Auchan comments on soy origin

Croix Cedex, France, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Further to the questioning of the on the origin of soy entering the composition of the animal feed of meats and products sold by Auchan, the company is anxious to specify the following points:

  • First of all, we are not direct buyers of soy.
  • Furthermore, for the animal feed, our responsible food policy on specific sectors as poultry, Aveyron veal, salmon, bio products …) and our non-GMO politics regarding our own-brand products make that the origin of the feed used in these products is diversified by nature. As a result, our impact on the production of soy is intrinsically lower.
  • Among our responsible products, some use a non-GMO feed completed by soy supplies from non-GMO sectors. We encourage the farmers to increase their cereal and proteinic autonomy.
  • Besides, we have launched several working examination on the subject. We are in discussions with the WWF which we met recently and we intend to get closer to the RTRS.

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CBRE Group, Inc. announces the appointment of Tony Long as Global Director, Client Care

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. today announced that Tony Long has been appointed Global Director, Client Care, a new position.

Mr. Long previously led CBRE’s Asset Services business globally, while also overseeing its Client Care initiative. The appointment of Mr. Long to lead Client Care on a full-time basis reflects the increased priority CBRE places on driving exceptional outcomes for its clients.

In his new role, Mr. Long will report to Mike Lafitte, Global Group President, Lines of Business and Client Care. “Client Care is one of our most important strategic initiatives,” Mr. Lafitte said. “It will benefit from Tony’s organizational skills, knowledge of CBRE and focus on enhancing our client relationships.”

Mr. Long has been with CBRE for more than 25 years and led Asset Services since 2011.  He is a graduate of the University of Texas and Harvard Business School.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
+1 212 9848267
email

CBRE announces the promotion of Mike Lafitte and Cal Frese to Global Group Presidents

Lafitte to Focus on Business Lines and Clients; Frese to Focus on Geographies

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that Mike Lafitte and Cal Frese have been promoted to new positions as Global Group Presidents. These new positions represent the company’s senior-most global operating roles in its real estate services businesses, and report to CBRE President & CEO, Bob Sulentic.

Mr. Lafitte, who previously served as Chief Operating Officer, will serve as Global Group President, Lines of Business and Client Care. Mr. Lafitte will focus on the continued development of CBRE’s service lines, including its transactional, property, facilities and project management services.  He will also be responsible for the company’s Client Care initiative.

Mr. Frese, who previously served as CEO of the Americas, will serve as Global Group President, Geographies, with direct oversight of the Americas, EMEA and APAC.  Mr. Frese will focus on the quality of CBRE’s geographic leadership team and the financial and operational performance of its global regions. In addition, he will focus on more tightly aligning Research and Marketing and integrating them with CBRE’s global operations.

“Mike and Cal are exceptional leaders who have helped steer the company to strong growth and many key strategic gains,” Mr. Sulentic said.  “Their new responsibilities will enable us to continue to differentiate our services, while advancing the quality of our geographic leadership team and the financial and operational performance of our regions.”

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
+1 212 9848267
email

Creative Snacks Co. of Greensboro, NC expands recall on sunflower seed products due to the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes

Silver Spring, MD, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Creative Snacks Co. of Greensboro, North Carolina is expanding their recall of specific lot codes of bulk and packaged sunflower seed products due to the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes. We have been notified by SunOpta, our sunflower seed supplier, that the company has issued a further expanded voluntary recall for sunflower seeds that were processed in their Crookston, Minnesota facility between May 31, 2015 and January 31, 2016. 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. It is worth noting that no illnesses have been reported to date and that the recall is a precautionary measure.

Creative Snacks is recalling all products that contain the SunOpta sunflower seeds in question. The product being recalled has been distributed to retailers nationwide and is being sold in a variety of formats including plastic rigid containers, small re-sealable bags and in bulk.

There have been no illnesses reported to date in connection with this recall. Consumers who have purchased affected Creative Snacks Co. products with the Best Before dates listed above should not consume the product and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Best before dates can be found on bottom lower right corner of rigid containers and the back lower right corner of re-sealable snack bags. Consumers with questions may contact the company Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST at 336.668.4151, Lindsay Hancock, Creative Snacks Co.

 

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Creative Snacks Co.
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Creative Snacks Co. of Greensboro, NC expands recall on sunflower seed products due to the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes

Creative Snacks Co. of Greensboro, NC expands recall on sunflower seed products due to the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes

Kimco Realty Corp. sells interests in 17-property Canadian portfolio to Anthem Properties Group Ltd.

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) today announced that it sold its interests in a 17-property Canadian portfolio totaling 1.8 million square feet to Anthem Properties Group Ltd. for a gross sales price of CAD $413.2 million (USD $324.0 million), including the assumption of CAD $205.0 million (USD $160.7 million) of existing mortgage debt. Kimco’s share of the sales price and debt assignment was USD $291.6 million and USD $144.7 million, respectively.

Separately, during the second quarter, the company sold its interests in two additional shopping centers in Canada for CAD $99.3 million (USD $77.4 million), including the assignment of CAD $26.6 million (USD $20.6 million) of existing mortgage debt. Kimco’s share of the sales price and debt assumption was USD $38.7 million and USD $10.3 million, respectively.

With the completion of these transactions, Kimco has interests in nine remaining shopping centers in Canada. Since December 31, 2015, Kimco has sold 26 Canadian properties representing 85 percent of the company’s Canadian sourced net operating income. These transactions further Kimco’s 2020 Vision, the company’s strategic plan of owning and operating a highly concentrated portfolio of open air shopping centers in the major, metro markets throughout the U.S.

