BRC calls on Government to put consumers first in the forthcoming Brexit talks

LONDON, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium has called on Government negotiators to put consumers first in the forthcoming Brexit talks by ensuring their sights are firmly set on keeping shop prices low once the UK leaves the European Union.

Pledging a positive and constructive approach to achieving the best possible outcome from the negotiations starting in March, the BRC said in a letter to Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox that the Government’s strategy must focus on finding opportunities for lowering import costs as well as avoiding any increase in tariffs.

BRC CHAIRMAN RICHARD BAKER spelled out the importance of achieving trading arrangements with the rest of the world that do not put household budgets at risk.

“We will be supporting the Government through this complex and difficult process, helping them analyse how increased cost pressures on retailers could mean higher shop prices and identifying any opportunities for new trade deals that could benefit individuals and families” he said, launching the BRC’s Brexit campaign.

“The retail industry is the UK’s biggest importer, and has huge experience of importing from every corner of the world. We will be engaged in a constructive dialogue with government that will bring our experience to bear on the Brexit talks to the benefit of everyone in the UK” he added.


While UK retailers have been very successful in insulating consumers from the cost of rising business rates and labour, the recent devaluation of the pound in relation to our most important trading currencies is compounding economic headwinds, while years of deflation have left little margin to absorb added cost from import tariffs and administrative burdens.

Moreover, failure to strike a good Brexit deal by 2019 would have a disproportionately severe impact on retailers and their customers, because if the UK fell back on to World Trade Organisation rules the new tariff rates that the UK would apply to imports from the EU would be highest for consumer staples like food and clothing.

For example, the average duty on meat imports could be as high as 27%, while clothing and footwear would attract tariffs of 11-16% versus the current zero-rating for all EU imports.

Falling back on to WTO rules would also increase the cost of sourcing from beyond the EU.  The import cost of women’s clothing from Bangladesh would be 12% higher, while Chilean wine would be 14% dearer for importers. This contrasts with duty rates that would apply to raw materials and semi-finished products, many of which would be zero-rated or attract rates of duty of below 10%.

Undoubtedly, there will also be opportunities to reduce the costs of international trade outside the EU. Some of these may take time to materialise – free trade agreements typically take five or six years to negotiate.

But other opportunities to liberalise trade could be realised more quickly. For example, the UK would be free to adopt its own scheme of trade preferences (GSP) for developing countries as soon as it leaves the EU.

In adopting a national version of the GSP, the UK could look to expand the number of countries that could benefit, it could make it easier for goods to comply with the rules-of-origin that allow access to the tariff preferences and it could reduce the number of products that are currently exempted from the scheme.  Not only would this be good for UK consumers, it would provide a great boost to economic development in countries like Bangladesh, Kenya and Sri Lanka.


The BRC will also be campaigning with other industry groups for an early end to the uncertainty facing EU workers now residing in the UK and contributing to our economy. The UK retail industry employs between 100,000 and 200,000 EU nationals, who make a huge contribution in every type of role from the boardroom to distribution centres and customer service. They deserve the reassurance that they will still be welcome here, whatever Brexit may bring.


The third main platform of the BRC’s campaign will be a call on the Government to introduce only such domestic legislation and regulations on the retail industry that will promote growth during what will be a challenging time for retailers and the three million people they employ.

While retailers are happy to play their part in working for a constructive outcome to the Brexit talks, they will also be dealing with the impacts of a challenging economic outlook, intensifying competition and rapid structural change – making it considerably more difficult to protect consumers from the impacts of a greater regulatory burden.

Media Contact:

BRC Press Office
TELEPHONE: + 44 (0) 20 7854 8924
OUT OF HOURS: +44 (0) 7557 747 269

Source: BRC

Intershop to host an omni-channel commerce roundtable discussion at the eDelivery Conference, 11 October 2016, London

London, UK, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop will sponsor an omni-channel commerce roundtable discussion at the eDelivery Conference, held on 11 October 2016 at the Novotel West, London. Chaired by Intershop’s order management expert and enterprise architect Nils Breitmann, the interactive roundtable will ask why order management is the key to a seamless online and offline customer experience, and discuss the challenges, solutions, and visions of an integrated omni-channel commerce strategy.

As retailers rush to embrace omni-channel retailing to meet the ever-increasing demands of today’s savvy, always connected shoppers, they are faced with new layers of operational challenges, including the management of increasingly complex order flows. To overcome these challenges, it is essential to build a solid commerce backend, starting with a centralized omni-channel Order Management System to orchestrate omni-channel commerce processes and enable the smooth customer experience that today’s shoppers expect.

The eDelivery Conference is a pan-European event for fulfillment professionals that focuses on practical approaches to delivering the right product to the right customer at the right time, and at the same time increasing operational efficiency and profitability per order while boosting responsiveness and services. The roundtable discussions will bring together the brightest minds of the industry to share successes and challenge conventional thinking. Intershop’s roundtable will run alongside roundtables chaired by Ocado, John Lewis, M&S, and Sky. For more information, visit

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.


Intershop Public Relations
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop

New World Wine Awards 2016 releases results

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The results of the New World Wine Awards released today highlight the quality of the 2016 vintage. New vintage wines won 137 of 779 medals in this year’s New World Wine Awards, including taking out 15 Gold Medals and three varietal Champion awards.

The results of the New World Wine Awards released today highlight the quality of the 2016 vintage. New vintage wines won 137 of 779 medals in this year’s New World Wine Awards, including taking out 15 Gold Medals and three varietal Champion awards.

The judging for the New World Wine Awards takes place mid-year, making this the first major wine show of the year to evaluate new vintage wines. There were twice as many new vintage wines entered this year, as well as a record number of entries overall, reflecting the value winemakers see in entering these awards.

Jim Harré, Chair of the Judging Panel, said, “The quality of the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc entries, predominantly from New Zealand vineyards, exceeded the judging panel’s expectations.

“This is a real testament to the skill of winemakers, who’ve produced medal-winning Sauvignon Blanc wines that are restrained and elegant with a lovely balance of acidity and fruit. Other new vintage varietals that stood out were Pinot Gris and Rosé, with 2016 vintage wines in each of these classes taking out Champion awards,” said Jim Harré.

The 13-strong independent panel of wine experts who judged the 1,319 wines entered, according to the same internationally recognized points system as all other major wine shows, awarded 779 medals overall, including 88 Gold, 192 Silver and 499 Bronze medals. The best wines in each category were then re-tasted to determine the Champion wines, eight out of ten of which are from New Zealand vineyards.

New to the judging panel this year were guest international judge Sue Hodder, one of Australia’s most well-known winemakers and one of the country’s leading wine judges, Alastair Maling who is one of the elite group of experts globally to hold the Master of Wine qualification, and Simon Fell. They joined returning judges Jane Boyle, Terry Copeland, Simon Nunns, Jack Glover, Sam Kim, Dr Alastair Leggat, Olly Masters, James Rowan, and Barry Riwai.

“The calibre of the judging panel and integrity of the judging process are essential elements for any serious wine show, and we are fortunate to have such an eminent and experienced panel of judges for the New World Wine Awards. The panel includes some judges who have wine making backgrounds, providing a technical perspective, combined with others that bring a more consumer-oriented perspective.

“The New World Wine Awards attracts such high quality judges and ever-increasing numbers of high quality entries because of the robustness and credibility of the awards, and the unique focus of this wine show on affordability and availability of wines to consumers,” said Jim Harré.

In order to be eligible for entry to the New World Wine Awards the wines entered must retail for $25 or less and there must be at least 5,000 bottles available for sale. This ensures the award-winning wines are more accessible for wine lovers than is often the case for other wine awards.

“Wine lovers are increasingly recognizing the value of these awards for taking the guesswork out of choosing quality wine and eagerly anticipate the results of the New World Wine Awards each year, as reflected by how quickly some of the winning wines are snapped up,” said Mr Harré.

