The new Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May Amazon Original Series The Grand Tour will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa

Three lucky fans from countries around the world will win a pair of tickets, travel and accommodation for first studio recording which will take place inSouth Africa in July

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that the first ever studio recording of the new Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May Amazon Original Series The Grand Tour will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, in July. The pre-recorded studio section of the program will be filmed in front of a live audience, all housed within a giant tent.

To celebrate, Amazon is giving fans in countries around the world the opportunity to win one of three pairs of tickets, travel and accommodation to be part of the recording in Johannesburg. To enter, and give inspiration to Jeremy, Richard and James on potential locations for their traveling tent, customers should share a photo or video of the most unusual place they’ve ever pitched a tent via Twitter, using the hashtag #TheGrandTourJoburg. The top 10 entries shared by June 8 will be shortlisted by an Amazon Prime Video panel, and the final winners will be picked by Clarkson, Hammond and May. Complete details can be found at www.amazon.co.uk/Joburg.

“We love that Jeremy, Richard and James are touring the studio recordings of The Grand Tour, bringing this Amazon Original Series to fans around the world,” said Jay Marine, VP of Amazon Video Europe. “Given the popularity of Jeremy, Richard and James in South Africa, Johannesburg is a fantastic place to start. We’re excited to give fans the opportunity to be part of the first ever live studio audience for The Grand Tour.”

The Grand Tour will launch this fall for Amazon Prime members and the new travelling format means Amazon Video customers around the world will have the chance to be in the audience for the recordings in their country when tickets are released through sweepstakes this summer. Details of the location schedule and information on how to apply for tickets will be announced shortly. Fans can follow The Grand Tour on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thegrandtour) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/thegrandtour) and at www.amazon.com/thegrandtour to get news about the show first.

The Grand Tour joins Prime Video’s lineup of award-winning and critically-acclaimed TV shows and movies, which includes series like Mr. Robot, Downton Abbey, The Americans, Orphan Black, and Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle and kid series Tumble Leaf, and Chi-Raq. Prime members can choose to stream or download from Prime Video, to make keeping up with their new favorite shows effortless, whether on the move or at home.

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 episodes, 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, and Chi 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 www.amazon.com/howtostream.
  • 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: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon

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

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Amazon.com, Inc. to open 2 fulfillment centers in Edwardsville, Illinois

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open two fulfillment centers in Edwardsville, Illinois, and create more than 1,000 full-time jobs between the facilities when they open. The company also recently announced plans for a new fulfillment center in Joliet, Illinois, and the creation of 2,000 full-time jobs. Amazon has an existing fulfillment center in Joliet where it currently employs 1,500 full-time employees.

“Illinois has been a great place to do business for Amazon and we look forward to adding two additional fulfillment centers and creating another 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits on day one in the state,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “The elected officials throughout the city and state have been very supportive of Amazon and we thank them for helping make this possible. We’re excited to soon callEdwardsville home and become an active member of this vibrant community.”

“Amazon’s newest investment in Illinois is a commitment to the future of our state,” Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said. “Amazon brings more than a thousand great paying jobs to Madison County and strengthens Illinois’ position as a national hub for distribution and logistics. We are excited Amazonhas again chosen our state and continues to be a growing partner in economic development in the Land of Lincoln. This growth represents the type of results possible when state economic development is focused on a long-term strategy, as the newly formed ILBEDC is doing with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.”

Both fulfillment centers will span more than 700,000 square-feet each where employees will pick, pack and ship items for customers. One of the buildings will specialize in handling larger items like big-screen televisions, sports equipment or kayaks and the other building will handle smaller items such as books, toys and electronics.

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one, as well as generous maternity and parental leave benefits.

Amazon also offers employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

Mayor Hal Patton of Edwardsville stated, “We would like to thank Amazon for selecting Edwardsville as the location for their newest fulfillment centers. The construction of these two enormous warehouse buildings in the Gateway and Lakeview Commerce Centers will employ hundreds of construction professionals and bring over 1,000 full-time jobs to our region. The professional staffs from the City of Edwardsville, Madison County and the State of Illinois worked seamlessly with our local developers to deliver a much needed employment opportunity for our talented workforce. We are excited to showAmazon the quality of life that makes Edwardsville a great place to live, work and play.”

Madison County Board Chairman Alan J. Dunstan applauded the news from Amazon. He said Madison County’s premiere location and transportation network was key to attracting one of the world’s largest e-commerce retailers. “We are excited that Amazon is coming to Madison County. We look forward to them becoming part of our community and we welcome the job opportunities for our residents.”

Amazon is now hiring for management positions at the Edwardsville fulfillment centers. Additional details can be found at www.amazondelivers.jobs. To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.workatamazonfulfillment.com.

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

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Amazon opens The Mark Cuban Collection on Amazon Exclusives

  • The Mark Cuban Collection includes items customers will recognize from the TV program Shark Tank
  • Amazon Exclusives gives customers access to new products directly from up-and-coming brands
  • On average this year, Amazon Exclusives store sales have grown more than 15 percent per month
  • Amazon Exclusives items are available to Prime members with Free Two-Day shipping through the Fulfillment by Amazon service

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today the opening of The Mark Cuban Collection (www.amazon.com/exclusives) on Amazon Exclusives, giving customers direct access to innovative new products from popular up-and-coming brands. The Mark Cuban Collection launches with more than 100 items that many customers will recognize from being featured on the TV program Shark Tank. To start, The Mark Cuban Collection features approximately 20 brands including Tower Paddleboards, Slyde Handboards, Power Practical, Bottle Breacher, and many more.

“Amazon is the best in the world in online transactions,” said Mark Cuban, investor and entrepreneur. “Smart curation and product discovery is somethingAmazon does very well. The Amazon Exclusives program exposes brands to new customers and handles much of the logistics. That back-end support is critical for companies that want to grow.”

“At Amazon Exclusives, customers can easily find new brands that have chosen to quickly bring their hot items directly to Amazon,” said Kyle Walker, Category Leader for Amazon Exclusives. “Many of the items in The Mark Cuban Collection have created a buzz on TV and built customer demand before they are even available. We want to give customers access to these must-have new items.”

Since the Amazon Exclusives store launched last year, selection has grown to approximately 20,000 items with more than 60 items having reached category Best Seller status across many Amazon categories. Amazon Exclusives now features more than 300 innovative brands, adding hundreds of unique new items every month. On average since the beginning of the year, Amazon Exclusives sales have grown more than 15 percent per month. In 2015, sales from the Amazon Exclusives store topped $50 million.

To provide customers access to innovative products, the Amazon Exclusives team works with select brands to help bring their items on to Amazon. Customers can explore a unique range of electronics accessories, toys, sporting equipment, and much more. Products in the Amazon Exclusives store are only available online from Amazon or directly from the brand’s website. Items are stored in the Fulfillment by Amazon network, which means they are eligible for Free Two-Day Shipping to Prime members in the U.S.

“Customer visibility is key to our success on Amazon, and with the Amazon Exclusive relationship we’ve see a stronger alignment between our brand and Amazon,” said Caleb Light, VP of Sales for Power Practical, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. “Amazon Exclusives gives us more time to focus on selling and bringing new products directly to customers, with the net result being more business.”

Here’s what customers are saying about Amazon Exclusives:

  • “Just love it. Excellent products!” – Andrea A.
  • “At first blush it appears that [Amazon Exclusives] is an excellent opportunity for individuals that have products to sell. I think it’s fantastic thatAmazon is providing the vehicle.” – Michael S.
  • “I absolutely love Amazon and I am dedicated to trying anything worthy of being called exclusively yours!” – Scott K.
  • “I haven’t heard of many of these brands but it’s great to see that Amazon is also on the edge of newer products and not always just a warehouse for available products.” – Casey Z.

“The connection Amazon Exclusives has created with customers is unmatched. My sales on Amazon are almost exceeding our website sales in just four short weeks,” said Peter Ferreira, founder for Nuts ‘N More, headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. “Amazon is the leader in the art of the transaction. They have revolutionized the buying experience by simplifying and streamlining the process to shop on Amazon.”

To explore hot new brands and products in the Amazon Exclusives store, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exclusives.

