Starbucks unveiled its first store in Ferguson, Missouri

FERGUSON, MO, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) today unveiled its first store in Ferguson, Missouri as part of a national plan to provide local jobs, create training opportunities for youth, and support efforts to rebuild and revitalize communities.  Starbucks plans to open similar stores in at least 15 low- to medium-income communities across the U.S. by 2018. With an estimated 5.5 million young Americans not in school or at work, the majority of whom live in some of the country’s most diverse, yet undeserved communities, Starbucks aims to make a long-term impact by opening stores that will help provide a tangible boost to the local economy and bring meaningful jobs.

“We’ve long considered how we can help deliver social impact in ways that drive our business forward,” said Rodney Hines, Starbucks director of Community Investments for U.S. Retail Operations. “We have always seen investments in the communities where Starbucks partners live and serve as investments in our business and brand. As we got to know the Ferguson community over the last year, we heard incredible stories of strength, empathy and understanding. We also heard loud and clear the need for business leadership and investment in the form of new jobs and training opportunities, particularly for young people. That’s why we are proud to be here with the community as we prepare to open our doors. Together, we want to help demonstrate that coming to a city like Ferguson is not just good for the community, but good for business too.”

Nationally, 1 in 7 young adults does not work or attend school[1], a challenge that is compounded in low- to medium-income communities like Ferguson, particularly among young people of color. In the St. Louis region, 14% of young people ages 16-24 – an estimated 48,000 young men and women – are disconnected from jobs and educational opportunities[2] and nearly half of all young African American men in the area are unemployed, compared with 16% for young Caucasian men. In addition to creating new local jobs, Starbucks will work with nonprofit partners like the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis to provide a robust, multi-week job skills training program for local youth, using a specially-designed classroom space within the store. Starbucks hopes to work alongside community partners like the Urban League to help address some of the systemic barriers facing young people in the Ferguson area.

“Ferguson was an awakening for all of us to really take a hard look in the mirror, and try to turn what was a tragedy into a triumph,” said Michael McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, one of Starbucks key community partners in the initiative. “We saw people from all over the country wanting to be involved in our community, and to give back and help. Yet, the number one thing we heard from young people in Ferguson is ‘we need jobs.’ So we need to engage these youth and we need to figure out how we can help them to get what they need to be productive citizens. The work will take years to complete. This is both a sprint and a marathon for our community, and we urgently need other businesses like Starbucks to join us.”

“Ferguson is grateful to Starbucks for recognizing the strength and resilience of our community by choosing to invest here,” said Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III. “The City of Ferguson and the greater North County region have both obstacles to overcome, but also great potential.  Starbucks has shown their commitment to this region by helping our young people with much needed job training, as well as their commitment to the greater business community by partnering with local entrepreneurs to deliver great services and products to our citizens.  We are excited to welcome Starbucks into the community and look forward to a long and lasting community partnership.”

New Jobs, New Opportunities

The Starbucks store, featuring both a café and drive-thru at West Florissant & Somerset in Ferguson, has hired 30 partners (employees), many of whom are from the Ferguson or greater St. Louis areas, including store manager Cordell Lewis. Hiring locally is an important part of the company’s strategy to support economic development and build stronger connections with the community. With benefits like full health care coverage and equity in the form of stock for both part-time and full-time partners, as well as the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, which gives partners the opportunity to get a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University with full tuition reimbursement, Starbucks will provide Ferguson partners with the same opportunities available to partners across the country.

“I was in essence the ‘opportunity youth’ we are trying to help,” said Lewis, who has already enrolled in online classes at Arizona State University through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. “I come from a single-parent family and was lucky to have a coach who saw a spark in me when I was a high school athlete. That helped me turn my life around. Starbucks opening in this community means the company also sees what Ferguson can become. It has its challenges, and we have to have those conversations, but we also have so many young men and women with a lot to offer, including our new team of partners. My goal is to be their coach, to listen, and to help drive their passions. That’s the type of leader I want to be – for my team and for our community.”

As part of its commitment to investing in the community, Starbucks is also working with Natalie DuBose, owner of Ferguson bakery Natalie’s Cakes & More which suffered extensive damage following the rioting in 2014. In considering ways to invest in the local community, Starbucks is now selling DuBose’s signature caramel cakes at more than 30 St. Louis-area locations and will feature the product in the new store in Ferguson. As a result, DuBose’s workforce has grown from three to more than 20, double what it was when Starbucks broke ground on the Ferguson location in November 2015. DuBose is also heavily involved in the community, speaking regularly about entrepreneurship at local high schools, hiring locally, and sourcing ingredients locally whenever possible. Starbucks also worked with Simms Building Group, a minority-owned general contracting and construction management firm in the St. Louis area, to build the site.

A Pathway to Jobs for Local Youth

The Ferguson store will work with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis to provide a unique in-store training program where young people in the community will have the opportunity to enroll in a multi-week retail and customer service skills training program. The program meets a critical need for practical job training opportunities for young people, many of whom are eager to start their first job and work collectively to transform the legacy of the Ferguson community.

Starbucks is set to offer a similar training program for youth at its new store in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, NY, working with local nonprofit organizations like Queens Community House and the YMCA and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow’s Y Roads program. Starbucks will seek to build similar alliances in each of the 13 additional communities it is considering in the national initiative, including stores in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side and a remodeled store at 7th & Camelback in Phoenix.

“Ferguson’s young people still remain hopeful and resilient,” said McMillan. “An in-store training opportunity with Starbucks will go a long way for a young person preparing for their first job. And that first job is going to set them up for success and help open up a world of opportunity. That’s why we wanted to work with Starbucks and together find a way to use this new space to be so much more than a coffee shop, but a hub for the kind of opportunities that might help a young person get their start.”

Community Support

“I am grateful to Howard Schultz for believing and investing in our community. The impact of Starbucks’ commitment to Ferguson is enormous! It creates a ripple effect – jobs, revitalization, economic opportunities, and restores community pride. Starbucks is leading by example,” said The Honorable Hazel Erby, Saint Louis County Council, District 1.

“As a council member for Ward One in Ferguson Missouri I am so excited and proud to welcome Starbucks to our community!  The confidence and dedication this company has shown in our residents and town is very encouraging and inspiring. We look forward to a long and strong relationship between the city of Ferguson Missouri and the Starbucks Corporation,” said Ferguson City Council member Linda Lipka, Ward 1.

[1] Measure of America, One in Seven: Ranking Youth Disconnection in the 25 Largest Metro Areas

[2] Measure of America, Zeroing In on Place and Race: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities


Starbucks unveiled its first store in Ferguson, Missouri

Starbucks unveiled its first store in Ferguson, Missouri


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Tesco announces measures to source even more of the seafood it sells in sustainable way

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today announced a number of measures which will see it source even more of the seafood it sells in a sustainable way, in partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council. To achieve this, Tesco is:

  • Rapidly expanding the MSC-ecolabel scheme for pre-packed and frozen fish sold in Tesco stores;
  • Introducing MSC-certified fish to its 656 fish counters, making sustainable fish accessible to shoppers across the UK; and
  • Ensuring that all tuna sold at Tesco stores is sourced in a sustainable way, whether own label or branded.

This month, Tesco introduced the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel across 28 different types of chilled prepacked fish – including cod fillets, smoked kippers, haddock fishcakes and fish fingers.  Next month, it will introduce the label to its 656 fish counters across the UK, and later this year will introduce it to relevant frozen fish lines too.

The MSC sets the world standard for sustainable fishing, and the ecolabel is an easily recognizable way for customers to be sure they are buying environmentally sustainable fish.

Tesco has also made a further commitment on sustainable tuna. Since 2012, all Tesco’s own-brand tuna has been fished using the sustainable pole and line method. This approach was then extended for tuna used as an ingredient in own-brand sandwiches, pastas and salads. Because of the importance of a collaborative industry effort to ensure globally sustainable tuna, Tesco is now extending the same sustainability requirements to branded tuna products. Tesco will allow brands sufficient time to meet these requirements but expect their plans to be ambitious, credible and publicly communicated.

