Tesco launches its biggest ever New Year Sale event from 26 December 2016 to 22 January 2017

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is set to launch its biggest ever New Year Sale event in nearly 900 stores and online with fantastic deals for customers on over 2,000 products. The sale will include up to half price on home and electrical ranges.

Customers are set to benefit from extra special deals running from 26 December 2016 to Sunday 22 January 2017.

Top deals will include:

  • £130.00 off Dyson DC39 Multifloor Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner (now £189.00– promotion ends 16 January 2017)
  • £80.00 off Philips Airfryer Black (now £69.00 – promotion ends 16 January 2017)
  • £60.50 off NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Jovia Manual Coffee Machine by De’Longhi (now £29.00 – promotion ends 16 January 2017)
  • £30.00 off Sharp 43 Inch LC-43CFE6131K Smart Full HD 1080p LED TV with Freeview HD (now £219.00 – promotion ends 28 January 2017)
  • £30.00 off Sony KD43X8305CBU 43 Inch Smart 3D WiFi Built In Ultra HD 4k LED TV with Freeview HD (now £449.00 – promotion ends 28 January 2017)
  • £20.00 off Vax C85-P5-Pe Cylinder Vacuum (now £69.00 – promotion ends 16 January 2017)

There will also be over 200 half price products including:

  • Pyrex 9 Piece Prep Cook & Store Set (now £30.00)
  • Tefal Non Stick Riveted 2pk Frying Pans (20/28cm) (now £17.50)
  • Russell Hobbs Henley Kettle (now £14.50)
  • Silentnight DuPont Memory Foam AA pillow (now £13.00)
  • Silentnight cosy nights 2 pack rolled pillow (now £7.50)

Matt Davies, UK & ROI CEO of Tesco, said:

“We know our customers enjoy shopping for bargains in our Boxing Day and January sales, so we’re holding our biggest New Year Sale event yet, offering extra special deals from 26 December onwards in store and online.”

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

Glenmorangie launches exclusive collection of vintage single malt whiskies, Bond House No 1

Glenmorangie launches exclusive collection of vintage single malt whiskies, Bond House No 1

 

Paris, 2016-Dec-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Glenmorangie has launched Bond House No 1, an exclusive collection of vintage single malt whiskies. The inaugural expression of the collection, Grand Vintage Malt 1990, tells the story of a memorable year in the history of the Distillery.

Glenmorangie’s continual quest for excellence in crafting and ageing whisky has inspired the creation of a collection of vintage whiskies that blend tradition and innovation. Created for connoisseurs and collectors, the collection celebrates the most prestigious aged whisky.

The first release in the collection is Grand Vintage Malt 1990, a memorable year for Glenmorangie. It was in 1990 that Warehouse No 1, where the Distillery’s casks of maturing spirit were kept, was transformed into a majestic still house, renowned today for having the tallest stills in Scotland.

The year 1990 was also known for a barley harvest that proved problematic for whisky makers. Despite the challenges, Glenmorangie nurtured the spirit to create a whisky defined by its elegance and overflowing with floral and fruity aromas. Aged for 25 years in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, the vintage is the first expression of a collection that will be joined by other unique single malt whiskies in the years ahead.

Find out more here.

Excessive drinking may damage your health. Please drink responsibly.

Contact:

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

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Fundación EROSKI forma a cerca de 65.000 escolares en hábitos de alimentación y vida saludables durante este primer trimestre escolar

Fundación EROSKI forma a cerca de 65.000 escolares en hábitos de alimentación y vida saludables durante este primer trimestre escolar

 

  • El 5% de los centros escolares de Educación Primaria de España han participado en el programa en este primer trimestre del curso
  • La iniciativa, desarrollada en colaboración con centros escolares de toda España, busca sensibilizar a los estudiantes sobre la importancia de tener una alimentación equilibrada y un estilo de vida saludable
  • Este curso se han incorporado talleres impartidos por cocineros del Basque Culinary Center (BCC) y visitas a nuevos productores agroalimentarios

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Dec-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cerca de 65.000 escolares de toda España han participado durante el primer trimestre escolar en la V edición del Programa Educativo en Alimentación y Hábitos de Vida Saludables (PEAHS), que desarrolla la Escuela de Alimentación de la Fundación EROSKI. El 5% de los centros escolares de Educación Primaria españoles han tomado parte ya en esta nueva edición del programa.

“Estamos muy satisfechos con los resultados del programa. En un único trimestre hemos conseguido ya un registro de escolares que supone más del 50% de los niños y niñas registrados durante todo el curso 2015-2016. Desde la puesta en marcha del programa, el número de escuelas interesadas en participar no ha dejado de crecer”, señala el director de la Fundación EROSKI, Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa.

Desde la Fundación EROSKI, conscientes del crecimiento de la tasa de obesidad infantil, debido principalmente a las nuevas costumbres de alimentación y a las actuales rutinas de ocio de los más pequeños, pusieron en marcha en 2013 este programa educativo dirigido a los centros escolares para promover la alimentación y los hábitos de vida saludables. Desde entonces, más de 250.000 escolares de Primaria de 2.000 centros escolares han participado en él.

El objetivo primordial del programa es sensibilizar a los estudiantes sobre la importancia de tener una alimentación equilibrada y seguir un estilo de vida saludable.

Los colegios interesados en participar en el PEAHS durante el curso 2016-2017 pueden inscribirse a través de www.escueladealimentacion.es o en el teléfono de atención 94 607 28 41.

Nuevo taller en colaboración con el Basque Culinary Center

El PEAHS ha sido configurado por un Comité Científico formado por profesionales de diferentes disciplinas: medicina y pediatría, nutrición y dietética, psicopedagogía y pedagogía. El programa, dirigido a estudiantes de Primaria, cuenta con diez sesiones didácticas que se desarrollan en el aula. Y se completa con talleres prácticos. Los alumnos aprenden a realizar una compra saludable en una tienda EROSKI y tienen la oportunidad de visitar las instalaciones de un productor agroalimentario local, para conocer de primera mano el origen de los alimentos.

“Este año incorporamos como novedad un taller en colaboración con cocineros del Basque Culinary Center en el que los estudiantes cocinan un menú equilibrado y se convierten en chefs por un día. También se han unido al programa nuevos proveedores agroalimentarios. El pasado curso se realizaron más de 1.300 talleres, que contaron con la participación de 31.300 escolares”, ha explicado Martínez Berriochoa.

Los contenidos del programa forman al alumnado  sobre los elementos básicos de una alimentación equilibrada, hábitos de vida saludables, el conocimiento de los productos locales, diferentes realidades de la nutrición en el mundo y la sostenibilidad del planeta. Unicef, WWF, la Fundación Española del Corazón y el Basque Culinary Center son colaboradores de la Escuela de Alimentación y han elaborado parte de los contenidos del programa educativo.

Reconocimientos a la promoción de hábitos saludables

El programa formativo de Fundación EROSKI para promover una alimentación más saludable cuenta con numerosos reconocimientos, entre ellos, el premio NAOS del Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo, y el premio “El Chupete” por la calidad creativa de este programa y los valores que transmite al público infantil.

Durante el pasado curso 2015-2016, el programa siguió recibiendo nuevos galardones como el “Premio Ciudadanos” en la categoría de Salud y Calidad de Vida, y el sello Gosasun, concedido por la Agencia de Innovación Vasca.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

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Luxottica Group announces the renewal of exclusive eyewear license agreement with Ralph Lauren Corporation

Milan (Italy), 2016-Dec-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Luxottica Group (MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX) today (December 22, 2016) announced the renewal of an exclusive license agreement with Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) for the development, production and worldwide distribution of sunglasses and prescription frames under certain Ralph Lauren brands, including Polo and Ralph Lauren. The ten-year agreement will extend to March 31, 2027, subject to the terms and conditions therein.

Luxottica Group S.p.A.
Luxottica is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Its portfolio includes proprietary brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples and Alain Mikli, as well as licensed brands including Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Bulgari, Chanel, Coach, Dolce&Gabbana, Michael Kors, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co. and Versace. The Group’s global wholesale distribution network covers more than 150 countries and is complemented by an extensive retail network of over 7,400 stores, with LensCrafters and Pearle Vision in North America, OPSM and LensCrafters in Asia-Pacific, GMO in Latin America and Sunglass Hut worldwide. In 2015, Luxottica posted net sales of approximately Euro 9 billion and approximately 79,000 employees. Additional information on the Group is available at www.luxottica.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those which are anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the ability to manage the effects of the current uncertain international economic outlook, the ability to successfully acquire and integrate new businesses, the ability to predict future economic conditions and changes to consumer preferences, the ability to successfully introduce and market new products, the ability to maintain an efficient distribution network, the ability to set and achieve our business objectives and manage growth, the ability to negotiate and maintain favorable license agreements, the availability of correction alternatives to prescription eyeglasses, fluctuations in exchange rates, changes in local conditions, the ability to protect intellectual property, the ability to maintain relationships with those hosting our stores, any failure of information technology, inventory and other asset-related risks, credit risk on our accounts, insurance risks, changes in tax laws as well as other political, economic, legal and technological factors and other risks and uncertainties described in Luxottica Group’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and we do not assume any obligation to update them.

