EU BBQ Users Offered 50% Discount On Premiala’s Grill Cleaning Brush

LONDON, United Kingdom, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware today announced a sale in the EU to celebrate the Amazon retail launch of their Stainless Steel Grill Brush.  The brush is designed to clean BBQ’s without ever rusting by using high-nickel stainless steel for all metal components.

“We want as many people as possible to understand the new possibilities available for BBQ cleaning”, said marketing manager Rachel Carder today, “so we’re pleased to offer a massive 50% discount off the list price to celebrate our product launch!  Our recommended retail price for this brush is £24.95 in the UK, and €29,95 in continental Europe. This sale means shoppers can secure this for just £12.45 or €14,97.”

Premiala advised the sale is time-limited, and will only be valid for purchases made up to 11:59pm Thursday 15December 2016.

With all metal components constructed from 100% stainless steel, Premiala’s BBQ Grill Brush suits heavy users or those who like their goods to last for many years.  It incorporates three cleaning heads, sports a total length of 45cm and includes a storage bag.  It also comes with a lifetime warranty and an e-book on ‘Grill Safety and Care’.

The brush is on sale at Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy.  More information on Premiala’s Stainless Grill Brush is available from Premiala’ website.

About Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware: Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware aims to provide premium quality BBQ and kitchen tools to home and professional users.  It believes better health and well-being can be achieved by using premium tools, by providing superior results and greater user satisfaction while working.


9 Christmas Gift Exchange Ideas to Trim Your Holiday Spending

NEW YORK, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Here are a few alternative Christmas gift exchange ideas from savings and consumer trends expert Jeanette Pavini for you to create a fun experience while keeping your holiday spending in check. You can find even more ways to save on our Coupon Codes page and more savvy ideas on The Good Stuff!

  1. Pick a secret Santa. This game is a classic, but by only giving one gift to a family member, you can focus more on the gift-giving experience (and picking out something extra special) rather than spending money on several gifts that may or may not hit the mark. You can even up the ante by asking family members to leave secret notes and treats for the person whose name they’ve drawn leading up to December 25. Be sure to put a dollar limit on how much each person can spend on the final gift given on the holiday!
  1. Make a coupon book for family members. I love this idea because it’s personalized and can be a lot of fun depending on how creative you get! These coupons can be for “Making Your Bed for a Week,” “Doing the Dishes for 1 Week,” or “Letting You Pick the TV Show We Watch.” Choose simple things that can make other family member’s life a little easier or a little more fun!
  1. Set gift expectations early. It’s important to set gift expectation for kids early on. Let them know that even if they have a long wish list, only a few presents will show up under the tree. You can make this into a learning exercise by having your children prioritize which gifts they really want. Have them rate each gift idea by putting stickers next to them on the list, coloring in stars, or writing out why they want this particular gift more than others. You can also help your kids choose a couple toys they already have to donate to charity. This kind act makes room for a few new ones while teaching them about giving and sharing with others.
  1. Take a family trip or staycation. Instead of spending money on everyone’s presents, use the money for an outing. It can be as simple as a local trip — you’ll even find some good deals during the week between Christmas and New Year’s while the kids are still on vacation. Even if you just travel to a nearby town or a local park, it’s the act of getting away as a family. Too stressed to plan a family trip? Check out this list of easy family staycation ideas!
  1. Let your kids do the shopping. If they’re old enough, give your kids a set amount of cash, allow them time to search for deals and coupons, and then let them shop away for gifts for family.  The cash will help them learn the value of every dollar and how to stay within a set budget, plus most kids love the thrill of shopping on their own!
  1. Give back as a family. You can sponsor a family in need by making a donation through Heifer International. As a family you can provide a gift of a cow, goat, or chickens to a struggling family from another part of the world. You may also be able to sponsor a local family through your local Salvation ArmyFamilies First, or even adopt a military family for the holidays through Soldiers’ Angels. It’s a wonderful way to feel the real meaning of the holidays and do something as a family!
  1. Trade favorite recipes. For extended family, have everyone make their favorite dish or dessert and attach hand-written recipe cards — one for every member of the family. Gather together for a family meal and swap recipe cards so everyone in the family can build their own family recipe book!
  1. Share a family photo collage. Photos are one of the least expensive and most treasured gifts, in my opinion, so why not build a family photo album together? Have each member of your family print up to 10 (or more if you like!) of their favorite photos from that year for each person in your family. (That would be six copies of each photo if you’re a family of six.) Then, share your memories while enjoying time together. You can also have each family member bring an empty photo album with them to fill with the photos they receive so they can look back on their wonderful holiday experience next year.
  1. Create a family gratitude journal. Grab a beautiful journal or inexpensive notebook and set it in a public place where every member of the family has access to it. Starting on January 1 or even as early as December 1, each person will write one thing they’re thankful for in the journal each day. In 2018, you can all look back on your thankful messages together!


By: Jeanette Pavini –

Sheetz for the Kidz and The Salvation Army to make holidays brighter for underprivileged kids across Mid-Atlantic

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the past 24 years, Sheetz for the Kidz has partnered with The Salvation Army to host Christmas parties and make the holiday season brighter for more than 100,000 underprivileged kids across the Mid-Atlantic. Sheetz for the Kidz is a 501 (c)(3) employee operated charitable organization that raises funds through in-store customer donations during the months of July and December, proceeds from Sheetz for the Kidz bottled water sales and the annual “Sheetz for the Kidz Golf Classic,” as well as, other fundraising events throughout the year.

This holiday season, each of Sheetz’s 535 stores will support 16 children from their local communities by partnering with The Salvation Army to receive wish lists from local families. Sheetz employees volunteer their time to shop, wrap and host holiday parties for the children and their families. At the holiday parties, Santa will greet the children and present them with new toys, clothes and other basic needs purchased specifically for them. The children and their families will enjoy food, crafts, games and an opportunity to take pictures with Santa.

“We are so grateful for our giving and loyal customers and the assistance from generous partners for helping us make holiday wishes come true for thousands of children in the communities we serve,” said Sarah Piper, Executive Director of Sheetz for the Kidz. “It is very important to Sheetz to give back to the communities that support us as a business, and we are honored to spread some Christmas cheer to local families. This charity was started with the goodwill of two Sheetz employees back in 1992; it’s incredible to see its growth and that the charity and the communities have now helped over 100,000 children.”

This year also marks the 12th consecutive year of Sheetz for the Kidz partnering with Make-A-Wish to sponsor families of seriously ill children so they can experience a weeklong dream vacation in Orlando, Florida. Fifty-two families will enjoy an all-expense paid vacation at Give Kids the World Village, a 70-acre, non-profit storybook resort designed to provide special facilities for seriously ill children and their families while taking in the Disney vacation of their dreams.

100 percent of customer donations go directly to supporting the children in our communities.

Ways customers can support Sheetz for the Kidz:

  • Throughout December, Sheetz offers customers an opportunity to donate at the register.
  • Purchase a Sheetz for the Kidz water – 25 cents of every bottle sold goes to support the charity.
  • Shop on AmazonSmile and select “Sheetz for the Kidz” as the charity of your choice.  Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases to Sheetz for the Kidz
  • Go to to donate online today.

Since its beginning in 1992, Sheetz for the Kidz, previously named Sheetz Family Charities, has brought smiles to the faces of children in the communities surrounding Sheetz stores in PA, MD, OH, WV, VA and NC, through donations totaling more than $22.9 million.

About Sheetz for the Kidz
Sheetz for the Kidz is a non-profit organization, designated as a 501(c) (3) charity, independent of the Sheetz Corporation. The organization was created in 1992 by local store employees wanting to help local children.  The mission of the charity is to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children in need within the communities in which Sheetz operates.  To date, the charity has raised more than $22.9 million and helped more than 100,000 children!

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

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

For further information:

Laura Hager

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme launches next edition

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands,, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The next edition of the popular SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme has been launched. The five-a-side school football competition is open to young boys and girls from across Ireland and places an emphasis on fun and inclusivity.

SPAR and the FAI are looking to trump last year’s participation figures, which saw 1,267 schools and 23,736 children lace up their boots to take to pitches around the country. Registration opens in December and closes in mid-February, and county games will kick off at the end of February.

Winning schools progress from county level to regional and then the provincial finals, with the lucky few making it all the way to the national finals, which will be held in the home of Irish football, Aviva Stadium, on 30 May 2017.

The SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme is an initiative organised by the Football Association of Ireland Schools (FAI Schools). SPAR Ireland’s support of the competition has been in place since 2015, and has seen participation figures grow year on year to become the largest primary school’s competition in the country.

Speaking about the programme, Colin Donnelly, SPAR Ireland Sales Director said: “SPAR is very proud to be involved in this programme, which gives almost 24,000 boys and girls nationwide the opportunity to represent their school in a national level competition. The level of enthusiasm shown by students and teachers taking part in the programme has been fantastic and is helping to drive the programme to new levels.”

Seán Carr, FAI Schools Chairman added: “The competition has gone from strength to strength in recent years thanks to the assistance of our sponsor, SPAR. The nationwide spread of schools choosing to take part, and the increase in female participation, which now stands at 9,320 students, is particularly pleasing. I would encourage all primary schools to sign up, and experience the positive benefits of the programme first hand.”

Information on entering the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme is available at or


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Smart & Final Stores, Inc. to present at Barclays Eat, Sleep, Play Conference, December 5-6, 2016 in New York City

COMMERCE, Calif., 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), the value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, today (December 1, 2016) announced that David Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer and Richard Phegley, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will participate in the Barclays Eat, Sleep, Play Conference to be held December 5 – 6, 2016 in New York City. Management is scheduled to participate in a fireside chat on Monday, December 5th at 3:25 pm ET.

