NRF/Hackett Associates Global Port Tracker Report: Retail imports expected to be up 3.2% this month over the same time last year

WASHINGTON, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to be up 3.2 percent this month over the same time last year as stores bring in the last of the merchandise for the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today (December 9, 2016) by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“There’s still shopping to be done, and retailers are making sure the gifts that need to be under a tree are waiting on the shelves,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Imports are up a healthy amount over this time last year, and that’s a good sign for holiday sales and the economy.”

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.67 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in October, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was up 4.6 percent from September and up 7.4 percent from October 2015. One TEU is one 20-foot-long cargo container or its equivalent.

November was estimated at 1.53 million TEU, up 3.6 percent from last year, and December is forecast at 1.48 million TEU, up 3.2 percent.

The numbers come as NRF is forecasting $655.8 billion in holiday sales, a 3.6 percent increase over last year. Cargo volume does not correlate directly to sales because only the number of containers is counted, not the value of the cargo inside. But it nonetheless serves as a barometer of retailers’ expectations.

Cargo volume for 2016 is expected to total 18.6 million TEU, up 2 percent from last year. Total volume for 2015 was 18.2 million TEU, up 5.4 percent from 2014. The first half of 2016 totaled 9 million TEU, up 1.6 percent from the same period in 2015.

January 2017 is forecast at 1.54 million TEU, up 3.2 percent from January 2016; February at 1.49 million TEU, down 3.5 percent from last year; March at 1.38 million TEU, up 4.4 percent from last year, and April at 1.54 million TEU, up 6.4 percent.

With cargo growth at covered U.S. ports for the year coming in at only 2 percent, Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said a trend of imports exceeding growth of gross domestic product appears to have ended.

“This is a new phenomenon,” Hackett said. “It was not long ago when industry leaders were doing their forecasts based on trade growth outpacing GDP by a ratio of more than 2-to-1. Those days are gone.”

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. The report is free to NRF retail members, and subscription information is available at or by calling (202) 783-7971. Subscription information for non-members can be found at

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

Hackett Associates provides expert consulting, research and advisory services to the international maritime industry, government agencies and international institutions.


J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Messe Düsseldorf: C-star 2017, April 26 to 28, 2017, Shanghai New International Expo Centre

Dusseldorf, Germany, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Unveiling the 2017 Edition of C-star, the Leading Business Platform for Retail Design and Equipment Industries

The third edition of C-star – Shanghai’s International Trade Fair for Solutions and Trends all about Retail, to be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from April 26 to 28, 2017, is set for continued success this year. Organised by Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, C-star covers four major product categories including Shopfitting, Lighting, Refrigeration and Store Design; Retail Technology; Visual Merchandising+ Marketing; Stand Construction and is dedicated to jointly promoting the transformation and upgrading of the physical retail industry and to enhancing the marketing development momentum as the international retail event in China.

New Store Design Exhibitors join C-star to Seize Retail Opportunities

In 2016, the phrase “customer experience” has become the focus of physical retail stores. With the rise of online retail businesses, physical stores are looking for innovative ways to persuade consumers to spend more time in their stores; more attention is paid to the consumer experience by focusing on the store décor.

C-star has always focused on store design solutions, which drove the expansion of the store design pavilion. With the growing influence of the show, many new exhibitors from the fields of store design and equipment plan to debut at C-star 2017, showcasing the best display and brand recognition solutions. These new exhibitors include Schweitzer Projects (Italy), Futuristic Store Fixtures (Singapore), MATRIX FRAME (Holland), HUMKA Display (China), Arcnode China (China), Pearl Mannequin (Japan), Cosmo display (China) and many more.

The “One Belt and One Road” Strategy covers the Entire Retail Industry Chain

With China’s positive industrial transformation, the “Made in China” brand has become a symbol of efficiency and quality, especially in the ASEAN region. With the modernisation of retail in these areas, the local system architects and solution providers are looking for opportunities to cooperate with Chinese manufacturers and participate in the rapid development of local retailing in the ‘new’ Chinese market. C-star promotes the productivity and export capacity of Chinese enterprises, paving the way for Chinese manufacturers to enter emerging markets in Asia. C-star aims to cooperate with In-store Asia, RetailEX ASEAN and Indonesia Retail Expo in order to enhance these opportunities.

The Chinese Government promotes the Innovation and Transformation of the Physical Retail Sector, C-star collaborates to create a New Retail Structure

On 11 November, the State Council issued “Guidance for Physical Retail Innovation and Transformation” to help bricks-and-mortar retailers accomplish three main transformations: “Transformation from just selling goods to offering innovative lifestyle-changing products”; “Transformation from largescale development to being quality and efficiency-oriented”, and “Transformation from scattered, independent competition to collaboration and synergetic cooperation”. In the same article, the State Council advised “three main aspects and nine main tasks” and “seven kinds of policy measures” to promote the transformation and upgrade of retail enterprises. During the Singles´ Day (11 Nov) shopping festival, the government provided guidance for the bricks and mortar retailers; however, the warning signs of macroeconomic slowdown affected the entire retail industry, urging it to “further reduce distribution costs and improve distribution efficiency”. This enables retailers to realise their full potential in terms of quality efficiency and nurture consumer power in the new normal state of economic development. This policy was without doubt warmly welcomed by the icy bricks and mortar retail market.

As an event focusing especially on retail, C-star will jointly promote the development of retail enterprises and help shed light on the future of the industry.

For more details, please scan the QR code to follow the C-star official WeChat account, or visit the official website:

Organisers’ Background Information

Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Established in 2009, Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (MDS) is a subsidiary of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, one of the world’s top 5 exhibition organisers. MDS is committed to introducing world’s No. 1 trade fairs to China and to providing Chinese and international customers with superior exhibition services. MDS successfully holds more than 20 leading trade fairs and conferences in China, covering the industries of printing, packaging, wire and tube, plastics, renewable energy, medical devices, retail, safety and health, wine & spirits and caravanning. MDS runs branch offices in Shanghai and Beijing with a workforce of some 70 full-time employees. The worldwide outbound exhibition business (trade shows in Düsseldorf, Germany and other leading Messe Düsseldorf Global Shows) is organised by Messe Düsseldorf China Ltd. (MDC), serving Chinese exhibitors and visitors with superior customer service from its Hong Kong branch office. Find out more at

Press Contact:

Renee Zhao
Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
Tel.: +86-21-6169 8335
Fax: +86-21-6169 8301

Source: Euroshop

Zara opens store in the commercial epicenter of Barcelona

Zara opens store in the commercial epicenter of Barcelona


Arteixo, Spain, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Number 5, Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona’s tourist and commercial epicentre, is the square selected by Zara for the opening – today (08/12/2016) – of one of its most emblematic stores. In a 1930s property which has been fully refurbished and recovered for the city, the Inditex Group brand’s newest establishment has a space stretching more than 3,600m2 over three floors that will house the Zara Woman, Man and Kids collections.

