SPAR South Africa CEO Graham O’Connor elected President of SPAR International

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2016-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Graham O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer of SPAR South Africa has been elected President of SPAR International, the world’s largest voluntary food retail chain with global retail sales of €33 billion in 2015. He will succeed Leo Crawford, Chairman of SPAR Ireland, who had held the role since 2005.

The announcement was made at the 61st International SPAR Congress which took place in Bergen, Norway, last week. The annual Congress was attended by over 290 delegates from 38 countries and 4 continents.

Graham O’Connor comes to the role of President of SPAR International with exceptional retail experience, having worked with SPAR South Africa at both a retail and wholesale level. O’Connor has been CEO of SPAR South Africa since January 2014, having previously served as the Divisional Managing Director of SPAR South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Region.

SPAR South Africa Group’s total retail footprint now comprises more than 1,440 SPAR stores across South Africa, Ireland and Switzerland, with retail sales exceeding 6,7 billion euro. In Southern Africa, the group has a presence in 6 countries with over 880 SPAR stores. In 2014, SPAR South Africa took a majority stake in BWG Group, owners and operators of SPAR Ireland and on 1st April 2016, SPAR South Africa acquired 60% of the shareholding of SPAR Switzerland AG from the existing shareholders, Leuthold & Co Ag and ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG).

Speaking about his selection Graham O’Connor said “To be elected as President of SPAR International is a great honour. I look forward to working with the Board and our Partners from all over the world to continue to grow and develop the organisation. I would also like to formally thank Leo Crawford for all his hard work and dedication to the role throughout his outstanding tenure as President.”

Chairman of SPAR Ireland, Leo Crawford was appointed to the SPAR International Board in 2001 and was elected President of SPAR International in 2005.  During his tenure as president SPAR underwent exceptional international growth, growing it’s presence to its current scale of over 12,100 stores in 42 countries worldwide.

Speaking about his time as President, Leo Crawford remarked “As the 6th President in the history of this great organisation, I have been honoured to have served for 11 years as Chairman of the Board.  I am delighted that Graham O’Connor has accepted the invitation to become the 7thPresident of SPAR International.  I wish Graham all the very best and I am confident that SPAR will grow from strength to strength under his dynamic leadership.”

CONTACT

SPAR International
info@spar-international.com
+3120 626 6749

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SPAR South Africa CEO Graham O’Connor elected President of SPAR International

SPAR South Africa CEO Graham O’Connor elected President of SPAR International

SPAR Hungary store won the 2016 Store of the Year Award

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2016-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The SPAR store located in the Mammut shopping centre in Budapest has won the 2016 Store of the Year Award, ranking first in the “large-size supermarket” category. The jury consisted of FMCG and marketing professionals who assessed the store’s service standards, the functionality of the retail space, the implementation of environmentally conscious solutions, as well as the store aesthetics.

The SPAR Supermarket re-opened in August 2014, following a major reconstruction project. The renewed supermarket now has a modern look and feel with a retail selling space of almost 2,000m2. It is a spacious and inviting environment, allowing customers to perform their large weekend and daily top-up shopping in comfort.

The reconstruction was carried out with the support of SPAR International and SPAR Austria, who assisted with the design and planning of the supermarket, helping to create a product-centred retail space that guides shoppers in a customer-friendly way. The modernised store operates with cutting-edge services and equipment, satisfying the latest energy-efficiency demands. A dedicated SPAR-to-Go restaurant can be found at the front of the supermarket, offering snacks and complete meals, either for dining in or taking-away.