Following the announcement of the 2015 New World Wine Awards results last year, 323,000 bottles of wine, with a retail value in excess of $4.6m, sold in the first six weeks of the promotion. Some Champion wines were so popular that they sold-out within the first 10 days.

A video clip of the judging process, wine and food matches, wine finder guide and the full results of the New World Wine Awards 2016 are available on The Top 50 Gold Medal-winning wines are available nationwide at most New World stores.


Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs

New Zealand: PAK’nSAVE opens at the Tauranga Crossing retail development

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — New PAK’nSAVE brings 130 jobs and low supermarket prices to fast growing Tauranga suburb

The booming Bay of Plenty is set to welcome its newest supermarket with PAK’nSAVE opening in the Tauranga Crossing retail development.

The eagerly anticipated supermarket is located at 2 Taurikura Drive, Tauriko, Tauranga Crossing. It will be officially opened by the Mayor of Tauranga, Stuart Crosby, at 8.15am on Tuesday the 27th of September.

Located less than 10K away from the Tauranga CBD, The Crossing is a hub of activity with thriving homes and businesses and PAK’nSAVE will be able to provide a fresh offering for this large catchment. The new store has a modern feel with spacious aisles and is full of natural light which will add to the overall customer shopping experience.

Foodstuffs North Island Limited’s, General Manager – Property Development, Lindsay Rowles says, “There are lots of opportunities for growth in the area, and the new Tauriko store will help cater to the increasing demand this growth is placing on services. Tauranga Crossing is an exciting active retail space and we are confident the development is bringing some great services to the community.”

PAK’nSAVE Tauriko, owner-operator Jon Morrison says he is looking forward to supporting the growing Tauriko community, in part by offering a great range of high quality, fresh products at PAK’nSAVE’s lowest supermarket prices, but also by really getting involved in the area.

It’s a big job opening a store of this size but, Morrison says, “The store is looking fantastic, and I’m excited by the opportunity to bring the PAK’nSAVE offer to this new and developing community. House prices might be increasing around the region but I’m committed to doing my best to keep grocery prices down.”

With a retail floor space of 3380m2 and the latest PAK’nSAVE retail designs in place throughout the store, customers can expect their supermarket experience to be a lighter, brighter PAK’nSAVE experience.

“The combination of new, modern serve over counters and lots of natural light means customers will be able to easily select their favourite piece of salmon or eye fillet,” says Morrison. “I’m really looking forward to welcoming customers through the door and we hope they are as excited as we are.”

Morrison says he’s got a great team in place, “A lot of time and effort has gone into choosing people who are passionate about being in the world of groceries. The team are well trained and excited to be able to give our new customers a great PAK’nSAVE experience. I’ve got some really talented butchers and bakers, and we have a checkout team ready and waiting to ensure our customers leave the supermarket with a smile on their face.”

“I’ve been quite overwhelmed by the passion and dedication within the team as we have been working to complete the store and get it ready for opening. It’s a massive task, but the whole team has pulled together to ensure the store looks fantastic and everyone is trained and ready to deliver as soon as the shops doors open,” adds Morrison.

Playing an active role in the community is also something on Morrison’s radar, supermarkets are of the ‘hub’ of a community and he wants PAK’nSAVE Tauriko to be no different. “Once we find our feet I am definitely looking forward to becoming an integral part of the wider Tauriko community, supporting locals schools, sports team and community groups is something I am passionate about. I look forward to becoming involved in the wider community in the not too distant future,” says Morrison.

The store will provide over 130 job opportunities to the Tauranga community.


Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342


New Zealand: PAK’nSAVE opens at the Tauranga Crossing retail development
New Zealand: PAK’nSAVE opens at the Tauranga Crossing retail development


Source: Foodstuffs

PAK’nSAVE to raise funds for New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation thru its Pink Ribbon Appeal bag initiative

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — For a limited time PAK’nSAVE shoppers across the country can purchase a special pink reusable grocery bag for just $2. Not only will shoppers be ‘tickled pink’ with this cost effective and sustainable way to take their shopping home, but all proceeds from the PAK’nSAVE Pink Ribbon Appeal bag will go to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd. says the PAK’nSAVE team is proud to once again put its full support behind such an important cause.

“This is our second year supporting the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Last year we surpassed our expectations and donated over $72,000 to the Pink Ribbon Appeal, thanks to the wonderful support of our staff and customers. This year we are once again ‘PINK’nPROUD’ and I am confident we will see PAK’nSAVE Pink Ribbon Appeal bags in the hands of our customers across New Zealand.”

Not wanting to be left out, Stickman will show his support by making a bold style statement and pulling on his pink gumboots on TV screens for two weeks during October.

Evangelia Henderson, Chief Executive of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation says, “We are delighted to have PAK’nSAVE’s support during our Pink Ribbon Appeal. Breast cancer affects one in nine Kiwi women over the course of their lifetime. Our vision is zero deaths from breast cancer. With the support of companies like PAK’nSAVE, and the simple act of buying a pink reusable grocery bag you are helping us achieve this vision through pushing for new frontiers in early detection, supporting those with breast cancer, funding research, medical grants and advocacy.”

PAK’nSAVE is urging Kiwis to take action this October, by volunteering to the Pink Ribbon street appeal, or taking part in the Pink Ribbon Star Walks across the country. Also encouraging the ladies in your life to find out about the possible signs of breast cancer and to have a regular mammogram screening from the age of 40. Find our more from


Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342


PAK’nSAVE to raise funds for New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation thru its Pink Ribbon Appeal bag initiative
PAK’nSAVE to raise funds for New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation thru its Pink Ribbon Appeal bag initiative


Source: Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd.

Costa Coffee launches its biggest ever campaign and new promise ‘Never a Dull Cup’

London, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa Coffee today (Oct 07, 2016) launches its new promise, ‘Never a Dull Cup’, with its biggest ever campaign that premieres on Saturday 8th October during the first X Factor live show.

The promise builds on what has seen Costa become the nation’s favourite coffee shop, delivering handcrafted, barista-made coffee to over a million customers every day through over 2,000 stores and 20,000 baristas.

Since being founded by brothers Bruno and Sergio Costa in 1971, Costa has been at the forefront of Britain’s growing love affair with better coffee, not least when it became the first national chain to launch the Flat White in 2011. At the heart of the company’s success has been its team of passionate baristas, committed to bringing exciting coffee to every corner of Britain.

But while Britain is now undoubtedly a nation of coffee-lovers, Costa believes there is much more to do. From shining a spotlight on unfamiliar drinks like the Cortado through to bringing new coffee experiences to its customers, the launch of Costa’s new promise affirms its commitment to bringing exciting coffee to every customer who walks through its doors.

To mark the launch, Costa is turning the spotlight on its baristas, the heroes of the company and the people who make that promise a reality. In the showcase TV spot, 170 Costa baristas are the enthusiastic audience for actor Javone Prince’s attempts to launch Costa’s new mission (despite some fairly unorthodox methods). The spot was originally created as a film for baristas up and down the country, but will roll out across TV, VOD, cinema and digital media from Saturday 8th October, and be accompanied by outdoor, social, CRM and in-store activity.

The campaign has been created by independent London agency, 101, and constitutes the agency’s first work for the brand. Media planning and buying is led by ZenithOptimedia, with further complementary work in other channels being led by AnalogFolk, OneGreenBean, The Real Adventure and SP.

Throughout 2017, the campaign will look to extend into new product launches, digital innovation and further investment in-store – all aimed at making coffee interesting, exciting and accessible to all.

Costa Coffee UK Marketing Director, Caroline Harris, commented: “This is an exciting moment for Costa – the launch of our new promise, as well as the biggest campaign in the brand’s history, is just the start of what we have planned. I’m particularly delighted to see our baristas take centre stage in our new TV commercial, as they really are the heroes of our business.

“In Costa’s 45-year history, our aim has always been to make better coffee available to more people and inspire them with the variety of coffee on offer.”

