Hollister relaunches Gilly Hicks its intimates brand

New Albany, Ohio, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hollister Co. announced today (January 27, 2017) that it has relaunched its intimates brand, Gilly Hicks, in all Hollister stores across the United States and online at HollisterCo.com.

Gilly Hicks, “the brand to start and end your day with,” carries bras, bralettes, undies, swimwear, loungewear, and sleep.

“We recognized an opportunity to redefine the Gilly Hicks brand and we know our Hollister customer will enjoy another destination for fun and cozy bras, undies and sleepwear,” said Kristin Scott, Brand President of Hollister Co. “We’ve designed our Gilly product to be effortless and comfortable to align with our customer’s on-the-go, busy lifestyle.”

Beginning today, Gilly product can be purchased in all US stores and globally online. In select US stores*, Hollister will open shop-in-shops that will provide the customer a unique Gilly Hicks brand experience.  To celebrate the relaunch, starting this weekend and continuing for the next two weekends, fans can stop by the Hollister SoHo store in New York to enjoy fresh pressed coffee, cookies, special promotions, and a chance to try the new collection.

Additionally, and in time for Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 4, 2017, the brand will be hosting “Galentine’s Day” parties in all US Hollister locations. Customers can shop the latest collection, featuring lace bralettes and special Valentine’s Day inspired prints, and receive exclusive discounts, including a free gift with a $50 purchase, while supplies last.  For more details, visit www.hollisterco.com.

* Annapolis Mall, Maryland
Castleton Square, Indiana
The Shops at Montebello, California
Vintage Faire Mall, California
Woodland Hills Mall, Oklahoma

About Hollister Co.
The quintessential retail brand of the global teen consumer, Hollister Co. celebrates the liberating spirit of the endless summer inside everyone.  Inspired by California’s laidback attitude, Hollister’s clothes are designed to be lived in and made your own, for wherever life takes you. A division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), Hollister provides an engaging, welcoming, and unique shopping experience through its global e-commerce websites and its 559 retail locations.

Media Contact:
Michael Scheiner
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192

Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch

FMI announces The 2016 Gold Plate Award winners

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation is proud to recognize the members of the food retail industry who are encouraging shoppers to share more family meals together around the table. In September 2016, 56 food retailers, 15 suppliers, and 37 allied organizations helped the FMI Foundation amplify National Family Meals Month™ to consumers by implementing innovative in-store and media campaigns. The 2016 Gold Plate Award recognizes the best of National Family Meals Month programs.

“2016 was the second year for National Family Meals Month, and the FMI Foundation acknowledges the extraordinary efforts by the retail food industry to help consumers make family mealtime easier,” said Sue Borra, RD, chief health and wellness officer for FMI and executive director of the FMI Foundation. “According to a Nielsen analysis of National Family Meals Month, 85% of shoppers who saw the campaign, reported healthier behaviors as a result, so these programs can make a difference in the well-being of the customers we serve.”

The 2016 Gold Plate Award winners are:

Gold Plate Award Category:  Retailer 1 – 99 stores

Skogen’s Festival Foods

Program: Festival Family Meals

Festival Foods offered samplings from its Dine at Home Deli items to help consumers gain awareness of National Family Meals Month and offer meal solution on busy nights. The company also ran paid ads highlighting the #FestivalFamilyMeals Twitter chat, National Family Meals Month and the in-store Festival Foods Oven Mitt Giveaway. The campaign garnered 4,332 clicks to the website and 688,886 ad impressions. Facebook advertising received 4,511 clicks to the website and 438,023 ad impressions.

Gold Plate Award Category:  Retailer 100 – 199 stores

K-VA-T Food Stores

Program: Make Family Meals Happen with Meal Solutions from Food City.

K-VA-T Food Stores’ Food City’s promotion of National Family Meals Month included initiatives in-store, online, on social media, in television and print were geared toward both customers and associates. In-store activities included digital signage, recipe booklets for customers at all 134 stores, and an insert in the weekly ad both in-store and by mail to promote the benefits of family meals.

Gold Plate Award Category:  Retailer 200+ stores

Hy-Vee, Inc.

Program: #HyVeeFamilyMeals

Hy-Vee celebrated National Family Meals Month by accommodating families’ busy schedules. The company created numerous educational materials and offered in-store family cooking classes with its 228 dietitians, easy pickup and delivery meal options and the opportunity for children to eat free (with the purchase of an adult entrée) every day in September at the more than 90 Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants across their eight-state region. For every family who posted a photo of themselves eating a meal together on social media and used the hashtag #HyVeeFamilyMeals and for every person who shared or retweeted Hy-Vee’s social media posts about National Family Meals Month, Hy-Vee donated $1 to Meals from the Heartland (a nonprofit dedicated to feeding the hungry), up to $100,000.

Gold Plate Award Category:  Wholesaler

Merchants Distributors Inc.

Program: Taco Night—Family Meals Program

For National Family Meals Month in September, the MDI team established the “Taco Night” meal solution event for families across over 300 retailers and multiple states along the East Coast. The goal was to create an occasion and reason for families to come together, put down their mobile devices, and enjoy, not only a great meal, but each other again. The “Taco Night” meal solution initiative was promoted with print ads, digital coupons, social media, digital web banners, and in-store displays across multiple store chains.

Gold Plate Award Category:  Supplier


Program:  Fruits, Veggies, and Family Matter

Campbell’s combined two September campaigns, National Family Meals Month and Fruits & Veggies—More Matters month to emphasize the importance of family meals and encourage consumption of fruit and veggies.  The campaign provided creative ideas to make vegetables the center stage of the meal, to add fruits to desserts and to try ethnic-inspired dishes.  Families were encouraged to use social media to share photos of their family having dinner and of their veggie –centric meals and inspire others to do the same.

Gold Plate Award Category:  Allied Group

Rosie Applications

Program: National Family Meals Month Powered by Rosie. 

Rosie’s goal was to create more family meals across America by encouraging families to share meals more often by providing the necessary resources to make the process simple. Rosie recruited 11 independent grocer partners to participate and utilizing omnichannel marketing and digital marketing tactics. In total, the campaign earned over 200,000 online impressions, engaged nearly 300 unique website visitors, and received 15 submissions for the Rosie Family Meals Photo Contest. Rosie gave away $500 to families to use toward creating family meals together. Overall revenue from online grocery sales increased 12 percent from August to September among the 11 retailers who partnered with Rosie on this campaign.

In addition, these companies were awarded honorable mentions for their 2016 National Family Meals Month™ campaigns:

Follow the 2016 Gold Plate Award Winners’ stories on social media with #FMIGoldPlate.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.


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FMI announces The 2016 Gold Plate Award winners


Source: FMI

FMI honors The Hershey Company veterans with FMI William H. Albers Award

FMI honors The Hershey Company veterans with FMI William H. Albers Award

J.P. Bilbrey and Tom Joyce Recognized for their Contributions to Trading Partner Relations 


Scottsdale, Ariz., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) tonight (January 28, 2017) honored The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY)  by giving two of its industry veterans an award celebrating excellence in trading partner relations and consumer and community service, the FMI William H. Albers Award.

The Hershey Company executives, J.P. Bilbrey, president, CEO and chairman of the board, and Tom Joyce, retired vice president, global customer and industry affairs, received the Albers award at FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference. Representing one of the company’s leading customers, Kroger Executive Vice President, Retail Operations, Fred Morganthall paid tribute to their collaboration approach to business, saying in a testimonial: “Gentlemen, as individuals you have each made significant contributions to our industry; but together, you formed a standard-setting team for retailer-supplier relations.”

The Hershey Company is a global confectionery leader. Based in Hershey, Pa., it has revenues of more than $7.1 billion. Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 80 brand names. The company and its executives are strategic advisors to the global food, beverage and retail trade associations.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said, “In food retail circles, the name The Hershey Company has become synonymous with trusted partner; the dependable quality of its products being matched by the reliable caliber of its leadership and its steadfast nurture of the retailer relationship.” She continued, “Each in his own unique way and collectively, J.P. and Tom have made sure the Hershey commitment to community support and trading partner excellence isn’t something just described with words but instead is a tangible reality experienced each day.”

Bilbrey serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Hershey Company (HSY) as well as a member of the Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) Board of Directors and the Kansas State University Business School Advisory Council.  Bilbrey recently served his tenure as chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Executive Board. Joyce, a 40-year veteran of the company, served as vice president of customer & industry affairs since October 2004. In addition to his tenure at The Hershey Company, Joyce played an integral role at FMI, offering his strategic insights on the FMI Industry Collaboration Council, FMI convention planning committees and the FMI Wholesaler Supplier Advisory Council.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.


Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI


FMI recognizes Wakefern CEO Joe Colalillo for his entrepreneurial leadership in design and imaginative merchandising

FMI recognizes Wakefern CEO Joe Colalillo for his entrepreneurial leadership in design and imaginative merchandising


Scottsdale, Ariz., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) tonight (January 28, 2017) honored Joe Colalillo, president of ShopRite of Hunterdon County, Inc. and chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp., with FMI’s Wegman Award for exercising entrepreneurial leadership in the design of retail strategies and imaginative merchandising.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin commented on Colalillo’s honor saying, “Joe is a champion of new ideas – he has consistently embraced new industry initiatives that empower businesses to better serve the consumer. For instance, Joe was a leading proponent of the food safety training program, SafeMark™, ensuring all of his employees were trained and certified.” Sarasin continued, “Joe is a straight talking, honest broker of goods and services and he inspires our industry to maintain its relevance by his keen commitment to doing what is right for the customer.”

Colalillo is generous with both his time and counsel, serving on multiple boards and board-level committees, including the FMI Board of Directors and the Food Safety Committee. He has been recognized in the past for launching consumer-facing technologies, initiating seafood sustainability programs, cultivating associate engagement and implementing health and wellness solutions in ShopRite stores. Colalillo is also a member of one of FMI’s non-competitive share groups that exchanges new ideas to better their businesses, the industry and the communities which they serve.

A fellow share group member, Chief Executive Officer of Dorothy Lane Market, Inc., and the 2013 winner of the FMI Wegman Award, Norman Mayne, said, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Joe to receive an award that is named in the honor of an industry icon, Robert Wegman.”

Colalillo has maintained his family-owned business, founded in the late 1940s by his father, Joseph A. Colalillo. The Colalillo family owns and operates three ShopRite stores located in Flemington, Greenwich, and Clinton, New Jersey, and together, these stores employ more than 1,100 associates. In addition to his work with FMI, he offers his time to the New Jersey Food Council’s Board of Directors and received its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Colalillo holds a Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University. Colalillo and his wife Jeannie have two children.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.


Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI


FMI honors former Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw with the Rabb Award

FMI honors former Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw with the Rabb Award


Scottsdale, Ariz., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) tonight (January 28, 2017) recognized former Publix Super Markets Inc., CEO and current chairman of the board of directors Ed Crenshaw with FMI’s highest honor, the Rabb Award.

FMI acknowledged Crenshaw for excellence in serving the consumer, the community and the industry at a celebratory event at the Midwinter Executive Conference. The awards ceremony was further marked by a testimonial from Publix CEO Todd Jones, who recognized Crenshaw’s 42-year career saying, “It’s a reflection of our company culture and the legacy that you have built.  You’ve weathered recessions and fluctuating market trends; you’ve taught us how to be humble; you’ve been a mentor in our careers, a supporter of our communities, and built solid business relationships; and perhaps most importantly, you’ve given us your time and invaluable counsel.”

Crenshaw’s storied career began as a stock clerk for the company, and throughout his corporate journey, he held management, buying and store operations positions until he earned the titles of executive vice president of retail in 1994, president in 1996 and eventually took the helm as CEO in 2008. Crenshaw’s reputation for exceptional leadership is well regarded in the business and trade communities.

“Publix is consistently recognized as one of the top companies to work for 19 consecutive years, and it’s Ed’s remarkable leadership that has nurtured Publix’s reputation for two decades,” FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin remarked. “We honor Ed tonight because he has truly been integral to the strategic development of FMI policies and positions – from the development of industry resources, its health care agenda, labeling issues and its political action committee  –  all while keeping the needs of the consumer in a clear line of sight.”

Crenshaw has served with the Kidney Foundation of Central Florida, the Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, the Polk Museum of Art, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, the Polk County School Board Business Commission, and Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.  He is chair of the Board of Overseers for the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College, and is a member of Florida’s Council of 100. He has served on the board of GS1-US and is a member of FMI’s board of directors.

A native Texan, Crenshaw graduated from Baylor University in Waco. He and his wife Denise have two children.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.


Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI


REI Adventures rolls out 19 Women’s Adventures collection; expands its cycling offerings and Signature Camping itineraries

SALT LAKE CITY, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Active travel leader REI Adventures is launching a collection of 19 Women’s Adventures in Africa, Europe, Latin America, New Zealand and North America. In addition, REI Adventures is expanding its cycling offerings into fully supported mountain bike trips and growing its Signature Camping itineraries in Africa and Latin America.

“Adventure travel can be inspiring and life-transforming. As we enter our 30th year, we are excited to roll out incredible itineraries for women to experience some of the world’s best places, have a special sense of discovery and inspiration, and learn with women and from women around the world,” says Cynthia Dunbar, general manager of REI Adventures. “Since 2010, women traveling with us has grown by 60 percent, and we continue to see this figure rise steadily annually. Last year alone, 58 percent of all our guests were women.”

REI’s Women’s Adventures are extraordinary journeys designed especially for women who want to experience a destination—not just see it. Guests travel with female guides and a ready-made group of girlfriends. These lively trips blend outdoor activities with local spots, cuisines and communities a traveler wouldn’t find on her own, and include little surprises along the way.

Examples of REI’s new Women’s Adventures include:

  • Baja California Women’s Adventure: Escape to a beachy oasis for an eight-day vacation where women kayak, snorkel, stand-up paddle board, surf and do yoga. In addition, guests meet local artists at galleries, enjoy gourmet meals along the way and have an opportunity to volunteer at a local nonprofit where women build their own greenhouses.
  • Greek Islands Women’s Adventure: Perfect for foodies and history-lovers, spend nine days island hopping Tinos, Naxos and Santorini. Guests hike through whitewashed villages and ancient trails of lush vineyards, terraced hillsides and olive groves. They unwind with beachside yoga, wine tastings, swimming in the Aegean Sea and learning how to prepare a traditional Mediterranean meal.
  • New Zealand Women’s Hiking – Southern Alps: Over 10-days, hike the wilderness through larger-than-life landscapes of South Island’s peaks, plains and golden hills. Take a break from the trail by paddle boarding Lake Wanaka and enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at a woman-owned dairy. Evenings are authentically Kiwi with stays at the iconic Rex Simpson Hut and historic Ben Lomond lodge.
  • South Africa Ultimate Women’s Adventure and Safari: From Cape Town to Johannesburg, the 11-day odyssey explores the country’s rich heritage by hiking, cycling, sea kayaking and a safari at the famous Sabi Sands Reserve. As one of the most beautiful wine-growing regions in the world, the group will wander the backroads and stop at estates to taste the celebrated vintages.
  • Yosemite Women’s Backpacking – Half Dome:  A four-day adventure to the summit of Yosemite’s most iconic peak. Guests hone their backpacking and wilderness skills during daily hikes, and evenings are filled with hearty gourmet dinner prepared by the guides and camaraderie around the campfire.

In addition to the women’s collection, REI Adventures is introducing two fully supported mountain bike itineraries and expanding its exclusive Signature Camping offerings on Mount Kilimanjaro and along the Inca Trail.

Mountain biking for intermediate and advanced riders
REI Adventures has long offered fully supported bike touring to explore the world from the saddle. The company is expanding beyond road cycling by launching mountain biking itineraries for those who want to experience the thrill of single track on a high performance full-suspension bike.

REI’s Grand Canyon & Bryce Mountain Biking is a four-day journey from Bryce Canyon to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon that features the most iconic landscapes of the American Southwest. The trip packs multiple must-see, must-do items into a long weekend all while still giving guests time to breathe and soak in the landscape.

Throughout the National Park Centennial celebration, REI had a multi-million dollar, multi-year partnership with the National Park Foundation. Over the past two years, REI Adventures donated 10 percent of the retail price for each national park trip sold to the National Park Foundation, resulting in $740,000 in additional funding.

Or, recharge over four days on REI’s Whistler Mountain Biking in British Columbia, a world-class destination known for its mountain ranges, glacial lakes and sleeping volcanoes. Days are spent on quad-torching rides through mountains and valleys, with evenings in the village and soaking in the hot tub at a private chalet. A Whistler Women’s Adventure is also available.

Signature Camping – REI at its finest
Drawing on the co-op’s camping leadership, REI Adventures expanded its Signature Camping itineraries with two new international destinations – Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the Inca Trail in Peru. REI Adventures is the only active travel company to offer such deluxe accommodations and amenities along the trails of these iconic journeys.

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb – Lemosho Route is an 11-day experience up one of the seven summits of the world and the highest peak in Africa. Known as one of the most scenic routes on the mountain, guests hike across six ecological zones as they acclimatize, take in the scenery and learn about the region from local guides. REI’s unique approach to Kilimanjaro’s Southern Circuit includes new exclusive camp locations featuring REI Signature Camps that keep guests comfy and energized as they summit.

In Peru, REI Adventures’ Machu Picchu – Inca Trail Trek is a nine-day fully-supported journey through lush valleys filled with wild orchids and rainbow-colored mosses to the breathtaking “Lost City of the Incas.” Trek up to seven miles each day with only a day pack, while a Signature Camp awaits your arrival each evening with spacious tents, amazing meals and more.

About REI Adventures
Award-winning REI Adventures has been a global leader in worldwide guided active adventure trips since 1987. As the travel business for national specialty outdoor retailer REI, the company offers unique itineraries focused on sustainable, human-powered outdoor adventure, including hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing and more. Guests experience iconic destinations as guides take them off the “beaten path,” and provide opportunities to explore a destination, get to know the local people, their culture, the flora and fauna and discover things they would not be able to duplicate on their own or with another travel company. REI members receive a special discount price on most trips. For more information, full itineraries and trip reviews provided by guests, visit http://www.rei.com/adventures.

REI Public Affairs
(253) 395-5958

Source: REI

The Gymboree Corporation: Mark Breitbard to assume role of Chairman of the Board of Directors; will step down as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Gymboree Corporation (“Gymboree” or the “Company”), today (January 26, 2017) announced that Mark Breitbard will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors effective February 1, 2017, and will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer, once a successor has been appointed.

“I have given serious thought to the evolving needs of The Gymboree Corporation as an organization, and I believe this is the right time for the Board of Directors to identify a new CEO to lead the Company forward as we continue to focus on the strategic plans for our brands,” said Breitbard.

The Board of Directors will initiate a search to identify a successor Chief Executive Officer to lead the Company going forward.

“The board is grateful to Mark for his passion, leadership and significant contributions to Gymboree during his tenure, especially for building a very talented management team that will help lead the future of the Company,” said Lew Klessel, a member of the Board of Directors.  “We are also excited that Mark will remain with the Company as Chairman and continue to serve as CEO to ensure a smooth transition.”

About The Gymboree Corporation

The Gymboree Corporation’s specialty retail brands offer unique, high-quality products delivered with personalized customer service. As of October 29, 2016, the Company operated a total of 1,300 retail stores: 591 Gymboree® stores (541 in the United States, 49 in Canada and 1 in Puerto Rico), 174 Gymboree Outlet stores (173 in the United States and 1 in Puerto Rico), 150 Janie and Jack® shops (149 in the United States and 1 in Puerto Rico), and 385 Crazy 8® stores in the United States. The Company also operates online stores at www.gymboree.com, www.janieandjack.com and www.crazy8.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Any statements set forth above that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such statements include statements as to: Mr. Breitbard’s plans to step down as Chief Executive Officer, the future plans and strategic direction of the Company and other statements identified by words such as “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “will,” and similar expressions. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as: our ability to attract a new Chief Executive Officer and the timing of any such hire, the ability of the Company to execute its strategic plans, particularly in light of the Company’s weaker than anticipated results of operations and other risk factors relating to our industry and business as detailed from time to time in Gymboree’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including Item 1A under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Transition Report on Form 10-K for the transition period from January 31, 2016 to July 30, 2016, filed with the SEC on October 28, 2016. The Company cautions investors not to place considerable reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

Source: Gymboree Corporation

Motor Fuel Group announces the appointment of Paul Deary as head of food services

Motor Fuel Group announces the appointment of Paul Deary as head of food services


Hertfordshire, England, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Top 50 Indies forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Deary as its new head of food services.

Paul joins MFG from Applegreen plc where he was UK head of food operations, responsible for every new branded food development site opening with Subway, Greggs and Costa, alongside managing all aspects of their existing branded and non-branded food operations.

Before this, Paul spent five years as group operations manager for James Graven & Sons who at the time operated four service stations and two Budgens supermarkets.

Richard Baker, MFG’s retail director said: “This is a key appointment for MFG as we strive to build a first class ‘food to go’ offer for our customers.”

Phone: +44 (0) 1727 898890
Fax: +44 (0) 1727 852318
Email: info@motorfuelgroup.com

Source: Motor Fuel Group


Walmart Canada to stop providing free plastic bags with the aim to ultimately eliminate plastic film from land-fill

  • Goal is to eliminate plastic film from municipal land-fill
  • New five-cent fee to be implemented to discourage single-use bags
  • Reusable bags to be offered at a discount

Mississauga, ON., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today ( January 25, 2016) announced that beginning Feb. 9, 2016, it will stop providing free plastic bags to customers in an effort to promote the use of reusable bags and ultimately eliminate plastic film from land-fill.

The initiative is the latest waste-elimination priority in Walmart’s ongoing commitment to achieve zero waste.  Walmart Canada’s 12 waste programs — including cardboard, organics, metal and others —has resulted in the diversion of  72% of Walmart Canada’s waste from municipal land-fill sites.

Customers will be encouraged to use reusable bags, which will be sold at a discounted rate of 25 cents. Walmart will continue to offer plastic bags at a fee of five cents per bag to those customers who request them.

“We recognize we are asking our customers to change their shopping practices, but we strongly believe that removing plastic film from our waste stream is imperative to reaching our goal of zero waste and will encourage our customers to broaden their already existing waste-reduction efforts,” said Lee Tappenden, chief operations officer at Walmart Canada. “We know from our experience in other international markets that an incentive in the form of a fee to encourage customers to adopt reusable bags reduces single-use plastic bags by more than 50%. Similar programs here in Canada have reported comparable successes.”

In addition to offering reusable bags and implementing a plastic bag fee, Walmart will be improving its in-store recycling and collection programs. The company is working with suppliers to find new ways of removing plastic from its packaging processes. Partial proceeds from the five cent fee will be used to support plastic film recycling initiatives.

The distribution of plastic bags has been identified as a key environmental concern and has been called out by municipalities as a large contributor to land-fill waste. In addition, at the 2016 World Economic Forum it was estimated that plastic will outweigh fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 if efforts to reduce the use of plastic are not put in place.

“Recent internal research has identified that our customers feel we use too many plastic bags and that the reduction and elimination of plastic bags are the responsibility of both consumers and retailers,” said Tappenden. “While we recognize our ultimate goal of eliminating plastic film from our operations altogether won’t happen overnight, we believe our customers are open to supporting this goal by switching to reusable bags.”

The elimination of free, single-use plastic bags will roll out progressively across Walmart stores in Canada over the following months, beginning on Feb. 9 in British Columbia.

About Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 397 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 450,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.cafacebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.


Alex Roberton
Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Walmart Canada
514 210 7514

Source: Walmart Canada

Kesko now on 100% renewable electricity

Helsinki, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since the beginning of 2017, all electricity purchased by Kesko in Finland is renewable. In 2017, the amount of electricity purchased by Kesko will be approximately 540 GWh. This electricity will be used in K-stores and the K-Group’s other properties.

Especially food stores and food warehouses consume a lot of electricity to maintain the cold chain of foodstuffs. In addition, electricity is used in the lighting of those premises and cooling in the summer. The K-Group accounts for approximately 1% of all electricity consumed in Finland.

“The global energy production is transferring to renewable energy sources. When we purchase renewable electricity, we promote the production of renewable energy and support the objectives of the K-Group’s climate work,” says Construction and Maintenance Director Jukka Anttila of Kesko’s grocery trade.

In its responsibility programme, Kesko has committed to mitigate climate change and promote the production of renewable energy. The transfer to renewable electricity also supports the K-Group’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement’s targets and the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 ‘Affordable and clean energy’ and Goal 13 ‘Climate action’.

Kesko purchases renewable electricity that has The Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) from the Nordic countries. In 2017, electricity purchases will especially focus on Finnish bioenergy. Bioenergy is based on, for example, by-products from the forest industry and wood based fuels.

K-Group also increases own renewable energy production

Starting from 2016, the K-Group has significantly increased its production and use of solar power. In June 2016, Finland’s biggest property specific solar power plant was completed on the rooftop of K-Citymarket Tammisto, Helsinki. By summer 2017, the K-Group will have four more even bigger solar power plants than that in Tammisto and there will be as many as 16 solar power plants operating on the rooftops of the K-Group’s stores. The new investments will make the K-Group Finland’s biggest producer and user of solar power.

Kesko’s Annual Report, environmental section: http://annualreport2015.kesko.fi/gri-report/performance-indicators/environmental-impacts/

Kesko is a Finnish listed trading sector company. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. In 2015, Kesko’s net sales totalled €8.7 billion and it employed nearly 20,000 people. Kesko operates in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Kesko shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main premises are in Helsinki. www.kesko.fi

Further information:

Jukka Anttila
Construction and Maintenance Director
Kesko’s grocery trade
tel. +358 50 61978

Matti Kalervo
Vice President
Corporate Responsibility
Kesko Corporation
tel. +358 50 306 4081

Source: Kesko

NSE Products, Inc. recalls ageLOC TR90 Protein Boost that contains undeclared milk in the formula

PROVO, Utah, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — NSE Products, Inc. is recalling all ageLOC TR90 Protein Boost because it contains milk in the formula, which is not declared on the label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. For consumers who are not allergic to milk there is no safety issue with this product.

Protein Boost has been sold in the United States and Canada through independent distributors to end consumers. The recalled product was sold in plastic canisters and can be identified by batch numbers AZ30751, AZ32051, AZ00661, AZ27161 and AZ34161. Product expiration dates are between Nov. 2017 and Dec. 2018.

No illnesses have been reported to date. Some instances of swollen lips, throat irritation, hives and other symptoms that may be indicative of an allergic reaction have been reported.

Protein Boost was designed as a vegetarian product and has “lactose free” and “does not contain milk” claims on the label. The recall was initiated after Nu Skin discovered that the flavoring used in the product contains buttermilk, which constitutes approximately 0.1 percent of the overall product formulation.

Consumers with a milk allergy who have purchased this product should cease consumption and contact Nu Skin to receive instruction on how to return the product. All consumers who purchased the product are eligible for a full refund of the purchase price.

Consumers with questions may contact Nu Skin at 1-888-238-9465, 8 am to 5 pm MST, Monday to Friday.

NSE Products, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.

Consumers Contact:

Rod Anderson
(801) 345-2188

Source: FDA

WWF-Bericht über die Kartoffel nennt PENNY mit Bio-Helden als Vorreiter

Bericht beleuchtet Lebensmittelverluste über die gesamte Lieferkette anhand der Kartoffel

Koln, Deutschland, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — „Darüber hinaus sollte der Handel mehr Verantwortung für die ihm vorausgehende Lieferkette übernehmen und sich gemeinsam mit den Akteuren entlang der Lieferkette der Aufgabe stellen, an steigender Wertschätzung und Wertschöpfung von Lebensmitteln mitzuwirken. Mit gutem Beispiel gehen die „Biohelden“ von Penny voran. Für ausgewählte Produkte wurden die Qualitätsanforderungen gelockert und mehr Ware schaffte es in die Vermarktung. Das Programm ist erfolgreich und sollte Nachahmer finden“, lautet eine Schlussfolgerung des soeben veröffentlichten WWF-Berichts „Kleine Makel – Große Folgen“. Autor Frank Brendel beleuchtet darin die Lebensmittelverluste entlang der Lieferkette am Beispiel der Kartoffel.

„Wir freuen uns, dass wir in dem jüngsten WWF-Bericht positiv als Vorreiter erwähnt werden. Wir sehen uns darin bestätigt, dass der Schlüssel zur Lösung des Food-Waste-Problems nur gelingt, wenn vom Erzeuger über den Handel bis hin zum Kunden alle an einem Strang ziehen. Die Naturgut Bio-Helden machen genau das – und zwar mit Erfolg. Denn dank der Unterstützung unserer Kunden konnten wir seit der Markteinführung knapp 12 Prozent mehr Naturgut Bio-Helden verkaufen. Auch deswegen haben wir die Anzahl der Naturgut Bio-Helden von 14 – inklusive saisonaler und regionaler Listungen – auf 18 erhöht“, erklärt Patricia Brunn, als Funktionsbereichsleiterin Ware Discount auch für die Naturgut Bio-Helden verantwortlich.

Seit April 2016 vermarktet PENNY unter der Marke Naturgut Bio-Helden deutschlandweit Obst und Gemüse, das äußerlich nicht immer makellos ist. Die kleinen Schönheitsfehler beeinträchtigen aber weder die Haltbarkeit oder den Geschmack – die Naturgut Bio-Helden haben auch weiterhin höchste Bio-Qualität.

Diese Makel können die Naturgut Bio-Helden aufweisen:

Kartoffeln, Gurken, Paprika:

Nicht immer sind Kartoffeln perfekt oval. Manchmal ist im Erdreich ein kleiner Stein oder Ast im Weg, die Kartoffel sucht sich ihren Weg und wächst um das Hindernis herum. Manchmal ist eine verformte Kartoffel auch einfach eine Laune der Natur. Auch bei der Größe gibt es Unterschiede, manche Kartoffeln sind besonders klein, andere besonders groß. Auch Bio-Gurken sind manchmal etwas kleiner oder krummer, aber doch genauso lecker wie ihre großen, gerade gewachsenen Artgenossen.

Zu Größenunterschieden kann es ebenfalls bei Paprika kommen. Oft weisen gelbe und rote Paprika auch noch einen geringen Grünanteil auf. Dies liegt daran, dass sie erst grün sind und mit voranschreitender Reife gelb bzw. rot werden. Insbesondere gelbe Paprika werden schnell überreif, dürfen daher nicht zu spät geerntet werden und können in diesem Stadium noch nicht komplett umgefärbt sein. Die Nachfärbung erfolgt innerhalb weniger Tage.


Auch Karotten wachsen nicht immer ganz gerade. Manchmal entwickelt sich ein kleiner Nebentrieb oder zwei Samenkörner liegen zu dicht aneinander, sodass die beiden Karotten umeinander herum wachsen und  im Waschprozess wieder getrennt werden. Vielleicht lässt sich die Karotte an dieser Stelle nicht so gut schälen, aber wer die Karotte gründlich wäscht, kann die Schale an dieser Stelle belassen und wird keinen Unterschied schmecken. Im Laufe des Wachstums können längs der Karotte kleine, oberflächliche Risse entstehen, die austrocknen. Manche Karotten brechen auch bei der Ernte oder Verarbeitung. In beiden Fällen sind Geschmack und Haltbarkeit nicht beeinträchtigt.


Es ist nicht immer möglich, dass in einer Packung genau eine Rispe mit gleich großen Tomaten zu finden ist. Manchmal werden Sie auch mehrere kleinere Tomatenrispen in einer Verpackung finden, auch kann es vorkommen, dass die Anzahl der Tomaten aufgrund verschiedener Größen variiert. Bei Tomaten kommt es außerdem manchmal im Laufe des Wachstums zu einem sogenannten “Reißverschluss”, einem kleinen, vernarbtem Riss. Dieser hat keinen Einfluss auf Qualität. Haltbarkeit oder Geschmack – gleiches gilt für gelben Blütenstaub auf manchen Tomaten.


Die Zwiebelschale kann Wasserflecken aufweisen oder – gerade nach der frühen Ernte – zum Teil fehlen. In beiden Fällen ist die Frische nicht beeinträchtigt. Gerade bei Zwiebeln gibt es oft besonders große oder kleine Exemplare. Die Klassenverordnung gibt aber einen „maximalen Größenunterschied im Packstück“ vor. Bei Zwiebeln mit einem Durchmesser von 40-70mm sind das beispielsweise 20mm. Dieser maximale Größenunterschied ist gerade bei Bio-Zwiebeln nicht immer einzuhalten, sodass wir bei den Bio-Zwiebeln die Klasse heruntergenommen haben, um den Erzeugern die Toleranz zu geben, die sie brauchen.


Bei der Ernte im Sommer und Herbst haben Zitronen oft schon ihren optimalen Reifegrad erreicht, obwohl sie noch nicht wie gewohnt satt gelb sind. Saftgehalt, Aroma und Haltbarkeit sind zu diesem Zeitpunkt am besten. Darum bieten wir, je nach Jahreszeit, auch voll am Baum ausgereifte Bio Zitronen mit grünlicher Farbe an. Manchmal sind drei große Zitronen in einem Netz, manchmal sechs kleine – oder kleinere und größere Früchte teilen sich ein Netz, was geschmacklich keinen Unterschied macht. Leichte Schalenfehler sind absolut natürlich, gerade Zitronen der Sommersorte „Verna“ unterscheiden sich auch oft in ihrer Form.

Orangen, Wassermelonen:

Auch bei Orangen kann es während der Fruchtbildung oder durch leichte Beschädigungen im Ernteverlauf zu leichten Schalenfehlern kommen. Manchmal führt das Aufplatzen der in der Schale enthaltenen, ölhaltigen Zellen zu kleinen, grünen Verfärbungen.

Bei Wassermelonen ist Ihnen vielleicht auch im konventionellen Sortiment schon einmal ein gelblicher Fleck aufgefallen. Dieser ist die Auflagefläche der Frucht, hier wird kein grüner Pflanzenfarbstoff gebildet. Das ist ganz natürlich und ebenso wenig ein Qualitätsfehler wie sonstige, kleine Schalenfehler.


Bei Bio-Zucchini kann es  zu Verformungen an der Frucht und kleineren Kaliber kommen. Dies hat – genauso wie kleinere Schalenfehler – keinen Einfluss auf die Qualität.


Unsere Bio-Helden Champignons können auch mal etwas unförmiger sein oder eine schuppige Außenhaut haben – sie schmecken aber genauso lecker wie ihre makellosen Artgenossen.


Sehr häufig im Ökolandbau bei Bio-Avocados sind kleine Früchte und Formfehler. Auch Schalenfehler können auftreten. All das beeinträchtigt aber das Fruchtfleisch nicht und hat keinen Einfluss auf die Qualität.


Oft müssen kleine Kartoffeln in die industrielle Verarbeitung gegeben werden, weil sie nicht der Norm entsprechen – nicht so bei den Bio-Helden

Übersicht der Naturgut Bio-Helden (Stand Januar 2017):

  • Orangen
  • Zitronen
  • Kiwi
  • Äpfel
  • Bananen
  • Speisekartoffeln
  • Zwiebeln
  • Karotten
  • Gurken
  • Rispentomaten
  • Cherrytomaten
  • Paprika, rot
  • Paprika Mix
  • Champignons (regional)
  • Baby-Kartoffeln (regional)
  • Spargel (ab Saison 2017)
  • Avocado
  • Trauben (während der Europa-Saison)

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

Für Rückfragen:
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com


WWF-Bericht über die Kartoffel nennt PENNY mit Bio-Helden als Vorreiter


Source: REWE Group

PENNY setzt als erster Discounter mit HERZBUBE-Eiern Zeichen für mehr Tierwohl

Hauptprobleme wie Kükentöten und Schnäbelkürzen im Fokus – GVO-freies Futter

Koln, Deutschland, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pro Jahr werden rund 45 Millionen männliche Küken unmittelbar nach der Geburt getötet, weil sie keine Eier legen und nur wenig Fleisch ansetzen. Mit den HERZBUBE-Eiern setzt PENNY nun ein Zeichen in Sachen Tierwohl: Zum einen werden die männlichen Küken nicht unmittelbar nach dem Schlupf getötet, sondern bis zur Schlachtreife aufgezogen. Zum anderen wird bei den Legehennen auf das Kürzen der Schnäbel – dem wichtigsten Tastorgan der Tiere – verzichtet. Legehennen neigen, wenn sie gestresst sind, dazu sich gegenseitig zu verletzen. Damit sich die Tiere wohler fühlen und natürliche Verhaltensweisen wie Picken unterstützt werden, bekommen die Tiere Beschäftigungsmaterial wie Picksteine oder Stroh. Zudem erhalten die Tiere gentechnikfreies Futter (VLOG-Logo). Dementsprechend tragen die HERZBUBE-Eier auch das unternehmens-eigene PRO PLANET-Label. Ab 1. Februar bieten die 2.150 PENNY-Märkte exklusiv in ganz Deutschland die HERZBUBE-Eier aus Bodenhaltung zum Preis von 1,29 Euro (6er-Karton) an. Rechnerisch beläuft sich das jährliche Volumen der Herzbube-Eier auf rund 20 Millionen Stück. Partner des von der Hochschule Osnabrück wissenschaftlich begleiteten Projekts ist der Eierhof Hennes, Euskirchen.

„Für die HERZBUBE-Eier wurden vor einigen Wochen je 72.000 weibliche und männliche Küken eingestallt. Als erster Discounter geben wir ein klares Signal in den Markt, dass wir die bisherige Praxis so schnell als möglich überwinden müssen. Wir zeigen, dass es im Hinblick auf das Tier-wohl, aber auch mit Blick auf die Wirtschaftlichkeit, praktisch möglich ist, die männlichen Küken nicht unmittelbar zu töten“, so Stefan Magel, COO PENNY. Mit diesem Lösungsansatz befinde man sich aber noch in einer Nische. „Ziel muss es sein, so schnell wie möglich zu einer verlässlichen Geschlechtsbestimmung im Ei zu kommen. Dabei darf es keine Denkverbote geben“, fordert Magel.

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

Für Rückfragen:
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com


PENNY setzt als erster Discounter mit HERZBUBE-Eiern Zeichen für mehr Tierwohl


Source: REWE Group

Weis Markets in Ephrata, Lititz, Willow Street and Red Rose Commons shopping center in Lancaster now offer full selection of wine

Lancaster locations now offer full selections of wine and beer at in-store cafes

SUNBURY, PA and LANCASTER, PA, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today (January 27th, 2017) announced it is now selling a full selection of wine at its in-store cafes in Ephrata, Lititz and Willow Street locations, as well as its Lancaster store located at the Red Rose Commons shopping center.

Each café offers 180 imported and domestic wines, including selections from Pennsylvania vineyards. In addition to wine, shoppers can also choose from at least 800 varieties of beer available at each cafe, including an extensive selection of domestic and local craft beers.

“We are pleased to offer our customers a diverse selection of beer and wine in each of our Lancaster County cafes,” said Dennis Curtin, director of public relations for Weis Markets. “We’ve worked carefully to add wine in a way that preserves our outstanding beer selection, ultimately giving our customers more convenient choices.”

The cafés sell wine Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information, visit WeisMarkets.com.

About Weis Markets

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 204 stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.

Source: Weis Markets, Inc.

Sprouts Farmers Market to issue financial results for 4Q and FY 2016 on Thursday, February 23, 2017

PHOENIX, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (Nasdaq:SFM) today (Jan. 26, 2017) announced it will issue financial results for the 13-week fourth quarter and 52-week year ended January 1, 2017 before the market opens on Thursday, February 23, 2017.  Following the release, Sprouts management will conduct a conference call at 8:00 a.m. MST (10:00 a.m. EST) to discuss the results for the quarter and full year.

A webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at investors.sprouts.com. Participants should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

The conference call will be available via the following dial-in numbers:

  • U.S. Participants: 877-398-9481
  • International Participants: Dial +1-408-337-0130
  • Conference ID: 60583547

The audio replay will remain available for 72 hours and can be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (toll-free) or 404-537-3406 (international) and entering the confirmation code: 60583547.

About Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, meat and seafood, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 24,000 team members and operates more than 250 stores in 13 states from coast to coast. For more information, visit sprouts.com or @sproutsfm on Twitter.

Investor Contact:
Susannah Livingston
(602) 682-1584

Media Contact:  

Donna Egan
(602) 682-3152

Source: Sprouts Farmers Market/globenewswire

Carrefour Spain fruit’s Cardboard Box for home delivery honoured with the WORLDSTAR PACKAGING Award

Carrefour Spain fruit’s Cardboard Box for home delivery honoured with the WORLDSTAR PACKAGING Award


The Cardboard Box for home delivery of Carrefour Spain fruit wins the WORLDSTAR PACKAGING Award

Spain, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — In October, Carrefour Spain won the LIDERPACK award, leading to participation in the WORLSTAR Awards. The Liderpack Awards are the most important in Spain in the “packaging and point of purchase” category. They promote and recognise innovation and creativity by companies and professionals involved in the manufacture and design of packaging and Point of Purchase (POP) items.

The WORLDSTAR PACKAGING AWARD is the world’s most pre-eminent packaging award. 291 products from 35 countries participated in this year’s WorldStar competition. The box was awarded the prize in the Food Category.

Characteristics of this cardboard box:
Using these boxes keeps the product ventilated, which is beneficial to conservation.
In addition, it prevents damage by knocks from other objects for delivery during transportation.

The box is quick to assemble thanks to its automatic bottom.
This facilitates its placement inside delivery boxes as it is more stable.

The retailer’s trademark can be printed on it, in addition to any specific advertising or differentiating message.

It can be used to store the product purchased or transport it to the place of work.
The product can be seen inside.
It acknowledges the brand of product purchased.
Easy and intuitive to recycle.

It is made from recycled paper.
Fully recyclable.
A treatment for contact with food that preserves moisture.
Water-based ink.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group


Ulta Beauty announces holding company reorganization

BOLINGBROOK, Ill., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ulta Beauty [NASDAQ: ULTA] today (Jan. 27, 2017) announced that the Company will implement a holding company reorganization on January 29, 2017, the beginning of the Company’s new fiscal year. The primary purpose of the reorganization is to create a more efficient corporate structure. Business operations for the Company will not change as a result of the reorganization.

Pursuant to this holding company reorganization, Ulta Beauty, Inc. will replace Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. as the publicly-traded entity. All outstanding shares of common stock of Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. will automatically convert into the same number of shares of common stock of Ulta Beauty, Inc. with all of the same rights, powers and preferences, and qualifications, limitations and restrictions. The common stock of the Company will continue to trade on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ULTA.” There is no change to the directors and executive officers of the Company as a result of the creation of the holding company.

About Ulta Beauty

Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store in 1990, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™. The Company offers more than 20,000 products from over 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin and brow services. Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. As of January 27, 2017, Ulta Beauty operates 974 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials and social content. For more information, visit www.ulta.com.


Ulta Beauty
Scott Settersten
Chief Financial Officer
(630) 410-4807

Laurel Lefebvre
Vice President, Investor Relations
(630) 410-5230

Karen May
Director, Public Relations
(630) 410-5457

Source: Ulta Beauty

Amazon announces new original series Patriot to premiere on Friday, February 24 exclusively on Prime Video

Original dramatic series is developed by Steven Conrad and stars Michael Dorman, Terry O’Quinn, Kurtwood Smith and Michael Chernus

SEATTLE, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Jan. 27, 2017) announced its new original one hour series Patriot is slated to premiere on Friday, February 24 exclusively on Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany and Austria. Starring Michael Dorman (Wonderland), Emmy winner Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Kurtwood Smith (That 70’s Show) and Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black), Patriot follows the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner (Dorman). His latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear, requiring him to forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous “non-official cover”—that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm. A bout with PTSD, the Federal government’s incompetence and the intricacies of keeping a day job in the “front” industrial piping company cause a barrage of ever-escalating fiascos that jeopardize Tavner’s mission. The series, recently selected to have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival Berlinale, is executive produced by Steven Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), who also writes and directs on the series, James Parriott (Grey’s Anatomy), Glenn Ficarra (This Is Us), John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love, Focus), Charles Gogolak (Focus), and Gil Bellows (Temple Grandin). Customers can watch the pilot episode online at Amazon.com/PatriotTV before the full season’s remaining nine episodes air on February 24.

