Sly Fox’s Circle of Progress Pale Ale from barley malt composted with Wegmans food scraps to be featured at select Wegmans Pubs

Starting on Earth Day, April 22, select Wegmans Pub locations will feature Sly Fox’s Circle of Progress Pale Ale – a sustainable, special-edition, small-batch brew made from barley malt composted with Wegmans food scraps.
(Photo Credit: Gail K Foley)

Partnership with Pennsylvania Farm turns food scraps from Wegmans into compost that is used to grow the barley for Sly Fox’s Circle of Progress Pale Ale

Rochester, NEW YORK, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starting on Earth Day, April 22, select Wegmans Pub locations will feature Sly Fox’s Circle of Progress Pale Ale – a sustainable, special-edition, small-batch brew made from barley malt composted with Wegmans food scraps. Aptly named Circle of Progress as a play on the idea of closed-loop sustainability, the beer tells a tale of sustainable business practices and “keeping it local” that businesses and consumers can feel good about. The current batch of Circle of Progress has truly come full circle, with its story starting and ending at Wegmans Food Markets.

Where there are large amounts of food preparation, there are large amounts of food scraps – but that doesn’t have to equate to food waste. Wegmans Food Markets is committed to finding innovative ways to recycle, such as partnering with local organizations and farmers to turn food scraps into something useful, like the compost used to “grow” your next pint of beer.

Currently, 75 Wegmans stores have programs in place that divert food scraps from landfills by offering them as feed for local livestock, or sending them for composting or anaerobic digestion. In Pennsylvania, Wegmans partners with Ned Foley at Two Particular Acres, a 35-acre farm in Montgomery County to make use of the food scraps from nine of its stores, totaling nearly 3 million pounds in 2016. Foley takes those and other food scraps and turns them into compost for fertilizing his crops, including barley.

“The real advantage of partnerships like the one we have with Ned is that the benefits are broadly shared,” said Jason Wadsworth, manager of sustainability for Wegmans. “The process is easier, safer and more efficient for our people. It helps to reduce carbon emissions generated by landfills, helps local farmers achieve sustainability goals, and creates new ways of doing business.”

Two years ago, Foley, a craft beer enthusiast, was looking for an outlet to get his barley malted when Tim Ohst from Sly Fox Brewing Company introduced him to Alan Gladish at Double Eagle Malt, a micro-malting operation in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. An instant match, Foley and Gladish began collaborating, which sparked an idea for Ohst and Foley – crafting a beer that uses only local malt. And Circle of Progress was born. The current limited batch will be exclusively available on tap at select Wegmans Pub and Burger Bar locations in Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia and New York, but once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Who grows your pint?

Foley and his wife began farming 15 years ago, and early on, with an aversion to using chemicals, adopted composting. Over the years, composting became a strong focus of their farming operation, ultimately leading to the creation of a commercial composting company to service customers, like Wegmans, that recognize the value of composting food scraps and organic residuals. The barley, and all the crops at Two Particular Acres, are raised using organic methods, which means no chemical fertilizer, herbicide, or insecticides are used.

Foley is particularly proud and excited of what his partnership with Double Eagle and Sly Fox is doing for the local craft beer scene, exhibited by the sign on the edge of his barley fields that reads, “Who Grows Your Pint?” While part of craft beer’s appeal for many enthusiasts is that it’s locally brewed, it’s not often that the barley, arguably the main and most important ingredient in a brew, comes from a farm just 10 miles down the road from the brewery.

“Growing barley for craft brewers is our way of helping the larger community understand the real value of composting and organic diversion,” said Foley. “Sly Fox, Double Eagle Malt and Wegmans all understand the value to the community and we are extremely proud to partner with each of them to ‘spread the gospel’ of compost, one pint at a time.”

What exactly does compost, one pint at a time, look like? The barley used for each pint of Circle of Progress was grown using just over three pounds of compost. That’s three pounds of material that would have gone to the landfill, but instead was put to good use making the soil healthier to produce delicious craft beer.

Because the beer only uses barley grown at Two Particular Acres, the batch size is limited, which means the team isn’t yet to the point where they can bottle the beer to make it available in the very grocery stores Foley collects food scraps from. While they hope to do that someday, Foley and his partners are a step closer than ever with the beer returning to Wegmans for sale in its restaurants, giving customers the ability to confidently say, “Ned Foley grew my pint.”

The Pub
– Alexandria
– Allentown, Collegeville, Concordville, King of Prussia, Malvern, Montgomeryville
New York
– Perinton, Transit Road

The Burger Bar
New York
– Pittsford and Canandaigua

SOURCE: Wegmans Food Markets

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Tracy Van Auker
Media Relations Coordinator

La Granja INC recalls Hand crafted Paleteria, Mango Flavored Ice cream that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis

La Granja INC recalls Hand crafted Paleteria, Mango Flavored Ice cream that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis

Silver Spring, MD, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — La Granja INC of Doraville Georgia is recalling 4000 units of Hand crafted Paleteria, Mango Flavored Ice cream, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms pain and diarrhea. Long term complications can include severe arthritis.

The ice cream was distributed in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina through retail stores, by direct delivery.

The popsicle comes in a clear bag with La Granja logo, Mango Flavor Ice Cream and the dates of expiration are 210218 (February 21, 2018) and 280218 (February 28, 2018). UPC code 0010439212.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was a result of a routine sampling program by The Georgia Department of Agriculture. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what cause the problem. Consumers who have purchased La Granja Ice cream are urged to return it to the place of purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact La Granja INC 770-263-1060. Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm, E.T.


SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration


La Granja INC

365 by Whole Foods Market debuts at Greater Austin

365 by Whole Foods Market debuts at Greater Austin

Texas’ first 365 store to open in Greater Austin

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — 365 by Whole Foods Market’s first Texas location will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, in Cedar Park, following a bread-breaking ceremony with company officials and the community. Opening day will feature live music by Austin favorite Shinyribs and five percent of the day’s net sales will benefit Thinkery, Austin’s nonprofit children’s museum.

