ALDI to offer meat without Antibiotics, Hormones, Steroids or Animal By-Product

Batavia, Ill., 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — ALDI is stepping up to the nutritional plate once again – this time, with the promise of simpler meats at the affordable prices they’re known for. This product launch comes on the heels of the ALDI Healthier Checklanes rollout and the decision to remove added MSG, partially hydrogenated oils and certified synthetic coloring from all ALDI-exclusive food products.

“We believe every shopper should have access to food they feel good about serving their family,” said ALDI Chief Executive Officer Jason Hart. “That’s why we’re dedicated to providing high quality groceries at affordable prices –making healthy living simple for more than 32million customers who shop our stores each month.”

The new Never Any! line ofmeats is available exclusively at ALDI, and each product is certified by the USDA as meeting three criteria: 1. No antibiotics 2. No added hormones or steroids 3. No animal by-products (vegetarian fed)

ALDI believes shoppers shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality for lower prices, and the Never Any! line is just one more way ALDI is bringing its shoppers simple, real-world solutionsfor healthier living that won’t break the bank.

Core products in the Never Any! line include: • Kirkwood Never Any! Chicken Breasts($3.99 per lb.; random weight) • Lunch Mate Never Any! Ham or Turkey ($3.29; 7 oz.) • Appleton Farms Never Any! Hickory Bacon ($4.49; 12 oz.) • Kirkwood Never Any! Whole Chicken ($1.49 per lb.; random weight) • Kirkwood Never Any! Chicken Breast Tenderloins($4.49 per lb.; random weight) • Kirkwood Never Any! Italian or Spinach Feta Chicken Sausage ($2.99; 12 oz.

ALDI is also testing out a few special products in select areas: • Kirkwood Never Any! Breakfast Chicken Sausage ($2.99; 8 oz.) • Kirkwood Never Any! Chipotle or Tomato Basil Chicken Sausage ($2.99; 12 oz.)

ALDI enjoys being an ally for its customers in feel-good shopping and living. That’s why its Healthier Checklanes are stocked with better-for-you choices, its products are free of ingredients shoppers worry about, and it partners with registered dietitians to stock Dietitian’s Picksthat help shoppers make smart choices.

About ALDI Inc.

A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates more than 1,500 US stores in 34 states. More than 32 million customers each month save up to 50 percent* on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. ALDI was honored with the 2015 Supermarket News Retail Achievement Award, recognizing the company for its ongoing business expansion and product evolution.

For more information about ALDI, visit


Jodie Kehoe
(312) 988-2230

Erika Hoey
(312) 988-2128

Source: ALDI

The first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores in Colorado now open

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that the first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores in Colorado are now open. The pharmacies, located in several metropolitan areas, including Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, are being operated through a store-within-a-store format and are branded CVS Pharmacy.

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

With the addition of 39 rebranded CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores, the company now has its first presence in the state and is introducing Target guests to its suite of innovative pharmacy care services.

The CVS Pharmacy in Target locations in Colorado will soon offer the complete suite of pharmacy care and medication management services available at traditional CVS Pharmacy stores, including ScriptSync and Specialty Connect. ScriptSync, enables patients and caregivers with multiple maintenance medications to pick up all of their eligible prescriptions at the same time in a monthly CVS Pharmacy visit. Specialty Connect, which gives patients the option to pick up their specialty prescriptions at any CVS Pharmacy, is also now available to patients at CVS Pharmacy in Target locations throughout Colorado. These programs are available to all patients, regardless of their health insurance carrier.

CVS Caremark plan members in Colorado will now be able to access Maintenance Choice, a program that lets CVS Caremark plan members choose to fill 90-day supplies of medications for chronic conditions either through mail service or at any CVS Pharmacy location. In addition, Pharmacy Advisor, a program in which CVS Caremark plan members diagnosed with chronic conditions receive face-to-face counseling when they choose to fill prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy or by phone when they choose mail service pharmacy, will be available by the end of 2016.

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

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

CVS Pharmacy is committed to giving back to the communities where its colleagues live and work. The company has extended that commitment to Colorado with a$50,000 donation to Children’s Hospital Colorado. The funding will be used to support the mission of Children’s Colorado, which is devoted to the health and well-being of children, along with the hospital’s medical, research, education and advocacy programs.

“We congratulate CVS Pharmacy on its expansion into Colorado’s Target stores and are thrilled to have such a committed new community partner join us in our mission to transform child health,” said Cary Larger, senior vice president, community fundraising, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation.

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

To learn more about the Target pharmacy transition, customers can visit

About CVS Pharmacy

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


Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931


The first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores in Colorado now open

The first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores in Colorado now open


SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

MinuteClinic opens eight new locations inside Target stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, has opened eight new locations inside Target stores in theDallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The clinics located in stores in Allen, Denton, Flower Mound, Frisco, Hurst, Plano and Watauga have been rebranded and converted to MinuteClinic. There are now 50 MinuteClinic locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including clinics in select CVS Pharmacy stores.

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

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

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

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

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

With the new MinuteClinic in Target locations, Sussman says MinuteClinic can continue to play a complementary role in working with primary care providers.

MinuteClinic locations in Dallas-Fort Worth are affiliated with Texas Health Resources.

