Tesco customers donated more than 2.8 million meals to people in need during the ninth Neighbourhood Food Collection

Tesco customers donated more than 2.8 million meals to people in need during the ninth Neighbourhood Food Collection


CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Generous Tesco customers got into the festive spirit by donating more than 2.8 million meals to people in need during the ninth Neighbourhood Food Collection, which took place between 1 and 3 December.

This collection brings the total number of meals collected by Tesco customers to an astounding 41 million since the programme began in 2012.

The collection provides essential food for people in need over the festive period and beyond, and will now be redistributed through foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity, FareShare.

During the collection, Tesco customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, tinned vegetables, tinned meat and Christmas treats. Volunteers from Trussell Trust foodbanks and FareShare joined Tesco colleagues in store over the course of the three days to collect donations from kind-hearted customers.

Tesco will add an extra 20% to all customer donations in the form of financial support to the two charities. This financial top up is used by The Trussell Trust and FareShare to provide additional services such as counselling and housing advice, volunteering and training opportunities as well as helping to cover running costs in order to provide more food to people in crisis.

Matt Davies, UK and ROI CEO at Tesco said:

“Once again we’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible generosity our customers have shown in their local communities for the Neighbourhood Food Collection. With winter upon us, it’s absolutely essential this food now goes to helping those in need.

“The collection could not take place without the support and response from our colleagues and volunteers, and we want to thank everyone involved who helped to make this collection so successful.”

The donations come at a vital time when both The Trussell Trust and FareShare see an increase for their support.

David McAuley, Trussell Trust Chief Executive, said

“The staggering generosity of Tesco customers, store colleagues and volunteers, means foodbanks UK wide will be able to provide vital food and support to people who are struggling during what could be our busiest December yet. Thank you for your support – your generosity will help stop hunger this Christmas.”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said:

“What we’re seeing, right across the country, is an increased demand from the organisations we work with for more food. They have more mouths to feed. There has been a 26% increase in the number of charities signing up to FareShare in the last year, so without the Neighbourhood Food Collection we simply couldn’t meet the growing demand. Every single item of food donated will make a difference, so thank you to everyone involved.”

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

Food collections also took place at Tesco stores in Central Europe with over 1.1 million meals collected across Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic – a 20% increase on last year’s collection. Tesco will add an extra 20% to all customer donations in the form of financial support to charity partners in Central Europe too.

Notes to the Editor

• Since the Neighbourhood Food Collection began in 2012, Tesco customers have donated 41 million meals – this includes customer donations as well as the 20% top-up from Tesco and food donated to our permanent collection points.
• Some Tesco stores collect for their local Trussell Trust foodbank, which will provide a minimum of 3 days’ emergency food supplies to people that have been identified as being in crisis by frontline agencies such as Citizen’s Advice, children’s centres or housing associations. Other stores collect for their regional FareShare depot, where the food is redistributed to community groups and local charities.

About The Trussell Trust

• Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy or bereavement to welfare problems or receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. The Trussell Trust’s network of over 420 foodbanks provides three days’ emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK.
• From April 2015 to April 2016, Trussell Trust foodbanks provided 1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. Of those helped, 415,866 went to children.
• Everyone who comes to a Trussell Trust foodbank is referred by a frontline professional like a Citizens Advice worker, health visitor or children’s centre.
• Trussell Trust foodbanks do much more than food: they provide a listening ear and help resolve the underlying cause of the crisis either through signposting onto relevant local charities or providing on-site immediate support, such as holiday clubs or budgeting and cookery courses.
• Find out more at www.trusselltrust.org

About FareShare

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

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

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

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

Source: Tesco


Narragansett turkey available online and in Tesco stores across the UK this Christmas

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — A rare breed of premium heritage turkey which has not been sold in supermarkets for more than 70 years has been brought back by Tesco.

The Narragansett turkey, which was bred by crossing old English breeds together over 200 years ago, is a real gourmet treat.

It’s been selected by the supermarket for its finest range, because of its unique, succulent and flavoursome taste.

Narragansetts are particularly distinctive because of the way they are reared. Living on acres of land, they are among the most free range birds in the UK- they can eat, rest and play whenever they like.

They spend their days exploring their surroundings in woodland and rural areas, pecking at soil and eating the same natural diet they would have in the wild.

Game cover – such as strips of plants like kale and chicory – is also planted on the land so the birds are sheltered from the late summer sun, winter wind and rain.

Tesco turkey buyer Suzanne Eldridge explains:

“With only a few days to go before the big day, the Narragansett is the bird to impress guests and to treat the family this Christmas.

“Considered to be the king of British turkeys, the wonderful tasting dark meat and a succulent breast certainly has the flavour to match its reputation.”

The Narragansett is being bred for Tesco by award-winning farmers in East Anglia and is available online and in Tesco stores across the UK from £9 per kg.

It was reintroduced to customers, after trials over the last two years proved that there was a huge appetite for this heritage turkey.

Note to editors

*The last dates for turkey ordering at Tesco are midnight on Wednesday Dec 14 for tesco.com orders and Thursday midnight for store shoppers.

The Narragansett gets its name from the area in Rhode Island, North America where some of the English pioneers settled in New England and starting breeding the turkeys they brought with the native, wild American variety.

Customers can order turkeys here, but supply is limited. A whole Narragansett will cost £9 per kilo while a crown will cost £16 per kilo.

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

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

Source: Tesco

EROSKI y sus clientes donan 444 toneladas de alimentos para familias necesitadas en Bizkaia en la Gran Recogida

  • La cifra equivale al consumo medio de alimentos de 670 personas a lo largo de un año
  • 114 establecimientos EROSKI de Bizkaia participaron en la última Gran Recogida solidaria de alimentos organizada por los Bancos de Alimentos el último fin de semana de noviembre

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI y sus clientes han donado 444 toneladas de alimentos destinados a ayudar a los colectivos más desfavorecidos de Bizkaia en la última Gran Recogida solidaria organizada por los Bancos de Alimentos el último fin de semana de noviembre y en la que tomaron parte 114 establecimientos EROSKI de Bizkaia. La cifra equivale al consumo medio de alimentos de 670 personas a lo largo de un año.

“Casi la mitad de los alimentos recaudados en Bizkaia se ha hecho a través de  nuestras tiendas EROSKI. Queremos trasladar nuestro agradecimiento a nuestros clientes, que una vez más se han volcado con una causa solidaria, y al Banco de Alimentos por su labor voluntaria. Desde EROSKI creemos fundamental contribuir entre todos a alcanzar una sociedad más justa y cohesionada”, señala el director de Responsabilidad Social de EROSKI, Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa.

“Para el Banco de Alimentos de Bizkaia es fundamental la colaboración de empresas como EROSKI, que prestan su ayuda en campañas especiales como la Gran Recogida y a lo largo de todo el año a través del programa de donaciones Desperdicio Cero”, explica el presidente del Banco de Alimentos de Bizkaia, Miguel Ángel Fernandino.

La última Gran Recogida de Alimentos ha contado con dos modalidades, la entrega física tradicional de productos y la colaboración vía bonos de alimentos, con valor de 3 y 5 €. “Los bonos de alimentos han tenido una muy buena acogida por parte de los consumidores. Ahora  la cantidad recaudada queda a disposición del Banco de Alimentos de Bizkaia para la compra de los productos que le resulten necesarios”, ha detallado el director de Responsabilidad Social de EROSKI.

Como en anteriores campañas, EROSKI ha añadido una donación adicional equivalente al 7% del total recogido en la campaña.

20 años de colaboración con los Bancos de Alimentos

EROSKI inició su colaboración con los Bancos de Alimentos en 1996 a propuesta del Banco de Alimentos de Bizkaia y de los propios consumidores que demandaban a la cooperativa iniciativas solidarias dirigidas a colectivos desfavorecidos y personas en riesgo de exclusión social. Así, nacieron ese mismo año las campañas “Operación Kilo” de recogida de alimentos en las tiendas EROSKI.

Posteriormente, EROSKI inició su programa de donación de alimentos envasados cercanos a su fecha de consumo preferente pero todavía aptos para su consumo con total seguridad alimentaria. Hoy este programa de EROSKI y los Bancos de Alimentos continúa vigente con el compromiso “Desperdicio Cero” de no tirar ningún alimento que sea apto para el consumo en toda su red de hipermercados y supermercados.

