Product launch: Clara the World’s only smart bracelet made with Swarovski crystals

Product launch: Clara the World’s only smart bracelet made with Swarovski crystals

North Vancouver, BC, CANADA, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Special price Crystal Aurora AB 10 limited offer by May 10


  • The latest smart watches packed with sensors are great for gadget freaks … but what about the rest of us?
  • A local inventor realized the starting point was to design appealing jewelry and then add smarts
  • Ken feels that to appeal to a bigger audience of women, jewelry should evolve to become useful as well as decorative
  • Why shouldn’t your bracelet tell you when you’ve left your smartphone behind?
  • Wouldn’t it be convenient if your jewelry subtly notified you that your phone was ringing unheard somewhere deep in your purse?
  • His Swarovski designs have pioneered wearable tech for non-techies and find acceptance on both sides of
    the Pacific … in his native Japan and his home in North Vancouver

What is ClaraBracetie? 

  • Clara is the World’s only smart bracelet made with Swarovski crystals
  • Clara means “bright and shiny” in Latin
  • Bracetie describes how the bracelet ties to your phone

What is Clara’s Function? 

The bracelet can alert you with a flashing LED, beeping and/or vibration, providing you with the most commonly requested notifications:

  • when receiving an incoming call
  • when leaving your smartphone (or cellphone) behind

What does ClaraBracetie cost?

Basic color CAD142.99. Two-color combinations 169.99 and 217.00. Summer (silver frame) 217.00. Rosa (a faint fragrance of roses) 287.00. Setting 4 pricing depending on Swarovski’s rhinestone and application

Who is our customer?

  • Anyone who has a smartphone or feature phone
  • Anyone who wishes to purchase a unique smart gift for parent, friends, partner and others

About Smart Linkcomm Solutions Inc.
The company was incorporated in 2009 as a pioneer developing the retail market for “stylish tech”.

Smart Linkcomm Solutions Inc.
Ken Miyanabe
Street Address: 1501 Frederick Rd.
Mobile: 604-715-8303

The Fondation Louis Vuitton puts the spotlight on African arts with “Art/Afrique, le Nouvel Atelier” exhibition

© Chéri Samba. Photo : Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

The Fondation Louis Vuitton is presenting the exhibition “Art/Afrique, le Nouvel Atelier” from April 26 to August 28, 2017. The three-part exhibition spotlights lesser known elements of the thriving African arts scene with a series of fresh perspectives on artistic creativity and artists through an extensive choice of works.

PARIS, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The section called “The Insiders” brings together selected works by fifteen iconic artists from the contemporary African art collection of Jean Pigozzi, displayed for the first time in Paris. In collaboration with André Magnin, Jean Pigozzi began building this unique collection expressing bold statements in 1989. Influenced by spiritual, scientific and technical traditions, the artists express themselves through a variety of forms and media, creating a significant body of work that spurs awareness of a heretofore little-known art scene.

The Foundation is also presenting “Being There”, a group exhibition of works by artists from South Africa who represent a new form of social activism. With the emergence of growing involvement in contemporary art by galleries and universities, South Africa enjoys one of the most dynamic scenes on the continent today. This section features seventeen artists, spanning both prominent South African artists such as Jane Alexander and William Kentridge, along with artists born in the 1980s whose work examines contemporary issues more than 20 years after the end of apartheid.

The third section features selected works from the Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, presenting African artists and artists whose creations engage with the African continent.

A special program of events is scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition centered on music, poetry, literature and film. For this event the Fondation Louis Vuitton is joining La Grande Halle de La Villette to offer tickets valid for both the “Art/Afrique, le Nouvel Atelier” exhibition and “Afriques Capitales” at La Villette.

Practical information:
– Exhibition runs from April 26 to August 28,  2017
– Monday through Thursday 12pm to 7pm. Friday from 12pm to 9pm and until 11pm on the first Friday of each month. Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 8pm.
Find out more information here


ALDI commits to more than $4 Million in kids’ health and wellness programs

Grocer to Invest More Than $4 Million in Kids’ Health and Wellness Programs in Next Two Years

Batavia, Ill., 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week, ALDI, one of America’s favorite grocers*, joins thousands across the country celebrating Every Kid Healthy Week by supporting kids and families who live active, healthy lives. By funding national organizations that share the passion for supporting communities, the company continues its focus on advocating for healthy living in school and at home. This year, ALDI nearly doubled its commitment to kids’ health and wellness programs, totaling more than $2 million in partnerships, grants and education resources.

“Access to nutritious food and physical fitness should be available to kids everywhere, and we’re thrilled to make this a reality in the communities where we live and play,” said ALDI Spokeswoman Liz Ruggles. “Together with all of our partners, we’re helping to ensure that kids and families have the resources, programming and better-for-you food options that can lead to healthier lives.”

For ALDI, being a smarter grocer means more than just providing high-quality products at low prices; it means helping to build strong communities and contributing to a better world. This year, the company is investing in partnerships that reach kids at all stages of their day, including:

  • Supporting Healthy School Programming: ALDI builds on a long-standing partnership with Action for Healthy Kids, funding $650,000 in Parents for Healthy Kids grants, which provides resources and technical support to 25 schools this school year and 150 schools in the 2017-2018 school year, expanding student access to in-school physical activity and nutrition programs.
  • Helping Every Kid Be Healthy: As part of its partnership with Action for Healthy Kids, ALDI is a national sponsor of Every Kid Healthy Week, held April 24-28 this year, which celebrates school health and wellness accomplishments and helps students make the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning.
  • Empowering Parents at Home and School: ALDI has teamed up with Action for Healthy Kids and National PTA to support the development of a new online community, Parents for Healthy Kids, which will offer parents resources to positively impact school health and make healthy living easy at home. This new website is set to launch later this summer. ALDI is also a Proud National Sponsor of National PTA, helping to power the association’s programs and initiatives to make a difference for the health and well-being of every child through family and community involvement.
  • Supporting Kids During Critical After-School Hours: Working with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Southern California, ALDI has given $100,000 to 36 local Clubs, promoting healthy lifestyles for Club members who attend after-school and summer programs.

But it doesn’t stop there. ALDI is also launching its own online grant application program, ALDI Smart Kids. It will give local organizations the opportunity to request grants or gift cards that support youth programs focusing on education, physical activity, nutrition, social skills and the arts.

As part of its overall commitment to well-being, ALDI continues to focus on offering more product options that customers can feel good about. This includes an expanded selection of fresh and organic produce, rolling out Healthier Checklanes that offer smarter options at checkout, and continuing to grow its product lines to offer better-for-you options for families to enjoy, including more gluten-free options and a range of products free of additives, antibiotics and added hormones.