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

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Amazon announced season four of the multi-Golden Globe and multi-Emmy Award-winning series Transparent

  • Jill Soloway will continue as Showrunner and Andrea Sperling as Executive Producer
  • Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Judith Light (Dallas), Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Amy Landecker (Louie) and Jay Duplass (Togetherness) will all return

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today (May 31, 2016) announced it has greenlit season four of the multi-Golden Globe and multi-Emmy Award-winning series Transparent. Returning cast includes Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) as Maura Pfefferman, Judith Light(Dallas) as Shelly Pfefferman, Gaby Hoffmann (Girls) as Ali Pfefferman, Amy Landecker (Louie) as Sarah Pfefferman and Jay Duplass (Togetherness) asJosh Pfefferman. Series creator Jill Soloway will continue in her role as Showrunner on Transparent and Andrea Sperling as Executive Producer. The fourth season of Transparent will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in 2017.

“As the quality of television rises to new heights, Transparent continues to stand out for its depth of character, compassionate storytelling and its infinite creative risk-taking,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Half Hour TV at Amazon Studios. “We’re grateful that customers have responded so enthusiastically to the Pfefferman family and we’re excited to bring them another chapter of their story.”

“Amazon’s explosive freedom and revolutionary thinking has given birth to this show,” said Soloway. “It’s so much more than TV to us, it’s our version of the most ambitious streaming art we can conjure. We’re having the time of our lives sharing season two for the awards season hoopla, and editing and finishing up season three for a fall release. This news of an order for season four is so so sweet. The Pfeffermans have many more stories to tell and we can’t wait to keep making them.”

Written, directed and executive produced by multi-award winner Soloway, Transparent is a half hour novelistic series that explores family, identity, sex, and love. The series stars Tambor as Maura. When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone else’s secrets finally start to come out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (played by Light), and their children—meandering Ali (played by Hoffmann), music producer Josh (played by Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (played by Landecker). Each family member spins in a different direction as they figure out who they won’t become. The highly anticipated third season of Transparent is scheduled to premiere this fall on Prime Video in the US, UK, Austria, Germany and Japan.

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 episodes, 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, and Chi 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 www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • 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: www.amazon.com/prime.

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

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Amazon.com to launch fulfillment centers in Tracy and Eastvale; creates 1,500 new full-time jobs

Within four years, Amazon’s presence has grown to 9 state-of-the-art fulfillment centers across the state of California

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it will launch fulfillment centers in Tracy and Eastvale, creating more than 1,500 new full-time jobs. These new facilities will increase Amazon’s California presence to nine fulfillment centers, nine million square feet of operations and approximately 14,000 full-time hourly associates. Amazon currently fulfills customer orders at its existing seven Golden State Amazon fulfillment centers located in Tracy, Patterson, Moreno Valley, Redlands, Rialto and San Bernardino. The company also operates sortation centers in Newark and San Bernardino.

“We are excited to continue our rapid growth in California in order to serve customers with superfast shipping speeds and vast selection,” said Akash Chauhan, Vice President of Amazon’s North America Operations. “Since we first broke ground in California four years ago, we have found a network of support from community leaders to statewide officials, a dedicated workforce and fantastic customers.”

“Amazon’s continued growth in California is great news for our state,” said Panorea Avdis, director of the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. “With tens of thousands of employees across the state, Amazon is a major driver of both state and local economies. We are thrilled that Amazon has decided to continue to expand its operations in California.”

Both facilities are approximately one million square feet in size and will each employ hundreds of full-time associates. At the Eastvale location, Amazonassociates will pick, pack and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys. While at the Tracy facility, the second in the city, associates will pick, pack and ship larger customer items, such as big-screen televisions, sports equipment and patio furniture.

“We are very proud that Amazon has found a home and continues to grow here in Tracy,” said Michael Maciel, Mayor of Tracy. “Beyond their obvious economic impact, Amazon has shown itself to be a truly great corporate neighbor. From associates volunteering in the community to Amazon’s recent donation of STEM supplies to Central Elementary school, the company proves its commitment to our community every day.”

“There are a lot of things that make a city great and strong corporate partners is one of them,” said Ike Bootsma, Mayor of Eastvale. “We have seenAmazon’s growth and impact in neighboring cities and the company’s announcement is great news for our community. We are very excited about the local employment opportunities the Amazon facility will create and we welcome Amazon to the City of Eastvale.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs/.

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

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Carrefour’s update on food wastage

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The fight against food wastage is a challenge we all face as a community and a priority in Carrefour’s social responsibility approach. A global plan has been in place since 2013 in all countries in which the group operates, with the objective of:

> 100% recycling our in-store waste
> 50% reduction in our food waste* by 2025 compared with 2016

Find out about some of the specific solutions that Carrefour and its partners have put in place to combat food wastage and also offer solutions for our customers.

Getting longer!
In the case of use-by dates and minimum durability dates, Carrefour is the only retailer to have taken the initiative and lengthen these dates.  Accordingly, Carrefour has extended the use-by and minimum durability dates of 400 Carrefour brand references.

Developing food donations
By forming partnerships with local food aid organizations – with Banques Alimentaires, Secours Populaire Français, Restos du Coeur and cooperative grocery stores, etc. – Carrefour warehouse and store teams coordinate the donation of products on a daily basis that have been withdrawn from shelves but are still edible. In 2015, 100.5 million meal equivalents were donated by Carrefour to food aid associations.

> Learn more about commitment to tackling food wastage in France

Waste full of energy
What can be done with products that have become unfit for consumption that cannot be sold, transformed or gifted? Carrefour implements a range of biowaste solutions. In France, wilted flowers, unsold fish parts, badly damaged fruit or vegetables and kitchen waste are collected and transformed into biogas and then into biomethane. This is used to fuel the lorries that supply Carrefour stores and has a neutral environmental impact. In Poland, this same waste is composted, providing fertile organic matter. Insert biomethane computer graphic

> Learn more about lorries running on biomethane

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Carrefour's update on food wastage

Carrefour’s update on food wastage

Carrefour opens new distribution center in Hongmei Town, Dongguan, Guangdong province, China

Guangdong, CHINA, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — On May 31st, the grand opening ceremony of Carrefour supply chain in China—-South China distribution center is held in Hongmei Town, Dongguan, Guangdong province. With the completion of the distribution center, it will play an important role in the supply chain of Carrefour China in South China area, by forming a logistics network covering the Pearl River Delta as well as Fujian and Hainan province, which can increase the logistics efficiency, support stores and boost the regional economy.

Carrefour focuses on long-term development in China. Since the new development strategy and organization in March 2015, Carrefour gradually brings in emerging forms such as the O2O business and convenience stores and setting up more hypermarkets in new cities. Strengthening the supply chain network is the key to carry out the new strategy.

Carrefour Logistics Center will provide full support to the 30 stores in Guangdong, Hainan and Fujian province.

This Distribution Center of Carrefour South Territory is located in Hongmei Town, Gongguan, Guangdong province, with advantageous geographical location.

Since 2014, Carrefour China has established four distribution centers as planed in eastern, western, northern and central China. Including this distribution center, with the last distribution center in northeast China expected to put into used by the first half of 2016, the six completed distribution centers coordinating with the six territory merchandise centers will cover around 230 hypermarkets in China to optimize commodity structure and increase supply efficiency, as well as fully supporting the new business as Carrefour online store and convenience stores.

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Carrefour’s commitment to its purchasing practices and its suppliers recognized at the 3rd SME and Innovation Trade Show

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over 500 SMEs came together to present their latest product innovations.

On this occasion, Pierre Pelouzet, Business Mediator, operating under the authority of the Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digitalization, awarded Noël Prioux, Executive Director of Carrefour France the Responsible Supplier Relations Label. This label recognizes Carrefour’s commitment to its purchasing practices and its suppliers (see focus below).

