Marks & Spencer: New study reveals average Brit makes 15 decisions on autopilot a day

Average Brit says ‘yes’ to FOUR things they should say ’no’ to every day because they live in fear of letting others down

London, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The UK is an ‘autopilot’ nation in danger of sleep-walking through the choices we make, according to a new cultural report released today (11 May 2017). The average person in Britain makes 15 decisions on autopilot a day – that’s more than 250,000 autopilot decisions in a lifetime – without truly thinking about them.

The ‘Autopilot Britain’ study was conducted on behalf of Marks & Spencer with a panel of leading experts as part of its new #SpenditWell campaign, and explores the decision-making behaviour of over 3,000 adults.Ninety-six per cent admit to living life on autopilot, resulting in an epidemic of non-engagement with the world and sub-conscious decision making. These autopilot decisions range from what to wear in the morning to what to have for lunch or dinner – and even extend to what to do at the weekend.  As a result, M&S is urging the UK to break out of autopilot and make every decision count on 1 June 2017, as the nation comes together for Make it Matter Day to focus on finding the time for the everyday things that really matter in life.

The research findings show that our autopilot reflex is triggering negative habits, with the majority of people allowing routine to dictate their decisions, defaulting to ‘yes’ mode when – if they gave themselves more time to make the right choices – their natural instinct would be to say ‘no’. cording to the research, we say ‘yes’ four times a day when we wish we hadn’t, resulting in 70,000 moments of being untrue to ourselves and drowning out our inner voice over the course of a lifetime.  Almost half of adults (47 per cent) admit this is because they don’t want to let people down and over a third (37 per cent) believe it’s simply easier to say ‘yes’ than ‘no’ to others.

Despite the scale of the problem, the majority (81 per cent) said if they could simply change one small thing every day, it would give them greater clarity of thought and help release them from the autopilot epidemic.

When it comes to the top three situations where Brits are most likely to say ‘yes’ when they really wish they’d said ‘no’, more than a quarter (26 per cent) highlighted agreeing to work late, closely followed by saying ‘yes’ to a social event they know they won’t attend, and visiting people they don’t get on with.

Commenting on the research, Steve Rowe, CEO, M&S said: “Our in-depth customer study has shown that living life on autopilot is a direct consequence of us being so hectic and means that we don’t always get the most out of life. However, for most people one small change a day can make a huge difference. That’s why we are calling on the nation to stop saying yes to things that don’t matter and start making more conscious decisions.  Starting on Make it Matter Day on 1 June, we want our customers to share with us just how they are making decisions that count.”

Make it Matter Day will see M&S call on the nation to turn their four daily autopilot decisions into more enriching, empowered choices, to say ‘no’ instead of defaulting to ‘yes’, and to share these everyday triumphs to help inspire others.

The study also found that being too busy to notice what decisions we make, the dominance of technology and spending too much time comparing ourselves unfavourably to others, means Britons are trapped in autopilot mode with 61 per cent sticking to the same, familiar patterns.

“Autopilot is a growing problem,” said Dr Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness and contributor to the study.  “It has gone from being an evolutionary protection mechanism that stopped our brains overloading, to our default mode of operating whereby we sleep-walk into our choices.  It has seeped into more and more areas of our lives and relationships making us feel out of control.

“We are always on.  If you pause, you risk letting yourself or others down. When you stand still, it’s perceived that you’re going backwards. As we look around us, it seems like other people are living successful, perfect lives.  Autopilot makes it harder for us to make instinctively good choices so we feel trapped, and that we’re living some-one else’s life.”

The autopilot epidemic means:

  • Over a third (39 per cent) say their autopilot is switched on while relaxing at home – exactly when they should be engaging with the people who matter most, while a quarter of people admit to being on autopilot while at work
  • Seventy-six per cent of people feel they are not spending their time well, with one in five admitting to not properly listening to others when in autopilot mode
  • Over two fifths of adults (44 per cent) have forgotten something whilst on autopilot including birthdays, paying an important bill, locking the front door and even picking the children up from school

“We’re forgetting that when we are at home, one of the most important things is to interact with our family members without being constantly distracted,” says Professor Renata Salecl, author of ‘Tyranny of Choice’, and another expert involved in the Autopilot Britain study.

What kind of ‘autopilot’ are you?
According to the study, acting on autopilot doesn’t affect everyone in the same way and people need to be aware of their own personal autopilots and how they impact on daily life. “The first step is really recognising what is going on and encouraging people to notice what their autopilot behaviours are because then you’ve started the journey to changing that,” says Dr Mark Williamson.

“It is within our grasp to liberate ourselves from life on autopilot if we notice what’s going on and purposefully create more positive habits. By understanding the problem, we can identify better everyday solutions,” said Dr Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness.

The study has identified a set of useful archetypes in order to help people recognise their own versions of autopilot:

Pleasers
Problem: They find it so hard to say anything other than yes that obligations pile up and the internal voice pleading them to say “no” gets drowned out.  By trying to please everyone they end up resentful of their to-do list and not focussing on what matters.

Solution: Start with a calendar cull.  Review your diary every Sunday evening and identify and cancel any engagements which aren’t necessary or you said yes to under pressure. And in the everyday, buy yourself time to say no by needing to ‘check and see.’

Pacers
Problem: On a mission to always find “what’s next”, the Pacers are so caught up in the pace of modern life that they pack as much as possible into their days – relentlessly busy “doing” rather than “being”.

Solution: Live in the now, start to list the things that matter, think around pockets of time and how to use them, and pause to look around and see how small changes can improve your pace of life around what matters. The average phone is unlocked 80 times a day for example – finding tech downtime for conversation, listening and appreciating others might be a valuable starting point.

Passengers
Problem: Overwhelmed with choice and information, like a rabbit caught in the headlights they sometimes struggle through life allowing the world around them to dictate their choices, and following the crowd too often.

Solution:  Pay less attention to the perception of others ideal lives, stop worrying about keeping up with what others might showcase as the norm, and start to make decisions on what spending it well looks like just for you. Maybe change your commute pattern, download a podcast that reinvigorates your walk, or break the mould and choose to use your best ‘things’ every day, rather than keep them for a special occasion.

The Autopilot Britain research has been commissioned as part of #SpenditWell, a new campaign from M&S to inspire the nation to make the most out of every moment.

Notes to Editors
M&S’s Autopilot Britain research surveyed 3,000 adults across the UK aged 18-60+ with Opinium.  The cultural intelligence report has been conducted with cross-disciplinary experts including Dr Mark Williamson, Director, Action for Happiness and Professor Renata Salecl, Birbeck College, University of London.

The top ten things we say ‘yes’ to when we want to say ‘no’:
1 Working late
2 To a social event we know we won’t go to
3 Visiting people we don’t get on with
4 Going for after work drinks
5 Giving into the kids for an easy life
6 Offering to look after someone else’s kids…or pets
7 Team-building days
8 Agreeing to give a speech
9 Going to a partner’s work event
10 Going on holiday with extended family or friends

The top ten times we slip into autopilot mode:
1 When choosing what to watch on TV
2 The commute
3 Choosing what we wear
4 Replying to emails
5 Choosing what we want for lunch or dinner
6 In our down time
7 When choosing from a restaurant menu
8 Weekend planning
9 Choosing where to meet friends
10 Planning school lunchboxes

The top ten things we forget when on autopilot:
1 Someone’s name
2 Returning calls
3 Packing something vital for a trip
4 Saying thank you
5 Smiling
6 To turn up to places when you say you will
7 Waiting for your change in a shop
8 Personal grooming
9 Paying a bill
10 Saying I love you

For further information, please contact:<
Libby Rowley
07902 679 121 / 020 3861 3866

Suzannah Brown
07850 532 600 / 020 3861 3876
M&S brandPR@grayling.com

Source: Marks & Spencer

H&M Foundation donates $100,000 to The Red Cross to support flood victims in Peru

Due to heavy rainfall, Peru is suffering the worst floods in almost 30 years. The H&M Foundation has donated $100,000 to The Red Cross to support people who have been affected by the extreme weather, and give them support to rebuild their lives.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hundreds of thousands of people have lost everything and need support to rebuild their lives. Due to the severe situation, the H&M Foundation have decided to donate $100,000 to The Red Cross to quickly be able to support in the emergency relief work in Peru”, says Diana Amini, Global Manager H&M Foundation.

Since December last year, heavy rains have drenched northern Peru with 10 times more rainfall than normal. It has caused rivers to overflow, landslides, hail and electric storms. Although the impact has been particularly serious in the northern coastal regions, levels of affectation are reported in all 24 of the country’s departments. In eleven of the departments a state of emergency has been declared.