The fireside chat will be webcast live hosted on the Investors section of the Company’s website at and will be archived and available for 30 days following the event.

About Smart & Final

Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California. The Company offers quality products in a variety of sizes, saving household, nonprofit and business customers time and money. As of October 9, 2016, the Company operated 304 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho, with an additional 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. In business for 145 years, the Company remains committed to giving back to local communities through employee volunteer opportunities and Company donations to local nonprofits.

Laura Bainbridge / Andrew Greenebaum
Addo Investor Relations
O: 310.829.5400


Source: Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

The Save Mart Companies announces the appointment of Nicole Piccinini Pesco as CEO

Modesto, Calif., 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Save Mart Companies announced today (Dec 1, 2016) the appointment of Nicole Piccinini Pesco as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Most recently Pesco served as Co-President & Chief Strategy and Branding Officer. The Save Mart Companies is a family-owned, privately held company. Based in the heart of the Central Valley, The Save Mart Companies is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that ‘fresh comes first’ for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs nearly 16,000 team members and operates 206 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, Lucky California, FoodMaxx, S-Mart, and MaxxValue.

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Source: Save Mart Companies

AmRest Holdings SE acquires 15 KFC restaurants in Germany

Wroclaw, Poland, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — AmRest Holdings SE („AmRest”, “the Company”) (WSE: EAT), the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe, announced today (1st December 2016) that on November 30th, 2016 the Company signed an agreement with Kentucky Fried Chicken (Great Britain) Ltd., German Branch to acquire 15 of its equity stores in a EUR 10.3 million deal. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions, which are expected to be satisfied within next couple of months.

In the opinion of Management Board of AmRest, this acquisition will accelerate the Company’s journey towards market leading position in Europe. Upon closing of the transaction, AmRest will further reinforce its position in prospective German market, where it already operates Starbucks and La Tagliatella brands.

“We are very happy about the opportunity which this agreement brings to AmRest and KFC brand. The 20+ years of experience in operating KFC restaurants by AmRest in a multicountry environment together with the great expertise of our Yum! partner in Germany gives us high confidence that this partnership will create a lot of value in the future for our guests, employees and shareholders. Our vision for Germany assumes rapid expansion over the next few years as the KFC brand is really well accepted by German Customers. We are also confident that our commitment to excellence in the way our restaurants are operated will help us elevate the Customer’s experience even further” – said Olgierd Danielewicz, KFC Brand President at AmRest.

Insa Klasing, General Manager KFC Germany commented: “AmRest has proved to be an extremely strong partner for KFC in our other European markets, and not only brings substantial financial resources with it, but also considerable know-how and a shared value system”.

AmRest’s intention is to leverage its strong expertise in operating KFC brand, acquired by operating more than 500 restaurants in 8 European countries, to substantially expand scale of this business in Germany. This transaction represents a perfect match with AmRest’s strategy and a true opportunity to enhance AmRest’s growth profile, which shall result in value accretion for the Company’s shareholders.

For further information please contact:

Michał Serwatka
IR and M&A Manager
+48 71 386 1246

Source:  AmRest Holdings SE

Starbucks Corporation announces that Kevin Johnson to become CEO; Howard Schultz to become executive chairman

Starbucks Corporation announces that Kevin Johnson to become CEO; Howard Schultz to become executive chairman
Starbucks Corporation announces that Kevin Johnson to become CEO; Howard Schultz to become executive chairman


  • Kevin Johnson to become chief executive officer and assume full responsibility for Starbucks global business and operations
  • Howard Schultz to become executive chairman and focus on retail innovation and accelerating growth of Starbucks ultra-premium retail formats

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) today (December 1, 2016 ) announced that Kevin Johnson, president and chief operating officer and a 7-year member of the Starbucks Board of Directors, will expand his responsibilities and assume the role and responsibilities of president and chief executive officer, effective April 3, 2017.

Also effective April 3, 2017, Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo, will be appointed executive chairman and will shift his focus to innovation, design and development of Starbucks Reserve® Roasteries around the world, expansion of the Starbucks Reserve® retail store format and the company’s social impact initiatives. In this new role Schultz will continue to serve as chairman of the Board.

“Starbucks consistently outperforms the retail industry because our stores, our offerings and the experiences our partners create make us a destination. The best evidence of the success of the core strategy driving our business is that we continue to deliver quarter after quarter of record, industry leading revenue, comp sales and profit growth, and that the newest classes of Starbucks stores continue to deliver record-breaking revenues, AUV’s and ROI both in the U.S. and around the world,” said Schultz. “As I focus on Starbucks next wave of retail innovation, I am delighted that Kevin Johnson – our current president, coo, a seven-year board member and my partner in running every facet of Starbucks business over the last two years – has agreed to assume the duties of Starbucks chief executive officer. This move ideally positions Starbucks to continue profitably growing our core business around the world into the future.”

As president and chief operating officer since March 2015, Johnson has led the company’s global operating businesses across all geographies as well as the core support functions of Starbucks supply chain, marketing, human resources, technology, and mobile and digital platforms. Johnson has been a Starbucks board member since 2009, and will continue to serve as a member of the Board.

“Over the past two decades, I have grown to know Starbucks first as a customer, then as a director on the board, and for the past two years as a member of the management team. Through that journey, I fell in love with Starbucks and I share Howard’s commitment to our mission and values and his optimism for the future,” said Johnson.  “It is an honor for me to serve the more than 300,000 partners who proudly wear the green apron and I consider it a privilege to work side-by-side with Howard, our world-class board of directors, and a very talented leadership team. Together, we will reaffirm our leadership in all things coffee, enhance the partner experience and exceed the expectations of our customers and shareholders.  We believe in using our scale for good and having positive social impact in the communities we serve around the world.”

Johnson’s career spans 33 years in the technology industry which included a 16-year career at Microsoft and a five-year tour as CEO of Juniper Networks. At Microsoft, he led worldwide sales and marketing and became the president of the Platforms Division. In 2008, he was appointed to the National Security Telecommunication Advisory Committee where he served Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He joined the Starbucks board in 2009 and the management team in 2015.

Transcript from Investor and Media Conference Call, December 1, hosted by Howard Schultz and Kevin Johnson

Howard Schultz:

Kevin and I are very excited to have this opportunity to provide additional context around this afternoon’s announcement and to answer any questions you might have.

You may recall that it was three years ago that I shared with you what I sensed were the early signs of a seismic shift in consumer behavior – away from bricks-and-mortar and towards mobile and online retailing. Today, that shift has taken firm hold around the world, both disrupting and redefining retailing and significantly reducing the consumer foot-traffic that traditional retailers have relied on for decades.

Despite the shift, Starbucks has been able to consistently outperform the retail industry. We’ve been able to do so because our stores, our offerings and the experiences our partners create make us a destination, and because we invested way ahead of the curve to create world-class mobile, loyalty and digital capabilities that enable us to provide our customers with an increasingly elevated Starbucks Experience to our customers.

Evidence of the correctness, and the success, of the core strategy that is driving our business are the facts that we continue to deliver quarter after quarter of record, industry-leading revenue, comp sales and profit growth, and that each successive new class of Starbucks stores is delivering record-breaking revenues, AUVs, ROI – both in the U.S. and around the world. This trend was repeated most recently in the 2016 fiscal year that just ended.

I also shared with you the view that the U.S. was over-retailed. To survive – let alone succeed – traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers would have to evolve their physical spaces into relevant customer destinations, as Starbucks stores have been for the last 40 years through the environments we create and the beverages and foods we serve – and create premiumized, experiential consumer venues.

That view is what inspired development of the Starbucks Roastery and Reserve brand.

Since its opening two years ago, our Seattle Roastery has become widely recognized as the world’s most immersive, coffee-forward retail experience. Executives from premier global retailers like Apple, Nike and Zara have shared with me their view that the Roastery delivers the best retail experience – in or out of coffee – that they have ever encountered. Our Roastery is attracting customers and visitors to Seattle alike, and casting a bright halo across the entire Starbucks global brand and ecosystem.

With the Roastery, we introduced into the coffee category a previously unattained level of premiumization. Its success is unparalled, last year achieving a comp sales increase of 24% and delivering a ticket that is four times the ticket of a typical Starbucks store. The Roastery has become a learning laboratory for breakthrough innovation and experiential design and a beacon for the next wave of Starbucks global growth and evolution.

Going forward, we will open at least 20 Roasteries around the world, six by the end of calendar 2019 alone. At the same time, elements of the Roastery are forming the basis of the 1,000 or more Starbucks Reserve stores we will be opening around the world in the years ahead.

Starbucks Reserve is a new, premium retail coffee format that will showcase the newest coffee-brewing methods and offer customers the finest assortment of exclusive, micro-lot coffees sourced from around the world in an all sensory experience emblematic of our Seattle Roastery, paired with artisanal food offerings developed with our partners from Italian artisanal baker Princi. We expect Starbucks Reserve stores to deliver twice the unit economics of the typical Starbucks store.

We will also add Reserve bars into thousands of existing Starbucks stores over time. Let me explain what a Reserve bar is and what that means to the company.

The Roastery has taught us and demonstrated that we can create customized, handcrafted beverages for our customers, using cutting-edge brewing methods and profitably deliver them at scale. Over time, you will see us introduce this unique capability into thousands of existing Starbucks stores around the world, further elevating the Starbucks Experience we deliver to our customers and further extending the halo that the Roastery casts across the entire Starbucks brand.

