Bar-S Foods Company of Altus, Okla. recalls 372,684 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bar-S Foods Company, an Altus, Okla. establishment, is recalling approximately 372,684 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat, chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog items were produced on July 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 16-oz/1-lb. packages of “BAR-S Classic BUN LENGTH Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED” with “Use By” date of 10/11/2016 and case code 209.
  • 12-oz. packages of “BAR-S CLASSIC Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED” with package code 6338, “Use By” date of 10/10/2016 and case code 6405.
  • 24-oz./1.5-lb. cartons of “SIGNATURE Pick 5 CORNDOGS – 8 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with a “Use By” date of 4/6/2017 and case code 6071.
  • 42.72-oz./2.67-lb. cartons of “BAR-S CLASSIC CORN DOGS – 16 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with “Use By” dates of 4/7/2017 and 4/8/2017 and case code 6396.
  • 48-oz./3-lb. cartons of “BAR-S CLASSIC CORN DOGS – 16 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with package code 14054, “Use By” dates of 4/6/2017 and 4/9/2017, and case code 14038.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-81A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

Bar-S Foods notified FSIS’ Dallas District Office on July 19, 2016, of its intention to recall five chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products that could potentially be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The firm has not received test results forListeria monocytogenes in connection with the recalled products, but due to recurring Listeria species issues at the firm, it has decided to remove the products from commerce as a precautionary measure. There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Members of the media with questions regarding the recall can contact Manuel Rivera, Bar-S Foods’ Vice President of Marketing, at 1-888-241-6102. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can call the Bar-S Foods Consumer Hotline at 1-888-965-6134.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day

PREPARING PRODUCT FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit www.fsis.usda.gov

Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.

Do not eat refrigerated paté, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that do not need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.

Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.

Do not eat salads made in the store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.

Do not eat soft cheeses, such as Feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela, unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.

Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. L. monocytogenes can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40º F or cooler and the freezer 0º F or colder Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:

Congressional and Public Affairs
Maria Machuca
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

Carphone Warehouse: Sales of Powerbank units up 60% since launch of Pokémon Go

London, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carphone Warehouse accessory sales of portable Powerbanks saw a 60% increase over the weekend, indicating herds of Pokémon trainers headed to stores to avoid running out of phone battery at critical moments on their quest to catch Pokémon.

Stores in Devon and Cornwall saw the biggest increase in sales, suggesting many Pokémon trainers were hitting the coast at the weekend to enjoy the weather whilst continuing to try and ‘catch ‘em all’. Carphone Warehouse is offering the Kit Powerbank 2,000mAh for just £9.99 or the more powerful PNY 4,400mAh Powerbank for just £12.99 which will provide another full charge.

For customers looking for a plan to include more data to continue their quests, Carphone Warehouse is offering two data heavy SIM Only deals online, from iD and O2:

  • iD – 30-day plan £15/mth for 6GB, 2000 minutes, 5000 texts
  • O2 – 12mth plan £18/mth for 10GB, on O2 Unlimited min, Unlimited text

Steve Bell, Commercial Marketing Director at Carphone Warehouse commented: “Pokémon Go fever has gripped the nation and it’s easy to see why. You can have all the tips, cheats and shortcuts in the world but you’ll never catch ‘em all if your battery runs out.

“Pokémon Go inevitably drains battery life as it uses the camera, GPS and data connection at the same time. Turning on the phone’s power-saver mode will definitely help but having a charger or a power pack in your back pocket to revive your phone battery is a must-have for all true fans.”

For further information on Carphone Warehouse’s accessories range please head to https://www.carphonewarehouse.com/accessories.html

About Dixons Carphone:
Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and Services Company, employing over 40,000 people in 9 countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PC World in the UK and Ireland, Elkjøp, El Giganten, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of European airports and Phone House in Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Our key service brands include Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, Geek Squad in the UK, Ireland and various other European markets.

Business-to-business services are provided through Connected World Services, PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

For more information about Dixons Carphone plc, please visit www.dixonscarphonegroup.com

Follow us on Twitter: @DixonsCarphone

Please contact Carphone Warehouse Press Office at M&C Saatchi PR for further information:
Gabriella Smith Gabriella.Smith@mcsaatchi.com
Imogen Turner Imogen.Turner@mcsaatchi.com
Press Office carphonewarehouse@mcsaatchi.com

For further information:

Dixons Carphone Brunswick
Hannah Collyer, Head of Media Relations Rachael Layfield/Helen Smith
07834 256775 020 7404 5959

Source: Dixons Carphone

Hudson’s Bay Company closes $400 million, 5-year mortgage on the Lord &Taylor flagship property in New York City

TORONTO & NEW YORK, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — (all values in U.S. Dollars) – Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC” or the “Company”) (TSX: HBC) is pleased to announce the closing of a $400 million, 5-year mortgage (the “L&T Mortgage”), on the Lord & Taylor flagship property in New York City, located at 424-438 Fifth Avenue to refinance the existing mortgage of $250 million due September 2017.

The additional proceeds will be used to reduce the borrowings on the Company’s revolving credit facility. The new loan will mature in August 2021 and has an average interest rate fixed at approximately 4.3%. In connection with this transaction, the lenders independently commissioned a leading international appraiser to provide an appraisal of the property. This appraisal valued the property at $655 million based on the assumption that the property is net leased by Lord & Taylor at an estimated current fair market rent1.

“The opportunistic refinancing of the mortgage on the L&T flagship property is yet another example of the successful execution of our strategy as we continue to leverage our significant real estate portfolio. We are pleased to extend our Company’s debt maturity profile as well as secure an attractive interest rate of 4.3% through the term of the new mortgage,” stated Richard Baker, HBC’s Governor and Executive Chairman. Mr. Baker continued, “HBC’s two wholly owned flagship properties on 5th Avenue in New York City, which have been valued at a combined $4.36 billion based on independent appraisals2, continue to provide the Company access to secure long term debt at attractive rates. This debt is non-recourse to the operating company and provides HBC with an efficient capital structure from which to continue its global retailing growth initiatives.”

About Hudson’s Bay Company
Hudson’s Bay Company is one of the fastest-growing department store retailers in the world, based on its successful formula of driving the performance of high quality stores and their all-channel offerings, unlocking the value of real estate holdings and growing through acquisitions. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company inNorth America. HBC’s portfolio today includes ten banners, in formats ranging from luxury to premium department stores to off-price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 460 stores and 66,000 employees around the world.

In North America, HBC’s leading banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, and Saks OFF 5TH, along with Find @ Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters. In Europe, its banners include GALERIA Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO, as well asSportarena.

HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.

Appraisal Results
Caution should be exercised in the evaluation and use of the independent appraisal results. The appraisals are an estimate of value at a specific date and are not a precise measure of value, being based on a subjective comparison of related activity taking place in the real estate market. The appraisals are based on various assumptions of future expectations, including the assumption that the entire flagship property is net leased by Lord & Taylor at an estimated current fair market rent. While the appraiser’s assumptions are considered to be reasonable at the current time, some of the assumptions may not materialize or may differ materially from actual experience in the future.

Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements made in this news release that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking information. Implicit in such forward-looking statements are certain current assumptions regarding expected growth, results of operations, performance, and business prospects and opportunities, including assumptions underlying the independent appraisal of the Lord & Taylor flagship property. These assumptions, although considered reasonable by the Company at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect. Although HBC believes that the forward-looking statements in this news release are based on information and assumptions that are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are by their nature subject to a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from management’s expectations and plans as set forth in such forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons.