Más recientemente, con el inicio de las primeras consecuencias de la crisis económica, EROSKI y los Bancos de Alimentos extendieron este programa a los alimentos frescos, para lo que fue necesario redefinir la logística de donación con el fin de mantener la cadena de frío y asegurar que los alimentos donados lleguen con total seguridad alimentaria a sus destinatarios.

La cooperativa ha sido reconocido con la “Espiga de Oro”, el máximo galardón que otorga la Federación Española de Bancos de Alimentos (FESBAL) a aquellas organizaciones que destacan por su colaboración en la redistribución solidaria de los excelentes alimentarios.

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

Source: Eroski

M&S Chairman Robert Swannell intends to retire in 2017

LONDON, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks and Spencer Group plc (“M&S”) announces that, after serving six years as Chairman, Robert Swannell has informed the M&S Board that he intends to retire in 2017. Senior Independent Director Vindi Banga will now lead a process to identify and appoint the next M&S Chairman and Robert Swannell will continue in his role until this process is complete.

Robert Swannell, Chairman said: “A year ago we chose Steve Rowe as our Chief Executive. Steve completed a thorough analysis of the business and developed a detailed plan to build a simpler and more relevant M&S.

“This plan is now underway and I feel that it is the right time for the business to look for a new Chairman. It is a real privilege to chair this iconic company and I will continue to do so until my successor is in place.”

For further information, please contact:

Corporate Press Office: +44 (0)20 8718 1919

Source: Marks and Spencer Group

Chipotle Mexican Grill names company Founder Steve Ells its sole Chief Executive Officer

  • Ells Pledges Renewed Focus on Enhanced Guest Experience, Innovation and an Expanded Commitment to Making Better Food Accessible to More People
  • Investor Call Scheduled for 5:00 PM Eastern Time Today

DENVER, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced that its Board of Directors has named company Founder Steve Ells the company’s sole Chief Executive Officer. Ells will also remain Chairman of Chipotle’s board. Monty Moran has stepped down from the co-CEO role and from his board seat effective immediately, and will retire from Chipotle in 2017.

“Steve founded Chipotle more than 23 years ago with a powerful vision to use great ingredients prepared skillfully by hand, but served very fast,” said Neil Flanzraich, Lead Director of Chipotle’s board. “This approach has proven to be a very successful formula, but as the company grew, operations became more complicated and less consistent. Given the ongoing challenges facing the company, the board felt strongly that it was best for Steve to resume leadership of the company going forward. This will ensure that his high standards for the guest experience and his unyielding commitment to the company’s mission are top priorities.”

Ells, a classically trained chef, started Chipotle in 1993 with a small loan from his father. Chipotle has since grown into one of the nation’s largest restaurant companies, with more than 2,200 locations in five countries. Ells served as Chairman and CEO from 1993 until 2009 when he became co-CEO, a title he shared with Moran. The company went public in 2006. As Chairman and CEO, Ells will directly oversee restaurant operations, strategic initiatives, and innovation projects at the company.

“Chipotle is based on a very simple idea: We start with great ingredients, prepare them using classic cooking techniques, and serve them in a way that allows people to get exactly what they want,” said Ells. “Even though it’s a simple idea, operations have become over-complicated. I’m very much looking forward to relentlessly focusing on ensuring an excellent guest experience, removing unnecessary complexity from our operations, championing innovation, and pursuing our mission of making better food accessible to more people.”

Ells also indicated that he will pursue employee incentives that are more closely tied to the guest experience. Chipotle now pays its starting employees above the federal minimum wage and provides benefits including paid vacation time, paid sick leave, and tuition reimbursement to all employees. The company also provides stock to its General Managers upon achieving Restaurateur status. The Restaurateur program, which recognizes the company’s elite restaurant managers and provides a pipeline for its future leaders, is a cornerstone of Chipotle’s field operations. In recent years, however, achieving Restaurateur status has become increasingly complex and Ells is committed to re-envisioning the program by placing an emphasis on the guest experience and making the path to Restaurateur more intuitive and accessible to more General Managers.

“It’s incredibly important to me that we create an excellent dining experience in all of our restaurants. That starts with having great restaurant teams. To that end, I will evolve our Restaurateur program to ensure that even more of our best employees succeed and thrive at the company,” Ells said. “While our plans will take some time to implement, we will act with a sense of urgency toward all of the changes we are pursuing.”

Ells also recommitted to the company’s quest to serve better ingredients, announcing a reimagined company mission. The new company mission to “Ensure that better food, prepared from whole, unprocessed ingredients is accessible to everyone” is the next step in the evolution of Chipotle’s mission-driven business. Chipotle’s previous mission was to “Change the way people think about and eat fast food.”

Ell’s commitment to expanding the company’s mission can be seen at http://www.chipotle.com/mission.

“When I started Chipotle, I knew very little about the way food was raised,” Ells said. “But over the years, I’ve become a champion for ingredients that are raised with respect for people, animals, and the environment. I will also continue to advocate for food made simply, without processed ingredients, which is the kind of food I believe should be available to everyone. I’m incredibly proud of the team at Chipotle and I’m thankful to them for helping us realize our mission of bringing better food to more and more people.”

“I’d also like to thank Monty for his extraordinary contributions to Chipotle over the years. Monty inspired us with his vision for an enlightened people culture, and I wish him the best as he retires from the company,” Ells said.

Chipotle will hold a call for investors at 5:00 PM Eastern time today during which management will discuss these changes. Please note that the company will not be providing an update to Q3 financials during this call. The conference call can be accessed live by dialing 800-239-9838 or for international callers by dialing 1-913-661-9178. The call will be webcast live from the company’s website at chipotle.com under the investor relations section. An archived webcast will be available approximately one hour after the end of the call.


Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, land, and people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using whole, unprocessed ingredients and without the use of added colors, flavors or other additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and now operates more than 2,200 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.


Certain statements in this press release, including statements about company leadership and the quality of the guest experience in Chipotle restaurants, are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We use words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “could”, “should”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “may”, “predict”, “project”, “target”, and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions, to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date any such statements are made and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the uncertainty of our ability to achieve expected levels of comparable restaurant sales due to factors such as changes in consumers’ acceptance of and enthusiasm for our brand, including as a result of food-borne illness incidents, the impact of competition, including from sources outside the restaurant industry, decreased overall consumer spending, or our possible inability to increase menu prices or realize the benefits of menu price increases; the risk of food-borne illnesses and other health concerns about our food or dining out generally; factors that could affect our ability to achieve and manage our planned expansion, such as the availability of a sufficient number of suitable new restaurant sites and the availability of qualified employees; the performance of new restaurants and their impact on existing restaurant sales; increases in the cost of food ingredients and other key supplies or higher food costs due to new supply chain protocols; the potential for increased labor costs or difficulty retaining qualified employees, including as a result of market pressures, enhanced food safety procedures in our restaurants, or new regulatory requirements; risks relating to our expansion into new markets; the impact of federal, state or local government regulations relating to our employees, our restaurant design, or the sale of food or alcoholic beverages; risks associated with our Food With Integrity strategy, including supply shortages and potential liabilities from advertising claims and other marketing activities related to Food With Integrity; security risks associated with the acceptance of electronic payment cards or electronic storage and processing of confidential customer or employee information; risks relating to litigation, including possible governmental actions related to food-borne illness incidents, as well as class action litigation regarding employment laws, advertising claims or other matters; risks relating to our insurance coverage and self-insurance; risks arising from senior management changes, including our return to having a single CEO, as well as our dependence on key personnel; risks related to our marketing and advertising strategies, including risks related to our Chiptopia rewards program and other promotional activities; risks regarding our ability to protect our brand and reputation; risks associated with our ability to effectively manage our growth; and other risk factors described from time to time in our SEC reports, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, all of which are available on the investor relations page of our website at ir.Chipotle.com.

Chris Arnold

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Dutch e-commerce start up Zamro implements Intershop Commerce Suite as B2B omni-channel commerce platform

Intershop solutions enabled a record time development of 5 months supporting the rapid growth strategy

Jena, Germany, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG, the leading independent supplier of innovative omni-channel commerce solutions, has brought online another ambitious B2B client from The Netherlands. Zamro, part of the ERIKS Group, has selected Intershop to implement their B2B e-commerce platform, based on Intershop Commerce Suite including the Intershop Order Management.

