Dunkin’ Donuts and new franchise group Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. to develop 15 new restaurants in Hawaii

LEADING COFFEE AND BAKERY CHAIN TO ENTER ITS 42ND STATE TO KEEP AMERICA RUNNING ON DUNKIN’

CANTON, MA, 2016-May-11 — /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 42ndstate.”

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 www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

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 www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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 alohagas.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Rachel Tabacnic
Phone: 954-893-9150
Email: rtabacnic@fish-consulting.com

Wegmans Food Markets to open new location in Charlottesville on Nov. 6

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets is now hiring and training for 350 part-time positions at its new location in Charlottesville, which is scheduled to open Sunday, Nov. 6 at 7 a.m. The 120,000 square-foot store is located at 5th Street Station, a retail center at the intersection of Interstate 64 and 5th Street.

Part-time openings are available in every department, from line cooks and restaurant servers to customer service representatives. Recruitment for 200 full-time employees began in February and is ongoing. In total, the store will employ 550 people, 500 of whom will be new to the company and hired locally.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 1-877-WEGMANS (934-6267), selecting option 4 for more information. Interviews are conducted by appointment only and applications are neither available nor accepted at the construction site.

“Though the opening is months away, our new employees begin training soon after they’re hired so that when we open the doors, they’re knowledgeable about our offerings and ready to provide incredible customer service to all of Charlottesville,” said Store Manager Chris DePumpo.

The fact the 100-year-old company is family owned is part of the draw for applicants. “People seem to recognize that family ownership gives us the ability to put our employees first by offering flexible scheduling, competitive pay and benefits, and the opportunity to learn and grow with the company,” says DePumpo. Also enticing is the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program.

Founded in 1984, the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program awards tuition assistance to employees who meet specific academic, employment and work-performance criteria. Part-time workers can receive up to $1,500 per year and full-time workers up to $2,200 per year for four years, with no restrictions on the course of study or post-college career path.

Wegmans Charlottesville will feature more than 60,000 individual products, including an extensive prepared foods department, more than 3,000 organic products, fresh seafood delivered whole and cut to order daily, hundreds of produce items and 300 varieties of imported and domestic cheese. This store will also include The Pub by Wegmans, a full-service family restaurant known for fresh, seasonal food and local craft beer.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 88-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

100th Anniversary edition – Wegmans History
Photo Gallery (downloadable images)
Wegmans’ Broll
Company Overview
Awards and Recognition

Contact Information:  Valerie Fox, Wegmans media relations coordinator, 585-720-5713

Whole Foods Market announces new store in Santa Clara, California opening July 26

NorCal’s newest location anchors Santa Clara Square Marketplace

EMERYVILLE, Calif., 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s 50,000-square-foot store in Santa Clara, California, will open July 26 at Scott Boulevard and Bowers Avenue. The store anchors the Santa Clara Square Marketplace development and is the first Whole Foods Market location in the city of Santa Clara.

Whole Foods Market Santa Clara brings approximately 220 jobs to the area. Eddie Ceballos, most recently an associate store team leader at Whole Foods Market Coddingtown (Santa Rosa), has been hired as the store’s team leader. Through May 20, Ceballos is hiring cashiers and customer service team members, prepared foods cooks, bakers, fishmongers, butchers, produce specialists, administrative support, and supervisors. Prospective candidates can apply online by selecting the Santa Clara location at wholefoodsmarket.com/careers.

“This is going to be a flagship store for Whole Foods Market in Northern California, a fun store focused on satisfying, delighting, and nourishing all our customers,” Ceballos said. “I look forward to welcoming families shopping for the freshest vegetables, coworkers toasting over local brews or smoothies, and commuters looking for quick, convenient dinners from our hot bar.”

“Irvine Company is proud to bring the first Whole Foods Market store to Santa Clara,” said Dave Moore, president of Irvine Company Retail Properties. “The addition of this organic grocer continues our vision of creating a dynamic retail center within the Santa Clara Square community where people can live, work, shop and play. This store will provide high quality products and everyday convenience for residents and employees of Santa Clara and Silicon Valley.”

Whole Foods Market Santa Clara will have a tap room with 16 taps, full pub food menu, and seating for about 50 people; outdoor café seating for 40; smoothie and coffee bar; sushi, ramen, and bao by Genji; new, convenient digital ordering for sandwiches, burritos, and whole pizzas; and new self-serve options in the bakery.

In the aisles, customers will find a strong mix of local products to complement natural and organic favorites, including 365 Everyday Value items.

Outside, the store has 200 dedicated parking spots.

The store will participate in Whole Foods Market’s community support initiatives, including 5 Percent Days, Nickels for Nonprofits, and food and fund drives. For more information on how to receive a donation from the Santa Clara store, visit wholefoodsmarket.com/ncdonations.

PRESS CONTACT
Beth Krauss
beth.krauss@wholefoods.com
510.428.7400

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Whole Foods Market announces new store in Santa Clara, California opening July 26

Whole Foods Market announces new store in Santa Clara, California opening July 26

Dollar General Corporation announces new distribution center in Jackson, Georgia

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) today announced it purchased land in Jackson, Georgia, which sits in both Butts and Spalding counties, to serve as the location for the new distribution center the company plans to construct in the central part of the state. It will be the 15th facility in the retailer’s growing distribution network.

At full capacity, the approximately one million square-foot Dollar General facility in Jackson is expected to employ more than 500 people to serve stores in Georgia and surrounding states. The project represents a capital investment of approximately $85 million. The company plans to begin construction on the project as early as summer 2016 with an estimated completion scheduled for summer/fall 2017, depending upon the timing of receipt of all required governmental permits and development approvals and the absence of unforeseen circumstances.

“This state-of-the-art distribution center will help support our rapid store growth throughout Georgia and the southeast,” said Todd Vasos, chief executive officer of Dollar General. “I want to thank the leadership in Butts and Spalding counties, as well as Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Economic Development for their support and assistance on this project. It is exciting to see our business continuing to grow and create new jobs across the country.”

The project will be a catalyst for economic development in the region by creating the estimated 500 jobs needed to run the distribution center and hundreds more temporary jobs necessary for the construction of the facility.

“Dollar General’s decision to build a fulfillment center here in Georgia is a direct reflection of the high quality of our workforce and Georgia’s strategic location for accessing the Southeastern market,” said Governor Deal. “Georgia is perfectly positioned to support this fulfillment center and Dollar General will benefit from building in the No. 1 state in which to do business.”

“We appreciate the collaboration among everyone who has helped bring Dollar General to Butts and Spalding Counties. We’re glad to welcome a wonderful company and look forward to helping them be successful in our community,” said Butts County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Douglas.

“Due to the substantial number of jobs being created, this project will have a meaningful impact on our area in terms of new employment opportunities,” said Griffin-Spalding Development Authority Chairman Chuck Copeland. “The cooperation of our Spalding County leadership and the Butts County Commissioners and their Development Authority, as well as the expertise of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, have been key elements to the success of this project.”

“Dollar General’s decision to locate in Butts and Spalding Counties speaks volumes to the culture of collaboration that exists for business in Georgia,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “We would like to congratulate everyone involved in this project, and we look forward to supporting Dollar General in its future growth in Georgia.”

