Kmart’s Father’s Day cool gift ideas

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Not all super heroes wear capes, and those dedicated, hard-working and fun-loving dads out there prove it every day. Kmart is here to help you and Shop Your Way® members with the best new products, helpful services and cool gift ideas that will make dad feel extra super this Father’s Day. And don’t let a tight budget be your kryptonite, Kmart’s incredible deals save the day for Father’s Day and all year long.

“Just like the iconic super heroes we cheer for, no two dads have the same super powers and they should all be celebrated individually.” says Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer, Kmart. “So, we curated gifts that play to the strengths of all different types of guys while making it ridiculously easy and affordable for our shoppers.”

Kmart Gifts Fit for a Hero:
(deals effective June 12-18)

For the Handy Hero

For the Sports Icon

  • BOGO 50% off team sports apparel for dad and the entire family* (reg. $1.00-79.99)
  • $14.99 for Everlast Sport men’s athletic footwear (reg. $29.99)

For the Business-by-Day Dad

  • 75% off all men’s jewelry (reg. $49.99-299.99) including, Stainless Steel “Dad” Band (reg. $99.99)
  • All men’s shoes on sale – starting at $9.99 (reg. $14.99-69.99)**

For the Weekend Warrior

For the Back Yard Defender

To help the little heroes celebrate dad, Kmart is offering an “I Love Dad” magnet picture frame+ as part of Freebie Saturdays. Stop by your local Kmart on Saturday, June 18 to pick one up.

As always, Shop Your Way® members can earn points on any gifts they pick up for dad to redeem for FREE merchandise and amazing discounts. And as an added perk for members, beginning June 12, Kmart is hosting a huge watch blowout event! Just in time for Father’s Day, pick up a famous brand watch for dad at 75% off ticketed prices.***

Whether you shop in-store at Kmart, online or use the Kmart Mobile App – Kmart makes it incredibly easy with convenient shipping options, including free standard shipping on orders of $35or more at Kmart.com, Shop Your Way®Max Free 2-Day Shipping, Free Anyone, Anywhere Pickup and Free In-Store Shipping.

*Men’s apparel offers valid through Sunday, 6/19/16.
**Excludes everyday Great Price
***All watch warranties are in full effect. Limited supply. Kmart purchased these items from a national retailer of watches. The original prices many have been offered in past seasons or year or may be the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices.
+Available at participating stores for kids 12 and younger while supplies last.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sara Weitz
Kmart
847-286-0774
Sara.Weitz@searshc.com

Caitlyn Luchsinger
Zeno Group for Kmart
312-527-2SHC (2742)
Caitlyn.Luchsinger@zenogroup.com

 

SOURCE Kmart

Sprouts Farmers Marke CFO Brad Lukow to present at the Jefferies 2016 Consumer Conference on June 22, 2016

PHOENIX, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (Nasdaq:SFM) today announced  that Brad Lukow, chief financial officer, will present at the Jefferies 2016 Consumer Conference in Nantucket, Mass. The presentation will begin at 11:00 am EDT on June 22, 2016.

A live webcast of the presentation will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, http://investors.sprouts.com/, under “Events and Presentations.” A replay will be archived and available at the same location.

About Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 22,000 team members and operates more than 230 stores in 13 states from coast to coast. For more information, visit www.sprouts.com or @sproutsfm on Twitter.

Investor Contact:
Susannah Livingston
(602) 682-1584
susannahlivingston@sprouts.com

Media Contact:
Donna Egan
(602) 682-3152
donnaegan@sprouts.com

Smart & Final Stores, Inc. announces participation in upcoming conferences this June

COMMERCE, Calif., 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), the value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, today announced participation in the following upcoming conferences.

  • David Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer and Richard Phegley, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer will participate in the Piper Jaffray 36th Annual Consumer Conference taking place on June 14, 2016 in New York, NY. Management is scheduled to participate in a fireside chat at 12:00 PM ET that day.
  • Richard Phegley, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer will participate in the Oppenheimer 16th Annual Consumer Conference taking place on June 21, 2016 inBoston, MA. Mr. Phegley is scheduled to participate in a fireside chat at 1:45 PM ET that day.
  • Richard Phegley, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer will participate in the Jefferies 2016 Consumer Conference taking place on June 22, 2016 in Nantucket, MA.Mr. Phegley is scheduled to present at 1:30 PM ET that day.

The presentations will be webcast live over the Internet hosted on the Investor Information section of the Company’s website at https://www.smartandfinal.com/investors.aspx and will be archived and available for 30 days following each event.

About Smart & Final
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE:SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California. The Company offers quality products in a variety of sizes, saving household, nonprofit and business customers time and money. As of March 27, 2016, the Company operated 290 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho, with an additional 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. In business for 145 years, the Company remains committed to giving back to local communities through employee volunteer opportunities and Company donations to local nonprofits.

SOURCE Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

The TJX Companies declares quarterly dividend on its common stock of $.26 per share

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX) today announced the declaration of a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $.26 per share payable September 1, 2016, to shareholders of record on August 11, 2016.

