FÜHRUNGSWECHSEL IN DER MIGROS GOLDACH

FÜHRUNGSWECHSEL IN DER MIGROS GOLDACH
FÜHRUNGSWECHSEL IN DER MIGROS GOLDACH

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nach 41 Jahren bei der Migros tritt Martin Baumann in den verdienten Ruhestand. Seine Position als Filialleiter in Goldach übernimmt Marcel Gantenbein.

Der Filialleiterwechsel in der Migros Goldach wird von eindrücklichen Zahlen umrahmt: Martin Baumann kann auf 41 Berufsjahre beim orangen M zurückblicken. Sein 36-jähriger Nachfolger Marcel Gantenbein feiert im nächsten Jahr bereits sein 20-Jahr-Jubiläum. Damit die Kundschaft die Möglichkeit hat, sich vom langjährigen Filialleiter zu verabschieden und gleichzeitig ihren neuen Ansprechpartner kennenzulernen, findet in der Migros Goldach am Freitag, 30. September, von 14 bis 18 Uhr ein Apéro statt.

Fordernde Aufgaben, bereichernde Begegnungen
Marcel Gantenbein, der sich ab Oktober für die Filiale in Goldach verantwortlich zeigt, ist der Migros Ostschweiz seit seinen Anfängen treu geblieben. Nach der Detailhandelslehre im Supermarkt seines Heimatorts Uzwil, zog es ihn nach Wil, wo er bis zum Fachleiter Molkerei aufstieg. Zwischen 2005 und 2013 sammelte er in den Migros-Filialen Spisertor und Rheineck als Filialleiter Führungserfahrung. In den vergangenen drei Jahren amtete er als stellvertretender Geschäftsführer des Einkaufzentrums Rheinpark.

Seiner neuer neuen Funktion in Goldach blickt er gespannt entgegen. „Ich freue mich auf die spannenden und herausfordernden Aufgaben, die auf unser 30-köpfiges Team zukommen werden. Und natürlich auf die vielfältige Kundschaft und die tagtäglichen Begegnungen in der Migros Goldach.“ Die Messlatte für seine zukünftige Filiale hat der 36-Jährige hoch gesetzt: „Ich möchte, dass die Kundschaft uns beim täglichen Einkauf als frischeste und freundlichste Detaillistin wahrnimmt.“ Auf dieses Ziel arbeiten Marcel Gantenbein und sein Team mit Warenverfügbarkeit, einer grossen Portion Freundlichkeit und einer gezielten Verkaufsförderung hin.

Sich stetig weiterentwickeln
Martin Baumann hat in der Migros wahre Wanderjahre hinter sich. Nach seiner Lehre in der Migros Neumarkt verbrachte er immer rund vier Jahre an einem Standort. „Die Migros bot mir die Möglichkeit, mich laufend weiterzuentwickeln“, erzählt er. „Diese Wechsel brachten mich persönlich weiter und helfen meiner Meinung nach auch dem Unternehmen.“ Sie würden den Einzelnen zwingen, sich immer wieder frisch mit seiner Situation auseinanderzusetzen. „Das schärft den Blick und fordert.“

Für Martin Baumann ist klar, was er von seiner Arbeit am meisten vermissen wird. „Das sind die Menschen, die ich in meiner Zeit bei der Migros kennenlernen durfte.“ Für die Zeit nach der Pensionierung hat er sich noch nicht allzu viel vorgenommen, möchte sich aber auf jeden Fall seiner Harley, seinem Oldtimer und dem Wandern widmen. „Ich denke, eine Haltung zu entwickeln, jeden Morgen aufzustehen und nicht mehr genau zu wissen, was der Tag bringt, wird eine Herausforderung.“

Contact:

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Kommunikation/Kulturprozent/Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
071 493 24 92
071 493 27 89
christian.possa@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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UMBAU IN DER MIGROS TURBENTHAL ERFOLGREICH ABGESCHLOSSEN

UMBAU IN DER MIGROS TURBENTHAL ERFOLGREICH ABGESCHLOSSEN
UMBAU IN DER MIGROS TURBENTHAL ERFOLGREICH ABGESCHLOSSEN

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ab dem 29. September 2016 begrüssen Filialleiter Reto Stamm und sein Team die Kundschaft in einer rundum modernisierten Migros Turbenthal. Der Abschluss des Umbaus wird von 29. September bis 1. Oktober 2016 mit attraktiven Aktionen gefeiert.

Mit dem Abschluss der knapp halbjährigen Umbauzeit erwartet die Kundschaft der Migros Turbenthal ein neues Migros-Einkaufserlebnis. So konnte zum einen die Verkaufsfläche durch das Versetzen des Eingangs und das Verschieben eines Teils der Gebäudehülle um 200 m2 auf 1‘200 m2 vergrössert werden. Dies ermöglicht eine optimierte Wegführung und Warenpräsentation und schafft Raum für das bargeldlose Bezahlsystem Subito. Kunden können dabei wählen, ob sie die ausgewählten Produkte bereits während dem Rundgang durch den Laden scannen möchten – das sogenannte Self-Scanning – oder in der Kassenzone am Ende des Einkaufs beim Self-Checkout. Selbstverständlich stehen auch weiterhin ausreichend bediente Kassen zur Verfügung. In der grosszügig angelegten Frischeabteilung werden Früchte, Gemüse, Käse, Fisch, Fleisch und Charcuterie-Produkte sowie Blumen und Pflanzen in Selbstbedienung angeboten. Dank der Aufbackstation profitieren die Kundinnen und Kunden bis Ladenschluss von ofenfrischem Brot. Neu ist in den Supermarkt auch eine Textilfresh-Annahmestelle integriert, nach 48 Stunden können die frisch gereinigten Textilien dort wieder abgeholt werden. Insgesamt hat die Migros Ostschweiz rund sieben Millionen Franken in die Modernisierung der Migros Turbenthal investiert.