Like our current stores – and the new classes of Starbucks stores we will be opening globally in the years to come – Roasteries, Reserve Stores and Reserve bars that will be customer destination venues. They will broaden, deepen and elevate our customer experience, and represent an unprecedented new global growth opportunity for the company. I am personally as passionate about developing the Reserve brand, and opening more Roasteries, as I was about opening our first espresso bar more than 30 years ago in Seattle.

As I shift my focus to this next wave of retail innovation, I am sincerely pleased that Kevin Johnson – our current president, coo, a seven-year board member, and my partner in running every facet of Starbucks business day-to-day over the last two years – will be assuming the duties of Starbucks chief executive officer in April 2017. This move ideally positions Starbucks to continue to profitably grow our core business around the world.

Let me tell you why I personally asked Kevin to take on the ceo role, and why the Board and I believe that he is the ideal ceo for Starbucks at this moment in our journey.

Many of you are familiar with the breadth of global management experience and the deep consumer and technology expertise that Kevin brought to Starbucks when he joined our board in 2009.

Since then, Kevin has been a wise and supportive resource for me, personally, both during and following our company’s transformation. For years he has provided invaluable insights into how we scale the company around the world, and how to best integrate industry leading customer facing technology into our customer experience and operations.

I’ll simply note that Kevin has been immersed with us on management and operations issues and opportunities well before he took over the coo role two years ago. And that the two fiscal years following his engagement have been the best years in the history of Starbucks Coffee Company, with the most recent year producing record-shattering financial results and operating metrics across the board. Let me just say he deserves a tremendous amount of credit.

Along the way, Kevin and I have formed a trusting partnership, and Kevin’s collaborative leadership style has won the loyalty and respect of our people while driving the team to deliver record performance.

Kevin brings to the ceo role an unparalleled understanding of the market dynamics and strategic choices that have driven Starbucks to become one of the world’s most recognized and respected companies and brand.

We share a passion for customer-focused innovation and a commitment to preserving Starbucks heritage. Our complementary backgrounds – my entrepreneurial journey building Starbucks and Kevin’s decades spent scaling global businesses – will continue to help Starbucks navigate this new period of worldwide growth and innovation.

Kevin is, in every respect, a true servant leader and a person whose courage, compassion and empathy model the very characteristics we want for all partners and all our leaders. His approach to solving complex problems and his ability to bring out the best in people will continue to make all of us at Starbucks better in the same context that he has made me better.

I will remain Starbucks executive chairman, focusing full-time on the incredible growth opportunities we have in expanding Roasteries and building out our portfolio of Reserve stores and on Starbucks social impact agenda which will be a significant part of the focus going forward.

The truth is, in all my years at Starbucks I have never been more energized or exhilarated about the opportunities that lie ahead.

Please join me in congratulating Kevin. These are exciting times for all of us. Kevin…

Kevin Johnson:

Thank you, Howard, and good afternoon everyone.

Howard summarized our strategic imperative very well. Given the seismic shifts in consumer retail behavior, we have seamlessly extended our brick-and-mortar experience to the digital world, and we are now focused on a multi-year strategy to elevate the entire brand, extend our differentiation around the customer experience, and build on the strength of Starbucks as a destination.

Our five-year strategic plan, which we will review again at next week’s investor conference in New York, outlines seven core strategies for growth that will enable us to capture the global growth opportunities before us.

I firmly believe in this strategy, and we are already in execution mode. As a leadership team, we have prioritized initiatives, allocated resources, and aligned talent to enable us to execute against this strategic plan. It was the key driver of the organizational alignment decisions we made in July, when we created a Global Starbucks Retail organization and a Siren Retail organization.

Today’s announcement is another evolutionary step in our journey. This formalizes the leadership roles and responsibilities that Howard and I have taken on as we focus on this strategic plan. This plan requires us, as a leadership team, to execute several things in parallel and do them well. We are doing this by leveraging Howard’s unique capability to establish an ultra-premium consumer experience through the Roasteries and Reserve Stores while we continue to leverage my experience in large global businesses and technology to accelerate the pace of customer-relevant innovation across the entire brand – all at scale.

I value the partnership that Howard and I have developed over the past decade. My experience working with him on the board since 2009 combined with the past two years on the management team has evolved into a very special relationship. We share common values, a love for the company, and a commitment to always do the right thing for our partners, our shareholders, the customers and communities we serve.

I do want to acknowledge the obvious: Howard Schultz is among the world’s most iconic leaders and entrepreneurs. I know Howard doesn’t personally think of himself that way, but as his business partner and friend, I know this to be true. It is a privilege to work side-by-side with Howard. I have great confidence in our strategy, the partnership that we have developed, and the world-class talent we have assembled.

The women and men of Starbucks Leadership Team have become my trusted partners. They support this transition, and I appreciate the passion, creativity and commitment that each person brings to this team. We work well together and have built a foundation of trust, transparency and teamwork. I believe we will elevate our collective contribution as we pursue our mission and achieve the company’s ambitious goals.

A few final thoughts: Having Starbucks in my life has been a gift. I know I am not alone. So many Starbucks partners have shared their personal life stories with me and what Starbucks means to them. I have so much respect and admiration for the more than 300,000 partners who proudly wear the green apron in service of others, and I am proud to serve them. I want to thank Howard for his faith in me, his ongoing partnership, and the immeasurable gifts he has given so many for so long. I am honored to serve as the chief executive of a company that has a role and responsibility – and a deep opportunity – to create value for so many.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 25,000 stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at and

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “feel,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would,” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These statements are based upon information available to Starbucks as of the date hereof, and Starbucks actual results or performance could different materially from those stated or implied due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in U.S. and international economies and currencies, our ability to preserve, grow and leverage our brands, potential negative effects of incidents involving food or beverage-borne illnesses, tampering, contamination or mislabeling, potential negative effects of material breaches of our information technology systems to the extent we experience a material breach, material failures of our information technology systems, costs associated with, and the successful execution of, the company’s initiatives and plans, the acceptance of the company’s products by our customers, the impact of competition, coffee, dairy and other raw materials prices and availability, the effect of legal proceedings, and other risks detailed in the company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section of the Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 2, 2016. The company assumes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

Media contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100

Source: Starbucks


Tesco hosts its biggest ever Neighbourhood Food Collection, December 1-3, 2016

Tesco hosts its biggest ever Neighbourhood Food Collection, December 1-3, 2016
Tesco hosts its biggest ever Neighbourhood Food Collection, December 1-3, 2016


CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is encouraging people across the UK to donate generously during its biggest ever Neighbourhood Food Collection, which takes place in all Tesco stores from Thursday 1 December until Saturday 3 December.

The Neighbourhood Food Collection, run by Tesco with foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity, FareShare, is aiming to provide at least five million meals to help feed people in need this winter.

Both The Trussell Trust and FareShare see an increase in the need for their support during the winter, with the extra cost of heating that comes with the cold weather adding another pressure for families struggling to make ends meet.

For other vulnerable people, it’s isolation or the need for greater support services, which has led to an 26% increase in the number of charities signing up to FareShare for food deliveries in the last year.

Since the Neighbourhood Food Collection launched in 2012, the equivalent of more than 38 million meals have been donated to people in need by generous Tesco customers. Tesco also tops up customer donations by 20%, the only retailer to top up customer donations in this way – helping the charities grow and provide additional support to people in need.

Matt Davies, UK and ROI CEO at Tesco said:

“It’s so great to witness the generosity of our customers each time we hold a Neighbourhood Food Collection. That’s especially true at Christmas, when the Trussell Trust and FareShare see an increase in demand for the support they provide people who are struggling to make ends meet.

“Together with the 20% top-up provided by Tesco, we’re hoping this collection will go on to help more people in need than ever before.”

The Neighbourhood Food Collection is part of Tesco’s ongoing effort to encourage customers to donate long-life food to charity. Their two charity partners – The Trussell Trust and FareShare – support a wide range of people across the UK who find themselves in desperate need of support.

There are many reasons why people find themselves in this situation, from receiving an unexpected bill when on a low income to being alone and struggling to fight an addiction.

David McAuley CEO at The Trussell Trust said:

“For families already managing tight budgets, winter is often the hardest time of year. Every December Trussell Trust foodbanks meet people who have been hit by something unavoidable, like redundancy or illness, and are facing Christmas unable to afford food. New foodbank statistics out tomorrow suggest foodbank use could double in the lead up to Christmas. We’re very grateful for the donations of Tesco shoppers, colleagues and volunteers – your generosity will help stop hunger this Christmas.”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said:

“The Neighbourhood Food Collection really helps us in our work to provide good food to thousands of amazing frontline organisations in the UK, which support people who are struggling to feed themselves. These organisations work tirelessly to provide life-changing support to people in need. Every single item of food donated will make a difference, so thank you to everyone involved in the Neighbourhood Food Collection.”

In addition to the Neighbourhood Food Collection, Tesco has over 600 permanent collection points across the UK where customers can donate food each week.

Notes to the Editor

  • Tesco has been running Neighbourhood Food Collections since 2012 and has collected 38 million meals so far.
  • Some Tesco stores collect for their local Trussell Trust foodbank, which will provide a minimum of 3 days’ emergency food supplies to people that have been identified as being in crisis by frontline agencies such as Citizen’s Advice, children’s centres or housing associations. Other stores collect for their regional FareShare depot, where the food is redistributed to community groups and local charities.
  • This financial top up is used by The Trussell Trust and FareShare to provide additional services such as counselling and housing advice, volunteering and training opportunities as well as helping to cover running costs in order to provide more food to hungry people.

About The Trussell Trust

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy or bereavement to welfare problems or receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. The Trussell Trust’s network of over 420 foodbanks provides three days’ emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK.

