Del Taco Restaurants expands its presence into Tennessee with multi-unit franchise development agreement

RECENTLY SIGNED DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT EXPANDS BRAND FOOTPRINT IN GEORGIA AND INTO TENNESSEE

Lake Forest, California, 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), the nation’s second leading concept in the fast-growing Mexican quick service restaurant (MQSR) category*, recently signed a multi-unit franchise development agreement that will extend the brand’s presence into Tennessee. Led by experienced restaurateur Tom Getz, development efforts include plans to open the first of 7 units in the broader Chattanooga area by 2019. Initial locations are slated to open throughout Hamilton and Bradley Counties in Tennessee, as well as expansion into Whitfield, Catoosa and Gordon Counties in Georgia.

Operating under Jetz Foods LLC, Getz and his partner c have over 31 years of experience in the industry, including currently owning and operating 21 Little Caesars restaurants in Georgia and Tennessee.

“We are extremely impressed with Del Taco, from the food and operations to marketing and leadership, and we wanted to be a part of this exciting brand as it expands across the country,” said Getz. “No other quick-service concept in the greater Chattanooga area offers the same level of freshness and quality of food with the value and convenience of a drive-thru, and we’re confident new guests will love having Del Taco close by.”

Currently operating over 550 locations across 15 states, and with a focus on growth in the southeastern and western regions of the United States, Del Taco continues to build a stronger national presence by entering new territories while infilling existing markets through both corporate and franchise development.

“Del Taco has been strategically expanding its presence in the Southeast, and we’re excited to keep the momentum going by adding a new state and a great franchisee to our roster while expanding our presence in Georgia, now up to 11 units open or under construction,” said Laura Tanaka, director of franchise development. “As excitement for the Del Taco brand continues to build, we’ve prioritized our Southeastern growth efforts, with planned developments in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, and are committed to bringing our delicious Mexican and American favorites to even more guests in the region in the coming years.”

Demonstrated by 13 consecutive quarters of systemwide same store sales increases, Del Taco presents enormous growth potential for franchisees to develop in the ever-growing Mexican food category. Those interested in learning more about Del Taco franchising opportunities are encouraged to register for an informational webinar at www.deltacofranchise.com.

*By number of units

About Del Taco Restaurants, Inc.

Del Taco (NASDAQ: TACO) offers a unique variety of both Mexican and American favorites such as burritos and fries, prepared fresh in every restaurant’s working kitchen with the value and convenience of a drive-thru. Del Taco’s menu items taste better because they are made with quality ingredients like freshly grated cheddar, hand-chopped pico de gallo, sliced avocado, slow-cooked beans made from scratch, and fresh-grilled marinated chicken and carne asada. The brand’s UnFreshing Believable® campaign further communicates Del Taco’s commitment to provide guests with the best quality and value for their money. Founded in 1964, today Del Taco serves more than three million guests each week at its more than 550 restaurants across 15 states. For more information, visit www.deltaco.com.

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Samantha Tyson
Powerhouse Communications
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publicrelations@deltaco.com

ShoreTel and ScanSource Communications expand partnership

Greenville, SC, 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShoreTel® (NASDAQ: SHOR), a leading provider of communication solutions that make interactions simple, today (April 26, 2017) announced an expanded partnership with ScanSource Communications, a leading global provider of communications products and sales unit of ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC).

The expanded relationship represents another milestone in our strategic transformation and establishes a consistent experience for ShoreTel channel partners by fully aligning ShoreTel’s U.S. distribution model with the two-tier distribution strategy that ShoreTel utilizes in EMEA and APAC. ShoreTel will leverage ScanSource’s expertise to increase supply chain efficiency and related value-added services for its channel partners. As a result, ShoreTel channel partners who currently buy premises-based unified communications products directly from ShoreTel will transition to procuring ShoreTel’s onsite solutions through ScanSource with a target effective date of July 1, 2017.

ShoreTel continues to invest in enhancing its innovative ShoreTel ConnectTM unified communications solution, which delivers a comprehensive, seamlessly integrated feature set that makes it easy for businesses and their users to interact. Connect provides businesses with a consistent, intuitive user experience that can be easily deployed through three different models – cloud, hybrid and onsite – the latter of which will now be offered through ScanSource. Additionally, ShoreTel will provide continued sales and marketing support for partners who distribute ShoreTel’s onsite solutions via ScanSource.

 “ScanSource has proven that they have the expertise, scalability and support to make ShoreTel resellers successful, which made them an ideal partner to assist us in aligning our distribution approach in the U.S. with our global strategies,” said David Petts, senior vice president of worldwide sales and customer success for ShoreTel. “The consistent two-tier approach also allows ShoreTel to strengthen its focus on our cloud services capabilities, which will help to accelerate the innovative features and solutions that we provide our partners and customers.”