The new Zara store occupies a building designed in 1931 as the Barcelona head office of Banco de Bilbao by Basque architect Eugenio Pedro Cendoya, also responsible for the Montjuïc National Palace, built to accommodate the World Fair celebrated in the city in 1929.

The architectural plans devised for this new store, spearheaded by Coruña-based architect Elsa Urquijo, focused on preserving the former bank’s original architectural treasures such as its impressive glass dome, the atrium flanked by columns and decked with the marble floors characteristic of the public buildings of the time and the murals decorating the pedestrian staircase. The interior is dominated by a pale colour palette and textures that tone down the spaces. The layout of the store fittings was articulated around free-standing units in neutral tones that place the spotlight on the brand’s collections and the building’s impressiveness.

The result is a diaphanous and uncluttered retail space with a ground floor open to the city and two upper floors demarcated by the majestic central space that is visible from anywhere in the store, bathed at all times by the daylight filtered in through its glass dome.

Eco-efficient store
In keeping with Inditex’s Environmental Plan, the new store has been built to the most stringent green building standards, these sustainability criteria applying to its actual construction as well as ongoing operation and usage. Over half of Inditex’s worldwide store base is now eco-efficient, implying electricity and water savings of 30% and 40% with respect to conventional stores, respectively.

For any press request please contact with:

Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex
Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544

Source: Inditex


Wesfarmers achieves highest result for an Australian company in food and staples sector in 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Perth, Australia, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wesfarmers has achieved its highest score in the recently released 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index – 82 out of 100, a jump of 11 percentage points on the previous year. This is the highest result for an Australian company in the food and staples sector and two points off the global leader, Metro AG of Germany.

Launched in 1999, the DJSI is a respected benchmark for corporate sustainability. It is the first global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies based on analysis of financially relevant environmental, social, and governance factors. The world’s largest 3,400 companies from developed and emerging markets are invited to take part in the annual assessment.

Wesfarmers was ranked among the top four companies in the world in the food and staples retailing sector which form part of the DJSI World Index. It also took out the single place that is available in the DJSI Australia index for a food and staples retailer.

This assessment recognises Wesfarmers as a global leader in sustainability, with our strongest performances in:

Economic dimension

  • Health and nutrition (98/100)
  • Information security and cybersecurity (97/100)
  • Risk and crisis management (89/100)
  • Customer relationship management (88/100)
  • Supply chain management (86/100)

Environmental dimension

  • Environmental policy and management systems (100/100)
  • Operational eco-efficiency (91/100)
  • Environment reporting (89/100)

Social dimension

  • Labour practice indicators and human rights (90/100)
  • Corporate citizenship and philanthropy (89/100)

The result reflects particularly on Coles because a significant amount of the assessment directly related to that business.

Wesfarmers Managing Director Richard Goyder said the record score was recognition for improvements that had been made.

“Over the past several years, we’ve made a number of changes to the way we manage and disclose our environmental, social and governance performance,” Mr Goyder said. “For us, sustainability is about understanding and managing the ways we impact the community and the environment, to ensure that we will be creating value in the future.”

For more information about the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, please visit


Tel:  (61 8) 9327 4211
Fax:  (61 8) 9327 4216

Source: Wesfarmers

Product recall: Boulder Brands’ Earth Balance Vegan White Cheddar Mac & Cheese and Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Mac & Cheese

Product recall: Boulder Brands’ Earth Balance Vegan White Cheddar Mac & Cheese and Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Mac & Cheese


Paramus, NJ, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Boulder Brands, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Earth Balance Vegan White Cheddar Mac & Cheese and Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Mac & Cheese. The products are being recalled as the health and safety of our consumers as our top priority. Boulder Brands initiated the recall after being informed by consumers that the product may contain a dairy allergen.   People with a dairy allergy or sensitivity run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The Food and Drug Association has been made aware of this recall.  Several consumers have informed the Company concerning allergic reactions suggesting the presence of a dairy allergen.

The recalled products were distributed nationally. All affected distributors and retail customers are being notified and the affected products are being removed from store shelves.

All products expiring in 2017 are being recalled.  The recalled items can be identified by the code embossed on the bottom of the package. The ‘17’ in the code identifies product that will expire in 2017. Only the following products are affected by this recall:

Description Retail UPC Best When Used By Dates
Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese 6oz Package 0 33776 08050 1 27JAN17RX
(see code date embossed on the bottom of the package)
Earth Balance Vegan White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese 6oz Package 0 33776 08052 5 29JAN17RX
(see code date embossed on the bottom of the package)

No other Earth Balance products or any other products produced by Boulder Brands are affected by this recall.

Consumers who have an allergy to dairy should not consume these products. Affected product may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Boulder Brands at 1-888-299-7646.

Consumers Contact:

Boulder Brands Consumer Care

Media Contact:

Sarah Tremallo
(973) 718-7068 x1

Source: FDA


Toys“R”Us appoints Matthew Finigan as its new Treasurer

Wayne, NJ, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today (December 9, 2016) announced that Chetan Bhandari, Senior Vice President, Treasurer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. will be departing the company, effective December 13, to pursue a new opportunity.

“Chetan joined the Toys“R”Us team in 2014 to help the company address refinancing challenges with near-term debt maturities. He successfully accomplished this task and, by doing so, made a significant contribution to our transformation,” said Mike Short, Chief Financial Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We are grateful for his contributions and wish him well as he moves on to a new opportunity.”

Toys“R”Us has a strong bench in its Finance operations and thus has named Matthew Finigan as its new Treasurer, reporting directly to Short. Finigan has been with Toys“R”Us since 2004, most recently as Vice President, Assistant Treasurer. He also worked on the company’s recent, successful refinancing. Finigan is a graduate of New York University, where he received his MBA.

Media Relations:

1 (973) 617-5900

Source:  Toys“R”Us, Inc.

CBRE Group earns 2017 Military Friendly® Employer designation by Victory Media for the sixth year in a row

Los Angeles, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® Employer designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse. This is the sixth year in a row CBRE has been recognized by Victory Media for its military friendly practices.

“At CBRE, we are committed to creating career opportunities for military talent and value the skills and leadership qualities that are deeply ingrained in individuals with current and prior experience in the U.S. military,” said Grayson Gill, CBRE Chief Operating Officer, Asset Services and Co-Executive Sponsor for the CBRE Military network group.

“CBRE recognizes that recruiting from the military community can lead to strategic competitive advantage,” said Scott Reppert, Managing Director, Global Workplace Solutions and Co-Executive Sponsor for the CBRE Military network group. “We are honored to be recognized for the sixth year in a row for our commitment to hiring military talent.”

First published in 2003, the list of Military Friendly® Employers is provided to service members and their families, helping them discover the best post-military career opportunities available. More than 200 companies participated in the Military Friendly® Employers portion of the 2017 Military Friendly® Companies survey. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining an organization’s survey score with an assessment of the organization’s ability to meet thresholds for Applicant, New Hire Retention, Employee Turnover, and Promotion & Advancement of veterans and military employees.

