Krispy Kreme Doughnuts celebrates Day of the Dozens with $4.99 Original Glazed® Dozens on Dec. 12

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts today (December 6, 2016) announced participating shops will once again celebrate the Day of the Dozens by offering any guest a dozen of the Company’s signature Original Glazed doughnuts for just $4.99. This delicious deal is available at participating shops in the U.S. and Canada on Dec. 12.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has developed a clock made entirely of doughnuts to countdown to the delectable day. The clock will start ticking on Dec. 10, and you can join the count down by visiting

“We look forward to the Day of the Dozens each year, and we figured there was no better way than to create a massive clock made of doughnuts as a way our fans can join us in the countdown,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “There is always a reason to celebrate at this time of year, and offering a dozen of our signature Original Glazed doughnuts for $4.99 on the Day of the Dozens is just another way for our guests to spread joy and the holiday spirit with their colleagues, families and friends.”

Guests can head to to see if their shop is participating in the Day of the Dozens. No coupon is needed to score your $4.99 dozens. Share how you are celebrating Dec. 12 using #DayoftheDozens.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,100 retail shops in 29 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at, or on one its many social media channels, including, and

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.
Sarah Roof
Corporate Communications Coordinator

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

Whole Foods Market announces trends to watch in 2017

Retailer’s global buyers forecast flavors, ingredients, appetites

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Dec. 6, 2016), Whole Foods Market’s global buyers and experts announced the trends to watch in 2017. Wellness tonics, products from byproducts and purple foods are just a few top predictions according to the trend-spotters, who share more than 100 years of combined experience in sourcing products and tracking consumer preferences.

Whole Foods Market’s top 10 trends for 2017 include:

Wellness Tonics – the new year will usher in a new wave of tonics, tinctures and wellness drinks that go far beyond the fresh-pressed juice craze. The year’s hottest picks will draw on beneficial botanicals and have roots in alternative medicine and global traditions.

Buzzed-about ingredients include kava, Tulsi/holy basil, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, medicinal mushrooms (like reishi and chaga), and adaptogenic herbs (maca and ashwagandha). Kor Organic Raw Shots, Suja Drinking Vinegars and Temple Turmeric Elixirs are just a few products leading the trend.

Products from Byproducts – Whether it’s leftover whey from strained Greek yogurt or spent grains from beer, food producers are finding innovative – and delicious – ways to give byproducts new life.

Eco-Olea is using water from its olive oil production as the base for a household cleaner line; condiment brand Sir Kensington’s is repurposing leftover liquid from cooking chickpeas in a vegan mayo; and Atlanta Fresh and White Moustache are using leftover whey from yogurt production to create probiotic drinks.

Coconut Everything – Move over coconut oil and coconut water – coconut flour tortillas, coconut sugar aminos and more unexpected coconut-based products are on the rise. Virtually every component of this versatile fruit-nut-seed (coconuts qualify for all three!) is being used in new applications. The sap is turned into coconut sugar as an alternative to refined sweeteners; the oil is used in a growing list of natural beauty products; and the white flesh of the coconut is now in flours, tortillas, chips, ice creams, butters and more.

New picks like coconut flour Paleo wraps, 365 Everyday Value Fair Trade coconut chips and Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color demonstrate coconut’s growing range.

Japanese Food, Beyond Sushi – Japanese-inspired eating is on the rise and it doesn’t look anything like a sushi roll. Long-celebrated condiments with roots in Japanese cuisine, like ponzu, miso, mirin, sesame oil and plum vinegar are making their way from restaurant menus to mainstream American pantries. Seaweed is a rising star as shoppers seek more varieties of the savory greens, including fresh and dried kelp, wakame, dulse and nori, while farmhouse staples like Japanese-style pickles will continue to gain popularity.

The trend will also impact breakfast and dessert, as shoppers experiment with savory breakfast bowl combinations and a growing number of mochi flavors like green tea and matcha, black sesame, pickled plum, yuzu citrus and Azuki bean. This is playing out in products like 365 Everyday Value® Sweet Sabi mustard, Republic of Tea’s new Super Green Tea Matcha blends and recipes like Coconut Mochi Cakes.