By working with ScanSource, resellers have access to the largest inventory of ShoreTel products, centralized distribution with same-day shipping, professional services teams, and exceptional support services which help resellers take time and costs out of everyday processes.

These value-added services, along with ScanSource’s comprehensive business enablement tools, enable resellers to configure the best ShoreTel solutions to meet their end-users’ needs and focus their efforts on growing their business.

“ShoreTel has long been a strong strategic partner to ScanSource Communications, and we are thrilled that they see the value our technology solutions services can provide to resellers,” said Rich Long, president of ScanSource Communications. “In addition to providing ShoreTel’s leading communications solutions, we have also developed customized tools, like Omni+, that can help resellers be even more effective in delivering solutions to their end users.”

 “Harbor Networks has relied on ScanSource for over seven years now, and it has been a tremendous experience,” said Greg Bertschmann, president of Harbor Networks, a ScanSource Communications reseller partner. “ScanSource’s expertise around inventory management, process and delivery are great, but the people are even better. We work every day with ScanSource, not just on order fulfillment, but on education and marketing initiatives, as well. They are an integral part of our success.”

About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel (NASDAQ: SHOR) provides businesses worldwide with communication solutions that make interactions simple. From business phone systems, unified communications and contact center solutions to a fully hosted voice and SMS development platform, ShoreTel delivers unmatched flexibility and ease for companies looking to increase productivity and drive innovation. ShoreTel offers solutions in the cloud, onsite or a hybrid of both, giving customers the freedom to choose the best fit for their business needs now and in the future. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., ShoreTel has offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit shoretel.com.

About ScanSource, Inc.
ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is a leading global provider of technology products and solutions, focusing on point-of-sale, barcode, physical security, video, voice, data networking and technology services. ScanSource’s teams provide value-added solutions and operate from two segments, Worldwide Barcode, Networking & Security and Worldwide Communications & Services. ScanSource is committed to helping its resellers and sales partners choose, configure and deliver the industry’s best solutions across almost every vertical market in North America, Latin America and Europe. Founded in 1992, the Company is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina and was named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in South Carolina. ScanSource ranks #685 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, visit www.scansource.com.

SOURCE: ScanSource, Inc.

Contact:

Melissa Andrews
Public Relations Manager
864.286.4425

 

 

Casey’s General Stores to offer higher ethanol blends of E15 and E85 in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas

ANKENY , IA, 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Casey’s General Stores, Inc., a Midwest convenience store chain, announced it will expand consumer choice by offering higher ethanol blends of E15 and E85 at 17 sites in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas. E15 is a fuel that contains 15 percent ethanol and works well for any car 2001 and newer. E85 contains up to 83 percent ethanol and is a choice for flex-fuel vehicle owners.

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, and Kansas Corn Commission along with Growth Energy are assisting Casey’s with their new program. The retail chain boasts over 1,950 convenience stores across 15 states making it the nation’s 4th largest and its adoption of higher biofuel blends marks a major milestone for renewable fuel availability, especially across rural America where demand for higher ethanol blends is at an all-time high.

“We like the potential that E15 and E85 could bring to Casey’s and are excited to provide our customers with a wide variety of fueling options,” said Terry Handley, President and CEO of Casey’s. “We appreciate the assistance Growth Energy, and the farmers funding the corn checkoff in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas have invested in our E15 and E85 program.”

“We commend Casey’s initiative in expanding their fuel offering to include clean-burning, high-octane, and more affordable biofuel choices,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “Each day more and more retailers are embracing higher ethanol blends because today’s 21st century drivers demand 21st century fuel. E15, in particular, offers drivers an exceptional value in addition to tested higher performance and reduced emissions.”

Casey’s joins Family Express, Kum & Go, MAPCO, Minnoco, Murphy USA, Protec Fuels, QuikTrip, RaceTrac, Sheetz, and Thorntons in offering their customers expanded fuel choices at the pump. E15 is the most tested fuel in history. The United States Department of Energy, NASCAR, and consumers have put it to the test over millions of miles with great results.

To find their nearest E15 station, Casey’s customers should go to GetEthanol.com.

About Growth Energy
Growth Energy represents producers and supporters of ethanol working to bring consumers better choices at the fuel pump, grow America’s economy and improve the environment for future generations. Our organization’s national campaign – online at www.GetEthanol.com – serves as the leading source of information for consumers seeking cleaner, more affordable fueling options. For more information on our organization, visit us at www.GrowthEnergy.org, follow us on Twitter @GrowthEnergy, or connect with us on Facebook.