To this date over 1.2 million people have been affected, of which one third are children and adolescents. Homes, hospitals, schools and other buildings as well as roads have been destroyed, along with thousands of hectares of crops, which directly impacts access to food. This disaster, which has caused 114 deaths and 18 people who remain missing, continues to disrupt the normal activities of children, adolescents, adults and the elderly in the affected regions.

While 59 schools have collapsed and 113 cannot be used, another 2,150 have been damaged. A combined total of 770 health centers has been damaged, collapsed or cannot be used. In addition to health needs, livelihoods and food security issues are challenges.

The support from the H&M Foundation of $100,000 will be used for disaster relief activities undertaken by the Red Cross. Since the response from donors have been very low, the focus is on emergency actions. The emergency phase actions aim to ensure that the targeted population receives appropriate assistance with a focus on the sectors of health, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, shelter, food security, livelihoods and restoring family links.

“The people of Northern Peru are experiencing the worst disaster in decades. Therefore, all the good forces must unite and help the children, women and men affected by this. Our immediate response efforts in Peru will focus on water, sanitation and hygiene”, says Melker Måbeck, International Director The Swedish Red Cross.

ABOUT THE RED CROSS

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network that reaches 150 million people in 190 National Societies through the work of over 17 million volunteers. Together, we act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. We do so without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.

ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION

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

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Diana Amini
Global Manager, H&M Foundation
diana.amini@hmfoundation.com
+46 (0)729 804 802
hmfoundation.com

Cecilia Sobocki
Press Secretary
cecilia.sobocki@redcross.se
+46 (0)727 414 802

Source: H&M

CVS Health Charity Classic returns with new enhancements and world-class food event

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Drawing some of the biggest names in golf to the greens of the Rhode Island Country Club, the CVS Health Charity Classic has expanded this year’s event series for golf fans and non-golf fans alike. This year’s Charity Classic event series will kick off with Crave RI, a two-day food festival in Downtown Providence on June 15-16, followed by several exciting activities on June 18-19 at Rhode Island Country Club.

“We are proud to be celebrating the 19th year of the CVS Health Charity Classic with unique, new enhancements for golf fans and introducing a world-class food event for families and foodies across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts to enjoy,” said Larry Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Health. “Year after year, the world’s best golfers come out to help us support our charity partners, and this year, we’re looking forward to introducing a new format that will add even more excitement to the tournament.”

The one-day tournament on Monday, June 19th will feature 18 of the nation’s top golfers, comprised of six PGA TOUR, six LPGA Tour and six PGA TOUR Champions players. Each team will be made up of one player from each respective Tour. The top two scores from each hole per team will be counted towards its final score. The lowest team score at the end of 18 holes will be named the Champions of the 2017 CVS Health Charity Classic.

Team pairings will be released on a rolling basis as the event draws closer. The golf professionals participating at the 2017 CVS Health Charity Classic include:

PGA TOUR LPGA Tour PGA TOUR Champions
Keegan Bradley Paula Creamer Billy Andrade
Jon Curran Brooke Henderson Brad Faxon
Tony Finau Cristie Kerr Jay Haas
Bill Haas Gerina Piller Bernhard Langer
Billy Horschel Morgan Pressel Colin Montgomorie
Smylie Kaufman Lexi Thompson Mark O’Meara

In addition to the golf tournament, the CVS Health Charity Classic, which has donated more than $20 million dollars to area non-profits since 1999, will continue its tradition of giving back to the Southern New England community with a series of events, including:

  • Crave RI a two-day, family-friendly culinary celebration featuring Rhode Island’s and Massachusetts’ finest with 80 restaurants and more than 100 beer and wine profiles. Enjoy sample tastings from Matunuck Oyster Bar, Gracie’s, Newport Vineyards, Narragansett Beer and many more at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence on June 15-16. All proceeds from the inaugural event will support charitable organizations across Southern New England. Tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.com/CharityClassic, all Ticketmaster outlets, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center box office or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
  • Pepsi Celebrity Pro-Am The CVS Health Charity Classic has partnered up with New England sports teams to bring celebrity athletes to the Charity Classic on Sunday, June 18th at the Rhode Island Country Club. The Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox will all be represented at the first ever Pepsi Celebrity Pro-Am. Admission to the event is FREE.
  • Community Day What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with free admission to Community Day on Sunday, June 18th? Enjoy the picturesque Rhode Island Country Club while taking in great golf and a number of other activities including interactive and engaging programs at health and wellness stations.
  • Path To Better Health A walking path around the golf course that features interactive health and wellness stations, the Path to Better Health encourages fans to participate in fun, educational and interactive health-focused activities as they walk around the golf course at Rhode Island Country Club.

“The focus of the CVS Health Charity Classic has always been to give back to our local community,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Tournament Chairwoman, CVS Health Charity Classic. “The addition of Crave RI and the inclusion of celebrity athletes provide a great opportunity for the Southern New England region to come together to support the meaningful work being done by non-profits that are providing assistance to those that need it the most.”

The CVS Health Charity Classic will again be honoring veterans by offering complimentary admission to Rhode Island Country Club for the golf tournament for all active, reserve and retired Military Service Members and their dependents. Veterans can simply present a valid Common Access Card or Retired Military Card at the gate. First responders and their families also receive free admission with a valid ID.

Single day tickets for the 2017 CVS Health Charity Classic are now on sale at ticketmaster.com/CharityClassic for $10 each. Children 17 and under are free with a ticketed adult. For additional information on tickets, fans can call 866-CVS-9441 or visit cvshealthcharityclassic.com.

About the CVS Health Charity Classic
The CVS Health Charity Classic is Rhode Island’s largest charitable event series and hosts some of the best PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour and PGA TOUR Champions professionals in the world. Since its inception in 1999, the CVS Health Charity Classic has donated more than $20 million to charities around the region, providing vital funding for a variety of critical programs serving children, families and people in transition throughout Southern New England. For more information, visit cvshealthcharityclassic.com.

CONTACT:
Patti O’Donnell
patti.odonnell@comcast.net
773-680-4701

SOURCE: CVS Health Charity Classic

British Land launches new pop-up food concept at Broadgate, EC2

British Land launches new pop-up food concept at Broadgate, EC2

 

London, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land announces today (11 MAY 2017) the launch of a new pop-up food concept at Broadgate, EC2

Shipping containers in Finsbury Avenue Square have become home to an exciting line-up of five independent street-food operators.

These include WOLF, which offers authentic Italian food akin to a neighbourhood-style restaurant; and Claw Food, serving crab burgers sourced from traceable, sustainable and fresh crabs from Start Bay in Devon, and Yolk, which offers breakfast and lunch including its famous poached egg pots and speciality Black Box Coffee. Two remaining operators are also under offer.

The new pop-up food line-up will be in place until late 2018 whilst British Land progresses the refurbishment of a new office and retail scheme at 1 Finsbury Avenue.

Alice Keown, F&B Asset Manager for British Land, said: “We are really excited that we have the opportunity to work with these young, energetic, creative operators at a relatively early stage in their development, and expect them to flourish at Broadgate. Yolk, WOLF and Claw Food is an eclectic line-up that will complement the already fantastic offer at Broadgate Circle, and help further establish the campus as an emerging weekend and evening destination.”

Broadgate is at the centre of one of the most exciting and vibrant parts of London. It connects the creative communities of Spitalfields and Shoreditch with the City, and is adjacent to Liverpool Street Station. Set across 30 acres, Broadgate includes four landscaped squares offering dining, shopping and health clubs. An estimated 65 million people visit Broadgate each year, which is set to increase with the opening of Crossrail in December 2018.

British Land was represented by Davis Coffer Lyons. The operators represented themselves.

Notes to Editors

About British Land

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com.

Media Enquiries:

Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Charlotte Whitley
British Land
020 7467 2933

Emma Hammond
FTI Consulting
020 3727 1227

Source: British Land

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Trident Seafoods Corporation recalls certain Multi-Grain Alaskan Cod that may contain small pieces of plastic

Trident Seafoods Corporation recalls certain Multi-Grain Alaskan Cod that may contain small pieces of plastic

 

Seattle, Washington, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Trident Seafoods Corporation is issuing a voluntary recall of select lots of frozen Multi-Grain Alaskan Cod, Net Wt. 12, oz., because they may contain small pieces of plastic. Consumption of these products may pose a choking hazard or other physical injury to the mouth.