Some of the factors – many of which are beyond HBC’s control and the effects of which can be difficult to predict – include, among others: ability to execute retailing growth strategies, ability to continue comparable store sales growth, changing consumer preferences, ability to realize synergies and growth from strategic acquisitions, ability to make successful acquisitions and investments, successful inventory management, ability to upgrade and maintain our information systems to support the organization and protect against cyber-security threats, privacy breach, loss of key personnel, ability to retain key personnel of HBC Europe and Gilt, ability to attract and retain qualified employees, exposure to changes in the real estate market, successful operation of the Joint Ventures to allow the Company to realize the anticipated benefits, loss of flexibility with respect to properties in the Joint Ventures, exposure to environmental liabilities, changes in demand for current real estate assets, increased competition, change in spending of consumers including the impact of unfavourable or unstable political conditions and terrorism, fluctuations in the U.S. dollar, Canadian dollar, Euro and other foreign currencies, increase in raw material costs, extreme weather conditions or natural disasters, ability to manage indebtedness and cash flow, risks related with increasing indebtedness, restrictions of existing credit facilities reducing flexibility, ability to maintain adequate financial processes and controls, ability to maintain dividends, developments in the credit card and financial services industries, and other risks inherent to the Company’s business and/or factors beyond the Company’s control which could have a material adverse effect on the Company.

HBC cautions that the foregoing list of important factors and assumptions is not exhaustive and other factors could also adversely affect its results. For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause HBC’s actual results to differ from current expectations, please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of HBC’s Annual Information Form dated April 28, 2016, as well as HBC’s other public filings, available at www.hbc.com. and at www.hbc.com.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release describe HBC’s expectations at the date of this news release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as may be required by applicable Canadian securities laws, HBC does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this news release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

1 See “Appraisal Results” for cautionary language.
2 The $3.7 billion appraised value of the Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship building assumes the completion of the current $250 million renovation program.

Contacts:
INVESTOR RELATIONS:
Hudson’s Bay Company:

Kathleen de Guzman
646-807-0148
kathleen.deguzman@hbc.com

Elliot Grundmanis
416-256-6732
elliot.grundmanis@hbc.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Hudson’s Bay Company:
Andrew Blecher
212-391-3179
Andrew.blecher@hbc.com

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

The Save Mart Companies: Marie Callendar’s product voluntarily recalled

Modesto, CA, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The following Marie Callendar’s product is being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution because it may be potentially contaminated with E. coli.

Product Name UPC Size Best By Date
Marie Callendar’s Cheese Biscuit Mix 7596814015 7oz 3/22/17 & 5/17/17

The Save Mart Companies has received no reports of health complaints linked to this product. Customers who purchased any of the above listed products with matching UPC and impacted date codes may bring the unused portion to the store where the product was purchased for a full refund.

Customers who have additional questions should contact Joanna Fraire of International Commissary Corporation at 408-792- 3123, Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 4 PM Pacific, or contact The Save Mart Companies Customer Care at (800) 692-5710.

Source: Foodmaxx

Southern California-based Food 4 Less to support after-school education programs

LOS ANGELES, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Southern California-based Food 4 Less is pleased to announce that it is raising funds at the checkstands in its supermarkets to support after-school education programs. In addition, the supermarket chain’s Foods Co Division is collecting donations for after-school programs.

Food 4 Less and Foods Co customers and associates can support after-school programs through the supermarket chain’s nonprofit arm, The Food 4 Less/Foods Co Fund, by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands in their neighborhood Food 4 Less stores in Southern California and greater Chicago, and Foods Co supermarkets in Central and Northern California. The after-school program fund-raising campaign will run from July 20 through October 11, 2016.

“The support of after-school programs is an important cause to Food 4 Less, Foods Co and our customers,” said Bryan Kaltenbach, president of Food 4 Less/Foods Co. “By simply donating their spare change into the donation canisters located at each checkstand in our stores, Food 4 Less and Foods Co customers will be able to make a huge difference in supporting after-school programs that inspire and empower young people in our communities.”

Together with their customers, Food 4 Less and Foods Co contributed more than $70,000 in 2015 to programs focused on educating our youth, including after-school enrichment programs, in communities served by Food 4 Less stores in Southern California and the greater Chicago area, and those served by Foods Co stores in Central and Northern California.

About Food 4 Less
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Food 4 Less operates 131 price-impact, warehouse-format supermarkets under the banners Food 4 Less in Southern California, Illinois and Indiana, and Foods Co in Central and Northern California. Last year, Food 4 Less and Foods Co combined to contribute more than $4 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations. Food 4 Less is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information about Food 4 Less, please visit our website at www.food4less.com.

Contact:

Call Center
(Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST)

1-866-221-4141

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

Corporate Switchboard
(513) 762-4000

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Southern California-based Food 4 Less to support after-school education programs
Southern California-based Food 4 Less to support after-school education programs

 

Source:  The Kroger Co.

 

Ralphs Grocery Company to raise funds to support after-school education programs in Southern California

LOS ANGELES,, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ralphs Grocery Company is pleased to announce that it is raising funds to support after-school education programs in Southern California.

Ralphs customers and associates can support after-school programs through the supermarket chain’s nonprofit arm, The Ralphs Fund, by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands in their neighborhood Ralphs supermarket. The After-School Education Program fundraising campaign will run from July 20 through October 11, 2016.

“Ralphs’ commitment to education goes back to the very beginning of our company,” said Donna Giordano, president of Ralphs Supermarkets. “We are continuing that commitment today. Our checkstand canister fundraising program and the generosity of our customers and associates allow us to provide support to numerous youth development organizations as well as a broad range of after-school and physical education programs.”

Together with its customers and associates, Ralphs contributed more than $150,000 in 2015 to programs focused on educating our youth, including after-school enrichment programs, in Southern California communities served by Ralphs stores.

Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 198 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company’s stores. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more about Ralphs, please visit our web site at www.ralphs.com.

Contact:

Call Center
(Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST)

1-866-221-4141

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

Corporate Switchboard
(513) 762-4000

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Ralphs Grocery Company to raise funds to support after-school education programs in Southern California
Ralphs Grocery Company to raise funds to support after-school education programs in Southern California

 

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger: Axium Pharmacy Holdings, Inc. to acquire the outstanding shares of Modern HC Holdings, Inc.

CINCINNATI and ORLANDO, Fla., 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced an agreement for Axium Pharmacy Holdings, Inc. (“Axium”) to acquire the outstanding shares of Modern HC Holdings, Inc. (“ModernHEALTH”), a leading specialty pharmacy, to create a combined specialty pharmacy that will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co.

“This strategic investment will accelerate the growth of Kroger’s health and wellness business,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising. “Expanding our specialty pharmacy services will provide our customers with greater access to medications we don’t currently dispense and access to additional services without going to another pharmacy.”

ModernHEALTH, based in Orlando, is one of the nation’s largest independent providers of specialty pharmacy services. The company employs approximately 500 associates who provide comprehensive specialty pharmacy services including IVIG for patients who require IV-based therapies for autoimmune and primary immune deficiency diseases, and comprehensive medication management for HIV, Cystic Fibrosis, Transplant, Hepatitis C, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Dermatology.

Kroger is a leading provider of health and wellness services. Kroger operates 2,230 pharmacy locations and 195 The Little Clinic locations. The company’s pharmacists also provide health coaching, biometric screening and other wellness services designed to deliver positive health outcomes for patients. Axium, which became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kroger in 2012, is one of the nation’s largest independent providers of specialty pharmacy services, offering a range of clinical services to patients with complex chronic conditions.

The transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals, including from the FTC. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Operational Profile
Kroger pharmacy is currently the fifth-largest pharmacy operator in the U.S. and specialty pharmacy is the primary area of growth in pharmaceuticals. Merging ModernHEALTH and Axium into a combined specialty pharmacy should improve purchasing efficiencies and allow the companies to combine each other’s payer strategies to bring down costs. The combination will also allow Kroger’s specialty pharmacy business to expand into new territories in the West and Southwestern U.S., and expand offerings to other disease states.

“Combining Axium and ModernHEALTH’s expertise with Kroger’s health and wellness services will allow Kroger to both serve more customers who require complexdrug therapies, and deliver those therapies at greater value to customers and insurance payers,” said Mr. Clark. “The merger adds IVIG services to Kroger’s specialty pharmacy capabilities, servicing patients who require IV-based therapies for autoimmune and primary immune deficiency diseases, and also expands our ability to serve more patients requiring complex therapies for Cystic Fibrosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

ModernHEALTH is comprised of several business segments that provide highly-specialized services, including: TLCRx Pharmacy, with locations in New Orleans, Orlando and Addison, TX, primarily providing services to patients in Rheumatology, Dermatology, Hepatitis C and Cystic Fibrosis; Biofusion, based in Torrance, CA, serving patients requiring Subcutaneous Immune Globulin (SCIG) and IV Immune Globulin (IVIG) for autoimmune and primary immune deficiency diseases; ModernHEALTH Specialty Pharmacy, with two sites in Southern California, focusing on HIV, Transplant and Cystic Fibrosis therapies; and two home infusion pharmacies in Dothan, AL and Richardson, TX.

Headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida, Axium employs 300 associates who provide a range of clinical services to patients with complex chronic conditions through locations in California, Puerto Rico, Tennessee and Mississippi. Axium provides drug therapies and patient-support services to treat chronic, genetic and other complex medical conditions such as cancer, Hepatitis C, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and numerous other chronic care conditions.

Headquarters for the combined specialty pharmacy will be located in a new facility under construction in Lake Mary, FL, with continued support from existing facility locations. The combined organization will employ approximately 800 associates and will continue to operate as an independent company within the Kroger family.

“We are very excited to welcome ModernHEALTH’s leadership team and all 500 current associates to the Kroger family,” said Mr. Clark.

“Our partnership with Kroger and Axium will enable us to provide more customers in more places with the critical specialty pharmacy services they need,” said Dom Meffe, ModernHEALTH’s CEO. “We believe this relationship will create efficiencies, accelerate growth in the high-growth specialty pharmacy market, and improve the overall quality of our combined healthcare services. We are also pleased that this partnership means our business headquarters will remain and grow in Orlando.”

With over 20 years of experience in the specialty pharmacy space, Mr. Meffe will lead the new combined business as CEO after close. Before leading ModernHEALTH, Mr. Meffe was founder and CEO of Curascript Pharmacy, a company he led before selling to Express Scripts.

Axium’s CEO, Mark Montgomery, will help ensure a smooth transition after the merger closes. His future plans will be announced at a later date. Mr. Montgomery has been with Axium for 13 years, the last 10 as president and CEO. With nearly 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, he has held instrumental management roles with multiple leading nationwide specialty pharmacy providers.

Jefferies LLC served as ModernHEALTH’s financial advisor, and Ropes and Gray LLP acted as ModernHEALTH’s legal advisor. Jones Day acted as legal advisor to Kroger.

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

Contact:

Call Center
(Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST)

1-866-221-4141

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

Corporate Switchboard
(513) 762-4000

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

SSP Group plc 3Q of FY ending 30 September 2016: overall performance in line with the expectations

London, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, announces its trading update for the third quarter of its financial year ending 30 September 2016, covering the period from 1 April 2016 to 30 June 2016.

The Group’s overall performance in the third quarter was in line with the expectations set out in our 2016 interim results announcement. On a constant currency basis, total Group revenues for the period from 1 April 2016 to 30 June 2016 increased by 4.8%, with like-for-like sales growth of 3.0% and net contract gains of 1.8%, compared with the same period last year. At actual exchange rates, given the weakening of Sterling against major European currencies compared with the same period in the prior year, total Group revenues increased 9.0% year-on-year.

Like-for-like sales in the third quarter in the UK were robust and continue to benefit from passenger growth in the air sector. In Continental Europe the picture remains mixed, with good performances in Spain and a weaker trading environment in France and Belgium resulting from the on-going impact of the geopolitical incidents in Paris and Brussels and industrial action. In North America, good like-for-like sales growth is being driven by passenger growth in the air sector. In the Rest of the World, like-for-like sales continue to be impacted by the fall in passenger numbers in Egypt and the on-going slowdown in passenger growth in China.

For the nine month period from 1 October 2015 to 30 June 2016, total Group revenues increased by 5.5% on a constant currency basis, including like-for-like sales growth of 3.2%, net contract gains of 1.9% and a further 0.4% arising from the additional leap year day.  At actual exchange rates, total Group revenues increased 6.0% year-on-year.

Outlook
The second half of the financial year has started in line with our expectations. Whilst a degree of uncertainty always exists around passenger numbers in the short term, we are well placed to continue to benefit from the structural growth opportunities in our markets and to create further shareholder value.

Currency
Trading results from outside the UK are converted into Sterling at the average exchange rates for the period. The overall impact on revenue of the movement of foreign currencies (principally the Euro, US dollar, Swedish Krona, and Norwegian Krone) during the first three quarters of 2016 compared to the 2015 average was +0.5%. If the current spot rates were to continue for the rest of 2016, we would expect a positive effect for the full year of approximately +3.0%.

2016 full year results announcement

The Group’s results for the year ending 30 September 2016 are expected to be released on 29 November 2016.

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

Source: SSP

Taco Bell statement regarding Hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu, Hawaii

IRVINE, Calif, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — On July 1, The Hawaii State Department of Health announced a Hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu. This week, the Department of Health confirmed that an employee of one our franchisees has tested positive for Hepatitis A.

Ensuring the health and wellbeing of customers and team members is our highest priority, and we and our franchisee are taking this matter very seriously. The employee is on medical leave for the time being and all employees have been re-trained and re-certified on our strict hand-washing, glove, food safety, and illness policies. We and our franchisee are following all protocols established by the Department of Health, and we will continue to work closely with them to protect the health of the public.

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power® Menu, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco and signature breakfast burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 40 million customers every week.

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MEDIA RELATIONS

Public relations inquiries please call 949-863-3915 or e-mail at media@tacobell.com

Source: Taco Bell

AUS DER SCHWEIZ IN DIE GANZE WELT – SIEGESZUG DES BIRCHERMÜESLI

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Heute kennt es in der Schweiz jedes Kind: Das Birchermüesli. Bis es aber zur Mischung von Getreide und frischen Früchten kam, dauerte es seine Zeit. Wir sind der Geschichte des Birchermüeslis auf die Spur gegangen.

Bereits seit mehr als zweitausend Jahren ernährt sich der Mensch auch zum Frühstück von Getreide und dessen Erzeugnissen. Schon 400 vor Christus empfiehlt ein griechischer Arzt einen “Brei aus Getreideschrot” zur Erhaltung der Gesundheit. Die Idee, das Getreide mit frischen Früchten und Milchprodukten anzureichern, ist aber noch nicht so alt: Erst 1900 stellte ein junger Schweizer Arzt das Rezept im Rahmen seiner Ernährungslehre vor. Sein Name: Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner.

Von den Alpen in die Welt

Der Legende nach soll Dr. Bircher-Benner das Müesli nicht selber erfunden haben. Vielmehr hat er es auf einer Bergwanderung in einer Alphütte von einer freundlichen Sennerin serviert bekommen. Und hat das Gericht, auf welches das Hirtenvolk schon länger schwörte, direkt in seine Gesundheitslehre integriert. Am Anfang nannte er seine Entdeckung noch «d Spys». Von der Schweiz aus setzte das inzwischen nach ihm benannte Birchermüesli schliesslich zu seinem Siegeszug in die ganze Welt an.

Zutaten im Wandel

Die entscheidende Frage ist: Was macht denn ein Birchermüesli aus? Was muss drin sein, damit ein Müesli den Namen Bircher tragen darf?

Im Originalrezept setzt Dr. Bircher-Benner auf eine Mischung aus Hafer, Äpfel, Nüssen, Zitronensaft und gezuckerter Kondensmilch. Heute ist man bei der Zubereitung freier. Es existieren deshalb unzählige Rezepte und jeder Koch und jede Köchin hat eigene Geheimtipps und Vorlieben. Grundsätzlich aber enthält ein Birchermüesli eine Art von Getreide, meist frische Früchte und ein Milch- oder Milchersatzprodukt, das die Mischung sämig macht. Ist doch ganz simpel, oder?

Wenn sie doch lieber nach Rezept mischen: http://saison.ch/de/basiskochen/birchermuesli/

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AUS DER SCHWEIZ IN DIE GANZE WELT - SIEGESZUG DES BIRCHERMÜESLI
AUS DER SCHWEIZ IN DIE GANZE WELT – SIEGESZUG DES BIRCHERMÜESLI

 

Source: Migros

ConAgra Foods expands voluntary recall of P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand products

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — ConAgra Foods is expanding a voluntary recall of P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand products due to the potential presence of small metal fragments (2-9 mm) in the sugar used in the sauce. This voluntary action is being undertaken because of impacted sugar from a supplier.