“Companies that have earned the 2017 Military Friendly® Employer designation have exceptionally strong hiring programs and meaningful jobs for transitioning service members, veterans and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media. “Our Military Friendly® Employers have moved beyond answering ‘why hire military?’ They are truly aligning their jobs and recruiting efforts with Military Friendly® Schools to translate military competencies into civilian careers.”

CBRE will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs® magazine and the January 2017 issue of Military Spouse Magazine, as well as on

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.

A.S. Watson Group wins “International Award” at the 2016 Hong Kong Business Awards

A.S. Watson Group wins “International Award” at the 2016 Hong Kong Business Awards


HONG KONG, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — From a local dispensary to the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe, A.S. Watson Group’s 175 years of global accomplishment was recognised by business leaders at the Hong Kong Business Awards 2016, by winning the “International Award”, proclaiming the Group’s achievement in successful international expansion and operations, and enhancing Hong Kong’s international reputation in the process.

The annual Hong Kong Business Awards was established in 1990 by DHL and the South China Morning Post, with the aim to encourage and sustain the region’s entrepreneurial spirit and recognise excellent standards of corporate management and governance.


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

Source: A.S. Watson Group


SM founding Chairman Henry Sy, Sr. honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Enterprise Asia

SM founding Chairman Henry Sy, Sr. honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Enterprise Asia


Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Enterprise Asia, a non-governmental organization based in Malaysia which organizes the world-class Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) recently honored retail pioneer Henry Sy, Sr. with a Lifetime Achievement Award on December 1, 2016 at a ceremony held at the Dusit Thani Manila.

Mr. Sy is the first and only Filipino to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from Enterprise Asia which is on its third year of organizing the awards in the Philippines. The APEA recognizes and honors business leaders who have shown outstanding performance and tenacity in developing successful businesses within the Asian region. The awards also aim to gather leading entrepreneurs across Asia to spur greater innovation, fair practices and growth in entrepreneurship. Today, the awards covers Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, China and the Philippines.

“On behalf of Mr. Henry Sy, Sr. and his family, we thank Enterprise Asia for this honor and prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award,” Mr. Jose T. Sio, SM Investments Corporation (SM) Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer said.

Among the notable recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award for the past 10 years were: Mr. Yeoh Tiong Lay, the founder of YTL Corporation, the largest conglomerate in Malaysia; Mr. Teh Hong Piow, the founder of Public Bank Berhad, one of the largest banks in Malaysia;  Food magnate Mr. Sam Goi, Chairman of Tee Yih Jia Group of Singapore; Dr. Ciputra of PT. Ciputra Group, one of the leading property developers in Indonesia; Dr. Mokhtar Riady, founder of the Lippo Group of Indonesia; and real estate magnate Mr. Hui Wing Mau of the Shimao Group of Hong Kong to name a few.

Mr. Sy is the founding Chairman of SM. To many, he is the Father of Philippine Retail, having successfully built SM into a dominant player in the country’s retail industry with its highly progressive and innovative approach. Like his Chinese name predicted and with his vision, passion and hard work, Mr. Sy transformed Shoemart, from a humble shoe store, into SM, now a highly recognizable brand and icon with interests and presence in retail, banking, and property development.

Enterprise Asia is a non-governmental organization dedicated to recognizing entrepreneurship development across the region.

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117

Source: SM Investments Corporation


2016 College Football Playoff Semifinal: Alabama and Washington at The 49th annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Dec. 31, Georgia Dome

2016 College Football Playoff Semifinal: Alabama and Washington at The 49th annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Dec. 31, Georgia Dome


ATLANTA, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 4 Washington Huskies are set to meet in the 2016 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

The 49th annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be held on Dec. 31 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and will be nationally televised by ESPN. Game time is set for 3 p.m. ET.

“This is a phenomenal dream matchup as Alabama and Washington will both be playing in their first Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl,” said Percy Vaughn, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl chairman. “It’s going to be an unmatched atmosphere in the Georgia Dome with these two programs and their passionate fan bases.”

“These two conference champions have had remarkable seasons and we are thrilled to welcome each of them to Atlanta,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl president and CEO. “This game will be the best matchup in our history and the most significant college football game ever played in Atlanta.”

Alabama (13-0, 8-0 SEC) enters the game as champions of the Southeastern Conference.  The Crimson Tide are the defending national champions and have won 25 games in a row under Head Coach Nick Saban, including eight Top 25 wins this season alone. Alabama boasts the nation’s No. 1 defense, leading the nation in a number of statistical categories including total defense and scoring defense. The unit as a whole has contributed 10 touchdowns, which leads the nation. The offensive side of the ball is full of playmakers, led by true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has accounted for 34 total touchdowns and more than 3,400 yards of total offense. Saban is a previous winner of the prestigious Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award as Coach Saban took home the coveted Dodd Trophy in 2014.

“Washington has a very good football team and we are looking forward to the challenge. They have some outstanding players on offense – great skill players, a great quarterback, very good offensive line and they play tremendous defense,” said Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban. “We are excited to be returning to Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the College Football Playoff. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is a first-class event run by a first-class organization. Our team and our fans have enjoyed several trips to Atlanta over the years, and the city has always been a great host. We are looking forward to playing there once again.”

Washington (12-1, 8-1 Pac-12) enters the game as champions of the Pac-12 Conference. Head Coach Chris Petersen has led Washington’s resurgence that now has them once again competing for a national title. Washington has won 12 games for the first time since 1991 when they won a share of the national championship. Led by Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year Jake Browning, the Huskies’ offense has smashed school records for points and touchdowns, and currently ranks No. 4 in scoring offense in the nation. On the defensive side of the ball, Washington’s ball-hawking unit leads the nation in turnover margin. Coach Petersen is also a former winner of the Dodd Trophy, having won it in 2010.

“We couldn’t be more pleased, and I mean that. That’s an obvious statement but I know how hard it is to get where we are in terms of how well you’ve got to play, and our kids have played really, really well,” said Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen.  “You’ve got to have luck along the way and have the ball bounce your way. So we’re just really thankful and grateful for this opportunity. I think it’s awesome for the school. I think it’s awesome for Seattle and I think it’s awesome for our guys.”

Alabama leads the all-time series with Washington 4-0 dating back to 1926. They have twice met on a neutral field, including the most recent meeting in El Paso, Tex. in 1986.

Limited Access to Secondary Market Tickets and VIP Hospitality Packages

Fans may still be able to find limited tickets on the secondary ticket market by using the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl’s official secondary market ticket exchange through Ticketmaster.

The only other way to secure access to the game is to purchase one of the few remaining VIP Packages – including tickets and hospitality – from the Bowl’ s exclusive ticket package provider, PrimeSport. Visit to access the PrimeSport ticket package offers.


Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first College Football Playoff Semifinal. The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 54% (26 of 48) of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $150 million in team payouts over its 48-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $21 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also owns and manages the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and is the presenting sponsor and manager of The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at

Contact Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Communications:

Matt Garvey
Vice President

Dillon Faulkner

Dan Pyser

Source: Chick-fil-A


GGP will report 4Q2016 results on February 2, 2017

CHICAGO, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — GGP will report financial and operational results for the fourth quarter 2016 after the close of business on Thursday, February 2, 2017, and host a conference call for investors and other interested parties at 8:00 a.m. Central (9:00 a.m. Eastern) on Friday, February 3, 2017. The information to be discussed during the call will be contained in the earnings release and supplemental financial package which will be available on the Investors section of GGP’s website at

The conference call will be accessible by telephone and through the Internet. Interested parties can access the call by dialing 877.845.1018 (international 707.287.9345). A live webcast of the conference call will be available in listen-only mode in the Investors section at Interested parties should access the conference call or website 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the call in order to register.

For those unable to listen to the call live, a replay will be available after the conference call event. To access the replay, dial 855.859.2056 (international 404.537.3406) conference ID: 35145485.


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


Investor & Media Contact:
Kevin Berry
SVP Investor & Public Relations
(312) 960-5529

Source: GGP

Stonewall Kitchen of York, ME recalls Cinnamon Apple, Orange Cranberry and Toasted Coconut Pancake & Waffle Mixes

Stonewall Kitchen of York, ME recalls Cinnamon Apple, Orange Cranberry and Toasted Coconut Pancake & Waffle Mixes


York, Maine, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stonewall Kitchen of York, Maine is voluntarily recalling limited quantities of Stonewall Kitchen Cinnamon Apple, Orange Cranberry and Toasted Coconut Pancake & Waffle Mixes, after the FDA found traces of Salmonella at the manufacturing facility of the ingredient supplier for the powdered buttermilk used in these products.  Although no pathogenic bacteria have been found in the powdered products supplied to Stonewall Kitchen by the ingredient manufacturer, nor in any of the Stonewall Kitchen pancake & waffle mixes themselves, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to recall products produced from the specific lots purchased from this ingredient supplier.

About Salmonella:  Salmonella 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 persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

A limited quantity of products were distributed nationwide to consumers through the ten Stonewall Kitchen Company Stores, Stonewall Kitchen’s direct-to-consumer division (catalog/internet) and through the wholesale division.

Affected product includes the following details:

  • Name: Stonewall Kitchen Cinnamon Apple Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Enjoy By Dates: 15Feb18 & 16Feb18 (TWO LOTS)
  • UPC: 711381025659
  • Item #: 551118
  • Packaged in a 16oz. container
  • Name: Stonewall Kitchen Orange Cranberry Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Enjoy By Date: 09Feb18
  • UPC: 711381325971
  • Item #: 554130
  • Packaged in a 16oz. container
  • Name: Stonewall Kitchen Toasted Coconut Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Enjoy By Date: 30Nov17
  • UPC: 711381033494
  • Item #: 551133
  • Packaged in a 16oz. container

To date, Stonewall Kitchen has not experienced any problems or complaints about these products. No injuries or illnesses have been reported. This is a voluntary recall as a precautionary measure.

This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

If consumers have any of the above product, they must discontinue use and discard product immediately.

Consumers should contact Stonewall Kitchen Premier Guest Services by email at or by phone at 800-826-1735 for refund instructions and any further information.

Enclosed: Photos of product packaging, UPC code and Enjoy By Date.

About Stonewall Kitchen

Stonewall Kitchen is a leading specialty food producer headquartered in York, Maine. Founded in 1991 by partners Jonathan King and Jim Stott, the two established themselves selling jams and jellies at local farmers’ markets, fairs and festivals with their flavorful line of distinctive and high quality food items. Over time, they expanded their product line to include sauces, condiments, mustards and baking mixes. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Stonewall Kitchen is known for its innovative product development, beautiful packaging, stunning retail spaces and exceptional customer service. It now boasts more than 6,000 wholesale accounts nationwide and internationally, thriving catalog and web divisions and 10 retail Company Stores along the East Coast. As winners of 28 prestigious awards from the Specialty Food Association and the recipient of the coveted Outstanding Product Line Honors three times, Stonewall Kitchen is proud to be one of the most awarded specialty food companies in the country. For more information, visit:

Consumers Contact:

Stonewall Kitchen Premier Guest Services

Media Contact:

Janine Somers

Source: FDA


Publix Super Markets recalls certain Publix Premium Pancake and Waffle Mixes

Publix Super Markets recalls certain Publix Premium Pancake and Waffle Mixes


LAKELAND, Fla, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for certain Publix Premium Pancake and Waffle Mixes after being informed by the supplier that milk powder used as an ingredient may contain Salmonella.

The mixes were sold at Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina.  All lot codes of the following items are affected by this recall:

Item Description Size GTIN
Publix Premium Banana-Flavored Chocolate Chip Pancake& Waffle Mix 16 Oz. 4141503503
Publix Premium Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle Mix 16 Oz. 4141503703
Publix Premium Blueberry Flavored Pancake & Waffle Mix 16 Oz. 4141503603

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps and most individuals recover without treatment. In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.  The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

“As part of our commitment to food safety, potentially impacted product has been removed from all store shelves,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “To date, there have been no reported cases of illness. Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Customer Care department at 1-800-242-1227 or visit our website at www.publix.comdisclaimer icon. Customers can also contact the US Food and Drug Administration at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366).”

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 186,000 employees, with 2015 sales of $32.4 billion. Currently Publix has 1,135 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 19 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website,

Consumers Contact:

Customer Care Department

Media Contact:

Maria Brous

Source: FDA


The Fresh Grocer of Grays Ferry celebrates its grand opening

The Fresh Grocer of Grays Ferry Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting and Check Presentation to Philabundance

PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Fresh Grocer of Grays Ferry celebrates its grand opening tomorrow with a ribbon cutting ceremony and check presentation to Philabundance. Doors will open to the public immediately following the ceremony at 9:00 a.m.

Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney along with PA State Sen. Anthony Williams, Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, and other local elected officials will join the celebration which will culminate with the supermarket’s $10,000 check presentation to Philabundance. The donated funds will support local huger relief efforts, providing over 20,000 meals to people in need.

The 57,000-square-foot Fresh Grocer is owned and operated by Patrick J. Burns and the Burns family, who have more than 30 years experience in the supermarket business in the Greater Philadelphia area.

“We are beyond excited to open a state-ofa-the-art, modern, full-service Fresh Grocer in Grays Ferry,” said Burns. “The neighborhood is long overdue for a first-class supermarket and we can’t wait to open our doors to the community.”

The store, formerly the site of an old Pathmark that closed over a year ago, was completely renovated and expanded to offer an enhanced shopping experience with over 40 varieties of home style prepared hot entrees made fresh daily, fire grilled chicken, Chinese cuisine, fresh sushi, a garden fresh salad bar, and Fresh Grocer’s signature made-to-order hoagies and sandwiches. Customers will also find an in-store bakery featuring special occasion cakes, expansive meat department offering custom cuts and special orders; a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and local produce; full service deli and seafood departments, and a beer and wine garden with wide variety of domestics and imports. The store also offers an online shopping service via with curb side store pick-up and home delivery options available daily. Additionally, shoppers who spend $50 or more are welcome to utilize the store’s shuttle service that provides complimentary rides home for customers and their groceries.