Creative Condiments – From traditional global recipes to brand new ingredients, interesting condiments are taking center stage. Once rare and unfamiliar sauces and dips are showing up on menus and store shelves.

Look for black sesame tahini, habanero jam, ghee, Pomegranate Molasses, black garlic purée, date syrup, plum jam with chia seeds, beet salsa, Mexican hot chocolate spreads, sambal oelek or piri piri sauce, Mina Harissa, and Frontera Adobo Sauces (Ancho, Chipotle and Guajillo varieties).

Rethinking Pasta – Today’s pastas are influenced less by Italian grandmothers and more by popular plant-based and clean-eating movements. Alternative grain noodles made from quinoa, lentils and chickpeas (which also happen to be gluten free) are quickly becoming favorites, while grain-free options like spiralized veggies and kelp noodles are also on the rise. That said, more traditional fresh-milled and seasonal pastas are having a moment too, which means pasta is cruising into new territories with something for everyone.

Purple Power – Richly colored purple foods are popping up everywhere: purple cauliflower, black rice, purple asparagus, elderberries, acai, purple sweet potatoes, purple corn and cereal. The power of purple goes beyond the vibrant color and often indicates nutrient density and antioxidants.

Back to the Roots Purple Corn Cereal, Jackson’s Honest Purple Heirloom Potato Chips, Que Pasa Purple Corn Tortilla Chips, Love Beets and Stokes Purple Sweet Potatoes are all examples of this fast-growing trend.

On-the-Go Beauty – “Athleisure” is not just a fashion trend; the style is now being reflected in natural beauty products, too. With multitasking ingredients and simple applications, natural beauty brands are blurring the line between skincare and makeup products, and simplifying routines by eliminating the need for special brushes or tools.

Trending products include Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Stick, Well People Universalist Multi-Stick and Spectrum Essentials Organic Coconut Oil Packet.

Flexitarian – In 2017, consumers will embrace a new, personalized version of healthy eating that’s less rigid than typical vegan, Paleo, gluten-free and other “special diets” that have gone mainstream. For instance, eating vegan before 6 p.m., or eating paleo five days a week, or gluten-free whenever possible allows consumers more flexibility. Instead of a strict identity aligned with one diet, shoppers embrace the “flexitarian” approach to making conscious choices about what, when and how much to eat.

Growing demand for products like 365 Everyday Value Riced Cauliflower (used for clean-eating favorites like gluten-free pizza crusts), Epic Bison Apple Cider Bone Broth and Forager Cashew Yogurt point to growth in this clean-eating category.

Mindful Meal Prep – People aren’t just asking themselves what they’d like to eat, but also how meals can stretch their dollar, reduce food waste, save time and be healthier. Trends to watch include the “make some/buy some,” approach, like using pre-cooked ingredients from the hot bar to jumpstart dinner, or preparing a main dish from scratch and using frozen or store-bought ingredients as sides.

Fresh oven-ready meal kits and vegetable medleys are also on the upswing as shoppers continue to crave healthier options that require less time. Whole Foods Market’s Freshly Made video series highlights the kinds of recipes and ingredients shoppers are seeking.

This year’s predictions came from Whole Foods Market’s experts and industry leaders who source items and lead trends across the retailer’s cheese, grocery, meat, seafood, prepared foods, produce and personal care departments, and spot trends for the retailer’s more than 465 stores. For interviews with Whole Foods Market’s experts, or to learn more about their 2017 predictions, contact or


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market set to open its Newark, NJ location

Whole Foods Market Newark announces community grants, hiring and microcredit lending in advance of winter opening

Newark, NJ, 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The opening of Whole Foods Market’s Newark, NJ location, in the city’s revitalized and historic Hahnes building (609 Broad St.) is set to open in the late-winter of 2017. In advance of this anticipated opening, the nation’s leading natural and organic retailer is thrilled to share a variety of exciting updates for the community:

  • Community Grants – In an effort to increase access to fresh, healthy food in Newark, Whole Cities Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by Whole Foods Market, will be offering grants in the range of $5,000 – $15,000 to Newark-based community organizations that are improving health and food access in their own neighborhoods. Community-led organizations are invited to apply for the Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grant through the foundation’s website from now through December 14th. Grant winners will be announced leading up to the opening of Whole Foods Market Newark.
  • Microcredit Lending – Whole Planet Foundation has teamed up with micro-financier Grameen America to offer $250,000 in loans to Newark-based entrepreneurs. Grameen America is a nonprofit microfinance organization dedicated to helping individuals build small businesses to create better lives for their families. With similar values and practices as Whole Planet Foundation, Grameen America offers microloans, training and support to transform communities and fight poverty. Entrepreneurs interested in microcredit lending can go to Grameen America for more information.
  • Hiring – With plans to employ more than 110 team members, Whole Foods Market Newark has officially posted job opportunities for the Newark location on  For those interested in joining the team, please visit or email for questions and log-on assistance.

In addition to these exciting announcements, the store is continuing to seek community partners for a variety of partnerships and initiatives. To support in the identification and selection of potential partners, Whole Foods Market Newark is creating a community advisory board consisting of community residents from around Newark. An information session about the advisory board is being held at 6:00 p.m. on December 13 at the Urban League of Essex County, 508 Central Avenue in Newark. Interested individuals and organizations seeking partnership with Whole Foods Market or potential vendor partners should contact the Newark Community Liaison Team of Sybil Bost ( and Milena Caraballo ( .

For additional information and future announcements, please visit the store’s social media channels: and Twitter & Instagram @wfmessexnj


Michael Sinatra
551.574.8031 (cell)

Jessica Ventura
212.829.0002 ext.104

Source: Whole Foods Market

Xcel Brands, Inc. announces the appointment of Christina Caruso as Creative Director for the Judith Ripka brands

NEW YORK, 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is pleased to announce Christina Caruso as Creative Director for the Judith Ripka brands.

With 15 years of experience in fashion accessory and jewelry design, Caruso joins the team to collaborate with Chief Designer, Judith Ripka on all Judith Ripka labels and further extensions of the brand. Additionally, Caruso will appear frequently on QVC as a presenter of the brand’s exclusive collection for the television network. Ripka and Caruso will work together to evolve the brand’s designs while continuing to reflect the latest trends and tastes of modern women.

Robert W. D’Loren, Xcel’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, “Christina will be a huge asset for both our QVC business and the future brand projects. Her natural design sensibility and taste level echoes what Judith has created over her 38-year history in jewelry design. I am confident Christina will excite those loyal to the brand while attracting new customers through her extensive knowledge and experience in jewelry and accessory design.”

Judith Ripka, Chief Designer of Judith Ripka products, commented, “Christina’s entrepreneurial background resonated with me and the way in which I started my business. Her past work and her passion for jewelry design made her the perfect fit for this position. I’m so thrilled that Christina is joining the team and I’m truly excited to see the future of the brand with her creative direction.”

Newly appointed Creative Director, Christina Caruso commented, “Judith Ripka has inspired me as an entrepreneur from very early in my career. She is a legend in jewelry design, whose work I have admired for so long. To work alongside her and the amazing Judith Ripka team is such an honor.”

Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a brand management and media company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder and Highline Collective brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies.  With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels.  Xcel differentiates by design.

Judith Ripka started her acclaimed career in 1977 and since its inception her global brand has become known for its impeccable quality and distinctive and refined designs. Both the 18k Gold collection and a Sterling Silver collection are in fine jewelry stores worldwide.  Ms. Ripka was a pioneer in interactive TV, debuting a collection on QVC in 1996 and more recently on The Shopping Channel in 2014.  Ms. Ripka serves as the Chief Designer for Judith Ripka brands, overseeing design and design direction. Among her many milestones, Ms. Ripka was chosen as one of “The Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World” and received the DeBeer’s Award for Outstanding Jewelry Design.