The new distribution center is expected to service more than 1,000 stores in the southeast. Dollar General currently has more than 700 stores and over 5,000 employees in Georgia. Dollar General’s 14 other distribution centers are located in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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

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

Forward-Looking Statements
Dollar General includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws throughout this release. A reader can identify forward-looking statements because they are not limited to historical fact or they use words such as “scheduled,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “estimate,” and similar expressions that concern Dollar General’s strategy, plans, intentions or beliefs about future occurrences or results.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that may change at any time and may cause actual results to differ materially from those that Dollar General expected. Many of these statements are derived from Dollar General’s operating budgets and forecasts, which are based on many detailed assumptions that Dollar General believes are reasonable, or are based on various assumptions about certain plans, activities or events which we expect will or may occur in the future. However, it is very difficult to predict the effect of known factors, and Dollar General cannot anticipate all factors that could affect actual results that may be important to an investor. All forward-looking information should be evaluated in the context of these risks, uncertainties and other factors, including those factors disclosed under “Risk Factors” in Dollar General’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly filings on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements that Dollar General makes from time to time in its SEC filings and public communications. Dollar General cannot assure the reader that it will realize the results or developments Dollar General anticipates, or, even if substantially realized, that they will result in the consequences or affect Dollar General or its operations in the way Dollar General expects. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. Dollar General undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which they were made, except as otherwise required by law. As a result of these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements included herein or that may be made elsewhere from time to time by, or on behalf of, Dollar General.

Contact(s):

Dollar General Corporation
Media Hotline:
877-944-DGPR (3477)
or
Dan MacDonald
Dan.MacDonald@dg.com

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

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Celebrate Father’s Day all weekend long at The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Father’s Day activities all weekend long at Blythefield Country Club

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is providing families the perfect setting to celebrate Father’s Day this year with a variety of activities that will take place all weekend long at Blythefield Country Club:

Fathers in FREE – On June 19, all fathers, who attend the tournament with a child, will receive free admission to the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Father’s Day Brunch with Marcus Samuelsson – Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson will host a Father’s Day Brunch and culinary demonstration from 10 a.m. to noon June 19, in conjunction with the Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic. Tickets are limited and cost $25 apiece at meijerLPGAclassic.com.

Meijer LPGA Kid’s Center – The activity center, sponsored by Unilever, will feature a free Father’s Day card-making station June 15-19.

“What better way to honor Father’s Day weekend than with world-class golf, delicious West Michigan cuisine, and activities the whole family can enjoy,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “By offering free tournament admission to fathers on Sunday and Father’s Day Brunch with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, families can celebrate this special day together in a unique and memorable way.”

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 that restocks the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has raised more than $1.3 million for the Simply Give program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club

Creamer and Pressel commit to join the field in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Officials announced today that two of the biggest names in ladies golf have committed to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel – both of whom have multiple LPGA Tour victories under their belts – will compete alongside 142 of the other best lady golfers in the world June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club.

“With Paula and Morgan – two LPGA tour favorites – committing to play, our third-year field is off to a fantastic start,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “Both players have gone above and beyond to support the tournament and Simply Give, and we couldn’t be happier to host them here in Grand Rapids.”

In its third year, representatives with Meijer continue to invest in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, ensuring West Michigan is a staple on the LPGA Tour. The retailer’s tournament has a purse of $2 million, and has expanded tournament-week activities and events for families.

Additionally, the retailer produced a television advertisement, featuring both Creamer and Pressel, to promote the tournament at Blythefield Country Club.

“We welcomed the opportunity to work with these talented athletes to promote the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give,” said Peter Whitsett, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing for Meijer. “Their continued commitment to our tournament, and its cause to feed the hungry across the Midwest, will not only drive community engagement, but lead the way for a talent-packed field.”

Paula Creamer

Paula has a total of 11 career wins, including the 2010 Women’s U.S. Open. She has 99 career Top Ten finishes, and is a five-time member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team. Paula enjoys visiting U.S. military bases around the world and spending time with the armed forces and their families.

Morgan Pressel

Morgan Pressel is a five-time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member, and had Top Five finishes in each of her first three majors in 2015. She placed 1st at the ANA Inspiration Major in 2007 and 2nd at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 2011. She established The Kathryn Krickstein Pressel MammoVan in South Florida to provide mammograms and breast health education, and each year hosts the Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer charity tournament.

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will host a full field of 144 players, playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. The driving mission of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is to focus on feeding the hungry, and improving the quality of life within the region. The tournament coincides with the retailer’s Simply Giveprogram, which has generated more than $21 million since 2008 for food pantries in the communities it serves.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club

Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club

Red Button Vintage Creamery Premium Pies recognized at The American Pie Council National Pie Championship

Dazzleberry and Apple Crumb Recognized by The American Pie Council

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just like your grandmother’s secret recipe pie at the county fair, Red Button Vintage Creamery Premium Pies are blue-ribbon winners. The locally made Dazzleberry Lattice and Apple Crumb Red Button Vintage Creamery Premium Pies were recognized at The American Pie Council National Pie Championship last week in Orlando, Florida. The two flavors won for Best Super Gourmet Pies in the Commercial Pie category and were selected from more than 400 entries.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by The National Pie Council for our Dazzleberry and Apple Crumb pies,” said Boyd Irving, director of exclusive brands for Associated Food Stores.  “Our guests love these pies and this national recognition further demonstrates the quality of Red Button Vintage Creamery.”

The American Pie Council National Pie Championships are held each year and recognize professional bakers/chefs, commercial pie companies and amateur pie makers from across the U.S. and Canada. The APC has created a standard of quality in pie making on all levels and has recognized the leaders in pie since 1995.

Red Button Vintage Creamery Premium Pies are created through a partnership with Rocky Mountain Pies and are locally made in Utah. Available exclusively at Associated Food Stores retailers, the four-pound pies come in six flavors: Dazzleberry, Cherry Almond Praline, Apple Crumb, Peach Blueberry, Pineapple Upside Down and Sea Salt Caramel Crumb.

To learn more about Red Button Vintage Creamery Pies and to find a retailer near you, visit www.redbuttoncreamery.com

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About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to find a retailer near you, visit www.afstores.com.

 

Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.21 per common share

PHILADELPHIA, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: PEI) announced today that its Board of Trustees has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.21 per common share.  The dividend is payable on June 15, 2016 to common shareholders of record on June 1, 2016. The June 15thdividend payment will be the Company’s 157th consecutive distribution since its initial dividend paid in August of 1962.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Trustees has declared quarterly cash dividends of$0.515625 per share on its 8.25% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares and $0.460938per share on its 7.375% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares.  These dividends are payable on June 15, 2016 to holders of record on June 1, 2016.

About PREIT
PREIT (NYSE:PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and management of differentiated shopping malls.  Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the company owns and operates approximately 26 million square feet of retail space in the eastern half of the United States with concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region’s top MSAs. Since 2012, the Company has seen a transformation guided by an emphasis on balance sheet strength, high-quality merchandising and disciplined capital expenditures.  Information about the Company can be found at www.preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release, together with other statements and information publicly disseminated by us, contain certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans, strategies, anticipated events, trends and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about future events, achievements or results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. In particular, our business might be materially and adversely affected by uncertainties affecting real estate businesses generally as well as the following, among other factors:

Changes in the retail industry, including consolidation and store closings, particularly among anchor tenants; our ability to maintain and increase property occupancy, sales and rental rates, in light of the relatively high number of leases that have expired or are expiring in the next two years; increases in operating costs that cannot be passed on to tenants; current economic conditions and the state of employment growth and consumer confidence and spending, and the corresponding effects on tenant business performance, prospects, solvency and leasing decisions and on our cash flows, and the value and potential impairment of our properties; our ability to sell properties that we seek to dispose of or our ability to obtain estimated sale prices; potential losses on impairment of certain long-lived assets, such as real estate, or of intangible assets, such as goodwill, including such losses that we might be required to record in connection with any dispositions of assets; risks relating to development and redevelopment activities; our ability to identify and execute on suitable acquisition opportunities and to integrate acquired properties into our portfolio; our partnerships and joint ventures with third parties to acquire or develop properties; concentration of our properties in the Mid-Atlantic region; changes in local market conditions, such as the supply of or demand for retail space, or other competitive factors; changes to our corporate management team and any resulting modifications to our business strategies; the effects of online shopping and other uses of technology on our retail tenants; acts of violence at malls, including our properties, or at other similar spaces, and the potential effect on traffic and sales; our substantial debt and stated value of preferred shares and our high leverage ratio; constraining leverage, unencumbered debt yield, interest and tangible net worth covenants under our Credit Agreements; our ability to refinance our existing indebtedness when it matures, on favorable terms or at all; our ability to raise capital, including through the issuance of equity or equity-related securities if market conditions are favorable, through joint ventures or other partnerships, through sales of properties or interests in properties, or through other actions; our short and long-term liquidity position; potential dilution from any capital raising transactions or other equity issuances; and general economic, financial and political conditions, including credit and capital market conditions, changes in interest rates or unemployment.

