CVS Health announces that its CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores are now open in Oregon

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that the first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores are now open in Oregon. The pharmacies, located in several metropolitan areas, including Portland>Eugene and Medford, are being operated through a store-within-a-store format and are branded CVS Pharmacy.

“We’re excited to introduce our integrated pharmacy services and health care expertise to Target guests in Oregon,” said Tony Caskey, Area Vice President for CVS Pharmacy. “Our pharmacy care and clinic offerings, along with our innovative digital tools, will offer consumers expanded wellness options and increased access to care. We look forward to welcoming Target guests as our pharmacy patients.”

With the addition of 18 rebranded CVS Pharmacy in Target locations, the company now has its first presence in the state and is introducing Target guests to its suite of innovative pharmacy care services.

The CVS Pharmacy in Target locations in Oregon will soon offer the complete suite of services available at traditional CVS Pharmacy stores. Maintenance Choice, a program that lets CVS Caremark plan members choose to fill 90-day supplies of medications for chronic conditions either through mail service or at any CVS Pharmacy location, is now available in all pharmacies in Target. Pharmacy Advisor, a program in which CVS Caremark plan members diagnosed with chronic conditions receive face-to-face counseling when they choose to fill prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy or by phone when they choose mail service pharmacy, will be available by the end of 2016. Specialty Connect, a feature of CVS Specialty which gives patients the option to pick up their specialty prescriptions at any CVS Pharmacy, is also now available to patients at CVS Pharmacy in Target in Oregon.

“As we roll out the new CVS Pharmacy in Target stores, we are working closely with patients to make their transition to our services and programs as simple and seamless as possible,” added Caskey.

Patients at CVS Pharmacy in Target now have access to convenient and easy-to-use digital tools, such as the CVS Pharmacy app and CVS.com, to help them manage their prescriptions and stay on track with their medications. Patients who utilize CVS Pharmacy’s digital offerings are also able to scan their pill bottles to order refills of their prescriptions and receive medication reminders while benefiting from easier in-store pickup. CVS Pharmacy’s leading ExtraCare loyalty program and the opt-in ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards will allow patients to earn $5 in ExtraBucks Rewards for every 10 prescriptions filled. Patients can also earn rewards for the other things they do to stay healthy, like getting immunizations or choosing email refill reminders.

CVS Pharmacy is committed to giving back to the communities where its colleagues live and work. The company has extended that commitment to Oregon with a $50,000 donation to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. The funding will benefit the hospital’s work to provide the best possible care to the children of Oregon and beyond.

“We are incredibly thankful to the CVS Pharmacy team for this generous gift that will provide hope and support to the patients and families of OHSU Doernbecher for many years to come,” said Dana Braner, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M., physician-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and professor and interim chair, Department of Pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine.

In December 2015, CVS Health acquired all Target pharmacies and retail clinics across 47 states. In addition, a CVS Pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer pharmacy services and Target clinic locations will be rebranded as MinuteClinic over the next few months. The acquisition expands CVS Health’s pharmacy footprint by approximately 20 percent and its clinic footprint by about 8 percent. CVS Health now has a presence in every state.

To learn more about the Target pharmacy transition, customers can visit www.cvs.com/target.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

Contacts

Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE CVS Pharmacy

MinuteClinic opens eight new locations inside Target stores in Maryland

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, has opened eight new locations inside Target stores inMaryland, including six in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The clinics located in stores in Annapolis, Baltimore (Canton), Bel Air, Cockeysville, Ellicott City,Nottingham, Silver Spring and Towson have been rebranded and converted to MinuteClinic. There are now 43 MinuteClinic locations in Maryland, including clinics in select CVS Pharmacy stores.

“The new MinuteClinic locations inside Target will offer the same scope of services available to patients at all our other clinics in Maryland and nationwide,” said Andrew Sussman, M.D., President of MinuteClinic, and Executive Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health. “In addition, some services will be new to Target guests, including treatment for minor sprains and strains, contraceptive care and smoking cessation counseling.”

MinuteClinic is open seven days a week and no appointment is necessary. Most major health insurance is accepted. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted at each clinic and at www.minuteclinic.com.

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants at MinuteClinic specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat; ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and indigestion. Acne, rashes and skin conditions; sprains and strains; and minor wounds and abrasions are also treated. Common vaccinations are available at most locations, such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and Hepatitis A and B.

Prevention and wellness services include screening and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, tuberculosis (TB) testing, contraceptive care, motion sickness prevention and smoking cessation.

At the conclusion of each visit, patients receive educational material, a prescription (when clinically appropriate) and a visit summary. A copy of the diagnostic record can be sent electronically, or by fax or mail, to a primary care provider with patient permission.

With the new MinuteClinic in Target locations, Sussman says MinuteClinic can continue to play a complementary role in working with primary care providers.MinuteClinic locations in Maryland are affiliated with MedStar Health and University of Maryland Medical System.

“About 50 percent of MinuteClinic visits occur on evenings, weekends and holidays when patients may not be able to get an appointment with their primary care provider and otherwise may need to choose more expensive emergency department or urgent care options,” he said. “Also, approximately half of the patients seen at MinuteClinic are ‘medically homeless’ and do not have a personal physician.”

In December 2015, CVS Health acquired all Target pharmacies (1,672 locations across 47 states) and retail clinics (79 locations in seven states). Target-based pharmacy locations are being rebranded CVS Pharmacy over the next several months and will operate through a store-within-a-store format. Target clinic locations are being rebranded as MinuteClinic over the next few months as well.

The MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside Target stores in Maryland operate from9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (Annapolis and Baltimore locations close at 7 p.m.) and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday(Annapolis and Baltimore locations open at 11 a.m.).

MinuteClinic locations inside Maryland Target stores include:

Annapolis: 1911 Towne Centre Blvd.
Baltimore: 3559 Boston St.
Bel Air: 580 Marketplace Dr.
Cockeysville: 9901 York Rd.
Ellicott City: 4390 Montgomery Rd.
Nottingham: 5230 Campbell Blvd.
Silver Spring: 12000 Cherry Hill Rd.
Towson: 1238 Putty Hill Ave.

