Alibaba Group held inaugural Rights Holders Collaboration Summit

Launches IP Joint-Force System to facilitate greater partnership and collaboration with global brands

Hangzhou, China, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) held an inaugural Rights Holders Collaboration Summit to engage international brands and the intellectual property enforcement community to enhance collaboration in the collective fight against IP infringement. More than 100 domestic Chinese and international brands and trade associations attended the event, including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Apple, Mars, Hewlett Packard, the Chinese British Business Council (CBBC) and the Quality Brand Protection Committee (QBPC), among others.

Alibaba also announced the launch of a new IP Joint-Force System, an online platform designed to streamline IP-related communications between brands and Alibaba. The system aims to build greater and more collaborative working relationships with brands around the world as Alibaba continues its fight against counterfeits and IP infringement.

“E-commerce has become a way of life for consumers both in China and around the world. As the internet sector continues to evolve, brands and online marketplaces alike face new IP enforcement challenges. As the leading online marketplace, we have a responsibility to all of our constituents to govern our platform and find innovative solutions,” said Jessie Zheng, Chief Platform Governance Officer at Alibaba Group. “The Rights Holders Collaboration Summit and new IP Joint-Force System are some of the many ways Alibaba is working closely with rights holders in our efforts to eradicate counterfeits both online and offline.”

IP Joint-Force System

Beginning July 1, 2016, Alibaba will launch a new IP Joint-Force System – an online platform that allows participating brands to streamline communications and collaborative efforts around IP enforcement between Alibaba, brands and other rights holders.

All participating brands in the existing “Good Faith Takedown” program will be eligible for the new IP Joint-Force System. Alibaba previously launched the “Good Faith Takedown” program in 2015 to expedite the notice-takedown process for brands that submit valid counterfeit complaints. Today, over 700 brands participate in the “Good Faith Takedown” program, many of which will participate in the first phase of the IP Joint-Force System, including Adidas, Apple, Procter & Gamble, Mars and Philips, among others. Alibaba expects the system to be available for all existing “Good Faith” brands.

With over a billion products listed across Alibaba Group’s marketplaces at any given time, its sophisticated data analytics and processing technologies enabled the company to proactively remove more than 120 million infringing product listings from its marketplaces in 2015, which is 8x the number of counterfeit products removed based on take down requests from brands.

Under the new IP Joint-Force System, each participating brand will be assigned a dedicated online portal and Alibaba account manager to enhance collaboration, heighten transparency around IP enforcement efforts, and reinforce mutual understanding and trust. The system will enable Alibaba to directly and efficiently seek information from rights holders regarding suspected counterfeit product listings, which Alibaba, as a third-party marketplace, is unable to authenticate on its own with full certainty.

The system allows brands to identify the authenticity of a product and easily notify Alibaba of the infringing listing. Alibaba will then initiate the Good Faith Take down process and immediately remove the listing without required subsequent correspondence with the brand. This two-way communication stream is critical in creating a feedback loop that will continue to improve the speed and accuracy with which Alibaba is able to determine the authenticity of a product.

“The IP Joint-Force System is a revolutionary industry solution that will redefine how IP enforcement is conducted in the digital age – where brands and e-commerce marketplaces must work collectively and strategically to combat counterfeiters,” said Matthew Bassiur, Head of Global IP Enforcement, Alibaba Group. “This is one of several game-changing approaches that Alibaba will be advancing to both simplify and greatly enhance our overall enforcement process.”

About Alibaba Group

Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company is the largest online and mobile commerce company in the world in terms of gross merchandise volume. Founded in 1999, the company provides the fundamental technology infrastructure and marketing reach to help businesses leverage the power of the Internet to establish an online presence and conduct commerce and engage with hundreds of millions of consumers and other businesses.

Contact:

Alibaba (China) Co., Ltd:

969 West Wen Yi Road
Yu Hang District
Hangzhou 311121
China
Tel: (+86) 571-8502-2088
Fax: (+86) 571-8526-9066

Source: Alibaba Group

eBay partners with the International Trade Centre to help SMEs in developing countries become more competitive in global markets

San Jose, California, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — eBay has joined forces with the International Trade Centre (ITC) – a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations — to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries to take advantage of the opportunities offered by global digital commerce.

eBay’s Vice President for Greater Europe, Eben Sermon, and ITC Executive Director, Arancha González, announced the collaboration at the annual meeting of ITC’s Joint Advisory Group in Geneva on July 4, 2016.

With more than 162 million active users globally, and 900 million product listings, eBay’s marketplace provides a perfect match for export-ready companies supported by ITC’s e-Solutions program. The program provides training and advisory services to SMEs in developing countries to help them overcome barriers to trade and trade digitally.

ITC helps SMEs to become more competitive in global markets, contributing to sustainable economic development within the frameworks of the Aid-for-Trade agenda and the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Under the agreement, eBay’s marketplace will give these companies the opportunity to open ‘anchor stores’ on eBay – providing them with greater online visibility, and the chance to reach more customers.

SMEs participating in ITC’s e-Solutions program will also have access to eBay’s network of fulfillment centers, making logistics more cost-effective. And they’ll benefit from eBay’s cutting-edge e-commerce research, allowing them to leverage this knowledge and better position their offerings in selected target markets.

“Partnering with eBay is an important step in scaling up ITC’s e-Solutions program and will help us to continue to bring SMEs onto the digital highway,” Arancha González said.