Additional factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements include those discussed herein and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 in the section entitled “Item 1A. Risk Factors.” We do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: AT THE COMPANY
Heather Crowell
SVP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 454-1241
crowellh@preit.com

SOURCE PREIT

Price Chopper and Market 32 commit to reach 100 percent cage-free egg offering by 2025

SCHENECTADY, NY, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of the company’s continued commitment to sustainability and animal welfare, Price Chopper and Market 32 announced today that it will work with its suppliers to reach a 100 percent cage-free egg offering by 2025 – reflecting the phase-in time necessary to achieve a cage-free landscape that can meet consumer demand.

As sustainability, animal husbandry and animal welfare best practices influence food system innovation, consumer feedback, regulatory issues, and animal advocacy help to thoughtfully shape the purchasing policies of major food service and supermarket retailers.

“By virtue of our commitment to animal welfare, we are active participants in varied dialogue – with our customers, industry experts, and animal advocates – that influences the policy-setting process, as it makes for a more humane food system,” said Mona Golub, VP Public Relations & Consumer Services for the progressive chain with 135 store in six Northeastern states.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, the 2025 timeframe allows for the cage-free transition to be made in an economically sustainable manner, giving clarity to the future for all key stakeholders, while allowing ample time for the renovation of existing chicken houses away from cages, their replacement with cage-free equipment, and the construction of new cage-free barns.

The premise of a cage-free future relies on retail support for the U.S. egg industry in its conversion to modern cage-free housing systems. This innovation will maintain the production of commercially viable eggs, while allowing chickens to engage in natural behaviors – such as dust bathing, perching, scratching, laying eggs in a nest, and running around – that ensure as humane an environment as possible. Post-conversion, the cost of (cage-free) eggs is expected to be comparable to that which it is replacing.

Currently, nine percent of the eggs that Price Chopper and Market 32 sell are cage free. The chain’s Own Brand, known as PICS, features Large White cage-free, Extra Large Brown cage-free and Jumbo Brown cage-free dozens and a Large Brown 18pk.

“Our customers continue to drive our decision-making process when it comes to sourcing product. Their interest in knowing how and from where their food was sourced is growing, and therefore remains a top priority for us, relative to procurement, supply chain and corporate social responsibility,” added Golub.

Price Chopper’s and Market 32’s commitment was solicited by the Humane Society of the United States. “We’re appreciative of Price Chopper’s and Market 32’s commitment to a 100% cage-free offering,” said Josh Balk, senior director of food policy for the Humane Society of the United States. “Because of the thoughtful innovation being driven by the company’s senior leadership, many animals will have a much better life and consumers can build even further trust in a grocer intent on aligning the public’s concern for animal welfare with its purchasing policy.”

About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 135 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 21,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518.379.1480
or
Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518.221.1186 (cell)

HPE Growth Capital to acquire minority stake in Wincor Nixdorf subsidiary AEVI

In the context of a capital increase worth up to EUR 30 million, HPE Growth Capital is acquiring a minority stake in AEVI, a subsidiary of Wincor Nixdorf AG, with retroactive effect from October 1, 2015. AEVI intends to use the extra capital to accelerate its successful growth trend in the market for cashless payments.

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — AEVI had been carved out of the Wincor Nixdorf group at the start of the financial year (October 1) in a move which saw it position itself as an independent company with the aim of becoming a global leader in the dynamic market for cashless payment solutions. Prior to becoming an autonomous operation, AEVI had generated annual revenue of around EUR 50 million.

The capital increase is to be used primarily to further accelerate AEVI’s strong growth and to expand its global presence. “With HPE, we are delighted to have found an investor for AEVI that has a wealth of expertise in global payments. We are convinced that AEVI will profit from its shareholders Wincor Nixdorf, a global leader in cash-related payments, and HPE. We want to promote internationalization, intensify our sales and marketing activities, and invest in other innovations in payments and the B2B apps marketplace,” explained Eckard Heidloff, President and CEO of Wincor Nixdorf.

Tim van Delden, Partner & Chief Investment Officer of HPE commented as follows: “AEVI has the clear potential to become a game-changer in the area of global face-to-face payments. Its innovative payments platform combined with the B2B apps marketplace is helping to resolve current inefficiencies in this market.”

In an initial tranche, a capital increase of EUR 20 million was facilitated; however, HPE and its investors have the option of purchasing further shares in AEVI in a second tranche worth up to EUR 10 million. Wincor Nixdorf intends to retain a majority holding in AEVI in the long term, too.

Support in the investment process was provided exclusively by Berenberg Bank.

About AEVI
AEVI has developed a unique open ECO system to bring merchant banks / merchant acquirers closer to their merchants, and merchants closer to their consumers. It provides a global gateway for payment transactions together with a marketplace for high quality value added apps and services (VAAS) providing new business opportunities beyond payments. This enables fast and effective innovation, plus enhanced control and flexibility. This combination delivers a reduced total cost of ownership for our clients.
We work with our customers to help them embrace collaboration and adopt open solutions that have the power to deliver more value and better meet the needs of today’s consumer.
In short we enable businesses to DO MORE.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

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

Press/Trade Press

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

Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

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

Wincor Nixdorf and HESS Cash Systems partner to enhance Wincor Nixdorf’s portfolio of self-service products with coin components from HESS

Enhanced range of solutions for cash handling with coin components

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf and HESS Cash Systems, a subsidiary of Gauselmann Group and one of the leading coin process automation vendors, have agreed on a strategic cooperation. The goal is to enhance Wincor Nixdorf’s portfolio of self-service products with coin components from HESS, allowing banks and retailers to obtain an even more comprehensive range of cash process solutions from a single source. In return, HESS is extending and complementing its coin processing expertise as a technology vendor by taking over the employees of Wincor Nixdorf’s coin competence center in Linz/Austria. In addition, Wincor Nixdorf is outsourcing the production of coin deposit and coin recycling systems to HESS.

The launch of this cooperation is part of the implementation of Delta, Wincor Nixdorf’s strategic restructuring program. Among other things, this program involves a thorough readjustment of the hardware strategy. The goal here would be to enter into development partnerships and procure niche technologies on an OEM basis in order to reduce costs and drive the Group’s shift toward software and services.

Coin processing is a major challenge for retail banks and retail companies alike. Despite the growth of card payments, the volume of banknotes and coins in circulation is still rising. For example, the European Central Bank has stated that the value of euro coins in circulation in the eurozone in the period from 2002 to 2015 increased from 12.4 billion to 25.4 billion euros.