Contacts:
Luxottica Group
Alessandra Senici
Group Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Director
Tel.: +39 (02) 8633 4870
Email: InvestorRelations@luxottica.com
http://www.luxottica.com/en/investors/contacts

Marco Catalani
Group Corporate Media Relations Senior Manager
Tel.: +39 (02) 8633 4470
Email: marco.catalani@luxottica.com

Source: Luxottica Group

Casino announces offer to acquire for cash all outstanding ordinary shares of Cnova

Paris, 2016-Dec-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Casino, Guichard-Perrachon S.A. (“Casino”) today (December 27, 2016) announced that it has commenced an offer to acquire for cash all outstanding ordinary shares of Cnova, nominal value €0.05 per share (“Cnova ordinary shares”), in the United States (the “U.S. Offer”). Pursuant to the U.S. Offer, Casino is offering to acquire all outstanding Cnova ordinary shares held by holders of Cnova ordinary shares resident in the United States (“U.S. holders”) for $5.50 per share, net to the holder in cash, without interest, less any applicable withholding taxes (the “U.S. Offer Price”). The U.S. Offer is being made pursuant and subject to the terms contained in the offer to purchase (the “Offer to Purchase”) and related letter of transmittal (the “Letter of Transmittal”), to be filed by Casino with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) later today as exhibits to a tender offer statement on Schedule TO.

Casino has filed a concurrent offer in France with the French Autorité des marches financiers (AMF) (the “French Offer” and, together with the U.S. Offer, the “Offers”). The price to be paid pursuant to the French Offer will be an equivalent amount in euros calculated using the WM/Reuters spot exchange rate for euros per U.S. dollar at 5:00 p.m. Paris time on the first French business day following expiration of the French Offer. Information relating to the French Offer is available on the website of the AMF (www.amf-france.org), Casino (www.groupe-casino.fr) and Cnova (www.cnova.com).

The U.S. Offer may only be accepted by and is solely open to U.S. holders. Non-U.S. holders of Cnova ordinary shares who are permitted to participate in the French Offer pursuant to the local laws and regulations applicable to those holders may tender their Cnova ordinary shares only into the French Offer.

The U.S. Offer will expire at 5:00 PM, New York City time, on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (the “Expiration Date”), unless Casino elects to extend the period of time during which the U.S. Offer is open, in which event the Expiration Date shall be the latest time and date at which the U.S. Offer, as extended, expires. Casino intends that the U.S. Offer and the French Offer will expire on the same day.

The Offers are made in connection with the reorganization of Cnova’s former Brazilian subsidiary within Via Varejo S.A., which was completed on October 31, 2016 (the “Reorganization” and, together with the Offers, the “Transactions”). The Cnova transaction committee and Cnova board of directors fully support the Offers and recommend that holders of Cnova ordinary shares accept the Offer and tender their Cnova ordinary shares.

Casino believes the U.S. Offer is attractive to holders of Cnova ordinary shares because, among other things, the price to be paid in the Offers implies a premium of:

 82% over the closing price for Cnova ordinary shares on NASDAQ on April 27, 2016 of US$3.03, the trading day immediately prior to the first public reports of the potential offer;

 62% over the closing price for Cnova ordinary shares on NASDAQ on May 11, 2016, the day immediately preceding the announcement of entry into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with respect to the Transactions; and

 105% over the average closing price for Cnova ordinary shares on NASDAQ on trading days for the six-month period ended May 11, 2016.

The U.S. Offer is not subject to any conditions and pursuant to an agreement between Casino and Cnova, Casino may not withdraw the U.S. Offer.

Disclaimer This press release was prepared solely for information purposes and should not be construed as a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell securities or related financial instruments. Similarly, it does not give and should not be treated as giving investment advice. It has no connection with the investment objectives, financial situation or specific needs of any recipient. No representation or warranty, either express or implicit, is provided in relation to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information contained herein. It should not be regarded by recipients as a substitute for exercise of their own judgment. All opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice.

This document contains certain forward-looking statements. This information is not historical data and should not be interpreted as guarantees of the future occurrence of such facts and data. These statements are based on data, assumptions and estimates that the Group believes are reasonable. The Group operates in a competitive and rapidly changing environment. It is therefore not in a position to predict all of the risks, uncertainties or other factors that may affect its business, their potential impact on its business, or the extent to which the occurrence of a risk or a combination of risks could have results that are significantly different from those included in any forward-looking statement. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Except as required by any applicable law, rules or regulations, the Group expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates of any forward looking statements contained in this press release to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any forward-looking statement contained in this press release is based

ANALYST AND INVESTOR CONTACTS:
Régine GAGGIOLI
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr
+33 (0)1 53 65 24 17
IR_Casino@groupe-casino.fr

PRESS CONTACTS:
GROUPE CASINO
Tél : +33 (0)1 53 65 24 78
directiondelacommunication@groupe-casino.fr

AGENCE IMAGE SEPT:
Simon ZAKS
Tél : +33 (0)6 60 87 50 29
szaks@image7.fr

Karine ALLOUIS
Tél : + 33 (0)6 11 59 23 26
kallouis@image7.fr

Source: Casino

ShopRite launches new private label line of free-from and organic products — Wholesome Pantry

Keasbey, NJ, 2016-Dec-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite has announced the launch of Wholesome Pantry, a new private label line of free-from and organic products available exclusively at all of its more than 270 stores located in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

The new brand, marketed as Wholesome Pantry and Wholesome Pantry Organic, is designed as an accessible alternative for customers seeking cleaner ingredients and simpler labeling.  Wholesome Pantry’s free-from line includes products void of 110 ingredients and contains no artificial additives, flavors or preservatives. The organic line is USDA-certified organic and complies with standards set by the USDA National Organic Program.

The Wholesome Pantry lineup includes products found in nearly every aisle, including frozen, produce, dairy, and meat, along with more than 35 wholesome snack varieties, such as Almond Energy Mix and Organic Banana Chips. Over 100 Wholesome Pantry items are available on shelves now, with that number expected to triple in the coming months. The products are also available to customers who shop online via ShopRite’s popular ShopRite from Home service.

“We know there’s a growing demand for simple foods that are free from artificial ingredients, and we also know that our customers want these foods to be accessible and convenient,” said Chris Lane, executive vice president, Wakefern Food Corp. “With Wholesome Pantry on our shelves, we can offer products that embrace the free-from and organic food trends, and deliver the exceptional quality our customers trust and expect from ShopRite.”

A multi-tiered marketing campaign, in-store signage and shelf-talkers will inform shoppers about the new brand. In addition, the retailer is working with the company’s team of over 130 in-store dietitians to host demonstrations and provide product suggestions and recipes featuring Wholesome Pantry items.

ShopRite first began offering organic items in 1999. Wholesome Pantry is its newest entry into ShopRite’s ever-increasing portfolio of better-for-you products.

“Supporting customers with their individual health and wellness needs is a top priority at ShopRite,” said Natalie Menza-Crowe, MS, RD, director of ShopRite’s Health and Wellness department. “We’re proud to offer Wholesome Pantry as an option that allows our customers to eat well and feel good about the products they are serving their family.”

Visit ShopRite.com/wholesomepantry for more information about Wholesome Pantry.

About ShopRite
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.  With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week.  A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves.  Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated more than $39 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999.  For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.

PR Contacts:

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Karen Meleta
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications
Email: Karen.meleta@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5356

Source: ShopRite

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. to host 4Q 2016 conference call on Thursday, February 2, 2017

DENVER, 2016-Dec-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) today (Dec. 22, 2016) announced that it will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial results on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 4:30 PM Eastern time. A press release with fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial results will be issued at approximately 4:10 PM Eastern time that same day.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 1-888-791-4326 or for international callers by dialing 1-913-905-3216. The call will also be webcast live from the Company’s website on the investor relations page at ir.chipotle.com. An archived webcast will be available approximately one hour after the end of the call.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE
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.

Contact:
Mark Alexee
303-605-1042
malexee@chipotle.com

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

Southeastern Mills, Inc. recalls certain food ingredients and food mixes that are potentially contaminated with Salmonella

Rome, GA, 2016-Dec-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Southeastern Mills, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of certain quantities of food ingredients and branded food mixes (Southeastern Mills® Biscuit Gravy Mix, Southeastern Mills® Country Biscuit Mix, Southeastern Mills® Buttermilk Drop Biscuit Mix, Southeastern Mills® Easy Drop Cheddar Garlic Drop Biscuit Mix, Shore Lunch® Original Breading and Shore Lunch® Cajun Style Breading) because these ingredients and food mixes contain milk or buttermilk powder purchased from Valley Milk Products, Inc. that is potentially contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. This organism 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. Salmonella is killed by proper cooking and pasteurization.

The recalled food ingredients are sold by Southeastern Mills to other food manufacturers and further processed into finished foods sold in various food distribution channels. Southeastern Mills is contacting affected customers directly and providing them with complete details of the items impacted. It is noted that the customer may not need to recall if they have a cooking step validated to kill Salmonella.

The following branded food mixes are also affected by the recall:

Brand and Product Name Size >UPC Best By Date
Southeastern Mills Biscuit Gravy
Mix
4.5 oz. 0-70292-15326-5 6/10/17
7/12/17
5/17/17
Southeastern Mills Country
Biscuit Mix
6 oz. 0-70292-15157-5 9/28/17
8/9/17
Southeastern Mills Biscuit Gravy
Mix
2.75 oz. 0-70292-16154-3 5/19/17
Southeastern Mills Buttermilk
Drop Biscuit Mix
7.4 oz. 0-70292-18356-9 8/16/17
Southeastern Mills Easy Drop
Cheddar Garlic Biscuit Mix
7 oz. 0-70292-17840-4 10/11/17
8/23/17
8/30/17
8/8/17
7/26/17
8/12/17
9/2/17
Shore Lunch Original Recipe
Breading Mix
9 oz. 0-24739-11000-7 1/27/18
2/3/18
12/27/17
2/22/18
1/13/18
1/20/18
4/18/18
1/19/18
Shore Lunch Cajun Style
Breading Mix
9 oz. 0-24739-15000-3 1/28/18
12/15/17
1/22/18
12/20/17

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to discontinue use and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling 1-800-334-4468, 8 am – 5 pm EST daily or by e-mailing fda@semills.com.