Zamro is an ambitious and dynamic e-commerce company that was founded in February 2016 and has great ambitions for cross border growth and focuses on the rapidly changing behaviour of the technical B2B buyer. With its broad assortment of over 500,000 industrial components the start-up’s online offer is focusing on a one-stop shop proposition primarily directed at smaller and medium-sized business clients. Zamro aims to deliver “ease of order” to the industry, which is not yet that widely spread. Key focus is a perfect understanding of the customer in order to offer an excellent customer experience, comprehensive product information and the quick, reliable delivery of their orders. Unlike often still the case in the business client sector; catalogs, products, and prices in the shop are kept completely transparent. Visitors can access without prior registration regardless of the client.

Axel Köhler, member of the board at Intershop: “We are delighted that Zamro selected Intershop after intensive competitive analysis. This success mirrors Intershop’s B2B focus and confirms once again that our B2B omni-channel commerce solution is very appealing for ambitious medium-sized companies geared toward cross border growth.”

Floris Jan Cuypers, Founder and Managing Director at Zamro added: “As an innovative, rapidly growing company, we have in Intershop the support of an experienced partner for our ambitious B2B e-commerce strategy. The platform meets our demands for an innovative yet economical solution that is flexible and scalable enough to push our plans for growth ahead. We also appreciate the unbeatably short project duration that secures our swift market launch.”

Zamro designed a state-of-the-art commerce architecture, which is hosted in the public cloud by Carrenza. In this architecture the Intershop order management system has been integrated to on-board new suppliers and (international) warehouses quickly. The B2B platform, which offers a B2C experience, is instrumental to realize the international growth ambitions and initially went live in the Netherlands and Belgium.

About Zamro BV

Zamro is a young B2B eCommerce company offering technical components and tools for small and medium sized companies. With shops live in the Netherlands and Belgium it focuses on a rapid expansion in the European market. The main aim of the company is offering “ease of order” through a broad assortment, technical knowledge and great user experience. Zamro is part of Eriks group.

About Intershop

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

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


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

Source: Intershop Communications AG

Lenny & Larry’s, Inc. recalls Chocolate Chip and Coconut Chocolate Chip Complete Cookie products due to undeclared milk

Lenny & Larry’s, Inc. recalls Chocolate Chip and Coconut Chocolate Chip Complete Cookie products due to undeclared milk


LOS ANGELES, CA, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenny & Larry’s, Inc., announced today (December 12, 2016) a nationwide voluntary recall of two flavors of Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookie products — Chocolate Chip and Coconut Chocolate Chip varieties – due to the possible presence of undeclared milk in the dark chocolate chips. Lenny & Larry’s, Inc. is taking this action out of an abundance of caution. People with a dairy allergy or sensitivity may run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The following product is being recalled:

  • 4 oz. Complete Cookie, Chocolate Chip
    • Best by Dates: 7-1-17 to 11-30-17
    • UPC Code: 7 87692-83461 7
  • 4 oz. Complete Cookie, Coconut Chocolate Chip
    • Best by Dates Between: 9-18-17 to 11-15-17
    • UPC Code: 7 87692-83538 6

This recall is limited exclusively to the Chocolate Chip and Coconut Chocolate Chip Complete Cookie varieties and no other Lenny & Larry’s products are affected by this recall.

Consumers who have a dairy allergy should consider discarding these products. Affected product may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact Lenny & Larry’s at 888–943–4212 from Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST.

Lenny & Larry’s deeply cares about the health and safety of the people who consume our products and we apologize for any problems that this situation may cause. This voluntary recall is being conducted in consultation with FDA.

Consumers Contact:
Lenny & Larry’s Consumer Care

Source: FDA


NEW HOPE MILLS recalls certain Crepe MIX due to possible contamination with Salmonella

NEW HOPE MILLS recalls certain Crepe MIX due to possible contamination with Salmonella


Auburn, NY, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — NEW HOPE MILLS of Auburn, NY, is voluntarily recalling limited quantities of NEW HOPE MILLS Crepe MIX as it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The ingredient supplier has issued a recall of the bulk milk powder.  Although no pathogenic bacteria have been found in the powdered milk product supplied to New Hope Mills, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to recall the product produced from the specific lot received from our ingredient supplier.

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.

The affected New Hope Mills Crepe MIX was shipped to distributors and retailers in the New York and Pennsylvania areas between the dates of 8/23/2016 and 9/20/2016.

The following product code is affected by the recall:

  • New Hope Mills Crepe MIX
  • NET WT. 1 LB. 4 OZ
  • Packaged in a brown paper bag
  • UPC 074703601529 (located on back label)
  • BEST BY: 07/19/17:A1 (located on the back flap)

Consumers who have purchased New Hope Mills Crepe Mix are urged to discontinue use and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company by email at QA@newhopemills.com or phone at (315) 252-2676, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm EST.

Consumers Contact:

New Hope Mills

Source: FDA


TreeHouse Foods recalls macaroni and cheese cup products with cheddar cheese seasoning that may be contaminated with Salmonella

TreeHouse Foods recalls macaroni and cheese cup products with cheddar cheese seasoning that may be contaminated with Salmonella


Oak Brook, IL, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS) today (December 11, 2016) announced a voluntary recall of certain macaroni and cheese cup products containing cheddar cheese seasoning which may be contaminated with Salmonella.

This follows notification from our supplier that the milk powder used in the seasoning has the potential for Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. 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.

Product was distributed nationwide through retail stores. The following products are affected by this recall:

Description UPC Best By Date
Big Win Original Macaroni & Cheese Dinner 001182258403 10/25/2017
Cheese Club Express Mac Macaroni & Cheese
004149817167 11/3/2017
Great Value Macaroni & Cheese Original Cups 007874208249 10/22/2017

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Pictures of the products are attached to this press release.

Consumers who have purchased any of the above products are urged to dispose of or return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with any questions may call 1.800.756.5781, Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (CST).


TreeHouse Foods, Inc. is a manufacturer of packaged foods and beverages with more than 50 manufacturing facilities across the United States, Canada and Italy that focuses primarily on private label products for both retail grocery and food away from home customers. We manufacture shelf stable, refrigerated, frozen and fresh products, including beverages and beverage enhancers (single serve beverages, coffees, teas, creamers, powdered beverages and smoothies); meals (cereal, pasta, macaroni and cheese and side dishes); retail bakery (refrigerated and frozen dough); condiments (pourable and spoonable dressing, dips, pickles, soups and sauces) and healthy snacks (nuts, trail mix, bars, dried fruits and vegetables). We have a comprehensive offering of packaging formats and flavor profiles, and we also offer natural, organic and preservative free ingredients in many categories. Our strategy is to be the leading supplier of private label food and beverage products by providing the best balance of quality and cost to our customers.

Additional information, including TreeHouse’s most recent statements on Forms 10-Q and 10-K, may be found at TreeHouse’s website, http://www.treehousefoods.com.

Consumers Contact:
Consumer Affairs

Media Contact:
Ron Bottrell

Source: FDA


Brand Castle recalls limited quantities of In The Mix® Monkey Bread Mix that may be contaminated with Salmonella

Brand Castle recalls limited quantities of In The Mix® Monkey Bread Mix that may be contaminated with Salmonella


Bedford Heights, Ohio, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brand Castle, LLC of Bedford Heights, Ohio is voluntarily recalling limited quantities of our In The Mix® Monkey Bread Mix because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

This product is being recalled because an ingredient supplier (Valley Milk Products LLC) has issued a recall for the buttermilk powder used in this product due to the potential for contamination by Salmonella organisms found in their facility and finished product samples during an FDA investigation. Although no pathogenic bacteria have been found in the powdered products supplied to our blending facility by the ingredient manufacturer, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to recall product produced with the affected lots of buttermilk powder.

Salmonella is an organism that 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.

Affected product was sold to a single retailer in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, IN, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI. 168 cases of product (i.e., 1008 units) are affected by this recall.

The product has a UPC code of 8-44527-03278-2 and is packaged in a 16oz box with a sticker on the back of the package indicating the below Lot#/Date Code.

To date, there have been no reported illnesses and no Salmonella has been found in the recalled lots of buttermilk powder used in our product. This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

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

The product being recalled includes:

Product Name Brand Size Lot # UPC# Best By Date
Monkey Bread Mix In The Mix® 16oz 29JUN18BC6202 8-­‐44527-­‐03278-­‐2 June 29,2018

Consumers who have purchased this product may return it to the retailer for a full refund,discard the product,or reach out to Brand Castle, LLC with roof of purchase for a full refund. Consumers who have questions should contact Brand Castle, LLC at 216-292-7700, ext.211 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:30 pm EST or email at marla.fleischer@brandcastle.com. For additional information, media should contact Brand Castle President, Jimmy Zeilinger at 216-364-0580 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:30 pm EST.