In the coming years, ALDI plans to continue to grow its commitment to kids and families as part of its Corporate Responsibility programming. For more information about how ALDI supports local communities, visit

About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates more than 1,600 US stores in 35 states. More than 40 million customers each month save up to 50 percent** on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. ALDI was honored with the 2015 Supermarket News Retail Achievement Award, recognizing the company for its ongoing business expansion and product evolution. For more information about ALDI, visit

*According to a survey of more than 6,000 consumers conducted in March 2014 by Market Force Information.
** Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.


Contact: Adrienne Caruso

CO-OP® GOLD and CO-OP GOLD PURE® items among the finalists in the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards

Co-op Gold Sorbetto was introduced to Co-op Food Stores in 2016. It’s one of five exciting items from Co-op that are among the finalists at this year’s Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards.

Saskatoon, SK, CANADA, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited is returning to the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards with sweet eats and food that you can feel good about.

Five CO-OP® GOLD and CO-OP GOLD PURE® items are among the finalists in this year’s awards, which celebrate innovative grocery products.

  • Co-op Gold Buttercrunch Toffee Chocolate
  • Co-op Gold Fruit Vinegar
  • Co-op Gold Sorbetto
  • Co-op Gold Pure Organic Coconut Peanut Butter
  • Co-op Gold Pure Sustainable Seafood Steelhead Trout

The awards are organized by the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and are judged by a panel of consumers, journalists and industry experts. This is the fourth year in a row that FCL has been a finalist at the event.

The nod from the RCC follows a successful showing last year, when FCL took home its very first Grand Prix awards.

“Every year the benchmark for delivering on new product excellence increases,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of the RCC, in a media release.

“This year, it was great to see both the industry’s amazing capacity to create products that satisfy the demands of grocery shoppers and that this innovation is being so successfully realized by new product entries from across the country.”

The winners of this year’s Grand Prix awards will be announced May 31.

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

NACS comments on the Financial Choice Act which would repeal debit swipe fee reform

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lyle Beckwith, Senior Vice President of Government Relations of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), today issued the following statement on the House Financial Services Committee hearing on the Financial Choice Act which would repeal debit swipe fee reform:

“NACS strongly opposes the Financial Choice Act as long as it includes a provision to repeal debit swipe fee reform.  Reforms have saved consumers $30 billion and created tens of thousands of jobs.

“The proposed repeal would raise costs for and dampen job-creating investment by small businesses and drive up prices for consumers, while generating even greater profits for the giant banks who already benefit from the highest swipe fees in the world, even with reform in place.

“Here is the simple truth: Repeal of debit reform would take savings out of the hands of consumers and line the pockets of the largest banks and the two network giants—Visa and MasterCard— restoring their monopoly power to price-fix fees. Destroying competition in this way hurts small businesses and consumers—dramatically increasing costs for convenience store owners, for whom swipe fees are already, on average, their fastest-growing expense, and quickly wiping out the $30 billion in savings consumers have experienced thanks to the reform.

“The potential harm to competition, consumers and small business to benefit the credit-card Goliaths is the reason repeated attempts to repeal swipe fee reform have failed.  And it’s why, once again, NACS will keep doing everything in our power to build on the strong opposition to repeal and ensure that Members of Congress recognize the success of this vital reform in establishing competition in the debit-card market.”

Debit swipe fee reform was enacted in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform package. The provision ensured competition among debit networks and gave banks incentives to compete on the swipe fees they charge merchants rather than all charging the same price-fixed fees.

According to a report by economist Robert Shapiro, reductions in debit fees driven by swipe fee reform put $6 billion in consumers’ hands through lower prices and created more than 37,000 new jobs in the first year alone that the reforms were in place.  In addition, small merchants have benefited from greater transparency in debit-card transactions.


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Conexxus inducted two convenience and fuel retailing industry pioneers into the Conexxus Hall of Fame

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Conexxus is pleased to announced that two convenience and fuel retailing industry pioneers are being inducted into the Conexxus Hall of Fame this week at the Conexxus Annual Meeting: Sharon Scace of WEX Inc. and David Ezell of Verifone Inc.

“Sharon and David exemplify the dedication and expertise exhibited within the Conexxus membership,” said Gray Taylor, executive director of Conexxus. “Both have been highly engaged since the early days of the NACS Technology Initiative, which over the course of two decades helped advance and establish Conexxus as we know it today. Conexxus could not achieve its goals without Sharon and David’s steadfast leadership and support.”

Sharon Scace is the ISpec technical solutions manager at WEX Inc. She has been in the petroleum industry for 27 years, beginning her career at Amoco supporting the Amoco Pipeline Company and later moved to retail POS support where she wrote her first specification for the consumer experience at pay at the pump interfaces.  Actively involved in payment and retail fueling industry and international standards organizations for over 13 years, she has participated in the International Standards Organization (ISO) and International Forecourt Standards Forum (IFSF) activities. Scace currently chairs the Conexxus Retail Financial Transaction Committee, having previously served as chair of the EPS Working Group, the Retailer Business Requirements Committee and the Point-to-Point Encryption Working Group.

David Ezell is the principal software architect at Verifone Inc. A music major in college, he discovered computer programming in the early 1980s and went on to work at Bennett Pump Company and subsequently the company’s customer, SuperAmerica. He joined Verifone in 1998 and worked as a software design architect on petroleum products. Within one month of starting at Verifone, he attended a NACS Technology Initiative meeting and has been involved with industry standards since. Ezell also advocates on behalf of the industry at the World Wide Web Consortium, where he is chairman of the XML Schema Working Group and the Web Payments Interest Group, and more recently at the X9/International Organization for Standardization on card technology.

Established in 2011, the Conexxus Hall of Fame honor is given to industry leaders who have been critical to the improvement of retail systems through interoperability, profitability and technology vision. Previous inductees include the late Teri Richman (NACS), the late John Hervey (PCATS), Greg Gilkerson (PDI), Bob Johnson (Pinnacle), Brad McGuinness (Verifone), Scott Hartman (Rutter’s), Gene Gerke (Gerke & Associates), Henry Armour (NACS), Jenny Bullard (CST Brands), Loring Perez (Chattahoochee Oil Company), Ann Dozier (Southern Wine & Spirits of America) and Ann Zeki (Chevron).

The 2017 Conexxus Annual Conference, attended by the industry’s leading technology experts and management, is taking place at the Loews Annapolis Hotel in Maryland, April 23-27.  The conference agenda includes face-to-face meetings of all Conexxus Committees and Work Groups to further data exchange standards in device integration, payments, enterprise integration, mobile commerce, supply chain and data security. The conference will also include education sessions and keynote presentations by Jeffrey Ma, business entrepreneur and MIT blackjack team member, and Washington Post Columnist Gene Marks.