Christina Caruso is the Creative Director and QVC on air guest for Judith Ripka. With 15 years of experience in fashion accessories and jewelry design, she has collaborated with Judith Ripka on invigorating the brand with the latest trends suited for a modern woman. Previously, Christina consulted as Design Director for major brands including Isaac Mizrahi Collection and Banana Republic’s jewelry and sunglasses division. Christina’s passion for the industry motivated her to teach Accessories Design to students at two renowned fashion universities in New York City: Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. She gained additional acclaim as a TV personality while she was an accessory design contestant on Lifetime’s Project Accessory in 2011. Christina embodies Judith Ripka’s entrepreneurial background and love for jewelry design, having founded her own namesake fashion jewelry and accessory line which was featured on Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.


Quin Acciani
Senior Manager
Lividini & Co

Stephanie Taylor
PR Associate
Xcel Brands, Inc.

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire

CBRE named as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality for the fourth consecutive year

CBRE Scores 100% on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

Los Angeles, 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality that is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. With its high score, CBRE is recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. This marks CBRE’s fourth consecutive year of achieving a perfect score, and the company continues to pave the way for increased diversity across the entire commercial real estate industry.

“We are grateful that our people are committed to upholding our values while creating outstanding outcomes for our clients—together our efforts underscore the value of an inclusive and diverse workforce,” said Chris Ludeman, global president, Capital Markets, CBRE and co-executive sponsor of the company’s LGBT & Allies Network Group. “We are honored that HRC has recognized our commitment for the fourth consecutive year by recognizing CBRE as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.”

The 2017 CEI rated 407 major businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices such as non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

CBRE’s LGBT & Allies Network Group plays an instrumental role in ensuring CBRE satisfies all of the CEI’s criteria and in engaging with national organizations such as Out & Equal that advocate for workplace equality.

“We are committed to celebrating the successes of all our people in order to deliver exceptional outcomes to our clients,” said Tim Schroeder, managing director, Global Workplace Solutions, CBRE and co-executive sponsor of the LGBT & Allies Network Group. “We are extremely proud of our people and of this important achievement that recognizes our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment.”

Earlier this year, CBRE was ranked 15th on the list of 500 U.S.-based companies in Forbes magazine’s 2016 “America’s Best Employers” list. CBRE was also recognized as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Companies for the fourth straight year and named a World’s Most Ethical Company by The Ethisphere Institute for the third consecutive year.

More information on CBRE’s diversity and inclusion efforts can be found here. For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index or to download a free copy of the report, visit

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.

Weingarten Realty Investors to announce its 4Q 2016 earnings on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

HOUSTON, 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) announced today (12/6/2016 ) its fourth quarter 2016 earnings will be released after the market closes on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Senior Management will host a quarterly earnings conference call on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.

Event:    Weingarten Realty’s Fourth Quarter 2016 Earnings Results

When:    10:00 AM CST, Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dial#:    1.888.771.4371 / Conference ID #43147576

Listen via Webcast

This call will be webcast live at and can be accessed under the Investor Relations tab of the Company’s website. In addition, an audio archive will be available on the Company’s website shortly after the call concludes. The complete earnings release and supplemental data package will be located in the Investor Relations section of the website on the Quarterly Earnings page. For those without Internet access, the fourth quarter 2016 earnings release and supplemental data package will be available by mail upon request. To receive a copy, please call Investor Relations at (800) 298-9974.

About Weingarten Realty Investors

Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI) is a shopping center owner, manager and developer. At September 30, 2016, the Company owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 224 properties which are located in 18 states spanning the country from coast to coast. These properties represent approximately 45.2 million square feet of which our interests in these properties aggregated approximately 28.4 million square feet of leasable area. To learn more about the Company’s operations and growth strategies, please visit

Michelle Wiggs
(713) 866-6050
Vice President of Investor Relations

Source: Weingarten Realty Investors

Caparros: REWE zieht Beschwerde beim OLG Düsseldorf zurück

Koln, Deutschland, 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die REWE Group wird ihre Beschwerde gegen die Ministererlaubnis zur Fusion von Kaiser’sTengelmann mit Edeka beim Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf unmittelbar nach der Unterzeichnung der Verträge mit Edeka zurückziehen. Dies erklärte heute, Mittwoch 7. Dezember, Alain Caparros, Vorstandsvorsitzender der REWE Group in Köln.