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

In December 2015, CVS Health acquired all Target pharmacies (1,672 locations across 47 states) and retail clinics (79 locations in seven states). Target-based pharmacy locations have been rebranded CVS Pharmacy and are operating through a store-within-a-store format. Target clinic locations have been rebranded as MinuteClinic.

The MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside Target stores in Dallas-Forth Worthoperate from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (Allen, Frisco-Preston Road and Watauga locations close at 7 p.m.) and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (Allen, Frisco-Preston Rd. and Watauga locations open at 11 a.m.).

MinuteClinic locations inside Dallas-Fort Worth Target stores include:

Allen: 150 E. Stacy Rd.

Denton: 1801 S. Loop 288

Flower Mound: 5959 Long Prairie Rd.

Frisco: 4885 El Dorado Pkwy.

Frisco: 3201 Preston Rd.

Hurst: 1400 Precinct Line Rd.

Plano: 2200 Dallas Pkwy.

Watauga: 8000 Denton Hwy.

About MinuteClinic

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

Media Contact:

Amy Lanctot

SOURCE: MinuteClinic




CVS Pharmacy expands its assortment of healthier foods and beverages to more than 2,900 stores nationwide

WOONSOCKET, R.I, 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy announced today the expansion of its assortment of healthier foods and beverages to more than 2,900 stores nationwide. Throughout the year, 100 stores each week are being enhanced with a carefully curated selection of national and niche better-for-you brands that make healthier eating on-the-go, convenient and affordable. Expanding this initiative beyond the initial 500 store pilot launched in 2015 is a critical step as the company continues to evolve into a premier health destination by making better health easy for millions of customers.

“Since becoming the first and only national pharmacy chain to end the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, the number one thing we’ve heard from our customers is the desire for healthier food options,” said Judy Sansone, Senior Vice President of Front Store Business. “This year, we are continuing to expand the assortment, volume and shelf space dedicated to better-for-you foods and snacks offered in our stores nationwide to make healthier snacking easier and more convenient for our customers.”

Adding more healthy foods

This spring, more than 250 fresh, refrigerated and non-perishable healthy foods and beverages have hit shelves at CVS Pharmacy stores around the country from brands including: Amy’s Kitchen, Annie’s Homegrown, Chobani, Vita CoCo, Bai, Krave Jerky, Rhythm Superfoods, That’s it bars as well as new products from the CVS Pharmacy exclusive line, Gold Emblem abound which is free from artificial preservatives, flavors and colors.

Moving healthy foods forward

In addition to the 2,900 stores which will stock a wide assortment of healthy foods by year end, another 360 stores will receive significant additional enhancements to the layout of food, beauty and over the counter health products. The new store layouts have a broader assortment of better-for-you foods in an expanded refrigerated section and more prominent displays of healthy foods and grab-and-go snacks, making healthy snacking more convenient.

Better-for-you snacks at checkouts

Beginning this summer, roughly 25 percent of front checkout space, traditionally occupied by candy, will be dedicated to better-for-you snacks including: KIND bars, Larabars and Vega One bars to help shoppers choose a healthier bite to tide them over while running errands.

Healthy eating trend zones

Niche products that support trending dietary preferences including paleo, raw and vegan are also taking the spotlight in select CVS Pharmacy locations throughout the year. Initial trends include paleo displays including EPIC 100% grass-fed bison bars and Gold Emblem abound organic black chia seeds. Next, raw foods will be showcased throughout the summer, including top picks from Go Raw bars, Emmy’s Organics and Two Moms in the Raw. In the fall, a vegan showcase, featuring Larabar Bites, Kashi Teff Thin Crackers, and GimMe Health Food Seaweed Snacks, among others will be available in select locations.

Healthy deals of the week and personalized email offers serve as gentle reminders that making healthier choices can be affordable as well. The company’s Fit Choices shelf tagging program also increases the ease of finding healthier items in store by clearly identifying foods that fit nutritional and dietary preferences including: Good Source of Protein, Heart Healthy, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.

A variety of the products mentioned here will be available in select stores nationwide and some online at To find a nearby CVS Pharmacy location, please visit

About CVS Pharmacy

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

Media Contact:

Stephanie Cunha
Public Relations Manager
CVS Pharmacy
p 401-770-9354

SOURCE:  CVS Pharmacy

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and Bradshaw International donate over $80,000 worth of kitchen utensils

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In January, Raley’s underwent a chain wide conversion from Chef Style brand kitchen gadgets to Good Cook kitchen utensils. The distributor, Bradshaw International donated the remaining Chef Style products, which amounted to over 20,000 individual items, ranging from rolling pins and can openers to paring knives and meat thermometers. This donation is meant to teach kids to cook, help families in need and assist in healthy eating preparation.

“Bradshaw International is pleased to have participated with Raley’s in such a worthy cause,” said Brice Striggow, Western Regional Sales Manager for Bradshaw International. “Donations like Kitchenware products go a long way toward supporting the basic essentials of everyday life and inspiring others to cook. We are thrilled to be able to keep this support local, donating through organizations that do a monumental job helping those in need every day.”

“Partners like Bradshaw International share our vision to support our local communities,” said Becca Whitman, Raley’s Community Relations Manager. “Their support allows us to bring a great benefit to those organizations serving our communities.  These utensils will be helping kids learn to cook and providing comfort to local families.”