The new Fresh Grocer of Grays Ferry employs approximately 225 full-and part-time workers and will be open daily from 6:00 a.m. to Midnight. The store is located at 3021 Grays Ferry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146.

About Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets 
A member of the Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, Patrick J. Burns currently operates  seven Fresh Grocer supermarkets and two ShopRite supermarkets, located throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Under Patrick’s leadership, Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets specializes in providing high-quality perishables in urban and suburban environments and are committed to understanding the needs, tastes and traditions of the communities in which their stores are located, and make it a priority to offer an assortment of products and services to meet those various needs. Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets are also committed to improving food access and to promoting the health and wellness of its customers, associates and communities.


Carly Spross
Office: (610) 622-1520 x212
Office: (610) 622-1520 x212

Source: Fresh Grocer

Albert Heijn: Het Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht is voor 9, 10 en 11 december omgetoverd tot een waar foodfestival in de sfeer van een kerstmarkt

Albert Heijn: Het Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht is voor 9, 10 en 11 december omgetoverd tot een waar foodfestival in de sfeer van een kerstmarkt


Zaandam, Netherlands, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zien, proeven en beleven. Daar draait het om tijdens de tweede editie van het Allerhande Kerstfestival. Het Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht is voor 9, 10 en 11 december omgetoverd tot een waar foodfestival in de sfeer van een kerstmarkt. In drie dagen tijd gaan maar liefst 36.000 bezoekers zich onderdompelen in de wereld van het kerstmenu. Van voorgerecht tot hoofdgerecht en van borrelplein tot grand dessert. Dit jaar zijn er nog meer proeverijen en workshops waarbij de specialisten van Albert Heijn, bekende chefkoks en culi’s je de slimme kneepjes van het vak leren.

Vanmorgen werd het festival feestelijk geopend door algemeen directeur Albert Heijn Wouter Kolk en de Kerstman. ‘Het festival is dit weekend één grote ontmoetingsplek van klanten, leveranciers en onze medewerkers. Zij nemen je mee in de kwaliteit en rijke keuze van ons kerstassortiment. En neem van mij aan, de trots spat eraf. Het zijn de mensen achter de producten die van Albert Heijn ‘Appie’ maken. En dat is ook dé kracht van dit festival, hier komt alles samen.’, aldus Wouter Kolk.

Zien, proeven en beleven

Op ons Allerhande Podium draait het de hele dag door om koken, koken en nog eens koken. Daar geven diverse bekende chefs zoals Moshik Roth en Ron Blaauw demonstraties en maken we gerechten uit de Kerst Allerhande. In de Allerhande Keuken laten we je proeven wat er op het podium is gekookt. Ook kun je daar met al je vragen over het kerstmenu terecht bij onze chefs en culi’s.

Bij de meer dan 115 stands op het festival staan de kwaliteitsproducten van Albert Heijn centraal. Loop op het festival zeker even langs onze slager Jos, van zijn porchetta loopt het water je in de mond. Deze met de hand opgerolde varkensrollade is omwikkeld met spek. Zo weet je zeker dat de rollade mals en sappig blijft. Voor nog meer vleesinspiratie ga je naar onze speciale barbecuestand. Die is drie keer zo groot dan vorig jaar, niet zo gek want winterbarbecuen is helemaal hip. Bij een goed stuk vlees hoort natuurlijk een lekker wijntje. Onze wijnspecialist Spike Huisman laat je graag proeven van zijn nieuwe en bijzondere wijnen. Het sluitstuk van het kerstdiner is natuurlijk het dessert. Het plein met hemelse nagerechten is er niet een om over te slaan. Soesjes, taartjes, ijs. Het lekkerste voor het laatst! Mocht je meteen kerstinkopen willen doen? Dat kan in de speciale AH Kerstwinkel op het Borrelplein.

Zelf aan de slag tijdens het festival kan ook. Zo kun je met TV personality Miljuschka verrassende groentegerechtjes bereiden en vertelt Ilja Gort je alles over zijn wijnkasteel en leer je professioneel slurpen. Je kunt kiezen uit 50 demonstraties en workshops.

Festival facts:

Locatie: Het Spoorwegmuseum, Maliebaanstation 16, 3581 Utrecht

Internet: www.

Openingstijden: vrijdag 9 dec t/m zondag 11 december van 10.00 – 20.00 uur

Entreeprijs: € 10,- pp, t/m 5 jaar gratis, 6 tot 18 jaar € 5,

Afdeling mediarelaties:
088 6590 2020

Source: Albert Heijn


Young promising Danish athlete will be awarded “BESTSELLER’s Olympic Hope”

This January, a young, promising Danish athlete will be awarded “BESTSELLER’s Olympic Hope”. Find out who’s nominated for this year’s award.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER presents the award ‘BESTSELLER’s Olympic Hope’ 2016 as part of our Olympic partnership with the Sports Confederation of Denmark. The award is given to a young, promising athlete from Denmark who has a positive attitude and has shown great potential within his/her line of sport.

The three athletes nominated to be this year’s Olympic Hope are Anders Antonsen (Badminton), Anna Emilie Møller (Athletics) and Cathrine Dufour (Equestrian)


The award is worth DKK 100,000 including a DKK 25,000 BESTSELLER clothes sponsorship. The support should help pave the way to fulfill the Olympic dreams of the winning athlete.
The winner will be revealed at the annual Danish sports awards ‘Sport 2016’ broadcasted live on Danish television on 7 January 2017.


The latest winner of the award was paralympian Daniel Wagner Jørgensen, who received the award back in January 2013 with the goal of bringing home great results at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

And so he did. With a silver medal in the men’s 100m and a bronze medal in the men’s long jump, Daniel proved to be a true Paralympic Hope.

Olympic Hope Nominees 2016


Athletics, 3,000m obstacle race

Blovstrød Løverne
Number 21 at the Olympic Games in Rio – only 2 seconds from a spot in the final

Danish record holder in 3,000m steeple chase

5th place at Junior World Championship in 10,000m

Nordic U20-champion in 3,000m

Medal winner at Danish and international youth championships and at Danish senior championships in various long distances

Source: Bestseller

FOCUS Brands promoted Paul Macaluso to president of McAlister’s Deli

ATLANTA, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — FOCUS Brands® has promoted Paul Macaluso to President of McAlister’s Deli®, a leading fast-casual restaurant chain best known for its Big & Bold Sandwiches, Famous Sweet Tea and world class hospitality which was recently ranked as one of consumers’ favorite chains by Restaurant Business.

“By leveraging his extensive restaurant experience, keen consumer insights knowledge and strategic marketing and operating skills Paul will continue to identify and execute against key growth drivers for McAlister’s. I am confident he will provide leadership to our franchisees and drive continued brand performance in this industry leading concept,” said FOCUS Brands President, North America, Paul Damico.