Tim Smith, Group Quality Director for Tesco said:

“Customers tell us it’s important they can be sure the fish on our shelves is caught in a way that maintains healthy fish stocks and doesn’t cause harm to other sea life or the ocean environment.  Rapidly expanding the amount of MSC ecolabel fish on our shelves and counters will make sustainable sourced fish affordable and accessible for shoppers across Britain.”

Rupert Howes, Chief Executive of MSC said:

“Tesco’s commitment to MSC certified seafood is helping to ensure the future health of the world’s oceans. As the UK’s biggest supermarket chain, Tesco is uniquely positioned to help British shoppers to put MSC  ecolabelled, sustainable fish on the table. By helping their customers to choose certified sustainable seafood, they are also helping them to recognize and reward sustainable fishing, ensuring healthy fish stocks, and healthy oceans for generations to come.”


Tesco announces measures to source even more of the seafood it sells in sustainable way

Tesco announces measures to source even more of the seafood it sells in sustainable way


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2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give tickets now available at Michigan Meijer stores

Visit Any Michigan Meijer Location to Purchase Tournament Tickets

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tickets to the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give are now available at each of the retailer’s 110 Michigan stores. The third annual tournament will be held June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids.

General admission daily tickets are $10, and allow for general grounds access for any one day Tuesday-Sunday. General admission weekly tickets are $25, and allow for general grounds access throughout the entire tournament week. Children, ages 17 and under, get in free with a ticketed adult. Both ticket options are now available at the customer service desks in every Michigan Meijer store.

“At Meijer, we are committed to our fundamental philosophy of strengthening the communities where our customers and team members work and live,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “In just 2 years, golf fans across West Michigan have supported our cause of feeding hungry families and helped build the foundation for one of the premier LPGA events on tour. We are pleased to offer tickets in all of our Meijer stores and hope to continue the growth of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will feature a full field of 144 golfers competing in a four-day, 72-hole competition.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program. In the event’s two-year history, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has raised more than $1.3 million for the Simply Give program to feed those in need throughout the Midwest.

To purchase tickets for the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please visit

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit

To view a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit

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 Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

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

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:, and

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

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

Topaz supports Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation through new initiative ‘The LEGO® Exchange’

Fundraising drive launched across the Topaz network in aid of the Children’s Charity

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz, Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, today announced its support for ‘The LEGO® Exchange’, a new initiative that is seeing much-needed funds raised for their charity partner, the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, through unwanted Lego donations to fund home nursing care for sick children nationwide.

The retailer is calling on customers across the Topaz and Re.Store network to donate their unwanted, loose Lego bricks with all proceeds going to Jack & Jill. Every €16 raised will deliver 1 hour of home nursing care to families in need. The charity drive aims to fund thousands of home nursing hours with the contribution of Topaz staff and customers in this Lego ‘exchange’ to fund home nursing care hours.  It is hoped that families, preschools, schools and businesses across the country will jump on board and donate their unwanted Lego to Jack & Jill.

Topaz have already launched this initiative at 5 of their locations where customers can donate LEGO directly onsite. These sites include Clonshaugh, in North Co. Dublin, Kilmacanogue in South Dublin, Kill in West Dublin, Newcastle in Co. Galway, and Douglas in Co. Cork with more locations to follow. People can also donate their Lego by dropping it off at one of 38 DPD Ireland depots situated across the country, or the Lego can be donated or sold at the Jack & Jill Charity Boutique’s located in Newbridge, Arklow, Wicklow, Carlow, Crookstown and Naas, where bricks are being bought for €4 a kilo.  All Lego drop off points are listed on

The Jack & Jill Foundation, which was founded in 1997, provides direct funding to families of children up to the age of 4 years old suffering from severe intellectual and physical developmental delay as a result of brain damage, enabling them to purchase home nursing and respite care.

While parenting for most is about feeding, changing, teething, and wishing for a good night’s sleep, parenting for the families supported by Jack & Jill involves coping with seizures, feeding tubes and pain, alongside medication, physio appointments and hospital visits.

CEO and founder of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, Jonathan Irwin welcomed the fundraising drive saying: “I am delighted to be at the brand new Topaz City Avenue site today along with Jack & Jill Fundraising Director Deirdre Walsh and we wish to thank our brand partner Topaz for their support in driving The LEGO® Exchange. This campaign is about finding a new home for your unwanted Lego bricks and raising money for home nursing care to help change a young child’s life for the better. We ask customers across the Topaz and Re.Store network to rescue their loose Lego for us, whether they might be stored in a cupboard or hidden under a bed.  No need for boxes, instructions, or full sets – it’s the loose Lego bricks that we’re after.

This fundraising drive by Topaz, along with DPD Ireland’s 32 depots across the country, will make a significant difference to The LEGO® Exchange, through providing financial support to families in need. It also reminds these families that they’re not alone and that others care across the country. Thank you so much to everyone involved”.

MJ Tierney, Topaz Brand Manager said: “It’s impossible to fully comprehend the challenges faced by families across Ireland with children affected by severe neurological issues. The work of the Jack & Jill Foundation provides invaluable support to those who are in need of a helping hand. We’re delighted to be supporting this very worthy cause which we believe will change many lives for the better. This is a hugely creative fundraising initiative which we believe will go far in lending a helping hand to families who need it”.

The LEGO® Exchange is part of an ongoing, three-year charity partnership that will see €400,000 in much needed funding raised for Jack & Jill. Topaz and Re.Store customers can pledge their support to the Jack & Jill Foundation by donating their small change in stores across the network, with the ‘Small Change for Big Change’ campaign. Further staff and company charity engagements are also in planning for the coming months as Topaz aims to raise €200,000 in aid of the children’s charity this year.

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Topaz supports Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation through new initiative ‘The LEGO® Exchange’

Topaz supports Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation through new initiative ‘The LEGO® Exchange’

NRF survey: expanding scope and cost of government regulation hinders small retailers’ ability to create jobs and drive economic growth

WASHINGTON, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The expanding scope and cost of government regulation are placing new burdens on America’s small businesses, hindering their ability to create jobs and drive economic growth, according to a new survey released today by the National Retail Federation.

“Overregulation is undermining the resolve of small retailers,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “To fulfill their role in driving the American economy, small businesses need the freedom to make the decisions that make sense for them instead of being burdened by one-size-fits all mandates.”

NRF worked with market research firm GfK to survey retail small business owners to gauge their views on the business environment, the health of their businesses and whether public policies that affect their operations support or hinder prospects for growth.

“It’s time for lawmakers, policymakers and candidates to take a hard look at how burdensome regulations are stifling America’s entrepreneurial spirit,” Shay said.

The survey revealed that while small retailers are generally optimistic about the future, they are increasingly concerned about the growing volume and cost of government regulations. Among the findings:

  • The vast majority (81 percent) say regulations weaken the appeal of owning a business.
  • Nearly seven-in-ten (69 percent) say they are “overwhelmed by regulations, rules, and mandates,” including labor regulations, health care mandates, tax codes and safety guidelines.
  • Less than half (44 percent) believe government regulations achieve their objectives.

Concerns were consistent regardless of political ideology and age, with majorities of conservatives and liberals, Millennials and older generations saying they were worried about regulations.

The survey also looked at attitudes toward specific policies. Seventy-nine percent of small retailers support efforts to lower federal tax rates by eliminating tax loopholes, and 73 percent of small retailers are concerned by the complexity of the federal tax code.

Nearly 60 percent believe proposed regulations to fine companies that allow flexible employee schedules due to changing worker demands or business needs would hurt their businesses. Overtime expansion proposed by the Labor Department would likely result in negative consequences for nearly half (44 percent) of small business owners, according to the survey. And more than one-third (37 percent) of small retailers say raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour would either cause their business to fail or threaten its existence.

The full report is available at

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation.

Robin Roberts
(855) NRF-Press



Sainsbury’s to add 100 new Click & Collect Groceries sites over the next 12 months

100 new Click & Collect Groceries sites planned over next 12 months

LONDON, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has announced that it will double the number of Click & Collect Groceries Sites in its store car parks over the next 12 months, as it further builds its multi-channel offer to make shopping easier for customers.