ünftig ressourcenschonenderer Betrieb möglich
Auch die Haustechnik wurde beim Umbau auf den neuesten Stand gebracht. Eine Photovoltaikanlage sorgt künftig für einen ressourcenschonenderen Betrieb des Supermarkts, ebenso wie die Beleuchtung mit LED-Spots und -Röhren, die Nutzung der Abwärme der gewerblichen Kälte im Heizkreislauf und die Verwendung von Kühlmöbeln der neusten Generation. Zudem wurden wo immer möglich materialökologisch sinnvolle Baustoffe verwendet.

Attraktive Eröffnungsaktivitäten
Von Donnerstag bis Samstag, 29. September bis 1. Oktober 2016, feiert die Migros Turbenthal ihre Wiedereröffnung. An diesen Tagen kommen Kundinnen und Kunden in den Genuss von zehn Prozent Rabatt auf das reguläre Supermarkt-Sortiment. Ausserdem gibt es für nur CHF 2.50 eine Bratwurst vom Grill mit Bürli, dazu kostenlos ein Aproz-Mineralwasser. Zudem darf sich die Kundschaft auf eine süsse Überraschung freuen – es het solang’s het. Beim Kiosk können am Swisslos Glücksrad attraktive Preise gewonnen werden. Und auch für musikalische Unterhaltung ist gesorgt: Am Freitag spielt von 11 bis 15 Uhr das Trio Esther, Rita und Waldi, am Samstag von 10.30-14.30 Uhr Peter Hintermann. Filialleiter Reto Stamm und sein Team freuen sich auf zahlreiche Besucherinnen und Besucher.

Kommunikation:

Silke Seichter
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
071 493 24 50
071 493 27 89
silke.seichter@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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Topaz Quality Fuels Index 2016 reveals 96% of Irish motorists want to reduce their impact on the environment

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz Quality Fuels Index 2016 reveals Ireland’s preferences when it comes to filling up the fuel tank.

Topaz, Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, has today announced the results of its 2016 Quality Fuels Index, which exposes what Irish motorists really think when it comes to fuelling up. The results have revealed that a massive 96% want to reduce their impact on the environment by driving more efficiently on the country’s roads.

Topaz are calling on the nation’s drivers to clean and protect their car engine’s vital parts by using its groundbreaking Quality Fuel additive, which improves efficiency on all major engine types by up to 3% and helps to keep your vehicle performing at its best. In its 2nd year, the findings from the 2016 Topaz Quality Fuels index has revealed some very interesting facts about Irish motorists.

A significant 83% of respondents have confessed that they fuel up to the nearest round number, when asked why 45% admitted that they never thought of the reasoning behind it but 24% have asserted that it’s down to the inner creatures of habit in us! Focusing on consumer behavior regarding tank fill patterns, under half (46%) admit that €10 is the smallest amount of fuel they have ever put into their car, while 29% assert that they’ve put €5 worth of fuel into their tank on occasion.

To fuel stop…or not to fuel stop!
Making that all important decision on where to stop for fuelling up is not a decision that Ireland’s drivers take lightly. Over 70% of motorists will only fuel up with a recognized retailer, with the in-store product range available in the country’s forecourts impacting a quarter of respondents when it comes to their decision on where to stop.

In the unbranded survey, Topaz has come out as the most favoured fuel supplier, with 37% asserting that the retailer would be their preferred choice for fuel and convenience edging out their closest competitors. When asked why, 70% have asserted that accessibility to water and to check tyre pressure on the forecourt is important and 83% of respondents prefer to combine their fuel stop with their grocery shop.

You’ve got a fuelling friend
57% of respondents would call upon a parent or guardian for assistance if they got into a spot of fuelling bother, while 17% would pick up the phone right away to AA breakdown assistance. Vulnerability is the first thing 37% of Irish drivers feel if they’re running low on fuel while on a motorway, while just under a quarter of respondents (24%) feel uncomfortable when they’re running on near empty driving a by-road.
When asked what the key step respondents take to conserve their fuel would be, almost two-thirds (64%) admit that they keep their RPM (revolutions per minute) low. Another topic that’s splitting respondents is the level of frequency in which they check their tyres, while 40% check theirs monthly, 24% even go so far as check them weekly.

Now it’s time to protect your engine with Topaz’s Quality Fuels additive!
Today’s survey results announcement reinforces the importance of the fuel you choose in keeping your car performance at its best. Keeping your car regularly topped up, ensuring the correct tyre pressure and purchasing fuel from a trusted branded retailer are all ways in which customers can ensure maximum performance from their vehicle. Couple these tips with Topaz’s Quality Fuels which contain a powerful in-fuel additive that improves your engine’s efficiency by up 3% when compared to standard fuels.