About The TJX Companies, Inc.

The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. As of April 30, 2016, the end of the Company’s first quarter, the Company operated a total of 3,661 stores in nine countries, the United States, Canada, theUnited Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Australia, and three e-commerce sites. These include 1,163T.J. Maxx, 1,010 Marshalls, 534 HomeGoods and 8 Sierra Trading Post stores, as well as tjmaxx.com and sierratradingpost.com in the United States; 250 Winners, 104 HomeSense, and 45 Marshalls stores in Canada; 471 T.K. Maxx and 41 HomeSense stores, as well as tkmaxx.com, in Europe; and 35 Trade Secret stores in Australia. TJX’s press releases and financial information are also available at tjx.com.

Important Information at Website

The Company routinely posts information that may be important to investors in the Investor Information section at tjx.com. The Company encourages investors to consult that section of its website regularly.

Source: The TJX Companies, Inc.

The TJX Companies, Inc.
Debra McConnell
Global Communications
(508) 390-2323

McDonald’s launches new salad blend

  • Red leaf lettuce and carrots added to all salads on McDonald’s menus nationwide
  • Colorful cornucopia of rich green, ruby red and vibrant orange vegetables, elegant toppings, and choices galore in McDonald’s salads

OAK BROOK, IL, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s today announced a new salad blend in its line-up of salads, which will now include red leaf lettuce and curls of crisp carrots starting in early-June. The two new ingredients create a delicious mixture with the blend of chopped romaine, baby spinach and baby kale. McDonald’s new salad blend is packed with vibrant colors and consists of ingredients that feature bold and savory flavors for a great-tasting experience.

To build a new salad blend, McDonald’s culinary and supply chain teams traveled to the fields of some of its lettuce suppliers, learning how the leaves are harvested and how suppliers maintain consistent growing techniques, which contributes to the flavor and quality of the fresh sun-ripened lettuce leaves. Warm, sunny days and cool nights are optimal for lettuces and the vast majority are harvested in Salinas Valley in California during the summer and Yuma, Arizona during the winter from farms, many of which have generations of experience.

McDonald’s restaurants receive produce 2-3 times each week and salads are freshly prepared every morning in the kitchen to ensure peak quality.

McDonald’s has a world-class culinary team composed of nutritionists, registered dietitians, and chefs who work to understand what customers want and then make sure the company delivers. In this case, customers told McDonald’s they didn’t want iceberg lettuce in their salads and favored a more colorful salad bowl. In 2015, the company made the change from iceberg lettuce to a salad blend of premium lettuces, including romaine and on-trend ingredients of baby kale and baby spinach.

“Color in produce is an expression of different nutrients,” said Jessica Foust, McDonald’s Chef and Registered Dietitian. “The new salad blend offers at least 2.5 cups of vegetables.”

In January 2015, McDonald’s USA began offering side salads as an alternative to French fries in Extra Value Meals as part of the company’s global partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to increase customers’ access to fruit and vegetables.

Getting from “Field to Fork”
Taylor Farms, Fresh Express, Ready Pac, and McEntire Produce supply the red and green lettuces for McDonald’s new salad blend.

“The current trend is moving toward a nutritional-based salad,” says Andrew Williams, director of product management at Fresh Express in Salinas. “McDonald’s began moving towards this last year by replacing iceberg lettuce with romaine, baby spinach and baby kale,” continued Williams. “Iceberg has been a staple of salads since the 1930s, but McDonald’s looked at its salads and decided it needed to innovate by adding more flavor and nutritious ingredients. We’re also seeing a huge shift in the industry as a whole to kales, arugulas, and spinach.”

Produce companies partner with McDonald’s to determine their needs for the coming season, so producers can make sure they are able to deliver. Once the lettuces are ready to be picked, harvesters begin in the wee hours of the day.

“We start around midnight or 1 a.m. when lettuce is crisp and fresh,” says Williams. “The greens are planted methodically to enable producers to harvest six days a week and is then cooled within four-six hours. Farm workers then feed greens through a sorter and then the greens are double-washed, fed through another sorter, and bagged right before being shipped to distribution centers that ship to the individual McDonald’s restaurants.”

Building a New Salad
With all the greens — and reds and oranges — sourced from McDonald’s network of produce farms, the culinary team convenes in its Oak Brook test kitchen to continuously innovate with its menu items.

“Creating a new recipe really starts from getting in the kitchen and then scaling from there,” says Foust, whose skills include both extensive in-the-kitchen experience and a registered dietician background. On the innovation team she collaborates with colleagues, brings the recipes to focus groups, and tests offerings in a smattering of restaurants.

So the next time you order one of McDonald’s tantalizing salads — whether it’s the Bacon Ranch Salad or the Southwest Salad — you’ll know you’re getting quality ingredients with a rainbow of Mother Nature’s colors.

