Amazon Restaurants brings its delivery service in the greater Washington, D.C. area

Prime members in D.C. can now enjoy delivery from popular restaurants, including Maketto, Ben’s Next Door, Hill Country Barbecue Market, Kapnos, b DC Penn Quarter, and many more

SEATTLE, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Feb. 28, 2017) announced that Prime members in the greater Washington, D.C. area can now enjoy delivery from 150 popular restaurants, including Maketto, Ben’s Next Door, Hill Country Barbecue Market, Kapnos, b DC Penn Quarter, and many more. Amazon Restaurants is expanding its delivery territory from Northern Virginia to customers in the Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Adams Morgan, H Street, Shaw, and Downtown neighborhoods, to name a few.

“The hustle and bustle in the nation’s capital can make it difficult to try all the amazing restaurants around town,” said Gus Lopez, general manager of Amazon Restaurants. “Now, Amazon Restaurants makes it easy to skip traffic and get delicious meals from top restaurants conveniently delivered to your office or home in an hour or less.”

Using the Amazon or Prime Now mobile apps or by visiting, Prime members in D.C. can order from participating restaurants, browse menus, track the status of their delivery, and watch as their delivery driver travels from the restaurant to the delivery address in real time.

Once an order is placed, the food will be delivered in one hour or less. Amazon Restaurants offers customers transparent pricing—there are no menu markups. If a customer finds a restaurant item on Amazon Restaurants that is priced higher than the regularly priced item on the restaurant’s current online menu within 24 hours of placing the order, Amazon will refund that customer the price of the item.

“Who doesn’t love being a Prime member and all the benefits that come with it?” said Jesse Hiney, general manager of Osteria Morini DC. “Now my customers will be able to get our delicious pasta delivered right to their doors. Sounds dangerous in a delicious way!”

New Participating Restaurants in Washington, D.C. include:

  • Absolute Noodle
  • Acacia Bistro
  • Addis Ethiopian Restaurants
  • Al Volo DC
  • Amsterdam Falafelshop
  • Appioo African Bar & Grill
  • Arepa Zone
  • b DC Penn Quarter
  • Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar
  • Bangkok Joes
  • Bar Deco
  • Bolt Burgers
  • Bozzelli’s
  • Cafe of India
  • Coppi’s Organic Restaurant
  • Das Ethiopian
  • DC Pizza
  • DC Wisey’s
  • DCity Smokehouse
  • District Doughnut and Coffee
  • Duffy’s Irish Restaurant and Pub
  • Dupont Pizza
  • Espita Mezcaleria
  • Hill Country Barbecue Market
  • Indique
  • I-Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bar
  • Johnny Pistola’s
  • Kapnos
  • Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar
  • Kogod Liquors & Deli
  • Le Caprice DC Cafe Bakery
  • Lore Lounge
  • Maketto
  • Masala Art
  • Mayur Kabob House
  • Merzi
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Moxie’s
  • Mythology
  • Nazca Mochica
  • Nerds & Nibblers
  • New Dynasty Chinese Restaurant
  • New Heights Restaurant
  • Osteria Morini
  • Panda Gourmet
  • Pasha’s Kitchen
  • Pizza Mart
  • Pow Pow
  • Prescription Chicken
  • Quara Ethiopian Fusion Restaurant
  • Rakuya
  • Rasoi Indian Kitchen
  • Rice Bar
  • Rito Loco
  • San Antonio Bar & Grill
  • Shanghai Tokyo Cafe
  • Shawafel
  • Simply Banh Mi
  • Sloppy Mamas
  • Thai Chili
  • The Chickery
  • The Deli
  • Toku Japanese and Asian Cuisine
  • Tono Sushi
  • Uni Bistro
  • Uprising Muffin Company
  • Ventnor Sports
  • West Wing Cafe
  • Zorba’s Cafe

Prime members can download the Amazon or Prime Now apps or visit to enter their ZIP code and see if the service is available in their area. In ZIP codes where restaurant delivery is available, customers will see Restaurants on the home page.

To learn more about Amazon Restaurants or to download the Amazon and Prime Now mobile apps, visit For restaurants interested in working with Amazon Restaurants, please visit

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 Learn more about Amazon Prime Now, Shop, or Download the App at

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Tesco launches the first ever frozen prepared versions pomegranate, beetroot, watermelon and coconut

Tesco launches the first ever frozen prepared versions pomegranate, beetroot, watermelon and coconut


CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — They’re currently some of the trendiest but also trickiest foods to prepare without fuss – pomegranate, beetroot, watermelon and coconut.

But now help has arrived from Tesco which has launched the first ever frozen prepared versions that will save shoppers time, hassle and help reduce food waste.

The new products will also help shoppers cut down on food waste in the home by allowing them to use only what they need and keep the rest in the freezer.