HESS Cash Systems and Wincor Nixdorf have already cooperated successfully for many years in the marketing of coin deposit systems and coin roll dispensing systems. Wincor Nixdorf integrates components for automated coin processing in its solutions both for banks and for retailers. At multifunction self-service systems, bank clients can pay in larger sums of coins and have coins dispensed. In the retail sector, self-checkout systems can also be equipped with modules that accept coins and pay them out as change.

Eckard Heidloff, President & CEO of Wincor Nixdorf AG, explained: “HESS Cash Systems’ long-standing experience in coin processing and Wincor Nixdorf’s considerable expertise in self-service systems form an outstanding basis for a successful partnership.”

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

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

Press/Trade Press

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

Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

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

Auchan: Long-term health insurance project for the Bangladeshi workers launched

The Foundation launches its health insurance project for the Bangladeshi workers, in partnership with the “GK Savar” NGO and its French support committee.

BANGLADESH, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Weave Our Future Foundation was created in June 2014 in order to improve the living condition of workers in Southern countries. It accompanies and impulses social, medical or even educational initiatives that seek to benefit workers in the textile and clothing industries in developing countries, and thus takes part in the improvement of their working and living conditions.

After 1 year of preparation, the Foundation launches its health insurance project for the Bangladeshi workers, in partnership with the “GK Savar” NGO, specializing for more than 40 years in the health field.

A long-term health insurance project

The implementation of a medical coverage will benefit more than 20,000 workers in the textile industry and their family, and will start in July 2016.

The aim of this pilot and innovative project is to ensure the coverage of medical expenses related to common pathologies. Co-financed by the factories’ owners and the foundation, the membership will be made on a voluntary basis from the workers who will have followed an information session. They will then have access to a free 24h/24 medical service in GK Savar’s hospitals and medicals centres. A medical consultation will also be proposed once a week in their working places. Moreover, the medicine’s cost will be half-covered by the insurance.

The WOF Foundation decided to heavily support this project during at least a 4-year period for $1.8 million, increasing its commitment to improve the workers’ working and living conditions in the least developed countries.

 

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Auchan: Long-term health insurance project for the Bangladeshi workers launched

Auchan: Long-term health insurance project for the Bangladeshi workers launched

BestBuy talks with Coldwell Banker agents on how connected home technology affects the real estate market

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Connected home products, such as smart thermostats and security cameras, can help you simplify tasks, save money on your utility bills and make you feel safer and more comfortable.

And they might even help you sell your home faster.

According to a recent survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, nearly half of Americans either own smart home technology or plan to invest in it in 2016. So it’s no wonder many of the homeowners polled said they’re willing to pay extra to “smart stage” their homes before selling.

We talked to a couple of Coldwell Banker agents to learn more about how connected home technology is affecting the real estate market.

How do prospective buyers react when they see connected home technology at a house they’re touring?

“They get pretty excited,” said Camden Schutte, co-owner and manager of Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate in Oak Harbor, Washington. “There’s the perception that when you think about a smart home, you think it has to be more expensive — it has to be a rich person or a multimillion-dollar house to have this technology. That’s not really the case anymore. So when people see the technology it gives off the perception that that home’s value has to be higher.”

Many Americans are anxious to add the technology, even if they haven’t done so yet. Of the Coldwell Banker survey respondents who don’t currently have the technology, more than one in four (27 percent) said they will incorporate it into their lives this year.

What types of products are buyers most interested in?

When asked about the types of pre-installed connected home devices that would be most appealing if they were buying a home, the Coldwell Banker survey found that most Americans want smart security (58 percent) and temperature (56 percent).

“You would never think ‘eye candy’ when you think of a thermostat, but Nest has done that,” said Angel Piontek of Coldwell Banker Elite in Fredericksburg, Virginia. “And everyone loves convenience. Who doesn’t want to be able to change the temperature from their bed? That’s why I bought the Nest.”

It’s a seller’s market. But can connected home technology actually help sell a home even faster or perhaps drive a higher price?

“It creates excitement in the marketplace because it’s not mainstream yet,” Angel said. “If somebody sees 10 colonials, and one of them has an August smart lock, that’s cool. They’ll remember that home.”

And, yes, that can sometimes translate to a higher sale price, Camden said.

“Buying a home is an emotional thing,” he said. “So, if you have some sort of technology that intrigues buyers, it gets them excited about the home, and they start to develop that emotional connection quickly. … And, honestly, in this market where you have bidding wars, it may make them willing to go higher to get it.”

Most real estate experts say to invest in kitchens and bathrooms because they have the best return on investment. What about installing connected home products? Do they provide good bang for the buck?

“For less than $1,000, you can purchase a few products that can really upgrade your home, and it’s not going to cost you as much as granite countertops,” Angel said.

Homeowners are taking note. More than half (54 percent) say they would purchase or install smart home products if they were selling their home and knew that doing so would make it sell faster, according to the Coldwell Banker survey.

In that regard, adding connected home products can have the same benefit as staging a home. “It’s another one of those easy, inexpensive ways you can add an emotional attachment and help people really see themselves living in that home and increase the demand for it,” Camden said.

But if you plan to “smart stage” your home, Angel recommends planning ahead so you can highlight the results. For example, if you install a smart thermostat, you’ll be able to show prospective buyers your utility bills from before and after you got it.

“I think buyers on the market now are more conscientious of the total cost of the home,” she said. “It’s not just about your principal and interest payments, it’s ‘What is it going to cost for me to live there?’ So if you can show the benefits there, that’s really helpful.”

Visit BestBuy.com or stop in to a nearby store to learn more about all of the latest connected home technology.

 

Photo above courtesy of Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

 

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BestBuy talks with Coldwell Banker agents on how connected home technology affects the real estate market

BestBuy talks with Coldwell Banker agents on how connected home technology affects the real estate market

Weingarten Realty Investors acquired Deerfield Mall in South Florida for $92.75 million

HOUSTON, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI), a leading owner, manager and developer of shopping centers, announced today that it acquired Deerfield Mall, a 394,000 square foot, Publix-anchored center located in the South Florida community of Deerfield Beach (Fort Lauderdale MSA) for $92.75 million. The center is anchored by strong national and regional tenants including a dominant Publix, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Cinépolis, and Ulta Beauty. The shopping center serves the dense and affluent communities in northern Broward County and southern Palm Beach County, including Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, and Coconut Creek.

Deerfield Mall is the Company’s largest asset in South Florida and complements the existing portfolio of 16 grocery-anchored centers. The shopping center’s in-place rents are below market, which will allow redevelopment over the next several years.

Year-to-date, the Company’s acquisitions total $136.3 million.

“We are extremely pleased with the addition of this signature asset, Deerfield Mall, to our South Florida portfolio. It has a strong tenant line up and future growth potential,” said Drew Alexander, President and Chief Executive Officer.

About Weingarten Realty Investors
Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI) is a shopping center owner, manager and developer. At March 31, 2016, the Company owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 227 properties which are located in 18 states spanning the country from coast to coast. These properties represent approximately 44.5 million square feet of which our interests in these properties aggregated approximately 27.6 million square feet of leasable area. To learn more about the Company’s operations and growth strategies, please visit www.weingarten.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein that state the Company’s or Management’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 which by their nature, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. The Company’s actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Reference is made to the Company’s regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information or factors that may impact the Company’s performance.