Consumers Contact:

Media Contact:
Jimmy Zeilinger

Source: FDA


Whole Foods Market features different artisan cheese daily on 50 percent off during 12 Days of Cheese, Dec. 13-24

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is celebrating 12 Days of Cheese by highlighting a different artisan cheese daily from Dec. 13 to 24. Each of the selected cheeses will be 50 percent off for one day during the 12-day period.

These distinctive, single-source cheeses were chosen by Whole Foods Market’s global cheese buyer, Cathy Strange, with help from the company’s Certified Cheese Professionals. These experts have been certified by the American Cheese Society for cheese storage and handling, nutrition, distribution, raw materials, the ripening process, the making process, and on categories and types of cheeses.

“Whether folks are putting together an elegant cheese board, hosting a brunch, or craving a nibble while curling up with a good book, these 12 selections will make delicious additions to any holiday tradition,” Strange said. “We’re thrilled to offer these exciting cheeses at a great value, so customers can enjoy these special items while stretching their dollar.”

The cheeses featured on each day include:

Cellars at Jasper Hill, Harbison (Dec. 13)

  • This decadent soft-ripened cheese from Vermont is hand-wrapped with spruce bark, adding a woodsy note to its sweet, earthy flavor.

Mons, Époisses (Dec. 14)

  • A traditional French washed-rind cheese with a luscious texture, bold yet balanced tangy-sweet flavor and pleasant pungency.

Vermont Creamery, Bonne Bouche (Dec. 15)

  • This mild ash-ripened goat cheese with earthy notes and a subtle hazelnut flavor is a visually stunning addition to any cheese board.

Borough Market, Stilton (Dec. 16)

  • Rich and creamy with a complex, earthy flavor and a hint of spiciness. Made with vegetarian rennet.

Uplands Cheese Company, Pheasant Ridge Reserve (Dec. 17)

  • The only three-time winner of the American Cheese Society Best of Show, this cheese has a sweet, broth-like flavor with notes of butterscotch and fruit.

Le Gruyère (Dec. 18)

  • This classic washed-rind cheese is aged in the centuries-old Kaltbach caves of Switzerland. Nutty and creamy with a velvety texture.

Cypress Grove Chevre, Truffle Tremor (Dec. 19)

  • A silky, creamy soft-ripened goat cheese packed with truffles. Deep floral, herb and mushroom flavors. An American original!

Rapin, Le Maréchal (Dec. 20)

  • This creamy, raw-milk Alpine cheese is infused with flavor from herbs added by hand during the ripening process.

Papillon, Roquefort (Dec. 21)

  • This classic cave-aged sheep’s milk blue cheese shows rich spiciness, complex layers of flavor and a smooth texture.

Mons, Camembert (Dec. 22)

  • A classic from Normandy produced using high-quality milk from France, then aged to perfection by a third-generation affineur. Full-flavored, creamy and earthy with mushroom overtones.

Vermont Creamery, St. Albans (Dec. 23)

  • An American take on a traditional French cheese, sourced from milk from one farm. Delicate and smooth with rich creamy flavors and nutty notes.  Non-GMO Project verified.

Rogue Creamery. Flora Nelle (Dec. 24)

  • A bold blue cheese from Oregon, with tropical fruit flavors and a finish of sweet cream.


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

Source: Whole Foods Market

CBRE Group, Inc. announces the acquisition of leading retail project management firm Skye Group

Los Angeles, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) today (December 12, 2016) announced that it has acquired Skye Group (Skye), a leading provider of retail project management, shopping center development and tenant coordination services in the U.S. and Canada. This acquisition enhances CBRE’s position in the retail market by bolstering its retail project management service offerings.

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Skye is led by Bradley Sanders, who founded the firm in 2000. Its client list consists of prominent retail real estate investors including Simon, Howard Hughes, Westfield, LaSalle Investment Management, Vornado Realty Trust, New England Development, Ivanhoe Cambridge and Steiner & Associates, as well as brands such as Barneys New York.

“Skye has earned the reputation as a reliable and efficient solution for shopping center investors and occupiers,“ said Mark Fewin, Americas leader, Project Management Services, CBRE. “The firm’s ‘early stage’ work for clients in project management and large-scale construction will create new client service opportunities in the retail market.”

Mr. Sanders will lead CBRE’s retail project management business and report to Mr. Fewin. The business will operate as CBRE I Skye.

“Joining CBRE is an excellent fit for our business and our retail clients will benefit from CBRE’s breadth of occupier and investor solutions,” said Mr. Sanders.  “I look forward to working with our new colleagues at CBRE to take our business and our ability to service our clients to an even higher level.”

Skye serves retail clients throughout North America.

“Adding Skye’s services to our client offerings reflects our strategy to strengthen our position in the retail real estate sector in the Americas and is a seamless fit with our robust retail service line platform,” said Anthony Buono, executive managing director, Retail Services, the Americas, CBRE.

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 www.cbre.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain of the statements in this release regarding the acquisition of Skye Group (Skye) that do not concern purely historical data are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are made based on our management’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events affecting us and are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to our operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, actual performance, results and events may vary materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements, and you should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future performance, results or events. Numerous factors could cause actual future performance, results and events to differ materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, our ability to successfully integrate Skye with our existing operations in the U.S. and Canada, as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. For additional information concerning factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements and other risks and uncertainties to our business in general, please refer to our SEC filings, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. Such filings are available publicly and may be obtained from our website at www.cbre.com or upon request from the CBRE Investor Relations Department at investorrelations@cbre.com.

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

Source:  CBRE Group, Inc.

SM Vice Chairperson Teresita Sy-Coson honored with the Man of the Year award from the Management Association of the Philippines

SM Vice Chairperson Teresita Sy-Coson honored with the Man of the Year award from the Management Association of the Philippines


Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ms. Teresita Sy-Coson received this year the prestigious Man of the Year award from the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), the same great honor bestowed on her father, retail pioneer Henry Sy, Sr. 17 years ago.

Mr. Sy, in his acceptance speech then said that the “day will come when I will look at this MAP award and remember the work it honors”.

Today, that day has come for his eldest child, Mrs. Coson who was cited by MAP for steering SM’s retail business to greater heights; for transforming SM’s property business into one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia; for her valuable contribution in sustaining BDO’s position as a leading bank; for her leadership in the substantial contributions of SM to national development, job creation and income generation; for strengthening the identity of companies under SM as socially responsible corporate citizens; and for her contribution to reshaping national values through her track record of integrity, professional competence and strong leadership.

The prestigious roster of MAP Man of the year awardees include:  Washington Z. SyCip (1967), Geronimo Z. Velasco (1977), Henry A. Brimo (1978), Jose M. Soriano (1979), Cesar E.A. Virata (1981), Jaime V. Ongpin and Vicente T. Paterno (1982), Dante G. Santos (1983), Cesar A. Buenaventura and Roberto T. Villanueva (1985), Jaime Zobel  de Ayala (1987), Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. (1988), Jose B. Fernandez, Jr. (1989), Raul T. Concepcion (1990), Oscar J. Hilado (1991), Alfonso T. Yuchengco (1992), Juan B. Santos (1994), David  M. Consunji and Rizalino S. Navarro (1996), Gabriel C. Singson (1998), Delfin L. Lazaro and Henry Sy, Sr. (1999), Oscar M. Lopez (2000), Tony Tan Caktiong (2002), Jesus P. Tambunting (2003),  Rafael B. Buenaventura (2004), Manuel V. Pangilinan (2005), George S. K. Ty and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (2006), Jose L. Cuisia Jr. (2007), Antonino T. Aquino and Jesus P. Estanislao (2009), Lilia B. de Lima and Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr. (2010), Erramon Aboitiz (2011), Aurelio R. Montinola III (2012), Edgar O. Chua (2013), Albert F. del Rosario (2014) and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. (2015).

Source: SM Investments Corporation


Only Natural Pet expands its presence in Colorado with the opening of its second store in Aspen

Second Flagship Store Joins Boulder Location; Features Paleo-Inspired, Natural Pet Food, Treats, Supplements, Chews and More for Dogs and Cats

BOULDER and ASPEN, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — One of the nation’s leading natural pet lifestyle brands, Only Natural Pet, announced today (Dec. 12, 2016) it is expanding its retail presence in its home state of Colorado with the official grand opening of its second flagship store on Dec. 17 in Aspen. This popular skiing and outdoor recreation community is well-suited for an Only Natural Pet store because the residents, visitors and pets reflect and enjoy the healthy natural lifestyle that is core to the brand.

