqi, „wer für sich und seine Familie auf Bioprodukte achtet, der möchte auch seinem treuen Vierbeiner Gutes tun. Schliesslich geht Liebe durch den Magen.“ Selber, gesteht Koqi lachend, sei sie erst in den letzten Wochen zur erklärten Bioanhängerin geworden. Ganz im Gegensatz zu ihrem Ehemann, dieser entscheide sich beim Einkauf seit eh und je für die Biovariante. Heute stellt sich die Frage nicht mehr: „Mittlerweile kaufe ich praktisch nur noch biologisch ein.“

Grösster Alnatura Bio-Supermarkt der Deutschschweiz

Modern und grosszügig präsentiert sich der neue Standort an der Baumackerstrasse. Valdete Koqi und ihr achtköpfiges Team freuen sich auf die Kundschaft im grössten Alnatura Bio-Supermarkt der Deutschschweiz. Besonders stolz sind sie auf das tagesfrische Angebot an Fleisch, Früchten und Gemüse sowie Molkereiprodukten. Dank der Kühlregale mit Türen spart man zudem Strom. Und wer selber unter Strom steht beziehungsweise in Eile ist, kann seinen Einkauf an den zwei Subito-Kassen einfach und rasch einscannen.

Aktionen und Attraktionen zur Feier

Etwas mehr Zeit sollte man sich hingegen für die Eröffnungsfeier nehmen. Vom 28. bis 30. April locken nämlich zehn Prozent Rabatt und Naturkosmetik-Vorführungen. Einen Tag lang, am 28. April, steht ferner der gemeinnützige Velo-Lieferservice „Rikscha“ kostenfrei zu Diensten. Bio, frei Haus.

Adresse Alnatura Bio-Supermarkt, Baumackerstrasse 35, 8050 Oerlikon
Öffnungszeiten Mo bis Fr 08:00 – 20:00 / Sa 08:00 – 18:00

Internet www.alnatura.ch

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 Filialleiterin Valdete Koqi freut sich auf die Kunden im Alnatura Bio-Supermarkt in Oerlikon


Filialleiterin Valdete Koqi freut sich auf die Kunden im Alnatura Bio-Supermarkt in Oerlikon

QVC and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) join forces for the 4th consecutive year for “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits”

WEST CHESTER, Pa. , 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — QVC and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) are joining forces for the fourth consecutive year for “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits.” During the two-hour live charitable broadcast on QVC Thursday, April 28 at 7 PM (ET), beauty buffs have the opportunity to shop for a cause and find the beauty in making a difference.

The broadcast offers prestige beauty brands including skin care, color cosmetics, fragrance and hair care with 80 percent of the purchase price* of donated merchandise benefitting Cancer and Careers, a charitable program of the CEW Foundation. This year’s lineup includes products from NARS, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Givenchy, Shiseido, bareMinerals®, Algenist, philosophy and many more. As an added bonus, each shopper will receive a gift with purchase,** which includes one full-size product and four deluxe samples from participating brands in a Sonia Kashuk-designed cosmetic bag created especially for “Beauty with Benefits.”

The broadcast will benefit Cancer and Careers, which empowers, educates and provides essential tools to people with cancer so they can thrive in the workplace. Viewers will be shown the impact that each purchase can make to the lives of those affected by cancer and industry experts will share beauty tips and tricks that will leave everyone feeling beautiful. Inspiring segments will also be showcased throughout the broadcast to highlight survivor stories and those who have benefitted from the valuable resources provided by Cancers and Careers.

“Teaming up with CEW once again gives viewers the opportunity to shop for a cause, while also inspiring them to positively impact lives across the country through Cancer and Careers,” said Rachel Ungaro, vice president, fashion and beauty merchandising, QVC. “This initiative aligns with our charitable mission to support the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships. By working with CEW and their strong network, we aim to bring together the beauty industry to build more awareness and support for Cancer and Careers.”

To help raise awareness for this year’s broadcast, longtime friends Cindy Crawford, model and entrepreneur, and Sonia Kashuk, founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty, teamed up for the second year in a row as the Public Service Announcements spokeswomen. Cindy Crawford’s sister, Chris Bohnsak, and Sonia Kashuk’s daughter, Sadye Kaner, lent their support to enforce the social campaign “Better Together.” This simple but powerful phrase reinforces the collective goal of “Beauty with Benefits,” which is to bring people, products and expertise together to make life better for cancer survivors on the job. QVC viewers, with or without a direct connection to cancer, will be encouraged to post about someone who makes life better for them, whether it is a friend, family member, colleague, teacher or doctor using the hashtag #BeautywithBenefits.

