Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Food For Families has launched its Summer Fresh Drive, designed to raise funds and increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks throughout Northern California and Nevada.

During the school year, 21 million children from financially challenged homes in the United States eat a school lunch every day. The need for food assistance grows dramatically over the summer and fresh, healthy produce is in extreme short supply.Food For Families food bank partners will have access to a variety of fresh produce, in addition to dry goods, to distribute in their respective communities.“We know fresh fruits and vegetables are critical to individual health, so it’s with great pride that we offer our customers a way to help create wellness in their communities,” said Becca Whitman, Food For Families Executive Director. “Our customers and vendors are incredibly generous to our program- and with their support, we can offer fresh fruits and vegetables to all.”

Every dollar counts- community members can help provide produce to food banks in their neighborhoods. Throughout the month of July, every Raley’s, Bel Air Markets and Nob Hill Foods will be participating in a summer donation drive. A $1 donation will help provide fresh fruits and veggies to a local food bank and will be matched by Raley’s, up to $25,000. Last summer, customers, team member and businesses raised over $600,000 to fight hunger in their communities.
“We see first-hand how hard summer months can be on local families, who rely on school breakfasts or lunches during school months,” shares Blake Young, President/CEO of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. “Fresh produce and other items from Raley’s Food For Families make a tremendous impact at our food distributions during the summer months. SFBFS serves over 130,000 men, women and children each month and the food from Raley’s Food for Families is greatly appreciated by the families we serve.”

This year, Raley’s Food For Families program celebrates 30 years. The program is an integral part of feeding those in need, in communities throughout Northern California and Nevada. The Summer Fresh Drive will provide fresh, nutritious produce – getting real food to real families.

Some Fresh Facts:
• 49 million Americans are food insecure – many of them children.
• 37 million Americans are being served by food banks and soup kitchens.
• 40% of people receiving emergency food assistance are also employed.
• Families facing hunger are far less likely to eat a nutritionally complete diet.
• 90% of at-risk youth don’t get the recommended servings of vegetables on a regular basis fact
• Hunger and obesity can be a deadly pair.

About Food For Families
The Food For Families program started in 1986 and has raised over $33 million and donated over 24 million pounds of food to families in need. 100% of the funds go to fighting hunger; every penny donated goes directly to feeding families, and none to expenses, fees or traditional overhead, all of which are absorbed by Raley’s Family of Fine Stores. For more information, visit www.foodforfamilies.org

About Raley’s Family of Fine Stores
Raley’s is a privately owned, family operated supermarket chain with headquarters in West Sacramento, CA. The company operates 121 stores in Northern California and Nevada under four banners: Raley’s Supermarkets, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source. Raley’s was founded in 1935 by Thomas P. Raley and is a major grocery chain best known for high quality products, fresh produce, fine meats and outstanding customer service. Raley’s strives to make its customers’ lives easier and better by delivering a personalized food shopping experience. For more information, visit www.raleys.com.

For information about our stores, please contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

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Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

Raley’s Food For Families launches its Summer Fresh Drive to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks

 

Source: Raley’s

Smart & Final gears up for a busy Fourth of July celebrations

Even CEO Dave Hirz Will Bag Groceries on “Engagement Day,” as All Employees Go In-Store to Prep for Smart & Final’s Biggest Retail Weekend of the Year

COMMERCE, Calif., 2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fourth of July is more than just fireworks and a three-day weekend for Smart & Final, the longest continuously-operating food retailer in the U.S. Today marks Engagement Day, the kick off to the retailer’s busiest days of the entire year as shoppers head to the store to purchase hot dogs, burgers, table settings and essential staples for Fourth of July festivities. During this same week in 2015, Smart & Final sold more than 200% more hot dog packages and pounds of ground beef, more than 500% more seedless watermelons, and more than 450% more pounds of potatoes than during normal shopping days as customers prepared for the Fourth of July.

“Each year we look forward to serving all of the communities in which we operate, providing families, businesses and nonprofits with all their Fourth of July and summer barbecue essentials and preparing for the high volume of products to be sold as they celebrate with their families and community,” said Dave Hirz, Smart & Final CEO.
On Engagement Day, Smart & Final employees ranging from regional managers to C-level executives arrive at their local store to roll up their sleeves and provide hands on support to meet the needs of the holiday throng. Even CEO Hirz will join in by helping to stock shelves, ring up customers and gather shopping carts in the parking lot. Starting at 8 AM Friday, Hirz will return to his bag boy roots from younger days as he chips in at the Burbank Smart & Final Extra! store at 3830 W. Verdugo Avenue.