Paul’s background includes more than 20 years of operations, franchising and marketing experience with some of the most prominent brands in the foodservice industry, including Taco Bell, Burger King, and Sonic Drive-In. Since joining FOCUS Brands in 2011 as Vice President of Marketing for Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Paul has successfully grown into several significant roles within the organization, effectively developing and executing new branding, advancing consumer insights deployment, leading high functioning teams and identifying notable sales driving innovations that have helped the brands continue to deliver superior results.

Most recently, as SVP of Brand Marketing Strategy, Paul led the collective marketing capabilities for all six brands that are a part of FOCUS Brands; developing long term, consumer-driven, strategic planning processes, creating a marketing center of excellence for creative, social media and PR and playing an instrumental role in developing a digital roadmap across the enterprise.

“I am honored to have this opportunity, and excited to lead the great McAlister’s team and brand in its next stage of growth and innovation,” said Paul Macaluso, President of McAlister’s Deli.

About McAlister’s

Founded in 1989, McAlister’s Deli® is a fast casual restaurant chain known for its sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea™. In addition to dine-in and take-out service, McAlister’s also offers catering with a selection of sandwich trays, box lunches, desserts, a hot spud bar and more. With numerous industry accolades, the McAlister’s brand has more than 361 restaurants in 28 states. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc., through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 5,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants, and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel® , Cinnabon® , Schlotzsky’s® , Moe’s Southwest Grill® , Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli® , as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Please visit to learn more. Founded in 1989, McAlister’s Deli® is a fast casual restaurant chain known for its sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea™. In addition to dine-in and take-out service, McAlister’s also offers catering with a selection of sandwich trays, box lunches, desserts, a hot spud bar and more. With numerous industry accolades, the McAlister’s brand has more than 361 restaurants in 28 states. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

For more information, visit

Media Contact:

Melissa Smith
McAlister’s Deli
(404) 705-4449

Source: McAlister’s Deli

Philippines: SM Investments Corporation (SMIC) Fixed Rate Peso Bonds Oversubscribed

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SMIC) will issue a total of Php20 billion worth of Series G retail bonds priced at 5.1590% due 2023, up from the initial offer size of only Php15 billion. The Series G bond issue was met by strong demand from a wide spectrum of investors ranging from individuals in the retail market to banks, investment funds, pension funds, insurance companies and other corporates. This prompted the issuer, through the joint lead underwriters and bookrunners, to fully exercise the issue’s Php5 billion oversubscription option at the end of the offer period, which opened on November 25, 2016 and closed on December 2, 2016. The bonds are set to be issued on December 9, 2016.

SMIC’s Series G bonds is the maiden issue from its Php50 billion bond shelf registration with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission. The bond proceeds are intended to finance future investments and strategic acquisitions in SMIC’s core business segments namely, property, retail and financial services.

SMIC’s bonds are rated PRS Aaa by Philippine Rating Services Corporation (PhilRatings), the highest rating assigned by PhilRatings. The rating denotes that such obligations are of the highest quality with minimal credit risk, and that the issuing company’s capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligations is extremely strong.

The SMIC Series G bonds’ joint issue managers are BDO Capital & Investment Corporation and China Bank Capital Corporation, which also acted as joint lead underwriters and joint bookrunners together with BPI Capital Corporation and First Metro Investment Corporation. SB Capital Investment Corporation acted as co-lead underwriter of the bond issue.

About SM Investments Corporation

SM Investments Corporation (SM) is one of the leading conglomerates in the Philippines with highly synergistic businesses in retail, banking and property development. SM is one of the more responsible companies in the country due to its progressive approach in business and its comprehensive sustainability programs for its host communities through SM Foundation and SM Cares.

SM’s retail operations enjoy a strong brand franchise consisting of THE SM STORE; a strong portfolio of leading specialty retailers including Ace Hardware, SM Appliances, Homeworld, Our Home, Toy Kingdom, Watsons and others; and its food retail chains, namely SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, Savemore and WalterMart stores. SM’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., is one of the largest integrated property developers in the Philippines with interests in mall, residential, commercial and tourism development. SM’s interests in banking are in BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the country’s leading bank and in China Banking Corporation (China Bank), the sixth largest private bank. Combined, these two banks have a network of over 1,400 branches nationwide.

For more about SM, visit

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
enior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117

Source: SM Investments Corporation

Indonesian multi-format modern retailer MPPA received two prestigious awards

Lippo Village, Tangerang, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA), a multi-format modern retailer in Indonesia,which operates Hypermart, SmartClub, Foodmart, Boston Health & Beauty and FMX today (December 9, 2016) proudly announced that MPPA has received two prestigious awards: the Indonesia GCG Award II-2016 Retail Category and Indonesia Most Admired CEO 2016 for Retail.

The Indonesia GCG Award II-2016 was organized by Economic Review publication in cooperation with IPMI International Business School, Indonesia Asia Institute and Sinergi Daya Prima thru the conducting of extensive reviews of the participants’ good governance conducts in various aspectsto-date. MPPA was honored to receive this prestigious recognition for the Retail Category during the award ceremony which was celebrated on December 6, 2016 in Jakarta.

Additionally, MPPA is honored to receive the prestigious Indonesia Most Admired CEO 2016 for Retail Category Award as a positive recognition of MPPA’s current CEO, Mr Noel Trinder, for his strong leadership, and motivation with clear business strategy and execution which led MPPA’s retail business to become the prominent retail player in Indonesia. This awarding programis conducted by Warta Ekonomi, a leading economic magazine, to value CEO’s across Indonesian corporates for strong leadership in fulfillment of the interests of its stakeholders, as well as inspiration and motivation for each respective company’s workforce for better future achievements The award ceremony was celebrated on December 7, 2016 in Jakarta.

Noel Trinder, CEO of MPPA, commented, “We are delighted and honored to receive these two prestigious awards. These recognitions strongly motivate us even more to deliver our best performance in 2017 and beyond. All aspects of good governance within our Company will continue to be strengthened in accordance with the main principles of Good Corporate Governance. I also humbly accept the CEO Award, which certainly strengthens my motivation to lead MPPA’s businesses in achieving even higher standards going forward.”

About PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA)

PT Matahari Putra Prima, one of Indonesia’s largest retailers, employs more than 13,000 associates who serve customers in 112 Hypermarkets (Hypermart), 25 Supermarkets (Foodmart Primo/Fresh), 49 Minimarket/ Convenience stores (FMX), 106 Health and Beauty format stores (Boston) and 2 Wholesale outlets (SmartClub). As of 30 September 2016, MPPA operates 294 stores in 68 cities throughout Indonesia.