Comedian and actor Javone Prince, who features in the TV commercial, said: “It was inspiring to work with such an enthusiastic team; their passion for coffee is palpable. They take genuine pride in their work and I don’t blame them – there’s more to making a Flat White than meets the eye. I’m thrilled at how the advert has turned out – considering it stars real Costa baristas, their comedy timing was spot on!”

As part of its recommitment to create exciting coffee experiences for our customers, Costa has launched nationwide Flat White Masterclasses for Costa Coffee Club members. In addition, the next limited edition Old Paradise Street blend, OPS 17 is available in stores for customers to enjoy. Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & December 2015).

With 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,180 in 30 overseas markets, Costa is the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa has become the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain and diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Costa is also committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its inaugural Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

If you’d like further information on partnership opportunities with the Costa Express brand please contact the sales team on 0845 450 5757 or visit

Source: Costa

Rakuten announces the launch of beauty-subscription service, RAXY

Tokyo, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today (October 5, 2016) announced the launch of RAXY, a beauty-subscription service. RAXY will start accepting registration for the service from today.

Registered users will receive a box of assorted cosmetics and beauty products, carefully selected by beauty experts based on the season and the latest trends for 1,980 yen a month at the maximum*1, or for 1,780 yen a month at the minimum*1 for a 12-month plan. Through partnerships with a wide range of brands*2, including SK-II and REVLON, RAXY users can enjoy a 3 to 7-item set (out of which 2 to 5 items are commercial products)*3 of cosmetics, hair care products, make-up accessories, and beauty supplements every month.

On the RAXY website (, users can also enjoy a variety of content each month, including articles and videos by popular makeup artists, beauty experts and YouTubers introducing products, why they chose them and how to use them, in addition to seasonal and trend-related content based on the theme for the month. The RAXY official social media channels will also be regularly updated with a variety of informative content related to the service.

Users can choose from four plans: a one-month plan for 1,980 yen a month, a three-month plan for 1,880 yen a month, a six-month plan for 1,830 yen a month, and a 12-month plan for 1,780 yen a month*1,4. In addition to receiving Rakuten Super Points upon subscribing, users can also receive additional points (3 times the points for the three-month plan, 6 times the points for the six-month plan, and 12 times the points for the 12-month plan) when making a purchase of their favorite beauty products on Rakuten Ichiba*5.

To commemorate the launch of RAXY, the first 100 customers who subscribe to the three-month, six-month, or 12-month plan will receive a special limited edition original cosmetics pouch from the official SK-II store on Rakuten Ichiba. Also, all customers who subscribe to the 12-month plan during the subscription period will receive a special product selected by RAXY, such as a three-piece Kumano-fude Tauhaus Royal makeup brush set with flip case (present may differ depending on the period).

Rakuten started the RAXY to allow users to enjoy discovering and experiencing new products by offering a subscription service. Rakuten plans to expand the service and launch promotions so that users can enjoy discovering a variety of beauty products.

*1 Consumption tax and delivery included; includes delivery to remote islands.
*2 Partner brands differ each month.
*3 Includes 1-2 sample products
*4 Each plan has a set period for cancellation. The subscription will be automatically renewed unless cancellation is made. Users will be notified of the cancellation period at their registered e-mail address.
*5 Additional points are earned if the applicable products are purchased via the specified URL during the certain period (from the month when the box with the applicable product is delivered until the end of the following month).

Outline of RAXY Beauty Subscription Service
Name: RAXY
Start date: Reservations begin on Wednesday, October 5, 2016
First products will arrive around Friday, November 25, 2016
Prices: One-month plan, ¥1,980 yen/month; Three month plan, ¥1,880/month; Six-month plan, ¥1,830/month, 12-month plan, ¥1,780/month.
*Includes consumption tax and delivery (including to remote islands)
*A full single payment of total price of the plan will be charged when subscribing.
Products: The contents of each month’s box will be published on the website on the 25th of the month. Experts use and carefully select everything from discount “Petit Price products” to luxury products. Boxes contain three to seven items made up of commercial products (2-5 items) and samples (1-2 items).
Delivery: Subscriptions made between the first and last day of the month will be delivered the following month. Products are delivered around the 25th of each month.
*Reservations for the initial (November) box can be made between October 5th and October 31st.
*The delivery date of products is approximate and may vary.
Other: When purchasing your favorite products with RAXY on Rakuten Ichiba, the Rakuten Super Point multiplier increases based on the subscription plan.
Three-month plan: 3 times the points
Six-month plan: 6 times the points
12-month plan: 12 times the points
*Some products are not subject to the special point multiplier.

Source: Rakuten, Inc.

MAPIC 2016 to unveil latest retail real estate projects by developers and shopping centre owners

Paris, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — MAPIC 2016 will unveil a selection of retail real estate projects showcased by more than 2,000 developers and shopping centre owners, giving retailers a unique three-day opportunity to find out about new site locations.

Organised by Reed MIDEM, the International Retail Real Estate Market will be held in Cannes from 16 to 18 November.

Jewel Changi Airport (Singapore)
presented by Capitaland

Strategically located in Singapore’s Changi Airport, the world’s sixth busiest airport for international traffic which served a record 55.4 million passengers in 2015, Jewel Changi Airport is envisaged as a world-class lifestyle destination. Designed by a consortium comprising Safdie Architects (led by Moshe Safdie), Benoy and RSP, the iconic architecture includes a stunning glass and steel façade and a refreshing indoor environment of lush greenery. Beneath its distinctive dome-shape façade, the integrated development comprises a shopping mall, attractions, facilities for airport operations and a hotel covering a total GFA of 134,000 sq m.

Bee4kids, Valmontone (Italy)
presented by Arcotecnica Group

BEE4KIDS is a leisure centre for families, unique of its kind, featuring strongly innovative architectural elements to create attractions with great impact. The objective is to allow the customer to enjoy a unique shopping and entertainment experience. The retail model, which differs from the traditional distribution models, provides the creation of a commercial structure that includes entertainment areas; learning areas; refreshment and dining areas and child services areas.

Mall of the Netherlands, Greater The Hague (The Netherlands)
presented by Unibail-Rodamco

Currently called Leidsenhage, The Mall of the Netherlands will go through an important extension and renovation with a budget of more than €470m, increasing the GLA from 74,000 to over 117,000 sq m with 250 stores, restaurants and leisure. The inauguration is scheduled for 2019. Located in the economic heart of the Netherlands, with 6.1m inhabitants living within 60 minutes, Mall of the Netherlands benefits from a great location. The shopping mall offers 4,000 free parking spaces as well as excellent access by public transport.

intu Watford (UK)
presented by intu

intu Watford is a thriving shopping centre with a transformative extension project underway to make it bigger and better. intu’s £178m investment will create an impressive 1.4 million sq ft retail and leisure destination to attract visitors from further, more often, to stay for longer. The development will create space for even more great retail brands and introduce top new restaurants and leisure activities, including a nine-screen IMAX Cineworld cinema to give customers a compelling shopping experience from day into evening.

Dream Island, Moscow (Russia)
presented by Regions Group

The flagship of the new project by Regions Group is the Dream Island indoor theme park in Moscow. The park is designed to give visitors the opportunity to plunge into the fascinating atmosphere of famous animation blockbusters with maximum comfort, to take a ride on the attractions and enjoy fun-packed activities for the entire family.

About Reed MIDEM:
Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIP CANCUN and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia, MIPIM UK, and MIPIM Japan for the real estate industry and MAPIC, Retail Real Estate Market brought by MAPIC in Shanghai and MAPIC Italy in Milan for the retail real estate sector.

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed MIDEM is a division of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser, with over 500 events in 43 countries. In 2015 Reed brought together over seven million active professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 41 fully-staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

Press Contact:

My-Lan CAO
Press Director
Tel: +33 (0) 1 79 71 95 44

Press Officer
Tel: +33 (0) 1 79 71 95 65


MAPIC 2016 to unveil latest retail real estate projects by developers and shopping centre owners
MAPIC 2016 to unveil latest retail real estate projects by developers and shopping centre owners


Source: MAPIC

Swedish ICA stores announces 3.0% sales increase in September 2016 vs. same month last year

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales in the Swedish ICA stores increased by 3.0% in September 2016 compared with the corresponding month last year. Sales in like-for-like stores increased by 2.6%.