The following retail product is subject to the voluntary recall:

Trident Seafoods Multi-Grain Alaskan Cod (Frozen), Net Wt. 12oz., UPC 0 28029 21048 4

Recalled Lot Numbers with associated Best By dates are printed on one end of the individual retail cartons and on the case label.

•    Lot Number A633511, Best By: 11/30/2018
•    Lot Number A636225, Best By: 12/27/2018

Lot Number A633511 – Distributed between 12/1/2016 and 2/9/2017 to Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin

Lot Number A636225 – Distributed between 1/23/2017 and 2/17/2017 to Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin

These products are sold at Albertsons, Amazon, Cub Foods, Jewel, Morey’s, Plaza Extra, Shaw’s, Shoprite, Sprouts, SUPERVALU, and Woodman’s retailers.

This issue was discovered through consumer feedback. The source of the white plastic has been identified as inspection tags used by an ingredient supplier. Trident Seafoods takes food safety very seriously and is investigating this situation thoroughly.

There have been no reports of injury or illness related to the recalled products to date, however anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. For additional information consumers can call Ms. Trev Foley, Consumer Affairs Manager, at 206-297-5825, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST, or send email to trevf@tridentseafoods.com .

Consumers Contact:

Ms. Trev Foley
Consumer Affairs Manager
trevf@tridentseafoods.com
(206) 297-5825

Source: FDA

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Mikawaya recalls certain Mikawaya Brand Chocolate Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream that may contain undeclared peanuts

Mikawaya recalls certain Mikawaya Brand Chocolate Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream that may contain undeclared peanuts

 

Los Angeles, California, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mikawaya is issuing a voluntary recall of a limited number of Mikawaya Brand Chocolate Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream, which may inadvertently contain peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product. Only product labeled with UPC code of 070934990609 and lot number LOT 090-17 is included in this recall. The UPC code can be found on the back of the box and the lot number is printed on the top enclosure.

The affected product is sold in a paperboard box, containing 9.1oz (258g) of 6-1.5oz (43g) pieces with UPC code of 070934990609 and lot number LOT 090-17. The product was distributed to all Trader Joe’s stores nationwide and has been removed from sale.

The recall was initiated after receiving one customer report that a Chocolate Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream contained the presence of peanut butter. Mikawaya has not received any reports of illness or allergic reactions associated with this product.

No other Mikawaya Brand products besides this specific lot of Chocolate Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream are affected by this voluntary recall.

Customers who have purchased Mikawaya Chocolate Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream with the affected UPC code and lot number, and have an allergy or sensitivity to peanuts, are advised not to consume the product. Customers may return the product to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Mikawaya at (323) 587-5504 (Monday – Friday) between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Pacific Time.

The company is placing a notification on the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) website, www.foodallergy.org.

For additional information, please visit www.mikawayamochi.com/voluntarylimitedrecall

Consumers Contact:
(323) 587-5504

Media Contact:
Kim Le / Carmen Hernandez
kle@konnectagency.com /
chernandez@konnectagency.com

Source: FDA

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Lamb Weston recalls Red Robin Burgers and Brews Crispy Onion Rings that may contain an undeclared milk allergen

Lamb Weston recalls Red Robin Burgers and Brews Crispy Onion Rings that may contain an undeclared milk allergen

 

Idaho, United States, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lamb Weston is recalling 14 ounce packages of Red Robin Burgers and Brews Crispy Onion Rings manufactured by Fry Foods and sold in grocery stores, because the product may contain an undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

These products are NOT served in Red Robin restaurants. The Red Robin Burgers and Brews Crispy Onion Rings were distributed in the U.S. through retail grocery stores. No other products are impacted by this recall.

The product comes in a 14 ounce bag and is frozen. Details on the impacted packages are listed below. The Sell By Date and Package Code can be found on the back of the package. The HH:MM portion of the Package Code indicates the time product was made and will vary by package. Please refer to the images of the packaging included for additional information.

UPC Product Name Net Weight Sell By Dates Package Code
0 43301 61119 3 Red Robin Crispy Onion Rings 14 Oz Sell By OCT 28 2018
Sell By OCT 29 2018
6906711841 HH:MM
6906711941 HH:MM

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

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that contract manufacturer Fry Foods mistakenly packed product containing milk in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk. Subsequent investigation indicates the product did not meet Lamb Weston specifications.

Consumers who have purchased Red Robin Burgers and Brews Crispy Onion Rings from a grocery retailer are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Fry Foods and Lamb Weston are cooperating with the FDA on this recall and working with customers to ensure packages are removed from store shelves and are no longer distributed.

Consumers with questions about this recall may contact 1-866-518-0137, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. EDT.

Consumers Contact:
1-866-518-0137

Media Contact:
Shelby Stoolman
shelby.stoolman@lambweston.com
(208) 424-5461

Source:: FDA

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Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides funding for adult, family and summer literacy programs

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced the award of more than $7.5 million in literacy grants to nearly 870 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools this morning. Awarded funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the 44 states Dollar General serves.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

Recipients of today’s grant announcements plan to use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, promote childhood summer reading or learn English. A complete list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is also currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 18, 2017. Youth literacy grants support schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations in implementing new or expanding existing literacy efforts. Funding can be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs. Applications are available online at www.dgliteracy.org.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the Dollar General Newsroom or contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,601 stores in 44 states as of May 5, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

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Source: Dollar General Corporation

Sainsbury’s created 64 new local jobs with the opening of its 100th store in Scotland

Sainsbury’s created 64 new local jobs with the opening of its 100th store in Scotland

 

London, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has opened its 100th store in Scotland, creating 64 new local jobs. The 6,800 sq. ft store on Gordon Street in Glasgow was opened today by Keith Brown MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work) and Mike Coupe (Chief Executive, Sainsbury’s) and represents over 30 years of continuous investment and growth in the country.

The retailer has been serving Scottish customers since 1984 when it opened its first supermarket at Cameron Toll in Edinburgh.

Sainsbury’s now has over 1.5 million customers a week shopping at 35 supermarkets and 65 convenience stores in Scotland and employs over 9,000 people. Over £650 million of Scottish produce is sold across the retailer’s UK stores every year through 86 local suppliers.

It employs a further 1,000 people at its Sainsbury’s Bank headquarters in Edinburgh and also recently acquired Argos and Habitat, accelerating its strategy to be a multi-channel food, general merchandise, clothing and financial services retailer.

It will be opening new Argos shops at Hawick, Blackhall (Edinburgh), Hamilton and Dundee in the next few months and 10 standalone Argos stores will be transformed to the new digital format, helping customers benefit from a better and faster in-store experience.

Argos digital collection points are also available to customers in nine Sainsbury’s stores for customers to Click & Collect Argos parcels.

Sainsbury’s is also investing in its existing supermarkets to provide a greater choice of food, clothing and homeware products and will look to open six new convenience stores in Scotland over the next 18 months.

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive at Sainsbury’s said: “We’re delighted to reach this milestone. Our business in Scotland is diverse and growing and we are continuing to innovate so we can offer our customers greater convenience, flexibility, speed and choice to shop with us whenever and wherever they want. We’re looking forward to building on the success of the last three decades.”

Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown said: “Congratulations to Sainsbury’s for opening its 100th store in Scotland. The Scottish Government recognises that a vibrant and successful retail industry is crucial for our economy to thrive. We will continue to work with Sainsbury’s and all of the retail sector to create the right environment to encourage investment, create jobs and inspire innovation in products and services.”

Contact:

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
020 7695 7295

Source: Sainsbury’s

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Second LVMH Métiers d’Art artist in residence Amandine Guruceaga to explore leather and color at the Riba Guixà tannery in Spain

Second LVMH Métiers d’Art artist in residence Amandine Guruceaga to explore leather and color at the Riba Guixà tannery in Spain

 

Paris, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Young French sculptor and visual artist Amandine Guruceaga has since January been working as an artist in residence at the Riba Guixà tannery in Spain. The second LVMH Métiers d’Art artist in residence, she is experimenting with colors and taking advantage of unique opportunities for collaboration with artisans at the tannery.

For the second chapter in its artist in residence program, LVMH Métiers d’Art invited 27-year-old sculptor and visual artist Amandine Guruceaga, known for her work with fabrics and metal, to explore leather and color at the Riba Guixà tannery in Spain, renowned for its superb Entrefino lambskin.