In 2016, Carrefour steps up its SME plan
The leading distributor of food products from French SMEs, Carrefour has 5,000 SME partners throughout French territory with sales that increased by 8% in 2015 (source: Nielsen), for the second year running. In 2014, Carrefour launched its SME plan for sustainable relations with its partners.
On the occasion of the SME trade show, feedback on the four major new initiatives developed in 2016:
– A €10 million fund to support SME investments and finance loans at very attractive rates
– The INNBOX, a support service to help SMEs develop their innovations (marketing, design, communication, quality, etc.). Carrefour thereafter promises to offer these products exclusively in its stores. Twenty businesses were selected to receive this support in 2016.
– Two spaces evaluating and simplifying communication with SMEs:

o The Site Drive for evaluation of the most innovative SME products
o Dedicated access on the portal Carrefour.fr for direct communication with Carrefour and finding out about new products produced by SMEs (useful contacts, submission of files on-line as part of tenders, etc.)

Organic Produce and Export given pride of place at the third SME Trade Show
This year, Carrefour decided to focus the spotlight on organic products and export, two major avenues of development for French SMEs. In a context of strong growth in the organic market (up 10% per year since 2012), Carrefour is today the leading generalist retailer of organic products in France (source: Nielsen). A major opportunity for over 200 SMEs, which will present their offerings at the SME trade show, and an opportunity for the brand to strengthen its sourcing.
Conferences, meetings, speed-dating, the trade show also featured a series of highlights devoted to the influence of French SMEs internationally.

The SME and Innovation awards for the best innovation
Because SMEs are real hotbeds of innovation, Carrefour has acknowledged its partners’ achievements again this year. Eight awards were made in the “Innovation “ and “CSR” categories to the most innovative SMEs. A “favourite” trophy was also awarded at the trade show on the basis of visitors’ votes.
The following are the winners of this third trade show:

Innovation Awards
> “Nutrition-Naturalness” category
BC BIO for its gluten free, fresh, organic pizza
> “Practicality” category
BOOKEEN for its solar charging e-reader cover
> “Format-Packaging” category
Laboratoires VITARMONYL for Infuz
> “Recipe-Ingredient”
SACRE WILLY for its red fruit cream cheese
> “Gastronomy-Terroir” category
CONVIVIAL for its Auvergne recipe meatballs

CSR Awards
> “Local supply” category
SCOP-TI for its Tisanes
> “Anti-wastage” category
Gillot for its value creation process in respect of raw milk and recycling
> “Biodiversity” category
TRESCARTE for its agro-ecological green lentils

Key figures for 2015
> Over 1/3 of Carrefour’s sales made with SMEs
> Sales in 2015: up 8% in 2015
> 1,000 products listed following the 2015 trade show
> Ten regional trade fairs throughout France in 2015
> 60,000 local products listed (85% food, 15% non food)

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Carrefour’s commitment to its purchasing practices and its suppliers recognized at the 3rd SME and Innovation Trade Show

Carrefour’s commitment to its purchasing practices and its suppliers recognized at the 3rd SME and Innovation Trade Show

Carrefour Quality Lines explained

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour’s specific actions to promote biodiversity are conveyed, in particular, via the Carrefour Quality Lines.

Explanation of Carrefour Quality Lines:
The Carrefour Quality Lines approach is a partnership initiated by Carrefour over 20 years ago between itself and farmers or livestock breeders, which is underpinned by a reciprocal commitment: long-term markets and a guarantee of quality, authentic-tasting products produced using environmentally-friendly farming or livestock rearing methods. Today, there are 438 Carrefour Quality Lines throughout the world and over 21,000 producers who form part of these supply chains.

Focus on the preservation of bees and development of hives.
Carrefour Quality Line honey is fully in keeping with France’s Ministry of Agriculture 2013 Apiculture Sustainable Development Plan.
Since 2014, Carrefour has been developing Carrefour Quality Line Corsican Honey in conjunction with eight bee-keepers. This honey fulfils the specific production conditions (working only in wild areas, pure beeswax frame, smoking using natural fuel, etc.) which protects the environment and promotes the well-being of the bees.

Carrefour also developed a bee-keeping supply chain in Poland.

New in 2016:
Carrefour supports producers of French royal jelly by developing Carrefour Quality Lines royal jelly with three bee-keepers. This partnership ensures guaranteed traceability and controlled production conditions. Nutrient dense Carrefour Quality Lines fresh royal jelly needs to be kept at between 2° and 5° to preserve all of its qualities. It is immediately chilled after harvesting and placed in isothermal packaging made from cork, Carrefour Quality Lines royal jelly is never frozen.
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Did you know?
Carrefour has 150 beehives on its sites in France, which are managed by partner bee-keepers. Under the partnership agreements, what is harvested can be sold in stores or given to charitable organizations or schools.  The bee-keepers regularly organize awareness-raising activities on the preservation of biodiversity on site for young people and customers from the stores.
By 2017, Carrefour plans to have some 250 beehives on the roofs of these Carrefour and Market sales outlets.

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Carrefour Quality Lines explained

Carrefour Quality Lines explained

Quaker Oats: Second voluntary recall of all Quaker® Quinoa Granola Bars

Silver Spring, MD, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc., today announced a second voluntary recall of all Quaker® Quinoa Granola Bars, as a result of further sunflower kernel contamination found by ingredient supplier SunOpta.

On May 16, 2016, Quaker took the cautionary measure to issue the voluntary recall on a small quantity of their Quinoa Bars that were potentially impacted by sunflower kernels received from  SunOpta that were potentially contaminated withListeria monocytogenes (L.mono).

L.mono is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Since May 16, SunOpta has conducted additional testing on sunflower kernels that extended beyond the original dates of concern provided. That testing is complete and as a result, out of an abundance of caution and care for the consumer, Quaker has made the decision to expand the initial recall.

The products were distributed nationwide and the company is now recalling all of the following Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars:

  • 6.1 ounce boxes of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars Chocolate Nut Medley with UPC code 30000 32241 and Best Before Dates before 11/15/16.
  • 6.1 ounce boxes of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars Yogurt, Fruit & Nut with UPC 30000 32243 and Best Before Dates before 11/15/16.

Pictures of the products are available on www.quakeroats.com.

Consumers who have purchased this particular product are urged to dispose of or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. They can also direct any questions to 800-856-5781, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (EST), or find more information at  www.quakeroats.com.

At this time there are no other Quaker products involved in this situation. The company is working closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and SunOpta to further investigate this issue and ensure it has been contained.

Contact

Consumers
800-856-5781

Media
Laura Ude
Laura.Ude@pepsico.com
(312)821-2039

Carrefour to attend VIVA TECHNOLOGY PARIS, 30 June to 2 July, 2016

PARIS, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — VIVA TECHNOLOGY PARIS will bring together all stakeholders in digital transformation in Paris, from 30 June to 2 July, 2016.

This international event, which Carrefour will participate in, will attract 5,000 start-ups, creating a multitude of collaboration opportunities.

Viva Technology sets out to welcome the most innovative start-ups and put them in touch with the world’s major digital transformation players. The challenge is to offer a real time, high-level platform for discussion on the impact of technology on businesses and society. Through its attendance, Carrefour is joining this event as a multi-format, single channel retail leader.

Why is Carrefour attending Vivatech?

Since its beginning, innovation has been a real pillar of Carrefour business development: creativity is encouraged at all levels within the Group with a view to enhancing customer experience across the various store formats and numerous channels via which it operates.

Carrefour is continuously conducts large-scale tests, in store in particular, in order to enhance customer experience and develop solutions and services that meet the needs of new consumption habits in its different formats and countries.

In attending Vivatech, Carrefour is reaffirming its spirit of conquest and setting 11 challenges based on societal problems, all of which are all linked to its retail profession, such as changes in lifestyle, urbanization, new diet trends or the prevention of wastage.

How is Carrefour collaborating with the start-ups?
Carrefour develops new expertise and supports high-potential start-ups as a means of innovating. This is so as to create promising ecosystems and make life easier for the 13 million customers that its stores welcome every day throughout the world.

Carrefour works with start-ups from a range of different sectors. It has entered into partnerships, for example, with Fitle (virtual fitting room), Echy (hybrid lighting systems), ABTasty (A/B testing) and Critizr (gauging customers’ opinions), Bluelog (temperature control in e-Commerce Food delivery trucks), Comprea (home delivery crowdsourcing), Graphext (social network mapping), Paythunder (monitoring in real time trucks), BeMyEye (surveys crowdsourcing stores), SumUp (data analytics), Entrenar.me (matchmaking platform athletes and sports coaches), Zero Gachis (reducing shrinkage products for short-before date), Iristrace (checking stores planogram settlements), SoySuper (development services related to food e-Commerce) …

These start-ups are French, Spanish and English, American …

Since 2015, Carrefour has been a member of the Partech Growth investment fund, set up to make it easier to share ideas with technical start-ups in France and at international level; and this year, Carrefour in France will be taking part in the Smart Food innovation platform in Paris.