All four of these fruit and vegetable items have become popular recently in recipes and health drinks:

  • Pomegranate seeds in salads and tagines
  • Coconut in Asian cooking and desserts as a substitute for sugar
  • Beetroot in salads, smoothies and even cakes and brownies
  • Watermelon in smoothies and salads

Tesco frozen food buyer Marianne Aitken explained:

“Anyone who’s ever tried getting the seeds out of a pomegranate to add outstanding flavour to a salad or tried breaking open a coconut will know how fiddly it can be.

“Our new frozen range is a delicious and hassle free way to help assemble that eye-catching dish.

“Frozen fruit options are becoming increasingly popular with shoppers, who are looking for simple ways to eat a wide range of fruits, without the preparation time associated with fresh varieties.”

Tesco’s frozen fruit and vegetable are not only great value and have less preparation, they contain the same vitamins and minerals as their fresh equivalent.

In the last year demand for bags of ready prepared frozen fruit slices at Tesco has soared by 35 per cent.

And the supermarket’s frozen smoothie range, which now includes veg and fruit mixes, have seen a near 100 per cent sales increase in the last 12 months.

The arrival of these new frozen fruit and vegetable lines follows the popular launch by Tesco 18 months ago of the UK’s first frozen avocados which are peeled and halved.

Tesco works in partnership with its suppliers to help reduce waste, from farm to fork. These innovative lines contribute to helping reduce food waste in the home, and help towards Tesco’s commitment to help halve all UK food waste by 2025.

The UK’s Waste and Resources Reduction Action Programme (WRAP) welcomed the launch of the new frozen lines by Tesco.

WRAP director Dr Richard Swannell said:

“We welcome the launch of Tesco’s launch of frozen watermelon, beetroot, coconut and pomegranate.

“This could really help consumers reduce edible household food waste as they can simply defrost and use as and when required.”

All of the new frozen products come in easy to use re-sealable packs. The beetroot and coconut are already diced while the watermelon is in chunks and the pomegranate is seeded.

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


Starbucks Coffee Company announces Milan Reserve Roastery set to open in late 2018

Starbucks Coffee Company announces Milan Reserve Roastery set to open in late 2018


Milan, ITALY, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (February 27, 2017), Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced its newest Roastery location on Piazza Cordusio in Milan with a dramatic unveiling of the building prior to its remodel. Set to open in late 2018, the Milan Reserve Roastery will be the first Starbucks Roastery to open in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and the fifth globally.

Located at the historic turn-of-the-century Palazzo Delle Poste building on Piazza Cordusio, this one-of-a-kind 25,500-square-foot retail space will feature the company’s premium, small-batch Reserve coffees served in a variety of brewing methods in a beautiful environment.

“It took us some time to find it, but once I walked through the former Post Office building, I knew that it would be the perfect location to honor the craft of coffee and pay respect to the uniquely Italian culture in which it will be served,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman and ceo. “This store will be the culmination of a great dream of mine – 34 years in the making – to return to Milan with one of the most immersive, magical retail experiences in the world.”

“As mayor and as a citizen of Milan I am pleased that an international company, known for its standing and reliability such as Starbucks, has decided to invest in our city, choosing the famous Post Office building as the site of its first store in Italy,” said Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala. “On this occasion, I would like to welcome this new venture and thank Howard Schultz for choosing Milan. Starbucks is a brand famous worldwide. Its presence in the city is for us a further confirmation of the important attractiveness of Milan on the entrepreneurial scale.”

At its recent Investor Day, Starbucks announced its ongoing investment in the premium Reserve brand, including opening 20-30 Roastery locations around the world, over time. This new location will be designed specifically for the Milanese customer, integrating the world-famous theatre of coffee in Italy and will offer freshly baked food on site from Italian artisan baker Rocco Princi, the exclusive food provider for all new global Roastery locations.

Following the Roastery opening, Italian licensee and business partner Percassi will open a small number of Starbucks stores in Milan for the balance of 2018.  Each new store will be carefully designed and curated to respect the local community and unique Milanese context. Taking a respectful and measured approach to store openings is at the heart of the Starbucks strategy in Italy. Together with the Milan Roastery, Starbucks and Percassi will create job opportunities for around 350 partners (employees) in Italy.

Starbucks debut of its first Roastery in Seattle in 2014 was the most successful store opening in the company’s history. Since then, the company has announced additional Roastery locations coming to Shanghai in 2017 and New York as well as Tokyo in 2018.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 24,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at and

Media Contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100

Source: Starbucks


Konekesko sells Suvi and Palta boat brands and business operations

Helsinki, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Konekesko sells the Suvi and Palta boat brands and business operations to a company being established. Terho Liukkonen and Tommi Ihalainen, the owners of the company being established, are members of the current management of the Suvi and Palta boat business.

The Suvi and Palta boats are sold through Konekesko Ltd’s recreational machinery trade network in Finland. The boats are exported into Sweden, Norway and Estonia. The boats are made by two contract manufacturers in the Savonlinna region in Eastern Finland – RA-Vene in Silvola and OH-Marin in Enonkoski.

Suvi boats have been manufactured since 1985. Palta boat manufacturing started in 1990. The current range of models in production includes 29 small boat models suitable for use at the summer cottage or for fishing.

”It’s natural that the Suvi and Palta boat brands and business operations transfer to new owners who are known to the dealer network and committed to partnership,” says Kari Rautanen, Sales Director of Konekesko’s recreational machinery trade. ”In late 2016, we announced the sale of the Yamarin boat business to Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.’s subsidiary, Inhan Tehtaat Oy Ab,” says Rautanen,” under the new owners’ direction, the Suvi, Palta and Yamarin boat brands are in good hands.”

”We want to continue the development of both brands and make it more efficient, as well as the long-term cooperation with all dealers,” say Terho Liukkonen and Tommi Ihalainen.

Kesko’s strategic objective is to achieve growth in the Finnish grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade.

The persons involved in the sales of the Suvi and Palta boats will become employees of the new company under their existing contracts. The business transfer will take place on 28 February 2017.

Further information:
Sales Director
Kari Rautanen
Konekesko Ltd
tel. +358 40 740 3388

Terho Liukkonen
tel. + 358 500 780 747

Tommi Ihalainen
tel. +358 440 900 709

Source: Kesko

Gary Kibble to join Sainsbury’s Argos team as its new Marketing Director

Milton Keynes, UK, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s Argos announces the appointment of Gary Kibble as its new Marketing Director. Gary will join the company in the next few months. He will report to Bertrand Bodson, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer and be a member of the Sainsbury’s Argos Management Board.

Gary has been Global Brand & Marketing Director at Mothercare for nearly two years. Gary joined Mothercare from Shop Direct where he spent over 10 years in senior marketing and brand roles, including most recently as Group Retail Brand Director. At Shop Direct he re-branded Littlewoods Direct and launched, whilst introducing Trinny and Susannah and Myleene Klass as brand ambassadors for the Littlewoods brand, both of which led to significant increases in sales and brand equity.

Gary began his career in 1994 at WH Smith, where he joined as a graduate trainee and spent 10 years, leaving as Business Director for Books.

Bertrand Bodson, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer, said: “I am delighted to welcome Gary to the team. He is a first-class marketing professional whose strong digital and business transformation experience will be a great asset to us as we grow the business and integrate with Sainsbury’s.”

Gary Kibble said: “I am delighted to be joining the team. Argos has undergone significant digital transformation in the last three years, including the market-leading FastTrack delivery proposition.   This, combined with the recent Sainsbury’s acquisition, makes it an exciting time to join the business. I am looking forward to meeting and working with all of Argos’s exceptional colleagues.”

Notes to Editors

About Sainsbury’s Argos

Sainsbury’s Argos is a leading UK digital retailer and sells more than 60,000 products under the Argos and Habitat brands. It sells through,, its growing mobile channels, its 845 stores and over the telephone. Argos Digital Stores and Mini Habitats can also be found in Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

Argos is the UK’s largest high street retailer online and the second most visited website, with nearly a billion website visits a year. More than half of the company’s sales originate online and around 120 million customer transactions take place in its stores each year. Argos offers customers market leading delivery and collection services, including Check & Reserve, Fast Track Delivery and Fast Track Collection which make customers’ lives easier, every day.

Sainsbury’s Argos is part of J Sainsbury plc, a leading retailer of food, clothing and general merchandise and owner of Sainsbury’s Bank. Sainsbury’s commitment to helping customers live well for less has been at the heart of what the company does since 1869. J Sainsbury plc employs 195,000 colleagues across the UK and Ireland whose strong culture and values are integral to driving its success – now and in the future. Our vision is to be the most trusted retailer where people love to work and shop.


The Argos press office

0845 120 4365


Gary Kibble to join Sainsbury’s Argos team as its new Marketing Director


Source: Argos


SONIC® Drive-In introduces affordable and delicious morning choices starting at 99 cents

SONIC® Drive-In introduces affordable and delicious morning choices starting at 99 cents


OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) is offering guests delicious morning choices with new Breakfast Deals starting at 99 cents until 10 a.m. everyday. The deal includes the choice of SONIC’s highly anticipated Pancake on a Stick and other unique menu options like the Lil’ Breakfast Griller™, Jr. Breakfast Burritos and Large Regular and Specialty Drinks.

Pancake on a Stick, a past fan favorite, is making a comeback at local drive-ins. This irresistible breakfast mashup is a breakfast sausage link wrapped in a warm, fluffy pancake and served on a stick with a side of sweet, maple syrup.

For SONIC’s morning Breakfast Deals, guests can get their own Pancake on a Stick for $1.99; a Lil’ Breakfast Griller, with Bacon or Sausage for $1.49; or a Jr. Breakfast Burrito for only 99 cents until 10 a.m. Large Regular and Specialty Drinks are always available starting at 99 cents during our Morning Drink Stop®.

“Our Pancake on a Stick is the ultimate breakfast combination, with a pancake wrapped around a savory sausage, that’s perfect for guests on the go,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development at SONIC. “The new Breakfast Deals, including the Pancake on a Stick, give guests the chance to customize their morning with a variety of their favorite breakfast items.”

SONIC’s Breakfast Deals are available only for a limited time at participating locations, so wake up early to rise and dine with your breakfast favorites.

About SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. More than 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 64 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning® campaign in partnership with, SONIC has donated $7.4 million to public school teachers’ classrooms nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in their students. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit

Matthew Young

Source: SONIC Drive-In


British Land’s Environmental Management System certified to the latest ISO14001 standard

British Land’s Environmental Management System certified to the latest ISO14001 standard


London, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land has successfully transitioned its Environmental Management System for all major managed developments to the latest ISO14001 standard.

ISO14001 is the leading international standard for environmental management systems. Our approach has been accredited to earlier versions of the standard since 2008, helping us deliver on our sustainability targets and influencing over 1,000 suppliers across our £2.1 billion development programme from 2010 to 2015 – all part of creating Places People Prefer.

Following a review of our management system in 2016, we implemented a series of improvements. Our new approach further embeds our sustainability strategy and placemaking vision into the construction process, promoting wellbeing, supporting local communities, futureproofing our places and developing skills and opportunities.

External auditors have certified our management system to the ISO14001:2015 standard, from design to construction handover (RIBA stages 0 to 6). The system is managed by Sustainability Manager Karina Williams, supported by external consultant Martin Brown of Fairsnape.

Nigel Webb, Head of Developments at British Land: “Our approach to environmental management is now even more closely aligned to our vision of creating Places People Prefer. The ISO14001 accreditors particularly recognised our strength in engaging with our supply chain for continual improvement and the quality of performance data tracking.”

Sustainability Consultant, Martin Brown of Fairsnape: “The British Land 14001 approach, that blends and embeds important elements of today’s built environment, such as futureproofing, materials, health and wellness, alongside robust and mature environmental management practices, certainly represents the leading edge of environmental management.”

More on British Land’s performance on external standards and commitments

Notes to Editors

About British Land
We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality UK commercial property, focused on Retail and London Offices and Residential. We own or manage total assets of £19.0 billion (British Land share is £13.9 billion) as valued at 30 September 2016. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups.

Our strategy is to create Places People Prefer. It is based on long term trends and creates a portfolio suited to current and future needs which are aligned to modern lifestyles. We employ our placemaking skills, and increasingly our mixed-use expertise to expand the appeal to a broader range of occupiers and drive long term performance.

Retail accounts for 49% of our portfolio. We create outstanding places for modern consumer lifestyles, places to shop eat and be entertained. Comprising over 20 million sq ft of Retail and Leisure space across regional and local multi-let destinations, superstores, department stores and leisure assets, the Retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Office and Residential accounts for 49% of our portfolio. It comprises 7.6 million sq ft of well-connected office-led campuses and ‘campus-lite’ clusters of high quality buildings. Office campuses include Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate (50% share) in the City. Other assets include The Leadenhall Building, York House, 10 Portman Square and Marble Arch House and our residential assets are at Clarges Mayfair, The Hempel Collection and Aldgate Place.

Two per cent of our portfolio is at Canada Water – a 46 acre redevelopment opportunity in our medium term pipeline to create a new mixed-use urban centre for London.

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places become part of their local communities and promote health, improve productivity and increase enjoyment. We protect asset value and generate income from energy generation and efficiency, materials innovation and flood risk reduction, and develop skills and opportunities to help local people and businesses grow.

In April 2016 British Land received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK’s highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental benefits achievements over the last five years. Further details can be found on the British Land website at


Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Source: British Land


NRF launches new media campaign to educate Americans on the high consumer cost of border adjustment tax

WASHINGTON, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today (February 28, 2017) launched a television, print and digital ad campaign to educate Americans on the high consumer cost of the border adjustment tax. The BAT is included in the House Republican leadership’s “Better Way” plan for tax reform. While NRF strongly supports tax reform, the BAT is bad tax policy that would increase costs on everyday necessities like food, gas, clothing and prescription medicines for the average family by as much as $1,700 in the first year alone.

“American consumers are being asked to foot the bill for a new $1 trillion tax giveaway for multinational companies, and this campaign will make sure those paying for it know it,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “We need tax reform that rewards entrepreneurs and allows businesses to grow and create good-paying jobs that lift working families up. The BAT does just the opposite, penalizing Americans by adding a tax on clothing, food, gas and other necessities while threatening the very industry that 42 million hardworking men and women rely upon for their livelihoods.”

The TV spot can be viewed on the campaign landing page,, and will air starting today on the Fox News Channel’s morning program, “FOX and Friends,” and during the NBC show “Saturday Night Live” this Saturday, March 4. The television ads will be supported with a digital and print campaign and will encourage consumers to contact their members of Congress to express opposition to the border adjustment tax.

The BAT threatens America’s largest private-sector employer, putting at risk millions more jobs than it would allegedly create for manufacturing. Retailers support one out of four U.S. jobs, or 42 million positions — but a BAT could cause retailers to see tax bills three to five times the amount of their profits, threatening to drive some merchants out of business. The small retailers that make up 98 percent of the retail industry and provide 40 percent of its jobs would be at the biggest risk.

National Retail Federation
TV :60

Too much dough got you feeling low?

Too much cash breaking your back?

Then you need … the BAT TAX!

The all-new BAT TAX is specially designed to make your disposable income — disappear!

You’ve got sales tax, property tax, income tax, payroll tax, federal tax, state tax, local tax…

Ordinary taxes alone just won’t cut it!

You need an EVERYTHING TAX like the BAT TAX!

It’ll tax your car, your food, your gas, your medicine, your clothes

— you name it, BAT will TAX IT!

And that’s not all. As a special bonus, we’ll include the new job-killing formula – for free!

You’ll get it all — the income-chilling, tax-bringing, job-killing BAT TAX.

Don’t delay, call Congress today! Staffers are standing by.

Visit our website at to learn more. That’s B-A-T-dot-T-A-X.

The BAT Tax – don’t forget, the “T” stands for Tax.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.


Robin Roberts
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Kimco Realty announces the promotions of Ross Cooper to President and David Jamieson to COO; Conor Flynn to remain as CEO

NEW HYDE PARK, NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) today (9 February 27, 2017) announced the promotions of Ross Cooper to President and David Jamieson to Chief Operating Officer. With these appointments, Conor Flynn, who had held the dual role of President and Chief Executive Officer, will remain Kimco’s Chief Executive Officer and member of the company’s board of directors. The Chief Operating Officer position was an open role last held by Conor Flynn before his elevation to the CEO position in 2016.

“As ten-year veterans of Kimco, Ross and David have been instrumental to our success,” said Conor Flynn, Chief Executive Officer. “These appointments are well deserved and, as part of our long-term succession planning efforts, ensure that we are equipped with the strong and dedicated leadership needed to guide the organization toward our 2020 Vision and beyond.”

Ross Cooper, who until this time has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, joined Kimco in 2006, and also previously served as Vice President of Acquisitions, Dispositions and Asset Management in Kimco’s Southern Region. Ross Cooper will retain the title of Chief Investment Officer and continue to be responsible for leading the development and implementation of Kimco’s acquisition and disposition strategy. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Real Estate from New York University.

David Jamieson joined Kimco in 2007, and most recently served as Executive Vice President of Asset Management and Operations, where his role has been to identify, develop and implement opportunistic value creation strategies that optimize the company’s portfolio performance, most notably by leading Kimco’s redevelopment and selective ground-up development efforts. Mr. Jamieson holds a B.S. degree from Boston College, and an MBA from Babson College.

About Kimco

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the company owned interests in 524 U.S. shopping centers comprising 85 million square feet of leasable space across 34 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit, the company’s blog at, or follow Kimco on Twitter at

David F. Bujnicki
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategy
Kimco Realty Corp.

Source: Kimco Realty Corp.

Whole Foods Market® stores in Arlington, MA and Brookline, MA recall Cream Cheese King Cakes due Undeclared Pecans

Whole Foods Market® stores in Arlington, MA and Brookline, MA recall Cream Cheese King Cakes due Undeclared Pecans


Austin, Texas, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market® stores in Arlington, MA and Brookline, MA are issuing an allergy alert to recall Cream Cheese King Cakes sold between February 4 and February 26, due to an in-store labeling error.

The cakes, which were sold in purple cardboard containers and labeled as Lonestar Bakeries Cream Cheese King Cakes, may have contained pecans, which were not declared on the ingredient list. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Signage is posted to notify customers of this recall.

No allergic reactions or illnesses have been reported.

Consumers who have purchased this product may bring their receipt to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions should contact their local store or call 617-492-5500 between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm EST.

Consumers Contact:


Source: FDA


Lipari Foods recalls cheeses manufactured by Deutsch Kase Haus due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes

Lipari Foods recalls cheeses manufactured by Deutsch Kase Haus due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes


Michigan, USA, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lipari Foods, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of various bulk and retail cheeses manufactured by Deutsch Kase Haus due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The products were distributed to food service and retail stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Products were distributed under the following brand names: Copperwood and Lipari Old Tyme

The affected products can be identified by:

Brand Product Lipari
Product #
Weight Sell By
Copperwood Colby Jack Mini Horn 359886 4/6# 8/7/17
Sliced at deli counter no UPC and chunked with no bar code
Copperwood Pepper Jack Mini
359880 4/6# 5/28/17 thru
Sliced at deli counter no UPC and chunked with no bar code
Lipari Old Tyme Colby Mini Horn 119536 2/6# 5/28/17 thru
Sliced at deli counter no UPC and chunked with no bar code
Lipari Old Tyme Colby Jack Longhorn 119636 2/14.5# 5/28/17 thru
Sliced at deli counter no UPC and chunked with no bar code
Lipari Old Tyme Colby Longhorn 119736 2/15.0# 5/28/17 thru
Sliced at deli counter no UPC and chunked with no bar code
Lipari Old Tyme Pepper Jack Mini
119836 2/6# 5/28/17 thru
Sliced at deli counter no UPC and chunked with no bar code
Lipari Old Tyme Firecracker Jack Mini
249203 2/6# 5/28/17 thru
Sliced at deli counter no UPC and chunked with no bar code
Lipari Old Tyme Swiss Cheese 126000 2/8# AVG 7/4/17
Sliced at deli counter no UPC and chunked with no bar code
Lipari Old Tyme Colby Jack Mini Horn 119436 2/6# 8/7/17
Sliced at deli counter no UPC and chunked with no bar code
Lipari Old Tyme Colby Jack Cheese 185581 12/8 OZ 2/28/17 thru
Lipari Old Tyme Colby Cheese 185547 12/8 OZ 2/28/17 thru
Lipari Old Tyme Pepper Jack Cheese 185428 12/8 OZ 2/28/17 thru
Lipari Old Tyme Hot Pepper Cheese 185615 12/8 OZ 6/10/17 094776102280
Lipari Old Tyme Muenster Cheese 185496 12/8 OZ 6/4/17 094776102242

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

This was brought to our attention by Deutsch Kase Haus in response to their recent recall due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes that originated from the supplier’s facility. As a precaution, Lipari Foods products are being recalled as they have the potential to be contaminated due to the fact that they were manufactured by Deutsch Kase Haus. We are working closely with Deutsch Kase Haus and the FDA to understand the cause of the situation and ensure that all affected product has been pulled from commerce.

Consumers who have purchased this recalled product should not consume it. They should return it to the point of purchase. Consumers with questions should call Customer Service at 800-729-3354, 8:15 am – 4:30 pm, EST, Monday through Friday.

Consumers Contact:

Customer Service

Media Contact:

Michelle Voss
(586)447-3500 ext. 9619

Source: FDA



Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 1,801,866 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from February 20, 2017 up to and including February 24, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €20.32 per share for a total consideration of € 36.6 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 9,353,469 common shares for a total consideration of €187.3 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

Visit for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

Whole Planet Foundation announces its 2017 Prosperity Campaign; where small loans can help entrepreneurs create a better life

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday, March 1, Whole Planet Foundation launches its 12th Prosperity Campaign, which funds microfinance organizations and microcredit loans to alleviate poverty in regions where Whole Foods Market® sources products. The organization’s focus is on women in the developing world, where small loans can help entrepreneurs create a better life. The campaign’s goal is to raise $3.2 million during the month of March to fund microcredit loans, increasing the foundation’s current reach of 15 U.S. cities and 69 countries.

Whole Foods Market shoppers can get involved by making donations at store checkouts or online at Because Whole Foods Market covers all of the foundation’s operational costs, 100 percent of every dollar donated directly supports Whole Planet Foundation programs.

“The Prosperity Campaign is such an integral part of our work, not only because of the money we are able to raise, but because of the connections we make with Whole Foods Market customers who care about alleviating poverty,” said Joy Stoddard, Whole Planet Foundation development and outreach director. “A loan as small as $35 can change someone’s life and this campaign allows us all to contribute.”

Microcredit loans are small – outside the United States, the average first loan is $187. They do not require a formal contract or collateral. These microloans provide impoverished entrepreneurs with access to credit to create or expand home-based businesses that will generate income for their families.

For example, a woman who runs a small, roadside market stand selling tomatoes in Kasangati, Uganda can receive a business loan of 300,000 shilling (about $111). With her loan capital she is able to slowly add other types of produce to her stock. With the ability to purchase increased quantities, she is able to make a larger profit when she resells the goods, eventually repaying the loan and increasing her revenue to support herself and her family, as well as securing a second loan of 600,000 shilling (about $222).

When these funds are repaid, they remain in the community to generate additional loans. Whole Planet Foundation’s microfinance partners around the globe have a 97 percent repayment rate. To see profiles of microentrepreneurs supported by the foundation all over the globe, visit

“Over the past 11 years, we have provided opportunities through microcredit loans to over 10.5 million people. The microfinance organizations we partner with offer loan programs, training and financial services that are imperative to business success for the self-employed poor,” said

Whole Planet Foundation president and executive director. “So much of this work is made possible by our generous supplier partners.”

As part of this year’s Prosperity Campaign, each of the following supplier partners has pledged to donate $100,000, or the equivalent of about 535 microcredit loans, to support the foundation’s work: Allegro Coffee Company, Frontier Co-op, Naked Juice, Papyrus-Recycled Greetings, So Delicious, and ZICO Coconut Water.

Alaffia, Hain Celestial, Hiball Energy, IZZE, Mamma Chia, ORGANIC INDIA, Rainbow Light, Reserveage Nutrition, Rishi Tea, Sambazon, Seventh Generation, Traditional Medicinals and truRoots® have each pledged $50,000, or the equivalent of about 265 microcredit loans, to alleviate poverty through Whole Planet Foundation.

To join the campaign, visit and donate today.


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

Source: Whole Foods Market

Taubman Centers management team to present at the Citi 2017 Global Property CEO Conference

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today (02/28/2017) announced that Robert S. Taubman, chairman, president and chief executive officer, and Simon J. Leopold, chief financial officer, will participate in a company roundtable presentation to the investment community at the Citi 2017 Global Property CEO Conference on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 3:40 p.m. EST. The presentation will be available via live webcast at An online replay will follow shortly after the presentation and be available at the same link until June 4, 2017.

About Taubman

Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 26 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia and one under development. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will”, “may”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believes”, “intends”, “should”, “plans”, “estimates”, “approximate”, “guidance” and similar expressions in this press release that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, the company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in market rental rates; unscheduled closings or bankruptcies of tenants; relationships with anchor tenants; trends in the retail industry; the liquidity of real estate investments; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; the availability and terms of financings; changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk; risks related to acquiring, developing, expanding, leasing and managing properties; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; risks related to joint venture properties; insurance costs and coverage; security breaches that could impact the company’s information technology, infrastructure or personal data; the loss of key management personnel; shareholder activism costs and related business disruptions; terrorist activities; maintaining the company’s status as a real estate investment trust; changes in the laws of states, localities, and foreign jurisdictions that may increase taxes on the company’s operations; and changes in global, national, regional and/or local economic and geopolitical climates. You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.


Ryan Hurren
Investor Relations

Maria Mainville
Strategic Communications

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

CBRE recognized by The Mortgage Bankers Association for its efforts in organizational diversity and inclusion

Los Angeles, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) has been honored by The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) for its efforts in organizational diversity and inclusion.

‘The Diversity & Inclusion Award’ was presented by MBA Chairman Rodrigo Lopez, CMB, to Brian Stoffers, Global President, and Jeff Hurley, Senior Managing Director, of CBRE Capital Markets’ Debt & Structured Finance team during the CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo 2017.

This is the first year that the MBA has recognized member companies for initiatives specifically developed and designed to increase diversity and inclusion within its leadership and employee base. CBRE was highlighted for its many initiatives, including Advancing Women in Leadership program, Diversity Executive Briefings, Inclusive Leadership Training, IMPACT! Program, and long-standing focus on Employee Network Groups, including its African-American Network Group, Asia Pacific Network, Hispanic and Latin Business Resource Group, LGBT & Allies, Women’s Network, CBRE Military, and Rising Professional Organization.

“We are extremely proud of this recognition and the strides that we’ve made in the area of inclusion and diversity. Fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is not only important for attracting and retaining the best people, it’s essential for any world-class company,” said Mr. Stoffers.

“There is tremendous power in each individual’s unique life experience. Our differences become the foundation for fresh strategies and innovative solutions to our clients’ challenges. We are proud of the inclusive, social spirit that exists across our company and continuously strive to enhance our efforts,” said Eric Paul, Global Head of Talent Management, CBRE.

Company initiatives were scored by a group of judges consisting of members of MBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and MBA staff. The companies were scored based on: the quality of their overall submission; identification of a target audience and annual goals; demonstration of a tangible benefit to participants and the overall enterprise; replicability of the program; innovative program approaches; and program success in broadening the culture of the organization through the values of diversity and inclusion.

“The real estate finance industry is committed to embracing diversity and inclusion. Incorporating diverse communities into leadership brings different background, experiences, and perspectives to the forefront. MBA received many very qualified submissions, and it was a tough job sorting through them. We are very happy to be recognizing CBRE as our first Commercial/Multifamily Award winner,” said MBA Chairman-Elect Dave Motley, CMB, Chairman of MBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at

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

Source:  CBRE Group, Inc.

Paradies Lagardère help grant wishes to children with life-threatening conditions through its variety of initiatives

ATLANTA, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the North American travel retail and restaurateur leader, is proud to announce that it’s given more than $65,000 to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, supporting operations in both the U.S. and Canada.