Smart & Final offers a one-stop shopping experience where businesses, community organizations, and household shoppers can fulfill their grocery needs while at the same time stocking up on thousands of club-size products, all without a membership fee. All recently opened stores feature Smart & Final’s new Extra! format, which includes expanded frozen, deli and meat sections, a full produce section, organic and natural food products, high quality perishables and meats, a wide selection of private label offerings, and unique products such as self-serve bulk goods by the pound and oven-roasted chicken. Select stores also offer additional services such as a hot bakery, sushi and cut fruit offerings.

Furthermore, through its recently announced First Street First Percent campaign, customers can help give back to their own communities. When customers purchase First Street private label items, Smart & Final will donate the first one percent of net profits to the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation™ which supports local nonprofits such as Boys & Girls Clubs, food pantries and Little League organizations.

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

Contact:

E-Mail: press@smartandfinal.com

SOURCE: Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

 

Kroger supports America’s Military Service Members with the release of thank you video as part of its summer-long Honoring Our Heroes campaign

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — To show support for our heroes – service members, their families and veterans – The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores today released a thank you video as part of its summer-long Honoring Our Heroes campaign, which continues in stores through July 19th.

Customers can show their support and donate through register scan cards and coin boxes at stores or by donating online at www.honoringourheroes.com. All funds raised from customers will be additional to Kroger’s $1 million commitment. All gifts will help the USO continue its mission to keep service members connected to family, home and country throughout their service to our nation.
More than two million Americans serve on active duty or in the reserves today, including many Kroger family of stores associates. Kroger’s “Honoring Our Heroes” program is designed to show Kroger’s deep gratitude to our active duty service members and our nation’s 23 million veterans through the company’s partnership with the USO.

Kroger has shown appreciation for our heroes this summer by hosting dinners for the troops and their families.

  • On May 24, Kroger associates served lunch and dinner to 1,000 service members at Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson in Anchorage.
  • On June 3, associates hosted a beachside BBQ for 1,000 veterans, active duty soldiers and their families in Virginia Beach as part of Warrior Week.
  • On June 7, associates hosted a rib roast at Ft. Riley, Kansas, for 1,000 military families as they celebrate Victory Week, the anniversary of their base.

Kroger’s customers and associates have enthusiastically supported the endeavor: Kroger’s annual campaign has raised more than $14 million since 2010 to support USO programs, which represents the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its 75-year history.

Kroger honors our troops in a variety of ways throughout the year:

  • Care Packages
    Kroger’s corporate and Cincinnati/Dayton division associates will be packing 2,500 care packages at the company’s annual picnic on July 15th. The care packages will be donated to the USO in honor of their 75th anniversary.
  • Gift Card Donations
    Customers may purchase special donation gift cards in $5, $10 and $15 denominations that will be delivered to USO centers around the world. In addition, shoppers can share their spirit with loved ones by purchasing patriotic banner gift cards to give as gifts, maybe to someone in the family who is (or was) a service member or someone in the community who is especially patriotic.
  • Meet Our Heroes
    Kroger has hired more than 32,000 veterans since 2009, and the “Meet Our Heroes” section on Kroger’s website highlights some of the many team members who have served in the military. Customers can visit HonoringOurHeroes.com to become inspired by Kroger’s own associates’ stories of courage, then write a special message of their own to America’s heroes. By posting on social media channels using the #HonoringOurHeroes hashtag, the message will automatically show up on the official website. In addition, many of the messages will be broadcast on special digital outdoor billboards.
  • Share a Coke
    Kroger teamed up with Coca-Cola and the USO to donate 100,000 Coca-Cola cans to service members through the Share a Coke campaign.

To find out more about these programs please visit www.honoringourheroes.com.

About the USO
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About Kroger
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,230 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,400 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Contact:

Call Center
(Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST)
1-866-221-4141

Mail
The Kroger Co.
Customer Relations
1014 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-1100

Corporate Switchboard
(513) 762-4000

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

SSP’s Wine and View at Helsinki Airport and Le Train Bleu at Paris Gare de Lyon honored at the Moodie FAB awards

London ,2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has scooped two of the top prizes at the prestigious Moodie FAB awards. Organised by leading business-to-business publisher and information provider The Moodie Davitt Report, the awards recognise the best of the food and beverage business at the finest airports and rail stations across the world.

SSP’s Wine and View at Helsinki Airport was named Airport Wine Bar of the Year. Recently refurbished in a contemporary yet welcoming new style, the wine bar has been a favourite with passengers at this world-class airport since it first opened its doors 2008. It serves a selection of the most revered wines and vintages from both the ‘old’ and ‘new’ worlds, most of which are available by the glass.

For the second time, Le Train Bleu at Paris Gare de Lyon took home the award for Individual Food and Beverage Offer of the Year in a Rail Station. This spectacularly beautiful restaurant offers passengers a taste of travel in a more elegant era. Heavily gilded and frescoed walls act as the perfect backdrop to a menu inspired by the traditions of classic French cuisine.