Finally, the Carrefour Foundation also supports charity-focused start-ups, such as Goodeed.com, which allows its users to make donations to organisations.

What does Vivatech offer Carrefour?
11 Challenges
> See all the Carrefour’s challenges
3 conferences
Meetings and opportunities
SOURCE: CARREFOUR

European Sustainable Development week: Carrefour’s specific actions to combat deforestation and promote biodiversity

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — At Carrefour, doing our job well means committing to more sustainable and responsible trade.

Throughout European Sustainable Development week (from 30 May to 5 June), Carrefour is sharing its initiatives on a daily basis, its specific actions in France and the countries in which it operates to limit the depletion of natural resources, guarantee long term offerings and fulfil customers’ expectations increasingly well.

Our specific actions to combat deforestation and promote biodiversity

Our forests provide us with food, wood and are home to much of the world’s biodiversity. They are also a factor in climate regulation.
Carrefour has committed to protecting the natural resources of the forests and has established a progress plan prioritising wood or paper from sustainably managed forests.   The Group supports the Consumer Goods Forum target of moving towards zero deforestation by 2020.

Today, over 60 Carrefour brand products are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.

What is the FSC?
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an internationally recognized label that guarantees sustainable and responsible forests management by means of:
– Demanding environmental and social criteria;
– Inspections conducted by independent bodies;
– Verification of each stage of the supply chain, from forest to the finished product.

Barbecue time…  
Did you know that in France, 100% of Carrefour brand outdoor garden furniture is FSC certified or of French origin? And Carrefour charcoal is produced in industrial ovens from European broad-leafed trees such as oak, beech, ash and alder. These species come from East European forests that are sustainably managed and FSC certified.

SOURCE: Carrefour

Carrefour to promote agricultural supply chains that are committed to local, innovative and sustainable farming

Boulogne-Billancourt, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour has implemented an ambitious agro-ecological approach promoting agricultural supply chains that are committed to local, innovative and sustainable farming; specific solutions such as synthetic pesticide free strawberries or Carrefour Quality free range eggs from hens fed on 100% French plant-based feed and reared without antibiotic treatment during the laying period.

Carrefour became a forerunner in this domain in 2014 with the first antibiotic-free chicken supply chain in France.   We sell 17,000 of them every week. This approached has been followed by Poland.

Fancy strawberries? Carrefour has just launched a new strawberry supply chain in France which is synthetic pesticide-free from the flowering stage onwards.

In Belgium, Carrefour has developed a Carrefour Quality organic vine tomato supply chain in collaboration with a family firm.    A sustainable crop grown in rich soil with a high nutrient content, producing a local product of good quality with an authentic taste.

Going even further, Carrefour is developing a Carrefour Quality system for Supply Chains that are consumers of French origin soy:
Carrefour has been involved in the removal of GMOs from animal feed since 1998 and is in favour of the relocation of some 8,000 hectares of soya farm in the South West.

Growing methods that are more respectful of health and the environment, production methods that are evolving to ensure healthy, quality products, etc. agro-ecology is a real source of innovation that benefits our partners as well as our customers.

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Carrefour to promote agricultural supply chains that are committed to local, innovative and sustainable farming

Carrefour to promote agricultural supply chains that are committed to local, innovative and sustainable farming

Starbucks, Bite the Ballot launch Democracy café events for young people to join in conversation about the EU referendum

LONDON, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thirty percent of UK youth under the age of 25 are not registered to vote, according to the Electoral Commission. Many companies and organizations, including Starbucks, are encouraging young people to register ahead of the EU referendum vote in June.

From June 1-14, Starbucks and Bite the Ballot will launch Democracy café events for young people to join in conversation about the EU referendum and understand the significance of the vote. Fifty events will take place in Starbucks stores across the UK with more than 1,000 young people expected to attend. The first event will take place at the Vigo Street store in London.

“Together with Bite the Ballot, we are reviving the role coffee shops once played in sparking public debate in the 17th and 18th centuries,” said Simon Redfern, Starbucks vice president of Public Affairs. “With over 4,500 people under the age of 25 employed at Starbucks in the UK, we are delighted to provide this opportunity to young people, including our store partners, to join this important conversation.”

The events at Starbucks UK stores come at a time when 40 percent of 18-30 year olds in the UK say that they don’t know enough about the referendum, according to research by YouGov commissioned by Bite the Ballot and HOPE Not Hate.

“I hope this series of events with Starbucks enables citizens to explore the EU referendum, so they feel confident to participate and make an informed decision,” said Mike Sani, co-founder and CEO of Bite the Ballot. “This effort will be featured as part of a week-long drive where online and grassroots activities will combine with a goal of registering at least half a million young people.”

Related: Starbucks Joins TurboVote Challenge to Encourage U.S. Voting

The YouGov research also indicates that some of the topics discussed during the Democracy café events will likely be the main issues young people are concerned about when discussing the future of their country including health, immigration and asylum, the economy and housing.

“The Democracy café events are creating safe environments for young people to meet and debate the issues they care about to ensure they register to vote and ultimately feel informed, involved and empowered,” said Redfern.

For more information on the Democracy café events, visit www.bitetheballot.co.uk and follow @bitetheballot.

Learn more about how Starbucks Encourages Civic Engagement

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

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Starbucks, Bite the Ballot launch Democracy café events for young people to join in conversation about the EU referendum

Starbucks, Bite the Ballot launch Democracy café events for young people to join in conversation about the EU referendum

New Heath and Almond Joy iced coffee flavors at Dunkin’ Donuts

DD Perks® members will earn a free beverage reward with any purchase of a box of K-Cup® pods or pound of coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants from May 30 through June 26

CANTON, MA, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fans can now sip the sweet taste of their favorite candy bars in their iced coffee this summer, as Dunkin’ Donuts today introduced new Heath and Almond Joy flavors. Dunkin’ Donuts’ Almond Joy iced coffee serves up the famous combo of milk chocolate, almond and coconut flavors, while Heath flavored iced coffee offers a delicious mix of milk chocolate and English toffee flavors. Both flavors are available in hot or iced coffees, lattes or macchiatos for a limited time beginning May 30 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Visitors to Hershey Park in Hershey, PA this weekend will have the chance to be among the first to try these unique new coffee flavors before their official launch, as Dunkin’ Donuts will be serving special samples of both Heath and Almond Joy flavored Iced Coffees within the Park on Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29. Throughout June, Dunkin’ Donuts will also bring sweet sips to sweet summer sounds, sampling the new iced coffees at select concerts throughout the country. For a full list of sweet sampling spots visit http://spr.ly/6002BqMRa.

According to Jeff Miller, Dunkin’ Brands’ Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation, “In recent years, we’ve seen how much our guests get excited when we combine our classic coffee with new and innovative flavors, such as cookies and Baskin-Robbins ice cream. Our new Heath and Almond Joy coffee beverages evoke the fun and happiness associated with these famous Hershey flavors, bringing a playful new twist to our iced coffee that is perfect for the summer season.”

Dunkin’ Donuts also has more sweet news for coffee lovers, today announcing that popular favorite Butter Pecan flavored hot and iced coffees and lattes will remain available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide through summer. Inspired by the famous ice cream from sister brand Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Butter Pecan coffee features indulgent butter roasted pecan and sweet cream flavors.

Dunkin’ Donuts has also launched a home run of a promotion to give members of its DD Perks® Rewards Program a free beverage reward for purchasing Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to brew at home. From May 30 through June 26, each time DD Perks members buy a box of Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods or a pound of packaged coffee, they will receive a free beverage reward, good for a free Dunkin’ Donuts beverage of their choice. This special offer is good only for K-Cup® pods and packaged coffee purchased at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide, with a limit of one free beverage reward per transaction, and a limit of 28 beverage awards for the promotion period.