Recipients included the Food Literacy Center, which teaches low-income elementary school aged children cooking and nutrition to improve their health, environment and economy. “We’re excited to help our kids create new memories with our new kitchen equipment,” said Amber Stott, Founder, Food Literacy Center. “These are the kinds of tools that allow us to help kids create fond memories–while enjoying the healthy bounty this region has to offer!”

Donations will also be used for the various Salvation Army social services programs in Sacramento County, including the E. Claire Raley Transitional Living Center.  “This is an amazing donation that help will so many of the individuals and families in our programs,” said Major Ivan Wild, Salvation Army Del Oro Division Divisional Commander.

“Time and time again Raley’s has been a local leader in charitable giving, and this latest donation is just another example of that fact.  We appreciate Raley’s for its generosity and partnership with The Salvation Army.”
These kitchen gadgets were also shared with the Sacramento Food Bank and the Rosemont, Grant and Luther Burbank High Schools through the GEO Academy, whose mission is to teach youth how to create healthy and sustainable communities.

Chelsea Minor, Director of PR
Public Affairs at


Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and Bradshaw International donate over $80,000 worth of kitchen utensils
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and Bradshaw International donate over $80,000 worth of kitchen utensils

Source: Raleys

Snyder’s-Lance recalls certain code dates of their Lance brand Oyster Crackers

St. Louis, MO, 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall for certain code dates of their Lance brand Oyster Crackers. This action is the direct result of a recent recall by the wheat flour supplier, Grain Craft, due to certain lots of flour that may contain low levels of undeclared peanut residue. The Oyster Crackers subject to the recall may have been produced using the recalled flour and, as a result, this product may contain low levels of undeclared peanut residue. No other Lance crackers are affected by this recall.

While those who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume products containing peanut allergens, the FDA has stated that the amount of peanut exposure from use of the flours and affected products is considered to be low and not expected to cause adverse reactions in the vast majority of peanut allergic consumers.

Although the company has received no reports of related illness to date it is taking this action out of an abundance of caution.

This product is sold through Food Service channels and is distributed nationwide to restaurants and other institutions.

More information about the flour recall can be found on the FDA’s website at:

Only the following “Use By” case code dates for Lance Oyster Crackers are affected by this action:

“23 JUL 16”, “30 JUL 16” and “13 AUG 16”

This product should not be made available to consumers.

Food Service companies and other customers may receive additional information by calling our:

Customer Management Dept. at 704 557 8691 or 704 557 8472 from 8 AM to 5 PM on weekdays.



Snyder’s-Lance recalls certain code dates of their Lance brand Oyster Crackers
Snyder’s-Lance recalls certain code dates of their Lance brand Oyster Crackers


Source: Snyder’s-Lance

Muscle Milk products voluntarily recalled – Save Mart Supermarkets

Modesto, Calif., 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The following Muscle Milk products are being voluntarily recalled due to premature spoilage:

Item Description Size UPC
Muscle Milk – Banana 14 oz. 8-76063-00203
Muscle Milk – Chocolate 14 oz. 8-76063-00201
Muscle Milk – Cookies N Crème 14 oz. 8-76063-00204
Muscle Milk – Strawberry 14 oz. 8-76063-00209
Muscle Milk – Vanilla Crème 14 oz. 8-76063-00202
Muscle Milk – Chocolate 40 oz. 8-76063-00261
Muscle Milk – Vanilla Crème 40 oz. 8-76063-00262
Muscle Milk Pro Series – Crushin’ Cookies 14 oz. 8-76063-00283
Muscle Milk Pro Series – Intense Vanilla 14 oz. 8-76063-00281
Muscle Milk Pro Series – Knock Out Chocolate 14 oz. 8-76063-00280
Muscle Milk Pro Series – Going Bananas 14 oz. 8-76063-00284
Muscle Milk 100 Calorie – Chocolate 14 oz. 8-76063-00565

The Save Mart Companies has received no reports of health complaints linked to this product. Customers who purchased the above product may bring the unused portion to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

Customers who have additional questions about the recall may contact:

HP Hood, LLC Customer Relations at (877) 446-7635 or contact The Save Mart Companies Customer Care at (800) 692-5710.

Source: Save Mart

Save Mart Supermarkets: Certain Ajinomoto products voluntarily recalled

Modesto, Calif., 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The following Ajinomoto products are being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Item Description Pack Size Best By Date UPC
C&W Petite Peas 16 oz. Mar-23-18
C&W Early Harvest
Petite Peas
16 oz. Mar-17-18

Save Mart Supermarkets has received no reports of health complaints linked to this product. Customers who purchased the above product may bring the unused portion to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

Customers who have additional questions about the recall may call:

Pinnacle Foods Consumer Care at (888) 299-7646 daily between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST or contact Save Mart Consumer Care at (800) 692-5710.

Source: Save Mart

Save Mart Supermarkets changes its corporate name to The Save Mart Companies

Modesto, Calif., 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Save Mart Supermarkets announced today that its corporate name has been changed to The Save Mart Companies,effective immediately. Consumers know the company as their local grocery store, operating under the store names of Save Mart, Lucky, Lucky California, FoodMaxx, S-Mart, and MaxxValue. Besides providing a clear distinction between its Save Mart stores and the parent company, the new company name better represents the collective strength of the corporate entity.