The store’s opening week celebration will kickoff with a parking lot party on Sunday, April 23. The family-friendly event, free to the public, will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and will feature local food and live music.

The 30,000-square-foot store, at 5001 183A Toll Rd, will offer a selection of grab-and-go prepared foods, grocery items, unique venues and retail innovations that streamline the shopping experience for customers seeking convenience and value on high-quality products without artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives.

The Cedar Park location includes full-service eateries from two Austin favorites: Easy Tiger, a local bakery and beer garden, serving a selection of brats, breads and pastries, and JuiceLand, a local juice legend, serving a full range of juices, smoothies and shots.

“Whether you’re looking for a quick in-and-out shop for a few items, stocking up on groceries for the week, grabbing a smoothie from JuiceLand, or meeting for a drink at Easy Tiger, you’ll find a blend of innovation and convenience in our store,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “From the food offerings to the design, we’ve built a foundation on the quality standards you’ve come to expect from Whole Foods Market in a fun new format that’s easy to navigate and is focused on value in every department.”

The Cedar Park store marks the beginning of a new wave of 365 stores, bringing greater ease to the grocery shopping experience through a blend of design, technology and experience.

Shoppers can register for the 365 Rewards Program, a digital loyalty program, offering customers added value, product recommendations and deals based on individual preferences. 365 rewards members will receive 10 percent off more than 100 items everyday. New rewards members will also receive $5 off a $25 purchase.

For details and announcements on all upcoming events, visit the 365 by Whole Foods Market website and follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. RSVP for the April 23 pre-opening party here.

SOURCE:  Whole Foods Market

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CBRE acquires Mainstream Software, Inc. a technology solutions provider for facilities management operations

Acquisition bolsters CBRE’s growing competitive advantage in digital and technology capabilities

Los Angeles, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) today (April 18, 2017) announced that it has acquired the business of Mainstream Software, Inc. (Mainstream), a technology company that provides mobile and software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology solutions for facilities management operations.

Mainstream’s proprietary technology further enhances CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) offering in the area of digital and technology-enabled services.

Mainstream’s technology supports over 90,000 users, including many CBRE facility managers, clients and vendors and processes millions of facility work orders annually. The technology supports tenant work requests, reactive and preventive maintenance scheduling, and analytics for facilities in 50 countries.

Already responsible for collating a significant portion of CBRE’s work order volume, Mainstream becomes a permanent resource in CBRE’s suite of technology products; alongside several other capabilities that enable enhanced service levels and operational savings on behalf of facilities management clients.

“Owning a suite of key enablement technologies is an integral part of CBRE’s strategy,” said Chandra Dhandapani, CBRE’s Chief Digital & Technology Officer. “Mainstream fits perfectly with this strategy and our combined product vision will further enable our professionals to operate more efficiently and provide superior experiences and outcomes for our clients.”

“Mainstream’s technology has delivered excellent results for our clients, colleagues, and supplier partners consistently for 15 years” said Matt Werner, President, GWS Enterprise Facilities Management, CBRE. “By acquiring this organization we are bringing a trusted partner into our company, ensuring that CBRE’s scale, expertise, and ability to invest will continue to support and strengthen this technology, creating advantage for our clients going forward.”

Founded in 1989 by Peter Wallace, Mainstream is based in Twinsburg, Ohio.

“My team and I have enjoyed working with CBRE over the years and are excited to join this premier business,” said Mr. Wallace. “We look forward to continuing on our past success to offering a technology tool that allows account teams to meet client needs and enhances their abilities to deliver effective solutions.”

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain of the statements in this release regarding the acquisition of Mainstream Software, Inc. (Mainstream), that do not concern purely historical data are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are made based on our management’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events affecting us and are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to our operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, actual performance, results and events may vary materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements, and you should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future performance, results or events. Numerous factors could cause actual future performance, results and events to differ materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, our ability to successfully integrate Mainstream with our existing operations in the U.S., as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. For additional information concerning factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements and other risks and uncertainties to our business in general, please refer to our SEC filings, including Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. Such filings are available publicly and may be obtained from our website at or upon request from the CBRE Investor Relations Department at

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

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.

Robert McGrath
+1 212.984.8267

Visa Inc. declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.165 per share of class A common stock

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) today (Apr. 18, 2017) announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.165 per share of class A common stock (determined in the case of class B and class C common stock and series B and C convertible participating preferred stock on an as-converted basis) payable on June 6, 2017, to all holders of record as of May 19, 2017.

About Visa Inc.:

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks – VisaNet – that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products. For more information, visit, and @VisaNews.

Media Relations:
Nathaniel Sillin

Investor Relations:
Victoria Hyde-Dunn

Source: Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. announces the appointment of John F. Lundgren as a new independent director

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) announced today (Apr. 18, 2017) that its board of directors has appointed John F. Lundgren as a new independent director, effective immediately. Mr. Lundgren will also serve as a member of the board’s audit and risk committee.

Mr. Lundgren was chief executive officer (CEO) of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. from March 2010 until his retirement in July 2016. He also served as chairman until December 2016. Previously, Mr. Lundgren served as chairman and CEO of The Stanley Works, a worldwide supplier of consumer products, industrial tools and security solutions for professional, industrial and consumer use, from March 2004 until its merger with Black & Decker in March 2010. During his career, Mr. Lundgren held senior leadership roles at Georgia Pacific Corporation, James River Corporation and Fort James Corporation. Mr. Lundgren serves on the boards of Callaway Golf Company and Staples, Inc.

“I am pleased that, after a thoughtful search, John has been chosen to join Visa’s board of directors,” said Al Kelly, chief executive officer of Visa Inc.“John is an experienced leader with tremendous operational and strategic knowledge in consumer products that will be invaluable to Visa as we expand our network and bring innovative payment solutions to market.”

This new appointment brings Visa’s total board of directors to 10 members. Other members of the Visa Inc. Board of directors can be viewed on our investor relations website:

About Visa Inc.:

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks – VisaNet – that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products. For more information, visit, and @VisaNews.