Finally, Dunkin’ Donuts is giving people a chance to welcome summer with a full year’s worth of coffee through a special sweepstakes. Now through June 14, anyone who registers at Dunkin’ Donuts Shop Sweepstakes is eligible to win one of five year-long Dunkin’ Donuts Regular Refills® coffee subscriptions. With Dunkin’ Donuts’ Regular Refills, coffee drinkers never run out of Dunkin’, as they can simply pick their favorite Dunkin’ Donuts packaged coffee, and the company will deliver the coffee to home or office as frequently as preferred. For more information and rules for the Dunkin’ Donuts Shop Sweepstakes, visit http://spr.ly/6008BUpbo.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts), Instagram (www.instagram.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

MEDIA CONTACT

Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: lindsay.cronin@dunkinbrands.com

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New Heath and Almond Joy iced coffee flavors at Dunkin’ Donuts

New Heath and Almond Joy iced coffee flavors at Dunkin’ Donuts

Tiffany & Co. to pay regular quarterly dividend of $0.45 per share of Common Stock

NEW YORK, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.45 per share of Common Stock, representing a 12.5% increase in the quarterly rate. This declaration increases the quarterly dividend from $0.40 per share (or $1.60 annually) to the new rate of $0.45 per share (or $1.80 annually).

Michael J. Kowalski, chairman, announced the dividend increase at Tiffany’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders and said, “Despite recent pressures on earnings growth, our Board believes that Tiffany has the ability to generate substantial cash flow to reinvest in its business as well as to continue to return excess cash to shareholders. Tiffany has now increased the dividend rate 15 times in the past 14 years and, in so doing, has also increased the payout ratio over that period. Our long-term target is to maintain a mid-40’s payout ratio.”

The dividend will be paid on July 11, 2016 to shareholders of record on June 20, 2016. Future dividends are subject to declaration by the directors.

Tiffany is the internationally-renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837. Through its subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co. manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations. For additional information, please visit www.tiffany.com or call our shareholder information line at 800-TIF-0110.

 

Tiffany & Co.
Mark L. Aaron, 212-230-5301
Mark.aaron@tiffany.com

Source: Tiffany & Co.

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Diebold Foundation donated $100,000 to The Group Plan Commission benefiting the redevelopment of Cleveland’s Public Square

NORTH CANTON, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Diebold Foundation, the charitable foundation of Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD), has donated $100,000 toThe Group Plan Commission benefiting the redevelopment of Cleveland’s Public Square.

In partnership with the City of Cleveland, the Group Plan Commission is nearing completion on the redevelopment of Public Square, a design by renowned landscape architect James Corner Field Operation to transform Public Square into a world-class gathering place for visitors and people from Northeast Ohio to enjoy year round.  The Commission is a nonprofit organization dedicated to redeveloping Downtown Cleveland’spublic spaces to pave the way for future growth in the City and region. The donation will be provided by the Diebold Foundation over the next two years.

“I want to thank the Diebold Foundation for its generous donation to support the transformation of Cleveland’s Public Square. Donations like this have such an impact on the continued growth of the city,” said Jeremy Paris, executive director of the Commission. “Public Square has not been the asset that it should be, and its transformation will benefit people in the City as well as stimulate surrounding investments. With the help of important regional players like Diebold, and years of planning and engagement in partnership with the City, the construction of the park is already changing Cleveland’s narrative.”

The Group Plan Commission is in the process of a three-phase redevelopment of public spaces in downtown Cleveland. The three-part project includes improving Public Square, enhancing the Mall and building an iconic pedestrian connector from the Mall to the lakefront to connect Downtown to the Lake Erie waterfront.  The Public Squareredevelopment, set to be completed in June, will now be a unified space instead of four separated quadrants, intended for year-long use by increasing the green space.

“Diebold has always been committed to supporting the communities in which we operate and is proud to aid the important work of The Group Plan Commission as they redevelop and revitalize Cleveland’s Public Square,” said Jonathan Leiken, senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary. “We believe Northeast Ohio is a premier location for business, entertainment and culture, and aiding efforts such as those being accomplished by The Group Plan is a key component of the Diebold Foundation’s mission.”

About The Group Plan
The Group Plan Commission (GPC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization facilitating collaborative efforts of the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and key civic organizations. The purpose of the GPC is to create public spaces that transform downtown, leverage existing development, and pave the way for future growth.

About Diebold
Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) provides the technology, software and services that connect people around the world with their money – bridging the physical and digital worlds of cash conveniently, securely and efficiently.  Since its founding in 1859, Diebold has evolved to become a leading provider of exceptional self-service innovation, security and services to financial, commercial, retail and other markets.

Diebold has approximately 15,000 employees worldwide and is headquartered near Canton, Ohio, USA. Visit Diebold at www.diebold.com or on Twitter:http://twitter.com/DieboldInc.

 

SOURCE Diebold, Incorporated

Media Relations, Renee Murphy, +1-330-490-5825, renee.murphy@diebold.com; Investor Relations, Steve Virostek, +1-330-490-6319, stephen.virostek@diebold.com

National Donut Day celebrated this year on Friday, June 3

  • On June 3, Dunkin’ Donuts will offer guests worldwide a free donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage
  • Brand will also welcome the holiday with special Snapchat geofilters and behind-the-scenes culinary content

CANTON, MA, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — One of Dunkin’ Donuts’ favorite holidays is National Donut Day – celebrated this year on Friday, June 3 – and once again the brand will ring in the day in a most delicious, delightful and delectable way, offering guests a free classic donut of their choice* (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day on June 3 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide. Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts is helping guests across the globe celebrate the joy of donuts by making this special offer available in participating restaurants around the world.

Leading up to National Donut Day, Dunkin’ Donuts is bringing its sweet celebration to its social communities with several days of donut-themed content:

  • On Wednesday, June 1, Dunkin’ Donuts will kick off its National Donut Day festivities with a day of Snapchat events, including a donut design and frosting lesson with members of the brand’s culinary team, special donut recipes, donut themed prints for your phone and a chance for fans to ask questions directly to Paul Racicot, Director of R&D at Dunkin’ Brands. Follow ‘dunkindonuts’ on Snapchat to tune in.
  • On Thursday, June 2, Dunkin’ Donuts will host a Facebook Live session with Dunkin’ Brands’ Manager of Donut Excellence Rick Golden. Rick will make donuts live – from mixing to glazing and sprinkling – and answer fans’ questions from within the brand’s donut kitchens at its corporate headquarters.
  • Finally, on National Donut Day, June 3, Dunkin’ Donuts fans can display their love for donuts with special brand Snapchat filters celebrating the holiday. The National Donut Day themed geofilters are the latest additions to Dunkin’ Donuts’ lineup of seasonally themed filters, and will be available for fans to share with friends and followers all day in or around all Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide. Also, popular Snapchatters throughout the country will ‘take over’ the brand’s Snapchat channel throughout the day, showcasing how they’re celebrating National Donut Day in their city.

National Donut Day was originally established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June. Dunkin’ Donuts has been serving guests signature donuts for 66 years. Dunkin’ Donuts is the #1 retailer of donuts in America, and sells 2.8 billion donuts and MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats annually worldwide. Within the United States, Dunkin’ Donuts offers more than 70 varieties of donuts, including beloved flavors such as Boston Kreme, Glazed, Chocolate Glazed Cake and Chocolate Frosted. Additionally, some Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants also feature regional favorites like the Sour Cream Donut in Chicago, and the Peanut Stick in upstate New York.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts), Instagram (www.instagram.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

* Excludes Fancies, Squares and Croissant Donuts

MEDIA CONTACT

Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: lindsay.cronin@dunkinbrands.com

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National Donut Day celebrated this year on Friday, June 3

National Donut Day celebrated this year on Friday, June 3

NCR Corporation recognized by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. for its proposal to declassify its Board of Directors

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, has been recognized by corporate governance firm Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) for its governance practices in connection with its proposal to declassify its Board of Directors, which was approved at a special second extension of NCR’s 2016 annual meeting of stockholders.