About MinuteClinic
MinuteClinic is the retail medical clinic of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with more than 1,100 locations in 33 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has provided care through more than 30 million patient visits, with a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive four consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.minuteclinic.com.

SOURCE MinuteClinic

CVS Health opens CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores throughout Washington

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that the first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores are now open in Washington. The pharmacies, located in several metropolitan areas, including Olympia, Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma, are being operated through a store-within-a-store format and are branded CVS Pharmacy.

“We’re excited to introduce our integrated pharmacy services and health care expertise to Target guests in Washington,” said Hanley Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Retail Field Operations, for CVS Pharmacy. “Our pharmacy care and clinic offerings, along with our innovative digital tools, will offer consumers expanded wellness options and increased access to care. We look forward to welcoming Target guests as our pharmacy patients.”

In addition to the CVS Pharmacy locations in Target, CVS Pharmacy currently operates seven free-standing stores in Washington. With the addition of the 30 rebranded CVS Pharmacy in Target locations, the company is expanding its reach in the state and is introducing Target guests to its suite of innovative pharmacy care services.

The CVS Pharmacy in Target locations in Washington will soon offer the complete suite of services available at traditional CVS Pharmacy stores. Maintenance Choice, a program that lets CVS Caremark plan members choose to fill 90-day supplies of medications for chronic conditions either through mail service or at any CVS Pharmacy location, is now available in all pharmacies in Target. Pharmacy Advisor, a program in which CVS Caremark plan members diagnosed with chronic conditions receive face-to-face counseling when they choose to fill prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy or by phone when they choose mail service pharmacy, will be available by the end of 2016. Specialty Connect, a feature of CVS Specialty which gives patients the option to pick up their specialty prescriptions at any CVS Pharmacy, will be available to patients as Target pharmacies convert to CVS Pharmacy.

“As we roll out the new CVS Pharmacy in Target stores, we are working closely with patients to make their transition to our services and programs as simple and seamless as possible,” added Wheeler.

Patients at CVS Pharmacy in Target now have access to convenient and easy-to-use digital tools, such as the CVS Pharmacy app and CVS.com, to help them manage their prescriptions and stay on track with their medications. Patients who utilize CVS Pharmacy’s digital offerings are also able to scan their pill bottles to order refills of their prescriptions and receive medication reminders while benefiting from easier in-store pickup. CVS Pharmacy’s leading ExtraCare loyalty program and the opt-in ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards will allow patients to earn $5 in ExtraBucks Rewards for every 10 prescriptions filled. Patients can also earn rewards for the other things they do to stay healthy, like getting immunizations or choosing email refill reminders.

CVS Pharmacy is committed to giving back to the communities where its colleagues live and work. The company has extended that commitment to Washington with a $50,000 donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital. The funding will be used to support the hospital’s work to help the state’s children on their path to better health and to increase access to vital pediatric health care services.

“Seattle Children’s has a long history of working with communities to help create safer and healthier places to live,” said Peter Drury, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, for Seattle Children’s Hospital. “We’re looking forward to launching a new strategic plan that continues to prioritize increasing access to quality health care for all children and teens. The community and donors like CVS Pharmacy are vital partners to ensuring we can care for every child who needs us. We are grateful for this generous donation that makes our work possible.”

In December 2015, CVS Health acquired all Target pharmacies and retail clinics across 47 states. In addition, a CVS Pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer pharmacy services and Target clinic locations will be rebranded as MinuteClinic over the next few months. The acquisition expands CVS Health’s pharmacy footprint by approximately 20 percent and its clinic footprint by about 8 percent. CVS Health now has a presence in every state.

To learn more about the Target pharmacy transition, customers can visit www.cvs.com/target.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

Contacts
Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE CVS Pharmacy

BRC, FDF, SSA launches new guidance for food companies on use of culinary dried herbs and spices

LONDON, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new resource launched today will provide food companies that use culinary dried herbs and spices with industry best practice guidance on assessing and protecting the authenticity of these products.

Food companies will be able to use the practical guidance to ensure that they have the appropriate measures in place to play their role in assuring the integrity of these products. The guide was developed by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Seasoning and Spice Association (SSA) in liaison with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

Kerina Cheesman, Policy and Food Integrity Manager at FDF, said:
“Culinary dried herbs and spices are widely used ingredients. This guide, developed in partnership with regulators, draws on industry expertise to provide food businesses across the supply chain with practical guidance so that they can confidently play their part in assuring the integrity of these ingredients.”

Elizabeth Andoh-Kesson, Food Policy Advisor at the British Retail Consortium, said:
“This is a really important, practical guide for all food businesses to improve the way they manage a potentially vulnerable supply chain. It was great to collaborate with experts from manufacturers and suppliers to make a positive contribution to securing the supply chain and reinforcing consumer confidence.”

Steve Clemenson, Chair Joint Industry Working Group, said
“The Seasoning and Spice Association (SSA) is very pleased with the publication of Industry Best Practice Guidance to Assessing and Protecting the Authenticity of Culinary Dried Herbs.

The development of this document was decided following the Global Chain Analysis Workshop organised by the FSA (February 2015), in collaboration with FDF and BRC. It provides in-depth expertise and advice from SSA Members to assist companies using herbs and spices in understanding their role in assuring the integrity of their products”

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Zoe Maddison
Communications Assistant
British Retail Consortium
T: +44 (0)20 7854 8953

Tim Horan
Media and Campaigns Officer
Food and Drink Federation
T: +44 (0) 20 7420 7131

Notes for editors:
1. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is the UK’s largest retail trade association. It represents the full range of retailers, large and small, multiples and independents, food and non-food online and store based.
2. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent, visit: www.fdf.org.uk
3. The Seasoning and Spice Association (SSA) is the leading voice of the UK seasoning and spice industry and represents the interests of its members in all aspects of the import, processing and distribution of seasonings, herbs, spices and related products.

Immochan Romania obtains BREEAM Excellent certification for its project Coresi Shopping Resort

ROMANIA, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Immochan Romania obtained the BREEAM Excellent certification for its project Coresi Shopping Resort, from Brașov. Thus, CORESI becomes the commercial center with the highest sustainability ranking in the country, the first in Romania and the second in Central and Eastern Europe to achieve this exigent certification level. BuildGreen, a leading consultant in the field of sustainable building design, development and certification in CEE, advised the developer the process.