“Together we will collaborate to provide tools and platforms to SMEs throughout the developing world to help them take advantage of the opportunities offered by the digital economy.”

eBay’s Vice President for Greater Europe, Eben Sermon added: “Collaborating with ITC allows eBay to connect with enterprises in developing countries that are currently absent from the world of e-commerce. It is a model for Connected Commerce that can contribute to better trade and economic growth where it is most needed, and it will open up a world of new products for our customers across the world.”

eBay will also provide training — to complement that offered by ITC – aimed at helping companies to optimize their product listings; providing insights into best practices in online promotion, and improving skills in analytics and inventory management.

Kick-starting the partnership, eBay and ITC — in collaboration with logistics company DHL — have organized an e-Commerce Caravan that is currently touring Switzerland.

In Geneva, from June 30 to July 5, entrepreneurs from Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Syria will be showcasing products that sold online. On July 6 and 7, the e-Commerce Caravan will be at eBay’s headquarters in Zurich.

Contact:
United States: press@ebay.com

###

eBay partners with the International Trade Centre to help SMEs in developing countries become more competitive in global markets
eBay partners with the International Trade Centre to help SMEs in developing countries become more competitive in global markets

 

Source: Ebay

Sheetz For The Kidz July Campaign

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the past 24 years Sheetz For The Kidz has set out to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children within the communities in which Sheetz operates.  Sheetz For The Kidz is an employee run 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that raises funds to support the Sheetz For The Kidz Holiday Program and Make-A-Wish.

The Sheetz For The Kidz Holiday Program provides children in need the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with new toys, clothes and other basic needs.  The program works with The Salvation Army to identify families and collect their holiday wish lists.  Sheetz employees from every Sheetz operating area participate in shopping, wrapping and hosting parties for all the participating children.  Over $1.2 million was distributed last year, making the holiday season brighter for more than 8,520 children in all 6 states.

This will mark the 11th year of Sheetz For The Kidz partnering with Make-A-Wish to sponsor families of children with life-threatening medical conditions so they can experience a weeklong dream vacation in Orlando, Florida. Forty-eight families will enjoy a free vacation at Give Kids the World Village, a 70-acre, non-profit storybook resort designed to provide special facilities for the children and their families while taking in the Disney vacation of their dreams.

Sheetz customers can support Sheetz For The Kidz and children in their communities in-stores in July and in other ways throughout the year.

Ways to support Sheetz For The Kidz in-stores in July:

  • Donate at the register during checkout
  • Purchase a Sheetz For The Kidz water – 25 cents of every bottle sold goes to support the charity
  • Buy any Coca-Cola® 20 oz. bottle of carbonated soft drink between July 17 and July 31 and Coca-Cola will donate 5 cents to support Sheetz For The Kidz.

Customers can donate online at www.sheetzforthekidz.org and by shopping on AmazonSmile and selecting “Sheetz For The Kidz”.

About Sheetz For The Kidz
The Sheetz Family Charities, dba Sheetz For The Kidz is a non-profit organization, designated as a 501(c) (3) charity, independent of the Sheetz Corporation. The organization was created in 1992 by local store employees wanting to help local children.  The mission of the charity is to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children in need within the communities in which Sheetz operates.  To date, the charity has raised more than $21.6 million and helped more than 93,500 children.

For more information, please visit http://www.sheetz.com/ftk/

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org).

For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish come true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980—more than 14,200 in 2014 alone.

Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.

For further information:
MEDIA CONTACT:

Tarah Arnold
814.941.5183
tarnold@sheetz.com

###

Sheetz,For The Kidz, July Campaign

Sheetz,For The Kidz, July Campaign

 

SOURCE Sheetz, Inc.

CVS Pharmacy responds to the recent flooding in Elkview, West Virginia area with the opening of mobile pharmacy

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy announced today that the company has opened a mobile pharmacy in Elkview, West Virginia, in response to the deadly flooding that devastated the area in late June. In order to serve community members whose pharmacies have been damaged or destroyed,CVS Pharmacy opened a mobile pharmacy at Elkview Middle School, located at 5090 Elk River Road. Located near the school’s basketball court, the mobile pharmacy will be open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am 8:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am 6:00 pm and will be fully staffed to meet the community’s pharmacy care needs.

The CVS Pharmacy store, located at 221 Crossings Mall Road in Elkview, has been inaccessible since Thursday, June 23, when floodwaters destroyed a bridge that allowed customers and patients to access the Crossings Mall, where the store is located. It is one of several area pharmacies that are closed as a result of the flooding that devastated the area. Other CVS Pharmacy stores in the area, including locations in Charleston, Dunbar and Montgomery, are also open and ready to serve patients whose pharmacies were impacted by the severe flooding.

In addition to being able to pick up their prescription medications at the mobile pharmacy, customers can also receive recommended vaccines, such as Tdap, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, as well as purchase a variety of over-the-counter medications. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health has reminded residents to check their immunization status to ensure they are protected against tetanus, particularly among first responders and community members who are exposed to flood waters during cleanup.

“CVS Pharmacy is committed to ensuring that West Virginia residents hit hard by the June flooding have continued access to critical pharmacy care services,” said Scott Wasikowski, Area Vice President of CVS Pharmacy in West Virginia. “Whether they are dispensing medications or providing vaccinations, our Elkview pharmacy team is ready to help as the surrounding area begins to recover and rebuild.”

In addition to opening the mobile pharmacy, CVS Pharmacy has provided thousands of dollars worth of infant care, personal hygiene and over-the-counter items to Direct Relief. These donated goods have been distributed to four area community health centers in and around Charleston, West Virginia.

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

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

SOURCE: CVS Health

 

Carrefour France launches new campaign: “Carrefour’s fabulous French partner SMEs”

Starting on 3 July 2016, Carrefour France – the leading distributor of products manufactured by French SMEs*– will be showcasing its partners throughout the country, launching a wide-ranging multi-channel communications campaign: “Carrefour’s fabulous French partner SMEs”

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Underpinned by the claim “You don’t have to be big to be talented”, this dedicated initiative is a first for the retailer. It will be using it to reassert the commitment it has made alongside its 5000 partner SMEs to provide consumers with high-quality products, support innovation and give impetus to the local economy.