Topaz’s fuel experts have worked closely with an industry leading laboratory to develop an innovative, in-fuel additive that has been scientifically proven to take your vehicle further per tank than ordinary unadditised fuel. Topaz Quality Fuels are further Quality Approved by AA Ireland, giving you added reassurance with a standard that allows for Topaz to constantly check the level of service they provide and the quality of its products against the highest standards in the marketplace.

Gordon Lawlor, Fuels Director of Topaz Energy said: ‘Most of us are prone to being creatures of habit when it comes to filling up the fuel tank.  With the launch of our Topaz Quality Fuels campaign for 2016, we want to educate motorists to understand that not all fuels are the same. We hope that this survey would continue to encourage drivers nationwide to use Topaz Quality Fuels. Our fuels can help to clean your engine and improve your vehicles fuel efficiency by up to 3% thanks to our powerful fuel additive which is unique to the Irish marketplace.

Director of Consumer Affairs of AA Ireland, Conor Faughnan commented: “When it comes to reducing the environmental impact of driving, as well as ensuring the best running of their car, many motorists overlook the importance of fuel quality. By using a higher quality petrol or diesel, drivers will save money in the short and long-term by avoiding the damage which a lower quality fuel can cause to the vital parts of their car.”

For more information on the Topaz Quality Fuels, visit www.topaz.ie or Topaz Energy on Facebook.

Contact:

Topaz Head Office Tel: +353 (0)1 202 8888
Topaz Home Heat: Tel: 1850 250 650
Topaz Fax: +353 (0) 1 282 8320

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Topaz Quality Fuels Index 2016 reveals 96% of Irish motorists want to reduce their impact on the environment
Topaz Quality Fuels Index 2016 reveals 96% of Irish motorists want to reduce their impact on the environment

 

Source: Topaz

METRO GROUP announces early extension of existing agreement with German Federation of the Tafel food banks

Düsseldorf, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — At today’s ( 22 September 2016) reception on the Day of the Tafel Food Bank, METRO GROUP underscored the high priority of its partnership with the German Federation of the Tafel food banks through an early extension of the existing agreement until 2020. With this move, METRO shows its appreciation for a cooperation that has already been running successfully for a decade. The annual Day of the German Tafel Food Banks, a meeting of representatives from the non-profit Tafel organisation as well as friends and sponsors from charities, politics and industry, is held to draw attention to the concerns and achievements of the Tafel food banks, thank its sponsors and donors, and attract new support.

The German Food Bank Federation Deutsche Tafel e.V. acts as the umbrella organisation for the local Tafel food banks in Germany – in total more than 900 across the nation. As its main financial sponsor, METRO GROUP has been supporting the federation in the operation of a professional organisation and in establishing a European network since January 2006. The cooperation with the European Federation of Food Banks, or FEBA for short, will be also pushed forward. For more than 20 years, the sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real have been donating food to support the work of the local Tafel food banks on a daily basis. Donations involve products that are still of perfect quality, but can no longer be sold at the stores on account of their approaching best before date.

Heiko Hutmacher, Member of the Management Board and Chief Human Resources Officer of METRO AG, commented: “Retail is a sector that contributes to social cohesion and we at METRO GROUP live up to our responsibilities as a corporate citizen. That is why we are happy and proud that our partnership with the German Federation of the Tafel food banks has been so successful. This is also evident from the fact that our employees, through their personal engagement, organize activities that invite our staff members to get actively involved.” This week, for example, staff working at the METRO Campus in Düsseldorf collected non-perishable food and sanitary products that will be donated to the local Tafel food bank in Düsseldorf as additional support.

One event that has already become a “classic” is the Christmas Charity Meal. For more than a decade, METRO has been offering an entertaining and festive atmosphere for the homeless and people in need of the Düsseldorf Tafel organisation. The food is brought from the company´s canteen and helpful employees take on the service tasks. They organise the processes at the serving counter, serve the food and distribute small seasonal gifts.

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

For more information, please visit www.metrogroup.de.

Contact:
METRO AG
Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
40235 Düsseldorf

Phone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52
Fax +49 (0) 211 68 86-20 01

www.metrogroup.de
presse@metro.de
@Metro_Comms

Evolution Fresh announces five new juice blends to launch in March 2017

Evolution Fresh announces five new juice blends to launch in March 2017
Evolution Fresh announces five new juice blends to launch in March 2017

 

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Evolution Fresh, a market leader in cold-pressed, High-Pressure Processed (HPP) juice, announced five new juice blends will hit grocery shelves in March 2017: four nourishing Evolution Fresh™ Organic Superfoods Juices and a hydrating Evolution Fresh™ Watermelon Juice. Attendees of the September 2016 Natural Products Expo East tradeshow in Baltimore had a chance to preview the newest additions that will drive the next chapter of growth for the Evolution Fresh portfolio.