CONTACT

SPAR International
info@spar-international.com
+3120 626 6749

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SPAR Hungary store won the 2016 Store of the Year Award
Mrs. Béláné Orha (R), Store Manager of the Mammut SPAR Supermarket accepts the 2016 Store of the Year Award

McDonald’s comments on Fight for $15 Protests

Oak Brook, Illinois, 2016-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — “At McDonald’s, we take seriously our role in helping strengthen communities. Every year, we and our franchisees separately employ hundreds of thousands of people, providing many with their very first job,” said Lisa McComb, a McDonald’s spokesperson. “We offer McDonald’s employees the opportunity to develop the valuable skills and work ethic necessary to build successful careers even beyond our restaurants. Last July, we raised wages for all employees at our company-owned restaurants to $1 dollar above the local minimum wage and gave them the ability to earn paid time off. And because so many are just starting out in their careers, we invest in Archways to Opportunity, a set of programs for everyone that provides free high school completion courses and college tuition assistance so they can work toward earning a high school diploma or a college degree.”

MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE

McDonald’s Media Relations is staffed Monday through Friday between 8a.m. and 5p.m. Central Time. Please send us an email and we will respond as soon as possible to your media request.Press@us.mcd.com

Citycon’s CIO Nils Styf to leave the company

HELSINKI, FINLAND, 2016-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nils Styf, Citycon’s Chief Investment Officer and member of Corporate Management Committee, has decided to leave the company. Mr. Styf joined Citycon and the Corporate Management Committee in 2012. He will continue in his current position until the end of summer. The process of appointing his successor has commenced and the nomination will be announced later on.

“I want to warmly thank Nils Styf for his significant contribution to the turnaround of Citycon’s asset portfolio over the last four years and wish him best success”, says Marcel Kokkeel, CEO of Citycon.

 

For further information, please contact:
Marcel Kokkeel, CEO
Tel. +358 20 766 4521 or +358 40 154 6760
marcel.kokkeel@citycon.com

Citycon Oyj (Nasdaq Helsinki: CTY1S) is a leading owner, developer and manager of urban grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic regions, managing assets that total EUR 4.7 billion and with market capitalisation of approximately EUR 2 billion. For more information about Citycon, please visit www.citycon.com

MEDIA CONTACT

Henrica Ginström
Vice President, IR and Communications

+358 50 554 4296
henrica.ginstrom (at) citycon.com

The Kroger Co. Q1 conference call on Thursday, June 16, 2016

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) will host a conference call with investors on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 10 a.m. (ET) to discuss financial results for the first quarter 2016.

The presentation will be broadcast online at ir.kroger.com. Click on “Quarterly Results” to access the event. An on-demand replay of the webcast will be available at approximately 1 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

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

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Kroger Family of Stores Media Contacts

The Kroger Co. – General Office

Keith Dailey
Director, Media Relations/Corporate Communications
Office: 513-762-1304
Cell: 513-257-4955
Email: keith.dailey@kroger.com

Kroger’s King Soopers division president Russ Dispense to retire

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that Russ Dispense, president of the company’s King Soopers division, plans to retire on July 1, after 51 years with the company.

“Throughout his distinguished career, Russ has always been known for his passion for the community, King Soopers and for people. His desire to see those who work with him grow and develop has changed the lives of our associates and touched the lives of our customers,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Under Russ’s leadership King Soopers has grown significantly while remaining Colorado’s favorite grocery store in a highly-competitive market. Russ will end his incredible career as our longest-serving King Soopers president. We are grateful for his many years of exceptional service and leadership, and wish him, Debbie and their family all the best in retirement.”

A Colorado native, Mr. Dispense began his career in the supermarket industry in 1965, when he joined King Soopers as a courtesy clerk. He served in various leadership positions in stores and district management through the years, as well as at warehouses, manufacturing plants and administrative offices. Mr. Dispense was promoted to vice president of retail operations and merchandising for the King Soopers division in 1983. He also served as vice president of real estate. In 1999, he was promoted to president of Smith’s Food and Drug Stores in Salt Lake City. Russ was named to his current role as president of King Soopers/City Market division in 2001.

Mr. Dispense currently serves on the Board of Directors for Western Association of Food Chains, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the Colorado Health Foundation. He has served as the Past Chairman of the Board for the Better Business Bureau, the Board of Directors for the Mountain States Employers Council, and the Rocky Mountain Food Dealers Association, as well as the State of Colorado Governor’s Advisory Council. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Western State College and is a graduate of the University of Southern California Food Industry Management Program.