The supermarket launched its ‘Click & Collect’ Groceries service in March 2015, and since then its online orders have continued to grow. The service, which offers customers a hassle-free ‘drive-thru’ option, has proved very popular at the first 100 sites; attracting new customers to Sainsbury’s, and offering existing customers a new convenient way to pick up their shopping.

Robbie Feather, Sainsbury’s Director of Online, said: “We know that time is precious and people are increasingly looking for easier, more convenient ways to shop. This rollout forms part of our strategy to offer our customers more options to shop whenever and wherever they want.

Click & Collect is proving to be a popular hybrid between online shopping and visiting a store; especially amongst shoppers juggling work and looking after young children. Most people are using this speedy ‘drive- thru’ service to do a big shop for the week ahead.Customers really like the fact that they can collect their shopping at a time that suits them and on average it takes them just three minutes from start to end.”

Saturday mornings are the most popular time to pick up orders; and many customers also go into the store to quickly buy a few additional items, or use in-store services.

Click & Collect is already by far the most popular method for customers buying Sainsbury’s clothing online, with 80% of customers picking up their order at one of Sainsbury’s 712 in-store

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Sainsbury’s to add 100 new Click & Collect Groceries sites over the next 12 months

Sainsbury’s to add 100 new Click & Collect Groceries sites over the next 12 months

Tesco: demand for speciality tea and cream cakes is once again on the rise

  • Tesco shoppers bought 4.5 million more luxury cream cakes in 2015 than the year before
  • Demand for speciality tea is up by 4 per cent in the last year
  • Nearly a quarter more Brits having cream tea with friends than a year ago*
  • Revival has also been helped by Great British Bake Off with half a million more regular cream cake customers than before the show first aired*

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — One of England’s quaintest traditions, afternoon tea, has been revived by a new generation of Brits – in time for the Queen’s birthday celebrations in June.

Once considered dated, demand for speciality tea and cream cakes is once again on the rise, helped by the huge popularity of TV’s Great British Bake Off.

In the last year sales of typical afternoon tea related foods and kitchen items at Tesco have soared including:

  • Tesco finest* cream cakes –4.5 million more sold
  • The classic Battenberg cake – up 45 per cent
  • Speciality teas like Earl Grey, Assam, Darjeeling  – up nearly four per cent which is the equivalent of 250,000 packets

Now to meet the growing demand Tesco has this week launched a new range of innovative upmarket afternoon tea cakes, gateaux, tarts, meringues, sponges, roulades, brownies and cream slices.

They include an Alfonso mango and passion fruit tart; finest*heritage raspberry and almond tart; and Belgian chocolate and salted caramel tart.

A number of tea time favourites have been given a surprise twist such as the lemon tart which has been hand decorated with lemon cream, a white chocolate scroll and dusted with sherbet to heighten the zesty taste.

Tesco cake range buyer Rosie Bambaji said:

“Afternoon tea is one of Britain’s greatest culinary traditions.

We know many of our customers have fallen in love with this special occasion once again so we wanted to help spruce up cake stands across the country with a new range of decadent cakes.

The trend took off in hotels and restaurants thanks to the huge popularity of shows like The Great British Bake Off and afternoon tea has once again established itself as an occasion at home,with shoppers treating friends and family to delicious cakes at informal get togethers.”

Other traditional afternoon tea treats that have recently grown in popularity include:

  • Apple turnovers – demand in last year up 35 per cent
  • Strawberry and cream slices – up 30 per cent
  • Custard tarts – up 15 per cent
  • Fresh cream profiteroles – up 10 per cent

Tesco has also seen a rise in popularity for cake accessories like cake stands, bakeware and tea sets.

Note to editors

*Revival of cream tea occasions – 22 per cent more of us claim to be having more cream teas with friends than 12 months ago (Talking Foods Survey Nov’15)

*Cream cakes more popular now than before Great British Bake Off started – cream cake has half a million more shoppers than 5 years ago (KWP 52wks March ’16 vs March ’11)

A brief history of afternoon tea

  • Anna, Duchess of Bedford is credited with having invented afternoon tea in 1840, simply as a means of staving off hunger before supper. She instructed her butler to bring her bread, butter and tea and then began inviting her friends round to join her.
  • The event soon developed into an occasion to enjoy hearing about the latest fashions, rumour and scandals and soon became a social trend across the country.
  • As the trend caught on the Aerated Bread Company – or ABC as it became known – opened Britain’s first tea room, in London, in 1864.
  • During the 1880s society women would dress up for the occasion of afternoon by wearing long gowns, gloves and hats which would be served between 4pm and 5pm.


Tesco: demand for speciality tea and cream cakes is once again on the rise

Tesco: demand for speciality tea and cream cakes is once again on the rise

Starbucks unveils Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino® in the U.S. and Canada

SEATTLE, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Summertime memories are often tied to our senses. Starbucks new Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino® blended beverage evokes the smell of freshly made waffle cones wafting from the neighborhood ice cream parlor. The beverage is available in Starbucks® stores in the U.S. and Canada starting today (May 3) and throughout the summer while supplies last.

Maretta Delacruz of the Starbucks beverage development team described how they brought this year’s new Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino to life.

“When you think of waffle cones in an ice cream shop, it’s that aroma of the caramelized brown sugar and butter that draw you in,” Delacruz said. “We used these aromas as our inspiration to capture the flavor of the new Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino.”

Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino is made with waffle cone syrup and dark caramel sauce blended with coffee, milk and ice. The beverage is topped with whipped cream, waffle cone pieces and more dark caramel sauce.

“Summer is a time when families and friends come together,” Delacruz said. “We wanted to celebrate those shared moments that are tied to the season.”

The S’mores Frappuccino® blended beverage is also available now through the end of summer in participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada. S’mores Frappuccino® is made with marshmallow-infused whipped cream and milk chocolate sauce along with a blend of coffee, milk and ice. It is finished off with marshmallow-infused whipped cream and a graham cracker crumble.

Frappuccino Happy Hour May 3-15

Starbucks Frappuccino® Happy Hour returns now through May 15, 2016. Customers in the U.S. and Canada can enjoy half-priced Frappuccino blended beverages – any flavor and any size – from 3-5 p.m. local time at participating Starbucks stores.

Starbucks Rewards members can enjoy an extended Frappuccino Happy Hour until 6 p.m. when paying with a registered Starbucks Card or Starbucks® app at participating stores.

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


Starbucks unveils Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino® in the U.S. and Canada

Starbucks unveils Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino® in the U.S. and Canada

Starbucks Leadership Changes: Kris Engskov executive VP; Martin Brok senior VP and president EMEA

  • Martin Brok to become senior vice president and president Starbucks EMEA
  • Incumbent Kris Engskov promoted to global leadership role in Seattle as executive vice president; transition to occur summer 2016

LONDON, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced the promotion of Kris Engskov to a global executive vice president role and the arrival of Martin Brok as new senior vice president and president in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Engskov will be promoted to executive vice president, joining the Starbucks senior leadership team in Seattle and transitioning into a new role leading a key part of Starbucks global enterprise. More information will be available on this appointment later in the summer as the transition takes effect.

Having started with Starbucks in 2002, Engskov has worked in the region since 2011, first as managing director of Starbucks UK and Ireland and from 2013 as president of Starbucks EMEA. During his tenure, Engskov led a major restructuring of the EMEA business, including the development of a new licensed business model and the launch of the company’s first-ever franchising program. Over the past few years, the region has dramatically increased unit growth and profitability, driven by the signing of a number of new development agreements, including with Shell, REWE, and Casino, and through new licensing agreements to open several new geographies including Italy and South Africa.

Martin Brok, incoming senior vice president and president, Starbucks EMEA, joined the company in February 2016 as senior vice president, strategic partnerships. He previously served as vice president of Global Product and Merchandising Operations at Nike, where he was responsible for transforming the Global Product and Merchandising Operations and Analytics organization.