CORESI Shopping Center is the largest urban regeneration project in Romania, proposing inhabitants and tourists in Braşov region, not only a seamless shopping experience, but also a leisure destination, spread over a 70.000 sq.m. surface.

Initially, the company commited to a BREEAM «Very Good» ranking, but the achievement of the BREEAM Excellent level was possible due to the good collaboration with the local authorities, Auchan and tenants that joined the process of certification, which in the end resulted in implementing all envisioned sustainability measures.

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Immochan Romania obtains BREEAM Excellent certification for its project Coresi Shopping Resort

Immochan Romania obtains BREEAM Excellent certification for its project Coresi Shopping Resort

Stradivarius opened its biggest global flagship on London’s Oxford Street

The new flagship at 309 Oxford Street has a total area of 1,500 sqm (16,145 sqft) spread over three floors.

LONDON, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stradivarius, the young fashion and accessories brand of the Inditex group, has opened its biggest global flagship on London’s Oxford Street. The new store at 309 Oxford Street has a total area of 1,500 sqm (16,145 sqft) spread over three floors. The basement and first floor have opened to showcase the women and lifestyle collections and the first floor is scheduled to open in 2017 in time for Spring/Summer with the launch of Stradivarius’s first menswear offering.

An impressive glass façade allows natural light to permeate the store helping to connect it to the street outside. The atmosphere is one of industrial combined with natural aesthetics, with wood, textured fabric walls and strip lights. The original interior brick walls have been exposed and preserved to create a vintage feel and showcase the #stradivariuslondon hashtag.

The new opening builds on the success of Stradivarius’s first UK store opened at Westfield Stratford in August 2014, as well as the launch of the brand’s UK ecommerce offering in September 2013 through www.stradivarius.com. The website allows simple browsing and provides inspiration by showcasing the brand’s Campaigns and Lookbooks which can be shared through social networks.

About Stradivarius
Stradivarius is one of the eight brands that make up Inditex Group. It designs thousands of feminine and creative garments and accessories in Spain which are distributed exclusively in its stores worldwide, especially targeting women between 20 and 35 years old. Including the new store at 309 Oxford Street, the brand has 960 stores in 64 countries.

About Inditex
Inditex is a fashion retail group with eight commercial brands (Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe) and over 7,000 stores worldwide. The Group’s brands remained focused on listening closely to customers to offer them the fashions they desire. The customer promise is also the driving force behind the integration of our sustainable and environmental policies used throughout the Group’s supply chain.

For any press request please contact with:

Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex

Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544
comunicacion@inditex.com

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Stradivarius opened its biggest global flagship on London's Oxford Street

Stradivarius opened its biggest global flagship on London’s Oxford Street

NACS strongly opposes Rep. Hensarling’s proposal to repeal debit swipe fee reform

Alexandria, VA, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — NACS today released the following statement regarding plans announced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX-5), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, to repeal the Durbin Amendment, which reformed debit card swipe fees:

“NACS strongly opposes Rep. Hensarling’s proposal to repeal debit swipe fee reform, which has saved consumers nearly $6 billion and supported more than 37,000 jobs a year. Rep. Hensarling would undercut the free market by allowing the giant credit card companies and banks to resume price-fixing of debit card fees.

“Debit swipe fee reform introduced some measure of competition into the debit card market, which nevertheless continues to be largely controlled by the Visa-MasterCard duopoly.  Even with reform, American merchants and consumers must still pony up the highest debit and credit swipe fees in the world—up to seven or eight times what Europeans are assessed.

“Without the vital protections in debit reform, higher debit card fees would not only add to prices for consumers but also represent a tremendous additional burden to smaller merchants—especially convenience store owners, whose customers often engage in multiple transactions at the gas pump and within the store. Card fees are the second-largest operating cost for many retailers, preventing them from expanding or hiring.

“We strongly urge members of Congress and the House to reject the proposed repeal of debit swipe fee reform and maintain the indispensable protections it provides American merchants and consumers.”

NACS supported enactment of the Durbin Amendment, which was signed into law in 2010 and directs the Federal Reserve to ensure debit interchange fees are “reasonable and proportional” to the costs incurred.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Wegmans Food Markets now hiring and training full-time employees for its Hanover Township store, NJ set to open in spring 2017

HANOVER, NJ, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets is now hiring and training for full-time positions at its Hanover Township store in Morris County, set to open in spring 2017. Available full-time openings range from customer service and entry-level management to culinary positions, such as line cooks. The new store will employ approximately 500 people, 450 of whom will be hired locally. Of these, there are 170 full-time positions to be filled. Hiring for part-time positions will begin at a later date.

Full-time job applicants are invited to apply online at www.wegmans.com or call 1-877-WEGMANS (934-6267) for more information. Applications will not be accepted at the store or construction site, nor will interviews be conducted there. The company plans to begin scheduling interviews at its Parsippany employment office later this month.

Tim Lockwood, a 27-year Wegmans veteran and manager of the Hanover store will oversee the hiring process. Lockwood shared his perspective on the qualities Wegmans looks for in new employees: “We want people with a passion for incredible service and great food. Skills and experience are taken into consideration, but more importantly, we hire people who are friendly, enthusiastic, and eager to learn. In-depth training begins quickly after a new employee joins our team.”

Hanover Wegmans, a 125,000 square-foot supermarket, is part of the Mack-Cali campus at the intersection of I-287 and NJ Route 10. The store will include The Burger Bar by Wegmans, a casual, family-friendly restaurant within the Market Café. The menu, developed by Wegmans chefs and made fresh to order, offers a mouth-watering lineup of burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups, sides, specialty milkshakes, and kids’ meals.

“Wegmans is a 100-year-old family-owned company with a reputation for putting employees first,” said Lockwood. “We offer flexible scheduling, competitive pay and benefits, and a fun place to work – all of which contribute to our #4 ranking on FORTUNE magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.”