 

Media:
Becca Hary
630-623-7293
becca.hary@us.mcd.com

Jeanette DeBartolo
630-623-7584
jeanette.debartolo@us.mcd.com

 

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McDonald's launches new salad blend

McDonald’s launches new salad blend

The Kroger Co. to webcast annual meeting of shareholders on Thursday, June 23, 2016

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today it will webcast the annual meeting of shareholders beginning at 11 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

The meeting will be broadcast online at ir.kroger.com.  Click on “Events, Presentations & Webcasts”to access the event.  An on-demand replay of the webcast will be available at approximately 1 p.m.(EDT) Thursday, June 23.

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’s Mid-Atlantic division associates ratifies new labor agreement with Local 400

ROANOKE, Va., 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that associates working at 41 stores in the company’s Mid-Atlantic division have ratified a new labor agreement with Local 400.

The agreement covers 5,100 associates in Virginia from Bristol east to Appomattox and from Martinsville north to Harrisonburg, and three stores in Kingsport/Johnson City, TN and two stores in the Bluefield WV area.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates. This new contract provides wage increases, affordable health care and ongoing investment in our associates’ pension fund to support their retirement,” said Joe Fey, president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division. “This agreement comes after thoughtful and productive work by both the company and the union bargaining committees. I appreciate our associates for supporting the agreement and for the excellent service they provide our customers every day.”

Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division includes 120 stores in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.

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.

The Kroger Co. earns place in the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that is has earned a place in the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings.

The Newsweek Green Rankings assess the 500 largest publicly-traded companies in the United States and the 500 largest publicly-traded companies globally on overall environmental performance.

“We appreciate being named in Newsweek’s 2016 Green Rankings for Kroger’s efforts to drive sustainability and innovation in the supply chain,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “Kroger’s improvement of 68 places on the list is a good indicator of our sustainability progress, but we are not done taking steps to reduce our impact on the environment.”

Highlights of Kroger’s Sustainability Progress

  • Kroger is reducing its carbon footprint. Kroger’s aggressive work in energy management has enabled them to reduce overall energy consumption in Kroger stores by 35%. Even though Kroger continues to grow in size and sales, its emissions stated on a (metric ton CO2e)/1,000 sf. basis continues its long-term decline.
  • Moving toward the EPA’s Zero Waste threshold of 90%, in all Kroger retail locations. One of Kroger’s key sustainability priorities is moving its facilities toward “zero waste”. Whether it is diverting waste from landfills, reducing packaging, recycling plastic bags, or donating safe, perishable foods to food banks, Kroger is increasing recycling rates ad finding cost-effective and responsible alternatives for its waste.
  • Kroger is feeding the hungry. Kroger’s number one community priority is to support organizations that bring food and hope to our hungry neighbors. A founding partner of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger agency, Kroger worked with more than 100 local food banks in 2015 to donate the equivalent of 276 million meals.
  • Kroger is creating jobs. Over the last eight years, Kroger has created more than 74,000 new jobs. This figure does not include jobs created as a result of capital investment, such as temporary construction jobs, nor does it include increases due to mergers.

Learn more about Kroger’s sustainability progress and download the full sustainability report at www.kroger.com/sustainability.

For more information about the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings, created in partnership with Corporate Knights and HIP Investor, visit http://www.newsweek.com/green-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.

Iso Omena shopping centre awarded a LEED® Platinum certificate for its extension that will open in August

HELSINKI, FINLAND, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Iso Omena shopping centre has been awarded a LEED® Platinum certificate for its extension that will open to the public in August. Platinum is the highest rating level within the environmental certification system. It is awarded to properties with superior energy, material and water efficiency and high indoor air quality.

Iso Omena is located at a prime spot in a densely built urban area in Matinkylä, Espoo in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. It is served by excellent connections – there is a metro station and a bus terminal for feeder traffic located under the shopping centre. This makes Iso Omena easily accessible via public transport.

The property’s energy efficiency is excellent, thanks to for example LED lights and demand-controlled ventilation. Iso Omena is furnished with water-efficient equipment andlow-emitting surface materials. Local products featured heavily in the selection of building materials, and the recycling rate of construction waste came to about 90 per cent. Furthermore, the shopping centre offers comprehensive recycling facilities for household waste with reception points for many waste fractions. Iso Omena will also have one of the largest green roofs in Finland, covering a total area of approximately 700 sqm.

“We took the requirements of the LEED® Platinum certificate into account from early on, starting at the project’s design phase. Environmental efficiency is an important starting point for all Citycon’s property development projects”, says Risto Seppo, Property Development Director at Citycon.

Iso Omena is among the first European shopping centres to receive a LEED® Platinum certificate. Before this, a platinum-level certificate has been awarded to two shopping centres in Finland and two in other Nordic countries. One of these is Liljeholmstorget Galleria in Stockholm, also owned by Citycon. There are no LEED® Platinum-certified shopping centres in other European countries yet.

The international LEED certification system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) assesses spaces, buildings and construction projects for their environmental qualities. The certificates are awarded and monitored by the independent Green Building Business Certification Institute.