ABOUT KIMCO
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers. As of March 31, 2016, the company owned interests in 550 U.S. shopping centers comprising 88 million square feet of leasable space across 36 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

The statements in this news release state the company’s and management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms to the company, (iv) the company’s ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates and management’s ability to estimate the impact thereof, (vii) risks related to the company’s international operations, (viii) the availability of suitable acquisition and disposition opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with our expectations, (ix) valuation and risks related to the company’s joint venture and preferred equity investments, (x) valuation of marketable securities and other investments, (xi) increases in operating costs, (xii) changes in the dividend policy for the company’s common stock, (xiii) the reduction in the company’s income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xiv) impairment charges and (xv) unanticipated changes in the company’s intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity and/or hold certain securities until maturity. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company’s SEC filings. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the company or the SEC.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the SEC, specifically the section titled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, as it may be updated or supplemented in the company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the company’s other filings filed with the SEC, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company’s results.

Kimco Realty Corp.
David F. Bujnicki, 1-866-831-4297
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategy
dbujnicki@kimcorealty.com

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

Marks & Spencer presented with 2016 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Sustainability Award

LONDON, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer has won the 2016 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Sustainability Award, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe awards dinner in London on June 9.

The award recognizes Marks & Spencer for its leadership in development and implementation of sustainable resource strategies that deliver greater operational efficiencies. The award is presented for work that has made a discernible impact, is replicable and will inspire other businesses to identify and implement sustainability initiatives of their own.

Marks & Spencer continues to demonstrate its commitment to its Plan A goals, anchored at the heart of the company’s corporate strategy. Plan A, Marks & Spencer’s ethical and environmental goals, was launched in 2007 as a 100 point, five-year plan. Having achieved its major goal of making its U.K. business carbon neutral, Marks & Spencer has introduced Plan A 2020, which consists of 100 new, revised and existing commitments, with the ultimate goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable major retailer. Public reporting on the attainment of Plan A goals, including any missed targets, makes Marks & Spencer’s sustainability strategy transparent and accessible both to the public and to the international retail industry, in a quantifiable format.

“A focus on sustainability not only helps protect our world and resources, it is also good for business,” said Ern Sherman, vice president of industry affairs for The Coca-Cola Company. “With this award, we are proud to recognize a retailer who shares our passion for making an enduring, positive difference for businesses and communities.”

“Marks & Spencer deserves this European sustainability accolade, commending the hard work by the company and its leadership to implement Plan A over the past nine years,” said Dan Munford, Managing Director of Insight. “The Marks & Spencer Plan A is an extremely impressive, measurable and inspiring sustainable business model that encourages other international retailers to consider similar types of initiatives.”

NACS President and CEO Henry Armour congratulated Marks & Spencer for its Plan A goals and focus on sustainable business solutions. “Marks & Spencer is a stellar example of sustainable and environmentally conscious best practices, and we are pleased that we have the opportunity to share Marks & Spencer’s endeavors with our global convenience retail community.”

Now in its third year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Stockholm on June 5 and ends on June 11 in Dublin.

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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.

Applegreen wins the NACS Insight 2016 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award for its new M1 Lisburn Motorway Service Area in Northern Ireland

LONDON, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Applegreen has won the NACS Insight 2016 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award for its new M1 Lisburn Motorway Service Area in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The award, sponsored by Accenture, was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 9 at this year’s International Convenience Retailer Awards gala.

Applegreen’s new M1 Lisburn site is a first of its kind, occupying a total floor area of 16,000 square feet. The site features seating for 300, offering ample space for customers to rest, even on busy days. The store is located on a busy tourist route from Belfast City and, with dedicated bus parking, the store can easily accommodate fluctuations in customer volume and provide patrons with space and comfort for taking a break and enjoying a variety of food and beverage offers. For local commuters, the site’s upper level is designed as a quiet oasis with comfortable seating, complete with the Applegreen Lounge area that includes meeting spaces, free Wi-Fi and mobile charging.

Recognizing that food is becoming a main focus in convenience retailing, Applegreen M1 Lisburn provides six foodservice options including a Chopstix Noodle Bar, Subway, Burger King, the popular U.K. bakery Greggs and Applegreen’s proprietary Bakewell concept, featuring high quality and great tasting foods developed by the retailer’s in-house food scientist. Applegreen’s Bakewell brand includes the Eat Smart range of products, focusing on the use of clean and natural ingredients without additives and preservatives.

The M1 Lisburn site also features a new Lavazza Coffee Bar, a concept designed and led by Applegreen in partnership with Lavazza. The Coffee Bar occupies a much larger space in comparison with other traditional coffee offers in a similar setting, as well as soft lighting and intimate seating areas.

Competition for this year’s Convenience Retailer of the Year Award was strong, with six extraordinary companies—two from Ireland, two from the United Kingdom, and one each from Norway and Sweden—selected by convenience and fuel retailing industry peers as finalists.

Judges agreed that Applegreen’s new M1 Lisburn site displays an excellent and effective use of space, as well as a great mix of proprietary and branded food concepts—a combination that makes this location a true travel destination for busy commuters in need of a break. Comments reflect that Applegreen continues to be true to its brand and has become a leader in convenience retailers.

“Judging the winner this year was very challenging in such a competitive field. Applegreen’s M1 Lisburn site is a game changer in forecourt convenience retailing and certainly deserves this exceptional accolade,” said Dan Munford, managing director of Insight.

Henry Armour, president and CEO at NACS, said: “Applegreen never disappoints with its innovative and highly engaging formats that offer both convenience and comfort for today’s time-pressed consumers. The amount of attention Applegreen has spent paying close attention to every detail, from the décor to the foodservice and convenience offers, is very impressive.”