He also served as chief operating officer for Nike’s direct-to-consumer business and as general manager of Western Europe and Asia Pacific operations for the company. Before Nike, Brok was senior vice president Franchise Operations & Marketing for EMEA at Burger King and also served in several strategic operations leadership roles. Brok, who is Dutch, has significant experience in the EMEA region and in global roles, leading key organizations within some of the world’s best-known brands.

“I could not be more proud of the progress we have made in Europe, Middle East and Africa, in some of the most competitive coffee markets in the world,” said Kris Engskov, outgoing president, Starbucks EMEA. “With an entirely new business model now driving sustainable profitability, a healthy portfolio of stores, and new partnership agreements driving growth across 39 countries, our EMEA region is stronger than at any time in its history.  It has been a privilege to lead some of the best teams and the brightest people I have ever worked with. As I return to Seattle for a new professional challenge, I leave Starbucks EMEA in great hands with Martin, who will bring new energy, drive and leadership experience to the region.”

“It’s a huge honor to be given the opportunity to lead our EMEA business. I’ve been privileged to work for some of the best brands in the world throughout my career and I’m delighted to bring my experience to Starbucks in this region,” said Brok. “We’ll focus on further elevating the brand across retail, channel development and digital through innovation, creating new occasions and deepening our connection with existing customers and engaging new ones. Kris’s hard work over the last five years means we are a strong part of the global team and well prepared for our next wave of growth. I look forward to building on this work and to working side by side with some of the finest partners in the company.”

“I want to congratulate Kris on his promotion and to wish Martin every possible success in his new role. Kris has led the Europe, Middle East and Africa businesses into profitability over the last five years,” said Kevin Johnson, Starbucks chief operating officer. “He has always had a strong and ambitious vision for what needed to be achieved and has gone after delivering that vision every day, leading his team with determination, purpose and passion. Like Kris, Martin will be a great fit for the EMEA market as it develops and grows. He brings extensive experience of licensing and franchising and has a proven track record, having worked with some of the world’s biggest brands in senior positions. I look forward to watching the impact I know he will make on Starbucks in the region.”

About Starbucks
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Amazon added the period drama series Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne to its lineup of Amazon Original Series

Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne, which is based on the book series by Anthony Trollope and stars Tom Hollander, Ian McShane and Alison Brie, will premiere exclusively for Prime members in the U.S. on May 20

SEATTLE, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has added the period drama series Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne to its lineup of Amazon Original Series, and is scheduled to premiere the series on Prime Video in the U.S. on May 20. A production from The Weinstein Company, Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne is the latest series from Oscar and Emmy-winning writer Julian Fellowes; and is directed by Niall MacCormick and stars Tom Hollander (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) as Doctor Thorne, Ian McShane (Ray Donovan) as Sir Roger Scatcherd, and Alison Brie (Mad Men) as Miss Martha Dunstable. The series—a story of love, vanity, arrogance and illegitimacy—will debut on Prime Video in the U.S. for Prime members to stream and download at no additional cost to their membership. The Weinstein Company had previously picked up the North American rights to series from Hat Trick International earlier last year. Amazon Prime members can watch the entire first season of Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at

Fellowes’ PBS hit Downton Abbey garnered three Golden Globe Awards and 47 other awards. The series is extremely popular with customers and has nearly doubled in streaming hours year-over-year on Prime Video.

Doctor Thorne’s multilayered storytelling coupled with an outstanding ensemble cast is an exciting addition to our line-up,” says Roy Price, Vice President, Digital Video and Amazon Studios. “Prime members have loved having access to Downton Abbey, making each season a top streamed show on Prime Video since 2011, and we hope to make Prime Video the home for even more of Julian Fellowes future projects.”

Downton Abbey captivated audiences for six incredible seasons and it’s a tremendous thrill to be part of creator Julian Fellowes’ next endeavor Doctor Thorne. Amazon Prime is the perfect home to bring Fellowes’ beautiful, smart, and creative world to US audiences,” saidHarvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company. “Amazon’s millions of fans who tuned into Downton Abbey will love this new show. Each episode will feature an exclusive, special introduction from Julian Fellowes himself. And we hope this is the first of many Julian Fellowes Presents that we plan on creating with Amazon and our UK partner at Hat Trick.”

Doctor Thorne is a beautiful book written by Anthony Trollope and considered a classic in many countries. Trollope may not be a household name like Jane Austen or Charles Dickens, but there are many people who believe he belongs alongside them in the literary pantheon.Julian Fellowes has adapted this story with the same love and care he gave to Downton Abbey and Gosford Park—for which he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

In the series, Dr. Thomas Thorne (Hollander) lives a quiet life with his niece Mary (Stefani Martini, Endeavour) in the English village of Greshambury, which is ruled with an iron fist by the terrifying Lady Arabella Gresham (Rebecca Front, Humans). But Lady Arabella’s world is forever changed when she learns that her beloved son is planning to elope with common-born Mary, rather than follow through on his arranged marriage to the rich American heiress Martha Dunstable (Brie). Unbeknownst to the rest of the town, the prestigious Gresham family has all but lost their fortune after their patriarch Francis Gresham Senior (Richard McCabe, Cinderella) squandered it on one of his many fruitless pursuits; they’re now forced to take loans from drunken millionaire Sir Roger Scatcherd (McShane) in order to survive. Lady Arabella’s scheme to regain their fortune through the arranged marriage now seems poised for disaster; but Lady Arabella is not one to be easily dissuaded, and thus resolves to achieve her goal by any means necessary.

Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne also stars Phoebe Nicholls (Fortitude) as Countess de Courcy, Gwyneth Keyworth (Game Of Thrones) as Lady Augusta Gresham, Kate O’Flynn (No Offence) as Lady Alexandrina de Courcy, Harry Richardson (Looking for Grace) asFrank Gresham, Cressida Bonas (Tulip Fever) as Patience Oriel, Danny Kirrane (Critical) as Mr. Moffatt, Janine Duvitski (Benidorm) as Lady Scatcherd, and Tom Bell (Humans) as Lord Porlock.

Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne is executive produced and written by Julian Fellowes, The Weinstein Company’s Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Hat Trick’s Mark Redhead, Christopher Kelly and Ted Childs. Helen Gregory (The Catch) serves as producer.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, kids series Tumble Leaf, andChi Raq, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership
  • Add-on Subscriptions: Dozens of subscriptions to networks like SHOWTIME, STARZ and more, available to Amazon Prime members as add-ons to their membership
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items across all categories, more than one million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, access to borrow books with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit:

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

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Walmart Canada to introduce five-cent plastic bag fee on all single-use plastic bags

  • Five-cent plastic bag fee to discourage single use bags and eliminate plastic film from municipal land-fill to be implemented at Walmart stores in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec during the month of May

Mississauga, ON, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today announced the expansion of its plastic bag-reduction initiative, which includes the introduction of a five-cent plastic bag fee on all single-use plastic bags. The initiative began in British Columbia on February 9 and will expand to Walmart stores in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec during the month of May, 2016. Dates for Atlantic Canada will be announced in the coming months.

Working towards zero waste has been a top priority for Walmart Canada for several years. To this end, the company established 12 dedicated waste-diversion programs for products ranging from cardboard to paint, increasing its waste-diversion rate to 80 per cent in 2015. Since launching the initiative in BC, 19 million fewer single-use bags were used compared to the same three month period in 2015, a reduction of 76% or 152,000 kg of plastic, which is the weight of approximately 120 small cars.

“While we’re making strides, we recognize the critical role our customers, suppliers and our partners play in reducing waste,” said Lee Tappenden, chief operations officer at Walmart Canada. “As part of our mission to reduce plastic film waste to create a greener, cleaner Canada, we are asking customers to move away from single-use plastic shopping bags and toward reusable bags.”

Walmart Canada customers will be provided with the option to purchase reusable, discounted bags for 25 cents or plastic bags for five cents. Walmart has improved its five-cent single-use bag to be 25 per cent bigger and 25 per cent thicker, reducing the need to double bag heavier items and lowering the total number of bags used.