Southeastern Mills takes food safety very seriously. Parties with questions may contact the company at 1-800-334-4468 from 8 am – 5 pm EST daily or fda@semills.com.

Consumers Contact:
Joshua Jones
jjones@semills.com
(706) 378-1493

Media Contact:
George Manak
gmanak@semills.com
(706) 252-5651

Source: FDA

BESTSELLER Rømerhus opens spring 2017

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Dec-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the coming spring, we will open the doors to BESTSELLER Rømerhus in the centre of Aarhus.

Rømerhus was established in 1895 at one of the most attractive locations in Aarhus. Over the years, the property has been the home of several clothing stores and specialty shops and has always had a touch of style to it.

Since BESTSELLER bought the building in 2011, it has undergone extensive renovation and now impresses with its original architecture, the finest choice of materials and the latest technology. BESTSELLER Rømerhus is a house that oozes quality and excellent craftsmanship in every single detail with carefully thought out solutions in all aspects of the restoration.

BESTSELLER Rømerhus is a new milestone in terms of how we think retail; it all evolves around inspiration, trends and a close dialogue with customers. Elements of art and lifestyle will dominate the store and will add warmth and personality to the otherwise tight design concept. We want customers to enter Rømerhus to buy our collections – but also to get a unique experience.

When we reach the opening date, our two floors will reflect the best we have to offer from our brands. The lower floor facing Aaboulevarden will host Café Römer, and the upper three floors will be housing office facilities.

Welcome to BESTSELLER Rømerhus.

Source: Bestseller

Debenhams launches Nine by Savannah Miller ‘Athleisure’ range

Debenhams launches Nine by Savannah Miller ‘Athleisure’ range

 

London, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Introducing Debenhams first ‘Athleisure’ range, January 2017 sees the launch of the Nine by Savannah Miller ‘Athleisure’ range available exclusively at Debenhams.

Taking inspiration from classic ballet shapes and colour palettes the Nine by Savannah Miller collection celebrates Savannah’s bohemian style. From flowing fluid silhouettes to full body catsuits, featuring distinctive detailing with flattering fits, each item is made to provide ultimate comfort and style perfect to take from Pilates to lounge wear.

This contemporary on trend collection boasts breathable panels in supportive durable fabrications and lightweight styles in a muted colour palette with abstract designs in peppery greys and blush tones. Ideal to take from gym to coffee with the girls, this range is sure to make every gym bunny feel able to take on every challenge, without the designer price tag.

Available from mid- January at www.debenhams.com

Prices start from £18

Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of more than 240 stores across 27 countries.  Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.

In the UK, Debenhams has a top three market position in womenswear and menswear and a top ten share in childrenswear.  It holds the number two market position in premium health and beauty.

Debenhams has been investing in British design for 21 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands.  Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Savannah Miller, Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, FrostFrench, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn, Julien Macdonald, Jenny Packham, Preen, Giles Deacon, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas and Matthew Williamson.

CONTACTS:

Shona Matthews
Shona.Matthews@debenhams.com

Source: Debenhams

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New Look appoints Richard Collyer as Chief Financial Officer

LONDON, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of New Look is delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Collyer as Chief Financial Officer with immediate effect.

Richard was formerly Group Finance Director and has been performing the CFO role on an interim basis since March 2016.

Richard joined New Look in 2008 and has performed a series of senior financial roles. After a period as Executive Assistant to the CEO, Richard was promoted to Group Finance Director in 2014. Prior to joining New Look, Richard spent 13 years with PwC in audit and transactional roles.

Anders Kristiansen, CEO of New Look, commented: “We are delighted to appoint Richard as our new CFO. Richard has a wealth of experience in New Look and I am very pleased to be able to promote from within our leadership team.”

Richard Collyer commented: “I am very excited by the opportunities in this role. I look forward to working with Anders and the New Look team to continue to achieve our strategic aims and growth plans.”

About New Look

New Look is an international multichannel retail brand, offering exciting, on-trend, value-fashion for women, men and teenage girls, and is the UK’s No. 1 retailer for women under 35*.

Our long term business strategy comprises of initiatives spanning Brand, Multichannel, International Expansion, Product Development and Menswear.

We have 850 stores, comprising 584 in the UK and a further 266 globally. We also have a fast-growing e-commerce offering, serving over 120 countries worldwide, supported by convenient delivery options.

Our flexible fast-fashion business is built on an agile global supply chain with the ability to respond quickly to trends. We focus on delivering value for money and ‘newness’, with hundreds of new lines landing every week. Our ranges of apparel, footwear and accessories are designed with broad age appeal and global relevance. They are delivered by our great people in stores and support centres, who ensure we deliver great service – wherever, whenever and however customers choose to engage with us.

* Based on Kantar Worldpanel published data 24 weeks to 25 September 2016 (by value)

Enquiries:
Headland
Lucy Legh
Rose Beynon
Rob Walker
+44 (0)20 3805 4822
newlook@headlandconsultancy.com

Source: New Look

SPAR further expands in Croatia with the acquisition of 62 BILLA stores from Rewe

Croatia, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR continues to expand in Croatia – acquiring 62 BILLA stores as well as the BILLA logistics centre in Sv. Helena from Rewe.

The deal on the acquisition was agreed on 15 December 2016; the definite transfer will be after the closing in spring of 2017. The deal still needs to be approved by the antitrust authorities. There will be no disclosure of purchase price which it has been agreed to keep confidential.

Rudolf Staudinger, Director of the Board for SPAR Austria’s international operations, stated at the time of disclosing the acquisition: “We have been operating in Croatia since 2005 and see great potential in this country. We therefore want to expand our market position and look forward to the opportunity to expand and take over the stores.”

With this acquisition, the network of SPAR Croatia will be increased to over 100 stores. Importantly, all 1,900 BILLA employees will be retained by SPAR.

The acquired supermarkets are located throughout Croatia – from Istria to Dalmatia, Slavonia to the capital Zagreb, the sales areas of the stores range from 500m2 to 1,500 m². After approval by the antitrust authorities, the stores will be converted to operate under the SPAR Brand.

SPAR Hrvatska d.o.o. is a 100% subsidiary of SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG. In 2015 17 INTERSPAR hypermarkets and 35 SPAR supermarkets generated gross sales of €365 million. At the end of 2015, 2,773 employees worked in SPAR Croatia.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

SPAR Hungary celebrates its 25th anniversary with renewal of 20 supermarkets and opening of new stores across the country

Hungary, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Hungary ends the year on a high note with the celebration of its 25th anniversary. To mark this milestone year, a lot of investment has been put into the modernisation of SPAR stores, with the renewal of 20 supermarkets across the country, as well as the opening of new stores.

The largest investment went into the renovation of the Pesterzsébet INTERSPAR in Budapest. Originally opened in 1998, the hypermarket has been renewed inside and out, and offers customers a wide range of new products and services.

Natural materials were used for the new interior, which was designed in collaboration with international experts. The result is an inviting and innovative layout, providing customers with a pleasant shopping experience. There is a market-like fruit and vegetable section at the entrance to the store, an instore bakery department, a health and wellness area and a SPAR-to-Go restaurant, where top quality dishes are on offer.

The modernisation of Pesterzsébet INTERSPAR included introducing sustainable solutions to reduce the store’s energy consumption. In addition to high performance, environmentally friendly refrigeration systems, cost-efficient LED lighting has been installed throughout the store.

In Budapest, a completely new SPAR Supermarket has opened on the ground floor of an office building, creating 21 new jobs.

The new store is 600m2 and has been designed according to the latest SPAR branding and design principles. There is a deli counter, bakery and fresh produce section and special attention was given to the implementation of energy-efficient equipment such as LED lighting and efficient heating and cooling systems.

In addition to fresh goods and the popular A-brand products, the new store also offers a good range of SPAR Own Brand products of excellent quality and at favourable prices.

Since entering Hungary 25 years ago, SPAR has worked hard to develop its retail network. There are currently 345 SPAR Supermarkets, 32 INTERSPAR Hypermarkets and 108 SPAR stores in the country, providing jobs for more than 13, 000 people

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

Schnucks: In addition to bell ringers, support The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign thru Scan and Give coupons

Customers can donate to bell ringers or by using Scan and Give coupons at checkout

St. Louis, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — With only a few days left until Christmas, The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign continues at 100 Schnucks locations across the Midwest.

In addition to bell ringers outside the store, Schnucks is offering customers the opportunity to donate to The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign while inside the store. Scan and Give coupons in amounts of $1, $5 and $10 can be found at checkout and the desired amount can simply be added to customers’ grocery bills.

Since the Scan & Give began in November, Schnucks customers have given more than $62,000 to the Tree of Lights Campaign with more than $36,000 coming from the St. Louis metropolitan area and directly benefitting The Salvation Army Midland Division. These amounts are more than three times what was raised in last year’s Scan and Give campaign at Schnucks!

Both the bell ringers and Scan & Give promotion can be found at all Schnucks store through December 24.

All monies raised during the Tree of Lights campaign stays local and 86 cents of every dollar goes directly into local programs and services. After funding holiday meals, gifts and programs for those in need, Tree of Lights donations help provide food, shelter, child care, job training and many other services throughout the year. The Tree of Lights campaign represents a substantial portion of The Salvation Army’s year-round operating budget.