„Durch die Einigung, die in den letzten Wochen mit Edeka zur Übernahme von Kaiser’sTengelmann-Märkten in Berlin, NRW und Bayern erzielt wurde, hat die REWE ein zentrales Ziel zur Sicherung ihrer Zukunft und zur Stärkung des Wettbewerbs erreicht“, erklärte Caparros. Insbesondere in Berlin kann REWE durch die Übernahme von 62 Kaiser’sTengelmann-Märkten ihre Marktposition langfristig sichern. „Darüber hinaus war es REWE, die die Arbeitsplatzgarantien für die Mitarbeiter bei Kaiser’sTengelmann erstritten hat.“

„Zur Erinnerung: Die Entstehungsgeschichte der Ministererlaubnis verdeutlicht, dass es die Beharrlichkeit und Konsequenz der REWE war, die zu einer umfassenden langfristigen Beschäftigungssicherung, zur tariflichen Bezahlung und Sicherung der betrieblichen Mitbestimmung für die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter von Kaiser‘sTengelmann geführt hat. Erst das alternative Angebot zur Übernahme von Kaiser’sTengelmann durch REWE hat dafür gesorgt, dass diese hohen Standards in der Ministererlaubnis verankert wurden“, sagte Caparros. „Ohne diesen Vorstoß von REWE wäre die Ministererlaubnis nicht in ihrer jetzigen Form zustande gekommen.“

REWE hatte Ende November 2015 ein erneuertes, verbindliches Angebot zur Komplettübernahme von Kaiser’sTengelmann vorgelegt, in dem der langfristige Erhalt aller Arbeitsplätze, Tarifbezahlung und Mitbestimmung zugesichert wurde.

„Die Akten dokumentieren eindeutig, dass Bundeswirtschaftsminister Gabriel unser Angebot zur Richtschnur für seine Auflagen in der Ministererlaubnis gemacht hat“, so Caparros. „Deshalb war es notwendig und richtig, dass wir auch auf juristischem Wege gestritten haben. Denn nur so konnte letztlich eine Lösung erzielt werden, von der die Beschäftigen – nicht nur bei den zukünftig zu REWE übergehenden Märkten, sondern auch bei denen, die von Edeka übernommen werden – ebenso profitieren wie der Wettbewerb im deutschen Lebensmitteleinzelhandel.“

„Ich freue mich deshalb sehr für alle Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter bei Kaiser’sTengelmann und vor allem für die rund 3.100 Mitarbeiter, die neu in die REWE-Familie kommen“, erklärte Caparros.

Für Rückfragen:
REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Fax: +49 221 138898


Caparros: REWE zieht Beschwerde beim OLG Düsseldorf zurück


Source: Rewe Group

REWE Group Aufsichtsrat stellt die Weichen für zukünftigen Vorstand

  •  Lionel Souque wird 2019 neuer Vorstandsvorsitzender
  • Jan Kunath wird Stellvertretender Vorstandsvorsitzender und übernimmt Verantwortung für internationales Handelsgeschäft, Einkauf und Digitalisierung
  • Dr. Christian Mielsch (CFO) verantwortet ab 2019 zusätzlich toom Baumarkt
  • Sören Hartmann wird Touristik-Vorstand

Koln, Deutschland, 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Der Aufsichtsrat des Kölner Handels- und Touristikkonzerns REWE Group hat heute die Nachfolge für den am 31.12.2018 ausscheidenden Vorstandsvorsitzenden Alain Caparros und die zukünftige Zusammensetzung des Vorstands sowie die Ressortverteilung entschieden. Am 1.1.2019 wird Lionel Souque (45) neuer Vorstandsvorsitzender der REWE Group. Bis dahin wird der Vorstand unter der Führung von Alain Caparros die noch anstehenden strukturellen und organisatorischen Veränderungen und Weiterentwicklungen in der Gruppe umsetzen und so das Geschäft für die Anforderungen der Zukunft ausrichten.

„Ich freue mich sehr, dass die Aufsichtsräte meinen Empfehlungen für den zukünftigen Vorstandsvorsitzenden und die Zusammensetzung des REWE Group-Vorstands gefolgt sind und dass wir auf dieser Basis einen absolut reibungslosen Übergang haben werden“, erklärte Caparros.

