The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic received the Gold Driver – Dave Goff Series Award by the LPGA and Tournament Owners Association

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic received the Gold Driver – Dave Goff Series Award by the LPGA and Tournament Owners Association

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second consecutive year, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give was recognized as the “Best Tournament” on the LPGA Tour.

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic, which hosted all of the Top 50 LPGA professionals at Blythefield Country Club, received the Gold Driver – Dave Goff Series Award at a recent annual luncheon that honors excellence in event management and marketing across the entire LPGA tournament schedule.

“We are honored to once again receive this prestigious award, which ultimately belongs to the community,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We cannot thank the community enough for their continued support of our tournament, which continues to exceed expectations.”

The Gold Driver – Dave Goff Series Award recognizes the entire body of work from a tournament, and is considered the ultimate prize awarded by the LPGA and Tournament Owners Association. The Meijer LPGA Classic also earned awards for its social media campaign, player engagement, sponsorship activation, program and the overall tournament experience.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has quickly become a role model for LPGA tournaments, excelling in all aspects of a successful tournament,” LPGA Chief Commercial Officer Jon Podany said. “It is quite impressive to earn six TOA Gold Driver Awards honors, the Gold Driver Award for the best overall tournament experience, in just their third year as a tournament. These accolades speak volumes to the unified efforts of the tournament partners and staff, Blythefield Country Club, the Grand Rapids community and the people at Meijer who work year-long to make this event truly stand out.”

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will return to Blythefield Country Club on Father’s Day weekend June 13-18. The driving mission of the tournament is focused on feeding the hungry through the retailer’s Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. Over the past three years, the Meijer LPGA Classic generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

The tournament hosts a field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. The tournament also includes events throughout the week to engage the entire family, including a Kid’s Center, Meijer LGPA 5k Run and Walk presented by Kellogg’s, and the Grand Taste, a three-day food-tasting event that features local restaurants, breweries, Meijer products, along with celebrity and local chef demonstrations.

“We are dedicated to making the Meijer LPGA Classic an event the community and the LPGA can stand behind,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We are looking forward to putting on another great tournament week.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
christina.fecher@meijer.com
616-540-6108

Source: Meijer

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Schlotzsky’s calls on fans to “like” its Facebook Hot Sauce thermometer to activate the saucy giveaway on Valentine’s Day

Schlotzsky’s calls on fans to “like” its Facebook Hot Sauce thermometer to activate the saucy giveaway on Valentine’s Day

 

ATLANTA, 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Schlotzsky’s® is kicking up the heat this winter by giving away 100,000 special 3oz. bottles of its signature hot sauce at restaurants nationwide on Valentine’s Day… but participation of Schlotzsky’s fans is needed to “like” its Facebook Hot Sauce thermometer in order to activate the saucy giveaway.

The online activation will begin Jan. 22 on National Hot Sauce Day, and the giveaway will be uncapped if fans help the hot sauce thermometer reach 100 degrees by February 1. Each “like” will cause the temperature of the thermometer to rise and bring customers closer to uncapping 300,000 ounces of Schlotzsky’s hot sauce at its participating restaurants nationwide February 14, while supplies last.

Schlotzsky’s flavorsome hot sauce, packed with piquant overtones of Louisiana cayenne peppers in a vinegar base, has long been a customer favorite addition to The Original®, the sandwich that started it all, as well as other signature sandwiches, Macs, pizzas, flatbreads and more.

“Schlotzsky’s signature hot sauce is hot – and I don’t just mean on the Scoville Scale, but through the enthusiasm we see and feel from our customers adding it to their favorite menu items,” said Schlotzsky’s president Kelly Roddy. “This Valentine’s Day, we’re excited to help folks spice up their culinary creations through our hot sauce giveaway, and given its cult-like following, it may prove to be a pretty easy task for fans to accomplish.”

Schlotzsky’s hot sauce 12 ounce bottles are available for purchase in store, but because of its fans’ true love of it, we are also making it available for purchase at Schlotzskys.com starting on Valentine’s Day, February 14. And, for hot sauce fanatics who miss the in-store giveaway, Schlotzsky’s can help spread the love on Facebook. For the first 100 people who send Schlotzsky’s a request through Facebook on Valentine’s Day, the brand will send a complimentary 12oz. hot sauce bottle to their designated “hottie” with a special message.

Find Schlotzsky’s on Facebook at @Schlotzskys, and online at www.schlotzskys.com.

Contact:

Matt Courtoy
Social/Digital Manager
mcourtoy@schlotzskys.com

Source: Schlotzsky

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Lagardere Travel Retail opens the very first stand alone M.A.C. store in Australian travel retail at Adelaide Airport

 

Tasmania, Australia, 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The very first stand alone M.A.C. store in Australian travel retail has been opened in Adelaide Airport by Lagardere Travel Retail.

The new 38 square metre store boasts a contemporary and stylish design and layout, which is located in a prime position to capture domestic passengers and ‘meeters & greeters’ in Adelaide Airport.

Committed to the art of makeup, the store offers a wide range of makeup and skincare products, fragrances and application tools, as well as in-store touch up makeup services by experienced makeup artists for passengers on the go. Featuring an interactive ‘play table’, it is designed to welcome customers to touch and play with the products, with the assistance of the M.A.C. artists.

Lagardère Travel Retail CEO for the Pacific region, Matthieu Mercier, says Adelaide Airport has welcomed and supported the arrival of M.A.C. “Adelaide Airport share our vision for innovative thinking, and recognised the growing demand for M.A.C.’s high class products and services within the travel retail market” he says. “M.A.C. is the perfect addition to add to our collection of brands with our long term partner, Adelaide Airport, and we are confident this unique and exciting offer will delight each and every passenger travelling through the Airport.”

Lagardère Travel Retail operate M.A.C. doors in Auckland Airport, Gold Coast Airport and Cairns Airport. M.A.C. is an anchor brand in AMUSE Beauty Studio stores, also operated by Lagardère Travel Retail.

ABOUT LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL:

With 4 billion euros 100% managed sales in 2015 and a presence in 31 countries, 220 airports and 700 train stations in EMEA, North America and ASPAC, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering and leading travel retail player with global reach. Operating stores in travel essentials, duty free and luxury and foodservice, Lagardère Travel Retail offers a complete range of products and services to satisfy each and every traveller all along his journey. As a multi- specialist retailer, beyond the expertise within its 3 business lines, Lagardère Travel Retail creates value-added opportunities in each location.

In Asia Pacific, Lagardère Travel Retail operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India.

ABOUT M·A·C COSMETICS:

M·A·C (Make-up Art Cosmetics), a leading brand of professional cosmetics, was created in Toronto, Canada in 1984 and is part of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. The company’s popularity has grown through a tradition of word-of-mouth endorsement from makeup artists, models, photographers and journalists around the world. M·A·C is now sold in 110 countries/territories worldwide. Follow M·A·C and M·A·C Senior Artists on Twitter @MACcosmetics (twitter.com/maccosmetics), become a M·A·C fan on Facebook (facebook.com/maccosmetics), follow M·A·C on Instagram (instagram.com/maccosmetics), watch M·A·C videos on YouTube (youtube.com/maccosmetics). For a M·A·C location visit maccosmetics.com

PRESS CONTACT:
Matthieu Mercier
CEO
+61 2 8218 1105
mmercier@lagardere-traspac.com
www.lsaspac.com

Janette Doolan
Communications Manager
+61 2 8218 1142
j.doolan@lagardere-traspac.com
www.lsaspac.com

Source: Lagardere Travel Retail

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Marktaandeel Albert Heijn opnieuw omhoog in 2016

Marktaandeel Albert Heijn opnieuw omhoog in 2016

 

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Het marktaandeel van Albert Heijn in Nederland is opnieuw gestegen, van 35% in 2015 naar 35,2% in 2016, gerekend over het hele jaar (bron: cijfers Nielsen). De vernieuwingsmotor draait volop bij Albert Heijn, dat is te zien aan alle innovaties in ons assortiment, in onze formules en online activiteiten.

  • Er is volop geïnvesteerd in kwaliteit: meer smaak, meer innovatie en minder toevoegingen.

Samen met leveranciers introduceerde Albert Heijn een fors aantal vernieuwende producten, zoals bloemkoolrijst, groentefriet en verse groente- en fruitspreads. In totaal zijn 1100 nieuwe eigen merk producten geïntroduceerd en 1200 zijn er verbeterd. In producten zoals yoghurt, vla, ketchup en koekjes werd suiker tussen de 10 en 40% gereduceerd.

Jonge ondernemers kregen in 2016 voor het eerst de kans hun product op het schap bij Albert Heijn te krijgen met de “Product Pitch”. Tientallen jonge ondernemers streden om een plek op het schap, en begeleiding via coaching, om hun groeiplannen te realiseren. Gevestigde leveranciers konden tijdens de zogenaamde Podiumdagen de AH inkopers verrassen met vernieuwende of onderscheidende, gezondere producten

  • AH heeft tal van vernieuwingen in de formule doorgevoerd.

De AGF-afdeling is flink op de schop genomen. Het assortiment is per winkel nog beter toegespitst op het locale marktgebied en de hele afdeling heeft een heel nieuw aanzien gegeven met als doelstelling: het klanten makkelijker maken om voor gezond te kiezen;

In Purmerend openden we in 2016 een nieuwe Albert Heijn XL. Klanten zien door de hele winkel vernieuwende versconcepten zoals verse vis op ijs en een sappen- en yoghurtbar. De winkeltrip wordt een beleving met de ‘choose it yourself’-concepten zoals kruiden plukken in de kruidentuin, schaal- en schelpdieren scheppen of je favoriete hagelslag samenstellen. Ook op het gebied van duurzaamheid is deze winkel innovatief: door een fors aantal energiebesparende maatregelen mag de XL in Purmerend zich sinds opening de duurzaamste supermarkt van Europa noemen. Daarnaast openden de eerste zes Albert Heijn to go winkels bij BP Tankstations.

  • Met Everybody Appie zagen klanten een nieuwe aanpak met echte verhalen, naast spraakmakende acties met technologische vernieuwingen zoals Virtual Reality en Augmented Reality in de Dino-actie.

Achter de schermen bouwt AH aan het eerste gemechaniseerde (supermarkt)distributiecentrum in Nederland.

Technologische innovaties richten zich ook op het steeds persoonlijker en relevanter maken van informatie en aanbiedingen in een omnichannel omgeving, dus zowel mobiel, online als in de winkel. Persoonlijke aanbiedingen doet AH al geruime tijd. Afgelopen jaar is de lokale band met klanten verder versterkt door uitbreiding van de ‘personal digital services’ en krijgen klanten persoonlijke aanbiedingen toegestuurd direct van hun lokale supermarktmanager.

  • Albert Heijn heeft met haar klanten een geweldige decembermaand beleefd.

Het grootste en mooiste Kerst Foodfestival van Nederland werd voor de tweede maal georganiseerd. Met ruim 36.000 bezoekers was het Allerhande Kerstfestival uitverkocht. Albert Heijn heeft het GfK Kerstrapport 2016 gewonnen. Op basis van de combinatie van prestatie formule, de groei in klanten en klantentrouw, en de waardering van de vaste klanten, behaalde AH de nummer 1 positie. Bovendien is Albert Heijn Vleuterweide verkozen tot Supermarkt van het jaar én Albert Heijn Schiphol tot Buurtsuper van het jaar.

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088 6590 2020

Source: Albert Heijn

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Amazon announces Original Series Sneaky Pete renewed for a second season

  • Amazon’s highly-acclaimed, new dramatic original series debuted on Prime Video on January 13th to a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score and rave reviews, becoming the second most streamed original scripted series on an opening day
  • Series is co-created and executive produced by Emmy Winner Bryan Cranston, who also appears in the show, and showrunner Graham Yost, and stars Giovanni Ribisi, Emmy Winner Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety and Marin Ireland

SEATTLE, 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Jan. 19, 2017) announced that the highly-acclaimed Amazon Original Series Sneaky Pete, which premiered on January 13th, has been renewed for a second season. The series was the second most streamed original scripted series on an opening day, behind The Man in the High Castle. Sneaky Pete was co-created and is executive produced by Emmy winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), and executive produced by Graham Yost (The Americans), who is also the showrunner, as well as Michael Dinner and Fred Golan (Justified), and James Degus (All The Way). The series features an ensemble cast led by Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar) alongside Marin Ireland (Side Effects), Peter Gerety (Prime Suspect), Libe Barer (Parenthood), Shane McRae (Still Alice), Michael Drayer (Mr. Robot), and three-time Emmy Winner Margo Martindale (The Americans). Sneaky Pete is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television and is now available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

“Bryan Cranston and Graham Yost have done a masterful job of steering the cast to fantastic performances,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy and Drama, Amazon Studios. “Both the critical response and our customers’ engagement with the series are key factors in our enthusiasm to bring our audience a second season of Sneaky Pete.”

Prime members can now stream all 10 episodes of Sneaky Pete at no additional cost to their Prime membership with the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at www.Amazon.com/SneakyPete. Prime members can also download the series for offline viewing on iOS, Android and Fire devices at no additional cost. In addition to SD and HD, the series is also available in 4K Ultra HD on Amazon Fire TV and compatible smart TVs from Samsung, LG and Sony. The show will also be available on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free 30-day trial at amazon.com/prime.

Here’s what customers have to say:

  • “Engrossing, superb acting. An exciting show rivaling any of the best. Can’t wait to finish the series.”
  • “Outstanding cast – each member brings their own unique characteristics in a perfect blend. Good combination of comedy and drama without the needless sexual antics seen in many contemporary shows.”
  • “I loved this show. Had a little of everything; intrigue, comedy, family, suspense, violence and a heart! Can’t wait for season 2!”
  • “The acting was phenomenal, the storyline was intriguing, keeping you guessing what would happen next till the end!”
  • “Awesome show! I always love a good con man storyline. Plus you can’t go wrong with Giovanni Ribisi and Bryan Cranston!”
  • “Love it. Makes me feel a lot like I did when I was watching Breaking Bad. Highly recommend!”

Here’s what critics have to say:

  • “(Sneaky Pete) is fun—a pleasing balance of slick, Ocean’s Eleven-style con jobs and tense, close-call escapes.” —Entertainment Weekly
  • “Once you watch the first episode of Sneaky Pete…I dare you not to start binge-watching its 10 episodes.” —Ken Tucker, Yahoo TV
  • “Sneaky Pete is immediately likeable, unspooling with exhilaration and then, almost when we’re not expecting or even needing it to, the series develops other favorable attributes that hint at a longer, more complex run…THE BOTTOM LINE: Let this be a long con…” —Tim Goodman,The Hollywood Reporter
  • “…a nice turn from Marin Ireland as Pete’s cousin and Marius’ fellow bond agent. As for Cranston and Martindale, their work is as riveting and entertaining as always — filled with humor, menace, nuance and a lively intelligence.” —Robert Bianco, USA TODAY
  • “Graham Yost sustains a tone of suspenseful and offbeat humor in this well-cast, smartly written sleeper.” —Matt Roush, TV Guide

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 100 video subscriptions to networks like HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV, and more, available to Amazon Prime members in the US as add-ons to their membership. To view the full list of available channels, 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: Customers can instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on compatible 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 catalog 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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Amazon Studios announces Good Omens limited comedy series to debut in 2018 on Prime Video

The six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s and Terry Pratchett’s novel about a battle to stop the apocalypse will debut in 2018 on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories

SEATTLE, 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Studios today (Jan. 19, 2017) announced it has greenlit Good Omens, an hour-long limited comedy series based on Neil Gaiman’s (American Gods) and Terry Pratchett’s (Colour of Magic) acclaimed novel of the same name. Set to debut in 2018 on Prime Video, Good Omens is a six-part series that has been entirely written by Gaiman, who will also serve as Showrunner. BBC Studios is co-producing the series with Narrativia and The Blank Corporation and in association with BBC Worldwide for Amazon Prime Video and the BBC.

Good Omens will be a global release and available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video for members to watch via the Prime Video app for popular smart TVs, Fire TV, Fire Tablets and Android and iOS phones and tablets. The show will also be available on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories. The show will also broadcast on the BBC in the UK, following its premiere on Prime Video.

Good Omens takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming war. And…someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

“Spanning not only the universe but also the entirety of time, Neil Gaiman has created a story that may be the largest ever told on television,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy and Drama, Amazon Studios. “We’re excited to be working with BBC Studios to bring Neil’s and Terry Pratchett’s incredible book to life and to Prime members everywhere.”

Neil Gaiman, writer, said: “Almost thirty years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons, not to mention an eleven-year-old Antichrist, witch finders and the four horse people of the Apocalypse. It became many people’s favourite book. Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it.”

Chris Sussman, Head of Comedy, BBC Studios, said: “Good Omens has always been one of my favourite books, and it’s hugely exciting not just to be able to bring it to life, but to do so with scripts from Neil Gaiman himself. It feels like a good time to be making a comedy about an impending global apocalypse.”

Executive Producers of the series are Neil Gaiman, Caroline Skinner (Doctor Who), and Chris Sussman (Fleabag) for BBC Studios, Rob Wilkins (Choosing to Die) and Rod Brown (Going Postal) for Narrativia. Gaiman will adapt the novel for the screen.

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 100 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, plus Anime Strike–the first curated on-demand subscription by Amazon Channels. 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.

About the authors

Neil Gaiman is the award-winning author of books, graphic novels, short stories, and films for all ages, including the Oscar-nominated Coraline. Some of his most notable titles include the groundbreaking Sandman comics series, The Graveyard Book (the only book ever to win both the Newbery and Carnegie medals), and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the UK’s National Book Award 2013 Book of the Year. The film adaptation of his short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties and the television adaptation of his novel American Gods will be released in 2017. Born in the UK, he now lives in the United States.

Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which—The Colour of Magic—was published in 1983. As a young journalist, Neil Gaiman was the first person ever to interview him. Terry’s books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for literature. He died inMarch 2015.

About BBC Studios

BBC Studios is the BBC’s main TV production arm, producing bold, British, creative content for audiences in the UK and around the world, across drama, comedy, entertainment, music, events and factual, as well as radio and digital output. From Strictly Come Dancing, Planet Earth II and Doctor Who, to War and Peace, Top Gear and David Bowie: The Last Five Years, their programmes are renowned for their quality and loved by viewers. With bases across the nations and regions of the UK, BBC Studios reflects and represents diverse voices and creative talent from all around the country. BBC Studios is set to launch as a wholly-owned subsidiary in 2017.

About Narrativia

Narrativia is an independent production company, launched in 2012 by Sir Terry Pratchett. The company owns and controls the exclusive multimedia and merchandising rights to all of Sir Terry’s works, including his Discworld characters and creations. With more than 85 million books sold worldwide, Pratchett’s writing has created a literary phenomenon across the globe and Narrativia protects and unites the management and development of this brand. The Executive Team, headed by Managing Director and BAFTA winning producer Rod Brown, is based in London, where he works closely with co-directors, celebrated writer Rhianna Pratchett and Terry Pratchett’s Business Manager, Rob Wilkins, who all jointly own and control Narrativia. www.Narrativia.com

About BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide will distribute first-run rights to Good Omens in territories where there is no Prime Video and second-run rights internationally.

BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.

In 2015/16 BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £133.8m and headline sales of £1,029.4m and returned £222.2m to the BBC.

For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review webpage: bbcworldwide.com/annual-review/.

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Tesco and Yeo Valley together help tackle food waste and support FareShare with the creation of new yogurt

Tesco and Yeo Valley together help tackle food waste and support FareShare with the creation of new yogurt

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco and Yeo Valley have joined forces to create a delicious new yogurt variety to help tackle food waste and support food redistribution charity, FareShare.

This is the latest move by the retailer in its bid to reduce food waste from farm to fork.

Tesco has partnered with leading organic dairy, Yeo Valley, and Adam Wakeley, the UK’s largest organic fruit grower to create an exclusive new Apple and Custard Left-Yeovers yogurt which helps to tackle food waste.

The yogurt uses visually imperfect, but great tasting apples, to create the delicious and exciting seasonal flavour.

The Left-Yeovers range, which has been championed by Tesco in recent months, helps to prevent food waste by using surplus fruit from the Yeo Valley storerooms, and also raises money for a very important cause, with 10p from every pot sold donated to food redistribution charity, FareShare.

It  is hoped up to £7,000 will be raised to help with the redistribution of fresh, quality, surplus food to charities and community groups across the UK, which is then transformed into nutritious meals for vulnerable people.

Previous Left-Yeovers flavours have included Strawberry & Fig, Plum & Custard and Banoffee, and raised £20,000 for FareShare so far.

Tesco’s Commercial Director for Fresh Food Matt Simister said:

“Left-Yeovers is a great tasting yogurt with a clear mission – to help tackle food waste by using the whole of our growers’ organic crop.

“This project is a brilliant example of how we and our producers are taking a creative approach to reducing food waste, at every step of the journey of our food.”

Adrian Carne Joint Managing Director of Yeo Valley said:

“Our Apples and Custard yogurt is made with organic Santana fruit grown in Gloucester. The juicy apples are blended with a creamy custard yogurt made in our Somerset dairy.

“Made with quality produce, this will be a real treat for customers and through this fantastic partnership with Tesco, it will also help people in their community.”

Four years ago Tesco pledged to help reduce food waste right across the food chain and has set a target of insuring no food safe for human consumption goes to waste inside its UK operations by the end of 2017.

The new collaboration between Tesco, Yeo Valley and Adam Wakeley builds on the success of a similar initiative it developed with their ready meals and potato producers, which turns misshapen potatoes which would otherwise have gone to waste, into mashed potato for ready meals.

Tesco and its suppliers have also partnered on the following food waste projects:

  • A partnership between Branston, its potato growers and Samworths, its ready meal supplier which uses visually imperfect but entirely edible potatoes.
  • The introduction of Farm Brands and Perfectly Imperfect ranges, which allows the retailer to use up to 95 per cent of growers’ crops.
  • Partnership with Kenyan produce growers to pre-trim green beans to save 135 tonnes of edible fine bean crop from going to waste each year.
  • Reducing the number of steps in the journey for food from farm to fork, which adds two days extra freshness for popular fruit and veg items like citrus, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, broccoli and celery.

Notes to editors

  • Left-Yeovers is available exclusively at Tesco and will be on sale for £1.50
  • Tesco and Yeo Valley will each donate 5p from every pot that is sold to FareShare
  • Since 2008, Adam Wakeley has partnered with Tesco by supplying the retailer with apples from a dedicated organic orchard.
  • FareShare redistribute in-date, good food from the food & drink industry, that would otherwise go to waste, to frontline charities and community groups that support vulnerable people, including homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs and domestic violence refuges.
  • Tesco has been working with FareShare for four years. The partnership includes activities which make food available from the Tesco supply chain, distribution centres and dotcoms centres. This has seen 15 million meals made up of surplus food donated to over 2,500 charities and community groups across the UK. This is in addition to the FareShare FoodCloud partnership, which has seen over 5 million meals distributed through Tesco’s Community Food Connection programme.

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

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Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority to fund Foodstuffs’ trial of electric delivery vans across its New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets in 2017

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Honourable Judith Collins has today  (20 January 2017) announced that the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) will be providing funding to support Foodstuffs trial of electric delivery vans across its New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets in 2017.

“This is the first time a commercial electric vehicle fleet of this size has been trialled in New Zealand,” says Chris Quin, CEO, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd. “The funding will go towards the implementation of 28 zero emission electric delivery vans at New World and PAK’nSAVE stores across the North and South Island.”

According to Quin when the project was put to the business initial interest from stores was incredibly positive. “Our owners recognise and support Foodstuffs’ commitment to be more sustainable and at the leading edge of new technology. Our business practices are continually evolving to be more sustainable, this is demonstrated through our work on recyclable packaging, food donation, natural refrigeration systems and energy efficiency and ensures the business will be well placed over the coming years.”

Quin adds, “It fits in perfectly with Foodstuffs drive to reduce environmental impacts and support brand NZ. Electric vehicles offer the potential to both reduce the business’ dependence on imported fuels whilst at the same time reducing road based transport emissions by 100%.”

“Add to this the fact the electricity powering the vehicles is 100% locally generated and over 80% renewably generated through hydro, wind and geothermal sources – meaning we are investing in both New Zealand‘s economy and its environment.”

The Nissan e-NV 200 delivery vans will be imported over the next year from Europe where they are manufactured. Once charged they are capable of travelling up to 150 kilometres at a time without generating either noise or emissions.

Foodstuffs is in discussion with EECA about the potential installation of separate public electric vehicle charging points at key New World and PAK’nSAVE store locations throughout the country.

“The idea is that the provision of easily accessible charging facilities will encourage the public to gradually transition away from petrol and diesel cars to sustainable electric vehicles. You will be able to charge your car whilst grabbing your groceries,” says Quin.

Contact:

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

Source: Foodstuff NZ

Council of Fashion Designers of America and Accenture to create talent-development programs for today’s designers and tomorrow’s retailers

Accenture becomes Official Innovation Partner of CFDA’s Retail Lab

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) have formed an innovative collaboration to help shape how the fashion industry integrates technology and consumer insights into its business practices.

Combining the high caliber of creativity within CFDA’s membership with Accenture’s deep expertise in customer experience, strategy, insights and technology, the two organizations will create talent-development programs for today’s designers and tomorrow’s retailers.

In addition, Accenture and CFDA will develop a series of thought leadership articles and hypotheses on the future of the fashion customer experience and test these ideas in live pilots with CFDA Members. This will provide CFDA with a new method to deliver value and insights to its members and, using the insight and feedback, help Accenture create solutions that it can share with its clients.

Last year, the CFDA launched Retail Lab with Cadillac to help emerging talent make their foray into the retail world, with Retail Lab’s first physical store at Cadillac House, in New York. The program enables select designers to open a retail installation for three months and learn skills integral to succeed in the industry, under the mentorship of fashion industry experts.

As the first Official Innovation Partner of CFDA’s Retail Lab, Accenture will work closely with the Lab’s select group of emerging fashion designers to develop customized retail strategies and equip them with the critical business knowledge and digital skills required to stay competitive in today’s challenging retail market.

“CFDA’s new collaboration with Accenture will provide our design community with an invaluable resource to help navigate retail and business technology,” said Ashley-Brooke Sandall, CFDA’s director of strategic partnerships.

The collaboration will be supported by Fjord, the design and innovation unit of Accenture Interactive and Accenture Labs, which prototypes and pilots new concepts through applied R&D projects. Plans include inviting fashion designers to participate in Fjord’s design studio in New York and leveraging technologies like artificial intelligence and mixed and virtual reality from Accenture Labs to bring customer engagement to the next level.  Combined with CFDA+ – CFDA’s virtual talent lab – these initiatives will connect designers with Accenture’s design & innovation capability. Select designers will engage with a design challenge that extends their academic work in a fast-paced design-intensive program. Outcomes range from enhanced research to physical prototypes, with the benefit of collaboration and input from Accenture.

CFDA+ combines CFDA membership and its Educational Initiatives communities, striving to strengthen the transition between education and industry. Established to address the challenges that graduates often face as they embark on their professional careers, CFDA+ is also a service for the more than 500 CFDA members who are recruiting from a talent pool of thousands of graduates each year.  With the addition of Accenture, CFDA+ will now be able to add critical business and design-thinking methodologies to its mentorship curriculum.

“The CFDA represents the fabric of the fashion industry and has been instrumental in giving emerging talent a series of platforms to gain real-world business and retail experience,” said Jill Standish, senior managing director of Retail at Accenture. “Working together with such a prestigious organization, we can help these designers acquire highly sought-after digital skills needed for them to be at the forefront of industry innovation, grow their businesses and drive tangible business results.”

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 394,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

About CFDA
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) was founded in 1962 and aims to strengthen the impact of American Fashion in the global economy. In addition to hosting the CFDA Fashion Awards, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar and stages the bi-annual New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Other initiatives include the CFDA {Fashion Incubator} and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund as well as several Scholarship and charitable programs. For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com, facebook.com/cfda, twitter.com/cfda, cfda.tumblr.com, and youtube.com/cfdatv.

Contact:

Aleks Vujanic
Accenture
+ 44 7500 974 814
aleks.vujanic@accenture.com

Marc Karimzadeh
CFDA
+ 1 212 768 5708
m.karimzadeh@cfda.com

Source:Accenture

Barnes & Noble to host special events to celebrate the new animated adventure The LEGO® Batman Movie

  • First Event January 28 to Feature Fun Activities for Children Ages 5+ Including a LEGO®-Inspired Building Experience, Sing-Along and Special Giveaways
  • Additional Events February 25 and March 11 at Stores Nationwide, with More Details to Be Announced in the Coming Weeks

New York, New York, 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today ( January 19, 2017 ) announced, in partnership with Warner Bros. and The LEGO Group, it is kicking off a three-month-long celebration of the new animated adventure The LEGO® Batman Movie, beginning at stores nationwide with a special event on Saturday, January 28. The launch event will feature fun activities for children ages 5+ including a LEGO-inspired building experience, sing-along and special giveaways. Specific times for the January 28 event will vary by store. Customers should visit www.bn.com/storelocator or contact their local store for details.

On January 28, young fans of DC’s beloved Super Hero, Batman, and LEGO toys are invited to their local Barnes & Noble store to watch the movie trailer, sing along to a new song from the film and join in a group LEGO build where they will have the opportunity to create their own version of the Batmobile and show it off in store. There will also be special giveaways at the event, available while supplies last, including two limited-edition Barnes & Noble Exclusive collectible trading cards featuring Batman and The Joker (50 each per store) and a special mini poster (50 per store).In addition, two limited-edition Barnes & Noble Exclusive collectible trading cards featuring DC Super Heroes and Super Villains from the movie will be given away at each event on February 25 and March 11 at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide, while supplies last. Customers who attend all three The LEGO Batman Movie events at Barnes & Noble will be able to put their six collectible trading cards together to create a scene inspired by the movie, which opens nationwide on February 10.

Plus, at the March 11 event, customers will be able to build their very own LEGO Batman Speedwagon to take home. More details on the February 25 and March 11 events will be announced in the coming weeks. Customers should stay tuned.

All throughout the three-month-long celebration of The LEGO Batman Movie, customers are encouraged to check out Barnes & Noble’s robust offering of related merchandise from Warner Bros. Consumer Products’ global licensing and merchandising program, including a selection of books and toys. Featured books will include DK’s The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide (B&N Exclusive Poster Edition) and Scholastic’s Batman’s Guide to Being Cool (The LEGO Batman Movie), and toys will include The Joker Balloon Escape, Catwoman Catcycle Chase, The Riddler Riddle Racer, Clayface Splat Attack, Killer Croc Tail-Gator and The Batcave Break-In. Customers should contact their local store for more details on what products will be available for purchase.

About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 638 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

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About The LEGO Batman Movie

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure.  But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Opening February 10, 2017, The LEGO Batman Movie stars Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes.  Directed by Chris McKay, produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Roy Lee, from a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Seth Grahame-Smith, based on LEGO Construction Toys and based on characters from DC Entertainment.  Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger; Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.  Executive producers are Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton, Will Allegra and Brad Lewis.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, in association with LEGO System A/S, a Lin Pictures / Lord Miller / Vertigo Entertainment production, “The LEGO Batman Movie” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

THE LEGO® BATMAN MOVIE © & ™ DC Comics, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., & The LEGO Group.  LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks and/or copyrights of the LEGO Group. © 2017 The LEGO Group. BATMAN and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics. All Rights Reserved. (s17).

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

All Contacts:

Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communication
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Senior Director
Corporate Communications
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.