Cold-pressed, HPP juice trailblazer, Evolution Fresh, has leveraged the scale of their 264,000 square foot state-of-the-art juicery to distribute cold-pressed HPP juice in natural channel, grocery, mass and club locations nationwide as well as U.S. and Canada Starbucks® stores nationwide. Led by founder Jimmy Rosenberg, the juicery’s in-house innovation team developed these new nourishing juices that support a range of consumers in their wellness goals. According to Evolution Fresh research, these 2017 innovations aim to deliver against the top two drivers for super premium juice purchases – healthy snacks and refreshment.*

New Organic Superfoods Juices Inspired by the Morning Ritual of Evolution Fresh founder, Jimmy Rosenberg
Immense growth has not swayed Evolution Fresh from their mission to bring high quality, cold-pressed HPP juices to the masses and inspire a healthy lifestyle. In fact, Evolution Fresh still looks to their founder for vision and inspiration. The idea for the new line of Organic Superfoods Juices was inspired by Rosenberg and the juices he blends in his own kitchen. He starts his day with a simple choice: a homemade superfood juice blend that is packed with nourishing, flavorful fresh seasonal produce, nut milk and a boost of his favorite ingredients such as kale, baobab, chia, turmeric, ginger, cocoa, acerola cherry and spirulina algae.

“For years I have craved this perfect blend of nutrients every morning. That tells me, if I’m craving it, it’s because it’s feeding my body in a very meaningful way,” said Rosenberg. “These organic superfood juices remind me of the reason I started selling juice 30 years ago. I discovered the nutritional choices that make me feel good and uncovered a deep passion to share this with others.”

Evolution Fresh thoughtfully picked more than 10 different types of unique ingredients to include across the four flavors of new Evolution Fresh Organic Superfoods Juices. For the first time, Evolution Fresh is featuring coconut milk in a new line of cold-pressed juices to satisfy a common request from consumers for nourishing cold-pressed juice blends that can be enjoyed as a snack. The Evolution Fresh™ Organic Superfoods Juice line-up includes:

Greens, Turmeric & Cocoa: A new twist on green juice, this Organic Superfoods Juice combines dark leafy greens, algae and cucumbers balanced with mellow coconut milk sweetened with apples and mangos, and finished with a dash of cinnamon, black pepper and salt for a complex sophisticated taste.

Cocoa, Turmeric & Ginger: Rich cocoa blended with ginger, turmeric, vanilla, cinnamon and a touch of cayenne for a warm finish.

Pineapple, Mint & Ginger: This sweet and tart blend of pineapples, mangos and oranges is balanced with cucumbers and spinach with hints of mint and ginger.

Turmeric Golden Milk: Turmeric is blended with coconut milk, orange, mango and pineapple and finished with vanilla, ginger and cinnamon. This juice provides 50 percent of the daily value of vitamin A per 11-ounce bottle.

New Evolution Fresh Watermelon Juice Naturally Hydrates and Replenishes Electrolytes

Evolution Fresh knows consumers look for refreshment and simple ingredients when purchasing cold-pressed juice, and with this thirst-quenching option, Evolution Fresh is now cold-pressing fresh watermelons and lemons into a naturally hydrating juice.

“Developing a signature, cold-pressed source of hydration and refreshment has been at the top of our list,” said Anne Williams, vice president, Evolution Fresh Marketing. “Watermelon juice replenishes without added sugars, artificial colors or flavors. Replacing one of your daily water servings with the freshness of watermelon makes hydrating more of a treat, a treat that delivers 330mg of potassium per eight-ounce serving.”

All new Evolution Fresh products mentioned here will be available in March 2017.

Media contact:

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

Source: Starbucks

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New Champions 12.3 report calls on all nations to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030

New Champions 12.3 report calls on all nations to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030
New Champions 12.3 report calls on all nations to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030

 

Washington, D.C, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new report released assesses the world’s progress toward Target 12.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which calls on all nations to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030. Given the magnitude of food loss and waste globally, the report recommends nations, cities and businesses in the food supply chain move quickly to set reduction targets, measure progress and take action to reduce food loss and waste.

One-third of all food produced is never eaten by people. The impact of this loss and waste worldwide is tremendous. Food loss and waste is responsible for $940 billion in economic losses and 8 percent of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the European Union, costing an estimated 143 billion euros. The FAO reports that the amount of food wasted in Europe could feed 200 million people.

The new publication, SDG Target 12.3 on Food Loss and Waste: 2016 Progress Reportwas released on behalf of Champions 12.3, a unique coalition of leaders from government, business and civil society around the world dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilising action, and accelerating progress toward achieving SDG Target 12.3.

Europe-based Champions include Tesco Group Chief Executive Dave Lewis (chair of Champions 12.3), European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Peter Bakker, Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, Chairman of the Executive Board for Rabobank Wiebe Draijer, Consumer Goods Forum Managing Director Peter Freedman, Wageningen University & Research Centre’s President of the Executive Board Louise Fresco, Senior Fellow and Director of Food Loss and Waste at World Resources Institute Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP (Waste Resources & Action Programme) Marcus Gover, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to UN FAO Hans Hoogeveen, WWF International President Yolanda Kakabadse, CEO of Sodexo Group Michel Landel, Denmark’s Minister for the Environment and Food Esben Lunde Larsen, CEO of UnileverPaul Polman, Chairman of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research Juan Lucas Restrepo Ibiza, CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board for Royal DSM Feike Sijbesma, Director of the Oxford Martin School Achim Steiner and Feedback founderTristram Stuart.