September 2016 January – September 2016
Store sales, excl. VAT SEKm Change all
SEKm Change all
Maxi ICA Stormarknad 2,617 3.2% 2.8% 24,939 3.4% 2.6%
ICA Kvantum 2,123 2.8% 2.2% 19,908 2.8% 2.4%
ICA Supermarket 2,686 2.6% 2.3% 25,193 2.2% 2.1%
ICA Nära 1,331 3.7% 3.7% 12,604 3.2% 3.5%
Total 8,757 3.0% 2.6% 82,645 2.8% 2.5%

In September 2016, sales in the Swedish ICA stores totalled SEK 8,757 million excluding VAT, which is an increase of 3.0% compared with the same month in the previous year. Sales in January-September 2016 amounted to SEK 82,645 million, an increase of 2.8% compared with the previous year.

ICA Gruppen estimates the calendar effect for September to be +1.9%.

At 30 September 2016, the number of ICA stores in Sweden was 1,295. Store sales for October will be published on 8 November 2016 at 08.45 CET.

To see all publication dates in 2016, please visit ICA Gruppen’s website

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at time 08:45 on Monday October 10, 2016

ICA Gruppen press service
Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

Source: ICA Gruppen

SPAR announces new partnership with Balfin Group at the opening of its first stores in Albania

Tirana, Albania, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR has officially announced a new partnership with Balfin Group, at the opening of its first stores in Albania. The two largest food stores in the country opened today (OCTOBER 7, 2016) under the INTERSPAR brand –  7,200 m2 in Tirana East Gate (TEG) and 3,800m2 in QTU shopping centre.

Balfin Group is the largest private company operating in Albania. The company entered into food retail in 2005 with the development of the Euromax chain of stores and has been operating 15 large food retail stores (2 Hypermarkets and 13 Supermarkets) under the Carrefour brand.

SPAR Albania as part of Balfin Group will convert its current 15 stores with the development of the two INTERSPAR Hypermarkets to be followed by the conversion of the supermarkets. By the end of 2017, Balfin Group plans to open over 100 supermarkets and 10 hypermarkets, creating the largest retail network in Albania and investing over €50 million in the project.

SPAR International Managing Director, Tobias Wasmuht said “We are delighted to be partnering with Balfin, a leading privately owned Albanian business Group, to develop SPAR Supermarkets and INTERSPAR Hypermarkets in Albania. Working in true co-operation with the Balfin Group, we are able to unite the best of international with the best of local, creating an excellent proposition of value, service, quality and choice for our customers in Albania.”

Speaking about the partnership Julian Mane, the Vice President of Retail at Balfin Group said “We are delighted to be partnering with SPAR. Our multi-million euro investment and ambitious plans for expansion are based firmly on our confidence in the SPAR offering. The expected growth of the Albanian market and our strong distribution and logistics capabilities strengthen the partnership further. We look forward to bringing these modern new store formats, excellent products and great customer service to our customers in Albania.”

Entry into Albania brings to 44 the number of countries where SPAR currently operates and marks SPAR’s second announcement of international expansion in 2016. SPAR International reported global retail sales in 2015 of €33 billion from over 12,100 stores across four continents.

The launch of the SPAR Brand has been complemented with a television campaign, city wide outdoor advertising as well as the launch of the two Hypermarkets and the conversion of some of the existing supermarkets to the SPAR Brand to open this year.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Grand & Toy releases its seventh annual Corporate Sustainability Report

TORONTO, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Grand & Toy, an affiliate of global office products provider Office Depot, Inc., today (September 26, 2016) released its seventh annual Corporate Sustainability Report, (CSR) available now at The report highlights progress across several key areas including recycling and green product initiatives, including the reduction of waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Our CSR strategy and industry-leading programs have allowed us to make a real impact on the environment and in our communities,” said Serguei Tchertok, Sustainability Manager at Grand & Toy. “Grand & Toy’s approach to corporate citizenship creates a ripple effect, and we could not be more proud of the sustainability progress achieved by all Grand & Toy employees, customers and suppliers.”

The 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report provides an overview of Grand & Toy’s efforts around the company’s most important sustainability initiatives, as uncovered by a 2014 key stakeholder survey. Highlights and noteworthy sustainability achievements include:

    • Green Products: In 2015, Grand & Toy launched a revolutionary green products classification program, assigning products a light, mid or dark green shade depending on their environmental attributes. The company created a dedicated “Go Green” page ( to allow customers to search green products more effectively, as well as, a “Greener Office” page ( to encourage environmentally conscious purchasing practices. Sales of green products have increased to 24 percent of total sales, up 4 per cent since 2014.
    • Waste and Recycling: The 2014 TerraCycle K-cup® recycling pilot project was rolled out nationally in 2015 resulting in 270,000 recycled coffee capsules by Grand & Toy and its customers, a vast improvement over the 50,000 recycled in 2014. Also, other Zero Waste Boxes were introduced to help customers recycle the “unrecyclable” including: office supplies, personal protective equipment and computer accessories.
    • Performance Highlights: Due to streamlining of operations, the greenhouse gas footprint of Grand & Toy facilities decreased 12 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year, and 52 percent since 2010. Waste sent to landfills also continued to decline with a 14 per cent decrease since 2014.
    • Social Sustainability: In 2015, Grand & Toy launched a new volunteer program called “Pause and Affect” where every associate is provided eight paid hours per year to participate in volunteer activities. Grand & Toy employees contributed 577 hours of volunteering across Canada in 2015.

For more information about Grand & Toy’s commitment to Corporate Citizenship and to read the full report, please visit:

About Grand & Toy

With a heritage that dates back to 1882, today’s Grand & Toy is committed to offering sustainable solutions to Canadian businesses in the areas of interiors, technology, and print services, in addition to office and facility supplies. We are one of the largest B2B office products and services providers, operating one of the country’s biggest distribution networks serving customers coast-to-coast via our direct sales force and e-commerce platform. Grand & Toy also demonstrates a firm commitment to corporate social responsibility through a comprehensive sustainability strategy that is manifested through numerous internal and external environmental and social outreach programs. For more information, visit

Media Contacts:

Jenny Maycock
Environics Communications, Inc. (for Grand & Toy)

Source: Grand & Toy

Bartell Drugs and Union Gospel Mission to distribute “flu kits” and free flu shot vouchers to the homeless on October 12

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs and Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission (UGM) have teamed to help protect the homeless and insecurely housed residents of the downtown core by distributing “flu kits” and vouchers for free flu immunizations.

Members of Bartell staff will join UGM’s Search and Rescue street team from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12 to distribute these materials in Seattle downtown core, including the area known as “The Jungle” as well as the Chinatown-International district.

Many of us take for granted the small items we need when we have the cold or flu such as tissues, cough drops and pain relievers. But for community members that daily struggle with housing and other basic needs, these items can be nearly impossible to obtain. And affording flu shots can be even more challenging.

Along with each flu kit, Bartells is providing a voucher for a free flu vaccination at any one of our 65 locations in the Puget Sound area. By protecting all the residents of our region—especially those who may lack resources or opportunities—we are helping to protect everyone.

“As the oldest family-owned pharmacy in the United States, Bartell Drugs has been part of the Puget Sound community since 1890,” says President and CEO Brian Unmacht. “This means we have a deep connection to our neighborhoods as well as a responsibility to be a caring and convenient source of community health and wellness—especially individuals and families who may be struggling to meet basic needs.”

“We are excited by Bartells commitment to helping our community’s most vulnerable residents,” says Ralph Rowland, UGM’s vice president for community engagement. “By working with our night patrol street teams, we will be able to get needed items directly into the hands of those who need them, as well as the opportunity to further protect their health with the free flu vaccine vouchers.”