Since 2009, the NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award has recognized excellence in convenience and forecourt retailing on an international stage and celebrates the best convenience retail formats from around the world. Retailers are judged across key criteria including format innovation, range, people development, customer service initiatives, corporate social responsibility, technology and results.

Now in its third year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Stockholm on June 5 and ends on June 11 in Dublin.

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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.

NACS recognizes S-Group with 2016 NACS Insight European Technology Implementation Award at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe

LONDON, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — S-Group has won the 2016 NACS Insight European Technology Implementation Award, sponsored by Verifone, a world leader in payments and commerce solutions. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 9 at this year’s International Convenience Retailer Awards gala.

The award recognizes S-Group for the implementation of a new mobile fueling feature to its award-winning S-Mobile iPhone app, an innovative service that combines retail, banking and fueling to transform the entire retail customer experience. S-Group is a renowned Finnish cooperative group of companies operating in the retail sector. The mobile fueling app was launched by two of S-Group’s subsidiaries: S-Bank, which provides all co-op members with comprehensive banking services and ABC, a service station chain and fuel trade company. The app is available for iPhone, Android and Windows phones.

S-Mobile automatically recognizes the customer’s location, and fueling is initiated by simply choosing the correct fuel pump from the app. After fueling, the payment is handled automatically through the S-Bank Visa card, linking the payment with customer loyalty benefits. S Group’s mobile app has more than 600,000 downloads in Finland, a country with a population of 5.4 million.

“We want to create simple services with a superb digital banking and retail experience for our 2.8 million customers. With our service, customers no longer need to use traditional card readers and PIN codes at the petrol station. In the Finnish winter, where temperatures can dip below -30 degrees Celsius, traditional pump activation is a hassle. We believe that the app can overcome such inconveniences and ensure a seamless customer experience with automatic payments for the user. This new service is only one way in which we aim to make everyday life easier for our customers,” said Pekka Ylihurula, managing director of S-Bank.

“S-Group shares Verifone’s commitment to helping gas stations and convenience stores enhance the consumer experience, and we are honored to recognize S-Group for its forward-thinking and innovative S-Mobile app solution, as well as the company’s leadership to inspire other businesses to identify and implement technology initiatives of their own,” said Brad McGuinness, Global Head of Petroleum Systems for Verifone.

“Consumers are looking for more speed in everything they do and in order to capitalize on the opportunity this creates for our industry, convenience retailers need to be at the forefront of technology implementation,” said Dan Munford, managing director of Insight. “S-Group’s innovation makes customer’s lives easier and the feature that allows tracking of petrol consumption is compelling.”

NACS President and CEO Henry Armour congratulated S-Group for its commitment to advancing technology best practices. “S-Group’s mobile fueling and payments app is an innovative technology platform retailers around the world can learn from, particularly markets where data security and new payment options are top of mind.”

Now in its third year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Stockholm on June 5 and ends on June 11 in Dublin.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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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.

Intershop awards ModusLinkGlobal Solutions™ Inc. with Gold Partner status

  • Long established partnership reaches new level
  • Status of Gold Partner results from joint success in winning and running customer projects

Jena, Germany and Waltham, Mass., 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop announced today that it has awarded ModusLinkGlobal Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) with Gold Partner status.

Collaboration between the two companies began in 2006 and has developed continuously with customers throughout Europe. Over the years renowned customers have leveraged the technology, service and know-how of the partnership. Among the biggest joint projects last year was Tassimo, where sites for 14 different countries were implemented within 6 months.

An essential element of the partnership is the successfully established, full-service e-commerce solution. Joint customers profit from the seamless interaction of Intershop’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform with ModusLink’s logistics and warehousing services. A great deal of focus is being put on further developing the collaborative solution with to meet constantly evolving client needs.

Axel Köhler, Board Member of Intershop says: “While this partnership has grown very strongly already, we are certain there is a lot of potential yet to be leveraged. We look forward to bringing it to the next level with more happy and successful customers throughout Europe.”

”Intershop has been a terrific partner to work with, as its platform is the perfect solution for companies throughout Europe that are looking to begin, expand or strengthen their e-commerce operations,” added Bram Barendregt, Vice President & General Manager, eBusiness at ModusLink. “We’re honored to become an Intershop Gold Partner and look forward to collaborating on new and innovative client solutions in the future.”

About ModusLink Global Solutions
ModusLink Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK), is a global, omni-channel technology and fulfillment provider that gives clients real-time visibility into their end-to-end supply and demand chain operations, with expertise and facilities worldwide to manage forward and reverse logistics.  The company’s operations are supported by more than 20 sites across North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region.  For more information, please visit www.moduslink.com and www.valueunchained.com, the blog for supply chain professionals.

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Intershop Public Relations
Heide Rausch
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
E-Mail

2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give announces complete field for the event June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club

Belmont, Mich., 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Who: Grand Rapids Community

What: The complete field for the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give was announced today for the event June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club. The third-year event has drawn its strongest field to-date, including every player who has won on Tour this season. The field will consist of 10 of the Top 10 and 43 of the Top 50 on the 2016 Money List. Included in the field are world No. 1 Lydia Ko, 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic Champion Lexi Thompson and 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic Champion Mirim Lee.

Other notables include Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, Gerina Piller, Brittany Lincicome, Jessica Korda, Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr and Ariya Jutanugarn. Two sponsor exemptions were awarded to Hannah Kim of Northwestern University, and amateur Lindsey McPherson, to complete the field. Full field can be found at meijerLPGAclassic.com

Tickets are still available for the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give and can be purchased online at meijerLPGAclassic.com or over the phone at 616-426-6220.