Souque, der heute im REWE Group-Vorstand für das Geschäft von REWE und REWE Digital zuständig ist, verantwortet ab Januar 2017 mit den Marken REWE und PENNY das gesamte Geschäft des Lebensmitteleinzelhandels der REWE Group in Deutschland. Jan Kunath (51), bislang im REWE Group-Vorstand für PENNY Deutschland zuständig, trägt in Zukunft die Verantwortung für das internationale Handelsgeschäft der REWE Group und verantwortet somit die Marken BILLA, MERKUR, BIPA, ADEG und PENNY International. Ab Januar 2017 wird Kunath die Funktion des Einkaufsvorstands von Manfred Esser übernehmen, der zum Ende seines aktuellen Vertrags am 31.12.2017 auf eigenen Wunsch aus dem Vorstand ausscheidet. Auch die strategischen Online-Aktivitäten der REWE Group, die bei REWE Digital gebündelt sind, werden ab dem 1.1.2017 von Jan Kunath verantwortet. Ab 1.1.2019 wird Kunath zugleich Stellvertretender Vorstandsvorsitzender der REWE Group.

Neu in den Vorstand der REWE Group berufen wird zum 1.7.2017 der CEO der DER Touristik, Sören Hartmann (52). Dr. Christian Mielsch (54) bleibt CFO der REWE Group und wird ab 2019, nach dem Ausscheiden von REWE Group-Vorstand Frank Wiemer, auch die Verantwortung für das Geschäft von toom Baumarkt übernehmen. Insgesamt wird der Vorstand der REWE Group damit ab 1.1.2019 von sechs auf vier Mitglieder verkleinert.

Der Vorsitzende des REWE Group-Aufsichtsrats, Erich Stockhausen, erklärte zu den heute getroffenen Entscheidungen: „Die Entscheidung für einen zukünftigen REWE Group-Vorstand mit Lionel Souque, Jan Kunath, Dr. Christian Mielsch und Sören Hartmann schafft mit größtmöglicher Kontinuität und Verlässlichkeit die Basis für die zukünftige erfolgreiche Entwicklung unseres Unternehmens. Ich bin sehr froh, dass Alain Caparros durch den 2014 getroffenen Entschluss, seinen Vertrag bis Ende 2018 zu verlängern, die optimalen Voraussetzungen für diesen reibungslosen Übergang geschaffen hat. Der Vorstand hat die bereits erfolgten strukturellen und organisatorischen Veränderungen in der Gruppe als Team sehr erfolgreich gestaltet. Ebenso wurden die großen wettbewerblichen Herausforderungen, die gerade die letzten beiden Jahre zu bieten hatten, in der Zusammenarbeit bestens gemeistert. Ich bin deshalb froh und dankbar, dass dieses bewährte Team unter der Führung von Alain Caparros in den kommenden zwei Jahren die jetzt noch erforderlichen Veränderungen angehen kann und wird. Und ich danke allen Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern unserer Gruppe, die den Vorstand dabei so beherzt unterstützen.

Mein besonderer Dank gilt zudem bereits jetzt Manfred Esser, auch wenn er erst Ende des Jahres 2017 die REWE Group nach 37 Jahren im Unternehmen verlassen wird. Manfred Esser hat als Vorstand das Einkaufsgeschäft der REWE Group in einzigartiger Weise voran gebracht. Mit der neu geschaffenen Organisation REWE Group Buying hat er die Voraussetzungen dafür geschaffen, dass unser Unternehmen auch in Zukunft auf einen leistungsstarken und höchst effizienten Einkauf bauen kann.