Additional information:
Risto Seppo, Property Development Director
Telephone +358 45 657 8990
risto.seppo@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. The company manages assets that total approximately EUR 5 billion and its shares have a market value of approximately EUR 2 billion. For more information about Citycon, please visit www.citycon.com

 

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Iso Omena shopping centre awarded a LEED® Platinum certificate for its extension that will open in August

Iso Omena shopping centre awarded a LEED® Platinum certificate for its extension that will open in August

BJ’s Restaurants annual shareholders meeting results

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(Nasdaq:BJRI) held its Annual Meeting of shareholders on June 7, 2016.  At the meeting, shareholders elected Gregory A. Trojan, Gerald W. Deitchle, Peter A. Bassi, Larry D. Bouts, James A. Dal Pozzo, Noah A. Elbogen, Wesley A. Nichols, Lea Anne S. Ottinger and Patrick D. Walsh to the Board of Directors to serve for one-year terms until the next Annual Meeting.  The Board of Directors has reappointed Mr. Deitchle as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Company.

Shareholders also approved: the Performance Incentive Plan (“the Plan”); the non-binding advisory resolution on executive compensation; and, the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2016.

“We continue to make strides towards the goal of being the best casual dining concept ever,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO.  “Our sales and operating initiatives combined with our national restaurant expansion plan continue to drive our earnings momentum.  Going forward, we will leverage our broad menu and remain focused on driving sales by executing great, unique food at an extraordinary value, while strengthening our productivity and efficiency.  We will also continue to balance quality growth and build long-term shareholder value, while investing in those who take care of our guests each and every day, our people.  With only 176 restaurants open in 23 states, the majority of our growth remains ahead of us and we look forward to this exciting platform for growth.”

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 176 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert.  Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 23 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas,California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas,Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com for locations and additional information.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby.  Such statements include, but are not limited to, those regarding expected comparable restaurant sales and margin growth in future periods, total potential domestic capacity, the success of various sales-building and productivity initiatives, future guest traffic trends, construction cost savings initiatives and the number and timing of new restaurants expected to be opened in future periods.  These “forward-looking” statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to be materially different from those projected or anticipated.  Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (i) our ability to manage an increasing number of new restaurant openings, (ii) construction delays, (iii) labor shortages, (iv) increases in minimum wage and other employment related costs, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (v) the effect of credit and equity market disruptions on our ability to finance our continued expansion on acceptable terms, (vi) food quality and health concerns and the effect of negative publicity about us, our restaurants, other restaurants, or others across the food supply chain, due to food borne illness or other reasons, whether or not accurate, (vii) factors that impact California, where 62 of our current 176 restaurants are located, (viii) restaurant and brewery industry competition, (ix) impact of certain brewing business considerations, including without limitation, dependence upon suppliers, third party contractors and related hazards, (x) consumer spending trends in general for casual dining occasions, (xi) potential uninsured losses and liabilities due to limitations on insurance coverage, (xii) fluctuating commodity costs and availability of food in general and certain raw materials related to the brewing of our craft beers and energy, (xiii) trademark and service-mark risks, (xiv) government regulations and licensing costs, (xv) beer and liquor regulations, (xvi) loss of key personnel, (xvii) inability to secure acceptable sites, (xviii) legal proceedings, (xix) other general economic and regulatory conditions and requirements, (xx) the success of our key sales-building and related operational initiatives, and (xxi) numerous other matters discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.  The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations, and BJ’sRestaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at bjri@jcir.com.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its restaurant in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced the opening of its restaurant in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, June 6, 2016 on U.S. Route 30 and Harrisburg Pike Roadat Park City Mall.  The restaurant is approximately 7,300 square feet, seats approximately 225 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert.  BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions.  Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are very pleased to open our second restaurant in the state of Pennsylvania,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO.  “The new Lancaster restaurant joins our other very successfulPennsylvania restaurant in McCandless, a northern suburb of Pittsburgh, which we opened in June 2015.  We have opened six restaurants year to date and we remain on track to open a total of 18 to 19 new locations this year.  Our next restaurant opening is planned for the end of June in Lexington, Kentucky at Fayette Mall.”

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 176 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert.  Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, brewpub locations in Texas and qualified independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 23 states of Alabama, Arizona,Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada,New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas,Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby.  The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at bjri@jcir.com.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

Colruyt Group continues on improving the working conditions at their suppliers in risk countries

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colruyt Group continues working on improving the working conditions at their suppliers in risk countries. In 2015, a total of 555 audits were performed at non-European non-food plants and agricultural and food companies that supply to the group. 86 percent of the suppliers had acceptable working conditions. In order to increase its impact, the group also contributed to an international bundling of forces of retailers, importers and major brands that work on creating more sustainable supply chains.

555 suppliers mapped out

In 2015, Colruyt Group audited 166 producers in risk countries. Independent audit services visited companies from whom the group directly imports products or who make products for the group’s house brands. The group also received audit reports of other retailers, which makes for a total of 555 audited suppliers. For about 86 percent of the suppliers, the working conditions were assessed as average and some minor or major improvements were required. They were provided with a plan for improvement and will be audited again after three months to two years depending on the severity of the faults. Cooperation was ceased with nine suppliers with very low scores.