Commenting on the win, group director of strategic client relationships and CEO of SSP Nordics and Spain Nick Inkster said: ‘We are delighted that this excellent wine bar and land-mark restaurant have been recognised as the best of some truly outstanding nominees. Our teams have worked really hard to ensure that standards are constantly high not just in the run up to the awards, but over many years.’

Copenhagen Airport, where SSP is the predominant operator, was named Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year.

The first FAB Awards were hosted by Manchester Airport in 2011. The 2016 event was held in Geneva and the awards attracted a record 275 entries.

If you are a journalist and have a press enquiry, please call:
Templemere Public Relations
+44 (0) 1306 735574
press.office@ssp-intl.com

Source: SSP

Carrefour again takes part in the 103rd Tour de France, from 2 to 24 July

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 103rd Tour de France will run from 2 to 24 July, starting from Mont Saint-Michel. As has been the case every year for the past 23 years, Carrefour will be part of the event!

This year, the Tour de France, the world’s most famous cycle race, is celebrating its 103rd edition. The race will feature 21 stages, will cover total distance of 3519 km and will pass through three bordering countries: Spain, Andorra and Switzerland. For the 2016 edition, Carrefour will be generating a great deal of Tour-related buzz in its hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores.

Back into the saddle for the Tour de France with Carrefour!
Just like for previous editions, Carrefour will be out on the Tour de France 2016’s route, setting up 19 regional villages in hypermarket car parks, as well as organising numerous events in 34 Market stores.

As part of Carrefour’s support for the Tour, the general public will be able to enjoy a wide range of events in a fun and sporty atmosphere, inflatable games for children, table football, quizzes about partner brands, goodies being given out, etc. The Tour’s supporters will also get to watch the race on giant screens set up in each village.

The Tour’s Caravane: discovering France’s regions with Carrefour!
The Tour de France is also an opportunity to discover or rediscover the treasures of the regions through which the race passes. 9 vehicles, 6 of which will be decorated in the colours of Carrefour’s Dairy, Fruit and vegetables, Butchery and Fish Quality Lines, will wind their way along the route of the Tour, introducing the public to Carrefour’s local partner producers. These will be showcased by the caravan’s coordinator, as well as by videos shown on LED screens.

Every day, via a couple of delivery tricycles decked out in Carrefour Market colours, 700 kg of fruit brimming with vitamins will be given out to the general public at the start and finish lines.
A special “J’optimisme” event float will be bringing up the rear of the Carrefour caravan, spreading good cheer among the general public by giving out 400,000 baseball caps and 300,000 grocery bags.

Carrefour – supporting Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque on the Tour’s “Heart” stage!
Carrefour, alongside its well-established partner Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, will be encouraging its employees to take part in the “Heart” stage from Bourg Saint Andéol to Caverne du Pont d’Arc, raising money to fund heart surgery for ill children. Since 2003, the Tour de France has helped save 239 children!

To keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the Tour de France, visit the website “le tour à pois”. You’ll find commentaries from experts like Richard Virenque and Jacky Durant, videos of the various stages and info about who’s wearing the polka-dot jersey – as well as an opportunity to play games throughout this year’s edition!

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

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Carrefour,103rd Tour de France, from 2 to 24 July

Carrefour again takes part in the 103rd Tour de France, from 2 to 24 July

 

Source: Carrefour

Waitrose’s Italian continental meat supplier Fumagalli awarded Good Pig Award 2016 for its work to raise farm animal welfare standards

London, 2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose’s Italian continental meat supplier has been awarded the prestigious Good Pig Award 2016 by Compassion in World Farming, in recognition of its work to raise farm animal welfare standards.

Traditionally, animal welfare standards for continental meat have lagged behind those of British meats. However, a long term partnership between Waitrose and its supplier has resulted in Compassion in World Farming awarding a Good Pig Award to a major Italian producer for the first time.

Fumagalli, a 4th generation family business based near Lake Como in Northern Italy, work with Winterbotham Darby to exclusively supply Waitrose with the supermarkets’ own label Italian charcuterie. This award has been given in recognition of the 5 years of work Fumagalli have carried out to raise the bar for pig welfare at their farms.

The industry-leading developments on the farm provide far more space for each pig than EU legislation. Each sow will also now have larger breeding facilities including free farrowing and no pigs will be subjected to tail docking or teeth clipping.

Fumagalli, a producer of charcuterie since 1920, control the whole production process from breeding to curing to exclusively produce Waitrose’s Italian meats such as prosciutto, parma ham and pancetta.