The company has been a Platinum partner of Make-A-Wish® Canada since 2004, and has long worked with the overall organization to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions across North America through a variety of initiatives:

  • World Wish Day is an annual two-week in-store fundraising campaign held in April.
  • The Holiday Campaign – Season of Wishes – is a five-week in-store fundraising campaign that starts in December and runs into January.
  • Each year, we donate 1 percent of our total December 24 sales to Make-A-Wish.


“Paradies Lagardère is proud to support Make-A-Wish,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO of Paradies Lagardère. “Being able to assist in bringing hope, strength and joy to these brave children and their families facing challenging medical conditions means so much to the entire organization, and is the least we can do to support those in our communities.”

Additional details:

Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Food and Beverage, Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs.

We also deliver high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options.

Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceeds expectations for our airport partners and travelers.


Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843

Source: Paradies Lagardère

Paradies Lagardère’s Treat Our Troops program provided more than 1.2 million items in 2016 to our military service men and women

ATLANTA, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the North American travel retail and restaurateur leader, is proud to announce that its customers donated more than 1.2 million items of need in 2016 to our military service men and women around the globe through the Treat Our Troops program.

Paradies Lagardère’s Treat Our Troops program provides travelers, as well as airline and airport employees, the opportunity to purchase goods – from socks and snacks to phone cards and sundries – which are then distributed to military personnel overseas through the USO and other military service organizations. The program also includes free meals for troops from Memorial Day to Independence Day, and “pay it forward” opportunities in which customers donate meals for active or retired military personnel. Learn more about the company’s various initiatives to give back to the community by visiting


“Paradies Lagardère is proud to coordinate the Treat Our Troops program that provides an important opportunity for our customers to demonstrate their gratitude for our troops and their families,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO of Paradies Lagardère “These brave men and women make unbelievable sacrifices each and every day and deserve the appreciation.”

Additional details:

Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Food and Beverage, Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs.

We also deliver high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options.

Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceeds expectations for our airport partners and travelers.


Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843

Source: Paradies Lagardère

Albert Heijn en gemeente Den Haag werken samen aan betere buurt

Albert Heijn en gemeente Den Haag werken samen aan betere buurt


Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gisteren tekenden de burgemeester van Den Haag, Jozias van Aartsen, en regiomanager Sebastiaan de Jong van Albert Heijn een intentieverklaring. Daarmee wordt een handtekening gezet onder gezamenlijke afspraken om de buurten rond Albert Heijn winkels in Den Haag schoner en veiliger te maken. Ook gaan Albert Heijn en de gemeente gezond eten en drinken aantrekkelijker maken voor Hagenaars, en investeren in projecten die zorgen dat het onderwijs beter wordt afgestemd op de praktijk.

Met 42 winkels in Den Haag is Albert Heijn een belangrijke speler in de samenleving. Deze winkels zijn samen een grote werkgever en nemen deel aan verschillende initiatieven. Samen met de gemeente Den Haag gaan zij werken aan een krachtige buurt. Door ervoor te zorgen dat de omgeving van winkels schoon, heel en veilig is. En door gezond eten en bewegen te stimuleren en jongeren te begeleiden bij werk of stage. Dit draagt bij aan de ambitie van Albert Heijn om de beste winkel in de buurt te zijn.

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Source: Albert Heijn


New cat toy collection celebrates internet sensation Grumpy Cat exclusively available at PetSmart

PHOENIX, 2017-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Internet sensation Grumpy Cat has launched a new line of cat toys available exclusively at PetSmart. The collection celebrates Grumpy Cat’s signature sass and snarkiness with an array of toys to inspire cats everywhere.

“The pet world seemed way too fuzzy and happy, so I decided it was time to shake things up a bit,” said Grumpy Cat. “My exclusive-to-PetSmart collection is something terribly special. As a ‘spokescat’ I feel tremendous pressure to create something that the pet world has never seen before.”

The Grumpy Cat collection consists of toys that include cat-favorite features like squeakers, crinkle and, of course, catnip. All items were tested and approved by Grumpy Cat herself. The collection features 15-plus items and Grumpy Cat favorites, including the hairball toy, door knob hanger toy, catnip cigar and the cucumber toy.

It’s a little known fact that cats are afraid of cucumbers. Experts believe this is because a cat’s first inclination is to see the green vegetable as a snake, a deadly predator. Leave it to Grumpy Cat to create a toy featuring this cat-feared vegetable, helping cats across North America overcome this seemingly silly fear.

“My cucumber toy is filled with catnip and crinkle so cats will be jumping for joy over this fun item.”

The exclusive line, available now while supplies last, starts at just $3.99 and also includes the Grumpy Cat Pillow featuring Grumpy Cat’s perma-frown face.

Visit for more information about Grumpy Cat’s inspiration behind the products. The Grumpy Cat products are among a wide, comprehensive pet collection now available at PetSmart stores nationwide and

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate approximately 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 204 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including,, and – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook:
See PetSmart on YouTube:


Danielle Bickelmann
Golin for PetSmart

PetSmart Media Line:


Source: PetSmart Inc.