In addition to its retail operations, The Save Mart Companies owns and operates three distribution centers and SMART Refrigerated Transport, which delivers goods to the entire family of 205 stores throughout California and Northern Nevada. The Save Mart Companies is a partner in Super Store Industries, which operates a distribution center in Lathrop and the Sunnyside Farms Dairies in Fairfield and Turlock, which produce fluid milk, ice cream and various dairy bi-products distributed under the Sunnyside Farms brand.

The new corporate name comes with its own logo (shown above) and website,, which will launch July 15.

For more information, please contact Nannette Miranda at 925.833.6136.
Based in the heart of the Central Valley, The Save Mart Companies is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that ‘fresh comes first’ for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs over 16,000 team members and operates 205 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, Lucky California, FoodMaxx, S-Mart, and MaxxValue.

Source: Save Mart

Certain graham crumbs recalled by Kellogg Company

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kellogg Company is voluntarily recalling certain graham crumbs because they were made using Grain Craft flour which may have contained undeclared allergen peanut residue. To date, there have been no reported illnesses related to the affected product. The affected graham cracker crumbs were used in certain lots of cheesecakes produced in SpartanNash’s Central Kitchen facility. The items had a sell by date of June 6-21, 2016, and they are no longer in the stores.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that the amount of peanut exposure from the flour is low and not expected to cause adverse health effects in the vast majority of peanut allergic consumers. Consumers with severe peanut allergies should avoid the recalled products.

The recalled products include:

ITEM: Spartan Fresh Selections Cherry Cheesecake
SIZE: 5 ounces
LOT NUMBER: 6/6/2016 – 6/21/2016 (sell by date)
UPC: 11213-03462

ITEM: Spartan Fresh Selections Strawberry Cheesecake
SIZE: 5 ounces
LOT NUMBER: 6/6/2016 – 6/21/2016 (sell by date)
UPC: 11213-03463

ITEM: Spartan Fresh Selections Blueberry Cheesecake
SIZE: 5 ounces
LOT NUMBER: 6/6/2016 – 6/21/2016 (sell by date)
UPC: 11213-03464

Out of an abundance of caution, SpartanNash sent a notice to its “yes” Rewards Card holders who may have purchased a recalled item. SpartanNash is offering a full refund. Consumers should return the product to the store where the item was purchased.

Media Contact:

Meredith Gremel


Certain graham crumbs recalled by KelloggCompany

Certain graham crumbs recalled by KelloggCompany


Source: Kellogg Company

Hippo signs solution partner agreement with Intershop

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Jena, Germany, 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hippo is pleased to announce the signing of a solution partner agreement with Intershop, a leading independent provider of enterprise solutions for omni-channel commerce. Intershop, headquartered in Jena, Germany serves more than 300 companies around the world with its solutions for modeling sales processes.

Partnering with Hippo means that Intershop clients have direct access to Hippo’s powerful content targeting and personalization capabilities to deliver truly engaging digital customer experiences. Both partners are looking forward to seeing the fruit of this in the near future.

René Verspuij, Partner Sales Manager at Intershop, comments: “The partnership with Hippo enables demanding omni-channel commerce customers in B2C and B2B to really deliver a powerful and flexible customer experience solution neatly integrated with the world class Intershop Commerce Suite. We are happy to see Hippo enter into our Synaptic Commerce landscape with a solution that already resonates well in the market.”

“There are many synergies between our product and the solutions Intershop has to offer”, says Steven Fockema, Partner Management Director at Hippo. “Together, we can offer our customers a competitive advantage in terms of storytelling and displaying the right content based on user context and behavior. We already did four shared client projects together and more are being planned  as we speak. Besides that, we have a lot of shared partners, like Incentro, Javelin Group (part of Accenture Digital) and Diva-e, which is a must towards integrating the two systems and guaranteeing smooth delivery.”

About Hippo

Hippo is on a mission to make the digital experience more personable for every visitor. We’re redefining the CMS space by engineering the world’s most advanced content performance platform, designed to help businesses understand their visitors – whether they are known or anonymous – and deliver the content they value in any context and on any device. Together with its global network of Certified Partners, Hippo serves a rapidly growing number of enterprise clients around the world including Bell Aliant, Autodesk, Couchbase, the University of Maryland, the Dutch Foreign Office, Randstad, Veikkaus, NHS, 1&1 Internet, Bugaboo and Weleda.

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

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.

Press Contact:

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


Whole Foods Market opens its new store in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood on June 22, 2016

CHICAGO, IL, 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods grocer, opens its new store in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The new 30,300 square foot store, located at 5118 S. Lake Park Ave., will celebrate the grand opening with music, food and many more surprises for all who attend.

“Whole Foods Market Hyde Park will be a one-stop-shop for culinary creators of all skill levels, featuring the best tasting natural and organic grocery staples as well as that hard-to-find ingredient,” says Eric Golinvaux, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market Hyde Park. “For shoppers on-the-go, we’ll have a variety of delicious meals from our chef-driven prepared food options such as seasonal salads, custom sandwiches, and Neapolitan-style pizza, all made without artificial colors, preservatives and sweeteners.”

In the morning or an afternoon pick-me-up, coffee lovers will enjoy the delicious, freshly brewed Allegro coffee beverages made to order, including lattes, chai, cappuccinos, and espresso from the Coffee Bar. Allegro buys and roasts only specialty Arabica beans, which represents the top 10 percent of all the beans produced in the world. From that 10 percent, Allegro only purchases the cream of the crop, so Whole Foods Market shoppers are getting the best quality and taste possible every day.