Mr. Dispense has been married to his wife Debbie for 46 years. They are the proud parents of two grown children, Lisa and Marc, and have five grandsons.

His successor will be announced at a later date.

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

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Kroger Family of Stores Media Contacts

The Kroger Co. – General Office

Keith Dailey
Director, Media Relations/Corporate Communications
Office: 513-762-1304
Cell: 513-257-4955
Email: keith.dailey@kroger.com

Hickory Harvest Foods expands recall of certain sunflower kernel products

Akron, OH, 2016-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hickory Harvest Foods, under advice from its sunflower kernel supplier, SunOpta, is expanding their recall of a limited number of products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, 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. These items are in addition to the items recalled on May 4, 2016 and May 20, 2016.

The additional products were packaged at, or distributed from Hickory Harvest between the dates of June 22,2015 and May 31,2016. Shipments were to the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, lA, 10, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, Ml, MO, MS, MT, NC, NO, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SO, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, and WY. No illnesses have been reported to date, but in an abundance of caution Hickory Harvest is recalling all affected products.

Recalled retail items were sold in packaged bags and deli tubs and are marked with Best By Dates located on the front or back of the packages. Listed below are details regarding the additional recalled items:

Product Description Size UPC Best By Date
Hickory Harvest Sweet and Salty Trail Mix 4.5oz. 0-36232-06075-5 010216
042916
050516
052716
071416
071516
080416
101516
111616
Hickory Harvest Foods Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernels 5 oz. 0-36232-07704-6 030316
040916
042316
043016
052716
071216
080316
081316
101216
Hickory Harvest Foods Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernels 10oz. 0-36232-07703-9 013016
030906
030916
031016
032516
035216
042216
042916
050416
053116
060216
062216
062316
062516
070816
081216
081816
092816
101916
122516
122816
Hickory Harvest Foods Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernels 11 oz. 0-36232-07702-2 011117
012916
031816
053116
061816
081816
081916
102716
Hickory Harvest Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel Car Cup 7 oz. 0-36232-07716-9 102816
110116
111616
111716
Heinens Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel 10 oz. 0-36232-07703-9 022516
030916
032416
032516
032916
041416
052416
052516
052916
070816
081816
101916
122816
Heinens Roasted NoSalt Sunflower Kernel 10oz. 0-36232-07707-7 020416
021316
022116
032415
032416
052516
062416
070816
081816
100816
101416
Hickory Harvest Roasted NoSalt Sunflower Kernel 10oz. 0-36232-07707-7 022116
030916
032116
032416
032516
042616
042916
060216
061516
070816
071916
091416
101416
IM Good Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel 1.6oz. 7-93724-80218-9 022617
050316
061116
070716
071716
080716
081316
082716
110816
Amish Farms Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel 5.5oz. 8-55993-20018-6 070916
081216
100716
112516
Raylicious Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel 1.5oz. 8-55291-00192-8 041417
041517
041617
070216
081416
110816
121216
Liberty Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel 3oz. 6-08819-35672-3 011517
021217
030817
030917
041617
071616
071716
081316
091116
102916
120516
120715
Sheetz Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel 3.5oz. 7-59465-00784-9 012617
012717
030117
031917
061816
070916
071316
083116
091516
101416
110316
110516
112016
120116
121816
Superior Brokerage Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel Car Cup 7 oz. 8-10222-02129-1 Pack Date:
16046
16048
16049
16075
Superior Brokerage Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernels 9oz. 8-10222-02022-5 Pack Date:
15224
15237
15243
15272
15280
15285
15313
15314
15324
Superior Brokerage No Salt Sunflower Kernels 9oz. 8-10222-02140-6 Pack Date:
15246
15265
15281
15295
15315
15317
15320
15322

Consumers are urged not to consume these products. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them. Consumers seeking information may emailaskus2@hickoryharvest.com or call1-877-237-4374 Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Eastern Time.

Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Please contact Hickory Harvest at askus2@hickoryharvest.com to arrange for disposal or return of the product.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Company provided the following statement:

“We are dedicated to producing the highest quality and safest snacks for our customers, as their safety is our top priority. Therefore, we are following the advice of our supplier and issuing a voluntary recall on certain sunflower kernel products that are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Fortunately, there have been no consumer illnesses reported. Hickory Harvest Foods is working with its customers and the FDA to ensure the products are removed from commerce as quickly as possible.”

About Hickory Harvest Foods
Hickory Harvest Foods, Inc., The Good Snack People, offers the largest selection of healthy and salty snacks in a variety of packaging options. Hickory Harvest Foods sells wholesale product under its own brand, the I.M. Good Snacks brand as well as private brands to grocery stores/mass retail, convenience/travel stores, distributors, food manufacturers, gift companies and fundraising organizations. Located in Akron, Ohio since 1972, the company has a proud history of retaining long-time employees that are dedicated to producing the best quality in the industry.

Initial Press Release

First Expanded Press Release

Contact

Consumers

Consumers Customer Service
Service askus2@hickoryharvest.com
1-800-448-6887

Media

Joe Swiatkowski
joe@hickoryharvest.com
330-644-6266

 

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Hickory Harvest Foods expands recall of certain sunflower kernel products

Hickory Harvest Foods expands recall of certain sunflower kernel products

ACH Food Companies, Inc. of Memphis, TN recalls Salad Toppings

MEMPHIS, Tenn., 2016-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — ACH Food Companies, Inc. of Memphis, TN is recalling Durkee® Salad Topping, Food Club® branded Salad Topping and Hy-Vee® Garden Style Salad Topping because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, 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.

ACH has received no reports of illness to date, but is taking this voluntary action as a precaution to ensure the health and safety of everyone who enjoys our products.

The recall is the result of the expanded recall of sunflower kernels supplied to us by SunOpta.

These products are distributed throughout the United States and the Dominican Republic through retail stores.

HOW TO IDENTIFY THE RECALLED PRODUCT

Images of the product labels are shown below.

Recalled products can be identified on the Durkee® Salad Topping and the Food Club Salad Topping by the “Best By” date and the Hy-Vee product can be identified by its lot code. This information is printed in black ink on the bottom of the plastic product container.

DESCRIPTION UPC CODE SIZE BEST BY
Durkee Salad Topping 4760009136 6.75 oz JUL 20 17
Durkee Salad Topping 4760009136 6.75 oz JUL 21 17
Durkee Salad Topping 4760009136 6.75 oz AUG 18 17
Durkee Salad Topping 4760009136 6.75 oz AUG 19 17
Durkee Salad Topping 4760009136 6.75 oz OCT 05 17
Durkee Salad Topping 4760009136 6.75 oz NOV 17 17
Durkee Salad Topping 4760009136 6.75 oz NOV 22 17
Durkee Salad Topping 4760009136 6.75 oz FEB 09 18
DESCRIPTION UPC CODE SIZE BEST BY
Food Club Salad Topping 3680017322 6.75 oz JUL 21 17
Food Club Salad Topping 3680017322 6.75 oz OCT 05 17
Food Club Salad Topping 3680017322 6.75 oz NOV 17 17
Food Club Salad Topping 3680017322 6.75 oz APR 20 18
DESCRIPTION UPC CODE SIZE LOT CODE
Hy-Vee Garden Style Salad Topping 7545004755 6.75 oz 232A5 B
Hy-Vee Garden Style Salad Topping 7545004755 6.75 oz 238A5 B
Hy-Vee Garden Style Salad Topping 7545004755 6.75 oz 239A5 C
Hy-Vee Garden Style Salad Topping 7545004755 6.75 oz 279A5 C
Hy-Vee Garden Style Salad Topping 7545004755 6.75 oz 327A5 B
Hy-Vee Garden Style Salad Topping 7545004755 6.75 oz 327A5 C
Hy-Vee Garden Style Salad Topping 7545004755 6.75 oz 041A6 C
Hy-Vee Garden Style Salad Topping 7545004755 6.75 oz 042A6 B
Hy-Vee Garden Style Salad Topping 7545004755 6.75 oz 111A6 B