About Casey’s General Stores
Casey’s General Stores, Inc., headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa, owns and operates over 1,950 convenience stores in 15 Midwestern states. The stores offer self-service gasoline, a wide variety of grocery items, and prepared foods, such as made-from-scratch pizza and donuts, chicken tenders, and sandwiches. Casey’s operates its own distribution centers, delivering approximately 90% of in-store products as well as approximately 75% of the fuel sold at our stores.

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), and Kansas Corn Commission work to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. For more information, visit ilcorn.org, iowacorn.org, or kscorn.com.

SOURCE: Casey’s General Stores, Inc.

RUSSIA: Lenta announces the opening of its third supermarket in Novosibirsk

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its third supermarket in Novosibirsk.

The new store is a Lenta medium format supermarket located at 56 Yuzhnyi microdistrict str., Iskitim city, Novosibirsk region. The store has a total area of 1,146 sq.m with 660 sq.m of selling space and is open from 8.00 am till 11.00 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 4,800 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Novosibirsk and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 6 cash registers. The property is owned by Lenta.

This opening in Novosibirsk is Lenta’s sixth supermarket opening in 2017 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 195 hypermarkets in 78 cities across Russia and 54 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and the Central region.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 195 hypermarkets in 78 cities across Russia and 54 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,168,984 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,700 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 45,689 people as of 31 December 20161.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

SOURCE: Lenta

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com, or contact:

Lenta
Anna Meleshina,
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53
E-mail: anna.meleshina@lenta.com

Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97
E-mail: a.kuznetsova@lenta.com

FTI Consulting
International Media:
Leonid Fink & Jenny Payne
Тel: +44 7497 783 705
E-mail: Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com
Jenny.Payne@fticonsulting.com

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
E-mail: lenta@FTIconsulting.com

Completely revamped B&M’s Westwood Shopping centre store reopens

Completely revamped B&M’s Westwood Shopping centre store reopens

Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shoppers in Belfast had cause to celebrate after the eagerly awaited re-launch of B&M’s Westwood Shopping centre store.

The shopping centre has been completely revamped over the course of the past year, with the brand new B&M Home Store boasting a whole host of new items and a much more extensive shopping experience.

Floor space in the store has increased by 45%, ensuring shoppers will have even more of B&M’s branded and own label products to browse.

Visitors to the store will be able to purchase from a wide range of household goods, including food & drink, pet products and toys – as well as a large selection of homewares, furniture and decorating items.

As a result of the increased size, a total of 30 additional colleagues have been taken on, combined with the current 28 who were employed in the old store.

B&M also holds the accolade of being the first retailer to open on the new, purpose built development – as they continue to stake their claim as one of the fastest growing retailers in the UK.

Store colleagues invited along Cynthia Cherry, the Northern Ireland Regional Co-ordinator for Macmillan Cancer Care, to be their Local Hero for the day, an award given to an organisation or individual who’ve made an important contribution to their community.

Alongside cutting the ribbon to open the new store, she also received £250 worth of B&M vouchers to donate towards the charity’s efforts, as a thank you for taking part in the opening ceremony.

Stuart Walker, store manager at B&M Westwood, said: “We’ve been feeling really positive about the creation of new jobs for local people and we hope customers are delighted with their new and improved store.

“We have all been excited to get the doors open and welcome our customers through the doors.”

SOURCE: B&M Retail Limited

Brixmor Property Group announces the appointment of Vincent A. Corno as EVP – President, Midwest

NEW YORK, 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Brixmor Property Group Inc. (NYSE: BRX) (“Brixmor” or the “Company”) announced today (April 26, 2017) the appointment of industry veteran Vincent A. Corno as Executive Vice President – President, Midwest, effective May 8, 2017.  As head of the Midwest region, Mr. Corno will have strategic and day-to-day responsibility for the leasing, value-enhancing reinvestment and ancillary income efforts for more than 20 million square feet of open-air retail properties. He joins a team of talented and experienced regional presidents, including David Vender in the North, Barry Rodenstein in the South and Matthew Berger in the West.  Mr. Corno will replace Thomas Litzler, who is retiring next month, and will report to Brian Finnegan, Executive Vice President, Leasing.

“We are very excited to have Vince, a universally well-regarded and seasoned real estate executive, join our team and help us continue to unlock the growth opportunities embedded within the Midwest portfolio,” commented James Taylor, Chief Executive Officer and President. “We are also very grateful to Tom for his leadership and invaluable contributions to the Company over many years.  We wish him and his family a happy and healthy retirement.”

“Vince brings the unique and valuable perspective of someone who has led real estate strategy for both institutional landlords, as well as large and successful retailers,” continued Mr. Finnegan.  “I am thrilled and honored to have someone of Vince’s character and leadership ability join our team and help us continue to drive outperformance.”

Mr. Corno has more than 25 years of retail real estate experience and most recently served as Executive Vice President Leasing and Development of DDR where he was responsible for more than 100 million square feet of retail assets.  Prior to joining DDR in 2016, he was the Senior Vice President Real Estate of Dick’s Sporting Goods, where he led its national real estate initiatives, including an annual new store growth program of 40 to 50 stores and 30 to 50 renewals per year.   From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Corno was Senior Vice President Real Estate, Saks Incorporated where he oversaw new store development, expansions, remodels and the disposition of excess real estate.  At Saks, he grew Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH by over 50% in six years, including initiating its growth strategy outside of conventional outlet centers. He also previously held senior real estate positions at Forest City Enterprises and The May Department Stores Company.  Mr. Corno is a member of the Illinois and Missouri Bar Associations, holds a Certified Public Accountant certificate and is a current trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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ABOUT BRIXMOR PROPERTY GROUP
Brixmor Property Group, a real estate investment trust (REIT), is a leading owner and operator of high-quality, open-air shopping centers. The Company’s more than 500 retail centers comprise 86 million square feet in established trade areas across the nation and are supported by a diverse mix of highly productive non-discretionary and value-oriented retailers, as well as consumer-oriented service providers. Brixmor is committed to maximizing the value of its portfolio by prioritizing investments, cultivating relationships and capitalizing on embedded growth opportunities through driving rents, increasing occupancy and pursuing value-enhancing reinvestment opportunities. Headquartered in New York City, Brixmor is a partner to more than 5,500 best-in-class national, regional and local tenants and is the largest landlord to The TJX Companies and The Kroger Company.

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This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the Company’s expectations regarding the performance of its business, its financial results, its liquidity and capital resources and other non-historical statements.  You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “projects,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates” or the negative version of these words or other comparable words. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including those described under the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, as such factors may be updated from time to time in our periodic filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.  Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this release and in the Company’s filings with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

SOURCE: Brixmor Property Group Inc.

Walgreens initiative to combat drug abuse crisis successfully disposed of 72 tons of medications in first year

Company also continues participation in DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today ( April 26, 2017) announced its safe medication disposal program has collected and safely disposed of 72 tons of medications since the launch of the program in 2016. The program, launched in February 2016, is the first ongoing national effort of its kind by a retailer to combat the national drug abuse crisis and help fight the rise in overdose-related deaths in the U.S.

Walgreens installed safe medication disposal kiosks, available during regular pharmacy hours, in more than 600 pharmacies across 45 states and the District of Columbia; that’s more than 100 kiosks above the program’s original goal. In its first year, the program has resulted in the collection and disposal of 72 tons of unwanted medication, or the equivalent weight of about 40 midsize cars.

As part of its continuing effort to combat drug abuse, Walgreens will again participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsored National Prescription Drug Take Back Day held on Saturday, April 29. In addition to Walgreens stores with year-round safe medication disposal kiosks, other select Walgreens stores throughout the country will serve as a collection point on April 29 for law enforcement to collect unwanted, unused or expired medications for safe disposal.

Walgreens safe medication disposal kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications, at no cost. The kiosks at Walgreens pharmacies are available during regular pharmacy hours and offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.

Walgreens has also worked to make naloxone, a lifesaving opioid antidote, available without requiring a prescription at its pharmacies in 44 states and Washington, D.C., adding 9 states to its original goal announced last year. Naloxone can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of heroin or other opioid drugs if administered in time. The medication can be dispensed in accordance with each state’s pharmacy regulations at more than 7,600 Walgreens pharmacies. In the few remaining states where a prescription is required, Walgreens is available and eager to work with regulators to help update rules to allow for dispensing of naloxone without a prescription.

“Since we launched this program last year, we have been truly encouraged by how our patients have embraced the opportunities to safely dispose of their medications. Simply put, this epidemic is one of the most serious issues facing our country today, and this program is making a difference in helping fight against prescription drug abuse,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations.

As highlighted in recently published research in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA)1 the availability of naloxone at pharmacies, patient education and safe drug disposal kiosks are key prevention initiatives to address the opioid epidemic and reduce the increasing national burden of opioid overdose. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 6.4 million Americans misused a prescription drug in 2015.

To learn more about Walgreens efforts to combat drug abuse visit Walgreens.com/combatdrugabuse.

States Included in Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk Program

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

States Included in Walgreens Naloxone Program

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), 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, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

1 Emily Shafer, Nyahne Bergeron, Renae Smith-Ray, Chester Robson, Rachel O’Koren. A nationwide pharmacy chain responds to the opioid epidemic. J Am Pharm Assoc. Available at: http://www.japha.org/article/S1544-3191(16)31017-2/abstract

Contact:
Phil Caruso
847-315-2962
philip.caruso@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

Chinese produced Cabernet Sauvignon now available at Tesco stores

Chinese produced Cabernet Sauvignon now available at Tesco stores

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s already one of the UK’s most popular cuisines but now shoppers across the UK will be able to complete the Oriental dining experience with a bottle of Chinese wine.

Tesco has started selling an impressive Chinese produced Cabernet Sauvignon that it believes could finally open the doors in Britain to this fast emerging wine-making nation.

The new wine, Chateau Changyu Moser XV Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, is a cross between a classic Bordeaux and a rich fruity Australian wine, and is available for less than £10.

While China may not immediately conjure up images of classic vineyard country, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) has placed China- after Spain- as the country with the second biggest vineyard area in the world.

In fact, the Chateau Changyu Moser XV estate claims to have become one of the world’s biggest wine producers- with 100 winemakers who make 150 million bottles a year.

The wine is produced in the region of Ningxia, in northern China, which has a warm and dry climate and boasts an average of 3000 sunshine hours a year – 800 hours more than Bordeaux – earning it a reputation of being the country’s Napa Valley.

Tesco’s Master of Wine James Davis believes China will soon be a powerful player in the wine world and this launch could help give it its first major push in the UK.

He said:

“China is one of the world’s biggest consumers of wine, drinking almost two billion bottles of red wine each year.

“And now they are one of the largest wine producing countries in the world, ahead of the more traditional regions of Chile and New Zealand.

“Produced in a warm and dry climate, the Chateau Changyu Moser XV Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, is a dark ruby red.

“The smooth, full bodied wine is a combination of a classic Bordeaux style with the riper, richer fruit flavours which are characteristic of Australian wines.

“At a great introductory offer of £7, this wine offers customers an opportunity to discover a unique, but quality wine at an affordable price.

“This Chinese wine is very food friendly and works well with a variety of dishes – they are also a great talking point at the dinner table!”

James recommends trying the wine with Crispy Aromatic Duck or a slow roasted lamb shoulder as it compliments and balances the rich meat flavours.

The addition of the Chateau Changyu Moser XV Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 means that Tesco now sells wine from 20 countries around the world- including Hungary, Israel and Greece.

It will be available in over 700 stores and online, and will go on sale with an introductory price of £7. Following that it will be priced at £8.

Over the last 18 months, Tesco has continued to develop its wine range to offer customers a great selection of quality of wines. Tesco is the UK’s largest wine retailer.

Note to editors

  • The production of the Chateau Changyu Moser XV estate wines is overseen by renowned Austrian winemaker Lenz Moser who arrived in China 11 years, fell in love with the Ningxia region and started a partnership with local experts to make Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Tesco’s top wine expert James Davis is a Master of Wine, the highest qualification achievable in the industry and one of just over 350 in the world.

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

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

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Avni Aliji übernimmt per Anfang Mai 2017 die Leitung der Migros Frauenfeld Multiplex

Avni Aliji übernimmt per Anfang Mai 2017 die Leitung der Migros Frauenfeld Multiplex

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Avni Aliji übernimmt per Anfang Mai 2017 die Leitung der Migros Frauenfeld Multiplex. Seine Vorgängerin Elsbeth Gerth wechselt als Marktleiterin in den MM Schaffhausen.

Vor gut einem Jahr öffnete die neue Migros Multiplex an der Langfeldstrasse in Frauenfeld. Seit Anfang Mai 2017 zeichnet Avni Aliji für den 1000 m2 grossen Supermarkt und die 14 Mitarbeitenden verantwortlich. Seiner neuen Aufgabe blickt der 29-Jährige gespannt entgegen. „Am meisten freue ich mich darauf, die Kundinnen und Kunden täglich mit meinem Team begrüssen zu dürfen.“ Die Kundschaft erreicht den modernen Supermarkt bequem mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln. Autofahrern stehen ausreichend Parkplätze zur Verfügung.

Avni Aliji, der in Kreuzlingen aufgewachsen ist und derzeit in Amriswil wohnt, arbeitet seit seiner Lehre in der Migros Weinfelden für die Migros Ostschweiz. Dies hat zur Folge, dass der diplomierte Detailhandelsspezialist 2018 gleich zwei Gründe zum Feiern hat: seinem 30. Geburtstag sowie seine 15 Dienstjahre bei der Migros. Nach seinen Ausbildungsjahren arbeitete Avni Aliji als Verkäufer im MM Seepark, als Fachverkäufer im MM Weinfelden und als Fachleiter Früchte und Gemüse im MM Uzwil. Zwischen 2012 und 2015 sammelte er als stellvertretender Filialleiter in Sulgen Erfahrungen. Danach trat er die Stelle als Filialleiter in der Migros Steckborn an, wo ab Anfang Mai 2017 Silvia Egli die Leitung übernimmt. Avni Aliji hat bereits konkrete Vorstellungen davon, wie er die Migros Multiplex am Markt positionieren will. „Die Kundschaft steht im Mittelpunkt. Unser Ziel ist es, dass sie ihren Einkauf so angenehm wie möglich tätigen kann.“