The Boulder, Colo.-based natural pet food brand said it will open the new 2,000-square-foot Only Natural Pet store on the Cooper Avenue pedestrian mall in the central retail and entertainment district of Aspen. Grand opening events will be held Dec. 17 and 18, just in time for the height of the holiday ski season. The new store will feature a comprehensive collection of Only Natural Pet products including holistic, paleo-inspired natural foods featuring wholesome high-protein recipes that are dehydrated, freeze-dried and air-dried to offer healthy diets that bring dogs and cats back to their ancestral wolf and wildcat roots.

The Aspen store will carry a variety of Only Natural Pet products including pet food, treats, chews, vitamins, supplements and other pet solutions, as well as additional brands that share its natural brand philosophy including home-grown Colo.-based brands such as Hoot & Co. and Down Dog Snacks. The new store will also carry eco-chic gift products like collars, leashes, clothing and toys.

“We are excited to have a retail space that will introduce Only Natural Pet to pet parents in the Aspen area and to serve as a convenient retail option for locals already loyal to the brand,” said Marty Grosjean, founder and CEO of Only Natural Pet. “Aspen was our top choice for our second flagship store as the city’s community of passionate pet owners who seek the natural, wholesome lifestyle for themselves and their pets is a great fit for the Only Natural Pet brand.”

What: Only Natural Pet Aspen Store Grand Opening for Media and Pet Parents (dogs and cats welcome!)
When: Dec. 17-18. Special ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m.
Where: 416 East Cooper Ave. in the Cooper Ave. pedestrian mall, Aspen
Grand Opening Details: Product samples, discounts, giveaways and personalized consultations will be offered at each of the three grand opening events*. Dec. 17-18 10 percent of sales from 3-7 p.m. will go to the Aspen Animal Shelter.

The store’s employees spend weeks training to get up-to-date on the latest natural pet food and products to offer the best advice and information to each pet parent visiting the store. The kick-off weekend will be followed by extended grand opening events on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, as well as Jan. 14 and 15.

*While supplies last and subject to availability.

About Only Natural Pet

Only Natural Pet is a comprehensive line of natural pet supplies that takes a holistic approach to optimizing the health of dogs and cats. The brand’s product range includes food, treats, vitamins, supplements, grooming, and flea & tick control – all meeting Only Natural Pet’s rigorous ingredient standards to ensure that the products are natural and healthy.

Only Natural Pet’s food and treats are paleo-inspired – meaning high in protein and low in carbs – to mimic the ancestral diets of dogs and cats. The company is focused on fresh ingredients, minimal processing, and small-batch production to provide optimal nutritional value. The brand’s food and treats use quality ingredients such as free-range chicken, wild-caught fish, grass-fed lamb and beef, as well as low-glycemic carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, lentils, and garbanzo beans and real fruits and vegetables such as apples, cranberries, celery, pumpkin, broccoli, cabbage and more.

Through the brand’s strict ingredient standards, products do not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners or colors and are generally grain-free. Only Natural Pet’s flea and tick control products are based on natural botanical ingredients, not chemicals or pesticides. As a founding member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition, Only Natural Pet is also committed to sustainable and “green” business practices utilizing wind power and carbon offsets.

Only Natural Pet was founded in 2004 in Boulder, Colo., with a commitment to finding the most effective and natural pet products for every facet of a pet’s life. Today, it is a leading online retailer in the natural pet supplies market. The company operates an e-commerce site (onlynaturalpet.com), two flagship retail stores, and a catalog business featuring more than 3,900 products including Only Natural Pet, as well as other leading brands in the natural, organic and eco-friendly pet supply market.

Media Contact:
Golin for PetSmart Inc.
Danielle Bickelmann

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Shop Direct’s charity ball raised £150,000 to support development of Claire House Children’s Hospice Liverpool site

Liverpool,UK, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop Direct, which operates retail brands including Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com, raised £150,000 at its fourth biennial charity ball, which this year was a disco extravaganza.

Funds raised from the event will go towards helping Claire House Children’s Hospice to begin developing a world class, digitally-enabled hospice in Liverpool.

The ball, which was held on Friday 9 December at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre, saw 1,000 guests enjoy a spectacular evening of entertainment. They danced the night away and got lost in the music of disco queens Sister Sledge, as well as ‘Rivers of Babylon’ singers Boney M.

Guests also bid to win a selection of coveted items and experiences, with lots including a three day charter aboard a luxury yacht for 11 people, starting in Palma, Majorca, and VIP hospitality for 10 people to attend Liverpool FC vs Arsenal in a private box, which fetched £8,500 and £10,000 respectively.

Celebrities including the UK’s favourite interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, TV personality and DJ Kate Lawler, model Vogue Williams, Hollyoaks actresses Sophie Porley and Amanda Clapman, and TOWIE stars Jessica Wright and Lydia and Debbie Bright ensured it was a star-studded night. The evening was expertly hosted by Littlewoods.com brand ambassador, Myleene Klass.

Money raised from the event will go to Shop Direct’s 2016/17 charity partner, Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Shop Direct has committed to raising £400,000 for the charity through colleague activities and events, as well as providing industry-leading knowledge to help Claire House begin the development of a world class, digitally-enabled hospice in Liverpool. The new site will support the charity’s existing Wirral hospice, which currently helps over 200 children and their families each year.

The partnership will help Claire House put in place futureproof digital infrastructure at the new site, and fund and design an interactive multi-media suite for use by the children and families who visit. Shop Direct will also form a new innovation board with Claire House, which will help define what the new hospice will look like.

Alex Baldock, CEO at Shop Direct, said: “It was a fantastic night and we were blown away by the huge generosity of our guests – we can’t thank them enough. This money will make a massive difference to the way Claire House helps seriously and terminally ill children in the North West in the years to come.

“I also want to say a big thank you to our generous sponsors, partners, colleagues and volunteers for donating a wonderful selection of prizes, for their help on the night, and for their continued support of Shop Direct and Claire House.”

David Pastor, CEO at Claire House, commented: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has made such amazing donations. This money will help us reach more children in the North West who desperately need our help.

“We are also very excited that our partnership with Shop Direct not only allows us to raise money but also to take advantage of their digital expertise to help us deliver the best in care and support, now and in the future, to the hundreds of families who depend on us.”


Shop Direct is the UK’s second largest pureplay digital retailer, with annual sales of almost £1.9 billion. Our digital department store brands are Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.com, VeryExclusive.co.uk and LittlewoodsIreland.ie. We receive an average of more than 1.2 million website visits every day, with 62% of online sales completed on mobile devices.

We exist to make good things easily accessible to more people. With our department store range of famous brands, market-leading ecommerce and technology capabilities and unique financial services products offering flexible ways to pay, we’re well placed to deliver on that promise.

We sell more than 1,300 famous brands, including big name labels and our own exclusive brands. We have four million customers and deliver 49 million products every year. Our free click and collect service, Collect+, delivers to 5,800 stores across the country, increasing ease and convenience for customers.

For more information on Shop Direct, visit www.shopdirect.com or follow us on Twitter at @ShopDirect.


Claire House Children’s Hospice helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life. By providing specialist nursing care and emotional support Claire House helps families smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher.

Offering care whenever and wherever it’s needed, the hospice provides various therapies, day care, short break, counselling and end of life care. Claire House offers parents some desperately needed time off with the peace of mind that their children are being well looked after. The hospice provides someone to talk to and specialist counselling and family support. Families also get a chance to get to know each other and meet with other people going through similar experiences through days out, experiences and support groups.



Shop Direct:
Dave Lafferty
07552 283 266

Claire House Children’s Hospice:
Hannah Shannon
07904 529296

Source: Shop Direct

Rakuten enhances services with Rakuten Point Card and Rakuten Edy e-money service now compatible with Android Pay™ service

Tokyo, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc., and Rakuten Edy, Inc. today announced that the Rakuten Point Card shared point card service and Rakuten Edy e-money service have been made compatible with the Android Pay™ service, which will launch in Japan from December 13.

Android Pay™ is a digital wallet service provided by Google that can be installed from the Google Play Store. With the service, users can register e-money services, point cards and gift cards and utilize them in stores.