Media Relations:
Nathaniel Sillin

Investor Relations:
Victoria Hyde-Dunn

Source: Visa Inc.

BJ’s Restaurants to release its 1Q 2017 results on Thursday, April 27, 2017

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) today ( April 18, 2017) announced that it will release its first quarter 2017 results after the market closes on Thursday, April 27, 2017.  The Company will host an investor conference call at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific) that same day.  The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet.  To listen to the conference call, please visit the “Investors” page of the Company’s website located at several minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary audio software.  An archive of the presentation will be available for 30 days following the call.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 191 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert.  Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, brewpub locations in Texas and qualified independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at

Greg Levin
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
(714) 500-2400

(212) 835-8500

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

Kroger announces the promotion of Angel Colón to senior director of diversity

CINCINNATI, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (April 18, 2017 ) announced Angel Colón has been promoted to senior director of diversity. He has been serving as the company’s director of multicultural development for merchandising since 2008.

Mr. Colon succeeds Rueben Shaffer, who retired at the end of March, as Kroger’s head of diversity and also assumes the responsibilities for the company’s strong supplier diversity program.

“Angel has been on the leading edge of Kroger’s multicultural merchandising initiatives, as well as our internal resource groups supporting and promoting the needs of our diverse workforce, for nearly a decade,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “We look forward to his continued leadership in his new role, where he will be responsible for Kroger’s diversity efforts while also continuing to shape and influence our multicultural efforts.”

Mr. Colón has held a variety of leadership roles in the grocery industry for 27 years, including product management, direct store delivery merchandising, category management, promotions, sales leadership, broker management, regional marketing, customer marketing and ethnic marketing. He joined Kroger in 2008 in his current role, where he established the company’s Multicultural Department and strategic direction. Mr. Colón was also a founding member of the KEPASA Associate Resource Group at Kroger’s general office, which is an affinity group that empowers, supports and advocates for Hispanic and Latino associates.

Mr. Colón earned an MBA and lives in Cincinnati with his wife. They have three children.

Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Million Dollar Club. Earlier this year, Kroger was named one of the top eight U.S. corporations for inclusion by Omnikal (formerly Diversity Business).

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations to offer testing services for sexually transmitted infections

In addition, Healthcare Clinics in the Houston market will begin prescribing PrEP for HIV prevention April 25

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beginning April 25, Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations in select markets will offer testing services for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, Hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea and other conditions.

As part of the services, which will be offered in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tucson, Washington D.C., and Wichita, Healthcare Clinic providers – nurse practitioners and physician assistants – will first conduct a consultation with the patient and, as applicable, conduct the STI testing process. The method of testing varies based on the type of condition being assessed. Healthcare Clinic providers can offer treatment or a referral to a specialist, as needed.

In addition to STI testing, Walgreens is also furthering its commitment to supporting communities impacted by HIV through prevention and early detection services. On April 25, providers at Walgreens Healthcare Clinics in the Houston area, can begin prescribing PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), a medication protocol for people who don’t have HIV to help proactively protect against HIV infection. When taken daily as directed, PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection by more than 90 percent when used consistently.

Following an initial PrEP consultation with a patient, Healthcare Clinic providers will be able to conduct tests for HIV and other STIs, as needed. Upon review of test results, providers will conduct a follow-up visit and may prescribe PrEP, as necessary.

“Offering these new services in our Healthcare Clinics demonstrates our ongoing commitment to improving the comprehensive health and wellbeing of our patients,” said Pat Carroll, MD, chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics. “We’re proud to introduce the testing services during STD Awareness Month in April, and support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in raising public awareness about the impact that STDs – the diseases that can develop from STIs – can have on the lives of Americans and the importance of testing and prevention.”

Glen Pietrandoni, Walgreens senior director, virology disease state, said, “With our long history of working with the HIV/AIDS community, we are as committed as ever to the ongoing, incredible advancement in HIV testing, prevention and treatment that has occurred over the last decade, and to providing greater access to high quality testing and prevention services through the clinics and our pharmacies.”

Also, as part of this commitment, Walgreens pharmacy staff and store managers chain-wide will be completing HIV Continuing Education (CE) training courses. The curriculum includes a Walgreens-developed HIV stigma course as well as a HIV prevention course developed by Walgreens in collaboration with the National Alliance of HIV Education and Workforce Development (NAHEWD). The educational training also includes tools for improving adherence to PrEP.

Pietrandoni said, “With this training, our pharmacy staff will be even more equipped to offer one-on-one medication counseling and other support services that provide our patients living with HIV/AIDS and their families, as well as those at risk for HIV, with compassionate, confidential care.”

Walgreens also collaborates with health departments and local AIDS service organizations to help provide free HIV testing as part of an ongoing effort to broaden the reach of HIV information and testing in non-traditional settings and to support local organizations’ outreach efforts.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.


Scott Goldberg

Source: Walgreens

Starbucks introduces its first Unicorn Frappuccino® blended beverage

Starbucks introduces its first Unicorn Frappuccino® blended beverage


Seattle, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The elusive unicorn from medieval legend has been making a comeback. Once only found in enchanted forests, unicorns have been popping up in social media with shimmering unicorn-themed food and drinks. Now Starbucks is taking the trend to a new level with its first Unicorn Frappuccino® blended beverage, available starting Wednesday, April 19, through Sunday, April 23, while supplies last.

The Unicorn Frappuccino blended crème is made with a sweet dusting of pink powder, blended into a crème Frappuccino with mango syrup and layered with a pleasantly sour blue drizzle. It is finished with vanilla whipped cream and a sprinkle of sweet pink and sour blue powder topping.

Like its mythical namesake, the Unicorn Frappuccino blended crème comes with a bit of magic, starting as a purple beverage with swirls of blue and a first taste that is sweet and fruity. But give it a stir and its color changes to pink, and the flavor evolves to tangy and tart. The more swirl, the more the beverage’s color and flavors transform.

This limited-time offering is as fleeting as a rainbow, available April 19-23, while supplies last in participating Starbucks® stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico.


