Wegmans Chestnut Hill brings the excitement of Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market straight to customers in store On Mar. 31 and April 1

CHESTNUT HILL, MA, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — A celebration of Japanese cuisine at Wegmans in Chestnut Hill, Mass. is back, bringing the excitement of Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market straight to customers in the store. On Friday, Mar. 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a large space within the Market Café ordinarily dedicated to self-serve prepared food bars will be transformed by ice tables filled with stunning displays of exotic fresh fish flown in overnight from around the world (while supplies last). Some shoppers are known to travel nearly 100 miles and wait in line outside Wegmans for this popular event, which offers unique cuts of fish prepared by Wegmans’ premier sushi chefs in partnership with Japan’s top fishmonger, Uoriki.

The ringing of a brass bell signals the start of the main attraction: A Maguro no Kaitai show at 12 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. In the time-honored Tsukiji tradition, the show will feature whole, farm-raised Bluefin tuna, sourced from Kindai University and Takuyo in Japan, masterfully taken apart with a 6-foot knife and filleted in front of the crowd. The tuna is portioned and the final cuts are made into sashimi-style pieces called saku blocks, which are then packaged and carried out on trays for customers to purchase.

A crowd-sized game of “rock-paper-scissors” played in Japanese offers a coveted award to the final players: a free package of nakaochi, a highly-prized scrape of tuna from the bone. There’s also an auction of toro, the valuable fatty tuna belly known for its melt-in-your-mouth flavor and tender texture.

The rare and highly-coveted Bluefin tuna is renowned for its rich, refreshing flavor, clean finish, and fine texture. No antibiotics or growth hormones are used in the farming process. Wegmans’ Executive Chefs John Emerson, Takahiro Hachiya, Tadao Mikami, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Loi Pham, and Dan Tartaglia will work alongside master fish-cutters from Uoriki Japan during the breakdown of each tuna and sushi preparation.

“The Tsukiji market is the largest fish market in the world and it’s been an impressive cultural landmark for more than 80 years,” said Emerson. “We’re proud to honor the spirit of the market at this special cultural celebration for our customers.”

Cut fish orders are taken with the help of Japanese translators from Uoriki, as well as several fluent Wegmans employees. Among the varieties of sashimi to order are octopus from Tsukiji, scallops from Hokkaido, uni (sea urchin) from California, and Kampachi (similar to yellowtail Hamachi) from Hawaii.

“Planning and hosting this event gives us the chance to highlight our exceptional chefs and the best fresh ingredients, while creating a culinary experience our customers won’t find anywhere else,” said Wegmans Chestnut Hill Store Manager Rich Boscia.

Additional food offerings during Sushi Fest include miso-marinated fish, a Shabu-shabu station, Yose Nabe hot pots with clams, shrimp, ponzu sauce, fresh ginger, and Meiji Chocorooms cookies. Tastings of Japanese tea, Ramune sodas, a variety of craft sake, and Suntory Japanese whiskey provide refreshment during the event. A vivid array of orchids will add color to the festivities.

SOURCE: Wegmans Food Market

Press Contact:

Valerie Fox
Media Relations Coordinator
valerie.fox@wegmans.comKatie Redmond
Media Relations Coordinator

Price Chopper Supermarkets to close its pharmacy in its Keene, NH store on March 29, 2017

Schenectady, NY, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Chopper Supermarkets will be closing the pharmacy in its Keene, NH store – located at 16 Ash Brook Road – effective at 7:00 PM on March 29, 2017. Patient prescriptions have been transferred to the nearby CVS pharmacy located in the Target store in the same plaza. Price Chopper teammates will be working with patients to ensure no interruption in their health care.

“We are always reluctant to close a pharmacy but, today, pharmacies rely on economies of scale and the ability to serve a large number of patients. Within some smaller geographic regions, consolidation is the best way to provide those economies,” said Kathy Bryant, Price Chopper’s vice president of pharmacy. “Most important to us now is the seamless transition of our patients to another pharmacy.”

About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 20,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

SOURCE: Price Chopper Supermarkets
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications

DFS Group launches its sixth annual Masters of Wines and Spirits in Singapore

DFS Group launches its sixth annual Masters of Wines and Spirits in Singapore

SINGAPORE, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group (DFS), the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, launched its sixth annual Masters of Wines and Spirits in Singapore on Saturday, March 25. The highly-anticipated Masters of Wines and Spirits program brings together an extraordinary collection of more than 60 Cognacs, wines and whiskies from over 50 legendary houses. Unveiled at a spectacular gala event in partnership with the Changi Airport Group on Singapore’s historic Tras Street, the curated collection will be exhibited in store and available for sale at DFS, Singapore Changi Airport’s Wines and Spirits Duplexes at Terminal 2 and 3.

Inspired by the world traveler’s desire for discovery, DFS’ team of experts scoured the globe, working hand-in-hand with leading producers of Champagne, Cognacs, whiskies and wines to curate an exceptional collection of extremely rare and one-of-a-kind pieces available only at DFS.

“Each piece in this year’s Masters of Wines and Spirits collection is a testament to the craftsmanship of the brands and our relationships with our customers,” said Philippe Schaus, Chairman and CEO, DFS Group. “We’re thrilled to bring together this fantastic assortment of the world’s leading wines and spirits once again to Singapore and present an unmissable opportunity for connoisseurs to build their collection with DFS.”

At the heart of this year’s gala event was the city and spirit of Singapore – the birthplace of DFS’ Masters of Wines and Spirits. Celebrating the unique heritage of the Lion City, DFS hosted its gala along the historic Tras Street with VIP guests joining the world’s leading brands and their ambassadors for an evening of entertainment amongst iconic shophouses. DFS transformed individual shophouses into celebrations of signature wines and spirits where guests interacted with ambassadors from iconic brands, offering their insight, knowledge and exclusive tastings.

This year’s event also featured hands-on master classes and educational tastings for select VIP guests. At The Dalmore house, Master Blender Richard Patterson hosted a bespoke tasting to showcase The Dalmore’s rich heritage and artistry. Frederic Dezauzier, Global Brand Ambassador of CAMUS introduced guests to the smallest and rarest cru in the Cognac region, Borderies, providing a unique tasting experience featuring a selection of CAMUS Borderies Single-Cru Cognacs, including a Borderies Vintage and an exclusive Borderies blend that has never been released. Château Margaux’s Regional Ambassador Thibault Pontallier conducted a vertical tasting across decades of the brand’s history.

Guests were also given an opportunity to meet key whisky brand ambassadors brought together by DFS’ very own The Whiskey House – an exclusive and interactive whisky retail concept available to travelers at DFS, Singapore Changi Airport. Moderated by DFS Group’s Director of Spirits Frederik Vanden Bulcke, The Whiskey House provided guests with an interactive discussion and guided tasting with Brendan McCarron of Glenmorangie, Brian Kinsman of Glenfiddich, David Stewart of The Balvenie and Mike Miyamoto of Hibiki, all sharing their thoughts on heritage and innovation in the whisky industry.

“Returning to our traditional gala format, this year’s Masters of Wines and Spirits created an intimate and curated experience, tailored for our customers,” said Brooke Supernaw, DFS Group’s Senior Vice President Wines, Spirits, Tobacco, Food and Gifts. “Each piece in the collection was selected with our customers in mind, bringing together a spectacular array of the world’s finest and rarest wines and spirits right in the heart of historic Singapore.”

2017 Masters of Wines and Spirits Collection

The 2017 collection includes 27 Cognacs and whiskies and over 25 vintage wines and Champagnes, many of which are exclusive to DFS. Highlights include:

·         Bruichladdich Special Release

·         CAMUS 65 Year Old

·         Château Mouton Rothschild 18 Vintages Vertical

·         Château Lafite Rothschild 1982 Vintage Imperiale

·         Château Margaux Pyramid Set of 1990 Vintage

·         Dom Pérignon Malle P2

·         Glenmorangie Pride 1974

·         Hibiki Arita-yaki 2016, Kutani-yaki 2016

·         Martell Grand Champagne 1920

·         Masi Amarone Vertical Set with Watch

·         Penfolds Bin 707 Boeing 6L

·         Louis XIII Le Mathusalem

·         The Dalmore Richard Paterson 50 Year Old

·         The Macallan Fine & Rare Treasury Collection


Participating Brands at 2017 DFS Masters of Wines and Spirits

Aberlour, AmuseBouche, Araujo Estate, Bowmore, Brora, Bruichladdich, CAMUS, Chabot, Château Beychevelle, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Clerc Milon, Château Ducru Beaucaillou, Château Haut Brion, Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Léoville Barton, Château Léoville Las Cases, Château Margaux, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Palmer, Château Pontet-Canet, Continuum, Courvoisier, Dom Pérignon, Gaja, Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie, Graham’s Port, Grands Vins De Bordeaux, Hardy, Hennessy, Hibiki, Janneau, Karuizawa, Lokoya, Louis XIII Cognac, Luce, Martell, Masi, Moutai, Otard Collection Du Roi, Pappy Van Winkle, Penfolds, Perrier-Jouët, Prunier, Pétrus, Ridge, Royal Salute, Tesseron, The Balvenie, The Dalmore, The Glenlivet, The Macallan, William Larue Weller, Wolf Blass

Following the Masters of Wines and Spirits gala event on March 25, the Masters of Wines and Spirits curated collection will be available for travelers and shoppers at DFS, Singapore Changi Airport’s Wines and Spirits Duplexes at Terminals 2 and 3.

DFS Masters of Wines and Spirits is part of the DFS Masters Series, a signature program of exhibitions that also includes the highly-anticipated Masters of Time set to take place in Macau this December. The Masters Series is a showcase of the pinnacle of DFS’ leadership and innovation in curating and creating exceptional experiences across its five pillars of luxury: Wines and Spirits, Beauty and Fragrances, Watches and Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories, and Food and Gifts.

SOURCE: DFS Group Limited


Albert Heijn introduceert Luxe Italiaans Schepijs

AH Luxe schepijs Nocciola

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Het wordt weer warmer en daarom is er voor de ijsliefhebbers goed nieuws! Vanaf deze week introduceert Albert Heijn Luxe Italiaans Schepijs. Sinds 1928 maakt familiebedrijf Tonitto Italiaans schepijs en bereidt dit ijs zoveel mogelijk met lokale ingrediënten. Bovendien wordt er geen gebruikgemaakt van kunstmatige kleur-, geur- en smaakstoffen. Het Luxe Italiaans Schepijs is in de winkel te herkennen aan de transparante verpakking en unieke draaidop.

Het Luxe Italiaans Schepijs zal verschijnen in 10 verschillende smaken; Pistacchio, Cocco Ciocco, Spagnola, Stracciatella, Nocciola, Yoghurt, Soberto Mandarino, Soberto Pomplemo , Tiramisu en Cioccolato Pralinato. De 500ml potten ijs zijn verkrijgbaar voor €3,99.


Vertegenwoordigers van de media kunnen contact opnemen met een van de woordvoerders via telefoonnummer: 088-6592020, via e-mail: pers@ah.nl of via twitter @AlbertHeijnPers.

Commissaries celebrates the Month of the Military Child with giveaways and savings this April

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissaries are observing April, the Month of the Military Child, with giveaways and savings for the entire family.

“At the Defense Commissary Agency, we do all we can to provide our military children and their families with significant savings on groceries and household items,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s sales director. “With events such as ProCamps and our ‘5-2-1-0’ nutritional message, we recognize the unique challenges our youth experience because of the demands of military life.”

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in April to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Also, shoppers can find even more deals on this website, along with the commissary sales flyer, which features discounted items and healthy recipe ideas.

Patrons can also access this website for the following features: 1) the Commissary Rewards Card, which allows patrons to redeem coupons electronically at the commissary checkout. Patrons can pick up a card at their local commissary and register it, where they can log into their account to load coupons on the card before they shop; and 2) DeCA’s new Nutrition Guide Program, where patrons can learn more about the color-coded shelf labels that point out items with key nutrient attributes such as low sodium, whole grain, no sugar added, low fat, good source of fiber and organic.

Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Commissaries worldwide will use the Month of the Military Child to educate shoppers to encourage their children about healthier lifestyles. The “5-2-1-0” message remains the call to action: Eat five fruits and vegetables every day; limit recreational screen time to two hours or less daily; get one hour or more of physical activity every day and avoid all drinks with sugar. Your local commissary may have commissary tours highlighting the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables along with recipes, food sampling and giveaways. Check with your local commissary to find out when your child’s event takes place.
  • Many camps, 30-day dash, three ways to win! Through April 15, almost 100 commissaries worldwide will have a chance to win a football ProCamps for their installation. Winning stateside installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children, both boys and girls, in first through eighth grade. At these camps, participants will learn from and play with some of their favorite NFL players like Alejandro Villanueva (Pittsburgh Steelers), Andre Roberts (Atlanta Falcons), Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers), Steve Smith, Sr. (formerly of the Baltimore Ravens), Graham Gano (Carolina Panthers), LeGarrette Blount (New England Patriots), among many others. Installation consideration to qualify for a camp is based on their commissary sales of select items such as Tide, Pampers, Bounty, Charmin, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Crest and Gillette. Customers can vote for their installation at Start Strong, Stay Strong or text their base name to 1-855-980-1999. Standard messaging and data rates apply. Not all carriers support this service.
  • Kraft Heinz Company is offering shoppers a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the NHL Award Ceremony in June 2017 held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In-store displays will announce the NHL “online” sweepstakes as well as offer great recipes. There will also be coupons available for $5 off 5 items on brands such as Oscar Mayer, Kraft, Velveeta and Planters from April 1-23 at all stores.
  • Keebler’s Annual Hollow Tree promotion features savings on discounted Keebler products April 10-23 at all stores. Customers can get a coupon for free milk with the purchase of four packages of Keebler cookies or Keebler Rite Bite packages. Free cookies and milk samples will be offered at most stores. Look for Ernie and the Keebler elves on Keebler snacks displays.
  • Kashi Plus Fresh Pears! Kashi is offering coupon flyers worldwide so can buy two Kashi products and save $2 on fresh pears. Also, recipes will be available and in-store demos will highlight the nutritional value of Kashi and pears.
  • Overseas Service Corporation and their partners present the “Fisher House Theme Event,” a stateside-only sale to raise awareness and money for The Fisher House Organization. The Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers. Look for special prices and coupons supported by a coupon flyer and mass displays in all stateside stores from participating manufacturers.
  • The Clorox Company and Bush’s Best are teaming up with Kimberly Clark to host the 10th annual “Race for Savings” NASCAR-themed in-store sales event from April 10-23 stateside only. Patrons at participating stores can enter to win a NASCAR Memorial Day Race Package in Charlotte, North Carolina. Two grand prize race packages will be given away nationally. Each prize package includes airfare for two, hotel, race tickets for the Nextel Cup race as well as a $300 VISA cash card for meals and incidentals. Check out special NASCAR/JTG Daugherty Racing displays in the commissaries for details on how to enter.

“As we honor our military children, don’t miss out on these opportunities to save even more,” Russ said. “For everyone in the family, the commissary is always worth the trip.”

To see a video about ProCamps, visit this YouTube page. To see photos related to ProCamps, visit our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

SOURCE: Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)

Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas win the Global Achievement in Exhibition award for its VOX Cinemas brand in the Middle East

Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas wins the Global Achievement in Exhibition award for its VOX Cinemas brand in the Middle East

DUBAI, UAE, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas, owner of the VOX Cinemas brand in the Middle East, scooped up the Global Achievement in Exhibition award at the CinemaCon convention, the largest and most important gathering for the worldwide motion picture theatre industry, which took place in Las Vegas on March 27th.

Nominated alongside established players from across the world, VOX Cinemas spearheaded by CEO Cameron Mitchell was deemed a leading innovator in the entertainment industry. Highly coveted, the “Global Achievement in Exhibition” accolade plays true testament to VOX Cinemas’ dedication to delivering world-class cinema offerings to its customers.

Commenting on the company’s global award win, Cameron Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas, said: “As a brand born out of the Middle East in the late nineties, it is a true honour to see our relentless determination being recognized on a global scale. The entertainment landscape is a highly competitive one and platforms such as CinemaCon truly demonstrate the industry’s commitment to the increasing demand for better, more engaging and more dynamic customer experiences. VOX Cinemas’ standards and passion mean that we never rest on our achievements, we will continue investing to drive our business and our innovative spirit forward around the world.”

Serving over 60 million movie-lovers in the past 16 years, Majid Al Futtaim’s cinema business currently holds the Middle East’s highest grossing cinema position and continues to differentiate itself through the development of unique cinema concepts. Enjoying above average market share in all markets which it operates in, some of VOX Cinemas’ top performing sites have already made waves globally including at Mall of the Emirates (Dubai, UAE) which skyrocketed to the number one IMAX box office spot three weekends in a row in 2016 topping sales across 1,102 IMAX theatres around the world.

Posting a 218% increase in box office admissions from 2010 including a 28% jump in 2016 followed by a 278% increase in revenue from 2010 including a 24% jump in 2016, the company continues to move from strength to strength since its first cinema launch in Ajman (UAE) in 1999. Growing its screen footprint by 36% last year alone, VOX Cinemas currently operates 29 cinema complexes totalling 284 screens across the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt and Qatar.

Ahmed Galal Ismail, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, also commented: “We are extremely proud and honoured to see our Majid Al Futaim Cinemas business receive such outstanding recognition at CinemaCon this year. Despite being in the cinema business since 1999, we created the VOX Cinemas brand only six years ago, putting in place an ambitious strategy focused on innovation. Today, we have managed to help grow it into the most dynamic cinema brand in the region, able to compete with brands worldwide. We look forward to creating more revolutionary experiences for customers that challenge convention, drive the industry forward and creates great moments for cinema goers.”

Forging ahead as the Middle East’s largest and most rapidly growing cinema exhibitor, a current investment goal of 1.2 billion dirhams (USD 326.7 million) will see VOX Cinemas expand to operate 600 screens across 50 locations in the region and beyond by 2020.

From big screen cinemas, fully immersive experiences, fine dining luxury prepared by Michelin starred celebrity chefs, dedicated fun playrooms for children and stunning rooftop views, the brand was recognized at CinemaCon for its myriad of concepts that go far beyond the confines of cinema theatres to create great moments for everyone every day.

Keeping customers at the heart of its operations, VOX Cinemas is synonymous with innovative concepts, cutting-edge technology and exclusive partnerships. Region-firsts, VOX experiences such as GOLD, ThEATreby Rhodes, 4DX, KIDS, MAX, OUTDOOR and IMAX with Laser continue to escalate the movie-viewing experience and ultimately raise the bar for entertainment standards worldwide.


Tower 1, 10th Floor,
City Centre Deira Complex
PO Box 91100
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone: +9714 2949999

NCR integrates its POS platform with Showtime Analytics’ Data Platform to enable cinemas better understand customer needs

Duluth, Ga., 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today announced it has integrated its point-of-sale (POS) platform with global analytics and customer engagement leader Showtime Analytics’ Data Platform. The combined technology enables cinemas to better understand customer needs and improve customer experience.

Launching officially at CinemaCon, NCR customers will now have access to the powerful Showtime Analytics Data Platform through real-time, user-friendly visual analytics. Attendees of CinemaCon can visit NCR’s booth 2213A, March 27-30, at Caesars palace in Las Vegas for a demonstration.

Specifically, NCR customers will have access to is Insights, a cloud-based solution which brings data to life through real-time, user-friendly visual analytics via a standard web browser or mobile device. Each Insights dashboard provides a highly interactive analytics view of key areas of business focus including; events, concessions, distribution analysis, occupancy, retail trends, probability analysis and real-time KPIs. User and role-based security allows cinema owners to ensure only relevant content and data is visible to specific job role and function.

“Our platform and industry data model automatically collects and integrates multiple different data sources in real-time, providing the ability for our customers to visualize and cross analyze their data sets. Through our relationship with NCR, we provide smart, actionable results that translate right into bottom-line savings for cinemas,” said Richie Power, CEO of Showtime Analytics.

Showtime Analytics plans to launch a second product later this year called Engage, that will also integrate into the NCR platform. Engage is a Showtime Analytics Customer & Marketing Analytics Platform which provides Cinema operators with a fully interactive view of their customer base in a single place. Within minutes, operators can understand, target and campaign to contactable customers. By design, Engage builds marketing intelligence into its platform, making it simple and intuitive for operators to reach their customers. Built from the ground up, Engage is a discovery, targeting & campaigning solution which will help operators retain, grow and win-back customers.

“The cinema industry now more than ever needs to explore new and innovative ways of maximizing the revenue from their existing customer base and find innovative ways of attracting new audiences,” said NCR Corporation General Manager, Travel & Entertainment, Dennis Davidson. “We see data analytics as being core to this strategy allowing our customers to build a better, more connected relationship with their customers by offering an exceptional user experience.”


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 nearly 700 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, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Media Contact
Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation

SOURCE: NCR Corporation

Baskin-Robbins to serve $1.50 regular and kids-sized ice cream scoops this Friday, March 31

Guests can celebrate the official start of spring with $1.50 regular and kids-sized scoops

CANTON, Mass., 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is treating guests to a sweet deal on their favorite ice cream flavor this Friday, March 31, as part of its “Celebrate 31” promotion. Baskin-Robbins will be serving $1.50* regular and kids-sized ice cream scoops at participating shops nationwide to commemorate the brand’s iconic 31 flavors – one for each day of the month.

“We’re excited to continue celebrating our ‘31 flavors’ heritage through our ‘Celebrate 31’ promotion,” said Carol Austin, Vice President of Marketing, Baskin-Robbins. “This month’s promotion is a great way to kick off ice cream season with our guests and treat them to a great deal that they can enjoy with family and friends on any of our delicious ice cream flavors.”

Guests can treat themselves to this special “Celebrate 31” deal on any Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor, including favorites like Pralines ‘n Cream, Jamoca® Almond Fudge, Very Berry Strawberry and Mint Chocolate Chip, as well as seasonal flavors including Easter Egg Hunt® and Cherry Lime Rickey sorbet.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

* Offer valid on March 31st. Participation may vary. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. All listed flavors are optional amongst Baskin-Robbins’ stores. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax. 

About Baskin-Robbins
Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, providing guests with a wide array of ice cream flavors and delicious treats at more than 7,800 retail shops in more than 50 countries around the world. The brand was founded by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion for ice cream led to the creation of many iconic ice cream flavors including Pralines ‘n Cream, Jamoca® Almond Fudge and Very Berry Strawberry. Today, Baskin-Robbins has more than 1,300 ice creams in its flavor library, and also offers custom ice cream cakes, frozen beverages and the Polar Pizza™ Ice Cream Treat. Its franchised ice cream shops serve as places where people can connect and create special memories while they explore a wide array of flavors, including a new Flavor of the Month every month. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

SOURCE: Baskin-Robbins


Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200

Bartell Drugs pharmacists now offer treatments for minor medical care needs

SEATTLE, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs is now offering treatments for a variety of minor medical care needs through their network of certified pharmacists.

The twelve stores offering these services include: 5th & Olive, Issaquah, North Bend, Factoria, Broadway and Pike, Silver Lake, Redondo, Magnolia, Burien, Lower Queen Anne, Riverton Heights, and Lake Serene.

The types of care varies with patient needs, but examples include treatments for ailments such as insect stings, urinary tract infections, seasonal allergies, burns, human and animal bites, yeast infections, shingles and more.

Fees for the service are extremely affordable, usually ranging between $15 and $25.

“We’re pleased to offer this convenient service to our patients,” remarked Christina Ree, Bartell’s clinical programs manager. “It’s important that we utilize our highly skilled pharmacists to their maximum potential in today’s evolving healthcare environment. This service allows physicians more time to spend on complex cases and provides a more affordable option in which to spend healthcare dollars.”

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About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 127-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contact:

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

SOURCE: Bartell Drugs

Sears partners with personal finance expert Nicole Lapin to offer savvy advice for shoppers this spring shopping season

Sears partners with personal finance expert Nicole Lapin to offer savvy advice for shoppers this spring shopping season

Timely pro tips to earn more rewards, maximize shopping dollars ahead of major sales event

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just in time for the launch of spring yard care and fashion shopping seasons, Sears has teamed with personal finance expert and New York Times bestselling author Nicole Lapin to offer savvy advice for shoppers as they prepare to tackle spring cleaning, outdoor projects, and gifting for moms, dads and grads. In addition, Sears is about to launch one of its biggest sales of the year.

“People always ask me for tips to better manage the household budget,” said Lapin, author of the new business empowerment book, Boss Bitch. “Through my partnership with Sears, I’m encouraging them to BYOW – ‘Boss Your Own Wallet’ – and shop with a plan to get the most value for every dollar. After all, how you spend is as important as what you save.”

Lapin’s BYOW strategy outlines five musts to conquer the spring shopping season with budget – and peace of mind – intact. Lapin believes shopping education is an important part of financial literacy and shares the following pro tips:

  1. Join the free loyalty rewards programs – and learn the perks. Anyone can join a loyalty program, but smart shoppers learn how to really get the most out of them. Lapin likes the Shop Your Way program for its generous points accrual with every purchase, surprise points throughout the year, access to thousands of top brands, and its host of free additional services like personal shoppers.
  2. Celebrate the shopping holidays. Not all sales are created equal. Plan out your shopping spree like a boss by recognizing the best time to buy such as coinciding with the best sales to save money and maximize shopper rewards. Lapin cites “Sears Days,” an upcoming event where discounts and deals will be offered storewide March 26 to April 8, as an ideal time to buy, especially big-ticket items. This year, Sears will offer shoppers even deeper value with more reward points than years prior.
  3. When it comes to points, use them or lose them. People lose out on thousands of dollars each year in unredeemed points. The Shop Your Way program helps prevent this – points are linked to your account and can be used anytime, on any purchase. It (should be) a no-brainer.
  4. Choose your rewards; not the other way around. Join a flexible retail loyalty program with perks you value. Sears’ Shop Your Way allows shoppers to earn qualifying points at Sears, Kmart and Sears Auto Center and also with partners such as Uber, Groupon, Hilton and more. So with every purchase at Sears, they save money that would have been spent elsewhere.
  5. Take advantage of deals, both online and in-store. Retailers like Sears understand the way today’s shopper lives, online and IRL (in real life). They offer seamless integration between the in-store, mobile and online shopping experience so shoppers get the best deals whether they stop by or log on.

“We spend hundreds of hours annually shopping for ourselves and our families,” Lapin said. “Isn’t it time we made that investment work for us? After all, we’re the bosses of our own lives – we’ve got work to do!”

For more insight and advice on retail reward programs, Lapin just published a blog on the subject at www.NicoleLapin.com/BYOW.

Sears Announces Sears Days – Best Time To Buy Sales Event
From March 26 through April 8, Sears will host “Sears Days – Best Time to Buy” in-store, online at sears.com, or via the Sears app. During this special event, Sears will offer even deeper value with sale prices storewide and online, and more Shop Your Way reward points than prior years. For more information, visit sears.com.

About Nicole Lapin
Nicole Lapin is the star of the CW’s business competition reality show “Hatched.” She was the youngest anchor ever at both CNN and CNBC and has served as a business anchor and special correspondent for Bloomberg Television as well as the money-saving correspondent for “The Wendy Williams Show.” Lapin’s first book, Rich Bitch, a personal finance guide for women, became an instant New York Times bestseller, and her second book, Boss Bitch was released in March 2017.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with nearly 12 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

Brian Hanover Alicia Clarke
Sears PR Zeno Group for Sears
847-286-6080 312-527-2SHC (2742)
Brian.Hanover@searshc.com Alicia.Clarke@zenogroup.com

SOURCE Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Coop Bau+Hobby ruft Fahrrad Road Cat II zurück

Coop Bau+Hobby ruft Fahrrad Road Cat II zurück


BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bei gewissen Fahrrädern mit den Bezeichnungen Road Cat II unisex 48cm und Road Cat II Men 52cm, welche seit Februar 2016 bei Coop Bau+Hobby verkauft wurden, können sich im äussersten Fall die Schrauben am Fahrradlenker lösen. Kunden sind deshalb gebeten, die erwähnten Fahrräder nicht mehr zu benutzen und sie zwecks Austausch der Lenkervorrichtung in einen Coop-Bau+Hobby-Baumarkt zu bringen. Der Austausch wird kostenlos vorgenommen und Coop Bau+Hobby führt als Entschädigung für die entstandenen Umstände gratis einen Service am Fahrrad durch.

Art der Gefahr: Aufgrund eines fehlerhaften Bauteils können sich im äussersten Fall die Schrauben am Fahrradlenker lösen. Ob eine fehlerhafte Lenkervorrichtung verbaut wurde, kann unter folgendem Link verifiziert werden: www.coop.ch/rueckruf.

Betroffene Artikel: Betroffen vom Rückruf sind Fahrräder mit folgenden Bezeichnungen:
– Road Cat II unisex 48cm (Rahmennummern XHM1601181 bis XHM1601350 und XHM1613168 bis XHM1613317)
– Road Cat II Men 52cm (Rahmennummern XHM160135 bis XHM16014501, XHM1603851 bis XHM1603900 und XHM1605421 bis XHM1605470)

Betroffene Verkaufsstellen: Coop Bau+Hobby

Massnahmen zur Vermeidung: Die Kunden sind gebeten, die Fahrräder nicht mehr zu verwenden und sie zwecks Reparatur in einen Coop-Bau+Hobby-Baumarkt zu bringen.

Der Artikel ist bereits für den Verkauf gesperrt – die Reparatur wird kostenlos durchgeführt
Die Kunden können die erwähnten Fahrräder in einen Coop-Bau+Hobby-Baumarkt bringen. Den Kunden werden keine Kosten für den Austausch der Lenkervorrichtung berechnet. Zudem führt Coop Bau+Hobby als Entschädigung für die entstandenen Umstände einen kostenlosen Service am Fahrrad durch.

Für weitere Auskünfte können sich die Kundinnen und Kunden an den Coop-Bau+Hobby-Konsumentendienst wenden unter der Telefonnummer 0848 888 444.

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Carphone Warehouse’s iD Mobile announces UK’s first ever ‘Data Cushion’ offer

  • ‘Data Cushion’ gives consumers complete peace of mind with an emergency 10GB of extra 4G data

LONDON, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — iD Mobile, the 4G mobile network from Carphone Warehouse, has announced the UK’s first ever ‘Data Cushion’ offer that is available with a wide range of smartphone deals. The aim is to give customers peace of mind as they will automatically receive an emergency pot of 10GB of 4G data which they will be able to access at any point during their 24-month contract.

When a customer runs out of their monthly data allowance, they will automatically start to use the emergency pot of 10GB meaning they will no longer need to buy add-ons or be charged out of bundle rates.

The emergency data pot is equivalent to binge-watching three hours of HD content on Netflix1. With the average UK Consumer spending 66 hours a month using data on their smartphone2, the need for this has never been more prevalent.

Adam Dunlop, General Manager at iD Mobile, comments: “At iD Mobile we are always looking for new ways to meet our customers’ needs and offer genuine value. Data Cushion is a direct result of talking to customers and listening to their worries about increasing data usage and unexpected bills. Data usage is increasing at a phenomenal rate and we know that our customers want the freedom to use their data without the stress of out of bundle charges. Data Cushion is an innovative way to prevent bill shock and provide customers with greater control.”

What’s more, iD Mobile customers can check their data usage at any time through the iD Mobile app making the full experience simple and easy.

Extensive research by iD Mobile showed strong customer demand for Data Cushion as it addresses a real pain point. After an initial trial at the start of the year, it has now been rolled out to a wider range of 24-month handset contracts with 2GB data.


Top Data Cushion Deals

Product Monthly
Data Minutes Texts Network
iPhone SE 16GB £21.99 £0.00 2GB 600 5,000 iD
iPhone 6s 32GB £29.99 £19.99 2GB 600 5,000 iD
Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB £25.99 £19.99 2GB 600 5,000 iD

The Best of the Rest

iPhone 5S 16GB £17.99 £0.00 2GB 600 5,000 iD
iPhone 5s 16GB 17.99 £29.99 2GB 600 5,000 iD
iPhone 6s Plus 32GB £37.99 £49.99 2GB 2000 5,000 iD
iPhone 7 32GB £35.99 £29.99 2GB 2000 5,000 iD
iPhone 7 Plus 32GB £41.99 £0.00 2GB 2000 5,000 iD
iPhone SE 64GB £27.99 £0.00 2GB 600 5,000 iD
Huawei P9 Lite £19.99 £0.00 2GB 600 5,000 iD
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) £18.99 £0.00 2GB 600 5,000 iD
Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB £27.99 £49.99 2GB 600 5,000 iD
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 32 GB £29.99 £49.99 2GB 600 5,000 iD
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB £35.99 £39.99 2GB 2,000 5,000 iD


For more information, go to: https://www.idmobile.co.uk/data-cushion


1 Netflix
2 ComScore Mobile Metrix, August 2016


For more information, please contact:
ID@mcsaatchi.com or 0207 544 3600

Notes to editors:

Launched in May 2015, iD UK is Carphone Warehouse’s ground-breaking new 4G network. Its flexible 4G plans are amongst some of the best value in the UK. These range from great value SIM Only deals, to plans that include the very latest flagship smartphones.

iD UK is built around its customers, and puts them firmly in control – they can cap their monthly spend, roll over unused data to the next month, and even roam in 29 countries at no extra cost. iD UK customers can manage their account online or by using the free iD UK smartphone app, where they can buy add-ons, and view their usage whilst they’re on the move. iD UK runs on the Three network.

About Dixons Carphone

Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 42,000 people in eleven countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse, CurrysPCWorld and Simplifydigital in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phonehouse, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK & Ireland airports and Phone House in Spain. Our key service brands include Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services (including honeyBee software products), PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

Dixons Carphone was voted ‘Retailer of the Year’ at the Retail Week Awards 2016.


SPAR in Armagh, Northern Ireland wins the Convenience Retailer of the Year 2017 title at the 2017 Convenience Retail Awards

The 2017 Convenience Retailer of the Year, Mullan’s SPAR, Armagh

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mullan’s SPAR in Armagh, Northern Ireland, has won the top accolade at the 2017 Convenience Retail Awards, the prestigious national awards run by Convenience Store and The Grocer.

The store had much competition from rivals across the UK but clinched the Convenience Retailer of the Year 2017 title at the glittering awards ceremony in London on 16 March.

Store owners, Stephen and Donna Mullan, impressed the judges with high levels of customer focus and interaction, exceptional standards and points of difference such as their own brand of soups, stews and ready meals.

Donna Mullan said: “To win this award means everything to us. We’ve worked so hard for this and we would like to dedicate this to our staff who have been so devoted to us. This means the world to us and it makes all the hard work worth it.

“I think we won because we have been so devoted to our community, our staff and our shoppers, and we put our life into our store.”

Commenting on the awards, Convenience Store editor, David Rees, said: “Donna and Stephen run a tremendously impressive operation focused on high quality fresh food and food-to-go, combined with great service and community engagement. Their knowledge of, and commitment to, their local customers and their requirements is a key factor in their success, along with a relentless drive to constantly improve their offer.”

Other SPAR winners on the night included SPAR Eat 17, Hackney, which won Best Large Store, the Innovation award and the accolade for Best Communication to Shoppers.

More awards included those won by Classic Service Station, SPAR Omagh – Best New Store, and McBride’s SPAR Sligo Road, Enniskillen – Best Chilled Food Retailer.

Manchester-based SPAR retailer, Paul Stone, was named Retailer of the Year, great recognition of the exceptional stores operated by this very professional and passionate retailer.

SPAR UK dominated the awards evening with the biggest number of stores ever to reach the finals. Huge congratulations to everyone who took part!

The winners – Store Awards:

Convenience Retailer of the Year: Mullan’s SPAR, Armagh

Best Independent Store: Mullan’s SPAR, Armagh

Best Large Store: SPAR Eat 17, Hackney

Best New Store: Classic Service Station SPAR, Omagh

The winners – Special Awards:

 Best Chilled Food Retailer: McBride’s Spar Sligo Road, Enniskillen

Innovation Award: SPAR Eat 17, Hackney

Best Communication to Shoppers: SPAR Eat 17, Hackney

Retailer’s Retailer of the Year: Paul Stone, Stone SPAR

SOURCE: SPAR International

SPAR International
Penny van der Kaars
Communication Manager

SPAR Australia presents its annual Supplier of the Year Awards

The 2016 SPAR Australia Supplier of the Year, Mondelēz Confectionery

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Australia has once again recognised the support of key suppliers across various categories, presenting the coveted annual SPAR Supplier of the Year Awards at a dinner hosted by Australian Olympic Gold Medallist, Duncan Armstrong, earlier this month.

In a night designed to acknowledge the suppliers who partner with SPAR Australia to drive growth, SPAR would like to congratulate the following suppliers on their success in their respective categories:

  • 2016 Supplier of the Year – Mondelēz Confectionery
  • 2016 Grocery Supplier of the Year – Coca-Cola Amatil
  • 2016 Non-Food Supplier of the Year – McPherson’s Consumer Products
  • 2016 Perishable Supplier of the Year – Grove Juice
  • 2016 Promotional Support of the Year – Don KRC
  • 2016 Private Label Supplier of the Year – Grove Juice
  • 2016 Direct Supplier of the Year – Independent Produce Professionals
  • 2016 New Product Launch of the Year – Cadbury Oreo Chocolate
  • 2016 Account Manager of the Year – Tony Wyber Asaleo Care

2016 Supplier of the Year:

Mondelēz Confectionery achieved a standout 2016, narrowly edging out other great performing suppliers in each of the Award’s criteria. The supplier showed terrific growth in 2016 of 18% over the previous year. The change in performance was largely due to a change in account management and a renewed focus on the SPAR business.

During the evening’s presentation sessions, SPAR Australia’s Managing Director, Lou Jardin, spoke about the critical role SPAR’s suppliers play in the success of the business. From supporting the merchandising team in category reviews and consolidating the range, to promotional support. He shared SPAR’s five key strategies: presenting a value statement, implementing a focused range, clearing the clutter, merchandising for sales and keeping it clean and fresh.

Niels Dekkers, International Marketing & Strategic Projects Manager for SPAR International travelled from Amsterdam for the event. Niels shared some of SPAR’s key international growth, sales and store figures, as well as international innovations and expansions. The growth and supplier opportunities in Asia were demonstrated by the impressive results coming out of SPAR China, India, Indonesia and Thailand. Focusing on the newest developments in Thailand, Niels shared impressive details of the store concepts, layouts and branding opportunities. The key strategies for SPAR’s success in Thailand demonstrate international convenience best practice and focus on areas such as health, Food-to-Go, locally sourced products, freshness and passionate teamwork.

The support of SPAR Australia’s suppliers over the last year has contributed to its growth and development. The partner continues to build its business and the 2017 theme, Inspiring Excellence, is a fitting next step to ensure the continued success of this great independent network.

SOURCE: SPAR International

SPAR International
Penny van der Kaars
Communication Manager

Metro Local Purchasing Program brings in 91 news products from 19 different suppliers from the Ottawa region

Toronto, ON, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metro today announces the arrival in store of 91 news products from 19 different suppliers from the Ottawa region, as a result of the pilot project currently underway in that region. The products will be from the deli, dairy, grocery, meat, frozen grocery, bakery and produce categories. Beginning in Mid-March, customers at 25 stores in the Ottawa market will be able to purchase unique products either made or developed in their area.

The success of the pilot project will be continuously monitored and evaluated in the coming months and will influence how the program grows and develops in other markets in Ontario. The ultimate goal will be to have the local purchasing program available across the province.

“The Ottawa pilot project will be the first proof-point in Metro’s commitment to provide easier access to our customers to more local products,” said Joe Fusco, Senior Vice President, Metro Ontario. “They will truly appreciate the wide range of unique regional items that we are now able to offer them.”

“We are delighted with Metro’s initiative to put forward products from the Ottawa region under this pilot project that further promotes local seasonal foods and works to help consumers recognize and ask for Ontario-grown foods at their local grocery store. We hope that these new agreements will benefit the people of Ottawa, suppliers, and in a more general way, the socio-economic development of the region,” said Denise Zaborowski, Manager, Foodland Ontario.

“enerjive is thrilled to be part of the Metro Local Purchasing Program in Ottawa! Being directly placed into 25 stores with eight different products will close to double the local distribution in Ottawa, making our crackers widely available across the region.” Said Korey Kealey, CEO of enerjive Inc., one of the first suppliers to participate. “It feels like a lucky break to be placed into a grouping of stores after organically growing our brand store by store for five years. We are so excited and welcome the opportunity to celebrate local goodness with other brands and Metro!

Said Pietro Comino, General Manager of Francesco’s Coffee, “Francesco’s Coffee is independently owned and operated by your friends and neighbours in Ottawa, Ontario”. Metro’s local sourcing program has made our local products available to a much wider market and has allowed us to create two new full-time positions and grow our operation significantly.”

Local Purchasing Program
On June 10th, 2016, Metro launched its local purchasing program in Ontario, which aims to optimize the accessibility and promotion of local products. The program, which is part of Metro’s overall corporate responsibility approach, is based on three guiding principles and aims to make Metro a unique showcase for regional products; A key partner of Foodland Ontario and sectoral agri-food associations that promote Ontario products; a key ally of to Ontario innovative suppliers. The local purchasing policy can be consulted on metro.ca. The Metro 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report is also available online at metro.ca/responsibility

About Metro inc.
With annual sales of over $12 billion and over 65,000 employees, METRO INC. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical distribution in Québec and Ontario, where it operates a network of more than 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Food Basics, Metro Plus and Super C, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.




Contact Information:

Mark Bernhardt
Communications Specialist
(416) 234-6155

Tesco launches new range of exceptional tasting wines at great prices

Tesco launches new range of exceptional tasting wines at great prices

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today launched a new range of exclusive wines which will give customers a chance to discover some exceptional tasting wines at great prices.

The new range will delve into the world of luxury wines, without the usual price tag. The 10 new Tesco finest* wines, which are perfect for those special occasions or everyday treats, have been created in partnership with world renowned wine producers. The range focuses on classic French and Italian styles, as well as introducing some more unusual and upcoming regions.

Tesco’s Master of Wine, James Davis said:

“These fantastic new finest* wines offer customers an opportunity to discover a range of top quality wines at exceptional prices. 

“We are seeing that a large number of customers are looking for a terrific wine to celebrate a special occasion, or to be an interesting talking point at the dinner table.

“We believe we’ve found some real hidden gems amongst some brilliant classics. With the help of our fantastic wine-making partners we’re able to bring these once exclusive wines to shoppers across the country.”

Customers will be able to easily identify the new additions to the range by the striking label design which mirrors the quality of the wine inside, and highlights which winemaker Tesco has worked in partnership with to bring these special wines to life.

The wines will be available in over 200 stores across the country and online.

The new Tesco finest* wines, are available at prices between £7 and £20 and includes:

  • Tesco finest* Faugeres 2015
  • Tesco finest* Lambrusco Reggiano Amabile DOC NV
  • Tesco finest* Valpolicella Ripasso 2014
  • Tesco finest* St Emilion Grand Cru 2011
  • Tesco finest* Barbera d’Alba 2013
  • Tesco finest* Margaux 2011
  • Tesco finest* Mercurey Rouge ‘Selection Georges’ 2015
  • Tesco finest* Gaillac Perle 2016
  • Tesco finest* Minervois La Liviniere 2015
  • Tesco finest* Vire Clesse 2015

The introduction of the new premium wines are the latest stage of Tesco’s journey to develop its wine range, by improving the quality, selection and availability and simplify the pricing of their own label wines.

In addition to the new full-sized bottles of finest* wines, Tesco is also introducing a range of top-of-the-line finest* favourites in 187ml bottles. The smaller bottle sizes are great for single serves and portion control, but also offer the ability to trial new wine styles and discover a new favourite.


Notes to editors:

Tasting notes

Tesco finest* Margaux 2011 – £20.00

In partnership with Chateau Cantenac Boyd

This wine is from one of France’s most prestigious wine making regions – Margaux in Bordeaux, with prices for a single bottle go up to £500! Our award-winning Margaux is bold, rich and well-balanced with vibrant and complex flavours of black fruit, cherries, spices and oak. The ultimate treat for a special occasion.

Food pairing: Enjoy with bold foods such as grilled steak.

Tesco finest* Faugeres 2015 – £8.00

In partnership with Maison du Sud

Faugeres is a region situation in the southern area of France called the Languedoc. The grapes for this wine are grown high up on cool Mediterranean slopes from vines that burrow deep into rich local soil. This powerful red is gifted with full flavours of black fruit, local herbs and a subtle spice and has a long, fresh finish. Unusually this wine has gone through very little filtration in order that the wine retains the essences of the terroir and the typicty of the wine.

Food pairing: Demands bold food, particularly beef dishes and game stews.

Tesco finest* Lambrusco Reggiano Amabile DOC NV – £7.00

In partnership with Cantine Riunite

An Italian, sparkling red wine? Yes! This once dated, uncool variety is making a comeback – especially the more traditional, premium styles. Sealed with the authentic flat cork, this high quality sparkling Lambrusco comes from the very best hillside vineyards of Reggio Emilia. The ancient Grasparossa grape gives this deep ruby-red wine its complex red fruit flavours, and its bright, dry juicy finish.

Food pairing: Drink chilled alongside barbecued and cured meats.

Tesco finest* Valpolicella Ripasso 2014 – £11.00

In partnership with Cantina Valpantena

From Northern Italy’s famed Valpolicella region comes a bold but well-balanced wine full of dark fruit flavours. Taken from the Italian word to ‘pass by again’, this red is passed twice through the grape skins to create a darker colour, richer texture and a complex and smooth taste. This is made exclusively for Tesco in partnership with Cantina Valpantena; true specialists of Valpolicella Ripasso.

Food pairing: Beautiful with aged cheeses, stews and braised meats.

Tesco finest* St Emilion Grand Cru 2011 – £16.00

In partnership with Chateau Val d’Or

Another classic region, St Emilion is situation on the right banks of the famous Bordeaux region of France. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine are picked by hand and blended together to create a distinct and complex concentration of intense blackberry and blackcurrant flavours. Oak ageing produces notes of cedar and spice which give way to a long finish.

Food pairing: An excellent accompaniment to classic roast meats.

Tesco finest* Barbera d’Alba 2014 – £8.00

In partnership with Lo Zoccolaio

A traditional Italian grape variety, these Barbera grapes grown on the Lo Zoccolaio estate in Piedmonte, North Italy. This rich wine has delicate perfume, ripe tannins and layers of flavours of plum, raisins and spices.

Food pairing: Best with roast beef or ravioli.

Tesco finest* Mercurey Rouge ‘Selection Georges’ 2015 – £14.00

In partnership with Bouchard

From the classic Burgundy region of Franc, this 100% Pinot Noir has been exclusively produced for us at the historic family-run Bouchard winery. In tribute to our very own wine expert’s Grandfather, this medium bodied wine has layers of red and black fruits and savoury spice notes.

Food pairing: This wine brings out the best from red meats, roast pork and poultry-based stews.

Tesco finest* Gaillac Perle 2016 – £7.00

In partnership with Castel Freres

With its delicate spritz, mouthwatering stone fruit flavours and aromas of fresh citrus, this dry Gaillac Perle is both crisp and elegant. Produced in one of the oldest winemaking regions in South West France and hailed as the next Picpoul de Pinet, it is a lively and modern wine with ancient heritage.

Food pairing: Perfect as an aperitif or paired with grilled fish and shellfish.

Tesco finest* Minervois La Liviniere 2015 – £9.50

In partnership with Domaine de la Baume

The vineyards in the tiny French region of La Liviniere sit high in the foothills of the Pyrenees, with chalky soil below and plenty of sun above. These are ideal conditions to produce full bodied and characterful red wines like this one – packed with generous flavours of tapenade, juicy black fruit and dried herbs.

Food pairing: It is the perfect match with hearty stews.

Tesco finest* Vire Clesse 2015 – £11.00

In partnership with Bouchard

A beauty from Burgundy, this wine is harvested from a number of small, carefully selected quality Chardonnay vineyards and partially aged in oak for added complexity. A deliciously crisp and creamy white wine with apple and citrus aromas offset by characteristic minerality and a long finish

Food pairings: A ripe white that adds depth to poultry, seafood and softer cheese.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701    
We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.


Tesco exclusively launches British invention Anyway Spray to help customers cut down on household waste

Tesco exclusively launches British invention Anyway Spray to help customers cut down on household waste

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s one of the great frustrations of housework – getting near the end of a bottle of cleaning fluid and not being able to squeeze out the last few drops.

But now a ground-breaking British invention called Anyway Spray is being exclusively launched by Tesco to help customers cut down on household waste in the home.

The retailer has introduced a nifty new design for all of its own label trigger spray cleaning products, which will allow customers to use every last drop of liquid in the bottle.

It is estimated that once the design is rolled out to all Tesco stores across the UK, it could save around 27,800 litres of wasted cleaning fluid* each year.

Tesco Cleaning Products buying manager Andy Blackett said:

“As every householder knows, once the liquid gets close to the bottom of the bottle, it becomes increasingly difficult to reach the final drops.

“Around 5ml of cleaning fluid is thrown away from each household cleaning trigger spray bottle. But with the Anyway Spray, this is no longer an issue.

“Even if the bottle is used sideways or upside down, it continues to work until every last drop is used up.

“We’re confident this brilliant British invention will help customers cut down on household waste and will end one of the greatest frustrations in household cleaning.”

Standard trigger spray bottles have a single hole in the end of the tube which needs to be immersed in fluid for them to work. The Anyway Spray is made from a special material** with millions of tiny holes which draw out the liquid.

Included in the Tesco Anyway Spray range will be the following products, all priced at £2:

  • Tesco Leather Cleaner 500ml
  • Tesco Power Hob Cleaner 500ml
  • Tesco Granite and Marble Cleaner 500ml
  • Tesco Stainless Steel Cleaner 500ml
  • Tesco Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner 500ml

The Anyway Spray was invented by Essex-based inventor Michael Pritchard, who was awarded an MBE after creating a potentially life-saving water filtration system called the LIFESAVER Bottle that can clean dirty water of bacteria and viruses and render it drinkable within seconds.

Michael appeared on an episode of Dragon’s Den with his Anyway Spray in 2009 but even though his invention proved popular he declined the offer to launch the spray with one of the panel and only returned to developing the design early last year.

Michael Pritchard said:

“It’s great to see Anyway Spray technology hitting Tesco shelves and finally available for shoppers.

“I believe this technology will not only revolutionise the household cleaning industry, but could go on to transform any market using trigger sprays.”


Note to editors

*    Based on a calculation of 5ml of cleaning fluid being thrown away

** The Anyway Spray tube means that as long as the liquid is touching any part of the tube it will pass through, so that the spray container can be operated in any orientation and will remove every last drop.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701    
We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.


British Land announces six new signings and upsizes as refurbishment moves into its next phase at Meadowhall

British Land announces six new signings and upsizes as refurbishment moves into its next phase at Meadowhall

LONDON, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land, joint owner of Meadowhall, Yorkshire’s premier shopping destination, has announced six new signings and upsizes totalling over 85,000 sq ft as the £60 million refurbishment moves into its next phase.

  • Primark is to extend its existing unit by 21,000 sq ft, creating a 95,500 sq ft flagship store. The increase in size is being facilitated by a move into the former BHS unit.
  • Sports Direct has leased the remainder of the former BHS unit increasing its presence to 44,000 sq ft. Works are already underway to create the larger stores for both brands, with the new regional flagships due to launch this autumn.
  • Family value homewares and household goods retailer, Wilko, will move into the 14,500 sq ft former Sports Direct store in early 2018.
  • Following the success of the schuh store, a new 2,850 sq ft schuh kids specialist store will be opening next door on Meadowhall’s High Street. Launching in April, the store will take the brand’s total presence to almost 9,000 sq ft.
  • Outdoor clothing retailer Timberland, is launching a new look 1,950 sq ft store on Meadowhall’s High Street in April.
  • Second Cup is to open one of its first UK flagship coffee shops on Meadowhall’s Arcade. The 1,560 sq ft café will open later this month as the brand’s ‘black label’ site for the UK, featuring the company’s latest interior design concept.

These signings coincide with the next stage of Meadowhall’s refurbishment. After completion of The Arcade, work is shifting to Meadowhall’s Gallery, High Street and Park Lane, where each mall will be given a different look and feel, using high quality materials, increasing natural light, and improving sightlines. The £60m refurbishment completes at the end of the year and is the most significant investment in the centre since it opened.

Commenting on the news, Richard Crowther, Asset Manager for British Land, said: “With the refurbishment gathering pace, more and more brands are seeking to locate their leading stores at Meadowhall. For many, this means expanding their existing presence, allowing them to stock their full product range and benefit from the placemaking activities British Land brings to all its retail centres.

“These signings are ahead of previous rents, complement the refurbishment and reaffirm Meadowhall’s reputation as the leading shopping destination in the region. This is a very exciting time for the centre.”

Tom Meager, Group Director of Property at Primark, added: “The chance to create a larger store at Meadowhall was one we could not miss. We will open our new store at Meadowhall just as British Land completes the bulk of its refurbishment, so the timing could not be better.”

The latest signings and upsizes follow recent openings by Nespresso, Hawes & Curtis, T2, The Entertainer, Barburrito, Coffika, and Pret A Manger, along with new larger stores for JD Sports and Virgin Holidays.

CBRE, Smith Young and Davis Coffer Lyons acted for Meadowhall. Central Retail, Rawstron Johnson and BNP Paribas represented Primark, Sports Direct and Wilko respectively. Harper Dennis Hobbs and CBRE acted for schuh kids and Timberland. Space Retail acted for Second Cup.


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Nick Thornton, Aver 020 3514 2148

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 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 through energy generation and efficiency, materials innovation and flood risk reduction and we 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 www.britishland.com.

SOURCE: British Land

NFU, FDF and BRC announces joint priorities for UK trade policy

London, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — We have joined with the National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) to outline our joint priorities for UK trade policy.

The statement, which has been sent to the Secretary of States and Ministers at the Department for Exiting the European Union, the Department for International Trade, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, addresses the strategic importance for the UK of the food supply chain and builds consensus around a number of priority areas for trade. The food supply chain not only employs almost four million people and generates over £100 billion of value for the economy each year, but keeps the nation fed: ensuring consumers have access to a wide range of nutritional, quality foods at affordable prices.

Joint statement on trade

The UK’s food supply chain – farmers, food and drink manufacturers and retailers – keeps the nation fed, ensuring consumers have access to a wide range of nutritional, quality foods at affordable prices. As the process of leaving the EU develops, the food supply chain will work together to ensure that our consumers continue to enjoy great quality, choice and value.

The UK food supply chain employs 3.9m people from farming through manufacturing to retail and food service and generates £108bn in value.

Much of the food supply chain is domestically based, and our organisations are committed to domestic production that is competitive and profitable and fully meets the demands of British consumers.

Nevertheless, we cannot operate in isolation. Our farmers need imported feed and inputs and they need access to other markets for their products, especially where demand for these in the UK is insufficient. Our food and drink manufacturers rely on exports to grow their businesses and imports to complement their use of domestically produced ingredients and raw materials. Our retailers need access to a full range of goods all year round to balance seasonality and meet consumer demand.

The regulatory framework that governs this international trade therefore matters to all of us, both in strengthening and supporting UK producers in domestic and foreign markets, and in affording UK consumers and the agri-food and drink industry the benefits of freer trade with overseas partners.

Currently, that framework is determined by the EU, internally through the Single Market and Customs Union, externally through the EU’s Common Commercial Policy. The Prime Minister has made clear that these arrangements will change when the UK leaves the EU.

The new framework for the UK’s trading relations will be determined in part through negotiation with the EU, in part through negotiations with other countries and in part by the UK acting alone. In these distinct areas we call on the government to adopt an approach that will ensure stability and continuity for agri-food and drink businesses by:

  • First of all, ensuring a smooth and orderly Brexit by agreeing transitional arrangements that maintain frictionless trade in goods between the UK and the EU, avoiding costly and disruptive customs checks, processes and procedures
  • In the medium term, avoiding customs duties on trade by securing an ambitious bilateral free trade agreement with the EU that delivers two-way tariff-free trade
  • Establishing the UK as an independent member of WTO, providing continuity and predictability by adopting the EU’s current schedule of Most Favoured Nation bound tariff rates
  • Securing the benefits for UK traders of existing EU preferential trade arrangements, including the UK’s fair share of tariff rate quotas for agricultural imports, as well as of any preferential access for UK food and drink exports, at least until government can replace them with acceptable alternative arrangements.
  • Engaging in formal trade negotiations with third countries when the terms of the UK’s future trading relations with the EU and other existing preferential trading partners are clear
  • Establishing cooperation with third countries on regulatory equivalence and ensuring that all new trade agreements take into consideration differences in regulations and standards when market access is negotiated
  • Consulting with stakeholders and undertaking detailed economic impact assessments when trade negotiations are opened and before any offers are exchanged.


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Source: BRC

Apple brings its latest retail innovations to Nanjing, Cologne and Miami with new store openings

Cupertino, California, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple opened its doors to customers today (MARCH 25, 2017) at new stores in Nanjing, Cologne and Miami, bringing Apple’s latest retail innovations to the heart of each city. More than 350 store employees welcomed thousands of customers at the grand openings, some queuing for days in advance.

Each store complements the local architecture, from the restored facade in Schildergasse to the 90-by-30-foot glass entryway of Apple Nanjing. For the first time in each city, customers explored The Forum, a place where the local community can gather and learn. All three stores also feature The Boardroom, a space for local entrepreneurs, developers and business customers to get hands-on advice and training.


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Albert Heijn opent de deuren tijdens AH Buitendag op Tweede Paasdag

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Altijd al willen weten hoe boerenkaas wordt gemaakt, waar komkommers worden geteeld en hoe bloemen gekweekt worden? Albert Heijn organiseert op Tweede Paasdag samen met vele boeren, kwekers, telers en leveranciers door het hele land de AH Buitendag. Jong en oud kunnen op maandag 17 april alles te weten komen over de herkomst van producten die bij de supermarkten van Albert Heijn te vinden zijn. Nieuw dit jaar is de ‘Toer de Boer’ in Brabant en Utrecht, waarbij klanten samen met winkels in de buurt gaan fietsen langs de deelnemende boeren en telers. Kijk hier het filmpje over de AH Buitendag: https://youtu.be/rS3A_Dk_d84

Van bron tot supermarkt

Honderden enthousiaste en professionele telers, boeren en leveranciers leveren elke dag de lekkerste verse producten aan Albert Heijn. Met velen werken we al jaren samen. Op de AH Buitendag kun je met een groot deel van hen kennismaken. Ze staan de hele dag klaar klaar om je te laten proeven, ontdekken en beleven hoe alles groeit en bloeit. Zo kan Jeroen Hartman uit Sexbierum je alles vertellen over komkommers, paprika’s en pepertjes die zijn familie al 40 jaar lang voor Albert Heijn teelt. In het Brabantse Udenhout kun je kennismaken met de 180 koeien van de familie Mathijssen. Sinds 1978 levert deze kaasboerderij boerenkaas aan Albert Heijn. Ook Aviateur Banketbakkerijen in Broek op Langedijk verwelkomt op Tweede Paasdag consumenten. Daar zie je hoe het lekkerste banket – meer dan 100 soorten koekjes en cakes – elke dag uit de oven rolt.

Leuk én leerzaam

Tijdens de AH Buitendag is er, naast aandacht voor onze producten, ook volop vermaak op elke locatie. Zo kunnen kinderen zich laten schminken, meedoen aan een Paasspeurtocht en hun eigen boerderijkleurplaat maken. Daarnaast organiseren de boeren en telers zelf extra activiteiten zoals varkentjes aaien, tulpen plukken of een tractorrace.

Inschrijven bij jou in de buurt

Zin in een gratis dagje uit voor jong en oud op Tweede Paasdag? Je hoeft je vooraf alleen even in te schrijven via de website. Benieuwd of er een boer, teler of leverancier meedoet bij jou in de buurt, of wil je meer informatie over de AH Buitendag? Ga dan naar: ah.nl/buitendag en schrijf je in.

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Source: Albert Heijn