Each year The Salvation Army assists thousands of families in Missouri and Southern Illinois. To help, donations can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or online to the Tree of Lights Campaign at: stlsalvationarmy.org or text GIVEHOPE TO 41444.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless

and opportunities for underprivileged children. 86 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

About Schnucks:

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives more than $13 million dollars annually in food to food pantries and more than $1.8 million to not-for-profit organizations through the company’s My Schnucks Card program. Schnucks currently operates 100 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs more than 14,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/schnucks.

Media Contacts:
Paul Simon
Schnucks
314-994-4603
psimon@schnucks.com

Jack Wang
The Salvation Army
314-646-3017
Jack_Wang@usc.salvationarmy.org

Source: Schnucks

Bartell Drugs offers convenient and affordable flu vaccination

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The holiday season brings together family and friends, but it also increases the chances of contracting the flu.

Bartell Drugs is here as your convenient and affordable place to get that flu vaccination for you and your entire family.

Flu season is starting to take hold across the country, and U.S. health officials are urging everyone who hasn’t gotten a flu shot yet to get one now.

According to epidemiologists with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, national flu levels are currently low and scattered, yet evidence points to an increase in outbreaks, including here in the Pacific Northwest.

Most of the virus out there is influenza H3N2 with H1N1 still circulating. H3N2 is a strain that is part of this year’s flu vaccine, according to the CDC. The vaccine supply is good this year, with more than 131 million doses available.

The range of hospitalization is still low, but as with most H3N2 seasons, the highest rate right now is in the elderly.

The overall rate of hospitalizations for flu is about 2 out of every 100,000 cases. In the elderly, it’s 7 per every 100,000.

Flu activity will increase, says Christina Ree, Bartell’s Clinical Programs Manager. “We don’t know how severe the season is going to be, so it’s important to get vaccinated before flu activity picks up. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself,” she said.

In a typical flu season, flu complications—including pneumonia —send more than 200,000 Americans to the hospital. Death rates linked to flu vary annually, but have gone as high as 49,000 in a year, according to the CDC.

Most of the time, flu activity peaks between December and March but can last as late as May.

How effective a vaccine is depends on how good a match it is to the strains of flu virus circulating that year. Most years, the vaccine is between 40 percent and 60 percent effective, according to the CDC.

Getting your flu shot soon is important because it can take several weeks to produce enough antibodies to give you maximum protection, officials noted.

More information

For more on flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/complications.htm

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 126-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source: Bartell Drugs

Overstock.com to open new Customer Care call center in Grays Harbor County, Washington

Grays Harbor location will bring at least 150 jobs

SALT LAKE CITY, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) has finalized plans to open a new Customer Care call center in Grays Harbor County, Washington, bringing at least 150 jobs to the region by May of 2017. The lease, which was approved Wednesday in a special meeting of the Port of Grays Harbor Commission, will encompass 20,000 square feet of space in a building housed inside the Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington.

“Overstock is excited to become a part of the Grays Harbor community with our newest Customer Care center,” said Overstock.com Senior Vice President Carter Lee. “It’s a win-win situation. Overstock is bringing jobs to the region while at the same time increasing our ability to provide the award-winning customer support that is synonymous with our brand.”

The online retailer selected the Grays Harbor site to help boost economic recovery in the region, which has unemployment levels higher than state and national averages. Once the location for the new facility was decided upon, Overstock worked closely with state and local officials to find a site that could provide the required high-speed telecommunication and flexible tech office space needed.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Grays Harbor community and an ideal place for Overstock to expand its operations,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “The addition of 150 jobs will provide a significant boost to the local economy. We’re all looking forward to Overstock investing in Washington, and in Elma.”

Overstock will be taking over an entire floor of a state-of-the-art office building built on the site of a former, never activated nuclear power plant. The company will almost immediately begin upgrading the facility and individual workstations in preparation for the May opening.

Local hiring will begin in February, and will encompass both entry-level and leadership positions. Initially the location will house only a Customer Care call center, however Overstock anticipates creating satellite teams with other functions.

According to the Washington State Employment Security Department, Grays Harbor County’s unemployment rate as of October 2016 was 8.5 percent. That figure is more than 3 percent higher than the state’s overall unemployment rate, and nearly 4 percent higher than the country’s unemployment rate, as cited by the state’s monthly employment report for November 2016. The unemployment rate is the ratio of the estimated number of unemployed divided by the civilian labor force.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. Additional stores within Overstock include Worldstock.com, dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products to help developing nations around the world and Main Street Revolution, supporting small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by providing them with a national customer base. Other community-focused initiatives include Farmers Market and pet adoptions.  Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name O.co and regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock and OVillage are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  O.biz and Space Shift are also trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact.  Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on November 3, 2016, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps
Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564
pr@overstock.com

Investor Contact:
Mark Harden
Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5409
ir@overstock.com

Source: Overstock.com, Inc./globenewswire

Walgreens installs its drug take-back kiosks at 16 Walgreens drugstores in New Jersey

Governor Chris Christie joins Walgreens at today’s launch to help fight prescription drug abuse

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today (December 22, 2016) is launching its safe medication disposal kiosk program in New Jersey with the installation of drug take-back kiosks at 16 Walgreens drugstores in New Jersey. The launch is part of Walgreens effort, announced earlier this year, to install safe medication disposal kiosks at more than 500 of its drugstores around the country.

Walgreens will be joined today by Governor Chris Christie at an East Brunswick store to kick off the drug take-back program in New Jersey.

“Many times, the disease of addiction begins at home in a person’s medicine cabinet, in New Jersey I have made it a priority to target this source by implementing, expanding and promoting programs such as Project Medicine Drop and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program,” said Governor Chris Christie. “Misuse of prescription drugs is a major pathway to addiction, and this safe disposal program will go a long way to eliminating adults’ and children’s accessibility to these dangerous unused drugs.”

The kiosks provide a safe and convenient way year-round to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications at no cost.

“By making safe medication disposal kiosks available in select New Jersey stores, as we have done in other states this year, Walgreens is taking an important first step to reduce the misuse of medications throughout the country and curb the rise in overdose deaths,” said Kim Treece, Walgreens regional vice president in New Jersey. “Everyone has a role to play in minimizing prescription drug abuse, and we are committed to being part of a comprehensive solution to reverse this epidemic.”

Safe medication disposal kiosks are currently available in more than 500 Walgreens pharmacies across 43 states and Washington D.C. The kiosks are available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most kiosk locations) and offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. More Americans die every day from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 19 million Americans misused a prescription drug in 20151.

In addition to offering a year-round solution for individuals to dispose of their medications, all of Walgreens New Jersey pharmacies can dispense naloxone, a life-saving opioid antidote, without requiring a prescription in accordance with state regulations.

To learn more about Walgreens efforts to combat drug abuse visit Walgreens.com/CombatDrugAbuse.

Select New Jersey Walgreens with Safe Medication Disposal Kiosks:

Carlstadt – 637 Hoboken Road
East Brunswick – 421 Ryders Lane
East Orange – 508 Main St.
Elizabeth – 600 Newark Ave.
Elmwood Park – 100 Broadway
Hamilton – 1096 Highway 33
Jersey City – 110 Newark Ave.
Millville – 1111 N. High St.
Neptune – 1905 State Route 33
Parsippany – 200 Baldwin Road, Ste. 200
Pennsauken* – 4601 Westfield Ave.
Perth Amboy – 520 Convery Blvd.
Somerville – 129 Somerset St.
Toms River – 1311 Route 37 W
Union – 2148 Morris Ave.
Waldwick – 72 Crescent Ave.

*Installation complete by December 30, 2016.

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 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FFR2-2015/NSDUH-FFR2-2015.htm

Contact:
Walgreens
Phil Caruso
Phone: 847-315-2962
philip.caruso@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

Citycon divests retail property Länken in Umeå, Sweden

Helsinki, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Citycon has signed an agreement to sell its share in the retail property Länken in Umeå to a Swedish real estate company. Citycon’s proceeds from the transaction are approximately EUR 24 million and subject to closing adjustments related to the ongoing (re)development in the property. The purchase price is in line with the asset’s latest IFRS fair value. The transaction is estimated to close in Q1 2017.

“This divestment reflects Citycon’s strategy to focus on urban, grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordics and Baltics. Following this divestment all of Citycon’s investments in Sweden are shopping centres in the Stockholm and Gothenburg areas”, says Marcel Kokkeel, Chief Executive 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, managing assets that total EUR 5 billion and with market capitalisation of over EUR 2 billion. For more information about Citycon, please visit www.citycon.com

Contact:
Marcel Kokkeel
CEO
Tel. +358 20 766 4521 or +358 40 154 6760
marcel.kokkeel@citycon.com

Source: Citycon Oyj

Citycon decided an equity repayment of EUR 0.0375 per share

Helsinki, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Citycon Oyj has today (December 20, 2016) decided that an equity repayment of EUR 0.0375 per share be distributed from the invested unrestricted equity fund of the company. The equity repayment will be paid to a shareholder registered in the company’s shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the record date for the equity repayment December 22, 2016. The equity repayment will be paid on December 30, 2016.

The distribution is based on the authorisation by Citycon Oyj’s Annual General Meeting held on March 16, 2016. Following the equity repayment on December 30, 2016, Citycon Oyj has distributed a total dividend and equity repayment of EUR 0.15 per share during the year 2016 and the Board of Directors has fully exercised the asset distribution authorisation granted by the Annual General Meeting.