Charging a nominal fee for plastic bags has proven to be a highly effective way to reduce the use of plastic bags. Walmart stores in Japan and the UK have reduced distribution of single-use bags by approximately 50 per cent. In Canada, similar programs are reporting comparable reduction rates.

To further reduce plastic waste, the company is creating more efficient in-store recycling and collection programs, working with suppliers to reduce plastic packaging and allocating part of the proceeds from the five-cent fee to plastic film recycling initiatives.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, is visited by 500,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart is committed to generating zero waste, being supplied by 100 per cent renewable energy and offering customers products that are produced responsibly.  Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at


Alex Roberton,, 514 210 7514

Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada 

Hudson’s Bay Company opens best-in-class robotic retail technology distribution center in Pottsville, Pennsylvania

  • New DC Enhances HBC’s All-Channel Offering to Better Serve Consumers and Drive Continued Digital Growth
  • Creates More Than 200 New Jobs in Pennsylvania
  • Investment in Innovative Robotic Systems Positions HBC at the Forefront of Fulfillment Distribution Technology

TORONTO, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) is pleased to announce it will open a new state-of-the-art, all-channel fulfilment distribution center (DC) in Pottsville, Pennsylvania on July 1, 2016. Consistent with HBC’s industry-leading digital growth strategy, the DC will utilize highly innovative robotic technology to enhance the Company’s extensive all-channel retailing capabilities.

HBC plans to open the 450,000 sq. ft. Pottsville facility through a phased approach, expanding to 617,500 sq. ft. by January 2017. The DC will run best-in-class robotic retail technology that is approximately three-times faster than the typical technology utilized in e-commerce DCs. This will enable HBC to reduce costs while improving output volume and accuracy. The new DC will support all e-commerce fulfillment for HBC’s Lord & Taylor and Saks OFF 5TH department store banners.

“At HBC, we are laser-focused on our all-channel strategy, and this investment leapfrogs us to the forefront of internet distribution technology,” said Jerry Storch, HBC’s Chief Executive Officer. “As we execute on our digital strategy, we continue to invest in innovation that enables us to serve our consumers seamlessly, lead the evolution of trends in the retail industry, and expand our business which creates new job opportunities and investment in the community.”

The Pottsville DC will house corporate offices, a photo studio and a warehouse. It will initially have approximately 600 positions, which includes the creation of more than 200 new jobs in the City of Pottsville as well as approximately 390 positions that will move from the Company’s existing Wilkes-Barre, PA DC. Following the Pottsville DC opening, the Wilkes-Barre facility will continue to employ approximately 750 people and will focus on supporting the retail operations of the Lord & Taylor, Saks, and Saks OFF 5TH banners. There will be a total of approximately 1,350 positions between the two facilities in the state of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said, “HBC’s decision to operate an additional distribution center in Pennsylvania, which will create hundreds of additional jobs, is a testament to our State’s highly dedicated workforce and an important reflection of critical economic progress. We are delighted to work with HBC to better serve its customers and accelerate its growth.” “We are grateful to Governor Wolf and the Governor’s Action Team, and excited to become part of the Pottsville community,” added Storch.

Following the opening of the Pottsville facility, HBC plans to introduce the technology to its Scarborough, Ontario DC this fall, making it the only company in Canada to utilize the cutting-edge systems. This is expected to result in improved productivity and throughput, as well as increased storage space, without any reduction to full-time staff.

About Hudson’s Bay Company
Hudson’s Bay Company is one of the fastest-growing department store retailers in the world, based on its successful formula of driving the performance of high quality stores and their all-channel offerings, unlocking the value of real estate holdings and growing through acquisitions. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes ten banners, in formats ranging from luxury to better department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 460 stores and 66,000 employees around the world.

In North America, HBC’s leading banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, and Saks OFF 5TH, along with Find @ Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters. In Europe, its banners include GALERIA Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO, as well as Sportarena.

HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.

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Sheetz to begin filling jobs at stores throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina

Fortune 100 Best Company to Work for Will Host Open Interviews in May

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the heels of investing more than $15 million in 2016 to increase employee wages, Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, announces today it plans to hire more than 8,000 employees companywide. The initiative aims to increase the company’s total employee count and full-time positions by creating and filling jobs at stores throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohioand North Carolina.

Stores in select Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina market areas will host open job interviews in May for prospective employees to learn about Sheetz’s commitment to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture, community engagement and disrupting the convenience category as we know it.

“Sheetz is proud to attribute our significant companywide growth to our dedicated employees, and we are thrilled to roll out an extensive hiring initiative aimed at adding thousands more to our Sheetz family,” said Stephanie Doliveira, VP of Human Resources of Sheetz, Inc. “At the heart of our hiring efforts is an unwavering commitment to stay ahead of the curve and to do what is right for our people.”

Sheetz offers competitive benefits packages to employees, including medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, flexible schedules, opportunities for advancement, adoption assistance, wellness and gym reimbursement, bonuses, vacation time and more.

Select stores in the following areas will host open interviews throughout May:



  • May 4th open hiring at select Sheetz store locations
  • 400 + jobs
  • Sales associates, shift supervisors

Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading

  • May 25th 9am -5pm
  • 400 + jobs
  • Sales associates, shift supervisors
  • Interview Locations:
    • Holiday Inn Express, 4021 Union Deposit Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17109
    • Holiday Inn Express, 6325 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

West Virginia


  • May 4th open hiring at select Sheetz store location
  • 40 + jobs
  • Sales associates, shift supervisors

North Carolina

Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro

  • May 18th, 9am-5pm
  • 30 + jobs
  • Sales associates, shift supervisors
  • Interview Location
    • 2703 Ramada Rd., I-85, Burlington, NC 27215

To apply for a position near you, visit

About Sheetz Career Opportunities
Sheetz is always looking for great people to help deliver our mission and focus on our vision to put Sheetz as we know it today out of business. We’re proud to be recognized as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work for, and we’re committed to building a strong relationship with our employees and creating an environment that rewards and empowers. Our goal is to continually exceed our employees’ expectation in the same way we strive to exceed our customers’ expectations. Sheetz offers great benefits, pay, vacation and personal days, quarterly bonus potential and tuition reimbursement. Our employees agree that Sheetz offers not just a job, but a chance to get an education, receive professional training and give back to the communities they work in.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $6.9 billion in revenue and more than 17,000 employees. The company operates over 500 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook ( and Instagram (

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Staples Business Advantage launches $40,000 valued breakroom makeover contest

$40,000 prize package will transform a company’s breakroom

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — When was the last time you took a well-deserved break at work to have a mid-day cup of coffee, enjoy a snack or socialize with your colleagues? Or, when was the last time you held a meeting in your cafeteria or breakroom? If you can’t remember, Staples Business Advantage wants to turn your breakroom back into a workplace destination with the launch of its “Ultimate Breakroom Makeover” contest.

Starting today, all U.S. businesses with at least 10 employees are eligible to make their case for why they need and deserve the chance to win a breakroom makeover valued at$40,000. The need is clear – as 45% of employees eat lunch at their desk and nearly 40% indicate that an open and collaborative environment leads to a positive work culture, according to the Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index. Employers can turn the breakroom into a dual-purpose zone – creating a place to recharge and a work space away from desks and conference rooms.

“Taking a break in the always-on modern workplace can seem like a pipe dream, but it shouldn’t be. Having a pleasant, well-stocked office breakroom can have a tangible impact on business results,” said Kerry Anne Carter, vice president, Staples Business Advantage. “61% of employees say taking a break would increase their productivity. A simple way for organizations to boost productivity is to provide an inviting area to socialize, unwind and collaborate.”

Do you feel strongly that your office breakroom is deserving of a makeover? If so, submit your entry at and access the official rules here.