For lunch or easy dinner choices, Whole Foods Market Hyde Park has a variety of healthy and hearty options made with the same high quality standards found on the shelves. Choose from freshly prepared seasonal salads or create a customized blend with the variety of responsibly grown organic and conventional produce on the salad bar; or for more rib-sticking meal choice, the hot bar provides seasonal, chef-driven recipes.

The Diner features a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options including breakfast sandwiches, build-your-own-burgers and classic grilled cheese.  Signature sandwiches featuring chipotle turkey, pastrami, or build-your-own style options offer a more custom meal. For a taste of Italy, pick up a slice of hand-stretched Neapolitan-style pizza – ready in under seven minutes. Freshly made sushi specialty rolls, including those made with brown or whole grain rice, are made in-house by sushi chefs using sustainably sourced seafood.

On the shelves and in the aisles, shoppers will have over 650 wines, 200 beers (including a custom Hyde Park Pale Ale from Begyle Brewing Company), 150 back-to-basics bulk pantry staples, and more than 95 bulk spices to choose from.

Whole Foods Market’s strict Quality Standards for food prohibit artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives. Products on the shelves are evaluated on ingredients, but also ideology, philosophy, proper labeling and careful evaluation as part of a commitment made to customers to build a business with high standards that flow through all aspects of the company. These commitments include:

Produce: Responsibly grown produce is chosen by expert buyers and rated based off organic certification, farming practices that impact the environment and human heath.

  • Meat: Classically-trained butchers and meat cutters carve and grind in-house beef, pork, chicken and turkey that comes from farms that have achieved certification in the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-StepTM Animal Welfare Rating program
  • Seafood: The Seafood Department has the highest Quality Standards for seafood in the business by working with scientists, fishermen, government agencies and environmental organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council to gather information about aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries, ensuring customers can make the best environmental choices when purchasing seafood.
  • Bakery: The skilled bakers use only ingredients that meet Whole Foods Market’s high Quality Standards, fresh natural butters and creams, and unbleached, unbromated flours for the variety of breads and pastries they create daily.
  • Cheese: The cheese department is a culinary destination offering over 200 specialty cheeses free of artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings, preservatives and hydrogenated oils.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and Hyde Park neighbors beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors open and shopping officially begins at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market Gift Card with a mystery value between $5 and $50. One customer will receive a $500 gift card.

During the ceremony, The Oriental Institute will receive a $25,000 Healthy Kids Innovation grant from Whole Kids Foundation in partnership with United Health Foundation.

Whole Foods Market’s dedication to quality and service extends beyond the bricks and mortar of the store.

Whole Foods Market’s new store in Hyde Park will also empower Team Members and customers to support local causes. Several times a year, the store will hold community giving days, also known as “5% Days,” where 5 percent of a select day’s sales will be donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. In celebration of the new location, the store will hold five “Days of Community Giving,” where 1 percent of each day’s sales will go towards five area organizations:

  • Hyde Park Art Center
  • Hyde Park Jazz Society
  • Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
  • Experimental Station
  • Hyde Park Historical Society

Another way Whole Foods Market will support the Hyde Park community is through its One Dime at a Time program which provides an incentive to customers who bring their own bags for shopping and helps develop stronger communities.  At the register, customers will have the option to receive a 10-cent per bag refund as cash back off their purchase or they can choose to donate it to that month’s selected charity organization. Whole Foods Market Hyde Park’s first One Dime at a Time recipient will be 62 Garden.

Whole Foods Market has 25 other Chicagoland stores: Gold Coast, Halsted, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Sauganash, South Loop, Streeterville, DePaul, West Loop and Edgewater neighborhoods in Chicago; and the surrounding suburbs of: Deerfield, Elmhurst, three Evanston locations, Hinsdale, Kildeer, Naperville, Northbrook, Orland Park, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, River Forest, Wheaton and Willowbrook. Whole Foods Market Englewood opens Fall 2016

Press Contacts

Allison Phelps

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market to open the doors of its new Pentagon City store on June 29

ROCKVILLE, Md.,2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, America’s Healthiest Grocery Store®, opens the doors of its new Pentagon City store at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29.

The public is invited to join team members and community leaders in a bread-breaking ceremony that begins at 8:45 a.m. and will include the presentation of a $2,000 check to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Opening day shoppers will experience first-to-market exclusive products and special door buster savings. The first 500 shoppers who spend $50 will receive a limited edition Whole Foods Market Pentagon City canvas tote bag.

The 36,800-square-foot store is located at the corner of 12th Street South and South Eads, just two blocks from the Pentagon City Metro stop adjacent to the I-395 commuter corridor. The new facility is Green Globes Certified for energy and sustainability.

“We can’t wait to serve this community,” said Mike Ameg, the store’s team leader. “We’ll be bringing customers the highest quality food and freshest produce, meat and seafood and creating an important new gathering space in this dynamic community.”  Referencing the store’s dining venues and dog-friendly patio, he continued, “Whole Foods Market Pentagon City will be a place where families and busy working professionals can relax, recharge and refuel.”

Those who can’t make the bread-breaking ceremony will want to stop by for the store’s inaugural happy hour from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, when chef, restaurateur, reality TV star and winemaker Fabio Viviani will meet customers and sign bottles of his wine collection – Fabio Viviani Wines.