Citycon Oyj (Nasdaq Helsinki: CTY1S) is a leading owner, developer and manager of urban grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic regions, managing assets that total EUR 5 billion and with market capitalisation of over EUR 2 billion. For more information about Citycon, please visit www.citycon.com

Media Contacts:

Marcel Kokkeel
CEO
Tel. +358 20 766 4521 or +358 40 154 6760
marcel.kokkeel@citycon.com

Eero Sihvonen
Executive Vice President and CFO
Tel. +358 20 766 4459 or +358 40 557 9137
eero.sihvonen@citycon.com

Source: Citycon Oyj

Panera Bread to initiate an industry-wide effort to improve the welfare of broiler chickens by 2024

Announces Effort to Lead Industry Relative to Broiler Chickens and Continued Progress on Animal Welfare

St. Louis, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) today (Dec. 20, 2016) announced its intention to initiate an industry-wide effort to improve the welfare of broiler chickens by 2024. The company is also proud to share its continued progress on animal welfare issues and the reduced use of antibiotics across its U.S. Panera Bread® and St. Louis Bread Co.® bakery-cafe menus.

Effort to Lead Industry on Broiler Chicken Welfare

Today, Panera is announcing its intention to lead the industry to align its broiler chicken policy with the Global Animal Partnership’s Broiler Chicken Standard. Going forward, we will work with animal welfare experts, growers, suppliers, competitors and other market participants to identify cost-effective solutions for our industry. With help of other market participants, we hope to achieve the following across the restaurant industry by 2024:

 Use new broiler breeds recognized as having higher welfare outcomes
 Provide birds more space (reduced stocking density)
 Offer improved environments, including litter, lighting and enrichment
 Ensure birds are rendered unconscious using multi-step controlled atmospheric stunning

CEO comment
“We started 13 years ago with chicken raised without antibiotics because we believed that a national restaurant company could use size and scale to affect change in the marketplace,” said Ron Shaich, CEO and founder of Panera Bread. “Our journey to reduce antibiotics has taught us that truly transformational change requires moves by many stakeholders. It is our hope that leadership by companies like Panera will continue to be a catalyst for animal welfare across the industry.”

Sara Burnett, Director of Wellness and Food Policy
“As a restaurant serving more than 10 million people a week, we have the platform and purchasing power to encourage positive changes in animal welfare practices. We also have a responsibility to the farmers and ranchers who care for these animals. They have been essential partners over the years and we respect the investments they will need to make as we work together to find economically viable and sustainable models that lead to higher welfare birds,” said Sara Burnett, Director of Wellness and Food Policy at Panera.

2016 Update on Animal Welfare Progress

Poultry: 2016 – 100% of poultry on sandwiches and salads now raised without antibiotics
 With the introduction of RWA deli turkey in September 2016, 100% of the chicken and turkey on our sandwiches and salads is now raised without antibiotics and vegetarian fed. This means 86% of our poultry supply, or approximately 34 million pounds, met these standards.

Pork: 2016 – 100% of bacon, breakfast sausage and ham served on sandwiches and salad was raised without antibiotics and was gestation crate free

 All bacon, breakfast sausage and ham served on sandwiches and salads at Panera – or approximately 7.7 million pounds – were raised without antibiotics and gestation crates for pregnant sows. This represents more than 93% of our total pork supply.

Beef Cattle: 2016 – 95% of beef was grass fed, free range

 In 2016, 95% was of our beef – or approximately 4 million pounds – was grass-fed, free range – up from 89% in 2015.

Laying Hens (Eggs): 2016 – 16% of all eggs system-wide were cage free

 In 2016, 28% of the 70 million shell eggs used on sandwiches and salads were cage-free, up from 21% in 2015. System-wide, 16% of all 120 million eggs used across the menu were cagefree.

Panera has also extended the commitment to be cage-free to all Canadian bakery-cafe food menus by 2025.

Panera’s Animal Welfare Beliefs
Panera also shared an expanded position on animal welfare practices, based on the UK Farm Animal Welfare Committee’s Five Freedoms. Panera’s Animal Welfare Beliefs are rooted in a definition of raised humanely put forth by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Committee’s Five Freedoms: freedom from hunger or thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury or diseases; freedom from distress; and freedom to express normal behavior.

For more information on Panera’s animal welfare journey, visit panerabread.com/animal-welfare.

Stakeholder Perspectives
“When it comes to chickens, Panera is leading the pack—not only are they doing the right thing for their business, they’re doing the right thing for animals. We commend this commitment, which is a signal to the entire restaurant sector that demand for higher welfare is not going away and now is the time to take action. Panera is the first national restaurant company to step up, and we are confident that others will soon follow their example,” Leah Garces, US Executive Director, Compassion in World Farming.

“Panera’s monumental announcement will vastly improve the lives of broiler chickens in the company’s supply chain. We applaud the company for moving forward on this issue that’s quickly gaining importance within the food industry and among consumers,” Josh Balk, VP of Farm Animal Protection at the Humane Society of the United States.

“The ASPCA applauds Panera’s holistic new broiler chicken welfare standards and Five Freedoms policy. Together, they represent a landmark commitment to improving chickens’ welfare and further demonstrate Panera’s dedication to creating a responsible and transparent supply chain. Panera has shown outstanding leadership with this move and we hope other food companies follow suit to bring about much-needed improvements in the lives of the billions of chickens raised in the U.S. each year,” Nancy Roulston, Director of Corporate Engagement, ASPCA Farm Animal Welfare Program.

“World Animal Protection applauds Panera Bread for committing to give chickens better lives,” Priscilla Ma, U.S. Executive Director at World Animal Protection. “Panera’s dedication to improving the animal welfare standards for the millions of chickens in its supply chain, and to transparently report on its progress, sets an encouraging precedent for the food industry to follow worldwide. The public has already shown that the caging of egg-laying hens is unacceptable, and it’s now time for the wider food industry to join Panera’s call to implement much-needed changes for broiler chickens.”

“We’re excited to partner with Panera on this industry-leading initiative. This ground-breaking commitment will improve the lives of countless chickens and sets a precedent that we fully expect the rest of their industry will follow,” David Coman-Hidy, Executive Director of The Humane League.

About Panera Bread
30 years ago, at a time when quick service meant low quality, Panera set out to challenge this expectation. We believed that food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in all of us. To us, that is food as it should be and that is why we exist.

So we began with a simple commitment: to bake fresh bread every day in our bakery-cafes. No short cuts, just bakers with simple ingredients and hot ovens. Each night, any unsold bread and baked goods were shared with neighbors in need.

These traditions carry on today, as we have continued to find ways to be an ally to our guests. That means crafting a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches that we are proud to feed our families. Like chicken and turkey raised without antibiotics on our salads and sandwiches. A commitment to transparency and options that empower our guests to eat the way they want. Seasonal flavors and whole grains. And commitment to removing artificial additives (flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and colors from artificial sources) from the food in our bakery-cafes and our Panera at Home grocery products. Why? Because we think that simpler is better and we believe in serving food as it should be. Because when you don’t have to compromise to eat well, all that is left is the joy of eating.

We’re also focused on improving quality and convenience. With investments in technology and operations, we now offer new ways to enjoy your Panera favorites – like mobile ordering and Rapid PickUp for to-go orders – all designed to make things easier for our guests. As of September 27, 2016, there were 2,024 bakery-cafes in 46 states and in Ontario, Canada operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co. ® or Paradise Bakery & Cafe® names. For more information, visit panerabread.com or find us on Twitter (@panerabread), Facebook (facebook.com/panerabread) or Instagram (@panerabread).

Matters discussed in this news release and in our public disclosures, whether written or oral, relating to future events, including any discussion, express or implied, regarding our intentions to improve the welfare of our broiler chickens and statements made therein, contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27Aof the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are often identified by the words “believe,” “positioned,” “estimate,” “project,” “target,” “plan,” “goal,” “assumption,” “continue,” “intend,” “expect,” “future,” “anticipate,” and other similar expressions, whether in the negative or the affirmative, that are not statements of historical fact. These forward looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Our actual results and timing of certain events could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including, but not limited to, those discussed from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10- K for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2014 and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements and the internal projections and beliefs upon which we base our expectations included in this release are made only as of the date of this release and may change. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we expressly disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Media Contact:

Jonathan Yohannan
jonathan.yohannan@panerabread.com

Source: Panera Bread

SSP opens new Roland bar at Bremen Airport

SSP opens new Roland bar at Bremen Airport

 

LONDON, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide has opened a new bar as part of a redevelopment at Bremen Airport (BRE), Europe’s fastest departure airport. The bar, situated at the airport’s new Smart Departure Gate, offers travellers an authentic taste of the region.

At compact airports such as Bremen, distances are shorter and processing times quicker, allowing passengers more time to linger and relax. SSP’s new Roland bar provides a great location for travellers to do just that. With warm shades, quality materials such as solid timber, leather and copper, and a nod to traditional brewing, the bar offers an authentic local experience.

Beer is most certainly the star of the show. Guests at Roland can look forward enjoying not only to the local brew Beck’s, but also to a variety of craft beers, served up with regional snacks Franzbroetchen or international options such as panini.

New COO for SSP Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Dr Jan Henrik Andersson comments; ‘As a long-standing partner of Bremen Airport, we wanted to offer a new, forward-looking and urbane gastronomy experience, whilst still very much reflecting the traditions of the region. Guests at Roland can enjoy their favourite international beer, or, alternatively, a regional speciality, as well as hearty snacks and bar food, all in a comfortable setting. We’re confident that travellers will visit time and time again.’

After the modernisation, Florian Kruse, Chief Commercial Officer of Flughafen Bremen GmbH, also sees the improved service and experience as an opportunity to further boost the positive image of Bremen Airport.

He commented; ‘The Smart Departure Gate opening is another moment to be celebrated following the conversion work and the introduction of our new brand image. It is our way of taking into account the airport’s continued growth and its significance as a pillar of the regional economy. We are now offering passengers an airside area in which they can feel at home before a flight to one of 20 international destinations. We are especially delighted to have SSP as a long-standing, reliable partner and foodservice specialist who admirably reconciles international expertise with a local grounding and who understands our vision for the future. With its Roland beer bar, SSP offers travellers authentic Bremen hospitality combined with international flair.’

SSP already operates bakery concept Kamps Backstube and a bar called Time Out at the airport.

With a presence in airports in over 30 countries globally, SSP is able to offer innovative restaurant and bar concepts in both major airports and smaller regional airports such as Bremen that reflect the best of the region’s culture and cuisine.

As the former CSO of Metro Cash & Carry Eastern Europe at Metro AG, Andersson is a food industry expert and says he is delighted to be utilising his knowledge and experience in the fast-growing travel sector.

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Taco Bell introduces new $1 Double Stacked Tacos

Packed with flavor, Taco Bell’s $1 Double Stacked Tacos arrive just in time for the holidays

Irvine, Calif., 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Twice the flavor is twice as intriguing, and that’s what Taco Bell delivers with its new $1 Double Stacked Tacos, available nationwide on December 22. With both a hard shell and a soft tortilla, and available in three flavors – Cool Habanero, Spicy Sweet and Nacho Crunch – this taco will inspire serious order envy.

Taco Bell is on a mission to elevate the consumer experience, and the $1 Double Stacked Tacos not only elevate fan’s cravings, but do so at a price point that’s becoming harder to find in the industry. Just in time for the holidays when wallets may be hurting and spirits may need lifting, the new $1 Double Stacked Tacos continue to give fans the craveable items Taco Bell is known for, at an undeniable price point.

Along with the $1 Double Stacked Tacos, Taco Bell is introducing two new sauces, Habanero for the Cool Habanero taco and both Cool Habanero and Sweet Chili for the Spicy Sweet taco. These sauces further showcase the brand’s continued product innovation and bring the flavor of the tacos to a new level, punching up the heat with bold, spicy ingredients.

• Habanero Sauce for the Cool Habanero Taco provides heat from the flavors of habanero pepper, guajillo peppers, garlic, ancho chili pepper and paprika, paired with tangy notes from lime and vinegar

• Sweet Chili Sauce for the Spicy Sweet Taco is sweet with heat to complement our seasoned beef, made with a blend of chilies, red bell peppers, garlic and spice

Fans can grab the $1 Double Stacked Tacos in participating restaurants for a limited time, and at this price point, why not try all three flavors?

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power® Menu, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco and signature breakfast burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 40 million customers every week.

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Taco Bell’s milestones in 2016

IRVINE, Calif., 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — It was a big year at Taco Bell – the Quesalupa was born and gave new meaning to the phrase “cheese-pull,” our Cinco de Mayo taco face filter shattered records, we counted 5,700,000 million ways to eat vegetarian at our restaurants, and then we topped it all off by debuting the Taco Bell Flagship restaurant – smack dab on the Vegas Strip.

As the year comes to an end, we look back at the memories that really made us proud. Without further ado, let’s recap the best Taco Bell moments of 2016. We’re sure you’ll be proud of us, too:

FOOD

1. We were one of the first national QSR brands to source only whole cage-free eggs for our breakfast menu in all U.S. restaurants. Our eggs are now American Humane Certified, and approximately 500,000 hens each year will benefit from this change.

2. We announced that all the chicken served in our U.S. restaurants will be free of antibiotics important to human medicine by the end of Q1 2017. This commitment was several years in the making, and we’re excited to have found a path forward with our partners and suppliers.

PEOPLE

3. We launched a first-of-its-kind scholarship, the Live Más Scholarship, specifically for the creators, dreamers, and innovators of the next generation. In 2016, we exceeded our $1MM goal and awarded $1.275MM to 270 young adults who didn’t fit the mold for traditional academic and athletic scholarships, including 50 of our own restaurant employees.
• We even showed up at this year’s Social Good Summit to talk about the need to support the passions and dreams of today’s youth on a global stage.

RESTAURANTS

4. We introduced new store designs that not only better reflect their local community, but also help us leave a cleaner footprint. They’re Blueline certified and, on average, use about 35% less energy, 20% less water and reclaimed building materials; and capture run-off water and the sun’s energy on-site.

5. We opened six new Taco Bell urban concept restaurants – two in New York, three near college campuses (Loyola, Atlanta and Ausitn) and one in Las Vegas. These restaurants provide a unique experience – different from a standard Taco Bell restaurant – with distinctive décor, localized artwork, open kitchen layout, open plating and shareable menus. Additionally, the Vegas and Austin urban concept restaurants serve alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine, sangria and twisted Freezes. Taco Bell has plans to open more urban concept restaurants in 2017 and beyond.

6. Investments in our stores don’t stop with the new ones. We’ve also updated nearly 1,000 existing Taco Bells in the US with more energy and water efficient measures:
• All our dining rooms now use LED lights, with more than 25,000 fixtures installed so far.
• Remodeled stores boast new air conditioning that results in 20% or better reduction in energy consumption.

7. Our industry-leading operational excellence ensures we minimize our food waste as much as possible; we go a step further by recycling our used cooking oil into valuable biodiesel and animal feed. In 2016, we put our energy into reimagining our packaging, using 100% United States manufactured paper bags made from 100% recyclable and sustainable raw material sources, and switching to more commonly recycled and reusable plastic sides containers.

So there you have it – our seven-pack combo of accomplishments we are most proud of in 2016. It’s been an amazing year, but don’t worry – we’re not stopping here. We’re even more excited about what we’re cooking up for 2017: Year of the Chicken (yes, that means Naked Chicken Chalupas, but also so much more).

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power® Menu, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco and signature breakfast burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 40 million customers every week.

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Migros: NEUE BIKE-WELT IM KESSELHAUS

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros Ostschweiz zieht mit einem neuen Format ins Kesselhaus Winterthur ein. Die Eröffnung der „Bike World“ von SportXX soll im Frühling 2017 erfolgen.

Velobegeisterte aus Winterthur und Umgebung profitieren demnächst von einem neuen Angebot. Mit der „Bike World“ im Kesselhaus an der Zürcherstrasse 1 in Winterthur baut die Migros Ostschweiz ihre Kompetenz im Bereich Velo aus. Nach Eingang der definitiven Baubewilligung für den Mieterausbau und nach Abschluss der planerischen Vorarbeiten haben die Bauarbeiten im Kesselhaus nun begonnen.

Auf zwei Stockwerken mit einer Verkaufsfläche von insgesamt rund 1200 m2 wird die Bike World Winterthur eine grosse Sortimentskompetenz im Bereich Velo bieten. Nähere Angaben zum neuen Format werden zum Zeitpunkt der Eröffnung bekannt gegeben.

Die Migros Ostschweiz wird im Kesselhaus acht Mitarbeitende beschäftigen. Bei planmässigem Bauverlauf öffnet die Bike World Winterthur im Frühling 2017 ihre Türen für Kundinnen und Kunden.

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Garth Brooks’ entire 16-album collection exclusively available on Amazon Music from December 24

  • Beginning at 12:00 a.m. ET on December 24, fans can stream all 16 albums from the best-selling solo artist in U.S. history only on AmazonMusic Unlimited—his entire collection will also be available for purchase and download on Amazon Music
  • Garth has become one of the top-streamed artists on Amazon Music since his debut to streaming exclusively on Amazon
  • Amazon Music is also the official sponsor the 2017 Garth Brooks World Tour

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Dec. 21, 2016) announced that the entire catalog from the best-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks, will be available exclusively on Amazon Music beginning at 12:00 a.m. ET on December 24, 2016. Fans will be able to stream Garth’s entire 16-album collection, including all 10 studio albums like No Fences, The Chase, Man Against Machine and his latest, Gunslinger as well as catalog favorites like The Lost Sessions and his Christmas classics, only on Amazon Music Unlimited. In addition to unlimited streaming for Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers, all Garth Brooks’ albums will be available for purchase and digital download on Amazon Music, starting this Saturday. To find out more or to start listening, visit www.amazon.com/amazonmusicunlimited.

“I hope my fans will enjoy this surprise holiday gift,” stated the 2016 CMA Entertainer of the Year, Garth Brooks. “As we look to 2017, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Amazon Music along for the ride on my upcoming tour as we go worldwide.”

“Garth is an incredible artist that our customers love listening to—in just two months, since his debut to streaming exclusively on Amazon Music, Garth has become one of the top streamed artists and The Ultimate Hits and Double Live have become top streamed albums,” stated Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. “We are thrilled today to announce that even more from Garth is coming exclusively to Amazon Music this Saturday, including award-winning and popular albums like No Fences, The Chase and more. We can’t wait for customers to start enjoying the entire Garth catalog.”

In October, for the first time in his career, Garth brought his music to streaming exclusively on Amazon Music with his Diamond-selling albums, The Ultimate Hits and Double Live, and has since become one of the top-streamed artists on Amazon Music.