“In our stores, we work alongside our local partners and we engage in long-term relationships with them. In 2015, for example, the share of our turnover that we generated with SMEs increased by 8% – the largest increase in the sector. Through our “Fabulous SMEs” campaign, we are seeking to showcase our suppliers in the various regions in which we operate, together with their unique expertise, and confirm our position as the leading retailer of products manufactured by French SMEs”, said Noël Prioux, Executive Director of Carrefour France.

The campaign has been designed to have strong links with the local community. It is structured around several key national and regional features, including in particular:

  • A new “Fabulous SMEs” logo which will be deployed across the whole campaign
  • An advertisement (available in 15 and 30-second versions) produced by Publicis and shown on national TV channels from 3 to 17 July;
  • A media campaign in the daily press deployed across 13 regions throughout France, showcasing 13 local products and stakeholders;
  • On Carrefour.fr, an interactive map so customers can find regional products close to where they live;
  • Stands at which customers can taste products made by SMEs and find out more about them at Carrefour hypermarkets and Market supermarkets from 4 to 17 July.

“Fabulous SMEs” – showcasing local expertise
Included among the 13 companies being showcased both in the regional press and in stores are the following: Sacré Willy (Hautes-Alpes), specialised in making and selling premium desserts and winner of the most recent SME and Innovation Awards organised by Carrefour.

“Within the framework of the campaigns that we have started this year based on optimism – such as our bio campaign that we rolled out in the spring – we have created “the Fabulous SMEs. This is an original initiative designed to embody our commitment as France’s leading retailer of products made by SMEs, showcasing the work being done by men and women out in the field”, added Philippe Thobie, Executive Director for Communications, Carrefour France.

The press relations for Carrefour France are managed by Havas Paris. For all requests regarding our French stores, a team dedicated is on hand to answer your questions and record your requests. Please send your requests or questions:

. By phone: +33 (0)1 58 47 88 80

. By e-mail : presse_france@carrefour.com

###

Carrefour France launches new campaign: "Carrefour's fabulous French partner SMEs"
Carrefour France launches new campaign: “Carrefour’s fabulous French partner SMEs”

Source: Carrefour

Carrefour held successful 2016 Innovation Awards Ceremony at Cybele Palace, Madrid

On 22 June, manufacturers Panrico, Pepsi Co, Buitoni, Comapa, Primar Ibérica, Calidad Pascual e Idilia Food, Mahou, L´Oréal España, Vigar, Mars España, Gallina Blanca, Nestlé y Ferrero Ibérica – received awards at a ceremony held in Cybele Palace, Madrid.

MADRID, SPAIN, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — It was the perfect location for the award of the prizes, a 9-meter screen was the center of attention for all the guests, who enjoyed a meal surrounded by an exhibition of all the Innovation Awards finalist products and in the company of  colleagues from the retail world, with spectacular lighting of the venue as the night progressed.

The event was opened by Carrefour Spain CEO Pascal Clouzard, who stated, “Retail must recognize and openly award the effort made by those who invest in the research and development of new products sought by today’s society or that improve on existing ones.”

The award ceremony was hosted by celebrated Spanish Television presenter Jota Abril, who surprised everyone by coming out of the screen. Two winners from the first awards ceremony also took to the stage to explain what receiving this award had meant for them. The event was very dynamic, various direct connections were made with twitter, with the tweets published by guests attending the event being posted directly via #premiosinnovación.

Carrefour Spain brought together impresarios, managers, experts from different sectors linked to the food industry, marketing and research, as well as media celebrities to publicize a total of 15 awards selected from the finalist products by an external jury made up of research, business, university and cultural experts.

And the winners were:

BREAKFASTS, SWEETS AND CONFECTIONERY:  Donuts Avellana, Panrico

CANNED GOODS, READY MEALS AND BASIC CATEGORY: Doritos Roulette, Pepsi Co

FROZEN FOOD:  Ham and cheese gluten free (1) or four cheeses pizza (2) Buitoni

MEAT, FISH AND READY MEALS: Range of ultra-thin sliced cured meats Supréme de Antaño, Comapa

YOGHURTS, DESSERTS AND DAIRY PRODUCTS: Cheestrings, Primar Ibérica

NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Colacao Shake or Shake 0%, Calidad Pascual e Idilia Food

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Mahou MAESTRA beer, Mahou

BABY PRODUCTS: NESTLÉ NATURNES sachets with vegetables and cereals, Nestlé

PERFUMERY AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS: Bruma children’s anti-sand aerosol DELIAL ip50+, L´Oréal España

PERFUMERY AND HYGIENE PRODUCTS: Magic Retouch root concealer, L´Oréal España

DRUGSTORE: Manual rotary floor sweeper, Vigar

PETS Snack for medium-sized dogs  Pedigree DentaFlex, Mars España

YOUNG PEOPLE: Yatekomo World Tour stir-fried rice, cous cous  carbonara or mac&cheese, Gallina Blanca

ADULTS: Instant coffee NESCAFÉ Vitalissimo natural or decaffeinated, Nestlé

FAMILLES: NUTELLA B-ready filled biscuit, Ferrero Ibérica

After the Prizes were awarded, Jesús Lorente, Food Product Manager Carrefour España, took to the stage where he commented that, “Seven out of every ten innovations produced in Spain can be found in Carrefour,“ adding that, “Betting on innovation creates great opportunities, it is clear that categories in which there is innovation grow four times as much as the rest. It is important for companies to continue to innovate in order for the sector and the economy in general to grow.”