Weingarten Realty Investors
Michelle Wiggs, (713) 866-6050
Vice President of Investor Relations

Source: Weingarten Realty Investors

Boris Schnabel wurde vom Vorstand der REWE Group zum internationalen CFO DER Touristik Group berufen

Neuer Finanzchef komplettiert Führung des internationalen Reisekonzerns

Köln, Deutschland, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die internationale Führung der DER Touristik Group ist komplett. Boris Schnabel (45) wurde vom Vorstand der REWE Group zum internationalen Chief Financial Officer (CFO) DER Touristik Group berufen. Die DER Touristik Group ist die Reisesparte der REWE Group, dem führenden europäischen Handels- und Touristikkonzern.

Als CFO übernimmt Boris Schnabel die übergeordnete Verantwortung für das Finanzressort, mit über 120 Gesellschaften in 14 Ländern. Er berichtet an den CEO DER Touristik Group, Sören Hartmann. Schnabels beruflicher Werdegang begann nach dem Studium zum Master of Business Administration (MBA) bei KPMG International im Bereich Corporate Finance.

Anschließend trug er als CFO die Finanzverantwortung für die Webfair AG, ein Start-up für Content Management Software, bevor er zur Metro Group wechselte, wo er zunächst als Head of Strategic Business Development tätig war, dann unterschiedliche Führungsfunktionen innehatte, national und international, unter anderem als Regional Financial Officer CEE. Seit 2012 ist Boris Schnabel CFO der Metro Cash & Carry und CEO der Metro Cash & Carry International Holding, Wien. Seine neue Aufgabe als CFO DER Touristik tritt Schnabel zum 1. Oktober 2016 an.

CEO DER Touristik Group Sören Hartmann sagt: „Boris Schnabel macht unsere Führungsmannschaft perfekt. Mit seiner großen Erfahrung im internationalen Controlling, in Mergers & Acquisitions sowie in Steuer- und Bilanzfragen übernimmt er in unserem internationalen Expansionsprozess einen wichtigen Part. Ich freue mich, dass wir ihn für unsere Gruppe und für die Touristik gewinnen konnten.“

CFO DER Touristik Group Boris Schnabel wird mit einem Expertenteam die Group-übergreifenden Finanzthemen führen, mit den Schwerpunkten Treasury, Group Reporting und Group Controlling. Die nationalen CFOs behalten unverändert ihre Verantwortung.

Ausgeweitet wird zugleich die Zuständigkeit von Klaus Franke, CFO DER Touristik Central Europe. Klaus Franke verantwortet damit ab sofort das übergreifende Finanzressort für die Quellmärkte Deutschland, Österreich und Schweiz inklusive Kuoni Schweiz, mit ihren jeweiligen Tochterunternehmen.

Hintergrund

Die DER Touristik der REWE Group zählt mit 7 Milliarden Euro Umsatz und 9.400 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern (2014) zu den führenden Reisekonzernen in Europa. 7,7 Millionen Gäste aus 14 europäischen Ländern verreisen pro Jahr mit den Veranstaltern der DER Touristik in 179 Reiseländer weltweit. Zu den Reiseveranstaltern zählen im Volumengeschäft die Marken ITS, Jahn Reisen, Travelix, Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen und ADAC Reisen (Deutschland), Kuoni (Schweiz und Großbritannien), Helvetic Tours (Schweiz) und Apollo (Skandinavien und Finnland). In Österreich und den osteuropäischen Ländern Slowakei, Tschechien, Polen und Ungarn ist die DER Touristik mit eigenen Veranstaltern und Kooperationen (ITS Billa, ITS Coop Travel, Jahn Reisen, Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen, Transair) sowie über eine Mehrheitsbeteiligung an der Exim Holding (Exim Tours, Kartago Tours) vertreten.

Hinzu kommen fast 30 Spezialisten: In Deutschland Camperboerse.de, Clevertours und prijsvrij.nl, in der Schweiz Manta Reisen, Kontiki, Railtour, Frantour, Kuoni Cruises, Asia 365, Adria 365, Private Safaris, Cotravel, Dorado Latin Tours, Pink Cloud, ACS Reisen und lastminute.ch, in Skandinavien und Finnland Lime Travel, Golf Plaisir, Out of Bounds Golfresor und Krone Golf Tours, in Großbritannien Carrier, Kirker, CV Vilas und Voyages Jules Verne sowie in den Beneluxstaaten Koning Aap, Your Way 2 Go, Shoestring und Entdeck-die-welt.de.

Im Reisevertrieb ist die DER Touristik mit rund 2.100 Vertriebsstellen, dem Online-Reiseportal der.com und zahlreichen Veranstalter-Onlineportalen deutschlandweit Marktführer. Hierzu gehören die Vertriebslinien DER Reisebüro, das Franchisesystem Derpart sowie die Organisation der mittelständischen inhabergeführten Reisebüros unter dem Dach des DER Touristik Partner-Service (DTPS). Die Geschäftsreisesparte FCm Travel Solutions bietet mittelständischen Unternehmen und international tätigen Konzernen zudem umfangreiche Dienstleistungen rund um das Geschäftsreisemanagement an. In der Schweiz verfügt die DER Touristik mit 82 Reisebüros (Kuoni, Helvetic Tours, Rewi Reisen und Premium Specialists) ebenfalls über ein dichtes Netz an Vertriebsstellen, ebenso in Großbritannien (Kuoni Stores). Des Weiteren gehören die schwedische Charterfluggesellschaft Novair und 48 Hotels der Marken Club Calimera, PrimaSol, lti hotels und Playitas (Sportresort auf Fuerteventura) zur Unternehmensgruppe.

Weitere Informationen auf www.dertouristik.com.

Ansprechpartner:
Tobias Jüngert
Tel: +49 69 9588 1600
Mail: tobias.juengert@dertouristik.com

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Boris Schnabel wurde vom Vorstand der REWE Group zum internationalen CFO DER Touristik Group berufen

Boris Schnabel wurde vom Vorstand der REWE Group zum internationalen CFO DER Touristik Group berufen

BESTSELLER co-hosts the annual membership meeting of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

  • NEXT WEEK, LEADING FASHION COMPANIES AND SUSTAINABILITY PLAYERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE GATHERED IN COPENHAGEN TO DISCUSS SUSTAINABILITY IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY.
  • BESTSELLER CO-HOSTS ANNUAL MEETING IN SAC (SUSTAINABLE APPAREL COALITION)

Annual SAC meeting
BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 9 and 10 May BESTSELLER is co-hosting the annual membership meeting of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).

SAC is an industry driven apparel, textiles and footwear alliance of brands, retailers, manufacturers, academics, affiliates, governments and NGOs that works on developing a universal approach to measuring sustainability performance. BESTSELLER has been a member since 2013.

The work within SAC goes far beyond local and international regulations, and we strongly believe that our joint efforts will take the industry to a higher level for the benefit of workers, suppliers, brands and the environment,” says Katrine Milman, CSR Responsible in BESTSELLER.

Easier for the consumers to make sustainable choices
The ultimate goal for the SAC members is to be able to publish the results of their work in an easy understandable and comparable way.
The first step towards this goal was the development of the HIGG Index, a self-assessment tool for measuring brands’ and suppliers’ ethical and environmental performance. The next step is to verify this data and develop some kind of common score card which will make it easier for the consumers to make a choice and compare the sustainability performance of brands.

“Today, we don’t have any label that covers all sustainability parameters which means that it’s difficult for us to measure and document our work. Therefore, BESTSELLER fully supports working towards developing a common score card that can help us communicate better with our customers,” says Katrine Milman.