This collaboration between the artist and the artisans has spawned a range of joint experiments, testing new production processes, combining seemingly disparate colors or migrating different hues and creating plays of transparency. “Amandine’s residency has continually led to great surprises. Her work reveals an explosion of different colors. What’s fascinating for me is how she is able to explore and test possibilities with the artisans to create such harmony from very distinctive pigments,” enthuses art critic Léa Chauvel-Lévy, who oversees the LVMH Métiers d’Art residency program.

Through an empirical process that constantly pushes the limits of production techniques, the project has led to the discovery of novel creative approaches, coupled with the development of pigmentation processes the artisans had never previously employed. Using hides whose surfaces are generally considered too rough for leather goods, colors that change and have uneven intensity, integrating copper, steel and other metals and playing with light, the artist has invited a fresh perspective of these raw materials. “This collaboration has been extremely stimulating in both directions because the artisans at the tannery shared their expertise in working with a material with which they are intimately familiar, while I was able to suggest different ways to use the machines they are accustomed to,” Amandine Guruceaga explains.

Her residency will result in some fifteen creations in leather associated with metal sculptures, as well as the publication of a book featuring her work by RVB Books.

Contact:

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

Source: LVMH

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EROSKI inaugura un nuevo supermercado franquiciado en Cáceres

EROSKI inaugura un nuevo supermercado franquiciado en Cáceres

 

  • Extremadura es una de las áreas prioritarias de expansión de sus tiendas franquiciadas, junto a Andalucía, Madrid, Castilla La Mancha y Levante
  • EROSKI cuenta en Extremadura con casi 35.000 Socios Cliente

ELORRIO,España, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha inaugurado hoy su segundo supermercado franquiciado en Extremadura ubicado en el número 34 de la calle Camino Llano en Cáceres. El establecimiento, con la enseña EROSKI/City, responde al modelo comercial “contigo”, cuyos ejes se centran en un trato más personalizado al cliente, una fuerte apuesta por los productos locales y frescos de la temporada, la promoción de la alimentación saludable y nuevas formas para ahorrar en la compra diaria.

El supermercado dispone de un surtido de 3.500 productos de marcas de fabricantes líderes, marcas propias y productores locales en sus cerca de 300 metros cuadrados de superficie. Asimismo, cuenta con una amplia oferta de alimentos frescos, especialmente frutas y verduras locales de temporada, y de productos regionales típicos extremeños. Los clientes disponen de atención personalizada en mostrador en la sección de carnicería y el establecimiento ofrece también productos de panadería y bollería recién horneados en horno propio.

Las ofertas y promociones se sucederán cada mes para favorecer el ahorro de los consumidores. Una apuesta por el ahorro que tiene su máximo exponente en EROSKI Club, el programa de relación de los Socios-Cliente con la marca, que ofrece descuentos hasta el 15% en más de 2.500 productos, así como promociones y ofertas exclusivas, además de todas las ventajas del programa Travel Club. Casi 35.000 extremeños son Socios Cliente de la cooperativa y disfrutan ya de las ventajas de EROSKI Club.

Creación de seis puestos de trabajo

La inauguración de este supermercado franquiciado EROSKI/City ha supuesto la creación de seis puestos de trabajo. “Esta apertura forma parte de un ambicioso plan de expansión de nuestras franquicias en la región. Nuestra cultura cooperativa de autogestión encaja perfectamente con la filosofía de los emprendedores que apuestan por la creación de su propia empresa y buscan el respaldo de profesionales de amplia experiencia y una marca de confianza”, ha afirmado el director de Franquicias de EROSKI, Enrique Martínez.

EROSKI en Extremadura

Este es el segundo establecimiento franquiciado en la comunidad de Extremadura. El primero se abrió el pasado noviembre en el municipio cacereño de Losar de la Vera. Extremadura es una región prioritaria para EROSKI para la apertura de franquicias durante los próximos años, junto a las regiones de Andalucía, Madrid, Castilla La Mancha y Levante. Grupo EROSKI cuenta actualmente en Extremadura con un hipermercado, dos supermercados franquiciados, una oficina de viajes y una perfumería IF.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

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Dollar General schedules webcasts of its 2017 annual shareholders meeting and its 1Q 2017 earnings conference call

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) today (May 10, 2017) announced the following information regarding webcasts of its 2017 annual meeting of shareholders and its first quarter earnings conference call.

2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders – May 31

Dollar General plans to webcast its 2017 annual meeting of shareholders on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. CT/10:00 a.m. ET. The webcast will be broadcast live online at www.dollargeneral.com under “Investor Information, News & Events, Events & Presentations” and will be accessible through Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

First Quarter 2017 Financial Results – June 1

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer, and John Garratt, chief financial officer, plan to host a conference call beginning at 9:00 a.m. CT/10:00 a.m. ET to discuss the Company’s financial results for its 2017 first fiscal quarter ended May 5, 2017.

If you wish to participate, please call (855) 576-2641 at least 10 minutes before the conference call is scheduled to begin. The conference ID is 14434844. The call will also be broadcast live online at www.dollargeneral.com under “Investor Information, News & Events, Events & Presentations.” A replay of the conference call will be available through Thursday, June 15, 2017, and will be accessible online or by calling (855) 859-2056. The conference ID for the replay is 14434844.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,601 stores in 44 states as of May 5, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com

Contact(s):
Investor Contacts:
Mary Winn Pilkington
615-855-5536

Matt Hancock
615-855-4811

Media Contacts:
Dan MacDonald
615-855-5209

Crystal Ghassemi
615-855-5210

Source: Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General and Coca-Cola honor service members with new Share a Coke® patriotic can

Dollar General and Coca-Cola honor service members with new Share a Coke® patriotic can

 

Campaign to honor the military community and provide $25,000 donation to the USO

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of Coca-Cola Day today (May 08, 2017) and during May’s Military Appreciation Month, Dollar General (NYSE: DG) proudly announces it is teaming up with Coca-Cola on a new Share a Coke® patriotic can series honoring service members, veterans and their families.

Dollar General will exclusively offer the Coca-Cola Share a Coke® military 16-ounce can collection from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017. Each 16-ounce can will be available for purchase for $1 each and allow customers to salute a veteran, service member, military spouse, military mom or military dad. The patriotic can also commemorates Coca-Cola’s partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) by prominently featuring the USO badge.

During the campaign, customers are encouraged to recognize and thank the military community on social media by posting their message and a photo of themselves with one of the military Coca-Cola cans using the #CokeDGSupportMilitary hashtag. Customers are also encouraged to be a force behind the forces by sending a message to service members through the USO at www.destinationcoke.com. The USO will display the messages collected at USO locations globally.

Dollar General and Coca-Cola are proud to support the USO, an organization dedicated to helping service members stay connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. As such, Dollar General and Coca-Cola plan to make a $25,000 donation to the USO at the conclusion of the campaign in September.

“Dollar General is excited to partner with Coca-Cola to recognize our military community this summer,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “From founding the Paychecks for Patriots program, which supports service members transition to civilian life by finding meaningful employment opportunities, to the company’s military employee resource group and showing support with exclusive military discounts, Dollar General is proud of its ongoing support of our military community.”

For additional information, product photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the Dollar General Newsroom or contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 13,429 stores in 44 states as of March 3, 2017, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

Contact:
Crystal Ghassemi
615-855-5210
crystal.ghassemi@dg.com

Media Hotline:
1-877-944-DGPR (3477)
dgpr@dg.com

Source: Dollar General Corporation

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BJ’s Charitable Foundation commits to nourishing communities and helping families thrive with $1 million donation to Feeding America

BJ’s Charitable Foundation commits to nourishing communities and helping families thrive with $1 million donation to Feeding America

 

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club today (May 9, 2017) announced a $1 million donation from its foundation to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. BJ’s donation will support local food banks on the East Coast by providing infrastructure to support growth and resources to handle additional perishable food.

This donation supports the BJ’s Charitable Foundation’s mission to bring a fresh approach to nourishing communities and helping families thrive.

Since 2009, BJ’s has provided ongoing support to Feeding America through the BJ’s Charitable Foundation and BJ’s Feeding Communities® program, helping local food banks successfully expand their programs to reach wider and more diverse audiences. BJ’s $1 million donation to Feeding America is the foundation’s largest single donation to any organization to date.

“BJ’s is committed to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive, and we’re thrilled to support Feeding America with our foundation’s largest donation ever,” said Chris Baldwin, president and CEO, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “Every family should have access to fresh, nutritious food, and BJ’s is proud to partner with Feeding America to help make this a reality.”

In the United States, 72 billion pounds of food is wasted every year in the U.S., according to ReFED, a nonprofit committed to reducing U.S. food waste. This loss occurs at every stage of the food production and distribution system—from farmers to packers and shippers, to manufacturers and retailers.