Patriot explores the lesser known, unglamorous aspects of life as an intelligence officer. While the future of the world is at stake, it’s often the idiosyncrasies of those around John Tavner that force him to have to choose between bad alternatives. Those characters include Tom Tavner (O’Quinn), John’s State Department Director of Intelligence father; John’s older brother Edward Tavner (Chernus), a young Texas congressman; John’s wife Alice, played by Kathleen Munroe (Call Me Fitz); Agathe, played by Aliette Opheim (Sandor slash Ida), a brilliant young homicide detective from Luxembourg hot on John’s trail; and Mr. Claret (Smith), John’s stickler of a new “boss” at the piping firm where John is “employed.”

Prime members will be able to stream the series exclusively via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. Patriot 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 later this year on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories.

“As smart, compelling and contradictory as the world it portrays, Steve Conrad’s Patriot is an incredible comedic drama about the world of modern intelligence,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy and Drama, Amazon Studios. “Told skillfully and artfully, Steve and the incredible cast have made something truly unique and we can’t wait to bring it to customers soon.”

Patriot was part of Amazon’s pilot season last year, a unique development process that gives all customers an opportunity to stream and review pilots in order to help choose the next Amazon Original Series that are then available to Prime members. Below are what customers have said about the pilot:

  • “Finally! A show crediting its viewers with intelligence and humor. Hilariously clever.”
  • “Original, quirky, interesting characters, inventive plot twists and a whole world to explore through this lens.”
  • “Patriot is a fresh twist on covert operations and espionage. Great and often hilarious writing … solid performances throughout.”

The entire first season of Patriot 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/PatriotTV, with other Amazon Original Series 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.

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.

Media Hotline:


Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Marich Confectionery recalls Valentine Chocolate Caramel Hearts that may contain undeclared almonds

Hollister, California, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marich Confectionery of Hollister, California is voluntarily recalling 4.25oz Valentine Chocolate Caramel Hearts UPC CODE 797817-44440-9 because it may contain Triple Chocolate Toffee which contains almonds. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Product was distributed in California, Oklahoma and Minnesota in retail form.

The product can be identified by its Valentine’s Day themed packaging. It comes in a 4.25oz (120g) bright red and pink box with the product name of Chocolate Caramel Hearts. The lot code being recalled is 0031711 with a best by date of 9/30/17 and can be found on the bottom of the package.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing almonds was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of almonds. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s packaging processes that resulted in the packaging mix up.

Consumers who have purchased 4.25oz Valentine Chocolate Caramel Hearts are urged to return it Marich Confectionery for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-624-7055 Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST.

Consumers Contact:


Source: FDA

BJ’s Wholesale Club through partnership with DonorsChoose.org donates $100,000 to fund classroom projects in Summerville and Charleston

BJ’s Wholesale Club through partnership with DonorsChoose.or donates $100,000 to fund classroom projects in Summerville and Charleston


CHARLESTON, S.C., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club today ( Jan. 26, 2017) announced that it funded all classroom projects listed by teachers in Charleston, Summerville and neighboring communities through crowd-funding website DonorsChoose.org. The $100,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation fulfilled 141 teacher-led projects, benefiting 846 students in 65 local schools.

“At BJ’s, our commitment to our members extends far beyond the outstanding value and quality found at our Clubs,” said Kirk Saville, senior vice president, corporate communications, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We’re pleased to make this donation to celebrate our entrance to the Summerville community, and we’re thrilled to be able to help enrich learning in Lowcountry classrooms through our partnership with DonorsChoose.org.”

BJ’s donation supports a diverse variety of projects in Summerville, Charleston, North Charleston and the surrounding area. Projects funded include:

  • Supplies to increase digital reading experiences at home and to print students’ published writing and portfolio projects
  • Basic essentials such as new backpacks to help students carry their supplies to and from school each day
  • Outdoor musical instruments that will allow students to use creative thinking abilities and fine motor skills to produce different types of music during recess and academic arts time

“We are so grateful for the support of BJ’s Wholesale Club as they celebrate the opening of their new Summerville location,” said Rianne Roberts, partnerships manager at DonorsChoose.org. “Their support will bring learning to life for so many students in the communities of Summerville and Charleston.”

As part of its Adopt-a-School program and collaboration with DonorsChoose.org, BJ’s has contributed more than $2 million to help equip teachers at over 2,500 public and charter elementary schools with the resources necessary to create innovative lesson plans and meet curriculum objectives.

The BJ’s Wholesale Club is scheduled to open in Spring 2017, and will be located at the intersection of Interstate 26 and North Main Street, Summerville’s primary retail corridor. The Club will be the first in South Carolina, expanding BJ’s footprint to 16 states and marking club #215 for the company. The Club will also feature a BJ’s Gas® station, saving Members even more.

BJ’s biggest advantage is fresh food – produce, dairy, meat and deli.

A BJ’s Membership is filled with added convenience.

  • BJ’s offers the best value of any supermarket or club.
    • BJ’s everyday prices on the key items that families buy most often are significantly better value than supermarkets, saving families up to 25 percent or more.
    • The company is the only major wholesale club that accepts manufacturers’ coupons, offering families another great way to save.
    • Its own brands, Berkley Jensen and Wellsley Farms, let families save without sacrificing quality or fun.
  • Members buy 65 percent more fresh food from BJ’s than from other clubs.
  • BJ’s is the only major wholesale club to offer a full-service deli with premium meats and cheeses.
  • Members are able to choose fresh meats cut to their specifications. BJ’s butchers will recut and repackage at no charge.
      • BJ’s offers the most payment options of any major wholesale club.
      • Members are able to research, shop and install electronics with help from BJ’s Tech Advisors.
      • Its new Pick Up & Pay® program allows shoppers to stock up by reserving items online and then picking up in-club.
      • Members can save time and money by filling up their tanks at BJ’s. The company’s gas prices are among the lowest around.

Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer surveys on household spending, the BJ’s Wholesale Club could save area shoppers more than $40 million a year.

Shoppers can learn more about BJ’s Wholesale Club by going to www.bjs.com.

Towns funded include: Charleston, Cross, Dorchester, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Huger, Johns Island, Ladson, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, St. George and Summerville.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ’s Gas® locations in 15 states.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics,  many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

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BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000 by a Bronx history teacher, DonorsChoose.org has raised over $500 million for America’s classrooms. Teachers come to DonorsChoose.org to request the materials and experiences they need most for their classrooms, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. To date, 2.4 million people and partners have funded projects on the site, reaching 21 million students and making DonorsChoose.org the leading platform for supporting U.S. public schools. DonorsChoose.org is the only crowdfunding platform that vets each request, delivers materials directly to schools, and captures the impact of every funded project with photos, thank yous, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. In 2014, DonorsChoose.org made the top 10 of Fast Company’s list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies, the first time a charity has received such recognition.

For further information:
Jennie Hardin

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