For more information about the Conexxus Annual Conference, go to


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NACS ( advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily — half of the U.S. population — and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and food service sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

National Grocers Association opposes the reintroduction of the Financial CHOICE Act

Arlington, VA, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced its strong opposition to the reintroduction of the Financial CHOICE Act, which would nearly double the rates food retailers pay each time a consumer uses their debit card. A discussion draft of the Financial CHOICE Act was released by U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and includes a provision to overturn the debit swipe fee reforms, also known as the Durbin Amendment, which passed as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010.

“Although the Durbin Amendment brought transparency and competition to a marketplace historically void of it, independent grocers continue to pay the highest swipe fees in the world,” said NGA president and CEO Peter J. Larkin. “Congress should be protecting Main Street independent grocers from price-gouging, not writing it into law.”

The Durbin Amendment successfully reformed anti-competitive price fixing in the debit marketplace by requiring that at least two unaffiliated debit routing networks be available for all purchase made using debit cards. The provision also limited debit interchange fees to 21 cents per transaction, as well as a 0.05 percent fee on all transactions to cover fraud and a one cent fraud prevention fee.

“While banks and card networks rake in record profits, independent supermarkets continue to operate on razor thin margins in one of the most fiercely competitive marketplaces. Swipe fees are the second largest operating costs for grocers and are out of their control. Rather than padding Wall Street’s pockets, savings from swipe fees could go to reinvesting in a grocer’s store, hiring more employees, and boosting the local economy. Congress can either side with Main Street grocers or anti-competitive Wall Street banks,” Larkin commented.

Each year, banks and financial institutions generate more than $79 billion in debit swipe fees, which contribute to a nearly 25 percent profit margin. Less than two percent of all U.S. banks and credit unions are affected by the Durbin Amendment, which requires financial institutions with more than $10 billion in assets to comply with the rule. Companies may exempt themselves if they establish individual debit rates without prescribing to those set by Visa and MasterCard.

Since its enactment, the Durbin Amendment has supported more than 37,000 jobs over the past five years and saved consumers nearly $6 billion after the first year since the policy’s implementation, according to economist Robert Shapiro.

Click HERE to learn more about Debit Swipe Fee Reform.

SOURCE: National Grocers Association

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Wegmans raised $1,089,769 during its winter 2017 hunger relief scanning campaigns

NEW YORK, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the winter 2017 checkout scanning campaign at 27 Wegmans stores in Massachusetts, Buffalo and the Southern Tier of New York, and parts of Pennsylvania, hunger relief donations hit $1,089,769. Check Out Hunger allows customers to donate $2 $3, $5 or any other amount at checkout with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank.

“We’ve been running hunger relief scanning campaigns for 24 years, but we continue to be amazed by, and appreciative of, the selfless giving our customers and employees continue to demonstrate each year,” said Wegmans Community Relations Manager Linda Lovejoy. “Their donations at checkout help reduce hunger that exists right in our own neighborhoods and communities.”

The food banks that will receive donations are listed below with the amount raised, and in parentheses, the Wegmans stores that raised money for them:


·         Greater Boston Food Bank – $77,447 (Burlington, Chestnut Hill and Westwood)

·         Worcester County Food Bank – $36,105 (Northborough)

New York

·         Food Bank of the Southern Tier – $243,682 (five stores in the Southern Tier region)

·         Food Bank of Western New York – $579,887 (11 stores in the Buffalo region)


·         Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $22,680 (Harrisburg and Williamsport)

·         Food Bank of the State College Area – $13,681 (State College)

·         Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania – $84,169 (Erie Peach St. and Erie West)

·         The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank – $32,118 (Dickson City and Wilkes Barre)

The winter campaign ran at various dates from January to March. Timing of the annual checkout scanning campaigns varies by region. The remaining Wegmans stores in Maryland, New Jersey, the Greater Rochester region of New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Northern Virginia run annual checkout campaigns during the fall season. Wegmans stores in Richmond and Charlottesville, Va. are running their first-ever Check Out Hunger campaign now through May 6, and stores in the Greater Syracuse region of New York are also in the middle of their spring campaign.

Hunger relief scanning campaigns raised a total of $2.9 million at Wegmans in 2016. Since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $33 million for hunger relief.

In addition to money raised for emergency food services in 2016, Wegmans also donated 14.5 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all its market areas.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

SOURCE: Wegmans Food Markets

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Whole Foods Market® opens its new Leaside store in Toronto

Whole Foods Market® opens its new Leaside store in Toronto

New Whole Foods Market Leaside Breaks Bread with Family, Friends and Neighbours

TORONTO, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market® will open its new Leaside store, located at 1860 Bayview Ave. in Toronto, Wednesday, April 26, at 9 a.m. The 45,100 square-foot store marks the sixth location in the greater Toronto area.

“Whole Foods Market Leaside will be a one-stop-shop for kitchen creators, featuring the best tasting natural and organic grocery staples as well as that hard-to-find ingredient,” says Cristina DosSantos, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market Leaside. “For shoppers on-the-go, we’ll have a variety of delicious meals from our chef-driven prepared food options such as seasonal salads, custom sandwiches, traditional and modern tacos and Neapolitan-style pizza, all made without artificial colours, preservatives and sweeteners.”

The new Whole Foods Market features a variety of delicious prepared foods venues as well as classic Whole Foods Market favourites for shoppers to choose from, including:

  • Taco Station will feature custom tacos, burritos and bowls made with the freshest ingredients.
  • Sandwich and Burger Station will highlight delicious burger creations and crispy fries; as well as signature, handcrafted sandwiches piled with the best tasting natural and organic offerings.
  • Neapolitan Style Self-Service Pizza will offer slices made with unbleached and unbromated flour and cooked in less than seven minutes.
  • Coffee Bar will feature light, medium and dark roasted coffees, espresso drinks and blended beverages, and smoothies.
  • Freshly made sushi will offer a variety of specialty rolls, including those made with brown or whole grain rice created in-house by experts.
  • Salad and Hot Bars will emphasize freshly prepared salads, build-your-own salad fixings and seasonal hot entrees.
  • Bulk Department will provide dried back-to-basics pantry items to meet all novice and experienced chef needs.
  • Full Scratch Bakery will highlight a wide variety of freshly baked breads and pastries, including croissants, muffins, cookies, cakes and more.

With a large variety of custom-cut meats, organic and local produce, and pantry staples, Whole Foods Market Leaside is the go-to grocer for every level of food explorers. Highlights include:

  • More than 100 varieties of natural, organic and local cheeses.
  • A vast selection of fresh seafood and shellfish, all harvested using sustainable practices.
  • A large variety of custom-cut meats from in-house butchers.
  • An expanded offering of vegetarian and vegan choices.
  • A large selection of luxurious natural body care items and cosmetics including bulk soaps.
  • Advanced nutritional supplements and vitamins made with only natural ingredients.
  • A beautiful selection of Whole Trade fresh-cut flowers and plants.
  • Essential grocery staples, including Whole Foods Market’s own 365 Everyday Value® signature line of products, offering the same high standards for taste and quality at everyday low prices.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and Leaside neighbours beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors open and shopping officially begins at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market gift card with a mystery value between $5 and $500 with one lucky customer winning the $500 amount.

Whole Foods Market Difference
Whole Foods Market’s unparalleled Quality Standards ensure that the food, supplements, body care and cleaning products sold meet a higher standard — one that bans more than 400 ingredients commonly found in other stores as well as numerous manufacturing, farming, fishing and ranching practices that don’t measure up; Whole Foods Market standards aren’t standard anywhere else.

Organics beyond one aisle. Whole Foods Market does more to promote organic agriculture and products than any other grocer. With clear expectations for food producers of all scale throughout the supply chain, Whole Foods Market fostered the growth of the natural and organic food industry as a whole; increasing production and availability of organic products to shoppers.

Responsibly Grown farming practices. We worked with scientists and growers to develop our Responsibly Grown program. This program addresses some of the serious challenges facing agriculture today. It bans the use of eight of the most hazardous neurotoxins commonly found in conventional agriculture, rewards growers for sustainable farming practices and helps shoppers make more informed produce and floral choices.

Animal Welfare standards and transparency. From how animals are raised to freshness and flavour, Whole Foods Market works with producers to continually assess and improve standards. Ranches and farms producing meat for Whole Foods Market must meet these rigorous animal welfare standards, and processing facilities must pass annual third-party audits that assess animal welfare and food safety. In addition to species-specific standards, Whole Foods Market has general animal welfare standards that ensure animals have enough space to perform normal behaviours and that prohibit confinement or tethering that prevents freedom of movement.

Wild-Caught Seafood, sustainably sourced. Working with scientists, fishermen, government agencies and environmental organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council to gather information about fisheries, Whole Foods Market experts ensure customers can make the best environmental choices when purchasing seafood. To promote responsible fishing, the wild-caught seafood is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council or rated either  “Green” or “Yellow” by Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Safina Center. Whole Foods Market does not sell seafood from red-rated fisheries and prohibits treating seafood with preservatives. It looks fresh, because it is fresh.

Farmed seafood, done right. Recognized by the Responsibly Farmed logo, Whole Foods Market provides a consistent, high quality, year-round supply of healthy and delicious protein, raised by farmers who are leaders in environmentally responsible aquaculture. Created after intensive, multi-year processes that included extensive research on fish and mollusk farming, review of all the best available science, consultation with the top scientists and environmental organizations, and visits to farms worldwide, Whole Foods Market Responsibly Farmed seafood program requires traceability from farm to store, allowing shoppers to make conscious choices when purchasing farmed seafood.

Whole Foods Market has five other locations in the Toronto area: 3997 Hwy No. 7 in Markham, 155 Square One Drive in Mississauga, 301 Cornwall Road in Oakville; and 4771 Yonge Street and 87 Avenue Road in Toronto.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market announces winners of its annual Supplier Awards

Best in class supplier partners spotlighted for outstanding food innovation, responsible sourcing and commitment to quality standards

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market has revealed the winners of its annual Supplier Awards, the company’s highest honor for producer partners that embody its mission and values. Out of thousands of Whole Foods Market suppliers nationwide, fewer than 100 have received one of these distinguished awards.

Two all-star producers earned the grocer’s top “Supplier of the Year” award for outstanding performance. In addition to “Supplier of the Year” awards, Whole Foods Market recognized its top supplier partners in 16 categories that highlight areas of achievement, including product innovation, environmental stewardship, ethical sourcing and excellence in quality standards and assurance.

“Our Supplier Award winners set the gold standard for the industry, and we’re proud to celebrate their achievements,” said Don Clark, Whole Foods Market’s global vice president of procurement for non-perishables. “Each one of our supplier partners advances the character and flavor of our stores, whether they’re committed to sustainable farming methods or simply creating the best-tasting products.”

Several of this year’s winning suppliers highlight some of the food innovations and trends forecasted by Whole Foods Market buyers and experts for 2017.

The retailer revealed its Supplier Award winners at a reception held in Austin, Texas. Honorees included:

Supplier of the Year

Califia, for positioning their brand at the forefront of innovation within plant based, dairy alternatives, as well as their passion for quality ingredients and environmental stewardship.

Supplier of the Year and Excellence in Product Quality

Rainier Fruit Company, for a strong partnership that continues to expand and evolve, and their investment in state of the art growing techniques and packing facilities ensures they provide consistent, high quality produce.

Best New Product

Siete Family Foods, Siete Tortilla Chips, for their commitment and partnership in launching a new product, and equal commitment to taste, quality and customer needs.

Excellence in Product Quality

Ittella Foods, for exceptional transparency, craftsmanship and commitment to both safety and quality. Itella exceeds performance goals in Whole Foods Market stores and remains at the forefront of culinary trends with their special diets comfort foods.

Environmental Stewardship

Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products Inc., for their commitment to the principles of Organics and Fair Trade in bringing mate to stores across the company.

Outstanding Exclusive Brands

Lassonde Pappas, for unparalleled food safety and product compliance, and robust quality assurance programs. Their research and development department is leveraged to develop high-quality innovative products.

Outstanding Innovation

Snak King Corporation, for their partnership with Whole Foods Market’s Exclusive Brands teams and innovation in the salty snack category.

Commodity Ingredients

Hampton Farms, for their partnership in supplying nuts and peanuts for Whole Foods Market’s in-store bulk nut butter program, and their support of small family farmers through their grower program.

Excellence in Cheese

Cowgirl Creamery, for their commitment to high quality natural and organic products. Their single source farmer’s partnership supports transparency, commitment to the organic mission of the company.

Outstanding Wine and Beer

Valkyerie Selections and Banshee Wines, for their commitment to working relationships with small sustainable family vineyard and winery owners both abroad and in the US in their pursuit of making world-class wines that deliver in both quality and value.

Dedication to Responsible Sourcing

Thistle Farms, for their mission to improve people’s lives through empowered employment. Makers of natural bath and body care products, Thistle Farms is a nonprofit organization where women acquire the skills they need to earn a living wage.

Outstanding Innovation

Pacha Soap, for their innovative and handcrafted froth bath bombs. Pacha enacts their mission through the set-up of soap shops, clean water initiatives and other sustainable ventures in developing nations.


General Mills and their portfolio of natural brands for supporting multiple aspects of Whole Foods Market’s purchasing evolution including category management, space planning, marketing and training.

Excellence in Standards

Wholesum Harvest, for their commitment to organics, Fair Trade, sustainable and Responsibly Grown produce.

Outstanding Quality Assurance

Driscoll’s, for commitment to quality in each step of berry production and distribution, from the nursery to their network of independent growers, to their support of Whole Foods Market stores and shoppers.