Mit Lionel Souque als zukünftigem Vorstandsvorsitzenden, Jan Kunath als Vorstand für das internationale Handelsgeschäft, Einkauf und Digitalisierung und Dr. Christian Mielsch in seiner Funktion als CFO und zukünftig verantwortlicher Vorstand für den Bereich Fachmarkt übernimmt ein lange eingespieltes und reibungslos funktionierendes Team die Verantwortung. Mit Sören Hartmann werden wir erstmals in der Geschichte der REWE Group einen Vorstand haben, der sich vollständig auf das Touristikgeschäft konzentriert. Damit unterstreichen wir die strategische Bedeutung, die die DER Touristik als ein führendes Unternehmen der Branche in Deutschland und Europa hat.“

Für Rückfragen:
REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Fax: +49 221 138898


REWE Group Aufsichtsrat stellt die Weichen für zukünftigen Vorstand


Source: Rewe Group

Ende einer Ära: PENNY schickt die Plastiktüte in Rente

Ende einer Ära: PENNY schickt die Plastiktüte in Rente


Koln, Deutschland, 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Im Rahmen seiner Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie setzt PENNY ein weiteres Ausrufezeichen: In ganz Deutschland verzichtet der Discounter auf den Verkauf von Plastiktüten und setzt künftig auf die mehrfache Verwendung der angebotenen Alternativen Papiertragetasche, Permanenttragetasche und Baumwolltragetasche. Bereits heute (7.12.) wurde der Bezug von Plastiktüten für die bundesweit 2.150 PENNY-Märkte gestoppt, sodass in den ersten Monaten des kommenden Jahres die letzten Plastiktüten über die Scannerkasse gezogen werden.

„Pro Jahr verkaufen wir etwa 62 Millionen Plastiktüten. Jetzt setzen wir ein Zeichen in Sachen Nachhaltigkeit sowie Umwelt- und Meeresschutz. Denn es kann kein Zweifel mehr daran bestehen, dass die Plastiktüte in ihrer jetzigen Form negative Folgen für Mensch und Umwelt hat. Wir wollen unseren Beitrag dazu leisten, dass sich das ändert. Daher verkaufen wir die Restbestände nur noch ab, weil es eine Verschwendung von Ressourcen wäre, die bereits produzierten Tüten zu vernichten“, erklärt Stefan Magel, COO PENNY, den Schritt. PENNY bietet seinen Kunden an den Kassen weiterhin eine breite Auswahl an Transportmöglichkeiten für die gekauften Produkte. „Kein Kunde muss sich seine Einkäufe unter den Arm klemmen. Letztlich sparen unsere Kunden sogar Geld, denn die angebotenen Alternativen sind durchweg wiederverwendbar“, so Magel.

„Der Discount hat im deutschen Lebensmittelhandel einen enormen Stellenwert. Deswegen begrüßt der NABU den Schritt von PENNY, künftig auf den Verkauf der Plastiktüte zu verzichten. Zumal die REWE Group damit als Vorreiter im konventionellen Lebensmittelbereich in ihren Filialen komplett auf Plastiktüten verzichtet. Dieser jüngste Schritt zeigt, dass hier das Thema Nachhaltigkeit mit einer auf Dauer angelegten Strategie verfolgt wird“, sagt  NABU-Bundesgeschäftsführer Leif Miller.

Breite Zustimmung der Kunden für das Ende der Plastiktüte

Das Berliner Umweltbundesamt (UBA) gibt an, dass jeder Bundesbürger im Durchschnitt 70 Plastiktüten verbraucht. Zum Vergleich: der EU-Durchschnitt liegt bei 198 Stück. Brüssel will, dass diese Anzahl über maximal 90 bis Ende 2019 auf höchstens 40 Stück pro Kopf im Jahr 2025 sinkt. Ein Schritt in diese Richtung ist die Vereinbarung, die Handelsvertreter sowie das Bundesumweltministerium am 26. April 2016 unterzeichnet haben, nach der Plastiktüten nicht mehr kostenlos abgegeben werden. „PENNY geht mit der Abschaffung der Plastiktüte freiwillig weit über diese Übereinkunft hinaus“, betont Magel. Ein Schritt, den viele Kunden begrüßen dürften, denn laut einer Umfrage des Meinungsforschungsinstituts YouGov spricht sich die Hälfte der Befragten für ein Verbot von Plastiktüten aus.

PENNY erzielte 2015 allein in Deutschland mit rund 2.150 Filialen und 26.000 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von über sieben Milliarden Euro. Im Ausland erwirtschaftete PENNY mit 1.360 Filialen und 18.000 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von über vier Milliarden Euro.

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Source: Rewe Group