Eliminating duplicated audits
Besides the HIGG Index, the agenda for the annual SAC meeting in Copenhagen also includes discussions about a joint industry audit protocol (the so-called Social and Labour Convergence Project) with the aim of avoiding duplicated factory audits. BESTSELLER is represented in a working group that is working on drafting the audit protocol:

“Today, many companies have their own social audit standards and methods, some with only minor differences, which means that suppliers spend a lot of time and resources on managing the many audits.We are very keen on finding new solutions for raising labour standards at industry level as we need a feasible way to go beyond compliance. It could be a converged standard – or at least an agreement to support existing standards. This will release more resources for BESTSELLLER and for our suppliers to focus on making actual improvements,” says Søren Albertsen, Global Supply Chain Manager in BESTSELLER.

During the week, Copenhagen will be the centre of technical discussions and development of sustainability tools, including the International Planet Textile Conference, and ending up with the Copenhagen Fashion Summit where columnists, journalists, designers and fashion brands will debate sustainability in thefashion industry:

“In BESTSELLER we look forward to taking part in the many discussions and events planned throughout Copenhagen next week. It’s an important debate for the future of sustainable fashion,” says Katrine Milman from BESTSELLER.

For more information, please contact Katrine Milman, CSR responsible, at +45 5215 2233

Read more about ’Copenhagen Fashion Summit’ here: http://www.copenhagenfashionsummit.com

 

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BESTSELLER co-hosts the annual membership meeting of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

BESTSELLER co-hosts the annual membership meeting of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

Albert Heijn en Alzheimer Nederland de handen ineen

Zaandam, the NETHERLANDS, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vandaag vertelde Cees van Vliet, directeur winkels & logistiek van Albert Heijn, tijdens het EU congres ‘Living well with(out) dementia’ in Amsterdam waarom Albert Heijn wil bijdragen aan een dementievriendelijke samenleving. Daarbij slaan Albert Heijn en Alzheimer Nederland de handen ineen. Als eerste stap ontwikkelen de organisaties een training voor Albert Heijn medewerkers die graag meer aandacht aan klanten met dementie willen besteden. Dit in navolging op het initiatief van supermarktmanager Nico Spierenburg van Albert Heijn Doorn. Hij nam vorig jaar het voortouw en zijn winkel werd een van de eerste dementievriendelijke winkels van Nederland. “De supermarkt in Doorn is een inspiratiebron hoe we een dementievriendelijke samenleving invulling kunnen geven”, aldus Staatssecretaris Martin van Rijn (VWS).

Cees van Vliet: “Albert Heijn wil een winkel zijn die verbonden is met de buurt. Een plek waar klanten zich thuis en welkom voelen. Daarin spelen onze medewerkers een belangrijke rol. We staan met onze winkels midden in de maatschappij en zijn dan ook een belangrijke ontmoetingsplek. Met 900 winkels waar 100.000 mensen werken hebben we een verantwoordelijkheid en een taak, zo voel ik dat. Dat vraagt om sensitiviteit, betrokkenheid en bereidheid om verder te kijken dan alleen de boodschappenkar. Dicht op de klant, daar gaat het om. Dat zit ‘m enerzijds in klanten verrassen met sterke promoties, leuke spaaracties en beleving in de winkel. En anderzijds in extra aandacht voor ouderen en het ondersteunen van gezonde initiatieven voor kinderen. Die rol in de buurt is voor iedere winkel anders. Honderd van onze winkels staan in wijken en buurten waar één derde van de bewoners ouder is dan 65 jaar. Natuurlijk weten we dat een groot deel van deze 65 plussers fit en vitaal is. Maar we weten ook dat naarmate de leeftijd vordert de kans op dementie toeneemt en dat deze groep groeit. Deze mensen komen we dagelijks tegen in onze winkels. Ik vind het belangrijk dat onze medewerkers de signalen van dementie herkennen om vervolgens te kunnen handelen. In de praktijk betekent dit dat we deze klant – die vaak al jaren bij ons komt – extra begeleiden en in alle rust helpen met hun boodschappen of bij het afrekenen. Onze winkel in Doorn heeft hierin het voortouw genomen en daar ben ik trots op. Ook in andere Albert Heijn winkels waar dit speelt kent het initiatief navolging. Klanten én medewerkers reageren heel positief.”

Gea Broekema, directeur Alzheimer Nederland is trots op deze samenwerking: “Het is geweldig dat Albert Heijn deze handschoen oppakt. Want zij kunnen echt verschil maken voor mensen met dementie en hun naasten. Het aantal mensen met dementie neemt snel toe. Naar verwachting zijn er in 2040 een half miljoen mensen met dementie in Nederland. Alleen samen kunnen we er voor zorgen dat deze mensen zo lang mogelijk thuis kunnen blijven wonen. Winkelmedewerkers leren hoe zij om kunnen gaan met mensen met dementie is daarbij een belangrijke stap. Wij verheugen ons dan ook zeer om deze samenwerking verder uit te rollen”.

Kijk hier voor het filmpje dat onderdeel is van de campagne ‘Samen dementievriendelijk’ van het Ministerie van Volksgezondheid Welzijn en Sport: www.samendementievriendelijk.nl.

Philippines: SM Foundation donates school building to the San Francisco Elementary School in Tarlac

PASAY CITY, PHILIPPINES, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Foundation turned over its 74th school building donation to the San Francisco Elementary School in Tarlac on May 6 in partnership with SM Prime. The two-storey, four-classroom school building came fully furnished with 200 armchairs, 16 wall fans, eight blackboards, four teacher’s table and chair sets, four toilets and four wall clocks.

“We are truly grateful to SM Foundation for their generosity in sharing their blessings for the benefit of our school children,” School Principal Romeo Torno said. “The students will have a better environment for learning that will inspire them and even make them enjoy their studies. There is no way to fully express our gratitude. We at San Francisco Elementary School are indebted to SM for their generosity to our students.”

Torno added that the school building will be occupied by grade one and grade four students this upcoming school year.

The San Francisco Elementary School was established in 1950 to support the education of communities in Concepcion, Tarlac. Since 2013, the school has been implementing the Department of Education (DepEd)’s Special Science Elementary School Project which focuses on developing children who have keen interest and exceptional abilities in Science and Mathematics.

Parent Teacher Association President Almarissa Samaniada expressed her gratitude to SM Foundation. “Malaking tulong ang bagong school building sa pag-aaral ng mga bata upang maging mas maginhawa ang kanilang pag-aaral. Nawa’y lalo pang maging matagumpay ang SM Foundation upang mas marami pang mag-aaral ang inyong matulungan,” she added.

SM Foundation Executive Director for Education Linda Atayde said that the new school building is part of its support to DepEd’s initiatives in addressing the shortage in public school classrooms.

“With the donation of school buildings, SM Foundation has improved the quality of education by providing an environment conducive for learning that has increased student attendance, improvement in test scores as well as boost the morale of the teachers,” Atayde said.

Since 2002, SM Foundation has already built 74 school buildings with a total of 224 classrooms nationwide.

About SM Foundation
As the heart of the SM group of companies, SM Foundation is focused on social development and helps the underprivileged in communities where SM is present. SM Foundation was established in 1983 by Henry Sy, Sr. and Felicidad T. Sy, anchored in its founding principle of PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE.

Committed to serve, SM Foundation SUPPORTS COMMUNITIES by providing opportunities in education, healthcare, farmers’ training, shelter, disaster response, the environment and care for persons with special needs. SM works hand in hand with its host communities and helps create a positive and lasting growth that is felt by all.

For more information:

Mrs. Linda Atayde
Executive Director for Education Programs
Email: education@sm-foundation.org
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Philippines: SM Foundation donates school building to the San Francisco Elementary School in Tarlac

Philippines: SM Foundation donates school building to the San Francisco Elementary School in Tarlac

DeCA’s Public Health and Safety director: Disregarding the tenets of Be Food Safe can turn the family gathering into a trip to the emergency room

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — As warmer temperatures push more commissary patrons from the kitchen stove to the backyard grill, the Defense Commissary Agency wants to remind them to “Be Food Safe.”