Phone: 206 318 7100

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


COOP: Kärcher ruft Bodenreiniger zurück

COOP: Kärcher ruft Bodenreiniger zurück


BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Kärcher AG ruft aus Sicherheitsgründen ein Reinigungsmittel zurück. Von diesem Rückruf ist auch Coop Bau+Hobby betroffen. Der Artikel ist auch bei anderen Händlern im Verkauf. Das Reinigungsmittel darf ab sofort nicht mehr benützt werden. Der Artikel ist bereits für den Verkauf gesperrt.

Art der Gefahr: Das Reinigungsmittel kann im äussersten Fall zu starken Reizungen oder Verätzungen führen.

Betroffener Artikel: Bei Coop Bau+Hobby ist der Artikel 6.295-943 Bodenreiniger Stein 500 ml-Flasche für FC 5 mit dem Haltbarkeitsdatum 20.02.2021 und der Chargennummer 01 17 31054830 02 betroffen.

Betroffene Verkaufsstellen: Coop Bau+Hobby

Massnahmen zur Vermeidung: Kundinnen und Kunden werden gebeten, dieses Reinigungsmittel ab sofort nicht mehr zu verwenden.

Der Artikel ist bereits für den Verkauf gesperrt – der Verkaufspreis wird zurückerstattet
Kundinnen und Kunden können das betroffene Produkt in jedem Coop-Bau+Hobby-Baumarkt zurückgegeben. Der Verkaufspreis wird zurückerstattet

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

Die zuständigen Behörden wurden informiert.

Urs Meier
Leiter Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Andrea Bergmann
Tel. +41 61 336 67 37

Angela Wimmer
Tel. +41 61 336 71 87






Zürich, Switzerland, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die wiederverwendbaren Veggie Bags für Früchte und Gemüse im Offenverkauf haben ihre Testphase in der Migros Zürich erfolgreich bestanden. Ab heute kann man Veggie Bags in allen Migros-Filialen in der ganzen Schweiz kaufen.

Die wiederverwendbaren transparenten Veggie Bags zum Abpacken von losen Früchten und Gemüse sind beim mehrmaligen Verwenden eine ökologische Alternative zu den Plastiksäckchen im Offenverkauf. Denn wird der Veggie Bag mindestens sechs Mal wiederverwendet, weist er eine geringere Umweltbelastung auf als ein herkömmliches Einweg-Plastiksäckchen. Die neuen Beutel sind qualitativ hochwertig und bestehen aus 100% schadstofffreiem Polyester. Die Kunden können den Veggie Bag mit den ausgewählten Früchten oder Gemüse füllen und die Preisetikette auf den angenähten Stoff am Säckchen aufkleben. Die wiederverwendbaren Beutel können bei Bedarf problemlos bei 30°C in der Maschine gewaschen werden.

„Die Veggie Bags haben in der Genossenschaft Migros Zürich bei den Kunden grossen Anklang gefunden. Es freut uns, dieses Produkt jetzt auch national anbieten zu können“, sagt Linda Marugg, Category Managerin Gemüse beim Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund. In der Testphase wurden über 200‘000 Veggie Bags verkauft. Wenn jeder der im Pilot verkauften Veggie Bags 20 Mal wiederverwendet wird, so hätten bereits über 4 Millionen Einwegplasticksäcklein vermieden werden können.

Mit der nationalen Einführung der Veggie Bags bietet die Migros ihren Kunden somit die Möglichkeit, aktiv bei der Reduktion von Plastiksäcklein beizutragen. Vier Veggie Bags kosten CHF 6.90 und sind ab heute in allen Migros-Filialen erhältlich.

Im Rahmen ihres Nachhaltigkeitsprogrammes „Generation M“ hat die Migros sich zum Ziel gesetzt, bis Ende 2020 über 6000 Tonnen Verpackungsmaterial ökologisch zu optimieren. Getreu dem Motto «Vermeiden – Vermindern – Verwerten» setzt die Migros auf vielfältige Lösungen, um die Verpackungen ökologischer zu gestalten: Sie setzt wo möglich weniger Verpackung ein, nutzt rezyklierte Materialien oder verpackt ihre Ware anders, beispielsweise in Papier aus nachhaltigen Quellen (FSC-Papier) oder Beuteln anstatt Dosen. Zwischen 2013 und 2016 hat die Migros insgesamt 2726 Tonnen Verpackungsmaterial ökologisch optimiert. Mit den Veggie Bag gibt sie auch den Kunden die Möglichkeit, Verpackungen zu vermeiden.

Monika Weibel
Mediensprecherin Migros
TEL: 058 570 38 23

Source: Migros





Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Catering Services Migros Ostschweiz (CSM) erhalten den Zuschlag, ab 2017 das VIP-Catering am Spengler Cup in Davos zu übernehmen. Die Zusammenarbeit wurde für eine Dauer von fünf Jahren vereinbart.

Der Spengler Cup gilt als das älteste internationale Eishockey-Mannschaftsturnier der Welt. Die teilnehmenden Teams werden vom Hockey Club Davos eingeladen. Für Sponsoren, Partner und geladene Gäste betreiben die Davoser Gastgeber einen VIP-Hospitality-Bereich. Im Hinblick auf die 91. Austragung sind diese Cateringrechte neu vergeben worden. Im Auswahlverfahren vermochten sich die Catering Services der Migros Ostschweiz durchzusetzen. Sie sind beim Spengler Cup ab dem
26. Dezember 2017 der exklusive VIP-Catering-Partner im Hospitality-Bereich „EISDome“.

Hohe Qualitätsansprüche

Die Zusammenarbeit wurde vorerst auf 5 Jahre ausgelegt. OK-Präsident Marc Gianola begründet: „Primär stehen für uns die hohen Qualitätsanforderungen unserer Gäste im Vordergrund. Der Spengler Cup hat den Anspruch, in allen Bereichen ein Angebot auf höchstem Niveau zu bieten. Dies gilt nicht nur für die sportlichen Aspekte, sondern auch für das Catering im Hospitality-Bereich. Zusammen mit der Migros Ostschweiz können wir einerseits die Qualität garantieren, andererseits konnten wir ein Schweizer Unternehmen als Partner gewinnen, was für die Nachhaltigkeit des Turniers nicht unwesentlich ist“.
„Wir freuen uns, dass wir die Gäste am Spengler Cup mit unserem Angebot begeistern dürfen und damit einen wichtigen Beitrag zum Erfolg dieses für die Schweiz wichtigen Sportevents leisten können“, sagt Michaela Hefele, Leiterin der Direktion Gastronomie der Migros Ostschweiz.

HCD-Nachwuchs und Famigros-Mitglieder profitieren

Parallel zur Vergabe der Cateringrechte haben die Migros und der Hockey Club Davos eine Marketing-Zusammenarbeit rund um die Familien-Tribüne des HCD vereinbart. Diese wird künftig mit Aktivitäten von Famigros, dem Familienclub der Migros, bereichert. Zusätzlich engagiert sich die Migros neu als Hauptsponsorin für den Nachwuchs des HCD.

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Nico Canori
Kommunikation / Kulturprozent / Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 54
FAX: 071 493 27 89

Source: Migros


100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ to host day-long jobs and resource fair in Dallas on Friday, May 19

100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ to host day-long jobs and resource fair in Dallas on Friday, May 19


  • With youth unemployment in Dallas one of the highest in the nation, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will host an unprecedented day-long jobs and resource fair in Dallas, kicking off a long-term effort to hire and engage young people facing barriers to education and employment
  • More than 1,700 guaranteed job interviews and local opportunities available with top companies including Starbucks, FedEx, JCPenney, Pizza Hut, Macy’s, Chipotle, Five Guys, Walmart and more; hundreds of on-the-spot job offers expected
  • Coalition aims to hire 1 million Opportunity Youth across the U.S. by 2020

DALLAS, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — With an estimated 109,000 young men and women not in school or the workforce – nearly 13 percent of youth – the Dallas metro area has one of the highest rates of youth disengagement in the nation[1]. In response, a national coalition of more than 50 leading U.S. companies known as the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will come together on Friday, May 19, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to host the Dallas Opportunity Fair –  an unprecedented, day-long hiring event aimed at Opportunity Youth – 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in school or working. The event will feature recruiters and resources from top U.S. companies including Starbucks, FedEx, JCPenney, Pizza Hut, Chipotle, Delaware North, Republic Services, Dominos, Sprinkles, Five Guys, Target, Hilton Worldwide, Teavana, HMSHost, T-Mobile, Ulta Beauty, Macy’s, Villa, Papa John’s, Walgreens and Walmart.

Together, they are offering more than 1,700 guaranteed job interviews throughout the day for local positions, as well as the opportunity to connect with more than 30 job-readiness and social services, including resume writing, interview skills and college and financial aid applications – making this the largest and most comprehensive opportunity youth hiring fair ever hosted in Texas. Based on past events in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle, the coalition expects to extend hundreds of immediate, on-the-spot job offers at the May 19 event. It will also look to sustain investment in Dallas over the next few years, partnering with local organizations to create ongoing impact.

“FedEx is dedicated to helping young people gain the skills and career connections necessary to find available jobs on the path to starting their careers,” said Kim Dixon, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, FedEx Office. “We’re proud to be a founding member of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative coalition of leading companies and look forward to connecting with young talent in the Dallas area.”

Launched in 2015, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ reached its original goal of hiring and engaging 100,000 opportunity youth two years ahead of schedule. But with an estimated 4.9 million young Americans still left out of the U.S. economy[2], the coalition has since expanded its commitment to a new goal of 1 million hires by 2020. Each of the companies and organizations involved share a commitment to helping youth connect with employers and develop basic job skills. The goal is to get these young men and women into the workforce and on to a long-term pathway to success.

“Connecting America’s underserved youth to a pathway to employment has the potential to create an enormous ripple effect on our businesses, communities and the economy. And, we are excited to launch our next hiring fair in Dallas,” said Kevin Johnson, president and ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company. “Through a series of initiatives, including our work with the coalition, Starbucks has hired more than 40,000 Opportunity Youth. This has prompted us to expand our own goal to 100,000 hires by 2020. These young men and women are thriving in the Starbucks environment, demonstrating that opportunity youth can be an invaluable pipeline of talent for a company like ours, as we look to fill 68,000 new jobs in the U.S. in the next five years.”

“Since joining the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Pizza Hut has successfully filled thousands of jobs including several manager-level positions,” said Artie Starrs, President, Pizza Hut, U.S. “We are like-minded in the coalition’s mission of empowering youth to reach their full potential. We look forward to engaging with the smart, talented and ambitious youth in the city in which we work and live.”

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and around the country, youth unemployment still tops 12 percent[3], disproportionately impacting young people from underserved low-income communities. The coalition will work alongside Dallas’ civic and community leaders including the City of Dallas, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, United Way of Metro Dallas, CitySquare and other key partners to build on existing opportunity youth hiring efforts and ensure the initiative is sustained in the long run.

“Our young people are the future of Dallas, and every one of them deserves an opportunity to achieve their full potential,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I’m grateful for the leaders of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative and several Dallas-based companies and service providers that have stepped up. The May 19 Opportunity Fair will help launch a true employer-led, long-term effort to provide career and education pathways to thousands of opportunity youth in Dallas. I urge our local businesses to take part in this opportunity to strengthen our city, our local economy and the workforce of tomorrow by investing in our youth in the form of meaningful jobs and training opportunities.”

“We believe it’s our collective responsibility to invest in getting these disconnected youth into the types of jobs that are required for them to lead rewarding, productive lives,” said Ashley Brundage, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Their future is our priority. We applaud the leaders of 100,000 Opportunities Initiative for bringing global leaders together to make a deep, lasting impact in our future. This partnership furthers our purpose of putting knowledge and opportunity at the footstep of so many eager minds. We are excited to collaborate on May 19 to empower, engage, and equip our next generation.”