According to the report, governments and organisations across Europe have taken a number of notable steps over the past year (SDG Target 12.3 was set in September 2015) to reduce food loss and waste:

  • European Union: The European Commission established the “EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste,” a collaboration amongst public and private actors to identify food loss and waste prevention measures, share best practice and evaluate progress over time in support of the delivery of Target 12.3.
  • Denmark: The Danish government has launched a grant program to support domestic projects for combatting food waste arising anywhere in the food supply chain—from production to consumption.
  • France: In February of this year, France adopted legislation that requires French supermarkets to donate unsold yet still edible food to charities.
  • Germany: The German Ministry of Agriculture has dedicated €10 million to develop “smart packaging” that uses electronic chip sensors to determine how food has aged and communicate to consumers the food’s freshness and safety.
  • Italy: A series of national measures to tackle food waste were adopted under a new law in August 2016 aiming to reduce the country’s total annual wastage by one million tonnes.
  • The Netherlands: In July, The Netherlands hosted the AU-EU Conference—Investing in a Food Secure Future in close cooperation with the African Union (AU) Commission and the European Commission. The conference identified food loss and waste reduction as a key area for improved AU-EU cooperation and developed a number of concrete actions that will be pursued in the coming year.
  • The United Kingdom: The UK has one of the most extensive estimates of country-level food waste in the world; the British non-profit organisation WRAP has published country-wide food waste estimates in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2016. This year it launched a new voluntary agreement, the Courtauld Commitment 2025, aimed at reducing food waste by a further fifth.
  • The International Food Waste Coalition launched a program to reduce food waste in schools, with pilots in France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
  • In 2016, Tesco rolled out Community Food Connection, which utilises an online app with FareShare Food Cloud to link unsold yet still safe food with local food charities in real time, reducing the amount of food that goes uneaten.

However, considering the enormous scope of the food loss and waste challenge, Europe and other regions need to do much more. The report offers three recommendations for leaders to meet Target 12.3 by 2030:

  1. Target: Targets set ambition, and ambition motivates action. Every country, major city and company involved in the food supply chain should set food loss and waste reduction targets consistent with Target 12.3 in order to ensure sufficient attention and focus.
  2. Measure: What gets measured gets managed. The report recommends governments and companies quantify and report on food loss and waste and monitor progress over time through 2030.
  3. Act: Impact only occurs if people act. Governments and companies should accelerate and scale up adoption of policies, incentives, investment and practices that reduce food loss and waste.

To read the full report, visit https://champions123.org/2016-progress-report/.

Dave Lewis, CEO, Tesco: “It is vital that organisations begin measuring food waste, and set reduction targets.  In 2013, Tesco became the first and only UK retailer to publish independently assured food waste data. It was a move that was instrumental in showing us where we needed to focus our efforts. Once we identified the problems areas we knew where to act. By measuring food waste, setting targets and building action plans, organisations are able to manage food waste as they would other business critical processes.”

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety: “To fight food waste, we need to redesign our food value chain, eliminating waste at each stage and making any surplus food readily available to those in need.  This requires close co-operation of all actors and I am confident that the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste will help accelerate our progress towards SDG Target 12.3”.

Peter Bakker, President and CEO, WBCSD: “Wasting a third of the food we produce is an alarming symptom of our profoundly broken global food system. It is easy to see the business logic in improving this ratio: what you don’t waste, you don’t have to produce. Addressing this through Target 12.3 will also bring a range of other benefits – we’ll require less natural resources for production, and we can improve food security and efficiency simultaneously. To help achieve this goal, WBCSD is bringing together companies from around the world to lead the way for the private sector in accelerating the transition to a world with truly sustainable food systems.”

Paul Bulcke, CEO, Nestlé: “Momentum is growing toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3. I am convinced that by working together, we can accelerate efforts and develop effective solutions to help reduce food loss and waste globally. Nestlé will play its part. Bold action is what matters, and we are already committed to achieve zero waste for disposal in our sites by 2020.”

Wiebe Draijer, Chairman of the Executive Board, Rabobank: “With the global launch of Champions 12.3 this year, essential stakeholders worldwide have committed to join efforts in the reduction of Food Losses and Waste. We believe it is now time to identify the most imminent causes of food loss, to develop solutions, and to assemble the coalition to identify business cases and make investments bankable.”

Peter Freedman, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum: “The CGF is proud to be associated with Champions 12.3 and welcomes the report published today. Our Food Waste Resolution sets targets that are fully aligned with SDG 12.3 and we are now focused on implementing it. Consistent with the second step of the approach endorsed by Champions 12.3, this summer we partnered with the World Resources Institute to launch the first ever global standard for the measurement of food loss and waste (FLW). Now, consistent with the third step, we continue to support our members’ implementation actions, through educational webinars on the FLW Standard and sharing best practices.”

Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute: “It’s appalling that one-third of all food the world produces is lost or wasted. It’s not just about the lost food and the obvious economic, social and environmental impacts. Food loss and waste is also a significant contributor to climate change. We have a critical issue on our hands and we must better manage resources in order to sustain generations to come. I’m heartened at the efforts to reduce food loss and waste that have gained traction in the past year, and with even greater action by governments and businesses we can accelerate global progress toward Target 12.3.”

Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP: “The world’s growing population has implications for land, environment and resources, so ensuring food systems are fit for the future is one of the biggest challenges of our time. WRAP has been working on this for over a decade, forging partnerships and galvanizing action through the Courtauld Commitment. As a result, since 2007, we have helped reduce food waste by over a million tonnes per year, across retail, hospitality and food service, and in the home. Our ambitious goals align with Target 12.3, and I’m delighted to see that through Champions 12.3, good progress is already being made.”

Hans Hoogeveen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations for Food and Agriculture: “Worldwide, food loss and waste impedes food security and fuels climate change. For advancing the agreed 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development this issue must be tackled today. Food that is ultimately lost or wasted consumes about a quarter of all water used by agriculture, requires cropland area the size of China, and is responsible for an estimated 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.”

Yolanda Kakabadse, President, WWF International: “I am delighted to support this excellent initiative which aims to inspire ambition, mobilise action, and accelerate progress to reduce global food waste all along the path from source to the table. Reducing food loss and waste is a vital first step to achieve local and global food security whilst reducing the pressure on nature. It is the start of a longer journey to create a food system that ensures people and nature thrive in harmony.”

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever: “The pathway to achieving a world where no food goes to waste is set out in Champions 12.3 Progress Report. We need to set clear targets, measure the problem and take action working with governments, private sector, civil society and consumers. Ending food waste will help fight food insecurity, reduce costs for the global economy and mitigate climate change.”

Achim Steiner, Director, the Oxford Martin School: “Whether you take an ecological, economic or ethical perspective, reducing food waste and loss makes eminent sense.  Recent efforts in Europe are heartening in terms of meeting SDG Target 12.3.  From information to legislation – we need ‘all hands on deck’ to ensure that producers and consumers can work together along the whole supply chain to ensure that food loss and waste are significantly reduced.”

Champions 12.3 is a coalition of executives from governments, businesses, international organisations, research institutions, farmer groups and civil society dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilising action and accelerating progress toward achieving SDG Target 12.3 by 2030. World Resources Institute and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands serve as co-secretariats of Champions 12.3.

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

Learn more at www.Champions123.org

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

Source: Tesco

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Amazon announces expansion of Handmade at Amazon into Europe

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) today (Sep. 22, 2016) announced the expansion of Handmade at Amazon, a store featuring genuinely handmade items crafted and sold directly from European artisans, to its five European local marketplaces. With Handmade at Amazon, customers can discover products from artisans with the familiar Amazon experience they know and trust. Amazon customers in Germany, France, Italy,Spain, the United Kingdom and across Europe can now shop over 30,000 genuinely handcrafted items, with hundreds of new products being added each day, sold directly by European artisans new to the Handmade at Amazon store.

“When we introduce a new business at Amazon we think long-term and globally. Since launch, we’ve received feedback from customers and artisans around the world that they want a Handmade at Amazon store in their local marketplace,” said Steve Johnson, Director at Amazon. “With our focus on genuine handcrafted products, the Handmade at Amazon store has been a big hit with artisans and customers in the U.S. and we’re encouraged by the strong growth of sales and customer traffic. Amazon has become a one-stop shop for holiday gifting, and this year customers will see hundreds of thousands more handmade items, with thousands eligible for Prime two-day shipping.”

Since the launch of Handmade at Amazon in the U.S. less than a year ago, Amazon’s selection of quality handcrafted products has grown over 5x to include more than 500,000 items from all 50 states and over 80 countries around the world. Artisan crafted products are available in ten categories, and over 50 percent of items include options for customer personalization.

In the U.S., Handmade at Amazon has continued to add new features, making shopping for handmade items convenient and easier than ever, including:

  • Connect with the Artisan: Allowing customers to interact directly with artisans to commission products that are completely their own.
  • Martha Stewart American Made store: Featuring local artisans hand selected by Martha Stewart.
  • Made in Italy store: Offering handcrafted items from Italian artisans.

Heading into the Holidays, Handmade at Amazon will release its second annual Holiday Gift Guide, featuring curated lists of artisan-made products for her, for kids, for him, and more. Presented by audience and by price, the gift guide makes finding the perfect handmade gift easier than ever.

All products available on Handmade at Amazon are factory-free and must be made by hand. Handmade at Amazon features a variety of product categories including Accessories, Baby and Toys & Games, Jewelry, Home Décor, Artwork, Stationery and Party Supplies, Kitchen and Dining, and Furniture.

About Amazon

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

Media Hotline:
206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Kesko publishes statement of commitment on human rights

HELSINKI, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko has completed a human rights impact assessment in compliance with UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The extensive survey involved listening to the views of customers, personnel and high-risk country factory workers on human rights and on the implementation of human rights in the K-Group’s operations.

In 2014, Kesko initiated a human rights impact assessment in compliance with the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The principles obligate business enterprises to respect human rights in all their operations. Business enterprises shall survey the human rights impacts and risks of their operations, create systems to avoid the risks and lay out processes for any corrective actions.

During the work, identified salient human rights impacts were investigated, risks related to them were assessed, and monitoring, indicators and corrective actions were agreed on.Human rights assessment is a continuous process for Kesko that will be reviewed every three years and updated on the website.