Distinguished Service

The Oppenheimer Group (Oppy), for their partnership in developing key programs with Whole Foods Market and for their commitment to customer service, transparency and business planning that supports Whole Foods Market store produce companywide.

New Product Innovation

Beef Northwest, for developing a Global Animal Partnership Step 4 rated cattle program with corn on pasture finishing. Their program enhances the animal welfare and health of the cattle and is now offered in nine Whole Foods Market regions.

Product with a Purpose

Heritage Foods, for their highly differentiated natural pork products. Heritage’s goal of transitioning to a Non-GMO diet has come to fruition, and they have been instrumental in helping community based Non-GMO soybean processing plants and feed mills certify to Non-GMO Project Verified standards.

Special Recognition

Siggi’s, for offering unique & innovative products in the dairy department and becoming a category leader nationwide for yogurt.

Synergy, for co-creating an all organic cotton basics apparel line with Whole Foods Market. Synergy is committed to fair living wages and healthy work environments and partner with nonprofit groups in Nepal focused on providing financial empowerment to women.

Aquanor, for providing Whole Foods Market with both Responsibly Farmed and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certified seafood, and their commitment to partnering with Whole Foods Market for more than 15 years.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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Apple opens its newest store in the Middle East, Apple Dubai Mall

The 186-foot storefront at Apple Dubai Mall offers breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa and overlooks the stunning Dubai Fountain.

DUBAI, UAE, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today premiered its newest store in the Middle East, Apple Dubai Mall, with a 186-foot curved storefront and balcony overlooking Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain. Envisioned as a space for the community to gather, learn and be entertained, Apple Dubai Mall will also serve as a venue to watch the spectacular evening fountain shows and will host Apple’s new global in-store experience, “Today at Apple,” also announced today (APRIL 25, 2017).

“We view our stores as a modern-day town square, where visitors come to shop, be inspired, learn or connect with others in their community,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president, Retail. “And what better place to come together than overlooking Dubai’s epicenter, where the Dubai Fountain, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall meet. We are so honored to have a home at one of the world’s most incredible and dynamic intersections.”

At the heart of every Apple Store is the drive to educate and inspire. “Today at Apple“ will launch at Apple Dubai Mall and in all 495 Apple stores next month with new sessions across photo and video, music, coding, art and design, and more, led by highly-trained team members. Apple Dubai Mall will also host high-profile events including live music, intimate conversations with film-makers and photographers, and live workshops with some of the world’s top talent. Events on opening day include Live Art with Myneandyours, and Artist Duos with musician Hamdan Al Abri and artist Sultan Al Ramahi.

New Creative Pros, the liberal arts equivalent to Apple’s technical Geniuses, will teach “Today at Apple” sessions and offer individual advice and training to help customers take their creative skills to the next level. All of the store’s 148 employees are ready to welcome customers from around the world and speak a collective 45 languages.

Like many of Apple’s other significant stores, Apple Dubai Mall aims to be open and transparent, blurring the barriers between inside and out, to erase the boundaries between the store and the community. To mitigate Dubai’s climate, Foster + Partners designed eighteen 37.5-foot-high motorized “Solar Wings” that respond to the ever-changing environmental conditions. When the sun is at its hottest they cool the store, and in the evenings they open to welcome everyone to the public terrace. Inspired by the the traditional Arabic Mashrabiya, each “Solar Wing” is locally fabricated from 340 carbon fiber reinforced polymer rods, and at 180 feet wide, the 18 panels make up one of the world’s largest kinetic art installations.

Apple’s first two stores in the United Arab Emirates have welcomed more than 4 million visitors since opening in Dubai and Abu Dhabi 18 months ago. Apple will reach even more visitors from around the world at Dubai Mall, Emaar’s flagship mega-project and the world’s most-visited retail and lifestyle destination, welcoming over 80 million visitors for the past three consecutive years. Apple’s location overlooking the lake will stay open as late as midnight to everyone exploring the area.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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(408) 862-5012

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(408) 862-1381

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(408) 974-2042

Meijer opens new supercenter in Greenfield, Wisconsin

Retailer brings low prices, fresh produce delivered daily and drive-thru pharmacy to Greenfield; Howard and West Bend stores opening in mid-May

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened a new 192,000-square-foot supercenter today in Greenfield, Wis., bringing shoppers better access to low prices on high-quality merchandise, fresh produce delivered daily and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.

“We are very pleased to provide our new Greenfield neighbors with the service, selection, quality and low prices that Meijer customers in other communities have come to expect,” Executive Chairman Hank Meijer said.

The new store is one of seven new Meijer supercenters opening this year and part of an investment of more than $375 million in Wisconsin and across the Midwest, which includes six other new stores and 22 different remodel projects throughout its six-state footprint. The Greenfield store, located at 5800 W. Layton Ave., right off I-894 at 60thStreet, is the seventh Meijer store to open in Wisconsin. Two additional Meijer stores in West Bend and Howard will open on May 16.

The store’s first day of business featured a ribbon-cutting event, followed by remarks from Meijer leadership, Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke and local officials. The store also demonstrated its commitment to the community by making donations to local organizations. Store Director Jennifer Hill presented $25,000 to Greenfield High School, which will use the donation for improvements to its baseball field, and $7,500 to the City of Greenfield’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

Later in the day, the Greenfield Meijer also provided lunch to their new neighbors, Greenfield police officers, firefighters, and other city employees, at the Greenfield Public Library to show appreciation for their service to the community.

With more than 230 stores located across the Midwest, the new store is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and will be open 24 hours a day. The grocery options that Meijer offers include more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce and a full-service meat department that features fresh seafood, Certified Angus Beef and custom cuts of meat. The bakery specializes in custom-decorated cakes and fresh bread baked four times daily.

As part of its ongoing community support, Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores works with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger at the local level. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Give program has generated more than $28 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

In addition to the retailer’s traditional grocery and merchandise, garden center, and 24-hour gas station, the Meijer pharmacy will feature a drive-thru pick up and the company’s free prescription program. The prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins, and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the program has filled more than 39 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $530 million.

Inside the store, there will be a Starbucks Coffee, a Great Clips and a FastCare Clinic, which will be staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants from Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin and available to anyone seeking care for minor health problems, such as cold and flu symptoms, sore throats, and ear, sinus and bladder infections.

As part of its grand opening celebration, the new Greenfield Meijer location will feature a variety of events beginning Thurs., May 4. The first 200 customers to enter the store after 6 a.m. on May 4 will receive a Meijer mystery gift card with a value of $5, $10 or $20.