On Thursday, June 30, the store will hold its first 5 percent day, splitting a donation of 5 percent of the day’s sales between two local organizations – Blue Star Families, based in Falls Church, Va. (supporting military families in the D.C. metro) and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

In keeping with Whole Foods Market’s quality standards, every product in the store will be free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated oils. Whole Foods Market Pentagon City will also feature:

  • A full service coffee and juice bar with nitro dispensed cold brew coffee, hemp milk lattes, cold brew teas, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and acai bowls
  • The first Whole Foods Market in the Mid-Atlantic Region to offer the Farmstand Freeze. Fruits and veggies are frozen overnight, put in a Pacojet machine and shaved while injecting air to create a light, fluffy, fruity frozen dessert. Low sugar, only sweetened with honey and dates, and also non-dairy.
  • The Basin Barroom, offering 15 beers and one flavor of kombucha on tap, as well as wine and cocktails. The “battered versus broiled” seafood-focused menu includes a must-try lobster roll served on local favorite LeoNora Gourmet Bakery’s split top roll.
  • Paper Horse, ramen master Erik Brunner-Yang’s latest venue.
  • In-house smoked and dry-aged meats.
  • Eight varieties of scratch-baked bread daily.
  • More than 2,500 organic offerings in the grocery aisles.

Follow news about this store’s opening and all of Northern Virginia Whole Foods Market happenings through social media: Twitter @WholeFoodsNoVa; Instagram: @WholeFoodsNoVa, and on Facebook:Whole Foods Market NoVa.

Press Contacts
Annie Cull

Source: Whole Foods Market

Rite Aid to relocate its store at Market Street in Harrisburg to Strawberry Square in the heart of Pennsylvania’s capital city

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation announced today its plans to relocate its current store at 309-11 Market Street in Harrisburg to Strawberry Square, a one million square foot, mixed use complex located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s capital city.The relocated Rite Aid, which will feature both a street level and interior entrance, is expected to open in December 2016.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to bring our unique brand of health and wellness to such a prime location in downtown Harrisburg,” said David Kelly, Rite Aid senior vice president of store development. “Rite Aid has had a presence in Harrisburg for more than 40 years; relocating to Strawberry Square builds upon our commitment to the community and enables us to better serve and meet the needs of longtime customers, while also introducing our brand to customers who are new to Rite Aid.”

Rite Aid is working on the project with Harristown Development Corporation, a private non-profit organization formed in 1974 to revive Harrisburg’s downtown and to reestablish the Harrisburg core area as the heart of the City, the economic and cultural center of the metropolitan area and as a thriving capital city. Harristown Development Corporation is announcing soon additional redevelopment plans for new and existing tenants within Strawberry Square.

The new 14,000 square foot store, will feature the Company’s highly popular Wellness store format, of which there are currently more than 2,100 of nationwide. Rite Aid’s wellness store format, which first debuted in spring of 2011, is part of the company’s continued commitment to providing services, products and resources to help its customers and their families live healthy lives.

From the street level entrance, customers will find a wooden floor path leading directly to the pharmacy department, the core of Rite Aid’s business. Wellness stores have pharmacists with special training in diabetes care, medication management and the ability to immunize against about a dozen diseases including flu, pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough. Also available to customers as a resource, a Wellness Ambassador, which serves as a bridge between the front end of the store and the pharmacy. Wellness Ambassadors work closely with Rite Aid pharmacists to provide customers with access to information on over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements and Rite Aid programs and services.

Other key design will feature overhead departmental rings designating each section of the store such as beauty, food, home care and seasonal; inside and outside entrances; a relaxing, warm color palette with soothing wood tones and softer lighting; hundreds of new health and wellness products including organic and gluten-free foods; and a private pharmacist consultation room adjacent to the pharmacy where Rite Aid pharmacists can have conversations with patients, administer immunizations and offer other clinical pharmacy services.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum

Source: Rite Aid

Meijer opens new 192,000-square-foot supercenters today in Flossmoor and Round Lake Beach, Illinois

Retailer brings low prices, fresh produce delivered daily and drive-thru pharmacies to Chicagoland suburbs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.,2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened new 192,000-square-foot supercenters today in Flossmoor and Round Lake Beach, Ill. bringing shoppers more convenient access to low prices on fresh produce delivered daily, high-quality merchandise and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.

“We always work hard to find locations that will bring a fresher retail approach to communities, so we are proud to provide our new neighbors in Flossmoor and Round Lake Beach with our incredible combination of selection and quality at lower prices,” CEO Hank Meijer said. “The enthusiasm and anticipation from both Flossmoor and Round Lake Beach has been tremendous because they’ve never had a one-stop shopping destination like Meijer so close to home. We’re proud to be the retailer to fill that void.”

The two new stores are part of an investment of more than $400 million in new and remodeled stores  Meijer is making this year, which is creating 3,000 new jobs across the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer’s six-state foot print. The Flossmoor store is located on Crawford Ave. and Vollmer Rd. The Round Lake Beach store will attract residents of Lake and Cook counties and is located at SR-83 and E. Rollins Rd.

With 19 stores spread throughout the Chicagoland suburbs, the new stores are built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and will be open 24 hours a day. The grocery options that Meijer offers include more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce and a full-service meat department that features fresh seafood, Certified Angus Beef and custom cuts of meat. The bakery specializes in custom-decorated cakes and fresh bread baked four times daily.