Non-discrimination, accessibility and availability important for customers

During the autumn of 2015 and spring of 2016, the views of stakeholders on human rights and their implementation in the operations of the K-Group were surveyed.

“We heard our stakeholders in order to investigate how different customer groups saw human rights implemented in various situations in stores. District coordinators of SASK interviewed factory workers in factories manufacturing Kesko’s branded goods in four high-risk countries: China, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines. For our own personnel, we utilized Kesko’s personnel survey and surveyed chief shop stewards”, says Matti Kalervo, Kesko’s Vice President for Corporate Responsibility.

Customer hearings reinforced Kesko’s view that the right to health, children’s right to special protection and the prohibition of discrimination are seen by customers as the most central human rights that Kesko has to take care of. Special attention has to be paid to the zero tolerance of discrimination, the development and maintenance of grievance mechanisms for discrimination as well as the development and maintenance of accessibility and availability.

The results from the assessments of high-risk country factories in China, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines were largely consistent with BSCI and SA8000 reports. Employment relationships were found to be fragile, and there were omissions in working hours and overtime pay, among other things. Employee organisations were found to be practically prohibited. Kesko has forwarded the information to the BSCI organisation for future development of auditing procedures.

Kesko published its statement of commitment on human rights

In compliance with the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the management of a responsible company shall make a public statement of commitment on human rights.

Kesko has published the following statement of commitment on its website:

· Kesko respects all internationally recognized human rights.
· In compliance with the due diligence obligation, Kesko has, and will, establish its procedures and practices in ways which respect human rights in all of Kesko’s operations.
· Kesko’s operations have a salient impact on the human rights of four groups: customers, personnel, purchasing chains and communities in which we operate.
· Kesko listens to its stakeholders’ views on human rights and takes them into account in the development of its operations.
· Kesko expects its business partners to respect all internationally recognised human rights.

See Kesko’s entire human rights assessment at www.kesko.fi/humanrightscommitment.

Kesko is a Finnish listed trading sector company. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. In 2015, Kesko’s net sales totalled €8.7 billion and it employed more than 20,000 people. Kesko operates in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Kesko’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main premises are in Helsinki. www.kesko.fi

Further information:
Matti Kalervo
Kesko Corporation
Vice President for Corporate Responsibility
tel. +358 50 306 4081
matti.kalervo@kesko.fi

Source: Kesko Corporation

Dom Pérignon features Christoph Waltz in its new campaign for Dom Pérignon P2 champagne

Dom Pérignon features Christoph Waltz in its new campaign for Dom Pérignon P2 champagne
Dom Pérignon features Christoph Waltz in its new campaign for Dom Pérignon P2 champagne

 

Paris, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dom Pérignon has unveiled its first advertising film for Dom Pérignon P2. The international campaign features acclaimed actor Christoph Waltz as he experiences this exceptional champagne.

Entitled “Touched with plenitude”, the campaign portrays the unique moment when the palate discovers the elegant bubbles of Dom Pérignon P2, creating unique emotion. To capture the emotions sparked by the encounter with an exceptional champagne defined by a perfect balance of intensity and lightness, Dom Pérignon invited special guest Christoph Waltz, the celebrated Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning Austrian actor.

In a refined black and white film shot by Billy Kidd, the actor precisely translates the sensations triggered by the encounter with the champagne, sharing the emotions of the tasting experience with precise yet subtle expressions. Each Dom Pérignon champagne has a distinct universe. P2 is the result of 16 years of elaboration in the cellars, the time for this exceptional champagne to reach the peak of energy, precision and intensity.

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

Source: LVMH

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Bulgari unveiled the newly restored Spanish Steps in Rome

Bulgari unveiled the newly restored Spanish Steps in Rome
Bulgari unveiled the newly restored Spanish Steps in Rome

 

Paris, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bulgari today (SEPTEMBER 23, 2016) unveiled the newly restored Spanish Steps, one of Rome’s most iconic monuments, after two years of work. The storied Roman jeweler is proud to contribute to the preservation of Roman heritage.

On Friday, September 23rd, Romans were once again delighted to walk up the monumental Spanish Steps, a symbol of Rome’s cultural and architectural heritage. Following a restoration project financed by Bulgari that began in October 2015, the 138 steps have been returned to their gleaming splendor. The inauguration took place on Thursday, attended by Rome mayor Virginia Raggi and Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bulgari.

To mark the 130th anniversary of the House in 2014, Bulgari donated 1.5 million euros to the city of Rome to finance the project. “Today we are delighted to celebrate with the city the return of a monument whose splendor represents the grandeur of Rome,” said Jean-Christophe Babin. The Spanish Steps have special historic resonance for Bulgari as the connection between Via Sistina, where Roman jeweler Sotirio Bulgari opened his first shop in 1884, and Via dei Condotti, now home to its flagship store.

To celebrate the event, Bulgari organized an inaugural evening Piazza di Spagna, inviting 30 Roman citizens whose names were drawn at random from a list provided by the municipality. Also attending were ten prisoners who volunteered to work on the renovation project without pay as part of a rehabilitation program organized by the city of Rome and supported by Bulgari.

Bulgari is deeply attached to Rome and its heritage and has plans for future projects designed to help preserve the city’s unique beauty.