“There is enough food produced in this country to feed every person who struggles with hunger in America, and sadly much of it never makes it to the dinner table,” said Andy Wilson, chief development officer of Feeding America. “Unfortunately, many perishables are wasted because an inability or lack of bandwidth to rescue and redistribute the massive amount of food that’s discarded. Thanks to BJ’s Charitable Foundation, we can grow our infrastructure and help ensure more families have access to healthy meals before nutritious, fresh food heads to landfills.”

In addition to capacity building grants from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, BJ’s has secured over 50 million pounds of donated food, including fresh produce, frozen meats and fish, baked goods and dairy items, and helped deliver 13 million meals to neighbors in need through the BJ’s Feeding Communities® program.

To learn more about the BJ’s Charitable Foundation and its Feeding Communities Program, visit bjs.com/charity.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 132 BJ’s Gas® locations in 16 states.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics,  many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

Visit www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

For further information:
Jennie Hardin
JHardin@bjs.com
774-512-6978

Kristy Houston
KHouston@bjs.com
774-512-5086

SOURCE: BJ’s Wholesale Club

Xcel Brands announces strong performance in 1Q 2017

  • Company Reports First Quarter Net Revenues of $8.4 Million
  • First Quarter GAAP Pre-Tax Income of $0.1 Million; GAAP Net Loss of $0.4 Million
  • First Quarter Non-GAAP Net Income of $1.1 Million; Adjusted EBITDA of $1.9 Million
  • Company Announces Successful Launch of H Halston brand at Dillard’s

NEW YORK, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) (“Xcel” or the “Company”), a media and brand management company, today (May 09, 2017) announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

“We are pleased by the strong performance of our interactive television business during the first quarter of 2017,” said Robert W. D’Loren, Xcel’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He further stated, “We continue to refine our short lead production platform in our department store business and are excited to announce the successful launch of our H Halston brand at Dillard’s.”

First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Total net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 were $8.4 million, up approximately 1% compared with the prior year quarter. This was attributable to higher revenues from interactive television and Quick-Time-Response department store initiatives, largely offset by the expiration of the LCNY agreement in July 2016.

GAAP net loss was $(0.4) million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, or $(0.02) per share, compared with a net loss of less than ($0.1) million, or ($0.00) per share, in the prior year quarter. After adjusting for certain cash and non-cash items, non-GAAP net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $1.1 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with $1.2 million, or $0.07 per diluted share in the prior year quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 decreased approximately $0.1 million to $1.9 million, compared with $2.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

See reconciliation tables below for non-GAAP metrics. These non-GAAP metrics may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies and should only be used in conjunction with our results reported according to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Any financial measure other than those prepared in accordance with GAAP should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

The Company’s balance sheet at March 31, 2017 remains strong, with stockholders’ equity of $106.1 million, cash and cash equivalents of $10.2 million, and working capital of approximately $10.5 million.

Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call with members of the executive management team to discuss these results with additional comments and details at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. A webcast of the conference call will be available live on the Investor Relations section of Xcel’s website at www.xcelbrands.com. Interested parties unable to access the conference call via the webcast may dial 800-231-9012. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company website for 30 days following the event and can be accessed at 844-512-2921 using replay pin number 4482351.

About Xcel Brands
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a media and brand management company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing, and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment, and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder, and Highline Collective brands, pioneering a ubiquitous sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through interactive television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. Xcel differentiates by design.  www.xcelbrands.com

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including statements regarding future events, our future financial performance, business strategy and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. We have attempted to identify forward-looking statements by terminology including “anticipates,” “believes,” “can,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “appears,” “suggests,” “future,” “likely,” “goal,” “plans,” “potential,” “projects,” “predicts,” “seeks,” “should,” “would,” “guidance,” “confident” or “will” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our anticipated revenue, expenses, profitability, strategic plans and capital needs. These statements are based on information available to us on the date hereof and our current expectations, estimates and projections and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, including, without limitation, the risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” section and elsewhere in the Company’s Annual Report on form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and its other filings with the SEC, which may cause our or our industry’s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to predict all risk factors, nor can we address the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason.

For further information please contact:
Jeff Sonnek/John Mills
ICR
646-277-1263
Jeff.Sonnek@icrinc.com / John.Mills@icrinc.com

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire

Price Chopper and Market 32 host 9th annual Build-A-Bouquet for Mother’s Day event on Saturday, May 13

Schenectady, NY, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Young shoppers will have the opportunity to put together a special gift for Mom at Price Chopper and Market 32’s 9th annual “Build-A-Bouquet” activity on Saturday, May 13 (the day before Mother’s Day) from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and on Sunday, May 14 (Mother’s Day) from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

“Kids take such pride in adding their own creative touches to a gift. Build-A-Bouquet for Mother’s Day provides our youngest shoppers with the opportunity to design their own unique floral arrangement with beautiful blossoms, colorful tissue paper and ribbons, and a card that reflects their individual personality,” said Mona Golub, the company’s vice president of public relations and consumer services and a mother, herself. “Truly, it’s the perfect gift for every Mom!”

Children 12 and younger will be able to select three bunches of flowers, from a selection of alstromeria, poms, mini carnations, carnations, snapdragons, matsumoto, cremons, spiders, sunflowers, stock, baby’s breath, limonium, statice and asters. Once the bouquet is assembled, the flowers will be wrapped in tissue, tied with ribbon and personalized with a specially-designed card for Mom. The cost to build a bouquet is $5 plus tax.

Due to popular demand, Build-A-Bouquet stations will be set up at all Price Chopper and Market 32 locations that feature full-service floral departments (only a few exceptions).

About The Golub Corporation:

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

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518-379-1480

Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518-427-1186

Source: Price Chopper

7‑Eleven® now offers Fidget Spinners

7‑Eleven® now offers Fidget Spinners

 

DALLAS, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Flying off the shelves, 7‑Eleven® stores sell Fidget Spinners, the popular new toy designed to calm nerves, ease anxiety and provide hours of entertainment.

“The Fidget Spinner is a very hot item right now and we know customers want it,” said Tony Stapleton, senior product director at 7‑Eleven, Inc. “7‑Eleven continues to innovate to give its customers what they want, when and where they want it.”

7‑Eleven sources quality Fidget Spinners from several suppliers to provide a variety of choices for its customers. Customers can visit their local store to find a variety of spinners that fit their personality – including multiple colors, glow in the dark, tie dye or metallic.

Priced at $7.99 and above, Fidget Spinners are available in 7‑Eleven stores nationwide. The latest toy craze continues to sell out of stores fast, so keep checking back! To find a 7‑Eleven store near you, visit www.7‑Eleven.com/locator.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 61,000 stores in 17 countries, including 10,700 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Contact:
1-800-255-0711

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

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7‑Eleven launches Caramel Bar Made with TWIX Donut

7‑Eleven launches Caramel Bar Made with TWIX Donut

 

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven Inc. is introducing its first fresh donut topped with chocolate bar pieces, and the world’s largest convenience retailer selected one of America’s top 10-selling chocolate candies for the honor – TWIX® Caramel Cookie Bars.

The Caramel Bar Made with TWIX Donut is a yeast-raised rectangle bar topped with caramel icing, drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with chopped TWIX pieces.

Made by Mars Chocolate North America, a single pack of TWIX Caramel Cookie Bars comes with two crunchy cookie bars covered with smooth caramel and enrobed in creamy chocolate. Not only is the new donut topped with chopped pieces of TWIX, it was created to replicate the candy’s caramel-chocolate deliciousness.

“People want to have fun with their food, especially treats,” said Terrell Smith, 7‑Eleven fresh bakery category manager. “Premium and specialty donuts are becoming an all-day impulse item that our customers are purchasing when they crave something sweet. With our Caramel Bar Made with TWIX donuts, they get two treats in one, a delicious donut topped with one of our best-selling candy bars.”

Specialty donuts continue to be a hot bakery trend, with fun or unexpected flavors and sweet, savory and surprising toppings and fillings. Previous exotic donuts offered at 7‑Eleven stores have included a pink sprinkle version of the one featured prominently on The Simpsons television show and, for the 50th birthday of its iconic frozen drink, wild cherry and blue raspberry Slurpee donuts.

Like all fresh bakery items, the Caramel Bar Made with TWIX Donut is made fresh and delivered daily to 7‑Eleven stores. Suggested retail price for the limited-time premium donut is $1.69 at participating stores.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.

