Metric USA Releases Makeup Bag Case Organizer On

CULVER CITY, CA, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metric Products, a family owned company that works to create, develop, and manufacturer a range of products that are functional, beautiful, and simplistically designed, this week announced they have released their latest innovative product, the Metric USA Cosmetic Makeup Bag Case Organizer, on for all consumers intent on keeping their personal items neat and organized.

“Having been in business for over 60 years, we understand what’s missing from the market at any given time,” said Rita Haft Owner of Metric Products. “Women and men deserve an organizational cosmetic bag that is both nice to look at, and functional in design. Our latest product is transportable and designed to be an on-the-go necessity for any kind of adventure.”

The Cosmetic Organizer is curated with extra length to hold even the longest makeup brushes. It is water-repellent and easy to clean with any kind of soap. Designed to be lightweight and portable, the organizer has an origami-type easy to fold design that makes it suitable for everyday transportable use. Lastly, the bag is equipped with a durable, long-lasting zipper to keep items safe and secure from leaks and spills.

“In addition to the outside zipper, the bag also comes with an interior zipper for keeping smaller makeup items secure and separate from the larger pouch,” said Ms. Haft. “This makes for the ultimate organizational structure. Spread the word on the roll out of our latest product, and head on over to today to get a better idea of its unique properties.”

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Majid Al Futtaim Healthcare opens its 5th City Centre Clinic located in the Bel Remaitha Sports Club in Dubai

Majid Al Futtaim Healthcare opens its 5th City Centre Clinic located in the Bel Remaitha Sports Club in Dubai


Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — After Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, announced its investment in the UAE, Majid Al Futtaim Healthcare has started to implement its plan to launch an integrated network of clinics across the UAE. The new clinic is the 5th branch of City Centre Clinic after community clinics launched in My City Centre Barsha and Ibn Battuta at the end of 2016.

City Centre Clinic – Nad Al Hammar is located in the Bel Remaitha Sports Club and plans to service the neighbouring area of Nad Al Hammar and an approximate population of 43,000. The clinic will cater to the immediate needs of the patients and, as part of the larger integrated healthcare network, will refer patients to the hub clinic in Deira when necessary. The community clinic will offer key specialities such as general practice, family medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, dentistry and others. The clinic will soon introduce endocrinology, orthopaedics and dermatology to the offering.

Majid Al Futtaim Healthcare’s ambitious plan comes as a response to the growing demand for healthcare services in the UAE. According to Alpen Capital’s new Healthcare Industry report; the GCC is witnessing “an era of demographic transition accompanied by rising prevalence of lifestyle-related diseases”. The same source stated that the GCC healthcare market is estimated to develop at a 12.1 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from $40.3 billion in 2015 to $71.3 billion in 2020.

Mohamed Al Hashemi, Business Development Director at Majid Al Futtaim – Healthcare said: “The healthcare industry in the GCC is going through a rapid period of growth and transformation with customers’ demand and expectations increasing exponentially. In response to these trends and in line with the UAE Government’s efforts to expand healthcare infrastructure, we are constantly investing to build a local, interconnected network of outpatient clinics.

“This is a revolutionary approach to healthcare customer services that will allow patients to benefit from City Centre Clinics’ premium offerings across different locations and various facilities, depending on their needs”.

Remaining true to Majid Al Futtaim’s ‘Great Moments’ philosophy, the new City Centre Clinics have partnered with Majid Al Futtaim Leisure and Entertainment to enhance the experience for their littlest patients. Each new clinic will be fitted with a Little Explorer’s play area in the waiting room to develop the spatial awareness of our young visitors and stimulate their quest for knowledge. Additionally, City Centre Clinics will be offering complementary loaded Magic Planet cards that young patients can enjoy at Magic Planet, their favourite family entertainment centres.

Speaking on the partnership, Mohamed Al Hashemi, Business Development Director said: “Our aim is to provide customers across the region with great moments every day, not only with exceptional healthcare expertise but with an enhanced experience which guarantees the full Majid Al Futtaim offering. By strategically partnering with our sister business unit, we are merging healthcare and happiness to ensure a robust patient experience.”


Phone: +9714 2949999

Source: Majid Al Futtaim


Gordy’s Market donated over 745,000 meals to the Feed My People Food Bank in 2016

CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISC, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gordy’s Market is pleased to announce the donation of over 950,000 pounds of food to the Feed My People Food Bank in 2016, representing over 745,000 meals.

Gordy’s donates their high-quality food items from each of its 26 grocery stores to Feed My People Food Bank on a daily basis with the food going back to each of its local community food pantries and non-profit organizations serving those in need.

“We are thrilled to be able to give back to our local communities,” said Dave Schafer, Gordy’s Market CEO. “Our communities, and those we serve, are the foundation in which our father (Gordy Schafer) built our family owned and operated business.”

Feed My People is the only food bank in west central Wisconsin, providing food to more than 125 hunger-relief organizations in 14 different counties.

Since 2002, Gordy’s has donated over 1.7 million pounds of food to their local communities.

“We are so appreciative of the relationship Gordy’s has with our hunger-relief partner programs. Donating nearly one million pounds of food in one year is breathtaking. The long-term impact of this generosity in communities throughout west central Wisconsin is truly significant,” said Emily Moore, Feed My People Executive Director.

Established on the Southside of Chippewa Falls in 1966 by Gordy and Donna Schafer, Gordy’s Market locally owns and operates 26 stores in west central Wisconsin.

Founded on the values of giving back to their communities and providing local families with quality products at affordable prices while paying high attention to friendly service, Gordy’s continues to operate on these long standing traditions. A family owned and operated tradition spanning over 3 generations and over 50 years, two things remain the same, their focus on community and service.

Maggie Cook
Marketing Director
Gordy’s Market

Source: Gordy’s Market

Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell employees across U.S. to benefit from the company’s expanded parental time-off policy

Louisville, KY, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) today (February 27, 2017) announced an expanded parental time-off policy as part of the Company’s ongoing commitment to its people-first culture and investment in its employees. The expanded parental time-off policy offers birth mothers 18 weeks of fully paid time away from work, including six weeks of “baby bonding” time. In addition, the policy offers six weeks of fully paid “baby bonding” time away from work to fathers, partners, adoptive and foster parents.

Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell employees at its U.S. headquarters in Louisville, Plano, Texas, and Irvine, Calif., as well as other above restaurant leaders across the country who are employed by the company can take advantage of the policy effective immediately.“As we transform Yum! Brands into a more growth-focused brand builder and global franchisor, investing in our unrivaled culture while engaging and attracting talent is a top priority,” said Tracy Skeans, Chief Transformation and People Officer, Yum! Brands. “This expanded parental time off and baby bonding benefit builds on our strong legacy of investing in our people and culture to fuel great results and continuously providing meaningful ways to help our employees be and contribute their best at work and at home.”

In addition to the expanded parental time-off policy, Yum! Brands recently started offering increased flexibility to corporate employees with year-round half-day Fridays and a minimum of four weeks paid vacation plus two additional bonus weeks in an employee’s 10th, 20th or 30th year of service. The Company also offers a range of other benefits to support working parents and families including 24/7, 365-day access to a doctor through Teladoc, financial support for adoption services and infertility treatments, autism support services, daycare facilities and a host of wellness programs.

About Yum! Brands, Inc.
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 43,500 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. The company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in international retail development.


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Contact:  502-874-8200

Source: Yum! Brands, Inc.

Dunkin’ Donuts launches a refreshing new cold coffee choice — the Sweet & Salted Cold Brew

Dunkin’ Donuts launches a refreshing new cold coffee choice — the Sweet & Salted Cold Brew


  • Ring in Spring with Dunkin’ Donuts’ New Vanilla Truffle Donut, Shamrock Sprinkle Donut
  • DD Perks® Rewards members receive 20 bonus points on any hot or iced coffee purchase

CANTON, MA, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the heels of the successful launch of Cold Brew coffee in 2016, Dunkin’ Donuts has crafted a refreshing new cold coffee choice, introducing Sweet & Salted Cold Brew, a unique new way to enjoy the brand’s Cold Brew. Available for a limited time at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide beginning today, February 27, Sweet & Salted Cold Brew features Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature, ultra-smooth Cold Brew, sweetened with liquid cane sugar and a special new, proprietary salted whipped topping, treating guests to an irresistible taste combination of sweet and salty in every sip.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Cold Brew coffee is prepared by steeping a special blend of coffee in cold water over an extended period of time to extract a uniquely distinctive flavor from the beans. The longer brewing process provides a rich, ultra-smooth coffee with an inherently sweeter flavor reminiscent of dark chocolate. Cold Brew coffee is crafted by hand in Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in small batches and served each day while supplies last, offering another exciting choice for those who prefer their coffee cold, along with the brand’s signature iced coffee.

To help keep Dunkin’ coffee fans energized, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a special bonus for members of its DD Perks® Reward Program, with 20 extra points awarded for any hot or iced coffee purchased through March 26. With the DD Perks Rewards Program, guests earn five points for every dollar they spend on Dunkin’ coffee, espressos, sandwiches and more. Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free, any-size beverage of their choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. To enroll in DD Perks and for complete details about the program, visit

For a sweet treat alongside the Sweet & Salted Cold Brew or a favorite Dunkin’ beverage, the brand’s March menu also brings the new Vanilla Truffle Donut, featuring a yeast shell donut filled with vanilla flavored buttercreme, frosted with chocolate icing and topped with white and dark chocolate curls. Donut fans are also in luck with the return of the Shamrock Sprinkle Donut, a yeast ring donut frosted with chocolate icing and topped with special shamrock sprinkles, and Dunkin’ Donuts’ Chocolate Filled Croissant, a flaky croissant filled with dark chocolate, served warm. All are available for a limited time at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit

Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts


NCR CFO Bob Fishman to present at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference

DULUTH, Ga, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) announced today that Bob Fishman, Chief Financial Officer, NCR, will present at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on February 28, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. PST.