Opening celebrations began with a ribbon-cutting event at each store, followed by remarks from Meijer leadership and local officials. The stores also demonstrated their commitment to the community by making donations to local organizations. Flossmoor Store Director Becky Beketic presented $25,000 to Flossmoor School District 161 and $25,000 to the Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 to help establish a STEM program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade at the district’s five schools. Store Director Dean Hutson presented $25,000 to Round Lake High School for a new scoreboard at its football and soccer stadium.

As part of its ongoing community support, Meijer donates more than 7 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores works with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger at the local level. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Give program has generated more than $21 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

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

“Customers are our top priority, so we’re ready to provide our neighbors in Flossmoor and Round Lake Beach the clean, friendly shopping experience we are best known for,” Meijer President Rick Keyes said. “Whether it’s a quick meal for the family, getting your yard ready for summer or seeking answers about a health concern, these supercenters represent our ongoing commitment to help provide a healthier balanced lifestyle for anyone who steps through our door.”

About Meijer:

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

Media Contacts: 

Frank Gugliel
Senior Director of Communications
(616) 791-3814

Joe Hirschmugl
Public Relations Manager

(616) 791-3943

Meijer Media Line
(952) 346-6608

Christina Fecher
Public Relations Manager
(616) 735-7968



Meijer opens new 192,000-square-foot supercenters today in Flossmoor and Round Lake Beach, Illinois

Meijer opens new 192,000-square-foot supercenters today in Flossmoor and Round Lake Beach, Illinois


Source: Meijer 

Paradies Lagardère awarded eight new specialty retail and travel essential stores at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

ATLANTA , 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, was awarded eight new specialty retail and travel essential stores at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). After conducting specific outreach and research with local and regional businesses, Paradies Lagardère created the winning bids with several leading national brands, as well as popular locally-themed concepts that will create a sense of place and highlight the personality and culture of the surrounding communities.


“We are thrilled and very appreciative of this opportunity to continue and expand our very strong relationship with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and deliver these highly-recognized national and local brands in Terminal 4,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO, Paradies Lagardère. “From the iconic TODAY and Brooks Brothers brands to the popularity of Phoenix’s own Roosevelt Row, our diverse mix of specialty and travel essential retail offerings will be a great complement to the airport and a strong fit for the passengers in this market.”

Additional details:

The specialty retail and travel essential/news and gift stores proposed in Paradies Lagardère’s winning bids for Terminal 4 includes:

Travel Essentials/News and Gift Locations:

  • TODAY – Pioneered by NBC News in 1952, TODAY is a leading morning news broadcast providing the latest in domestic and international news, weather, entertainment and sports. This themed travel essential store showcases a thorough selection of newspapers, magazines, beverages, electronic accessories, gourmet snacks, HBA items, and TODAY-branded merchandise.
  • NBC 12 News – Celebrating and championing the people of Arizona, 12 News is the NBC affiliate in Phoenix and serves more than two million people every day. This connection to Phoenix and Arizona will be well represented in this travel essential store that offers items most desired by passengers, including electronic accessories, popular magazines and newspapers, beverages, snacks, HBA items, and more.
  • Arizona Highways – A Paradies Lagardère customized concept, this unique travel essential store takes pride in offering community-inspired products through local partnerships. Great for any traveler to obtain a refreshing beverage, healthy snack or local publication, as well as pick up an Arizona-themed gift for the trip home.

Specialty Retail:

  • Roosevelt Row (souvenirs) – A centerpiece to a newly-energized downtown and a national art showcase, Roosevelt Row is the perfect theme for this new Marketplace that will offer a rotating selection of Phoenix-specific products, gifts and wow-inducing items. From a Made In Arizona Boutique section to items generated through our partnerships with the Botanical Gardens and the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), Roosevelt Row will be a “must stop” for PHX passengers.
  • Brooks Brothers – Brooks Brothers is an institution that has shaped American style – for men and women – through fashion innovation, quality, personal service, and exceptional value. As the exclusive airport operator, Paradies Lagardère is proud to offer travelers quality dress shirts, suits, ties, dresses, and fashion accessories.
  • Cactus Candy – The Cactus Candy Company has been creating candies, jellies, marmalades and syrups out of the prickly pear cactus since 1942. The brand has been an Arizona icon for more than 70 years and will now make its way into Phoenix Sky Harbor with two locations.
  • iStore – iStore offers personal mobile devices and accessories “for your digital life” including tablets, e-readers and headphones from leading brands such as Apple, Sony, Bose, and more. The only Apple specialist with more than four years of experience in North American airports, iStore offers a unique airport shopping experience, allowing travelers to directly interact with mobile technologies.

Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Food and Beverage, Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs. We also deliver casual and quick serve restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options.

Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceed the expectations for our airport partners and travelers.


Media Contact:

Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: 404 494 3419
Mobile: 470 455 1843
Email Nicole
Mail:  2849 Paces Ferry Road, Overlook 1 – 4th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30339, USA

Source: Paradies Lagardère

Fourth Univision-branded store in partnership with Paradies Lagardère opens at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, and Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, yesterday hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a Univision-branded store located in Terminal 4 at Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The event was part of a wider celebration marking the opening of several new stores in Terminal 4. This is the fourth Univision-branded store opened in partnership with Paradies Lagardère in airports across the country, including two at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in June 2015 and one at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in March 2016.