Foodborne foreign objects that are not hard and sharp and less than or equal to 7 mm in length may cause minor injuries such as temporary reflexive choking and irritation of the gastrointestinal system. There have been no reports of adverse reactions or injuries due to consumption of these products to date.

An initial recall was issued on July 7, 2016 after a ConAgra employee observed metal fragments while dispensing sugar from a supplier for a P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand sauce ingredient. On July 14, 2016, ConAgra Foods was notified by the supplier of additional production lots of sugar that were impacted, such that the initial recall needed to be expanded to include additional P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand meals.

Products covered by this recall were distributed in the U.S., specific product names and information are listed below. No other ConAgra Foods are impacted by this recall and these products are not served in P.F. Chang’s restaurants. Meals in P.F. Chang’s restaurants are made fresh every day and in every restaurant.

Item Description UPC MFG/Lot Code Best By Date
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand Signature Spicy Chicken 22 oz 31000-67023 Original: 5006616500
Additional:
5006615200
Original: June 8, 2017
Additional: May 26, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand Mongolian Style Beef 22 oz 31000-67000 Original: 5006617400
Additional:
5006615800
Original: June 17, 2017
Additional: June 1, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Beef with Broccoli 22 oz
31000-67001 5006616100 June 4, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Shrimp Lo Mein 22 oz
31000-67005 5006616700 June10, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Sweet & Sour Chicken 22 oz
31000-67006 5006616000 June 3, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
General Chang’s Chicken 22 oz
31000-67007 5006616000 June 3, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Garlic Chicken
with Dan Dan noodles 22 oz
31000-67008 5006616500 June 8, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Grilled Chicken Teriyaki
with Lo Mein Noodles 22 oz
31000-67010 5006616700 June 10, 2017

Consumers who have purchased these items are advised not to consume them and return them to the store where originally purchased. ConAgra Foods is cooperating with both the FDA and USDA on this recall and is working with customers to ensure the packages are removed from store shelves and are no longer distributed. Consumers with questions should call our Consumer Affairs hotline at 1-800-252-0634, open 9 am through 7 pm CDT, Monday through Friday.

Contacts:
Consumers:
Consumer Affairs hotline
1-800-252-0634

Media:
Kristine Mulford
kristine.mulford@conagrafoods.com
312-549-5522

Source: USDA

Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA recalls 389 cases Cappuccino Ice Cream

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA is recalling 389 cases Cappuccino Ice Cream 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.

Product was distributed across the United States through retail stores receiving product from KeHE Romeoville, Illinois warehouse, DPI NW, Americold L.A., IWI Franklin Indiana warehouse, Haddon House Richburg, SC.

Recalled product is Agave Dream Cappuccino ice cream pints packed in a brown paper pint size container with “Agave Dream” printed front of carton with Best By date 07/04/17, UPC 899349002048.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall is the result of a routine sampling by the state of WA which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Agave Dream Cappuccino ice cream with “Best By” date 07/04/17 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 866-993-4438 or agavedream@sbcglobal.net. Monday – Saturday, 9am PST – 5pm PST.

Contact:
Consumers
Agave Dream
agavedream@sbcglobal.net
1-866-993-4438

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Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA recalls 389 cases Cappuccino Ice Cream
Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA recalls 389 cases Cappuccino Ice Cream

 

Source: USDA

CBRE: Top inland ports expand at nearly twice national pace fueled by rapid growth of e-commerce

Los Angeles, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The rapid growth of e-commerce has fueled development of warehouses and distribution centers in the 12 primary U.S. inland-port markets at nearly twice the national rate, according to a new report from CBRE Group, Inc.

Even with the surge in construction, demand for industrial buildings in those markets is so robust that nine of the 12 have seen their availability rates decline from their post-recession peaks faster than the national rate.

By far the leading catalyst for the growth of inland ports is e-commerce, which has flooded U.S. seaports with an unprecedented volume of foreign cargo destined for markets across the U.S. That cargo is routed from seaports to nearby inland ports, which are major transportation hubs where cargo is handled, warehoused and broken into smaller batches for further distribution to consumers within that region.

“Inland ports account for more than half of the fastest growing industrial markets in the U.S. because they are key way stations in the national e-commerce distribution network,” said David Egan, CBRE’s Head of Industrial & Logistics Research in the Americas. “As online commerce continues to expand, more shippers, retailers and logistics firms will seek top-quality, big-box warehouses in the leading inland-port markets to serve as critical links in their supply chains.”

In the report, CBRE identifies the main inland ports in the U.S. based on their connection to major seaports, their transportation infrastructure and their close proximity to major population centers. Those are: Southern California’s Inland Empire; Phoenix; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Kansas City; Houston; St. Louis; Chicago; Memphis, Tenn.; Columbus, Ohio; Atlanta; Greenville, S.C.; and East and Central Pennsylvania.

Inland ports are defined as having a Class I rail connection to a major seaport and also having access to significant transportation infrastructure, be it rail, highway, waterway or a combination of the three.

Collectively, the 12 inland ports expanded their base of industrial properties by 2.7 percent in this year’s first quarter, far outpacing the national average growth rate of 1.6 percent, according to CBRE research. The fastest growing of the 12 were the Inland Empire (4.3 percent), Greenville (4.2 percent), Atlanta and Dallas/Ft. Worth (both at 3.6 percent).

Meanwhile, even with their rapid growth, many of those markets can’t keep up with demand. The inland ports with the least availability are Chicago (6.6 percent), Kansas City (7.4 percent) and the Inland Empire (7.6 percent).

The CBRE report highlights three inland ports as representative of the category’s recent growth:

  • Chicago, the largest U.S. inland port, registered a 26 percent increase in intermodal container shipments since 2000 to now handle more than 15 million TEUs (Twenty-foot-equivalent unit) annually. The ports inbound and outbound traffic is expected to grow by double-digit and triple-digit percentages by 2040.
  • The Greenville area, where an inland port opened in 2013, has seen its cargo volumes grow by triple-digit percentages since then. Due in part to its growing manufacturing base and the nearby Port of Charleston, Greenville has emerged as one of the fastest growing industrial markets in the U.S.
  • St. Louis, a leading river port, capitalizes on less-expensive water transport to bring in shipments. That cargo then is distributed within a 500-mile radius of the port including nearly one third of the U.S. population.

“Inland-port markets have recovered faster than their non-port counterparts since the Great Recession,” said Scott Marshall, CBRE’s Executive Managing Director of Industrial & Logistics in the Americas. “These markets will hold their edge because they have sustainable advantages in their infrastructure, access to population centers and connections to major seaports to benefit them for the foreseeable future.”

To download the report, click here.

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

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

Source: CBRE

Starbucks launches handcrafted Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in stores across Mexico

Seattle, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks today unveiled its handcrafted Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in more than 500 Starbucks stores across Mexico.

With tea consumption in the country expected to increase 16.7% between 2015 and 2018, according to a report by Euromonitor International, the launch of Teavana tea beverages in stores is an opportunity for Starbucks to meet customers’ growing interest in specialty teas.

“The tea category in Mexico is well positioned for innovation and rapid growth,” said Marc Branet, director for Starbucks Mexico. “Just as Starbucks pioneered a new retail experience for coffee and espresso, the expansion of the Teavana experience here in Mexico provides the opportunity to do the same with more consumers looking for a unique and personalized tea experience.”

Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas are freshly brewed from high-quality pure teas and botanicals. Starbucks baristas carefully handcraft each iced tea, which is shaken at least 10 times to help ensure all the ingredients are quickly chilled and mixed perfectly to bring out their distinct flavors. Starbucks customers in Mexico can enjoy Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in two bold and refreshing flavors.

Teavana Iced Strawberry Green Tea Lemonade
Developed exclusively for the Mexico market, this beverage is made with freshly brewed iced Teavana® green tea, which is lightly sweetened with a strawberry sauce, classic syrup and a splash of lemonade.