“Our team has worked very hard to prepare for this opening, and we’re excited to finally open doors in this great community,” Store Director Jennifer Hill said.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and  electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

SOURCE: Meijer

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943,

Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson and Mirim Lee return to play at 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson and Mirim Lee return to play at 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Playing field for the 2017 tournament continues to grow stronger

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The playing field for the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give continues to grow stronger with commitments from its three defending champions – Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson and Mirim Lee – who will return June 13-18 to Blythefield Country Club.

“Each year, we strive to ensure the Meijer LPGA Classic is a high-caliber tournament for the community, but also for these incredible athletes who make Grand Rapids their home,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “When our past champions commit, we know that they recognize and appreciate just how much the community supports them year after year.”

Sei Young Kim – 2016 Champion

The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Defending Champion Sei Young Kim is still relatively new to the Tour but has made great strides. Kim captured three victories in her rookie season, and in 2015, won both the Kia Most Compelling Performance Award and the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors. She also became a Rolex First-Time Winner in 2015 at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and has had five overall career wins. To view her full bio, please visit:

Lexi Thompson – 2015 Champion

In her amateur career, Lexi Thompson became the youngest person to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2007 when she was just 12 years old. Thompson ranked No. 1 in the Women’s Amateur and Girl’s Junior Amateur by Golfweek in 2009 before turning professional in 2010. In 2011, she not only became the youngest professional to win on the Ladies European Tour, but also the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history after winning the Navistar LPGA Classic at 16 years, 7 months, and 8 days old. To date, she has competed in two Solheim Cups and UL International Crowns, along with the 2016 Rio Olympics, finished 45 times in the Top 10, and achieved seven LPGA Tour victories and one major. To view her full bio, please visit:

Mirim Lee – 2014 Champion

Mirim Lee began playing golf at the age of 11. She began her professional career in 2009 and played on the KLPGA’s developmental tour. Lee won her first KLPGA victory at the S-OIL Champions in 2012. In 2013, she broke the tournament scoring record, with a 61 in the third round, of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn Priority List Category for the 2014 season. In her rookie season, Lee became a Rolex First-Time Winner with her playoff win at the 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. This season, Lee won her third win on tour with her victory at the 2017 Kia Classic in March. To view her full bio, please visit:

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit

A video featuring the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic is available at

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-540-6108,

SOURCE: Meijer


Empire strengthens its executive team with two new appointments

Stellarton, NS, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Empire Company Limited (“Empire”) today announced two appointments to its senior executive ranks.

Michael Vels has been named Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Empire and its wholly-owned subsidiary Sobeys Inc. effective June 12th, 2017.

Mr. Vels was most recently Chief Financial Officer of Hydro One where he played an instrumental role in that organization’s Initial Public Offering in 2015, laying the foundations for transformation of Hydro One from a crown corporation to a customer focused, commercial investor owned electrical utility. From 2004-2014, he served as Maple Leaf Foods’ Chief Financial Officer where he led the company’s finance, mergers and acquisitions, information technology and communications functions, supporting the successful transformation of Maple Leaf as it implemented new systems, invested in manufacturing and supply chain initiatives, and finally, in 2014 as Chief Transition Officer led the restructuring of senior management and back office functions.

“I am thrilled to welcome Mike Vels to Empire. He is an accomplished executive, one of the country’s most respected CFOs and a highly results-oriented leader,” said Michael Medline, President & CEO of Empire. “He is uniquely qualified for his new role as he understands the Canadian food business and has served on the front lines of important and successful corporate transformation initiatives.”

Mr. Vels was educated and earned his Chartered Accountant designation in South Africa, and prior to joining Maple Leaf Foods in 1991 worked in public accounting and mergers and acquisitions in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Clinton Keay who has served as Interim Chief Financial Officer since July 2016 will assume the role of Executive Vice President, Technology and Lead of the Transformation Office, overseeing the company’s efforts as it moves to restructure the way it does business. Mr. Keay served as the company’s head of IT from 2002-2014 before being appointed Executive Vice President, Finance. He will continue to report to Mr. Medline and serve on the company’s Leadership Committee.

“Clinton is an accomplished leader and is knowledgeable on all fronts of our business. His deep experience in technology and in overseeing important change in our organization will ensure that we drive innovation that will delight our customers. I want to thank Clinton for the superb job he did as Interim CFO during some trying times,” said Mr. Medline.


Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A) is a Canadian company headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Empire’s key businesses are food retailing and related real estate. With approximately $24.3 billion in annualized sales and $8.7 billion in assets, Empire and its subsidiaries, franchisees and affiliates employ approximately 125,000 people.

Additional financial information relating to Empire, including the Company’s Annual Information Form, can be found on the Company’s website at or on SEDAR at

Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians since 1907. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises approximately 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 350 retail fuel locations. Sobeys, its franchisees and affiliates employ more than 125,000 people. The company’s purpose is to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at

For further information, please contact:

Media Contact
Andrew Walker
Senior Vice President
Communications & Corporate Affairs
Empire Company Limited
(905) 238-7124 ext. 6711

Investor Contact
Adam Sheparski
Senior Vice President, Finance
Empire Company Limited
(902) 752-8371 ext. 2778

Giant Food announces recall of select Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips due to potential Salmonella contamination

Landover, Md., 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by Frito Lay, Giant Food, LLC announced it removed from sale select Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips due to potential Salmonella contamination in the jalapeno seasoning.

The following products are included in this recall:

  • Frito Lay 2 Go Bold Mix, 18.4 oz., UPC 2840064666 with a “use by” date of JUN 20 or prior
  • Lays Kettle Cooked Variety Pack, 10.2 oz., UPC 2840062930 with a “use by” date of JUN 20 or prior
  • Lays Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Jalapeno, 2.75 oz., UPC 2840043783 with a “guaranteed fresh” date of JUL 4 or prior
  • Lays Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Jalapeno, 13.5 oz., UPC 2840063218 with a “guaranteed fresh” date of JUL 4 or prior
  • Lays Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Jalapeno, 8 oz., UPC 2840037185 with a “guaranteed fresh” date of JUL 4 or prior

Giant has received no reports of illnesses to date. Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

Customers who have purchased these products should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Giant for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Frito Customer Service at 800-406-0096. In addition, customers may call Giant Food Customer Service at 888-469-4426 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information. Customers can also visit the Giant Food website at

About Giant Food, LLC
Giant Food, LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 160 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant visit


SOURCE: Giant Food, LLC,

Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776

BESTSELLER starts process of making supplier factory information publicly available

BESTSELLER starts process of making supplier factory information publicly available

In 2017, BESTSELLER will take the first steps towards making supplier factory information publicly available.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — “BESTSELLER will begin the process of making information about our supplier factories available in 2017,” says Sustainability Manager Katrine Milman and continues: “We are already now sharing various supplier information with e.g. the Bangladesh Accord and other external business partners, and we are now looking forward to getting further into the process of making more information publicly available down the road.”