Supporting innovative brands
Carrefour’s Innovation Awards highlights the work of brands that invest in research and development, and are an acknowledgement that cooperation between retailers and producers is a crucial factor in the innovation process. Carrefour Spain is committed to offering its customers a wide selection of goods, including products by leading companies as well as those produced by small and medium-sized enterprises in every region where the chain has a presence. The objective? To offer the widest selection at the best prices on the market, giving customers more freedom of choice.

In two years, this award ceremony has become an annual meeting point of innovation for companies in the foods and consumer goods sectors.

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

###

Carrefour held successful 2016 Innovation Awards Ceremony at Cybele Palace, Madrid

Carrefour held successful 2016 Innovation Awards Ceremony at Cybele Palace, Madrid

Source: Carrefour

Tesco becomes the first retailer in the UK to introduce new long term contracts for potato growers and packers

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today announced it will issue contracts worth £12 million over three years to help support British Agriculture, and become the first retailer in the UK to introduce new long term contracts for potato growers and packers. This will help to safeguard the future of UK farmers who supply the supermarket and provide customers with the best quality produce.

Through the Tesco Sustainable Farming Group – Potatoes (TSFG-Potatoes), growers will benefit from greater financial certainty, allowing them to invest in their businesses for the future.

The TSFG-Potatoes will be made up of a collection of producers and industry experts from across the country, and will aim to build stronger relationships through the whole supply chain to ensure customers are offered the best range and varieties at the right price.

The group will also take some of the pressure off British potato growers, who are faced with the challenges of difficult growing conditions, declining consumption and an increasingly volatile market.

Matt Simister Tesco’s Commercial Director for Fresh Food said:

“Working collaboratively with our suppliers to ensure we provide the highest quality fresh produce for our customers is right at the heart of what we do. Whilst there isn’t a single simple solution to resolve the uncertainty faced by many potato growers, it’s important that we all play our part. These new contracts will help to bring more confidence back into the whole potato supply chain and build a truly sustainable British potato industry.”

Under the new scheme, from September, producers will be given direct contracts with Tesco and a three year rolling commitment which will guarantee in advance, the volume of the crop that the supermarket will buy.

TSFG growers will also receive a price based on their production costs, which will take into account inflation, farming inputs like the cost of fertilizer and the additional expenses involved in growing high quality fresh produce for customers.

By developing a structure to guarantee a fair price for their produce, Tesco hopes the scheme will pave the way for other retailers to work more collaboratively with growers, and help secure the future of the British potato industry.

NFU Horticulture and Potatoes Adviser, Lee Abbey, said:

“The NFU welcomes initiatives that provide a greater level of security, confidence and transparency to growers and we’re pleased that Tesco has followed through its commitment, first announced at the NFU conference in 2014, to develop a dedicated potato contract.

The Tesco Sustainable Farming Group is a great example of how collaboration can work and it fits very much within the principles of the NFU’s Fruit and Veg Pledge. We hope growers are able to benefit from this new approach.”

Potato grower Crawford Black from Fife, Scotland said:

“These new three-year rolling contracts will give my family business more confidence to look further ahead, make plans and invest for the future, safe in the knowledge that we have a long-term commitment from Tesco to continue to work with us.”

Over the past two decades, the number of potato growers across the country has fallen by over 85 per cent from 14,000, as an unpredictable trading environment, poor harvests and producers leaving the industry in favour of alternative crops.

Tesco has a long history of supporting British Agriculture through a number of farming groups and programmes to help support farmers, growers and producers with their farming input costs.

In 2007 the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group was formed for dairy farmers who produce Tesco’s own-label fresh milk and now have similar schemes for cheese, lamb, pork, beef, chicken, salmon and free-range eggs. They foster real expertise, innovation, efficiencies for businesses, whilst also producing high quality food for customers.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01707 918 701

###

Tesco becomes the first retailer in the UK to introduce new long term contracts for potato growers and packers
Tesco becomes the first retailer in the UK to introduce new long term contracts for potato growers and packers

Source: Tesco

 

Megpies launches at U.S. Starbucks stores

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nine years ago, Meghan Ritchie began selling baked goods on her front stoop in Brooklyn. Now,  her Megpies artisan tarts are launching  in about 7,500 participating U.S. Starbucks stores (July 12).

Ritchie was influenced by two great cooks in her family while growing up in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Through the example of her mother and stepfather, and her own creativity, she developed tarts known for their buttery, flaky crust, jam filling and sweet frosting.

“My mom and stepdad were always in charge of bringing dessert at family events,” Ritchie said. “I didn’t do a lot of baking on my own as a kid, but I was always around people baking and I really enjoyed eating treats.”

Ritchie moved to New York City at age 18 to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She worked several odd jobs to make ends meet and began baking as a hobby.

“My roommate and I started selling donuts from our front stoop only because we thought it would be fun,” she said. “To our surprise, things just took off. Soon we were selling donuts once per week to keep up with the demand from commuters who passed by our home.”

After a two year break when her roommate moved away, Ritchie switched from donuts to pies and scones, which were easier to create and sell on her own. In 2011, after making her first handheld tart filled with jam and covered with frosting, Ritchie’s company, called Megpies, was born. She secured a handful of café accounts and delivered tarts on her bike each morning.

“At this point, I started thinking about what else I wanted to do with my business and how big I wanted it to get,” she said. “But it was just me doing everything. I knew that I needed more help.”