7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises or licenses more than 62,000 stores in 17 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for payment services, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Contact:
1-800-255-0711

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

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CBL & Associates Properties closes sale of College Square in Morristown and Foothills Mall in Maryville, Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) today (5/11/2017) announced that it closed on the sale of College Square in Morristown, TN and Foothills Mall in Maryville, TN for $53.5 million, all cash. Proceeds from the sale were used to reduce outstanding balances on the Company’s lines of credit.

“The sale of these two malls successfully brings our portfolio transformation strategy, which we started in 2014, to a close, having executed on 20 transactions with a total value of nearly $800 million,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president & chief executive officer. “Through this program, we now have a portfolio of higher-quality, higher growth assets that are positioned to benefit from the ongoing retail evolution. We have used proceeds to fortify our balance sheet, improving flexibility and, along with our free cash flow, providing liquidity to fund our redevelopment opportunities and other capital improvements.”

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 124 properties, including 81 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 27 states and total 76.9 million square feet including 5.9 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Additional information can be found at cblproperties.com.

Information included herein contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Such statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated. Future events and actual events, financial and otherwise, may differ materially from the events and results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The reader is directed to the Company’s various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included therein, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Investor Contact:
Katie Reinsmidt
423-490-8301
EVP – Chief Investment Officer
katie.reinsmidt@cblproperties.com

Media Contact:
Stacey Keating
423-490-8361
Director – Public Relations & Corporate Communications
stacey.keating@cblproperties.com

Source: CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

Paradies Lagardère to bring new travel essential and specialty retail stores in the Raleigh–Durham International Airport

ATLANTA, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, was awarded six new specialty retail and travel essential stores at the Raleigh–Durham International Airport (RDU). After conducting specific outreach and research with local and regional businesses, Paradies Lagardère created the winning bids with an impressive selection of leading national, regional and local brands.

“We are thrilled and very appreciative of this opportunity to continue expanding our strong relationship with Raleigh–Durham International Airport, and deliver these popular and highly-recognized national brands in Terminal 2,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO, Paradies Lagardère. “Our varied specialty and travel essential retail offerings will be a great complement to the airport and a strong fit for the passengers in this market.”

Additional details:

The travel essential and specialty retail stores proposed in Paradies Lagardère’s winning bid include:

Travel Essentials Locations:

  • TripAdvisor® – The world’s largest travel website, with more than 340 million unique visitors monthly, the TripAdvisor-branded travel essential store will offer a convenient, one-stop shop environment that covers all of a traveler’s needs.
  • WRAL Travel Store – A news source for the Raleigh-Durham area for more than 60 years, the WRAL travel essentials store brings a local institution into the airport.

Specialty Retail:

Swarovski – Since 1895, founder Daniel Swarovski’s mastery of crystal cutting and enduring passion for innovation and design has made it the world’s premier jewelry and accessory brand. Each piece reflects current trends and more than 120 years of craftsmanship. Paradies Lagardère is proud to partner with Swarovski to offer a gorgeous selection of figurines, jewelry and accessories.

  • CORSA Collections – An elegant representation of a true, multi-branded store, CORSA Collections utilizes a unique “shop in shop concept” to showcase highly-desirable travel items from Brighton, Tumi, MZ Wallace, Lipault, and other top fashion brands.
  • No Boundaries – No Boundaries is a one-of-a-kind concept targeting the outdoor and sport enthusiast. The store features apparel and accessories from premium national brands – Kuhl Clothing, Columbia, Aventura, Mountain Hardwear, and Marmot – with gear that includes jackets, vests, fleece, backpacks, rain gear, camping essentials, water bottles, and a host of other accessories.
  • InMotion Entertainment – With 15 years of experience operating electronics stores in airports, InMotion Entertainment is the undisputed leader in the industry. Passengers rely on InMotion Entertainment as their source for electronics and entertainment, which offers brand name electronic devices supported by a highly-trained staff. Global brands such as Beats by Dr. Dre, Bose, Monster, Samsung, and Sony are available for purchase.

Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Food and Beverage, Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs. We also deliver high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options. Paradies Lagardère was recently recognized for excellence in specialty retail, earning ARN Awards for Best Specialty Retail Brand Operator for its Brooks Brothers concept, and Best Airport Retail Store Design for Dylan’s Candy Bar at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

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

Source: Paradies Lagardère

BESTSELLER announces 11 hand-picked talents for UNLEASH

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — This August, BESTSELLER is partnering with UNLEASH to bring together 1,000 global talents to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Meet the 11 hand-picked BESTSELLER talents that will take part in the event.

Talents from more than 165(!) countries around the world have applied to become part of the UNLEASH Lab in Denmark this August. They represent diverse backgrounds and aspirations, but they all have a common goal of making a difference for the world on behalf of an entire generation.

A number of talents have been sourced from a wide array of organisations, businesses and institutions. Others have been found through an open online recruitment process focusing on finding creative and innovative people who are passionate about solving some of the world’s most pressing problems by engaging in co-creation with peers and experts. The talents will come from all over the world and include academics, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and technical experts primarily aged 20-35 years.

BESTSELLER TALENTS

As project partner BESTSELLER has been fortunate enough to deliver a number of talents to act as key experts on the given Sustainable Development Goal most prominent to BESTSELLER – i.e. Sustainable Production and Consumption.

Through recommendation from managers across the BESTSELLER organisation, we are very proud to have ended up with the following 11 talents to represent our company at UNLEASH:

BESTSELLER UNLEASH TALENTS

Jose Prakash,  Sustainability Manager, India, New Delhi

Sally Fu, Sustainability Manager, China, Shanghai

Mia Jepp Mortensen, Strategic Sourcing Specialist, Denmark

Peter Holm Jensen, Legal Counsel, Denmark

Tea Stricevic, Business Analyst, Austria

Muhammad Ehsanul Karim, Senior Merchandiser, Bangladesh

Varun Kashiva, VERO MODA Supply Chain Manager, Denmark

Alexander Granberg, SELECTED Buying Apprentice, Denmark

Felicity Tapsell, JACK & JONES Project Manager, Denmark

Pernille Berthon Iversen, NAME IT Buyer, Denmark

Henriette Fogh Høyer, ONLY Process & Sourcing Coordinator,Denmark
Throughout the coming months, we will introduce you more thoroughly to some of these talents and find out more about how they perceive BESTSELLER’s role in solving global issues, and what they expect from the programme in August.

Read more about UNLEASH and BESTSELLER’s involvement here.

Contact:

E-mail: contact@bestseller.com
Phone: + 45 99 42 32 00

Source: BESTSELLER

BESTSELLER joins Global Fashion Agenda’s call to action for a circular fashion system

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER is committed to taking the necessary steps towards a circular fashion system. Today (10 May 2017), we confirm this commitment by signing the Global Fashion Agenda’s call to action for a circular fashion system.

With BESTSELLER’s 20by20 strategy, we work to make sustainable changes in our supply chain, to use our resources with consideration for the environment and to promote responsible consumption. Today, more than 35% of our cotton comes from more sustainable sources, and we continuously work to integrate regenerated or responsibly sourced fibres in our products.

These weeks, we collaborate with Danish Red Cross to engage our consumers in collecting used clothes for resale or recycling. We do this to promote the message to our consumers that used clothes are not waste, but important resources for making fashion sustainable.

BESTSELLER has been a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition since 2013, and last year, we became a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE 100 Group with the aim of getting a better understanding of the challenges and possibilities of transitioning to a circular system that restores and regenerates materials.

Today, we have reconfirmed our commitment towards circularity by signing the Global Fashion Agenda’s call to action: https://www.copenhagenfashionsummit.com/commitment/

“We welcome this initiative to bring more focus on the end-of-use phase of textiles and will collaborate with Global Fashion Agenda to promote the transition from a linear towards a circular fashion industry,” says Jesper Stubkier, Communication Manager in BESTSELLER.

Read more about our collaboration with Danish Red Cross to collect used clothes here.

Contact:

E-mail: contact@bestseller.com
Phone: + 45 99 42 32 00

Source: BESTSELLER

Nieuwste virtual en augmented reality-technieken in nieuwe spaaractie van Albert Heijn

Nieuwste virtual en augmented reality-technieken in nieuwe spaaractie van Albert Heijn

 

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn en André Kuipers starten een landelijke spaaractie waarin kinderen spelenderwijs kennismaken met het thema ‘ruimtevaart’, met behulp van de nieuwste VR/AR-technieken. In de spaaractie stappen kinderen samen met ruimtevaarder André Kuipers virtueel de ruimte in om te leren over ruimtevaart en de kwetsbaarheid van onze planeet. Met de gratis AH Ruimtevaart-app en 160 ruimtevaartplaatjes met feiten en weetjes – waarvan 23 met VR/AR-belevingen – beland je in hogere ruimtesferen. De ruimtevaartplaatjes, het verzamelalbum, VR-brillen, en de speciale André Kuipers flight suit zijn vanaf maandag 15 mei verkrijgbaar in alle winkels.

In de spaaractie van Albert Heijn en André Kuipers staat educatie centraal. Doel is om kinderen te laten zien hoe boeiend ruimtevaart, wetenschap en techniek zijn en hoe kwetsbaar onze planeet is. Wat kunnen we zelf doen om verstandig met de aarde om te gaan? De te verzamelen ruimteplaatjes spelen in op thematieken als ‘Leven en werken in de ruimte’, ‘Wat doen astronauten’, ‘Welke rol heeft ruimtevaart in ons dagelijks leven’, ‘Een blik op onze aarde’, ‘Ons zonnestelsel’ en ‘Het heelal’.

André Kuipers: “Dit jaar bestaat ruimtevaart 60 jaar, een mooie gelegenheid om met dit thema groots uit te pakken. Zelf heb ik een Albert Heijn verzamelalbum over techniek uit 1953, een tijd waarin ruimtevaart nog niet eens bestond. Vanuit mijn missie om kinderen te laten zien hoe boeiend ruimtevaart, wetenschap en techniek zijn en hoe kwetsbaar onze planeet is, heb ik Albert Heijn benaderd met de vraag of ze een spaaractie rondom ruimtevaart en duurzaamheid interessant zouden vinden. Dit past in hun prachtige, jarenlange traditie. Ik ben er trots op dat we samen deze campagne hebben kunnen vormgeven en hoop dat veel kinderen er op speelse wijze veel van zullen leren.”

Spaaractie met de allernieuwste VR/AR-technieken
Kinderen krijgen met VR zelf de mogelijkheid om virtueel de ruimte in te gaan met André Kuipers. Terwijl ze genieten van adembenemende uitzichten, leert André ze alles over ruimtevaart en krijgen ze het gevoel er zelf te zijn. In AR gaan kinderen samen met André Kuipers naar verschillende plekken van het zonnestelsel. Met een smartphone of tablet kunnen kinderen rond en door de verschillende ruimtebestemmingen en –objecten ‘bewegen’ en met de plaatjes creëren kinderen hun eigen universum. De nieuwste AR-technologie zorgt voor een nog rijkere ontdekkingsreis.

Vanaf 15 mei verkrijgbaar
De ruimtevaart plaatjes, het verzamelalbum, VR-brillen, plaatjes en de speciale André Kuipers flight suit zijn vanaf maandag 15 mei verkrijgbaar in alle winkels. Bij besteding van 10 euro ontvangen klanten een set met daarin 4 ruimtevaartplaatjes. In totaal zijn er 160 kaartjes met feiten en weetjes, waarvan 23 met VR/AR-belevingen. Cardboard VR-brillen zijn verkrijgbaar in de winkel voor 2,49 euro. Het verzamelalbum is verkrijgbaar voor 0,99 euro en is in de eerste week gratis bij aankoop van de bonusaanbieding op de voorkant van de folder. De AH Ruimtevaart app is vanaf 15 mei gratis te downloaden voor iOS en Android.

Afdeling mediarelaties:
pers@ah.nl
088 6590 2020

Source: Albert Heijn

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PHILIPPINES: SM opens its second SM mall in Cagayan de Oro

PHILIPPINES: SM opens its second SM mall in Cagayan de Oro

 

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property companies in Southeast Asia, opens its newest mall, the SM CDO Downtown Premier, on May 12, 2017. The new mall will add almost 178,000 square meters (sqm) of gross floor area (GFA) to the total retail footprint.

“SM Prime is one with the government in creating more opportunities that highlight the economic growth potential of Mindanao. The opening of SM CDO Downtown Premier, which is at the gateway of Northern Mindanao, is our second SM mall in Cagayan de Oro, and fifth in Mindanao which reflects our commitment and confidence to this part of the country,” SM Prime President Jeffrey C. Lim said.

SM CDO Downtown Premier, which is 87% leased awarded, will raise the malling experience in Cagayan de Oro as it will offer top amenities that Kagay-anons can enjoy. These include Cyberzone, SM Food Hall, SM Bowling Center, 5-level carpark building, 4 digital theaters, 2 Director’s Club, 1 Large Format Cinema, an 800-seater Sky Hall just like in SM Aura Premier in Taguig City and an al fresco dining and entertainment Sky Garden just like in SM North EDSA in Quezon City. The mall will also feature more popular stores such as Ace Hardware, BDO, Chinabank, Forever 21, Miniso, Our Home, Pet Express, SM Appliance, Sports Central, Surplus Shop, Toy Kingdom, Uniqlo and Watsons.

To top it all, SM CDO Downtown Premier complex will also have an eight-level office building that will cater to Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies.

Set to be Cagayan de Oro’s premier shopping address, SM CDO Downtown Premier is located at the bustling central business district of the city and easily accessible to the financial, commercial, residential and learning institutions.

Beyond the Lifestyle

SM Prime continues to give primary importance to sustainability and in integrating disaster resilience into its properties. As such, SM CDO Downtown Premier mall will have a water catchment beneath, which will be able to hold 13,650 cubic meters of rainwater to help lessen the flooding in the area.

SM Prime is scheduled to open four more malls in the Philippines namely SM Cherry Antipolo in Rizal, SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown in Cagayan, SM City Puerto Princesa in Palawan and SM Center Lemery in Batangas this year. By the end of 2017, SM Prime will have 65 malls in the Philippines – 22 of which are in Metro Manila, 33 in Luzon outside of Metro Manila, five in the Visayas and five in Mindanao – and seven malls in China with an estimated combined GFA of 9.3 million sqm.

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

For further information, please contact:
Alexander Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: alex.pomento@smprime.com

Source: SM Prime Holdings, Inc.

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Say thank you with commissary gift cards

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Buying gift cards is a great way to shop for friends, relatives, and co-workers or even as a donation toward a good cause.

In theory, giving a gift card means there’s no chance you’re buying the wrong size, color or worst of all, an unwanted item that ends up gathering dust on a closet shelf.

Available in-store to eligible shoppers and online for everyone else, commissary gift cards are a great way to say thanks to military service members, with the knowledge that both you and they are getting the most out of every dollar spent through the commissary’s low prices. That’s probably why they’ve become such a popular gift since their introduction just under six years ago.

“Giving the gift of groceries through commissary gift cards continues to grow as people show their support for our military service members and their families,” said Bob Bunch, the Defense Commissary Agency’s gift card program manager. “More than three quarters of a million cards have been sold, worth more than $26 million.”

And according to Bunch, unlike some retailers’ gift cards, the commissary card enjoys an unusually high rate of redemption: more than 91 percent of all cards sold have been fully redeemed.

Here are some commissary gift card quick facts:

  • Gift cards are available at all commissaries worldwide – on a rack at full service, front-end registers – as well as at the commissaries.com website. Just use the “Place your order” button on the gift cards page.
  • Cards are good for five years from the date of purchase.
  • Only gift cards purchased online incur a shipping and handling fee. There are no fees when the card is purchased in a store.
  • There is no limit to the number of gifts cards that a purchaser can buy. However, DeCA officials recommend organizations and activities consider purchasing their cards online if they plan to buy more than 50 at a time.
  • The cards can be sent anywhere in the United States. However, cards can only be shipped to APO, FPO or DPO addresses outside the United States.
  • To check card balances, use the “Check Your Balance” button on the gift cards page.
  • For customer service questions, please call 877-988-4438, which is also found on the back of the gift card. Customers can also use this number to check the balance on their card.

According to Chief Master Sgt. Stuart Allison, DeCA’s senior enlisted advisor, the gift cards are appreciated by commissary shoppers for just about any occasion. “Commissary gift cards are a wonderful way for anyone to show appreciation and concern for a military member – whether for the holidays or any other time of year.”

About DeCA:

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

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Defense Commissary Agency

Co-op extends its Lamb Farming Group as part of its commitment to sell only 100% fresh British meat

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Convenience retailer, the Co-op, has widened its Lamb Farming Group as part of its commitment to providing 100% fresh British lamb all year round.

The extended offering, which encompasses its Cambrian Lamb Group, now includes a total of 32 farms from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Midlands and the South West of England, who will work collectively to ensure the availability of high-quality British lamb 365 days of the year.

Placing a sharp focus on animal welfare, environmental impact and farm efficiency, the Co-op’s Lamb Farming group also forms part of the retailer’s strategy to create long-term relationships with its agricultural partners, as well as sustainable and transparent supply chains.

The move coincides with the Co-op switching all of its fresh lamb and bacon to 100% British which, as of 1st May, made it the only UK retailer to sell all British fresh, own-brand beef, chicken, pork, lamb, bacon, sausages and turkey.

Cath Bennett, Co-op’s Agriculture Manager for Beef and Lamb, said: “We know that our customers and members want to support the British farming industry, as well as enjoy the very best quality home-reared lamb, and we’re delighted to be able to give them the ability to buy with absolute confidence.

“Our commitment to the UK farming industry is stronger than ever and the extension of our lamb farming group comes at a very exciting time for the Co-op, as we become the first British retailer to sell only 100% fresh British meat.”

Media Contact:

Aimi McNeill
Press and Media Manager
0161 6924286
07739 657585
aimi.mcneill@co-operative.coop
coop.co.uk

Source: Coop

Co-op introduces new pizza packaging that will prevent 200 tonnes of polystyrene boards going to landfill

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is set to take a huge slice out of the amount of waste sent to landfill with the introduction of new, ground-breaking pizza packaging.

Corrugated cardboard pizza discs have replaced polystyrene across the convenience store operator’s 17 own-brand pizzas, which will prevent 200 tonnes of polystyrene boards going to landfill, and create almost 450 tonnes of cardboard for recycling annually.

The market-leading boards on the pizzas, which are manufactured by Stateside, also have a lower carbon impact weighing less than a third of their nearest competitors* and becoming comfortably the lightest on the market.

Later this month, the Co-op could become the only retailer to set a target to make 100% of its own-brand packaging recyclable. Its members will vote at the Co-op’s annual AGM on 20 May to decide.

With an immediate target of making 80 per cent of own-brand packaging recyclable by 2020, some of the other innovations recently introduced to achieve this include changing black to widely recycled blue plastic for mushrooms, and swapping to a single plastic material for cooked meat trays.

The Co-op will also be moving from black plastic to card packaging for tomatoes later this year.

Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager at the Co-op, said: “Pizza discs have been high on our priority list for some time, and we’ve been working hard to find the right replacement. This change is a major step in our journey to make all of our packaging easy to recycle, and we will be making further announcements on packaging in the months ahead.”

*.Co-op discs weigh 20g, versus Waitrose solid discs weighing 70g

Media Contact:

Aimi McNeill
Press and Media Manager (Food)
0161 6924286
07739 657585
aimi.mcneill@co-operative.coop
coop.co.uk

Source: CO-OP

Hy-Vee pharmacies in Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin now offer naloxone without a prescription

West Des Moines, Iowa, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — To assist in the national crisis concerning opioid overdoses, Hy-Vee, Inc., announced today (May 10, 2017) that it now offers naloxone to customers without a prescription in four of the eight states where it has pharmacies.

All Hy-Vee pharmacy locations in Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin offer naloxone without a prescription. The effort is meant to help prevent opioid-related deaths. While naloxone is known to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, the medication has no effect if opioids are absent.

“We know the availability of this medication has the potential to save lives,” said Kristin Williams, senior vice president and chief health officer at Hy-Vee. “It’s vital that we do everything we can to assist those with a loved one who may encounter an opioid overdose by combining medications or by accidentally taking too much of a medication, being unaware of the life-threatening result.”

Naloxone is available at Hy-Vee pharmacies in nasal spray, as well as injection form by request.

Hy-Vee pharmacists will also ensure that patients and their family members understand how to recognize signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer the medication. While naloxone is not a cure for an opioid overdose, it can assist an individual until emergency treatment is available and long-term treatment is provided.

Naloxone can be administered to any person who has overdosed on a wide range of opioids, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine, as well as heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record. Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.

Pharmacists in South Dakota and Missouri can dispense naloxone without a prescription through a physician-signed protocol with a designated pharmacy or pharmacy chain. The Iowa Board of Pharmacy and Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board have both implemented administrative rules outlining procedures and training requirements for participating pharmacies. Prior to these efforts in these states, the only way for individuals to obtain naloxone was through their doctor or other prescriber, followed by a trip to the pharmacy for the drug.

About Hy-Vee, Inc.

Hy-Vee Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.8 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 84,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Contact:
Hy-Vee Customer Care
(800) 772-4098
ProductInquiry@hy-vee.com

Source: Hy-Vee Inc.

New partnership to fully fund girls team sports projects on DonorsChoose.org

PITTSBURGH, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (MAY 9, 2017), The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, a fitness and lifestyle brand created in partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) and multi-platinum superstar, Carrie Underwood, announced plans to fully fund girls team sports projects on education crowdfunding platform, DonorsChoose.org.  Pledging a $200,000 commitment, together CALIA by Carrie Underwood and The DICK’S Foundation will fund an estimated 100 teams across the country in the month of May.

The pledge marks the third Sports Matter donation on behalf of CALIA by Carrie Underwood and The DICK’S Foundation, as a part of its broader $500,000 commitment to support girls youth sports across the country. Two grants were previously awarded in 2016: $100,000 to Underwood’s alma mater, Checotah (Okla.) School District’s Girls Athletic programs and $100,000 to Aldine Independent School District’s Girls Athletic programs in Houston, TX.

“Sports were a big part of my life growing up, so it’s important to me that girls across the country get those same opportunities,” said CALIA Lead Designer, Carrie Underwood. “Through Sports Matter, CALIA and The DICK’S Foundation, we are empowering hundreds of girls across the country to learn, grow and dream, teaching them to do what they love later in life.”

Through its Sports Matter program, DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation made a multi-year $50 million commitment to raise awareness and support youth sports programs facing budget shortfalls.  To date thousands of teams and leagues have been support by DICK’S and its Foundation’s efforts to champion local youth sports.

For more information on Sports Matter and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, visit SportsMatter.org and CaliaStudio.com.

About The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is an exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation.  It was created by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. as a private corporate foundation to support DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities.

About Carrie Underwood: 

Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed over 100 major honors, sold 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 25 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 2.6 billion times worldwide. The first   female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized by Pollstar as the top female country touring artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, 2012, and for 2016’s “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round.” Carrie also topped Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of 2016 as the leading female country artist and was the leading female artist on Country Aircheck’s top country radio performers list for her success in both 2015 and 2016. All five studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, Blown Away, and Storyteller – are certified Platinum or multi-Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Favorite Country Album – and tallied an incredible 40 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  The RIAA’s highest certified country album artist to debut this century, Underwood also holds the distinction of the highest album certification of any country artist to emerge since 2000 with the 8x Multi-Platinum success of her 2005 debut, Some Hearts.  She is the all-time Top Country Artist (male or female) on RIAA’s Digital Single Ranking, also placing her among the Top 5 females in the history of RIAA’s Digital Single Program across all genres.  In December of 2014, she released her Platinum-certified Greatest Hits: Decade #1, which produced two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood, including the RIAA-Platinum, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water.” 2016 marked Underwood’s fourth season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and in November, she returned for a ninth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. The Grand Ole Opry member also demonstrated her creative diversity in 2013 starring as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Underwood claimed her fourth win in the category amid the ongoing success of her chart-topping platinum fifth studio album, Storyteller, which produced four #1 hits.

CONTACT:

PRESS@DCSG.COM
724-273-5552

Source: DICK’S Sporting Goods Inc.

Stanley Black & Decker to webcast its 2017 Investor Day scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, 2017

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) announced today (May 9, 2017) that it will audio webcast its Investor Day scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in New York, NY. Presentations by senior management will be webcast beginning at 9:00 AM EDT and concluding at approximately 1:00 PM EDT.

The live webcast will be available in the “Investors” section of the company’s website at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com. A replay of the webcast will be provided on the website and will be available for 90 days.

Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, electronic security solutions, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

Investor Contacts:
Greg Waybright
Vice President, Investor Relations
greg.waybright@sbdinc.com
(860) 827-3833

Michelle Hards
Director, Investor Relations
michelle.hards@sbdinc.com
(860) 827-3913

Media Contacts:
Shannon Lapierre
Vice President, Communications
shannon.lapierre@sbdinc.com
(860) 827-3575

Tim Perra
Vice President, Communications
tim.perra@sbdinc.com
(860) 826-3260

SOURCE: Stanley Black & Decker