Similar to past years, most breaches of working conditions were found in such fields as working hours, pay, health, and safety. Colruyt Group does see that consistent auditing is an effective way of improving the working conditions, even though there are major differences between industries and companies. In the non-food industry, it mainly concerns toy manufacturers in China. ‘On average, they have fairly good scores, mainly because we have been auditing them for 13 years,’ says Daniel Bral, in charge of social auditing at Colruyt Group. At the food companies, conditions are usually less good. ‘This makes sense, because we were one of the first to start auditing and only started in 2013. Some producers never even heard of social auditing and still have a long way to go.’

Focus on food producers

Thus, Colruyt Group wants speed up auditing in the food industry and wants to have audited all food processing companies at least once by the end of 2016. Two-thirds of the companies must also have an acceptable score by that time. The situation is more complex for primary producers of fruit and vegetables, because it usually concerns cooperative organisations of numerous family-owned growers. ‘Nevertheless, we also want to have audited all primary producers at least once by the end of 2018.’

The retailer keeps investing in audits, but does realise that the audits alone are not enough to solve structural problems. ‘All parties involved have to take responsibility. For instance, local authorities can enforce their legislation more strictly.’

International bundling of forces

The battle for better working conditions is more efficient the more international cooperation there is within associations that draw up audit methods and standards and that ensure the exchange of information among their members. That is why Colruyt Group has spent the past year working on expanding the BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) partnership. This partnership contains 1,700 members including European retailers, importers and multinational brands; at the start of 2017, it will be reinforced by members of the French ICS association that includes heavyweights, such as Carrefour.

‘This will increase our impact. After all: the more members there are, the more audits there will be and the more the results will be shared. The customers’ increased interest in sustainability will certainly stimulate the producers to implement improvements faster,’ Bral states. From 2017 onwards, Colruyt Group will perform all its audits on the basis of the BSCI method. According to Bral: ‘This requires a lot less administration and makes it easier to compare results.’ The producers will also have more clarity, because having different audit systems and certifications makes it hard to meet the wide range of standards.

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Colruyt Group expands collaboration with the Food Banks

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Due to positive results from a first test in four Walloon branches, Colruyt Group is expanding their collaboration with the Food Banks. Both parties have a unique system set up in Belgium: fifteen Colruyt stores in Belgium, spread out in accordance to need, will make their unsold foodstuffs available to local organisations associated with the Food Banks. This will add up to approximately 450 tonnes of food to be distributed. Within the year, both parties will evaluate to see if the supply matches the demand, and make adjustments where necessary. Colruyt Group has been collaborating with the Food Banks since 1997; they donate unsold foodstuffs from the distribution centre Dassenveld (Halle) and organise a yearly food drive among their customers. The three collection systems will continue to exist simultaneously.

Matching supply to demand

Specifically, Colruyt Group and the Food Banks have identified 15 Belgian stores that are best suited to meet the demands, based on their geographical location and the needs of the local organisations. The Food Banks will serve as intermediary between the stores and these organisations, and they will organise the collection process. They will also oversee the different organisations and keep an eye on proper observance of the cold chain, compliance with the rules as set by the FASFC, and the actual distribution of the foodstuffs to the less fortunate. The stores involved will sort and collect these products early in the morning. The packages will be prepared and stored in a refrigerator and will be normally be picked up by the organisation at the time of the store opening, every weekday, including Saturday. Last year, Colruyt Group and the Food Banks performed a first test in four stores in Walloon. Between 2 and 3 tonnes of food per store per month were donated to the food banks because of this.

In addition, Colruyt Group will devote special attention to the local organisations’ waste management in order to prevent downstream food waste.

Four days

Colruyt Group will also ensure the quality of the foodstuffs. The company has great expertise in the area of inventory management, thanks to an automated supply system that enables us to sell 97.45% of the fresh and frozen products that have been shipped to stores. With a view to decreasing customers’ food waste, fresh products are removed from the shelves four days before their expiry date, in all stores. This means the organisations will get products that are well before their expiry date. This system will also enable us to expand our donations to fruit and vegetables that are still edible, but not aesthetically pleasing enough to offer to customers, or that have damaged packaging. Alfons De Vadder, delegate director for the Federation of Food Banks: “Our continuing concern is not just to collect enough food to meet the ever-increasing demand, but also to ensure a product supply that is as varied as possible. This means we’re looking forward to collaborating with Colruyt Group for several reasons.”

Social involvement

The collaboration with the Food Banks is nothing new. Colruyt Group has been donating unsold foodstuffs that were still legally sellable to the Food Banks since 1997. These foodstuffs are brought to the Dassenveld Distribution Centre in Halle. After quality control, they are picked up by the Food Banks and distributed to social restaurants, shelters, and other social initiatives. The Food Banks received an estimated 405 tonnes of food this way in 2015.

Colruyt Group is also eager to involve their customers in the movement. Each year, Colruyt gives them the opportunity to contribute to the Food Banks with a food drive. This year, the campaign collected 229 tonnes of food for the Food Banks.