In 2013, Ritchie’s boyfriend, Paul Jones, began to help with the business. With a background in sales, he was able to increase tart purchases from 300 per week to 3,000 per week in just six months. A year later, Starbucks approached Ritchie about selling her tarts in a select number of New York City stores. The tarts were a huge success, which led to Starbucks expanding distribution to 30 locations and then to all company-operated stores in the United States.

“Megpies are so delicious and nostalgic. They take me back to my childhood,” said Deb Hannah, director, Retail Branded Partnerships. “My team and I adore them, so we had a strong feeling that customers would love them too.”

Hannah’s passion is not only contagious; it is part of her job. A keen eye and honed palate are essential in the pursuit of unusual, interesting snacks made by passionate entrepreneurs that will spark the curiosity and appetite of Starbucks customers. Once identifying these snacks, Hannah and her team work closely with the entrepreneurs to support, mentor and shepherd them through the process of scaling to sell in Starbucks.

“Meg and Paul represent the kind of entrepreneurs we love to work with. They have a great story, genuine passion for their business, and an amazing product,” said Hannah.

From selling pastries on the stoop in Brooklyn to Starbucks locations nationwide, Meg has embraced the journey and is appreciative of the opportunity to share Megpies with Starbucks customers all over the U.S.

“Paul and I are trying to celebrate every milestone of our company,” said Ritchie. “It’s hard to believe that we’ve grown from a local business to one with a national reach in just a few years. It’s so far beyond what we could have imagined.”

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

###

Megpies launches at U.S. Starbucks stores
Megpies launches at U.S. Starbucks stores

Source: Starbucks

METRO GROUP to build its largest logistics hub in Marl — the largest one in Germany

Düsseldorf, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP plans to build its largest logistics hub in Marl to service the German wholesale stores of METRO Cash & Carry and the Real hypermarkets. With a total area of more than 220,000 square meters and over 1,000 jobs, it will be at the same time the largest retail logistics park in the whole of Germany. The new hub represents a central element of METRO GROUP’s new logistics strategy announced in September 2015.

“The location in Marl is a stroke of luck for our logistics strategy in Germany”, says Mark Frese, Chief Financial Officer of METRO GROUP and also responsible for the company’s logistics. “With this new hub, we complete the new logistics network of METRO GROUP in Germany and will be able to even better meet the needs of our sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real in the future.” New, modern logistics hubs, a stronger centralisation of the goods flows as well as adaptations at the existing locations are to significantly enhance the product availability, quality and freshness. As part of the reorganization and replacing the former seven logistics hubs, the logistics services shall in the future be provided by two new, more modern and larger logistics centers as well as by one extended location, and handle a significantly larger volume of goods.

METRO GROUP had intensively examined potential properties in recent months. The main criteria included property size, development costs, soil conditions, ownership structure and transport infrastructure. Following the presentation of a new location in Kirchheim an der Weinstraße in March this year, the new METRO GROUP logistics park in Marl will combine the new, central German warehouses of Real and METRO Cash & Carry at one location. Together with the warehouse in Hamm, which is to be extended, the two new locations form the basis of the new, modernised logistics network of METRO GROUP in Germany.

At the newly created logistics hubs for METRO Cash & Carry and Real in Marl, gradually around 1,000 employees shall be working starting from Autumn 2017. All employees from the existing logistics locations in Essen, Kamen, Unna and Frechen will be offered jobs there.

Details of the retail logistics park in Marl:

Scheduled start of construction                                            3 rd quarter 2016

Area central & fresh produce warehouse Real                   approx. 140,000 m²

Area central & fresh produce warehouse                             approx. 80,000 m²
METRO Cash & Carry

Employees                                                                                  around 1,000

METRO GROUP is one of the most important international retailing companies. It generated sales of some €59 billion in financial year 2014/15. The company operates over 2,000 locations in 29 countries and employs more than 220,000 people. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands, which act independently on the market: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in the self-service wholesale trade; Media Markt and Saturn, the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing; and Real hypermarkets. www.metrogroup.de

METRO LOGISTICS Germany GmbH is the logistics services and competence centre of METRO GROUP. Within METRO GROUP the company steers the merchandise flows of the METRO GROUP sales lines METRO Cash & Carry, Real, Media Markt and Saturn. The range of products handled by METRO LOSTICS warehouses and platforms in Germany comprises some 20,000 items in the categories fresh, frozen and dry foods and several hundred articles in the categories fruits and vegetables, fresh fish and meat as well as non-food. METRO LOGISTICS employs around 3,200 employees in its distribution centres and its headquarters in Düsseldorf. www.metro-logistics.de

Contact:

METRO AG
Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
40235 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52
Fax +49 (0) 211 68 86-20 01
www.metrogroup.de
presse@metro.de

Source: METRO GROUP

Waitrose’s own label products now available worldwide through online store British Corner Shop

London, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — From Tuesday 5 July Waitrose is to become the first supermarket to sell own label products through British Corner Shop, the online store that delivers British food to customers worldwide.

It will enable Waitrose to enter entirely new territories from the 138 countries British Corner Shop regularly ships to, including two of its largest markets, the USA and Germany, neither of which is among the 60 countries the UK retailer already exports to.

The website will give shoppers global access to more than 2,000 products available from Waitrose branches and add to the 10,000 products the online service already stocks. Last year British Corner Shop shipped more than 50,000 orders overseas.

Customers will be able to choose from the supermarkets own label products and ranges, including Waitrose Duchy Organic, Waitrose Baby, essential Waitrose and the recently launched Waitrose 1* range. There is potential for more products to be added in the future.

British produced food and drink, including biscuits and cakes to more traditional favourites like tea and soup are expected to be among the most popular products.  British Corner Shop also reports a growing demand from customers for Free From and Organic products.