Both organizations hope to distribute more than 1,500 of the flu kits during this effort.

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

Media Contact:
Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs, 206-933-9416 (office)
206-276-5200 (cell)

Torie Rynning
Public Relations Manager
Union Gospel Mission
206-432-8494 (office)
206-353-9454 (cell)

Source: Bartell Drugs

Signet Jewelers Limited finalizes $625 investment in Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.

HAMILTON, Bermuda, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE:SIG), the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, announced today (October 5, 2016) that it has closed the previously announced transaction with Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. (“LGP”), a leading private equity firm, pursuant to which affiliates of LGP invested $625 million in the form of convertible preferred shares. In connection with the closing of the transaction, Jonathan Sokoloff, Managing Partner of LGP, was added to the Signet board of directors.

Mark Light, Chief Executive Officer of Signet Jewelers said, “We are pleased to welcome Leonard Green as a long-term strategic investor who will provide a strong foundation to our shareholder base and bring added retail and financial expertise to our board of directors. We view Leonard Green’s significant investment in Signet as a strong vote of confidence in our business and our long-term growth prospects, and we look forward to working together to further grow and shape the Signet portfolio of brands.”

The investment in Signet by certain funds affiliated with LGP is in the form of convertible preferred shares that accrue a 5% p.a. dividend, payable quarterly in arrears, in cash or by increasing the stated value, at the option of Signet. The preference shares are convertible into 6.7 million Signet common shares based on a conversion price of $93.8712. This represents a premium of 18% to the volume weighted average price of the common shares for the 20 trading days following Signet’s second quarter earnings announcement on August 25, 2016. LGP will be subject to a two-year lock-up period (subject to certain exemptions) and Signet will also have the right to force conversion after two years if the volume weighted average price of Signet common shares is greater than $164.2746 for 20 consecutive trading days.

Accelerated Share Repurchase to Offset Dilution

The Signet board, as previously disclosed, increased its authorized share buyback program by $625 million on August 25, 2016. In connection with today’s transaction, Signet has entered into an accelerated share repurchase (“ASR”) agreement with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, as agent for JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, London Branch (“JPMorgan”) in order to offset the convertible preferred share dilution.

Key features of the ASR, which will be funded by the proceeds of the preferred share issuance, are as follows:

  • Signet will repurchase its common shares at an aggregate purchase price of $525 million.
  • The total number of common shares to be purchased ultimately by Signet under the ASR will generally be based on the average of the daily volume-weighted average prices of Signet’s common shares during the term of the ASR minus a discount.
  • Signet may receive, or be required to pay, a future price adjustment upon final settlement of the ASR. The price adjustment may be settled in cash or Signet’s common shares.
  • The ASR is expected to be completed over approximately three months.

The balance of the authorized share repurchases, representing an amount of $100 million, were made by the company on the open market at various points prior to transaction close to offset dilution. Signet’s share repurchase activity is expected to result in an EPS-neutral financial transaction.

Advisory and consulting fees incurred in connection with the preferred securities were approximately $13 million.

About Signet Jewelers and Leonard Green & Partners

Signet Jewelers Limited is the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry. Signet operates approximately 3,600 stores primarily under the name brands of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, H.Samuel, Ernest Jones, Peoples and Piercing Pagoda. Further information on Signet is available at See also,,,, and

Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. is a leading private equity investment firm founded in 1989. Based in Los Angeles, the firm partners with experienced management teams to invest in market-leading companies. Since inception, LGP has invested in over 80 companies in the form of traditional buyouts, going-private transactions, recapitalizations, growth equity, and selective public equity and debt positions. The firm’s primary sectors of focus are consumer/retail, healthcare/wellness, business/consumer services, and distribution. Select past and current investments include Whole Foods Market, Life Time Fitness, Shake Shack, Activision, Jetro Cash & Carry, CHG Healthcare, and Petco. For more information, please visit

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains statements which are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, based upon management’s beliefs and expectations as well as on assumptions made by and data currently available to management, appear in a number of places throughout this document and include statements regarding, among other things, Signet’s results of operation, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which Signet operates. The use of the words “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “believes,” “should,” “potential,” “may,” “forecast,” “objective,” “plan,” or “target,” and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to general economic conditions, a decline in consumer spending, the merchandising, pricing and inventory policies followed by Signet, the reputation of Signet and its brands, the level of competition in the jewelry sector, the cost and availability of diamonds, gold and other precious metals, regulations relating to customer credit, seasonality of Signet’s business, financial market risks, deterioration in customers’ financial condition, exchange rate fluctuations, changes in Signet’s credit rating, changes in consumer attitudes regarding jewelry, management of social, ethical and environmental risks, security breaches and other disruptions to Signet’s information technology infrastructure and databases, inadequacy in and disruptions to internal controls and systems, changes in assumptions used in making accounting estimates relating to items such as extended service plans and pensions, risks related to Signet being a Bermuda corporation, the impact of the acquisition of Zale Corporation on relationships, including with employees, suppliers, customers and competitors, and our ability to successfully integrate Zale Corporation’s operations and to realize synergies from the transaction.

For a discussion of these risks and other risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward looking statement, see the “Risk Factors” section of Signet’s Fiscal 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 24, 2016. Signet undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by law.


James Grant
VP Investor Relations
1 330-668-5412

David Bouffard
VP Corporate Affairs
1 330-668-5369

Source: Signet Jewelers Limited

Clear Spring Foods recalls Sun-Dried Tomato & Roasted Garlic Trout due to potential contamination of E. coli 0121 on its breading

St. Louis, MO, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Clear Spring Foods has recalled Sun-Dried Tomato & Roasted Garlic Trout because an ingredient (wheat flour) in the breading has the potential to be contaminated with E. coli 0121.

Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, E. coli 0121 is a potentially deadly bacterium. Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. To date, there have been no reports of illness associated with consumption of this product.

Schnucks customers who purchased any Sun-Dried Tomato & Roasted Garlic Trout filets between May 27, 2016 and Oct. 6, 2016 from the store’s seafood department should return any unused portions to their nearest store for a full refund.

Customers with questions may contact the Schnucks Consumer Affairs department at 314-994-4400 or 1-800-264-4400.

Media Contact:

Paul Simon

Source: Schnucks

Lulu Hypermarket inaugurates its 130th Branch in Mabelah North

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lulu Hypermarket opened its 130th Branch in Mabelah North yesterday. The new branch was officially inaugurated by H.E. Eng. Salim Bin Mohammed Al Naimi – Undersecretary for Transport, Ministry of Transport & Communications in the presence of several high-ranking officials from various government departments and representatives from local business communities. Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman of Lulu Group, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali M.A, Executive Director, A.V. Ananth, Director Lulu Oman and India, Shabeer K.A, Regional Director Oman and other senior officials were also present at the event apart from a large gathering of local population.

The branch, which is the 18th store of the LuLu Hypermarket chain in Oman, is spread over an area of about 75,000 square feet and designed to meet the everyday needs of residents in Mabelah with added focus on their comfort and convenience. The interiors, well-planned retail floor layout, ample aisle space, extensively laid out counters and liberal parking space contribute to a relaxed shopping experience. The hypermarket is also designed for a smooth flow of pedestrian traffic, allowing shoppers to move through the store with much ease.

The new branch will feature an extensive fruit and vegetable section, with the freshest produce exclusively flown in from around the globe, offering uncompromised quality standards. The group’s own sourcing centers also ensure the finest quality products at the fairest prices. The department store houses all major brands of electronics, household, clothes, footwear, accessories, etc. Moreover, the in-house bakery ensures a regular supply of freshly baked cakes, breads and cookies. There is also a separate section for fish, meat, poultry, dairy products and other grocery items. The branch has also introduced inaugural offers and deals for a range of products at attractive prices.