Wegmans currently operates seven stores in New Jersey. Once the Hanover store opens, Wegmans will have created more than 4,300 jobs in New Jersey since opening its Princeton location in 1999. That number will continue to increase with another new store slated to open in Montvale later in 2017.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 89-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:

Valerie Fox, Wegmans media relations coordinator, 585-720-5713

MaraNatha® voluntarily recalls certain MaraNatha® All Natural Sunflower Seed Butter due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

Lake Success, NY, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — MaraNatha®, under advice from its co-manufacturer of sunflower seed butter, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of retail lots of MaraNatha® All Natural Sunflower Seed Butter because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Product information is as follows:

ITEM DESCRIPTION UNIT UPC “USE BY” DATE RANGE
MaraNatha® All Natural Sunflower Seed Butter 12 oz. 0 51651-09367 5 28JUL16 thru 05DEC16

Listeria monocytogenes 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.

The potential for contamination was noted after notification was received from SunOpta, the sunflower seed supplier, pertaining to positive Listeria monocytogenes results. No reports of illness from Listeria have been reported to the company.

Products were distributed across the United States and Mexico. The products also were available for purchase on the internet. Distribution dates for this product ranged from September 25, 2015 thru April 18, 2016.

The use-by date can be found on the top of the jar lid. The company is currently working with customers and retailers to remove and destroy products with the above use-by dates from store shelves and warehouses. No other MaraNatha® products are impacted by this recall.

The recall is being made with the knowledge of the FDA.

Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact MaraNatha at 1-800-958-3772 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM EST for a refund, and with general inquiries.

Contact

Consumers
MaraNatha
1-800-958-3772

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MaraNatha® voluntarily recalls certain MaraNatha® All Natural Sunflower Seed Butter due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

MaraNatha® voluntarily recalls certain MaraNatha® All Natural Sunflower Seed Butter due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

FIRST SOURCE recalls various products containing Sunflower Kernels due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

Tonawanda, NY, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — FIRST SOURCE of Tonawanda, NY, is recalling the following items because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes:

  • 15 LBS Alpine Valley Fitness Mix with distribution dates between 06/4/15-5/31/16
  • 15 LBS Alpine Valley Yogurt Fruit/Nut Mix with distribution dates between 06/4/15-5/31/16
  • 15 LBS Alpine Valley Sunshine Cranberry Delight with distribution dates between 06/4/15-5/31/16
  • 15 LBS Alpine Valley Oriental Delight with distribution dates between 06/4/15-5/31/16
  • Alpine Valley Oriental Snack Mix 4oz with Best By dates between 02/04/16-01/31/17
  • Alpine Valley Yogurt Trail Mix 4oz with Best By dates between 02/04/16-01/31/17
  • Alpine Tub Roasted & Salted Sunflower Kernels 10.25oz with Best By dates between 06/04/16-05/31/17
  • Alpine Tub Roasted & Unsalted Sunflower Kernels 10.25oz with Best By dates between 06/04/16-05/31/17
  • Earth Fare Roasted & Salted Sunflower Kernels 16oz with Best By dates between 06/04/16-05/31/17
  • Earth Fare Roasted and Unsalted Sunflower Kernels 16oz with Best By dates between 06/04/16-05/31/17
  • Flave Beach Retreat Trail Mix 18.5oz with Best By dates between 06/04/16-05/31/17
  • Flave Fitness Mix 8oz with Best By dates between 06/04/16-05/31/17
  • Flave Hiker’s Haven Trail Mix 21.5 oz with Best By dates between 06/04/16-05/31/17
  • Flave Tropical Trail Mix 8oz with Best By dates between 06/04/16-05/31/17
  • Flave Oriental Delight Mix 6oz with Best By dates between 06/04/16-05/31/17
  • Flave Sunflower Seeds 7.5oz with Best By dates between 06/04/16-05/31/17
  • Gonzo 2 Go Sunshine Cranberry Delight 4.5oz with Lot Codes 14152171, 14153551, 14152441 14160402 &
  • 14161321
  • Gonzo 2 Go Fitness Mix 5oz with Lot Codes 14152171, 14152441, 14153561, 14160292, 14160641, & 14160991
  • Foodhold USA Tub Cranberry Almond Trail Mix with Best By dates between 03/04/16-02/28/17
  • SSP Fitness Mix Tub 10oz with Lot Codes 14152401 & 14152751
  • Stewarts Sunshine Cranberry Delite 5oz with Best By dates between 03/04/16-02/28/17
  • Tops square tub Roasted & Unsalted Sunflower Kernels 10.25oz with Best By dates between 06/04/16-05/31/17
  • Tops square tub Roasted & Salted Sunflower Kernels 10.25oz with Best By dates between 06/04/16-05/31/17
  • Tops square tub Sunshine Cranberry Delite 20oz with Best By dates between 03/04/16-02/28/17
  • Wegmans square tub Fitness Mix 12/20oz with Best By dates between 03/04/16-02/28/17
  • Wegmans square tub Sunshine Cranberry Delight 12/20oz with Best By dates between 03/04/16-02/28/17

Listeria monocytogenes, 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.

The recalled items were distributed in the following states via retail stores: IN, LA, MA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, WV & SC, between 6/4/2015 and 5/31/2016.

Currently, there are two possible illnesses being investigated in connection with this recall.

The potential for contamination was noted after we received notification from our sunflower kernel supplier SunOpta pertaining to positive Listeria monocytogenesresults.

Consumers who have purchased any of these items are urged to destroy the product. If customers have further distributed any of these items, please immediately contact your accounts, advise them of the recall situation, and have them return their outstanding recalled stocks to you and maintain and share your record of the destruction of these items. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-716- 389-0264, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm, ET.

Contact

Consumers
716-389-0264

Media
Joe Margarucci
716-389-0264

Nature’s One voluntarily recalls certain PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla complete nutrition beverage powder due to incorrect scoop size

Silver Spring, MD, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nature’s One of Lewis Center, OH is voluntarily recalling three lots of PediaSmart®Dairy Vanilla complete nutrition beverage powder packaged in 12.7 ounce cans, which bear the lot numbers located on the bottom of the can.  This product is generally consumed by individuals between the ages of 13 months – 13 years old. The result of measuring product with the smaller scoop is that only 60% of the labeled nutritional content will be consumed per serving.  Unless this product is used as a sole source of nutrition, there should be no health risk from using the incorrect scoop. This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this incorrect scoop size.