Where: Blythefield Country Club,
5801 Northland Dr.
Belmont, Mich. 49306

For additional details on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please contact the representatives per the information above. 

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

SUPERVALU: Save-A-Lot, Inc. files Amendment No. 1 to its Form 10 for possible spin-off into separate, publicly traded company

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today announced that Save-A-Lot, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, has filed Amendment No. 1 to its Form 10 Registration Statement (Form 10) with theU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the possible spin-off of Save-A-Lot into a separate, publicly traded company. Among other changes, the amendment includes Save-A-Lot’s recent financial results and details the Company’s current expectations that immediately following a spin-off, SUPERVALU stockholders would directly own approximately 60 percent of the outstanding shares of common stock of Save-A-Lot and that SUPERVALU would retain approximately 40 percent of the outstanding shares of common stock of Save-A-Lot.

SUPERVALU announced in July 2015 that it was exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business, and that as part of that process it had begun preparations to allow for a possible spin-off of Save-A-Lot into a stand-alone public company. With the filing of Amendment No. 1 to the Form 10, SUPERVALU is continuing preparations to separate Save-A-Lot, although at this time there can be no assurance that a separation of Save-A-Lot will be completed or that any other change in the Company’s overall structure or business model will occur.

To review the Amendment No. 1 filing on the SEC’s web site, use this link.

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion.SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,588 stores composed of 1,796 independent stores serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,360 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 897 are operated by licensee owners; and 200 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of February 27, 2016). Headquartered in Minnesota,SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS RELEVANT TO FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF “SAFE HARBOR” PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995.

Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, particularly those pertaining to SUPERVALU’s expectations, guidance, or future operating results, and other statements identified by words such as “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “intends” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including uncertainties as to the terms, timing or structure of any separation transaction and whether one will be consummated at all, the impact of any separation transaction on the businesses of SUPERVALU and the Save-A-Lot business on a standalone basis if the separation were to be completed, whether the operational and strategic benefits of a separation can be achieved and whether the costs and expenses of the separation can be controlled within expectations. Other factors include competition, ability to execute operations and initiatives, ability to realize benefits from acquisitions and dispositions, reliance on wholesale customers and licensees ability to grow or maintain identical store sales, ability to maintain or increase margins, substantial indebtedness, labor relations issues, escalating costs of providing employee benefits, relationships with Albertson’s LLC, New Albertson’s, Inc. and Haggen, intrusions to and disruption of information technology systems, impact of economic conditions, commodity pricing, governmental regulation, food and drug safety issues, legal proceedings, pharmacy reimbursement and health care financing, intellectual property protection, severe weather, natural disasters and adverse climate changes, disruption to supply chain and distribution network, changes in military business, adequacy of insurance, volatility in fuel and energy costs, asset impairment charges, fluctuations in our common stock price and other risk factors relating to our business or industry as detailed from time to time inSUPERVALU’s reports filed with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Unless legally required, SUPERVALU undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC.
For Investors:
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
Steve.bloomquist@supervalu.com
or
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Jeffrey.Swanson@supervalu.com

Associated Food Stores announces goal to source and provide exclusively cage-free eggs by 2025

Utah-based grocery wholesaler plans to make transition by 2025

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Food Stores recently announced a goal to source and provide exclusively cage-free eggs. The Utah-based grocery wholesaler is working with suppliers to transition its egg selection to cage-free by 2025. The transition will be completed in stages to ensure there isn’t a disruption in egg supply at the stores.

“As a company, we believe the most humane living conditions for hens is a cage-free environment,” said Jason Sokol, marketing director for Associated Food Stores. “We are dedicated to working with responsible suppliers and currently offer cage-free eggs to all stores we supply.”

Associated Food Stores has heightened the focus with egg suppliers over the last several months to specifically address the goal of going cage-free. Similar to Kroger, Walmart, Safeway and many other grocery wholesalers and retailers, Associated Food Stores is working with suppliers toward a goal of converting all egg sales to be 100 percent cage-free by 2025. Timeline may vary based on availability and consumer demand.

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About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores serves more than 400 independent retailers across Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon. Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Associated Food Stores is committed to the success of local retailers and provides groceries, warehouse facilitates and other services to retailers. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to find a retailer near you, visit www.afstores.com

 

Media Contact
Sarah Pettit
scpettit@afstores.com
801-978-8948

CBRE Group strengthens its senior management team with several executive leadership promotions

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced several executive leadership promotions designed to further strengthen its senior management team, drive the company’s strategy and sustain its growth.

Jack Durburg has been promoted to CEO, the Americas, reporting to Cal Frese, Global Group President, Geographies.  Mr. Durburg has led CBRE’s global Advisory & Transaction Services (brokerage) operations since March 2012 and prior to that, led the U.S. Central Region and Chicago local market area.

Whitley Collins has been promoted to Global President, Occupier Advisory & Transaction Services (A&T) and will take on Mr. Durburg’s former responsibilities for this business line.  Mr. Collins has led Occupier A&T in the Americas and will now expand his responsibilities to a global level.

Mary Jo Eaton has been promoted to Global President, Asset Services and Valuation & Advisory Services.  Ms. Eaton has most recently served as Florida and Latin America leader. Earlier, she led CBRE’s regional Asset Services operations in the Washington, DC and Philadelphia markets.

Mr. Collins and Ms. Eaton will report to Mike Lafitte, Global Group President, Lines of Business and Client Care.

Bob Sulentic, CBRE President and CEO, said: “Jack, Whitley and Mary Jo are outstanding executives. In their new roles, they will enable us to sustain our momentum by producing consistently superior outcomes for clients and ensuring even sharper focus on driving growth.”