Rakuten Point Card is a service that allows users to earn Rakuten Super Points when paying at affiliated stores. Rakuten Super Points can be used on the Rakuten Group’s various services and in payments at affiliated stores. Rakuten Edy began offering an Android™ version of its Rakuten Edy app for Osaifu Keitai®-equipped Android™ from January 2011, and cumulatively, 100.9 million Rakuten Edy cards have been issued*1.

With Rakuten Point Card and Rakuten Edy now compatible with Android Pay™, users are now able to manage their points and e-money through the service. For Rakuten Edy, in addition to being able to pay with Android Pay™, users can also confirm their Edy balance and usage history, as well as set up Rakuten Super Points*2. As it is also possible for users to charge their Rakuten Edy card using a credit card registered on the user’s Google account*3 with Android Pay™, there is no need for the user to register new credit card information at the time of set up.

By making its services compatible with Android Pay™, the Rakuten Group will create opportunities for new users to make use of the Rakuten Edy and Rakuten Point Card services. Going forward, Rakuten will strive to expand and enhance its services in order to increase the level of user satisfaction.

*1 The cumulative number issued as of December 1. Includes Rakuten Edy-equipped cards and Osaifu Keitai®.

*2 Only compatible with Android™ devices which are compatible with Osaifu Keitai®.

*3 It is necessary to register the credit cards on a Google account in advance.

* Osaifu-Keitai® is the registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc.

* Android, Android Pay and Google Play are the trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc.

Source: Rakuten, Inc.

Office Depot recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

BOCA RATON, Fla, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services and solutions and parent company of Office Depot and OfficeMax, today (December 12, 2016) 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 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). Office Depot joins the ranks of 517 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“We are proud to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for the sixth year in a row,” said Michael Allison, EVP and Chief People Officer for Office Depot. “Office Depot is committed to providing equal opportunities, rights and benefits to all of our associates. We continue to recruit a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities that we serve, recognizing that our organization only flourishes when we hire, promote and create paths to leadership for people of every background.”

The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. Office Depot’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

“Even in the face of relentless attempts to undermine equality, America’s leading companies and law firms remain steadfast and committed to supporting and defending the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The unprecedented expansion of inclusive workplaces across the country and around the globe not only reflects our progress, it helps drive it. As we enter a new chapter in our fight for equality, support from the business community will be more critical than ever to protect our historic advancements over the last decade and to continue to push equality forward for workers, customers and families around the world.”

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Rebecca Rakitin

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

SPAR reopens store in Schakkebroek, Limburg in Belgium following extensive renovations

Limburg, Belgium 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — A SPAR store in Schakkebroek, a village in the Belgian province of Limburg, has re-opened after extensive renovations.

The store, run by independent SPAR retailers, Erik Schroë and Mariëlle Thijs, has been modernised to be in line with the latest design and layout standards of the new generation of SPAR convenience supermarkets. Erik and Mariëlle have been operating the SPAR store for 25 years. Their store falls within the network of SPAR Supermarkets owned by SPAR Partner, Retail Partners Colruyt Group.

Both Erik and Mariëlle stem from a family of retailers and bring with them three generations of experience. Mariëlle was born and raised in Schakkebroek: “My grandmother had a grocery store in the village and my parents’ store was located virtually opposite the store that Eric and I opened in 1991,” she recounts. “We have stuck with our family tradition. Our store is a true convenience supermarket where we strive to offer warm and personal service to each and every customer.”

Erik’s parents were also entrepreneurs who ran a farm while his grandparents operated a grocery store in Uccle, a municipality of Brussels. The most notable change from the renovations has been the layout. The SPAR store has been given a fresh look and feel and a modern, easy-to-navigate layout.

The fresh departments are a real eye-catcher. At the butchery and deli counters, customers can find a broad choice of prepared cuts of meat and delicious dishes which are all prepared instore. “Erik runs the butchery department, taking care of supplying it daily with fresh meat. Our minced meat is very popular in the area,” said Mariëlle proudly. “We also offer a great number of ready-made dishes, both hot and cold, that we prepare here in our kitchen. The bakery department has been successful for many years, thanks to the top quality products that our supplier provides us with.”

Along with being thoroughly renovated, the store’s sales surface was also enlarged from 350 to 500m2. “Since we already had quite a large product assortment, we have focussed on creating extra processing areas,” Mariëlle explained. “We also installed larger chilled cabinets, allowing for a broader range of delicatessen items.”

Sustainability was also taken into account when renovating the store. It has been equipped with a new heating system that re-uses the heat generated by the cooling system. The installation of LED lighting has also allowed for considerable energy savings.

Digital screens installed in the SPAR store provide customers with inspiration in the form of recipes, meal ideas and product information.


SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Stater Bros. Holdings elects Phillip J. Smith as Chairman of the Board of Stater Bros. Markets

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stater Bros. Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Stater Bros. Markets has elected Phillip J. Smith to the position of Chairman of the Board of Stater Bros. Markets, due to the recent passing of Executive Chairman Jack H. Brown.

In this position, Smith will provide guidance and leadership to the company’s executives and officers to ensure the continuity of Stater Bros. business operations and trusted brand.

Smith has been a member of the Stater Bros. “Family” for nearly 30 years and has over 40 years of experience in the supermarket industry.  In 2012, Smith was appointed by Jack H. Brown to the position of Vice Chairman of the Board of Stater Bros. Markets, his most recent position.

“I am honored to have been elected to the position of Chairman of the Board of Stater Bros. Markets,” stated Smith.  “I knew Jack for over 40 years and worked closely with him at three different companies. I learned a great deal from Jack’s mentorship and feel privileged to carry on the values and traditions Jack established while ensuring the company remains competitive in the Southern California supermarket industry,” Smith concluded.

Smith joined Stater Bros. in 1987 as the company’s Controller.  He was promoted in 1998 to Vice President-Controller, and in 2000 he was promoted to Vice President-Controller and Chief Accounting Officer.  In November of 2000, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Accounting Officer, and in 2006 he was promoted to Executive Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer.

Prior to joining Stater Bros., Smith served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Market Basket Food Stores in East Texas from 1984 to 1987.  From 1975 to 1984, he served as Vice President and Controller for various divisions of Cullum Companies, Inc. in Dallas, Texas.

Smith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin University in Texas.

“Given Jack’s unwavering trust in Phil and long history of working together both within and outside of Stater Bros., I welcome and look forward to Phil’s mentorship and direction,” stated Stater Bros. President and CEO Pete Van Helden.

Smith was also elected to the position of Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stater Bros. Holdings, Inc.

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 169 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information, visit staterbros.com.


Contact: 1.855.782.8377

Source: Stater Bros. Holdings, Inc.

FINLAND: Iso Omena shopping centre to complete extension and redevelopment in April 2017

FINLAND: Iso Omena shopping centre to complete extension and redevelopment in April 2017


Helsinki, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Iso Omena is becoming a top leisure and entertainment centre in the Helsinki metropolitan area, reflecting Citycon’s strategic focus to combine everyday services and entertainment activities.

Citycon’s extension and (re)development project at the Iso Omena shopping centre in Espoo in the Helsinki area will be complete in April 2017, when the second phase is set to open. With the signing of several major new tenants, 95% of the shopping centre has already been leased.

Iso Omena will soon be the leading leisure and entertainment centre in the Helsinki metropolitan area. In November, a lease agreement was signed with Duudsonit Activity Park, a well known and attractive brand in Finland. The adventure park will be located on the second floor of Iso Omena, taking the place of the library and movie theatre, which are moving to new locations. Set to open in autumn 2017, the 4,000 sq.m. park will feature activities and amusements that appeal to both adults and children, along with an adjacent outdoor patio area. This will be the chain’s first adventure park in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

In addition to the expanded entertainment offering, the second phase of the Iso Omena enlargement will see the arrival of several top fashion brands, including Espoo’s first Zara and the recently signed Levi’s store. This follows the opening of a new Nespresso store last month.

The Iso Omena restaurant world M.E.E.T (Meet. Eat. Enjoy. Together) is also set to grow next spring, with the addition of about 30 new restaurants when the second phase opens. This will make Iso Omena home to the most diverse shopping centre restaurant cluster in the Nordic countries, offering a choice of 50 different restaurants and cafés with seating for 3,000 customers.

The 5,000 sq.m. restaurant world is unique not only because of its size, but also thanks to its extensive selection and high level of service and quality. M.E.E.T will bring to Iso Omena a strong urban vibe; many of the new restaurants have operated only in the centre of Helsinki until now.