Product Description Lot Number UPC Use By Date
PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla 3141515
PDV 5357
The “D” may appear as an “O”
7 16514 88101 0 1 DEC 2017
PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla 3151515
PDV 5357
The “D” may appear as an “O”
7 16514 88101 0 1 DEC 2017
PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla 3151515
PDV 5360
The “D” may appear as an “O”
7 16514 88101 0 1 DEC 2017

Product was distributed between January 26, 2016 to June 1, 2016 and shipped to: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI AND WY and the District of Columbia.
Product was also shipped to Canada.

Complaints have been received that some cans in these lots contain a 20 cc scoop to measure the product for reconstitution and feeding, rather than the 32 cc scoop that should be in the can. The packager of the product has confirmed that a mix-up in their facility resulted in some cans being packaged with the smaller scoops.

Because not all of the cans contain the smaller scoop, if you have any of the product potentially containing the smaller scoop, please look at the bottom of the scoop. If the scoop has the number 32 cc printed on it, the scoop size is correct and you can continue to use the product knowing that the correct levels of nutrients will be delivered when following label mixing directions using the scoop. However, if your scoop has a 20 cc printed on the bottom, then you should not use that scoop for measuring. Consumers may contact Nature’s One at (888) 227-7122 Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm EST for a replacement or emailrecallinfo@naturesone.zendesk.com anytime.

Representatives of the news media may obtain more information about Nature’s One, as well as any updates on this recall notification, on our website:  www.naturesone.comdisclaimer icon, or by contacting Lisa Edwards at  lisa.edwards@naturesone.com or calling (740) 657-6480 anytime.

CONTACT

Consumers

Nature’s One
recallinfo@naturesone.zendesk.com
(888) 227-7122

Media

Lisa Edwards
lisa.edwards@naturesone.com
(740) 657-6480

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Nature’s One voluntarily recalls certain PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla complete nutrition beverage powder

Nature’s One voluntarily recalls certain PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla complete nutrition beverage powder

Brown & Haley expands voluntary recall of Mountain Thins “Trail Mix” flavor that may be impacted by sunflower seeds contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Silver Spring, MD, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brown & Haley of Tacoma, Washington is taking the precautionary measure of expanding its voluntary recall to include one additional lot of Mountain Thins “Trail Mix” flavor that may be impacted by sunflower seeds 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.

This follows the announcement on May 31, 2016, by the company’s supplier SunOpta of its expanded recall of sunflower seeds which have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

No illnesses have been reported to date.  No other types, varieties or flavors of Brown & Haley or Mountain products are impacted by this recall.  Brown & Haley is committed to the health and wellness of each and every consumer, and is taking this action in an abundance of caution.

Mountain Thins “Trail Mix” flavorwas distributed to select retail stores nationwide.  Lots being recalled were distributed between March 4, 2016 and April 25, 2016, and are listed below.

Product Name Size UPC Code Lot Code Best By Date
Mountain Thins
“Trail Mix” flavor
5.3 oz.
stand-up film pouch (resealable)
0 41770 33370 7 O03O610 03MAR17 (3/3/2017)

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

Retailers and wholesalers should remove the recalled products from their shelves and contact their sales representative or broker for return authorization.

Consumers should not consume the recalled 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 email sweets@brown-haley.com or call 1-800-426-8400 ext. 3085, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific Time.

Contact

Consumers

sweets@brown-haley.com
1-800-426-8400 ext. 3085

Media

John Melin
253-620-3036

 

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Brown & Haley expands voluntary recall of Mountain Thins “Trail Mix” flavor that may be impacted by sunflower seeds contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Brown & Haley expands voluntary recall of Mountain Thins “Trail Mix” flavor that may be impacted by sunflower seeds contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

PRODUCT RECALL: Frito-Lay Rold Gold Tiny Twists, Rold Gold Thins, Rold Gold Sticks and Rold Gold Honey Wheat Braided due to potential undeclared peanut allergen

PLANO, Texas, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Frito-Lay today announced a voluntary recall of select Rold Gold Tiny Twists, Rold Gold Thins, Rold Gold Sticks and Rold Gold Honey Wheat Braided due to a potential undeclared peanut allergen.

This recall is the direct result of a recent recall by a Frito-Lay supplier of certain lots of flour for undeclared peanut residue. The Rold Gold products subject to the recall may have been produced using the recalled flour and, as a result, these Rold Gold products may contain low levels of undeclared peanut residue. More information about the flour recall can be found on the FDA’s website at:http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/SafetyAlertsAdvisories/ucm504002.htm.

The affected Rold Gold packages are sold in retail stores and via foodservice and vending customers throughout the United States, and have “guaranteed fresh” dates ranging from June 28, 2016 – August 23, 2016 on the front of the package. Directly underneath the “guaranteed fresh” date is a 9-digit manufacturing code that includes the numbers “32” in the second and third position (example: x32xxxxxx).

The following products with the above-described “guaranteed fresh” dates and manufacturing codes are impacted:

  • Rold Gold Tiny Twists – 1 oz. , 2 oz., 16 oz. and 20½ oz.
  • Rold Gold Thins – 4 oz. and 16 oz.
  • Rold Gold Sticks – 16 oz.
  • Rold Gold Honey Wheat Braided – 10 oz.

It is important to note that products that do not include 32 in the second and third positions of the manufacturing code are not impacted.

The Rold Gold Tiny Twists are also included in select multipack offerings. The impacted multipacks have “use by” dates on the front of the package. Directly next to or underneath the “use by” date is a 11-digit manufacturing code that will include the letter combination AM, TO, QH, QC or SW in the second and third position (example: xAMxxxxxxxx). The impacted products have different, varying “use by” dates, including:

  • 20 count Baked & Popped Mix — “use by” dates ranging from May 31 – July 26, 2016
  • 20 count SunChips & Rold Gold Mix — “use by” dates ranging from June 14 – August 9, 2016
  • 32 count Fun Times Mix — “use by” dates ranging from June 14 – August 9, 2016
  • 30 count Baked & Popped Variety Pack — “use by” dates ranging from June 14 – August 9, 2016
  • 30 count Home Town Favorite Variety Pack — “use by” dates ranging from May 31 – July 26, 2016

To date, Frito-Lay has received no reports of illness related to the products covered by this recall. No other Rold Gold products or flavors are impacted. Frito-Lay has informed the FDA of our actions.