Waitrose commercial director, Mark Williamson, said:

‘British Corner Shop gives a global audience access to Waitrose and provides a platform for our British suppliers to showcase the great food and drink they produce. We are proud that our brand continues to retain the loyalty and trust of customers wherever they are in the world.’

British Corner Shop managing director, Mark Callaghan, said:

‘We are delighted to have agreed a deal with Waitrose. Extending the current British Corner Shop range with over 2,000 Waitrose product lines gives our customers greater choice.

‘We know the Waitrose brand will go down well with our British Expat customer base, in particular categories such as biscuits and household are in demand, and the Waitrose Duchy Organic brand is often requested.

‘Waitrose and British Corner Shop share a company value of “Championing British”, and we look forward to growing our relationship with Waitrose, and to exporting the Waitrose brand to customers around the world.’

Notes to editors

Waitrose:

  • *Waitrose 1 offers customers the very best of Waitrose with one simple yet distinctive brand for its premium food.
  • Waitrose exports to 58 countries, including China, Spain, India, Singapore, Ghana, Mauritius, South Africa, Barbados, Bermuda, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Trinidad, Saudi Arabia and St Lucia.
  • Its supermarket customers include Food Lover’s Market in South Africa, Unimarc in Chile, Park N Shop in Hong Kong, Eroski in Gibraltar, and Arkadia in Malta.
  • Waitrose products are in department stores in South Korea and Switzerland.
  • Waitrose has recently opened its eighth shop in the Middle East.
  • Waitrose currently has 349 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 60 convenience branches.

British Corner Shop:

  • British Corner Shop was originally established in 1999, but acquired in 2004 by Mark Callaghan. It now employs 40 people and ships packages to 138 countries.
  • It was named in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 which ranks Britain’s top 100 private small and medium-sized (SME) companies with the fastest-growing international sales over the last two years.
  • It won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2016.

Enquiries:

For further information please contact:
James Armstrong
Property & Development Communication Manager
Telephone: 01344 824657
Mobile: 07764676880
Email: james.armstrong@waitrose.co.uk

Source: Waitrose

H&M sets good example and achieves AVANT-GARDE status according to the Detox Catwalk 2016 report from Greenpeace

Greenpeace has released the Detox Catwalk 2016 report, showing fashion companies’ progress towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the fashion value chain. H&M stands in the best category thanks to our work in the supply chain for a stringent chemicals management.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — As it is stated in the report from Greenpeace, H&M sets a good example and achieves AVANT-GARDE status with its clear approach to chemical management along the manufacturing supply chain. This status has been given thanks to the good performance shown in three criteria: a plan including a restriction substance list, PFCs elimination and transparent reporting.

“We applaud H&M, Zara and Benetton for leading the way and setting a new standard in toxic free fashion,” said Kirsten Brodde, Head of the Detox My Fashion campaign at Greenpeace Germany. “These companies prove that cleaning up the fashion industry is possible – both for large and medium-sized companies.”

Here you can read more about the Greenpeace Detox Catwalk 2016 or H&M’s work regarding chemical management in the supply chain.

General enquiries:

H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

Source: H&M

Luxottica Group S.p.A. acquired 255,279 shares during the period from June 28, 2016 to July 4, 2016 on the Milan Stock Exchange

Milan (Italy), 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the period from June 28, 2016 to July 4, 2016, Luxottica Group S.p.A. (MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX) acquired 255,279 shares on the Milan Stock Exchange’s Mercato Telematico Azionario (MTA) equal to 0.053% of the issued share capital. The shares were bought at an average price per share equal to Euro 44.7176, net of commissions, and for an aggregate amount of Euro 11,415,455.93.

These purchases were made pursuant to the plan to purchase treasury shares, announced on May 24, 2016, and in accordance with the resolution approved at the Company’s General Meeting of Stockholders on April 29, 2016. Since the resolution approval, the Company acquired to date a total of 2,277,583 shares equal to 0.471% of the issued share capital.

Details of the treasury share purchase transactions on the MTA are as follows:

Date Number of ordinary
shares purchased
Average price (Euro) Aggregate amount (Euro)
06/28/2016 43,759 46.1717 2,020,427.42
06/29/2016 44,306 45.4798 2,015,028.02
06/30/2016 63,255 44.0897 2,788,893.97
07/01/2016 41,574 43.9989 1,829,210.27
07/04/2016 62,385 44.2718 2,761,896.24
Total 255,279 44.7176 11,415,455.93

Following the purchases announced today and the treasury shares held, as of July 4, 2016 the Company owns 4,476,721 treasury shares equal to 0.925% of the share capital.

Luxottica Group S.p.A.
Luxottica is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Its portfolio includes proprietary brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples and Alain Mikli, as well as licensed brands including Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Bulgari, Chanel, Coach, Dolce&Gabbana, Michael Kors, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co. and Versace. The Group’s global wholesale distribution network covers more than 150 countries and is complemented by an extensive retail network of over 7,200 stores, with LensCrafters and Pearle Vision in North America, OPSM and LensCrafters in Asia-Pacific, GMO in Latin America and Sunglass Hut worldwide. In 2015, Luxottica posted net sales of approximately Euro 9 billion and approximately 79,000 employees. Additional information on the Group is available at www.luxottica.com.

Contacts:

Alessandra Senici
Group Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Director
Tel.: +39 (02) 8633 4870
Email: InvestorRelations@luxottica.com
http://www.luxottica.com/en/investors/contacts

Source: Luxottica Group

Publix Super Markets Inc. declares quarterly dividend of 22.25 cents per share on its common stock

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Publix Super Markets Inc. announced its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 22.25 cents per share on its common stock.