This year, viewers are also invited to participate in a sweepstakes, running now through April 28. The sweepstakes will give one lucky shopper the chance to win every product in the broadcast for themselves and a friend of their choice. Visit qvc.com/BeautyWithBenefits to sign up and for additional information on “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits.” Beginning April 28, the entire “Beauty with Benefits” product assortment will be available, while supplies last, through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.

About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 340 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a brand development and media company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, and C. Wonder brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant retailing, licensing, design, and marketing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With a team of over 70 designers and social media focused marketing executives, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. Xcel differentiates by design. www.xcelbrands.com

Media Inquiries:
484.701.1647
media.relations@qvc.com

Source: QVC

Commissaries to offer special savings in May

FORT LEE, Va. ,2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissaries are offering special savings in May with case lot events and promotions celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Military Appreciation Month, Memorial Day and more.

“We can’t thank our service members and military family members enough for all they do to preserve our rights to freedom and maintaining the security of our nation,” said Tracie Russ, director of sales for the Defense Commissary Agency. “We encourage them to take advantage of all the special sales events we’re offering this month. They have earned it!”

As shoppers prepare to hit their commissary for discounted items, they can also check out www.commissaries.com for Rewards Card coupons, the commissary’s sales flyer and a list of Value Brand items designed to offer savings lower than or equal to commercial stores’ private label products. Also, the Exclusive Savings link, http://www.commissaries.com/partners.cfm, has more coupons, specials, promotions, sales and healthy recipes.

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in May 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:

    • Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale. Stateside commissary patrons can save up to 50 percent on products sold in case formats similar to commercial club stores. Dates and locations are now available online at https://www.commissaries.com/case_lot_sale.cfm. This year the case lot sale is expanded into June. Commissaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are also participating. Commissaries in Europe and the Pacific, while not officially participating, may have substitute events such as sidewalk sales.
    • So many tacos, so little time. Old El Paso offers savings worldwide from April 25 to May 8 on products from tortilla cups to grilled steak fajitas.
    • Summer grilling savings. Beginning May 1, stateside commissaries (to include Alaska and Hawaii) will offer a Memorial Day weekend grilling coupon booklet worth over $17. The coupons, effective May 1 – June 30, offer commissary patrons extra savings on their weekend holiday essentials when purchasing fresh, store-processed beef and fresh pork. The booklet is sponsored by Kraft, Heinz, Kellogg’s, Frito Lay, Johnsonville and Rice-A-Roni/Pasta Roni. Limited quantities will be available.
    • “Celebrating Our Heroes.” Acosta Military will donate to the Fisher House a portion of the proceeds from the sale of participating brands from May 9 to June 5. Coupon flyers in commissaries worldwide will describe the program. A Fisher House offers temporary, free lodging for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available.
    • “Honoring Our Heroes.” Gatorade is honoring military members during this worldwide contest from May 1 to Aug. 28.Here’s how: Commissary patrons can go to www.gatorademilitary.com and explain in 200 words who they feel deserves to win this contest. Potential honorees can include active and veteran military patrons, spouses, their families, friends, neighbors or organizations that benefit the military community. There are eight grand prize levels featuring cash and Commissary Gift Cards. Each participant who submits an essay online will get a free Gatorade product commissary coupon as a special thank you. In addition, all winners will be recognized at their commissary and on www.gatorademilitary.com. Check out displays in commissaries for more details.
    • The Summer S’mores event is hosted from May through September by Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Honey Maid Grahams and Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows. Military-specific instant redeemable coupons and in-store displays will be available.
    • Dr Pepper and Mott’s participating brands are sponsoring a special“Summer Grilling Giveaway” promotion worldwide from May 9 to 22. Commissary patrons can enter to win a Weber Kettle charcoal grill. Dr Pepper and Mott’s displays will have contest entry forms and product discounts.
    • “Outnumber Hunger” is a partnership event between Feeding America®, Big Machine Label Group and General Mills dedicated to the fight against hunger. From May 9 to 22, commissary patrons can participate by entering a code listed on specially marked packages of General Mills items. For each code entered General Mills will direct five meals to a local food bank. See General Mills displays in your store for more information.
    • Race with Royalty Sweepstakes! From April 24 to June 18, Smithfield is promoting a sweepstakes awarding a grand prize of two tickets to the NASCAR race of the winner’s choice, transportation costs, VIP experience at track (driver meet and greet; garage tours) and 15 secondary prize winners ($50 Commissary Gift Cards). Look for displays in select stateside stores featuring Smithfield franks, bologna, bacon and smoked sausage. Commissary patrons are automatically entered to win after purchasing three qualifying items and using their Commissary Rewards Card.