Entrants must submit a short essay by June 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EDT to state their case and indicate what features they’d like to see in their revamped breakroom. A panel of judges will select finalists based on the following criteria:

  • originality and creativity of desired, revamped features
  • most deserving of a makeover
  • productivity boosts included in the submission
  • suitability for promotional purposes

The five entries with the highest scores will be posted online on July 1, 2016, where the public will vote to help determine the grand prize winner of the Ultimate Breakroom Makeover, announced in early August.

The grand prize winner will have access to Staples Business Advantage’s assortment of breakroom solutions – encompassing coffee options, healthy snacks, office furniture, cleaning solutions, low-maintenance appliances and flat screen TVs, as well as services for layout design and implementation to bring the facelift vision to life.

A leader in breakroom offerings, Staples Business Advantage recently announced new initiatives with MARS DRINKS and LeanBox – to distribute their Flavia Brewers and healthy meals and snacks, respectively – to enhance the variety of coffee and nutritious food businesses can use to power their workforce.


About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art ecommerce site.Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at

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Shweta Agarwal, 508-253-8249

eBay announced new mobile app updates

New apps offer enhanced navigation, utility and design specifically for iOS and Android.

San Jose, California, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mobile continues to be a key area of focus for the company. Our product and technology team has been hard at work accelerating the pace of innovation across our platforms to power the customer experience – and today, we’re delivering new mobile app updates.

Mobile has become an increasingly significant influence on consumer behavior over the past number of years. In the first quarter of 2016, 55 percent of eBay’s GMV included a mobile touch point. Total mobile volume during the quarter was $9 billion, and the number of downloads of eBay apps reached 314 million.

This week, users can download the free update to eBay’s core Android app, with the iOS app to follow.  Each version of the app includes features that are native to the iOS and Android platforms. The eBay Android app is one of the first global e-commerce apps built using Android Material Design. Users will notice three key updates – Navigation, Utility and Design.

Updated Apps Make it Easier for Users to Find Exactly What They’re Looking for on our Marketplace

These updates restore some of the favorite features from previous apps, as requested by users over the past months. These foundational changes will be the first of many, as eBay adopts a more frequent cadence of app updates throughout 2016.

“With these foundational updates, eBay will be able to continue to focus on enhancing the user experience across our mobile platforms with more frequent updates,” said Dave Comer, Senior Director, Head of Mobile Product Management at eBay. “As we look towards future updates, we will continue to integrate the newest technology, respond to and incorporate user feedback, and evolve the experience to create the best browse, shopping and selling experience possible.”

Here are details on some of the new experiences in the apps:

Navigation With this update, users will be able to easily navigate throughout the app with the simplified horizontal navigation bar on iOS and navigation drawer (sometimes referred to as a “hamburger menu”) on Android.

○      Users will see more of their recent Search history.

Utility Optimization across mobile and tablet screens for a seamless experience across devices.

○      Selling remains a one-stop-shop destination. We will continue to innovate in this area, improving how users can start new listings, complete drafts, and easily manage all their selling activity on active, sold and unsold items (in applicable markets).

○      Related Items leverage eBay’s structured data, allowing users to discover similar items closely related to what they’re currently viewing.

○      Personalization draws on data and insights to continue to enhance the user experience; users will see relevant and tailored items, specifically based on their shopping behavior.

Design and Speed: A faster experience making it easier for users to find what you want. With the move to Material Design, Android users can look forward to a more intuitive experience

We’ll continually iterate our mobile experience throughout 2016 and ensure we deliver the best possible customer experience on every platform.





eBay announced new mobile app updates

eBay announced new mobile app updates

eBay for Charity will auction off one-of-a kind “Wine and Dine” experiences

Chefs Richard Blais and Marcus Samuelsson to auction culinary experiences; ONEHOPE and Michael Franti’s “Do It For The Love” Foundation to auction exclusive VIP BottleRock Napa Valley experiences. 100% of the proceeds will go to charity.

San Jose, California, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last week, eBay introduced eBay Wine, an online destination that allows wine-enthusiasts and experts to browse collectible, rare and everyday wines. In celebration of the launch, eBay for Charity – one of the largest platforms that helps millions of eBay users support the causes they care about – will be auctioning off one-of-a kind “Wine and Dine” experiences.

The “Wine & Dine” auctions run from 4 p.m. PDT on Monday, May 2 and close at 4 p.m. PDT on Monday, May 9. To bid, visit

Celebrated culinary talent Richard Blais will be auctioning off a private dinner at his acclaimed San Diego restaurant, Juniper & Ivy and Marcus Samuelsson, on behalf of the Harlem EatUp! Festival, will offer interactive food and wine experiences in Harlem. Additionally, BottleRock Napa Valley – the famed three-day music, food, wine and brew festival – has teamed up with “Do It For The Love” foundation and ONEHOPE to auction off a variety of VIP festival packages.

“With last week’s announcement of eBay’s new wine destination, we’re excited to continue the celebration with these one-of-a-kind eBay for Charity auctions,” said Alyssa Steele, DMM of Home and Garden at eBay. “Through these auctions, we’re hoping to not only raise awareness for each of the benefitting charities; but also, enable our community to easily connect to the causes they care about and have the ability to bid on unique ‘Wine & Dine’ experiences.”

Auctions include:

  • Chef and Culinary Personality Richard Blais’ Culinary Experiences, benefitting Save the Children. The first auction is a private dinner for eight at Blais’ Juniper & Ivy, meet-and-greet with Blais and autographed cookbook. The second auction is a two hour intimate master class with Blais at Juniper & Ivy for eight guests.

“I’m honored to be able to participate in eBay for Charity’s Wine & Dine campaign to help raise money for Save the Children,” said Chef Richard Blais, “an organization that I will also be running the 2016 NYC Marathon with. I look forward to meeting the winning bidders so I can thank them personally for helping such a wonderful organization and maybe convince them to go on a run with me?”

  • Chef Marcus Samuelsson Culinary Experiences, benefitting Citymeals on Wheels. The first auction package will be a private dinner at Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem, a meet-and-greet with the chef, wine and scotch tasting, autographed cookbooks, as well as four tickets to the Taste at The Stroll, the grand tasting event at the Harlem EatUp! Festival. The second auction includes a celebration for 16 guests which includes a walking tour of Samuelsson’s favorite VIP spots in Harlem, private gospel performance, dinner at the chef’s table at Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem, wine pairing, autographed cookbooks and as well as four tickets to the Taste at The Stroll, the grand tasting event at the Harlem EatUp! Festival.

“Harlem is our home, and as such we celebrate this community and all of its treasures every day not only through our businesses but also the Harlem EatUp! Festival. I am happy to partner with eBay for Charity and offer my favorite Wine & Dine experiences,” says Chef Marcus Samuelsson. “To be able to spotlight Harlem and the Harlem EatUp! Festival which shines a light on the sights and tastes of Harlem. Please join me in Harlem with a private dinner at Red Rooster. The best part is all proceeds benefit Citymeals on Wheels, a charity beneficiary of the Harlem EatUp! Festival.”

  • Michael Franti’s “Do It For The Love” Foundation and VIP BottleRock Napa Valley Experience for Two, benefitting Do It For The Love Foundation. Winning bidder will receive two tickets to the foundation’s Benefit Dinner and Concert in Napa, California on May 26, meet-and-greet with Michael Franti, two three-day VIP tickets to the sold-out 2016 BottleRock Napa Valley music, food, wine and brew festival, May 27 – 29, backstage passes to watch Michael Franti’s performance at BottleRock on May 27 and a case of “Do It For The Love” wine produced by Ca’Momi.
  • ONEHOPE Wine Package plus Two 3-day VIP tickets to BottleRock Napa Valley Package, benefitting Why Hunger. Winning bidder will receive two three-day VIP tickets to the sold-out 2016 BottleRock Napa Valley music, food, wine and brew festival, May 27 – 29, in historic downtown Napa, California and a mixed case of ONEHOPE’S stunning, limited edition Glitter series including Gold Glitter Edition Brut Sparkling Wine, Pink Glitter Edition California Chardonnay, Silver Edition Brut Sparkling Wine and Edna Valley Pinot Noir Red Glitter Bottle.