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
+1 212 9848267
email

Klépierre in partnership with Microsoft launches its start-up challenge KlépierreID at Viva Technology in Paris, June 30- July 2, 2016

The European commercial real estate specialist launches KlépierreID to source the start-ups that will transform retail tomorrow.

http://www.vivatechnologyparis.com/challenges/602 Paris, Porte de Versailles, June 30- July 2, 2016

PARIS, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — “We are strong believers in the idea that the best way to face the strategic challenges generated by our fast moving retail environment, is to use a test & learn approach, identifying the start-ups that will enable us to accelerate our digital transformation. This is how we will generate more value for the retailers present in our shopping centers,” declares Jean-Marc Jestin, Chief Operating Officer for the Klépierre group.

KlépierreID will launch a first challenge,” Let’s Play with mobile shoppers”, to the 5000 start-ups present at Viva Technology global event, with 3 objectives:

  • Enrich and simplify the shopping experience with new phygital servicesin Klépierre malls
  • Collect, connect, and activate all available data in shopping centers to create more value for retailers at Klépierre, while respecting the confidentiality wanted by our clients
  • Develop drive to store solutions

For this first step into the world of mobile technology, Klépierre is launching its start-up challenge with a major global partner, Microsoft, in order to select and support the winning start-ups in the development of their solutions.

“For ten years, Microsoft France has been creating and supporting specific programs dedicated to start-ups – talent detection, coaching and business acceleration, technological & international support– by facilitating business collaborations with the 5,000 start-ups currently supported with our key accounts. We are very glad to be associated with the first KlépierreID challenge at Viva Technology Paris, which will allow the three finalists to benefit from our support,” explains Nicolas Gaume, Director of the eXperiences division of Microsoft France.

The three finalist start-ups will benefit from:

  • Pilot tests in Klépierre centers. The group will introduce them to major retailers and brands in Europe, and will put in place a specific BtoB communication program.
  • Six months of personalized coaching via “the Pépinière” Microsoft Azure program dedicated to mobile & cloud apps (for start-ups using Microsoft Azure as their main Cloud technology). In connection with this program, they will have access to a dedicated contact at Microsoft France, technical resources (documentation, online training, equipment loans), as well as technological and business coaching. In addition, the winning start-up will receive 20 000€.

Start-ups can sign up for the challenge directly by clicking on this link: http://www.vivatechnologyparis.com/challenges/602

The Jury for the challenge includes executives from Klépierre top management; Anthony Virapin, Startup GoTo-Market Lead – Microsoft France; Sébastien Imbert, Chief Digital Marketing Officer – Microsoft France; Jérôme Léger, VP for the Mobile Marketing Association France; and Frédéric Roy, Editor in chief of the magazine CB News.

About Klépierre
A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. Its portfolio is valued at 22.1 billion euros on December 31, 2015. It comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries of Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen & Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager.

Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group (20.3%), world leader in the shopping center industry and APG (13.1%), a Netherlands-based pension fund firm. Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and Euronext Amsterdam included the CAC 40, EPRA Euro Zone and the GPR 250 indexes. Klépierre is also included in several ethical indexes – DJSI World and Europe, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and World 120, Euronext Low Carbon 100 Europe – and is also ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions mark the Group’s commitment to a voluntary sustainable development policy.

For more information, visit our website: www.klepierre.com

Media contact:
Pepper Menthe Communication Samira Chakkaf Andalouci /samira@peppermenthe.com 07 86 111 452 Sophie Lozach / sophie@peppermenthe.com / 06 63 17 36 43

New World launches soft plastics recycling programme in the South Island

Recycling plastic bags just got easier for Cantabrians, with today’s South Island launch at New World Ilam of a recycling scheme that’s already netting more than a tonne of soft plastics every week.

South Island, New Zealand, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Soft Plastics Recycling Programme will let people dispose of soft plastics, like shopping bags, bread bags and food wrapping, into specially-designed bins located outside all New World supermarkets across Christchurch as well as PAK’nSAVE Rangiora and PAK’nSAVE Riccarton, and other selected retail outlets in the city.

The material will then be collected, sorted, baled and sent to reprocessors who’ll turn it into a feed stock that can then be used to make new products such as outdoor furniture, decking material, road bollards, and even more soft plastics recycling bins.

Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd Managing Director Steve Anderson says the programme has already been a resounding success in Auckland and Hamilton, with a tonne of soft plastics currently being collected each week from New World and PAK’nSAVE stores alone.

“Now Cantabrians have the opportunity to play their part in keeping these soft plastics out of the landfills in their own part of the country,” says Anderson.

According to REDcycle, which operates the programme and tracks progress by each store, it seems New World and PAK’nSAVE customers are the most proactive when it comes to recycling their plastics, with 80% of the soft plastics collected from all participating outlets to date coming from a New World or PAK’nSAVE store.

“The response from our customers has been tremendous,” Anderson says. “It proves that if you give people the opportunity to do the right thing, they won’t disappoint.”

Anderson says New World and PAK’nSAVE are proud to be working with The Packaging Forum and The RED Group, and other retailers such as The Warehouse, in order to make the scheme a success.

“Retail is by its nature a very competitive business, but we mustn’t lose sight of the bigger picture. A healthy environment is the foundation of a healthy economy, and when we all pull together, as we have done on this project, we can achieve so much.”

Today’s South Island launch of the Soft Plastics Recycling Programme comes as Foodstuffs rolls out its award-winning recyclable butchery trays, nationwide.

On Tuesday, the trays won the award for the country’s top waste minimisation initiative of 2016, at the Environment Ministry’s Green Ribbon Awards.

The trays replace the non-recyclable polystyrene trays traditionally used by meat retailers, and are themselves made of 50% food grade recycled plastic.