Continental meats are hugely popular amongst Waitrose customers – with the supermarket significantly overtrading in the area – and with consumers taking a more heightened interest than ever in where their food comes from, the award winning Italian charcuterie builds further upon Waitrose’s leading provenance credentials.

Heather Jenkins, Waitrose Agriculture Director, says: ‘A true focus on animal welfare is a key point of difference for Waitrose and we’re proud that our long-term partnership with Winterbotham Darby has resulted in achieving the Good Pig Award.’

The Compassion in World Farming Awards recognise and reward producers, manufacturers, food service companies, retailers and public bodies for working in a sustainable and responsible way. To add to the Good Pig Award, Waitrose is the holder of the current Best Retailer Award from Compassion, as well as holding Good Pig, Good Chicken, Good Egg and Good Dairy awards across its range of products.

Tracey Jones, Director of Food Business at Compassion says: ‘Fumagalli’s Good Pig Award demonstrates how an ethical retailer like Waitrose, through its supplier Winterbotham Darby, can really drive improvements in countries not generally known for their higher welfare standards.

‘Waitrose are the first retailer in the UK to ensure such high welfare standards for pigs extend beyond their fresh pork, bacon and sausages into continental, specialty cured meats. They are a true leader in farm animal welfare in the UK, and their ethical reach is really starting to effect positive change across Europe.’

Following the development of these high welfare standards in Italy, Winterbotham Darby are now implementing the same standards for continental meat across Spain, France, Belgium and Germany and their Spanish Iberico supplier has recently been awarded the Good Sow Commendation​.

David Houghton, Technical Director at Winterbotham Darby, says: ‘We have been working with our Italian farmers for over fifteen years, building long term sustainable partnerships which has enabled this big step forward, and we are committed to achieving the Good Pig Award in each of the countries we supply product to Waitrose.’

Another Waitrose supplier to pick up an award at this year’s CiWF event was Clarence Court, which supplies the retailer with specialty hen, duck, goose and quail eggs. The supplier received a Good Egg award for its ‘free-to-fly’ quail eggs. Though no EU legislation or industry standard exists for quail farming, Clarence Court developed its own indoor barn system to provide a higher welfare alternative to the caged systems commonly used across Europe. This ensures the quails are reared in a stocking density that allows them to express their natural behaviour such as dust-bathing, scratching and pecking and offers them enrichment and natural light.

Notes to editors

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food Retailer2 awards- currently has 348 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 60 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has eight shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kitchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards

Enquiries:

For further information please contact:
Elli Share
Press Officer (Corporate)
Telephone: 01344 825845
Mobile: 07702279904
Email: elli.share@waitrose.co.uk

Source: Waitrose

Carrefour hosted the “Global Business Engagement for Disability Inclusion” conference

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour – in its capacity as current Chair of the ILO’s National Business & Disability Network – was proud to host the “Global Business Engagement for Disability Inclusion” conference on Wednesday 29 June, held at the Group’s head office by the UN body.

Focused on sharing examples of best practice, the event was held in the presence of Ségolène Neuville, France’s Secretary of State for disabled people and tackling exclusion, Georges Plassat, CEO of Carrefour, and Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The event involved 16 major groups which are all members of the network and signatories of the Global Business and Disability Network charter – more than 100 managers, representatives and charity stakeholders all involved in helping to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace.

Last October, Carrefour and trade union Federation UNI Global Union signed an international agreement to promote Social dialogue, Diversity and the employment of people with disabilities.  An initiative that is consistent with practices that have been well-established at Carrefour since 1999: it currently employs more than 11,000 people with disabilities.

The ILO’s “Global Business and Disability Network” charter This charter was designed as a tool for companies which – like Carrefour, a signatory since 2015 and a founder member of the network since 2011 – want to favour the professional integration of people with disabilities at international level. It does this through ten principles which companies undertake to implement (non-discrimination, tackling stereotypes, ensuring equal opportunities, awareness-raising, accessibility, etc.) and about which they undertake to measure the impacts and share details of them.

About Carrefour
Carrefour is a multi-local, multi-format and multi-channel retailer that employs more than 380,000 staff around the world. It operates in 35 countries and has some 12,300 stores. In 2015, it generated sales under group banners of €104.4 billion. As their partner in day-to-day life, Carrefour welcomes 13 million customers to its stores around the world every day. Through its initiatives, Carrefour has committed to following a more sustainable and responsible retail model.  The group’s global CSR policy is structured around three key areas: tackling all forms of waste, protecting biodiversity and providing the company’s partners with support.

To find out more, visit www.carrefour.com or follow us on Twitter at @GroupeCarrefour

Carrefour Group press contact:
Anaïs Lannes
+33 (0)1 41 04 28 74
E-mail: anais_lannes@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour