METRO Cash & Carry partners with UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) to combat hunger around the world

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO Cash & Carry has entered into a global partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations agency mandated to combat hunger around the world. This is an opportunity for METRO to help WFP advance towards the second of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030”.

The global partnership between METRO and WFP relies on three pillars: empowering customers to donate, engaging employees in fundraising, and sharing expertise between the two organisations. Specific activities and campaigns will be developed for METRO Horeca customers (restaurant and catering professionals).

The partnership grew out of a successful four-year-old collaboration between WFP Italia – the Italian non-profit organisation supporting the World Food Programme – and METRO Cash & Carry Italy. Following this example, METRO and WFP will now enter into a globally planned, locally implemented partnership. It will be gradually implemented in selected countries and allow for country-specific fundraising activities.

“We are proud to be partnering with WFP. This cooperation will enhance our strategy for corporate social responsibility and our commitment to corporate citizenship issues,” said Heiko Hutmacher, Member of the Management Board and responsible for sustainability at METRO AG.

Mr Hutmacher was speaking in Munich at the launch of WFP’s Innovation Accelerator, which harnesses ideas and solutions and scales them up to achieve zero hunger.

“The partnership also highlights the need for innovation in the field of sustainability,” Mr Hutmacher added. With its Innovation Accelerator, WFP is demonstrating how it will use new ideas and technologies to achieve its goal of ending hunger. We feel that this message complements our own corporate strategy and are eager to support WFP in their initiative.”

“The partnership between WFP and METRO Cash & Carry shows us how business and the UN family can team up to pursue vital global goals,” said Jay Aldous, Director of Private Partnerships at WFP. “With its global market reach and deep consumer insights, METRO Cash and Carry can contribute to achieving a world where food is accessable and affordable for all. We are excited by this opportunity to join forces on a global level and explore common solutions to achieving a world with zero hunger.”

METRO Cash & Carry is represented in 25 countries with over 750 self-service wholesale stores. With a headcount of about 110,000 employees worldwide, the wholesale company achieved sales of around €30 billion in financial year 2014/15. METRO Cash & Carry is a sales line of METRO GROUP. METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retail companies. In financial year 2014/15, it generated sales of around €59 billion. The company operates over 2,000 stores in 29 countries and has a headcount of more than 220,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale; Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing; and Real hypermarkets. For more information, visit

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries. For more information, visit:

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Source: Metro Group will open a new fulfillment center in Kansas City, Kansas; 1,000 full-time roles will be created

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ —, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced it will open a new fulfillment center in Kansas City, Kansas. The new facility, the second large-sized fulfillment center Amazon has announced within a span of four months, will create over 1,000 full-time roles. In addition to the new fulfillment center in Wyandotte County and the upcoming facility in Edgerton, Amazon has existing Kansas facilities in Lenexa.

“We are thrilled to continue investing in Kansas, proud of our ability to create great jobs, and most importantly, excited to better serve our customers throughout the Midwest,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “Together with the addition of the Kansas City and the Edgerton fulfillment centers, there will be 2,000 new Amazon jobs in Kansas and none of this would be have been possible without the support we’ve received from state and community leaders.”

Governor Sam Brownback stated, “Strategically located in the middle of the country, Kansas is an ideal home for businesses looking for a skilled workforce and pro-growth environment. The state is dedicated to attracting companies and helping them grow and create jobs. I am proud that Amazon has chosen to once again expand its footprint in the state and am confident this continued partnership will benefit all Kansans.”

Amazon employees at the 855,000-plus-square-foot Kansas City fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards, starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and paternal leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, to name a few.

“This is a transformative capital investment in our city. It continues the growth Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, has enjoyed for more than a decade, building on its status as a leading job creator in the state,” said Kansas City Mayor and Unified Government CEO Mark Holland. “But most significantly, it is transformative because of the quality employment opportunity Amazon will offer. Our residents will now have access to a career pathway that includes not only a job, but a chance at an education. I’m thrilled to welcome Amazon to our community.”

Greg Kindle, President of Wyandotte Economic Development Council, said, “The investment Amazon is making in Wyandotte County is more than an economic development success, it is also a key component to solving the employment gap. Bringing new jobs and the opportunity for career paths toWyandotte County is essential to growing our local economy.”

“This exciting project again demonstrates how important Wyandotte County is to the overall Kansas economy and why the Unified Government is recognized as a progressive, innovative and business friendly local government,” said Doug Bach, Unified Government County Administrator.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit

The project is being developed by Seefried Industrial Properties and USAA.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on compensation, Bean Stock, enhanced health care benefits, scheduling commitments, and dress code changes

Seattle, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks chairman and ceo Howard Schultz sent the following message to all U.S. partners (employees) the morning of July 11, 2016, sharing new developments regarding compensation, Bean Stock, enhanced health care benefits, scheduling commitments, and dress code changes.

Dear partners,

On Friday, I wrote you that I was at a loss for words in the aftermath of a tragic week of violence in our country. This past weekend, as I prepared to share important news with you, a word found me. That word is trust. For me, trust is a force that brings people together regardless of differences because they share common values. While trust in America may seem to be fraying, I do believe the majority of Americans recognize our shared humanity and strive to ensure that respect, civility and compassion rise above the alternatives. Trust, after all, must be earned one human connection at a time.

Perhaps I am sensitive to this because earning your trust as partners has always been a foundational principle for me. Every day, I strive to build the kind of company that my father never had a chance to work for, one that not only cares for its people but gives them opportunities to be their best selves. Since our earliest days, the ways in which the company has tried to earn your trust has evolved.  From being among the first to offer comprehensive health benefits and equity for partners who work 20 hours or more a week, to the Starbucks College Achievement Plan that more than 6,000 partners are enrolled in, we have always tried to innovate around the partner experience while being sensitive to your diverse needs, as well as the needs of our customers, marketplace realities and the complexity of the world beyond our own.

Striking the delicate balance between profit and a social conscience is a responsibility I take personally.  Over the years, we have viewed our total compensation approach as the best way to create long-term opportunity for partners.  We believe strongly in this philosophy but also recognize we must do more to help partners take advantage of all the company has to offer.   Today I want to stress our ongoing commitment to make investments in our partners and share some new developments that reflect that commitment.

First, effective October 3, all partners and store managers in U.S. company-operated stores will receive an increase in base pay of 5% or greater. The range of increase will be determined by geographic and market factors and is intended to ensure Starbucks remains a retail employer of choice in all the markets where we operate.

Second, to recognize the contributions of our tenured partners in our ongoing success, we will be adding a future annual enhancement to our Bean Stock program. Specifically, we will be doubling the annual bean stock award for partners that reach two years of continuous service with the company.

The combination of these changes will result in compensation increases between 5% and 15%.  Our field leadership will be following up with market by market details in the coming weeks. These changes will begin to go into effect as early as October, and we remain committed to doing more each year to invest in our partners as part of our long-range, strategic plan.

Third, we are evolving our benefits program and online benefits platform so partners may shop, compare and choose health coverage with the similar convenience and personalization people experience when they shop, compare and choose airlines and airfare. Starting July 18, interactive tools on our site ( will allow partners to personalize their health coverage, select an insurance carrier and choose a coverage level that fits their needs, as well as a competitive price that fits their budget. In simple terms, the new health care options allow partners to only pay for the coverage they want and will actually use. We estimate that eligible partners could save as much as $800 annually by moving to a plan that better meets their needs. For partners selecting family coverage, savings are potentially more, perhaps as much as $2,600 annually.  Whatever plan you choose, any savings go right back into your paychecks.

I also want to address scheduling, since I know this is an important and ongoing issue for many partners. Just as some of our customers’ routines change during the summer, so too do some of yours. While we have made progress over the years in providing more stability and consistency in scheduling, our field leaders are committed to make every effort to help you meet your specific scheduling needs especially when it comes to ensuring your benefits eligibility going forward. To that end, please know that you have my personal commitment that we will work with every partner to ensure you have the hours you need.

Finally, dress code. We have long prided ourselves on welcoming and respecting diversity, and we’ve heard your requests for more freedom when it comes to bringing your “whole self” to work. We believe that more variety, flexibility and personalization will further elevate the Starbucks Experience – for partners and customers alike. Our latest dress code changes are designed to work well with the green apron while expanding your options, providing more room for self-expression, and allowing you to choose from items that may already be part of your everyday wardrobe. We look forward to sharing additional details about our dress code updates at the Partner Open Forum scheduled for the end of July.

Starbucks has long been a third place for our customers, but it must also be the right place for you, our partners. I truly hope that the coming changes—significant pay and Bean Stock enhancements; the added choice and potential savings in our healthcare plans; our ongoing commitment to scheduling that works for you; and our evolving dress code—will deepen the reservoir of trust between us.

Again, the world around us is increasingly fragile. But our commitment to you is not. We are in this together, and honoring your needs is essential to Starbucks success. I know this, and I thank you for sharing with your leadership, and with me, your dreams as well as your challenges. I also know how hard you work, and I remain grateful for your continued trust in Starbucks to help you realize your individual aspirations as we work together to realize our shared goals.

With humility and respect,


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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on compensation, Bean Stock, enhanced health care benefits, scheduling commitments, and dress code changes

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on compensation, Bean Stock, enhanced health care benefits, scheduling commitments, and dress code changes


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Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato: Starbucks’ first iced espresso beverage that features coconut milk

Seattle, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since Starbucks first introduced coconut milk as an option for its handcrafted beverages, customers have embraced its rich, creamy flavor with hot, iced and blended customized drinks.

Now Starbucks is introducing Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato, the company’s first iced espresso beverage that features coconut milk. The beverage will be available in participating company-operated and licensed stores in the U.S. and Canada starting tomorrow (July 12).

“Summer is a great time to highlight coconut milk. It’s lighter in body than regular milk, and can be a little more refreshing,” said Christal Canzler, Starbucks senior product developer.

The word macchiato means “marked” in Italian, and Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato features espresso shots poured over chilled coconut milk and combined with a hint of white chocolate mocha sauce. The beverage is finished, or marked, with caramel sauce in a double crosshatch pattern and a swirl of mocha sauce to create five layers of espresso sweetness.

“Macchiato is one of those great espresso beverages people love,” Canzler said. “With its layers of chocolate, caramel and coconut, this is a summery twist on a classic.”

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Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato: Starbucks' first iced espresso beverage that features coconut milk
Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato: Starbucks’ first iced espresso beverage that features coconut milk


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Starbucks introduces the Teavana® Shaken Berry Sangria Herbal Tea

Seattle, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks is offering a new Teavana iced tea for the warm, sunny days ahead. Starting tomorrow (July 12), participating stores in the United States and Canada will introduce the Teavana® Shaken Berry Sangria Herbal Tea.

“Summer is a time to connect with friends and family and spend quality time together,” said Melynda Cheng from Teavana’s tea development team. “We were inspired by the medley of fruit flavors that are often at their peak ripeness and juiciness during the summer.”

The beverage starts with freshly brewed Teavana® Iced Passion Tango™ Tea – a blend of hibiscus, lemongrass and apple flavors – and Sangria syrup which contains a blend of peach, elderberry, blood orange and raspberry flavors. The tea is then hand-shaken with black berries, orange slices, apple juice, and ice for a refreshingly vibrant tea with a sweet and tart finish.

Customers can also try a sparkling version at stores in the U.S. Sunbelt states (southern half of the continental United States and Hawaii) that offer handcrafted sparkling beverages made on the Fizzio® machine. Starbucks Rewards members will get a first taste of the new Teavana® Shaken Berry Sangria Herbal Tea today (July 11), one of the many benefits available to Starbucks Rewards members. If you’re not yet a member, you can join here.

Teavana Shaken Berry Sangria Herbal Tea is one of many ways to enjoy iced tea at Starbucks this summer, including Teavana® Shaken Iced Mango Black Tea Lemonade and Teavana® Shaken Iced Peach Green Tea. Customers can also enjoy Youthberry® White Tea Granita as part of Starbucks Sunset Menu after 3 p.m.

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Starbucks introduces the Teavana® Shaken Berry Sangria Herbal Tea
Starbucks introduces the Teavana® Shaken Berry Sangria Herbal Tea


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Tesco customers will be able to earn double Clubcard points, 15 -18 July

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today announced that from 15 -18 July, customers will be able to earn double Clubcard points in store, online (across Grocery Online, Tesco Direct and Wine by the Case) and at its petrol filling stations, helping customer’s points grow faster.

The move will see customers earn two points per £1 spent in store and online, and two points per £2 spent on fuel.

Tesco is also working with a range of Clubcard Partners this summer to provide customers with a broad choice of offers that are exciting and unique, helping customers get great value on local days out with their families with the points they’ve earned.

Robin Terrell, Chief Customer Officer said,

“We know that our customers find Tesco Clubcard helpful – it’s one of our unique ways of saying thank you, and is the leading loyalty scheme in retail.

As part of our ongoing plans to serve Britain’s shoppers a little better every day, we want to help them get the most out of Clubcard by making it more simple, straightforward and appealing, offering our customers even more value – and helping us to say an even bigger thank you for shopping with us.”

Customers can already get up to four times the value of their Clubcard vouchers when they use them in conjunction with Tesco’s Clubcard Partners online.

From botanical gardens in Carmarthen to Highland Safaris in Aberfeldy, weekend breaks, holidays and more.

Tesco has also teamed up with its newest partner DisneyLife, helping parents keep their kids entertained with Disney films, books and music available on an app during the summer months.

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


Tesco customers will be able to earn double Clubcard points, 15 -18 July
Tesco customers will be able to earn double Clubcard points, 15 -18 July


Source: Tesco

Waitrose to move its payment terms for all UK small food producers to a maximum of seven days

LONDON, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose is to move its payment terms for all UK small food producers to a maximum of seven days.

The step, which will be phased in over the next two months, follows an internal review of payment terms for smaller suppliers and will mean that the supermarket now offers industry leading terms.

The supermarket has pledged to pay all its small scale suppliers, whose business with the retailer is worth less than £100,000 annually, within seven days of receipt of a valid electronic invoice. More than than 600 UK food producers will benefit from the change.

Mark Williamson, Waitrose Commercial Director, said:

‘The internal review of how we pay our smallest suppliers was initiated because we wanted to make our good relationships with small suppliers even better by simplifying the payment process.

‘We are passionate about supporting and nurturing British producers – and this step will help give smaller scale businesses, including new start-ups, more financial stability by helping with cash flow.’

Waitrose has a dedicated buying team for local and regional suppliers and sells over 2,500 locally and regionally sourced products from 600 suppliers and is still growing its ranges. Buyers spend a great deal of time mentoring SMEs including providing them with technical and legal guidance.

Notes to editors

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food Retailer2 awards- currently has 350 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 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, as well as specialist online shops including for wine and for cookware, utensils and kitchen gadgets.

Jess Hughes
Senior PR Manager
Telephone: 01344 824294

Source: Waitrose

Spectacular show in Rome for Fendi’s 90th anniversary

Fendi celebrated its 90th anniversary with a spectacular show in Rome, its home city, presenting a collection created by Karl Lagerfeld in a fairy tale décor at the Trevi Fountain.

ROME, Italy, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fendi opened its first store in Rome in 1926. Ninety years later, the Italian House is celebrating its unique savoir-faire with a tribute to its home city. Fendi dazzled guests during a grandiose anniversary fashion show against the breathtaking backdrop of Rome’s Fendi Fountain. Restored by Fendi in 2015, the iconic Roman monument had a transparent plexiglass runway stretched across the pool. Models literally walked on water in creations by Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director of Fendi Womenswear for more than 50 years.

The Roman House also inaugurated the exhibition “Fendi Roma – The Artisans of Dream” on the first floor of the Palazzo dellà Civilta Italiana, and gave guests a special preview of a book that pays tribute to the close ties between Fendi and the Eternal City.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
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Spectacular show in Rome for Fendi's 90th anniversary
Spectacular show in Rome for Fendi’s 90th anniversary

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. will issue 4Q2016 financial results on July 12, 2016

Laval, Canada, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX: ATD.A ATD.B), will be issuing on July 12th, 2016 the financial results for its fourth quarter of 2016. Therefore, Couche-Tard invites analysts known to the Corporation to send their two questions to its management before 11:00 AM (DST) on July 12th, 2016.

Financial analysts and investors who wish to listen to the webcast on Couche-Tard’s results which will take place online on July 12th, 2016 at 2:30 P.M. (DST) can do so by either accessing the Company’s website at and by clicking on the corporate presentations link of the investor relations section or by dialing 1-866-865-3087 or the local number 514-807-9895, followed by the access code 42099518#. For those who will not be able to listen to the live presentation, the recording of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website for a period of 90 days.

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries with a significant presence in Poland.

As of January 31, 2016, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 7,979 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,560 stores offering road transportation fuel. Its North-American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 states and four in Canada covering all ten provinces. About 80,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), Poland, the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Russia. As of January 31, 2016, it comprised 2,218 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated fuel stations. Couche-Tard also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel and chemicals. Couche-Tard operates key fuel terminals and fuel depots in six European countries. Including employees at franchise stations carrying its brands, about 19,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe. Since its acquisition of Topaz Energy Group Limited on February 1st, 2016, Couche-Tard also operates a convenience and fuel retailing network comprised of 444 service stations in Ireland as well as a significant commercial fuels operation, with over 30 depots and two terminals.

In addition, around 1,500 stores are operated by independent operators under the Circle K banner in 13 other countries or regions worldwide (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam).

For more information on Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., please visit:

Forward-Looking Statements
The statements set forth in this press release, which describe Couche-Tard’s objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation. Positive or negative verbs such as “will”, “plan”, “evaluate”, “estimate”, “believe”, “expect” and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. Couche-Tard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Major factors that may lead to a material difference between Couche-Tard’s actual results and the projections or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include the effects of the integration of acquired businesses and the ability to achieve projected synergies, fluctuations in margins on motor fuel sales, competition in the convenience store and retail motor fuel industries, exchange rate variations, and such other risks as described in detail from time to time in documents filed by Couche-Tard with securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this press release is based on information available as of the date of the release.


Investor Relations:
Claude Tessier
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (450) 662-6632, ext. 4607

Media Relations:
Karen Romer
Director, Global Communications
Tel: (514) 603- 4505

Source: Couche-Tard

Arts and crafts specialty retailer, Michaels unveiled a new, free loyalty program

IRVING, Texas, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, Michaels, today unveiled a new, free loyalty program designed to deliver exciting and customized benefits for Michaels’ customers.  As part of the new, experience-focused program, Michaels Rewards, customers will receive member-only offers tailored to their interests, receipt-free returns, access to exclusive in-store and partner experiences as well as advanced notice and preview shopping hours for special events, all without a point or purchase level requirement.

“At Michaels, we are focused on strengthening our relationship with our customers and improving their overall shopping experience,” said Steve Carlotti Executive Vice President of Marketing. “This program not only further deepens our focus on customer engagement but it will provide valuable data to help us tailor our customer communications and promotions more effectively.”

Today, customers nationwide can sign up for the Michaels Rewards program in any Michaels store in North America or online.  There is no cost to customers to join the program. To celebrate the launch of the program, Michaels Rewards members will have the chance to win one of 1,000 $100 gift cards.

The new loyalty program is focused on the Michaels experience, and members will enjoy member-only events to meet and mingle with other like-minded makers while also enjoying special shopping hours. Members will be the first to know about big sales with early alerts and will be able to utilize receipt-free returns.  In addition to access to exclusive and tailored deals and department-specific coupons for Michaels, loyalty members will also receive member-only offers from other special partners.

To learn more about the Michaels Loyalty Rewards Program and to sign up for free today to get started with savings please visit

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.
The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty provider of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator.  As of April 30, 2016, the Company owned and operated 1,352 stores in 49 states and Canada under the brands Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Pat Catan’s.  The Michaels Companies, Inc., also owns Artistree, a manufacturer of high quality custom and specialty framing merchandise, and Darice, a premier wholesale distributor in the gift and decor industry.  The Michaels Companies, Inc. produces a number of exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor™, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, Art Minds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, Make Market®, Foamies®, LockerLookz®, and Sticky Sticks®. Learn more about Michaels at


Julia Young
ICR Inc.

Source: Michaels Stores, Inc.


British Land and Oxford Properties: The Leadenhall Building is now fully let

London, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land and Oxford Properties announce today that The Leadenhall Building is fully let.

Current customers Kames Capital, MS Amlin and Rothesay Life have committed to take the last remaining three floors, with two of the three transactions completing since the EU Referendum on 23 June.

Kames Capital, which currently occupies Level 26 and has £58 billion under management, has completed an 11 year lease over 7,000 sq ft on Level 43, the highest remaining available floor in the building.

MS Amlin has taken expansion space on Level 27, which provides 13,000 sq ft of offices. The company signed leases over 93,000 sq ft in 2013 and welcomed 800 staff to its new global headquarters in the summer of 2015.

Rothesay Life, currently resident on Level 25, has agreed to take Level 32 which comprises 11,000 sq ft. The specialist insurer, which is owned by Goldman Sachs, Blackstone, GIC and MassMutual, will occupy a total of 25,000 sq ft across its two floors.

The Leadenhall Building, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, provides 610,000 sq ft of office space over 45 floors and has attracted the highest rents ever paid in the City of London. The building was the winner in the ‘Office Building’ category at New London Architecture Awards earlier this month.

Tim Roberts, Head of Offices and Residential at British Land said: “This is a significant milestone, and underlines that our decision to hold our nerve early in the cycle and attract lettings on the upper floors post-completion was the correct one.

“Moreover, to receive commitments from occupiers so soon after the EU Referendum is not only a tremendous endorsement of the building; it underlines the enduring appeal of London.”

Chris Carter Keall, Vice President and Head of Asset Management at Oxford Properties added: “The letting of these final floors has confirmed the success of our leasing strategy.

“The initial large scale transactions underpinned the development. Post-completion, the focus has been on attracting a broad cross section of occupiers who value service and an active engagement with owner. It is therefore very pleasing to have concluded these transactions with existing occupiers.

“We look forward to continuing to add to the amenity at the building with a new restaurant and retail in 2017.”

About British Land – all figures as at last valuation date of 31 March 2016Notes 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.

In April 2016 British Land received the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday honours. The Award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success and is given to companies which bring major economic, social and environmental benefits through their own business success. It was awarded to British Land for continuous achievement in all these areas over the last five years.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at

About Oxford Properties Group
Oxford Properties Group is a global platform for real estate investment, development and management, with over 2,000 employees and C$40bn of real estate assets that it manages for itself and on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners. Established in 1960, Oxford was acquired in 2001 by OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension funds with over C$78bn in assets. Oxford has regional offices in Toronto, London and New York, each with investment, development and management professionals who have deep real estate expertise and local market insight. Oxford now has approximately C$8bn of assets under management in Europe, with a focus on core office and high street retail assets in Central London and Paris.

For more information about Oxford visit:

Investor Relations:
Jonathan Rae, British Land
020 7467 2938

Pip Wood, British Land
020 7467 2838

Sally Saadeh
Oxford Properties
020 7822 2844

Andrew Scorgie
FTI Consulting
020 3727 1458

Source: British land

Retail co-operatives across Manitoba help Co-op members and customers Recycle Everywhere

Manitoba, Canada, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retail co-operatives across Manitoba are helping Co-op members and customers Recycle Everywhere.

The award-winning recycling program, which is administered by the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association, now has a presence in all 43 retail co-operatives in the province.

“Co-op is pleased to partner with CBCRA and bring Recycle Everywhere bins to our Manitoba Co-op Gas Bars, Food Stores and Home Centres,” said Greg Gill, Retail Advisor with Federated Co-operative Limited.

“Annually diverting tonnes of empty beverage containers from Manitoba landfills aligns with our commitment to the environment and reflects the wishes of our customers and employees.”

There are currently 45,000 Recycle Everywhere bins in Manitoba.

“We applaud Manitoba Co-ops for their commitment to CBCRA’s Recycle Everywhere program,” said Ken Friesen, CBCRA’s Executive Director. “This is a significant step in getting Recycle Everywhere bins into every gas bar in Manitoba, where ultimately as many as 10 million beverage containers can be diverted from our landfills annually.”


Home Office
Box 1050, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3M9
401 – 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 0H2
PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403


Retail co-operatives across Manitoba help Co-op members and customers Recycle Everywhere
Retail co-operatives across Manitoba help Co-op members and customers Recycle Everywhere

Source: Co-op


Greenpeace ranked Inditex at the top of its Detox Catwalk 2016 classification

The report, compiled by Greenpeace, places the company “ahead of the field” in responsible garment production

Arteixo, ESPAÑA, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Greenpeace has ranked Inditex at the top of its Detox Catwalk 2016 classification, which selects and rates the garment makers it sees as deploying standard-setting practices in the use of sustainable chemical products. According to the NGO, Inditex has achieved “AVANT-GARDE” status and is ahead of the curve in the unfolding shift towards the use of clean products in its sector.

Inditex is described by Greenpeace as one of the organisations “with the safest and most environmentally-responsible production chains”, also stressing the company’s efforts to monitor its suppliers’ discharges into wastewater on an ongoing basis. The NGO describes Inditex’s work on the transparency front, having publicly disclosed its list of wet process suppliers, as “exemplary”. Against this backdrop, Greenpeace alludes to the company’s Detox 2020 Plan which embodies the “clean factory” approach for the elimination and phase-out of an extensive list of hazardous substances from its manufacturing processes.

Greenpeace also refers to Inditex’s timely compliance with its commitment to eliminating perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), having already replaced them with safer alternatives available in the marketplace, and to its root causes programme for determining the source of hazardous chemicals when they occur.

Media Contact:
Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex
Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544

Source: Inditex

DDR Board member Thomas F. August named President & Chief Executive Officer

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) announced today that DDR Board member Thomas F. August was named President & Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. The appointment of Mr. August follows the termination of David J. Oakes as President & Chief Executive Officer and as interim Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Oakes’ termination was not related to the Company’s financial or operating results or to any disagreements or concerns regarding the Company’s financial or reporting practices.

Mr. August is currently Chairman of the Board of DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (NYSE: DCT), an industrial real estate investment trust (REIT), and is a 40-year veteran of the real estate industry with extensive experience leading all facets of finance, investment and operational activities.

Mr. August previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Equity Office Property Trust (EOP) from July 2010 until the end of 2015 and served as its Chairman from October 2009 to July 2010. EOP is a REIT controlled by The Blackstone Group and is one of the largest owners and managers of office properties in the United States.Mr. August also previously served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Trustee of Prentiss Properties Trust, an office REIT, from 1996 until its acquisition in 2006. In addition, he held other executive roles, including Chief Financial Officer, at Prentiss beginning in 1987.

“I am very pleased to have Tom join DDR as our CEO,” said Terrance R. Ahern, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DDR. “Tom has twice successfully led large real estate platforms – one in the public market and one in the private market. Both platforms were best-in-class and rewarding to the companies’ shareholders. We’re excited to have him lead DDR.”

In addition, the Company announced two other changes to its executive management team:

  • Vincent A. Corno, a 24-year veteran of the real estate industry, will join the Company as Executive Vice President of Leasing and Development, effective today, reporting to Mr. August. Mr. Corno will work closely with Paul Freddo, Senior Executive Vice President, in connection with the transition of Mr. Freddo’s responsibilities, which the Company anticipates will extend beyond the end of 2016.
  • Christa A. Vesy, currently serving as DDR’s Executive Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer, has been named Interim Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.Ms. Vesy will report to Mr. August.

Mr. Corno most recently served as Senior Vice President – Real Estate for DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS) and previously as Senior Vice President of Real Estate with Saks Incorporated and as Senior Vice President with The May Department Stores Company. He also held the position of Vice President of Development with Forest City Enterprises. Mr. Corno, who earned his undergraduate and juris doctor degrees at St. Louis University, is also a licensed attorney and a certified public accountant.

Ms. Vesy became Executive Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer of DDR in 2012, with responsibility for overseeing the property and corporate accounting and financial reporting functions. Before joining the Company as Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer in 2006, she worked for The Lubrizol Corporation and the Assurance and Business Advisory Services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Ms. Vesy graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Miami Universityin Oxford, Ohio and is a certified public accountant.

Mr. August commented, “We are pleased to welcome Vince and Christa to their new roles. We are excited to have Vince join DDR with his varied experience and perspective as a real estate executive for several first-class retailers. Christa’s deep knowledge of the Company’s accounting and financial operations make her a perfect fit to serve as interim CFO.”

About DDR Corp.
DDR is an owner and manager of 349 value-oriented shopping centers representing 113 million square feet in 37 states and Puerto Rico. The Company’s assets are concentrated in high barrier-to-entry markets with stable populations and high growth potential and its portfolio is actively managed to create long-term shareholder value. DDR is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DDR. Additional information about the Company is available at

Media Contact:
Matt Schuler
Senior Director of Communications

Investor Contact:
Matt Lougee
Senior Vice President of Finance


Whole Foods Market to open its new 50,000-square-foot Santa Clara store on July 26

EMERYVILLE, Calif., 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market opens its new 50,000-square-foot Santa Clara store July 26 at 2732 Augustine Drive (corner of Scott & Bowers). Santa Clara Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor will join the company to host a bread-breaking ceremony for the store and ribbon cutting for Santa Clara Square Marketplace at 9:45 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m.

For a first look at the store, members of the public can attend a Preview Party on July 23 from 5-7 p.m. The event includes cooking demos, food and product samples, games, raffle, and 3D chalk art photo booth. Tickets are $5; Whole Foods Market will donate all proceeds to Santa Clara Vanguard. RSVP at

This is the first Whole Foods Market location in Santa Clara, and the 44th in Northern California. The store brings an estimated 225 new jobs to Santa Clara.

“Whole Foods brings an offering that marries well with the tastes and lifestyles of Santa Clara and Silicon Valley residents,” said Dave Moore, president, Irvine Company Retail Properties, the developer of Santa Clara Square Marketplace. “We know the community will embrace the new store, especially features including an expanded prepared foods section, foods sourced from local vendors and even a Tap Room.”

“One of the best things about great food is gathering around it, and we want this store to become a community meeting place where our wonderful customers can meet their friends and make new ones,” said Eddie Ceballos, store team leader.

Highlights of the new store include:

Beer and Wine on tap – 16 taps feature local beers including brews from Camino Brewing Company, Santa Clara Brewing Company, and even Whole Foods Market’s own brewery in the San Jose Store. National favorites and wine on tap will be available as well.

Gathering space – There is indoor seating for about 60 guests, and outdoor seating (covered and/or heated as needed) for 40. Multiple TVs will show sports and news, and the food menu invites guests to stay for a snack or a full meal.

Signature Menu by Melissa King – Top Chef finalist Melissa King designed many of the items on the Tap Room menu, including the Seoul Burger with kimchi, arugula, and sesame-gochujang aioli; Tokyo Burger, with shiitake mushrooms, greens, caramelized onions, and yuzu miso aioli; Lemongrass Meatballs; Chicken Karaage; Gomae-Spinach Sesame Salad; Enoki Bacon (Enoki mushrooms wrapped in bacon and finished with togarashi); and simple Zucchini Rounds.

Sushi, Ramen, and Bao station – Genji will offer not only sushi, but also ramen bowls (order off a menu or customize your own), and bao (savory steamed buns).

Burma Superstar’s Tea Leaf Salad – The Bay Area favorite is getting packaged up to grab and go under Burma Superstar’s “Burma Love” label. Get it while you can in the Prepared Foods section.

Self-serve pizza, cakes, and sweet petites – This new store will offer self-serve slices of pizza, including signature Whole Foods Market pies like the Forest Fungi and Alpine Pig, and classic selections like cheese and pepperoni (guests can still order a custom pie). Whole cakes will also be available to “grab and go,” though a Bakery Team Member can still write a custom message on the cake the customer selects. Finally, the store will now offer self-serve “sweet petites” – no more waiting in line to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Coffee and smoothie bar with Sambazon acai bowls – The store’s “breakfast bar” features coffee, tea, and espresso drinks from Allegro Coffee Company. Customers can order a smoothie off the menu or build their own. Sambazon acai bowls are poured at the bar and topped with healthy ingredients like bananas, coconut flakes, fresh berries, and almonds.

Digital ordering – To reduce time waiting in line for sandwiches, burritos, and other prepared foods, customers can order at a digital kiosk (iPad) and watch their order progress on the screen above. Customers will pick up their completed order when it is ready at the Prepared Foods window.

Chromatic Coffee & Camino Brewing Company Collaboration Brew – The star of this store’s beer set is 22-ounce bottles of Chromatic Coffee and Camino Brewing Company’s Café Con Leche coffee stout. Whole Foods Market Santa Clara will be the only place to snag bottles of the tasty collaboration brew through the fall. Guests can browse among a large curated selection of international, national, local, and micro brews, too.

1,000 wines – Whole Foods Market Santa Clara will have nearly 1,000 varietals of wine, including local bottles from Bonny Doon Vineyards, Ridge Vineyards and more.

Pickle Bar – Customers will recognize the antipasti and olive bar, but the Santa Clara store will have an expanded selection of pickles available to mix and match as well. This is a new feature for Northern California stores.

Cheese and Chocolate – A cheese tasting table will feature frequent samples and pairing suggestions, and on-site cheese experts can recommend cheese for any occasion. Specialty chocolates, nuts, jams and other novelties round out the department.

Local product selection – Some of the local products customers will find on shelves include:

  • Rabbit’s Foot Meadery (Santa Clara Valley)
  • Frontier Bites (San Jose) – nutrient-dense snacks
  • Uncie Ros’s (Santa Cruz) – New York-style wood-fired pizza
  • Small Bees Honey (Los Gatos)
  • Stueve Biodynamic and Organic Pasture-Raised Eggs (Oakdale)
  • Camino Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Chromatic Coffee (Santa Clara)
  • Bonny Doon Vineyards (Davenport)
  • Ridge Vineyards (Cupertino)

More Vegan, Gluten Free, and Paleo options than ever before – The Produce section will house Whole Foods Market’s standard selection of top quality fruits and vegetables, as well as an expanded value added set with zucchini noodles, coleslaw mixes, stir fry veggie kits and ready-to-nosh platters. In the Bakery, Sugar Plum cookies are vegan, gluten free, and GMO free; they’re just one of the vegan and gluten free brands the store will sell. The Meat department will offer bacon cured without sugar, and in Prepared Foods customers will always find plenty of plant-strong items on the hot and salad bars.

Imperfect Produce – As part of Whole Foods Market’s ongoing commitment to reduce food waste, the company will feature its partnership with Imperfect Produce at the Santa Clara Store. Guests will find specially-packaged “ugly” fruits and veggies like potatoes and apricots on sale at great prices. Historically, small, misshapen, or otherwise cosmetically-flawed produce never makes it to market, but Bay Area startup Imperfect Produce and Whole Foods Market are helping it see its way to the shelf.

Meat and Seafood Market – Customers will find open market-style meat and seafood counters with lots of oven-ready options. On the seafood side, guests will find classic fillets and whole fish, stuffed seafood and house-smoked, salmon, trout and octopus. A shellfish wall will offer locally-sourced oysters, as well as crab, lobster tails (Whole Foods Market does not carry whole lobsters), mussels, and clams. Also: there will be salmon bacon, which the fishmongers make by slicing salmon bellies into strips and smoking them in “bacon-esque” flavors.

On the meat side, house-made sausages and cowboy burgers will be ready for the grill. Smoked pork, turkey, and brisket are quick and tasty options to take to any barbecue. Customers can also find dry-aged beef and ground meats made in house for ultimate freshness.

Whole Body natural makeup and body care – Tiger Nuts are the nutrient-dense superfoods are taking the fitness world by storm, and customers can find a new Tiger Nut Smoothie Mix in the Whole Body department. There will also be an expanded lifestyles section with aromatherapy infusers, yoga gear, organic and responsible clothing lines, and plenty of candles and books. This complements the store’s regular selection of natural makeup and body care lines like Andalou Naturals, Juice Beauty, Dr. Hauschka, Mineral Fusion, and Pacifica.

Industry-leading quality standards throughout the store:

  • No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
  • No high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils
  • In Produce, “Responsibly Grown” indicates the grower uses farming practices that support human health, farm worker welfare, and the environment.
  • In the Meat department, Global Animal Partnership’s Step Rating shows how the animals were raised for the meat customers are buying. All the beef, pork, chicken, and turkey carried in the fresh and pre-packaged cases at all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. comes from farms that are rated according the program. And all of the meat sold throughout the store comes from animals raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones.*
  • In Seafood, all wild-caught selections come from fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or is rated green or yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program. Farm-raised seafood is sold under the “Responsibly Farmed” logo, which ensures farm operations have minimal impact on the ecosystem and do not use additives or antibiotics in feed.
  • In the Whole Body department, Premium Body Care indicates the item has met the company’s strictest standards for quality sourcing, environmental impact, results, and safety. There are more than 400 ingredients prohibited in the Premium Body Care standards; among them are parabens, triclosan, sodium laurel and laureth sulfates, and polypropylene.

Whole Foods Market Santa Clara will support local charities. The store’s first Nickels for Nonprofits recipient is JW House, which provides a comfortable “home away from home” for families facing medical crises. The store’s first 5% Day will support the Santa Clara Library Foundation.

The Bay Area-based retail delivery service Instacart will have shoppers dedicated to Whole Foods Market Santa Clara so local shoppers can have their groceries delivered extra quick. Order online at

Green refrigeration system – The store features a new-to-the-industry refrigeration system that combines CO2 (a natural refrigerant that carries the lowest environmental impact of any refrigerant) with propane for an extra-efficient cooling system. This design also recaptures heat generated by its operation; the heat is then stored overnight to provide hot water for the store the next day.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – High-efficiency NRG eVgo fast charging stations and standard charging stations available.

Design and Architecture – Whole Foods Market worked with Thread Collaborative to evoke a Modern Mission theme for the store. Influenced by Latin culture, the design incorporates painted terra cotta tile, iron gates, and colorful textiles. Customers will see plenty of materials, geometric shapes, and colorful graphics taken from regional history and architecture.


Whole Foods Market Santa Clara
2732 Augustine Drive, Suite 100, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Tel. 408-562-9162
Store 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Tap Room 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Store Team Leader: Eddie Ceballos
Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi and phone charging stations
Careers: The store brings an estimated 225 jobs to Santa Clara. Apply at
Instagram: @wfmsiliconvalley
Twitter: @wholefoodsnorca


Beth Krauss


Whole Foods Market to open its new 50,000-square-foot Santa Clara store on July 26

Whole Foods Market to open its new 50,000-square-foot Santa Clara store on July 26


Source: Whole foods

Best Buy named to the FTSE4Good Index for its sustainability efforts

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy has again been recognized for its sustainability efforts by being named to the FTSE4Good Index for the third year in a row. The index includes publicly traded companies with strong environmental, social and governance practices.

FTSE4Good Indices are used by socially responsible investors and other stakeholders to measure sustainability performance. Best Buy received the highest possible score in the categories of Climate Change, Corporate Governance and Social Supply Chain.

We are proud to be recognized as a leader in sustainability by FTSE Group as well as our other recent accolades. Read our full 2016 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability report here, and for the latest on Best Buy sustainability, follow @BestBuyCSR on Twitter.

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Best Buy named to the FTSE4Good Index for its sustainability efforts
Best Buy named to the FTSE4Good Index for its sustainability efforts

Source: Bestbuy

7‑Eleven to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals to reduce its environmental footprint

IRVING, Texas, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc., the world’s largest convenience retailer, is working with Conservation International (CI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet through science, policy and partnerships, to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals to reduce its environmental footprint.

7‑Eleven’s CSR mission has three focus areas – planet, products and people. Using 2015 as a baseline, 7‑Eleven® will continue to reduce its carbon footprint and increase community engagement in the U.S. and Canada by concentrating on energy, packaging and philanthropy.

Specifically, it is 7‑Eleven’s goal to:

  • Reduce its energy footprint in stores and offices by 20 percent by 2025
  • Reduce its packaging footprint by 20 percent by 2025
  • Increase corporate giving to 1 percent of operating net income annually, beginning in 2017

“These goals are specific and measurable,” said Joe DePinto, 7‑Eleven president and chief executive officer. “We’ve already taken important steps to reduce our carbon footprint, and these new targets will help us focus our efforts to make even greater strides.”

7‑Eleven has decreased electricity use in store operations by an estimated 21 percent over the past seven years through projects including installing LED lighting, energy management systems and high efficiency HVAC units.

7‑Eleven has also joined CI’s Business and Sustainability Council, a forum for corporate leaders taking positive environmental actions in their businesses, to explore mutually beneficial ways to further reduce its environmental impact.

“It is no secret that the conveniences that make each day better for us all require resources from nature,” said Peter Seligmann, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International. “7‑Eleven’s 2025 goals reveal how a company can make decisions that support their business as well as our planet’s future. Conservation International is thrilled to support 7‑Eleven in this endeavor.”

The retailer is designing eco-friendly packaging in order to reduce waste, including a recyclable stay-hot coffee cup, Private Brand beverage bottles made with recycled materials, and hot foods packaging made with less material.

Starting in 2017, 7‑Eleven will tie its corporate giving to its performance, giving back 1 percent of its operating net income annually with a focus on expanding participation in two of its most successful programs benefitting youth:

  • Created in 2012, the Project A-Game™ program has awarded nearly 1,800 financial grants totaling more than $900,000 to local schools and youth sports organizations.
  • The Operation Chill® program partners with over 900 local law enforcement agencies to reward young people caught in the act of “doing good” with a free Slurpee® drink coupon. During its 21 year span, more than 15 million coupons have been distributed.

More information about 7‑Eleven and its focus on corporate social responsibility is available at http://corp.7‑

About 7‑Eleven,Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and licenses more than 10,700 7‑Eleven stores in North America. Globally, approximately 59,500 7‑Eleven stores serve customers in 17 countries. Find out more online at www.7‑

About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses an innovative blend of science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water, and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and follow our work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.


Stephanie Shaw

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

Hearn Kirkwood: Voluntary recall of “Evie’s Cheddar Potato Salad”

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hearn Kirkwood is initiating a voluntary recall of “Evie’s Cheddar Potato Salad” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Hearn Kirkwood is issuing this voluntary recall after being notified by their supplier, National Frozen Foods, that the frozen green peas used in the product are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled products was sold through Amazon Fresh in the locations Bellevue, Washington area between 04/08/16 and 06/13/16.

There have been no reported illnesses attributed to the recalled items to date.

The recalled product was sold in 6.0 oz. clear plastic containers with the name “Evie’s Cheddar Potato Macaroni Salad,” UPC code 6637511772” and “use by” dates of 04/15/16 to 06/20/16.

Consumers who have purchased this product should discard it and contact Amazon Fresh at (866) 380-0525 between the hours of 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM EST for a full refund.

Consumers with questions should call Hearn Kirkwood at 410-799-4444, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EST.


Hearn Kirkwood


Hearn Kirkwood: Voluntary recall of “Evie’s Cheddar Potato Salad”
Hearn Kirkwood: Voluntary recall of “Evie’s Cheddar Potato Salad”

Source: USDA

Continental Mills recalls only retail Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Continental Mills has issued a recall affecting only retail Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix, which involves product manufactured between April 2016 and June 2016.  The company was notified by our supplier that their product, a blueberry nugget, is made with a small percentage of affected flour which was recalled by General Mills because it may be contaminated with E. coli O121.  This is an isolated issue, and only affects specific lots of Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix.  Food Safety is our highest priority and this has caused us to take action for the safety of our consumers.

Most strains of E. coli are harmless, however, others can make you sick. E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. People who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. The very young, seniors, and those with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to food borne illness.  Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli 0121 should contact state and local public health authorities.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to warn that consumers should refrain from consuming any raw products made with flour. E. coli O121 is eliminated by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products made with flour. All surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.

Product was distributed nationwide where consumers purchased product through retail stores.

If you have recently purchased Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix 28 oz. carton with a best by date code between 3/30/2018 and 6/16/2018, and a UPC code 041449001289, please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-800-457-7744 for information to receive a full refund. Please dispose of the product.

If you have recently purchased Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake a 3.5 lb. bag, with a best by date code between of 4/27/2018 to 4/28/2018, with a UPC code 041449001487, please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-800-457-7744 for information to receive a full refund. Please dispose of the product.

“The quality and safety of our products is of the utmost importance and we are doing everything possible to ensure our customers have all of the pertinent information,” said Andy Heily, Continental Mills’ president.

At Continental Mills, we care deeply about people, our consumers, our employees and our supplier partners.  We are working with our Retail Customers and the FDA to ensure any affected product is removed from the marketplace immediately.  We thank you for your patience while we solve this issue, and appreciate your continued trust that we will do the right thing for our consumers.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

For more information, please call our Recall Phone Hotline at 1-800-457-7744 Monday – Friday 7 am to 4 pm PT.

FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O121 Infections Linked to Flour

About Continental Mills, Inc.
Continental Mills, Inc. is a third generation, family-owned maker of some of the best-loved breakfast, baking and snack brands. Under the portfolio of breakfast and baking we have our flagship brand Krusteaz®. Continental Mills headquarters is located in Tukwila, WA and products are sold through retail, food service, and club store channels throughout the United States.


Continental Mills Consumer Recall Phone Hotline

Dana Ross
Communication Director, Continental Mills


Continental Mills recalls only retail Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix
Continental Mills recalls only retail Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix

Source: USDA

USDA’s FSIS to begin sharing new levels of food safety data specific to slaughter and processing facilities on

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced that it will soon begin sharing new levels of food safety data specific to slaughter and processing facilities in the United States, on The agency has detailed its framework for releasing this data in its Establishment-Specific Data Release Plan, which the agency anticipates will allow consumers to make more informed choices, motivate individual establishments to improve performance, and lead to industry-wide improvements in food safety by providing better insights into strengths and weaknesses of different practices.

“FSIS’ food safety inspectors collect vast amounts of data at food producing facilities every day, which we analyze on an ongoing basis to detect emerging public health risks and create better policies to prevent food borne illness,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza. “Consumers want more information about the foods they are purchasing, and sharing these details can give them better insight into food production and inspection, and help them make informed purchasing decisions.”

FSIS employs roughly 7,500 food safety inspectors who work in more than 6,000 meat, poultry and processed egg facilities across the country and more than 120 ports of entry every day. Over the past seven years, the agency has taken an increasingly data-driven approach to identifying and preventing food safety concerns, and the data these men and women collect in regulated facilities every day have made it possible for FSIS to implement significant food safety changes since 2009. More information about these efforts to modernize food safety inspection can be found at Between 2009 and 2015, this work led to a 12 percent drop in foodborne illness associated with FSIS-regulated products.

The new data sets will begin to publish on on a quarterly basis starting 90 days after publication in the Federal Register. Initially, FSIS will share information on the processes used at each facility, giving more detail than is currently listed in the searchable establishment directory, as well as a code for each facility that will make it easier to sort and combine future data sets by facility. Additionally, FSIS will release results for Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) and Salmonella in ready-to-eat (RTE) products and processed egg products.

On a quarterly basis, FSIS will then begin to share other datasets, including results for Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli(STEC) and Salmonella in raw, non-intact beef products; results for Salmonella and Campylobacter in young chickens and young turkeys, comminuted poultry, and chicken parts; routine chemical residue testing data in meat and poultry products; and advanced meat recovery testing data.

Criteria such as data availability and possible impact on public health will be considered by FSIS to determine which data sets are best suited for future public release. User guides that provide context to the data will be included with each data set.

“This plan is another step toward better engagement with our stakeholders and they will now have quality information on an ongoing basis,” stated USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza.

The Establishment-Specific Data Release Plan was developed in response to the President Obama’s call for increased data sharing and greater transparency under the Open Government Plan by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Beginning in 2010, FSIS consulted with various stakeholder groups, including the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection Subcommittee on Data Collection, Analysis, and Transparency and the National Research Council on this issue. With the expertise of these organizations, FSIS developed its plan that will not only provide consumers with the opportunity to make more informed choices, but make data publicly available that could yield valuable insights that go beyond the regulatory uses for which the data were collected.

Congressional and Public Affairs
Gabrielle N. Johnston
(202) 720-9113

Source: USDA

General Mills: Voluntary recall of a limited quantity of frozen Beyond Meat Vegetarian Indian Curry with Beyond Chicken

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — General Mills today announced a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of frozen Beyond Meat Vegetarian Indian Curry with Beyond Chicken, produced over seven days in April 2016. This product is available exclusively at Whole Foods. The recall is being issued as a precaution after the producer of frozen peas used as an ingredient in this product issued a national recall for the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

General Mills has not received any reported consumer illnesses related to this issue. General Mills produces and distributes this product under license from Beyond Meat.

This voluntary recall is limited to only one variety of frozen Beyond Meat product — Vegetarian Indian Curry with Beyond Chicken — and only with the following “Better if Used By” dates printed on the package:

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Consumers are urged to dispose of the products affected by this recall and call General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-754-9061 if they had product covered by this recall and need a replacement.


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Free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes at all PetSmart PetsHotel locations on National Ice Cream Day

PHOENIX, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second year in a row, PetSmart is helping pups and their pet parents beat the heat on National Ice Cream Day with free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes at all PetSmart PetsHotel locations on Sunday, July 17. Compliments of PetSmart PetsHotels, pet parents can bring best friends in for a free treat of dog-safe vanilla soft serve topped with dog biscuit sprinkles – a treat regularly offered as an add-on service for a pet visit.

New this year, PetSmart will also unveil the Doggie Ice Cream Truck on Thursday, July 14, 12 noon at NYC’s Washington Square Park. While supplies last, this PetSmart-sponsored Ice Cream Social will serve up free dog-friendly ice cream along with ice cream treats for humans. Ice cream social participants can also meet and share treat time with social media celebrity pets including @Tinkerbellethedog, who is an actor, model and fashionista with nearly 77,000 followers on Instagram.

“The ice cream offered every day at our PetsHotel locations is a great example of the true hospitality we provide to our pet guests and in celebration of National Ice Cream Day we wanted to offer this treat free to those that come by our PetsHotel locations on July 17 and take our PetSmart hospitality to others with a one-of-a-kind experience – a pop-up free ice cream social for dogs and their humans in New York City’s dog parks,” said Eran Cohen, Chief Customer Experience Officer, PetSmart. “We are thrilled to help dogs and pet parents beat the summertime heat by serving up cool ice cream treats across the city from our just-unveiled Doggie Ice Cream Truck.”

Ice cream trucks are common fixtures across NYC. It is believed that this is the first time an ice cream truck has hit the streets of NYC serving ice cream treats for dogs and humans.

The free ice cream samples offered at PetSmart PetsHotels across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will be available, while supplies last, on National Ice Cream Day, Sunday, July 17, during regular business hours.

PetSmart is encouraging pet parents to share photos and videos on Instagram of their pets enjoying National Ice Cream Day using #treatyourpup as part of the PetSmart Treat Your Pup Sweepstakes with chances to win PetSmart prize packs. (See for details beginning 7/16.)

About PetsHotel Services

Whether pets need to stay for an extended period of time in the overnight accommodations or just need a fun-filled day of supervised play, PetSmart PetsHotels offer a variety of services and amenities to create a get-a-way as unique as your pet:

  • The Private Suite: What better way to show your best friend how special he or she is than to upgrade to a Dog Suite? It’s spacious, private and furnished with a comfy bed, a Poochy Cot and a TV tuned to pet-centric shows.
  • PetSmart Doggie Day Camp: Pets exercise and socialize with other dogs in a dedicated play area full of toys, while pet parents are at work or out of the house for the day — no overnight stay needed! Flexible drop-off and pick-up times make it convenient for parents’ schedules.
  • Individual Playtime: Your pup can receive personal attention and one-on-one fun with a Pet Care Specialist.
  • Treat Time with Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes: Includes dog-safe vanilla soft serve ice cream with crunchy biscuit toppings for pets to cool down on those hot summer days.

PetSmart PetsHotel locations offer guests a customizable experience that makes their stay as close to being at home as possible. Safety-certified staff is on-hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for pets and veterinarians are on-call, night and day. Pet parents can visit to find a local participating PetSmart PetsHotel.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,466 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart®  PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including,, and – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

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