Teavana Iced Mango Black Tea Lemonade
This beverage is a blend of freshly brewed premium black tea, mango, a hint of sweet passion fruit, and a splash of lemonade. It is also available in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Following the launch of Teavana® Iced Tea this summer, Starbucks Mexico will add a selection of Teavana’s handcrafted hot tea beverages to enjoy in stores or at home in the fall.

In addition to Mexico, a select number of stores in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Aruba, Curaçao and Puerto Rico, are now offering Teavana® Iced Tea.

Additional markets in Latin America and the Caribbean will begin carrying Teavana iced and hot tea beverages later this year.

Media contact:

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

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Starbucks launches handcrafted Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in stores across Mexico
Starbucks launches handcrafted Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in stores across Mexico

 

Source: Starbucks

Starbucks in Kuala Lumpur partners with The Society of Interpreters for the Deaf open store to provide jobs for Deaf partners

Seattle, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Starbucks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, looks like many other stores in the region. Baristas are handcrafting beverages with the rich aroma of coffee lingering in the air. However, when customers reach the counter to order a drink, they’ll notice something different. Instead of calling out beverage orders, baristas use sign language.

Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company Sdn. Bhd. (“Starbucks Malaysia”) in collaboration with The Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (SID), are opening a store dedicated to providing employment opportunities for Deaf partners (employees). Located in the busy Bangsar Village II shopping mall, the store is the first-of-a-kind for Starbucks globally.

“We are proud to support people with disabilities through fulfilling work to create a culture of empowerment and to bring new perspectives to the workplace, which ultimately makes us a better company,” said Sydney Quays, managing director, Starbucks Malaysia. “We have a rich history of creating opportunities for underrepresented groups and our aim is to raise public awareness of the value people with disabilities bring to the workplace and to enrich the lives of many more Deaf partners.”

Related: GIFs: American Sign Language Words to Describe Coffee

In an effort to provide a better career path and sense of belonging for Deaf partners, Starbucks selected SID to help develop the store. Founded in 1990, SID strives to enable the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community an opportunity for equal rights and access to information and communication.

“We are proud to be working with Starbucks to provide job opportunities for Deaf people,” said Alvin YM Wong, Chairman of the Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (SID), Selangor and Federal Territory, Malaysia. “Through Starbucks, these Deaf partners are trained and empowered to move forward in their careers, which will give them a sense of pride and accomplishment in the long run.”

SID provided Starbucks with two sign language interpreters to translate during hiring, training and coaching for Deaf partners. They will also teach sign language to hearing partners at the store.

Finding a Rewarding Career
The store employs 10 Deaf partners and three hearing partners including store manager Evonne Lo, who joined Starbucks three years ago.

“When I first heard of this initiative, I immediately signed up for the position and the challenge,” said Lo. “I think it will be a truly rewarding experience.”

Lo will be supported by Mohammad Aizad Bin Ariffin, a Deaf partner who will serve as the store’s shift manager.

“Since I joined Starbucks three years ago as a barista, my goal has been to become Starbucks Malaysia’s first Deaf store manager and after my recent promotion to shift manager, I’m well on way to achieving this dream,” said Ariffin. “It’s an incredible feeling to share my journey and help develop other Deaf partners.”

Building the Store Experience
The Bangsar Village II Starbucks provides a welcome environment for Deaf and hearing customers alike. It is equipped with a Starbucks Card kiosk to enable visitors to check their card balance and rewards before requesting drinks and food items on a Starbucks order ticket. Baristas will key in the order, which is displayed on a point-of-sale dual screen, so customers can see that the order is accurate. Customers then collect their beverages and food when their order number is displayed on a large screen above the pick-up counter.

Starbucks Malaysia’s commitment to excellence in the workplace has resulted in recognition as a leading employer by several prominent organizations. The company received Employer of Choice by the Malaysia HR Awards 2015, Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2015 by HR Asia and Best of the Best Award, Malaysia’s Best Employer 2015 by Aon Hewitt.

Media contact:

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

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Starbucks in Kuala Lumpur partners with The Society of Interpreters for the Deaf open store to provide jobs for Deaf partners
Starbucks in Kuala Lumpur partners with The Society of Interpreters for the Deaf open store to provide jobs for Deaf partners

 

Source: Starbucks

Tesco announces the appointment of Jane Lawrie as Group Communications Director

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is pleased to announce that Jane Lawrie will join the Executive Committee as Group Communications Director from 10 October 2016.

Jane has over 25 years’ experience of corporate, financial, colleague and digital communications, and will be joining from Coca Cola, where she leads European public affairs and communications. She has significant experience in advising businesses on trust and corporate reputation, including previous roles at Diageo and Boots the Chemist.

Dave Lewis, Tesco Group Chief Executive, said:
“We’re really pleased to welcome Jane to Tesco. Over the last eighteen months we’ve made good progress in restoring trust in our brand and our business, and Jane will help to continue this improvement. She has huge expertise and experience, as well as extremely strong values. We’re really looking forward to having her in the team.”

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

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Tesco announces the appointment of Jane Lawrie as Group Communications Director
Tesco announces the appointment of Jane Lawrie as Group Communications Director

Source: Tesco

Carolina Reaper the hottest chilli pepper in the world goes on sale exclusively at Tesco

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The world’s hottest chilli pepper, the Carolina Reaper, will go on sale today at Tesco stores across the UK.

  • Carolina Reaper is the world’s hottest chilli pepper
  • It’s now being commercially grown in the UK for the first time ever
  • It goes on sale exclusively at Tesco stores across the UK from tomorrow

Lovers of extreme hot food – you have been warned!

If you thought the notorious Komodo Dragon – a chilli pepper launched last year by Tesco – was hot stuff then just wait till you try the Carolina Reaper which goes on sale at the supermarket tomorrow.

It’s officially the hottest chilli pepper in the world according to the Guinness Book Of Records, measuring an average 1.5 million Scoville units*.

However another independent test is reported to have recorded the heat level of the Carolina Reaper – which is being commercially grown in Bedfordshire – at an incredible, mouth numbing 2.2 million Scovilles.

To give some idea of the phenomenal heat – it is about more than 400 times hotter than a jalapeno, the chilli pepper commonly used on spicy take away or supermarket made pizzas.

Tesco chilli pepper buyer Phoebe Burgess said:

“The Carolina Reaper is absolute meltdown material – it’s one for absolute hot food connoisseurs.

Despite it being astonishingly hot it also has a wonderful fruity taste. Only a sliver is needed to add exciting flavour to your favourite curry.

“Last year the Komodo Dragon became our most popular chilli pepper ever and since then we’ve been inundated with requests from customers to see if we could go one better and thanks to the fantastic growing skills of our chilli producer we’ve done that.”

The Carolina Reaper is being grown by the UK’s largest producer of chilli peppers, Salvatore Genovese whose seven acre farm is based in Blunham, Bedfordshire.

Salv, as he is known , only started growing chilli peppers 15 years ago after he took over his parents’ cucumber business.

Since then chilli peppers have become so popular that Salv now grows about one million, or 15 tonnes, each week just to satisfy UK demand.

Salv said:

“Chilli pepper culture has become very popular in the UK over the last five years and on the back of the acclaim I’ve received from supplying Tesco I now get requests from all over the world.

“The fantastic success of the Komodo Dragon proved that Brits are among the world’s greatest lovers of chilli peppers.

“But I wonder if the Carolina Reaper will test British palates just a touch too much?”

Tesco has become well known for its top of the heat range chilli peppers and over the last few years has stocked the Trinidad Scorpion, Bhut Jolokia and Bedfordshire Super Naga.

The Carolina Reaper will be on sale in more than 130 Tesco stores across the UK and will cost £1 for a packet containing two to three chilli peppers.

Note to editors:

The level of heat in a chilli pepper is measured in Scoville units. The Komodo Dragon, which is also on sale again this year at Tesco, has a 1.4 million Scoville heat rating.

The Carolina Reaper will be sold as part of Tesco’s new Komodo Dragon brand of super-hot chilli peppers and will be marked with a blue flash label.