It is important to note that the three collection systems will continue simultaneously. The distribution directly from the 15 stores to local associations should guarantee them 450 tonnes of food products.

“We at Colruyt Group feel it is our duty to combat food waste, which causes so much unnecessary loss both financially and environmentally, as much as possible,” says Tony De Bock, director of Know-how – Products – Retail at Colruyt Group. “For that, we need effective logistics and inventory management, proper redistribution of the unsold foodstuffs, as well as social commitment. This allows us to prove that our economic ambitions positively impact society and the environment. That is our vision for sustainable entrepreneurship.”

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Tesco to sell Kipa business in Turkey to Migros and Giraffe restaurant chain to Boparan Restaurants Holdings Limited

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco today confirmed the proposed sale of its 95.5% controlling stake in the Kipa business in Turkey to Migros. The disposal, which is subject to usual local regulatory approvals, will result in estimated cash proceeds of around £30m, contributing to a reduction of around £110m in total indebtedness.

In a separate transaction, Tesco also announced its intention to sell the Giraffe restaurant chain to Boparan Restaurants Holdings Limited. The sale of Giraffe includes 54 standalone restaurants, of which 12 are franchise sites, and 3 restaurants within Tesco stores.

Commenting on the sales, Dave Lewis, Tesco Chief Executive, said:

On Kipa:

“The sale of Kipa reflects the particular strategic challenge we have faced in Turkey as a small regional player in a highly competitive market.  It removes the need for the sustained investment required to enable the business to compete independently, allowing us to focus on improving profitability in Central Europe and continuing to grow our businesses in South East Asia.

The sale agreement recognises the significant improvements in the performance of the business over the last 18 months and I would like to thank Kipa colleagues, suppliers and partners for their service during a period of considerable change.”

On Giraffe:

“As we stabilise the business in the UK, we continue to focus on where we can best serve the needs of our customers, while ensuring our business remains sustainable for the long-term.

Giraffe is a much loved brand, and while casual dining remains an important part of the shopping trip for many of our customers, we will continue to meet these needs through our Tesco Cafés and other providers. I’d like to thank colleagues from Giraffe for all their hard work in serving our customers and we look forward to seeing it develop in the future.”

 

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Tesco to sell Kipa business in Turkey to Migros and Giraffe restaurant chain to Boparan Restaurants Holdings Limited

Tesco to sell Kipa business in Turkey to Migros and Giraffe restaurant chain to Boparan Restaurants Holdings Limited

Tesco celebrates the Queen’s official 90th birthday with 1920’s themed parties across selected stores

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is inviting people from across London and Berkshire to celebrate the Queen’s official 90th birthday by holding 1920’s themed parties across selected stores.

In a party fit for a queen, Tesco’s Regent Street Metro store will welcome jazz and swing band, The Moochers from 11am on Friday 10th June.

Inspired by the decade of the Queen’s birth, the store will be decorated in a 1920’s Gatsby style, with sequin flapper girls, black and white feather boas, bunting, and balloons.

To continue the nod to Her Majesty’s birthday, nearby Queensway Metro, and Windsor Superstore will also host in-store events on Saturday 11th June with entertainment from the band Unique Ukulele.

The stores are encouraging people from the local community to come along and join in the royal celebrations.

Martin Smith, Tesco London Convenience Director, said:

“Where better to host a royal party than these aptly named stores? We hope to see many people from the local area at these events to experience a taste of the roaring 20s. Myself and the whole team will be there dancing the foxtrot or Charleston.”

The crowning glory of the event will be a 3D corgi shaped cake; which customers will be asked to name. The customer who chooses the winning name will take home the cake and a £100 Tesco gift card.

Visitors to the store will also have the chance to indulge in some of Tesco’s finest* range, including finest* Red Velvet Cake and prosecco served in 1920’s-style champagne glasses.

Tesco delivered over twenty finest* hampers this week to homes across the UK where residents were also celebrating their 90th birthdays. The hampers included popular finestitems such as English breakfast tea, cherry scones and strawberry jam.

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Tesco celebrates the Queen’s official 90th birthday with 1920’s themed parties across selected stores

Tesco celebrates the Queen’s official 90th birthday with 1920’s themed parties across selected stores

Four weeks of top football action kicks off as Euro 2016 tournament starts in France

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The waiting is nearly over and on Friday night four weeks of top football action kicks off when the Euro 2016 tournament starts in France.

During the course of the four week long football tournament Tesco predicts the following sales:
• Beer – More than 120 million bottles and cans
• Wine – 8 million bottles
• Champagne – More than 100,000 bottles
• Pizzas – More than 5.5 million
• Packets of crisps – 29m million bags of crisps and related snacks
• Panini stickers – 21 million or enough packets to stretch from London to Paris
• More than 30,000 England tops; more than 4000 Northern Ireland tops; nearly 4000 Wales tops; and nearly 8000 Republic of Ireland tops.
• 140,000 flags including bunting and car flags
• 20,000 wearables such as scarves, capes, hats and wigs

Demand for giant TVs is also strong with many people using the opportunity of the Euro football fiesta, Wimbledon and the Olympic Games later in the summer to upgrade their old set with 48” and above the most popular sizes being bought.