Speaking after the inauguration, Mr. Yusuffali MA, said “We are glad to have unveiled yet another project in Oman. Our decision to open a branch in Mabelah is because of the huge residential population in this area. Its unique position is sure to attract shoppers from adjacent areas too. Understanding the preferences and mindset of consumer groups is the key to our successful expansion in the country. The convenience, design, atmosphere and hassle-free shopping experience at the new store are sure to better exceed consumer expectations!

“We have set our focus on Oman because of the immense faith we have in the country’s sound economic policies and strategies. We thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and the people of this country for the encouragement and support all these years. We also have many new projects in the pipeline and I am sure this is definitely good news for our valuable customers,” he added.

With about 129 stores in 21 different countries, Lulu Group today is a highly diversified entity with operations spanning a vast geographical landscape. Understanding customers’ needs and providing them with quality products at fair prices have always remained the secret behind the success of the group throughout the world.


Tel: +971 2 4182000
Fax: +971 2 6421716


Lulu Hypermarket inaugurates its 130th Branch in Mabelah North
Lulu Hypermarket inaugurates its 130th Branch in Mabelah North

Source: LuLu Hypermarket

The Starbucks Foundation supports Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $100,000 donation to American Red Cross and $25,000 to Team Rubicon

The Starbucks Foundation supports Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $100,000 donation to American Red Cross and $25,000 to Team Rubicon
The Starbucks Foundation supports Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $100,000 donation to American Red Cross and $25,000 to Team Rubicon


Seattle, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Starbucks Foundation will contribute $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in the U.S. and Caribbean. The Foundation will donate an additional $25,000 to Team Rubicon to support a team of volunteers providing direct relief to Haitians impacted by the storm.

Customers who wish to aid in the recovery may do so in any U.S. company-operated store through a donation to the American Red Cross at the point of sale beginning October 8. Starbucks partners (employees) who make a personal contribution to the relief efforts can request matching funds through the company’s Partner Match program.

Media contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100

Source: Starbucks


Equity One provides preliminary property assessment on its Florida portfolio following Hurricane Matthew

New York, NY, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY), an owner, developer, and operator of shopping centers, provided a preliminary property assessment of the impact that Hurricane Matthew had on its Florida portfolio. The company noted that, based on its initial assessment, it does not appear that any of the properties within this portfolio sustained any material damage. A final determination will be made as soon as possible and will require more intensive inspections, but the initial reports indicate that no material damage was sustained at this time.


As of June 30, 2016, the company’s portfolio comprised 122 properties, including 97 retail properties and five nonretail properties totaling approximately 12.2 million square feet of gross leasable area, or GLA, 14 development or redevelopment properties with approximately 2.9 million square feet of GLA, and six land parcels. As of June 30, 2016, the company’s retail occupancy excluding developments and redevelopments was 96.3% and included national, regional and local tenants. Additionally, the company had joint venture interests in six retail properties and two office buildings totaling approximately 1.4 million square feet of GLA. To be included in the company’s e-mail distributions for press releases and other company notices, please click here or send contact details to Investor Relations at


Equity One, Inc.
410 Park Avenue, Suite 1220
New York, NY 10022

For additional information:
Matthew Ostrower
EVP and Chief Financial Officer


EROSKI y productores locales celebran la V Feria de Producto Local EROSKI

EROSKI y productores locales celebran la V Feria de Producto Local EROSKI
EROSKI y productores locales celebran la V Feria de Producto Local EROSKI


ELORRIO,España, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Esta mañana se ha desarrollado en Zaragoza la quinta edición de la Feria de Producto Local, jornada organizada porEROSKI  junto a 32 proveedores regionales de Aragón con el fin de dar a conocer y poner en valor las características del producto local y promover su consumo.

La concejala delegada de Medio Ambiente y Movilidad del Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, Teresa Artigas, y la directora de EROSKI en Aragón, Pilar Cristóbal, junto a destacados representantes de las empresas agroalimentarias aragonesas, han sido las encargadas de inaugurar esta feria donde el consumidor puede conocer de primera mano y degustar los alimentos de nuestra región, así como las empresas y personas que los producen. La feria es un foro abierto para conocer que detrás de cada producto local hay una historia de tradición, de materias primas excepcionales, de lugares y formas de hacer únicas.

“La política comercial de EROSKI impulsa un sector agroalimentario basado en la diversidad de su tejido productivo  como un elemento clave para su sostenibilidad y su contribución al empleo, a la economía, a la cultura y al paisaje. Nuestra convicción como cooperativa nos hace comprometernos por esta diversidad, crear entornos colaborativos y trabajar con un gran número de proveedores locales”, ha señalado Pilar Cristóbal.

EROSKI apoya la sostenibilidad del sector primario impulsando un modelo productivo altamente diversificado. Para ello, colabora con 430 proveedores aragoneses, lo que supone unas compras anuales de 113 millones de euros en la comunidad. En concreto, las compras de productos frescos, en los que están especializadas las tiendas EROSKI, han crecido en torno al 12% en los primeros seis meses del año.

Exposición y degustación

En horario de mañana de 11:00 a 14:00 horas la Carpa del Ternasco en el parque Macanaz de Zaragoza ha acogido hoy la Feria de Producto Local en la que una selección de productores locales como Gallo Rojo, Asinez, Aceite Palacios, Villacorona, Embutidos Aventin, Perfumes Caravan, Café Orus, Pastas Romero, Arroz Brazal, Vino Borsao y muchos más han expuesto sus productos y los han dado a degustar.

La feria ha contado también con la presencia del famoso cocinero Alex Viñal y de Nuria Abía, nutricionista del programa La Báscula de Aragón TV,  que han realizado durante la mañana un show cooking con productos aragoneses. También se ha celebrado un concurso para elegir la mejor croqueta de la feria con un premio de 1.000 euros para el ganador. La jornada ha estado amenizada con actuaciones musicales de jotas en directo en el escenario de la carpa.

El flan de requesón de Villa Villera, aragonés más innovador del año

Villa Villera, productor de queso artesano de la sierra de Guara, ha sido galardonado con el ‘Premio EROSKI CONTIGO al producto aragonés más innovador del año’ por su flan de requesón. Mario Sonada, gerente de Villa Villera, ha recogido el premio de manos del director general de Alimentación y Fomento Agroalimentario del Gobierno de Aragón, Enrique Novales.

Villa Villera elabora quesos frescos desde 1993. Poco tiempo después comenzó a producir requesón, que es con diferencia el producto más galardonado. Acumula múltiples premios, entre los que se incluye el máximo galardón en la categoría en el World Cheese Awards, el concurso de quesos más prestigioso del mundo, en su edición de 2012.

“Se trata de un reconocimiento a la forma innovadora en que han sabido combinar este producto con otros ingredientes tradicionales  como son la leche fresca, nata, azúcar… Han logrado aunar un producto muy tradicional como es el requesón, con una forma de consumo más accesible para toda la familia”, ha destacado la directora de EROSKI en Aragón.

Fideuá de Ternasco de Aragón para 2.500 personas

A las 14:00 horas ha dado comienzo una degustación popular para 2.500 personas en la que se ha repartido fideuá con el Ternasco de Aragón como ingrediente estrella. Para su elaboración EROSKI ha contado con la colaboración del Grupo Pastores, cooperativa ganadera aragonesa que mantiene una estrecha colaboración de  cooperación con EROSKI.


EROSKI mantiene una red comercial en Aragón de 98 establecimientos: 61 supermercados, 1 gasolinera, 5 oficinas de viajes, 28 perfumerías iF, y 2 tiendas de equipamiento deportivo FORUM SPORT. Supone más de 150.000 Socios Clientes y 1.229 trabajadores en Aragón.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski


Lowe’s supports communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew with $500,000 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Hurricane Matthew continues to impact millions in the U.S., forcing thousands to seek emergency shelter, Lowe’s announced today it will donate $500,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises. Lowe’s is working with its national nonprofit partner to provide both immediate and long-term support to local communities in the storm’s path from eastern Florida, the Georgia coast and coastal South Carolina.