“We welcome the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to Dallas.  The event gives corporations with a Dallas presence access to a goldmine of entry-level trainable talent,” said Laurie Bouillion Larrea, president at Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. “The benefits of youth employment are staggering. Early employment translates to higher earning in adulthood and better financial inclusion. Dallas area companies need this talent and our Dallas youth need paid apprenticeship opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Youth Can Register for Guaranteed Job Interviews at the Dallas Opportunity Fair

Interested candidates are invited to register for free and schedule an interview ahead of time for the May 19 hiring event at Youth will also have access to more than 30 vital employment, educational and social services, including one-on-one resume and interview coaching; opportunities for civic engagement like voter registration and national service; the chance to build an online candidate profile; and more. The event will also feature informative and inspirational performances and activities throughout the day.

Building the Nation’s Largest Employer-Led Initiative for Opportunity Youth

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ now includes more than  50 companies, including: Accenture, Alaska Airlines, Chipotle, Cintas, CVS Health, Delaware North, Domino’s, Ernst & Young, FedEx, Five Guys, Food Services of America, Gene Juarez, Greyston Bakery, Hilton WorldWide, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Mars, Microsoft, MOD Pizza, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, Porch, Potbelly, Prudential Financial, Inc., Red Robin, Republic Services, Savers, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, Toms, Ulta Beauty, Villa, Walgreens, Walmart, and Yum!.

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ is led by an Executive Committee which provides generous support including FedEx, HMSHost, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, The Rockefeller Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Yum!, and Walmart Foundation. Premier sponsorship for the event in Dallas is being provided by FedEx Office, JCPenney and the JC Penney Foundation, and Starbucks and the Starbucks Foundation.

As it has in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Seattle, the 100,000 Opportunities InitiativeTM will partner with national and local organizations to provide continued investment in Dallas to create pathways to employment for Opportunity Youth in the region, including ongoing hiring fairs and other efforts to train and employ youth.

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ has the goal of creating the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on the job training, in addition to developing potential in youth that have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to a successful career.  For more information, please visit

For a complete list of participating companies, community service organizations, funders and participants, please visit

To learn more about the coalition’s impact at past hiring events, and what to expect at the Dallas Opportunity Fair on May 19, visit our YouTube video page at interested in attending the event in Dallas must pre-register for credentials by contacting


Phone: 206 318 7100

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


Kesko Group’s sales were up 30.5% in March 2017

Helsinki, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko Group’s sales in March 2017 totalled €1,003.8 million, and were up 30.5%. In comparable terms, excluding the impact of business arrangements, sales in local currencies increased by 4.9%. There were two more delivery days than in the previous year.

“Kesko’s sales in March increased in all divisions. Growth was significantly strengthened by the acquisitions of Suomen Lähikauppa, Onninen and AutoCarrera. In March, comparable sales performance as well was good in both the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade,” says Kesko’s President and CEO Mikko Helander.

The sales of the grocery trade in March were €467.8 million, representing an increase of 13.1%. Excluding the impact of the acquisition of Suomen Lähikauppa, the sales of the grocery trade were €408.6 million, and the comparable change in sales was +1.1%.

The sales of the building and technical trade in March were €453.5 million, up 61.3%. Onninen excluded, the sales of the building and technical trade were €315.5 million, up 10.2% in local currencies. In Finland, sales were up by 8.8% excluding Onninen. Outside Finland, sales in local currencies increased by 12.3% excluding Onninen. The sales of the building and home improvement trade in local currencies were up by 13.3%. The sales of the leisure goods trade in Finland decreased by 5.0%, the sales of the agricultural and machinery trade increased by 9.3% and the sales of the furniture trade were up by 9.9%.

The sales of the car trade in March were €82.8 million, up 10.7% from the previous year. AutoCarrera excluded, the sales of the car trade were €78.5 million, representing a comparable change of +4.9%.

Change, %, indicates the change compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. Comparable change, %, indicates the change compared to the corresponding period of the previous year in local currencies and excluding the impact of acquisitions and disposals.

In March 2017, the number of selling days in Kesko’s wholesale in Finland was 23, which was two more than in the previous year. In January-March 2017, the number of selling days in Kesko’s wholesale in Finland was three more than in the previous year.

Kesko releases advance information on K Group’s retail sales quarterly, in connection with interim reports.

Vice President
Group Controller
Eva Kaukinen
tel. +358 105 322 338

Source: Kesko Corporation

The new Ginza Six retail complex in Tokyo welcomes ten stores from LVMH Maisons

The new Ginza Six retail complex in Tokyo welcomes ten stores from LVMH Maisons


Paris, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new Ginza Six retail complex in Tokyo was inaugurated on April 17 at a ceremony attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tokyo Governor, Yuriko Koike and Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH. Located in the heart of Tokyo’s Ginza district, renowned for luxury shopping and a crossroads of cutting-edge innovation and Japanese tradition, Ginza Six is the largest mall in Japan. With 47,000 square meters of retail space, Ginza Six will welcome 241 stores, including ten LVMH Maisons: Dior, Céline, Fendi, Kenzo, Loewe, Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Make Up For Ever, Fred and Moynat. The Céline, Dior and Fendi stores will have façades on Chuo-dori avenue, the main shopping street in Ginza.

Ginza Six was built at the site formerly occupied by the emblematic Ginza department store Matsuzakaya. Architect Yoshio Taniguchi, known for his renovation and extension of MoMA in New York, designed the building, whose facades meld harmoniously with the surrounding urban landscape. The interior design is the work of Gwenael Nicolas, who has created numerous stores for LVMH Maisons. The building also features a 4,000-square-meter rooftop garden.

Ginza Six puts an emphasis on the arts and culture as well with a rich program directed by Fumio Nanjo, Director of the Mori Art Museum. Artworks will be displayed inside the mall, including an installation by Yayoi Kusama for the inauguration.

In addition, Ginza Six will host a Noh theater, a traditional Japanese theater form that was placed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2008.

Ginza Six is expected to welcome 20 million visitors – both Japanese and tourists – each year.