Consumers with any product noted above can return the product to retailer for a full refund, or contact Frito-Lay Consumer Relations (9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST, Mon.-Fri.) at 1-888-256-3090 or www.pretzelrecall.com.

Contact

Consumers

Frito-Lay Consumer Relations
1-888-256-3090

Media

Chris Kuechenmeister
Chris.Kuechenmeister@pepsico.com
972-334-2044 office
214-422-8901 mobile

The Body Shot Bar voluntarily recalls Step 2 60 gold capsule due to undeclared Sibutramine

Silver Spring, MD, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Body Shot Bar is voluntarily recalling all lots distributed March 1- May 6 2016 of Step 2 60 gold capsule (350MG per) capsules to the consumer level. Step 2 has been found positive for Sibutramine after FDA sampling and testing.

Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010. Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke. Phenolphthalein is an ingredient previously used in over-the-counter laxatives, but because of concerns of carcinogenicity, it is not currently approved for marketing in the United States. Health risks associated with phenolphthalein could include potentially serious gastrointestinal disturbances, irregular heartbeat, and cancer with long-term use. These undeclared ingredients make these products unapproved new drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established. These products may also interact in life-threatening ways with other medications a consumer may be taking.

The Body Shot Bar has not received any complaints to date. The Body Shot Bar has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall. 06/04/2016

The product is used as a weight loss dietary supplement and is packaged in a white bottle in blue and gold.  The affected Step 2 lots include the following expiration date 7/30/2017. Product was distributed nationwide to consumers via www.thebodyshotbar.com

The Body Shot Bar is notifying its customers by Email and is arranging for return. Consumers that have recalled Step 2 should stop using and discard.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact The Body Shot Bar by phone (910)-849-3348 or thebodyshotbarinfo@yahoo.com on Monday thru Friday 10:00am to 5:30pm EST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

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

Contact

Consumers

thebodyshotbarinfo@yahoo.com
(910)-849-3348

Media

Tiffany Braswell
(910)-849-3348

Herr Foods Inc. voluntarily recalls 4 oz. Waffle Works Double Chocolate Waffle Sandwiches due to an undeclared milk allergen

NOTTINGHAM, PA, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Herr Foods Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of Waffle Works Brand 4 oz. packages of Double Chocolate Waffle Sandwiches due to an undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The product is safe for consumption by those who do not have milk allergies. Herr Foods Inc. has not received any reported illnesses to date.

Waffle Works Double Chocolate Waffle Sandwiches were distributed nationwide through retail stores, distributors, and vending sales. These products were sold as individual bags. No other Herr’s products are involved with this recall.

RECALLED PRODUCT

Product Name/Description Code Date UPC No. Herr’s Product Code
4 oz. Waffle Works Double Chocolate Waffle Sandwiches June0616 through February0117 72600 09207 9207

The packages are gold, white and brown metalized bags with the Brand “Waffle Works” spelled out at the top of the package. The lot number is located on the front of the package on the middle right hand side. The UPC number is located at the lower right hand corner of the back panel of the package.

Herr Foods became aware of the issue after a quality assurance review of the ingredient declaration. The product formulation included milk, but milk was omitted from the ingredient and allergen statement.

Herr Foods announced the recall to prevent consumers who are allergic or sensitive to milk from consuming this product. Consumers who have milk allergies should not consume them and should return them to the retailer where they were purchased for a full refund. Herr Foods and other retailers are removing recalled product from the retailers’ shelves. As a result, consumers can be assured that all other Herr’s products that remain on-shelf are safe and not subject to this recall. Consumers with questions may call 1-800-523-5030. Live assistance is available 9am- 5pm EST Monday through Friday.

Contact
Consumers
1-800-523-5030

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Herr Foods Inc. voluntarily recalls 4 oz. Waffle Works Double Chocolate Waffle Sandwiches due to an undeclared milk allergen

Herr Foods Inc. voluntarily recalls 4 oz. Waffle Works Double Chocolate Waffle Sandwiches due to an undeclared milk allergen

Rucker’s Makin’ Batch Candies voluntarily recalls certain Dollywood Cajun Mix cello bag due to the potential presence of Listeria Monocytogenes

Silver Spring, MD, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rucker’s Makin’ Batch Candies, Inc. of Bridgeport, IL is voluntarily recalling the specific code dates listed below of Dollywood Cajun Mix cello bag, due to the potential presence of Listeria Monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes 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 monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The affected product is packaged in 9 oz. clear bag with Dollywood Theme Park label, UPC 4900005033302. This only affects packages with best by codes ranging from 01/23/16 thru 11/11/16. The product is distributed at Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Please note, no illnesses have been reported to date.

Rucker’s Makin’ Batch Candies, Inc. initiated the recall after being notified by our supplier that sunflower kernels used in the Cajun Mix were recalled for potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

DO NOT CONSUME this product. Customers whom wish to receive a refund for unused portions or have questions, may contact Rucker’s Makin’ Batch Candies, Inc. at 618-945-7778 or 888-622-2639 Mon-Fri. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm CST, or email – ericf7@ruckerscandy.com

Contact

Consumers

Rucker’s Makin’ Batch Candies, Inc.
  ericf7@ruckerscandy.com
 618-945-7778 or 888-622-2639

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Rucker’s Makin’ Batch Candies voluntarily recalls certain Dollywood Cajun Mix cello bag due to the potential presence of Listeria Monocytogenes

Rucker’s Makin’ Batch Candies voluntarily recalls certain Dollywood Cajun Mix cello bag due to the potential presence of Listeria Monocytogenes

Meijer opens new 192,000-square-foot supercenter in Sussex, Wisconsin

Retailer brings low prices, fresh produce delivered daily and drive-thru pharmacy to the Sussex community

SUSSEX, Wis., 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened a new 192,000-square-foot supercenter today in Sussex, Wis. bringing local shoppers better access to low prices on high-quality merchandise, fresh produce delivered daily, and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.