The restaurant world and Duudsonit Activity Park will be complemented by a seven-screen movie theatre, the largest in Espoo. Set to open in April, the new Finnkino theatre will have over 900 seats, and its theatres will be equipped with the most advanced audio and visual systems.

“Iso Omena is an excellent example of Citycon’s strategy of developing shopping centres in which diverse everyday shopping and services are complemented by an increasing variety of dining options and leisure and entertainment activities, as well as public services,” says Jurn Hoeksema, Chief Operating Officer at Citycon.

Citycon Oyj (Nasdaq Helsinki: CTY1S) is a leading owner, developer and manager of urban grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic regions. The company manages a property portfolio that totals approximately EUR 5 billion and its shares have a market value of approximately EUR 2 billion. For more information about Citycon, please visit www.citycon.com


Jurn Hoeksema
Chief Operating Officer
Tel. +46 70 385 1059

Source: Citycon Oyj



Zürich, Switzerland, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros weitet ihr Angebot im Gesundheitsbereich aus und integriert in der Migros-Filiale an der Berner Marktgasse testweise eine Apotheke. Die kleinflächige Apotheke wird von der Apotheke Zur Rose geführt, welche bisher vor allem im Online-Handel tätig ist.

Ab Sommer 2017 testet die Migros in der Berner Marktgasse die Integration einer vollwertigen Apotheke und erleichtert damit ihren Kunden den Einkauf. Für die Migros ist das Shop-in-Shop-Konzept ein Novum: Zum ersten Mal in ihrer Geschichte erlaubt sie einem Drittunternehmen die permanente Nutzung ihrer Filialfläche zu Geschäftszwecken. Herbert Bolliger, Präsident der Generaldirektion des MGB, ist von der Kooperation zwischen den beiden Unternehmen überzeugt: „Die Migros und Zur Rose verbindet die Vision, sich für die Gesundheit der Schweizer Bevölkerung einzusetzen. Zudem haben beide Unternehmen das Ziel, das beste Preis-Leistungsverhältnis anzubieten.“

Auch Walter Oberhänsli, CEO der Zur Rose-Gruppe, freut sich über die Zusammenarbeit: „Mit der Migros haben wir eine glaubwürdige Partnerin für den Aufbau unseres stationären Geschäfts gefunden“. Bisher ist Zur Rose vor allem im Ärzte-Grosshandel und im Online-Handel tätig. Sie unterhält jedoch seit Gründertagen eine stationäre Apotheke in Steckborn (Thurgau) und seit August 2016 in der Welle 7 in Bern.

Volles Sortiment zu günstigem Preis
Das Konzept mit einer integrierten Zur Rose-Apotheke umfasst ein volles Sortiment an rezeptpflichtigen und frei verkäuflichen Medikamenten sowie weiteren Apothekenartikeln wie zum Beispiel Kosmetika. Für das gesamte Sortiment gelten dieselben Konditionen wie in der Versandapotheke, deren Preise im Durchschnitt 12 Prozent günstiger sind als der marktübliche Preis in der Schweiz.

Dank modernster Technik mit vollautomatischer Einlagerung und Ausgabe der Produkte kann Zur Rose das volle Apotheken-Sortiment auf einer kleinen Fläche anbieten.

Das Gesundheitsengagement der Migros
Die Migros hat das Thema Gesundheit in ihrer Gruppenstrategie „Täglich besser leben“ verankert. Ziel der Gesundheitsinitiative der Migros ist es, einen zuverlässigen und verant­wortungsvollen Beitrag zur Prävention und medizinischen Grundversorgung in der Schweiz zu leisten. Im Zuge der Initiative hat die Migros die Unternehmen Medbase und Santémed übernommen. Beide Institutionen haben die ambulante Grundversorgung, Spezialarzt­medizin und Therapieleistungen im Angebot. Während Santémed zusätzlich auf die ambulante Chirurgie spezialisiert ist, liegen die Stärken von Medbase vor allem im Bereich der Sportmedizin. Ergänzend tragen die Migros Fitness- und Freizeitanlagen zur Ge­sundheitsförderung und Prävention bei.

Das Unternehmen Zur Rose
Die Schweizer Zur Rose-Gruppe ist mit ihren Marken „Zur Rose“ und „DocMorris“ Europas grösste Online-Apotheke und führende Ärztegrossistin in der Schweiz. Mit ihrem Geschäftsmodell trägt sie zu einer sicheren und qualitativ hochwertigen pharmazeutischen Versorgung bei. Sie zeichnet sich zudem aus durch die Entwicklung von innovativen Dienstleistungen im Bereich Arzneimittelmanagement, um die Wirksamkeit des Medikationsprozesses zu erhöhen. Dieses Schaffen von Mehrwerten, die ausgeprägte Patientenorientierung sowie der Anspruch einer kostengünstigen Medikamentenversorgung machen die Unternehmensgruppe zu einem wichtigen strategischen Partner für Leistungserbringer, Kostenträger und Industrie.

Luzi Weber
Mediensprecher Migros
TEL: 044 277 20 66 / Mobil 076 366 96 36
E-MAIL: luzi.weber@mgb.ch

Source: Migros




Schönbühl, Switzerland, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Das beliebte Burger-Restaurant The Beef Burger an der Marktgasse 44 in Bern wächst: In den nächsten Monaten wird die Gesamtfläche auf rund 85 Quadratmeter nahezu verdoppelt. Zusätzlich zur bestehenden Take-away-Theke werden neu rund 25 Sitzplätze realisiert.

The Beef Burger ist ein gemeinsames Unternehmen der zum Schlittschuh-Club Bern gehörenden Sportgastro AG und der Migros Aare und bietet hochwertige Burger aus regionalem IP-Suisse-Fleisch, die individuell zusammengestellt werden können.

Das heute am gleichen Standort betriebene Take-away-Konzept der thailändisch inspirierten Restaurantkette Cha chà wird nicht weitergeführt. Die Migros Aare als Betreiberin setzt im Bereich des zeitsparenden Konsums zukünftig auf das in der Welle 7 bereits umgesetzte Cha-chà-Modell, das ebenfalls Sitzplätze bietet. Die Mitarbeitenden des Cha chà an der Marktgasse werden ins Team der Welle 7 integriert.


Andrea Bauer
Mediensprecherin Migros Aare
TEL: +41 58 565 87 08
E-MAIL: andrea.bauer@gmaare.migros.ch

Source: Migros


SSP opens new James Martin Kitchens at Manchester Piccadilly railway station and Debenhams intu Lakeside

SSP opens new James Martin Kitchens at Manchester Piccadilly railway station and Debenhams intu Lakeside


LONDON, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has opened two new James Martin Kitchens in the space of a month.

The brand, which made its debut at London Stansted Airport in 2015, can now be found at a station as well as a leading shopping centre. New James Martin Kitchens have now opened at Manchester Piccadilly railway station and Debenhams intu Lakeside.

With its roots firmly in the farms of Britain, James Martin Kitchen is a premium bakery that offers a combination of fresh farm ingredients and the highest quality baking, highlighting the best of what Britain has to offer in an attractive cafe setting. Every ingredient is sourced as locally and is as fresh as possible.

At breakfast time there is a range of hot and cold breakfast sandwiches, fruit and yogurt pots and enticing pastries. JMK’s coffee is James’ favourite blend, aptly named Kickstart. Moving through the day, freshly made pies, wraps, sandwiches, baguettes and salads make a perfect lunch. There’s also a range of home-made cakes and biscuits made to James’ famous recipes.

Commenting on the new openings, Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said; “James Martin Kitchen is a brand that passengers love and our clients want. It’s already been a big hit at Stansted, and we are confident that it will be equally as well received at Manchester and Lakeside. It’s a brand that has been developed to have the flexibility to perform well in a range of channels – whether that’s an airport, a railway station or a shopping centre.”

Sam Shutt, head of external business – food at Debenhams said; “The opening of the James Martin Kitchen represents a significant step forward in our desire to provide an exciting, quality, affordable premium food offer, for both our valued and loyal customers of today, whilst reaching out to a new customer audience for the future. Debenhams is pleased to be offering the first James Martin Kitchen outside of the travel retail sector.”

Daniel Charles, Head of Retail at Network Rail Property commented; “We are delighted to welcome the very first James Martin Kitchen at a railway station, which supports our continuing aspiration to enhance the customer experience and grow the retail offer at our stations as they become destinations in their own right. This concept will further improve the quality and range of food on offer to the 40 million passengers who travel through Manchester Piccadilly station every year.”