BESTSELLER does not own any factories but cooperates with suppliers who are willing to meet the commitments of our Code of Conduct and Chemical Restrictions. Every year, BESTSELLER’s brands have approximately 250 million products manufactured at more than 800 factories in Europe and Asia.

“We continuously work to obtain transparency in our supply chain and make positive changes,”says Katrine Milman and concludes: “We expect the supplier factory information to be presented as a consolidated list of factory names that deliver to brands and sub-brands under the BESTSELLER A/S umbrella.”

BESTSELLER’s Code of Conduct describes the ethics and behaviour that we wish to promote throughout the supply chain and is directed at any supplier and his subcontractors who manufacture for BESTSELLER. To ensure that our policies are being followed we have an extensive audit programme in place run by independent third party audit companies. They visit the factories frequently and report back to us on their findings. In each of our biggest production countries we have a number of colleagues dedicated to helping our suppliers improve the workplaces.

Download BESTSELLER’s Code of Conduct here

BESTSELLER’s Chemical Restrictions are one of the cornerstones of our sustainability work. The restrictions, which are updated annually, are formed according to the precautionary principle and based on the latest scientific research and international and national legislation.

Find more information about BESTSELLER’s Chemical Restrictions here.


+45 99 42 16 62 /

PHILIPPINES: SM Prime to invest at least PHP50 billion per annum to support its developmental goals

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), the Philippines’ leading integrated property company, plans to spend at least PHP50 billion per annum over the next two years to support its developmental goals. SM Prime allocates 80% of its capital expenditure on project developments, mostly for mall and residential development. The remainder is used for land banking.

“SM Prime will continue to expand its mall and residential businesses which are the major revenue drivers. We will further reach out to provincial cities as an integrated property developer and as a strategic partner, given the tremendous opportunities in light of higher government spending on infrastructure development across the country,” SM Prime President Jeffrey C. Lim said.

This year, SM Prime is scheduled to open five new malls in the Philippines, all of which are outside Metro Manila. These are: SM CDO Downtown Premier in Cagayan de Oro, SM Cherry Antipolo in Rizal, SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown in Cagayan, SM City Puerto Princesa in Palawan and SM Center Lemery in Batangas. By the end of 2017, SM Prime will have 65 malls in the Philippines and seven malls in China with an estimated combined GFA of 9.2 million sqm. In the Philippines, 43% of our malls are located in Metro Manila, 35% in Luzon outside Metro Manila, 14% in Visayas and 8% in Mindanao.

For the residential group, SM Prime is slated to launch this year 15,000 to 18,000 residential units in high-rise and mid-rise buildings as well as house and lot developments. The company’s high-rise residences deliver attractive urban lifestyles that serve the growing needs of start-up families and young professionals. To address an even larger market and cut across other segments in the housing spectrum, SM Prime is expanding its product line-up to develop more mid-rise buildings and single detached house and lot within the year.

During its Annual Stockholders’ Meeting, SM Prime declared a cash dividend of 0.26 per share amounting to PHP7.5 billion in favor of all stockholders of record as of May 12, 2017 and payable on May 25, 2017. This is equivalent to a 35% payout of last year’s net income after tax.

SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.

For further information, please contact:
Alexander Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

PHILIPPINES: SM Investments Corporation announces key organizational changes

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of SM Investments Corporation (SM) announced key organizational changes that will support the company’s next phase of growth.

The Board has already conferred upon Mr. Henry Sy, Sr. the role of Chairman Emeritus, in recognition of his role as the founder of SM and all of its core businesses. Mr. Sy, who is a multiawarded entrepreneur and philanthropist, opened the first ShoeMart store in 1958, a business now simply known as SM, and fostered it to become one of the largest holding companies in the country. SM has likewise evolved into a dynamic and highly synergistic group of businesses with market leading positions in retail, banking and property development as well as a growing portfolio of other investments that can capture the high growth opportunities in the emerging Philippine economy.

Board Changes

Mr. Jose T. Sio was appointed to succeed Mr. Sy as the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Sio, as SM’s Chief Financial Officer for 26 years, was highly instrumental in supporting the phenomenal growth of SM and its subsidiaries. He instilled strict financial discipline across all businesses that later helped the company achieve optimal results even as the whole group maintained a sound and stable financial position. Mr. Sio was a senior partner at Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co prior to joining SM on November 1990.

New members of the board include Mr. Frederic C. DyBuncio as Director and Mr. Alfredo Pascual as Independent Director replacing Mr. Ah Doo Lim who joined the Board in 2008 and has served the full term as an independent director.

Mr. DyBuncio brings with him a wealth of experience in banking where he spent over 20 years with JP Morgan Chase and its predecessor companies. He was assigned to various places apart from the Philippines such as New York, Seoul, Bangkok, and Hong Kong and held various executive positions where he gained substantial professional experience in the areas of credit, relationship management and origination, investment banking, capital markets, and general management.

Mr. Alfredo Pascual just completed his six-year term as President of the University of the Philippines (UP). Prior to his involvement in the academe, he worked at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for 19 years in such positions as Director for Private Sector Operations, Director for Infrastructure Finance, and Advisor for Public-Private Partnership. Mr. Pascual was also among the pioneers in investment banking in the Philippines having held executive positions in State Investment House, Inc., First Metro Investment Corporation, Philippine Pacific Capital Corporation now known as RCBC Capital, and Bancom Development Corporation which eventually merged with Union Bank.

Management Appointment

Mr. DyBuncio will assume the role of President of SM Investments in place of Mr. Harley T. Sy who will remain as Executive Director of the Board. Mr. DyBuncio joined SM in 2011 as Senior Vice President and eventually as Executive Vice President handling the company’s portfolio investments. This portfolio has since grown to include Belle Corp., Atlas Mining, the Net Buildings, CityMalls, MyTown, and most recently, 2Go.

These changes affirm the continuing role of professionals in executing the larger vision of SM while further strengthening the group’s good governance and sustainability practices.

About SM Investments Corp.
SM is a leading Philippine company with investments in a dynamic and highly synergistic group of businesses with market leading positions in retail, banking and property development. It has a growing portfolio of complementary businesses that can potentially enhance group synergies, as well as other investments that offer stable cashflows with attractive financial returns while capturing the high growth opportunities in the emerging Philippine economy.

SM and its subsidiaries take on a progressive approach in business by promoting good corporate governance across the whole group and by effectively integrating its comprehensive sustainability programs to care for and nurture its host communities and the environment through SM Foundation, SM Cares and BDO Foundation.

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For further inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

GameChanger digital scorekeeping app for baseball and softball teams reaches 10 million games scored

NEW YORK, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameChanger, the leading digital scorekeeping app for amateur baseball and softball teams, today announced it has officially reached 10 million games scored since launching in 2009. For context, there are 2,430 baseball games in one MLB regular season, so it would take more than 4,115 Major League Baseball seasons to reach the 10 million games scored at the amateur level.