“It has been a great privilege to demonstrate the Meijer difference to customers in Wisconsin during this past year,” Meijer President Rick Keyes said. “So, we are truly pleased to open this new store, which will provide Sussex and its surrounding communities with our combination of selection and quality at low prices.”

The Sussex store is one of nine new Meijer supercenters to open – and part of an investment of more than $400 million in new and remodeled stores – this year, which will create 3,000 new jobs across the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer’s six-state foot print. The Sussex store, located off Highway K and 164, is the fifth Wisconsin Meijer store.

In 2015, Meijer opened its first four supercenters in Wisconsin in Grafton, Kenosha, Wauwatosa, and Oak Creek. In addition to the Sussex location, Meijer will also be opening a supercenter in Waukesha later this summer. Meijer has made a major commitment to growth in the state of Wisconsin and plans to open two to three additional stores per year through 2020, including potential locations in the Green Bay, Fox Valley, Greenfield, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan area in the next several years.

The new Meijer store was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and will be open 24 hours a day. The grocery options that Meijer offers include more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce and a full-service meat department that features fresh seafood, Certified Angus Beef and custom cuts of meat. The bakery specializes in custom-decorated cakes and fresh bread baked four times daily.

The opening celebration began with a ribbon-cutting event, followed by remarks from Meijer leadership and local officials. Store Director Steve Talbert demonstrated the store’s commitment to the community by presenting $25,000 to Sussex Parks and Recreation to help fund a new fully-accessible Hallmark Playground at Weyer Park designed to be enjoyed by children of all abilities.

As part of its ongoing community support, Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores works with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger at the local level. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Give program has generated more than $21 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest. This year’s Spring Simply Give campaign will run through June 19 and all proceeds will be donated to Sussex Outreach Services.

In addition to the retailer’s traditional grocery and merchandise, garden center and 24-hour gas station, the new Sussex pharmacy will offer drive-thru pick up and the company’s free prescription program. The prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled nearly 33 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers nearly $454 million.

“We are excited to continue our growth in Wisconsin,” Store Director Steve Talbert said. “We’ve worked hard to prepare for this grand opening, and we are ready to provide all of our new customers in and around Sussex a fantastic shopping experience.”

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 228 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com, 616-791-3943

 

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Meijer opens new 192,000-square-foot supercenter in Sussex, Wisconsin

Meijer opens new 192,000-square-foot supercenter in Sussex, Wisconsin

Meijer opens new supercenter in Indianapolis’s North Kessler neighborhood

Retailer brings low prices, fresh produce delivered daily and drive-thru pharmacy to the North Kessler neighborhood

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Continuing its investment in Indianapolis, Meijer opened a new supercenter today in the city’s North Kessler neighborhood. The 192,000-square-foot store is located at 5550 N. Keystone Ave. and provides local residents the opportunity to walk – rather than drive – to get fresh groceries.

“We always work hard to find locations that will benefit from our offerings, so we are proud to provide our new neighbors in Indianapolis with our great combination of selection and quality at lower prices,” CEO Hank Meijer said. “We’re very excited to offer a one-stop shopping experience and do our part to help this neighborhood continue to grow and thrive.”

The new store is the latest of nine new Meijer supercenters to open – and part of an investment of more than $400 million in new and remodeled stores – this year, which will create 3,000 new jobs across the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer’s six-state foot print. Since 2005, Meijer has invested nearly $200 million in new stores and remodeling projects at stores in Indianapolis.

Built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, the store will be open 24 hours a day. The store features a true marketplace environment, with fresh dairy and produce delivered daily, bakery items – such as bread and custom decorated cakes – made throughout the day, and a full-service deli. It also features a more traditional butcher shop environment, complete with a full-service meat counter, providing custom-cuts of Certified Angus Beef.

Opening celebrations began with a ribbon-cutting event, followed by remarks from Meijer leadership and local officials. The store also demonstrated its commitment to the community by making donations to a local organization. Store Director Lonnie Jordan presented $25,000 to Easter Seals Crossroads, an organization dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, to live better lives for 80 years.

As part of its ongoing community support, Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores work with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger at the local level. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Give program has generated more than $21 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

In addition to the retailer’s traditional grocery and merchandise, garden center, the new North Kessler Meijer pharmacy will offer drive-thru pick up and the company’s free prescription program. The prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins, and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled nearly 33 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers nearly $454 million.

“Our team has worked very hard to prepare for this opening, and we’re excited to finally open our doors to this great community,” Store Director Lonnie Jordan said. “We are really looking forward to providing a store that’s welcoming to everyone.”

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 227 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com, 616-791-3943

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Meijer opens new supercenter in Indianapolis’s North Kessler neighborhood

Meijer opens new supercenter in Indianapolis’s North Kessler neighborhood

Meijer brings low prices on high-quality merchandise, fresh produce delivered daily and pharmacy to shoppers in Sturgis, Mich.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened a new 192,000-square-foot supercenter today in Sturgis, Mich., bringing Southern Michigan shoppers better access to low prices on high-quality merchandise, fresh produce delivered daily and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.

“Opening this store has been a long time coming, and we’re thrilled the day is finally here,” CEO Hank Meijer said. “Sturgis has never had a one-stop shopping destination like Meijer, so we’re proud to be the retailer to fill that void.”

The new store is the latest of nine new Meijer supercenters to open – and part of an investment of more than $400 million in new and remodeled stores – this year, which will create 3,000 new jobs across the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer’s six-state foot print. The Sturgis store will welcome customers from St. Joseph, Cass, and Branch counties and is located at the corner of South Centerville Road and West South Street.

With more than 100 stores located throughout Michigan, the new store is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and will be open 24 hours a day. The grocery options that Meijer offers include more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce and a full-service meat department that features fresh seafood, Certified Angus Beef and custom cuts of meat. The bakery specializes in custom-decorated cakes and fresh bread baked four times daily.

Opening celebrations began with a ribbon-cutting event, followed by remarks from Meijer leadership and local officials. The store also demonstrated its commitment to the community by making donations to a local organization. Store Director Marsha Keefer presented $25,000 to the Doyle Community Center to help with the construction of a new 2,500 square foot strength training center to its multi-purpose sports, fitness and recreational facility.