“It’s estimated up to 80 million meat trays will be kept out of landfills every year,” Anderson says.

“That combined with the soft plastics recycling initiative all adds up to lot less waste polluting our environment, something I think we can truly be proud of.”

ENDS

Foodstuffs South Island Ltd
Address:
167 Main North Road
Papanui, Private Bag 4705
Christchurch
Phone: +64 3 353 8700
Fax: +64 3 353 8190
Web Address: www.foodstuffs-si.co.nz

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New World launches soft plastics recycling programme in the South Island

New World launches soft plastics recycling programme in the South Island

Foodstuffs’ kerbside-recyclable trays named the New Zealand’s top waste minimisation initiative for 2016

Foodstuffs New Zealand’s world-first recyclable butchery trays have been named the country’s top waste minimisation initiative for 2016, at the Green Ribbon Awards in Wellington.

Wellington, New Zealand, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The kerbside-recyclable trays, which are being rolled out nationwide and will be in use at all New World and PAK’nSAVE stores by the end of July, were recognised for being an innovative, sustainable solution to a environmental issue that has challenged retailers for years.

Made of 50% recycled plastic, the trays themselves can be put in customers’ kerbside recycling bins. They will replace the current trays that are made of non-recyclable polystyrene foam, 100 million of which end up in NZ landfills every year – equivalent to 14 Olympic-size pools’ worth of polystyrene.

Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd Sustainability Manager, Mike Sammons, who managed the project from conception to commercialisation, alongside Alto Packaging, says the Green Ribbon win is “great recognition for a great kiwi solution.”

“It was a massive challenge finding a cost-efficient, functional, sustainable solution,” says Sammons. “But we also knew the eventual pay-off would be worth it, in terms of the environmental benefits.”

“To now take home the top prize in the waste reduction category makes that investment even more rewarding.”

Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd Managing Director, Steve Anderson, says the company is thrilled by the win and what it means for the environment, here and overseas.

“This accolade underscores Foodstuffs’ long-standing commitment to move our packaging towards being 100% recyclable for our customers, either at kerbside or back at store,” Anderson says.

Sammons says single-use packaging doesn’t make financial or environmental sense: “Going to the trouble of manufacturing a product from a finite resource, then using it once for a few days before relegating it to a landfill is simply inefficient and irresponsible.”

“The clear trays are highly sought-after for recycling too,” he says, “which will hopefully incentivise local packaging manufacturers to invest in reprocessing post-consumer packaging, thereby moving us closer to the ‘holy grail’ of closed loop recycling in New Zealand.”

Anderson says Foodstuffs has exclusivity on the tray design for a limited period, after which it’s expected Alto will then supply many more retailers throughout New Zealand and the world.

“While we’re immensely proud to have been recognised here at home by the Green Ribbon Awards, the real prize will be seeing these trays in use internationally in years to come.”

 

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
Address:
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone:+64 9 621 0600
Fax:+64 9 621 0601

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Foodstuffs' kerbside-recyclable trays named the New Zealand’s top waste minimisation initiative for 2016

Foodstuffs’ kerbside-recyclable trays named the New Zealand’s top waste minimisation initiative for 2016

DICK’S Sporting Goods to open its eighth store in Washington on Friday, June 24 in Union Gap

Special Appearance Sunday by Jeremy Lane

PITTSBURGH, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening its eighth store in Washington and 649th store nationwide on Friday, June 24 at 2500 Rudkin Road in Union Gap, WA.

DICK’S three-day Grand Opening celebration will run through Sunday, June 26. The store will open at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

On Friday, the first 100 people in line will receive a free Reebok Play Dry® T-Shirt. Adults who are in line at 7:45 a.m. on Friday will get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker. ‡‡

Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane** will make an in-store appearance from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Saturday and Sunday giveaways include a free Mystery Gift Card for the first 100 adults in line. Adults who are in line at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday and 8:45 a.m. on Sunday will also get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker. ‡‡

“We look forward to opening our newest DICK’S Sporting Goods in Union Gap and adding to our growing presence in the community,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “Our new location will offer athletes and outdoor enthusiasts personalized service and a seamless shopping experience both online and in-store.”

The new location will feature Nike and Under Armour shops, athletic and outdoor apparel and footwear and the latest gear for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting and fishing. More than 40 in-store services by DICK’S certified PROS in sports and outdoor specialties such as bike, golf and fishing will also be available.

Visit DICKS.com/UnionGap for details and LIKE DICK’S Sporting Goods on Facebook for the latest information on local appearances, special events and brand activations.

‡‡NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase does not improve chance of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Limit one t-shirt, mystery gift card and/or Gift Locker combination per person/day/drawing. Must be 18+ for gift card and Gift Locker promotions. See store or DICKS.com/UnionGap for details and odds of winning.

**Wristband required for autograph.  Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of event only. Limited Quantity. Limit one per person. Visit DICK’S.com/UnionGap for details.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of April 30, 2016, the Company operated more than 645 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at DICKS.com.

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods – press@dcsg.com

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PetSmart to offer an array of pet products featuring The Secret Life of Pets characters

  • PetSmart, Illumination Creative Marketing and NBCUniversal Brand Development
  • Team Up to Bring the Movie to Life through an Exclusive Pet Line, Multi-Channel Shopping Experience and Two Custom Animated TV Spots Featuring the Music of The Rolling Stones

PHOENIX and Universal City, CA, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Max, Duke, Gidget, Chloe, Mel and Buddy, the stars of the comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day, are taking over PetSmart to celebrate the release of lllumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ The Secret Life of Pets, coming to theatres July 8.