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

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Carolina Reaper the hottest chilli pepper in the world goes on sale exclusively at Tesco
Carolina Reaper the hottest chilli pepper in the world goes on sale exclusively at Tesco

 

Source: Tesco

Carrefour launches Apple Pay at its stores in France

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ —Starting on 19 July 2016, Carrefour customers will be able to use Apple Pay – a new easy, secure and private way to pay – at hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores operating under the Carrefour banner in France.

New service for a richer customer experience

Apple Pay is a new easy, secure and private way to pay for one’s shopping. Carrefour Banque is also offering this new service to its 2.5 million customers in France. MasterCard PASS holders are among the first customers to be able to use this service in France – they can now pay for their shopping quickly and easily while taking advantage of the Carrefour loyalty programme.

The new service will be available immediately in Carrefour hypermarkets and supermarkets, and is being rolled out across convenience stores in France.

Apple Pay’s launch marks another milestone in the deployment of Carrefour’s innovative strategy, together with further evidence of its commitment to providing its customers with a simplified, seamless and practical shopping experience.

With Apple Pay, there is no longer any need to fumble around for change or a debit or credit card. Once customers have added their MasterCard PASS card to Wallet, simply hold the top of their iPhone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID, with Apple Watch, double-click the side button then hold the display of the device up to the reader. There is no need to switch on the screen or open an app – the amount is displayed automatically and payment is authorized using Touch ID.

Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by credit and debit cards. In Carrefour stores in France, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and later, iPhone SE and Apple Watch.

Online shopping in apps accepting Apple Pay is as simple as the touch of a finger with Touch ID, so there’s no need to manually fill out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information. When paying for goods and services within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

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Carrefour launches Apple Pay at its stores in France
Carrefour launches Apple Pay at its stores in France

 

Source: Carrefour

Kindle launches Singles Classics — for hard-to-find and long-lost articles and stories written by iconic authors

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Today, Kindle announced the launch of Singles Classics—a way to make iconic articles, stories and essays from well-known authors writing for top magazines and periodicals available in digital form, many for the first time. Readers can now enjoy easy access to hard-to-find and long-lost articles and stories written by some of their favorite authors. Singles Classics are priced from $0.99 and available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Launching with more than 140 essays and stories, Singles Classics includes works from writers like Susan Orlean, Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem,Lawrence Wright, Margo Jefferson, Gay Talese and Chang-rae Lee, and short stories from best-selling authors like John le Carré and Kurt Vonnegut. Singles Classics features memorable work originally published in celebrated magazines like TIME, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Atlantic and Playboy. From magazine cover stories that defined a generation, to award-winning articles that challenged the status quo and short stories by revered writers, Singles Classics pays tribute to the lasting power of the written word.

“Some writing is meant just for the moment, but much of it—the best of it—is worth reading and rereading,” said New York Times best-selling author Susan Orlean. “Singles Classics finally gives us a way to enjoy those timeless pieces. As a reader, I’m thrilled to have access to the stories that mattered the most to me and ones that I somehow missed the first time around. As a writer, this is a really exciting innovation. It’s a chance to revitalize past work, to introduce it to today’s readers, and to give it both new immediacy and a true permanence.”

“Today’s readers might never have the opportunity to discover great works like Ron Rosenbaum’s ‘The Secrets of the Little Blue Box,’ Marcelle Clements’ ‘The Dog Is Us’ or TIME Magazine’s legendary 1966 cover story ‘Is God Dead?,’” said David Blum, Editor of Kindle Singles. “With Singles Classics, we are making these seminal works easy to find and afford – by a student writing a term paper or by readers in search of short works by the writers they love.”

Kindle Singles launched in 2011 to showcase great fiction and nonfiction between 5,000 and 30,000 words – compelling ideas expressed at their natural length. Now with Singles Classics, readers have access to the articles and stories that have shaped decades of conversation and thought.

With Singles Classics, writers and publishers sell their previously published work via Kindle Direct Publishing, which will earn them up to 70% royalties from the sale of every copy and allow them to retain the rights to their work.

Customers can download and read Singles Classics on their Kindle E-readers, Fire Tablets, and the free Kindle app for iOS, Android, PC and Mac. To learn more about how Kindle helps you read anything, anytime, anywhere

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.

Media Hotline:
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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Macy’s announces new Thalia by Leonisa collection of intimates

NEW YORK, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s today announced that international superstar Thalia Sodi, whose eponymous fashion and accessories line is sold exclusively at the retailer, has expanded into the intimates category, offering a range of chemises, robes and pajamas that inspire women to feel glamorous and comfortable. In addition to sleepwear, the new Thalia by Leonisa collection of shapewear and bras flatter and highlight women’s curves in a celebration of self-love and confidence.

“My collection is all about bold and exciting items that make women feel strong and confident, but also comfortable as they lead their dynamic lives,” said Thalia Sodi. “Intimates were a natural next step for the line. The pieces make women feel sexy and alluring, and it’s just for them, not anyone else.”

With slinky wrap robes, flirty negligees and cozy pajama sets, the Thalia Sodi intimates line is rendered in a diverse color palette, ranging from classic black and ivory hues to soft pastels, coquettish florals and jewel tones, with the beloved iconic cheetah print also appearing throughout the assortment. A bridal narrative is also told through the collection, with chemise and robe matching sets in gorgeous ivory and blush shades, as well as feminine floral and leaf print motifs. Delicate lace trim and appliques, along with dainty bow embellishments lend an ethereal bent to the collection, while subtle slits and cutouts elevate the sensual air of the more tantalizing pieces. The sets can also be broken up to mix-and-match for even more options, and the pieces need not be limited to the boudoir—layer a blazer over a slip paired with jeans to partake in the hot lingerie as ready-to-wear trend of the moment.

“The Thalia Sodi line for Macy’s inspires the idea of easy glamour,” said Marc Mastronardi, Macy’s EVP/GMM – Center Core. “The ‘throw on and go’ sensibility of the collection is modern, beautiful and resonates with women everywhere, and we’re thrilled to extend this into the realm of intimates for our customers.”

The Thalia by Leonisa shapewear and bras are designed to accentuate the body and enhance a woman’s natural shape. The collection of contouring bras, bodysuits, briefs, shorts, leggings, arm shapers and waist trainers will provide smoothness and support to help women look and feel amazing in their wardrobe favorites. Comfort remains a priority throughout the line, with multi-way straps, thoughtful seaming and flat enclosures ensuring that the wearer can go through her day and night fabulously with ease.

The Thalia Sodi intimates line ranges in price from $27 to $54 and will be available this month, while Thalia by Leonisa will retail from $25 to $80 and will be available in August. Both will be sold exclusively in Macy’s stores and on macys.com.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

Media Relations:

Julie Strider Fukami
646-429-5213
julie.striderfukami@macys.com

Billy Dumé,646-429-7449
billy.dume@macys.com

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Thalia Sodi has expanded her Macy’s collection with a line of intimates. Thalia Sodi Animal Cupped Chemise, $36.98, exclusively in Macy’s stores and on macys.com (Photo: Business Wire)
Thalia Sodi has expanded her Macy’s collection with a line of intimates. Thalia Sodi Animal Cupped Chemise, $36.98, exclusively in Macy’s stores and on macys.com (Photo: Business Wire)

 

Source: Macy’s

Argos launches sunshine-themed pendant to support The Irish Cancer Society

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Let your light shine this summer as Argos launches its exclusive pendant for The Irish Cancer Society.

The sunshine-themed pendant is available in Argos stores and online from 16 July retailing at €41.99. Of this, €5 from every sale will help fund the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Centres, which support people affected by cancer in Ireland by providing cancer information, support and advice in local communities.

The pendant will add a little sparkle to any outfit and features an uplifting message, making it a perfect gift for your loved ones.

Stephanie Wilkes, Jewellery Buyer at Argos, said: “This gorgeous pendant is the perfect way to light up the lives of your loved ones, and with €5 from each sale going straight to The Irish Cancer Society, you’ll be helping to fund Cancer Nurses in Daffodil Centres around Ireland.

“We’re so proud to be supporting The Irish Cancer Society, and hope the sales of these pendants will help make a real difference to the lives of those affected by cancer.”