The dividend will be payable Aug. 1, 2016, either through direct deposit or mailed as a check to stockholders of record as of the close of business July 15, 2016.

Stockholders who would like to elect direct deposit of their dividends should visit the Stockholder Services page at www.publix.com/stock. An online Direct Deposit Authorization for Publix Stock Dividend Form is available on this page. Stockholders should complete, print and sign the form as indicated, and then send the completed form, along with a voided check, to Publix Stockholder Services.

Contacts:

Social Media:
www.facebook.com/publix
www.twitter.com/publixhelps

Phone:
800-242-1227
Monday – Friday 8am – 7pm (EST)
Saturday 9am – 4pm (EST)

Mail:
Publix Super Markets
Corporate Office
ATTN: Customer Care
PO Box 407
Lakeland, FL 33802-0407

Source: Publix

SUPERVALU INC. to serve as primary grocery wholesaler and professional services provider to Marsh Supermarkets

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today announced it has entered into a long-term supply agreement with Indiana-based Marsh Supermarkets to serve as its primary grocery wholesaler and to provide certain professional services to the grocery chain. Founded in 1931 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Marsh operates approximately 70 Marsh Supermarkets and O’Malia Food Markets across Indiana and Ohio, and 38 pharmacy locations.

“Marsh Supermarkets is a terrific grocery chain that has served customers and communities across Indiana and Ohio for 85 years,” said Mark Gross, SUPERVALU President and CEO. “Their shoppers have come to expect quality, value and a great fresh experience and we’re pleased Marsh has entrusted us for this business going forward. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to combine both our wholesale and logistics experience with our professional service offerings to deliver a comprehensive solution for them.”

In its role as primary wholesaler, SUPERVALU will supply all Marsh Supermarkets and O’Malia Food Markets with traditional product categories including produce, meat, deli, bakery, seafood, grocery, frozen foods and dairy. Additionally, Marsh customers will benefit from SUPERVALU’s comprehensive private brand offering, including its three popular grocery brands, Wild Harvest®, Culinary Circle®, and Essential Everyday®.

Additionally, SUPERVALU will provide certain professional services and merchandising support to Marsh, including advanced merchandise planning, strategic retail pricing analysis, and shelf management programs. Marsh will also benefit from SUPERVALU’s new SV Insights business intelligence tool and mobile order entry system.

“It’s great to see this growth in our wholesale business, and I’m also excited about what this means for the growth in our broad services offering,” Gross added.

The transition of stores is expected to be completed by approximately the end of September.

About Marsh

Marsh is an Indiana company that has served customers for 85 years. Marsh has over 5,000 associates and operates approximately 70 Marsh Supermarkets and O’Malia Food Markets in Indiana and Ohio, with 38 Indiana pharmacy locations.

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.

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 timing of the transition of the Marsh stores and the resulting business impacts of this new supply agreement. 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.

Contact:

For Investors:
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
Steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com
or
For Media
Jeff Swanson, 952-903-1645
Jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

Starbucks launches Teavana teas across EMEA

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks launches Teavana teas across selected Starbucks® stores in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) today. This new, modernized tea experience provides customers high quality pure teas and botanicals, and the opportunity to enjoy a range of extraordinary flavours through Starbucks unique Shaken Iced Teas, for the first time.

“This is an exciting moment for Starbucks to delight our tea-loving customers,” said Ian Cranna, vice president of Marketing and Category, Starbucks EMEA. “Tea has always been a part of Starbucks heritage since 1971 when Starbucks opened its first location in the Pike Place Market, where there were 30 different kinds of loose-leaf tea on offer. Teavana showcases our continued commitment in delivering a unique and personalised customer experience.”

Starbucks will debut two Teavana™ iced teas:

Peach Green Tea Lemonade.
A mouthwatering iced green tea which is lightly sweetened with notes of peach and ginger and a splash of lemonade

Blackberry Mojito Green Tea Lemonade.
A refreshing iced tea blend which combines high-quality green tea with juicy blackberries, sweet raspberries and spearmint.

Starbucks baristas carefully handcraft each tea, which is shaken at least 10 times to bring out the delicious, distinct flavours in every perfectly chilled cup. These new iced teas, available for a limited time, join the core line up of black, green and hibiscus iced teas and will be on the menu throughout the season.

“We’re proud to be launching Teavana teas in our Starbucks stores to bring exotic blends, bold flavours and tea innovation to our customers,” said Charlotta Oldham, tea category manager, Starbucks EMEA. “Teavana iced teas are a perfect refreshing and great tasting addition to the summer menu. Our mission is to create a modern day tea culture with tea products and experiences that we hope our customers will enjoy.”

Exclusively showcased at this year’s London Coffee Festival in April, the new Teavana™ tea refreshments from Starbucks offer high-quality teas and botanicals to new tea drinkers and tea connoisseurs alike. Acquired by Starbucks in 2012 and now introduced in Europe, Teavana offers an array of loose leaf teas and innovative tea products, which were only previously available in the U.S. and Canada.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

###

Starbucks launches Teavana teas across EMEA
Starbucks launches Teavana teas across EMEA

Source: Starbucks

British Land enhances entertainment offer at St Stephen’s in Hull with 31,500 sq ft of new lettings

LONDON, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land has secured 31,500 sq ft of lettings to enhance the entertainment offer at St Stephen’s in Hull. Rock Up, an indoor climbing adventure centre, is to open its second outlet (6,500 sq ft, 20 year term) with British Land following the success of its first unit at Whiteley, whilst Funstation, a family entertainment centre, (10,000 sq ft plus mezzanine, 15 year term) will launch its seventh outlet which will be its second at a retail location. Both operators will be located within the former Gala Bingo unit which will also include a 3,500 sq ft (25 year term) Zizzi restaurant. Work to reconfigure the unit has begun with Rock Up and Funstation opening in winter 2016.