Disregarding the tenets of Be Food Safe can turn the family gathering into a trip to the emergency room, said the director of DeCA’s Public Health and Safety Directorate, Col. Michael A. Buley.

“Our mission is to be vigilant against foodborne illnesses from the farm to the commissary warehouse to the store shelf to our patrons’ shopping carts,” Buley said. “However, we also ask our patrons to do their part by practicing ‘Be Food Safe’ whenever they handle food.”

Be Food Safe was created through the collaboration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent foodborne illnesses caused by consumers mishandling food at home.

Salmonella, E. coli and listeria can all be unwanted guests at the barbecue if people don’t pay heed to proper food handling, said Chris Wicker, DeCA’s public health advisor.

“The juices from raw meats can contain bacteria that could transfer to other foods,” he said. “Cooked foods should be placed onto plates and containers that are clean, so there is no risk of cross contamination.

“Time and temperature are also key factors for grilling and protecting your loved ones from foodborne illness,” Wicker added. “Always ensure proper temperatures are reached for all cooked meats and that no food is left out longer than two hours. Keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.”

Before any cookout, Wicker said grill masters should consider the following basic food safety tips:

  • Be clean. Before cooking or eating – and definitely after using the bathroom – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget the grill; it should also be cleaned before preparation begins.
  • Separate the food. Keep raw food apart from cooked food. The juices from raw meats can contain bacteria that could transfer to other foods. That means use separate plates or containers for raw meat, poultry or seafood when moving food to the grill and different containers entirely for the cooked products unless the carriers have been washed thoroughly in soap and water. Also, keep cooking utensils and cooking surfaces clean from potential cross contamination.
  • Marinate in refrigerator. Any food that is marinating should be covered and kept in a refrigerator until ready to cook. Also, don’t reuse marinade containing raw meat.
  • Cook it completely. This means you cannot take shortcuts on the amount of time it takes to thoroughly cook meat. Use a food thermometer to ensure meat is ready to eat. For example, ground beef and pork should be cooked at 160 F, chicken at 165 F and steaks and roast at 145 F. For shrimp, lobster and crab, cook until pearly and opaque. You can use your microwave, oven or stove to precook the food immediately before placing it on the grill.
  • Chill and freeze – immediately. Food should never be off the grill or out of the cooler for more than two hours. And, when the outside temperature is hotter than 90 F, food can only be left out for an hour.
  • Hot, hot, hot. Keep hot food wrapped, insulated in a container and at or above 140 F. Eat hot take-out food within two hours of purchase. When reheating food on the grill, make sure it reaches 165 F.
  • Keep it cold. If it’s meant to be cold, it needs to stay that way at or below 40 F. Chicken salad, potato salads, bagged and green salads, and certain desserts must be protected from warm temperatures by placing them on ice in coolers. Remember to drain the water from melted ice in those coolers and replace ice as necessary.

For the latest food safety alerts and product recalls affecting military commissaries, visit our Food Recalls page. For general food safety information, visit our Food Safety page.

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

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

 

Auntie Anne’s® launches Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets

Wild Berry Lemonade Mixer Completes the New Summer Menu 

LANCASTER, Pa., 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, today debuted a brand new innovation: Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets. Available now through September 11, Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets take the freshly baked, hand-rolled Pretzel Nuggets to a new level with melty, gooey cheddar cheese and irresistible, savory slices of bacon in every bite.

The new nuggets won’t be the only addition to the menu this summer. Auntie Anne’s is also introducing the Wild Berry Lemonade Mixer, a refreshing beverage made with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Available for a limited time only, the suggested retail price for the Wild Berry Lemonade Mixer is $2.69. Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Nuggets are now available at Auntie Anne’s stores nationwide at a suggested retail price of $4.99.

“We’re thrilled to introduce Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets as a new, portable menu item for the summer,” said Carol Pasquariello, Auntie Anne’s Vice President of Marketing. “Our fans are always on-the-go, and we’re delighted to bring them a convenient, versatile item that can fend off hunger between meals or serve as a meal of its own. Better yet, these nuggets pair perfectly with our new Wild Berry Lemonade Mixer.”

In addition to getting their bacon and berry fix at Auntie Anne’s throughout the summer, fans can now share pretzel and lemonade treats with an Auntie Anne’s eGift card through the brand’s new partnership with Yiftee, an online and mobile gifting service. Guests can visit www.AuntieAnnes.com to purchase and send eGift cards to friends and family via email, text message or Twitter. Sharing #PretzelLove has never been easier!

For the latest information about new Auntie Anne’s products, news, and contests, please visit www.AuntieAnnes.com and follow the brand on social media on Twitter @AuntieAnnes, on Instagram @AuntieAnnesPretzels and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/auntieannespretzels. For exclusive offers and information before anyone else, download the Auntie Anne’s My Pretzel Perks app – free in Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play Store.

About Auntie Anne’s®:
At its more than 1,600 locations around the world, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels from scratch all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls, outlet centers, and Walmarts, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, travel plazas, amusement parks, and military bases. In addition, it has extended the brand onto retailers’ shelves and also serves as a distributor for fundraising products. Available at select retailers nationwide, pretzel fans can enjoy Auntie Anne’s prepare-at-home products, from frozen Classic and Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels and Pretzel Nuggets, to frozen Pretzel Dogs and Pretzel Pocket Sandwiches, to a versatile Pretzel Baking Kit. For more information, visit www.auntieannes.com, or follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Focus Brands:
Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc., through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 5,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

 

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Media Contact:

Chas Kurtz
Public Relations Manager
ckurtz@auntieannesinc.com
(717) 435-1612

 

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Auntie Anne’s® launches Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets

Auntie Anne’s® launches Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Nuggets

MIGROS: WIEDERERÖFFNUNG GASTRONOMIEGEBÄUDE GOLFPARK HOLZHÄUSERN

Dierikon, SCHWEIZ, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Das umgebaute Gastronomiegebäude auf dem Golfpark Holzhäusern nimmt im Mai 2016 den Betrieb auf. Es bietet golfenden und nichtgolfenden Gästen Gastronomie auf hohem Niveau, und dies zu bezahlbaren Preisen in begeisterndem Ambiente.

Seit Sommer 2015 wurde das öffentliche Restaurant des Migros-Golfpark Holzhäusern komplett modernisiert. Entstanden ist ein Holzkomplex, dem das „Albero“, italienisch Baum, seinen Namen verdankt. Getragen wird das dreistöckige Gebäude, gebaut vom Luzerner Architekten Sacha Fahrni, von mächtigen, 16 Meter hohen Stämmen. Augenfälligster Blickfang sind zwei grosszügige, gedeckte Holzterrassen mit Aussicht ins Grüne und auf den Zugersee, die Platz für je 140 Gäste bieten. Die Genossenschaft Migros Luzern hat insgesamt 6.5 Millionen Franken in den Umbau investiert.