Here’s more of what Amazon customers have loved about Garth since his debut on Amazon Music:

Most-requested Garth songs on Alexa:

  • “The Thunder Rolls”
  • “Friends in Low Places”
  • “The Dance”
  • “Shameless”
  • “Standing Outside the Fire”

Songs most frequently requested by their lyrics on Alexa:

  • “Standing Outside the Fire”
  • “The Thunder Rolls”
  • “Friends in Low Places”

Most-streamed Garth songs:

  • “Friends in Low Places”
  • “Callin’ Baton Rouge”
  • “Unanswered Prayers”
  • “The Dance”
  • “It’s Your Song”

Garth’s entire album collection that will be available to stream exclusively on Amazon Music Unlimited starting this Saturday includes:

  • In Pieces
  • Garth Brooks
  • The Chase
  • The Ultimate Hits
  • No Fences
  • Ropin’ the Wind
  • Sevens
  • Scarecrow
  • Double Live 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Fresh Horses
  • Christmas Together
  • Gunslinger
  • Man Against Machine
  • Beyond the Season
  • Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas
  • The Lost Sessions

Amazon Music is also the official sponsor of Garth Brooks’ 2017 World Tour—previously announced U.S. dates are listed below, with more to come early next year.

  • January 21 – Cincinnati, OH
  • January 22 – Cincinnati, OH
  • January 27 – Cincinnati, OH
  • January 28 – Cincinnati, OH
  • January 29 – Cincinnati, OH
  • February 2 – Memphis, TN
  • February 3 – Memphis, TN
  • February 4 – Memphis, TN (two shows)
  • March 11 – Albany, NY

Amazon Music Unlimited is available on all Amazon Music compatible devices with the following subscriptions:

  • $7.99/month, $79/year for Prime members ($9.99/month for non-Prime customers)
  • $3.99/month on a single Echo, Echo Dot, or Amazon Tap
  • $14.99/month for Prime and non-Prime customers or $149/year Family plan for Prime members

Customers can sign up to begin their free 30-day trial today on Amazon Music Unlimited by visiting www.amazon.com/amazonmusicunlimited.

About Amazon Music

Amazon Music is the destination for customers to have the most choice in how to access and listen to all their favorite music. In addition to streaming with Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Prime, Amazon Music offers the world’s largest selection of CD and Vinyl, including AutoRip on more than a hundred thousand albums, and tens of millions of MP3 songs to purchase and own. For more information on Amazon Music visit www.amazon.com/amazonmusic.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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Amazon Original Movie Gleason available on Amazon Prime Video on December 29

Two original songs with Music by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and lyrics written by Steve Gleason will also be available exclusively on Amazon Music

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Studios today (Dec. 20, 2016) announced that the Amazon Original Movie Gleason will be available through Amazon Prime Video at no additional cost to Prime members on December 29. The acclaimed film is among 15 documentaries shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary, was nominated for Five Broadcast Film Critic’s Awards and was included among The National Board of Review’s Top Five Documentaries of the Year. Gleason is directed by Clay Tweel (Finders Keepers) and features New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, his wife Michel Varisco and Steve’s former teammate and best friend Scott Fujita (The Lightkeepers, FOX NFL Kickoff). The film is produced by Fujita, Kimi Culp (Oprah’s Master Class), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief), Mary Rohlich (Four Christmases, The Goldbergs) and Kevin Lake (The Singing Detective, Paparazzi).

Gleason made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically on July 29, 2016 to an overwhelmingly positive critical response. The film is rated 8.3 on IMDB and also “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes where it maintains a 96% Fresh rating. Here’s what critics have to say about Gleason:

  • “Gleason is so powerful in its cumulative effect that it should be accompanied by a consumer advisory-something along the lines of ‘This documentary may cause sudden alterations of mood and attitude.’”– Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
  • “If this film portrait stirs deep emotions, they spring from a breathtakingly unsentimental embrace of life at its most challenging.” – Sheri Linden, The Los Angeles Times
  • “A tearjerker of a film but also a joyous one.” – Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
  • “One of the most powerful, poignant documentaries of the past decade.” – Nick Schager, The Daily Beast.com
  • “You don’t need to know Steve Gleason’s name to be enraptured by his extraordinary story.” – Mara Reinstein, Us Weekly

Shortly after former New Orleans Saints star defensive back Steve Gleason is diagnosed with ALS at the age of 34, he learns that his wife Michel is pregnant with their first child. Determined to live his remaining years to their fullest, Steve goes on an expedition to Alaska, creates a foundation to help others with ALS patients, rebuilds a rocky relationship with his father and embraces new technologies to help compensate for his deteriorating physical abilities—all with Michel’s unwavering support. Brimming with humor and heart, this inspirational documentary follows a man who battles overwhelming adversity to find his true purpose in life.

“We are incredibly excited for our customers to experience Gleason’s inspiring story of strength, grace, love and family on Prime Video,” said Jason Ropell, Worldwide Head of Motion Pictures, Amazon Studios.

The music for Gleason includes numerous songs that have inspired Steve throughout his life, like “Given to Fly” and “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam, as well as two tracks, “Space In Between,” and “Her Again,” written by Steve Gleason himself and performed by his good friend, guitarist Mike McCready along with singer, Kim Virant, which will be available exclusively on Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music beginning December 23. Additionally, Steve created a playlist featuring some of his favorite songs, also streaming exclusively on both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music.

Not available on any other subscription services, Gleason will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Prime members will also be able to download the film to mobile devices for offline viewing. Gleason joins Prime Video’s line-up of award-winning and critically acclaimed Original Series and Movies—to see more originals available exclusively for Prime members, visit www.amazon.com/originals.
Customers who are not already Prime members can sign-up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series—one that’s open to great ideas from creators and audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script online for Amazon Studios to review, and those who choose to make their projects public can also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community. First announced in January 2015, Amazon Original Movies is an initiative by Amazon Studios to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution exclusively for Prime members. Like Amazon Original Series, Amazon Original Movies focuses on unique stories, voices, and characters from top and up-and-coming creators. In 2015, Amazon Studios released its first film, Chi-Raq from critically acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. Chi-Raq is now available for Prime members to stream exclusively. Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea is currently in theaters and up next, Amazon Studios will release Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson on December 28th.

About Amazon Video

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

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

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

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Amazon to open two fulfillment centers in Aurora, Illinois

The company’s presence grows to eight facilities and more than 7,000 full-time jobs in the state

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Intersect Illinois and the Illinois Department of Commerce today (Dec. 20, 2016) announced that Amazon plans to open two fulfillment centers in Aurora, Illinois. The facilities will add more than 1,000 additional full-time jobs with benefits to the state. The company currently has fulfillment centers operating in Edwardsville, Joliet and Romeoville with another fulfillment center under construction in Monee.

“In just over two years, Illinois has proven itself to be an ideal location from which Amazon can continue offering customers our vast selection and superfast shipping speeds,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “We’re excited to be growing and creating even more full-time jobs that offer comprehensive benefits on day one as well as generous maternity and parental leave benefits.”

“Intersect Illinois has worked closely with Amazon for months to grow and maximize Amazon’s footprint in Illinois,” said Intersect Illinois CEO Jim Schultz. “Team members like Frank Cho recognized early on that Illinois and Amazon could be tremendous partners and that hard work is paying off. Illinois can offer Amazon exactly what it needs.”

“With a talented workforce, central location in the Unites States and the North American market, and a world-class transportation hub, Illinois is proving it has assets no other state can offer,” Schultz added.

During the past two years, Amazon has announced eight fulfillment centers in Illinois. Once the latest investments complete construction,Amazon will have created more than 7,000 full-time jobs for Illinoisans. Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one, as well as generous maternity and parental leave benefits.

Amazon also has a longstanding commitment of hiring military veterans and spouses for careers across the company, including at its fulfillment centers. The company recently announced a commitment to hire 25,000 military veterans and spouses in the U.S. during the next five years and train 10,000 in cloud computing.

“Today’s announcement further strengthens Illinois’ position as one of the nation’s top states for logistics and distribution,” said DCEO Director Sean McCarthy. “This has been a team effort, with DCEO and Intersect Illinois working together to make possible Amazon’s continued growth in Illinois. We are excited to see Amazon expand and create thousands of good-paying jobs.”

At the nearly 1-million-square-foot facility in Aurora employees will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and consumer goods. The other facility, spanning 400,000-square-feet, will specialize in handling larger items like big-screen televisions.

“The City of Warrenville is looking forward to welcoming Amazon as its newest corporate neighbor along Route 59 in the City of Aurora,” said City of Warrenville Mayor David Brummel. “This project is yet another great example of municipalities and private entities working together to improve underdeveloped areas, create jobs, and grow the local economy in a responsible and sustainable manner. Warrenville is truly excited to be part of the public/private team that will make the Amazon facilities a reality.”

Illinois competed with several other states for this project, and the Department of Commerce worked tirelessly to bring these new jobs to Illinois. The EDGE program is the State’s primary mechanism to help encourage job creation and capital investment in Illinois.

“Amazon’s investment in Aurora is a testament to our growing economy, streamlined business process and dedicated workforce,” said Aurora Mayor Robert J. O’Connor. “To bring 1,000 new jobs to Aurora at one location is unprecedented and to do so via Amazon, one of the most recognized brands in the world, is monumental. It’s just as exciting to know Amazon’s commitment and care for the communities where they have offices and the potential partnerships that will be developed throughout our city. We are absolutely thrilled with Amazon’s decision to choose Aurora for its newest venture.”