Contact:
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Kommunikation/Kulturprozent/Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 92
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: christian.possa@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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Tesco raised more than £40 million for Cancer Research UK

Tesco raised more than £40 million for Cancer Research UK

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco and Cancer Research UK announced today (26 Apr 2017) the retailer has raised more than £40 million for the charity over the last 16 years, making the charity partnership one of the biggest ever in the UK.

Over £20 million of the total has been raised through Tesco’s hugely successful sponsorship of Race for Life, Cancer Research UK’s biggest annual fundraising event. As flagship sponsor, Tesco is integrated into all elements of the event series and has generated income through staff fundraising initiatives, in-store events and CRM products.  Since the sponsorship began in 2002, nearly 300,000 Tesco colleagues have taken part in a Race for Life event.

As it embarks on a new health campaign to help colleagues and customers take steps to improve their health, Tesco will turn pink this weekend to support Race for Life. The event will see thousands of Tesco colleagues wear something pink in an effort to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Volunteers from the charity are invited into Tesco stores to fundraise, while in 200 F&F stores, customers will be able to donate their pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories to Cancer Research UK to sell in its shops. In addition to this, throughout April, May and June, Tesco is aiming to raise over £350,000 through CRM products.

In 2012, Cancer Research UK was Tesco’s Charity of the Year and the supermarket raised over £12 million, against a £10 million target, through staff fundraising, customer donations and suppliers. In addition to Race for Life and Charity of the Year, the £40 million has also been achieved through stock generation campaigns for Cancer Research UK’s shops.

The money Tesco raises specifically funds research into the prevention of cancer.

Nick Gaynor, Executive Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships at Cancer Research UK said:

“We are overwhelmed by the fantastic support Tesco and their colleagues have given us over the last 16 years and thank everyone who has contributed to achieving this amazing total of £40 million.

“With Tesco’s support our scientists have been able to continue our work to look at how we can prevent people from getting cancer. We know that four out of ten cancers are linked to preventable causes and thanks to our partnership with Tesco, Cancer Research UK researchers and clinicians are making great progress and bringing forward the day when we will beat cancer.”

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco said:

“At Tesco we’re committed to helping our customers and colleagues live healthier lives, and our longstanding partnership with Cancer Research UK has played a hugely important role in that. The amount of money raised over the last 16 years is testament to the hard work of colleagues, suppliers and volunteers, as well as the fantastic generosity of our customers.

“It’s great to see the funds being put to such good use in research projects which will hopefully have a lasting effect as part of the fight against cancer.”

Notes to Editors

About Tesco’s partnership with Cancer Research UK

Tesco is celebrating 16 years in partnership with Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

  • In 2002 Tesco joined forces with Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life to: encourage women across the UK to get active; to raise cancer awareness and; to raise funds for vital research.
  • Since 2002, over 8.3 million women have taken part, including nearly 300,000 Tesco female colleagues.
  • Over this period, Tesco colleagues have raised over £40 million, which includes over £20 million for Race for Life.
  • Tesco Turns Pink, one of Tesco’s fundraising contributions to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life campaign, has raised half a million since it started four years ago.
  • Tesco pays the entrance fees of all colleagues wishing to take part in the Race for Life events.
  • The money raised by Tesco colleagues is helping to fund three innovative research projects into behavioural changes that can prevent people getting cancer, as well as treatments for those at high risk of developing cancer.

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For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

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Amazon hosted Global Free Library event series in honor of World Book Day

Events around the world garnered more than 17,200 book donations and brought more than 7,400 participants together to share a love of reading, globally

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — In honor of World Book Day – a day dedicated to authors, illustrators and readers across the globe, celebrated annually on April 23 – Amazon hosted a Global Free Library event series, where communities around the world were invited to celebrate their love of reading and books. Global Free Library events were held in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Across twelve countries, Amazon employees, local community members and book publishers donated more than 17,200 books to bring the Global Free Library event series to life. In the spirit of World Book Day, readers that attended were encouraged to leave a book they love and want to share, and to discover and select a new book (or ebook) to bring home and read. At the end of each event, remaining books were donated to local charities. The global events brought together more than 7,400 participants to celebrate reading and included activities ranging from photo booths and book-inspired latte art to temporary tattoos of popular book quotes and more than 25 author and storyteller readings.