  • From April 2015 to April 2016, Trussell Trust foodbanks provided 1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. Of those helped, 415,866 went to children.
  • Everyone who comes to a Trussell Trust foodbank is referred by a frontline professional like a Citizens Advice worker, health visitor or children’s centre.
  • Trussell Trust foodbanks do much more than food: they provide a listening ear and help resolve the underlying cause of the crisis either through signposting onto relevant local charities or providing on-site immediate support, such as holiday clubs or budgeting and cookery courses.
  • Find out more at

About FareShare

FareShare is a UK-wide charity that tackles food waste and food poverty by redistributing in date, good food from the food & drink industry, that would otherwise go to waste, to frontline charities and community groups that support vulnerable people, including homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs, and domestic violence refuges. These organisations transform the food into nutritious meals, which they provide alongside life-changing support.

In 2015/16, FareShare redistributed 10,795 tonnes of food to 4,652 charities and community groups, enough to provide 21.9 million meals for people in need with an estimated value to the charity sector of £21.7 million. FareShare helped to feed 499,140 people every week. To find out more, please visit

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

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

Source: Tesco


Amazon announces the launch of HBO and Cinemax on Amazon Channels

Amazon announces the launch of HBO and Cinemax on Amazon Channels
Amazon announces the launch of HBO and Cinemax on Amazon Channels


  • HBO subscription available for $14.99 per month includes favorite series like Westworld, Game of Thrones, Divorce, Insecure, Silicon Valley, and the full HBO TV and movie selection available – without the need for a TV package
  • In addition, Cinemax is now available on Amazon Channels for $9.99 per month – enjoy The Knick, Quarry, Outcast, Banshee and Strike Back as well as blockbuster movies
  • HBO and Cinemax premium networks join over eighty video subscriptions available on Amazon Channels

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Dec. 1, 2016) announced the launch of HBO and Cinemax on Amazon Channels. Prime members can now sign up for a monthly HBO subscription to get HBO’s award-winning content for just $14.99 per month. Available today, Prime members can now watch the latest episodes of HBO’s newest hits including Westworld, The Night Of, and Divorce, catch up on all seasons of Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, watch hit movies including Deadpool, Straight Outta Compton, and Steve Jobs, and tune in to VICE News Tonight. The HBO subscription on Amazon Channels lets Prime members stream HBO whenever they want – without the need for a cable subscription. Prime members receive a 30-day free trial and then pay $14.99 per month thereafter. HBO – including series, original films, miniseries, sports, documentaries, specials and a wide selection of blockbuster movies – is available to stream today.

Cinemax on Amazon Channels is also available today for $9.99 per month. Prime members can now enjoy the premier movie destination that offers unparalleled volume and variety as well as original series like The Knick, Quarry, Outcast, Banshee, and Strike Back. Cinemax also features the hottest blockbuster movies as part of the subscription including American Sniper, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2 andVacation as well as Trainwreck and Jurassic World, arriving in December. For more information on HBO, Cinemax and Amazon Channels visit

“HBO has produced some of the most groundbreaking, beloved and award-winning shows in television history. Their selection of blockbuster movies is unsurpassed, including hits like Batman vs. Superman, The Revenant, and Deadpool. And, our customers have been asking when all that wonderful content will be available on Amazon Channels,” said Michael Paull, Vice President, Digital Video, Amazon. “Prime members can now watch the latest episodes of the critically-acclaimed Westworld and Game of Thrones without the need for a cable subscription. We’re thrilled to work with HBO to bring their cutting-edge content to Amazon Prime members with Amazon Channels.”

“For years now, Amazon has demonstrated an incomparable capability for bringing customers exactly what they want, in all the ways they want it,” said Sofia Chang, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Distribution and Home Entertainment, HBO. “We have a very successful partnership with this great company that continues to evolve. We share the goal of providing Amazon customers more ways to access all of the high-quality HBO and Cinemax programming they’ve been asking for.”

Beginning today, Amazon Prime members can sign up for HBO to get unlimited streaming access to:

  • All episodes of the newest and most popular HBO series such as Westworld, Divorce, Insecure, Ballers, and Game of Thrones
  • Blockbuster and award-winning movies like Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Revenant, Deadpool, Joy, The Martian, Ride Along 2, Sisters, Straight Outta Compton and more
  • Topical, news-focused content from John Oliver, Bill Maher and VICE
  • All seasons of favorites like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, True Blood, The Wire and Deadwood
  • Epic limited series, including The Night Of, The Pacific, and The Jinx
  • Acclaimed documentaries including Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, Everything is Copy, Jim: The James Foley Story, Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks, The Ties that Bind
  • Hilarious original comedy specials from Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais and the late Robin Williams

Amazons Channels includes numerous benefits for viewers, such as:

  • Pay only for the channels a viewer wants
  • No cable package required
  • Watch anywhere, anytime on over 650 compatible devices
  • Self-service cancellation of any subscription at anytime
  • Create custom lineups from over 80 premium and specialty channels
  • Free trials on all subscriptions
  • Convenience of one account, no additional passwords to remember
  • Trusted, reliable streaming from Amazon Video
  • IMDb X-Ray integration

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV episodes, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazonoriginal series and movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love and Friendship and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership
  • Amazon Channels: Over 80 video subscriptions to networks like HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, available to AmazonPrime members as add-ons to their membership – to view the full list of channels available, visit
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, phones and tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices, visit
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of certain content

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit:

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

About Home Box Office, Inc.

Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. and the world’s most successful pay TV service, providing the two television services – HBO® and Cinemax® – to approximately 131 million subscribers worldwide. The services offer the popular subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand®, as well as HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels. HBO NOW®, the network’s internet-only premium streaming service, provides audiences with instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming in the U.S. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 60 countries. HBO and Cinemax programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.

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NET-DYN awarded Top-Rated status on Amazon for its Dual Band USB Wireless WiFi Adapter

Clearwater, Florida, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — NET-DYN, one of the world’s leading providers of electronic gadgets, was recently awarded the Top-Rated status on Amazon thanks to their Dual Band USB Wireless WiFi Adapter. The revolutionary adapter marketed by the Clearwater, FL business enables internet users up to 100 yards of reliable, outdoor coverage. The dongle, which is compatible with PC and Mac, is also very easy to set up. Users simply plug the adapter in to their respective USB port and install the appropriate driver.


Amazon customers continue to issue favorable reviews on the product to the tune of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Many customers have also stated that their internet speeds are “blazing fast” when using it, and also that they’ve experienced virtually no issues once they install it. Some additional perks associated with this product are:

• Lifetime Warranty
• Supported by all WLAN routers (WPA/WPA2/WEP)
• Undisturbed by other devices (like Bluetooth or cordless phones)

In addition to the Top-Rated Dual Band USB Wireless WiFi Adapter, N600, 5GHz and 2.4GHz (300/300Mbps), they also market a variety of other quality electronic items including a AC1200 USB Wi-Fi Adapter that is ideal for gaming enthusiasts, a small and comfortable 150M USB Wi-Fi Adapter and a 300M USB Wi-Fi Adapter with a pivoted 4.5” external antenna.

NET-DYN also wishes to inform their customers that they are always working to update their drivers and they stand behind them 100%. If you would like to learn more about the specifications of any of these products, you are encouraged to contact the electronics experts at NET-DYN for more information.

Contact-Details: Henry Esteban


Sears Holdings to release 3Q 2016 financial results on Thursday, December 8, 2016

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced today (Dec. 1, 2016 ) that it expects to release its financial results for the Company’s fiscal 2016 third quarter before the market opens on Thursday, December 8, 2016, and simultaneously post a pre-recorded conference call and audio webcast on its corporate website. It will feature prepared remarks from Jason M. Hollar, chief financial officer, who will focus his comments to provide additional context around the quarter.

The pre-recorded conference call may be accessed by telephone at 844.826.0613 or 973.200.3092 (conference ID: 31452902), and on Sears Holdings’ website at under “Events & Presentations.” The accompanying presentation and transcript will be posted online in conjunction.

About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit

Sears Holdings Public Relations
(847) 286-8371

SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation announces the tenth annual 100

San Francisco, CA, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ —, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, today ( ) announced the tenth annual 100. The only list based exclusively on customer preferences, the 100 reflects the top wines purchased during the first 11 months of 2016. With over 25,000 unique wines to choose from this year, the list provides insight into consumer’s online wine-buying patterns. The complete 2016 100 list is available online at

2016 100 highlights:

  • A white wine nabs the #1 spot: While the majority of wine sold on is red wine, a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand sold the most bottles in 2016. This highlights the power of a great brand at a fantastic value. It is the first time a white wine – and a wine from New Zealand – secured the top spot.
  • Cabernet remains King. 26 wines from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape are in the top ranks of popularity, while Pinot Noir has 12 wines and Red Blends and Sauvignon Blanc represent 7 spots each.
  • Half are imports. Matching the overall consumer interest at, the 100 has 50 imported wines featured, led by Italy 13, France 9, and Chile 7. In domestic wines, California secured 43 spots and Washington State garnered 7, with California’s Meiomi 2014 Pinot Noir ranking #5.

“In the past year, our customers bought 25,000 unique labels from 4,500 producers making the world’s largest wine store,” said Michael Osborn, Founder and VP of Merchandising.  “Today we offer 6,000 wines from California, 3,000 from France, and 2,000 from Italy.  This year, we’ve expanded our Live Chat Sommelier Service to 7 days/week, to help our customers navigate this huge selection and find something that suits their individual needs.”

“It’s such an honor to be so well regarded by and all our fans of the Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015,” says Patrick Materman, Chief winemaker at Brancott Estate. “ We knew Marlborough was going to produce some pretty special wines when we first planted Sauvignon Blanc back in 1975, and it’s rewarding to see our wines being enjoyed by so many people across the US.”