In addition to competitive wages and comprehensive benefits, Amazon also offers employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch four years ago, more than 7,000 employees in 10 countries have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about

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Amazon Original Kids Series Just Add Magic season two to premiere on January 13 on Prime Video

Based on Cindy Callaghan’s book of the same name, Just Add Magic stars Olivia Sanabia, Abby Donnelly, Aubrey Miller and Judah Bellamy, and is executive produced by Andrew Orenstein and Joe Nussbaum

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Dec. 19, 2016) announced season two of its original live-action kids series aimed at families and children aged 6 through 11, Just Add Magic, is scheduled to premiere on Friday, January 13 on Prime Video in the US and UK. Based on Cindy Callaghan’s book of the same name, Just Add Magic is a single-camera live-action series executive produced by Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm in the Middle) and Joe Nussbaum (George Lucas in Love, Awkward) with Nussbaum also directing several episodes. Starring Olivia Sanabia (Extant), Abby Donnelly (Suburgatory), Aubrey Miller (Austin & Ally), and Judah Bellamy (Home), season two continues with Kelly (Sanabia) and her two best friends Darbie (Donnelly) and Hannah (Miller) as they work together to unravel the mystery surrounding the reappearance of an old enemy threatening to steal the girls’ magical cookbook. The first season of Just Add Magic, the most streamed kids 6-11 Amazon Original Series to date, is now available to stream exclusively for Prime members via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online—Prime members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership.

In season two, the girls’ Last-Ditch Layer Cake breaks every spell in town which miraculously brings Grandma Quinn (Dee Wallace, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) back to her normal self, however it also brings back an old enemy…Chuck Hankins. Chuck disappeared when he was a teenager, but when he returns 50 years later, he hasn’t aged a day. When Chuck begins to meddle with the girls’ lives, they must put aside their summer of fun in order to save the magic from falling into the wrong hands. As the girls begin to investigate, they learn that Chuck isn’t just an ordinary troublemaker. In fact, he’s capable of much more than they could ever imagine. Chuck is creating his own magic cookbook and may be seeking revenge on the people who spelled him years ago. His master plan will eventually put one of the trio in grave danger unless Kelly, Hannah and Darbie can find a way to defeat Chuck once and for all.

“Kids and families have embraced Kelly, Darbie and Hannah and we’re excited to debut another season next month,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “There’s more suspense and magic in the new season as the girls’ mastery of magic will be called upon to protect their bond. The first season led our customers to extend beyond the show with family cooking time and hope the new season will continue that tradition.”

Just Add Magic also stars Catia Ojeda (Grey’s Anatomy) as Mrs. Quinn, Andrew Burlinson (Parks and Recreation) as Mr. Quinn, Amy Hill (50 First Dates) as Mama P, and Ellen Karsten (Camp Takota) as Ms. Silvers. Luisa Leschin (Austin & Ally) serves as co-executive producer, Matt Goldman (Wizards of Waverly Place) serves as consulting producer and Pixie Wespiser (Good Luck Charlie) serves as producer.

Customers can watch the first season and recently released Just Add Magic Halloween special, rated 4.8 stars, today, before the second season debuts on January 13. Below are what customers have said about the first season:

  • “I love that they show smart, compassionate girls and that the friendship among the girls is so strong.”
  • “The morals and life lessons are good as this show is about three stand-up girls with good hearts.”
  • “The Halloween episode is just the recipe for holiday fun and thrills I was looking for and left me wanting more.”
  • “Full of positive messages about friendship and loyalty.”
  • “The fun of cooking/baking along with the magic and the life lessons, makes for a great series!”
  • “Just add Magic provides excitement, magic and a ‘moral teaching lesson’ for each episode.”

The second season of Just Add Magic will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream. The second season of Just Add Magic will also be available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition. Just Add Magic is part of Prime Video’s line-up of award-winning and critically acclaimed Original Series and Movies for kids and adults—to see more originals available exclusively for Prime members visit www.amazon.com/originals.

About Amazon Video

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

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com
  • Amazon Channels: Over 80 video subscriptions to networks like HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, available to Amazon Prime members as add-ons to their membership – to view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content

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

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Starbucks Red Cup Cheer campaign across Europe to support select nonprofit organizations

Starbucks Red Cup Cheer campaign across Europe to support select nonprofit organizations

 

Seattle, 2016-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The holidays are traditionally a time of giving. For Starbucks in Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Austria, they’re also about supporting those who give.

Starbucks Red Cup Cheer campaign is currently taking place across Europe through December 24. During this period, a portion of Starbucks holiday beverage sales in Great Britain, the Netherlands and France will be directed to select nonprofit organizations. Starbucks in Switzerland and Austria will be making donations and contributing volunteers to charitable organizations.

In Great Britain, 250 charities nominated by Starbucks partners (employees) and customers will receive Red Cup grants of up to 1,000 pounds. The charities are asking customers to “Cheer” for them on Twitter by following, tweeting and posting their support using the hashtag #RedCupCheer. The nonprofits with the most social media activity – or cheers – will receive a larger share of the funds raised by Starbucks, which will donate 5 pence for every holiday beverage sold between December 1-24. All participating organizations will receive at least 500 pounds.

“Red Cup Cheer is all about celebrating the local charities that mean most to our customers and partners,” said Simon Redfern, vice president of Communications for Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa Region. “We’ve seen fantastic support for Red Cup Cheer and we hope the charities involved enjoy taking part and receiving recognition for the wonderful work they do in our communities.”

Spreading Cheer Throughout the Continent

Starbucks, collaborates with Neighbourly, which connects charities and causes with companies and people. Last year, Starbucks and Neighbourly made donations to 200 nonprofits through the Red Cup campaign. Over the three-year history of the campaign, 350,000 pounds have been donated to 520 UK charities. The following organizations are supported by the Red Cup Cheer in additional countries across the EMEA region:

The Netherlands – The Starbucks Red Cup Cheer beneficiary in the Netherlands is VluchtelingenWerk, which provides support to refugees and asylum seekers. Starbucks partners will help the organization volunteering and raising awareness, while Starbucks donates 5 cents from the purchase of any holiday drink served through December 24.

France – La Protection Civile, which provides support for people affected by emergencies and natural disasters in Europe and North Africa, will receive 5 cents from the purchase of any holiday drink purchased in France.

Switzerland – Wunderlampe, the Red Cup Cheer charity partner in Switzerland, makes wishes come true for chronically ill and disabled children. In addition to a charitable donation, Starbucks partners will hold a celebration with Wunderlampe personnel and help raise awareness and funds for their work.

Austria – Starbucks partners in Austria are supporting Caritas Gruft, a nonprofit that provides care for homeless people in Vienna. Their support ranges from warm food, hot showers, clean clothes and a safe place to sleep to long-term assistance from the charity’s team of social workers, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and civilian volunteers. In addition to a charitable donation, Starbucks partners will volunteer at Caritas Gruft, cooking dinner on December 21 and collecting clothes for beneficiaries.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Walgreens announces new strategic partnership with health care incubator and innovation community, MATTER

DEERFIELD & CHICAGO, Ill., 2016-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Walgreens focuses on new ways to help support the development of next-generation health care technology, products and services, today (Dec. 20, 2016) the company joins Chicago-based health care incubator and innovation community, MATTER, in announcing a new strategic relationship.

Walgreens will collaborate with health care innovators across MATTER’s network of early-stage industry entrepreneurs and partners, who are focused on accelerating the development and growth of solutions that address industry challenges and improve care.

“We’re looking forward to working with MATTER and uncovering new innovation that can help shape the future of health care, technology and pharmacy,” said Brad Fluegel, senior vice president and chief healthcare commercial market development officer at Walgreens.

As part of the collaboration, Walgreens will actively contribute to MATTER’s knowledge network, providing expertise to MATTER’s curriculum, participating in mentorship, and supporting other initiatives designed to provide the incubator’s 150+ startups with the resources they need to further their businesses and connect to the broader health care ecosystem in the region.

Walgreens is also working closely with MATTER as a founding member of the recently launched Healthcare Council of Chicago (HC3) – an organization co-created by MATTER and Leavitt Partners. HC3’s charter is to convene Chicagoland health care companies to expand the intellectual, technical, human and financial capital required to succeed in a value-based health care economy while concurrently raising Chicago’s profile as an American health care epicenter.

“Walgreens has been a retail pharmacy pioneer for more than a century,” said Steven Collens, MATTER CEO. “The opportunities, insights, and perspectives that Walgreens provides will prove invaluable to the innovators at MATTER and to the Healthcare Council of Chicago.”

“We look forward to supporting MATTER’s community efforts to help push the status quo of health care forward through innovation and technology,” said Nimesh Jhaveri, Walgreens divisional vice president, health services development. “Collectively, with MATTER and its members and partners, we will focus on helping to address some of the pressing health care challenges the industry is facing today, to better serve patients and our communities.”

MATTER acts as a community hub for stakeholders across the health care industry, from executives of established companies, to entrepreneurs building their own innovative solutions to real health care problems. By convening these various players together, MATTER believes the future of health care innovation can and will be reached more quickly and efficiently.

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.

About MATTER
MATTER is a community of entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders working together to harness technology to improve health and healthcare. More than 150 healthcare technology startups operate at MATTER, and the company partners with 11 hospitals and health systems, five universities and more than 40 industry-leading companies. By equipping, empowering and emboldening healthcare innovators, MATTER accelerates the development of technologies that solve the right healthcare problems in the right ways. For more information, visit www.matterchicago.com and follow @matterchicago.

Contacts:
Walgreens
Scott Goldberg
847-315-7649
scott.goldberg@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

MATTER
Melissa Lederer
312-543-9537
melissa@matterchicago.com

Source: Walgreens