“Books are home to us at Amazon. Our company started with books and they remain core to what we do,” said Robin Mendelson, Director of Books & Media, Amazon. “The power of reading and the power that books have to transform lives and shape communities is as strong as ever. Around the world, readers visited our Global Free Library events and took part in reading, sharing and discovering new books. We were so appreciative to receive the support of publishers, customers and our own employees to give back to local communities and institutions that are vital to the promotion of literacy and literature. Amazon employees had such a great time joining families and our local communities around the world who took time out of their days to share in the love of reading.”

In Seattle, hundreds of books were donated to local non-profits Mary’s Place and the Pike Place Market Foundation. “These books will brighten up our library and give our kids the ability to travel, learn, experiment, dream, hope, win, teach, inspire, build and create a brighter future,” said Marty Hartman, Executive Director, Mary’s Place. “There is no greater gift.”

Highlights from the Global Free Library event series can be viewed here.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Kmart Pharmacy makes epinephrine auto-injectors affordable with new lower price

Kmart Pharmacy makes epinephrine auto-injectors affordable with new lower price

 

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to the massive increase in the cost of epinephrine auto-injector pens, Kmart Pharmacy lowered the cost of the generic version of Adrenaclick (epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector) as low as $0 for commercially insured patients* and $199.99 for cash paying patients per two-pack. People with life-threatening allergies will now have more affordable access to this much- needed device, compared to the cost of $642.69 a pack for EpiPen® and $330 for the Mylan generic version of EpiPen®.

“When the cost of epinephrine skyrocketed, Kmart understood the critical impact it would have on our customers and worked to make access affordable,” said Jennifer Speares Lehman, RPh, Director of Compliance and Administration for Kmart Pharmacy. “As part of our ‘Care Beyond the Counter’ approach, Kmart Pharmacy more deeply connects with our customers on issues that matter to them most. Affordable epinephrine auto-injectors is definitely one of them.”The new low price of Adrenaclick is possible through Kmart’s lowered pricing, combined with a manufacturer’s coupon. This price decrease is another example of Kmart Pharmacy’s commitment to its customers and their health.  Kmart Pharmacy has been recognized as the national leader in customer satisfaction (No. 1) by the American Customer Satisfaction Index®, the only national cross-industry measure of customer satisfaction in the U.S.Patients are encouraged to check with their insurance providers to determine coverage and potential copays. Please visit KmartPharmacy.com for more information and to find a Kmart Pharmacy location near you.

About Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause severe swelling, breathing problems, loss of blood pressure, and death. Allergic reactions can be caused by stinging and biting insects (bugs), allergy injections, food, medicines, exercise, or unknown causes.

Epinephrine is the drug of choice for someone experiencing an anaphylactic reaction. Prompt recognition of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis is crucial.

According to a 2013 survey of more than 2,000 adults conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America called “Anaphylaxis in America,” people are poorly prepared to deal with anaphylaxis, even when they have had severe allergic reactions in the past. The survey, which was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found though most people who experienced anaphylaxis reported two or more reactions during their lifetime, 60 percent of them did not have an epinephrine self-injection available, and more than 50 percent had never been given a prescription for it.

About Adrenaclick
Adrenaclick (epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector) is an emergency injection (shot) of epinephrine used for the treatment of anaphylaxis. With numbered and color-coded instructions, Adrenaclick is designed for single-dose use by patients and caregivers in an anaphylactic emergency.

Adrenaclick is an authorized generic and a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved device with the same active ingredient as other epinephrine auto-injector devices.

About Kmart
A subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), Kmart makes shopping fun for everyone. Most recognized for the iconic Bluelight Special and family-friendly in-store events for its customers and Shop Your Way® members, Kmart also boasts ridiculously awesome savings and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Adam Levine, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. In addition to its unique offerings and thrilling deals, Kmart offers a variety of financial services including year-round layaway and leasing options.  Kmart Pharmacy also features best-in-class patient care for its members and customers and is ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction. For more information, visit Kmart.com, download the Kmart mobile app or follow the conversation on social with #LifeIsRidiculouslyAwesome.

*No co-payment unless required by your plan. Cash price of the Adrenaclick two-pack is $199.99.

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Tricia Perrotti
Kmart
551-226-0488
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SOURCE: Kmart

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John Lewis celebrates the best of British life, design and culture with a summer long campaign

London, 2017-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — This April, John Lewis will be celebrating the nation’s favourite things, pastimes and quirks with a summer long campaign that will shine a spotlight on the best of British life, design and culture. It will include a ‘Summer Season’ series of events and workshops that will be John Lewis’s biggest ever programme of customer activity; hundreds of events with over 100 of the nation’s best-loved home-grown brands.