Univision-branded stores feature various products, including snacks and beverages that represent Latin America, as well as all the basic travel essentials. Each location features Univision programming in Spanish throughout the day on large television screens, including Noticiero Univision, the most trusted newscast on Spanish-language television in the United States.

Media Contact:

Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: 404 494 3419
Mobile: 470 455 1843
Email Nicole
Mail:  2849 Paces Ferry Road, Overlook 1 – 4th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30339, USA


Fourth Univision-branded store in partnership with Paradies Lagardère opens at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Source: Paradies Lagardère

SM Prime Holdings won three awards in the 6th Asian Excellence Awards 2016

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property companies in Southeast Asia, garnered three awards in the 6th Asian Excellence Awards 2016 organized by Corporate Governance Asia, a Hong Kong-based publication.

SM Prime President Hans Sy and Executive Vice President Jeffrey Lim were recognized as Asia’s Best Chief Executive Officer (Investor Relations) and Asia’s Best Chief Finance Officer (Investor Relations), respectively. On top of these prestigious awards, SM Prime was cited as the Best Investor Relations Company in the country.

The awards are testaments to SM Prime’s commitment to provide timely updates and current information to keep the public, the government, analysts, retail and institutional investors fully informed. “On behalf of our Chairman, Mr. Henry Sy, Jr., our President, Mr. Hans Sy and SM Prime team, we are honored to receive these recognition from Corporate Governance Asia. The awards reflect SM Prime’s commitment to achieve the highest standards of corporate governance,” SM Prime EVP Jeffrey Lim said.

The 6th Asian Excellence Awards recognizes companies in various categories including investor relations.

SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.

For further information, please contact:

Alexander Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940


(From Left to Right) SM Prime Executive Vice President Jeffrey Lim; Corporate Governance Asia Publisher and Managing Director Aldrin Monsod
(From Left to Right) SM Prime Executive Vice President Jeffrey Lim; Corporate Governance Asia Publisher and Managing Director Aldrin Monsod

Source: SM

PHILIPPINES: SM Megamall wins another Shopping Center of the Year award; elevated to PRA’s Hall of Fame

PASAY CITY, PHILIPPINES, 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) elevated SM Megamall to the Hall of Fame as the latter won another Shopping Center of the Year award during the 19th Outstanding Filipino Retailers and Shopping Centers of the Year Awards Night. In photo are (L-R): Mr. Adrian Cristobal, Jr. – DTI Secretary, Ms. Annie Garcia – President of SM Supermalls, Mr. Hans Sy – Chairman of SM Prime Holdings Inc., Mr. Steven Tan – SVP for SM Supermalls, Mr. Ian Mathay – AVP for SM Megamall and Samie Lim – PRA Chairman Emeritus

Constant innovation will remain the Philippine retail industry’s significant growth driver in the coming years, according to Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) during its 19th Outstanding Filipino Retailers and Shopping Centers of the Year Awards held recently at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City.

The retail industry has contributed about 18% of GDP in 2015 alone. PRA Vice Chairman Roberto Claudio cited OFW remittances, BPO earnings, increased consumer spending power, and tourism as key contributors to this development. Tourism, in particular, is projected to attract 12.5M tourists by 2022. This means demand for shopping, leisure and entertainment will increase tremendously.

Claudio said that although the retail industry has been experiencing growth over the last three years, it still has to address the challenge to keep the consumers coming to the stores because of the growing popularity of e-commerce. “We need to go beyond the idea of selling. We have to provide excellent customer experience for them to keep coming back to our stores,” he said.

Claudio gave SM as an example on how to meet the demand because of the company’s continuous investments in shopping, hotel and conventions, events and entertainment. “SM never stopped innovating. It keeps reinventing itself. In retail, you can’t afford to be complacent once you meet your sales targets. Just look at how many times SM innovates, how they keep reinventing their product categories, how they continue training their people,” Claudio said.

PRA Chairman Emeritus Samie Lim believes that SM’s success is driven by SM founder Henry Sy, Sr.’s ability to see beyond selling and marketing. According to Lim, Henry Sy was instrumental in bringing the Asian Retailers Conference and Exhibit to the Philippines in 1993 at the then newly built SM Megamall. There, he remembers seeing Henry Sy, exchanging ideas with, and learning from, the delegates who were some of Asia’s best retailers.

“Henry Sy is a true visionary. He doesn’t see things for what they are, but for what they can become,” Lim said. “That’s how SM became a leader. The company’s tradition of learning from the best retailers around the world continues until today. That’s the spirit of entrepreneurship.”

Today, the tradition is carried on by Hans Sy as president of SM Prime Holdings. “This win is a tribute to the entire team whose hard work has helped build the SM brand in the way it is recognized today,” said Hans Sy about the various awards SM brought home from the PRA. “It is a win that will help keep us on track toward maintaining innovative products and services.”

SM Megamall went home with another Shopping Center of the Year award, which automatically elevates it to PRA’s Hall of Fame. It was also given a special award for Best Retail Architecture awarded by the Southeast Asia Property Awards.


PRA elevates SM Megamall to Hall of Fame at 19th PRA Awards.
PRA elevates SM Megamall to Hall of Fame at 19th PRA Awards.


Source: SM