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are advised to not consume the product, and either discard the unused portion or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

No other ACH Food Companies, Inc. or Durkee® products are included in this recall.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact ACH Food Companies, Inc. at 1-800-328-6013 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.

Contact

Consumers
ACH Food Companies, Inc.
1-800-328-6013

Media
Sarah Blankenship
1-800-691-1106

 

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ACH Food Companies, Inc. of Memphis, TN recalls Salad Toppings

ACH Food Companies, Inc. of Memphis, TN recalls Salad Toppings

Nu Life Market of Scott City, Kansas recalls 300 jars of its three flavors of Sun Life brand Sunflower Spread

Silver Spring, MD, 2016-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nu Life Market of Scott City, Kansas is voluntarily recalling approximately 300 jars of its three flavors of Sun Life brand Sunflower Spread packaged in a 12 ounce jar because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, 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, Listeriainfection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The Sunflower Spread was distributed in retail stores in Kansas and through online sales between the dates of September 15, 2015 and May 17, 2016. The product comes in a 12 ounce, clear plastic jar with a brown plastic lid. The best by date is located on the top of the brown jar lid. Listed below are details pertaining to the recalled items:

Sun Life Spread Flavor Lot# Best By UPC
Natural Sunflower Spread 5266A1 6/17/2016 855881003370
Natural Sunflower Spread 5315A1 8/5/2016 855881003370
Natural Sunflower Spread with Maple 5225B1 5/13/2016 855881003622
Natural Sunflower Spread with Chocolate 5246C1 5/28/2016 855881003615

No illnesses have been reported to date, but the company is recalling the products as a precaution to maintain the health and safety of our consumers. These spreads contain sunflower seeds distributed by our supplier, SunOpta, which notified our company of their potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Consumers who have purchased these products should discard the product or return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers seeking information may email contactus@sunlifespreads.com or call 1-866-962-5236 Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Daylight Savings Time.

Contact
Consumers
Sun Life
contactus@sunlifespreads.com
1-866-962-5236

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Nu Life Market of Scott City, Kansas recalls 300 jars of its three flavors of Sun Life brand Sunflower Spread

Nu Life Market of Scott City, Kansas recalls 300 jars of its three flavors of Sun Life brand Sunflower Spread

Bayou Brothers of Austin TX recalls 33 oz. jars of its Bayou Brothers Creole Sauce

Silver Spring, MD, 2016-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bayou Brothers of Austin, Texas is recalling its 33 oz. jars of its Bayou Brothers Creole Sauce because it contains undeclared fish.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to fish may run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled Bayou Brothers Creole Sauce jars were only distributed in the state of Texas.

The product comes in a labeled 33 oz. jar that is coded with a “Best By” Date code of “23MAR17” through “18MAY18”. Please see the attached picture as a reference.

The UPC code for the recalled product is: 91037 60907.

No illnesses have been reported to date and there are no other safety concerns for people who do not have a fish allergy.

This recall was voluntarily issued by the company after it discovered that the label on the product did not accurately reflect the ingredients.

The company has since corrected the problem and has initiated corrective actions to prevent its reoccurrence.

Consumers who have purchased 33 oz. jars of Bayou Brothers Creole Sauce are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-903-7087, Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, CST.

Contact

Consumers
Bayou Brothers
 1-800-903-7087

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Bayou Brothers of Austin TX recalls 33 oz. jars of its Bayou Brothers Creole Sauce

Bayou Brothers of Austin TX recalls 33 oz. jars of its Bayou Brothers Creole Sauce