Tesco Beer Wines and Spirits Category Director Gavin Warburton said:

“With summer around the corner and the excitement of Euro 2016 taking place for the next month there will be a real party atmosphere across the country.

“We’re already seeing rising demand for food and drink in advance of the home teams playing their first matches and have ordered in extra supplies to make sure Britain doesn’t run dry.”

Tesco has found that beer tastes have changed considerably since the 2006 World Cup in Germany. During the 2006 World Cup, 80 per cent of all beer and cider sold in the retail trade during the tournament was lager.
But for Euro 2016 Tesco predicts lager to account for 50 per cent of sales with the rest made up of cider, world beer, ale and craft beer.

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Note to editors

For England’s first game against Russia on Saturday night Tesco predicts the following uplift in sales of food and drink compared with an average shopping week:

  • Burgers up 50 per cent
  • Pizza – up 15 per cent
  • BBQ meats, sausages and chicken – up 25 per cent
  • Peanuts –  up 30 per cent
  • Dips – up 20 per cent
  • Beer – up 70 per cent
  • Cider up 50 per cent
  • Ice cubes – up 50 per cent

Tesco predicts the sales will be very similar when the other home nations and Ireland play their respective qualifying matches.

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Four weeks of top football action kicks off as Euro 2016 tournament starts in France

Four weeks of top football action kicks off as Euro 2016 tournament starts in France

Tesco: demand for leafy salads rocketed by nearly 300 per cent

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — A record number of Brits are forgoing the traditional lunchtime sarnie and are choosing a salad option instead, latest retail figures can show.

In the last year demand for leafy salads has rocketed with Tesco sales rising by nearly 300 per cent.

Across the UK market that’s an extra 3.1 million leafy salads bought by shoppers in the last 52 weeks compared with the same period the year before.

As a result of the growing demand for foods with health benefits Tesco have revamped their ready-to-eat-salad range this week.

Tesco food to go buyer Helen Dwyer explained:“In the last year we’ve seen a major change in the dining habits of lunchtime shoppers with increasing numbers now looking for a more balanced, nutritious light meal.

“Customers are attracted to the vibrant colours of green lettuce and broccoli, yellow peppers and purple beetroot as a signifier of freshness and health.

“They are looking for a balanced dietary offering and the health benefits you get from seeds like chia and spelt, and ancient grains as well as good protein.

“Interestingly, we are also seeing a change in the salad buying demographic with customer research revealing that more male shoppers are now seeking out a healthier lunchtime snack.”

Tesco has worked with top chefs to revamp our range and have brought in delicious and nutritious salads such as salmon and wheat berry; superfood grains; Thai chicken with spiralised vegetables and Moroccan inspired cauliflower couscous.

Despite the growing demand for leafy salads Britain’s favourite lunchtime snack is still the sandwich which accounts for nearly 80 per cent of ‘on the go’ retail sales in the UK.

But in the last three years demand for healthy salads has virtually doubled every year and it is now the fastest growing area in the food-to-go market.

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Note to editors:

The full list of new Tesco salad lines is as follows:

Bagel Thins – Chicken and Red Pepper Pesto £2.20
Bagel Thins – Houmous & Harrissa Roasted Vegetables £2.20
Spelt Flatbreads – Goats Cheese with Roasted Butternut £2.60
Spelt Flatbreads – Habenero Chicken Salsa & Sour Cream £2.60
Five Spice Duck & Crunchy Vegetable Flatbread £2.60
Omelette Wrap – Wiltshire Ham and Egg £2.35
Emerging Health Salads
Flatbread Salad – Tandoori Chicken and Lentil £2.80
Grain Salad Pots – Superfood with Nuts Grain Salad £2.50
Grain Salad Pots – Moroccan Cauliflower Cous Cous and Wheatberrry £2.50
Spicy Chicken, Butternut Squash and Giant Cous Cous Salad Bowl £3.00
Chargrilled Chicken with Roast beetroot & Wheatberry Salad Bowl £3.00
Italian Mozzarella & Bean Salad bowl £3.00
Spiral Veg – Carrot & Courgette with Chicken & Vietnamese Dressing £3.00
Pulled Beef, Kale and Broccoli Salad £3.00
Feta & Nut Salad £3.00
Salmon and Wheatberry Salad £3.00
BBQ Blackened Turkey, Bean Salad £3.00
Super Green Plain Chicken Salad £3.00
Finest Salads
Finest Persian Chicken & Pomegranate Salad £3.50
Finest Smoked Mackerel & Beetroot Salad £3.50
Healthy Living
HL Sandwich – Chicken and Hickory BBQ Sauce £2.20
HL Thins – Cottage Cheese and Chive with Smoked Ham £2.00
HL Thins – Chicken with Middle Eastern Dressing £2.00
HL Turkey and Pastrami Sandwich £2.20
HL Italian Chicken with Peppers and Basil Sandwich £2.20
HL Japanese Tuna Raman style salad £2.80
Indulgence Street Food
Big Eat – Sweet Potato & Mixed Bean Tortilla £2.60
Big Eat – Mexican Chicken & Red Pepper Slaw Tortilla £2.60
Brazilian Spicy Pork Folded Flatbread £2.60
Lebanese Shawarma Chicken and Houmous Folded Bread £2.60
Pulled Beef Salad Flatbread £2.80
Mexican Chicken Salad Flatbread £2.80
Indulgence Smokehouse
Smokey Sticky Chilli Beef & Chipotle Slaw Brioche Bun £2.60
BBQ Whole Hog Brioche Bun £2.60
BBQ Beef Burrito Bowl Salad £3.50
BBQ Pulled Pork Mac ‘n’ Cheese £3.50
Free From Rolls
Free From Chicken & Bacon Roll £2.35
Free From Egg Mayo Roll £2.35
Finest Rolls
Finest French Brie & Red Grape Chutney Roll £3.00
New Flavour Sub
Chicken Tikka Sub £2.35
Sandwiches
Tuna Crunch Sandwich £1.00
Corned Beef Sandwich £1.00