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    eBay for Charity will auction off one-of-a kind “Wine and Dine” experiences

    Colruyt Group to support vegetable farmer De Lochting in its transition from conventional farming to organic farming

    Halle, Belgium, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colruyt Group will be supporting vegetable farmer De Lochting from Roeselare in the continuing transition from conventional farming to organic farming. From the second week of April onward, the Colruyt and OKay stores will be selling several “transition vegetables”, which will only be eligible for the official organic label in two years. This purchase guarantee will help De Lochting to bridge the financially difficult transition period. The initiative is part of Colruyt Group’s strategy to collaborate with as many local manufacturers as possible on a production chain that is as sustainable as possible. That way, the group is ensured of a quality Belgian supply of organic vegetables to meet the growing need. Colruyt Group is also joining forces with De Lochting because it is a sheltered workshop and affords opportunities to people who are unfit for regular employment.

    From now on, Colruyt Group will purchase several “transition vegetables” from De Lochting, including kohlrabi, leaf parsley, and white tip radish. In September, we will have red beets and from October onwards there will be pumpkin and winter purslane. The products will be on the shelves carrying the name Boni Selection Bio. They will be fully available at Colruyt stores and partially available at OKay stores. A sticker on the package will explain to the customers that these are transition vegetables rather than conventionally farmed vegetables or certified organic vegetables. Bio-Planet, Colruyt Group’s organic supermarket, also offers transition products, when there is not enough supply of 100 % biological produce to meet their clients’ demand.

    Transition products: from fallow to organic

    Colruyt Group wants to support De Lochting in the continuing transition from conventional to organic farming. This transition period will last at least two years for annual crops and three years for perennial crops. The farmer will lose revenue in this period.

    Land that was used for conventional farming needs to lie fallow for a year, or be used to grow grains or legumes. After that, the farmer can begin to farm in line with organic principles, and his harvest will be given the label ‘in transition’. Only after two or three years, if all requirements for the organic certifications have been met, may the products be sold as organic.

    Spontaneous partnership with a social mission

    The partnership between Colruyt Group and De Lochting grew spontaneously, because the farmer was already supplying a large part of its harvest to Bio-Planet. The Colruyt Group organic supermarket, as well as the Colruyt and OKay stores are seeking to purchase more, to answer the customer’s growing demand for organic products.

    Therefore, De Lochting wants to expand its acreage in farmland for organic farming.  “With this partnership, we want to help make farming more sustainable. We think it’s also great that with this, we support an organisation with a social mission which gives people meaningful work. This collaboration perfectly matches our company mission to create sustainable added value, not just economically, but also ecologically and socially,” says Rony Neufkens, department head vegetable and fruit purchasing at Colruyt Group.

    Dirk Lammertyn, director at De Lochting, adds: “This collaboration with Colruyt Group is giving De Lochting extra opportunities in several areas. The expansion ensures extra employment, but also different types of work. The accompanying packing orders are challenging and affords opportunities to better prepare employees for a future job at a regular food manufacturing company. This way, the meaning of socially responsible entrepreneurship at Colruyt Group (people, planet, profit) is beautifully connected to our desire to be ‘a company that cares about people and nature.” 

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    Colruyt Group to support vegetable farmer De Lochting in its transition from conventional farming to organic farming

    Colruyt Group to support vegetable farmer De Lochting in its transition from conventional farming to organic farming

    Dunkin’ Donuts adds the Bacon Supreme Omelet Breakfast Sandwich to the menu

    CANTON, MA, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts is welcoming May with something flavorful and filling for breakfast sandwich fans, today adding the Bacon Supreme Omelet Breakfast Sandwich to the menu. What makes this sandwich so satisfying and supreme? The omelet has nearly twice the amount of egg featured in Dunkin’ Donuts’ classic breakfast sandwiches, and is loaded with ingredients like red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, potatoes, Monterey Jack cheese and green onions. Served with two strips of bacon and a slice of American cheese on a flaky, oven-toasted croissant, the Bacon Supreme Omelet Breakfast Sandwich is available all day long at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide beginning today for a limited time. Guests can also enjoy a Bacon Supreme Omelet Wake-Up Wrap, served on a 5.5 inch tortilla.

    According to Jeff Miller, Dunkin’ Brands’ Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation, “We are always looking to satisfy our guests with our wide array of innovative breakfast options, available any time they want. The Bacon Supreme Omelet Breakfast Sandwich is an exciting and unique addition to our menu in May, bringing guests the flavors and ingredients of a delicious veggie omelet, made portable to be enjoyed on-the-go any time throughout the day.”

    With several breakfast sandwich choices featuring favorites such as cherrywood smoked bacon, sausage, Wisconsin aged white cheddar cheese, freshly-baked croissants, bagels or toasted English muffins, Dunkin’ Donuts provides delicious and satisfying options available all day long, so guests can start the morning and keep running with Dunkin’ whether it’s 8 AM or 8 PM. Dunkin’ Donuts also offers a full lineup of bakery sandwiches, such as Bacon Ranch Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Bacon and Ham & Cheese sandwiches available any time of day as well.

    To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Instagram ( and Twitter (


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    Dunkin’ Donuts adds the Bacon Supreme Omelet Breakfast Sandwich to the menu

    Dunkin’ Donuts adds the Bacon Supreme Omelet Breakfast Sandwich to the menu

    Aloha Petroleum will develop 15 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii

    Leading Coffee and Bakery Chain to Enter Its 42nd State to Keep America Running on Dunkin’

    CANTON, MA, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group, Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. Under the agreement, Aloha Petroleum will develop 15 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii (The Big Island) in the state of Hawaii, with the first restaurant planned to open in 2017.

    “We are excited to have the opportunity to launch the Dunkin’ Donuts brand in Hawaii, and look forward to opening our first location early next year,” said Richard Parry, president and CEO of Aloha Petroleum. “This new business venture will complement our existing retail offerings throughout the islands and help us diversify our portfolio.”

    Since the 1950s, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people and has offered guests delicious food, beverages and friendly service at a great value. Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include hot coffee, iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, macchiato, espresso, cappuccino, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

    “Our enthusiastic and dedicated franchisees contribute to our brand’s growth, which has helped solidify our position as one of the fastest growing brands by unit count in the quick-service restaurant industry,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are thrilled that Aloha Petroleum will be developing the brand throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and are also pleased to announce that even more of America will be Running on Dunkin’ since this agreement marks our upcoming entry into our 42nd state.”

    In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

    To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit or follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

    About Dunkin’ Donuts
    Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 11,700 restaurants in 43 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit

    About Aloha Petroleum, Ltd.
    Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. is a subsidiary of Sunoco LP and is one of the largest gasoline marketers and convenience store operators in the state of Hawaii, with a history that dates back to the early 1900s. Aloha employs more than 630 Hawaii residents and markets through approximately 100 Shell, Aloha, and Mahalo branded fueling stations and 46 Aloha Island Marts, four Menehune Food Marts and two Subways throughout the state. More information is available at


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    Dunkin’ Donuts On-the-Go Ordering will be available exclusively for members of its DD Perks® Rewards Program throughout the Metro New York area

    Exclusively available to DD Perks® Members, On-the-Go Ordering enables guests to use the new Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile App to place orders, pay in advance and breeze by the line in store

    CANTON, MA, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts is bringing a big perk to the Big Apple, today announcing that On-the-Go Ordering will be available exclusively for members of its DD Perks® Rewards Program at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the Metro New York area. Beginning mid-May, DD Perks members can order Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature coffee, donuts and sandwiches, pay in advance with a swipe of a finger on a smartphone, and then skip the line in store.

    With On-the-Go Ordering, DD Perks members can place a mobile order up to 24 hours in advance, select their desired location, and then simply confirm via the new Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile App when they are ready to pick up their order inside the restaurant, or at the drive-thru. The order is automatically paid for using their Dunkin’ Donuts Card within the App. In the restaurant, DD Perks Members have no need to wait, as they can skip the line and go straight to pick up their items at a designated area. They will also have the ability to save their recent orders as a favorite to speed up their next Dunkin’ run.