As part of its ongoing community support, Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores work with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger at the local level. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Give program has generated more than $21 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

In addition to the retailer’s traditional grocery and merchandise, garden center, and 24-hour gas station, the new Sturgis Meijer pharmacy will offer drive-thru pick up and the company’s free prescription program. The prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins, and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled nearly 33 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers nearly $454 million.

As part of its grand opening celebration, the new Sturgis Meijer location will feature a variety of grand opening events in the coming weeks. On Sunday, June 5, the first 200 customers to enter the store after 6 a.m. will receive a Meijer mystery gift card with a value of $5, $10 or $20. Other notable events this summer include an in-store community picnic on June 10, a Family Fun Day on June 11, Meijer Fan Fest featuring sports-themed activities on June 18, a Fun Day with Purina & Nesquik Bunny on July 9 and a Health & Wellness Event on July 16.

“Meijer has always prided itself on listening to its customers and surrounding communities,” President Rick Keyes said. “The residents of Sturgis wanted a Meijer supercenter, so we were happy to deliver. We’re confident that this store will not only meet every expectation Sturgis shoppers have, but exceed them at every turn.”

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 226 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com, 616-791-3943

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Meijer brings low prices on high-quality merchandise, fresh produce delivered daily and pharmacy to shoppers in Sturgis, Mich.

Meijer brings low prices on high-quality merchandise, fresh produce delivered daily and pharmacy to shoppers in Sturgis, Mich.

Cotton sustainability: Only 8 out of 37 companies using most cotton made it out of the red zone in research by PAN, Solidaridad and WWF

Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The majority of international companies using most cotton globally are failing to deliver on cotton sustainability according to new independent research published today by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK, Solidaridad and WWF.

Just eight companies out of 37 made it out of the red zone in the ranking researchconducted by Rank a Brand, one of Europe’s largest brand-comparison sites on sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Only home furnishing giant IKEA, who top the ranking, score in the green zone with 12 out of a maximum of 19.5 points. C&A (9), H&M (9) and Adidas (7.75) follow in the yellow zone, while Nike (6.75), M&S (5.5), VF Corporation (3.25), and Kering (3) are in the orange zone. Another 29 companies fall in the red zone and appear to do virtually nothing on cotton sustainability.

Cotton Ranking DetailsLACK OF DEMAND FROM TOP BRANDS

“IKEA, C&A and H&M are showing how cotton sustainability is good for business but many top companies are failing to deliver”, said Richard Holland, WWF. “Sourcing more sustainable cotton has never been easier so there is no excuse for companies not to offer more responsible products to customers.”

“It’s clear that just a few leading companies are doing the heavy lifting on sourcing sustainable cotton”, said Isabelle Roger, Solidaridad. “For the cotton sector as a whole to become sustainable, all other major companies will need to get on board.”

While around 10-13 per cent of global cotton supply can be classed as more sustainable, less than a fifth of this amount is actually being used as more sustainable cotton in products with the rest being sold as conventional due to lack of demand from top brands and companies.

“Lack of uptake of more sustainable cotton is a massive missed opportunity”, said Keith Tyrell, PAN UK. “Conventional cotton production often suffers from serious social and environmental impacts such as excessive water and hazardous pesticide use. Growing the sustainable cotton market is our best chance of cleaning up cotton and protecting worker health.”

COMPANY PERFORMANCE ACROSS THREE AREAS

Rank a Brand scored company performance across three areas: policy, sourcing and use, and traceability. Most points were available for sourcing and use with companies assessed according to volumes used from Better Cotton, Cotton made in Africa, Organic, and Fairtrade – the four standards judged to be sustainable for this research.

PAN UK, Solidaridad and WWF are calling on all companies using large volumes of cotton to set, report and deliver on time-bound targets for cotton sustainability – companies serious about sustainability should be sourcing 100% more sustainable cotton by 2020 at the latest.

SUSTAINABLE COTTON REPORTS

The full Cotton Ranking report and a cotton market briefing, ‘Mind the Gap: Towards a More Sustainable Cotton Market’ give an overview of the market for more sustainable cotton.

37 companies estimated globally to use the most cotton in their products were scored across sustainable cotton policy, sourcing and use, and traceability. As transparency and accountability are considered paramount by PAN UK, Solidaridad and WWF, only publicly available information was used in scoring company performance. In general, there is still a significant lack of information on sustainable cotton policies, sourcing, and supply chain transparency.

The four standards deemed most credible in this research as assessed by the WWF Certification Assessment Tool are: Better Cotton, Cotton made in Africa, Organic, and Fairtrade.

COTTON GLOBALLY

Cotton is grown in around 80 countries worldwide and is a key raw material for the textile industry, accounting for around 32% of all fibres used. Sustainability issues include the widespread use of pesticides, with 6.2% of global pesticide sales associated with cotton production (which uses just 2.3% of the world’s arable land), and intensive water use, with 73% of global production currently dependent on irrigation.

While many smallholder cotton farmers are driven into debt by the cost of pesticides and fertilisers, sustainable cotton production has the potential to lift farmers out of poverty by providing a more stable income and improving working conditions.

A number of sustainable cotton standards have been developed in the last 30 years, starting with Organic cotton in the 1980s, followed by Fairtrade in 2004, Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) in 2005 and the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in 2009. All provide guidance and support for farmers and seek to reassure consumers and retailers that the products they buy are being produced using sustainable farming methods.

The supply of sustainable cotton has never been greater (estimated to be at 13 per cent of global supply in 2015) but uptake by companies, essential for mainstreaming sustainable cotton, remains too low at approximately 17 per cent of what is available. Reasons for low uptake given by companies include low consumer demand, complexity of their supply chains and additional costs. Low uptake risks demotivating farmers and hindering lasting change in the textile sector.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Isabelle Roger

Global Cotton Programme Manager

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Cotton sustainability: Only 8 out of 37 companies using most cotton made it out of the red zone in research by PAN, Solidaridad and WWF

Cotton sustainability: Only 8 out of 37 companies using most cotton made it out of the red zone in research by PAN, Solidaridad and WWF