A look back at the 100 #1 wines:
2016:   Brancott 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
2015:   Meiomi 2013 Pinot Noir (California)
2014:   Caymus 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
2013:   Viña Eguia 2007 Reserva (Spain)
2012:   Columbia Crest 2009 Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State)
2011:   Tilia 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina)
2010:   d’Arenberg 2008 Stump Jump Shiraz (Australia)
2009:   Cambria 2006 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir (California)
2008:   Veramonte 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Chile)
2007:   Hogue 2003 Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State)

The 10 most popular sellers on the 100 this year:
1. Brancott Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
2. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label (France)
3. Trivento 2015 Malbec Reserve (Chile)
4. Haras de Pirque 2011 Hussonet Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile)
5. Meiomi 2013 Pinot Noir (California)
6. Rombauer 2014 Chardonnay (California)
7. Miraval 2015 Rose (France)
8. Clos du Val 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
9. Caymus 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
10. Borgo Scopeto 2013 Chianti Classico (Italy)

About is the nation’s leading online wine retailer, offering selection, guidance and convenience not found in brick and mortar stores.  The company provides its customers access to the world’s largest wine store, with live chat wine experts available 7 days a week on its mobile and full websites.  With multiple fulfillment centers and the most sophisticated retail wine distribution network in the United States, delivers in 1-2 days to most locations, offering date-certain delivery and the convenience of shipping for pickup at over 2,000 FedEx Office locations.  The company’s popular StewardShip program provides unlimited wine delivery and exclusive access to new releases for $49 per year.’s mission, to inspire the wine lifestyle through innovation, is captured in its brand manifesto video, viewable here.  For more information, visit the company’s website at

Press Contact:
Gwendolyn Osborn


Nordstrom Rack to open at Chimney Rock Crossing in Bridgewater, New Jersey

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today (Dec. 1, 2016) plans to open Nordstrom Rack at Chimney Rock Crossing in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The approximately 36,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in 2018. The property is owned by Regency Centers.

When the new store opens, it will be the eighth Rack in New Jersey. The company also operates five full line locations at The Mall at Short Hills, Garden State Plaza, Freehold Raceway Mall, Menlo Park and Cherry Hill.

“We look forward to expanding our presence in New Jersey and offering customers in Bridgewater a more convenient location to shop,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “Nordstrom Rack Chimney Rock Crossing will offer the great brands our customers have come to expect at great Rack prices.”

Nordstrom Rack will join Saks Off Fifth, Whole Foods, Container Store and more. Chimney Rock Crossing is conveniently located just off of Route 22.

“Our retailers are a big part of what is going to make Chimney Rock special,” said Jack deVilliers, Vice President of investments for Regency Centers. “Nordstrom Rack is a top-tier operator whose presence will fit the needs and wants of the surrounding community, while enhancing the center’s merchandising strategy as a whole. We are proud to have them as a part of our development.”

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30 to 70 percent off regular prices. The Rack carries merchandise from Nordstrom stores and, as well as specially purchased items from many of the top brands sold at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 349 stores in 40 states, including 123 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 215 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through, and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

About Regency Centers Corporation
With more than 50 years of experience, Regency is the preeminent national owner, operator and developer of high quality, grocery anchored neighborhood and community shopping centers. The Company’s portfolio of 307 retail properties encompasses over 42.1 million square feet located in top markets throughout the United States, including co-investment partnerships. Regency has developed 223 shopping centers since 2000, representing an investment at completion of more than $3 billion. Operating as a fully integrated real estate company, Regency is a qualified real estate investment trust that is self-administered and self-managed.

Jessica Canfield
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-4250

Eric Davidson
Regency Centers

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.

Los chefs Gonzalo Calzadilla, Juan Ramón Sau y Jesús Villar son los finalistas de la V edición del Premio BCC EROSKI Saria

  • El Premio BCC–EROSKI Saria reconoce la labor de los cocineros que valorizan la innovación gastronómica con productos locales de tradición
  • Los tres finalistas de esta edición prepararán mañana sus recetas con productos locales presentadas al concurso en las instalaciones de Basque Culinary Center (BCC) para ser degustadas por el jurado del premio

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Los cocineros Gonzalo Calzadilla, Juan Ramón Sau y Jesús Villar son los finalistas de la V edición del premio BCC EROSKI Saria, que organizan  Basque Culinary Center y EROSKI y que persigue reconocer aquellas elaboraciones culinarias que pongan en valor un producto local. Concretamente premia a los cocineros y cocineras que promocionan y utilizan determinadas variedades y especies que conforman la riqueza cultural y gastronómica de los diferentes territorios de España, demostrando un compromiso social con los productores y con la preservación de la biodiversidad de especies, variedades y sabores y también la innovación culinaria con productos locales.

Los tres finalistas de esta edición disputarán mañana, viernes 2 de diciembre, la final del premio. Para ello elaborarán, en las instalaciones de Basque Culinary Center, las recetas presentadas para que el jurado falle el certamen. El chef Gonzalo Calzadilla cocinará su receta de “patatas bravas” que sirve en el restaurante madrileño Mitte. Por su parte, Juan Ramón Sau preparará su plato “Cebolla de Fuentes de Ebro” que se puede degustar en el restaurante Quemaen Zaragoza. Jesús Villar cocinará su receta candidata “Bacalao, guisantes, ajo asado y miel” que prepara en la Escuela de Cocina Natural Chef en Ciudad Real.

El fallo del premio se dará a conocer mañana tras el almuerzo que se celebrará en Basque Culinary Center en el que se degustarán sus propuestas.
El ganador obtendrá 6.000 euros, el segundo clasificado recibirá 3.000 euros y el tercero 1.000 euros, así como sus respectivos diplomas acreditativos.

Para concursar sólo era necesario cumplir dos requisitos: ser chefs en activo en cualquier restaurante de España y enviar recetas que preparen habitualmente en sus cartas y pongan en valor productos locales de marcada tradición en su región. De entre todas las propuestas presentadas, el jurado -compuesto por una selección de reconocidos cocineros y cocineras y expertos gastronómicos y del sector agroalimentario-, ha seleccionado a los tres finalistas.


EROSKI mantiene acuerdos de colaboración con 4.676 proveedores comerciales, de los cuales más del 50% son pequeños productores locales y regionales y ofrece actualmente en sus tiendas la más amplia gama de productos locales, que supera los 21.000 alimentos producidos en los entornos más próximos a sus tiendas, claro ejemplo de la riqueza y diversidad del sector agroalimentario y que cuentan con un protagonismo preferencial en el nuevo modelo de tienda “contigo” que EROSKI impulsa.

Sobre Basque Culinary Center

Basque Culinary Center está integrada por la Facultad de Ciencias Gastronómicas de MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA –la primera de España- y un Centro de Investigación e Innovación en el ámbito de la alimentación y la gastronomía. Está respaldado por los cocineros que han participado activamente en la iniciativa, -Juan Mari Arzak, Martin Berasategi, Pedro Subijana, Karlos Argiñano, Andoni Luis Aduriz, Hilario Arbelaitz, Eneko Atxa-, y por numerosas instituciones vascas y estatales. Además, los cocineros más influyentes del mundo, presididos por Ferrán Adriá, constituyen el Consejo Asesor Internacional de Basque Culinary Center.

Basque Culinary Center ha convertido a Euskadi en la sede de la primera universidad de estas características en España, y la primera a nivel mundial que dispone de un centro de investigación e innovación en el área de la gastronomía y de la ciencia de los alimentos. El propósito, ser un centro de referencia internacional en la I+D del conocimiento en su campo y en especial en las áreas vinculadas a las ciencias gastronómicas.

El Grado en Ciencias Gastronómicas y Artes Culinarias de MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA tiene cuatro grandes áreas de conocimiento: técnicas de cocina-sala-sumiller, gestión del negocio, Ciencia y Tecnología y Cultura y Arte. Basque Culinary Center imparte un título universitario de grado, títulos de postgrado dirigidos a profesionales de la cocina y profesionales de otros sectores, formación continua y oferta para “entusiastas” de la cocina.

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

Source: Eroski

M&S hosts a three day Taste of Christmas event, Dec. 1-3, 2016

M&S hosts a three day Taste of Christmas event, Dec. 1-3, 2016
M&S hosts a three day Taste of Christmas event, Dec. 1-3, 2016


  • Customers are invited to in-store tasting events across the UK to sample the best of M&S’ Christmas food range
  • Christmas canapés, cheese and desserts will be available to taste in all M&S Foodhalls from 1st – 3rd December

LONDON, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — M&S is hosting a Taste of Christmas event in its foodhalls across the UK from today (01 Dec 2016) until Saturday 3rd December. Today also sees the release of its final Christmas food advert – ‘Tis the season… for all day feasting.

The team of food experts at M&S have created a must-have collection for festive entertaining. Customers will be able to sample show-stopping canapés, sophisticated snacks, desserts and drinks that are only available at M&S.

The three day Taste of Christmas event, taking place at 600 stores, offers a great opportunity for those looking for inspiration to try special and new products that help them plan their Christmas dining. In-store experts will be on hand to advise customers on combining plates, canapés and drinks.

M&S has launched 290 new food products this Christmas and expects to sell 400 million mince pies and 100 million party food items over the Christmas period.

There is a treat available for every moment during the festive season including Twice Smoked Salmon Blinis that make the perfect breakfast treat, Mini Porcini Mac ‘n’ Cheeses to spoil party guests, Salted Caramel Profiteroles and special Christmas Smoked and Spiced Cheeses to follow the main event. Drinks on offer have a suitably festive twist with Mince Pie Martinis, Christmas Cake Liqueurs and the American inspired Christmas Cobbler, which is the ultimate contemporary sherry cocktail.