    To enjoy On-the-Go Ordering, DD Perks members in the Metro New York area must download the newest version of the popular Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile App, called “New Dunkin’ Donuts” in the App Store or Google Play Store. Featuring a new, contemporary touch-friendly design, the App is unique for its one-tap order functionality and visual menus. It can be downloaded for free at the App Store or Google Play Store. In addition to the On-the-Go Ordering capabilities, the App also lets users access their DD Perks account to find mobile coupons and offers, locate the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts, find nutritional information and more.

    On iPhone, the DD Perks card supports Wallet and Apple Pay, so Dunkin’ Donuts’ DD Perks® Rewards Program members have the ability to receive points by adding their DD Perks card to the Wallet app, and you can also use Apple Pay to quickly reload your DD Perks card. Touch ID makes reloading even more convenient because you will be able to add to your balance without having to enter passwords or credit card numbers.

    According to Scott Hudler, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Vice President of Global Consumer Engagement, “On-the-Go Ordering gives people who live and work in the Metro New York area a quick, more convenient way to enjoy our signature coffee and full menu of food and beverages, any time of day. On behalf of our New York franchisee community, we are excited to bring this technology to one of our brand’s largest and most important markets and keep our loyal guests running on Dunkin’ faster than ever before.”

    Following the initial On-the-Go Ordering test in Portland, Maine at the end of 2015, Dunkin’ Donuts expanded the test throughout the Greater Boston area in March. Today’s announcement brings On-the-Go Ordering to more than 1,650 restaurants in the Metro New York area. To learn more about On-the-Go Ordering and the Dunkin’ Mobile App, visit

    To join DD Perks, guests can download the Dunkin’ Mobile App or visit There are no charges to become a member. With the DD Perks Rewards program, guests earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts when they pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts Card, either plastic or via the Dunkin’ Mobile App. Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free any-size beverage of their choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. DD Perks members also receive a coupon for a free, any-size beverage upon enrollment and on their birthday. Additionally, throughout the year DD Perks members receive exclusive, personalized, special offers to earn bonus points for specific food and beverage purchases.

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    About Dunkin’ Donuts
    Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 11,800 restaurants in 44 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit


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    Dunkin’ Donuts On-the-Go Ordering will be available exclusively for members of its DD Perks® Rewards Program throughout the Metro New York area

    Dunkin’ Donuts On-the-Go Ordering will be available exclusively for members of its DD Perks® Rewards Program throughout the Metro New York area

    Baskin-Robbins celebrates Mother’s Day with the return of its popular Mom’s Makin’ Cookies™ ice cream

    Baskin-Robbins guests can pre-order a personalized ice cream cake just in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8th

    CANTON, Mass., 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins is celebrating moms all month long with the return of its popular Mom’s Makin’ Cookiesice cream as the May Flavor of the Month and a lineup of colorful Rosette ice cream cakes that can be personalized just for mom. Mom’s Makin’ Cookies features brown sugar flavored ice cream with chocolate chip cookie pieces, chocolate flavored chips, and a cookie dough batter flavored ribbon and can be enjoyed in a cup, cone or in a Warm Cookie Sundae. To make the month extra sweet, guests can also enjoy an upgrade to a freshly-baked waffle cone when purchasing a double scoop of ice cream.

    In addition, to help guests celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8th, Baskin-Robbins is offering two elegant and eye-catching ice cream cake options:

    • Elegant Rosette Cake: This new design is blossoming in sweetness with a cascading bouquet of flowers adorning a delicious and elegant ice cream cake.
    • Pink Rosette Cake: Customize this trendy, ombre-inspired design with mom’s favorite flavor and write a special message on the white dipping chocolate plaque.

    Both of Baskin-Robbins’ Mother’s Day ice cream cakes can be customized to feature mom’s favorite ice cream and cake flavor combination, and are available for pre-order in-store or through Baskin-Robbins’ online cake ordering site (

    “We know how special Mother’s Day is to our guests and we’re excited to celebrate moms nationwide with our beautiful and elegant ice cream cakes that can be pre-ordered and customized with mom’s favorite ice cream and cake flavor combination,” said Carol Austin, Vice President of Marketing for Baskin-Robbins. “We’re also excited to bring back our delicious Mom’s Makin’ Cookies ice cream as our May Flavor of the Month, as it’s become a fan favorite for our guests.”

    Baskin-Robbins is also offering guests a lineup of seasonal ice cream flavors that can be enjoyed at select participating shops nationwide throughout May, including:

    • Berry Fruitful Greek Frozen Yogurt: A new better-for-you flavor featuring fruit, berry and vegetable-flavored sorbet swirled with vanilla-flavored Greek frozen yogurt and granola clusters.
    • Dulce de Leche: A perfectly balanced blend of dulce de leche-flavored ice cream with a dulce de leche-flavored ribbon.
    • Pink Bubblegum: Bubblegum flavored ice cream loaded with candy-coated bubblegum pieces.
    • Watermelon Splash: A refreshing, dairy-free watermelon-flavored ice with watermelon flavored candy pieces shaped like watermelon seeds.

    For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Instagram (

    About Baskin-Robbins
    Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 37th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2016, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit


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    Baskin-Robbins celebrates Mother’s Day with the return of its popular Mom’s Makin’ Cookies™ ice cream

    Baskin-Robbins celebrates Mother’s Day with the return of its popular Mom’s Makin’ Cookies™ ice cream

    Kroger master floral designers honored to create Derby’s “Garland of Roses” for the 29th year

    For the 29th year, Kroger will craft Derby’s famous “Garland of Roses”

    LOUISVILLE, Ky., 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Continuing the tradition that began in 1987, with the 113th Kentucky Derby, Kroger master floral designers are again honored to create “The Garland of Roses”. The event will take place on Friday, May 6th, at the Middletown Kroger store located at 12501 Shelbyville Road, in Louisville, KY. The best time for visitors to see the crafting of this year’s Garland will be from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Derby Eve. Last year, more than 6,000 people came to see this all-night event.

    Kroger will have the completed Garland on display until 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7th.  At precisely 9:30 a.m. the day of the race, the Garland, along with the Jockey’s Bouquet, will be transported to Churchill Downs in two 2016 Ram ProMaster vans with a police escort. It will then be on public display near the Clubhouse Garden under the Jockey’s Club Balcony from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Kroger designers will be on hand to answer questions and speak with the spectators.

    “With the Garland of Roses being such an important part of the Kentucky Derby tradition it is a true honor for our team of floral designers to be involved,” said Carol Belser, Manager of the Kroger Floral Center in Louisville.

    The history of the Garland dates to 1932, when the first one was designed by Louisvillian Grace Walker at the request of Churchill Downs. It replaced a horseshoe of roses that had been presented to previous Derby winners.

    The Derby Garland is 122 inches long and 22 inches wide, and weighs approximately 40 lbs. More than 450 Rainforest Alliance Certified “Freedom” roses are placed on the garland. Each stem is inserted into its own water vial hidden inside the garland backing and carefully hand sewn into place, on a layer of thorn-less greenhouse foliage.

    The “Freedom” rose embodies elegance and grace in keeping with the high standards of excellence exhibited in the Derby. The roses are framed with an attractive hand-made border of boxwood, camellia and coffee leaves. To complete the design, custom-made ribbons are tied to fronds at each end and to the crown of roses at the center. A special rose is placed in the center to symbolize the struggle and heart needed to reach the Winner’s Circle.

    Along with the Derby Garland, Kroger is honored to create the Oaks Garland for the 25th consecutive year. This event is open to the public and will also take place at the Shelbyville Road Kroger from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 5th.

    The Oaks Garland has a slightly feminine look; with more than 140 white Star Fighter Lilies. Each blossom is hand tied into its own water vial. “The Lilies for the Fillies” is 20 inches wide, 116 inches long and weighs approximately 20 pounds upon completion. The Garland is trimmed in a border of Oak Ivy leaves symbolic of this prestigious event.

    Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety oflocal banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,231 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,387 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

    SOURCE The Kroger Co.