John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, added: “The money Argos customers will raise with every pendant sold goes towards funding vital support provided to cancer patients and their families through Daffodil Centres. These are walk-in cancer information and support centres managed by experienced cancer nurses, and in 2015 the 13 centers in Ireland dealt with 42,478 enquiries.

“We couldn’t support the 170,000 people living with and beyond cancer in Ireland today without your help, and we’re really grateful to every single person who purchases a pendant whether for themselves, a loved one or a friend. Together, we won’t give up until cancer does.”

Since voting to support The Irish Cancer Society as their Irish charity partner last year, Argos colleagues and customers have raised nearly €80,000, funding over 3,000 hours of vital Irish Cancer Society nursing care to support people affected by cancer in Ireland.

To buy a pendant for your loved one visit your local Argos store, or check and reserve on www.argos.ie

About Argos
Argos is Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer and provides a unique offer of choice and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from 40 stores in the Republic of Ireland and around 700 stores in the UK.

Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick and Dublin; there is now an Argos catalogue in approximately three quarters of all Irish homes.  Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,100 employees. In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 25,000 products online.

About Irish Cancer Society
The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s national cancer charity. Established in 1963, the Irish Cancer Society provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Our services are professional, confidential and free of charge. The Society is almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receives less than 2% government funding.

For more information, please contact Aoife Sweeney, PR Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland on email: aoife.sweeney@argos.co.uk Follow us on Twitter @ArgosIreland_PR

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Argos launches sunshine-themed pendant to support The Irish Cancer Society
Argos launches sunshine-themed pendant to support The Irish Cancer Society

Source: Argos

Opti fitness range now available at Argos

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — If you’re keen to shed a few pounds or simply tone up ahead of your eagerly-anticipated summer holiday, but can’t justify the expense of the gym, then the Opti fitness range is now available at Argos and is the perfect choice.

Opti has everything you need to complement and enhance your fitness routine from neoprene dumbbells to wrist and ankle weights.

Opti plans to build on this initial launch and introduce a wider range of fitness and sports products, including powered fitness from the end of this year, in time to help customers with their New Year fitness resolutions.

Tom Coles, Brand Manager for Opti said: “Whether you want to run faster, feel fitter or try a new sport, Opti helps you reach your personal best. We want to encourage people to realise the benefits of doing a little bit more every day whether walking in the park, cycling or taking an exercise class.

Physical activity is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, so anything that can help more people become more active, more often is a fantastic step in the right direction. Busy modern lives make it more difficult for many people to make the active choice so it’s great to see the Opti range making it easier for individuals to get active.”

For further information about Opti Fitness visit www.argos.ie

About Argos
Argos is Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer and provides a unique offer of choice and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from 40 stores in the Republic of Ireland and around 700 stores in the UK.

Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick and Dublin; there is now an Argos catalogue in approximately three quarters of all Irish homes.  Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,100 employees. In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 25,000 products online.

For more information, please contact Aoife Sweeney, PR Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland on email: aoife.sweeney@argos.co.uk Follow us on Twitter @ArgosIreland_PR

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Opti fitness range now available at Argo
Opti fitness range now available at Argo

 

Source: Argos

 

Bulgari launches new high jewelry collection, The Magnificent Inspirations

PARIS , 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bulgari celebrates the Italian origins of the House with a new high jewelry collection, unveiled at an exclusive event at the Italian Embassy in Paris.

Vibrant colors, audacious volumes, unique gems… The new high jewelry collection from Bulgari dazzles with creativity and the brilliant savoir-faire of the master of gemstones. Dubbed The Magnificent Inspirations, the stunning and elegant collection pays tribute to the Italian roots of the House, capturing the vivid light, identity and colors of its homeland, from Mediterranean blues to “the gold of ancient ages”. The designs spring from three inspirations: daring Italian Extravaganza, romantic Mediterranean Eden, and mythical Roman Heritage.

The collection was unveiled at an appropriately exclusive venue, the Italian embassy in Paris. Sixteen models graciously presented the new jewelry collection to 250 VIP guests invited by Bulgari and its CEO Jean-Christophe Babin.

Contact:
LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

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Bulgari launches new high jewelry collection, The Magnificent Inspirations
Bulgari launches new high jewelry collection, The Magnificent Inspirations

 

Source: LVMH

US Foods Holding Corp. announces the resignation of Timothy R. McLevish from his position on the Board of Directors

Rosemont, Ill, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today that Timothy R. McLevish has resigned effective immediately from his position on the Board of Directors after it was announced that he will become the Executive Chairman of Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. upon the completion of its planned spinoff. Because Lamb Weston is a significant supplier to US Foods, McLevish would no longer qualify as an independent director.

The company also announced the election of two new members of the Board of Directors:

  • David Tehle retired in 2015 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dollar General Corporation, a role he had held since 2004. Prior to Dollar General, he was Chief Financial Officer of Haggar Corporation. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Genesco and serves on the Board of Directors of Jack in the Box as an Audit Committee member and Finance Committee chair. David will serve as the new chairman of the Audit Committee for US Foods.
  • Court Carruthers spent 13 years in senior leadership roles at W. W. Grainger, Inc., most recently as Group President, Americas, where he was responsible for the company’s operations in the Americas, as well as eCommerce and technology innovation globally. He is currently a director and audit committee member of Ryerson Holding Corporation and serves on the board of multiple private companies, including Follett Corporation. Court is a CPA, CMA (Canada).

“We wish Tim all of the best in his new endeavor,” said Pietro Satriano, President and Chief Executive Officer of US Foods. “I’m pleased to welcome David and Court to the Board. Both bring public company and audit experience, as well as a wealth of business and finance expertise.”

About US Foods
US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurateurs and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue.

Contact:

Lisa Lecas
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods Holding Corp.

Auntie Anne’s® kicks off its fifth annual in-store fundraising campaign to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

LANCASTER, Pa., 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, today announced the start of its fifth annual in-store fundraising campaign to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). Between now and September 11, 2016, the famed pretzel twisters hope to raise more than $500,000 to help fund childhood cancer research.

Guests who visit Auntie Anne’s during the fundraising window can show their support in the fight to end childhood cancer by purchasing paper pretzel ribbon icons for $1. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the ribbons will be donated to ALSF. As a token of appreciation to guests who help “give hope” via the ribbon campaign, Auntie Anne’s will provide a $1 off coupon for their next purchase of any pretzel product or drink.

“From the start, Auntie Anne’s has been rooted in a culture of caring for others. Auntie Anne and Jonas Beiler founded the company in 1988 to raise funds for a family counseling center that they later opened, and this tradition of giving back continues today with our amazing Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation partnership,” said Heather Neary, president of Auntie Anne’s. “We are proud and honored to partner with ALSF and support the mission of the foundation’s founder, Alex Scott – a cure for childhood cancer.”

Both based in Southeastern Pennsylvania and known for their lemonade, Auntie Anne’s and ALSF began their partnership in 2011. Since then, Auntie Anne’s has helped ALSF raise more than $2.4 million through in-store fundraising campaigns, coin canisters, local events, and the annual Auntie Anne’s C.A.R.E.S. Charity Golf Tournament. These donations have funded more than 48,000 hours of cancer research.

About Auntie Anne’s®:
At its more than 1,600 locations around the world, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels from scratch all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls, outlet centers, and Walmarts, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, travel plazas, amusement parks, and military bases. In addition, it has extended the brand onto retailers’ shelves and also serves as a distributor for fundraising products. Available at select retailers nationwide, pretzel fans can enjoy Auntie Anne’s prepare-at-home products, from frozen Classic and Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels and Pretzel Nuggets, to frozen Pretzel Dogs and Pretzel Pocket Sandwiches, to a versatile Pretzel Baking Kit. For more information, visit www.auntieannes.com, or follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $120 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 550 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

Media Contact:

Chas Kurtz
Public Relations Manager
ckurtz@auntieannes.com
(717) 435-1561

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Auntie Anne’s® kicks off its fifth annual in-store fundraising campaign to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Auntie Anne’s® kicks off its fifth annual in-store fundraising campaign to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

 

Source: Auntie Anne’s

Inditex announces the launch of mobile payment in all of the its retail brands’ stores in Spain from September

Arteixo, Spain, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex’s shareholders met today at the company’s headquarters in Arteixo for the Annual General Meeting.  During the meeting, Pablo Isla, the Group’s chairman and chief executive, reviewed Inditex’s earnings performance for 2015, noting that revenue and profits reached €20.9 billion and €2.89 billion, respectively, leading to a dividend payout of €0.60 per share. He also noted that the Group’s store count has now exceeded 7,000 across 88 markets with an online presence in 29 of those markets.