“Reaching 10 million games is a big milestone,” said Ted Sullivan co-founder and CEO of GameChanger. “We love supporting coaches and connecting families and fans to their favorite players. We’re proud to enhance the game day experience for so many youth baseball and softball teams around the world.”

Thousands of teams nationwide rely on GameChanger to keep them more efficient, informed and connected, including 70 percent of high school state championship baseball teams registered with the MaxPreps database.

In addition, GameChanger is supported by a wide assortment of nationally recognized organizations across baseball and softball, including Little League® Baseball and Softball as well as USA Baseball and USA Softball.

“As the first Pitch Smart certified app and educational supporter of this joint initiative with MLB, GameChanger has helped raise awareness of the risk of overuse injuries for pitchers through visibility of pitch counts and the Pitch Smart guidelines in its mobile app and website,” said Rick Riccobono, Chief Development Officer, USA Baseball. “The ability to digitally track pitch counts has enlightened parents and players to the risks of overuse and empowered them to have conversations with coaches about appropriate levels of use as a pitcher throughout the year.”

“Little League Baseball and Softball is proud to congratulate GameChanger on reaching this momentous milestone,” said Liz DiLullo Brown, Little League Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “As the scorekeeping partner of the Little League World Series events, GameChanger provides the opportunity for coaches, parents, and fans to follow the action, track pitch counts, and teach players all year long.”

The all-in-one amateur sports app was recently acquired by DICK’S Sporting Goods, the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, and is now part of DICK’S Team Sports HQ Suite of digital youth sports offerings.

GameChanger is available for coaches to download free of charge on both Android and iOS devices.  For more information on GameChanger, please visit

About GameChanger
Based in New York City, GameChanger ( is the leader in amateur sports scorekeeping, statistics, analytics, and live game updates. Available on iOS, Android, and the web, GameChanger provides real-time local amateur baseball, softball and basketball game updates, analytics and insights. Fans can use GameChanger to follow games in real-time. In 2016, more than 125,000 teams across the country used GameChanger.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated more than 675 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at

SOURCE: DICK’S Sporting Goods

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods –

Callington based Great British Crisp Company becomes a Co-op supplier

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Callington based Great British Crisp Company, that works with Warrens Bakery to develop unique flavours, has “bagged” a contract to supply 40 Co-op food stores across Cornwall.

Using Cornish Sea Salt™ and potatoes, The Great British Crisp Company estimates that it could sell up to 30,000 packs of crisps over the coming year.

It will supply the Co-op with eight of its varieties, including their ‘meal in one bite’ flavours such as Fish & Chips and Cornish Pasty as well as classic flavours such as Cornish Sea Salt™, West Country Cheddar & Chive and Cornish Sea Salt™ & Luxury Peppers.

In a double celebration, the trade division of Warrens Bakery, Simply Cornish, will also supply the Co-op with its handcrafted fairings and award winning shortbread collection.

The bakery, based in St. Just, will supply the community retailer with five of its products and could sell more than 20,000 packets of its biscuits this year.

The move comes as the Co-op commits to doubling the number of its small and micro suppliers and launches a small producer charter to support and, provide opportunities, to champion and celebrate local suppliers.

David Roberts, National Account Manager for The Great British Crisp Company and Simply Cornish, said:

“We are delighted, to reach so many more local communities, it’s a great opportunity to build awareness of our brand, and open up new markets. We’ve already been sampling in multiple stores across the South West and had a great response from those trying our Cornish crisps and handcrafted shortbreads.”

Judy Naylor, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in the South West, said:

“We are delighted to give these locally produced goods pride of place in our stores. It is the innovation, quality, tradition and passion of these products which makes them prized locally and popular with residents and holiday makers alike.

“We know that food provenance really matters to our customers – quality and trust is key to consumers. Cornwall is synonymous with quality food and drink and the Co-op is committed to investing in our local economies to provide new opportunities to showcase and celebrate locally produced food.”

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Media Contact

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551

PetSmart announces the opening of its new store in Hadley, Mass.

Public Invited to Attend Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon-Cutting Event April 29

PHOENIX, AZ, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart is pleased to announce the opening of a new store in Hadley, Mass., located at 367 Russell St. To celebrate, PetSmart is having a grand opening event Saturday, April 29, starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Media and pet parents are encouraged to attend and to bring their four-legged friends to join in the fun!

The Hadley store location will feature PetSmart’s new Pinnacle Pet Nutrition section, an expanded collection of pet food products featuring high-protein, natural, grain-free, minimally processed and raw pet food. This pet food type is the fastest growing in the overall pet food category and includes brands such as Only Natural Pet®, a natural pet brand featuring holistic, paleo-inspired natural foods featuring wholesome high-protein recipes that are dehydrated, freeze-dried and air-dried. PetSmart is the exclusive national retailer for Only Natural Pet.

The first 50 shoppers will receive a mystery gift card (values range from $5 up to $50), and all shoppers will receive free giveaways such as t-shirts, pet treat samples, pet toys and discount coupons.*

Members of the Hadley Select Board will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting celebration to welcome the PetSmart team to the neighborhood.

What: PetSmart Grand Opening celebration

When: Saturday, April 29, 8:45 a.m.

Where: PetSmart, 367 Russell St.

The new store features more than 17,000 square feet of space, providing pet parents with a comprehensive line of pet products. The new store also offers useful services such as pet training and adoption services, as well as a full-service grooming salon where dogs and cats receive hands-on care from academy-trained, safety-certified stylists dedicated to making pets look and feel their best.**

PetSmart, The Adopt Spot™, is where people save pets and pets save people. Since its founding in 1987, PetSmart recognized the pet homelessness problem and made the decision to never sell dogs or cats. To help end pet homelessness and save lives, PetSmart joins PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart Charities™ of Canada and nearly 3,000 local animal welfare organizations across North America on a range of powerful adoption events in PetSmart stores.

PetSmart is a leader in ending pet homelessness through in-store adoptions that happen every day in its stores, and through National Adoption Weekends, held four times a year, where more than 20,000 pets find forever homes in a single weekend. Each year, millions of pets enter shelters across North America and some 3 million healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized.

Every PetSmart store, including this store in Hadley, builds long-lasting relationships with local animal welfare organizations to utilize its stores as adoption centers. PetSmart and its adoption partners have reached a significant milestone – more than 7.3 million pets adopted since 1994! For every 30 seconds a PetSmart store is open a pet’s life is saved, totaling about 1,400 lives saved every day.

*All grand opening giveaways available while supplies last.
**Services are subject to availability. See store for details.

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About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, 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 204 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 nonprofits 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. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes,,,,, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and 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***.

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***Ends 12/31/17. 5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need. See details at The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold. The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S.

SOURCE: PetSmart Store Support Group, Inc.

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