Completing the line-up of entertainment brands to join the centre is Gravity, the popular trampoline operator. Gravity will open in the former Monkey Biz unit taking 15,000 sq ft on a 15 year term and will open in the summer. The unit was re-let within a month of British Land taking back the space from Monkey Biz.

Amanda Raven, Asset Manager for British Land, said: “These latest lettings bring an exciting new entertainment element to St Stephen’s, enabling us to enliven the centre and enhance the experience for our customers, whilst also growing dwell times. Welcoming new operators such as Rock Up, Funstation and Gravity to our centres is part of our approach to broaden the appeal of our assets and create Places People Prefer through our retail strategy.”

British Land was represented by Smith Young. 

Notes to Editors

We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed, of £20.0 billion (of which British Land share is £14.6 billion) as valued at 31 March 2016. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to finance these places effectively.

Retail assets account for 50% of our portfolio. As the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space, our portfolio is well matched to the different ways people shop today. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising over 20 million sq ft of retail space across multi-lets, superstores, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 48% of our portfolio, is focused on London. We have an attractive mix of high quality buildings in well managed environments and a pipeline of development projects which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our Offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 7.5 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier City office campus (50% share).

The remaining 2% of our portfolio is at Canada Water where we have a 46 acre redevelopment opportunity in our medium term pipeline. Our industry-leading sustainability strategy is a powerful tool to deliver lasting value for all our stakeholders. By supporting communities, improving environments and growing economies, we create Places People Prefer and enhance long term returns.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com.

Enquiries:
Investor Relations
Jonathan Rae, British Land 020 7467 2938
Media
Pip Wood, British Land 020 7467 2838
Jackie Janssen, British Land 020 7467 3449
Emma Hammond, FTI Consulting 020 3727 1227
Gordon Simpson, Finsbury Group 020 7251 3801

###

British Land enhances entertainment offer at St Stephen’s in Hull with 31,500 sq ft of new lettings

British Land enhances entertainment offer at St Stephen’s in Hull with 31,500 sq ft of new lettings

 

Source: British Land

Tesco PLC welcomes Steve Golsby on its Board as independent Non-Executive Director

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco PLC is pleased to announce that Steve Golsby will join the Board as an additional independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 October 2016.

Steve is a Non-Executive Director of Mead Johnson Nutrition, a US listed group which is a leading global infant nutrition company, and was a Non-Executive Director of Beam Inc, a US listed global spirits company, prior to its acquisition by Suntory in 2014. Additionally, Steve is an advisor to Thai Union Group PCL, a global leader in the seafood industry, as well as an advisor to the Thailand Board of Investment. He was previously President and CEO of Mead Johnson Nutrition, and prior to that held senior executive positions with Bristol Myers Squibb and Unilever. Steve has broad international experience, and significant management experience in South East Asia having lived and worked there for many years. In addition to his general management experience, Steve has a strong background in consumer marketing.

John Allan, Chairman, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Steve as a Non-Executive Director. He has extensive experience of building and developing businesses in South East Asia, and his skills and experience complement the existing skills and experience of the Board. He will undoubtedly bring additional valuable knowledge and perspective to the Board.”

There are no additional matters that would require disclosure under LR 9.6.13 R (1) to (6) in respect of Steve Golsby.

Enquiries:

Company Secretary (Interim) Darren Lennark 01707 912985
Media Ed Young 0771 373 2798
Adam Williams 0780 387 8780
Investors Chris Griffith 01707 912900

###

Tesco PLC welcomes Steve Golsby on its Board as independent Non-Executive Director
Tesco PLC welcomes Steve Golsby on its Board as independent Non-Executive Director

Source: Tesco

Colruyt: Wonderful Brands BVBA recalls Pistachios nuts 250 g with pepper and salt due to high content of aflatoxin B1

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Problem: too high a content of aflatoxin B1. During an inspection by the FASFC, they found too high a content of aflatoxin B1 in roasted pistachio nuts pepper & salt 250 g from California, produced in Germany.

Aflatoxins are mycotoxins that can be present in several products such as grain, coffee, rice, raisins and dried fruit. Only the consumption of a large amount of polluted products can lead to health problems. People who have hepatitis are allergic to aflatoxins.

In consultation with the FASFC, Wonderful Brands BVBA decided to remove these pistachio nuts from the stores and to recall products already sold to consumers.

Description of the product:

– Roasted pistachio nuts pepper & salt 250 g
– Best before: 31/03/2017
– Batch code: B6055
– For sale as from 05/02/16
– Sold in bags of 250 g
– The recall only concerns this packaging – Wonderful Pistachios pepper & salt 250 g and only this date.

Information for consumers :

Stores concerned by this recall:
– Carrefour stores
– Colruyt stores
– Makro stores
– Mestdagh stores

If you purchased this product, please return it to the store where you bought it. You will be reimbursed.

For more information, you can contact Wonderful Brands info-europe@wonderfulpistachios.com or call +32 (0) 2 719 04 30

Wonderful Brands Bvba
Franklin Rooseveltlaan 348
9000 Ghent Belgium

Contact:
Hanne Poppe
press@colruytgroup.com
+32 (0)2 363 55 45
+32 (0)473 92 45 10

###

Colruyt: Wonderful Brands BVBA recalls Pistachios nuts 250 g with pepper and salt due to high content of aflatoxin B1
Colruyt: Wonderful Brands BVBA recalls Pistachios nuts 250 g with pepper and salt due to high content of aflatoxin B1

 

Source: Colruyt