Declassified boards, also referred to as destaggered boards, are elected in their entirety each year by stockholders, with every director standing for election.  Staggered boards typically have only a portion of the directors up for election each year, with each member serving a multi-year term.

“Corporate governance leadership is a top priority for the NCR Board of Directors, and we appreciate the recognition from ISS for our efforts,” said Bill Nuti, Chairman and CEO, NCR Corporation.  “I applaud our Board for approving thorough solicitation activities to achieve this result, despite the challenging technicalities that prevented approval in prior years.”

In a May 2016 report, “The Difficulties Inherent in Supermajority Vote Requirements – NCR Corporation Shows the Way Out”, ISS writes, “NCR’s extraordinary efforts may be the first time that a company has gone to such lengths to meet a supermajority voting requirement for an item initially proposed by shareholders.”

NCR persisted in its efforts to pass the measure, traditionally regarded as a hallmark of strong corporate governance and stockholder rights, and twice adjourned the annual meeting to secure the votes necessary for the proposal to pass.  Because of a vigorous proxy solicitation campaign conducted at the direction of the company’s Board and management, the declassification proposal passed at the May 11 session.

NCR’s Board included a declassification proposal on the proxy ballot for the company’s 2014 and 2015 annual meetings. While the proposal received strong support each year, it did not attain the supermajority vote required by the Company’s charter.  That requirement is 80 percent of the voting power of all shares entitled to vote in director elections, not just those actually voting. This was further challenging due to NCR’s large number of individual stockholders with relatively smaller holdings, and the requirement that non-votes be treated as votes opposed to the measure.

The results of voting at the 2016 annual meeting of stockholders were disclosed in Current Reports on Form 8-K filed by NCR with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

NCR encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Website: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation 

News Media Contact
Scott Sykes
NCR Corporation
212-589-8428
scott.sykes@ncr.com

Investor Contact

Gavin Bell
NCR Corporation
212.589.8468
gavin.bell@ncr.com

SOURCE: NCR Corporation

Voluntary Recall of Meadow Gold Dairy’s Whipping Cream and Half and Half in Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Utah

Impacts States Including Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Utah

Boise, Idaho, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meadow Gold Dairy plant in Boise is voluntarily recalling Meadow Gold brand Old Style Whipping Cream and Meadow Gold DairyPure brand Whipping Cream and Half and Half due to insufficient pasteurization. It is possible that pathogens present in raw milk, including Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria, and/or E. coli, may have survived and, if ingested, could cause serious or life threatening issues. Meadow Gold Dairy has received no reports of illnesses related to the affected product to date and is removing the product from the market.

Distribution of the affected product was limited in scope. Therefore, consumers should only be concerned with products carrying the following Individual Universal Product Codes (UPCs) and plant code 16-05:

Size Name UPC # Code Date Plant Code
Pint Meadow Gold “Old Style” Whipping Cream 1570013313 06-24-16 16-05
Half Pint Meadow Gold DairyPure Whipping Cream 1570010018 06-24-16 16-05
Quart Meadow Gold DairyPure Whipping Cream 1570013210 06-24-16 16-05
Quart Meadow Gold DairyPure Half and Half 4190007913 06-17-16 16-05
Gallon Meadow Gold DairyPure Whipping Cream 1570016615 06-24-16 16-05

No other Meadow Gold Dairy products are affected by this recall.

The recall involves approximately 10,000 units of the affected product, which was distributed in four states including Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Utah through numerous retail outlets and food service settings. The company is actively notifying customers and is in the process of retrieving the affected product.

During a routine records review, we discovered that the product may have been under-processed. Meadow Gold Dairy has ceased distribution of the affected product and recovery is actively underway. Consumers who have this product should not consume it. They should discard it and may return the product package to the place of purchase for a full refund or exchange. Consumers with questions can contact the Company at 1-800-587-2259 Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm central time.

The Idaho Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dairying and the Food and Drug Administration have been notified of this recall.

Contact

Consumers
Meadow Gold Dairy
1-800-587-2259

Media

Sayeda Mahler
214-721-7766

SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company launches its 1437 consumer goods at cost price Ramadan offer

QATAR, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Under the slogan “Your trust inspires us to spread the giving in the month of giving – The blessings of Ramadan 1437 Hijri extend to offer you 1437 products at cost price” Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (QSC) is pleased to announce the launch of its 1437 consumer goods at cost price Ramadan offer, in celebration of the Islamic Year 1437. This campaign came as part of its unwavering commitment to offer the best to our consumer and honour the country’s social and cultural values.

Starting today and until the end of Ramadan, patrons of 35 of Al Meera branches, in addition to Géant Hypermarket, will enjoy the chance to purchase, at cost price, 1437 high quality products that have been carefully selected to cater to the specific needs of shoppers in the holy month.

Al Meera will make use of visually designed shelf talkers with explanatory labels for the 1437 items on offer, as well as for around 400 products priced by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, in order to protect and inform consumers during the holy month, while making their shopping experience at Al Meera convenient and hassle-free as well as enjoyable, with special arrangements made for an attractive presentation of the items, according to category.

In addition to the 36 selected stores, Al Meera’s Residential complexes 1 and 2 in Thakhira, Beverly Hills 3, Kaaban, and Sealine branches will provide shoppers with ‘cost price’ offers on the maximum number of consumer goods possible, as permissible by the stores’ space constraints.

Commenting on the holy month’s exclusive offers, Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Al Meera, said:

“We at Al Meera are honored to be a part of consumers’ lives, and the Holy Month of Ramadan is the perfect time of the year to build stronger ties with our customers, while giving back to the community in which we serve. Our constant efforts are towards continuous improvement with the aim of meeting our customers’ expectations through providing great products at great prices, living up to our motto of being everyone’s ‘Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer’. This year, we are celebrating the year 1437 AH with the provision of 1437 consumer goods at cost price, in harmony with Ramadan’s spirit of giving, and we will continue striving for our customers’ satisfaction by granting them an exceptional shopping experience at our stores

In addition to introducing its ‘1437 consumer goods at cost price’ special offer to consumers during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Al Meera is working on providing adequate quantities of “Tamween” items for Qatari nationals at 31 branches of the company’s stores  in the country’s various regions.

Moreover, Al Meera coordinated with its local suppliers, to provide its customers with the largest possible number of offers on consumer products, which will reach around 850 items, in addition to approximately 300 deals on home appliances and kitchenware.

Al Meera has also been collaborating with its overseas suppliers, to import the best products from the company’s various sources prior to the holy month, including Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, the United States and the United Kingdom, among others.

 

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Al Meera Consumer Goods Company launches its 1437 consumer goods at cost price Ramadan offer

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company launches its 1437 consumer goods at cost price Ramadan offer

USDA’s FSIS on summer cookouts: Extra care should be taken to make sure perishable food doesn’t spend too long in the Danger Zone

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Summer cookouts are right around the corner and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is urging consumers to remember the four simple steps to food safety – Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill – and to steer clear of the ‘Danger Zone’ while cooking outdoors.

“This Memorial Day weekend and all summer long, I encourage families to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors and the variety of food America’s farmers are able to provide,” said Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza. “It’s important to remember that bacteria grow faster in the same warm temperatures, so extra care should be taken to make sure perishable food doesn’t spend too long in the Danger Zone. That is temperatures between 40 and 140 ˚F when perishable food spoils rapidly. Foods that should be served hot or cold should not spend more than one hour in the Danger Zone when temperatures are above 90 ˚F, and two hours when temperatures are below 90 ˚F.”

Planning ahead is a key factor for ensuring food is safely handled and stored, and USDA’s FoodKeeper App can help. Developed by FSIS in partnership with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute, this application informs users on how to store food and beverages to maximize their freshness and quality, helping to promote food safety while also reducing food waste. The FoodKeeper application offers users valuable storage advice about more than 400 food and beverage items, including various types of baby food, dairy products and eggs, meat, poultry, produce, seafood, and more. The app also links to FSIS’ other digital resources, such as AskKaren.

What is the Danger Zone?