The donation to the Red Cross will help provide food, shelter and comfort to people impacted by the hurricane and countless other crises nationwide. In addition, Lowe’s has activated its American Red Cross customer donation program in over 100 of its stores stretching from Florida to North Carolina to provide a convenient place for customers to make a donation. People also can make a contribution online via the Lowe’s American Red Cross Online Donation Site.“Hurricane Matthew is expected to significantly impact communities and disrupt millions of lives, including our Lowe’s employees,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “Our thoughts are with those in the storm’s path and Lowe’s will continue to work with the Red Cross and our other partners to help families stay safe and get access to the necessary resources during and after the storm passes.”

Lowe’s has shipped more than 100 truckloads of critically needed supplies to the area. In the coming days and weeks, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers will help with relief efforts in communities affected by the storm.

The Red Cross is on the ground in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina offering people a safe place to stay. As of Thursday night, more than 27,000 people took refuge in 200 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters—and this number is expected to grow. The Red Cross also has hundreds of disaster workers on the ground distributing much-needed humanitarian supplies to those impacted by the hurricane.

“The generosity of Lowe’s enables the Red Cross to provide much-needed humanitarian supplies, relief and care to the people affected by Hurricane Matthew.” said Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “These contributions, along with the support of the American public, ensure that the Red Cross is able to respond immediately with food and shelter during disaster relief efforts.”

As a member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help ensure the Red Cross can take immediate action. Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe’s and its customers have contributed more than $27 million for disaster relief. Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief are used to help people affected by disasters big and small.

About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit or the Lowe’s digital newsroom at

About American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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SOURCE: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

SONIC® Drive-In honored its franchisees and team members at the 2016 SONIC National Convention

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, presented nine achievement awards to franchisees and team members at the 2016 SONIC National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Every year, SONIC awards exemplary individuals and groups to show appreciation to those who have a proven track record of strong leadership skills and have made a positive difference for their drive-ins and the brand.

Troy Smith Hall of Fame: Joe Moore

Named after SONIC’s founder, induction into the Troy Smith Hall of Fame is SONIC’s most prestigious award, given to a franchisee who has worked with SONIC for a noteworthy duration and made a significant contribution in terms of leadership, growth, positive influence and brand image. This year, SONIC presented the Troy Smith Award to Joe Moore, SONIC franchise owner and leader of J-2 Enterprises.

“It is such an honor to receive this award that many of my fellow colleagues have received and who inspire me every day,” said Moore. “I am very proud to be a part of the SONIC family for the last 27 years, and I look forward to making my organization one that would make both my family and Troy Smith proud.”

Based in Pauls Valley, Okla., J-2 Enterprises owns and operates 37 SONIC Drive-Ins. Moore works with his team to continually push toward the goal of providing his guests with an amazing SONIC experience.

“Joe is a well-respected franchisee in the SONIC community and is a source of great leadership and inspiration to his fellow franchisees, colleagues and partners,” said Clifford Hudson, chairman and chief executive officer of Sonic Corp. “Joe is known as Mr. Smalltown in the SONIC family due to his commitment to growing his franchise group differently by embracing smaller towns for his drive-ins. He captures the spirit of a Troy Smith Hall of Fame recipient and has contributed positive changes to the brand for many years. We appreciate everything he has done to make his business what it is today.”

Chain Leader Award: Gabe Pray

SONIC presented Gabe Pray, SONIC franchisee and leader of the Pray Group, with the SONIC Chain Leader Award. This award is given to an individual or group who has exerted both leadership and a positive influence on their organization and the SONIC brand. Based in Amite, La. and operating ten drive-ins, Pray is a second generation franchise owner who has made great investments in his people and has built a strong infrastructure within his franchise group.

Turnaround Operator Award: Grey Simpson

SONIC presented Grey Simpson, SONIC franchisee and leader of GM Investments, with the Turnaround Operator Award. This annual award honors an individual or group who was responsible for turning around operations, sales and profit performance of one or more SONIC Drive-Ins. Based in Charleston, S.C., Simpson is using emerging technology to turn his business around in amazing ways. With an increase in average unit sales and controllable profit in 2016 with plans for further expansion, Simpson has proven that a whole business approach will create a remarkable turnaround.

Great People Award: Joe Zacher

SONIC presented Joe Zacher, SONIC franchisee and leader of Zacher Enterprises, with the SONIC Great People Award. This award is given to an individual or group who has made the recruitment, training, development and retention of people a top priority and strategy for growth. Based in Denver, Colo., Zacher is focused on building his team and is reaping rewards in his six brand-leading drive-ins.

Multi-Unit Leader Awards: Habib Javed and Keven Briggs

SONIC presented Habib Javed, supervising partner for SONIC Restaurants, Inc. (the company’s subsidiary of corporate-owned drive-ins), and Keven Briggs, partner for the Watkins-Briggs Group, with the Multi-Unit Leader Award. This honor is awarded to two individuals responsible for supervision of five or more drive-ins who have a proven track record of upgrading talent and growing sales and profits over a period of several years.

Based in Norman, Okla., Javed is one of Sonic Restaurant Inc.’s most valuable team members after serving SRI for 25 years. Javed proves that by building great people, you can build a strong business.

Briggs is the supervisor of eight drive‐ins in a developing Florida market and he uses SONIC’s values as a touchstone for creating a culture that focuses on superior operations. With a tremendous passion for the SONIC brand, Briggs keeps his drive-ins performing above the rest with increased sales over the last two years.

Operational Excellence Award: Brian Markham and Stephanie Matthews

SONIC presented the Operational Excellence Award to Brian Markham, operating partner for the Cooper, Raynor, Young Group, and Stephanie Matthews, operating partner for the Cody Barnett Group. This honor is awarded to two individuals responsible for supervision of fewer than five drive-ins who have a proven track record of upgrading talent and growing sales and profits over a period of several years.

Based in Springfield, Tenn., Markham is a natural born leader with overall increased unit sales. Markham started his career with SONIC as a cook in 1993 and has worked his way up to now be an Operating Partner.

Matthews, based in Waco, Texas, is a tough competitor who loves to succeed and meet goals at her drive-in. She works hard to build loyalty, attract customers and is also dedicated to helping the local community.

Mason Development Award: Mike Irons

The Mason Development Award was presented to Mike Irons, SONIC franchisee and leader of Boom, Inc. This award is given to an individual or group to recognize outstanding contributions to the development of new drive-ins and brand growth. Based in Columbia, S.C., Irons and his group have adopted key brand strategies including relocations, rebuilds and building multiple new drive-ins over the next 5 years.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain, serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with, SONIC has donated more than $6 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. This year, SONIC announced a $15 million commitment over the next five years to making a difference in public school classrooms across the country. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit

Madison LaRoche


SONIC® Drive-In honored its franchisees and team members at the 2016 SONIC National Convention
SONIC® Drive-In honored its franchisees and team members at the 2016 SONIC National Convention


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British Land hosted “topping out” ceremony for its Clarges Mayfair development

Chris Grigg and Head of Residential, James Taylor
Chris Grigg and Head of Residential, James Taylor


London, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land today (06 OCT 2016) celebrated a major milestone in the development of Clarges Mayfair, the super-prime residential-led scheme in Central London, which has now reached full height.

A “topping out” ceremony was held to mark the occasion, attended by the Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council, Councillor Robert Davis, along with British Land’s CEO, Chris Grigg and Head of Residential, James Taylor. Guests at the event were able to enjoy the building’s striking architecture and appreciate the breath-taking views from the top floor overlooking Green Park and Buckingham Palace.

Chris Grigg, Chief Executive of British Land, said: “Clarges Mayfair is a great example of our ability to create exceptional environments where people want to work, shop and live. We have worked hard to ensure we understood what potential residents wanted and also connected with the local community to design an outstanding landmark building. It is a reflection of our continued commitment to design and testament to the expertise of the team responsible for its delivery.”