Launching on Wednesday 26 April and running until Sunday 20 August national treasures will be brought to life across all 48 John Lewis shops and online at johnlewis.com. John Lewis asked the nation what British summertime means to them and worked with British illustrator Paul Thurlby to create this humorous, celebratory, summer campaign.

Peter Cross, director, customer experience at John Lewis explains: ‘There’s nothing quite like the Great British summer. While we may be a nation of shoppers, pet-lovers and tea-drinkers all year round, there’s something about the summer that makes everything a bit more special. It’s the time when ice creams by the seaside, long afternoons in packed-out parks and grabbing an umbrella (just in case) become our national pastimes. In fact, we’d go so far as to call them our national treasures. That’s why John Lewis has put together a programme of special events and experiences in collaboration with your best-loved home-grown brands. All of our favourite things. All summer long.’

Illustrated In Shops

A first for John Lewis, windows and shop interiors will be transformed by the award winning British illustrator Paul Thurlby for the national treasures campaign. As part of the exclusive partnership, Paul has worked alongside the John Lewis design teams to create a collection of illustrations that epitomise the customs, spaces, places, people and habits that we hold dear as a nation. In addition, 220 life size characters will be a central feature in the Oxford Street atrium.  Paul’s work will come alive in all of John Lewis’s windows, which run nearly a third of a mile in its shops.

Paul Thurlby comments: ‘The Great British summer is truly special. I hope these scenes I created really epitomise the nation’s most treasured quintessential moments, traditions and humour – all integral to our national identity. From ‘beside the seaside’ to ‘all you need is tea’ it’s been interesting exploring what makes us all brilliantly British from our nation’s characteristic design to our diversity and culture.  I’m looking forward to seeing the illustrations come to life in shops across the country this summer, and hope they make people smile.’

The ‘Summer Season’ Events & Workshops

The ‘Summer Season’ is the biggest and most interactive programme of activity launched by John Lewis to date, and will allow customers to see, learn, experience, make and dine, as shops across the country become destinations for discovery. John Lewis has carefully curated a programme of events that will weave together experiences including interactive masterclasses, seminars, Q&A’s and workshops taking place in shops nationwide.

The ‘Summer Season’ programme will host events from beloved John Lewis brands including scent discovery workshops with Neom founder Nicola Elliott, interactive wellbeing workshops from Manuka Lifestyle and Liz Earle, creative BBQ masterclasses with Weber and print design workshops with designer Laura Slater.

The national treasures Shop

A ‘national treasury’ pop-up shop will be unveiled in each full-line John Lewis department store, showcasing a curated collection of products that celebrate craftsmanship, creativity, charm and character. The full scale greenhouses will be a multisensory experience, brought to life with lifesize national treasures illustrations, exhibiting  best-selling products from iconic British brands including Mulberry, Hunter, Dyson, Tom Dixon, Dualit, Wedgwood and Dartington.

A collection of limited edition gifts that celebrate Paul Thurlby’s unique national treasure illustrations will also be available. The selection of illustrated products include tote bags, tea towels, chocolates and mugs, for the perfect cup of tea.

A Taste of Britain

Visitors to the John Lewis Gardening Society rooftop will have the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and cool down with an ice cold beverage served from the new Gardeners Arms, rumoured to be Britain’s smallest pub. Opening for it’s second summer, Gardening Society guests will also be offered the opportunity to reserve a ‘summer house’ complete with private herb and flower garden and outdoor seating or the larger ‘pavilion’ to indulge in British-inspired food and drinks.

A number of national treasures ‘Summer Season’ moments, including fitness and gardening classes, will be hosted on the flagship rooftop allowing attendees to experience exclusive events whilst enjoying breathtaking views of London’s iconic skyline.

Peter Jones will host the exclusive Wedgwood Tea Conservatory, running for three weeks from 24 May within the ground floor atrium space. The Wedgwood Tea Conservatory will serve a floral-inspired tea in a one of a kind luxurious Wedgwood setting.

Commenting on the significance of the national treasures campaign, Peter Cross, director, customer experience explains: ‘As a Partnership, we wanted to create an integrated campaign that celebrates those iconic moments and traditions that make us who we are as a nation.

‘We’ve come together with some of the country’s best brands and most talented national treasures to bring what we believe to be a collection of truly inspiring, immersive, interesting and innovative experiences to our customers across the country.  Customers will be able to visit our shops and leave having learnt, laughed at, tried and tasted some of our nation’s absolute favourite things, which we know our customers love.’

Notes to editors

For more information #nationaltreasures or visit www.johnlewis.com/nationaltreasures  

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK (34 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2016’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2016’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer 2016’1, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280.000 products and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2016

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Enquiries
For further information please contact:
Mandy Pursey
Corporate Communications Manager
Telephone: 020 77983896

Source: John Lewis