The Danger Zone is the temperature range in which bacteria can grow faster. Bacteria can actually double in number in as little as 20 minutes when perishable food is kept in the Danger Zone. In order to steer clear of the Danger Zone, you should always:

  • Keep cold food, at or below 40 °F, in the refrigerator, in coolers, or in containers on ice.
  • Limit the time coolers are open. Open and close the lid quickly. Do not leave coolers in direct sunlight.
  • Keep foods served hot at or above 140 °F, in chafing dishes, warming trays, slow cookers or on the grill. You can keep cooked meats hot by setting them to the side of the grill rack, not directly over the coals where they could overcook.
  • Use a food thermometer to check the safe recommended temperatures.
  • Never leave food between 40 and 140 ˚F for more than two hours.  If the temperature is above 90 °F, food should not be left out more than one hour.

As always, we remind consumers to follow the four steps to food safety when preparing dishes for a cookout:

Clean: Make sure to always wash your hands and surfaces with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before cooking and after handling raw meat or poultry during cooking. Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and work spaces with soap and warm water too. If you plan to be away from the kitchen, pack clean cloths and moist towelettes for cleaning surfaces and hands.

Separate:  When taking food off the grill, use a clean platter. Don’t put cooked food on the same platter that held raw meat or poultry. Any harmful bacteria present in the raw meat juices could contaminate safely cooked food.

Cook: Always use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of burgers, steaks, chicken, and foods containing meat or poultry.

  • Hamburgers, sausages and other ground meats should reach 160 °F.
  • All poultry should reach a minimum temperature of 165 °F.
  • Whole cuts of pork, lamb, veal, and of beef should be cooked to 145 °F as measured by a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the meat, and allowed to rest for three minutes before eating. A “rest time” is the amount of time the product remains at the final temperature, after it has been removed from a grill, oven, or other heat source. During the three minutes after meat is removed from the heat source, its temperature remains constant or continues to rise, which destroys pathogens.
  • Fish should be cooked to 145 °F.
  • Meat and poultry cooked on a grill often browns very fast on the outside, and by using a food thermometer you can be sure items have reached a safe minimum internal temperature needed to destroy any harmful bacteria that may be present.

Chill: After a cookout, place leftovers in shallow containers and refrigerate or freeze immediately. Discard food left in the Danger Zone too long. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out!

Food Safety Education Staff
Press Inquiries (202) 720-9113
Consumer Inquiries (888) 674-6854

SOURCE: FSIS

USDA’s FSIS: Taylor Farms Florida, Inc. recalls 151 pounds of chicken salad

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taylor Farms Florida, Inc., an Orlando, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 151 pounds of a chicken salad product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product may contain wheat and sesame ingredients, known allergens that are not declared on the mislabeled product label.

The ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken salad item was produced on May 23, 2016. The following product is subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 11-oz. (312-g) of individually packaged “Wawa thai style chicken mango salad with thai peanut flavored dressing” with a sell by date of 05/28/2016.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “Est. P-44818” inside the USDA mark of inspection. This item was shipped to Wawa convenience stores in Florida.

The problem was discovered on May 25, 2016, when the establishment notified FSIS personnel of the mislabeling issue affecting the salads. The salads have the correct label on the top of the package, but an incorrect back label saying “Wawa superfood salad.” Taylor Farms Florida, Inc. received notice from their customer. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to consume them. This product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Leonard Batti (407)-235-1800.

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

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

Congressional and Public Affairs
Gabrielle N. Johnston
(202) 720-9113

SOURCE: FSIS

StubHub launches new website that will serve as the digital home of StubHub’s public policy positions

StubHub launches Concourse, a new website that will serve as the digital home of StubHub’s public policy positions.

San Jose, California, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week StubHub and the eBay Government Relations team launched a new website called StubHub Concourse.  Employing the motto “Before you take a seat, take a stand”, the StubHub Concourse website will serve as the digital home of StubHub’s public policy positions and bring together a community of like-minded fans – a community dedicated to protecting the rights of sports fans and music lovers to enjoy the best, most convenient and hassle-free event and ticket experience possible.

StubHub believes that fans who purchase tickets to entertainment and sporting events should benefit from the freedom to resell or give those tickets away without barriers or restrictions. A free and open ticket market provides fans greater access to the events they want to attend and the ability to purchase those tickets at a fair and competitive price at any time.

“Our goal is simple,” says Tod Cohen, General Counsel for StubHub. “We want StubHub Concourse to be the place where fans learn the latest news and developments on their favorite team, artist or venue’s ticket practices.”

Unfortunately, too many ticket policies and practices may infringe on consumers’ rights. The StubHub Concourse website is a place where all fans can learn about the policies and practices that affect them, such as:

  • Outdated 20th Century Anti-Scalping Laws
  • Fighting BOTS
  • Holdbacks & Ticket Distribution Schemes
  • Ticket Delivery Delays
  • Non-Transferable Ticketing
  • Ticket Cancellations

Says Tekedra Mawakana, VP of Government Relations for eBay, “We’re excited to begin the process of building an active community of fans who weigh in on issues and help us have a positive influence on the policy makers who control and create tickets-related public policy.”

We encourage you to check out the StubHub Concourse website, explore the issues faced by fans, and “join the crowd” making a positive difference for fans and StubHub.

eBay

SOURCE: eBay Inc.

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StubHub launches new website that will serve as the digital home of StubHub’s public policy positions

StubHub launches new website that will serve as the digital home of StubHub’s public policy positions

Special “Wine & Dine” charity auction with celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio, May 26 – June 2, 2016

Chef Voltaggio’s Auction to Benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry

San Jose, California, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — eBay for Charity, one of the largest platforms that helps millions of eBay users raise funds and support the causes they care about – has partnered with celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio for a special “Wine & Dine” charity auction with 100% of proceeds going to charity.

The charity auction is a part of eBay’s ongoing celebration for its recently launched eBay Wine category. The online destination allows wine-enthusiasts and experts to browse, purchase and ship collectible, rare and everyday wines to 45 states across the United States.

Chef Voltaggio’s “Wine & Dine” experience will benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, dedicated to ending child hunger in America by ensuring they get the healthy food they need every day. The auction will run from Thursday, May 26 at 8 am PT and close on Thursday, June 2 at 8 am PT. To bid, visit www.eBay.com/Dine.

The once-in-a-lifetime eBay for Charity auction includes:

  • Working closely with Chef Voltaggio to create and name a sandwich that will be added to the menu for one month at both locations of Sack Sandwiches in Los Angeles.
  • One dollar from every sandwich sold will be donated by Sack Sandwiches to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.
  • Dinner for four at Voltaggio’s renowned restaurant ink. in Los Angeles.
  • Personalized and autographed cookbook for the winner.
  • Two three-day VIP tickets to the 2017 BottleRock Napa Valley music, food, wine and brew festival in historic downtown Napa, California.

“I’m thrilled to be raising money for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign through eBay for Charity’s ‘Wine & Dine’ auction,” said Michael Voltaggio. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with the winning bidder on a limited edition sandwich which will be sold at Sack Sandwiches. eBay is a perfect partner and platform to raise awareness and help end childhood hunger in America.”

“Since the launch of eBay Wine, we’ve continued to see interest in our inventory and the unique eBay for Charity auctions that help our shoppers connect to the causes – and celebrities – they care about,” said Dan Tarman, SVP, Chief Communications Officer at eBay. “With Chef Voltaggio, we’re excited to not only toast and celebrate eBay Wine, but help him connect with his fan base through a unique eBay for Charity auction.”

To celebrate the launch of eBay Wine, eBay and Voltaggio will host a VIP Happy Hour at BottleRock Napa Valley – the famed three-day music, food, wine and brew festival in Napa Valley, California – on May 27. Chef Voltaggio will be cooking a few dishes that will be paired with a premium or limited-edition wine found on eBay, including wine from Blackbird Vineyards, Chappellet, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Stags Leap District, Etude Wines, Hall Wines, and Schramsberg Vineyards.

This auction follows eBay for Charity’s successful ‘Wine & Dine” charity auctions with famed chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Richard Blais that raised funds for Save the Children and Citymeals on Wheels.

eBay

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Special “Wine & Dine” charity auction with celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio, May 26 - June 2, 2016

Special “Wine & Dine” charity auction with celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio, May 26 – June 2, 2016

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust completed the sale of its U.S. portfolio of 49 retail properties for US$1.9 billion

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) today is pleased to announce that it has completed the sale of its U.S. portfolio of 49 retail properties located in the Northeastern U.S. and Texas at a total sale price of US$1.9 billion as previously announced on December 18, 2015. During December 2015, and in connection with the sale of the U.S. operations, RioCan began to implement a hedging strategy that is expected to result in RioCan receiving Canadian dollar net proceeds of approximately $1.2 billion, in line with our original expectations.