As the exclusive pet-specialty retailer for the film, PetSmart will offer an array of toy, apparel and pet bed products. Together with Illumination Creative Marketing and NBCUniversal Brand Development, PetSmart has created an innovative multi-channel shopping experience featuring the characters. As part of this partnership, pets from the movie will “take over” PetSmart stores, petsmart.com, social media and other digital channels in fun and engaging ways.

“We love pets and we know they make us better people – but what pet parent doesn’t wonder what their pets do when they’re not at home with them?” said Eran Cohen, Chief Customer Experience Officer, PetSmart. “We are excited to see this idea come to life on the big screen and are thrilled to be the exclusive pet specialty partner for this fun, pet-centric film. All our pets have such unique personalities, and we know families everywhere will enjoy seeing this movie and recognizing similar traits of the characters in their own pets.”

“We, and our filmmaking partners at Illumination, are thrilled to collaborate with PetSmart, the largest specialty pet retailer in North America, to offer consumers a pet product line that captures the unique personalities of The Secret Life of Pets loveable characters,” said Manuel Torres, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Consumer Products. “PetSmart’s ‘store takeover’ and innovative multi-channel shopping experience extends the adventure further by engaging consumers to explore their own pets ‘secret lives,’ with activities and film-inspired merchandise.”

A Movie to Celebrate: Contests, Toys, Apparel, Beds, Treats and Services

The exclusive new collection is available online and in stores now with movie-inspired toys, beds, collars and apparel. PetSmart worked directly with the Illumination Entertainment filmmakers and Creative Marketing team to ensure the products capture each character’s unique personality, as well as the iconic scenes from the movie.

The collection includes pet apparel such as the Gidget ruffle-skirted dress, character hoodies and slogan tees featuring Max and Duke with sayings likeDo I Smell Sausage?; Fetch Like you Mean It; and Every Dog Has His Day. Pets are sure to love the array of plush and rope squeaker toys featuring all the characters, and with cat and dog beds featuring Gidget and Duke, pets can literally snuggle up these characters.

For a limited time, PetSmart will also carry the unique The Secret Life of Petspackages of Milk-Bone® and Pup-Peroni® dog treats. From June 6 – 22, PetSmart will also run a “Share Your Pets’ Funniest Secret” video contest on YouTube, where 30-second videos featuring funny pet secrets will be posted by contestants and PetSmart will narrow the candidates for a majority vote conducted June 27-July 5. The grand prize winner will win a $500 PetSmart gift card; runners up $250 gift cards.
PetSmart Grooming Salons will offer a new Top Dog Spaw™ service*, complete with coconut-infused shampoo, moisturizing coconut balm paw massage and an exclusive The Secret Life of Pets bandana. And, in keeping with the theme of the movie, what better way for pets to get in on the action than by sending them to Doggie Day Camp! Through July 31, new customers to Doggie Day Camp will receive 50% off their first session*.

The exclusive, custom animation TV ads of the characters’ takeover of PetSmart stores will start airing June 13.

About The Secret Life of Pets
For their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks.  Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch. www.thesecretlifeofpets.com

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,450 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – includingPetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

About NBCUniversal Brand Development
NBCUniversal Brand Development (NBCUBD) drives expansion of the company’s intellectual properties, franchises, characters and stories through innovative physical and digital products, kids and family content, and consumer experiences globally. Along with franchise brand management, NBCUBD includes three lines of business: NBCUniversal Consumer Products, Universal Kids & Family Productions, and NBCUniversal Games and Digital Products. NBCUniversal Brand Development is a business segment of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, and part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Illumination Entertainmen
lllumination Entertainment, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event animated films. Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the hugely successful DESPICABLE ME franchise, which includes MINIONS, the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time as well as DESPICABLE ME 2, an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature of 2013. In all, Illumination’s films, which also include 2011’s HOP and 2012’s Dr. Seuss’ THE LORAX, have grossed more than $3.2 billion in worldwide box-office revenues and feature some of the world’s most renowned talent. Upcoming films, in addition to THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS include SING, which arrives in theaters in December 2016, starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly; DESPICABLE ME 3, starring Steve Carell and Trey Parker which is set for June 2017; and a newly-imagined version of Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of The Grinch , that is set for November 2017. In addition, Minion Rush (800 million downloads) has become one of the world’s most popular apps, and Minion Mayhem attracts huge crowds at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.

*All services are subject to availability. Must show proof of vaccinations for Doggie Day Camp. For the safety of all animals and associates, and at the discretion of PetSmart, some pets may not be permitted.

Contacts:

Danielle Bickelmann
Golin for PetSmart
469-680-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com
PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177

Angela Emery
NBCUniversal Brand Development
818-777-8922
angela.emery@nbcuni.com

Americana-inspired pet collection available at PetSmart

From Fireworks-Themed Tees, Toys and Treats to Services Benefitting U.S. Veterans, PetSmart is the One-Stop Shop for All Things Red, White & Blue

PHOENIX, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — People all over the country will be celebrating important American holidays including Flag Day next Tuesday and our nation’s birthday next month with parades, backyard barbecues, pool parties and neighborhood gatherings. Because PetSmart believes pets can and should be included in all memorable celebrations, through July, pet parents can find the latest Americana-inspired pet fashion, accessories, treats, toys and special grooming services so pets are ready to commemorate these holidays and join in the fun.

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True Blue, Red White & Blue
Pets can display their patriotism this summer with adorable apparel like the Top Paw™ Little Firecracker or All American Dog tees. Pups are sure to be the hit of the backyard barbecue with a nod to one of America’s favorite summertime foods – the hot dog – by wearing the adorable hot dog hoodieby Martha Stewart Pets®, exclusively at PetSmart.