MPPA continues to receive both domestic and international acknowledgement with several awards such as: Indonesia GCG Award II-2016 (Retail), Indonesia Most Admired CEO 2016 (Retail), Anugerah Indonesia TBK Company -III- 2016 (APTI-III- 2016) – Top 150 Best Public Listed Companies in Indonesia, 2016 SWA 100: Indonesia’s Best Wealth Creator, 2016 Brandz™ Top 50 Most Valuable Indonesia Brands by Millward Brown & WPP, The Charter Award concerning the environmental standards from Ecolabel & Green Label Indonesia by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Republic of Indonesia, 2015 Indonesia WOW Brand by MarkPlus Inc, 2015 Top 50 Most Valuable Indonesian Brands by Millward Brown, 2015 Indonesia Best eMark Award by SWA & Telkom University, and 2015 Top 10 Retailers Certificate of Distinction by Retail Asia.

For further information, please contact:

Source: PT Matahari Putra Prima

New World Hutt City Pop-up store will be built in 24 hours

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — We’ve been blown away by how popular our pop-up supermarket is. It’s so great to have our valued customers back shopping with us again while we wait to hear when we can re-open our proper store.

Come on down and check out the fresh fruit and veg, and our chillers packed with delicious dairy and deli items. 750 top favourite products are here to stock up the fridge and pantry at home. Laundry and bathroom items are also available and of course all at the great prices you’re used to. Your favourite New World team members are here to help you with whatever you need!

There’s loads of parking, you can use EFTPOS, and earn 2x points with your Clubcard.  We’re open from 8am to 8pm. Come on down. Access to the pop-up supermarket is from Kings Crescent.

New World Hutt City owners Steve and Sarah Williams have been truly overwhelmed by the messages of support from long-time customers who are keen for them to be back up and running with Christmas just around the corner. With typical Kiwi ingenuity they’re installing a pop-up shop in a giant marquee in a safe zone outside the existing store to cater to a very patient horde of loyal shoppers.

“We’ve had to close our store due to the required demolition of the Queensgate car park building.  It’s frustrating as our store is perfectly sound and packed to the rafters with awesome products our customers need.  We just can’t let them in safely at the moment,” says Sarah.

“So, the clever team at Foodstuffs North Island put their thinking caps on and together we’ve come up with a ‘New World Hutt Pop-up’ which will be live for a week or so.  The pop-up store will sit in our car park and offer a wide variety of fresh fruit and veg, popular dairy, meats, deli and frozen items and our most sought-after weekly grocery products.  We’ll have around 750 of our most popular items available for sale and of course it’s all the great quality and good value our customers know and love. ”

In the true spirit of the Foodstuffs Co-operative it’s been a real team effort to get this off the ground says Chris Quin, CEO Foodstuffs North Island.  “Our unique culture gives us the chance to think outside the square, and the close personal bonds we have with our owner-operators, and the connection they have in turn with their customers, push the whole team to do extraordinary things every day.”

The large marquee will be a real talking point in Hutt City. “There will still be plenty of parking, customers will be able to use EFTPOS, and everyone can still earn points on their New World Clubcard,” says Steve Williams, the other half of the husband and wife owner-operator team.  “Our staff can’t wait to get back in amongst it again, and catch up with customers they are used to seeing each week.”

The pop-up is likely to be in place until the Hutt City Council declares it’s safe to re-open the store following the demolition of the Queensgate car park and cinema.  “We’ve worked really closely with Council.  They have been very supportive at a very tough time for us and a number of other businesses in the area.  We’re hopeful to be back in the store proper as soon as possible,” says Chris Quin.

In the meantime Steve and Sarah want to thank all their customers and their amazing staff who have pulled out all the stops to get the pop-up going.  “We’re getting back on our feet again, and want to help you get back to normal too,” says Steve.  “Christmas is just around the corner, it’s time to load up on essentials – after all, there’s actually a lot to be thankful for, and it’s a time of year when generosity means everything.”


Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412


New World Hutt City Pop-up store will be built in 24 hours


Source: Foodstuff NZ

Designer ‘Hambag’ created by New Zealand artist Otis Frizzell at PAK’nSAVE

Designer ‘Hambag’ created by New Zealand artist Otis Frizzell at PAK’nSAVE


Research revealing majority of kiwis take a week or more to finish their Christmas ham.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Models – PAK’nSAVE style – worked the concrete catwalk at PAK’nSAVE Wairau Road today (08 December 2016), clutching the latest seasonal fashion essential — a designer ‘Hambag’ created by New Zealand artist Otis Frizzell.

The Hambag features a bold Otis Frizzell print on the front, and looks as good worn over the shoulder as it does on the middle shelf of your fridge.

The limited edition Ham bags bear Otis Frizzell’s unique signature and are available at PAK’nSAVE stores nationwide to customers who purchase their Christmas ham in store*.

The designer Hambags were commissioned by PAK’nSAVE off the back of some eye-opening research investigating the fridge-life of that Kiwi favourite: the Christmas ham.

According to the independent research, more than 80 per cent of New Zealanders eat ham on Christmas Day, and the vast majority of those do not finish their ham on the day.

“Talking to more than 600 Kiwis we uncovered that 93 per cent of New Zealanders’ Christmas hams don’t get finished on the day, with more than half of those taking around a week or even longer to get through their ham,” explains Emily Blumenthal, Head of Customer Marketing & Insights, Foodstuffs New Zealand.

“Knowing that most Kiwis take days to eat their Christmas hams, it’s a good idea to try to lock in the flavour and keep it as tasty as possible — there’s nothing worse than a dry ham! There are loads of delicious ways you can use leftovers but you need to keep your ham as moist as possible. Ham bags are the way to go,” Blumenthal advises.

While Hambags aren’t a new invention, you’d be hard-pressed to find one as stylish as these. Otis Frizzell says he was honoured to lend his artistic talents to PAK’nSAVE’s first foray into Hambags.

“I think this might prove to be a formative moment for me, you know, like Marc Jacobs thinking back to when he designed his first handbag — I’ll look back and reminisce about my first Hambag,” he says.

Although Hambags go a long way towards locking in the moisture and flavour of your Christmas ham, there are a few other things you can do to make the most out of your leftovers.

PAK’nSAVE’s top tips for using your ham leftovers:

• Be the host with the most on Boxing Day and whip up a few ham and cheese toasties
• Mac ‘n Cheese with ham tossed through it is pure comfort food on the blustery day we sometimes get when we least want it over Christmas
• Ham and pineapple pizza is always a fave with the kids
• Bring back the quiche we say, a delicious way to use up leftover ham with wholesome eggs and a couple of sheets of Pam’s frozen puff pastry
• Go fancy and whip up a ‘frittata’ with ham and other leftover veg like spuds and asparagus – that’s Boxing Day brekkie sorted.

How to use a Hambag

Soak a Hambag — or even tea towel or clean pillowcase if you aren’t lucky enough to own a hambag — for five minutes in four cups of water and two tablespoons of vinegar. Wring out the excess water and place your ham in the Ham Bag (or alternative) and then keep it cool in your fridge. #KeepItMoist


Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff NZ


DeCA: MDV SpartanNash LLC to bring private label products to store shelves

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Defense Commissary Agency has selected MDV SpartanNash LLC to bring private label products to store shelves.