“We are pleased to have completed this very large and involved sale process, and I would like to take the opportunity to thank our staff in the U.S. and Canada that were involved in the closing process led by Jonathan Gitlin, RioCan’s Senior Vice President, Investments, as well as our advisors. I would also like to thank the team at Blackstone for their co-operation and professionalism throughout this transaction,” said Edward SonshineChief Executive Officer of RioCan. “With the sale completed we can now completely focus on our Canadian operations, development and redevelopment portfolio and begin to put the net sale proceeds to use to create one of the strongest balance sheet profiles for REITs in Canada.”

Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets acted as RioCan’s advisors to the transaction, and Goodmans LLP, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, and Saul Ewing LLP acted as legal advisors to RioCan.

Forward Looking Advisory

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements made in this News Release regarding RioCan’s development program and the intended use of proceeds from the sale transaction, together with other statements concerning RioCan’s objectives, its strategies to achieve those objectives, as well as statements with respect to management’s beliefs, plans, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, leverage ratios, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts, including but without limitation to the intended use of proceeds from the sale. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “outlook”, “objective”, “may”, “will”, “would”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “should”, “plan”, “continue”, or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. Such forward-looking statements reflect management’s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. All forward-looking statements in this News Release are qualified by these cautionary statements.

Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future events or performance and, by its nature, is based on RioCan’s current estimates and assumptions, which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those described under “Risks and Uncertainties” in RioCan’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the year ended March 31, 2016 (“MD&A”) and the Trust’s most recent Annual Report and Annual Information Form, which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this News Release. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those related to: liquidity and general market conditions; tenant concentrations and related risk of bankruptcy or restructuring (and the terms of any bankruptcy or restructuring proceeding), defaults, including the failure to fulfill contractual obligations by the tenant or a related party thereof; retailer competition; access to debt and equity capital; interest rate and financing risk; joint ventures and partnerships; the relative illiquidity of real property; development risk associated with construction commitments, project costs and related approvals; environmental matters and property management. Although the forward looking information contained in this News Release is based upon what management believes are reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Certain statements included in this News Release may be considered “financial outlook” for purposes of applicable securities laws, and such financial outlook may not be appropriate for purposes other than this News Release.

The Income Tax Act (Canada) contains provisions which potentially impose tax on publicly traded trusts (the SIFT Provisions). However, the SIFT Provisions do not impose tax on a publicly traded trust which qualifies as a REIT. RioCan currently qualifies as a real estate investment trust for Canadian tax purposes and intends to qualify for future years. Should this not occur, certain statements contained in this News Release may need to be modified.

Except as required by applicable law, RioCan undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About RioCan
RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $16 billion as at March 31, 2016. RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 303 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 16 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 46 million square feet. For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at www.riocan.com.

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Cynthia J. Devine
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
and Corporate Secretary
(647) 253-4973
www.riocan.com

Weis Markets received final Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) approval to open a beer café in its store in York

Café, which is now open, offers more than 800 varieties of beer

SUNBURY, PA and YORK, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today  announced it has received final Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) approval to open a beer café in its store in the Carlisle Community Center on White Street in York. Associates began stocking shelves and coolers after receiving the approval and the café is now open for business.

The 30-seat beer café will sell beer for both on-premise consumption and take-out. It offers more than 800 varieties, with an extensive collection of local craft beers, including beers brewed by Wyndridge Farm Brewing and Liquid Hero Brewing.

The café is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

This is the sixth Weis Markets’ beer café to open in York County. The company operates beer cafés in 43 of its Pennsylvania stores.

SOURCE: Weis Markets

Weis Markets to purchase five Mars stores in Baltimore County from Mars Super Markets, Inc.

Purchase is expected to be complete in late July

Sunbury, PA, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today announced it has entered into an agreement with Mars Super Markets, Inc. to purchase five Mars stores in Baltimore County, including two in Dundalk and individual units in Essex, Arbutus and Carney.

The Company intends to complete the purchase in late July. Once the purchase is complete, Weis Markets will operate nine stores in Baltimore County, essentially doubling its footprint in the region.

“This is an important acquisition for us as we’ve been steadily expanding within Baltimore County in recent years,” said Jonathan Weis, Weis Markets’ Chairman and CEO. “We have great respect for Mars, the D’Anna family and their associates who have long-served the public as a locally-focused food retailer. These are successful, well-run stores and we look forward to interviewing the associates of these stores for employment with our company.”

“We have strived to truly be a part of the communities we serve and are proud of our legacy for providing both quality and service.  We are grateful for our loyal customers and for our associates who serve them,” said Mars Super Markets Chairman and CEO Chris D’Anna. “As a family-owned business, we recognize Weis Markets as a company with a similar commitment to its communities, customers and associates. This was an extremely important consideration in our decision.”

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About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 162 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. In Baltimore County, it operates stores in Perry Hall (2), Towson and Woodlawn. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.

About Mars Super Markets
Mars Super Markets is a food retailer based in Metropolitan Baltimore. It was founded by Joseph D’Anna in 1943. The Food Partners represented Mars Super Markets in the transaction as its strategic and financial advisor.

SOURCE: Weis Markets

Enrique (“Rick”) Hernandez, Jr. elected non-executive Chairman of McDonald’s Corporation’s Board of Directors

OAK BROOK, IL, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) Board of Directors today announced that Enrique (“Rick”) Hernandez, Jr. has been elected non-executive Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors following the company’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting held today. Hernandez, 60, has served on the Board as an independent Director since 1996 and most recently chaired the audit committee. He succeeds Andrew J. McKenna, who retired after 25 years of service as a director and served the last 12 years as chairman of the board. Hernandez is CEO and President of Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. in Pasadena, Calif.

“Rick has been a tremendous asset to the Board. He provides strong counsel, has a deep knowledge and passion for the Brand and shares our desire to continue delivering long-term value for our shareholders and the McDonald’s system,” said Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s President and CEO.

“I am delighted to have someone of Rick’s talent and experience, who has served this board so well, now guide it forward,” said McKenna.

Hernandez began his career as a litigation attorney with Brobeck, Phleger, & Harrison in Los Angeles and in 1984 joined Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. becoming CEO and President in 1986.

Hernandez serves as a Director for Chevron Corporation, Wells Fargo & Company, and Nordstrom, Inc., where last week he concluded ten years of service as chairman. He is also a member of the board of trustees for the University of Notre Dame, and a member of the Harvard College Visiting and Harvard University Resources Committees and The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation.

Hernandez earned a bachelor’s degree in government and economics from Harvard University and received his law degree from Harvard Law School.

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations in over 100 countries. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Media:
Becca Hary
630-623-7293

Investors:
Chris Stent
630-623-3801

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Enrique Hernandez, Jr.

Enrique Hernandez, Jr.

Save Mart Supermarkets voluntarily recalls Liquid Plumr Products

Modesto, CA, 2016-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The following Liquid Plumr products are being voluntarily recalled due to isolated reports of child resistant closures not working appropriately:

Item Description Size Pkg Color Product Code UPC
Liquid Plumr Professional Strength Foaming Clog Fighter tm or Slow Flow Fightertm 17 oz. Orange JS16081 or lower (ex. 16079, 15021,14123) 4460000214
Liquid Plumr Professional Strength Urgent Clear® Clog Remover 17 oz. Blue JS16081 or lower (ex. 16079, 15021,14123) 4460030548

Save Mart Supermarkets has received no reports of health complaints linked to this product. Customers who have purchased any of the above listed products may bring the unused portion to the store where the product was purchased or a full refund. Customers who have additional questions about the recall may contact Liquid Plumr at (800) 227-1860, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. EST, visit www.liquidplumr.com and go tothe Contact Us page, or contact Save Mart Customer Care at (800) 692-5710.

SOURCE: FoodMaxx