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

Source: LVMH

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EROSKI abre una nueva gasolinera en Castro Urdiales junto a su hipermercado

EROSKI abre una nueva gasolinera en Castro Urdiales junto a su hipermercado
EROSKI abre una nueva gasolinera en Castro Urdiales junto a su hipermercado

 

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha inaugurado hoy una gasolinera en Castro Urdiales (Cantabria) junto al hipermercado que tiene en la calle Brazomar s/n del municipio costero. La estación de servicio combina la venta asistida durante el horario comercial y el autoservicio durante las 24 horas del día. Sus surtidores ofrecen gasolina 95, gasolina 98 y gasóleo A y gasóleo A+ aditivado.

Con una inversión de 700.000 euros, la apertura de la gasolinera en la localidad ha supuesto la creación de cuatro puestos de trabajo. Dicha inversión incluye los trabajos de urbanización de la zona que abarcan la ejecución de un paseo al borde del río Brazomar, la acera pública, el alumbrado y la reparación de la rotonda existente en las proximidades. Asimismo, EROSKI ha cedido para uso público parte de la superficie de su parcela para aceras y zonas verdes.

La nueva estación de servicio EROSKI en Castro Urdiales ofrece el mejor precio de la zona en la venta de combustible. La cooperativa prevé que la nueva estación de servicio EROSKI alcance la venta de 8,5 millones de litros de combustible anuales y que por ella pasen alrededor de 250.000 vehículos al año.

“Nuestras gasolineras mantienen una política permanente de precios ajustados, trasladando al consumidor las bajadas de precio de los combustibles y manteniendo siempre una ventaja diferencial significativa con nuestros competidores” ha declarado el responsable comercial de la red de gasolineras de EROSKI, Francisco Javier Fontaneda. “Nos diferenciamos, entre otras cosas, por el ahorro que generamos a nuestros Socios y Socias Cliente a través de la tarjeta EROSKI Club que también puede ser utilizada en las gasolineras EROSKI para obtener nuevos puntos Travel Club y canjear el ahorro acumulado por combustible gratis”.

El operador petrolífero BP actúa como proveedor único de todas las gasolineras EROSKI, a las cuales suministra a través del operador logístico CLH, por lo que todo el combustible comercializado por EROSKI procede de refinerías españolas.

Tercera inauguración, de un plan de 19 nuevas gasolineras EROSKI

La gasolinera hoy inaugurada en Castro es la tercera, tras la apertura en julio de otras dos en Elorrio (Bizkaia) y Binissalem (Mallorca), respectivamente, del plan de expansión de la red de gasolineras EROSKI que contempla inaugurar 19 estaciones de servicio en los próximos dos años. Con una inversión total aproximada de más de 7 millones de euros, las nuevas estaciones de servicio se pondrán en funcionamiento en Baleares, Cantabria, Cataluña, Navarra, País Vasco y Galicia y la mayoría de ellas estarán situadas junto a establecimientos EROSKI remodelados o de nueva construcción. Con este plan de expansión de su red de gasolineras la cooperativa pretende trasladar a su red de supermercados e hipermercados la gestión de estaciones de servicio para aumentar el atractivo y la competitividad de sus tiendas.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

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IKEA announces contractors for building its second Dallas-Fort Worth-area store in Grand Prairie, TX

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (09/22/2016) announced contractors are hired for building its second Dallas-Fort Worth-area store, opening in Grand Prairie, TX. Pending remaining permits, this progress allows the project to continue on track for site work to commence, with groundbreaking next month and a store opening in Fall 2017, increasing the Swedish retailer’s presence in Texas. Until then, customers can shop at Collin County’s IKEA Frisco or online at IKEA-USA.com. (Two other IKEA stores in Texas are located in Houston and Round Rock.)

IKEA has chosen MYCON General Contractors to serve as Construction Manager for the IKEA Grand Prairie site work and store development project. MYCON is a family-owned, award-winning, industry-leading commercial contractor based in Dallas specializing in ground-up construction services for the retail, industrial, office, religious, and healthcare markets in Texas and surrounding areas. Other firms assisting with this project are: real estate brokerage Segovia Real Estate Group for site selection support; Jackson Walker for local land use counsel; Winkelmann and Associates for civil engineering; Lee Engineering for Traffic and Transportation Planning, KJWW Engineering Consultants for structural; Terracon for geotechnical services; ACIES Engineering for mechanical, electrical and plumbing design; and GreenbergFarrow as project architect.

“With a contractor onboard, plans can proceed towards opening the future IKEA Grand Prairie,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “This store will provide a more convenient IKEA shopping experience for current and potential customers throughout central and western parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex who maybe live too far from IKEA Frisco.”

IKEA Grand Prairie will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, more than 300 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Grand Prairie also will provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

Located approximately 14 miles west of downtown Dallas and 18 miles east of downtown Fort Worth, the 290,000-square-foot future IKEA Grand Prairie and its 1,100 parking spaces will be built on 30 acres along the eastern side of State Highway 161 and Mayfield Road, north of Interstate-20. The additional 15 acres of land contiguous to the store eventually could be developed to accommodate opportunities for ancillary commercial or retail uses. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also is evaluating potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
Joseph Roth
Property Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, ext. 6500

Source: IKEA