Albero – Auszeit vom Alltag

Im Restaurant Albero (150 Plätze) bedienen sich die Gäste am Buffet. In der Gaststube (150 Plätze) und im gemütlichen Stübli (40 Plätze) sorgt das 30-köpfige Gastronomieteam für den Service. Unter der Leitung von Küchenchef Volker Christmann wird mediterrane Aromenküche mit einem Hauch Asien  zubereitet. Für Seminare, Bankette und private Feiern wie Hochzeiten bieten die Eventprofis vom Golfpark Holzhäusern moderne Infrastruktur und flexibel bespielbare Räume an. „Mit unserer Golfpark-Gastronomie sprechen wir nicht nur golfende Gäste an: für Mitarbeitende von umliegenden Firmen, Ausflügler aus der Region, Seminargruppen oder Hochzeiten bieten wir attraktive Mittags-, à la carte- und Bankett-Angebote“, sagt Peter Kaelin, Leiter Golfpark Holzhäusern. „Als Public Golf Anlage sprechen wir auch in der Gastronomie ein sehr breites Publikum an.“

„Mit unserer Golfpark-Gastronomie sprechen wir nicht nur golfende Gäste an: für Mitarbeitende von umliegenden Firmen, Ausflügler aus der Region, Seminargruppen oder Hochzeiten bieten wir attraktive Mittags-, à la carte- und Bankett-Angebote“

Peter Kaelin, Leiter Golfpark Holzhäusern

Modernisierung des Golfparks geht weiter

Mit dem Umbau des Gastronomiegebäudes ist ein wichtiger Ausbauschritt für den Golfpark Holzhäusern abgeschlossen. Bis Anfang 2017 soll die Modernisierung weitergehen, und zwar mit der Inbetriebnahme einer neuen Golf Academy. In diesem Mehrzweckgebäude sollen neu die Garderoben und die Golfpark-Administration untergebracht werden. Es wird aber auch Platz bieten für die Caddie-Halle, das Fitting Center sowie einen Golf-Shop. Das entsprechende Baugesuch ist bei der Gemeinde Risch eingereicht.

Genossenschaft Migros Luzern
Rahel Kissel-Probst
Unternehmenskommunikation
Industriestrasse 2
6036 Dierikon
TEL 041 455 73 49
E-MAIL rahel.kissel@migrosluzern.ch

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MIGROS: WIEDERERÖFFNUNG GASTRONOMIEGEBÄUDE GOLFPARK HOLZHÄUSERN

Golfpark Holzhäusern Terrasse Albero

MIGROS: EINSATZ FÜR VERANTWORTUNGSBEWUSSTE PRODUKTION VON SOJA

ZURICH, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros gehört neben dem WWF Schweiz, Coop, Futtermittelimporteuren, dem Schweizer Bauernverband und der IP-Suisse zu den Gründungsmitgliedern des Soja Netzwerk Schweiz. Unter dem Vorsitz der Migros hat sich das Netzwerk zum Ziel gesetzt, dass verantwortungsbewusst produziertes Soja zum Standard der Schweizer Eier-, Fleisch- und Milchbranche wird. Per Ende 2015 hat die Branche dieses Ziel erreicht. Neu festigen die 19 Gründungsmitglieder ihre Zusammenarbeit in einem Verein.

Soja ist ein zentraler Bestandteil von Futtermitteln für Nutztiere. Aufgrund des wachsenden Fleischkonsums hat sich die Soja-Produktion in den letzten 20 Jahren auf rund 265 Millionen Tonnen mehr als verdoppelt. Die grosse Nachfrage nach Soja zieht ökologische und soziale Probleme nach sich. Vor allem in Südamerika wird viel Soja angebaut und durch die Ausdehnung der Anbauflächen werden tropische Regenwälder zerstört. Das Soja Netzwerk Schweiz hat sich darum 2011 zum Ziel gesetzt, dass bis Ende 2015 mindestens 90 Prozent des importierten Sojas für Futtermittel aus umwelt- und sozialverträglichem Anbau stammen. Dank dem Soja Netzwerk Schweiz ziehen Bauern, Handelsbetriebe, Detailhändler und der WWF am gleichen Strick. So konnte das Ziel sogar übertroffen werden. 2015 stammten 94 Prozent des Sojas, welches Schweizer Nutztieren verfüttert wurde aus verantwortungsvollen Quellen.

Das Soja Netzwerk Schweiz startete als lose Interessensgemeinschaft. Mit der vollzogenen  Vereinsgründung möchten die Mitglieder über die ganze Wertschöpfungskette hinweg das hohe Qualitätsniveau sichern und die Leitstandards für einen verantwortungsbewussten Sojaanbau weiterentwickeln. Zudem plant das Soja Netzwerk den Kreis ihrer Mitglieder auszuweiten.

Soja aus Norditalien für Geflügelmarke Optigal

Die Migros setzt sich als Mitglied zweier Vereine national und international für eine verantwortungsbewusste Produktion von Soja ein. Bei der Tierfutterherstellung für die Geflügelmarke Optigal setzt das M-Industrieunternehmen Micarna seit 2015 ausschliesslich auf europäisches Soja aus der Region Venedig (Donau-Soja). Auch die Beschaffung des Sojaschrots organisiert das Unternehmen selbst. Dadurch hat die Micarna volle Transparenz über die Herkunft der Soja, kennt deren Qualität und die Produktionsverfahren. Zudem verkürzen sich die Transportwege.

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

Luzi Weber
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Mediensprecher Migros
TEL 044 277 20 66 / Mobil 076 366 96 36
E-MAIL luzi.weber@mgb.ch

Migros vegetarisch und vegan zertifiziertes Sortiment um 30 Prozent zu erweitern

ZURICH, 2016-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ —Die Migros verspricht im Rahmen ihres Nachhaltigkeitsprogramms Generation M bis 2017 ihr vegetarisch und vegan zertifiziertes Sortiment um 30 Prozent zu erweitern. Bereits heute führt sie von allen Grossverteilern das breiteste zertifizierte Angebot, nämlich 104 vegetarisch und 272 vegan gekennzeichnete Produkte.

Neue Ernährungsformen liegen im Trend. Viele Konsumentinnen und Konsumenten nehmen gern ab und zu eine fleischlose Mahlzeit ein. Andere verzichten ganz auf Fleisch oder setzen ausschliesslich auf pflanzliche Produkte. Bei den Kundinnen und Kunden der Migros sind Artikel wie Mandelmilch, Tofuschnitzel, Soja-Jogurt oder Brotaufstriche aus Gemüse bereits sehr beliebt.

Der Erfolg der Produkte liegt darin, dass sie gut schmecken und Vielfalt in den Ernährungsplan bringen. Die Migros will nun die Auswahl an vegetarischen und veganen Produkten weiter ausbauen. Deshalb hat sie sich zum Ziel gesetzt, bis 2017 das Angebot an vegetarischen und veganen Produkten um 30 Prozent zu erweitern.

Aktuell ist die Migros unter den Grossverteilern die grösste Anbieterin von vegan und vegetarisch zertifizierten Produkten. Sie führt 104 vegetarisch und 272 vegan gekennzeichnete Produkte in ihrem Sortiment. Diese sind gemäss dem Standard der Europäischen Vegetarier Union („V-Label“) oder der Vegan Society UK („Veganblume“) zertifiziert und garantieren den Kundinnen und Kunden, dass für die Herstellung der Artikel kein Fleisch (vegetarisch) oder tierische Zutaten (vegan) verwendet wurden.

Bereits seit rund 30 Jahren führt die Migros vegetarische Produktlinien in ihrem Sortiment. Ende der 90er Jahre lancierte sie erste vegane Artikel aus Tofu. Mit der Einführung der Marke Alnatura in den Migros-Filialen im Jahr 2014 kamen weitere Produkte in Bio-Qualität hinzu.

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

Martina Bosshard
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Mediensprecherin Migros
TEL 044 277 20 67
E-MAIL martina.bosshard@mgb.ch

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Migros vegetarisch und vegan zertifiziertes Sortiment um 30 Prozent zu erweitern

Migros vegetarisch und vegan zertifiziertes Sortiment um 30 Prozent zu erweitern