In conjunction with the inauguration, Dior will stage a stunning haute couture show in the Ginza Six rooftop garden, attended by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director for Dior women’s collections. Exclusive menswear pieces will also be shown and available for sale to Dior customers. Fendi will host an inaugural evening inside the mall in its store, the Maison’s largest worldwide.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH


Grupo EROSKI y Grupo DIA acuerdan la creación de una sociedad conjunta para la negociación de sus marcas propias

  • La nueva sociedad estará constituida de forma paritaria, al 50% por cada una de las compañías
  • Contará inicialmente con una plantilla de 53 profesionales, procedentes de ambas compañías

ELORRIO,España, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Grupo EROSKI y Grupo DIA han firmado un acuerdo para la creación de RED LIBRA TRADING SERVICES S.L., una nueva sociedad que tendrá por objeto la negociación con proveedores de marcas de distribuidor para ambas compañías con el fin de maximizar la relación calidad – precio ofrecida al consumidor.

La nueva sociedad RED LIBRA TRADING SERVICES S.L. estará constituida de forma paritaria, al 50% entre Grupo EROSKI y Grupo DIA, y tendrá su sede en Madrid. Contará inicialmente con una plantilla de 53 profesionales procedentes de ambas compañías y empezará a operar a partir del próximo 3 de mayo.

La Presidenta no ejecutiva de esta nueva sociedad será Beatriz Santos, actual Directora Comercial de Grupo EROSKI, y la Dirección General estará ocupada por Susana Pagés, procedente de Grupo DIA.

La nueva sociedad RED LIBRA TRADING SERVICES S.L. tiene como objetivo mejorar la competitividad de su oferta de marca propia, así como la adquisición de otros materiales y suministros necesarios para su actividad. Quedan totalmente excluidos de este acuerdo los productos frescos perecederos, así como Aceite, Leche y Huevos.

Tanto EROSKI como DIA mantendrán políticas comerciales totalmente independientes. La nueva sociedad RED LIBRA TRADING SERVICES S.L. se constituye como un proyecto orientado a mejorar la eficiencia de la marca de distribución, abierto a la posible futura entrada de nuevos socios.


EROSKI es el primer grupo de distribución de carácter cooperativo de España y operador de referencia en las regiones de Galicia, País Vasco, Navarra, Cataluña y Baleares. Cuenta con una red comercial de 1.877 establecimientos, entre supermercados hipermercados y cash&carry, además de gasolineras, ópticas, oficinas de viajes, perfumerías y tiendas de equipamiento deportivo. Cuenta con más de 7 millones de Socios Clientes y 33.870 socios cooperativistas y trabajadores.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski

The H&M Foundation provides further support to Save the Children – totaling $600,000 – for their work in Ethiopia

Following the worst drought in decades, a major food security emergency is ongoing in southern Ethiopia. The H&M Foundation now makes their third donation to Save the Children – totaling $600,000 – to support their work in this region.

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — jThe 2015 drought in Ethiopia, caused by the strongest El Niño phenomenon on record, affected crop production and access to clean water. This resulted in high levels of malnutrition, increased spread of disease and livestock deaths, amongst other things.

Due to the government-led response, and the support of several international and national NGOs, a crisis was averted and fortunately, towards the end of 2016, some of the regions began to receive rainfall. In 2017, however, there is a new drought in the southeast of the country and it is estimated that 5.6 million people will require food aid and 9.1 million people will not have regular access to safe drinking water, resulting in dehydration and health complications. The lack of food and water also results in children dropping out of school. Many of these children will be at risk of abuse, neglect and violence and will require child protection assistance.

H&M Foundation already donated to the first response in 2015 and 2016, totaling $500,000. However, since the drought is recurring in other parts of the country and the crisis does not receive enough global attention to get the financial support that is needed to save people’s lives, the H&M Foundation will provide further support amounting to $100,000.

“The new donation will continue to support the ongoing work to provide immediate lifesaving humanitarian assistance to those directly affected by the drought.

Diana Amini, Global Manager H&M Foundation

“With our previous donation, over 300,000 people in Ethiopia were supported to meet food, water, health and livelihoods needs and 6,000 children were successfully treated for malnutrition. The new donation will continue to support the ongoing work to provide immediate lifesaving humanitarian assistance to those directly affected by the drought”, says Diana Amini, Global Manager at the H&M Foundation.

“In 2016, the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners like Save the Children were able to prevent a massive natural disaster from becoming a massive humanitarian disaster, thanks to the generous support and contributions of humanitarian-minded individuals and organizations around the world. Unfortunately, nature has struck again with a new drought in the south of the country that has put millions of lives at risk again, and we call on all of our supporters to help once again as we face this new crisis”, says Charlie Mason, Humanitarian Director at Save the Children in Ethiopia.


The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. Its mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, the Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.1 billion Swedish kronor (USD 154 million/EUR 123 million) to the Foundation. For more information, visit


Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Learn more by visiting:


Diana Amini
Global Manager, H&M Foundation
+46 (0)729 804 802

Anders Maxson
Media Manager, Save the Children Sweden
+46 (0)8 698 67 55

Source: H&M

Reasor’s hosts Oreo Stacking Contest 2017

Tahlequah, OK, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Reasor’s is challenging you to come test your OREO Stacking skills at ONEOK Field on select games throughout the season. Visit the Reasor’s and Nabisco Oreo booth on April 30th, May 7th, May 21st, and June 4th to test your stacking skills at the 1:05 pm games. Everyone ages 6 to 11 is encouraged to compete with a parent or guardian to see who can create the tallest stack of OREO cookies in 30 seconds and become the Master Stacker… without the stack toppling over.

All you need are steady hands and, of course, OREO cookies to battle to become the Reasor’s Oreo champion and WIN the opportunity to compete in the Ultimate Master stack off challenge at ONEOK field on June 25th at the 1:05 pm game, when the Tulsa Drillers take on Northwest Arkansas Naturals and compete to become the Reasor’s Ultimate Master Stacker.

Additional details:

Who plays to be the OREO Stacking Challenge Ultimate Master Stacker?

Any kid 6+ (children ages 6-11 must participate with a parent/guardian)

Participation is in teams of 2. One will be the Cookie Distributor and one will be the Stacker.