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Source: SSP Group


Walgreens and STSI study suggest that automated health tracking can improve long-term health engagement

Connected devices and apps eliminating the need for manual tracking drive better long-term engagement in healthy activities, study shows

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today (December 12, 2016) announced findings from a collaborative study with the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) suggesting that automated health tracking can significantly improve long-term health engagement. The study examined utilization patterns of participants in Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices® (BRhc), an industry leading, self-monitoring program that allows members to track health activities and receive incentives for continued tracking and healthy behaviors. It explored the impact of manual versus automatic data entries through a supported device or via apps, the study results were recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.1

The researchers examined activity tracking data – including exercise, weight, sleep, blood pressure, blood glucose data recorded, tobacco use and oxygen saturation – from more than 450,000 BRhc members in 2014. After identifying users with sufficient follow-up data, the study explored trends in participation over time. The results demonstrated that 77 percent of users manually recorded their activities and participated in the program for an average of five weeks. However, users who entered activities automatically using the BRhc supported devices or apps remained engaged four times longer and averaged 20 weeks of participation.

“This is the first chapter of a remarkable collaboration with Walgreens, enabling us to understand real world connectivity with mobile device health applications, along with behavior and outcome patterns, in an exceptionally large and diverse cohort,” said Eric Topol, MD, director, STSI.

“Consumers are increasingly more engaged in their own healthcare and wellness. Digital technology that enables easy data tracking of healthy behaviors, combined with incentives, and trusted professional support, provide additional motivation for our customers to more easily manage their health,” said Harry Leider, M.D., chief medical officer, Walgreens. “We’re especially encouraged by the results of this study. In the two years since it was initiated, we’ve seen a shift from the majority of members in the program tracking their activities manually, to most now tracking them automatically. We’re pleased to continue our relationship with Scripps to advance our work in a way that results in a positive impact on behaviors and outcomes.”

The Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices program can be accessed either online or through the Walgreens mobile app. One of the main features of the program is the use of existing consumer incentives to motivate voluntary participation. Through participation in BRhc, members receive loyalty points redeemable for discounts on purchases. For more information about Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices, please visit https://walgreens.com/healthychoices.

This research was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through a grant UL1TR001114, and a grant from the Qualcomm Foundation.

STSI is a National Institutes of Health-sponsored site in San Diego that merges the considerable biomedical science expertise of The Scripps Research Institute with Scripps Health’s exceptional patient care and clinical research capabilities. This innovative research partnership is leading the effort to translate wireless and genetic medical technologies into high-quality, cost-effective treatments and diagnostics for patients.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

1 Ju Young Kim, Nathan E Wineinger, Michael Taitel, Jennifer M Radin, Osayi Akinbosoye, Jenny Jiang, Nima Nikzad, Gregory Orr, Eric Topol, Steve Steinhubl. Self-Monitoring Utilization Patterns Among Individuals in an Incentivized Program for Healthy Behaviors. J Med Internet Res 2016 (Nov 17); 18(11):e292. http://www.jmir.org/2016/11/e292/


Scott Goldberg
(847) 315-7649

Source: Walgreens

Moët Hennessy unveils the first vintage of Ao Yun Chinese wine

Moët Hennessy unveils the first vintage of Ao Yun Chinese wine


London, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following years of meticulous research behind a quest to create a truly great Chinese wine, Moët Hennessy has unveiled the first vintage of Ao Yun. The vineyards, which rise to altitudes up to 2,600 meters at the foot of the sacred Meili Mountain, are situated in Yunnan province, near the legendary city of Shangri-La on the edge of the Himalayas.

Ao Yun is the fruit of an ambitious venture initiated by Christophe Navarre, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Moët Hennessy: the creation of a new winery in a virgin terroir where vineyards had never before been planted. With its fantastic potential, rich culture and breathtaking landscapes, the Yunnan region in the Himalayan foothills was the ideal location for this initiative. Some 300 hectares of vines were planted by Chinese authorities in 2002. Moët Hennessy and estate director Maxence Dulou embarked on the bold challenge of developing a French grape variety that had never been grown at 2,600 meters.

The ideal location was found in North Yunnan, on the banks of the Mekong, an area that enjoys intense sunlight and very cool nights given the altitude, enabling cabernet sauvignon to reveal the best of this unique terroir.

Local farmers have worked these lands for centuries, building terraces on the steep mountainsides. Guided by this artisanal culture with a deep respect for nature, Ao Yun has been developed from small parcels of vines, totaling 30 hectares around four villages. The grape harvest and production is done by hand by residents of the villages.

Ao Yung means “flying above the clouds”, a reference to the clouds that cap the summits of the Himalayan mountains. Reinventing the concept of luxury, the estate’s first wine, the 2013 vintage, is a truly exceptional and rare experience.

Excessive drinking may damage your health. Please drink responsibly.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH


Sainsbury’s introduces ‘Crunch-o-meter’ to its suite of in-house quality control technology

Sainsbury’s introduces ‘Crunch-o-meter’ to its suite of in-house quality control technology


London, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has become the first supermarket to introduce a ‘Crunch-o-meter’ to its suite of in-house quality control technology, helping ensure its own-brand snacks maintain the ideal level of crunch.

  • Crunchless crisps voted biggest festive food fail
  • Sainsbury’s publishes guide to peaceful festive snacking

Everything from crisps to crackers, peanuts to pretzels undergo rigorous testing in the Sainsbury’s Product Quality Laboratory by the machine, which measures the force needed to break each product. The reading (in grams) is then compared to a pre-set ‘crunch range’, which is determined by human tasters during product development.

This will be welcome news to Britons preparing for Christmas, who voted crunchless crisps as the top food fail in a new study, followed by limp biscuits and then crackers with no crack. These came ahead of unripe avocados, floury apples and even over-cooked toast! Cardiff, Edinburgh and Sheffield bucked the national trend, putting soft biscuits ahead of crunch-free crisps.

The study also showed that for one third of consumers, quality nibbles are just as important as the Christmas dinner itself. As a result, they feel pressure to serve the perfect festive snacks that everyone will enjoy.

 Juliette Jahaj, Head of Analytical Testing at Sainsbury’s, said: “The results from the study further validate the importance of the work we do in our Product Quality Laboratory. We have been investing in the quality of our Christmas products throughout the year, so whether it’s turkey with all the trimmings or a bowl of crisps with the perfect crunch, our customers can rely on us for great quality products.”

The job of Sainsbury’s Product Quality Laboratory is to introduce consistently accurate analytical measurements into the quality control process, which is traditionally reliant on subjective measures, like human taste tests. Once the tasters have agreed on a level of crunch that people enjoy, the lab creates a ‘crunch range’ for that product, against which all future batches are measured.

While the perfect level of crunch is essential to a good eating experience, the Sainsbury’s report also revealed a small down-side to crunch-tastic snacks – one in 10 people admit to having a relative renowned for unnecessarily loud chewing or crunching. Dads were identified as the biggest culprits for this noisy snacking!

Juliette Jahaj, at Sainsbury’s continues: “To help people who may be hosting prolific crunchers this Christmas, we’ve put our ‘Crunch-o-meter’ to work and created a guide to peaceful snacking.

“The guide ranks snacks on their crunchiness, so people might decide to serve a quieter option such as our hand-cooked crisps during the annual viewing of Love Actually and go all out with crunchier options like breadsticks during a rowdy board game.”

THE SCIENCE BIT: Crunch-o-meter

  • Before each use, the ‘Crunch-o-meter’ is calibrated to make sure it gives accurate readings. This is done with a specially-designed weight.
  • The machine can use a variety of probes. Each one is specially designed for different products, textures, shapes and levels of crunch. For example, a 0.25inch diameter spherical probe is used on a special support rig to test the crispness of crisps.
  • Adjustments need to be made for variables such as thickness and also for inclusions like chocolate chips or fruit to ensure an accurate reading is given.
  • During testing, multiple samples throughout each pack are randomly selected and tested to ensure the quality is consistent.

Using machines like the ‘Crunch-o-meter’ is part of the ongoing work performed by Sainsbury’s team of technical managers & product developers who work tirelessly to ensure products that hit the shelves are just right.  The technical team routinely test Sainsbury’s own-label products in Sainsbury’s Innovation Laboratory.

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Source: Sainsbury