During his presentation, Mr Isla announced the launch of mobile payment in all of the Group’s stores in Spain from September. This new customer offering will be made available within the online apps of all eight of Inditex’s retail brands (Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe), as well as via a new Inditex app, InWallet, which shoppers will be able to use to pay for purchases made in any of the Group’s stores in Spain. In both instances, the service will enable online and offline receipts, facilitating the elimination of paper receipts.

The new service has been designed to enhance the shopping experience and aims to significantly simplify the purchase and returns process. Customers can activate the service directly from the online app, adding the payment cards they want to use on the account in a safe and secure way.

The app has been developed entirely in-house by Inditex, as part of the Group’s efforts to continually upgrade technology to improve the overall customer experience. In the same vein, Mr Isla also noted the status of the RFID technology rollout across all Zara stores, which is on track for completion by the end of this year and due to be rolled out in the rest of the Group’s brands starting next year.

2,000 garment recycling containers in Spain

During his presentation, Inditex’s chairman also emphasized the progress made over the past four years through the Group’s 2011-2015 Environmental Strategy Plan. Specifically, he highlighted the following milestones:

  • Traceability of the production supply chain and monitoring initiatives throughout the Group’s supply chain, from raw material procurement to the end of the garments’ useful life.
  • Significant growth in the use of more sustainable raw materials.
  • Pioneering the implementation of environmental sustainability procedures for wet processes (dyeing and washing).
  • Development of the eco-efficient store model, which has already been implemented in 3,700 Group stores.

Building on this progress, Mr Isla unveiled Inditex’s new 2016-2020 Environmental Strategy Plan, which further builds on the circular economy model in all phases of the product cycle.

One of the initiatives outlined by Mr Isla includes the development of Inditex’s collection, reuse and recycling programme for end-of-life garments. In September, Zara will implement a scheme for free at-home collection of used clothing when delivering online orders. This pilot test – which is being conducted in collaboration with the Spanish charity Cáritas and transportation firm Seur – will initially trial in Madrid with the aim of gradually introducing the scheme all over Spain.

In addition, Inditex will install between 1,500 and 2,000 garment collection containers in Spain’s main cities, also in collaboration with Cáritas. The charity will sort the clothing to further the garment’s life through its distribution channels or allow for recycling for the development of new textile raw materials. Inditex will donate €3.5 million over two years to this project, which will also encompass the modernisation of Cáritas’s garment sorting and treatment plants. In parallel, Inditex will also place new containers throughout its stores, adding to the existing network, in order that all its bricks and mortar stores in Spain will have a container by September.

Research into and development of cutting-edge recycling technologies

In addition, as part of the Group’s commitment to the circular economy model, it continues to work hard to support the development of textile recycling technology for the creation of new raw materials.

As part of this, Inditex has signed an agreement with Lenzing, the Austrian producer of the plant-based sustainable textile fibre Lyocell TENCEL, for the manufacture of premium textile raw materials from textile waste generated by Inditex.

Throughout the project, Inditex will provide Lenzing with fabric for recycling into new materials. The pilot will start with a contribution of around 500 tonnes of textile waste, with the aim of raising this to around 3,000 tonnes within a few years. This is enough fabric to enable Lenzing to produce around 48 million garments.

Inditex is also championing research into technology for the creation of new textile fibres from recycled garments together with MIT and specific Spanish universities.

Group growth
During the presentation to shareholders, Pablo Isla also emphasised the Group’s sharp growth in all geographies, the progress made within the integrated offline-online store model and the pace of job creation in 2015, a year in which Inditex created 15,800 new jobs, some 4,120 of which were in Spain. In his closing remarks, Pablo Isla referred to Inditex as a people-centred company focused on creative talent, community investment and a sustainable growth strategy.

The company’s shareholders also ratified the 2015 financial statements, the re-election of Flora Pérez Marcote as a member of the Board of Directors and the appointment of Baroness Denise Kingsmill CBE as an independent director.

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
comunicacion@inditex.com

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Inditex announces the launch of mobile payment in all of the its retail brands' stores in Spain from September
Inditex announces the launch of mobile payment in all of the its retail brands’ stores in Spain from September

 

Source: Inditex

GGP launches new parking app powered by INRIX

CHICAGO, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today GGP announced a new tool to give shoppers visibility into parking availability at its properties using historical and real-time data to predict parking accessibility. By using heat maps enabled by GPS data to show open parking spaces closest to shoppers’ favorite stores or restaurants, the industry-first parking feature provides shoppers with added convenience and solves one of their most pressing problems.

“Mall traffic continues to rise, and during peak shopping seasons, such as holiday and back to school, parking continues to be one of the largest pain points,” said Scott Morey, executive vice president of technology and marketing at GGP. “We’re always looking for opportunities to incorporate technology into our retail real estate to elevate the shopping experience. Providing more options for parking and promoting valet services are two ways we’re freeing up parking spaces for our shoppers. Combined with our new technology, our solutions are leading the way in providing mall shoppers with convenient and reliable parking.”

As shopping center traffic continues to increase and technology plays a larger role in the consumer experience, GGP is focused on creating new and innovative digital experiences that provide convenience, support and personalized engagement to its shoppers. According to a recent survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), approximately threequarters (75 percent) of American adults went to a mall at least once in the past three months and approximately two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans use mobile devices while shopping in store. GGP’s first-to-market parking feature is the first in a series of updates planned to create digitally-enabled experiences at its properties.

“Technology, and specifically mobile, continues to play an important role in every shopper’s journey and GGP remains committed to leveraging it to provide shoppers with a more convenient, engaging and relevant experience,” said GGP chief executive officer, Sandeep Mathrani. “Parking is the very first and very last engagement we have with our shoppers. We see great potential in our ability to develop innovative digital tools that create quality shopping experiences.”

To instantly view parking availability, shoppers simply open the GGP app on their iOS or Android device, select a mall location and choose the parking option to view availability and plan their shopping trip. GGP is currently testing its parking technology through a pilot program at four malls across the country, including Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, Illinois), Alderwood Mall (Seattle, Washington), Stonestown Galleria (San Francisco, California), and Ridgedale Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

Following analysis of the pilot program’s performance, a broader rollout to GGP malls will occur in the third quarter of 2016. By sharing its mapping information and parking data with its technology partners and third-party mapping companies, such as Google and Apple, GGP aims to bring its parking solution to consumers across different devices and services.

INRIX, a leading provider of on- and off-street parking information to automakers, transportation agencies, technology companies and drivers around the world. The INRIX Parking database includes more than 29 million off-street spaces in 65 countries – making it the most comprehensive source for parking intelligence.

“Parking is a major pain point in our daily lives, whether going to work, out to dinner or shopping,” said David Weld, general manager of enterprise at INRIX. “GGP’s new mobile app powered by INRIX is an innovative approach to provide timely, relevant parking information to enhance the mall shopping experience.”

GGP’s mobile app can be downloaded via the following:

About GGP
General Growth Properties, Inc. is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

About INRIX
INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and movement analytics, a new approach that leverages big data and the cloud to help manage urban mobility. By aggregating a variety of sources and applying intelligence, INRIX delivers comprehensive data and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small. We are literally everywhere with over 450 customers across 60 countries. INRIX has offices in Kirkland, Seattle, Santa Monica, London, Manchester and Munich.

Contact:
Lindsay Kahn,
GGP Public Relations Manager
312-960-2616

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GGP launches new parking app powered by INRIX
GGP launches new parking app powered by INRIX

 

Source: GGP