Sacha Berendji, Director of Retail at M&S said: “The taste events are a great way for our teams in stores to make the run up to Christmas special for our customers. With 290 new food products on offer this Christmas, the event gives customers a chance to try some exciting treats and get into the festive spirit.”

This year’s series of four ‘Tis the Season food ads tap into the key moments for customers this festive season. The final ad released today, ‘Tis the Season… for all day feasting, focuses on preparing all the essentials for the big day. The beautiful food shots show off the very best of M&S this Christmas and are complemented by a festive twist of the popular and iconic Clean Bandit track.


M&S Corporate PR Team
0208 718 1919

Source: M&S


Conforama and Casino Groups enhance partnership with the creation of “SICA” dedicated to international services

Paris, France, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — After announcing, on 19 September 2016, the creation of “Mano”, their alliance to optimise purchasing in France of household appliances (both white and brown goods) from the main international suppliers, the Conforama and Casino groups have enhanced their current cooperation by creating an international company named “SICA” dedicated to international services.

This company will also include other Steinhoff International Group banners to create an alliance with a global reach.

SICA will develop a portfolio of international services through a wide range of suppliers comparable to that of Mano, in order to facilitate and optimise supplier/distributor partnerships and enhance the competitiveness of both groups.

The new entity will begin operations for the 2017 negotiations.

About: Conforama, a major player in the European household goods market, currently operates a total of 287 stores, of which 204 in France and 83 spread among Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Italy, Croatia and Serbia. The banner generated net sales of €3.5 billion in the 2016 financial year and has 13,400 employees. For more information:

Casino Group: A food and non-food retail specialist, the Casino Group generated €46.1 billion in sales in 2015 thanks to its 15,344 sales outlets, including 10,627 in France, and more than 325,820 employees worldwide.* In France, the Group has successfully implemented a multi-format, multi-brand and multi-channel model that draws on its extensive network of hypermarkets (Géant), supermarkets (Casino), urban supermarkets (Monoprix, Franprix, Leader Price) and convenience stores (Casino Shop, Vival, Spar, Leader Price Express) as well as its market-leading e-commerce site, Cdiscount. The Group is notably present in Latin America, where it is No. 1 in Brazil thanks to GPA and Via Varejo and in Colombia with Grupo Éxito.

Conforama press contacts:
Isabelle Hoppenot
+33 (0)1 60 95 25 62
+33 (0)6 25 58 14 38

Rhizlène Mimoun
+33 (0)1 60 95 26 43
+33 (0)6 25 58 95 52

Casino Group press contacts:
Corporate Communications
Tel. +33 (0)1 53 65 24 78

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Karine Allouis
+33 (0)1 53 70 74 81

Simon Zaks
+33 (0)1 53 70 74 63

Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
+33 (0)1 53 65 24 17

Source: Casino Group

EuroShop Düsseldorf enters the Indian market

Messe Düsseldorf Cooperates with In-store Asia +++ New Company Excosa founded +++ India: Retail Market with Enormous Potential

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — EuroShop Düsseldorf, the leading international trade fair for all investment needs in the retail sector, is entering the Indian market. Why? Well, India is much more than just a subcontinent on the way to economic strength — it is actually one of the fastest growing retail markets in the world with a volume of 500 billion US dollars.

Under the “Mall of Europe powered by EuroShop” umbrella, the world-leading Düsseldorf-based trade fair already offered its exhibitors the opportunity to participate in the In-store Asia fair in August this year. But this was just the first step of the market entrance in India for the EuroShop family.

Messe Düsseldorf has now sealed a close, long-term cooperation deal with In-store Asia organiser, Thought Shows & Events Pvt Ltd. Together they have formed a new company with equal participation between Messe Düsseldorf India Ltd. and In-store Asia called Excosa.  The formal agreement was signed by both parties on 23rd Nov 2016 in New Delhi. Under Excosa all Retail Design and In-store Marketing domain related events will be conducted. From February 2018 on, In-Store Asia will be organised annually in alternating locations between New Delhi and Mumbai.

In-store Asia is the largest Retail Fair for Retail Design and In-store Marketing in the Indian sub-continent and has been instrumental in bringing the Indian Retail Design and In-store Marketing community onto one platform and enable in keeping pace with global trends, innovations and developments for over a decade. “In-store Asia now joins the family of EuroShop, that has been the undisputed leader in this domain for the last five decades”, says  Vasant Jante, Founder and Managing Director of In-store Asia and explains: “This was the best option to broaden the horizon for the growing In-store clientele to enable new global opportunities in trade, partnerships, new technologies and reaching new markets in this domain. The timing is also perfect considering the healthy growth rate of the Indian Retail Market which has made it a top location for international investments from global brands and retailers. ”

For the trade fair organisers from Düsseldorf, the cooperation with the Indian trade fair is the ideal way to tap into India’s national retail scene. It is estimated that retail area in India’s top 7 metropolises will grow to 4.3 million square metres in the next 5 years. Hans Werner Reinhard, Managing Director Messe Düsseldorf, recalls: “We met Mr Jante during a EuroShop presentation in India in 2013. Then in 2015 we experienced In-store Asia live for the first time, and we were really impressed with the fair. More than 5,000 decision-makers from the industry, retail, architecture and banking sectors visit the event, and its offerings range from retail design, lighting, digital signage to POP displays and visual merchandising, as well as retail technology. From our very first meeting, we saw Mr Jante as a reliable partner, and we are excited to embark on this new collective journey. Excosa will enable us to gain a foothold in a highly exciting, aspiring retail market.”

The fact that Messe Düsseldorf has had its own subsidiary, Messe Düsseldorf India Ltd., with headquarters in New Delhi and a branch office in Mumbai for years now, and has gathered extensive experience in organising international trade fairs, is yet another factor contributing to the best conditions for this cooperation.

Your press contact at Messe Düsseldorf:
Dr Cornelia Jokisch, Tanja Karl (Assistant)
Tel.: +49-(0)211-4560-998/-999
Fax: +49-(0)211-4560-8548

Source: Euroshop

Co-op-Roughrider Game Day Approved partnership donates $118,000 to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan

Co-op-Roughrider Game Day Approved partnership donates $118,000 to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan
Co-op-Roughrider Game Day Approved partnership donates $118,000 to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan


Saskatoon, SK, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Saskatchewan is clearly a champion when it comes to supporting healthy children and families in the province.

Thanks to Co-op members, customers and Roughrider fans across the country, the Co-op-Roughrider Game Day Approved partnership is making a $118,000 donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan for the 2016 season.

“The Game Day Approved partnership has been a lot of fun; it’s created conversations, engagement and expanded Roughrider collections,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited. “The primary goal of the partnership, though, has always been to support children’s health. This has been a success thanks to our members, customers and, of course, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and their fans.”

This year’s total includes over $37,000 donated directly by customers at store checkouts, with the remainder being the result of proceeds from the Game Day Approved product line.

What started with Fantuz Flakes has grown exponentially to include a variety of green-themed food and merchandise – including this year’s Touchdown Teddy and Darian’s QB BBQ chips – that has netted positive yards for children’s health.

“We are extremely proud to have shared in the Co-op Game Day Approved partnership again this past season,” said Steve Mazurak, Vice-President, Sales and Partnerships, with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. “As an organization, we value giving back to numerous community programs, but being able to contribute to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan is a special opportunity.”

Co-op has donated over $2.3 million to the CHFS since 2010, which includes a $1.7 million commitment in 2013 and $450,000 from the sale of Game Day Approved products.

“It takes a great team to build a children’s hospital and the partnership between Co-op and the Saskatchewan Roughriders has been like winning the Grey Cup on home turf,” says Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

“We are tremendously grateful to Federated Co-operatives Limited, local Co-op retailers, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and, of course, to Rider Nation for supporting kids and families across the province through Game Day Approved products. This Saskatchewan spirit and generosity is allowing us to help care for kids in need, both now and in the future when the doors open on our new children’s hospital.”

This year, Game Day Approved partnerships – which include the Riders, Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers – raised a combined $207,000 for local children’s hospital foundations across Western Canada.

Source: Coop


Banana Republic and Council of Fashion Designers of America launch limited-edition capsule collection by Greg Lauren


NEW YORK, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Banana Republic and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are excited to continue their partnership with the launch of a limited-edition capsule collection with artist and designer, Greg Lauren. The Greg Lauren for Banana Republic menswear collection debuts at select Banana Republic stores beginning December 2016.

The CFDA and Banana Republic first worked together for a special collaboration in Spring 2016, launching a women’s capsule collection created with New York-based design trio, Timo Weiland. For the second installment of their partnership, Banana Republic and the CFDA have teamed with Greg Lauren to debut a menswear collection that is designed, cut and sewn in Los Angeles. The capsule will include 16 pieces, which marry Lauren’s iconic, utilitarian style with Banana Republic’s classic American sportswear sensibility.

“Our partnership with Banana Republic has allowed two designers the opportunity to grow and expand their consumer and production capacities in ways that otherwise may not have been possible,” says Steven Kolb, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CFDA. “We are happy to be able to work with an iconic American brand like Banana Republic and look forward to debuting the Greg Lauren for Banana Republic collection this holiday.”

“We’re thrilled to continue our work with the CFDA to support emerging designers by helping them scale their business and broaden their visibility,” says Michael Anderson, Senior Vice President of Design, Banana Republic. “Greg is a true artist who puts his heart and soul into every piece he creates. We share a passion for the details and had a great time playing with ways to marry our signature styles through his artistic approach.”