Sporty bandana collars inspired by the American flag serve as a fashionable and easy pet accessory. Pets can also snuggle in a navy blue cuddler bed adorned with stars or play with an array of patriotic toys such as the Top Paw Red and White Firework or the Flattie bald eagle toy.

Even small pets like rabbits and guinea pigs can join in the commemorative fun with festive red, white and blue bedding.

Festive Food
While most traditional party fare isn’t appropriate for pups, they can still join in the fun with Bocce’s Sliders dog biscuits, made of all natural cheese, beef and carrots. Dogs who prefer food of the canned variety will love BLUE™ Red, White & Blue stew, which can also be served as savory food topper.
Calming Solutions for Fireworks
Not all animals will be ready for fireworks on July 4th – for those skittish and agitated by the loud noises, calming solutions will help keep dogs and cats calm such as calming collars, spray and home diffusers with pheromones that help to settle pets. Thundershirts are designed to provide a calming effect when your dog or cat experiences fear or separation anxiety. The shirt, which fits snuggly around the pet’s body, delivers constant, gentle pressure to create a dramatic calming effect. Brand new this season is Thundershirt’s Limited Edition Patriotic Shirt for Dog Anxiety – perfect for helping to calm pups for fireworks viewing.

PetSmart for Patriots – Services that Give Back
PetSmart has expanded its patriotic-themed grooming and other pet services aimed at honoring the service and sacrifice made by the nation’s men and women in the military. Now through July 4, 2016, $1 from every Patriotic Top DogSM Package and other select grooming, PetsHotel® and training purchases will go to the nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence®. Over the past two years, PetSmart and its customers have donated more than $250,000 to Canine Companions through this philanthropic program.

PetSmart for Patriots is a joint endeavor between PetSmart and Canine Companions for Independence in support of Canine Companions’ Wounded Veterans Initiative to help partner assistance dogs with the military veterans who need them. Since 1992, Canine Companions has placed 144 dogs with military veterans, with the number of dogs placed tripling since 2008.

The patriotic services* include:

  • Patriotic Top Dog and Select Grooming Services: Choose from select PetSmart grooming packages that include an assortment of patriotic add-ons, including patriotic bandanas and collar charms, as well as a red (cherry), white (coconut) and blue (blueberry) signature scent.
  • Yellow Ribbon Pet Expressions**: Show patriotic support with a washable yellow ribbon stencil.
  • Treat Time at PetsHotel and Doggie Day Camp:
    • Dog-friendly ice cream with crunchy biscuit topping
    • Snack KONG (PetsHotel offering only): a fun KONG toy stuffed with tasty filling
  • Pet Training: Pet parents can choose any six week pet training class

These Americana-themed pet products and services are among a wide, comprehensive assortment available now at PetSmart.

*All services are subject to availability.
** Not available in SC, Boulder, CO & select cities in CA. Colors may vary by salon. Available to puppies 12 weeks and older.

About PetSmart
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, and operate approximately 1,450 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store.
Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.comPetFoodDirect.comPet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives – we live it.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Contacts:

Danielle Bickelmann
Golin for PetSmart
972-341-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com
 

PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177

The Defense Commissary Agency to host the military resale partnership event, Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival on July 1-31

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Defense Commissary Agency will host the military resale partnership event, Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival, July 1-31 at commissaries worldwide.

This annual event will feature discounted prices on produce at commissary farmers markets, savings on workout equipment and apparel at exchanges, health screenings at local clinics, and fitness events hosted by the post morale, welfare and recreation activities.

With the theme “Live Healthy and Save Big!,” the festival combines savings while supporting the military community’s health and wellness goals, said DeCA Sales Director Tracie Russ.

“We heartily support DOD’s many initiatives to improve the health and wellness of service members and their families. Supporting this fest is a great way to continue that tradition,” Russ said. “Together, the military resale community helps reinforce the installation as the No. 1 destination for partnership events.

The festival combines commissary farmers markets, exchange sidewalk sales, MWR fitness events, demos, music, free nutritious food samples, prize giveaways, discount coupon offers, health and wellness information and children’s programs. “Our patrons benefit most through the collaborative efforts of commissaries, exchanges, MWR services and our industry partners,” Russ said.

For DeCA, the Lifestyle Festival also gives more visibility to the commissaries’ worldwide farmers market program, an event that has offered plenty of tasty fruits and vegetables for the past three years, Russ said.

“Our patrons are in for a treat when it comes to the quality produce offered at our farmers markets,” Russ said. “Thanks to the creativity of our store personnel and industry partners who inject plenty of imagination and excitement into our farmers markets, combined with the exchange sales and the MWR fitness events, this festival will be a must-attend for our military customers.”

Although the bulk of the sales are in July and early August, a few locations will be held in June to avoid calendar conflicts: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California (June 18-19); Chievres Air Base, Belgium (June 12-14); Dugway Proving Ground, Utah (June 26); Izmir Air Station, Turkey (June 27-29); Los Angeles Air Force Base (June 13-15); Naval Station Mayport, Florida (June 13-15); Naval Base Pearl Harbor Commissary, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii (June 26-29); Naval Shipyard Portsmouth, Maine (June 26-28); and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California (June 12).

An overall schedule listing installations and dates can be found on Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival page.

Commissary patrons should also check the individual store Web pages for more information on farmers market dates and other scheduled events. Customers who live near multiple commissaries are encouraged to use the DeCA website to frequent all sales in their area.

Customers are also advised to contact their local installation media for specific festival event schedules.

Note: For an infographic and a photo related to the Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival, go to DeCA’s Flickr page.

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

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