As well as reaching its full height of nearly 40m, the development is also now fully clad, with its Portland Stone façade now complete. Designed by award-winning architects Squire and Partners, Clarges Mayfair has been inspired by the historic architecture of surrounding Piccadilly landmarks including Buckingham Palace, The Ritz and The Wolesley. Its design is intended to complement these iconic buildings yet harness a strong identity of its own.

Michael Squire, Founder of Squire and Partners, said: “Clarges Mayfair provides the most sophisticated contemporary residential accommodation whilst taking a step into Piccadilly’s rich history as the site of some of the city’s finest homes. Its crisp timeless design reveals layers of detailing in its stonework and bronze which draw upon the historic context.”

Clarges Mayfair, the residential element of the mixed-use scheme, comprises 34 super-prime apartments which were launched in 2014. 22 of the apartments were sold at the time, some at record-breaking values, for a total of £259m, representing over 50% of the total gross development value of the development. The remaining 12 apartments will be marketed closer to completion in late 2017.

As well as stunning views of two of London’s most prized assets, Buckingham Palace and The Ritz, Clarges Mayfair will offer residents full lifestyle services including:

  • One of the best private wellness spas in London including a 25m swimming pool and fully equipped gymnasium, sauna and steam room
  • Private cinema room
  • A new restaurant at ground floor level

The interiors are designed by award-winning interior design studio, Martin Kemp Design, which has designed the apartments to the height of sophistication, creating a modern look that represents and reflects the heritage of Mayfair.

Adjacent to the residential building is 7 Clarges Street which comprises nearly 50,000 sq ft of high quality office accommodation and just under 15,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space. British Land has also developed 10,500 sq ft of social housing on the site.

The construction of Clarges Mayfair has been led by contractors Laing O’Rourke. Work began on site in early 2014. The office element is now complete and the residential element will complete in late 2017.

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For sales enquiries, please contact Knight Frank on +44 (0)20 7499 1012 or Wetherell on +44 (0)20 7493 6935.

Notes to Editors

About British Land

We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed of £19.7 billion (of which British Land share is £14.4 billion), as valued at 30 September 2015. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long-term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to finance these places effectively.

UK Retail assets account for 51% of our portfolio. As the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space, our portfolio is well matched to the different ways people shop today. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising around 22 million sq ft of retail space across shopping parks, superstores, shopping centres, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 49% of our portfolio is focused on London. We have an attractive mix of high quality buildings in well managed environments and a pipeline of development projects which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our Offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 7.5 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier City office campus (50% share).

We were awarded the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, for our continued economic, social and environmental achievements over five years. Our industry-leading sustainability strategy is a powerful tool to deliver lasting value for all our stakeholders. By supporting communities, improving environments and growing economies, we create Places People Prefer and enhance long-term returns. Further details can be found on the British Land website at

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Martha Bakes season seven premieres on PBS stations nationwide

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The seventh season of Martha Stewart’s Emmy®-nominated teaching show, Martha Bakes, will premiere on PBS stations nationwide beginning Saturday, October 8, 2016 (check local listings). The program will be presented in association with WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital. Domino Foods, Inc., featuring Domino® Sugar and C&H® Sugar will serve as the show’s sponsor.

This season, buckle up as Martha guides your taste buds through a culinary tour of our nation’s most adored recipes. Each week, Martha will focus on a different region’s specialties, taking viewers on a sweet journey around the country. From New England’s maple custard pie and the West’s coffee crunch cake, to heavenly caramel cake from the Gulf and the South’s decadent bourbon bread pudding, this season covers it all!

“This season of Martha Bakes explores and expresses our interest in American-made foods and classic American recipes with updated variations. Each episode is dedicated to a specific region, and many popular and delicious sweets will be revealed. We have a beautiful array of recipes lined up!” said Martha Stewart. “I am delighted to continue teaching and inspiring viewers and look forward to doing so for many more seasons.”

The seventh season’s focus on American classics coincides with the fifth anniversary of Martha Stewart’s American Made New York Summit. Bringing together the nation’s most influential innovators, entrepreneurs, and small-business owners, it is a celebration of all things American Made. The event takes place October 21 – 22; tickets are available at

In each 30-minute episode of Martha Bakes, Emmy Award-winning TV host, Martha Stewart will share expert tips and techniques that you’ll need for making pies, baking spectacular layer cakes, and using proper, flavorful seasonal ingredients­­.

“Both Domino® Sugar and Martha Stewart have been a part of America’s holiday traditions for many years. We are so pleased to enhance that tradition with our sponsorship of the 7th season of Martha Bakes, bringing great holiday ideas and perfect baking results right into your kitchen,” said Brian O’Malley, President & CEO of Domino Foods, Inc.

This season of Martha Bakes follows six successful seasons as the number-one baking show on public television. Martha Bakes was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 2015 for best culinary host and culinary show. The program is also the most visited show on PBS Food, PBS’s digital cooking portal, and the series has been viewed in 95% of U.S. television households, according to TRAC Media Services.

For more information, visit, or click here to view Martha’s Facebook Live episode announcing the launch.

About Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author of 87 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living – cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. The Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month. Her branded products can be found in over 70 million households and have a growing retail presence in thousands of locations.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active, and home categories, which includes the Martha Stewart media and merchandising properties. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email:

About WETA Washington, DC
WETA Washington, D.C., is one of the largest producing stations of new content for public television in the United States. WETA productions and co-productions include “PBS NewsHour,” “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill,” “The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize,” “In Performance at the White House” and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns, including the April 11 and 12 premiere of “Jackie Robinson.” Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at

About PBS
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 103 million people through television and over 33 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website,, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at or by following PBS PressRoom on Twitter.

About Domino Foods, Inc.
Domino Foods, Inc. sells two of the nation’s leading brands of sugar Domino® Sugar and C&H® Sugar. For more than 100 years, Domino® and C&H®Sugar have joined millions of Americans in their kitchens to help bake something special and create memories that last a lifetime. Share the joy of baking with family and friends by using 100% pure cane sugar from Domino and C&H. For classic recipes, baking tips, product information and so much more, visit and

Alexa Stark

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Source: Sequential Brands Group/globenewswire

PARKnSHOP Food Safety Laboratory received Organochlorine Pesticides Residue Testing Accreditation from HOKLAS

PARKnSHOP Food Safety Laboratory received Organochlorine Pesticides Residue Testing Accreditation from HOKLAS
PARKnSHOP Food Safety Laboratory received Organochlorine Pesticides Residue Testing Accreditation from HOKLAS


HongKong, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — PARKnSHOP Food Safety Laboratory received the Accreditation for Organochlorine Pesticides Residue Testing under the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS), granted by the Hong Kong Accreditation Service under the Innovation and Technology Commission, recognizing PARKnSHOP’s capabilities to conduct such professional tests. Reports issued by the PARKnSHOP Food Safety Laboratory are now internationally recognized.

Currently, there are only seven laboratories accredited by HOKLAS for testing organochlorine pesticides and PARKnSHOP is the first supermarket chain in Hong Kong to receive the accreditation. Back in 2008, PARKnSHOP has already become the first retailer in Hong Kong to have earned the HOKLAS accreditation for the microbiological testing of foods.

PARKnSHOP also led the industry with its unique “Farm Check” Good Agricultural Practice System for all vegetables farmed in Mainland China. Our agricultural experts assess, train, audit and monitor the farming process and management of each farm, assisted by a barcode tracking system monitoring the complete “farm-to-sale” history of each vegetable. PARKnSHOP only sources its vegetables from farms in Mainland China that comply with the “Farm Check” system, which includes an extensive laboratory testing programme now accredited under the HOKLAS scheme. Any farm that fails any of the inspections or laboratory tests will lose its “Farm Check” approved status. PARKnSHOP collects samples from each type of vegetable from each farm every night to carry out pesticide residue tests to ensure the vegetable sold at the supermarket is safe and of good quality.


Tel: +852 2606 8833
Fax: +852 2690 2836

Source: A.S. Watson Group