How do you play?

  • Team has 30 seconds to stack OREO cookies as high as possible, without them toppling over

(Only 1 stack per team is allowed)

  • Prior to “GO”, the Stacker (child between the age of 6-11 to qualify) may have one cookie
  • The Cookie Distributor (parent/guardian) will hand over cookies as needed
  • The Stacker may only stack one cookie at a time
  • After 30 seconds, all stacking must halt (time will be kept by the Engagement Specialist)
  • Cookie stack must stand for at least 3 seconds after the 30 second time limit has expired

(Engagement Specialist) will measure the height of the stack & marvel at the stacking talent of the team!

  • The top 5 finalists from each game will then move onto the championship game where they will once again compete to be the Ultimate Master Stacker.

Who WINS the OREO Stacking Challenge?

Five finalists and their guardian from each game will be chosen to compete at the Ultimate Master Stack-off game, totaling 20 finalists that will compete.

The finalists will receive a $25 Reasor’s Gift Card and 2 tickets to the Sunday, June 25th, Tulsa Drillers game at 11:59 am taking place at ONEOK Field in Downtown Tulsa, OK.

The Reasor’s Ultimate Master Stacker challenge will win:

  • $100 Reasor’s gift card
  • Family Fun Pack for 4 to Incredible Pizza, valued at $80
  • Family 4-pack to the Oklahoma Aquarium, valued at over $60
  • Ultimate bragging rights!


200 West Choctaw
Tahlequah, OK 74464

Source: Reasor’s

PetSmart to acquire online pet retailer Chewy, Inc.

Combined Company Provides Most Convenient Customer Experience Across Brick and Mortar and Online Channels

Phoenix, AZ, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. (“PetSmart”) today (Apr. 18, 2017) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Chewy, Inc. (“Chewy”), the online pet retailer. The acquisition accelerates the execution of PetSmart’s strategy and is a critical milestone in its transformational journey to be the most convenient, best-in-class pet retailer. The combination of PetSmart and Chewy will enhance both companies’ capabilities and reach, offering the widest selection of pet products and services available both in-store and online in North America. The acquisition, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the end of PetSmart’s second fiscal quarter of 2017.

“PetSmart strives to be the trusted partner to pet parents and pets in every moment of their lives,” said Michael Massey, president and chief executive officer of PetSmart. “We are focused on improving our customers’ experience in-store and online as we continue to execute against our long-term strategic initiatives. Chewy’s high-touch customer e-commerce service model and culture centered around a love of pets is the ideal complement to PetSmart’s store footprint and diverse offerings. Together, PetSmart and Chewy will provide the most convenient customer experience to a wider base of pet parents across every channel.”

Chewy is one of the leading online retailers of pet products and has seen extraordinary growth since it was founded by Ryan Cohen and Michael Day in 2011. Chewy’s position in the growing, underpenetrated online pet retail segment complements PetSmart’s strong footprint in brick and mortar, with over 1,500 stores and 55,000 dedicated associates across North America. In addition to providing a “wow” customer experience, Chewy’s extensive product selection and subscription model have attracted and retained a significant customer base that has contributed to the growth of customer purchasing through online channels.
“Since we started Chewy, we have been dedicated to understanding and satisfying the evolving needs of our customers to deliver the highest quality pet products and customer service,” said Ryan Cohen, co- founder and CEO of Chewy. “Combining our strong e-commerce expertise with PetSmart’s best-in-class infrastructure, footprint and breadth of offerings including services will help us ‘wow’ our customers even more.”

Upon closing, Chewy will continue to be led by CEO Ryan Cohen and operate largely as an independent subsidiary of PetSmart, focusing on its current business strategy, while PetSmart will continue to execute its strategic initiatives across the combined company. Both companies will use their shared innovative capabilities and offerings in order to deliver the most value and convenience to customers.

Both companies share a common goal to improve the lives of pets and people, dedicating significant time and resources to nonprofit animal welfare organizations. PetSmart Charities is the leader in pet adoptions, having facilitated more than 7 million adoptions since 1994, and the largest funder of animalwelfare in North America. This organization is complementary to Chewy’s philanthropic efforts, including the Rescue and Shelter Network.

Financial advisors to PetSmart on this transaction were Citi and Barclays, with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acting as its legal advisor. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Barclays also provided committed financing for the acquisition. Equity financing is being provided by PetSmart’s existing shareholders. Financial advisor to Chewy on this transaction was Allen & Company, with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acting as its legal advisor.

About PetSmart

PetSmart, Inc. is one of the largest pet retailers 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 that together, 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 more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart ® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non- profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.3 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. PetSmart also operates AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle. PetSmart offers the most comprehensive pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017.

About Chewy

Chewy is a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the United States. Founded in 2011 by entrepreneurs, Ryan Cohen and Michael Day, Chewy set out to offer pet parents the expertise and service of a local pet store with the convenience of online shopping. Chewy delivers on that promise with its dedication to 24/7 customer service, creation of cutting-edge software and technology to enhance the user experience, and commitment to sourcing high quality products. Headquartered in Dania Beach, Florida, Chewy currently employs more than 5,000 pet lovers both in their home office, Boston office and fulfillment centers in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texas and Nevada. For more information, visit


Teneo Strategy
Bethany Sherman

Kathleen Lacey

Liz Bruce

Source: PetSmart, Inc.

The Wendy’s Company to release its 1Q 2017 results on Wednesday, May 10

DUBLIN, Ohio, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) will release its first quarter 2017 results before the market opens on Wednesday, May 10. A conference call will follow at 9 a.m. ET, with a simultaneous webcast from the investors section of the Company’s website at The live conference call will be available at (877) 572-6014 or, for international callers, at (281) 913-8524. An archived webcast with the accompanying slides will be available on the Company’s website at

About The Wendy’s Company
The Wendy’s Company is the world’s third-largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy’s system includes approximately 6,500 franchise and Company-operated restaurants in the United States and 30 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit

strong>Investor Contact:
Peter Koumas
Investor Relations
(614) 764-8478

SOURCE: The Wendy’s Company