Note: For a video about May promotions, visit DeCA’s YouTube page at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1Ay5i7lszM&feature=youtu.be.

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
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Commissary

Chick-fil-A kicks off Michigan expansion

LANSING, Mich,. 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. today formally kicked off its Michigan expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its first free-standing restaurant in the state’s capital city, Lansing.

The Lansing Chick-fil-A restaurant is one of two projected to open this fall – the other is located inside Troy’s Somerset Collection Mall. The restaurant company is committed to growth in Michigan and plans to build three to four new restaurants per year on average, totaling to 15 to 20 locations in various parts of the state over the next five years. Chick-fil-A’s expansion in Michigan comes at a time when 25 percent of the company’s new restaurant openings in 2016 will take place in the Midwest, which attests to the growth in that region.

In addition, Chick-fil-A has continued its national growth by entering several other new markets across the country.  In 2015, Chick-fil-A opened its first restaurants in Seattle and New York City, and so far this year, Chick-fil-A opened its first restaurant in Portland and a second location in New York City near Rockefeller Center. The company will also continue growing its footprint in various parts of the West and Northeast in the years to come.

Local Ownership of a Responsible Business

Every Chick-fil-A restaurant is a locally owned and operated small business, creating approximately 80 full- and part-time jobs each with employment and tax benefits going back to the local community. Chick-fil-A franchise owners live and work in the community in which their restaurants are located and are highly involved in the day-to-day operations at the restaurant. Seeking to become highly involved in their local communities, the franchise owners frequently work to support local schools and organizations.

Great food and great service are hallmarks of the Chick-fil-A experience, and each franchise owner aims to run a responsible and sustainable business. For example, all of Chick-fil-A’s napkins, tray liners and Kid’s Meal bags are made from 100 percent recycled content, and every restaurant nationwide recycles. Responsible business decisions extend down to even the coffee served at Chick-fil-A restaurants – the restaurant company chose its specialty-grade coffee partner, THRIVE Farmers coffee, in part because of their farmer-direct model that creates up to 10 times more income for their farmers than traditional coffee models.

Fresh Food with High-Quality Ingredients

Chick-fil-A is known for its menu of fresh, hand-crafted food that offers a variety of options for guests. Signature items include a hand-breaded, pressure-cooked, boneless chicken breast sandwich, Waffle Potato Fries and hand-spun milkshakes. Chick-fil-A’s Michigan restaurants will use only premium ingredients and make many of their menu items from scratch in the restaurant daily, including fresh-squeezed lemonade and salads.

At all Chick-fil-A restaurants, the chicken served is 100 percent whole breast meat, without any fillers, hormones or additives. Each chicken breast is hand-breaded to order and pressure cooked in 100 percent refined peanut oil, which is naturally trans-fat- and cholesterol-free. By the end of 2019, every Chick-fil-A restaurant will serve chicken raised without antibiotics.

Supportive Workplace

Known for developing and retaining young talent, Chick-fil-A offers a supportive workplace with competitive wages and respect for work-life balance (with Sundays off), as well as opportunities for leadership development and promotions that lead to management roles. To help its team members pay for college, the restaurant will also offer the opportunity for college scholarships through the restaurant company’s national program, which has provided more than $30 million to help its team members pay for college since its inception.

Commitment to Customer Service

With a long-standing tradition in the restaurant industry for setting the highest standards in customer service, Chick-fil-A ranked first for customer satisfaction in the Limited Service Restaurants Industry by the American Customer Satisfaction Index for 2015. The company has also earned recognition as one of America’s “Most Inspiring Companies” byForbes Magazine, one of America’s “Top 20 Most Admired Brands” by The Harris Poll, “Top Fast Food Chicken Chain” – for best chicken sandwich, customer service and cleanliness – by Consumer Reports, among other honors.