“Our customers have been asking for private label for a long time,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA’s director and CEO, citing a DeCA patron survey in which 60 percent of respondents said they would like to see a commissary private label offering.

“They are smart, savvy shoppers who know that private label products are cost-effective alternatives to national brands. We’re excited to help them save more at our commissaries.”

Private label products are offered by a retailer under its own, in-house brand or under a brand developed by its suppliers. Retailers are able to do this by working directly with suppliers. Commissaries will add private label options to their assortments, while continuing to offer the name brands that patrons have always shopped.

DeCA conducted a rigorous selection process to identify the right supplier. “Throughout the process, our goal was to find a partner that could provide quality products to our patrons at a savings level that is equivalent to or better than what they find from private label products at commercial grocers,” Jeu said.

Over the next several months, DeCA will work closely with SpartanNash to decide on an initial assortment of products to introduce. The initial assortment should be available at all commissaries worldwide in May 2017 and will include about 400 items.

Private label items will continue to grow to about 1,000 items by the end of 2017. Over the next two years, DeCA will continue to add more private label products to the commissary stock assortment.

For more information on DeCA’s private label program, read the Transformation FAQ.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Source:  Defense Commissary Agency

Commissary industry partners collaborate with stores to offer promotional discounts for the holidays

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Somewhere between the holiday decorations, the ripping of wrapping paper, the college bowl games and the hopeful New Year’s resolutions, there are a few holiday meals in the mix.

If you’re a commissary patron, you’ll have plenty to cheer about over the holidays as you count your savings while shopping for your festive menus, said Defense Commissary Agency Sales Director Tracie L. Russ.

“We encourage our patrons to use their commissary benefit to save their hard-earned pay when planning holiday meals,” Russ said. “And whether you need snacks for the bowl games or munchies for the children while they’re out of school, your commissary has what you need without breaking your festive budget in the process.”

Throughout December and into the New Year, commissary industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with stores to offer promotional discounts beyond everyday savings for the holidays.

Commissary patrons can maximize their shopping trip simply by visiting the Sales and Events page, where they can find the “Deals for the Holidays” flyer featuring savings through Dec. 25 on the following items: various cooking and baking ingredients, smoked hams, dinner rolls, coffees, candies, cookies, juices, aluminum foil, storage and garbage bags, plastic dinnerware, paper plates, cake and pie pans, batteries and wrapping tape. The website also has recipes and cooking tips.

Although Thanksgiving has come and gone, one of the commissary’s largest worldwide promotions, the Free Turkey Coupon Booklet, continues through Dec. 31 allowing patrons to save on their holiday turkey dinners.

These industry partners have combined their efforts to help patrons earn a free fresh or frozen whole turkey when they buy holiday meal items: Kraft Heinz Company, Kellogg’s, General Mills, P&G, Heinz, Nabisco, Hefty/Reynolds Wrap, Fresh Express, Johnsonville, Ocean Spray, Pepperidge Farms, Chinet, Quaker, Del Monte, College Inn, Persil, French’s, Entemann’s, Nexium, Kimberly-Clark and Frito Lay. This coupon booklet also includes preparation tips and holiday recipes.

Commissary patrons will see another holiday promotion, “Celebrate the Holidays with General Mills – Time to cook and bake!” supported by store displays throughout December highlighting deeply discounted items with high value, in-store coupons.

And patrons with a Commissary Rewards Card have a special deal: With any purchase of four Campbell’s Chunky soup or chili can items, they can enter for a chance to win a $100 NFL Gift Card when they use their rewards card. This worldwide promotion runs through Jan. 3.

“There are plenty of things to worry about as you plan to celebrate the holidays, but saving money on your groceries won’t be one of them when you shop the commissary,” Russ said. “As always, we wish everyone a peaceful, festive holiday season, especially our men and women in uniform serving overseas.”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Source:  Defense Commissary Agency

Todd Sprinkle to become CIO of QVC

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer, today (12.7.16) announced the appointment of Todd Sprinkle to Chief Information Officer. In this role, Todd will oversee QVC’s global IT organization spanning the U.S., UK, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, China and at QVC’s global business services operation in Poland. Under his leadership, the QVC IT organization will continue to raise the bar in delivering a seamless and engaging multiplatform experience for customers and team members around the world. Todd reports to Mike George, President and CEO of QVC.

“QVC combines the best of retail, media and social to create the world’s most engaging shopping experience,” said George. “Our industry-leading technology and teams support multiple social, mobile and web platforms, live broadcasts reaching nine countries, and millions of customer calls and packages shipped each year. Todd’s expertise in ecommerce and broadcast technology will be instrumental in continuing to build agile world-class technology platforms to drive our growth and deliver outstanding service.”

Todd held various leadership roles with QVC since joining in 2007. Key advancements under his leadership include the development of the QVC for iPad App and QVC’s responsive design implementation. In addition, he has led the development QVC’s global content management strategy and key initiatives in IT strategy, planning and effectiveness.
Prior to QVC, Todd spent 12 years in senior-level roles at Turner Broadcasting. He began in IT, then transitioned to become Vice President, Network Operations, with responsibility for Broadcast Operations, Media Operations, Media Management and the Project Management office. Prior to Turner Broadcasting, Todd was with Macy’s where he worked in IT Application Development.

Todd is based at QVC’s global headquarters in West Chester, Pa.

About QVC

QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 360 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website,, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

Media Inquiries:

P: 484.701.1647

Source: QVC

Harris Teeter to distribute free water to customers affected by the boil water advisory in Haymarket, Virginia

Harris Teeter to distribute free water to customers affected by the boil water advisory in Haymarket, Virginia


Matthews, N.C., 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter will distribute free water to customers affected by the recent boil water advisory issued in various parts of Haymarket, Virginia.

The free distribution will begin tomorrow, December 8, 2016 and will occur as long as supplies last. Shoppers will receive 24-packs of bottled water.

Distribution will take place at the following locations:

Store Number Shopping Center Address City, State Time
251 Madison Crescent 7910 Crescent Park Dr. Gainesville, Va. 6 a.m.
338 Heritage Hunt 13901 Heathcote Blvd. Gainesville, Va. 6 a.m.

Harris Teeter would like to thank its associates for their assistance and also appreciates the patience of its shoppers during the distribution process.

Source: Harris Teeter


The Co-op to exit the travel joint venture with Thomas Cook Group

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has served notice to exit the joint venture that was set up with Thomas Cook Group in 2011, which has operated the UK retail travel branches of both businesses.

Under the agreement the Co-op will receive £50m plus interest in return for its shares in the joint venture by 30 November 2017. A payment schedule has also been agreed for the guaranteed minimum dividend of £31.9m, with £20m due on 3 January 2017 and the remainder on 3 April 2017. Interest will be payable on both instalments.

For further information on the terms of the exit and the agreed payment schedule, please click on the link to the announcement made by Thomas Cook Group.

For further information please contact:

Russ Brady
07880 784442

Chris Sonne
07770 544721

Source: Coop