The Greg Lauren for Banana Republic collection consists of a variety of unexpected essentials, including lounge pants in knit and wool; outerwear like a relaxed flight jacket, mixed media jackets, a luxe cashmere top coat; as well as a casual tuxedo jacket and pant with linen tuxedo shirt. The assortment also includes effortlessly cool layering pieces like a cotton sweatshirt and henley long-sleeve shirts. The capsule leverages Banana Republic base fabrics, like cotton twill, to offer a unique blend of Lauren’s craftsmanship with Banana Republic’s modern versatility and retails from $178 (select shirts) – $3,000 (cashmere overcoat).

“Banana Republic is an iconic American retailer and I’m excited to be collaborating with them as I continue to expand my business,” says Lauren. “This collaboration is helping me explore new ways to extend my production capacity and test new ways of working while still maintaining a very hands-on approach to my craft.”

The collection will launch at select Banana Republic retail locations December 6,2016.


Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering versatile, contemporary style.  Through thoughtful design, Banana Republic provides a wardrobe of favorites to style and wear time and time again in new ways.  Banana Republic offers fragrances, clothing, eyewear, jewelry, shoes and handbags with detailed craftsmanship and luxurious materials.  Founded in San Francisco, Banana Republic is located in more than 750 company-operated and franchise retail locations worldwide.

About the CFDA (@CFDA)

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 450 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar, and serves as the official keeper of New York Fashion Week. It stages the bi-annual New York Fashion Week; Men’s. It also offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA {Fashion Incubator}, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Strategic Partnerships Group, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA created and manages the worldwide Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative; raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations and addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative.


After gaining recognition as a painter, Greg Lauren created Greg Lauren in 2011 with the mission of “designing clothing from the perspective of being an artist, and making garments using an artistic approach” Specializing in a “destroyed but elegant” aesthetic, the collection combines repurposed vintage military farbics with new fabrics put through uique artistic processes to give everything a one of a kind feeling and aesthetic.  Greg Lauren is now available in over 50 boutiques worldwide, and is made entirely in Los Angeles.

Investor information:

Source: Gap Inc.

Forever 21 debuts its Give to Love, Love to Give Holiday 2016 campaign to benefit Soles4Souls and

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forever 21, one of the most recognized and largest independent fashion retailers in the world, debuts its Give to Love, Love to Give Holiday 2016 campaign and announces its partnership with nonprofit organizations Soles4Souls and

The campaign tagline Give to Love, Love to Give is amplified through partnerships with nonprofit organizations. Forever 21 will partner with Soles4Souls for a second consecutive year by donating one article of clothing (valued between $0.49 – $150.00) for every $5.00 or higher value gift card purchased in the U.S. from November 4, 2016 to December 25, 2016, up to 2 million dollars (based upon retail price of items donated). Forever 21 is also partnering with and will donate $1 of each item sold between November 4, 2016 and December 24, 2016, from the Give to Love, Love to Give collection to with a minimum donation of $25,000.

The Forever 21 Holiday 2016 Collection will launch in stores globally and on beginning Tuesday, November 8, 2016.




Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 730 stores in 48 countries with retailers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit:

Forever 21 Public Relations

Source: Forever 21


Ultimate Body–Tox recalls Ultimate Body Tox PRO capsules due to undeclared sibutramine

High Point, NC, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ultimate Body–Tox is voluntarily recalling all lots of Ultimate Body Tox PRO capsules to the consumer level. FDA analyses of this product found it to contain undeclared sibutramine. Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was removed from the U.S. market in October 2010 for safety reasons. The presence of sibutramine in Ultimate Body Tox PRO renders it an unapproved drug for which safety and efficacy have not been established and, therefore, subject to recall. No illnesses or injuries have been reported to Ultimate Body–Tox to date in connection with this product. This recall does not affect the sales and distribution of Ultimate Body–Tox’s other products.

The product poses a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, irregular heartbeat, or stroke.

Ultimate Body Tox PRO is marketed as a dietary supplement for weight loss and is packaged in 45 count bottles.  All lots are included in this recall. The products listed above were sold and distributed nationwide via the internet and in NC.

Ultimate Body–Tox has taken this voluntary action because it is committed to providing accurate information about its products and because of the concern for the health and safety of consumers. Ultimate Body–Tox is working with the FDA in the recall process. It sincerely regrets any inconvenience to customers. Ultimate Body–Tox is notifying its distributors and customers by phone and is arranging for return of all recalled products. Consumers, distributors, and retailers that have Ultimate Body Tox PRO should stop using and/or distributing the product, and return to place of purchase.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 910-633-3596 Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm EST for instructions on the return process. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product should also be reported to the FDA’s Med Watch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

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

Consumers Contact:

Bronco Owens

Source: FDA

Calbee of Boardman recalls Harvest Snap Black Pepper snap pea crisps due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

Oregon, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Calbee of Boardman, Oregon is recalling 3,588 cases of Harvest Snap Black Pepper snap pea crisps are in 3.3 oz bags and have Lot Number MAR 31 17 0141 S. Harvest Snap Black Pepper snap pea crisps may actually contain Harvest Snap Wasabi Ranch snap pea crisps which contain dairy ingredients. Dairy allergens are not labeled on the Harvest Snap Black Pepper snap pea crisps. People with a dairy allergy or sensitivity run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The product was sold through Publix Super Market stores beginning on October 3rd, 2016. Calbee is issuing a nationwide recall.

No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date and no other Calbee North America products are involved in this recall.

All retail outlets that sell this product have been notified to remove the product with affected date code from their shelves and warehouses immediately.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (707) 427-2500 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.

Consumers Contact:

Steve Sobba

Source: FDA


Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. recalls Certain Trader Joe’s Hummus Products due to potential contamination of Listeria

Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. recalls Certain Trader Joe’s Hummus Products due to potential contamination of Listeria
Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. recalls Certain Trader Joe’s Hummus Products due to potential contamination of Listeria


Charlotte, NC, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus (SKU #90642) and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus (SKU #91107) with “USE BY” date codes up through and including 12/15/2016, because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The products come in 16 ounce plastic tubs with SKU numbers printed on the top labels and “USE BY” date codes stamped on the bottom of the tubs, along with the plant identification code “C”. To clarify, products with plant identification code “J” were produced in a different facility and are NOT affected by this recall. In addition, Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus Snack Pack with Pita Chips (SKU #97136) is NOT part of this recall.

To date there have been no confirmed illnesses.

States Affected Product Code Date
IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH and WI Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus ONLY (SKU 91107) USE BY dates up through and including “12/15/16” and plant identification code “C”
AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, LA, NC, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA and WA Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus (SKU 91107) AND Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus (SKU 90642) USE BY dates up through and including “12/15/16” and plant identification code “C”

The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in product manufactured on the same equipment. The company subsequently identified the source of the issue and has corrected the matter. All potentially affected products have been removed from store shelves and destroyed.

Consumers should discard the product immediately or return it to their point of purchase for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Bakkavor Foods at (855) 312-7504, Monday through Friday 8:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. PST.

The voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers Contact:

Bakkavor Foods

Media Contact:

Shawn Stevens

Source: FDA


Intermountain Farmers Association recalls certain rabbit pellets that may contain higher than acceptable levels of vitamin D

Draper, UT, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intermountain Farmers Association (IFA) of Draper, UT, is recalling its 50 lb bags of rabbit pellets (item #1220) manufactured between March 14, 2016 and September 15, 2016, because the product may contain higher than acceptable levels of vitamin D, which may cause health problems to rabbits.

The recalled rabbit pellets were distributed through IFA country stores and independent dealers in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico.

The product comes in a 50 lb, poly paper package marked with lot number containing #1220 and a date between 03/15/16 and 09/15/16 on the side of the blue label. The dates listed, in the previous sentence, represent the first use of the formula in question and the last date the formula in question was used.

Rabbits consuming this feed would be at risk for developing clinical hypercalcemia when fed diets containing very high levels of vitamin D, as a sole source of nutrition. Clinical signs of hypercalcemia include such things as increased thirst, increased urination, weakness, decreased appetite and possibly death. Intermountain Farmers Association has recently received two complaints that reported illness and deaths of some of the customer’s rabbits. IFA is working with these customers to address these concerns.

The recall was initiated immediately after IFA received a report of death of a customer’s rabbits and the preliminary investigation indicated a formulation error. It was discovered that rabbit pellets manufactured during the above dates contained high levels of vitamin D.

IFA has quarantined any unsold product from the manufacturing period listed above. Any rabbit pellets manufactured by IFA after 09/15/2016 have been confirmed to contain the correct vitamin D level and is safe to feed to rabbits. The company will continue to work with the FDA to ensure that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased 50 lb bags of #1220 Rabbit Pellets with the above manufacturing dates are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-801-619-1367, Dr. Jamie Allen, PhD Quality Assurance/Compliance Manager Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except holidays.

Consumers Contact:

Dr. Jamie Allen, PhD
Quality Assurance/Compliance Manager

Source: FDA

Toys“R”Us, Inc. reports 3Q 2016 earnings

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Details for the Toys“R”Us, Inc. third quarter 2016 earnings conference call are provided below. On the call, the company’s leadership team will discuss the financial results of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and Toys“R”Us – Delaware, Inc. at 2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

Participation in this call is open to the public. Participants should dial-in 15 minutes in advance, using the following:

U.S. Dial-In Number: (855) 687-5546
International Dial-In Number: (786) 800-3917
Conference ID: 28421761

More information is available at 

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 880 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 780 international stores and over 245 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including and, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. For more information, visit or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.