A live webcast and replay of the presentation will be available in the Investor Relations section of ( The replay will be available for 14 days following the live presentation.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, with over 32,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. NCR encourages investors to visit its web site, which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

NCR Corporation
John Buchholz

Source: NCR Corporation

Lindex to open its first store on Mariehamn, Åland in May 2017

Lindex to open its first store on Mariehamn, Åland in May 2017


Sweden, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lindex opens the first store on Åland in May 2017. The Lindex store will be located in the heart Mariehamn, in a central location in the shopping centre, Zeipels.

Lindex has previously been present in Åland via the company’s online shop and the demand is big also for a physical store.

Since 2010 we offer our customers on Åland the possibility to shop online. The demand for a physical store has been big and it feels great to finaly open. We look forward to offer our customers a world-class fashion experience, says Kirsi Rauhala, Country Manager in Finland.

The store interior consist of light colours where different shades of white and touches of black and wood to give it a Scandinavian feel. In addition, red accents and details throughout the store reflect the brand’s trademark and logo. The simplicity of the interior and the sustainable design and quality are other details that reflect the Lindex brand ethos.

The store has a sales are of 650 square meters and is a full concept store with fashion for women, children, lingerie and cosmetics. The investment is a continuation of the fashion chain’s international expansion.


Miriam Tjernström
Press Relations Manager, Lindex
Phone: 46 (0)31 739 50 60

Source:  Lindex


Staples, Inc. completes sale of controlling interest in its European operations to a Cerberus Capital Management affiliate

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & NEW YORK, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. (“Cerberus”) today announced the completion of the sale of a controlling interest in Staples’ European operations to a Cerberus affiliate.Staples, Inc. will retain a 15 percent equity interest in the business, which has been separated into a privately-held company operating under the name Staples Solutions B.V. (“Staples Solutions”). Staples’ European business consists of retail, contract, and online businesses in 17 countries generating aggregate annual sales of approximately €1.7 billion.

“With the close of this deal, Staples’ global customers with a European presence will have their business needs met through the comprehensive services Staples Solutions will offer, while we will be able to fully devote our resources to growing our business in North America,” said Shira Goodman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Staples, Inc.

“We see great value in Staples Solutions and are confident that the company’s core strengths, when combined with an unwavering commitment to its customers and suppliers and Cerberus’ hallmark operational rigor, will strengthen Staples Solutions’ position as the leading provider of workplace products, services, and solutions to small, mid-sized, and large businesses in Europe,” said Steven F. Mayer, Co-Head of Global Private Equity and Senior Managing Director of Cerberus. “We have spent months getting to know the company and working side-by-side with its management team and its associates. Today, we are even more enthusiastic about our strategy to invest in key growth areas designed to improve the company’s competitiveness, position it for long-term sustainable growth, and capture opportunities that emerge from changes in the workplace products industry.”

As previously announced, upon today’s closing, Olof Persson, an executive with Cerberus’ operations team and the former President and CEO of Volvo Group, will become Chairman of Staples Solutions. Additional board members will include:

  • Stassi Anastassov, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Duracell, The Procter & Gamble Company
  • John Buchta, Senior Vice President, Tax and Treasurer of Staples, Inc.
  • Chan W. Galbato, Chief Executive Officer of Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC
  • Steven F. Mayer, Co-Head of Global Private Equity and Senior Managing Director of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.
  • Peter Ventress, former Chief Executive Officer of Berendsen plc., International President of Staples, Inc., and Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Express NV

About Staples, Inc.
Staples helps business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop – in stores, online via mobile or through social apps. Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division, caters to mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers by offering a one-source solution for the products and services they need, combined with best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and a state-of-the-art ecommerce site. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at

About Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.
Established in 1992, Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. is one of the world’s leading private investment firms. Cerberus has more than US $30 billion under management invested in three complementary strategies: operational private equity; global credit opportunities (including non-performing loans, corporate credit and distressed debt, mortgage securities and assets, and direct lending); and real estate. From its headquarters in New York City and network of affiliate offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Cerberus has the on-the-ground presence to invest in multiple asset classes globally.


Mark Cautela

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.
Liz Micci

Source: Staples, Inc.

SPAR Guangdong opens SPAR Tangxia Jindi in Baihui Shopping Mall; its first new store of 2017

Guangdong, China, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR China Partner, SPAR Guangdong, recently celebrated the opening of its first new store of 2017, SPAR Tangxia Jindi, located in the Baihui Shopping Mall.

This is the third SPAR branded store to open in the town of Tangxia. It has a strong focus on quality convenience food products and services, as well as the availability of extensive ranges of non-food items.

Chairman of SPAR Guangdong, Mr Hu Jintai, and Deputy Chairman, Mr Liang Zhonghua, were present at the opening ceremony. They were joined by large crowds of people, many residents of the surrounding area, eager to see the new SPAR store and its product offer. One shopper said: “This is the nearest grocery store to my apartment, so I no longer need to travel far to reach my nearest SPAR supermarket. The product range is very impressive in this new SPAR store; I am really looking forward to shopping here.”

In addition to the fresh food and nonfood offering, SPAR Tangxia Jindi provides customers with many convenience-based services such as free Wi-Fi and a mobile phone service.

Located on the ground floor of the Baihui Shopping Mall, this is an impressive supermarket with a compelling shopping environment. The extensive ranges of product will satisfy the ever-changing needs of our customers.

To celebrate the new opening, SPAR Tangxia Jindi launched a series of promotions and communications during the first week of trading.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Best Buy Canada announces secondary schools to receive funding for tech-based curriculums through Best Buy School Tech Grant program

  • From more than 220 applicants, 16 secondary schools across Canada have been awarded cash grants of up to $10,000 each
  • Recipients will use grants to enhance or integrate technology used in various courses, programs or extracurricular activities

Burnaby, BC, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy Canada is proud to announce the 16 secondary schools, selected from more than 220 applicants, to receive funding of up to $10,000 each for tech-based curriculums through the Best Buy School Tech Grant program. The recipient schools will use these grants to give students access to the latest in technology to help keep students motivated and inspired as they move towards post-secondary education.

“Exposure to technology has become essential for today’s youth but there is still a huge need for upgraded or increased technology in classrooms.” said Karen Arsenault, Community Relations Manager, Best Buy Canada. “In reviewing the applications, it was inspiring to see the passion of the teachers and principals who illustrated how much this technology will impact their students by providing diverse and innovative learning opportunities and, in some cases, simply leveling the playing field.”

The 16 schools receiving a Best Buy School Tech Grant are:

General Grants:

  • Frank Hurt Secondary – Surrey, BC
  • Braided Journeys Program, Edmonton Catholic School District – Edmonton, AB
  • École Secondaire Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School – Red Deer, AB
  • Kyle Composite School – Kyle, SK
  • Elmwood High School – Winnipeg, MB
  • Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School – St. Catharines, ON
  • Ridgemont High School – Ottawa, ON
  • The Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School – Aurora, ON
  • Vezina Secondary School – Attawapiskat, ON
  • Ecole secondaire Gérard-Filion – Longueuil, QC
  • St. Malachy’s Memorial High School – Saint John, NB

STEM Grants:

  • Burnaby South Secondary School – Burnaby, BC
  • Alpha II Alternative School – Toronto, ON
  • Ridgetown District High School – Ridgetown, ON
  • Ecole Marguerite-De Lajemmerais – Montréal, QC
  • Richmond Regional High School – Richmond, QC

General Tech Grants are designed to help improve or integrate technology in classrooms to advance student learning. This could include new technologies including libraries, special needs classrooms, literacy programs and more. STEM Tech Grants are for schools looking to enhance technology in programs pertaining to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, which includes robotics clubs, math programs, computer coding and digital media courses.

All 16 schools will receive their funding in the coming weeks and celebrations will happen at the School Tech Grant recipient schools with the support of local Best Buy teams.

Best Buy Canada focuses its community investment on connecting youth with technology to inspire, motivate and empower their education. Through this mission, Best Buy has provided more than 140 Canadian schools with grants to purchase the technology, in addition to offering post-secondary scholarships and supporting youth with hands on tech learning opportunities.

In the coming months, Best Buy School Tech Grants will offer elementary schools with the opportunity to apply for funding for new technology. Educators interested in being notified when grants are next available can email

For more information about Best Buy’s community investments, visit

About Best Buy

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada’s largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad ( brands. With nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada, and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through, Best Buy is a leader in Total Retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information visit

Media Contact:

Christine Tam
E :
T : 604.809.3416

Source: Best Buy

Citycon sells non-core retail property Lade in Trondheim, Norway to Frost Holding AS for EUR 21 million

Helsinki, Finland, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Citycon has signed an agreement to sell the non-core retail property Lade at the outskirts of Trondheim to Frost Holding AS. The property has five tenants and covers 8,600 sq.m. of gross leasable area. The purchase price amounts to approximately EUR 21 million (NOK 183 million), which is in line with the assets IFRS fair value. The transaction is expected to close in early March.

“The disposal of Lade is a natural step in our strategy to refine our Nordic portfolio, focusing on grocery-anchored shopping centres in urban crosspoints. This is our first divestment in Norway following the acquisition of the Norwegian business in the summer 2015. We will reinvest the proceeds from our divestments in developments and extensions of existing assets”, says Marcel Kokkeel, Chief Executive Officer at Citycon

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

Marcel Kokkeel, CEO
Tel. +358 40 154 6760


Tesco announces the arrival of the first UK grown strawberries of the year on its shelves on February 28

Tesco announces the arrival of the first UK grown strawberries of the year on its shelves on February 28


CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lancashire growers have pulled off a coup by getting the first UK grown strawberries of the year on supermarket shelves in February.

It’s believed to be one of the earliest ever arrivals for Britain’s favourite home-grown fruit, having been helped by a mild winter and the recent warmer temperatures.

The first English strawberries will be on sale at selected Tesco stores from Tuesday (February 28).

The news means that this year shoppers will be able to enjoy UK strawberries for an extended season of around nine months.

Traditionally the first British strawberries of the year are grown in the warmer climates of Kent, Sussex or Wales, but for the first time ever, they will come from Lancashire.

Tesco’s strawberry buyer Henry Maulik said:

“This brilliant but rare opportunity for customers to enjoy English strawberries so early in the year, is great news for shoppers.

“Helped by the recent warmer temperatures, this is the first time in ages that UK strawberries grown for supermarkets have been picked in February.

“Regarded as some of the best in the world, British strawberries tend to be sweeter, juicier and softer than those grown in other countries.

“The arrival of the first English strawberries marks the start of the UK fruit season, and is a great indicator that spring is just around the corner.”

The Lancashire strawberries were grown by one of the county’s largest berry producers, Medlar Fruit Farms, a family run business who are based in Kirkham.

Tesco’s early season glasshouse variety which will be on sale next week is called Driscoll’s Lusa and has been specially selected for its consistent high quality, aromatic flavour and sweet taste.

Medlar managing director Steve Bell said:

“We’re pleased to have been able to put Lancashire well and truly on the map for strawberries.

“The Driscoll’s Lusa variety are hugely popular with customers because of their fantastic flavour. We’ve been working with Tesco to extend the British season, so that shoppers can enjoy them for even longer.”

The traditional British strawberry season runs from May to September but now it can last for up to nine months. Medlar Fruit Farms are expecting to grow strawberries until mid- November.

Next week Tesco will also be stocking strawberries grown by one of its Welsh growers, S&A Produce, based in Herefordshire.

Note to editors:

Tesco’s grower uses state of the art computerised glasshouses in order to bring out the flavours in a very natural environment.

Thanks to the innovation of growers and the recent milder winters Britain has been enjoying longer fruit growing seasons.

  • Strawberry growing has been passed down generations at Medlar Fruit Farms and Steve and dad Colin continue to develop the business. Colin, who is over 70, continues to work on the farm and manages the day to day running of the farm.

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

Tesco Press Office
01707 918 701

Source: Tesco


Tesco announces new structure for its Express convenience stores

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has announced changes to the way it runs its Express convenience stores, as it continues to improve the shopping trip for its customers and simplify its business. The changes follow a successful trial in a number of its Express stores and will increase the overall number of colleagues serving customers. The changes focus on the creation of 3300 new Shift Leader roles, while Deputy Manager positions will no longer form part of the structure.

The new structure is part of a wider programme of transformation to meet customer needs, which has been taking place over the last two years, to ensure Tesco is set up to compete in a rapidly changing retail sector now and into the future.

Tracey Clements, Managing Director of Convenience at Tesco said:

“To help improve our service to customers in our Express stores we are aiming to have more of our colleagues on the shop floor, more often. To help achieve this we are creating more than 3,300 Shift Leader roles which, in turn, means we will no longer have Deputy Managers.  We appreciate that these changes will impact our Deputy Manager colleagues, and will do everything we can to support them throughout this period.”

This week, approximately 1,700 Deputy Managers will begin consultation and will be offered new Shift Leader positions or alternative roles in other Tesco stores.

Notes to editors

  • Tesco currently operates over 1,800 Express stores across the UK.
  • The changes will result in a net increase of around 1,500 roles.

Tesco Press Office
01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

Amazon Studios announces the addition of Fortitude to its lineup of dramatic original series for Prime Video

Ten episodes of the Arctic thriller, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Richard Dormer and Dennis Quaid, will debut later this year on Prime Video in the US

SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Studios and Sky Vision today (Feb. 27, 2017) announced the addition of Fortitude to Amazon’s lineup of dramatic original series for Prime Video in the US. The first season of Fortitude premiered on Sky Atlantic in 2015 and became the network’s most successful original drama commission to date, with the first episode watched by an accumulative audience of more than 3.2 million. The first season has also been available on Prime Video in the US since January 2016, with more than 2,000 four and five star reviews from customers. Season two of the series will become an Amazon Original Series and features an ensemble cast, including Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point), Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing), Luke Treadaway (Clash of the Titans), Darren Boyd (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Jar 2pm City), Mia Jexen (Happiness), Alexandra Moen (Strike Back), Verónica Echegui (The Cold Light of Day), Sienna Guillory (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), Ramon Tikaram (Jupiter Ascending), Parminder Nagra (ER), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), Robert Sheehan (Misfits) and Ken Stott (The Missing). The series is scheduled to premiere on Prime Video in the US later this year.

Fortitude follows Sheriff Dan Anderssen (Dormer) of Fortitude, a small isolated community with a captive population in an environment that is undergoing change and upheaval due to parasite and pathogen activity. After shooting the woman he loved, Dan becomes consumed with guilt, disappears into the wilderness and was presumed dead. Without a sheriff, the people of Fortitude begin to wonder whether Deputy Eric Odegard (Haraldsson), who has spent the last few weeks desperately searching for Dan, can fill his shoes. A new body is discovered on the other side of town and Eric must step up and lead this horrific investigation. As his own police team is trying to figure out who would have killed a man for no apparent reason, Dan suddenly reappears—a violent broken ruin of a man and wild to the point of feral. Quaid stars as Michael Lennox, a fisherman and patriarch of a family living in Fortitude, who is struggling to come to terms with his terminally ill wife, and will try anything to find a cure.

“In Fortitude, our customers will experience Dennis Quaid in a remarkably compassionate role, joined by an ensemble cast that has resonated with audiences globally,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR, Amazon Studios. “We’re excited to add such a beautiful and captivating series to our originals slate.”

“Amazon is the perfect home for Fortitude in the US,” said Jane Millichip, Managing Director, Sky Vision. “Fortitude is high-end, addictive viewing and perfectly suits Amazon’s scripted portfolio. Amazon has been a keen supporter of the series from the outset, having taken an SVOD window on season one. We’re delighted to now extend the relationship and make Amazon the home of our most successful returning Sky Atlantic original drama series.”

Fortitude is an Amazon Original Series in the US and Sky Original Production in the UK, produced by Fifty Fathoms, the makers of BAFTA-winning Marvellous, for BBC Two. The series is created and written by Simon Donald, and executive produced by Donald, Faye Dorn (Inspector George Gently) and Patrick Spence (The A Word). Trevor Hopkins (Strike Back) and Susie Liggat (Doctor Who) serve as producers.

Fortitude will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online, along with other Amazon Original Series at, at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit

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  • 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
  • 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
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About Sky Vision
Sky Vision is the production and distribution arm of Sky. The distribution arm represents around 5,000 hours of quality primetime programming from Sky Originals and independent third-party production, across all key primetime genres (drama, entertainment, factual entertainment and factual). The business also has equity investments in seven production businesses in the UK and US; Love Productions, Blast! Films, Sugar Films and Sky Vision Productions in the UK; and in the US, Jupiter Entertainment, Talos Films and Znak & Co.

In addition to its equity investments, Sky Vision works extensively within dependent producers in the UK and US and has development deals with a number of production companies; including Asylum Entertainment and Peacock Alley in North America; and Avanti Media, Bohemia, Chalkboard, LittleRock Pictures, Merman Films and Spring Films in the UK.

About Fifty Fathoms
Fifty Fathoms was set up by Patrick Spence under Endemol Shine Group in 2010. Patrick now runs the company with Katie Swinden (Peaky Blinders, Marvellous). Filming recently completed on Guerrilla, a 6 x 60′ series for Sky Atlantic and Showtime, written and directed by Academy Award winner John Ridley, starring Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay, Rory Kinnear, Denise Gough, Danny Mays, Zawe Ashton and Idris Elba, about two political activists fighting against a racist police force in 1970s London.

Fifty Fathoms’ 2014 debut production, Marvellous, a 90′ single film written by Peter Bowker, told the incredible true story of Neil Baldwin, a man who refused to accept the label of learning difficulties. Directed by Julian Farino (Entourage, The Office (US) ) and starring Toby Jones and Gemma Jones, it went on to win BAFTAs for Best Single Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress; Best Writer and Director, RTS; Best Film and Best Actor, BPG and Best Film, Writers Guild Awards and FIPA. And they have been picked up for a second season of The A Word,Pete Bowker’s 6 x 60′ series for BBC1 and Sundance, directed by Peter Cattaneo, starring Christopher Eccleston, Lee Ingleby and Morven Christie, a co-production with Keshet.

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Starbucks adds two new macchiato beverages to its menu for a limited time

Starbucks adds two new macchiato beverages to its menu for a limited time


Seattle, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — This time of year, the weather can be wintry one day and spring-like the next. Delicious both hot and iced, Starbucks macchiato is the perfect beverage to suit the season’s changing conditions. Starting tomorrow (February 28), Starbucks is adding for a limited time two new macchiato beverages to its menu at participating stores in the United States and Canada.

“With macchiato, we first pour the steamed milk and then add the espresso,” said Yoke Wong from Starbucks Beverage Development team. “The result is a coffee-forward flavor with beautiful layers.”

For sweater weather, customers can warm up with Starbucks® Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato. This new hot beverage features espresso shots poured over steamed coconutmilk and combined with a hint of white chocolate mocha sauce. The beverage is finished with caramel sauce in a double crosshatch pattern and a swirl of mocha sauce, creating five layers of espresso sweetness.

On sunny days, Starbucks® Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato. The beverage features signature espresso, the creaminess of almondmilk and sweetness of cinnamon dolce syrup are topped with Starbucks signature caramel cross-hatch and a sprinkle of cinnamon dolce topping.

“The original inspiration for the beverage is from horchata, a popular beverage in Spain and Latin America,” Wong said. “It is traditionally made with almond or rice milk and spices like cinnamon, and it is served hot or cold.”

These two new drinks join the full macchiato lineup at Starbucks that includes the original Espresso Macchiato, Latte Macchiato and Caramel Macchiato.

In celebration, here are a few fun facts about the beloved beverage.

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Starbucks Macchiato:

1. Macchiato was on the first Starbucks espresso menu.

When Starbucks began to offer handcrafted coffee beverages 30 years ago, macchiato was on the very first menu.

2. Macchiato means “marked in Italian.”

Every Starbucks macchiato beverage is marked – whether by espresso, foam, or its signature cross-hatch.

3. There’s a difference between an Espresso Macchiato and a Latte Macchiato.

A Starbucks® Espresso Macchiato is two shots of espresso marked with a dollop of foam. A Starbucks® Latte Macchiato is made with steamed milk, foam and shots of espresso.

4. Caramel Macchiato was created for Starbucks 25th anniversary.

Starbucks® Caramel Macchiato was first introduced in 1996 to mark the company’s 25-year anniversary. It was only intended to be available for eight weeks, but proved to be so popular that it has been a customer favorite ever since.

5. There are different Starbucks macchiato beverages around the world.

Customers can also enjoy regional versions of macchiato from time to time. Canada has featured Starbucks® Maple Macchiato, while China offered its own twist on the beverage with Starbucks® Chestnut Macchiato. For a limited time, customers in Asia can enjoy a Starbucks® Tahitian Vanilla Macchiato in select markets.

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Sainsbury’s expects Harry Potter will be the most popular character at this year’s World Book Day

Sainsbury’s expects Harry Potter will be the most popular character at this year’s World Book Day


  • More kids across the UK expected to celebrate World Book Day than ever before
  • Sainsbury’s sold a total of 1.2 million children’s costumes in 2016
  • Sainsbury’s childrenswear has performed ahead of the market over the last two years
  • Harry Potter expected to be the most popular character to dress up as this year

London, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s, the sixth largest retailer of clothing by volume in the UK, has been investing in all its ranges and offers customers high street style at great prices. Recent results show clothing to be a strong area of growth for the company.[1]

Childrenswear is a particularly strong area of the market for Sainsbury’s. Sales have grown double digits[2] over the last two years against a market which has grown four per cent.[3] Fancy dress is also growing in popularity and last year alone Sainsbury’s sold 1.2 million children’s fancy dress costumes.

Sainsbury’s has increased the size of its children’s dress up range for World Book Day by 35 per cent since last year to keep up with growing demand for children’s costumes.

The retailer has also seen increasing books sales for Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Where’s Wally, The Gruffalo and titles by Roald Dahl in the run up to World Book Day. In the week running up to World Book Day last year, Sainsbury’s saw sales increase by more than 20 per cent.

While Harry Potter is expected to take the golden snitch, Alice from Alice in Wonderland will be the second most popular character, narrowly beating the Gruffalo. Snow White is predicted to come in fourth place.

Sainsbury’s Head of Buying & Design – Childrenswear and Menswear, John Carolan, said: “Sainsbury’s customers can expect high quality and fantastic value products across all our ranges, for every occasion. Children’s fancy dress is a growing market and we’re committed to creating the very best products for our customers, whatever their age and right down to the smallest detail. Our World Book Day costumes are a great example of how we’re continuing to invest where it matters most to our customers. Our spell-binding Harry Potter costume comes with a robe, glasses, Gryffindor tie, golden snitch, wand and even a ticket for the Hogwarts Express – and all for just £15.”

[1] Clothing sales were up 10 per cent as at Sainsbury’s Q3 results (11th January 2017)
[2] Sales of Sainsbury’s childrenswear have grown 11 per cent since 2014
[3] Kantar Worldpanel

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IKEA ranked No. 11 on EPA’s National Top 100 list of the largest green power users; fourth on the Top 30 Retail list

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (February 27, 2017), IKEA announced that it appears as No. 11 on the national U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Top 100 list of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership. In addition to IKEA’s spot on the National Top 100 list, IKEA also appears fourth on the Top 30 Retail list, and No. 10 on the Top 30 On-Site Generation list.

IKEA is using more than 793 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which represents more than 100 percent of its total power needs. In addition, IKEA is generating green power from on-site solar and fuel cell energy systems. IKEA’s choice to use green power is helping to advance the green power market and support clean renewable energy alternatives.

Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps build demand for the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.

“We are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for our green power use,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA US President and CEO. “By making the choice to use clean, renewable energy, our organization becomes more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the United States that using green power is a sound business decision and an important tool in reducing one’s carbon footprint in the fight against climate change.”

According to the U.S. EPA, IKEA’s green power use of more than 793 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 73,000 average American homes annually.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing its environmental impact makes good business sense. IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and sells only LED bulbs. IKEA U.S. is in the process of installing 32 electric vehicle charging stations at its US stores locations, has solar arrays at 90% of its locations, and owns two wind farms in the U.S.

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has approximately 1,400 Partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 392 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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METRO GROUP and Yoma Strategic Holdings partner to develop one stop food distribution platform in Myanmar

Düsseldorf, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company announces its joint venture partnership with the Singapore-listed Myanmar-focused Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. to develop a one stop food distribution platform in Myanmar. According to the agreement, METRO will take an 85% stake in the newly established joint venture called METRO Wholesale Myanmar Ltd., with the remaining 15% shares owned by Yoma Strategic Holdings.

“I’m pleased that METRO is now entering Myanmar, such a promising market that offers abundant opportunities for our B2B wholesale business. The establishment of the joint venture with Yoma Strategic Holdings marks an important step for this meaningful expansion”, said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. “We are convinced that METRO’s proven expertise in areas such as food safety and supply chain management will strongly contribute to the development and upgrade of the local supply and distribution infrastructure.”

As the first step, METRO will open a depot for wholesale distribution located in Yangon’s Thilawa Special Economic Zone, with the construction work scheduled to start in March 2017, and the depot is expected to open in beginning of 2018. By focusing on a pure delivery model instead of constructing a classic brick and mortar store METRO underlines the increasing strategic importance on food service distribution and efficient use of investment which will be in the low double-digit EUR million range for Myanmar.

METRO’s efficient one stop wholesale distribution platform will be a solution for a market which at current is fragmented, with retailers often having to source their products through a complex mix of local retail and wholesale distributors as well as importers. From this platform over 3,300 food and non-food high quality products as well as customized services will be delivered to the professional customers including hotels, restaurants, catering firms, independent small retailers and offices. It aims to effectively address the evolving needs of the local professional customers, who now increasingly seek products of consistently reliable quality and good value. In addition to exploring its own unique sourcing expertise and channels to secure high quality products, METRO will leverage on Yoma Strategic Holdings’ logistics and warehousing infrastructure to facilitate the key supply chain build-up for Myanmar. “We are confident that our partnership with METRO will bring global know-how in modern wholesale distribution and contribute to bringing reliable and safe food to the people of Myanmar”, said Melvyn Pun, Yoma Strategic Holdings’ Chief Executive Officer.

In many countries of its operations, METRO works very closely with the local community to improve the food safety through series of dedicated and tailored training programs for the farmers and producers. This approach will be applied too in Myanmar to make joint efforts with various stakeholders to support the improvement of the food safety. After careful analysis, trainings will be developed and carried out to equip local farmers with necessary awareness, knowledge and skills in the areas such as production, harvesting, processing and packaging. Trained and qualified farmers will contribute to an efficient, sustainable and reliable supply chain of METRO Myanmar but also the overall well-being of the community.

The METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people around the world. In 2015/16, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. achieved sales of around €37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers. More information is available at and

Listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Securities Exchange Trading Limited (SGX-ST), Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. is a leading business corporation with a diversified portfolio of businesses in Real Estate, Consumer, Automotive & Equipment, and Investments in Myanmar. Together with its partner, the SPA Group, the Group is taking a conglomerate approach to build a diversified portfolio of businesses in Myanmar. The Company was ranked in the top 10% of the Governance and Transparency index for three consecutive years (2014 – 2016), ranked 17th out of top 100 largest Singapore companies in the Asean Corporate Governance Scorecard 2015 and won the Best Managed Board (Gold) Award at the Singapore Corporate Awards in 2016. More information is available at

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