For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the company’s food, people and customers across the country, visit Inside.Chick-fil-A.com.

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About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1946 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 43 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A ranked first for customer satisfaction in the Limited Service Restaurants industry according to the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index and received the highest ACSI score ever in the industry. The company was also recognized in 2015 as America’s “Top Chicken Restaurant Brand” by The Harris Poll and the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at www.chick-fil-a.com.

Corporate Media Hotline: (800) 404-7196 Email: cfapressroom@chick-fil-a.com Twitter:@ChickfilANews

Source: Chick-fil-A

Morrisons to launch UK’s first ever potted ‘Ketchup and Chips’ plant

  • 47 per cent of gardeners plant on patios and balconies, as living in apartments overtakes houses [i]
  • 58 per cent of gardeners want to grow own crops

Bradford, England, 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Morrisons is looking to transform the face of Britain’s gardens with the launch of the UK’s first ever potted ‘Ketchup and Chips’ plant, which will feature in stores from 25th April.

Answering the prayers of chips fans across the country, the incredible multi-tasker grows fresh tomatoes and potatoes in one pot at the same time. Above the ground the plant will produce an abundance of cherry tomatoes, while white potatoes will grow below.

The move comes as Britain’s gardens are getting smaller as an increasing number of people in the UK are living in flats and apartments. Research has revealed that 47 per cent of households now only have access to a small balcony and 11 per cent have no garden area at all.

However, green fingered Brits aren’t letting a lack of space prevent them from growing their own food and plants. People are adapting their gardening habits to suit their living space, with demand for compact potted plants soaring (10% up year-on-year). The growing popularity of organic produce has also led 58 per cent of people to want to ‘grow their own’.

The innovative ‘veg plot in a pot’ can be grown inside and out – in a large patio pot or 40 litre bag. Ketchup & Chips is entirely natural, expertly crafted together by hand with no genetic modification involved. When planted in late April, each plant can yield hundreds of sweet tomatoes from July to October, whilst simultaneously harvesting a hearty crop of potatoes – which can be boiled, mashed, roasted or made into chips, until late in the season.

Morrisons gardens expert, Glen Cooper said: “Many of our customers are green fingered. But over recent years we’ve witnessed the frustration of shoppers who have less and less space to grow their own. This new plant is just the solution for our shrinking gardens – and will enable everyone to follow their produce from plant pot to plate!”

The Ketchup and Chips Plant will be available in Morrisons 101 Garden Centres UK-wide from 25th April, for a limited time only and will cost £5. Also available during this time will be the Egg and Chips Plant, another unique hybrid plant that grows aubergines and potatoes, costing £5. For more information or to find your local store please visit morrisons.com

Morrisons Perfect Chips
Ingredients:

  • 1 kg potatoes from your Ketchup and Chips plant
  • 1 litre vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • Coarse salt
  • Vinegar

Method:

  1. Peel and rinse 1kg Maris Piper potatoes from your Ketchup and Chips plant and cut into 1.5cm chips. Soak for 5 mins in cold water, drain, then add to a deep pan of cold salted water.
  2. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 4 mins, until just tender. Drain, allow to cool completely, then chill in the fridge for 1 hr.
  3. Heat 1 litre vegetable oil in a fryer to 120ºC. Add the chips to the basket, being careful not to overcrowd (you will need to do more than one batch). Blanch for 10 mins, or until cooked through but not coloured. Remove, drain and pat dry on kitchen paper. Chill in the fridge for 1 hr.
  4. Heat the oil to 160ºC. Cook the chips in the basket for 3-5 mins or until crisp and golden brown. Drain onto kitchen paper. Sprinkle with salt and vinegar if you wish and serve.

Morrisons Fresh Tomato Salsa
Ingredients:

  • 4 large vine tomatoes from your Ketchup and Chips plant, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 small bunch coriander, chopped
  • Discovery Foods Red or Green Jalapeños, to taste
  • Salt and black pepper

Method:

  1. Mix together all ingredients and serve as an accompaniment to all your favourite Mexican dishes or as a fresh dip with tortilla chips.

Source: Morrisons

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Morrisons to launch UK’s first ever potted ‘Ketchup and Chips’ plant

Morrisons to launch UK’s first ever potted ‘Ketchup and Chips’ plant