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Tesco: demand for leafy salads rocketed by nearly 300 per cent

Tesco: demand for leafy salads rocketed by nearly 300 per cent

Tesco donates £20,000 worth of food to Mosques to help feed those in need this Ramadan

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Twenty Mosques across London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford and Leicester have received a large donation of food this Ramadan thanks to Tesco stores.

Tesco stores provided over £20,000 worth of food ranging from chapatti flour, sunflower oil and rice which the Mosques will donate to help feed those in need this Ramadan.

Each Mosque works with local Muslim charities in the area to provide vital support for some of the community’s most vulnerable people. This includes supplying hot meals and food parcels to those most in need.

The food was donated to the Mosques last weekend via a Tesco dotcom van, which had been specially designed by Sangeeta Digpal, age seven, as part of a Ramadan competition the retailer held for local primary schools across London.

Sangeeta, from The Clara Grant Primary School in Tower Hamlets, won the competition and received a £300 donation for her school, as well as a £100 Tesco voucher for herself.

Tesco is expecting Ramadan sales this year to be up to £30million with a 70% average increase in sales on key items such as chapatti flour, rice, oil and dates.  This includes selling approximately 4,000 bags of 10KG rice per day and 40,000 liters of tinned chopped tomatoes.

Matt Clark, World Foods Manager, said:

“Ramadan is an important time in the calendar for many of our customers and colleagues. As food plays a hugely significant role, we’re proud to offer a delicious range of products and meals at great prices in over 300 of our stores. This year, we’re also supporting local communities by donating food products to over 20 Mosques across the UK to help feed those in need.”

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Tesco donates £20,000 worth of food to Mosques to help feed those in need this Ramadan

Tesco donates £20,000 worth of food to Mosques to help feed those in need this Ramadan

SSP America awarded new ten-year lease on its food & beverage contract at Dane County Regional Airport

James Beard award winning local star, Chef Tory Miller, to oversee menu at new concept, Mad Town Gastropub

LONDON, 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded a new ten-year lease on its food & beverage contract at Dane County Regional Airport (MSN). The contract will run through to 2026.

SSP America’s plans for the new lease include a complete rebuild of operations, seeing an expansion of popular Madison-based, family-owned Metcalfe’s Local to Go; the introduction of a new Vintage Wine & Tapas bar to local favorite, Ancora Artisan Coffee & Tea, that will include piano performances; and, the debut of SSP concept, Mad Town Gastropub, featuring a menu of fresh, sustainable dishes created by James Beard award-winning local chef, Tory Miller.

“I’m really excited to incorporate local food to the dining scene at the airport. Our airport is growing a lot, and it’ll be great to be able to showcase some of the talented producers Madison has,” says Chef Miller.

“Dane County has a world class airport and this addition will make it a destination,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “Tory Miller is a nationally recognized chef and we are thrilled to have his talents at the Dane County Airport.”

SSP America is the sole food and beverage purveyor at MSN and has been operating at the gateway since 2006.  SSP’s extended lease follows its 2013 investment in the airport, which strengthened its commitment to Madison-based businesses by expanding locally owned Ancora Coffee and introducing local favorite Metcalfe’s.

SSP America’s chief executive officer, Michael Svagdis, commented, “SSP America takes great pride in building enduring business partnerships.  From our local brand partners to our airport and airport community partners, we believe that good partnerships equal good business.  Our goal as we begin our new lease at MSN, is to continue on its path of ever-increasing expansion while keeping jobs and food local.”

Highlighting the importance of local business partnerships, Tom Walzer, owner of Ancora Artisan Coffee & Tea, said, “We are proud to continue to build on our long-term partnership with SSP.  Ancora’s artisan coffees and teas are a Madison favorite for the past 23 years and now will be served in a beautiful new artisan destination within our world class airport.”

SSP America’s Mad Town Gastropub and the Metcalfe’s expansion will be completed by September 2016, with the addition of Vintage Wine and Tapas to be completed by the end of the year.

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