Lenders and Note Investors:
Chetan Bhandari
Senior Vice President
Corporate Finance & Treasurer

Amy von Walter
Executive Vice President
Global Communications & Public Relations

Source: ToysRUs

Intershop Communications AG announces Mr. Ulrich Prädel as the newest member of the Supervisory Board

Jena, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Supervisory Board of Intershop Communications AG is undergoing a change in personnel. From 1 December 2016, Mr. Ulrich Prädel will be the newest member of the Supervisory Board. Dr.-Ing. Harald Schrimpf, the present Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, has resigned with effect from November 30th, 2016 for personal reasons. On 29 November 2016, the District Court of Jena decided in favor of the recommendation put forward by both the Supervisory Board and the Board of Directors, making Mr. Ulrich Prädel the new member of the Supervisory Board of Intershop Communications AG until the next general shareholders’ meeting.

The Supervisory Board and the Board of Directors would like to thank Dr. Schrimpf for his commitment to Intershop and look forward to working with the new Supervisory Board member Mr. Prädel. Christian Oecking, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, explains: “We will continue the transformation process we began at Intershop with Ulrich Prädel as the new board member. He stands in excellent stead – not least due to Dr. Schrimpf’s involvement. Our top priority is focusing our sales and marketing on wholesales in particular.”

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 Communications AG features expanded offering and exciting new product categories not found in stores features expanded offering and exciting new product categories not found in stores features expanded offering and exciting new product categories not found in stores


Company Reveals Unique Online Gift Ideas Worth Every Penney

PLANO, Texas, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Christmas, shoppers will discover a wonderland of gifts at that will make online shopping worth their time, money and effort. As one of America’s favorite e-commerce sites, JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] now features over 40 percent more online toys, apparel and home merchandise, along with exciting new product categories not found in stores. Backed by some of the most convenient shipping and pick-up options in the industry, the Company now offers free same-day pick up in over 1,000 JCPenney stores nationwide and most orders can be shipped to any JCPenney store in the country.

“To remain competitive and give more reasons for the shopper to choose JCPenney this holiday season, we’ve expanded the depth and breadth of our online assortment, which now has twice the selection of our largest JCPenney store,” said Mike Amend, executive vice president of omnichannel for JCPenney. “We’ve also introduced new product categories this year such as appliances, electronics, sporting goods, outdoor gear and more, while showcasing the strength of our most popular apparel and home brands, such as St. John’s Bay, Liz Claiborne, Stafford and Cooks that can only be found at JCPenney.”

This holiday season, the Company has added more than 150,000 new items to its already expansive array of online merchandise. New categories include appliances, electronics, fitness equipment and pet care products. Additionally, customers will discover premium items such as flat-screen LED televisions, video games from Xbox®, PlayStation® and Nintendo® DS™, a harmonious assortment of musical instruments and kids’ toys, including trampolines and electric ride-on cars.

For shoppers seeking extraordinary gifts that stand out from the rest, JCPenney has added distinct gifts like the Melissa & Doug® license plate travel game, a dog treat launcher and inflatable six-pack abs as a way to spread cheer for under $20. Gifts including remote control cyber boxing robots, a desktop drum set and an Okuma ignite spinning reel are under $50, while a pair of Chicago Cubs wedge shoes and a Paw Patrol® tricycle make fun presents for less than $100. There is also a Razor® MX650 motocross bike and a red barn chicken coop that are among the extravagant items highlighted on

Smartphone users are encouraged to download the newly redesigned JCPenney mobile app to make time spent on holiday shopping even more efficient. With the JCPenney mobile app, customers can make a payment on their JCPenney credit card, find the best money-saving deals or locate a nearby store to determine the availability of a particular item’s size and color. The mobile app enables shoppers to apply digital coupons online or in store and access their JCPenney Rewards. It also has an intuitive “Snap2Shop” function that leverages image recognition technology by snapping a photo of any object or image to find the exact or like item on In addition to shopping, app users can opt-in to receive mobile alerts and be among the first to know about the Company’s latest holiday sales and promotions.

Among the many incentives to shop, the Company will once again participate in National Free Shipping Day on Dec. 16 with no minimum order requirement. All other dates through Dec. 22, JCPenney will offer free standard shipping on orders of $49 or more. To ensure that gifts arrive by Christmas Eve, JCPenney is offering a variety of seasonal shipping options with the following deadlines:

  • Online orders for in-store pickup should be placed by Dec. 16.
  • Orders using standard shipping of 3 to 5 business days must be made by Dec. 19.
  • Express two-day shipping on orders must be placed by Dec. 20.
  • Free next-day air shipping for orders over $49 placed by Dec. 21 at noon CST.
  • Next-day air shipping for $10 on orders over $49 placed by Dec. 22 at noon CST.

To view a curated selection of unique gift ideas available at, please visit:

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands.  Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or
Follow @jcpnews on Twitter for the latest announcements, images and company information.

Source: JCPenney


Meijer recognized for its commitment in integrating individuals with disabilities into Ohio’s workforce

Meijer recognized for its commitment in integrating individuals with disabilities into Ohio’s workforce
Meijer recognized for its commitment in integrating individuals with disabilities into Ohio’s workforce


CINCINNATI, OH, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) recognizes Midwest retailer Meijer as a Champion of Opportunity for its commitment and leadership in integrating individuals with disabilities into Ohio’s workforce.

“Meijer is a company that places an emphasis on disability inclusion and is recognized for their unwavering effort to ensure that disability inclusion is incorporated into their hiring practices and workplace culture. Their desire to be a national leader in disability inclusion is having positive impact on employees, local communities and in the success of Meijer stores,” said OOD Executive Director Kevin Miller.

The OOD Champion of Opportunity Award honors companies that have gone “above and beyond” in their commitment and who serve as statewide examples of what it means to provide quality employment opportunities and increased independence for individuals with disabilities.

“Meijer is committed to supporting a diverse workforce in the communities we serve,” said Mike Graham, Meijer Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing. “We are pleased to partner with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to hire individuals who may otherwise face barriers to securing employment.”

Inclusivity is an important part of Meijer’s culture and the outreach efforts of their HR personnel is commendable. Meijer’s human resources staff makes personal contact with a face-to-face meeting and facility tour with every OOD candidate who is interested in working at Meijer. Over the past year, Meijer has hired 25 people into retail stores and one person into their distribution facility. Meijer’s example and leadership in hiring well-qualified and capable individuals, who happen to have a disability, serves as a model for other employers. Meijer is a member of the Ohio Business Leadership Network, a group of more than 100 employers statewide who are committed to diversity hiring and sharing best practices.

The Opportunity Awards are a significant part of OOD’s business recognition program and were created to highlight Ohio companies committed to providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The awards recognize companies at various levels; from those who have just begun to recruit, hire and retain individuals with disabilities to those with a proven track record of integrating individuals with disabilities into their workforce. For more information on the 2016 award recipients, visit

OOD is the state agency responsible for assisting individuals with disabilities to gain meaningful employment, to live independently or receive disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

Pam Prosser
Christina Fecher

Source: Meijer


CBRE announces the appointment of Lilian Cavaleri and Eric Chen as Chairpersons of Asia Pacific American Forum

Los Angeles, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. today (December 1, 2016) announced that Lilian Cavaleri, business manager for the company’s Microsoft account; and Eric Chen, first vice president, Investment Properties, Capital Markets, have taken leadership roles in CBRE’s Asia Pacific American Forum (APAF). Mrs. Cavaleri and Mr. Chen will serve as the Co-Chairpersons of the company’s newest employee network group.

Founded in 2015, APAF is focused on helping CBRE attract, develop and retain Asian-Pacific-American talent while advancing its business to serve the Asia Pacific marketplace. APAF is creating professional development opportunities to help members build skills and advance their careers. It will also support CBRE regions through volunteer and charity events. Furthermore, the leadership team is focused on building external connections to Asian professional organizations.

Mr. Chen and Mrs. Cavaleri will work with the APAF Executive Sponsor, John Ferguson, president of CBRE’s Southeast Division, to help the employee network reach its goals.

“We have great aspirations for our network group and believe our efforts have the potential to influence many professional lives,” says Mr. Ferguson. “With Eric and Lilian joining our leadership team, I am confident we’ll make progress very quickly. They bring enthusiasm and strength to their expanded roles with CBRE’s Asia Pacific American Forum.”

Mrs. Cavaleri has more than 25 years of experience with accounting, finance and business management organizations. As a business manager with CBRE, she has led Microsoft’s Puget Sound Facility Management and Account Operations since 2008.  Mrs. Cavaleri is responsible for financial management and budgeting, key performance indicators, program management of key client deliverables, contract management, and team communications and administration, such as new hire onboarding and employee recognition. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

With more than 10 years of experience, Mr. Chen leads an investment sales team based in Ontario, California, representing clients in the sales of apartment buildings, condominium conversion and land for development for apartments and condominium communities in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire regions. Mr. Chen represents a variety of client types, including high-net-worth individuals, syndication funds, family trusts, private equities and overseas investors from Asia. Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Chen was the top investment sales producer nationally at Marcus & Millichap. He is affiliated with the Urban Land Institute, National Multi-Housing Counsel, Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM) and Asian Real Estate Association of America (AAREA).

“John and the team have done a lot of groundwork over the last year to get APAF started and we look forward to joining him and the whole APAF team,” says Mrs. Cavaleri.

“Together, we strive to create an inclusive culture for businesses and individuals, and encourage the advancement of diversity practices both internally and externally. Our goal is for APAF to be an impactful group that serves our Asian community and all employees at CBRE,” says Mr. Chen.

Additional information about diversity and inclusion practices at CBRE can be found at

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

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

Source:  CBRE Group, Inc.